Saturday, June 24, 2006
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day Ceremony
2 p.m. - Westport-Weston Health District - Rabies Clinic
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
Three persons escaped serious injury tonight in a two-car accident at Westport’s North Avenue and Fraser Road. A 60-year-old Weston man driving south on North Avenue with his 14-year-old son told police he swerved to avoid a car exiting Fraser Road. His car clipped the other vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old Westport girl, and flipped on its side. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday, June 23, 2006
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar helps Helen Garten, a Board of Finance member, put on a breathing mask she used inside a smoke-filled building during a fire training exercise today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters spent today training in a smoke-filled house on Hillandale Road as they have for the last few days—but there was one twist.
The firefighters had shadows crawling behind them through the house. Town officials and members of the local media had an opportunity to put on firefighting gear and see first-hand how the town’s bravest fight a typical fire.
Board of Finance member Helen Garten was the lone town official who donned the gear, but several others stopped by the training site throughout the day.
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the more typical fire is smaller that is caused by a faulty oil burner or computer monitor overheating.
Westport firefighters and police officers came together to purchase Gorden Hiltz Jr. (r) body armor to take with him to Iraq. He is the son of Police Lt. Gorden Hiltz (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters and police officers are making sure the son of one of their own is protected when he goes to fight in Iraq this October.
Both came together today to present Gorden Hiltz Jr., a U.S. Marine, with body armor to take with him to Iraq. He is the son of Police Lt. Gorden Hiltz.
“I look at this as someone wants to save my life,” the younger Hiltz said. “If something happens, I know I can come back.”
The military issues body armor to the soldiers, he said, but you can never have enough.
(UPDATE) The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area through Sunday evening.
An afternoon advisory said a slow moving frontal system will move into the region this evening.
The showers and thunderstorms associated with this will become increasingly widespread across the region in the evening and overnight period as the front stalls out and a low pressure disturbance develops along it.
This situation is not likely to change until late Sunday. As a result, forecasters expect to see rainfall amounts of between 3 and 5 inches by Sunday evening. Locally higher amounts are possible, the advisory said.
Police are investigating a bank robbery this afternoon at the Fairfield County Bank in Westport’s center. It is the fourth bank robbery in Westport in four months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
A man held up a branch of the Fairfield County Bank in Westport’s center today and made off with more than $3,000, police said.
The robbery, at about 2:30 p.m. at 180 Post Road East, was the fourth Westport bank robbery in four months. Three occurred on a Friday afternoon.
No one was injured in the robbery and no weapon was displayed, according to Sgt. David Kassay of the Detective Bureau.
Police, aided by a canine unit, fanned out along the busy area around Imperial Avenue and Post Road East looking for the suspect. The bank is just down the street from Westport Police Headquarters.
It was the young set’s turn today at the Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show. Wendy Braynian, 10, of Charlestown, R.I., competed on her 10-year-old pony for the $10,000 A-O/Junior Jumper Classic which draws to a close Saturday. The biggest purse in the Westport show is the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix, also to be awarded Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Federal regulators are investigating Westport’s Pequot Capital Management, a $7 billion hedge fund, for possible insider trading, The New York Times said today.
The newspaper cited government officials briefed on the case. Pequot is based in the Nyala Farms office complex on Greens Farms Road off I-95.
A lawyer who once led the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation told Congress that trading at Pequot repeatedly aroused suspicion among stock exchange officials, the newspaper said.
Records show exchange officials on 18 occasions referred cases to the SEC for further investigation, it said.
The sun sets Thursday over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. The first full day of summer saw temperatures reach into the low 80s in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
Thursday, June 22, 2006
The long-in-development John Kander and Fred Ebb musical based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” may bow at the Westport Country Playhouse in 2007 before going to Broadway, Playbill.com reported today.
Columnist Army Archerd quoted producer David Brown as saying the show, now called “All About Us,” was headed to Broadway, but would first debut at the Playhouse. The Playhouse confirmed that negotiations were currently underway, though nothing is yet set in stone, the report said.
“All About Us”—which was once called “Over and Over” and later “Skin of Our Teeth”—has been around for several years, Playbill.com said.
A former manager of Westport’s Siena River Café was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison today in a White Plains, N.Y. federal court in a credit card fraud scheme.
Federal officials said the conspiracy involved more than 70 victims, including patrons of the restaurant, and more than $200,000 in losses.
Victor Kalaba, 41, of Yonkers, N.Y., was one of five persons charged in connection with the conspiracy, according to Michael J. Garcia, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
U.S. District Judge Chares L. Brieant sentenced Kalaba to three years and 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution.
Westport firefighters extinguish a fire in some garbage in the parking lot of Coleytown Middle School today. The garbage was dumped by the driver of a Waste Management garbage truck after flames erupted in his load. He told fire officials he dumped the load to avoid the vehicle becoming engulfed in flames. School was in session at the time but students did not need to be evacuated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo
Wil Berk: sense of humor is important in succeeding in life. WestportNow.com photoLaughter and smiles dominated today’s graduation at Westport’s Staples High School.
Parents, family, teachers and friends looked on as 315 seniors ended their high school careers in a ceremony that was filled with jokes, smiles and laughs.
Senior Wil Berk, who served as master of ceremonies, told his fellow students and a crowded Staples Field House that having a sense of humor is important in succeeding in life.
“Laughter releases us from the sadness that the reality of life can cause,” he said. “It makes us human.”
Staples senior Evan James shows off his diploma at Staples High School’s graduation ceremony today. Staples Principal John Dodig and Westport Superintendent of Schools Elllott Landon follow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples seniors enjoy a laugh during remarks by Wil Berk, master of ceremonies, at today’s graduation ceremony at Westport’s Staples High School. He told them that having a sense of humor was important in suceeding in life. “Laughter releases us from the sadness that the reality of life can cause,” he said. “It makes us human.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Senior Dylan Goldberg was the first to receive his diploma today from Principal John Dodig at Westport’s Staples High School graduation ceremony. Dylan, who was seriously injured in a car crash last August, walked on crutches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Andrew Tschirhart delivered the valedictorian address during today’s Westport Staples High School graduation ceremony. Tschirhart told his fellow students 10 ways to succeed, which included jokes about networking, skating through and outsourcing homework to India. He will enter Yale University in the fall. Andrew’s brother Evan was valedictorian for Staples Class of 2000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s community groups will gather again tonight to discuss the upcoming public meeting on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The meeting is slated for 8 p.m. at Town Hall.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is currently updating the town plan. A public meetting to gather comments for the update is slated for 7 p.m. on Monday at Bedford Middle School.
“Many topics were discussed in our first meeting, but it was clear the most timely issue to be addressed was the Town Plan and this upcoming
forum,” said Matthew Mandell, Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund director. “It is imperative that anyone interested in the future of Westport become involved in the Town Plan process.”
The Westport AARP chapter elected its new Board of Directors during its annual meeting on Wednesday. The new board members are (l-r) Ann Beers, Bill Meyer, Peter Paolillo, Stacy Enyeart, Rosemarie Dusek, Ann Freitag, Diane Boros and Gina Kaplanka. Enyeart was elected chapter president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Building Department officials are reviewing an application for demolishing the house at 15 Prospect Road. The house between Greens Farms Road and Hillspoint Road sold in January for $1.2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Nice weather and the first day of summer brought children out to Westport’s beaches Wednesday. Two boys climb the rocks at Old Mill Beach’s jetty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Graduation
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
The Westport volunteer firefighters took their turn with simulated fire training tonight. Volunteer firefighters descend a ladder during the training at a house on Hillandale Road. The house is slated for demolition. The professional firefighters will be training at the house through the remainder of June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com