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Friday, May 20, 2016

Arrest for Serial Assaults on Long Lots Road

Westport officers arrested a Bridgeport man for a series of assaults on Long Lots Road dating back to 2011, police said today. Image
Jeremy Aquino: charrged in three assaults.  Westport Police photo

Jeremy Aquino, 23, was arrested on an active warrant Monday following a lengthy investigation dating back to October 2011 when he allegedly assaulted two victims on Long Lots Road, punching one in the face and slapping the other, Lt. David Farrell said.

It is also alleged that in July 2013 Aquino assaulted a male victim on Long Lots Road, punching him in the face.

Farrell said that in March 2015 Aquino again assaulted a male victim at a Long Lots Road address “by throwing him to the ground and punching him in the face twice.”

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Alexandra Jabick,a 2012 Staples High School graduate, has been awarded the Outstanding Senior Woman Award at the Neag School of Education University of Connecticut, Storrs.The award, sponsored by The Woman’s Center, Alumni and University provost, is given each year to one female student from each school. She is pictured with the dean of the NEAG School Richard Schwab. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Property Transfers May 2 - 6, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 2 - 6, 2016:

Marie and Christopher P. Howson to Daniel S. and Esther Jo, 3 Hooper Road $880,000WNproperty.jpg

Mary Ryan Foss-Skiftesvik to Kim Rifkin, 1 Fraser Lane , $3,545,000

Adrienne Grossman to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 29 Ferry Lane East, $2,933,967

David S. and Marjorie T. French to William Costello and Giselle Hantz, 66 Compo Road North, $1,625,000

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Historic Piano Debuts at Local Jazz Club Image
An historic 1937 Steinway that was the house piano at the Village Gate in New York City for many years Thursday inaugurated the second year of live jazz at Restaurant 323, 323 Main St., produced by Richard Epstein and Ina Chadwick. Rabbi Greg Wall of Westport, artistic director and sax player, teamed up with Chris Coogan to play two sets of hot music to a full house. Pianists Frederic Chiu, Joe Utterback, and Marco Scott also had chances to try out the instrument. The piano was crowd-funded and fundraising is still underway with the intent of forming a nonprofit devoted to live jazz performance and education in Fairfield County. 323 Jazz Club is ongoing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Thursday night, and an upcoming program will also feature singer Melissa Newman of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, May 20, 2016

9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks
11 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Steven Certilman & Arianne Kolb
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Sketchup 3D Modeling Software Part 2
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Fiona Garland on Edouard Manet
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Kimberly McCreight, “The Outliers”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Afternoon Laundromat w/ Next Generation and Pizza Dust
7:30 p.m. - Black Box Theatre, Staples - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project 10 Years Later”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Art”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stephens Resigns as P&Z Chair; Walsh Elected

Chip Stephens tonight announced his resignation as chairman of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) because he said he had taken on a new job that would require absences. Image
P&Z Commission Chair Chip Stephens: remaining on the commission and will be staying in Westport “for the time being.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

The board elected former chair Catherine Walsh to take his place.

Stephens, who has served two years as chair, said he would remain on the commission and “will be staying Westport for the time being.”

He said he decided to announce his resignation as chair now “as I might have absences and especially I am timing this tonight because we have some big things coming up with 8-30gs and other submissions.”

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Gallery: Art About Town

Scenes from tonight’s Art About Town opening night street party sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.. J.C. Martin for and WestportNow photos

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Opening Night Street Party Launches Art About Town Image
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association today launched its month-long Art About Town with an opening night street party on Main Street. During the event, local art will be on display in local stores for purchase. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Flowery Greeting Image
Performers from New York’s Shirdance greet a youngster tonight on Westport’s Main Street at the Art About Town opening night street party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

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Arm Art Image
Dara Mechanic of Westport gets an arm tattoo today from Monica Canosa at the Westport Downtown Merchants Association Art About Town opening night street party on Westport’s Main Street.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Police: Westport Joining in Memorial Day Crackdown

The Westport Police Department said today it will be actively participating with state and local law enforcement agencies in a period of enforcement encompassing the Memorial Day weekend and beyond.

In an effort to promote safe driving and increased protection of all motorists, the department “will be vigorously enforcing the state’s seat belt as well as child restraint laws and will be issuing citations to those who are not in compliance,” an announcement said.

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CT Gets Credit Downgrades From Wall Street

By Keith M.Phaneuf

The new state budget’s ability to mitigate longstanding fiscal problems got poor marks today on Wall Street as two of the four major rating agencies downgraded Connecticut’s credit ranking — probably boosting borrowing costs in the future.

Fitch Ratings Inc. and Standard & Poor’s both lowered their bond ratings in response to the $19.76 billion budget Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature’s Democratic majority crafted for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The other two firms, Kroll and Moody’s Investors Service, didn’t change their ratings, but did maintain a “negative outlook.” This represents a warning that they intend to monitor state finances closely over the next year, and sometimes is a precursor to a formal downgrade.

“The message from the credit rating agencies couldn’t be any clearer: It is high time for a sustained commitment to fortify the state’s financial footing, in the midst of persistent economic uncertainty,” state Treasurer Denise L. Nappier wrote today in a statement announcing the downgrades.

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Metro-North: Regular Schedule on Friday

Metro-North said tonight it would operate a regular weekday schedule on Friday.

It will be the first regular day since Tuesday’s fire in East Harlem under its tracks.

Customers should anticipate some residual delays due to speed restrictions on all four tracks on the Park Avenue Viaduct, the railroad said.

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Woman’s Club Awards Grants Image
The Westport Woman’s Club today presented $30,000 in community services grants to local nonprofit organizations. Also awarded were Bedford Hall grants, which allow a one time per year free use of the hall by nonprofits for fundraising or friend-raising purposes. Pictured with the grantees (far r) are WWC community services directors Mary Gladden and Carol Mata, along with WWC President Dorothy E. Curran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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CT Jobless Rate Remained at 5.7% in April

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Connecticut added 3,500 jobs last month, but unemployment remained at 5.7 percent, the state Department of Labor reported today.

The jobless rate is slightly better than the 5.8 percent mark achieved in April 2015. The state has added 20,100 jobs over the past 12 months and 9,800 positions since Jan. 1.

Still, Connecticut is about 23,500 jobs shy of recovering all positions lost in the last recession, which ended more than six years ago.

“Connecticut saw increases in both job counts and labor force participation in April,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research at the labor department. “As new workers entered or reentered the labor force, the number of unemployed also grew. This explains recent upward pressure on our unemployment rate.”

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