Norwalk man charged with possession in Westport

WESTPORT — A Norwalk man with an active warrant was charged with possession in Westport. Cesar Torres, 34, was charged with violation of probation, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Police responded to the area of Bar Taco on Wilton Road in Westport for a report of an intoxicated man yelling loudly on Tuesday around 10 p.m. Police said they found Torres walking near the intersection of Post Road East and Wilton Road. Torres told police he was yelling at himself for missing a bus. An Read More …

Singers invited to sing choral classics

WILTON — Music on the Hill invites singers — including students — to sing choral classics on four Tuesday evenings starting Aug. 8. Music on the Hill, based in Wilton, promotes engagement with music by offering workshops, the Summer Sings series, and four performing ensembles — Summer Chorus, Festival Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and the Jubilate Ringers handbell choir — all led by artistic directors David H. Connell (D.M.A.) and Ellen Dickinson (M.M.). Music on the Hill is an independent nonprofit organization funded by donors and by a grant from the Read More …

Wilton Shoemaker in business for 45 years

Born as the youngest of four to Turkish immigrant parents, Kydes shined shoes and learned how to repair shoes from his father in Great Barrington, where there were seven shoe repair stores for the 7,000 people who lived in town. Though the work is physically demanding and doesn’t pay enough to draw competitors, Kydes said his parents’ work ethic and his relationships with customers has motivated him to keep Wilton Shoemaker running for the past 45 years. Every so often, particularly during busier times, a steady stream of people will Read More …

Wilton American Legion Post gets makeover

For this reason, Moore looks up veterans in the area and reaches out to them through phone, email or letter to invite them to join Post 86. Like any American Legion, Post 86 is meant to provide a community for veterans and to function under four pillars: veterans affairs and rehabilitation, national security, Americanism, and children and youth. Members are active with local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Children of the American Revolution and teach lessons in schools about flag etiquette and the history of Post 86 and Read More …

Wilton travel agency honors local nonprofits, charities

WILTON — When representatives from nearly 30 local nonprofits and charities arrived at what was billed as an “appreciation dinner” at a local travel company’s headquarters, there was little inkling that, by the end of the night, they each would be receive a special gift. Providing service to others is at the foundation of Tauck’s business and it’s also a centerpiece of the company’s values, said Mahar. Besides supporting local groups, Tauck has also supported organizations at the national and international levels. Read more of  Wilton travel agency honors local nonprofits, charities

Wilton RTC chairman explores alternative routes to selectman seat

WILTON — After a failed bid to secure his party’s nomination for one of two open seats on the Board of Selectmen, Republican Town Committee chairman Al Alper is exploring alternative avenues to make it to November’s municipal ballot. Petition candidacy would require Alper to secure the signatures from 1 percent of the registered voters in Wilton, regardless of party or affiliation, who voted in the last election involving the office of selectmen. According to Town Clerk Lori Kaback, Alper has already obtained the paperwork necessary to apply as a Read More …

Police: Drunken, underage driver downs pole

WILTON — An underage Ridgefield man is facing drunken driving charges after a concerned motorist startled him, causing him to slam into a telephone pole and cause power outages in the surrounding neighborhood, police said. According to police reports, an Uber driver was traveling down Ridgefield Road around 5 a.m. July 16 when he noticed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road near the Danbury Road intersection. After the driver remained unresponsive despite numerous attempts to arouse him, the Uber driver attempted to remove the driver from the Read More …

Wilton Fire Department honors 10-year-old boy fighting cancer

WILTON — The Wilton Fire Department welcomed the youngest officer of the Ithaca Police Department as an honorary deputy chief on Monday. Colin Toland, 10, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 2, received a shoulder patch, a certificate from the fire department, and a front-seat ride in the engine truck. “The fire department, police department and all the emergency services in town feel that we’re a part of the fabric of town and the heart and soul, and you get a request like this, you do what you Read More …

Tracking Einstein’s stolen toothbrush at Wilton Library

WILTON — A group of 14 teens and tweens shuffled around Wilton Library’s Presidents’ Room Tuesday afternoon, examining clues from the crime scene of Albert Einstein’s stolen toothbrush. The group was tasked with cracking the case by examining the fingerprints of three possible suspects and performing other forensic tests with the evidence collected. Trey Harris, who signed up for the event after seeing a poster in the library hallways, said the pretend crime lab set up by the Discovery Museum was fun and interesting. Lewis, who’s helped run programs with Read More …

Extended School Year helps sustain summer learning

The camp is part of the Wilton Public Schools’ extended year program, which offers special education or related services to students from age 3 to 21. A crucial aspect of Camp All About Me is its design as an integrated program, meaning the classroom combines typical peers, or “peer role models,” with children with special needs, said Bernadette Hess, the program’s instructor and preschool coordinator of Wilton Public Schools. Lead instructor Mary Kirrane said the main goals of the preschool camp are for the children to have fun and to Read More …

Hearst Connecticut Media Baseball All-Stars

Published 6:09 pm, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Photo: Alex Von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 Wilton High School’s #3 pitcher Billy Black on the mound during baseball action vs Greenwich High on Monday May 8, 2017 in Wilton Conn. Wilton High School’s #3 pitcher Billy Black on the mound during baseball action vs Greenwich High on Monday May 8, 2017 in Wilton Conn. Photo: Alex Von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media   Read more of  Hearst Connecticut Media Baseball All-Stars

College essay workshop at Wilton Library

WILTON — College admissions consultant Beth Manners is offering a college essay workshop at Wilton Library’s Rimer Room from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, July 31. Manners will introduce both the main and supplemental essays and discuss how to write pieces that stand out and tell your story. She will review ideas, drafts and help brainstorm. Participants should bring laptops and/or notebooks for this working session. The workshop is open to rising high school seniors only. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6342. Read Read More …

Herbst cashes in with Chinese contributors in governor’s race

[…] through word of mouth in the Chinese immigrant community, the Wilton woman checked out a meet-and-greet this spring for one of the most partisan figures in the state — Republican Tim Herbst. The pitch from Herbst was at the Greenwich home of a Chinese-American financier, one of several people helping Herbst make inroads with the community. The uncommon alliance with Herbst, who has no Chinese ancestry, has never visited their homeland and doesn’t speak their native language, is paying huge dividends for the Trumbull first selectman. In May, Herbst Read More …

Two cars burglarized in North Wilton

Police said that two cars in a single driveway at a residence on Pheasant Run Road were burglarized at some point in the late-night hours Sunday into Monday. Police are asking any potential eyewitnesses, or anyone with information, to contact the Wilton Police Department at 203-834-6260 and ask to speak with the investigating officer, Shawn Frendt. Read more of  Two cars burglarized in North Wilton

Creativity calls: Phone’s app provides new medium, challenges for Westport artist

Photo: Richard Frank / Contributed Photo Image 1of/8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Westport artist Leona Frank has created art through the Notes app on her iPhone for about a year. A recent exhibition at the Westport Library revealed the painterly treatment her subjects receive, even with the application’s limited colors and tools. less Westport artist Leona Frank has created art through the Notes app on her iPhone for about a year. A recent exhibition at the Westport Library revealed   Read more of  Creativity calls: Phone’s app provides new medium, Read More …

Town interviews consultants for Fire Station 2 renovations

WILTON — After more than a year and half of preparation, the Fire Station 2 Building Committee is nearing one of their most important decisions yet — selecting an architectural firm to devise a plan to renovate the North Wilton fire station. The outdated building requires raised overhead garage doors to accommodate fire equipment from both Wilton and other nearby departments, renovated living arrangements (from restroom and kitchen upgrades to improved sleeping quarters) and upgraded mechanical and electrical infrastructure. The firm said it is one of the state’s leaders in Read More …

Group to focus on improving ‘usability,’ ‘aesthetic’ of Wilton Center

Based off the models of groups like the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and the Ridgefield Downtown organization, the tentatively named Wilton Center Association’s goal would be to “improve commerce, culture, usability and aesthetic appeal of Wilton Center,” said Commissioner John Kelly. Though still in its nascent stages, organizers envision that the association will include input from all parties involved in Wilton Center, incorporating larger entities like the Chamber of Commerce, Wilton police, the Department of Public Works with Wilton Center business owners and landlords. For one, Commissioner Phil Lauria, who Read More …

P.J. Pacifico’s musical path leads to co-writing success

P.J. Pacifico has always been a successful songwriter in his own right, but these days, he spends a lot of time in Nashville and Los Angeles working with co-writers and composing songs for film, television, and even other artists. Local fans can catch him locally this weekend headlining the Music at the Barn concert series at the Weston Historical Society on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Two of his recent efforts earned national placements: “Run (Sports Edit)” is heard on HBO’s “Hard Knocks — Training camp with the Los Angeles Rams” Read More …

Worker injured after falling from roof in Wilton

Police said an employee of J Roofing Company, out of Norwalk, was working on the residence’s second floor roof landing when he suddenly lost his balance and fell to the ground. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident as a work place accident. Read more of  Worker injured after falling from roof in Wilton

Accused Stamford bank robber faces new charges

Photo: Mugshot Image 1of/2 Caption Close Image 1 of 2 Joseph Boccuzzi Joseph Boccuzzi Photo: Mugshot Image 2 of 2 Investigators Jerry Junes and Edward Davis, followed by Sgt. Chris Broems walk Joseph Boccuzzi, of Norwalk, into the rear of Stamford police headquarters on Friday, April 14, 2017. Boccuzzi is charged with robbing Springdale’s First County Bank in November 2016   Read more of  Accused Stamford bank robber faces new charges

Wilton Quakers celebrate 75 years

At times, people feel overcome with the sense to stand up and share that message or revelation with everyone else in that worship meeting. Michel Loth, of Stamford, was one of the members who attended the 75th anniversary party, which consisted of worship, yoga dance, food and music, and a history lesson from Renda McCaughan. Today, the group gathers at its meetinghouse at 317 New Canaan Road, beside the Connecticut Friends School that exists under the group’s care. Since the meeting is unprogrammed in the Quaker tradition, members gather in Read More …

The Virgin Islands inspire local pair’s clothing line

WILTON — Since 1995, designs from Jennifer Paganelli’s Sis Boom collection have won over thousands of fans and have been featured in print, online and on TV worldwide. […] the longtime textile designer said she’s ready for change and wants to take her career into a new direction through her recently launched ready-to-wear clothing line, East End Lifestyle. East End Lifestyle also features vintage finds, new jewels and accessories, and Paganelli’s exclusive artwork. […] in her twelfth year, Paganelli has designed more than 50 collections for Freespirit Fabrics, Jo-Ann Stores, Read More …

Wilton parties choose candidates for November

WILTON — The town committees for the Democratic and Republican parties endorsed their candidates for the November municipal elections Wednesday night. The Democratic Town Committee met at the Comstock Community Center and unanimously approved the slate of candidates as presented that night, with the addition of Gretchen Jeanes as a nominee for the Board of Education shortly before voting occurred. The meeting began as an open meeting, with a few non-RTC members present at the Town Hall annex meeting room, and several uncontested nominations for the Zoning Board of Appeals, Read More …

Police: Intoxicated man crashed into pole, causing power outages

WILTON — A Ridgefield man is facing drunken-driving charges after he slammed into a telephone pole and caused power outages in the surrounding neighborhood, police said. The force of the crash snapped the telephone pole, causing power outages in the surrounding neighborhood for nearly two hours. Read more of  Police: Intoxicated man crashed into pole, causing power outages

Milford restaurant week runs through Sunday

Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 From left; Dave Rancourt, of Enfield, Joe Mish, of Wilton, and Carl Sturino, of New Milford, enjoy lunch during Dine Out Milford week at Gusto Trattoria Italian Restaurant in Milford, Conn. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. During the week of July 17 to July 23 the restaurant, along with others in the city, features discounted prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. less From left; Dave

Wilton man charged with assaulting his girlfriend

Eventually, the woman managed to escape to a nearby gas station where she finally contacted police, who stopped by the residence and took Orsher into custody. Orsher was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with a 911 call. Read more of  Wilton man charged with assaulting his girlfriend