Saturday, December 06, 2014
It was a wet Saturday today for Westporters with temperatures barely making it into the 40s. Partly cloudy weather is forecast for Sunday with temperatures dipping below freezing at night.View is looking west on Post Road East near Compo Acres and Compo Shopping Centers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Walter R. Melillo, a graduate of the Westport schools and then a teacher for 35 years in the school system, died Dec. 4 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 90.
The husband of the late Ann (Mayor) Melillo was born Feb. 25, 1924, the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Carrara) Melillo.
He grew up on Franklin Street in Saugatuck and attended Saugatuck Elementary School, Bedford Junior High, and Staples High School.
At Staples, Melillo was a stalwart two-way player who was one of the Wreckers’ first great running back/receivers. In 2004, he was inducted into the Staples football “Wall of Fame.”
Walter J. Laughlin of Westport died Nov. 25 in the home that he built 61 years ago. He was 94.
He was born June 16, 1920 in New Haven to the late Joseph and Amelia Laughlin. He moved to Westport in 1938. A proud World War II veteran, he joined the U.S. Army in May 1942 and was stationed at a B-24 bomber air Base near Norwich, England. He returned home on the Queen Mary in 1945.
He married his wife Nancy on June 28, 1941 at Assumption Church in Westport. In the years to follow he built many homes in Westport and Monroe. He loved to travel and took many trips to London as well as touring the English countryside. On one occasion, he visited the air base where he was stationed during the war.
He also enjoyed his travels to Ireland and Scotland. He and his family spent many summer vacations on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.
The Bedford Acting Group at Westport’s Bedford Middle School this weekend is presenting “Anything Goes,” the classic musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The show opened Friday night and continues today with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door ($10 for students/$12 for adults, cash or check only). Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
A Norwalk woman who escaped a fiery crash early today on Post Road East as her car plowed into the rear of a tractor-trailer was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive a reasonable distance apart, police said.
Lt. Ryan Paulsson identified the woman as Ainsley Friedberg, 52, of 100 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk. She was released on a $500 bond for a Dec. 18 court date, he said.
The accident occurred about 1:10 a.m. near the intersection of Post Road East and Church Street. A light rain was falling at the time. (See photo here.)
Witnesses said the driver of the tractor-trailer helped Friedberg escape from the car, which was wedged under the rear of the truck carrying milk.
The Westport Library’s Great Hall was crowded with visitors today for the library’s holiday book sale. Coordinator Mimi Greenlee said all 3,000 books and more than 1,000 CDs and DVDs are in “pristine gift-worthy condition.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The weekend Westport Library holiday book sale drew large crowds today. It is taking place in the library’s Great Hall. The event continues until 5 p.m. today and resumes Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A solar-powered teaching app designed for Africa’s poorest countries—and created by the Coleytown/Bedford Middle School Robotics team—has the middle schoolers set to compete in the state finals of the FFL (First Lego League) World Class competition on Sunday in Shelton.
The middle schoolers, aka the Mechanical Masterminds, already won the regional qualifying event in Tolland on Nov. 22, according to Lyn Hogan, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
The students won the Core Values and Teamwork award, while also achieving high scores on the Research Project; Robot Design and Technical Review. It is the second year in a row they are heading to the state finals.
The 2014 Mechanical Mastermind’s team members include Coleytown Middle School eighth grade students, Nick Ambrose, Rob Diorio, Ben Jia, Daniel Kornbluth, Joe Xiang, Josh Zhang and Andy Zheng, and Bedford Middle School student Justin Schmidt, all 13, along with parent Coach Steve Diorio and Assistant Coach Mark Kornbluth.
UPDATE Westport firefighters get set to attack an engine compartment fire after a car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer carrying a load of milk at about 1:10 a.m. today at Post Road East and Church Street. The driver, Ainsley Friedberg, 52, of Norwalk escaped without injury. She was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive a reasonable distance apart, police said. She was released on a $500 bond for a Dec. 18 court date. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Angela Ethier for WestportNow.com
UPDATE The engine compartment of a car is engulfed in flames moments after it crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer early today on Westport’s Post Road East at Church Street. The driver, Ainsley Friedberg, 52, of,Norwalk escaped injury with the help of the truck driver. She was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive a reasonable distance apart, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Angela Ethier for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A female driver escaped serious injury today when her car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer at 1050 Post Road East in front of the Little Barn Restaurant and burst into flames. The truck driver helped the woman out of the car as flames engulfed the engine compartment, witnesses said. The woman was taken to police headquarters where Lt. Ryan Paulsson later identified her as Ainsley Friedberg, 52, of 100 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk and said she was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive a reasonable distance apart. She was released on a $500 bond for a Dec. 18 court date, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A car is wedged under a tractor-trailer early today near 1050 Post Road East after crashing into its rear at about 1:10 a.m. The engine compartment burst into flames as the truck driver helped the female driver escape, witnesses said. She was not injured, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Quick thinking by a tractor-trailer driver helped a female driver escape from her car which burst into flames after crashing into the truck’s rear near 1050 Post Road East at about 1:10 a.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Scenes from a crash on Post Road East early today involving a car and a tractor-trailer. The female driver of the car escaped without injury after it burst into flames. WestportNow.com photos
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - 10th Annual Book & Gift Sale
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ballet Etudes Company, “The Nutcracker”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Workshop in Engineering Design using “Solidworks”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “Anything Goes”
4:30 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Christmas tree lighting
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Winter Party
8 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity (75 Church Lane) - A Chanticleer Christmas
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “It’s A Wonderful Life”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, December 05, 2014
UPDATE Westport Police said Harbor Road is now open between Bermuda Road and Pebble Beach Road in Saugatuck Shores after earlier being closed due to water main break.
A 26-year-old woman bit a police officer and a paramedic and spit in the face of a second officer as they were responding to a domestic disturbance two days after Thanksgiving, police said today.
It followed by a day another attack on a Westport police officer who was punched in the face as he attempted to subdue an allegedly intoxicated woman.
Alexandra Skiffington, who police identified as living on Richmondville Ave.—but Skiffington in an email message on Jan. 22, 2015 to WestportNow said she has never lived there but only visited her boyfriend there and actually lives in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla.—remains incarcerated at Niantic’s York Correctional Institution in lieu of a $25,000 bond, the Norwalk Superior Court Clerk’s Office said today.
She was released from Norwalk Hospital on Tuesday and on Wednesday was arraigned before Judge William Wenzel, who continued her case to Wednesday, Dec. 10. Unable to post bond, she was transported to Niantic.
By Susan Granger
You don’t need to have seen the first three animated “Madagascar” movies to appreciate the spinoff “Penguins of Madagascar” because it works entirely on its own.
The origin story shows how the early antics of Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knight) were recorded in Antarctica by a documentarian (Werner Herzog) who wanted to observe the flightless birds in their natural habitat.
The villain is Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), an octopus who jealous of the attention the cute penguins get at zoos and aquariums and marine parks. He plans to kidnap the waddling penguins and turn them into dreadful mutants.
Aid comes from Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch) from an undercover task force called North Wind. His team consists of an explosive-expert seal (Ken Jeong), a brainy owl (Annet Mehendru) and a brawny polar bear (Peter Stormare).
The Westport Library’s Great Hall was a beehive of activity today as more than 50 volunteers prepared for the weekend holiday book and gift sale. Coordinator Mimi Greenlee said all 3,000 books and about 500 CDs and DVDs are in ‘pristine gift worthy’ condition.” She said this is the second year having the sale in the Great Hall. Previously it was held in the McManus Room. “The Great Hall gives visitors a chance to see everything else that’s going on in the library,” she said.”They get to sense the buzz here.” The sale runs Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Volunteers set up for Saint Luke Parish¹s “Not So Silent Night” Christmas Party and Auction tonight 7 – 10 p.m. at 49 North Turkey Road North. The event features food from local restaurants as well as a raffle and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $35. Proceeds go to local charities. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Sister Maureen Fleming at (203)222-0478. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 17 - 21, 2014:
Fay J. Farquhar to Helen A. Swalina, 28 Strathmore Lane, Paid in Norwalk, $414,000
John J. Donovan Estate to Michael Brian and Sarah Teresa Baldwin, 6 Daybreak Lane, $815,000
Rex Investments to Daniel A. Daly and Mary Reid Ervin Daly, 17 Church St. South, $845,000
Some of Connecticut’s best known female photojournalists have fun Thursday night at the opening reception for the “Connecticut Women Photojournalists Group Show” at McLevy Hall, 202 State St., Bridgeport. Curated by photojournalist Douglas Healey (r) of Westport, the exhibit includes 80 photos. Among those represented are (l-r) Cloe Poisson (Hartford Courant), Jessica Hill (Journal Inquirer, The Associated Press), Helen Klisser During (WestportNow, freelance) Sherry Peters (formerly Hartford Courant, freelance) and Michelle McLaughlin (Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, freelance). Also among photos on display are those by Westport’s award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario. The exhibit runs until Jan. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Members of the Westport Garden Club display the result of their annual day of wreath-making held at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. The wreaths are donated for display in public buildings in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ann Pawlick for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Artists Talks
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Middle School Book Club
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Staples’ Nerdfighter Club: Villains in Love, Jullian’s Therapist, C4S, & Broadcast Hearts
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Saint Luke Parish (49 Turkey Hill Road) - “Not So Silent Night” Christmas Party & Auction
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Anne Keefe (2nd l), curator of the popular script in hand reading plays at the Westport Country Playhouse, was honored tonight by board members and friends at a party held at Mitchells, 670 Post Road East. She is pictured with (l-r) Darlene Krenz, Mary Ellen Marpe, and Ann Sheffer. Playhouse staff member Bruce Miller presented Keefe with a framed composite of the covers of all 37 script in hand plays she has presented at the Playhouse.”There were 37 script in hand readings, 231 actors and 15,315 butts in seats,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Santa and Frosty, aka Al’s Angels, made an appearance tonight at the CLASP holiday party at Chatham Manor in Norwalk. Westport-based CLASP serves people with autism and developmental disabilities in group homes, four of which are in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Earthplace and the Westport Green Task Force tonight hosted a presentation by Chantal Collier, director of The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Sound Program, who spoke about the Conservancy’s studies about nitrogen loading and the health of sea grass beds in the Sound. After the talk, a panel discussed ways that Westport, homeowners and area communities can work to reduce nitrogen loading in local waters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Westport had another Christmas tree lighting tonight, this one at Saugatuck Center. Highlight of the event was Santa’s arrival by boat. Special seasonal treats were provided by Saugatuck Sweets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com