Volunteers help repaint Bridgeport senior’s home

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BRIDGEPORT -

A retired Bridgeport resident showed her appreciation to dozens of volunteers for helping her stay in her home and save thousands of dollars Saturday.

An unnamed resident contacted the city of Bridgeport several months ago to complain about the condition of Nanette Dutton's house on Nutmeg Road, saying its peeling paint and need for other repairs was creating an eyesore.

The complaint led to a potential $3,000 fine under the city's blight ordinance.

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After News 12 Connecticut reported on Dutton's situation in September, several people volunteered to repaint the house for free.

City officials have since dropped the fine.

The organizer, Paula Romero, says she contacted News 12 and organized the volunteers because she couldn't let the homeowner suffer due to a complaint over paint.

The homeowner whose husband has recently died says she thanks News 12 and the volunteers for helping her get her house in order.

Duttom says she was "deeply moved by the outpouring of support from the public."

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