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Staples Grad Dies in Fall From NYC Apartment Building Image
Noah Witke as he appeared in 2009 Staples Players’s “12 Angry Men.” Contributed photo

UPDATE Noah Witke, a 2009 Staples High School graduate, died Sunday in a fall from his Manhattan apartment building, the New York Daily News reported.

The 25-year-old actor who died after falling from the roof of his Harlem building had forgotten his keys at work and was trying to climb onto the fire escape to get in when he lost his balance and fell, police said, according to the newspaper.

“Witke had gone out to a party for the closing of the New York Film Festival with fellow actors and co-workers Saturday night, but forgot his keys and bag at Lincoln Center, where he was working for the cinematic celebration, police and friends said,” the Daily News reported.

It quoted witnesses as telling investigators Witke left a bar after having a few drinks around 4 a.m.

Ernest K. Gazdik, 65

Ernest Kenneth Gazdik of Westport died Oct. 3. He was 65. Image
Ernest Gazdik: truck driver. Contributed photo

He was born on June 25, 1951 in Bridgeport, the son of the late Julius and Margaret Gazdik and brother Julius (Gus) Gazdik of Fairfield.

He attended Andrew Ward High School and was a truck driver for over 30 years.

He is survived by three daughters, Michele Convertito and her husband Dave Convertito of Oxford, Melissa Gazdik and her fiancé Mark Alves of Shelton, and Maria Gazdik of Stratford; also by three grandchildren, Lia, Sofia and Julianna Convertito along with several nieces nephews and great friends.

Woman Arrested for First Date Ripoff

Officers arrested a New Haven woman, who after excusing herself to go to the restroom, added a $300 restaurant gift card purchase on to her first date’s credit card without him knowing, police said today. Image
Katherine Stonick: Italian food fan. Westport Police photo

Katherine Stonick, who had told the victim her name was Sophie, turned herself in on an active warrant Friday and was arrested for illegal use of a credit card and sixth-degree larceny, according to Lt. David Farrell. He said he theft took place on Aug. 17.

Farrell said the victim and Stonick had dinner at Finalmente Trattoria at 165 Post Road East in Westport, and when the victim paid for the meal, “Stonick requested a $300 gift card to be paid by the victim’s credit card without the victim knowing.”

“Stonick reportedly excused herself from the table to use the restroom, and asked the manager to complete the gift card charge,” Farrell said.

Monday, October 17, 2016

9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport Weston Family YMCA – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
Noon – Westport Library – Open Meeting: Nutrition Education Seminars
4 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportMAKES: Make a Monster Mask with Chris Crowe
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) – Flu Clinic
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Roni Beth Tower on “Miracle at Midlife”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – HDC Annual Preservation Awards
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Parks Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Former Blood, Sweat & Tears Guitarist at Arts Center Image
Steve Katz, former guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, today kicked off the Westport Arts Center’s 2016-17 Jazz Series.  Katz also talked with attendees and signed his book “Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?” after the concert. Blood Sweat & Tears, originally formed in 1967, is notable for fusing rock, blues, pop, horn arrangements, and jazz into a hybrid that came to be known as “jazz-rock.” The next jazz concert will be Atla and Matt DeChamplain on Thursday, Nov. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adriana Reis for