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Tribute ‘Rosies’ From Westport

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Genevieve Domenico, Nishika Navrange, and Rachel Caulfield, “Tribute Rosies” from Westport and members of the Connecticut Corsair chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA), today pose in front of the Yankee Air Museum’s B-17 during the Connecticut Air and Space Center’s Curtiss Hangar Fest at Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford. The Corsair, the official state airplane of Connecticut, was built in Stratford at Chance Vought during World War II. The ARRA is a national association whose mission is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of working and volunteer women during World War II. The event, which raises funds for the Connecticut Air and Space Center’s Curtiss Hangar restoration for its museum expansion, continues Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 225 Main St., Stratford.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Woman’s Club Gift Goes to Purchase New Telescope

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The Westport Woman’s Club’s (WWC) Ruegg Committee today presented its 2017 Ruegg Grant of $5,000 to the Westport Astronomical Society (WAS) to purchase a solar telescope with daylight capacity. Alex Kuhn, WAS treasurer, said the 120-member group has 15 telescopes, including the largest telescope in the state available for public viewing (behind group.) Pictured with Sara Menchaca, Ruegg Grant Committee chairperson presenting check to Dan Wright, WAS president, are fellow WAS board members Bob Meadows, Shannon Calvert and Kuhn. WWC members pictured are (l-r) Barbara Levy, Jo Fuchs Luscombe, Nancy Saipe and Dorothy Packer, WWC president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Joseph A. Izzo, 79

Joseph A. Izzo, a lifelong resident of Westport, died May 28 at the Carolton Chronic Convalescent Home in Fairfield. He was 79.

The husband of Gabriella (Testa) Izzo Joseph and the son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Capriola) Izzo, he was born in Norwalk on Sept. 9, 1937.

He graduated from Fairfield Preparatory School in 1956 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957, serving in Stuttgart, Germany until 1960.

He retired from the Aquarion Water Co. after many years of service and was a special police officer for the Town of Westport, a mainstay at his traffic post at Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue.

Arrests for Car Burglary in Stop & Shop Lot

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man and a Stratford man on larceny, burglary and conspiracy charges for involvement in smashing the window of a vehicle in the Stop & Shop parking lot, stealing a purse, and engaging in a high speed pursuit, police said today.

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Morgan Crosley (l) and Hector Rivera: arrested in Bridgeport. Westport police photos

According to Lt. David Farrell, the incident began Monday about 4:30 p.m. when officers responded to the store at 1790 Post Road East “on a report from a witness who observed two Hispanic males smash the window of a vehicle in the lot, remove a purse and leave the scene in a gray BMW sedan.”

“Westport dispatchers advised surrounding towns of the suspect vehicle, and learned that the State Police were also looking for the same suspects from a smash and grab from a motor vehicle in the Fairfield rest area,” Farrell said.

He added that a short time later, Westport Officer Thomas Casimiro observed the suspect vehicle traveling into Fairfield.

Former Police Chief Nabbed on DUI Charge

Police arrested former Police Chief Alfred Fiore on a charge of operating under the influence following a minor motor vehicle accident, police said today.

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Alfred Fiore: free on $250 bond. Westport police photo

Police said on Friday at about 11 p.m., officers responded to a report of a minor accident on Compo Road South.

“Operator Alfred Fiore smelled of an alcoholic beverage,” said Lt. David Farrell. “After being given the standard field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody and transported to Police Headquarters.”

He said Fiore, 61, refused to submit to the breath test and was released on a $250 bond for a court date of June 5. A 33-year member of the department, Fiore served as chief from 2004 to 2011.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Baywatch,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean …’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

According to Fandango, “Wonder Woman” is the summer’s most anticipated movie. It’s the fourth — and best — in DC’s Extended Universe, following “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.”

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I grew up reading “Wonder Woman” comics and watched TVF’s kitschy Lynda Carter, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting Princess Diana’s stand-alone superhero movie. Now she’s here!

On Themyscira, a secret island gifted to the Amazons by Zeus, defiant Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), has been trained as a warrior by her aunt, badass General Antiope (Robin Wright), to battle Ares, the God of War.

During the First World War in 1918, American pilot Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) plane is shot down near idyllic Themyscira. Rescuing him, Diana gets her first glimpse of a man.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. – Westport Library – Job Readiness Workshop
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Lettice & Lovage” THIS PERFORMANCE CANCELED
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Public Works Committees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8:15 p.m. – Staples Room 333 – Board of Education

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

No Injuries in Car Into Building

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A young female driver of a Honda RDX escaped injury late today when she lost control of her vehicle, careened off the side of an unoccupied parked car and slammed into the side of an office building at 1720 Post Road East, near Stop & Shop. A building official was called to the scene to evaluate potential structural damage.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Sports Writing Legend Frank Deford, 78

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Sports writing legend Frank Deford, a longtime former Westporter, died Sunday at his Key West, Florida home. He was 78. He had been treated recently for pneumonia, said his wife, Carol Deford, who said she did not know the exact cause of death. Deford is pictured giving a talk last June at the Westport Library.  He was a 39-year Westport resident before moving to Manhattan in June 2013. He was the author of 20 books, an NPR “Morning Edition” commentator, and the man the San Francisco Chronicle dubbed “the Sinatra of sportswriting.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com