Sunday, March 03, 2024


Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash on I-95 Image
UPDATE A tanker truck hauling sewage was involved in a fiery crash tonight at the end of the Saugatuck River bridge in Westport. Part of the truck apparently went off the highway and down an embankment, ending up on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway. Fire officials said the driver was killed in the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out St. Joseph Image
A power-head goal by Teddy Lawrence and a 20-yard blast by Anton Mahr lifted Staples to a 2-0 victory today at St. Joseph. The clean sheet was earned by keeper Ziggy Hallgarten and defenders Lawrence, Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor and Gabe Baltierra. In the photo above, midfielder Timmy Liles is sandwiched by a pair of Cadets. The Wreckers – now 3-2-3 – host Westhill Saturday, in a key FCIAC contest. Game time at Loeffler Field is 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for

Sikorsky Incentives Win Bipartisan Approval in Special Session

By Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut legislators today took a one-day break from re-election campaigns to give bipartisan blessing to a $220 million incentive deal for Lockheed Martin that would keep its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary and production of its next generation of helicopters in a state desperate to keep its storied aerospace industry.

At a State Capitol inured to economic gloom, most legislators embraced the Sikorsky deal as a cause for celebration, a victory that promises to pump $69.2 billion into the economy over 14 years, while saving thousands of jobs at Sikorsky’s sprawling plant in Stratford and at more than 300 suppliers throughout the state.

“Competition in today’s worldwide economic climate is fierce, and Connecticut is showing that we remain a valued leader where businesses can maintain a competitive edge well into the future,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said after final passage.

Passage came on votes of 35-1 in the Senate and 136-6 in the House.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ ‘Storks’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

When an explosion on April 10, 2010, ignited the “Deepwater Horizon” oil rig, the blowout lasted 87 days, leaking 4.9 million gallons into the Gulf, resulting in the worst ecological disaster in American history. Image

Told through the perspective of Chief Electronics Technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg), it begins as he bids goodbye to his wife (Kate Hudson) and young daughter, hoping to snag a ‘dinosaur bone’ for her to show to her class in school.

Preparing to be transported to the enormous rig, just off the Louisiana coast, he greets co-worker Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) and reports for duty to Captain “Mr. Jimmy” Harrell (Kurt Russell), who, ironically, is presented with a workplace Safety Award, just before the “well from hell” bursts.

Conversing in terse, indecipherable, technical jargon, it’s obvious that certain “negative pressure tests,” along with other maintenance procedures, were not properly performed because of monetary pressure.

Real Estate Report: Transitioning Neighborhoods

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

A few of Westport’s neighborhoods are in the transitioning stage, as evidenced by new construction in areas where there have not been any newly built homes in quite a while. Image
Featured Home: This home at 4 Vani Court is listed at $1,435,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s Westport

These transitioning neighborhoods provide buyers with an alternative to purchasing pre-existing homes that may be in need of some remodeling that are in a similar price range, but in a more price-established area.

At the same time, these homes offer a ground floor opportunity to enter into a growing neighborhood.

It is interesting to note that when newer homes are built in these neighborhoods, nearby homeowners tend to remodel, surrounding property values tend to go up, and other new properties subsequently get built, all serving to further enhance the area.

Sprucing Up Project Return Image
Volunteers from Westport-based Triple Point Technology gathered today at Project Return, 124 Compo Road North, to clean up and beautify the property. The work is in preparation for the eight young women, ages 18-24, who will be occupy the house after the completion of the merger of Project Return and Homes With Hope, according to Jeff Wieser (r), president of the recently combined organizations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

James T. Hurley, 84

James Thomas Hurley, 84, of Concord, Mass., formerly of Westport, died Sept. 26 at Emerson Hospital in Concord.  He was 84. Image
James Hurley: GE executive. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Patricia Anne (McKenna) Hurley was born in Glen Cove, N.Y. on Jan. 28, 1932, the son of the late John Thomas and Della Josephine Hurley. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York and a master’s degree from Fairfield University. He also served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

He spent the majority of his career working for General Electric Corp. He worked in multiple roles in various GE locations including San Jose, Calif., Frankfurt, Germany, Schenectady, N.Y., and Stamford. 

Project Return Takes Next Step in Transformation

Westport’s Project Return, which has aided teenage girls in crisis for three decades, took another step today in its transformation into aiding a slightly older female population in need. Image
The Project Return house at 124 Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The Board of Selectmen approved an amendment, and assignment and assumption of a lease agreement between Project Return, Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH), and the town as it relates to the lease for town-owned property at 124 Compo Road North to Project Return dated June 1, 2001.

Project Return announced on June 30 that with state budget cuts set to leaving it high and dry, it has joined forces with HWH, a local agency that addresses homelessness. (See WestportNow June 30, 2016)

“The board is very committed to continuing the mission of serving young women in crisis to help them rebuild their lives,” explained Kimberly Lake, co-chair of Project Return’s Strategic Action Committee.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 43 High Point Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 43 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story split level has 2,019-square feet, is situated on a 1.11-acre property and changed ownership this month for $675,000. 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

Police Chief: Town Seeking Bomb Detection Dog

Westport is seeking a bomb detection dog to augment its three-dog K-9 corps, Police Chief Foti Koskinas told the Board of Selectmen today. Image
Atlas, Westport’s third narcotics detection dog, vsited today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“I am working very hard to get a bomb detection dog that is nationally certified at either no cost or minimal cost and tap into federal money,” he said.

“I feel between our train stations, our schools, and all the religious locations that we have it would be a huge asset to the town.”

The police chief said the bomb detection dog would work with the one of the existing handlers of the town’s three police service dogs.