Saturday, July 20, 2024


Police Step Up Patrols

Westport police will be patrolling the streets more this weekend checking for those who may be driving while intoxicated.

Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon, department public information officer, said no sobriety checkpoints are planned this holiday weekend, but there will be more officers on the roads.

Those officers will be not only checking for those who may be driving drunk, he said, but also looking for those violating other motor vehicle laws like speeding.

Shannon said drivers should allow plenty of time when traveling this weekend, he said, and to drive safetly.

More Funds Sought for Staples Project

By Jennifer Connic

The Staples Building Committee will seek over $1 million to complete the high school’s construction project, but the exact figure is unknown at this time.

Dan Kail, building committee chairman, said a session is planning with the Board of Education on Dec. 5 to discuss the requirements to complete the project.

The figures on how much is needed are not finalized at this time, he said, but should be ready for the building committee’s meeting next week.

“I’m going to hold off on saying how much we need until we see the numbers,” he said.

Tiffany’s Benefit for Earthplace Set

A Peregrine Falcon with a broken wing isn’t the first image that comes to mind when one hears the words Tiffany & Co. Nor do thoughts arise of woodchip trails along a 62-acre preserve and displays showcasing mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

But on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m., the Westport Tiffany’s on the Post Road plans to host an invitation-only cocktail reception benefit for Earthplace, Westport’s nature center located at 10 Woodside Lane. Titled “Keys for a Cause,” the event aims to raise funds for the renovation of Earthplace’s Exhibit Hall. When completed, Earthplace officials say, the 3,200-square-foot hall will include more interactive, real-life animal displays.

Frank Grazynski, Earthplace’s development manager, added that the event will also offer guests a chance to win Tiffany gifts. “Guests can purchase keys that may open a golden-padlocked vitrine,” Grazynski said. “Vitrines will display Tiffany Blue Boxes filled with wonderful treasures.”

For further information, contact Earthplace at 227-7253.

Businesses To Be Alerted in Emergencies

The Business Council of Fairfield County is working with communities—including Westport—and businesses throughout the region to provide emergency alerts to companies.

The Fairfield County Business Alert allows businesses to receive information directly from the local community’s public safety departments in the event there is a crisis.

Both Police Chief Al Fiore and Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the system will help the businesses and public safety workers in more frequent emergencies like storms and flooding.

During recent blizzards and snow storms, Fiore said, the governor has asked business owners to give their workers the day off so the roads can be cleared more easily.

Woog To Sign Book at Historical Society Image
Pictured at the Westport Public Library unveiling earlier this month are (l to r) Betty Lou Cummings, author Dan Woog, Historical Society executive Director Denise Torv, Jo Woog, and Jo Fuchs Luscombe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for
Longtime Westport News columnist, author and educator Dan Woog is scheduled to sign copies of his latest book, “Staples High School, 120 Years of A+ Education,” at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The book, which sold out at its debut at the Westport Public Library in early November, is now in its second printing and on sale at the society.

Woog, who has spent years as a Staples High School substitute teacher and soccer coach, choreographs the public high school’s history from 1884 through today, with an inside look at educators and students.

In addition to the WHS, the book can be purchased online at and For further information about the event, call 222-1424 or visit Woog will also be signing copies of the book on Friday at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westport-Weston Family Y on the corner of Post Road East and Main Street.

Joseloff Takes Office

By Jennifer Connic

Led by new First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, a slate of new faces took office tonight in the town’s inaugural ceremony. Image
Outgoing First Selectwoman Diane Farrell administers the oath of office tonight to Gordon Joseloff, new first selectman, while new Selectwoman Shelly Kassen looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for

Twenty-seven new people—some returning after a stint away from elected office—filled the 52 positions tonight after being elected just two weeks ago.

In his address, Joseloff said he was overwhelmed by the turnout at the event and the support he has been given.

“I was elected by all whether they were Democrat, Republican or Independent,” he said. “I ran the RTM as non-partisan, and I will run the town as non-partisan.”