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Friday, February 1, 2008


American Heart Association’s National “Wear Red Day for Women”
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport/Weston Health District cholesterol screening
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery – “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1:15 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Film Noir: “Laura” (1944) with film expert Louis Sabini
7 p.m. – Inn at Longshore – Levitt Pavilion Annual Winter Gala: “Midnight in Moscow”
7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – “The Will Rogers Follies”
8 p.m. – MTC MainStage Studio Theatre – “Edges: A Song Cycle”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Glass Menagerie”

Westport Firm Cited in Critical Blumenthal Report

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today released a report finding that the state badly botched an $80 million deal privatizing payment of some state worker’s compensation claims, likely overpaying a Westport-based contractor and failing to save the state money.

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) doomed the 2001 deal by hiring a contractor lacking the expertise to properly evaluate claims slated for privatization, Blumenthal found.

The contractor, MRM Consulting, Inc., of 1720 Post Road East, Westport, whose CEO is Westporter Adrien Theriault, hired college interns to do key parts of the highly specialized analysis, charging the state $105 an hour, Blumenthal said.

“Friends of Mr. Theriault’s college-aged son from the son’s high school years in Westport with no experience whatsoever in the insurance industry performed critical tasks in developing the reserves and setting the liability on the cases,” the report said.

Police Honor 11-Year-Old Who Saved Choking Brother

By Dave Matlow

Westport police today honored an 11-year-old who performed the Heimlich maneuver—which he learned by watching television—on his 9-year-old brother when he noticed him choking on a piece of peppermint candy at a Westport store last summer.WestportNow.com Image
Michael Smallwood, 11, showed off his commendation today at Westport police headquarters with his brother, Jack, 9, and parents Jeffrey and Shelly. Police Chief Al Fiore presented the certificate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police Chief Al Fiore presented a civilian commendation certificate to Michael Smallwood of Wilton in a ceremony at Westport police headquarters.

Michael was with his brother, Jack, and mother, Shelly Smallwood, at Brandman’s Paint and Decorating on Post Road East on July 30, 2007 when they noticed that Jack was choking and could not catch his breath.

“All of a sudden the little guy was choking erratically and the big boy stepped up to the plate without any hesitation and saved his brother with the Heimlich maneuver,” said Shelly Noble of Weston, a Brandman employee of 11 years who was waiting on the Smallwoods.

Westport Firefighters Aid in Norwalk I-95 Crash

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Westport firefighters today aided at a tractor-trailer crash in the northbound lane near Exit 16 in Norwalk that trapped the truck’s driver and tied up traffic through the evening rush hour.  The Westport units helped in the 45-minute extrication of the driver after the accident shortly before 2 p.m. The driver, a Bridgeport man, was taken to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash sent much of the trafffic on to the Post Road, resulting in lengthy backups into the early evening in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo