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Thursday, May 29, 2008


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Bridge Street Bridge (William J. Cribari Bridge) closed for maintenance
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Parent/Teen Movie: “Juno”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Pavilion”

Westport Vet Gets His Medals Back

By Larry Untermeyer

Five years ago, Westporter Neil Croarkin lost everything in a house fire. Today he got back some of his prized possessions—two World War II medals.WestportNow.com Image
Congressman Christopher Shays presents medals to Neil Croarkin at Norwalk City Hall today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Congressman Christopher Shays presented Croarkin with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medal, both of which had been awarded to him while he was in the Pacific Theater. 

Several weeks ago, his son Tom, who lives in Fairfield with his wife and daughter, contacted Shays to see if the congressman could arrange to have the awards replaced as a special gift for his father’s 89th birthday on Monday.

With the cooperation of he Department of Army, Shays was able to secure the replacements which he presented to Croarkin in a special ceremony at Norwalk City Hall. Shays’s tight schedule did not permit a stop in Westport.

Richard J. Masiello, 71

Richard J. Masiello of Westport died May 28 at home. He was 71.

He was born in Norwalk on Aug. 30, 1936 son of the late James and Clara (Cassio) Masiello and had been a lifelong resident of Westport. Prior to retiring in 1994, he was the owner of the Masiello Bus Company of Westport.

He was a veteran of the U.S Army. His passions were antique cars, gardening, cooking and his red Corvette.

Survivors include his long-time companion, Eve Palmer of Westport, two sons, Tony Masiello and his wife Quan of Boston, Andy Masiello and his wife Lenay of Harrisburg, N.C., one daughter, Joanne Gardener and her husband Norman of Sandy Hook, one brother, William Masiello of Shelton, one sister, Diane Dorio of Norwalk, three grandchildren, Micheal, Jessie and Jonathan Masiello and former wife and dear friend, Margaret Clayton-Amey of Oxford.

IIn addition to his parents, he is predeceased by one brother, James Masiello.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Saturday, May, 31 at 9:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and 10 a.m. in St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery on Kings Highway. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Save the Children Gets $1 Million from Gates Foundation

Westport’s Save the Children today announced a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its immediate and long-term relief and recovery efforts in cyclone-stricken Myanmar.

The grant was received within days after the cyclone hit, allowing Save the Children to quickly deliver humanitarian aid. Unofficial estimates from the United Nations report 102,000 people have died, and up to 1.9 million people have been affected since Cyclone Nargis hit the southwestern corner of Myanmar on May 5.

“Over the past three weeks, Save the Children has reached more than 208,000 children and families with life-saving items,” said Save the Children CEO and president Charles MacCormack.

“But many communities in the disaster-affected areas have yet to be reached, and more aid will be needed over the coming weeks, months and even years as families begin to piece their lives back together.”

Westport’s Playtex Sued Over Baby Bottle

An Arkansas woman is accusing Westport-based Playtex Products of using a dangerous chemical to make its plastic baby bottles.

Ashley Campbell’s federal lawsuit filed in federal court in New Haven is the latest legal challenge of the industrial chemical bisphenol A, which is used in everything from plastic water bottles to DVDs. Campbell says the chemical is linked to serious health problems.

The lawsuit seeks nationwide class-action status to represent thousands of potential plaintiffs.

Playtex spokeswoman Jacqueline Burwitz said the company does not comment on pending lawsuits. The company said in a statement that regulators in and outside the United States continue to deem the chemical safe.

Reminder: Bridge Street Bridge Closed Today and Thursday

A reminder that routine mechanical and electrical maintenance work will close Westport’s Bridge Street Bridge, formally known as the William F. Cribari Bridge, today and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The swing bridge and the roadway from Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue to Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue, about a quarter mile, will be closed intermittently with signs and markings for detour routes posted.

The annual maintenance work was announced May 19 by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (See WestportNow May 19, 2008)

Car Crashes Into Stone Wall

A car crashed into a stone wall early today on Greens Farms Road at the intersection with Morningside Drive South, Westport fire officials said.

By the time police and fire units arrived on the scene at 1:22 a.m., no one was in the car, according to Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.

He said emergency workers were told that the lone occupant had been transported to the hospital by passersby.

Firefighters remained on the scene until a tow truck could remove the Saab 93 from the wall. There was substantial front end damage to the car, Conklin said.