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Thursday, December 18, 2003

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Thursday, December 18, 2003

7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Finance Study Committee
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Health & Human Services Study Committee
8:15 p.m. - Room 201 - RTM Public Protection Study Committee


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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Foggy Over the Saugatuck

Interstate-95 traffic on the Saugatuck River Bridge is shrouded in fog today in this view from a traffic camera. DOT photo


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Thanks to a Hero

Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell presented Kevin Slater with a proclamation today saluting his heroism in rescuing Robert Paniccia, a 17-year-old Staples student (l.), from a burning car wreck Aug. 1. During the brown bag lunch, Paniccia also presented Slater with a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly honoring his act. photo


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In a Fix

Police shut down Compo Road South at the railroad underpass for almost two hours today after a roofing tile delivery truck’s boom struck some overhead wires of the underpass. The driver was transported to Norwalk Hospital with minor injuries. photo


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Hail to the Chief

Alfred Fiore (l.), Westport’s newly-named police chief, shares a laugh with Deputy Police Chief Don Brown following Tuesday’s announcement of Fiore’s appointment. photo


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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Library - Library Board


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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Helen Kowalsky McCoy Dies at Age 83

Helen Kowalsky McCoy of Westport, a longtime employee with her late brothers of the well-known Westport construction firm Kowalsky Brothers, has died at the age of 83.

McCoy, wife of the late Robert A. McCoy, Sr., died Monday in Norwalk Hospital, family members said.

Born in Westport, McCoy was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Cherub Kowalsky and had been a lifelong town resident.

Prior to retiring, she was the office manager for Kowalsky Brothers for 40 years. A graduate of Staples High School, she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 and an avid gardener.

In addition to her husband Mrs. McCoy was also predeceased by three brothers, Paul, Joseph and John Kowalsky and one sister, Joan Gallo.

Survivors include a son, Robert A. McCoy, Jr., of Fairfield, three daughters, Carole MacIntyre of Weston, Susan Kokoska of Newtown, and Robin Burns of Sugar Run, Pa.; a brother, Edward J. Kowalsky of Westport, and a sister, Nan Petraskos of Boca Raton, Fla.

She is also survived by five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may attend the funeral Friday at 9:20 a.m from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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Farrell Appoints Alfred Fiore as New Police Chief

Making what she described as a very difficult decision,Ӕ First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell today appointed Alfred R. Fiore, a 25-year veteran of the Westport Police Department, as the towns new police chief. The 47-year-old Fiore, who has been one of three deputy chiefs since last March, replaces William J. Chiarenzelli, 59, who announced his retirement last month after a 38-year career in the department. He will take over Jan. 1. ғThis was a very difficult decision to make, Farrell told a mid-day news conference in the classroom of police headquarters as a dozen or so police, firefighters, and town officials looked on. Chiarenzelli was not among them, nor was one of the other deputy chiefs, David Heinmiller—both were busy elsewhere on town business. Only Deputy Chief Donald Brown was there to see Fiore announced for the job the three top deputies had coveted.
Westport’s new police chief, Alfred Fiore: “I was a Boy Scout and they say ԑbe prepared and I am.” Thom Burrows for
Farrell said she informed Fiore and the others Monday of her decision. She said she had authorized a $3,000 cash bonus for Brown and Heinmiller in recognition of their service to the town as deputy chiefs. ғOn the one hand, we are blessed in this town because we have such professional police personnel that we (have) absolutely no need to go outside the department, Farrell said. ԓThe difficulty was that was have an embarrassment of riches as the saying goes as you know, we had three incredibly qualified, dedicated professionals as deputy chiefs.֔ Calling it a tough process but a very thorough process, the towns chief executive said she had worked closely with all three candidates for 10 years, first on the Board of Finance and then as First Selectwoman. ғI could make a case for all three, she said. ԓThey are incredible individuals. In the end, however, it was Fiore who stood out, Farrell said. He had gained the respect of fellow officers, town department heads, elected officials, as well as members of the FBI and state police, she said. ԓOne of the things I have found most impressive about Al is his dedication to leadership and his philosophy about leadership, Farrell added. She noted that Fiore, who grew up in Shelton, had long been a Westport resident and joked that ԓhe is also taking a big risk with this job because he is also a resident of this town. In brief remarks, Fiore thanked Farrell for the confidence she had shown in him. “I was a Boy Scout and they say ԑbe prepared and I am,Ҕ he said with a broad grin. Fiore, who received a B.S. in criminal justice from the University of New Haven, said the two other deputy chiefs were longtime friends and great police officers.Ӕ I look forward to continued support from them and everyone else within the department,Ӕ he said. Fiore said there was much to do in the department and that things have changed in policing over the years, especially over the last few years since Sept. 11.Ӕ As his wife Kim, a sales director for Salomon Brothers Asset Mangement, looked on, Fiore pledged to do his best. “I ask you to bear with me, work with me, and support me, ” he said. “And you know, each and every one of you, that I will support you 100 percent. My heart and soul is in this town, and in this police department.”


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New Police Chief: “My Heart and Soul is in this Town”

Westport’s new police chief, Alfred Fiore, tells a news conference today “my heart and soul is in this town.”  Among those watching was fellow Deputy Police Chief Donald Brown (blue shirt) who was also a candidate for the job. photo


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Changing of the Guard

Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell poses with new Police Chief Alfred Fiore and his wife Kim along with Fire Chief Denis McCarthy following today’s announcement of the appointment of Fiore to his post. photo


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Alfred Fiore Named New Westport Police Chief

Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell today announced the appointment of Alfred R. Fiore, 47, as the town’s new police chief. He succeeds William J. Chiarenzelli who retires Jan. 1 after 38 years with the department. photo


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New Westport Police Chief to be Named Today

Westport First Selectman Diane Goss Farrell scheduled a mid-day news conference today to announce a successor to retiring Police Chief William J. Chiarenzelli.

Deputy Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore, 47, appeared to be the leading candidate over fellow Deputy Chiefs Donald Brown and David Heinmiller, according to several Town Hall sources.

But Farrell was still talking to the candidates and other officials as late as Monday, the sources said, and her final choice was not known.

Farrell had said last week that she planned to appoint the successor to Chiarenzelli before the Christmas holidays and there was speculation she might use Wednesdays citizensҒ brown bag lunch for the occasion.

Chiarenzelli announced Nov. 26 that he would retire Jan. 1 after a 38-year career with the department.

Last week, the Police Pension Board approved a $89,810 annual disability benefit for Chiarenzelli.


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Westport Night Scene

Westport’s YMCA building has a festive look Monday night on a deserted Post Road East. photo


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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
9:45 a.m. -  Job Site - Public Site & Building Commission Center for Senior Activities Building Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. -  Staples High School Library - Board of Education work session with RTM committees


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Monday, December 15, 2003

Icy Slush Covers Roads, Wind Advisory Still in Effect, Schools Delayed

Westporters awoke today to icy slush covering many roadways, making driving dangerous, and a wind advisory in effect through the afternoon. Westport schools delayed classes by two hours. High winds downed trees and power lines Sunday, leaving more than 1,000 Connecticut Light and Power customers without power for several hours. By 7 a.m. today, the utility reported only 15 Westport customers still out. An hour later, it reported all customers restored.
A home owner gets help from Westport firefighters in assessing the damage after a tree fell on a house Sunday night on Punch Bowl Drive. No one was injured. photo
Overnight temperatures remained below freezing after a weekend storm left three to four inches of snow on the ground. By Sunday night, the precipitation had turned to rain and sleet, leaving many roadways covered with a slushy mixture that iced over during the overnight hours. There was also some road ponding and minor flooding. The Westport school system announced a two-hour delay because of the slick road conditions and icy drizzle. State police reported slippery conditions on Interstate-95 and the Merritt Parkway. An accident near Westport’s exit 17 on I-95 backed up southbound traffic just before 6 a.m. The National Weather Service, in a wind advisory, said winds would reach 45 to 50 miles per hour later in the day toward evening as a low pressure area moved away from the region. Police reported only a few minor accidents during the storm. In the potentially most serious incident, a tree crashed into a house on Punch Bowl Drive at mid-evening. An elderly couple in the home was not injured, but there was extensive damage to the roof and a room where the tree smashed through a window. The tree was in an adjoining wooded area 50 yards or so from the house but was so tall and fell in such a way that it smashed directly into the structure. Westport firefighters, working in a heavy rain, managed to secure a rope to a large portion of the tree on the snow-covered and slippery roof and push it harmlessly to the ground. They then covered portions of the roof as well as the window with protective plastic sheeting. It looked like the tree just rotted at its base,Ӕ said Asst. Chief Jon Gottfried. They were very lucky it was not worse.Ӕ


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