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Friday, February 05, 2016

No Show, Only Snow

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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was snow-covered today, five months before summer showtime. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Little White Way

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Westport’s Main Street was the Little White Way today as a snowstorm moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Stop & Shop-Lifting Arrest

Officers arrested a Stratford man who filled his shopping cart and rolled it out of Westport’s Stop & Shop without paying, police said today.

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Christopher Flint: free on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Christopher Flint, 44, was arrested on Monday on an outstanding warrant for the incident that took place on Dec. 3.

Video surveillance captured Flint placing items in the cart and leaving the superstore at 1790 Post Road East without paying.

“Flint was positively identified by Fairfield Police officers who viewed the video footage and are familiar with Flint as he has committed larcenies in their town,” Farrell said.

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Arrest for Altered Prescription

Westport police officers arrested a Fairfield man for allegedly altering a prescription to up his dose of Vicodin, police said today.

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Douglas Lucas: free on $250 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, On Thursday, Westport officers responded to CVS at 397 Post Road East, on a report that a male suspect had fraudulently changed his prescription given to him by his medical doctor. 

He said the officers and pharmacist confirmed with the doctor that the Vicodin prescription was altered from 5 to 7.4 mg. 

“The Pharmacist noticed the 7 was written in a different color ink,” Farrell said.

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Getting Ready for Shoppers

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A worker clears snow today in front of Main Street stores. Most stores which did not open on time were expected to open later in the day as the storm moves out.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Double Shovel

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A pair of workers clears a platform today at the Metro-North Westport station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Storm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area for heavy snow, which is in effect until 1 p.m. The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.

It said snow accumulations will be 4 to 8 inches with winds north 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Visibilities at times will be one quarter to one half mile.

Moderate to heavy snow this morning will taper off early this afternoon, the Weather Service said.

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A Litte Dusting Off to Do

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A car on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center awaits its owner today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Just Enough to Plow

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The overnight snowfall was only a couple of inches but enough to plow. View is in the National Hall area in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Easy Going

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Traffic was light today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center with drivers who were on the road taking it easy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Clearing the Way

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A worker clears a walkway today on the west bank of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Snowy Commute

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Commuters wait for their train at the Metro-North Westport station today. Metro-North advised riders to take care when traveling during inclement weather and allow for additional travel time. “Customers should use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases,” it said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meryl Newman Siff /Instagram photo

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Probate Court Closed

The Westport/Weston Probate court is closed due to snow. All hearings are canceled for today.

Please call the court on Monday to reschedule.

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Westport Arts Center Closed

The Westport Arts Center is closed today due to inclement weather. 

All events scheduled for today will be rescheduled. 

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Winter Wonderland Look

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A couple of inches overnight snow made for a winter wonderland look today at Rouund Pond off of Westport’s Compo Road South. The snow was enough to delcasre the first snow day of the winter for public schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Library Opens at Noon

The Westport Library will open today at noon due to the snow.

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Westport Public Schools Closed

Westport Public Schools are closed because of the snow.

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Senior Center Closed

The Westport Center for Senior Activities will be closed today.

The staff will be in the office should anyone need assistance. Call (203)341-5099.

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Friday, February 5, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist” Postponed
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
11 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Enid Munroe with Alexandra Munroe Closed
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Google Drive Canceled
Noon - Westport Library - Teen Parent Book Discussion: “How to Raise an Adult”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “Bedford’s Got Talent!” Canceled
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Center for Youth Leadership
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

At P&Z, Safety Trumps Affordable Housing

By James Lomuscio

Rejecting an applicant’s claim of bias, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight said fire safety, traffic safety, and environmental concerns trumped the state’s affordable housing statute.

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The 1.16-acre parcel at 122 Wilton Road sits at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

By a unanimous vote, the P&Z denied an application to build a five-story, 48-unit housing complex, 30 percent of the units designated affordable, at 122 Wilton Road—at the busy Kings Highway North intersection—proposed under the 8-30g statute. The state law allows developers to override local zoning laws if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock listed as affordable, which Westport does not.

The vote came with a Saturday deadline looming for the P&Z to act on the application. The applicant, Garden Homes Management of Stamford, repeatedly refused a commision request to extend the 65-day limit to act on the proposal and for the first time tonight gave its reason.

Attorney Mark K. Branse, filling in for attorney John Fallon, who could not attend the meeting due to a conflict, contended that the commission was biased against the 8-30g project from the start.

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service has updated and extended a Winter Weather Advisory for snow for the Westport area, now saying it is in effect from midnight to noon Friday.

It said to now expect snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches with localized higher amounts and winds north 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Visibilities will be as low as one-half mile at times, the Weather Service said.

It said rain will mix with snow after midnight, and continue through the morning.

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Police Seek Entry Level Officers for First Time Since 2009

The Westport Police Department is seeking entry level officers for the first time in seven years.

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Westport Police Chief Dale Call leads his officers in the 2015 Westport Memorial Day parade.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The new recruits will add to the ranks of 63 officers as three have retired in recent months and several others will be set to retire in the near future, according to Chief Dale Call.

Since November, longtime officers Sgt. Richard Frazier, Lt. Arthur Belile and Officer Richard Failla have retired.

Whie new officers have been hired in recent years, the difference this time is that the department is opening its applicant pool to an entry level police position.

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Driver Escapes Injury in Post Road West Crash

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A driver escaped injury today when he lost contorl of his BMW and crashed into a stone pillar near the entrance to the office complex at 315 Post Road West. The cause of the accident is under police investigation. The vehicle was towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fake Credit Cards Seized

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State Police today released this photo of seized fake and stolen credit cards found during a car stop on I-95 in Westport early Wednesday. Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men were arrested. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) State police photo

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State Police Nab 2 With Fake Credit Cards

State police arrested two Brooklyn, N.Y. men on I-95 in Westport early Wednesday for possesion of 25 fraudulent credit cards, stolen gift cards, and drug paraphernalia, state police said.

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Junior Elinior (l) and Jimmy Jeanty: released on bond. State Police photos

The men were arrested at 2:08 a.m. by troopers conducting motor vehicle enforcement in the Exit 17 area who observed their vehicle being operated erratically and failing to stay in its proper lane, police said.

Troopers initiated a motor vehicle stop where the driver initially stopped the vehicle in the left shoulder and troopers assisted him in moving the vehicle to the right shoulder, a news release said.

Troopers detected the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle and conducted a search where they located drug paraphernalia, 25 fraudulent credit cards, one of them stolen, and numerous stolen gift cards from several retail stores, police said.

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