Monday, December 31, 2007
Red balloons marked the 14 venues where today’s First Night Westport Weston 2008 events were being held, including the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Imperial Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A tow truck operator prepares to remove the car of a Westport Main Street shoplifting suspect after he crashed head-on into a parked and unoccupied pickup truck on Coleytown Road near Easton Road. The man was being pursued by Westport police when the crash occurred. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A suspected shoplifter being pursued by Westport police crashed his car head-on into a parked pickup truck today on Coleytown Road near Easton Road after a high speed chase on the Merritt Parkway.
A shoplifting suspect’s vehicle crashed into a parked and unoccupied pickup truck today on Coleytown Road near Easton Road. Two water company workers moments earlier had been working on the box between the vehicles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The man, later identified as a Chilean national, Manuel Galacia, 65, was injured in the crash and taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. He was later released and held at Westport police headquarters on $25,000 bond pending a court appearance Wednesday.
During the chase, the suspect tossed items out of his window apparently taken from Parfumerie Douglas Cosmetics at 57 Main St., according to detectives who recovered the merchandise.
Two water company workers had just left an equipment box next to where the crash occurred and were uninjured.
Metro-North’s New Haven Line is operating extra service today for New Year’s Eve.
The line is operating a regular Saturday schedule today with additional service during the morning and evening peaks.
In addition, it will have extra afternoon and evening inbound service, and overnight service into the “wee hours” of Tuesday, New Year’s Day. Last trains will leave Grand Central Terminal between 5 a.m. and 5:33 a.m.
Off-peak fares will be in effect today and Tuesday. December commutation tickets will be valid on New Year’s morning between midnight and 6:30 a.m., as well as for one additional courtesy ride until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the railroad said.
Westport Town Hall and public schools are closed except for First Night events. The Westport Public Library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3 p.m. to midnight - various locations - First Night Westport/Weston: see FNWW Web site for event and venue information
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Westport firefighters clean up after a two-vehicle accident today at the intersection of Post Road East and Imperial Avenue. No one was injured in the accident but a pickup truck involved had to be taken from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Toys ‘R’ Us at 1850 Post Road East near the Fairfield line has begun a store closing sale. An employee said the store will be closed by Jan. 30. T. J. Maxx is expected to take over the prime retail spot with its HomeGoods outlet. Toys ‘R’ Us has been at the location since 1992 when it took over a spot formerly occupied by Child World. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Bank suspect: caught on video. Contributed photoUPDATE A man robbed a bank at Westport’s Stop & Shop supermarket today near the Fairfield line, police said.
The robbery at the People’s United Bank branch inside the store at 1790 Post Road East occurred at 11:20 a.m. The amount of money taken was not immediately known.
Police said the robber approached the counter, demanded money, and then left by the store’s east exit. A note was recovered at the scene. The man, described as about 5-foot-7, in his 50s, and wearing a black jacket, jeans, and sunglasses, did not display a weapon, police said.
Police were not sure whether he escaped on foot or in a vehicle. Anyone with information regarding the suspect should contact the detective bureau at (203)341-6080.
No events are scheduled.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
A Weston woman receives medical treatment (behind firefighters) after she lost control of her Jeep Wrangler today on Ford Road and the car ended up caught in trees just above the Saugatuck River. She managed to get out of the car before police and firefighters arrived and was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport EMS personnel prepare to transport a Weston woman to the hospital today after her car rolled down the Saugatuck River embankment on Ford Road. Westport firefighters put down absorbent booms and pads to absorb fluids and prevent contamination of the river. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
As 2007 draws to a close, peace advocates maintained their hour-long Saturday morning vigil today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport. The protest began two and a half years ago, in June of 2005, and has continued regardless of weather conditions with about 25 Westporters, sometimes augmented by out-of-town visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
It was follow the leader for these skaters at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. The rink’s holiday schedule includes open skating through New Year’s Day. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
3:30 p.m. - Zest Restaurant - A Dickensian Grand Tea
Frannie, 6, of Norwalk loves libraries. According to her mother, the first grader at Norwalk’s Tracey Elementary School is so fond of libraries that she frequents both the Norwalk and the Westport Public Libraries on a regular basis. This week she visited the Westport Library and selected a stack of books to bring home for some New Year’s holiday reading. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Friday, December 28, 2007
Traffic was slowed on the Merritt Parkway this afternoon by an accident in the southbound lane between Exit 44 in Fairfield and Exit 42 in Westport. The weekend getaway traffic came to a standstill because of the incident at about 3 p.m. a short distance south of the Merwins Lane overpass in Fairfield from where this photo was taken. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow presents another in its new series of before and after looks at transformed Westport properties. The house at 10 Covlee Drive in the Saugatuck Shores area was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 31, 2005. At the time of the demolition, Howard Mason, who owns the new house with wife, Jackie, said that he lived around the corner at 3 Covlee Drive until 1983. He said he always wanted to return to Saugatuck Shores so he bought the one-story, 1,700-square-foot, 1951-built house on 0.27-acre in October 2004 for $820,000 and planned to replace it with a 3,400-square-foot colonial. It turned out to be 3,696 square feet. Click on the photos or arrows to see the transformation. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will play the Countess de Lago in the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth,” Aug.5-23, according to a complete list of 2008 productions.
Phylicia Rashad: to star in “Sweet Bird of Youth.” File photo
The production will be directed by Tazewell Thompson, the Playhouse’s artistic director.
The Playhouse’s 2008 season will also include Morris Panych’s “Vigil” (Feb. 26-March 15), Jon Marans’ “A Strange and Separate People” (April 1-19), Craig Wright’s “The Pavilion” (May 13-31), the musical revue “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration” (June 10-28), David Wiltse’s “Scramble” (July 8-26), and John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” (Oct. 7-25).
Rashad is currently starring on Broadway in “Cymbeline” and will appear as Big Mama in February in her sister Debbie Allen’s production of Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”