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Widespread Power Outage Hits Westport

UPDATE A widespread power outage hit Westport early today.

Eversource said 1,252 customers were without power shortly before 7 a.m. All but a few had been restored several hours later.

Police and fire dispatchers reported receiving multiple alarms due to the outage beginning at about 6:40 a.m.

Areas impacted included the downtown area extending to the Norwalk line, where hundreds of customers were also reported without power.

Comings & Goings: Commuter Coffee for Sale

By Dave Matlow

Commuter Coffee, 46 Railroad Place, the iconic family-owned eatery across from the westbound platform of the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck for four decades, is for sale.

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Family-owned Commuter Coffee has been a Railroad Place mainstay since 1976. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s time to move on. We’re at the end of an era,” said owner Fred Whelan, son-in-law of original owner Tom Papan.

Papan opened the business in 1976 and expanded it in 1988 by adding an eating area.

Whelan emphasized: “We’re not closing. We’re not going out of business. We’re working closely with our landlord to make it easy for a new owner to take over, but we don’t know what a new owner will do with the space.”

Playhouse Hosts ‘Letters to Our Daughters’ March 8

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Westport Country Playhouse has scheduled its second annual “Letters to Our Daughters,” a free event, for Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

Curated by Samantha Goober and Anne Keefe, the event will feature a diverse group of 13 women, including Tony Award winners Joanna Gleason and Judith Ivey, and “This Is Us” series regular Susan Kelechi Watson reading essays and poems by female authors on global women’s issues, Playhouse officials said.

“International Women’s Day is a great way of reminding us to celebrate the women in our lives, not just on this day, but every day,” said Goober.

“On March 8 we are looking forward to welcoming a group of vibrant women on our stage with a wealth of different backgrounds and experiences to share the words of an equally vibrant group of women writers from around the world,” she added.

Jack R. Conaway, 89

Jack R. Conaway of Bradenton, Florida, a former longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 13. He was 89.

The son of Fred and Nellie Conaway, he was born in 1929 in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  He graduated from Parkersburg High School (1947) and after attending Marietta College for a year, transferred to Duke University under a Navy ROTC scholarship.

Following graduation from Duke in 1952 with a B.S. degree in chemistry, he was commissioned a Navy officer. He spent three years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, with most of his duty serving as assistant navigator.

In conjunction with his honorable discharge, he received a National Defense Service Ribbon and Navy Occupation Medal.

Don Thompson, 88

Don Thompson of Durham, New Hampshire, a former part-time Westport resident, died Feb. 17 from pneumonia. He was 88.

Owner and founder of Don L. Thompson Real Estate, he lived in Durham, for more than 50 years and was a well known and respected businessman in the Durham area.

Born in Greenwich, he graduated from University of Connecticut. He was a decorated Air Force pilot who served in Korea and Vietnam as a fighter pilot and then flew KC-135 tankers out of Pease AFB, New Hampshire. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He spent childhood summers in Compo Cove in Westport. Later in life, he spent each March in Rancho Mirage, California. His favorite place of all was Hidden Lake, West Newfield, Maine where he would kayak with his dog or sail.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
2:30 p.m. – Westport Library – HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
7:30 p.m. – Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) – Choral Chameleon
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Annapurna”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Police to Get Three New Officers Monday

The Westport Police Department will welcome three new officers to its ranks Monday, filling vacancies due to recent retirements, police said today.

At the same ceremony to be held in the department’s classroom at 2:30 p.m., Officer James Baker III of Norwalk will be promoted to the rank of detective, Lt. Jillian Cabana said.

The three new officers are: Scott Aliberti, 42, of Fairfield; Tyler Stevens, 30, of Seymour; and Mark Grasso, an Orange resident and a retired State Police officer with 20 years’ experience.

According to the announcement, Aliberti, has served as an EMT in communities throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties and is a graduate of Sacred Heart University (SHU), holding degree in business management. He also previously served as SHU’s director of dance and developed the school’s first dance program, the announcement said.

Comings & Goings: Whip Salon Opens at Bedford Square

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The Whip Salon, a hair salon and medi spa, opened today on the upper level of Bedford Square. “Our 10 operators were busy all day, from the moment we opened,” said Joanne Chapdelaine, head of operations (behind counter.) The new business has 18 stations, each with its own charging station, and free WiFi. Owner Amy Pal said: “The aim of Whip Salon is to create a hassle free, and high end experience for people on the go.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com