Wilton Police will Crackdown on Driving While Texting or Talking on Cell Phones

cell phone distracted driving

This week, the Wilton Police Department will kick-off a campaign to crackdown on motor vehicle operators who text or talk on a hand-held mobile device while driving. The campaign starts today, Monday, Nov. 9 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 22.

According to Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting laws, violations involve heavy fines ranging from $150 for a first offense, to $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

Wilton Police say the campaign’s ultimate goal is voluntary compliance. They hope by raising awareness of the campaign in advance, as well as through enforcement during the campaign period, drivers will voluntarily comply with distracted driving laws. Those who violate the law will be ticketed.

Cannon Grange Hosts Public Forum with Schools’ Superintendent Smith

Dr. Kevin Smith Superintendent listens to MAP testing explanation

Cannon Grange Hall will host an informational forum featuring Wilton Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kevin Smith, on Thursday evening Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.. All members of the public are invited to hear Smith’s presentation, “The State of Wilton’s Schools,” followed by a question and answer period with the audience.

The forum will be a unique opportunity for Wilton residents to ask questions about the budgeting process, the approach to curriculum development & deployment, standardized testing, testing metrics to goals and area towns, as well educational facilities.

The forum begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.. Free parking is available at the Grange Hall located at 25 Cannon Road, and at the nearby Cannondale Railroad Station.

Wilton Historical Society Holds Lead Belly Tribute Concert


Shine a Light on Lead Belly: The Wilton Midnight Special, A Tribute Concert for Lead Belly will be presented by the Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 7 p.m.– midnight. The legendary folk-blues singer, songwriter and twelve-string guitarist Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter has a surprising connection to Wilton. He not only recorded material for folk song collectors John and Alan Lomax 80 years ago in Wilton, but he was married on January 21, 1935 at a Belden Hill Rd. home.

The concert will be headlined by the Frank Enea Band, with Meredith DiMenna, David Anastasia of the Mojomatics, Lucia Palmieri, and other surprise musical guests who will cover Lead Belly songs, including some of his best known works like “The Midnight Special,” “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” and “Goodnight Irene,” as well as other tunes.

Lead Belly (1888-1949) is widely regarded to be one of the most influential of 20th century American musicians. Telling stories through song, he blended the sound of traditional folk with blues, work songs, and spirituals to create a body of music that ranks with the catalogue of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, America’s other folk music icons. His influence is acknowledged by many of the most prominent musicians of the last fifty years, including George Harrison (“No Leadbelly, no Beatles”), Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Little Richard, John Fogerty, Roger Daltry, and Van Morrison (“Lead Belly wasn’t an influence, he was the influence.”). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Tickets are $50, which includes music, southern-style food by Chef Jeff, and a glass of Louisiana wine or Turbodog Lousiana beer. There will also be a cash bar serving soft drinks, wine, and beer. Tickets are on sale now on the Wilton Historical Society website.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd..