Thursday, August 27, 2009
Samuel Marino in photo reportedly taken two days before he died. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Facebook.com photo
The 26-year-old man killed in a Weston car chase Tuesday after he carjacked two women in Norwalk and Westport was reportedly struggling with a crack addiction.
The Advocate of Norwalk said Samuel Marino—who a Westport police source was well known to them and had threatened suicide several times—quoted friends as saying the youth had been battling drugs for some time.
“What he did was monstrous,” Robert King of Danbury told the newspaper. “Something just went wrong with his wiring, his chemical imbalances in his mind.”
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Among the eight winners of the Historic District Commission 2009 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 is the house at 187 Long Lots Road. Owned by Morgan (“Dutch”) and Susan Wynkoop, it is known as the John Osborn House, c. 1683-1687. It has been in the Wynkoop family since 1971. The HDC said,“The small red colonial dwelling that sits proudly on Long Lots Road is quite likely to be the oldest house in Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Patricia E. Coplen, a longtime Westporter active in community affairs and former chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, died today at her Westport home. She was 89.
Pat Coplen (l) posed with fellow League of Women Voters members before a 2004 tag sale. Contributed photo
Before and after serving in elected office, beginning in 1964, Coplen was active in the League of Women Voters of Westport, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. She served on numerous committees and study groups.
She was also active in the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park where she was instrumental in securing initial funding for the recently opened Nature Center.
“Westport has lost a dedicated public servant,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. “Westport is a better town thanks to Pat Coplen. Our deepest condolences to Jack and the Coplen family.”
Westporter Jean Murdoch got a new Lexus today after winning a WCBS Radio “Hit for the Cycle” contest when Yankee player Melky Carbrera performed the rare baseball feat on Aug. 2 in a game against the White Sox. (See WestportNow Aug. 2, 2009) Murdoch, who learned of her win from WestportNow, and husband Dan traveled to Englewood, N.J. for the ceremony at Lexus of Englewood. During the presentation, Murdoch was surprised with a gift of a baseball autographed by Cabrera. In fact, she seemed to prize the baseball more than the car. After the ceremony, she declined the auto in favor of the equivalent cash prize, “valued up to $30,000,” according to the station’s Web site, less taxes and other expenses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
There was a dedication ceremony today at Westport’s VFW Post for the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, which extends in Westport from the intersection of Route 136 and Route 33 through Wilton to the Ridgefield town line. State Senator Toni Boucher (l), who led efforts to rename the roadway, presided along with state Representative Joe Mioli. The name honors soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel who have sacrificed their lives for their fellow Americans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
With the formal dedication today of the Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, there’s a new name for the stretch of roadway from the intersection of Routes 136 and 33 in Westport (Saugatuck Avenue) through Riverside Avenue and Wilton Road to the Ridgefield town line. This sign is at the bottom of the Exit 17 northbound ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Ralph Nathanson of the Wilton Fire Department representing the Connecticut Firefighter Pipes and Drums played a medley of armed forces music at today’s Westport dedication of the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
In his remarks at today’s dedication of the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said military personnel as well as first responders who continue to serve must be remembered as well. He noted that 24 hours ago on the roadway in front of the VFW Post, site of the dedication ceremony, Westport police pursued “a crazed man” who eventually ended up dead on a roadway in Weston after several carjackings. “It is right and fitting to renew our public thanks to all of them—those who have fallen as well as those living—in this way.” Joseloff said. “Westport welcomes a new name on its roadways and an opportunity to say thanks.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
11 a.m. - Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post #399 (465 Riverside Avenue) - Dedication Ceremony for “Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Conductor Jack & the Zinghoppers
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” preview
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The cast takes a bow tonight following the debut preview performance of “That Championship Season,” the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play at the Westport Country Playhouse. Pictured (l-r) are Skipp Sudduth, Robert Clohessy, John Doman (who plays the role of coach), Lou Liberatore and Tom Nelis. The play runs through Sept. 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
UPDATE A fast-moving police chase that began with a knifepoint carjacking in Norwalk and involved several crashes and another carjacking in Westport ended today with the suspect being killed after smashing into several utility poles in Weston, police said.
Police investigate today’s carjacking crime spree after the suspect’s crashed in Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The suspect was the only casualty in the incident, according to Westport police. State police identified him as Samuel Marino, 26, who they said had a last known address as Miry Brook Road in Danbury.
However, a Westport police source said Marino was known to local law enforcement agencies, spent time in Westport and had threatened suicide on several occasions.
Westport police last arrested him on May 18 on a charge of violation of probation after he was stopped on Post Road East for a routine traffic violation. A license check revealed that there was an outstanding arrest warrant by state police stemming from a violation of his probation requirements.
UPDATE A man wanted for a carjacking in Norwalk, caused several accidents in Westport today while being pursued by police, carjacked another vehicle in Westport and eventually crashed into several utility poles in Weston. He died in the crash near Weston’s center after being ejected from the vehicle, police said. Only the suspect, described as a white male about 20 years old, was injured in the fast-moving crime spree. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Municipal, school, and health officials from Westport, Weston, and Wilton met as an H1N1 Flu Task Force today at the Westport Weston Health District to review preparations pior to school openings. Representatives from Westport included First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, as well as Health Director Mark Cooper (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport commuters today found portions of the New Haven-bound parking lot at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck closed in preparation for repaving work that will last through Friday. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, frustrated with the state’s inattention to the “crater-like” conditions of the lot, said he ordered the repaving using funds from the town’s portion of railroad parking fees collected from commuters. The timing coincided with the time of year the lot historically is least used, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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