Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Books at Half Price

Volunteers Gloria and Tom Hunter collect the money as shoppers take advantage of today’s half price sale at the Westport Public Library’s annual book sale on Jesup Green. The sale winds up Tuesday with all remaining books available at no charge but donations encouraged. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport Police Say Town Hall Theft Investigation Underway

Four days after Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell confirmed she put Deputy Assessor Kevin Murowsky on administrative leave, Westport police today said a theft investigation is underway at Town Hall involving about $500 in cash and $2,000 in electronic equipment. policestam071904260.jpg
Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore: Theft investigation underway (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

A brief statement from Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore did not name Murowsky, but a Town Hall source said he was linked to the investigation.

The Westport Police Department is conducting an investigation of a complaint that was filed by a town employee,Ӕ the statement said.

Approximately $500 in cash and electronic equipment valued at approximately $2,000 is missing from an office at Town Hall.Ӕ

Westport’s Cygnus Business Media Gets $220 Million Credit Facility

GE Commercial Finance Global Media & Communications announced today that it has arranged a $220 million senior debt facility for Westport-based Cygnus Business Media, a leading, diversified business-to-business media company. The facility closed July 13.

Cygnus Business Media has a portfolio of more than 200 media products reaching five million business professionals annually within 15 major markets.

The company has four divisions—Cygnus Publishing, Cygnus Expositions, Cygnus Interactive, and Cygnus Custom Marketing—with offerings including leading business publications, tradeshows, conferences, Web sites, online products, and custom marketing capabilities.

GE Commercial Finance committed to and underwrote two thirds of the facility with Union Bank of California underwriting the remainder, according to an announcement.

“Cygnus has delivered exceptional performance during a very challenging period for business-to-business media companies,” said Paul Mackler, president and chief executive officer, Cygnus Business Media.

Farrell Officially Opens Campaign HQ

Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today officially opened her Westport headquarters for her campaign to unseat veteran Republican Rep. Christopher Shays. She promised to wage a stiff fight and said, “The best is yet to come from our area. See more photos on POLITICS page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Commentary: Martha Stewart Put Westport on the Map? I Dont Think So

By Gordon Joseloff


The media frenzy whipped up by Martha Stewart’s sentencing Friday produced some interesting and frankly, dead wrong portrayals of Westport by media organizations and reporters who ought to know better.

This lead on an Associated Press story datelined Westport about reaction in Stewart’s hometown no doubt made many Westporters flinch:

“Martha Stewart helped give this prosperous town cachet as she built a local catering business into an empire showcasing domestic perfection.”

CNN reporter Alina Cho, reporting live from in front of Oscar’s Delicatessen on Main Street Friday, informed her audience that Westport “has always been an affluent community but a bedroom community until Martha Stewart put it on the map.”

With all due respect to my media colleagues, I donԒt think so.