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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed

The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community.  Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society.  Thank-You.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 In Pictures

Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.

The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.

Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.

In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.

We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bertram Aber, 82

Bertram Aber, a 50-year resident of Westport, died July 22 after complications from a recent illnesses. He was 82.

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Bert Aber: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1933, he found his way to Westport, with his wife Barbara (Cahane), due to her working at the White Barn Theatre.

At first only summer residents in the 1960s by the 1980s this was their full time residence, expanding their original 1860s postal stop house by personally picking out every piece of wood.

He was a founding member of the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, with his son-in-law, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Matthew Mandell, and other neighbors on Partrick and Old Hill Roads.

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Off on Another Summer Run

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Runners set out from Compo Beach toady for the fourth in a series of 10 progressively longer distance races known as the Saturday Westport Road Runners Summer Series. Today’s race was 4.1 miles. The races, now in their 54th year, wind up on Sept. 3 with a 10-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 23, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road) - Little Black Dog Rescue Adoption Event
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Fairfield County Writers Group Open Meeting
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Themed Crafts for All Ages
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, July 22, 2016

North Miami Police Shooting: the Westport Connection

The North Miami, Fla. police officer who shot an unarmed black man lying in the street with his arms in the air this week is a 2004 Staples High School graduate, according to friends and school records.

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Jonathon Aledda: 2004 Staples graduate.  Facebook photo

Jonathon Aledda 30, had served on the Florida police force for four years, city authorities said.

At Staples, he was a linebacker on the football team, ran on the school’s track team, and also participated in an advanced culinary arts class, according to locals. His family owns a house on Pleasant Valley Lane, not far from Staples, as well as a home in Miami, according to public records.

Aledda is reportedly being represented by the local police union after he shot Charles Kinsey Monday as the victim was lying on his back and complying with police orders.

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Saugatuck Sweet Sounds

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The Saugatuck Sweets-sponsored outdoor summer series tonight at Westport’s Saugatuck Center featured Adam Roberts (l) and Mike Messer, known as After School Special. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Hillspoint Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Hillspoint Road is in process. Built in 1929, the two-story conventional has 3,404-square feet, is situated on a 7.4-acre property that includes the adjacent Conservative Synogogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, and last changed ownership in January 1995 for $900,000, according to Town Assessor records. 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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Commuter Lots Gets New Drainage Systems

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The last installation of 11 new drainage basins in Saugatuck commuter lot No. 1 was near completion today, according to Brian Oman, foreman for Norwalk-based contractors Deering Construction. He said full completion of the drainage segment requires just another day or two. Target for completion of renovations to the lot is Labor Day, Sept. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Power Outage Hits Hillspoint, Compo Areas

UPDATE As temperatures soared into the 90s, electrical transformer malfunctions today knocked out power at one point to more than 1,300 Westport customers, Eversource Energy said.

At about 1:30 p.m., police and fire units responded to the Hillspoint Road and Greens Farms area on a report of loud explosions, accordng to dispatchers.

A crew from Eversource Energy soon arrived on the scene. Initially, the utility said 242 customers were without power but as the crews worked to restore service, at one point 1,325 customers were out.

The outage lasted a little more than an hour for most customers, according to Eversource. It said by 4:20 p.m., 105 customers still had not been restored.

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Malloy Proposes 5% Rail Fare Increase

Westport commuters will pay 5 percent more for their New Haven Line tickets beginning Dec. 1, under a proposal announced today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT).

An announcement said the fare increase was necessary to help close a $37 million reduction in transportation spending in the fiscal year that began July 1.

CDOT said on the New Haven Line, the increase would be combined with a 1 percent previously scheduled fare increase that supports the purchase of the new M-8 rail cars that the state put into service beginning in 2010.

The agency said there will be public hearings on the proposal before the increases go into effect.

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‘Cooling Center’ Open

Human Services Director Sarah Heath announced today that the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., will be open to the public as an officially designated “cooling center” until 4:30 p.m. today.

She said it will also be open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, the air-conditioned Westport Library welcomes visitors until 6 p.m. today and on Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Heath said.

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Tyn Myint-U, 84

Tyn Myint-U, a former Westport resident, died July 22 in the Boston area. He was 84.

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Tyn Myint-U: rocket scientist. Contributed photo

He was husband of Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary general of the United Nations. Aye Aye Thant was active in U.N.-related activities in Westport.

Together Aye Aye and Tyn established the Thant Institute “to reflect and promote her father’s values and ideals.”

Born Jan. 1, 1932 in Mandalay, Tyn was one of Burma’s first state scholars, studying at Michigan University and then finishing his Ph.D. in aeronautics at New York University.

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Two Arrested in Cooking Oil Theft

Acting on a tip from a witness, Westport police arrested a Yonkers, N.Y. couple for allegedly stealing cooking oil from the Five Guys Restaurant, police said today.

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Jonathan Garces (l) and Alondra Aracil: caught in act. Westport Police photos

They were observed Monday at about 10 a.m. siphoning cooking oil from the tank behind the restaurant, 534 Post Road East, police said.

Arrested were Alondra Aracil, 19, and Jonathan Garces, 22, police said. Both were charged with larceny sixth-degree and conspiracy to commit larceny.

In addition, Aracil was charged with criminal impersonation after she gave a fake name and date of birth as well as interfering with an officer, police said.

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Police: Female Stalker Arrested

Officers arrested a Monroe woman for stalking and harassing her ex-boyfriend, even mailing him photographs of his new girlfriend’s home, police said today.

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Margaret Hyman: ignored police warning.  Westport Police photo

Margaret Hyman, 36, turned herself in on an active warrant Monday, was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, July 28.

“Several times in June of 2016, Hyman contacted her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend after being told by the police to have no contact,” said Lt. David Farrell.

“Hyman mailed photographs to her ex-boyfriend with photographs of his new girlfriend’s residence,” he added.

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Held After Restaurant Scuffle

Police arrested a Westport man Thursday night for creating a disturbance at the Pearl of Longshore Restaurant.

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Neil Bhatia: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Police said they were called to the restaurant at Longshore Club Park after an off-duty Stamford policeman observed Neil Bhatia, 39, of Compo Parkway, push a woman against a wall in the restaurant.

The off-duty officer escorted Bhatia outside as Westport officers arrived.

“Bhatia was belligerent and uncooperative with the officers and was intoxicated,” said Lt. David Farrell.

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Westport Property Transfers July 4 - 8, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 4 - 8, 2016:

Mark R. and Cathy A. Guglielmi to Lida Saw, 203 Hillspoint Road, $1,225,000WNproperty.jpg

Betsy Pollack to First Niagara Bank NA, 6 George St., $540,000

Maria G. Economos to Kimberly and Travis Pauley, 2 Viking Green, $1,480,000

Sara L. Letourneau to Jason K. Alford, 4 April Drive AKA 7 April Drive, $1,350,000

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Friday, July 22, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - SOLOS Artist Talks
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Intro to Streaming Media
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets - Acoustic Concert: Mike Messer
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jesse Terry
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Latin Sound at Levitt

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The Goza Latin Jazz Band, specializing in Latin America rhythms on violin, guitar, horns, percussion and vocals, entertained tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back Home

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Guitarist David Giardina, a 1970 Staples High School graduate, was back home tonight leading the Goza Latin Jazz Band in a performance at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Latin Jazz Moves

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Guests at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Pereforming Arts dance tonight to the Goza Latin Jazz Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Wineberry Foraging and Cocktails

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Veronica Swain. a naturalist educator at Westport’s Earthplace, tonight leads a group on a foraging expedition to look for wineberries and other edibles found on Earthplace trails. The event was followed by a sampling of Swain’s wineberry cocktails. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 79 Myrtle Ave.

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The owner of the house at 79 Myrtle Ave. is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Nick Visconti who acquired the house in March and is the process of renovating the five-apartment dwelling. According to Weingarten, the 1913-built house, known as the Berrell-Borden House, was built by Rose B. Berrell for Hope Lewis Borden. Visconti said he is also the owner of two historic properties, built in the 1700s, at 85-87 and 104 East Ave., Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Victor W. Burtsche, 86

Victor W. Burtsche of Westport died July 2 at home. He was 86.

The husband of Audrey (Scribner) Burtsche was born in Westport and was in the plumbing and building business with his father George Burtsche. His mother Clara (Draves) Burtsche tended to the farm animals and gardens.

He was a member of the Norfield Grange and the Antique Car Club. He was known for his friendliness and was an excellent gardener, plumber and builder.

He loved camping in Maine and across the United States and traveled to Europe twice.

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After Three Hours, No Decision on Saugatuck Sewer

By James Lomuscio

After more than three contentious hours—including conflict of interest accusations—Westport’s Board of Selectmen today postponed a vote on a controversial Saugatuck sewer extension.

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Developer Felix Charney addressing today’s meeting: “I know what it means to need housing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Acting in its capacity as the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), the board, meeting in an unusual and sparsely attended 8:30 a.m. Town Hall auditorium session, postponed to next week a vote on an application to build the 1,500-foot extension.

Opponents have said approval of the extension,  the needed first step in developer Felix Charney’s plan to construct 155 rental housing units on Hiawatha Lane Extension in the Saugatuck section, would destroy the character of old Saugatuck.

At issue for the WPCA was the status of the area’s sewage pump station, which Public Works Director Steve Edwards says cannot handle the flow. Even more critical, says Edwards, is the failing sewage line that runs under the Saugatuck River.

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Lifeguarding: A Dream Job That’s ‘Very Serious’

By Emily Weyrauch

For Steve Siecienski, it’s the ultimate dream job, one likely to outshine all other future employment—lifeguarding at Westport’s Compo Beach.

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Steve Siecienski, 23, says being a Westport lifeguard “probably the best job I’ll ever have,” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Weyrauch for WestportNow.com

Following in the footsteps of generations of Westport lifeguards, he started working at Compo, which is just down the road from his home, at age 15.

Now, the 23-year-old recent Southern Connecticut State University graduate with a degree in graphic design works as one of the town’s assistant waterfront directors.

“I was a kid when I started working here,” said Siecienski, a member of the Staples High School class of 2011. “I feel like I’ve gone through a lot of experiences that have changed my perspective on a lot of things.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Water Pollution Control Authority (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Center for Senior Activities Enhancement Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Shane”
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Wineberry Foraging & Cocktails
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Goza Latin jazz band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Interviewed at Playhouse

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In conjunction with the Westport Country Playhouse production of “The Invisible Hand,” engineer, writer, academic and Staples High School graduate Haris Durrani was interviewed tonight at the Playhouse by Staples teacher Cathy Schager about his new novel “Technologies of Self.” The book is about a young Muslim man finding his way in New York City after 9/11. Durrani, who is attending Columbia Law School, holds a master’s in history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s in applied physics from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcia Logan for WestportNow.com

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Painting Penguins at Le Penguin

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Antoine Bleth today paints a mural at the entrance of his new restaurant, Le Penguin, a French bistro that opens late next month at 15 Myrtle Ave., Sconset Square, in space formerly occupied by Blue Lemon. “I’m an artist and musician primarily but have been in the restaurant business for 35 years,” he said.  Co-owner of other prominent restaurants with business partner Anshu Vidyarthi, Blech said he sometimes plays piano in his jazz band named Antoine Bleck. “I’m a crooner too in the style of Charles Aznavour and other popular French singers,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Melania’s Speechwriter: A Westport Connection

UPDATE Meredith McIver, who today acknowledged she wrote Melania Trump’s Cleveland GOP convention speech that included passages from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama, has a Westport connection—her sister lives here.

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Meredith McIver: says she wrote speech. File photo

Although there is no record of her owning property here or having registered to vote here, several internet record searches show she used her sister’s Westport Beachside Avenue address in the past.

Several reports today said McIver currently lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and that she is a registered Democrat.

Town records show Karen McIver, 69, also a registered Democrat, owns the Westport property used in the past by Meredith McIver, 65. The New York Times reported that Karen McIver is Meredith’s sister.

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