Tuesday, March 05, 2024


No Shoplifting Reported This Holiday Season

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No larcenies have been reported to Westport police from downtown merchants, and a police presence may be a deterrent.

Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said today he has not seen any reports of larcenies this holiday season, but there is a possibility of them still happening.

The large chain retailers most times are required to call the company’s security department before calling police, he said.

A police presence downtown may be why there are no reported larcenies, he said.

Police Seek Spa Robber

A man wearing a mask and showing a knife robbed the Born of Earth Spa on Westport’s Post Road West tonight, police said.

No one was injured in the robbery at about 6:15 p.m. at the spa at 372 Post Road West, according to detectives.

The robber, described as a heavy set black man, escaped with an undetermined amount of cash from the register, police said.

There were no injuries among customers and employees, police said.

I’m Buddy, and I was Adopted

Brittany spaniel mix Buddy needs a home
Hi, I’m Buddy! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Do dogs come any more handsome than me? I don’t think so. Look at that pose. Hi, I’m Buddy, a 4-year-old, altered male Brittany spaniel mix. You can find me at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road East, (203) 227-4137). Right before the holidays, my family decided that they couldn’t take me along on their move. I bet they are getting coal in their stockings! Their loss, however, can be your gain. Like my name implies, I’m very friendly with both people and other dogs. I can be a bit shy at first but then I’m ready to be your best “buddy.” Please stop by soon to meet me.

CL&P Ordered to Halt Westport Daytime Construction Work

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said today that daytime construction work by Connecticut Light & Power Co. which has disrupted holiday shopping traffic this week along Post Road East has been ordered halted.

“I received word late today that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) has revoked permission to carry on the daytime work effective immediately,” Joseloff said.

The first selectman said he was seeking confirmation from ConnDOT that a separate daytime ConnDOT maintenance project involving a drainage system in the vicinity of Roseville Road, which had added to the traffic problems, would also be suspended.

Joseloff said he was told by a ConnDOT official that Arthur W. Gruhn, the department’s chief engineer, ordered the CL&P work by contractor Bond Brothers to continue only during nighttime hours through Thursday. After that, he said all state road work will be discontinued until sometime in the new year.

Flu Vaccines Available at Health District

The Westport-Weston Health District has flu vaccines available to those who may not have received one yet this year.

The vaccine is available by making an appointment by calling Loren Pace at (203) 227-9571 x231.

There are no residency restrictions to receive the vaccine, which costs $32 in a cash payment.

There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants, and they must bring their Medicare cards for billing purposes when receiving the vaccination.

Health officials said vaccination in December and later can still provide protection because during most years, the flu season does not peak until February or later.

Gates Foundation Gives $1 Million to Save the Children

Westport’s Save the Children announced today that it has received a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a water and sanitation project in West Darfur, Sudan.

The grant will help the agency provide sanitation facilities and clean drinking water to more than 55,000 displaced children and family members forced to flee their homes and live in temporary shelters due to continued violence, an announcement said.

“The humanitarian crisis in Darfur requires immediate action. Save the Children’s efforts will help prevent many unnecessary deaths among displaced families in West Darfur,” said David Fleming, Director of Global Health Strategies at the Gates Foundation.

“In West Darfur, the need to provide conflict-affected children and families with access to basic water and sanitation facilities remains urgent,” said Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children.