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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Metro-North: No Evidence Train Struck a Person

Metro-North officials said today a train crew reported striking something on the tracks of the Saugatuck River Bridge where Westport police said Annette White was hit by a train Thursday.  But they did not notify anyone because they did not find any evidence it was a person.

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A surveillance video released by Westport police today showed the train stopping and personnel looking around and under the train. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo from Westport Police video

Westport police confirmed they had not been notified by Metro-North and only began investigating the possibility that a train struck White after a passenger on the train alerted them Monday morning to a 20-minute stop on the bridge at 6:53 p.m. on Thursday.

Police said White, a 46-year-old Maine native who had been living at an Owenoke Park address since July, was apparently struck by the westbound train as she walked in the dark on the side opposite a narrow pedestrian walkway.

Her body was found floating in the Saugatuck River on Friday and an autopsy showed signs of blunt impact injuries similar to those caused by being struck by a vehicle or falling from a great height.

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12/31/13 10:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

2014 in Ice

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A 2014 ice sculpture on Westport’s Jesup Green tonight caught the attention of Athan Schmutte, 2, of Westport. A bonfire on Jesup Green and fireworks over the Saugatuck River at 10 p.m. were on the First Night schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

12/31/13 10:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taken for a Ride

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Horse-drawn carriage rides were a popular attraction tonight for First Night visitors in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/13 10:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Train Watchers

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A display of model trains delighted First Night guests of all ages today at the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

12/31/13 10:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Storm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Westport and area, which is in effect from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.

It said snow and blowing snow with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches is possible with temperatures in the single digits and teens.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

   

12/31/13 09:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for First Night Button Sales

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Nancy Scherter, a board member of Westport’s First Night New Year’s Eve celebration, gets ready at the button-sale desk today in the lobby of the Westport Weston Family Y’s Bedford Building. Buttons are $15. Horse-drawn carriage rides begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Y, with the Paul and Gene Jazz Duo beginning the first of two sets at 5 p.m. in the Bedford Room, followed by the rock-band RPM at 7:15 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

12/31/13 06:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 112 Imperial Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 112 Imperial Ave. is in process. Built in 1938, the 1 1/2-story cape has 1,644 square feet, is situated on a .30-acre property and changed ownership this month for $632,000. 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

   

12/31/13 04:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Update:  Found German Shorthair Pointer Was Adopted.

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This Female German Shorthair Pointer was found in Hunt Club Area of Westport on Saturday, 11/9/13. By way of update, after a week with the folks at WASA/Animal Control and no owner in sight, our family adopted this pup. She’s happily settling in.

   

12/31/13 04:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Metro-North Announces New Year’s Service

Metro-North said it will operate a reduced weekday AM Peak schedule today, New Year’s Eve, an early afternoon getaway schedule and reduced PM Peak service.

The New Year’s Eve schedule will include extra late afternoon and early evening inbound service, as well as overnight New Year’s morning service. As in past years, those traveling home “early morning” (after midnight) on New Year’s Eve need to have train tickets in advance, an advisory said.

Tickets will be collected prior to boarding trains at Grand Central. As in prior years, alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on Metro-North trains and platforms and at stations from noon on New Year’s Eve through noon on New Year’s Day. The MTA Police will enforce this restriction.

On New Year’s Day, Metro-North said it will operate hourly service, the railroad said. See train times here.

   

12/31/13 02:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Penultimate Sunset of 2013

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Sunset Monday as seen from Westport’s Longshore Cllub Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/13 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - New Year’s Eve


Westport Town Hall, Schools are closed. Library closes at 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
4 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Various in Downtown Westport - 20th Annual First Night Westport

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

12/31/13 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Fireworks Set for a Good Weather First Night

By James Lomuscio

A bit tired from final preparations for the 20th annual First Night Westport-Weston, Barbara Pearson-Rac remained upbeat today about Wednesday’s community New Year’s Eve party set to kick off at 4 p.m.

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The 2014 button features the Roman numeral for 20 marking 20 years of First Night. Contributed photo

“The good news is we will have fireworks this year,” said Pearson-Rac, chairwoman of the First Night board. “And, the weather is cooperating. It will be cold, but it shouldn’t deter anybody from getting out.

“If they’re cold, they can stand by one of the warming fires on Jesup Green, or they can stop by Town Hall for a free cup of Bigelow tea, and we’ll have treats there,” she added.

The fireworks, to be launched from the Imperial Avenue parking lot at 10 p.m., are back after a year’s hiatus. Last year’s laser show was a flop, she said.

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12/31/13 01:23 AM Comments () • Permalink

Where Pedestrians Are Supposed to Walk on RR Bridge

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A man walks on the narrow public pedestrian walkway on the Saugatuck River railroad bridge in Westport in a still frame taken from a 2011 video. Westport police said today Annette L. White was struck by a train Thursday as she walked in an area on the opposite side of the bridge not intended for pedestrian use. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

12/31/13 12:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Train Hit, Pushed Woman into River

By James Lomuscio

Westport Police said tonight that the dead woman found floating in the Saugatuck River Friday morning had been struck by a westbound train the day before while walking across the trestle on the opposite side of the pedestrian walkway, ending up in the river.

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Annette White: Investigation showed she was hit by train. Facebook.com photo

The police made their announcement following an afternoon of evidence recovery dives near the railroad bridge where officers found a cellphone and earring on a bridge pier belonging to Annette White, a 46-year-old Maine resident who had been living in Westport.

“Following information concerning injuries to Annette White which was received from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), Westport Police Department detectives began to review video footage of the Saugatuck train station,” said Capt. Vincent Penna.

He said that a review of video footage of the bridge showed a westbound Metro-North Railroad train stop on the bridge for approximately 20 minutes on Thursday, along with train personnel exiting the train and searching around the lead car.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Text of Police News Release on Woman’s Death

Following is the text of a Westport Police Department news release tonight on the death of Annette L. White, found floating in the Saugatuck River on Friday:

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Police officers today inspect the Metro-North railroad bridge over the Saugatuck River where the victim’s cell phone and an earring were found on a bridge pier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Following information concerning injuries to Annette White which was received from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), Westport Police Department detectives began to review video footage of the Saugatuck train station.

Review of video footage of the Saugatuck River Bridge showed a westbound Metro-North Railroad train stop on the bridge for approximately 20 minutes on December 26th, along with train personnel exiting the train and searching around the lead car.

This morning detectives also received a call from someone who had been a passenger on the same train and who had watched news reports of the incident on television. The caller advised that the train made an emergency stop on the railroad trestle over the Saugatuck River just prior to the Saugatuck train station. The caller said that train personnel exited the train and the train was stopped for over 20 minutes.

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12/30/13 11:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Woman in River Struck By Train

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Westport police tonight said Annette L. White, found floating in the Saugatuck River on Friday, was struck by a Metro-North train Thursday night. Video showed a westbound train stopping on the bridge and an officer today found her cell phone and an earring on a bridge pier directly below the tracks where the train had stopped, police said. Westport Police Chief Dale Call (wearing baseball cap) inspected the bridge today with a Metro-North official.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/30/13 11:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Find Victim’s Cell Phone and Earring on Pier

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UPDATE Westport police today recovered the cell phone and an earring belonging to Annette L. White, whose body was found floating in the Saugatuck River on Friday, police said. As divers worked in the water, an officer found the items on a bridge pier directly below the tracks, police said. An investigation determined she was struck by a Metro-North train Thursday afternoon as she walked on the bridge on the opposite side of the pedestrian walkway. An autopsy on White, 46, who recently had been living at an Owenoke Park address, found she died of blunt impact injuries consistent with a very high fall or being hit by a vehicle.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/30/13 09:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Investigation Shows Woman’s Death Accidental

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UPDATE Members of the Westport police and fire dive team today searched for evidence in the death of Annette L. White, found floating in the Saugatuck River on Friday. An officer recovered her cell phone and an earring on a bridge pier directly below the track area where video showed a train had stopped, police said. Their investigation showed she had been struck by a train Thursday afternoon as she walked on the bridge, police said tonight. Unfamiliar with the area, she was walking on the railroad trestle opposite the narrow pedestrian walkway, police said. They said at this time her death “appears accidental.’ Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/30/13 09:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Year’s Eve: Westport Restaurants Offer Specials

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Relaxed zoning laws have been a boon to Westport’s restaurant scene and this year’s New Year’s Eve restaurant offerings are more varied than ever—from quietly festive to riotous.

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Post 154 in the former main post office on Post Road East is among new Westport restaurants offering their first New Year’s Eve specials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The only common denominator is that reservations are needed, and they are filling up fast.

Post 154, the site of the old Post Office on Post Road East, is going all out Gatsby to usher in 2014 for its first New Year’s Eve: Roaring 20’s music, flapper dancing, champagne toasts, even a midnight balloon drop.

“We have deejay music from an era gone by,” said Caitlin Gilhuly, general manager. “It should be fun.”

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12/30/13 01:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Dover Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Dover Road, off Reichert Circle, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story split has 1,446 square feet and is situated on a .5-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

   

12/30/13 01:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Sunset

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Sunday’s sunset is reflected off of the support strucrture of the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck Riber in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Moleswotrth for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, December 30, 2013


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Chuck Close: About Face”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

M.E.: Woman in River Died of Blunt Impact Injuries

By Gordon Joseloff

UPDATE A 46-year-old Maine woman found floating in the Saugatuck River in Westport Friday died of blunt impact injuries, according to an autopsy. Westport police said they may have been caused by being hit by a vehicle or a very high fall.

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Annette White: Last seen alive at 4 p.m. Thursday. Facebook.com photo

A Westport police statement late today quoted the state Chief Medical Examiner’s Office as saying the cause of death of Annette L. White, who was from Maine but had been recently living in Westport, was “blunt impact injuries to the head, torso, and extremities.”

It added: “Preliminary investigation is that the injuries may have been caused by a significant impact similar to being hit by some type of vehicle or a very high fall. The manner of death is currently undetermined pending further investigation by both the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Westport Police Detective Bureau.”

A duck hunter in a kayak found her floating in waters off of Longshore Club Park. The body was later recovered from waters off of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club after drifting across the waterway toward the Saugatuck Shores side.

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12/29/13 09:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Wakeman Place

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Wakeman Place, off Imperial Avenue, is in process. Built in 1936, the one-story ranch has 1,514 square feet, is situated on a .31-acre property and changed ownership this month for $675,000. 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

   

12/29/13 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Photogs Make NYT Year in Pictures Selection

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Today’s New York Times features the work of Westport photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario in its Sunday Review Year in Pictures section. This picture by Hicks, which takes up the entire front page, shows plainclothes officers searching the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya for gunmen after an attack that killed scores of civilians. Hicks is based in Kenya for The Times. See the online slideshow here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

   

12/29/13 07:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Eunice S. Greenberg, 84

Eunice (Schutzer) Greenberg of Fairfield, a one time counselor and family therapist in Westport, died Dec. 28 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 84.

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Eunice Greenberg: worked as therapist in Westport. Contributed photo

She was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., a daughter of the late William and Cora (Marcuse) Schutzer. She spent her early years in Brooklyn and Long Island and moved to Connecticut in 1941, residing in Bridgeport and Fairfield for more than 70 years.

After raising her family, she returned to school and earned her BGS in Human Services at UConn. She was employed as a counselor / family therapist at CT. Renaissance / Alternatives in Westport and at her private practice The Growing Place.

She was a dancer and technical manager with the Confetti Dance Theater, bringing live modern dance to children throughout the area. She was an avid student at the Silvermine School of Art and was awarded a first prize in mixed media at a student art show.

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Miriam Johnson, 91

Miriam Lehn Kramer Johnson of Georgetown, a graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, died Dec. 21. She was 91.

A lifelong resident of Georgetown, she was born at the Kramer homestead on Weston Road in Georgetown, attended school in Weston and graduated from Staples. For decades she was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Georgetown.

Active in her community, she served as a teacher-assistant at the Lawrence Nursery School in Georgetown for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband Eric Geste Johnson, also of Georgetown; her son Peter Wayne Johnson, of Calabash, N.C.; her daughter-in-law, Starr Lea Johnson of Euless, Texas, and her grandson, Christopher Nils Johnson of Weston.

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12/29/13 06:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gray’s Creek Dusk

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Dusk Saturday at Westport’s Gray’s Creek between Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

12/29/13 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Chuck Close: About Face”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Skating and Slipping at Longshore Rink

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A sunny Saturday attracted a large crowd today to the P.A.L. ice rink at Longshore Club Park. According to Zamboni driver, Ryan Bates, “Saturday of the holiday vacation period is usually our busiest day.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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