Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Westport residents and Greens Farms Elementary School students Alistair Boughton (c) and Hunter Duffy (l) present a donation to Bridgeport Hospital. Alistair drew unique t-shirt designs and sold them to schoolmates, teachers and family. The students appeared on the school’s TV channel to promote their efforts. Susan Chudwick, director of development at Bridgeport Hospital, received the donation which will will go to the hospital’s new toy room. Contributed photo
Milford school teacher Andy Kosch told the Westport Rotary Club today the claim that the Wright bothers performed the world’s first airplane flight in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, N.C. is untrue. Actually, he said, the feat was accomplished two years earlier by a Bridgeport man named Gustave Whitehead. He said Whitehead flew a distance of about 40 feet at an elevation of between 10 and 40 feet. Kosch heads a team that built a replica of Whitehead’s 1901 flying device, and in 1986, he said he successfully piloted the replica for a short flight at Bridgeport’s Sikorsky Airport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Metro-North said tonight that on Wednesday, it will operate its planned Dec, 29 weekday schedule.
See a current Oct. 17 timetable or refer to www.mta.info for details on train times. an announcement said.
UPDATE Westport police said today they are unsure whether a 48-year-old woman whose pajama-clad body was found by a newspaper carrier in a snow-covered Kings Highway North parking lot early today died as a result of a tragic accident or foul play.
The driveway of the building at 164 Kings Highway North where the woman was found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Captain Sam Arciola said the State Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Cindy D’Auito on Thursday to determine the cause of death.
A late afternoon statement backed off from an earlier police characterization of the death as “suspicious.” “At this time nothing has been ruled out and the detectives are looking closely at her whereabouts over the past day,” Arciola said.
“It is still unclear if this is a tragic accident or the result of foul play but the department, assisted by the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Unit, is working hard to give closure to the family and community at large.”
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE His face weather-beaten and forlorn, Jack Miccio navigated the sidewalk narrowed by banks of snow in front of Canal Park, a residence run by the Westport Housing Authority.
Near the corner of Canal Street and Kings Highway North, his lined face trembling, Miccio approached a visitor.
“Is it true about Cindy?” he asked. “I was in love with her.”
Cindy D’Aiuto, 48, had been discovered around 6:30 a.m. by a Connecticut Post newspaper carrier who said he had spotted the body, clad in pink pajamas and wearing slippers, behind a nearby building at 164 Kings Highway North.
UPDATE Connecticut Light and Power Company said today it had restored power to all but a handful of Westport customers.
Utility crews work on Hillspoint Road near Spicer Road today. Power was restored to 61 area customers in early afternoon after at least a 26-hour outage caused by a tree falling on power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sixty-one customers in the Hillspoint Road-Spicer Road area got their power back within “the past hour,” said an official at 2:30 p.m. They had been out for about 26 hours since a tree brought down power lines at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
They and a few other Westporters were in the dark Monday night as temperatures plunged into the low 20s overnight. At 11 p.m., only one outage was reported.
CL&P said Monday night that because of the complexity of replacing a pole and wiring, the company did not anticipate being able to restore power to the Hillspoint-Spicer Road area until some time this afternoon.
Zazel Bentz Wilde, a longtime Westport resident and the wife of Edgar Wilde, died Dec. 27 at home. She was 93.
She grew up in Hagerstown, Md., and met her husband there when he was stationed at a nearby military installation during World War II.
After the war, they moved to New York City, and then to Westport. A member of the Patterson Country Club in Fairfield for many years, she was an avid golfer.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of 66 years, include, her children, Zazel Loven of New York City, Jeffrey Wilde of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Pamela Stenberg of Rehoboth, Mass., and grandchildren, Hillevi, Sven, Kathryn, Alexander, Chloe and Paige.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today announced the town will hold a “People’s Budget Workshop” session next month to provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions and offer opinions as the 2011-2012 municipal budget process gets under way.
“Given the economic times and the need to be even more prudent in our spending and balancing needs with available resources, I wanted to initiate a new way for Westport residents to get directly involved early on in the budget process,” Joseloff said.
“Given our increased costs, the simple fact is we are unable to continue to offer the same level of services while keeping the tax rate the same. The people of Westport need to understand this and help their elected representatives prioritize our spending.”
The session will take place on Monday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall Room 201. It will be carried live on Cablevision Channel 79 and streamed on the town website.
UPDATE Westport police cordoned off a portion of Kings Highway North today as they awaited the State Police Major Crime Unit after the discovery of the body of a woman, later identified as Cindy D’Aiuto, 48, of Wesport, in the parking lot by a newspaper carrier. An autopsy determined that she died of hypothermia and her death was ruled accidental. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The parking area behind Westport’s 164 Kings Highway North today where a newspaper carrier found a woman dressed in pajamas at 6:29 a.m. in what he described as “like a horror movie.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport police closed off a portion of Kings Highway North after a woman was found lying outside at 6:29 a.m. by a newspaper carrier. Police awaited the State Police Major Crime Unit.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
More scenes around Westport today as Westporters dug out from the blizzard. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Connecticut Light and Power Company reported tonight about 60 Westport homes will be without power until Tuesday in the aftermath of the Sunday-Monday storm that brought high winds and heavy snow to the Westport area.
At 10:45 p.m., the utility said 75 Westport customers were without power. Earlier, there were more than 1,000 reported in the dark.
A CL&P official said 61 customers were affected by a downed tree and power lines at Hillspoint Road and Spicer Road. He said tonight because of the complexity of the pole and wire replacement at the location, it will be at least Tuesday afternoon before full power restoration will take place.
Metro-North said tonight it will operate a regular Saturday schedule on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines on Tuesday.
Two children who wore seat belts were among those in a Ford Explorer who escaped serious injury in a rollover at mid-day today on I-95 southbound at Exit 18 in Westport, the Fire Department said. The youngsters, who appeared to be shaken up, as well as others declined transport to the hospital, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. Cause of the accident was not stated but it occurred as clean up was under way from the blizzard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, December 27, 2010
UPDATE A CL&P official said tonight because of the complexity of the electrical work involved, it will be at least Tuesday afternoon before a damaged utility pole can be replaced and power restored to residents in the area of Westport’s Hillspoint Road at Spicer Road. A tree came down on power lines shortly before noon today, affecting 61 customers in the area, CL&P said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A 93-year-old man struck by a car on Dec. 11 as he crossed Post Road East in Westport’s center has died, Westport police said today. He was the second pedestrian fatality on the roadway this month and the third in two years.
The crosswalk in front of 76 Post Road East near where Ira Leonard Eisner, 93, was struck on Dec. 11. Police said he was not in the crosswalk which has a pedestrian-controlled traffic light button. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Ira Leonard Eisner of Woodridge Road, Stamford was hit by a car in front of Restoration Hardware, 76 Post Road East, at about 5:35 p.m. but police said he was not in the crosswalk there. (See WestportNow Dec. 11, 2010) No charges have been filed against the driver, police said.
Police said they were informed he died at Norwalk Hospital on Sunday. “At this time the cause and manner of death has not been determined by the Medical Examiner,” a news release said.
A preliminary investigation has determined that the victim was crossing from the south side to the north side of the roadway, police said. According to witnesses, the victim was not in the pedestrian-controlled crosswalk and was wearing dark-colored clothing.
The National Weather Service reported today that Westport received 14.8 inches of snow in the 29 hours of the Sunday-Monday blizzard.
The amount was reported by a trained observer, said an announcement from the Weather Service office in Upton, N.Y.
The NWS issued snowfall amounts for locations around the region as reported by the public or trained observers.
The office also said that Bridgeport today reported a record 4 inches of snow for this date. It said Bridgeport received a total of 12 inches from the storm.
UPDATE A tree came down today at 11:30 a.m. on Westport’s Hillspoint Road at Spicer Road, closing the roadway and knocking out power to 61 customers in the neighborhood, according to CL&P. The main wire caught fire and burned in the road for about two hours, sending smoke throughout the area, according to witnesses. A CL&P official said tonight because of the complexity of the electrical work involved, power restoration has been delayed until Tuesday afternoon. Hillspoint Road was partially reopened at 2:30 p.m. Julianne Bochinski for WestportNow.com
Westport and Westporters cleaned up today from the December 2010 Blizzard that brought more than a foot of snow. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
With the day after Christmas sales mostly lost to the blizzard, there was a scramble today to get sidewalks on Westport’s Main Street clear for bargain-hunting shoppers. Among those also documenting the clean up was prize-winning photographer Spencer Platt, a Westport native who roams the world for the Getty Images photo agency. He won the the World Press Photo of the Year award in 2007. (See WestportNow Feb. 9, 2007) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
A worker uses a snow blower on Westport’s Main Street today to clear the sidewalk. Monday’s storm dumped more than a foot of snow on the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Metro-North said at 12:35 p.m. that limited hourly train service has resumed on the New Haven Line.
An announcement said the railroad will be operating a train at 12:52 p.m. from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal making all local stops.
In addition, Metr-North willl be operating a train at 1:07 p.m. from Grand Central Terminal to New Haven making all local stops.