Tuesday, March 05, 2024
A two-car rear-end accident on I-95 in Westport southbound between Exits 18 and 17 during the morning rush hour today sent three persons to the hospital and caused massive traffic backups. Two Westport ambulances transported the injured, who suffered minor neck and back injuries, to the hospital, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. The accident occurred in the center lane just south of the Hales Road overpass, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
To the Editor:
Thanks to all my friends for bearing with me on the latest batch of news about the domestic abuse incident that made national news.
I would like to state the following truths to correct the misinformation that was put in the paper and on WestportNow regarding the published domestic abuse case: I had been living in the home with my children for three months and had legal rights to be in the house and to see my children.
I was assaulted with my own iPhone while I was lying on my bed reading a book. I fought to get my iPhone back because I had an audiophile from earlier that evening of David treating me horribly in front of my children. I called 911.
He lied to the police, telling them that I was not supposed to be in the house and that he was acting in self-defense—not that he assaulted me first. Because we both hurt each other, we both had charges against us by the state, which have now been dropped.
UPDATE A Westport police marine unit early today investigated an unmanned boat circling in the Saugatuck River off Westport’s Owenoke Park between Compo Beach and Longshore.
Police responded after someone reported hearing shouting or screaming in the water shortly after midnight, according to reports from the scene. A second boat was seen leaving the area.
Police contacted the circling boat’s owner who lives on Saugatuck Shores who confirmed his 17-year-old son had been out on the water, the reports said.
Police later spoke to the son who told them he and his two friends were okay, the reports said.
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teen Animé Night
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. –
Levitt Pavilion Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Ave.) – Westport Community Band (moved indoors due to weather forecast)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By James Lomuscio
All the stars seems to be aligned tonight as Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) officials gave a report detailing the progress made toward their goal of bringing a movie theater back to Westport.
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg tells of progress at tonight’s Westport Cinema Initiative meeting at Bobby Q’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“I’m very pleased to say we are beyond the talking stage,” state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, WCI president, told about 20 people who had assembled in the rooftop beer garden at Bobby Q’s Restaurant downtown.
“We’ve been showing movies for months, we have three potential sites for a permanent venue and we now have 501C3 status.”
The latter will allow the WCI to solicit tax deductible donations when it begins its campaign to raise between $3 and $4 million in about three months. That money, said Jerry Minsky, who is heading up the campaign, will go to building the two-screen theater, operating expenses and starting an endowment.
A team at the Westport Arts Center today installed collages and drawings by internationally acclaimed artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude which opens Thursday. Pictured (l-r) are Vladimir Yavachev, Catherine Sippin, Adam Blackbourn, and Helen Klisser During, the center’s director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Katie Hacala for WestportNow.com
The Westport Public Library is one of 10 sites nationwide selected to inaugurate Freading (free reading), a system for checking out e-books, to begin later this year, the American Library Association (ALA) announced today at its annual meeting in New Orleans.
Westport was chosen to participate by Library Ideas, LLC, a Virginia-based film and media distributor. The system is based on its popular and successful system for downloading music through libraries, called Freegal. The announcement was at the ALA meeting by Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas.
When Freading goes online, Downing said, it will offer 20,000 copyrighted titles from 16 publishers. The titles will use Adobe Digital Editions and will work on every major device except the Kindle.
With Freading, library patrons can download books for a two-week loan with a two-week renewal option, Downing said.
Stuart McCarthy, director of Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department, expects a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Compo Beach fireworks scheduled for Friday at sunset.
The Parks & Recreation Department discourages cordoning off beach spots for the fireworks and leaving chairs and tables unattended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
“It’s supposed to be a beautiful night,” said McCarthy. “During the day I’m looking at sunny in the 80s. So if they want to buy a fireworks ticket, they better buy it now.” Tickets are on sale at the Parks & Recreation office and police headuarters.
McCarthy predicts the 2,000 available tickets selling at $30 each per car to be sold out before Friday. All of the money raised will go to the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) which is sponsoring the fireworks launched from a barge off Compo.
McCarthy also stressed that all guests “show consideration for other beach goers by not trying to reserve huge swaths of beach for themselves or guests.”