Sunday, May 19, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
10:15 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - National Kidney Foundation’s Fairfield County Kidney Walk (walk begins 11:15 a.m.)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - JoyRide Cycling Studio (1200 Post Road East) - Second Annual Kickin’ Cancer! Ride & Family Fun Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Music: RAVE ON!
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects: “Busman’s Honeymoon” & “The Attenbury Emeralds”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Dining Room” (last day)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Honored at Ball
Nancy Gault of Westport, president of the board of the Westport Arts Center, presents William Felton of Weston, first vice president, with an award at tonight’s Art Noir Ball 2013 at the Steel Shed in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Saturday Night Art Fever
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center Art Noir Ball 2013 at the Steel Shed, South Norwalk. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Fracture in Track Found, Shuttle Service in Works
Investigators said late today that they found a fracture in a section of the eastbound track, where Friday night’s Metro-North derailment in Bridgeport apparently began.
An injured passenger is lifted off one of the trains moments after the crash occurred. Photo from YouTube.com
But the investigators are unsure whether the fracture happened before the derailment or as a result of it.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Earl Weener said the broken rail is of substantial interest to investigators and a portion of the track will be sent to a lab for analysis. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation made a preliminary assessment of the crash and “decided no foul play” was involved.
Meanwhile, Metro-North train service between New Haven and South Norwalk is indefinitely suspended, as is all Amtrak service between New York and New Haven. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said full service may not be restored until “well into next week.”
MTA Update: No Full Service Likely ‘Well Into Next Week’
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) tonight issued the following update on the Bridgeport train collision:
Passengers help each other off one of the trains moments after the derailment and crash occurred. Photo from YouTube.com
“MTA Interim Executive Director Tom Prendergast and Metro-North President Howard Permut today again visited the scene of Friday’s evening’s derailment and subsequent sideswipe in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
“The National Transportation Safety Board, with the full support and assistance of Metro-North Railroad, the MTA Police Department, Federal Railroad Administration, Connecticut DOT, and Bridgeport Police, is conducting an exhaustive investigation that will determine the cause of the incident.
“The thoughts of entire MTA family are with those injured in this incident and their loved ones. We thank the first responders who assisted with safely removing the passengers from the trains and transporting those who were injured to area hospitals.
Artsy Welcome to Art Noir Ball
Meeting at Comic-Con
About 100 persons attended today’s Comic-Con celebration of the world of comics at the Westport Public Library. It featured a cartoon-drawing workshop with comic artist Christopher Hart and a talk by comic author Paul Kupperberg. Pictured is children’s librarian Lynne Perrigo dressed as Super Space Princess Librarian. She is flanked by Ben Goldschlager, 16, a Staples High School junior, and senior Emily Greenberg, 18. Westport teens have been working on the event for months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylllis Groner for WestportNow.com
World of Comics Comes to Westport
Scenes from today’s Comic-Con celebration of the world of comics at the Westport Public Library. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Guests at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today were entertained by the Wreckers in Tune, a community-oriented musical group of gifted Staples High School students. Contributed photo
Travelers to New York rush to get aboard and get seats at the Metro-North South Norwalk station today as Metro-North ran limited service from there to Grand Central Terminal because of Friday night’s train collision in Bridgeport. It was uncertain when service would be resumed east of South Norwalk. Westport and state officials were scrambling to arrange bus service from Westport to South Norwalk in time for the Monday morning commute.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
It was a crowded platform at the Metro-North South Norwalk starion today as New York-bound passengers waited for a train. Metro-North service was running only from South Norwalk to Grand Central Terminal because of Friday night’s train collision in Bridgeport.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Viewing the Damage
Westport Cabs Busy Doing Norwalk Shuttle
With no train service in Westport today because of the Friday night collison in Bridgeport, Westport cab drivers were busy shuttling passengers to and from the South Norwalk train station. “I’ve had five fares today so far—three from Westport to South Norwalk and two from South Norwalk to here (the Saugatuck station),” said Westport Taxi driver Nehemiah Reid (above). He said he attracted one fare from a woman who was standing on the New York-bound platform waiting for a train. “I said to her, ‘What are you waiting for, there are no trains today,’” he said. “She asked me ‘why?’ I told her about the train wreck. She said she did not hear about it.” Reid said he then drove her to the South Norwalk station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport