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Coming to the New Haven Line in 2009

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell today unveiled the exterior design and the interior features of the new M-8 rail cars for the New Haven Line commuter train fleet. The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Metro-North Railroad have been working with Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc., over the past several months to finalize designs and begin engineering of the new fleet. The governor’s office released photos of the new cars and said the first M-8 prototype rail car will be delivered in late 2009 followed by delivery of 10 cars per month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Merritt Chain Reaction Crash Sends One to Hospital

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Four vehicles, including two from Westport, were involved in a chain reaction crash in mid-afternoon today on the Merritt Parkway northbound between Exits 42 in Westport and 44 in Fairfield. Westport firefighters and EMS personnel cared for those involved. One person was transported to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Donald John Miklus, 67

Donald John Miklus, a long term resident of Trumbull, passed away suddenly, Feb. 18, 2008. He was born on June 20, 1940 to John and Susan Chopchik Miklus in Fairfield.

Don graduated form Andrew Ward High School and received a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport in 1962. He served as an accountant with the City of Bridgeport and in 1966 took a position with the Town of Westport as an auditor.

In 1970 he was named controller and served in that role until 2001 when, with a charter change his title, with the same responsibilities, was changed to Finance Director.

During his tenure with the Town of Wesport, Don supported the following First Selectmen: John Kemish, Jacqueline Heneage, William Seiden, Martha Hauhuth, Douglas Wood, Joseph Arcudi, Diane Farrell and most recently, Gordon Joseloff.

Westport Man Among 22 Indicted for Drug Trafficking

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport has indicted a 53-year-old Westport man and 21 others on various federal drug trafficking, firearm and witness tampering offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in southwestern Connecticut, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today.

David Karp of Westport was among those named in a 30-count indictment returned on Thursday by the jury and unsealed today following the arrest and presentment of several of the defendants, an announcement said. Sixteen of those named were from Norwalk and Stamford.

Karp was indicted for unlawful use of a telephone to facilitate the commission a felony drug trafficking offense, which carries a maximum penalty of four years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, federal prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, those charged ran an organization engaged in narcotics trafficking and acts of violence. The organization primarily distributed narcotics at locations throughout Norwalk, Stamford and Bridgeport, the announcement said.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Westport public schools are closed for winter break
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”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Tracy Sugarman, “Drawing Conclusions”
7 p.m. – Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8:15 p.m. – Westport Police Classroom – RTM Public Protection Committee

Honoring a Dedicated Westport Employee

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UPDATE Flags flew at half staff outside Westport Town Hall and other municipal buildings today in honor of Finance Director Donald J. Miklus who died Monday night at the age of 67. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff ordered the tribute for the 42-year employee. There will be calling hours Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Ave,. Bridgeport with a service at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Church Tashua, 5170 Madison Ave., Trumbull. A memorial service in Westport celebrating his life was set for Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com