Sunday, February 26, 2017
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam with Brian Torff
3 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East, Lower Level - Guitar Concert, Daniel Corr
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, February 25, 2017
UPDATE Screams from a woman in the Saugatuck River touched off a massive search and rescue operation tonight after a car went into the water in Westport’s Saugatuck section.
Firefighters pulled her from the water, and a search was launched for her husband, according to emergency workers at the scene and a later police statement.
He was found floating in the river about an hour and five minutes after the first 911 call and was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. Neither was identified pending notification of next of kin.
The drama began when diners from The Whelk Restaurant, 575 Riverside Ave., overlooking the water heard the woman’s screams and alerted police at 7:39 p.m.
UPDATE Westport police units tonight pull a man from the Saugatuck River near the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge and Imperial Avenue after his car went into the water near the I-95 Bridge. Firefighters rescued his wife from the water earlier. He was spotted about an hour and 20 minutes later floating in the water. EMS personnel performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. His identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. David Farrell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
UPDATE Westport police and fire units converge tonight on a boat ramp near near the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River after a car went into the water. Firefighters managed to rescue a woman from the water and found her husband floating in the river about an hour and 20 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. Her condition was not released. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Dexter Road, off of Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 672-square feet and is situated on a .25-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Winter Farmers Market today inaugurated a seed exchange program. Lori Cochran-Dougall (r), market director, helped Tynne Love (l) of Fairfield, and Katie Braja of Norwalk as they looked over the seeds. Said Cochran-Dougall: “It is estimated that up to 90 percent of our food derives from, or is dependent upon, seeds and that 80 percent of the world’s seeds are controlled by multinational corporations. We’ve launched the new seed-saving program to take back control of our food system.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
UPDATE With summer-like temperatures near 70 on Friday, some saw a sure sign of premature spring in the Westport Historical Society parking lot. Alas, it was Witch Hazel, which blooms in winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Saturday Coffee House: Daniel Corrs, classical guitarist
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, February 24, 2017
Foti Koskinas may be Westport’s police chief, but he has not lost his touch as a street-smart cop.
That instinct for recognizing bad guys was at work Thursday—his 45th birthday—as Koskinas was at the Greens Farms Railroad station checking on some projects there.
In uniform but not wearing any body armor, he spotted a vehicle with a blinker on, engine idling, and the driver laid back in the seat
“The chief checked on the operator, and as the window rolled down, he immediately smelled the odor of marijuana,” said Lt. David Farrell.
Officers arrested a Milford contractor on larceny charges after he had taken $32,579 from a Westport homeowner in October for a remodeling job and had not done any work, police said today.
Jeffrey Chirillo, 36, was charged with first-degree larceny and offering to do home improvement without a registration upon his arrest on a warrant Thursday at the Milford Police Department, Lt. David Farrell said.
“The victim paid Chirillo $32,579 in cash and checks since Oct. 8, 2016,” Farrell said. “As of mid-January, Chirillo had not started any work at the victim’s residence nor has he provided any of the material the victim has paid him for.”
Chirillo was held in lieu of a $75,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, March 7.
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