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Friday, May 22, 2015



Friday, May 22, 2015

Terminated Parks Employee Arrested on a Warrant

A Westport Parks & Recreation Department employee who had been terminated today was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police said.

Capt. Sam Arciola said the employee, Arturo Icelo-Hernandez, 23, of Bridgeport caused enough of a ruckus for the police to be called to Longshore Club Park.

He was arrested following a computer check showing he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court and other charges, police said.

He was charged with second-degree failure to appear. No court date was given.

Posted 02:53 PM
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Arrest in Year-Old Bicycle Theft

A Bridgeport man who allegedly stole a bicycle from the Saugatuck train station nearly a near ago was arrested on an outstanding warrant Monday in Norwalk Superior Court, Westport Police said today.

George Lopez, 54, was charged with fifth-degree larceny after months of follow-up investigations and police work with other communities that had experienced similar larcenies, said Capt. Samuel Arciola.

Lopez was unable to post $1000 bond and was issued a Norwalk Superior Court date of May 28.

Posted 02:52 PM
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New Haven Line Service Change

Metro-North advised New Haven Line customers that the 6:49 p.m. train departing Grand Central Terminal to New Haven will not operate today, July 2 and Sept. 4.

New Haven Line customers traveling to South Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, and New Haven are advised to take the 6:53 p.m. train on these dates, an advisory said.

Posted 01:37 PM
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Westport Woman’s Club Awards Scholarships Image
The Westport Woman’s Club today presented college scholarships to eight Staples High School seniors and one adult in a ceremony held at the club’s home, 44 Imperial Ave. Posing with the recipients were Principal John Dodig (l) and First Selectman Jim Marpe (r ). They are (l-r), Chidi Chizor (University of Bridgeport), Michael Battone (West Virginia University), Gabriella Marone (Salve Regina University), Tracy Boyer (Southern Connecticut University), Alexis Iannacone (Bryant University), Alaina Washington (Western New England University), Shannon Cardoza (Quinnipiac University), Lauren Reedy (Rollins College), and Matthew Jawowleff (Northeastern University). Chizor, 22, is the recipient of the WWC Adult Woman Scholarship in memory of the late Gerry Munce.  The award was presented by Munce’s daughter, Mary Munce Brewster, a Redding resident. Chizor, who earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Bridgeport and will earn her Masters in clinical mental health in class of 2016, is a staff member at Bridgeport-based Mercy Learning Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Posted 01:06 PM
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Westport Woman Arrested Twice in Two Days

A Westport woman arrested for striking a Grove Point Road man in the face when he answered a knock on his door Wednesday, was rearrested for burglarizing another home on the same street Thursday and carrying a long sheathed knife, police said today.

Amy Gustafson, 47, of 57 Grove Point Road is charged with first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree assault and operating under the influence in the first incident. In Thursday’s arrest she was charged with second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon and interfering with an officer, police said.

“Investigating officers learned from the complainant that an unknown lady had knocked at his door and that while speaking with the person, she became agitated and allegedly struck him in the face,” Capt. Samuel Arciola said about Wednesday’s arrest. “The suspect had fled on foot prior to officers arriving on scene.”

Arciola said that officers, who had been provided a description of the suspect and who were canvassing the neighborhood, later observed her driving by. Gustafson was detained and positively identified by the victim as the person who had assaulted him, Arciola said.

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Posted 12:40 PM
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Westport Property Transfers May 4 - 8, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 4 - 8, 2015:

Fred Salkind and Michelle Mahoney to Zachary and Elizabeth Seckler, 300 Bayberry Lane, $1,247,500WNproperty.jpg

Andrew and Leanne Holster to Matthew Balk, 17 Bermuda Road, $1,250,000

Eric J. and Vicki L. Plak Katz to Michelle Visser, 5 Pony Lane, $2,700,000

Robert M. Curtis Estate to Alana Fuscaldo, 7 Keene Road, $805,000

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Posted 11:47 AM
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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line trains are operating on or close to normal after earlier delays into Grand Central Terminal because of police activity involving a suspicious package found on a lower level.

Posted 10:27 AM
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WN Wins Eight Citations in State Journalism Contest

WestportNow has won eight citations, including three first-place prizes, in the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced Thursday night at the group’s annual banquet in Wallingford. Image
This Aug. 19, 2014 Douglas Healey photo of Westport police arresting a bank robbery suspect won first prize in the online news photo category. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for ©2014 WestportNow

First place winners included James Lomuscio for his story on children of The New Yorker cover artists recalling their experiences in connection with a Westport Historical Society exhibit, Dave Matlow for his feature photo of Westport Woman’s Club members watching a pole dancer, and Douglas Healey for his photo of a Westport police arresting a bank robbery suspect.

Second place winners included Lomuscio and Matlow for a story on Max’s Art Supply closing, Helen Klisser During for her photo of children playing at dusk at Compo Beach, and Mark Molesworth for his photo of an osprey enjoying a holiday weekend Saugatuck takeout. A third place prize went to Lomuscio for his story on a task force formed to deal with residents who are hoarders.

Since the competition was opened to online publications in 2007, WestportNow has won 45 citations in the annual competitions, which are judged by out-of-state professional journalists. See complete 2014 winner list here.

Posted 08:13 AM
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Friday,  May 22, 2015

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Auditorium - Suzuki Music Shools: Vivace
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Partying on Main Street Image
Crowds filled Westport’s Main Street tonight for the Art About Town street fair sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Posted 07:46 PM
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Breathing Fire Image
Jared Rydelek, a New York City-based contortionist, fire eater, sword swallower and sideshow performer captivated onlookers tonight at Westport’s Art About Town on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Posted 07:41 PM
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Art in Clothing Image
Westporter Jody Brown (l) and Gwyneth Mulliken, a senior at Staples High School, look at the Westport-based “TheTwoOhThree” lifestyle clothing samples created by Roscoe Brown, Staples class of 2014, at tonight;s Art About Town on Main Street. Roscoe founded the company with his sister Tory, Staples class of 2009. Roscoe said the items are available for sale at various locations including Joey’s by the Shore and Bridgeport Hospital. Jody and Roscoe Brown are not related. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zoe Brown for

Posted 07:37 PM
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Dancing to The Funky Dawgz Brass Band Image
The Funky Dawgz Brass Band performed on Westport s Main Street tonight at Art About Town. Formed in 2012, the 11-piece New Orleans-style brass band is made up of former members of the University of Connecticut Marching Band. The band was originally formed as a vehicle to connect, engage, inspire, and rejuvenate music education in Connecticut’s inner city schools. In addition to performing stage shows, the group frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) C. J. Martin for

Posted 07:35 PM
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Challenged Artist Image
Rosie Jon, a British-born Korean living in Connecticut, was born without arms but learned to paint and do everyday things with her feet. Her live art presentation tonight at Art About Town delighted the young and not so young.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Posted 07:32 PM
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Street Fun

Scenes from tonight’s Art About Town on Main Street. Dave Matlow for

Posted 07:27 PM
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