9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 1560 Post Road East – Westport Police holiday toy drive 11 a.m. – Westport Historical Society – 29th Annual Holiday House Tour 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Pet Supplies Plus (1870 Post Road East) – “Pet Photos with Santa” benefit for Save Our Strays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Holiday Book & Gift Sale 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Ballet Etudes Company’s “The Nutcracker” 2 p.m. – Staples High School – Westport Academy of Dance’s “The Nutcracker” 2 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Miracle Worker” 2 p.m. – Westport Library – Holiday Music with Art-Strings Ensemble 4 p.m. – Christ & Holy Trinity (75 Church Lane) – Sonos Handbell Ensemble 5:30 p.m. – Post Road East & Main Street (in front of Calypso) – Community Menorah Lighting
FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. (c), a Westporter until earlier this year, briefs President Obama today on the San Bernardino shootings. The White House tonight announced Obama will address the nation at 8 p.m. Sunday on the threat of terrorism in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) White House photo
There was a Christmas tree lighting ceremony late today at Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm. Mike Aitkenhead, steward of the farm, presided over the lighting and noted that this year’s temperature in the 50s, while unseasonal, was more comfortable than last year’s ceremony in 33-degree weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wakeman Town Farm visitors today enjoyed an outdoor fire, hot chocolate, and cookies prior to the lighting of the farm Christmas tree. Earlier, visitors could purchase trees and greenery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Born March 13, 1924, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Joseph Ziering and Anna Becker Ziering, he and his four siblings were raised in Newark, N.J.
He graduated from Westside High School, Newark, and then attended Weequaic High School, Newark, for five months, solely to study music and trumpet.
He attended New York University, where he was honored as one of the only sophomores admitted to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, the world’s oldest and largest secret national music fraternal society. He completed his pre-med college studies with high honors at Rutgers University in Newark, and was accepted into the Chicago Medical School’s inaugural class.
David Bernstein: relieved of duties after arrest. Westport Police photo
David Bernstein, the Staples High School wrestling coach, was arrested early today by Westport police after a motor vehicle stop that led to the discovery of “a small amount” of cocaine in his possession, police said.
Bernstein, 28, of Fairfield was later relieved of his coaching duties.
Westport police stopped him in the vicinity of 1655 Post Road East at 1:30 a.m. after he was spotted driving erratically, crossing the double line, and a records check showed there was an outstanding warrant from Bridgeport for failure to appear, police said.
During the stop, police found a small clear plastic bag of cocaine in a cigarette pack in his vehicle, leading to a narcotics charge. He was later released on $3,500 bond with a Norwalk court date set for Dec. 15 on the narcotics charge and a Bridgeport court date of Dec. 14 on the failure to appear charge.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal today presented a commendation to Westport pianist Frederic Chiu for his efforts over the years to use music as a bridge for cross-cultural communication and peace. The presentation took place at a morning ceremony hosted by the Westport impressario at his Beechwood Arts home on Weston Road “to send healing energy through music to the people of France,” where Chiu lived for 12 years and where his children and many other family and friends still reside. He was joined by wife Jeanine Esposito. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com