Tuesday, March 05, 2024


Frances Johnson, 84

Frances Johnson of Weston, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 26. She was 84.

WestportNow.com Image
Frances Johnson: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Margaret Kacerik. 

She was born in Webster, Mass. and graduated from Putnam (Conn.) High School class of 1947.  She married her high school sweetheart, Matthew H. Johnson, moved to Westport and ultimately Weston where they raised their family. 

She worked for more than 20 years at Weston Woods Studios and even appeared in the film “Corduroy” with her grandson, Erik. She was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Weston. She loved her summers at her home on Cape Cod which included walks along West Dennis Beach.

Westport Firefighter Back From Afghanistan

WestportNow.com Image
Westport Firefighter Pete Nichio takes down the Blue Star Service Flag today at Westport Fire Headquarters upon his safe return from his year-long military service that included a 10-month tour in Afghanistan. “I am overjoyed to be back with my family which includes the brotherhood of the Westport Fire Department,” he said. Added Chief Andrew Kingsbury: “Looking up and seeing that flag reminded us of Pete on a daily basis and of the sacrifices he was making for us all. We are blessed to have him home again.” Nichio, a Shelton resident and staff sergeant with the Army National Guard Motor Transport Unit in Stratford, said he was assigned to breakdown of small bases which, he said, is part of the military withdrawal process. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Malloy Orders Halt to State Roadwork in SW CT

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today directed the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) to halt all routine state roadway maintenance activities in lower Fairfield County to ease traffic congestion resulting from the power disruption on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.

The affected roadways include I-95, the Merritt Parkway, the Post Road (Route 1), Route 7, Route 123 and other busier secondary roads, an announcement from the governor’s office said.

Work on the lane expansion project on I-95 in Norwalk has been suspended until further notice, and there will be no lane closures except in the case of an emergency.  Malloy said the halt on routine road work in the area will continue until further notice.

“Needless to say, I am frustrated at this situation and continue to press the folks at Con Ed and Metro-North to fix it as quickly as possible,” Malloy said.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. lot – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Tree Board
3 p.m. – Westport Library – Documentary Series: “Eyes on the Prize” & Discussion
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Just Out on DVD: “The Great Gatsby”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – RTM Finance, Library Museum Arts, Public Works & Employee Compensation Committees Joint Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen LGBTQ Book & Film Group
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Inspecting the North Avenue Bridge Work

WestportNow.com Image
Westport-based mason Marc Bolduc, a sub-contractor for NJR Construction, today inspects the work on the north entrance barrier wall of the North Avenue Bridge over th Aspectuck River which has been undergoing reconstruction since March. Bolduc said the stone finish is a New England thin stone veneer. Work is now scheduled to be completed by late October, according to Chief Engineer Bob Orton. “The north entrance stone barrier wall is nearing completion and the parapet walls will be poured on Friday,” he said. “Next week we pour the sidewalk.” The final phase is the site work, including paving and tree planting, Orton said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

27 Staples Students Earn National Merit Honors

Staples High School Principal John Dodig announced today that 27 Staples seniors have been named as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp. will be presented to the students who participate and excel in nearly every activity Staples High School offers, Dodig said.

Those cited are singers, athletes, journalists, computer whizzes, piano players, artists and actors, he said. They take Advanced Placement (AP) and honors classes, along with culinary, graphic design and are active in community service clubs.

The students include: Sara Banbury, Deanna Baris, Melissa Beretta, Ryder Chasin, Katherine Cion, Jack Cody, Tristan Forbes, Meghan Fox, Beatrice Gomes, Michelle Gurevich, Cecilia Kiker, Max Liben, Alex Mapley, Tyler Marks, William McDonald, Connor Mitnick, Anais Mitra, Emma Moskovitz, Victoria Nachman, Jessica Pressman, Jake Reiner, Daniel Shapiro, Ariana Sherman, Alec Solder, Carly Steckel, Baxter Stein and Nicholas Stern.