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High-Speed Police Chase in Westport Nabs Four

A high-speed police chase early today in Westport ended with the arrest of four youths after their car was found to be stolen.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jerry Shannon said at about 3 a.m., Norwalk police notified Westport that they were in pursuit of a 1999 Neon that had been involved in a robbery in Norwalk.

The car entered Westport in the northwest part of town around the Stonybrook-Old Hill Road area, he said.

Westport police assisted in stopping the car at the intersection of Kings Highway North and Old Hill Road and apprehending four suspects.

Rowland Announces Purchase of 38 Used Rail Cars to Ease New Haven Line Woes

Gov. John G. Rowland today announced the addition of 4,000 seats to Connecticuts rail commuter service by early fall while accepting a new $1.02 billion plan to purchase more than 300 new electric rail cars to replace and expand the stateҒs aging fleet on the New Haven Line. 

A statement from the governor’s office said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is purchasing 38 used rail cars from Virginia Railway Express that will quickly add approximately 4,000 seats to Connecticuts commuter rail service prior to the start of the fall commuting season. 

The cars are expected to arrive in Connecticut shortly and will be inspected and serviced over the summer, the statement said. ConnDOT will also purchase some new locomotives to support the expanded fleet.

The cars will be used on Shore Line East and some of the branch lines, transportation officials said, freeing Bombadier cars and maintenance equipment for the New Haven Line.

Downed Power Line Closes Post Road East

A downed live power line forced the shutdown of Post Road East today near the Carvel ice cream store in the area of 1000 Post Road East for about an hour.

Police and fire units blocked the scene while utility crews worked to shut off power to the line.

Police detoured traffic in the area. The incident occurred at about 12:35 p.m. and the street was reopened at 1:37 p.m.

Cause of the downed wire was not known, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jerry Shannon.

What’s New Inside WN: CPR Classes Offered, New Art Exhibit Readied, etc.

To help readers keep up on what’s new inside WestportNow, we call your attention to the following:

On the COMMUNITY page: Westport Volunteer EMS to offer CPR courses June 14 and 21…Bob McGrath takes over from Pete Wolgast as head of Westport and Weston Y’s Men.

On the ARTS & LEISURE page: The Westport Arts Center readies its Winners Circle exhibit.

On the BUSINESS page: Westport’s Cygnus Business Media names Ken Fisher CFO…Fairfield County Bank and Bank of Westport receive merger approval.

On the HEALTH & FITNESS page: Westport/Weston YMCA offers indoor swimming this summer.

Be sure to also check out the WestportNow CLASSIFIEDS for the latest postions offered, wanted, rooms for rent, etc., and post your own.

TEAM Westport Hosts Amistad Tour and Reception

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Amistad reception Friday in Stamford. AMISTAD America, Inc. photo
For many people, the Amistad slave incident of 1839 was brought to life by Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film “Amistad.” It told the story of 53 Africans who were kidnapped to be sold as slaves. They were held on a ship called La Amistad.

Three years later, a re-creation of the schooner called Freedom Schooner Amistad was constructed at Mystic Seaport and launched as a floating classroom to foster unity and improve race relations.

Now the Amistad is in Stamford through Saturday and to celebrate its docking, TEAM Westport, the town’s diversity panel, is hosting Westport/Weston residents at a special reception Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stamfords Avalon Dock.

TEAM is short for Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.