Westport man, 87, arrested after Norwalk crash probe

NORWALK — An 87-year-old Westport man turned himself in to Norwalk police Wednesday on a warrant with multiple motor vehicle charges related to a serious three-car crash on Washington Street in May. According to witnesses, Montague ran a red light there, and came straight across the intersection while driving in the left turn only lane. Montague, of Surf Road, Westport, was charged with reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, failure to obey traffic control signal, speeding, failure to carry license, failure to comply with state traffic commission Read More …

Fairfield American tops Ridgefield in Section 1 tournament

NORTH BRANFORD — Fairfield American did exactly what it needed to do. And that was play well in all three facets of the game Thanks to some clutch hitting, solid defense and efficient pitching, Fairfield American took the first step toward the Section 1 title with a 6-2 victory over a tough Ridgefield squad Wednesday night at Edward Wall Field. “We were efficient on the mound, efficient at the plate and efficient on the field,” Fairfield American manager Mike Randazzo said. “That was a good baseball game and it was Read More …

As state funding falters, those with disabilities suffer

[…] with uncertainty at the state level, the district allowed him to remain a student at Staples High School for the rest of the year. “That’s something we’re very grateful to the Town of Westport for, and we give them credit because it’s not something they had to do,” said Wyatt’s father, Brett Davis, who runs a family business in New Rochelle, N.Y. His wife is a teacher. There are 225 to 300 new graduates with intellectual developmental disabilities every year in Connecticut, according to Win Evarts, the executive director Read More …

Westport Transitions: Bankside at National Hall

48-60 Wilton Road, Westport: Crews strip down in mid-July the former Save the Children headquarters along the Saugatuck River, with developer David Adam Realty planning to convert the property into a boutique office building called Bankside at National Hall, totaling just over 60,000 square of space. Built in 1960, the building was used by the Famous Artists School before Save the Children occupied it for 40 years through 2014, when it moved to Fairfield.

Fans of ‘altruistic’ felon raises $50,000 but he asks them to stop

From the halfway house that sets his curfew and screens his calls, Tucker learned that a Westport resident started a fundraising campaign for him after reading the story. […] Tucker’s fortune became a slight burden as people started jockeying for the money online and in person, as he explained in a Facebook Live video post. Tucker said that someone had tried—unsuccessfully—to take $44,000 dollars out of the account. Because he stopped receiving emails at the same time, he suspected that someone had hacked his account. According to Tucker the website Read More …

Fairfield American slugs way to District 2 title

Photo: Mark Conrad / For Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 The Fairfield American team runs to the outfield with their trophies and the District 2 Championship banner after defeating the Trumbull American team in the District 2 Little League championship game played Sunday at Unity Park in Trumbull. less The Fairfield American team runs to the outfield with their trophies and the District 2 Championship banner after defeating the Trumbull American team in the District   Read more of  Fairfield American slugs way to District 2 Read More …

Ex-inmate misses job interview to help driver in crash

WESTPORT >> A former inmate on his way to a job interview is being lauded for helping the driver of a car that flipped over on a Connecticut highway. Aaron Tucker was traveling by bus through Westport Wednesday when he saw the crash and jumped off to help the driver. Tucker, who lives in a Bridgeport halfway house, helped rescue the driver from the smoking car and wrapped his dress shirt around the man’s head to stop a wound from bleeding. Read More of  Ex-inmate misses job interview to help Read More …

Shelton tops Westport in tournament opener

ROCKY HILL — Despite the rain pushing the start of the Little League softball state championship tournament back a day, the team from Shelton made sure not to let it affect them. Shelton took down Westport in the opening game 5-1, behind a strong outing from starter Julia Krijgsman and stout defense. “It starts a lot with our pitching,” Shelton coach Mike Krijgsman said. “Strong pitching can keep the runs off the boards for your opponents.” Grace Alfero scored the lone run for Westport in the first inning after reaching Read More …

Good Samaritan misses job interview to help victim of car accident in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A former prisoner here in Connecticut is getting a great deal of attention on Saturday after he passed up a job interview to save the victim of a car accident. Aaron Tucker from Bridgeport was on a bus in Westport when he noticed an overturned car on the Post Road that was smoking. After the bus driver refused to help, Tucker says he got off the bus and ran to help the 61-year-old driver. With the help of two other people, they got the victim to Read More …

Westport Fine Arts Festival returns to Main Street for 44th year

WESTPORT — The sprawl of downtown Westport was transformed from a high-end retailing corridor to a provisional art gallery as 140 artists from around the country flocked to Main Street to show off their handmade wares. Tents containing a wide range of fine arts, from paintings and photography to handcrafted furniture and sculptures, were tightly packed along Main and Elm streets, amplifying the small-town vibes along the picturesque street lined with fashionable merchants and eateries. Known for its “upper tier art,” the Westport Fine Arts Festival draws A-list talent from Read More …

Gibson re-signs with Islanders; Paliotta to Toronto Marlies

Christopher Gibson re-signed for a third season in the New York Islanders organization, the team announced Friday. Gibson was 6-0 last season for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers before an early-November lower-body injury cost the 24-year-old goalie the rest of the season. He posted a .909 save percentage for Bridgeport the year before and made his NHL debut with the Islanders, who’d acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs just as training camp opened. The Islanders have Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss as veteran NHLers in goal. Eamon McAdam returns for Read More …

Gibson re-signs with Islanders; Paliotta to Toronto Marlies

Christopher Gibson re-signed for a third season in the New York Islanders organization, the team announced Friday. Gibson was 6-0 last season for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers before an early-November lower-body injury cost the 24-year-old goalie the rest of the season. He posted a .909 save percentage for Bridgeport the year before and made his NHL debut with the Islanders, who’d acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs just as training camp opened. The Islanders have Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss as veteran NHLers in goal. Eamon McAdam returns for Read More …

Bobby Q’s nears return in Norwalk

Fanning the airwaves Friday via a livecast of WFAN’s midday radio show in Stamford, Bobby Valentine announced the arrival of his new Bobby V’s restaurant and off-track betting facility to listeners throughout the metropolitan New York City area. The new Bobby Q’s promises “something soothing” like smokehouse chili priced at $9 a bowl, to “something smoked” like its “3 Kings of ‘Cue” platter serving up St. Louis ribs, pulled pork and brisket for up to six people, at $100. Helping kindle a renewed fascination with the smoke and grill have Read More …

Green Farms teacher a contestant on ‘Superhuman’ game show, airing Monday

Green Farms teacher a contestant on ‘Superhuman’ game show, airing Monday Matte is a math teacher at Greens Farms Academy in Westport. According to a Fox publicity release, the show promises a “surprise” for viewers as one contestant inexplicably drops out. “There’s lots of things I can do in my head — changing numbers into letters, converting numbers into binary or base 3 code — that sort of thing,” he said.   Read more of  Green Farms teacher a contestant on ‘Superhuman’ game show, airing Monday

Owen Canfield: Give Voelpel’s regards to Broadway

One of Illinois’ gifts to Broadway was Fred Voelpel, who arrived in New York at the age of 26 from Peoria. Fred was/is an artist, a master of set design, costume design and lighting and his talents graced scores of productions, plays and television shows from Broadway to the Poconos to the Adirondacks to Eugene O’Neill’s home town, to Westport, to New London, to Waterford to Europe. Read More of  Owen Canfield: Give Voelpel’s regards to Broadway

Mass. woman accused of harassing local man

WESTPORT — A Massachusetts woman is facing her second violation of a protective order this year after repeatedly attempting to contact the victim in question, police said. The victim told police that he believed the calls were coming from 49-year-old Susan Berry, of Marblehead, Mass., whom he has a protective order against, which states that she is to have no contact whatsoever with him. After this initial arrest, police said Berry continued to send text messages and emails via an online dating site to the victim for months after officers Read More …

Six injured in Westport car crash

WESTPORT—A crash on the Sherwood Island Connector has injured six people, according to fire officials. The accident happened Friday in the late morning or early afternoon. Officials are preparing a statement with the details of the crash. One of the cars involved in the crash was a white BMW, according to a photo published by WestportNow.com. The outlet reports that a woman was pulled out of the car after it hit a landscaping truck.   Read more of  Six injured in Westport car crash

Film documents Westport’s contribution to rock history

Legendary rock bands like The Doors fronted by Jim Morrison; the Animals with Eric Burden; Cream featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums; the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck; and before his Led Zeppelin days, Jimmy Page, on guitar; plus Sly & the Family Stone and the Rascals were all in their prime in the mid-to-late 1960s. The award-winning 2017 documentary film “The High School that Rocked” looks back at these extraordinary high school rock concerts that took place a half-century ago. The film Read More …

Camaraderie and creativity: Westport Artists Collective has found formula for success

Photo: Tammy Winser / Contributed Photo Image 1of/11 Caption Close Image 1 of 11 Westport artist Tammy Winser is versed in photography, painting, collage and assemblage. She has a series of humorous paintings, including “Come With Me.” She is a founder of the Westport Artists Collective, a group of artists who meet and show their work at the Westport Arts Center. less Westport artist Tammy Winser is versed in photography, painting, collage and assemblage. She has a series of humorous paintings,   Read more of  Camaraderie and creativity: Westport Artists Collective has Read More …

Pothole patching closes 2 lanes on I-95

Two southbound lanes of I-95 in Norwalk and Westport are closed because of emergency pothole patching on the road. At 1:35 p.m. Thursday, the state Department of Transportation announced that the left and center lanes would be closed between Exit 17 in Westport and 16 in Norwalk. The DOT said the work will take about an hour to complete.   Read more of  Pothole patching closes 2 lanes on I-95

Wilton residents call for more transparency in future AROD proceedings

Like many other Ridgefield Road residents, Vicki Mavis felt blindsided by the so-called age restricted overlay district that permitted the construction of age-restricted communities on Danbury, Westport and Ridgefield roads, which she argued had been crafted and passed by the Planning and Zoning Commission in November without their input. In a series of public hearings regarding the proposed Ridgefield Road development, residents like Mavis argued that the town failed to adequately inform the public of the pending regulation changes, and, in doing so, shoehorned potentially harmful regulation changes without alerting Read More …

Social service agency ABCD opens Norwalk office

NORWALK — When Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now closed its doors in 2012, it left a gaping hole in the city’s social services net. Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. — which has provided energy assistance in Norwalk since NEON’s exit — celebrated the grand opening of a Norwalk office Wednesday, intended to serve people from Norwalk and Westport. The new office will house the energy assistance program and a supportive services office, which will take a holistic approach to case management. Though the social services agency provides a whole host Read More …