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Friday, April 24, 2015

Camping Out

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About 30 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts camped out on Jesup Green tonight as one of their activities and also because they are taking part in Saturday’s Mini Maker Faire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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On the Red Carpet

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UPDATE The Westport-produced documentary “Hey Bartender” was nominated for a James Beard Award for best special/documentary and on the red carpet tonight at the James Beard Award Ceremony at Chelsea Piers in New York City were (l-r) director Douglas Tirola and producer Susan Bedusa both of Westport, star Stephen Carpentieri of Dunville’s in Westport. and co-producer Danielle Rosen of Weston. Later, it was announced the award went to “Food Chains” with Forest Whitaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Large Turnout for Jean Hampe Memorial Service

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More than 150 persons today attended a memorial service at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for Jean M. Hampe, who died at age 80 on Nov. 8, 2014. She was a longtime Westport resident who had been active in civic organizations and wife of prominent commercial real estate broker Ted Hampe. (See obituary here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Second Burglary Suspect Nabbed

Following a 10-month investigation, Westport Police arrested a Bridgeport man this week in connection with a July 2014 burglary of a residence where vast amounts of jewelry were taken, police said today.

Edward Santos, 24, was arrested on a warrant in Norwalk Superior Court Monday and charged with first-degree larceny and first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, Capt. Samuel Arciola said.

According to Arciola, officers responded to a report of a burglary and larceny at a Riverfield Drive home on July 7.

“The follow up investigation by the Detective Bureau identified the suspect, Edward Santos, as selling the stolen jewelry from the burglary to a pawn shop,” Arciola said.

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Comings & Goings: Walgreens Closing at 1870 PRE

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Walgreens,1870 Post Road East, in the Westport Plaza Shopping Center near the Fairfield line anchored by HomeGoods, closes on May 7, according to store signage. The assistant store manager said all employees will be relocated to other Walgreens stores. The company has another store at 880 Post Road East. Plans to move the 1870 Post Road East store to nearby Southport were thwarted by neighbor opposition. Rumors circulated that the store would be replaced by Michaels Stores, Inc.,  an arts and crafts retail chain, but this could not be confirmed. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Nancy S. Cioffi, 53

Nancy S. Cioffi of Shelton, a former employee of Toyota of Westport, died April 22 at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 53.

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She was born in Bridgeport on Oct. 25, 1951, to Frederick and Ann (Resel) Emanuelson. She later attended school in Monroe, graduating from Masuk High School. She was employed by Toyota of Westport until her illness caused her to retire.

She is survived by her husband, Frank R. Cioffi, her mother, Ann (Resel) Valentine, children, Lynn Smith and husband Terry, Frank Cioffi, Jr. and wife Tracey, Rick Cioffi and wife Cherone, Christopher Cioffi and wife Teresa, grandchildren, Amber, Alexis, Olivia, Laina, Gina, Richie and Scarlette Cioffi, her sisters-in-law, Nancy Beardsworth of Trumbull and Lisa Parziale of Bridgeport. She was predeceased by her father, Frederick Emanuelson, her sister, Christine Pettit, her sister-in-law, Vicki Cioffi, her brothers-in-law, Willy and Victor Cioffi.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass in celebration of Nancy’s life on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, 50 Fairmont Place, Shelton. Interment will be announced by the family at a later date.

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Westport Property Transfers April 6 - 10, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 6 - 10, 2015:

Stephen I. and Scilla Vincini to David and Michelle Nicole Sparks, 15 Loren Lane, $782,000WNproperty.jpg

Paul G. Moss to Brien C. and Amy Jones, 12 River Oaks, $910,000

John M. Daut to Christopher and Zsoka McDonald, 11 Ledgemoor Lane, $1,875,000

Peggy A. Sawyer to Tomas Brothers LLC, 81 Old Hill Road, $640,000

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I-95 Crash Sends One to Hospital, Causes Backups

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A four-vehicle accident involving a box truck, on I-95 in the southbound lane just past the Hales Road overpass in Westport today caused an injury to one passenger who was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS Three southbound lanes were closed with detouring traffic causing backups on Greens Farms Road and Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Oak St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Oak St., off Clinton Avenue, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1 1/4-story cape has 1,349-square feet, is situated on a .27-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in November 2005 for $576,000. 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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Freeze Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a freeze watch for Westport and area which is in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning.

It said temperatures around freezing will occur late tonight into early Saturday morning with the potential for sensitive crops and plants to be killed.

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Pretty as a Picture

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A palette of early spring blooms comprised of newly sprouted grasses, forsythia bushes, bunches of daffodils, a weeping willow, all topped off with a spectacular magnolia tree made this scene on Westport’s Sturges Highway on Thursday a show stopper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  April 24, 2015

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Westport Library - Jim Pratt-Heaney: Achieve & Maintain a Strong Investment Portfolio
Noon - - Westport Arts Center - “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” Book Club Discussion
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Moon Hooch w/ Thaddeus Strauss
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “And Then There Were None”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Next to Earthplace, P&Z Approves Open Space

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)  tonight approved designating 11.4 town-owned acres on Woodside Lane and adjacent to Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center as passive open space effective in 30 days.

The request was made by First Selectman Jim Marpe, who called the parcel “an attractive asset for the Woodside Lane neighborhood and the entire town.”

Currently existing as a AA residential district tract, the change would zone it a designated open space recreational district (DOSRD) in the most restrictive sense since only passive recreation would be approved, according to Mary Young, deputy planning and zoning director.

“There are hopes to have an arboretum there in the future,” Young said. “This seems very prudent and very timely.”

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Former Westport Mom on Prison Life: ‘It’s a Spiritual Retreat’

A former Westport mother of four says serving time in federal prison for mortgage fraud is like a taxpayer-funded spiritual retreat.

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“It’s rest,” said Heather Bliss, 39, in a CNBC documentary taped in a federal prison in Danbury where she is serving a 30-month sentence. (See WestportNow Feb. 14, 2013)

“It’s a spiritual retreat. It sounds absolutely ridiculous. I know.”

The documentary, “White Collar Convicts: Life on the Inside,” was reported by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and premiers on April 29 at 10 p.m. (See video excerpt here.)

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GFA Honored as Sustainable School

The U.S. Department of Education has named Westport’s Greens Farms Academy (GFA) a national Green Ribbon School.

The announcement was made Wednesday, Earth Day by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The award, given annually by the U.S. Department of Education, acknowledges schools that are leading the way in sustainable practices.

The awarding committee looks for schools that are reducing their environmental impact and costs; improving the school’s health and wellness; and are providing an environmental education.

Among the many sustainable practices in place at GFA are composting in the cafeteria (which students then use in the school’s organic garden); using of solar panels; and hosting a variety of “eco events” both within the school and the community.

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