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School Bus Damaged in Crash

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Front end damage was extensive today to a Westport school bus involved in a crash on Post Road West. None of the 17 students aboard en route to Kings Highway Elementary School was injured. Two others in one of two cars also involved in the crash declined transport to the hospital. Witnesses said the bus was struck head-on while at the traffic light at the intersection of Post Road West and Sylvan Road North by a Honda Pilot SUV that was out of control after colliding with an Acura SUV. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

No Students Hurt in School Bus Accident

UPDATE An accident involving a Westport school bus and two cars at Sylvan Road North and Post Road West today left no students injured but two persons in one of the cars suffered slight injuries, police said.

The driver said there were 17 students on the van en route to Kings Highway School. The van was turning on to Post Road West when the accident occurred.

Police asked the public to avoid the area because of the accident which occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m.

A second school bus was sent to transport the children to school.

Dave Matlow contributed reporting

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Non-Union Supervisory Pension Board
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) – Staples High School PTA One-Day Holiday Book Fair
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society –  “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Zoning Citation Hearing
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “On Duty: Odermatt, Metinides and Weegee”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Dr. Paul Epstein, “Happiness Through Meditation”
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teen Animé Night
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseeker Special: Elevator Speeches That Wow
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

‘Holiday’ Bow

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The cast of the script-in-hand performance of “Holiday” takes a bow tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. The popular script-in-hand series is curated by Anne Keefe, the Playhouse’s artistic advisor. The romantic comedy written in 1928 by Philip Barry, who also authored the well known “Philadelphia Story,” was remade as a film in 1938 starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A Developer’s Plan Adjacent to Old Town Hall

By Dave Matlow

From a tiny drive-up to a 4,600-square-foot commercial building, Westport developer Rob Haroun has big plans for the property he owns at 100 Post Road East next to old Town Hall.

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The new commercial building will replace the bank drive-in next to the old Town Hall on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Haroun, who will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals with his project on Tuesday night, plans to demolish the former bank drive-up structure in the spring of 2012 to begin construction on his one-story building.

He said the new structure will have a brown brick exterior similar to that of the old Town Hall located at 90 Post Road East and occupied by the retailer Spruce.

Haroun said the new building will blend in with other downtown brick structures such as the nearby Post Office, the police station on Jesup Road, and Urban Outfitters scheduled to open on Post Road East. He said his building’s exterior will also have a limestone border around the windows and a small courtyard in front.

Report: Fairfield County Tops U.S. Wealth Gap

Westport sits smack in the middle of an area with the widest income gap between rich and poor of any metro area in the United States, according to a Bloomberg report today.

The report focused on the suburban New York region as economic inequality in the country sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement and is shaping the 2012 presidential campaign.

“Nowhere is the contrast between rich and poor clearer than in the metropolitan region abutting New York, stretching from Greenwich on the west to Bridgeport on the east,” Bloomberg said.

“This 625-square-mile swath, where subsidized housing complexes sit blocks from multimillion-dollar mansions, is home to the widest income gap of any metro area in the U.S., according to Census Bureau data compiled by Bloomberg.

Police Release Sketch, More Murder Details

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A sketch of the suspect made by an MTA police sergeant. Contributed photo

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Westport police said tonight that the jewelry robbery-murder suspect fled in a car that was “small and boxy, like a Honda Element, a Scion or a Nissan Cube.”

Police Chief Dale Call made the announcement following the release of a sketch of the suspect wanted in Thursday night’s shooting death of Westport jeweler Yekutiel Zeevi .

“When he said boxy, he meant boxy,” Call said of description of the car leaving the scene of the crime.

He added that the vehicle had no front license plate, making it difficult to determine if it were registered in Connecticut or out of state

James L. Fine, 66

James L. Fine, entrepreneur, marketer and indefatigable bon vivant of Weston and previously a Westport resident, died Dec. 11 of acute myeloid leukemia. He was 66.

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Jim Fine: “indefatigable bon vivant.” Contributed photo

Born in Brookline, Mass. on Nov. 28, 1945, he was the son of Milton and Marsha (Endlar) Fine.

After a peripatetic and indifferent secondary school career, he found his true home at Bard College, where he was active in dramatic productions with such classmates as Blythe Danner and Chevy Chase.

According to Bard legend, he also played a role in bringing together two students named Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who became the jazz-rock band, Steely Dan. 

Source: Six Diamonds Stolen in Westport Murder

UPDATE A gunman who killed Westport jeweler Yekutiel Zeevi at his Westport business made off with six diamonds valued at about $300,000, a source familiar with the investigation said today.

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Yekutiel Zeevi: active in New York diamond industry. File photo

The state Medical Examiner’s Office said Zeevi died of “multiple gunshot wounds” but did not say how many. The source said there may have been as many as six.

Westport police have not released what was stolen and said there was no new update today on the crime or search for the suspect who killed Zeevi, 65, and wounded associate Ronen Konfino, 48, Thursday night at Zeevi’s second floor business at the Compo Shopping Center.

Meanwhile, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA), which is based in the midtown Manhattan jewelry district, today issued a special crime alert about the incident and provided members with surveillance photos of the suspect from the Westport Police Department.