Friday, April 12, 2024


Learning How to Deal With Opioid Overdoses Image
There was a capacity crowd Thursday night at a Town Hall session to teach residents how to use Naloxone, better known as Narcan, in opioid overdose cases. Ellen Brezovsky (r), director of community relations at New Canaan’s Silver Hill Hospital, facilitated the session. She is pictured with Giovanna Pisani from the Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition. Thirty participants received a free two-dose kit of Naloxone.The training was an effort of the Westport Prevention Coalition (a partnership of the Department of Human Services, Positive Directions and other Positive Youth Development partners) as well as Silver Hill and Progressive Diagnostics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Friday, January 12, 2018

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Espresso Book Machine
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – 6th Grade Night
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Woody Sez”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Impromptu Hootenanny Image
Due to an actor’s illness, Westport Country Playhouse canceled tonight’s performance of “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.” In place of the show, the remaining cast members hosted an admission-free hootenanny. Attendees were invited to B.Y.O.I. (bring your own instrument). Those with instruments took the stage while those without instruments enjoyed the 90-minute jam from the audience. Leading the hootenanny was David M. Lutken (c. with guitar), who portrays Woody Guthrie in “Woody Sez,” playing through Sat., Jan. 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Beth Huisking for

Himes Sole CT Lawmaker to Vote for NSA Surveillance Bill

By Ana Radelat

Washington — Rep. Jim Himes was the only House member from Connecticut today to vote for a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to intercept without warrants calls or emails from suspected foreign terrorists outside the United States.

Many Democrats, and GOP libertarians, wanted to curb the NSA’s authority, because in tracking foreign targets’ emails and phone calls to U.S. citizens, information about Americans also is collected.

Intelligence agencies are required to “scrub” any information collected about Americans, but senior government officials can ask spy agencies to unmask the names of Americans or U.S. organizations.

The warrantless wiretap bill, approved 256-164, was opposed by a majority of Democrats, including Reps. John Larson, D-1st District; Joe Courtney, D-2nd District; Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District; and Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District.

Traffic Stops Leads to 2 Arrests, Loaded Handgun Seizure, and Narcotics

A traffic stop by Westport Police Cpl. Kevin Smith today led to the arrest of two men, seizure of a loaded handgun, narcotics, and cash, police said. Image
Arrested: Abdullah Seifullah (l) and Jerrod Smalls. Westport Police photos

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, at about 2:45 p.m., Smith observed a vehicle traveling with an improperly displayed registration plate and stopped it on Saugatuck Avenue in the area of Duck Pond Road. 

The license plate was checked and was found to be registered to a different motor vehicle, she said. As Smith approached the car, he detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A K-9 from Norwalk responded and searched the vehicle.

Items found included a loaded handgun in the center console, 46 Methylone pills, plastic bags containing approximately 12 grams of marijuana and money believed to be proceeds from narcotics sales inside a coffee mug contained in the center console, Cabana said.

Additionally, a soda can with a hidden compartment containing five small glassine baggies of crack cocaine and a scale were found inside the vehicle, she said.

Free Admission Hootenanny at Playhouse Tonight

Due to an actor’s illness, tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse performance of “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” has been canceled. organizers announced. Image
The cast of “Woody Sez” performs at the Playhouse. Dave Matlow for

Instead, an admission-free, impromptu hootenanny, open to the public, is planned from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the theater. Attendees are invited to B.Y.O.I. (Bring Your Own Instrument), sing along, or clap to the rhythms, an announcement said.

Leading the hootenanny will be David M. Lutken, who portrays Woody Guthrie in “Woody Sez,” playing through Sat., Jan. 20. Other cast members will also be joining the informal, unamplified jam session.

All acoustic instruments are welcome, including the array used in “Woody Sez,” from guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, to dulcimer, harmonica and spoons. All skill levels are welcome. the Playhouse said.

Arrest for Fleeing Crash that Caused Injuries Image
Police said Victoria Lieber fled this crash on Newtown Turnpike and Wilton Road on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for
Officers arrested a Westport woman for causing and fleeing a head-on crash that caused injuries, plus interfering with an officer, police said today. Image
Victoria Lieber: free on promise to appear. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident took place on Jan. 5 when Victoria Lieber, 44, caused the collision at the intersection of Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike and left the scene.

“While the responding officers were assisting the injured victims inside one vehicle, the other vehicle left the area,” Cabana said. “The victims were able to provide the license plate of the suspect vehicle, which had reportedly turned left in front of the victims’ vehicle, causing the crash.”

Cabana added that when officers responded to Lieber’s home and identified her as the driver, she resisted being handcuffed as officers attempted to take her into custody.