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Scouts Set Christmas Tree Collection Effort for Jan. 8

The Boy Scouts of Westport’s Troop 39 will take away Westporters’ Christmas trees as part of a fund-raising effort on Saturday, Jan. 8.WestportNow.com Image
The Boy Scouts of Troop 39 of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Those wishing to participate are asked to reserve a spot online and take their tree to the end of their driveway the night before. The trees will be taken away and turned into mulch, an announcement said.

The requested $15 donation will go toward the troop’s character-building activities, such as food drives, community service projects, and backpacking trips. 

Reservations are being accepted at www.troop39scouts.com/treepickup.htm. Once a reservation is made, residents are asked to tape their donation – cash or check made out to Boy Scout Troop 39 – to their front door and have the tree ready by 6:30 a.m.

Making a Holiday Gift

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Westport residents and Greens Farms Elementary School students Alistair Boughton (c) and Hunter Duffy (l) present a donation to Bridgeport Hospital. Alistair drew unique t-shirt designs and sold them to schoolmates, teachers and family. The students appeared on the school’s TV channel to promote their efforts. Susan Chudwick, director of development at Bridgeport Hospital, received the donation which will will go to the hospital’s new toy room. Contributed photo

Challenging the Wright Brothers First Flight Claim

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Milford school teacher Andy Kosch told the Westport Rotary Club today the claim that the Wright bothers performed the world’s first airplane flight in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, N.C. is untrue. Actually, he said, the feat was accomplished two years earlier by a Bridgeport man named Gustave Whitehead. He said Whitehead flew a distance of about 40 feet at an elevation of between 10 and 40 feet. Kosch heads a team that built a replica of Whitehead’s 1901 flying device, and in 1986, he said he successfully piloted the replica for a short flight at Bridgeport’s Sikorsky Airport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police ID Woman’s Body; Unsure of Cause of Death

UPDATE Westport police said today they are unsure whether a 48-year-old woman whose pajama-clad body was found by a newspaper carrier in a snow-covered Kings Highway North parking lot early today died as a result of a tragic accident or foul play.
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The driveway of the building at 164 Kings Highway North where the woman was found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Captain Sam Arciola said the State Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Cindy D’Auito on Thursday to determine the cause of death.

A late afternoon statement backed off from an earlier police characterization of the death as “suspicious.” “At this time nothing has been ruled out and the detectives are looking closely at her whereabouts over the past day,” Arciola said.

“It is still unclear if this is a tragic accident or the result of foul play but the department, assisted by the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Unit, is working hard to give closure to the family and community at large.”

Friend Says D’Aiuto Told of Attempted Abduction

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE His face weather-beaten and forlorn, Jack Miccio navigated the sidewalk narrowed by banks of snow in front of Canal Park, a residence run by the Westport Housing Authority.

Near the corner of Canal Street and Kings Highway North, his lined face trembling, Miccio approached a visitor.

“Is it true about Cindy?” he asked. “I was in love with her.”

Cindy D’Aiuto, 48, had been discovered around 6:30 a.m. by a Connecticut Post newspaper carrier who said he had spotted the body, clad in pink pajamas and wearing slippers, behind a nearby building at 164 Kings Highway North.