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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar with Michael Shavel of the CT Deptartment of Labor
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Education Committee

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Westport Man Arrested in Casino Chip Theft

A Westport man was arraigned in Norwich Superior Court today after police said he swiped several thousand dollars in poker chips from a table at Mohegan Sun casino.

State police said Charles H. Vosgueritchian, 29, of 47 West Parish Road, entered the casino at 6 a.m. Sunday, sat at a gaming table, grabbed some chips and ran to his car.

Vosgueritchian led police on a high speed chase and was later taken into custody by Westport police. He was turned over to state police and charged with fourth-degree larceny.

Police said he had two $1,000 poker chips at the time of his arrest. He was held on $5,000 bond.

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Westport Mother’s 911 Call Thwarts Son’s Threatened Suicide

A Westport mother’s 911 call today that her son was threatening suicide off a Norwalk building ended with Norwalk police tackling the man on the roof of a parking garage.

The 25-year-old man, who was not injured, was taken to Norwalk Hospital for observation. Neither he nor his mother was identified.

Westport police contacted Norwalk police after the mother called them reporting her son had telephoned her and was threatening to jump off a building in Norwalk, detectives said.

A Westport officer stayed with the mother as she repeatedly sought more information from her son about his location in a series of cell phone calls. He reportedly was despondent because of a broken relationship.

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UPDATE With no advance warning, the state Department of Transportation today notified the Town of Westport it was closing the Hales Road bridge over the Metro-North Railroad tracks. The DOT said inspectors had determined the bridge could not safely carry vehicles of more than three tons. The state said it expected it would be sometime in early 2010 before the bridge is replaced. Tonight, the Hales Road end of the bridge was closed but not the Greens Farms Road side, leaving drivers who drove from Greens Farms Road doing u-turns on the I-95 bridge short of the bridge over the railroad tracks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 15, 2008

State Closing Hales Road Bridge for Repairs

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has notified him that the Hales Road bridge over the Metro-North Railroad tracks will be closed immediately for safety reasons.WestportNow.com Image
The Hales Road bridge (red circle) will be closed and access will only be by the Hillspoint Road bridge (green circle). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com map/Google

Correspondence from the DOT to Joseloff stated in part, “A recently completed inspection and load evaluation of the structure indicates that the bridge is no longer capable of carrying vehicles of three tons.” 

A replacement bridge will be advertised in 2009. It is anticipated that construction of a new bridge will be completed by spring 2010, the DOT said.

Residents will have to access the area using the Hillspoint Road bridge until the new bridge is constructed.

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Town Construction Vehicle Hits Youngster

A Town of Westport construction vehicle hit a school-age youngster today on Post Road East.

The youth, who was not identified, was not believed seriously injured in the mid-afternoon accident at Maple Avenue South. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS.

The driver of the front-loader, who also was not identified, was not injured, according to town officials.

Police were investigating the circumstances of the accident.

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Westport, Unlike Fairfield, Had No Madoff Investments

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today that Westport’s pension plans, unlike those in Fairfield, had no assets invested with funds controlled by Bernard Madoff.

“Fortunately, Westport did not invest with any of the Madoff entities,” he said. “We’ve checked with our pension advisers and while they certainly were aware of him and his record, they did not deem his investment offerings prudent for our funds.”

The Town of Fairfield has said it had about $42 million in pension fund assets in funds controlled by Madoff.

Madoff, 70, confessed to employees last week that Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC was “a giant Ponzi scheme” that cost clients $50 billion.

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Westporter Among Electoral College Voters

Westport’s Jim Ezzes, chair of the Westport Democratic Town Committee, was among the seven Connecticut electors casting ballots today in Hartford as part of the Electoral College vote for Barack Obama for president and Joe Biden for vice president.WestportNow.com Image
Jim Ezzes: casts one of seven state votes. WN file photo

The Electoral College vote was held in the State Senate chambers at the State Capitol at noon and was attended by hundreds of students and other guests.

According to the U.S. Constitution, each state is awarded a number of electoral votes equal to its total number of representatives in Congress.  With two U.S. Senators and five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut is awarded seven electoral votes.

A slate of seven electors from Connecticut was chosen by their political party and then elected by voters on Nov. 4. By an almost 2-to-1 margin, Connecticut voters chose to elect the Democratic Party electors who had pledged to cast ballots for the Obama/Biden ticket.

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Smoke in House Leads to Fireplace Ashes

Westport firefighters late Sunday night were called to a house on Elwil Drive off Roseville Road on a report of smoke in the building.

Firefighters found hazy conditions and a strong odor consistent with burning wood, said Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney. The homeowner, who said that he used one of the home’s three fireplaces earlier, was advised to evacuate his family from the house.

Firefighters then found fire burning in the ash pit in the base of the multiple-flue masonry chimney. Scrap wood, probably utilized as concrete form material during the original construction for the fireplace hearths, was ignited by residual hot coals from the fireplace, Maloney said.

Smoke produced by these burning articles migrated up the chimney, stopped at closed chimney flues and spilled out the hearth openings into the home, he said.

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Talking Transportation: Bankruptcy Only Way to Save Detroit

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

One of the most chilling images of the debacle that was the Vietnam War was a U.S. soldier using his Zippo lighter to ignite the thatched hut of a small village, setting it ablaze as residents looked on in shock. “We had to destroy it to save it,” he said.

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The same is true with the Big Three automakers in Detroit. Bankruptcy is the only way to save them.

THE UNIONS: Any tax dollars spent on “bailing out” Detroit would be a waste. Sure, they might prop up a few overpaid UAW jobs and pensions for a while and maybe keep some local auto dealers afloat, but they are all doomed.

UAW auto workers make an average of 30 percent more than nonunion labor at Japanese auto plants in the United States. Union wages and benefits add more than $2,000 to the cost of a Big Three-built car. Sorry guys—the party’s over.

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Swans on Ice

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Some swans coped with icy conditions Sunday on Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 15, 2008


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Code Enforcement
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
6 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 1025C – Board of Education Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on channel 78)

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Historical Society Hosts Holiday Concert

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The Westport Historical Society today teamed up with Mary Ann Hall’s Music For Children for their fifth annual family holiday concert. The interactive family concert featured a mix of holiday tunes with participation from the audience that involved dancing, singing along and clapping. The Music for Children program is well known in the area, with family concerts at the Levitt Pavilion and elsewhere by the Hall family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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All Gone: 186 Greens Farms Road

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A salvage team today sorted through the remains of the house at 186 Greens Farms Road which was demolished on Saturday.  The one-story ranch house, built in 1949, had 1,117 square feet, was situated on a one-acre property and was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 27, 2008. The prior occupants will continue to reside in the replacement house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Only 11 Holiday Shopping Days Left

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Westport’s Main Street was crowded Saturday with holiday shoppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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