Monday, September 25, 2017
The sidewalk and curb replacement project, part of the Downtown Improvement Initiative, has expanded to Post Road East. It runs from the Tiffany store, 40 Post Road East, to the former site of Max’s Art Supplies, at No. 68. According to site supervisor, Don Ruttkamp of Norwalk-based G&S, the sidewalk was demolished, the sewer line expanded, and new curb boxes installed for the water line. G&S owner Greg Garrett said the project will be completed in about two weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Plans to expand and construct high-speed rail infrastructure throughout Fairfield County—and its effect on Westport, particularly the Green’s Farms station—will be the thrust of an information session set for Monday, Oct. 2.
The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, town officials announced today.
The meeting is being sponsored by the town in cooperation with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation (CTHP) and the Westport Historical Society.
Gregory Stroud, special projects director for the CTHP, will focus on the possible impact to Westport and changes to the Green’s Farms train station, according to First Selectman Jim Marpe.
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”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (vidostreamed)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, & www.westport.k12.ct.us)
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
A contingent of Scouts and adults from Westport Troop 36 helped the town clean up Cockenoe Island today by gathering and removing trash. Large items of debris and a dozen bags filled with smaller items were transported back by members of Saugatuck Church, the sponsor of Troop 36. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sheila Ward (r), president of the League of Women Voters of Westport, today addresses candidates and guests at the group’s annual fall brunch. Many of those running for office showed up for the event at a private residence in the Coleytown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE When Westport’s Unitarian Church rededicated its new Black Lives Matter banner last week, replacing the one ripped down in August, the Rev. John Morehouse thanked his congregants and the Westport community for their support.
“The outpouring of support for this has been absolutely incredible,” said Morehouse, adding that the church received so many donations for a new banner, he had “enough for another if this one comes down.”
Today, those words seem prophetic. The new banner went missing sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, officials said.
Unlike the original roadside one that had been ripped down Aug. 23 and later found torn in half and on the side of the road, the new one has yet to be found, according to First Selectman Jim Marpe.
Five days after its rededication (see WestportNow Sept. 17, 2017) , the Black Lives Matter banner at Westport’s Unitarian Church has been vandalized again, according to the Rev. John Morehouse. In a Facebook posting, he said the banner was vandalized sometime Friday night/Saturday morning. “Every time the banner is vandalized it fortifies our resolve to replace it and underscores the very need for its existence,” he said. The first banner was ripped from its frame on Aug. 23. (See WestportNow Aug. 25, 2017) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Electronics Surprise Workshop
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Westport’s United Methodist Church tonight celebrated 50 years at its current building on Weston Road. This is the fourth location of the congregation, which originated in 1790. The festivities included music, a slide and video presentation of the church’s history, and reminiscences by four former pastors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
At the United Methodist Church celebration tonight of 50 years on Weston Road were honorees who were members when the church when it was built. Pictured are Mollie Hodgeman, Aki Ikeda, Joanne Marshall, Gay and Liz Land, Harry and Pat Audley, Pat and Haynes Farmer. Not pictured: George and Eleanor Weigle, Bunny Pitcher, and Don Hazard. In all, they represent 562 total years of membership at the church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The summer-like weather was perfect for tonight’s seventh Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner. Guests enjoyed food cooked by local chefs as they raised funds for the town-owned farm with a silent and live auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Members of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.), Westport Chapter today participated in Save the Sound beach clean up events at Westport’s Compo Beach (above) and Burying Hill Beach. They worked for three hours at Compo Beach and two hours at Burying Hill Beach. Items collected included more than 1,000 cigarette filters and hundreds of plastic food wrappers, bottles, caps, and packaging. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples senior quarterback Daniel Thompson moves the ball forward today in the Wreckers 44-7 FCIAC victory over Brien McMahon at Norwalk. Staples improved to 3-0 on the season and next hosts Ridgefield at its homecoming on Friday, Oct. 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Staples junior Kevin Rabacs scampers in for a touchdown today after a pass from senior quarterback Daniel Thompson in the 44-7 Wrecker win over Brien McMahon at Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
Almost 300 persons participated today in the annual Food Allergy Heroes Walk fundraiser at Sherwood Island State Par. The goal of the event is to “raise critical funds and awareness to create a safer, more inclusive world for the 15 million Americans with food allergies,” according to Lisa Hofmeister, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organizer. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe read a proclamation declaring today Food Allergy Heroes Walk day in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It took more than four years, but Westport police finally have arrested a man who they said scammed victims with offers of generator installations that never happened after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, police said.
John Mech, 56, of Seaside, Oregon was arrested there on Sept. 15 by local wildlife/game control agents for an illegal fishing violation, said Lt. David Farrell. Upon checking, they found outstanding warrants for him from Westport, Monroe, and Stamford, he said, in which victims alleged they paid money for generators that he never installed.
Stamford detectives escorted him back to Connecticut and Westport subsequently arrested him on Thursday for third-degree larceny and a home improvement violation. He faces similar charges in the other communities.
Westport slapped a $10,000 bond on him while it and bonds from other jurisdictions added up to $61,000, Farrell said. Mech is scheduled for a court appearance on Monday, Oct. 2.
Volunteers were busy today setiing up for tonight’s seventh Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner. According to farm board member, Christy Colasurdo, the goals of the sold out event are to raise funds to sponsor campers and students, kindergarten through middle school age as well as for care of the animals. “We completed one phase when we renovated the main house,” she said. “Now we enter the next phase.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Officers arrested a Bridgeport man for stealing a bicycle at the Saugatuck train station after he removed the lock and rode off from the Railroad Place bike rack, police said.
George Lopez, 56, was arrested on an active warrant at State Police Troop G after he had been positively identified following a review of surveillance video of the crime that took place June 14, Lt. David Farrell said.
“Detectives recognized the suspect to be George Lopez, who was previously arrested for the same offense,” Farrell said. “Lopez was interviewed, but he denied committing the crime.”
Farrell said that based on detectives positively identifying Lopez, an arrest warrant was submitted to Norwalk Superior Court.
Officers arrested two New York men on forgery, larceny and conspiracy charges following a complaint of an individual passing a bogus $100 bill at Trader Joe’s, 400 Post Road East, and receiving $88.87 in change, police said.
Jamal Greene, 22 of the Bronx, and Patmore Proctor, 26, of Manhattan were later arrested at nearby CVS Tuesday, where they attempted to make a purchase with another counterfeit $100, according to Lt. David Farrell.
“The (Trader Joe’s) store was alerted to males passing counterfeit bills earlier on this same date at other Trader Joe’s locations in southern Connecticut,” Farrell said.
“Store staff had seen Greene in the company of at least one other male while in the store, later identified as Patmore Proctor,” he added.
Officers arrested a Fairfield woman on a charge of operating under the influence after she was observed driving erratically on Post Road East, police said.
On May 23 at about 11 a.m., Dorothy Moran, 66, was seen driving in an erratic manner and later was involved in a parking lot accident at 991 Post Road East, said Lt. David Farrell.
“Moran was slurring her words and could not follow the officer’s instructions,” he said. When she was unable to safely exit the vehicle for a field sobriety test, she was transported to Norwalk Hospital.
Police subsequently obtained a search warrant for her hospital medical records, which showed her blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, Farrell said. An arrest warrant was issued, and she turned herself in on Wednesday. She was freed on a $500 cash bond for a Norwalk Court appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Westport Public Works Director Steve Edwards (r) supervises today as workers give a pre-check to materials brought to Household Hazardous Waste Day by Ben Deipolyi of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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