Culture

Centenarian swimmer
9:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Marking 100th birthday with a swim for charity

Margaret Wachs was joined in the water by her daughter Elaine Matto, granddaughter Amy Weintraub, and great granddaughter Natalie Johaneson.
Alison Freeland

On an ordinary recent Friday at the Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford, Connecticut, Margaret Wachs got in the pool to swim 10 laps.  What was extraordinary was that it was her 100th birthday. 

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Jewish Life
2:32 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Maritime Aquarium hosts first public sukkah in area for Jewish holiday

A sukkah at the Maritime Center in Norwalk.
Kaomi Goetz.

 Tonight at sundown marks the beginning of the Jewish  holiday, sukkot, or  Feast of the Tabernacle. For 7 to 8 days, Jews traditionally eat and rest in a temporary shelter called a sukkah. The first public sukkah in Fairfield County is already up at the Maritime Center in Norwalk. 

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Norwalk Oyster Festival ride accident
6:19 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Amusement ride victim released from hospital; investigation into malfunction continues

The ride at the Norwalk Oyster Festival that malfunctioned Sunday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

An eight year old boy was released Monday from Norwalk Hospital after being injured on Sunday when a ride malfunctioned at a carnival in Norwalk, Connecticut. The boy was one of 13 people who were sent to the hospital after a rotating swing ride abruptly stopped, causing the riders to crash into one another and into the ride. The other 12 patients were treated and released Sunday. State Police say they have determined the accident was caused by a mechanical failure. The owner of Stewart Amusement Company, Richard Stewart,  said Monday that the drive system of the swing ride locked up for some reason. He says workers will disassemble the equipment to see if they can determine what happened. Stewart says the 30 year old ride had no previous problems and authorities inspected it before the fair began Friday.

WSHU's Mark Herz

Norwalk Oyster Festival ride accident
2:19 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Thirteen sent to hospital after malfunction on Norwalk Oyster Festival amusement ride

Twelve children and one adult were sent to the hospital Sunday after a ride at the Norwalk, Conn. Oyster Festival malfunctioned. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
Credit Craig LeMoult

Twelve children and one adult were sent to the hospital Sunday after a ride at the Norwalk, Conn. Oyster Festival malfunctioned. None of the injuries were life-threatening. State and local officials are investigating the cause of the incident.

Culture
11:49 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Book Review: A Dangerous Fiction

Arts critic Joan Baum has this review of a book that's partly a good old fashioned murder mystery, and partly a look into the world of publishing.

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