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Westport Fire Department Now at Full Strength

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The Westport Fire Department’s newest recruit, Jason Kronenberger of Meriden, was sworn in today by First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell as his wife, Christine, and son, Garrett, looked on. With his addition to the ranks, the department is now at full strength. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  Nate Gibbons/Westport Fire Department photo

Martha Stewart Sentencing Delayed

The sentencing date for Westport’s Martha Stewart for lying about a stock sale has been delayed by three weeks to July 8, federal prosecutors said today.

The sentencing originally had been scheduled for June 17.

Stewart said in a posting on her Web site that her defense team had requested the delay so U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum could consider a new appeal.

The chambers of Cedarbaum, who will hand down the sentence for Stewart and former stockbroker Peter Bacanovic, had no comment.

Stewart was convicted in March for lying about why she sold shares of ImClone Systems Inc. stock in 2001. She could face 10 months to 16 months in prison.

Farrell Addresses U Thant Institute Event

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses today’s Ambassadors’ Luncheon at the Inn at Longshore. Sponsored by the Westport-based U Thant Institute, proceeds of the event went to combating the trafficking of women and children in Asia. Among the attendees was Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, UN Under-Secretary General. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com

D-Day Remembered: Westport’s Robert Loomis

Today’s Sunday Hour of Norwalk features Westport D-Day veteran Robert Loomis in its coverage of the 60th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy.loomis060604.jpg
Robert Loomis rides in the Memorial Day parade. Julia Mally/ WestportNow.com

As a native Parisian, Loomis, 79, could have taken a relatively easy assignment as an interpreter, the newspaper reported. But he chose the infantry instead.

“They had plenty of French interpreters, and I wanted more action,” he said.

Loomis was 19 when he found himself off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, when the naval bombardment began.

“I was with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, 32nd Regiment, 4th Infantry Division,” he recalled. “We landed at H-Hour plus 90 minutes.

“The tide was so low we jumped off the landing craft into four feet of very cold water and had to wade and swim ashore.”

Annual Compo Fireworks Tickets on Sale

As first reported by WestportNow on March 30, the annual Police Athletic League (PAL) fireworks display this year is set for Friday, July 2 at Compo Beach.

The rain date is Tuesday, July 6.

The renowned fireworks family Grucci will again produce this year’s show, the 49th year the PAL has sponsored the event.

Tickets are on sale at the Parks and Recreation Dept. office at Longshore Club Park and the Westport police station. The price through June 14 is $25 per car and will increase to $30 after that.

All tickets must be purchased in advance.