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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Body Cameras for Cops, Safety for Social Workers

By James Lomuscio

Transparency and safety were the focus of two Westport Board of Finance unanimous approvals tonight—$20,000 for police to have body worn video cameras and $23,399 for Human Services Department renovations to make social workers less vulnerable. Image
Police Chief Dale Call: “makes us more transparent.” Dave Matlow for

Police Chief Dale Call said the money from the asset forfeiture account would pay for 15 cameras, software and licensing costs, and that the cameras could be instituted as a year-long pilot program.  If successful, Call said he would be back in a year’s time to ask for funds for 30 more cameras.

“We’ve been testing and looking at this,” Call said, noting that about six officers, under the direction of Capt. Samuel Arciola, have been using one such camera.

“This makes us more transparent,” Call added, noting that the video can be downloaded instantly to the computer in the cruiser, and that the video cannot be edited, altered or deleted.

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Comings & Goings: Symphony Workplaces Opens Image
There was a ribbon cutting today for Symphony Workplaces in its new facility at the 55 Greens Farms Road office complex. The company provides business offices with shared common facilities for both short-term and long-term tenants. Joining in the ceremony were (l-r) Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Weston First Selectwoman Gail Weinstein, Matthew Mandell,Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce executive director, and Nick Logothetis, Symphony Workplaces owner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Long Lots Painting Marks Start of ‘Art of the Month’ Image
Members of the Long Lots Elementary School community today inspect “Arctic Night” by Colcord Heurlin that spent the summer being repaired and restored thanks to a $500 donation from the school’s PTA. In celebration of the painting’s return and in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Westport Schools Art Collection (WSAC),  Long Lots will be highlighting this painting and artist throughout the month of October. The painting also marks the start of a “Art of the Month” initiative in which each Westport school will display a picture from the collection. Pictured (l-r) are Melissa Signorile and Candace Banks, Long Lots PTA co-chairs; Rex Jones, Long Lots principal, and Maija Krasts, co-chair WSAC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jose Villaluz for

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1300 Post Road East Image
An application for a permit to demolish the two-building business complex at Westport’s 1300 Post Road East is in process. Building No. 1, built in 1950, is a 1-1/2-story health center and has 6,437 square feet.  Building No. 2, built in 1985 is a two-story medical complex with 4,517 square feet. The structures are set on a 1.09-acre property. Because Building No. 1 was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Absentee Ballots Available Beginning Friday

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that beginning Friday absentee ballots for the state election to be held Nov. 4 will be available at the Town Clerk’s office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

Registered electors may qualify for the following reasons: active service in the armed forces of the United States; illness or physical disability; religious tenets, which forbid secular activity on the day of the election; duties as an election official at the polling place other than their own during all of the hours of voting; absence from the town during all of the hours of voting.

Application for a ballot can be requested in person at the Town Clerk’s office located in Room 105 at the Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., or by calling (203)341-1110. 

The application form is also available online by downloading the form at

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They’re Back Image
Westporters Kara Kass (l) and friend Doreen Fiolek walk along the edge of Long Island Sound at Compo Beach today with Fiolek’s 2-year-old chocolate lab Macie, as dogs were allowed back on the beach today. “It’s a tradition,” said Kass. “For the past eight years or so, we come here together on Oct. 1 with our dogs.”  Kara’s dog was straggling behind the walkers. Dogs are allowed on the beach with designated on- and off-leash areas until April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Expanding Trader Joe’s Parking Image
The hill behind Trader Joe’s, 400 Post Road East, is in the process of being flattened so the existing parking lot can be extended, according to project superintendent Craig Ortola of Farmington-based KBE Building Corp. He said the large excavators are covering the turf surface with large rubber tire mats to deter flying debris caused by beneath-the surface rock blasting. He estimates that the lot will be completed by the end of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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A Winner Image
Westporter Tom Seligson, along with CBS News “48 Hours” teammates, received an Emmy Award at a ceremony Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City for “Caught,” the special they produced on the Boston bombing . He is pictured with colleague Charlotte Fuller. This is Seligson’s fourth Emmy Award, and he has also been nominated three other times. Contributed photo

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Post-traumatic Stress Expert Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Youth Commission Executive Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Drug & Alcohol Awareness
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In 2nd Debate, Malloy is Proud and Foley Incredulous

By Mark Pazniokas

West Hartford – In a televised debate tonight, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met in a political Twilight Zone, each unable or unwilling to recognize the reality of the other’s Connecticut.

Malloy defied polls that show a dispirited and disapproving electorate. He claimed progress, pronouncing himself proud of resolving an inherited $3.67 billion deficit without gutting municipal aid. Foley all but suggested he was mad, seeking votes in a different dimension.

“Sometime, I wonder if he’s living in the same state,” Foley said, prompting titters. Later he said, “It’s simply not true what you’re telling people.”

But Foley joined Malloy in downplaying non-partisan projections of a significant deficit in the coming year, albeit one far smaller than what confronted the first-term Democratic governor after he defeated Foley in 2010. To do otherwise would require Foley to promise more than his proposed budget freeze.

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Staples Boys Soccer Ties New Canaan 1-1 Image
Grant Sirlin (shown in photo) returned to action against New Canaan today, following a layoff with a broken nose. Nate Argosh’s goal, off Graham Gudis’ free kick, helped the Staples boys soccer team earn a 1-1 draw with the Rams. The Wreckers, now 3-2-2, host Central on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Bagel Maven Closes Image
The Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, closed today after owner Alex Perdomo said he was unable to get a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, he has been the owner for only the past six years. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2014) In a statement, Perdomo said: “Even though I must leave today, I am grateful for the time I had here. The customers have been wonderful to me, they became my friends and it is my hope to stay in Westport if I can find another space soon. God bless everyone. Thank you!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Joining the Westport Police Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today swore in Ruta Pratt, 39, one of two new members of the Westport Police Department.  A 1995 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Pratt was a police officer with the Waterbury Police Department since October 2002. She most recently held the rank of detective. Both officers fill vacancies caused by retirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Pinning the Badge Image
Daniel Paz, 27, of Bridgeport gets his new Westport Police badge pinned on today by wife Brittany as nephew Colton, 3, watches following a swearing in ceremony at police headquarters. Paz served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, including two deployments to Iraq, and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Prior to his hiring by Westport, Paz was a police officer in Bridgeport since April 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Fenced Off for Kemper-Gunn House Move Image
The designated section of the Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street has been fenced off for the relocation of the Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane, expected to take place in November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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