Friday, January 15, 2010
A judge in Norwalk today sent a New York interior designer to prison for two years for stealing $139,500 from a Westport homeowner.
Shawn Mazzuca, 49, of Saugerties, N.Y.—who also gave a Stamford home address—was sentenced to seven years by Judge Bruce Hudock, suspended after he serves two years and followed by five years of probation.
He also ordered Mazzuca to repay the homeowner $139,482 before he finishes his probation.
Westport police arrested Mazzuca in August 2008 at 59 Morningside Drive South after the homeowner began hearing from vendors that he was bouncing checks while purchasing items for her home. (See WestportNow Aug. 22, 2008)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
The King’s Highway Elementary School Chorus, made up of 85 fourth and fifth grade students, performed “Chester the Cricket,” based on the award-winning children’s book by George Seldon, “Cricket in Times Square.” This week’s performance was co-directed by Music Director Sarah Guterman and Barbara Masonpierre. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauretta Carl for WestportNow.com
Sexy is supposed to sell but not in this recession, according to Margaret Wagner, proprietress of Bedroom Matters, a shop on Railroad Place across from the Westport train station. The store sold everything from sex toys to boudoir furnishings and is closing its door on Friday after two years on the street and moving the business online. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com
Benjamin Lorenz, 4, of Westport enjoyed an outing at Westport’‘s Compo Beach today with his dad, David Lorenz, and their 6-month-old yellow lab, Gemma. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
The Westport public schools are offering Internet safety workshops for parents next month.
“The rapidly evolving nature of technology presents parents with numerous challenges in supervising their children’s Internet use,” Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said in an e-mail message to parents.
“Given the increasingly interwoven complexity of the Internet in our lives and its increasing accessibility from remote locations, the need to talk to your child about appropriate Internet use and boundaries is more important than ever.
“To help you navigate these challenges, the Westport Public Schools and the Westport PTA Council have once again partnered to conduct Internet safety workshops for parents.
Westport police on Wednesday arrested five men—four from New York and one from Connecticut—on fraudulent credit card charges, police said today.
The five were arrested after Officer Marc Heinmiller stopped a car on Post Road East at 5:25 p.m. on a traffic violation.
“In speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, and through his investigation, it was discovered that the occupants were in possession of fraudulent credit cards,” a news release said.
Seized during the investigation and arrest were fraudulent credit cards, and a large amount of gift cards which were purchased with the credit cards, police said.
UPDATE Ronald Corwin, chairman of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, Wednesday night urged a special Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session not to overturn its recent text change amendment permitting office space at the Inn at National Hall property and adjacent properties in Westport’s center. “We urge you do not overturn this key first step in revitalizing downtown,” he said. After more than fours of debate, the RTM voted early today to overturn the P&Z action by a vote of 26-7. Twenty-four votes were needed to overturn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – PIC Downtown Plan Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - “The ABCs of Literacy” with Mardie Gillis, EdD
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon - Toquet Hall - Play With Your Food
1 p.m. - Hall-Brooke Hospital (47 Long Lots Road) - Westport Garden Club public meeting, Tovah Martin
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Stranger” (1946)
6:15 p.m. – Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS: Bruce Bukiet, PhD
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk tonight addressed the Appalachian Mountain Club at Westport’s Christ and Holy Trinity Church. He presented photos he called “Call of the Wild”—a selection of photos he took over the past 20 years all over the world. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport-based The Ad Works, Inc. said today it will offer free advertising consultations to aid local businesses in the current difficult economy.
Dick Commer: Offering a helping hand. Contributed photo
“In difficult times like these, we are offering a helping hand in the form of pro bono advertising consultations to local businesses, organizations, service companies, professionals and chambers of commerce members in Westport and Fairfield,” said Dick Commer, head of the agency.
Commer, whose business is marking its 25th anniversary this year, said he has already offered the pro bono help to some locals.
“The response has been most gratifying and because of the need for it, we are continuing this no obligation service for the next few months,” he said.
There is a new and temporarily less obstructed view of Westport’s downtown and Gorham Island since the demolition of the house at 84 Wilton Road, next to the offices of Save the Children. Built in 1929, the two-story house had 3,546 square feet and was situated on this .6-acre waterfront property. (It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 6, 2009) Gail Olson, marketing manager for New Canaan-based Olson Development said that the new house will be “geothermal with lots of green elements and use the newest in bio-degradable materials for erosion control.” She added, “We’re one of the first of the riverside properties like that.” According to Olson, the new house will be a traditional style and 5,000 square feet in size. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This year’s Westport Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics will take place on Saturday, March 6, organizers announced today.
Participants in last year’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach raised more than $100,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Check-in and day-of-event registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the pavilion, and the plunge will take place at 2:30 p.m. The charity said pre-registration is encouraged at its Web site.
Attire should be a costume, team jersey or bathing suit, an announcement said. Event t-shirts will be provided. Towels and water shoes are recommended.
Registration and signed waiver forms are required and the minimum donation to plunge is $50. Waivers for those under 18 must be signed by a parent/guardian.
“The Agreement” by Janet Neipris, a lighthearted look at divorce, was among the one-act plays presented today at Play With Your Food At Westport’s Toquet Hall. Actors included Barbara Rhoades, Eileen Lawless, Sean Hannon, and Richard Leonard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Abbondaza provided the food today at Play With Your Food at Toquet Hall. The luncheon series is in its eight year and is sold out in Westport, but fans can catch the performances at the Fairfield Theatre Company on Tuesday, Jan. 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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