Monday, July 28, 2014
Storm Clouds on the Horizon
Downtown Committee Focuses on Library and Levitt
Westport’s Downtown Steering Committee tonight held the first of three visioning workshops on specific features of Westport’s downtown as it prepares a downtown master plan. Tonight the Westport Library and Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts were in the spotlight in the session in the Town Hall auditorium. Additional workshops on Aug. 6 will focus on the Bedford Square project and the Kemper-Gunn House move, and another on Aug.11 on the Westport Cinema Initiative. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Republican Primary Registration Under Way
With the Republican primary less than two weeks away, Westport’s Office of the Registrars of Voters has announced that it will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for voter registration, while online registrations and changes can be completed at https://voterregistration.ct.gov.
The deadline for in-person registration for the Aug. 12 Republican Primary is Monday, Aug. 11 at noon, according to the office.
Officials noted that registration applications hand-delivered by persons other than the applicant must be received by Thursday, Aug. 7 to qualify for the primary. Mailed-in registration applications also must be postmarked no later than Aug. 7 and received by noon Monday, Aug. 11.
Additionally, online registration applications must be completed by Thursday, Aug. 7, officials said. For further information, contact the Registrars of Voters Office at 203-341-1115 or visit the Registrars’ page .
Former Staples Coach Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault Charges
A former Staples High School math teacher and swim coach faces eight years in prison and a lifetime on a sex offender registry after pleading guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court today to sexually assaulting two girls—who are now 12 and 9—over a three-year period, the Connecticut Post reported.
Jeffrey Schare: left Staples in November 2012. Fairfield Police photo
Jeffrey Schare, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault, the report said. According to the Post, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin said he would impose the eight -year term and lifetime sex offender registry when Schare is sentenced Oct. 3.
The arrest warrant cited by the Post states that Schare, who for seven years in Westport coached the Wreckers boys swim and dive teams, began “grooming” the girls who attend school in Fairfield when they were very young, “promising favors such as food and sleepovers as rewards for his deviant behavior.”
Schare, of Fairfield, left Staples in November 2012. He has been free on $150,000 bond.
Practicing for a Shoreline Fire
The Westport Fire Department today conducted a joint water supply drill with the Norwalk Fire Department’s fire boat at Saugatuck Shores as an option for a large fire near the shore. The drill consisted of attaching a large diameter supply hose to the 38-foot “Robert Bedell” fire boat and supplying a pumper 850 feet down the street. The Norwalk fire boat has a pumping capacity of 2,300 gallons of water per minute and had no problem supplying the Westport Fire Department pumper, which can pump 1,500 gallons per minute, said Westport Fire Assistant Chief Robert Yost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westporter Arrested for Credit Card Theft
Michael Urbanowicz: found with stolen card. Westport Police photo
A Westport man was arrested Friday after a video camera at CVS caught him taking a credit card accidentally left on the counter by another patron, police said today.
Michael Urbanowicz, 50, of 606 Post Road East was arrested with the card still in his possession at his residence, police said.
He was charged with credit card theft and sixth-degree larceny, police said.
He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 8, police said.
Westport Outdoors: Shake Shack
Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm-weather months. According to manager Dave Yearwood, “When the restaurant opened here in July 2011, it was our first in the state. Since then, we opened in New Haven in October,2012.” He said the outdoor seating accommodates about 20 guests. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Police Make Stolen Car Arrest
Victor Diaz: allegedly stole car in Norwalk. Westport Police photo
Westport police, monitoring a stolen car broadcast from the Norwalk Police, pulled over the suspect vehicle at Exit 17 on Thursday, arresting its driver for second-degree larceny.
Victor Diaz, 23, of 65 Ridgebrook Drive, Bridgeport, was also charged for having a court ordered re-arrest warrant for failure to appear from a previous, unrelated case, according to Capt. Vincent Penna.
Diaz was released after posting a $5,000 bond for the Westport charges and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 4.
He is also scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday, Aug. 5, for the failure to appear charge for which he was released on a $2,500 bond, police said.
Marine Division’s Big Catch of the Day
Oneil Cherrington : caught fishing. Westport Police photo
A routine check of fishing licenses off Frost Point in Westport on Friday netted the arrest of a federal fugitive from justice currently being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond, police said today.
According to Police Capt. Vincent Penna, Oneil Cherrington, 35, of 11 Prospect Ave., Mount Vernon, N.Y. was taken into custody after a computer search via the National Crime Information Center showed an active warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Office with full extradition.
Penna said that he was not privy to the crime or crimes for which Cherrington was wanted.
He added that the Police Department’s Marine Division routinely checks licenses for those fishing off town beaches and shorelines.
Malloy: New Assistance for Shoreline Owners
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that shoreline homeowners and businesses subject to coastal flooding can now apply for assistance under a new state low-interest loan program designed to help those residents elevate their homes and businesses from future severe weather and flooding.
The program, Shore Up CT, provides financing for property owners in coastal municipalities located in Flood Zones VE and AE, as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Formerly known as the Shoreline Resiliency Fund, the program was created by Malloy with particular focus on assisting residents who do not qualify for receiving federal disaster aid and would have to pay significant out-of-pocket expenses for the preventative upgrades, an announcement said.
“With continued severe weather impacting Connecticut,‘Shore Up CT is a forward-thinking approach to assist our state’s residents by taking action and fortifying our infrastructure before the next storm causes even greater damage to homes and businesses,” Malloy said.
Going Down: 10 Pond Edge Road
Maggie McDonough of West Hartford today snaps a picture of the demoliton of 10 Pond Edge Road, off Hillspoint Road. The 1979 Staples High School graduate grew up in the house, one of four children of Tom and Pat Fay. “I was 3 years old when my parents built the house,” she said, holding back tears. “I was visiting my brother in Westport and decided to drive by and see the house. I did not know it was being demolished today.” Built in 1966, the two-story colonial had 2,098 square feet, was situated on a .68-acre property and changed ownership in April for $850,000. In March 2013, a home nurse prevented serious injury to the bedridden owners by evacuating them from the house when a fire broke out. (See WestportNow March 27, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Vani Court
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Vani Court, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1945, the one-story cape has 720 square feet, is situated on a .41-acre property and changed ownership this month for $375,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Not a Bad Sunday After All
What started out as an overcast Sunday with chance of rain in the forecast turned out to be a steamy, clear day. Visitors to Westport’s Old Mill Beach enjoyed the low tide as sailors enjoyed the waters beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, July 28, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - P&Z Downtown Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Downtown Steering Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family & Friends
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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Overflow Crowd for The Hot Sardines at Levitt
There was an overflow crowd tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for The Hot Sardines, a blustery brass lineup, layered over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, a great vocalist and a tap dancer too. The first of the Levitt’s Celebration Sundays Music Series, the event was sponsored by Jewish Senior Services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Levitt Celebration Sundays Music Series Kicks Off
The new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight kicked off its Celebration Sundays Music Series with a performance by The Hot Sardines featuring hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Fats Waller used to make. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Packed In Like (Hot) Sardines at Levitt
Scenes tonight as Levitt Pavilion guests gave a warm welcome to the New York jazz group The Hot Sardines. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Park Goers Welcome Free Weekend at Sherwood Island
By James Lomuscio
The best things in life are free, the 1927 lyrics go, and for Raimundo DeSouza of Naugatuck that sentiment hit home literally and unexpectedly when he reached the entry booth to Sherwood Island State Park in Westport today.
Julio Rivera of Port Chester, N.Y. brought an umbrella, expecting rain on his first Sherwood Island visit but ended up using it as a parasol. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
“I was surprised,” he said about free admission to the park this weekend as part of the state parks’ centennial celebration. “The lady said it was for the 100th anniversary, and she gave me a brochure.”
It was the first time he and his family had been there.
DeSouza gazed out at the expansive sun soaked sands of West Beach, the Long Island Sound’s blue waters lined with spinnaker sails slightly veiled by a gauzy mist from burned-off morning rain.
Alphonse ‘Buck’ Iannacone, 88, Devoted P.A.L. Volunteer
Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone of Westport, a 61-year supporter of the Westport Police Athletic League and to many the face of Westport P.A.L., died Friday in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88. A World War II veteran where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal, Iannacone served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2012. See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Don’t Go There
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 36 Whitney St.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 36 Whitney St., off Roseville Road, is in process. Built in 1939, the 1-1/2-story cape has1,495 square feet and is situated on a .87-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Joining Hands to Support Cancer Survivors
Westport residents Patty Kondub (2nd r) and Mary Heery (r) join hands with health and wellness professionals from the Y’s of Westport/Weston, New Canaan, Darien and Wilton, to mark $1,000 donations from SpinOdyssey to each of the Y’s to support their cancer exercise survivor programs. Kondub is the chair of SpinOdyssey, a 15 year-running Westport-based fitness fundraiser that donates registration fees from the event to cancer support services, while 100 percent of the pledges fund American Cancer Society breast cancer researchers. Heery is the breast health specialist at the Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital, whose referrals receive free memberships and specialized programs at Y facilities for three months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Police Locate Driver in Clinton Ave. Rollover
UPDATE A pickup truck rollover on Westport’s Clinton Avenue early today damaged a power pole and left police searching for the driver who was located several hours later, police said.
Workers today replace a utility pole damaged in a car crash early today on Clinton Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Police said the driver called 911 after the crash at about 3:15 a.m. in the area of 69 Clinton Ave. But arriving police and fire units found only the vehicle on its side and no driver, said Sgt. Richard Frazier.
“They conducted a search using thermal imaging and dogs for tracking,” he said, to no avail until officers were finally able to get in touch with the registered owner this morning. “It’s still under investigation,” Frazier said.
The driver was located in Wilton with his brother and went to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of injuries, according to earlier reports from the scene.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hot Sardines
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