Saturday, February 02, 2008
One Injured in Beachside Avenue Rollover
An elderly Westport man suffered minor injuries today when his car struck a stone in front of 60 Beachside Avenue and rolled over. Firefighters had to remove the vehicles’s roof to get the man out. He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Going Green at Bedford for the Follies
Bedford Middle School students will be selling We Green Westport reusable grocery bags as part of their “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” campaign during the performances of “Will Roger’s Follies” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help make the Bedford community greener. The bags were purchased through a grant from the Westport Green Energy Task Force. Pictured (l-r) are: Mary Martinik, Bedford Blue-Gold adviser; Matt Silver, 13, eighth grade; Eric West, eighth grade, and Jacob Chernok, seventh grade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, February 2, 2008
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - WWHD Cholesterol Screening
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) - Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Library Ninth Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest with Will Shortz
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “The Will Rogers Follies”
5 p.m. and 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “Edges: A Song Cycle”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Glass Menagerie”
“Midnight in Moscow” Levitt Winter Gala Draws Crowd
The winter gala benefiting Westport’s Levitt Pavilion drew a crowd tonight to the Inn at Longshore. The “Midnight in Moscow” Russian theme shared the evening with the popular Soul Street Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Foggy Crash Sends One to Hospital
A Jeep crashed into a utility pole tonight in foggy weather on Westport’s Compo Road North at East Main Street. A female passenger was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The female driver, who was not seriously injured, was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A utility pole was almost snapped in two tonight when a Jeep lost control on Westport’s Compo Road North. One of the two occupants was taken to the hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
End of an Era
The entry where thousands walked through to enter Toys ‘R’ Us on Westport’s Post Road East at the Fairfield line for the past 16 years tells the story today. The store closed to make way for HomeGoods from T. J. Maxx. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michael Traum for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 01, 2008
Westport police, fire and EMS units converged on Compo Beach today after a kite surfer suffered a head injury while surfing on the waters near the cannons. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Braving the Elements But With Unintended Result
Kite surfers were out in today’s wind and rain at Westport’s Compo Beach, but the weather was too rough for at least one of them who suffered a head injury in an accident late this afternoon on the jetty near the cannons. Westport EMS transported the man to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Ridgefield Man Arrested in Westport and Area Thefts
A 33-year-old Ridgefield man has been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars in home and garden items from stores in Westport, Wilton, and New Canaan, police said today.
Augustine Chan was taken into custody early Thursday by Wilton police after his car was stopped for a motor vehicle violation in Wilton Center, Wilton police said.
In his car, they found items similar to those reported stolen in burglaries in Wilton as well area towns including Westport and New Canaan.
Westport detectives executed a search warrant of Chan’s home and vehicle and found items linked to burglaries at The Flower Basket, 995 Post Road East, and Walpole Woodworkers, 1835 Post Road East, said Westport Police Lt. David Kassay.
Going Down: 52 Turkey Hill Road South
The house at 52 Turkey Hill Road South was demolished today. Built in 1965, the one-story contemporary had 1,463 square feet and sat on a two-acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WCT Debuts “The Glass Menagerie” Tonight
The Westport Community Theatre tonight debuts Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” one of the most acclaimed plays of 20th century American theater. Directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner, who teaches in the English department of Fairfield University, “The Glass Menagerie” is a semi-autobiographical account of Tennessee Williams’ early days in 1930s St. Louis. Pictured are Marguerite Foster of Seymour and Elise Bochinski of Weston. There will be 10 performances through Feb. 17. To make a reservation, call the box office at (203) 226-1983 or go to the Community Theatre Web site for more details. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Winter Weather Advisory Issued
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and parts of the tri-state area which is in effect until noon today.
Precipitation will overspread the region this morning from southwest to northeast, the advisory said. Freezing rain briefly mixed with sleet at the start is expected due to below freezing surface temperatures and warm conditions aloft.
Temperatures will slowly climb during the morning. They should nudge above the freezing mark by midday, the advisory said.
Little sleet accumulation and up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected… which will create a glaze on all surfaces. This will make travel this morning extremely hazardous.
Getting the Hang of It
Friday, February 1, 2008
American Heart Association’s National “Wear Red Day for Women”
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport/Weston Health District cholesterol screening
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Film Noir: “Laura” (1944) with film expert Louis Sabini
7 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Levitt Pavilion Annual Winter Gala: “Midnight in Moscow”
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “The Will Rogers Follies”
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “Edges: A Song Cycle”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Glass Menagerie”
Westport Firm Cited in Critical Blumenthal Report
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today released a report finding that the state badly botched an $80 million deal privatizing payment of some state worker’s compensation claims, likely overpaying a Westport-based contractor and failing to save the state money.
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) doomed the 2001 deal by hiring a contractor lacking the expertise to properly evaluate claims slated for privatization, Blumenthal found.
The contractor, MRM Consulting, Inc., of 1720 Post Road East, Westport, whose CEO is Westporter Adrien Theriault, hired college interns to do key parts of the highly specialized analysis, charging the state $105 an hour, Blumenthal said.
“Friends of Mr. Theriault’s college-aged son from the son’s high school years in Westport with no experience whatsoever in the insurance industry performed critical tasks in developing the reserves and setting the liability on the cases,” the report said.
Police Honor 11-Year-Old Who Saved Choking Brother
By Dave Matlow
Westport police today honored an 11-year-old who performed the Heimlich maneuver—which he learned by watching television—on his 9-year-old brother when he noticed him choking on a piece of peppermint candy at a Westport store last summer.
Michael Smallwood, 11, showed off his commendation today at Westport police headquarters with his brother, Jack, 9, and parents Jeffrey and Shelly. Police Chief Al Fiore presented the certificate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Police Chief Al Fiore presented a civilian commendation certificate to Michael Smallwood of Wilton in a ceremony at Westport police headquarters.
Michael was with his brother, Jack, and mother, Shelly Smallwood, at Brandman’s Paint and Decorating on Post Road East on July 30, 2007 when they noticed that Jack was choking and could not catch his breath.
“All of a sudden the little guy was choking erratically and the big boy stepped up to the plate without any hesitation and saved his brother with the Heimlich maneuver,” said Shelly Noble of Weston, a Brandman employee of 11 years who was waiting on the Smallwoods.
Westport Firefighters Aid in Norwalk I-95 Crash
Westport firefighters today aided at a tractor-trailer crash in the northbound lane near Exit 16 in Norwalk that trapped the truck’s driver and tied up traffic through the evening rush hour. The Westport units helped in the 45-minute extrication of the driver after the accident shortly before 2 p.m. The driver, a Bridgeport man, was taken to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash sent much of the trafffic on to the Post Road, resulting in lengthy backups into the early evening in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Four New Police Officers Sworn In
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today swore in four new Westport police officers in a ceremony at police headquarters. The new officers are (l-r) Matthew Gouveia, 27, of East Haven; Casey Mezerewski, 27, of Shelton; Aldo Biagiotti Jr., 48, of Ridgefield, and Erin Shaw, 29, of Stamford. Police Chief Al Fiore looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
No one was injured today when a car jumped the curb and slammed into the front of Gold’s Delicatessen in the Compo Shopping Center on Westport’s Post Road East. The car, with a male driver and female passenger, damaged the front entryway but building officials said there was no structural damage. The car sustained minor damage to the front bumper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Town Clerk Sets Saturday Hours for Absentee Ballots
Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that her office will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the presidential preference primaries to be held on Tuesday.
“Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,” said Strauss. “Ballots will be available through Monday, Feb. 4, until 4:30 p.m., and must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, when the polls officially close.”
The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave. in Room 105.
Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town Web site.
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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Owenoke Park
An application for a permit to demolish the house at 22 Owenoke Park is in process. Built in 1963, the one-story contemporary has 2,280 square feet and is located on a .95-acre waterfront property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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