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Vehicle Hits Wine Shop, No Injuries

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A vehicle drove into the International Wine & Spirits Shop, 732 Post Road East, today, causing no injuries to a young woman driver and and her small child. The impact shattered a section of the glass on the store’s front window. Emergency workers said there was no structural damage. The vehicle was towed from the scene, according to police, because of the potential danger that the air bags may have a delayed release.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Isabelle Marranzino, 86

Isabelle “Dusty” Marranzino of Westport died March 27 at the Aurora Senior Living Center in Norwalk. She was 86.

She was born in Bridgeport, daughter of Alexander and Anne (Luciano) Marranzino and has been a resident of Westport for 39 years.

Prior to retiring, she had and her sister Michelina (Martha) served as the housekeeper for the clergy at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Bridgeport, Saint Lawrence Church in Huntington, and Assumption Church in Westport.

The sisters, who were called by their childhood names Dusty and Honey, always dressed alike, and as they took walks near their Canal Street home or visited nearby stores, passersby often mistook them for twins.

Dora L. Fiddler, 91

Dora Louise (Altamura) Fiddler of Westport died March 30 at Danbury Health Care Center. She was 91.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 31, 1921. Following a long and successful career on Wall Street in securities trading and investment banking in the 1940s and 1950s, she retired to devote her time to her family.

A resident of Westport for 47 years, she was active in numerous community service and civic activities, including the Westport Historical Society, Fairfield Women’s Exchange, the Investment Club of Westport and the Fairfield County Hunt Club.

She is survived by her husband of more than 56 years, Capt. Roy E. Fiddler; two children, Maria Leukart and her husband Jay of Monroe, and Edward Fiddler and his wife Terry of Brookfield; three grandchildren, Sarah Kelly and her husband Brian of Fairfield, Ashley Leukart of Monroe. and Timothy Fiddler of Brookfield; and two great-grand children, Connor and Jack Kelly.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Old Orchard Road

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UPDATE and CORRECT (earlier version had wrong house pictured) An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Old Orchard Road, off Maple Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1956, the 1 1/2-story cape has 2,152 square feet, is situated on a 1.15-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, April 1, 2013


Animal ban on Compo, Burying Hill, and Old Mill beaches in effect until Oct. 1
10 a.m. – Center for Senior Activities – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Treasures Revealed: The WHS Archives & Collections” & “Inside Story”
Noon – Sherwood Island State Park Entrance – Kickoff: Centennial Celebration of Connecticut’s State Parks with Gov. Dannel P.Malloy, others
1 p.m. – Metro-North Eastbound Station – Ribbon-cutting ceremony with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, others
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Westport Weston Health District: Live Well in Westport workshop
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Former Fire Dept. Intern Arrested on Burglary Charges

A 19-year-old Westport youth with special ties to the town’s Fire Department stemming from the dramatic rescue of his sister from their burning Coleytown home in 1994 was arrested tonight on charges he burglarized the Athletic Shoe Factory on Post Road East.WestportNow.com Image
Former Fire Department intern Jonathan Loeser poses in 2011 with then Assistant Chiefs Andy Kingsbury (l) and Larry Conklin, both of whom were on scene at a 1994 fire in his home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Police service dog Koda tracked down Jonathan Loeser of 7 Bonnie Brook Road to the nearby parking lot of Pier One Imports where he was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Police said at about 6:20 p.m. they received an alarm activation from Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, where they found a window propped open and merchandise stacked on the ground outside. More merchandise, a sweatshirt and a duffel bag were located behind the ASF Outdoors store.

After a perimeter was set up, Officer James Loomer and Koda followed a track from the store out to Maple Avenue South, then to Post Road East, and finally to the Pier One Imports lot at 1460 Post Road East, police said.

Malloy Set for Two Westport Events on Monday

It will be a busy day in Westport on Monday for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

At noon, he appears at the entrance to Sherwood Island State Park to kick off the Centennial Celebration of Connecticut’s State Parks.

Then at 1 p.m. he goes to the Westport Metro-North station in Saugatuck for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly renovated eastbound stationhouse.

Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the building that not only powers the building but also four electric vehicle charging stations outside.