Saturday, February 24, 2024


Tiffany & Co. Donates Westport Film Festival Award

Westport Youth Film Festival Organizers David Burstein, Chris Casey, and Suzanne Spignesi joined Tiffany’s Westport store manager William McGuinness to put the 2005 Audience Choice Award on display. The award was donated to the festival by Tiffany & Co. and will be bestowed at the 2005 Festival on May 14. The film with the highest number of audience votes will be awarded the hand-engraved crystal at an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in the Fairfield Community Theater. The second annual Westport Youth Film Festival will be held at the theater from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets visit the festival Web site or call (203) 454-2222. Contributed photo

Today’s Minute Man Race Draws Mix of Entrants

When hundreds of runners line up for today’s 27th annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League (WYWL) they will cover a 5-kilometer course for many reasons.

More and more people are lacing up their shoes not to win medals but just for the fun of it. The idea of exercising while raising money for a worthy cause appeals to both athletes and amateurs alike. 

Entrants in the Minute Man Race include a mix of youthful talent and competitors in the older ranks. Westport resident Miggs Burroughs has run the race for the past 22 years. Burroughs also serves as a judge for the race’s art contest.

“Running a well organized race like the Minute Man year after year not only serves as an annual benchmark in my quest to keep a few steps ahead of the grim reaper, but it is one of the first opportunities of the year to shake off the chill of winter and reconvene with fellow runners and friends who I haven’t seen all year,” said Burroughs.

Two Off-Duty Westport Firefighters Credited With Saving Crash Victim

Two off-duty Westport firefighters are being credited with saving the life of a young man in Hamden.

Westport firefighters Jeff Gootman and Brian Meadows were traveling together on Wilbur Cross Parkway Friday when the driver ahead of them lost control of his vehicle, WTNH-TV reported.

Gootman and Meadows pulled the 19-year-old driver from the wreckage just before the car burst into flames.

The victim was treated at Yale-New Haven hospital but officials say his injuries would have been much worse, or even fatal, without the firefighters quick actions.

Chance Encounter in France

A wedding outside Paris Saturday was the setting for a chance encounter between Westport resident Jessica Bram (l) and former Westport residents � now living in Ireland � Mario and Frances Vecchi. The Vecchis lived in Westport from 1995 to 1998 and said they have fond memories of the town and miss the friends they made here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo