Friday, April 19, 2024


Friends of Animals Plans Westport Protest Today

Darien-based Friends of Animals plans a Westport protest today aimed at telling holiday shoppers “to be true to the season’s joyous spirit by avoiding any garments with fur.”

The demonstration is planned for 1 p.m. outside of Albe Furs and Outerwear, 288 Post Road East, across from the Westport Country Playhouse, the organization said in a news release.

It said the “peaceful vigil” will coincide with a similar demonstration at Macy’s Herald Square store in Manhattan which the group said has the largest fur vault in New York City.

The release said Friends of Animals, which described itself as a 200,000-member international animal advocacy organization, will join a local group, Animal Rights Front, in organizing the protest.

Westporter Sentenced in Federal Drug Case

A Westporter was sentenced today in Bridgeport federal court to a year in prison for his role in a marijuana trafficking Image
Flashback: police converge on 132 Greens Farms Road on March 2, 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) file photo

Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas sentenced Ronnie Navarro, 48, formerly of Greens Farms Road, to 12 months and one day in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

In May, he pled guilty following an indictment that charged him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana.

The charges stem from a court-authorized wiretap investigation dating back to November 2004, and on March 2, 2005, members of the FBI-Bridgeport Violent Crimes Safe Streets Task Force executed arrest warrants charging Navarro and others with marijuana trafficking (See WestportNow March 2, 2005).

Playhouse Extends “A Christmas Carol” Image
Luke Sauer of Westport plays Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol,” while in background, Nick Cordileone appears as Bob Cratchit.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson photo
The Westport Country Playhouse has extended its production of “A Christmas Carol” through Saturday, Dec. 30.

Additional performances will take place on Thursday, Dec. 28 and Friday, Dec. 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 and 5:30 p.m.

The adaptation for ages 6 and up is adapted and directed by Tazewell Thompson, playhouse artistic director.  It includes more than 20 holiday songs and dancing.

Ticket prices are $25, $35 and $48.

For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, surf to or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.

Broadhurst Submits Resignation Image
Walter Broadhurst: Submitted his resignation today. WN file photo
By Jennifer Connic

Wesport Police Detective Walter Broadhurst submitted his resignation today rather than appealing his termination before the Board of Selectmen.

Westport police arrested Broadhurst twice in November, and he faces charges on fifth-degree larceny, tampering with evidence, second degree forgery, two counts of sixth degree larceny and second degree criminal trespass.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said Broadhurst came to the Town Hall personnel office today to submit his resignation.

“Under the town charter, he had the right to request a hearing,” he said. “He had that opportunity, but he decided to forgo that and submit his resignation.”

Animal Rights Demonstration Planned

Animal rights activists will be protesting at a Westport store that sells fur garments on Saturday.

Darien-based Friends of Animals will be demonstrating at 1 p.m. outside Albe Furs & Outerwear at 286 Post Road East.

A similar demonstration will take place at Macy’s at its Herald Square store in New York City at the same time.

“In the 21st century, no one needs the fur industry,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals. “Respectful treatment of animals requires a commitment to cease buying or wearing all fur,” noted Feral, “both full-length and trim.”

Brass Music Featured at Library Sunday Image
The Fair Winds Brass Ensemble performs on Sunday at the Westport Public Library. Contributed photo
Fair Winds Brass Ensemble will play at the Westport Public Library on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The group features Patricia Hurley and Ellie Miller on trumpet, Marjie Callaghan on horn and Ed Chansky on trombone, and it’s performance will include Mozart, Ragtime and Sousa.

The members play with the Ridgefield Symphony and hold a residency at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit