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Friday, July 22, 2016

Police: Female Stalker Arrested

Officers arrested a Monroe woman for stalking and harassing her ex-boyfriend, even mailing him photographs of his new girlfriend’s home, police said today.

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Margaret Hyman: ignored police warning.  Westport Police photo

Margaret Hyman, 36, turned herself in on an active warrant Monday, was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, July 28.

“Several times in June of 2016, Hyman contacted her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend after being told by the police to have no contact,” said Lt. David Farrell.

“Hyman mailed photographs to her ex-boyfriend with photographs of his new girlfriend’s residence,” he added.

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Held After Restaurant Scuffle

Police arrested a Westport man Thursday night for creating a disturbance at the Pearl of Longshore Restaurant.

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Neil Bhatia: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Police said they were called to the restaurant at Longshore Club Park after an off-duty Stamford policeman observed Neil Bhatia, 39, of Compo Parkway, push a woman against a wall in the restaurant.

The off-duty officer escorted Bhatia outside as Westport officers arrived.

“Bhatia was belligerent and uncooperative with the officers and was intoxicated,” said Lt. David Farrell.

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Westport Property Transfers July 4 - 8, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 4 - 8, 2016:

Mark R. and Cathy A. Guglielmi to Lida Saw, 203 Hillspoint Road, $1,225,000WNproperty.jpg

Betsy Pollack to First Niagara Bank NA, 6 George St., $540,000

Maria G. Economos to Kimberly and Travis Pauley, 2 Viking Green, $1,480,000

Sara L. Letourneau to Jason K. Alford, 4 April Drive AKA 7 April Drive, $1,350,000

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Friday, July 22, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - SOLOS Artist Talks
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Intro to Streaming Media
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets - Acoustic Concert: Mike Messer
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jesse Terry
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Latin Sound at Levitt

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The Goza Latin Jazz Band, specializing in Latin America rhythms on violin, guitar, horns, percussion and vocals, entertained tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back Home

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Guitarist David Giardina, a 1970 Staples High School graduate, was back home tonight leading the Goza Latin Jazz Band in a performance at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Latin Jazz Moves

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Guests at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Pereforming Arts dance tonight to the Goza Latin Jazz Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Wineberry Foraging and Cocktails

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Veronica Swain. a naturalist educator at Westport’s Earthplace, tonight leads a group on a foraging expedition to look for wineberries and other edibles found on Earthplace trails. The event was followed by a sampling of Swain’s wineberry cocktails. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 79 Myrtle Ave.

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The owner of the house at 79 Myrtle Ave. is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Nick Visconti who acquired the house in March and is the process of renovating the five-apartment dwelling. According to Weingarten, the 1913-built house, known as the Berrell-Borden House, was built by Rose B. Berrell for Hope Lewis Borden. Visconti said he is also the owner of two historic properties, built in the 1700s, at 85-87 and 104 East Ave., Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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After Three Hours, No Decision on Saugatuck Sewer

By James Lomuscio

After more than three contentious hours—including conflict of interest accusations—Westport’s Board of Selectmen today postponed a vote on a controversial Saugatuck sewer extension.

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Developer Felix Charney addressing today’s meeting: “I know what it means to need housing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Acting in its capacity as the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), the board, meeting in an unusual and sparsely attended 8:30 a.m. Town Hall auditorium session, postponed to next week a vote on an application to build the 1,500-foot extension.

Opponents have said approval of the extension,  the needed first step in developer Felix Charney’s plan to construct 155 rental housing units on Hiawatha Lane Extension in the Saugatuck section, would destroy the character of old Saugatuck.

At issue for the WPCA was the status of the area’s sewage pump station, which Public Works Director Steve Edwards says cannot handle the flow. Even more critical, says Edwards, is the failing sewage line that runs under the Saugatuck River.

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Lifeguarding: A Dream Job That’s ‘Very Serious’

By Emily Weyrauch

For Steve Siecienski, it’s the ultimate dream job, one likely to outshine all other future employment—lifeguarding at Westport’s Compo Beach.

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Steve Siecienski, 23, says being a Westport lifeguard “probably the best job I’ll ever have,” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Weyrauch for WestportNow.com

Following in the footsteps of generations of Westport lifeguards, he started working at Compo, which is just down the road from his home, at age 15.

Now, the 23-year-old recent Southern Connecticut State University graduate with a degree in graphic design works as one of the town’s assistant waterfront directors.

“I was a kid when I started working here,” said Siecienski, a member of the Staples High School class of 2011. “I feel like I’ve gone through a lot of experiences that have changed my perspective on a lot of things.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Water Pollution Control Authority (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Center for Senior Activities Enhancement Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Shane”
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Wineberry Foraging & Cocktails
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Goza Latin jazz band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Interviewed at Playhouse

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In conjunction with the Westport Country Playhouse production of “The Invisible Hand,” engineer, writer, academic and Staples High School graduate Haris Durrani was interviewed tonight at the Playhouse by Staples teacher Cathy Schager about his new novel “Technologies of Self.” The book is about a young Muslim man finding his way in New York City after 9/11. Durrani, who is attending Columbia Law School, holds a master’s in history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s in applied physics from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcia Logan for WestportNow.com

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Painting Penguins at Le Penguin

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Antoine Bleth today paints a mural at the entrance of his new restaurant, Le Penguin, a French bistro that opens late next month at 15 Myrtle Ave., Sconset Square, in space formerly occupied by Blue Lemon. “I’m an artist and musician primarily but have been in the restaurant business for 35 years,” he said.  Co-owner of other prominent restaurants with business partner Anshu Vidyarthi, Blech said he sometimes plays piano in his jazz band named Antoine Bleck. “I’m a crooner too in the style of Charles Aznavour and other popular French singers,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Melania’s Speechwriter: A Westport Connection

UPDATE Meredith McIver, who today acknowledged she wrote Melania Trump’s Cleveland GOP convention speech that included passages from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama, has a Westport connection—her sister lives here.

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Meredith McIver: says she wrote speech. File photo

Although there is no record of her owning property here or having registered to vote here, several internet record searches show she used her sister’s Westport Beachside Avenue address in the past.

Several reports today said McIver currently lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and that she is a registered Democrat.

Town records show Karen McIver, 69, also a registered Democrat, owns the Westport property used in the past by Meredith McIver, 65. The New York Times reported that Karen McIver is Meredith’s sister.

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