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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fake Arrival?

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Days of warm temperatures are fooling some plants, including these spotted Saturday on Hillandale Road, that spring has arrived. Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam with Brian Torff
3 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East, Lower Level - Guitar Concert, Daniel Corr

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Car Into Water, One Dead, One Rescued

UPDATE Screams from a woman in the Saugatuck River touched off a massive search and rescue operation tonight after a car went into the water in Westport’s Saugatuck section.

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Police units at the northern end of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge — the Imperial Avenue side — where a man was floating in the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Firefighters pulled her from the water a short time later and a search was launched for her husband, according to emergency workers at the scene.

He was found floating in the river about an hour and 20 minutes after the first 911 call and was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. Neither was identified pending notification of next of kin.

The drama began when diners from The Whelk Restaurant, 575 Riverside Ave., overlooking the water heard the woman’s screams and alerted police at 7:39 p.m. 

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Police Pull Man From Saugatuck River

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UPDATE Westport police units tonight pull a man from the Saugatuck River near the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge and Imperial Avenue after his car went into the water near the I-95 Bridge. Firefighters rescued his wife from the water earlier. He was spotted about an hour and 20 minutes later floating in the water. EMS personnel performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. His identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. David Farrell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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One Dead, One Rescued After Car Goes in Saugatuck River

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UPDATE Westport police and fire units converge tonight on a boat ramp near near the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River after a car went into the water. Firefighters managed to rescue a woman from the water and found her husband floating in the river about an hour and 20 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. Her condition was not released. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Dexter Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Dexter Road, off of Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 672-square feet and is situated on a .25-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

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Seed Sharers

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The Westport Winter Farmers Market today inaugurated a seed exchange program. Lori Cochran-Dougall (r), market director, helped Tynne Love (l) of Fairfield, and Katie Braja of Norwalk as they looked over the seeds. Said Cochran-Dougall: “It is estimated that up to 90 percent of our food derives from, or is dependent upon, seeds and that 80 percent of the world’s seeds are controlled by multinational corporations. We’ve launched the new seed-saving program to take back control of our food system.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Seeds Galore

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Some of the seeds available today at the Westport Winter Farmers Market as it inaugurated a seed exchange program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fog on Main

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Headlights were needed as fog covered the Westport area early today, including Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Bridge View

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The early morning fog today as seen from the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s Saugatuck section. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Foggy Saugatuck

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It was all fog early today on the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Winter Bloom

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UPDATE With summer-like temperatures near 70 on Friday, some saw a sure sign of premature spring in the Westport Historical Society parking lot. Alas, it was Witch Hazel, which blooms in winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 25, 2017


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Saturday Coffee House: Daniel Corrs, classical guitarist
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Westport’s Top Cop Hasn’t Lost His Instinct for Bad Guys

Foti Koskinas may be Westport’s police chief, but he has not lost his touch as a street-smart cop.

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Lorenzo Woods (l) and Theophilus Brown were nabbed by Westport’s top cop. Westport Police photos

That instinct for recognizing bad guys was at work Thursday—his 45th birthday—as Koskinas was at the Greens Farms Railroad station checking on some projects there.

In uniform but not wearing any body armor, he spotted a vehicle with a blinker on, engine idling, and the driver laid back in the seat

“The chief checked on the operator, and as the window rolled down, he immediately smelled the odor of marijuana,” said Lt. David Farrell.

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No-Show Contractor Faces First-Degree Larceny Charge

Officers arrested a Milford contractor on larceny charges after he had taken $32,579 from a Westport homeowner in October for a remodeling job and had not done any work, police said today.

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Jeffrey Chirillo held on $75,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Jeffrey Chirillo, 36, was charged with first-degree larceny and offering to do home improvement without a registration upon his arrest on a warrant Thursday at the Milford Police Department, Lt. David Farrell said.

“The victim paid Chirillo $32,579 in cash and checks since Oct. 8, 2016,” Farrell said. “As of mid-January, Chirillo had not started any work at the victim’s residence nor has he provided any of the material the victim has paid him for.”

Chirillo was held in lieu of a $75,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, March 7.

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Congrats to the New Chief

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today congratulates Rob Yost after swearing him in as Westport’s new fire chief. Yost, who joined the department in 1988 and has been an assistant fire chief since 2009, also took the oath of office as Westport’s emergency management director. He succeeds Andrew Kingsbury, chief since 2011.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pinned With Love

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Leigh Marsan pins a badge on husband Nick today after he was sworn in as a new Westport fire inspector in a ceremony at fire headquarters. Marsan, who joined the department in 2007, is a U.S. Army veteran who has served a tour in Afghanistan.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Westport Gets New Fire Chief, Inspector


Scenes from today’s Westport Fire Headquarters ceremony swearing in Rob Yost as new fire chief and Nick Marsan as a fire inspector. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Last Day on the Job

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Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury attends to some paperwork on his last day on the job today. Chief since May 2011, Kingsbury announced his retirement in December. Assistant Chief Rob Yost will be sworn in later today to succeed him. Kingsbury, who joined the department in 1986, will take over as chief of the Nichols Fire Department in his hometown of Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Vespa Restaurant Shuttered

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Westport’s Vespa Restaurant, 2A Post Road West in the National Hall Building, has not been open for business since mid-February, and there is no sign on the door. Its voicemail message says reservations are still being accepted, but calls to the number and building owner Greenfield Partners were not returned. The 120-seat Italian casual dining restaurant opened two years ago in the long vacant ground floor space. After the building converted to a 15-room luxury hotel in 1993, there were several restaurants on the ground floor, but they gave way to office space in 2005 before Vespa opened. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Great Beach Day

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Sunshine, temperatures pushing near 70, and a slight breeze made for a great winter day at Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Happy Birthday to the Chief

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Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas gets set to blow out the candles on a birthday cake Thursday as he celebrated his 45th birthday with co-workers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

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Westport Property Transfers Feb. 6 - 10, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 6 - 10, 2016:

27 Westfair Drive LLC to Maxwell C. and Annelise Fratella-Lentz, 27 Westfair Drive, $1,675,000WNproperty.jpg

14 Bauer Place LLC to Daniel G. Roberts and Maxine Bloom, 14 Bauer Place, $1,565,000

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Marina Sunset

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Thursday’s sunset as seen over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 24, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone can use ... Pinterest
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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