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“Edyo” Keehan Tells Story of Westport World War II Monument in New Book

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1943 Saturday Evening Post cover. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan, a 79-year-old Westport native, went off to World War II at the age of 17, survived battles at sea, and 60 years later fought and won another battle in his hometown—to erect a monument to his fallen comrades.keehan75.jpg
Edyo Keehan: new author. Contributed photo

Now he has authored a new book recounting his experiences, “Battle for Honor” (Trafford Press, $17.95). “I hope many people in Westport get a chance to read it,” he said.

Keehan’s book tells of his time aboard two World War II cruisers, how he came home and worked as a truck manager for 18 years, and then retired and went into real estate.

But all the while he was concerned that a World War II monument that once stood outside the old Westport Town Hall on Post Road East was missing.

‘Tis the Season for Toquet Teens

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Members of Westport’s Toquet Hall Teen Governing Board were in Westport’s downtown Wednesday giving away homemade baked goods and hot chocolate to raise funds for their annual holiday project. Pictured are ( l-r) Kevin Godburn, assistant coordinator of youth services, Matt Jacobs, a Staples senior, and Jordan Kunkes, a Greens Farms Acadeny senior. Funds go to purchase holiday gifts for residents of the Interfaith Housing Association community. Contributed photo

Westport Man Gets Jail Term in Fatal Crash

A Westport man who killed his childhood friend in a 2003 car crash will go to prison for two to four years after pleading no contest today in Norwalk Superior Court.

Igor Bronov, 48, of Hills Lane, Westport, pleaded no contest to second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence. This means he does not admit guilt but declines to contest the charges. He will be sentenced Jan. 20.

The fatal crash occurred early April 5, 2003, when Bronov failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway while driving on Westport Avenue in Norwalk not far from Stew Leonard’s. The car struck a utility pole.

He suffered minor injuries in the crash but his passenger, Alexander Boyko, 46, of Brooklyn, N.Y. died of multiple blunt traumatic injuries. The two had been childhood friends in their native Ukraine.

Boronov, who remains free on bond, could have faced 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges related to the crash.

Westport Zoning Board Approves Staples Football Temporary Lights

The Westport Zoning Board of Appeals tonight approved a request to erect temporary lighting if Staples High School hosts a semifinal championship night game Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The vote was 5-0. Staples football parents have pledged $15,000 to pay for the lights which would be necessary if Staples is victorious in its Thanksgiving Day game against Fairfield’s Warde High School. (See WestportNow Nov. 18, 2004).

The vote was not a surprise. The zoning board has approved at least three similar temporary lighting requests at the field in 1997, 2001, and 2002 for conference football games.

Neighbors who oppose permanent lights at the field now being proposed again ֖ have said they do not object to the temporary lighting.

WestportNow Editor to Address Y’s Men Dec. 2

WestportNow Editor and Publisher Gordon Joseloff will address the Westport/Weston Y’s Men group Thursday, Dec. 2.joseloffcronkite260.jpg
Flashback: Gordon Joseloff with Walter Cronkite in Moscow in 1981. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CBS News photo

Joseloff will speak about the Westport news and information Web site he founded in 2003 as well as his experiences as a CBS News and United Press International correspondent in London, Moscow, Tokyo and other world capitals.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

Joseloff, who has been moderator of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) since 1995, began his journalism career as a teenage reporter in Westport where, among other stories, he covered the RTM.

Westport’s IWT Tesoro Corp. Reports 3Q Gain in Revenue but Overall Loss

Westport-based IWT Tesoro Corp., a value-added distributor of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone floor and wall covering through one of its operating subsidiaries, International Wholesale Tile, today announced revenues of $11.1 million for the three months ending Sept. 30, a 23 percent increase or $2 million over the same period a year ago.

For the nine months ending Sept. 30, revenues were $32.2 million, a 33 percent increase or $8 million over the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2003. The publicly-traded company has its headquarters at 191 Post Road West.

The increase in revenue slowed somewhat during the most recent three-month reporting period due to the severe weather that affected a widespread area of Florida, the Gulf Coast of Alabama and several other Southeastern states, the company said.

The storms also constrained International Wholesale Tile’s ability to deliver its products to temporarily damaged dealer locations.