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Friday, October 20, 2017

Preservation Award Winner: 101 Compo Road South

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The owner of the house at 101 Compo Road South is among the eight recipients of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2017 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.  The HDC cited the owner, Jenny Ong, who purchased the neglected structure in 2015, for her commitment to a quality restoration of the 1924-built colonial revival. The award will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, Historic District Commission Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police: Bookkeeper Stole $29,000

Officers arrested a local bookkeeper for making more than $29,000 in fraudulent transactions over a nine-month period, police said today.

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Kimberly Goodman: free on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Kimberly Goodman, 33 of Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree larceny and embezzlement upon her arrest Tuesday when she turned herself in on an active warrant.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the case dates back to Oct. 5 when the victims came to Police Headquarters to report thefts by one of their employees. It was discovered that the larcenies dated back to February.

From February through October, Goodman entered fraudulent return transactions, crediting over $29,000 to her own personal credit and debit cards from the business account, Cabana said.

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Speeding Stop Leads to Drug Sale Arrest

Officers arrested a Brooklyn, N.Y. man on drug charges today after he was stopped for speeding at Exit 17 off I-95, police said.

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Ken Alexander: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Ken Alexander, 22, was charged with possession and sale of a controlled substance after a K-9 search of the vehicle initiated by the odor of marijuana uncovered a vacuum sealed bag with more than a pound of marijuana and packaging materials.

Unable to post a $10,000 bond, Alexander was transported to Norwalk Superior Court today for arraignment

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 2 - 6, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 2 - 6, 2017:

Mary Younglove to Edward Christian and Nataliya Lalor, 5 Evergreen Parkway, $915,000WNproperty.jpg

SIR-2 North Sylvan LLC to ELMR LLC, 4 Sylvan Farms Lane, $2,650,000

Ira Saferstein to Jessica and Christopher Ross, 5 Blackberry Lane, $2,764,000

David R. and Andrea R. Reiser Trusts to Peter M. Halloran, 3 Sprucewood Lane, $2,836,500

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Food Drop

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A seagull makes a food drop late Thursday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 20, 2017


9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Servies
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Oysters in Our Own Backyard
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre (70 Sanford St., Fairfield) - Band Together to benefit CLASP
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 7th & 8th Grade Movie Night: “Ghostbusters”

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Actress Describes Weinstein’s Advances at His Westport Home

Actress Lupita Nyong’o detailed her encounters with Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed published tonight, including advances he made at his Westport home.

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Acrtess Lupita Nyong’o appeared on a Ms. Magazine cover in 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo

Nyong’o, 34, was a Yale Drama School student at the time and said Weinstein sent a car to New Haven to bring her to Westport.

“The driver and I met Harvey in the little town of Westport, where he informed me that we would be having lunch at a restaurant before getting to his home,” she wrote.

The actress added that not only did Weinstein attempt to ply her with alcohol when she met with him at the restaurant, but after they moved the meeting to his Beachside Avenue home to watch a film screening, tried to give her a massage.

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Opioid Addiction Subject of Library Discussion

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A large crowd was present at the Westport Library tonight to hear from experts on opioid addiction. Those participating in a panel discussion included (l-r) Marc Hartog, deputy director, Westport EMS; Police Lt. Eric Woods, Denique Weidema-Lewis, director of prevention at Positive Directions, and Elaine Daignault, Westport’s director of human services. The program was introduced by Gary Mendell, Shatterproof CEO, who lost his son to addiction in 2011. He then founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his family had suffered. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Night Flight

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A Compo Beach scene late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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New Budget Might End Property Tax on Vehicles

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

State legislative leaders say they are strongly considering eliminating local property taxes on motor vehicles in the state budget they hope to adopt next week.

But while they have proposals to help cities and towns cut costs, leaders conceded communities might have to offset most of the lost revenue simply by boosting taxes elsewhere — on homeowners and businesses.

“You’re being taxed one way or another,” said House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, who called the motor vehicle levy a “nuisance tax” that is difficult for towns to administer. “We believe that not taxing a motor vehicle is a good policy.”

“Towns and cities manage their budgets way better than state government ever could,” House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, said.

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Staples Field Hockey Edges Darien 2-1

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Staples players celebrate today after defeating Dareien 2-1 in a much-anticipated match at home. The win secures Staples home field advantage for FCIAC playoffs. Staples and Darien had played to a scoreless tie to share of the Class L state championship last season. Over the past two seasons the Wreckers are 20-0-1 at home — with the last home loss coming on Oct. 9, 2015 — against Darien. Meghan Johnson scored today’s two goals with assists from Abby Najarian and Laine Ambrose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Riding the Wind

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A brisk and steady windy attracted about a dozen kite surfers to Compo Beach late today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters in ‘Man Vs. Machine’ Training

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Westport firefighters this week have been engaged in specialized “Man vs. Machine” training, the process of rescuing victims stuck in a potentially dangerous machine that could cause serious injury. Pictured are Neil Perrotti (l) applying an angle grinder to cut though a meat grinder as firefighter Joe Arnson assists. The process involves dismantling and cutting the grinder and housing to free the trapped hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Examining the House at 1 Wilton Road

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Town officials today visited 1 Wilton Road, at the intersection with Post Road East, to determine whether work being done on the 1830-built structure exceeded previously granted approvals. Among them were Randy Henkels, chair of the Historic District Commission (HDC), Carol Leahy, administrator of the HDC, and Steve Smith, building official. After surveying the site, Henkels determined that indeed more than 500 square feet of the building had been removed and surpassed the demolition threshold. Lucian Vita, principal of the group that owns the house, will now have to appear before the HDC to seek a partial demolition approval to be able to continue the renovation of the house. Smith said at this point, the house is unstable and “a good wind could bring it down.” He asked that sheathing be place around the exterior. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Market Lunch

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Visitors to the Westport Farmers Market today enjoy a lunch from Greenwich’s Boxcar Cantina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Seeing Red

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Colorful sweet bell peppers were on display today at Roxbury-based River Bank organic vegetable farm’s stand at the Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Historic Preservation Awards Announced

The Westport Historic District Commission has announced the recipients of its 2017 Historic Preservation Awards. 

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Late day sunlight splashes the Bedford Square courtyard as diners enjoy drinks and food from the Amis Trattoria restaurant. Bedford Square is one of the award recipients. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The awards will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, Historic District Commission Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the Historic District Commission at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Auditorium. 

As in past years, WestportNow will carry photos and full details of the award recipients before the ceremony. They include:

6 Clover Lane; 190 Cross Highway (rehabilitation/special permit for historic residential structures); 383 Greens Farms Road (preservation); 8 Charcoal Hill Road (preservation); 101 Compo Road South (rehabilitation); Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway (rehabilitation); 37 Evergreen Ave., Helen Muller Award for an outstanding local historic district property; 159 Post Road East, Bedford Square (rehabilitation).

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Bipartisan Budget Would Tax Teachers, Working Poor and Smokers

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Republican leaders have agreed to raise taxes as part of the bipartisan budget framework announced Wednesday, sources say, with several of the levies hitting what typically are seen as Democratic constituencies: public school teachers, the working poor and smokers.

Sources close to the state budget talks told CT Mirror that Republicans, who relented last month on their no-tax stance to vote for a budget that raised taxes on hospitals and hit the working poor by reducing the earned income tax credit, are being asked to also raise cigarette taxes and impose a special levy on teachers.

Both parties also have discussed raising income taxes on the middle class by reducing the property tax credit. And sources said the deal would restrict access to that $200 credit, making it available only to the elderly and to households with dependents.

Whose constituencies will pay more taxes or give up more services to help end Connecticut’s 16-week budget impasse is certain to be part of the closed-door discussions that will begin today when House leaders present the details to the Democratic and Republican caucuses. The two Senate caucuses are to meet Monday, with the hope of voting a budget later in the week.

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Beachside Dawn

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Wednesday’s dawn as seen from Westport’s Beachside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galina Babkin for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 19, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Gene Madera, history of aviation in Connecticut
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Grave Pursuits: New England Vampire Folk Belief
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Parks & Rec Approves Recommendations to Improve Compo Beach

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Parks and Recreation Commission tonight unanimously approved five recommendations to improve Compo Beach, the first of a number to be presented to the commission in coming months.

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Charles Haberstroh (c), Parks and Recreatioin Commission chair, asks for a show of hands tonight by those there for the Compo Beach discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The recommendations made by Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Fava were: designated areas for permitted and daily parking; limiting daily passes to single entry only; installing more trash cans; increasing staff to pick up trash; and having a cleaning service on site weekends and holidays.

“The objective is to bring the beach back to where it was in past years,” said Charles Haberstroh, commission chairman.

The commission’s approval came after two-and-a-half hours of discussions and public comments about Compo’s woes.

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Gallery: Candidates Meet & Mingle


Scenes from tonight’s Candidates Meet and Mingle at the barn at the Westport Country Playhouse sponsored by Facebook groups Front Porch and WestportMoms. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Seeking Historic Designation for Cribari Bridge

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Jenny Scofield (l), state and national register coordinator at the State Historic Preservation Office tonight presented to the Historic District Commission (HDC) at a public informational meeting at Town Hall in support of the proposed Bridge Street National Register Historic District. She explained the eligibility of the neighborhood for the listing, the benefits of the designation to the property owners, and the mechanism for objections to the designation. Bridge Street is an historic neighborhood, currently part of a designated Scenic Highway, which includes a significant number of historic resources and provides a local gateway to the iconic William F. Cribari Memorial swing bridge, which is listed on the National Register. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Cross Country Wins FCIAC Title

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The Staples High School Boys Cross Country team today won the FCIAC championship at Waveny Park in New Canaan.  In a rare feat in cross-country, Staples took first, second, and third place in the varsity race. Ben Seiple won the FCIAC championships with a time of 15:27 over the 5-kilometer course. Will Landowne finished second in 15:44 and Christian Myers was third in 15:47.  Ryan Smith and Nick Taubenheim rounded out the top five Staples runners with 13th and 14th place finishes. The team demonstrated Staples’ depth by also taking the top five places in the FCIAC JV championship race; Henry Haas led the way, followed by Morgan Fierro, Luke Lorenz, Jaden Little and AJ Zuckerman.  Jonathan Lorenz won the freshman race and Staples placed three of the top five and six of the top 15.  Now the team, which is currently ranked second in the state, will prepare to defend its Class LL title. Varsity runners pictured (l-r) are Conrad Kaplan, Will Landowne, Christian Myers, Ben Seiple, Sunil Green, Nick Taubenheim, Ryan Smith and Tyler Wright. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Legislators Announce Tentative, Bipartisan Budget Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

State legislative leaders declared today they had crafted the framework of a bipartisan deal to end Connecticut’s 110-day budget impasse, while conceding some key details, including distribution of town aid, remained to be resolved.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was not a party to the talks, expressed skepticism that the talks had produced a deal that would survive close scrutiny of rank-and-file lawmakers or his administration.

Anticipating the skepticism by Malloy and others in light of the dearth of details released by the lawmakers, Senate Republican leader Len Fasano of North Haven said the story of the day was how far the bipartisan talks had come, not what work remains.

“A lot of people said, ‘You won’t get there.’ And we did,” Fasano said.

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