Westport firefighters tonight assisted Norwalk at a one-car rollover southbound just before Exit 40 in Norwalk. The car left the roadway, then rolled several times before coming to rest on a rock on its roof in the wooded area between the parkway and Creeping Hemlock Lane, said Norwalk Deputy Fire Chief Edward Prescott. A man and a woman were outside the car when firefighters arrived, he said. Both were transported to Norwalk Hospital. Firefighters cut open the car to search for more victims and scoured nearby woodlands but found no one, Prescott said. Norwalk Fire Department photo
If you were expecting “The Girl on the Train” to be an enticing psychosexual thriller, like “Gone Girl,” forget it!
This grim screen adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s best-selling novel dissatisfies in every way, except one: Emily Blunt delivers a powerhouse performance as the pathetic protagonist, Rachel Watson.
Lonely Rachel Watson is a deeply depressed alcoholic who rides Metro North train back and forth from suburban Ardsley-on-Hudson to Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, pretending she still has a job.
A bleary-eyed divorcee sipping cheap vodka from a designer water bottle, Rachel projects her vicarious fantasies onto suburbanites living in the stylish houses that run along the tracks near her old home.
Arthur H. House, who has had an up-and-down relationship with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, stepped down today as chairman of the three-member Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to become the first cybersecurity chief for the state of Connecticut.
Arthur House and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Pazniokas for Ctmirror.org
House, 74, who has held senior posts in Congress, intelligence agencies and the private sector, authored a cybersecurity plan in April for the state’s utilities, warning that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had concluded that “the technology deployed in shutting down parts of the power grid in the Ukraine in December 2015 confirmed that cyber attacks could disable American utilities.”
House said he will be a part of a U.S. delegation next month to the Ukraine to study the attack, the first confirmed instance of hackers shutting down a power grid. Power was restored in a matter of hours, House said, only because workers were able to take physical control of switching equipment.
Months later, the computerized control centers in the Ukraine still were not fully operational. Such an attack might be more difficult to overcome in the U.S., which does not have the same degree of manual backup controls, according to an examination of the incident by Wired.
UPDATE Several hundred employees of hedge fund Bridgewater Associates on Glendinning Place, the Nyala Farms office complex, and Riverside Avenue were evacuated today on a report of a telephoned bomb threat, according to police.
The Bridgewater Associates Glendinning Place complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bridgewater Associates photo
Police said at 4 p.m. Bridgewater employees were dismissed for the day. Shortly after 5 p.m., remaining employees were allowed to return to the buildings after sweeps by police bomb detection dogs found nothing.
A brief police news release tonight merely said there had been a bomb threat at Glendinning, with no mention of the other Westport locations, that “no evidence of an explosive device was discovered,” and that the Detective Bureau and FBI were investigating the incident “to the fullest extent.”
Police shut off entrances to the Glendinning complex as well as a portion of Clinton Avenue leading to Ford Road near the complex entrance, according to reports from the scene.
A detective in the area of Post Road East and Bulkley Avenue became suspicious after spotting a silver vehicle with out of state plates and watched passengers exit and the vehicle drive off, said Lt. Eric Woods.
The detective, who had been in the area because of an attemped house break-in on Tuesday, summoned additional officers and the three men were stopped and had different stories about their reason for being in the area that could not be corroborated, Woods said.
A subsequent search of the vehicle and the men found eight checks totaling more than $74,000, Woods said. “All of the checks were either stolen and/or fraudulent,” he said, adding they were not tied to the attempted break-in.
A house at 79 Kings Highway North is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Laura and Cormac Treanor, owners of the house, known as the Charles Cutler House, circa 1920. The HDC cited the owners for their example of “how the sensitive reconstruction of a deteriorated historic structure can accommodate contemporary needs while continuing to contribute to the character of the historic district.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Eagle-eyed WestportNow contributing photographer Mark Molesworth spotted this specimen along the Saugatuck River in Westport. “I’ve been looking for this predator for over a year,” he said in an email. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com
Westport Public Schools are closed. 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” 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Camelot” 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Dewey Knit: Grade 4 to Adults
One month from today, longtime Westporter Clayton Chalfant, a 92-year-old Army World War II veteran, will get a new roof on his 1950s-built home thanks to a charitable roofing organization dubbed the Santa Klaus Project.
Clayton Chalfant: World War II veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos
Westport firefighters and Westport Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members will also be on site, pitching in at the Garden Lane home of Chalfant and Mary, his wife of 69 years.
The Santa Klaus Project is a philanthropic brainchild of Klaus Larsen, whose eponymous Lebanon, Conn.-based company Klaus Larsen LLC uses some of its profits to put roofs over the heads of those in need.
“He’s always been a gentle man with an infectious smile,” Deputy Fire Chief Bob Kepchar said about Chalfant.