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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Bob Mitchell (c), president of the Westport Historical Society, today takes members of Barton Partners and Langan Engineering on a tour of Saugatuck to give them some historic background on the area they were hired to study. Earlier in the day, the newly named Saugatuck Transit Oriented Design Master Plan Steering Committee voted to call the product “Saugatuck T.O.D – Gateway for Westport.”  Meetings with the consultants have been ongoing with stakeholders since last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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The scene at dusk Monday, the first day of spring, across Westport’s Grays’s.Creek. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
1 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Managing Your Cholesterol Workshop
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Moonlight”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School (88 North Ave.) - Screening & Discussion: “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment Appeals Hearing
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Paul La Farge on “The Night Ocean”
7 p.m. - 323 Main St. Bar - Let’s Get Quizzical: Pub Trivia Night
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society - “The Nature of Cosmic Acceleration,” Dr. Viviana Acquaviva

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Himes: Manafort, Stone Likely Witnesses in Congress’ Russia Probe

By Ana Radelat

Washington — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said today Connecticut natives Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager, and Roger Stone, a self-described Trump campaign consultant, are likely to be key witnesses as the House Intelligence Committee continues its investigation of Russian hacking and the U.S. elections.

“I certainly would put him at the top of the list,” Himes, D-4th District, said of Manafort, a New Britain native.

As far as Stone, who comes from Norwalk, Himes told reporters, ”He had a bizarre ability to predict what Wikileaks was going to do next.”

Last summer, Wikileaks released hacked e-mails of the Democratic National Committee that may have hurt Hillary Clinton’s efforts to win the White House.

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Police: Dispute Over Snow Removal Leads to Arrest

A large police response to a Main Street shopping plaza today on an initial report of an armed robbery turned out to be a disturbance over snow removal that led to discovery of a firearm and the arrest of the owner of a wine bar, police said. Image
Sammy Alanz: free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Once police sorted out what happened, they arrested Sammy Alanz, 41, of Trumbull, owner of the Vine Wine Room, 190 Main St., on charges of threatening first-degree and assault third-degree, said Lt. David Farrell.

He said a 911 call at about 9:30 a.m. indicated a gun may be involved in the incident, which a police dispatcher then told responding officers was not an armed robbery but an assault.

“The victim reported a man, later identified as Sammy Alanz, pushed him to the ground during an argument about snow removal,” Farrell said.

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UPDATE The owner of the Vine Wine Room, 190 Main St,, was arrested today on threatening and assault charges following a dispute with a man about snow removal, police said. The incident was initially reported as an armed robbery at neighboring at Joe’s Pizza and brought a large police response. Lt. David Farrell said Sammy Alanz, 41, of Trumbull was found to have a loaded magazine with six bullets in it but denied having a gun with him or in his business. A subsequent search of the Vine Wine Room located a firearm matching the magazine found on Alanz, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, today questioned FBI Director James Comey at the outset of a committee hearing looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Comey said there was no information supporting President Trump’s tweet that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Among the communities Himes represents is Westport, where Comey is a former resident and an officer of Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge fund firms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo from CNN


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Marpe Formally Announces Intention to Seek Reelection

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today formally announced his intention to seek a second term with running mate Board of Finance member Jennifer Tooker. Image
Jim Marpe and Jennifer Tooker: new GOP team. Contributed photos

In a statement, he said selectman Avi Kaner, his running mate in 2013—but now too busy with his family business to run again—would serve as campaign manager.

The statement also revealed the Marpe-Tooker campaign slogan: “Leadership. Experience. Results.”

The announcement came two days after WestportNow reported that he and Tooker on March 9 filed paperwork to run with the State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC). (See WestportNow March 18, 2017)

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Monday, March 20, 2017 - Spring Begins

6:29 a.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Vernal Equinox
8:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Susan
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment Appeals Hearing
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Death with Dignity: A Film and Discussion
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committee
7:45 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jewish Broadway Musicals”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

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The League of Women Voters of Westport today held a meeting on LWV advocacy success stories. Participants heard effectives ways of advocating, including sending post cards, letters, or making phone calls to politicians or others. Taking part in the session at the Suzuki School of Music, 246 Post Road East were Jane Eyes, Alyson Rivard, and Sheila Ward, LWV president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Compo Beach Sunday visitors enjoyed the last day of winter today with temperatures in the mid-40s. Spring officially begins Monday at 6:29 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Man Arrested at Rail Station for Carrying Taser Gun

Police arrested a Bridgeport man Friday at the Metro-North Westport station after he was found carrying a Taser gun. Image
Shawn Frazier: held on $20,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Shawn Frazier, 53, was taken into custody after police responded to the station at about 4 p.m. on a report of a suspicious person panhandling for money from commuters getting off a train, said Lt. David Farrell.

“Frazier was acting very suspiciously and continuously turning away from the officer. Frasier was also being very vague in his responses,” he said.

“Due to his unusual behavior, he was instructed to place his hands on the wall behind him so the officer could conduct a pat down of his outer garments for weapons. Frasier did not comply and his left hand immediately went inside his jacket pocket.

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Police: Arrest Follows Assault on Emergency Personnel

Officers early today arrested a Westport man with a history of run-ins with police on three counts of assault on emergency personnel, interfering with an officer, disorderly conduct and threatening, police said. Image
Charles Vosgueritchian: held on $7,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Charles Vosgueritchian, 37, was arrested after police responded to a West Parish Road address on a report of a disturbance, said Lt. David Farrell.

“Vosgueritchian had an argument with the victims of this incident and broke items in the home during the argument,” Farrell said. “As the officers were taking Vosgueritchian into custody, he began fighting with them, and threatening to kill them.”

He was ultimately handcuffed and brought to an ambulance to be sedated, Farrell said. In the ambulance, Vosgueritchian also spit in the face of a paramedic, he added.

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Man Arrested in Alleged Gas Station Assaults

Officers arrested a Stratford man early today for allegedly assaulting a gas station clerk who had refused to sell him a single cigarette, police said. Image
Allens Verdier: held on $15,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Police responded at 4:30 a.m. to the Exxon station, 1510 Post Road East on a report of a 911 hang up call, said Lt. David Farrell.

They found Allens Verdier, 25, who had gone into the station store demanding a single cigarette.

“When the clerk advised Verdier that they do not sell single cigarettes, Verdier went behind the counter and began assaulting the clerk,” Farrell said. “Verdier then assaulted an elderly male in the store who was attempting to call 911.”

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The golf course Saturday at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. Spring begins early Monday — at least on the calendar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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