Saturday, March 02, 2024


Three Injured in Maple Ave. North Crash

Three persons suffered minor injuries today when their car apparently skidded on icy pavement and ended on an embankment on Maple Avenue North.

Westport firefighters had to extricate the three from the vehicle.

Reports from the scene said their injuries were not life threatening.

Icy road conditions were reported in the area near the Fairfield County Hunt Club.

As Predicted Image
As weather forecasters predicted, snow began falling in the Westport area about mid-day today. There were large flakes at first and then lighter snow mixed with rain. Streets quickly became slippery with numerous minor accidents reported. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday and said 3 to 5 inches could be expected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Leonard J. Massello, 87

Leonard J. Massello, a resident of Westport and Naples, Fla., died Dec. 25 in Naples. He was 87.

Born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph and Palma Massello.

After graduating Yonkers High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. During World War II, he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point, N.C. and served in the Pacific Theater until the end of the war.

After working in the fruit and produce business with his father, he went to Cuba and started his own export business, shipping produce to the U.S. specializing in pineapples and produce.

Laser Show a First Night First

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s 19th annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration set for Monday starting at 4 p.m. breaks with tradition as the fireworks show over the Saugatuck River is replaced by a laser show. Image
The 2013 button design by Miggs Burroughs pays homage to toymakers Melissa & Doug, the button sponsors. Contributed photo

“The laser show, set to music, will be a completely different experience,” said Barbara Pearson-Rac,  president of First Night’s board of trustees. “It’s a first.”

The reason for the switch is the fact that the Levitt Pavilion grounds, from where the fireworks have been launched in the past, is under construction, “and we were asked, no we were told, not to launch them from there,” she said.

“So it was challenging to come up with the razzle dazzle ending people were expecting,” she added, noting that the “Laser Show party” put on by Five Starz Entertainment of Rockland County, N.Y., should foot the bill.