Sunday, March 03, 2024


Police Toy Drive Under Way Image
Westport police officers today collected toy and cash donations at their annual toy drive at the parking lot of The Athletic Toy Factory, 1560 Post Road East. “As soon as we set up this morning, a man stopped by and gave us a $20 donation,” said Sgt. Jill Ruggiero (l), co-organizer. “Soon after that a woman drove up and completely emptied her wallet of cash and coins as a donation.” On Monday, she said police will deliver gifts to Homes With Hope and Newtown Kindness followed next week to St. Vincent’s Hospital and St. Charles.” The drive continues this weekend and next between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. With Ruggiero are Officers Mike Gudzik (c), co-organizer, and Sam Sabin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Historical Society Holiday House Tour Set for Sunday Image
Volunteers gathered to promote Sunday’s Westport Historical Society 27th annual Holiday House Tour. Led this year by Westport lifestyle expert Mar Jennings, it takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be followed by the “Eat, Drink & be MAR-y” party at Terrain home and garden retail store on Post Road East from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Five homes are on the tour – three in Westport and two in Fairfield. “ “It will be like a Bing Crosby Christmas special,” said Jennings. Tickets are available at or at the Westport Historical Society at (203) 222-1424. Pictured (l-r)  are Ed Gerber, member of WHS board of directors; Sue Gold, WHS executive director; Mar Jennings, honorary tour and party chair, and Kathy Winter, event producer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Brief Widespread Power Outage Hits Westport

UPDATE A brief widespread power outage hit parts of Westport’ today.

There was no immediate information as to the cause.

Connecticut Light and Power said at one point as many as 6,060 customers were without power, or 49 percent of the town,

The outage, which occurred at about 7:20 a.m., had mostly been restored by 7:35 a.m. CL&P reported 11 customers out at 9:10 a.m.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Annual Holiday Book & Gift Sale
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The Athletic Shoe Factory (1560 Post Road East) – Westport Police Department annual toy drive
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Wakeman Town Farm (134 Cross Highway) – WTF Annual Christmas Tree Sale
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilberties Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Pet Supplies Plus (1870 Post Road East) – Save Our Strays Pet Photos with Santa benefit
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Westport Library – Screening of “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Chuck Close: About Face”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Digital quilting project with with Maker-in-Residence Balam Soto
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Ballet Etudes Company presents “The Nutcracker”
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – “Guys and Dolls”
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Staples High School – Westport’s Academy of Dance: “The Nutcracker”
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Wakeman Town Farm (134 Cross Highway) – WTF Tree Lighting Celebration
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre presents “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Getting Ready for Weekend Library Book Sale Image
Two dozen volunteers set up today for this weekend’s book and gift sale at The Westport Library. Sale Co-Chair Mimi Greenlee was overseeing the sale which this year takes place on the library’s main level. The sale, in the Library’s main level, is on during regular library hours Saturday and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Feds Order Metro-North to Make Safety Improvements

UPDATE Federal officials today ordered Metro-North to make major safety improvements — starting with two crew members at the controls in some places on its rail lines.

The order followed the high-speed derailment that killed four persons and injured 63 over the weekend. The train driver reportedly told first responders he dozed off.

The emergency order from the Federal Railroad Administration requires Metro-North to modify its signal system so that it will automatically slow down a train if the engineer fails to do so in spots where there is a dramatic speed change.

Until that happens, two qualified crewmembers must be in place to operate trains on tracks where the speed limit changes by more than 20 mph.

Large Crowd for Public Radio Essayist, Host Image
David Bouchier, an award-winning weekly essayist for National Public Radio in New York and Connecticut, who also hosts a program of classical music and commentary called “Sunday Matinee” on WSHU-FM, was guest speaker today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Extra chairs had to be brought in for his remarks, part of the AT&T Cultural series. He spoke of life in a small French village where he had spent some time, a talk he called “Testing a Retirement Dream.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Honoring Nelson Mandela Image
The flag at the Wesport Police Department was at half staff today following Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s order to honor South African leader Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday. He also ordered flags to remain at half staff Saturday in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the lives lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Schools Above State’s Standardized Test Target

The Westport Public Schools performed above the state’s “ultimate target” on the Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests (CAPTs), according to a report released by the state Department of Education.

The report, “Connecticut 2012-13 School Classifications,” examines 1,300 public schools based on test scores and graduation rates as outlined by the state Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Westport’s district performance index (DPI) was 93.9 for the CMTs and 93.3 for the CAPTs, indices above the state’s goal of 88 on both tests.

The state used a five-tier classification of schools: excelling, in which 25 percent of the students who scored about the state goal were considered advanced; progressing, schools that reached the state goal and above; transitioning, where the student performance index (SPI) was between 64 and 87; review, schools with an SPI below 64; and focus, considered the lowest performing schools in the state.

Doris M. Fable, 90

Doris Mills Fable of Westport, wife of the late William E. Fable, died Dec. 4 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 90. Image
Doris M. Fable: 82-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born Feb. 25, 1923 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the daughter of the late Otto and Evelyn (Spangenberg) Mills, she had been a Westport resident for 82 years.

Prior to retirement, she was the receptionist for the Westport-Weston YMCA for many years. She was a 1944 graduate of the University of North Carolina, a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, and an avid gardener.

Survivors include two sons, William Sandy Fable and his wife Susan Goldberg of West Hartford, John M. Fable and his wife Anna Fortuna Fable of Fairfield, her four grandchildren, Jesse, Evan, John and Alexandra, her sister-in-law, Laura Mills of South Bristol, Maine and three nieces.