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Saturday, February 25, 2017

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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Ezequiel F. Barrero, 89

Ezequiel F. Barrero, a former Westport resident, did Feb. 18 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 89.

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Ezequiel F. Barrero: physician. Contributed photo

Born in La Coruna, Spain on Aug. 16, 1927, he finished medical school in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and began his medical career as a ship’s doctor in the Spanish Merchant Marines before relocating to Fairfield County.

A retired physician, he had a private practice of internal medicine with privileges at Bridgeport Hospital and was truly dedicated to the care of his patients.

Chich and Judi raised their family in Trumbull and Westport, moving to Stratford and Hilton Head, South Carolina after their retirement. He traveled the world with his wife and children, and was especially fond of Hong Kong and Dublin.

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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”

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Food for Thought With Author Jane Green

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Westport best selling author Jane Green was at the Westport Library tonight sharing stories about how she wrote her first cookbook. “Good Taste: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Family and Friends.” “Food and cooking have always been a part of our lives,” she said. “I’m fearless. Mostly my efforts were very good. Sometimes they were very bad.” She said to improve her skills, she graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York and then started to put some recipes in her books. Green showed off an illustration of a pumpkin gingerbread truffle that was her mother-in-law’s recipe. “It was fantastic,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Spicer: Malloy’s Immigration Policy Ignores the Law

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington — White House press secretary Sean Spicer today took aim at Gov. Dannel Malloy, saying the Connecticut chief executive “chooses not to follow the duly passed laws of this nation” in telling the state’s police forces they don’t have to cooperate with the Trump administration’s new push to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responding to a Skype question from Neil Vigdor of Hearst Media. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CTMirror.org photo

“The idea that Governor Malloy would not want the law followed as enacted by Congress or by the Connecticut legislature in any fashion seems to be concerning, right?” Spicer said. “Whether you’re a governor or mayor or the president, laws are passed in this country and we expect people and our lawmakers and our law enforcement agencies to follow and adhere to the laws as passed by the appropriate level of government.”

The press secretary’s remarks, made in response to a “Skype question” from a Connecticut journalist, were a reaction to Malloy’s release Wednesday of a memo to state police departments that said, “Law enforcement should not take action that is solely to enforce federal immigration law.”

“Law enforcement is not required to collect information regarding an individual’s citizenship or immigration status and there is no state or federal mandate to do so,” the governor said.

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River Reflections

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Reflections in the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Hosts Forum on National Vote

The Westport Country Playhouse will host a forum on a new way to elect the president on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Sponsors of the event, “The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President,” include the League of Women Voters of Westport and National Popular Vote Connecticut.

Panelists include: Mark Albertson, historian; Hendrik Hertzberg, essayist; Luther Weeks, CT Voters Count, with the moderator,Victoria Bassetti, of the Brennan Center for Justice.

The event will include an opportunity for questions from the public, an announcement said.

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Mary J. Giunta, 95

Mary J. Giunta, a lifelong Westport resident, died Feb. 13 at Lord Camberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stratford. She was 95.

The wife of the late John J. Giunta Sr. was born Aug. 1, 1921 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Candito.

She was a member of Assumption Church in Westport and The Catholic Daughters. She was a member of the Shorehaven Country Club and an active volunteer with Westport and Norwalk Senior Centers.

Survivors include two sons: Robert Giunta and his wife Louann of Westport, and John Giunta and his wife Stephanie of the Villages in Florida. in addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one brother: Pen Candito and three sisters,  Nancy Anderson, Rose Porfido, and Minnie Desomond.

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River Scene

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A scene along the Saugatuck River late Wednesday in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
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”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - February Vacation Film: “The Wild Life”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Westport Artist Creates History for Orchestras

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (c) was recently commissioned to create a display of historic memorabilia along with 10 lenticular images from archival photos of the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. The exhibit opened tonight at the Austrian Cultural Forum at 11 East 52 St., New York. At the end of March, the exhibit will go to Vienna to be displayed at its Philharmonic Hall. Burroughs is pictured with Barbara Haws (l), chief New York Philharmonic Orchestra archivist, and Assistant Archivist Gabryel Smith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo<

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