Monday, April 15, 2024


Driver Suffers Fatal Heart Attack, Crashes Into Stone Wall Image
UPDATE A 79-year-old Shelton man apparently suffered a heart attack before crashing his car into a fire hydrant and stone wall tonight in front of 69 Cross Highway, according to reports from the scene. The driver, later identified as Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest when police arrived, the reports said. He was later pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital (see obituary). Arriving firefighters found a Westport EMS EMT performing CPR on him on the ground next to the car, according to Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. Firefighters aided in performing CPR and the driver was taken to Norwalk Hospital. The man’s wife, who told police her husband complained of chest pains before losing control of the car, was also taken to the hospital in a separate ambulance. Dingee said her injuries were minor. Fire units remained on the scene for three hours to provide lighting while police conducted a detailed investigation of the scene, something usually done when a fatality is involved. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Washboard Slim Returns to Levitt After 20 Years Image
Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, a jug band, returned to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight for the first time in 20 years, according to the band’s creator, Peter Menta (3rd r) aka Washboard Slim. Menta said his Hamden-based group has been largely influenced over the years by other jug bands, blues bands and early jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. Cynthia Fabian, the band’s spokesperson, vocalist and instrumentalist (she said she plays a “kick-ass kazoo”), described the band’s sound as “humorous music with serious overtones…similar to the Spike Jones band (of the 1940s and 1950s era)”  “We’re not just about playing the blues, but getting rid of the blues,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for