Sunday, February 26, 2017
Today’s annual Jazz Jam at the Westport Arts Center was a spontaneous exploration of jazz, blues and other musical styles by some of the community’s best musicians. Students and semi-professionals were encouraged to bring their instrument of choice and join for free. The Jazz Jam also celebrated Black History Month. Brian Torff, the Westport Arts Center’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drums. The next performance in the WAC Jazz concert series is Greg Wall, “the Jazz Rabbi” on Sunday, March 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
There was a large audience today at the Westport Arts Center for its annual Jazz Jam.The event featured some of the finest jazz musicians in the area and beyond. Brian Torff, WAC’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mercedes Arensberg for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
With a look of disbelief, Edward Fitzgerald of Norwalk today stared at the tire tracks leading to the Saugatuck River.
There on the breezy east bank awash in sunlight and the rhythmic sound of overhead traffic on the I-95 bridge, he couldn’t comprehend how his former neighbor might have mistaken a state boat launch for a bridge, if he did.
“It was such a shock,” said Fitzgerald upon reading that Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died in the Saturday night incident that sent his car with him and his wife into the water.
“I knew him from when we lived in Syosset.”
Workers for the second day today were installing a new AT&T cell tower atop the 21 Charles St. building in Westport’s Saugatuck area. Traffic was down to one lane at the intersection of Charles and Franklin Sttreets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckmanfor WestportNow.com
Tire tracks remain today at the edge of the boat ramp of the Saugatuck River on Elaine Road where a car was pulled from the water Saturday night. A man in the vehicle, Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman believed to be his wife was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. The couple was believed visiting family who live not far from the boat ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
The scene today at the state boat ramp on the Saugatuck River where a car went into the water Saturday night. One man, identified as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. Police said they are investigating the cause of the incident but that no foul play is suspected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Westport police today released this photo of a car being removed from the Saugatuck River at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. One person, identified as Richard Lamendola of Syosset, New York, died in the incident. A female companion believed to be his wife was rescued after about 20 minutes in the water, her screams heard by diners at The Whelk Restaurant across the river, who called police. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital, suffering apparent non life-threatening injuries. The couple reportedly was visiting family in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo
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. Police Sunday morning identified him as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York.
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
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