Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Dress Code vs. Code of Laws
UPDATE (clarifies charges) Business competition crossed the line into identity theft-impersonation as a Westport small business owner attempted to have goods only available to a competitor shipped to the competitor’s store, police said today.
Mary Perkins, 53, of Norwalk, owner of Dress Code, 578 Post Road East, was charged with one count of identity theft second-degree (impersonation), police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mary Perkins, 53, of 194 Gregory Boulevard, Norwalk, turned herself in Sunday on a warrant and was charged with one count of identity theft second-degree (impersonation), police said.
While police would not release the name of the competitor nor Perkins’s shop, records show that Perkins is the owner of Dress Code at 578 Post Road East, which opened in 2010. A court affidavit showed the competitor was Winged Monkey, 384 Post Road East., where Perkins formerly worked, according to The Hour of Norwalk.
“It was all done electronically,” Capt. Vincent Penna said of the ordering of the goods.
Gas Tank Removal Leads to Charges
The unauthorized removal of an underground gasoline tank at Boccanfuso Brothers, Inc., a longtime Westport automotive repair business located at 940 Post Road East, led to charges against Giuseppe D. Boccanfuso, a 29-year-old Fairfield resident, police said today.
According to police, Boccanfuso turned himself in Monday to face charges stemming from the unauthorized removal in April 2013 of the tank at his family business.
Capt. Vincent Penna said Boccanfuso was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and violating a state law concerning the abatement of a fire hazard.
He was released on a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, March 13.
Two I-95 Accidents Send One to Hospital
Two I-95 accidents, occurring almost simultaneously, sent one person to the hospital today and tied up traffic, according to Assistant Fire Chief John Plofkin. One (above) occurred in the northbound lane of I-95, just past the Beachside Avenue overpass, when a driver lost control of his vehicle and drove into a snow bank. He refused medical treatment. The other accident, about a quarter-mile further north, involved a car that slammed into the median after colliding with a van. Firefighters had to extricate a female in the car, who was transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, said Assistant Chief Rob Yost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” & “Abstract Notes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play with Your Food
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-Residence Ed Kalin: Create an All-Sky Camera
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Internet Marketing with Email
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Green Room - Board of Assessment Appeal Hearings
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Board of Finance Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Real Estate Report: Rentals Gain Attention
By Judy Szablak
Westport’s seasonal rental homes are starting to pop up in the market, and now is as good a time as any to start making plans to enjoy our beautiful town for the summer.
These types of rentals come in many styles, sizes and price ranges to fit anyone’s budget or desired summer lifestyle, with the most popular choices being waterfront properties and antique homes.
There are currently just 17 homes on the market, and more are expected to hit the market in the coming weeks. One can expect that the more desirable homes will take a deposit very quickly, even if it does seem early on in the year to begin a search.
The lowest priced home is a 850-square foot home on 69 Newtown Turnpike for $3,200 per month, and the highest priced home is a 6,591-square foot home at 129 Beachside Ave. for $35,000 per month.
Police Explain Digital Responsibilities
Westport Police Detective Sereniti Dobson, the department’s youth officer, tells Westport middle schoolers tonight about dangers that lurk online. The evening’s topic,“Social Media and The Law: What every kid needs to know about their rights and responsibilities in a digital world,” was moderated by Jen Cirino, Westport school system’s coordinator of Information and technology. Also taking part were Detectives Phil Resteri and George Taylor. The Westport Police-Youth Collaborative, which aims to foster closer ties between police and teens, sponsored the “cop shop” at Toquet Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
‘Spread Heart, Not Hurt’
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Police-Youth Collaborative “cop shop” at Toquet Hall, which aims to foster closer ties between police and teens. Jen Cirino, Westport school system’s coordinator of Information and technology, provided guidance on prevention of Identity theft. She told the students to be selective about what they include in their online profile, know what is public and which is private, know how to use the site’s protection features, and choose a screen name and picture carefully, She summed up: “Think before you post or text, a bad reputation can be just a click away. Spread heart, not hurt.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Board of Assessment Appeals Begins Hearings
Westport’s Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) tonight began hearing appeals from residents of assessments for the Grand List filed by the town’s Tax Assessor. The board will continue to meet until all appeals are reviewed and notices are mailed to all applicants. The BAA-approved Grand List is required prior to the Board of Finance meeting in May where the Mill Rate is set. Members include (l-r) Jeff Jacobs, a freshman Democrat, veteran Republican Garson Heller, who has served on the board for 31 years, and Democrat Elaine Arnow, first elected in 2005. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Play With Your Food March Offering
“Baby Food” by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire was among the offerings today at the lunchtime Play With Your Food readings at Westport’s Toquet Hall. Pictured are Brian J. Carter, Kim Squires, Katie Sparer and Allan Zeller. The March performances continue in Westport on Wednesday and Thursday. Catering is by Executive Chef Robert Troilo, formerly of Nicholas Roberts Restaurant in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Inge Maki for WestportNow.com
Malloy: ‘Disappointed’ in Metro-North 100-Day Plan
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he is “disappointed” with Metro-North Railroad’s 100-day improvement strategy for Connecticut.
Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti on Monday delivered a letter to Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker outlining his commitment to immediate improvements at Metro-North.
He promised to provide final details on scope, schedule and budget actions in the 100-day plan once the findings of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) “Deep Dive” initiative to investigate Metro-North are announced.
“I appreciate the candid assessment of the challenges facing Metro-North and Mr. Giulietti’s professionalism and commitment, but I am disappointed that the letter did not provide more specifics,” Malloy said in a statement.
College Application Tip: Watch Your Facebook Posts
A former college admissions official, Stephanie Klein Wassink, told the Westport Rotary Club today that teens who post offensive comments on Facebook, even under an alias, are jeopardizing their college applications. “They think because they use an alias for potentially offensive posts they don’t realize that their broad circle of acquaintances know who the alias really belongs to and can easily identify them in a way that can get to the attention of the college admissions staff,” she said. A graduate of Brown University and the Wharton School of Business, Wassink is a former Wall Street trader who evaluated thousands of applications while working on Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management admissions committee. In 2004, she founded Wilton-based Winning Applications, designed to assist students in the college application process. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Resources CEO Named Barron’s Top Adviser
John Vaccaro: fifth year in a row. Contributed photo
Westport Resources, a Westport-based independent investment firm, has announced that its founder and CEO, John Adams Vaccaro, has been named one of Barron’s “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors” in the United States and seventh top advisor in Connecticut for 2014.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Vaccaro, who founded the firm in 1986, has received recognition by the weekly financial newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company.
“I’m honored to receive this recognition,” Vaccaro said. “It’s a testament to the outstanding team we have here at Westport Resources. I commend my team for its hard work and unwavering dedication to our clients.”
Barron’s rankings are determined according to data provided by more than 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors, on a state-by-state basis. Rankings are based on assets managed, revenue produced, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work.
Donald J. Lunghino, 92
Donald J. Lunghino of Sarasota, Fla., a longtime Westport resident and former moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Feb. 18. He was 92.
Donald J. Lunghino: former RTM moderator. Contributed photo
He was born March 16, 1921 in Rochester, N.Y. to Donatus Joseph Lunghino and Mary Devito Giovanna Lunghino.
He worked as an attorney for Lever Brothers, where he was ultimately made general counsel and a member of the board. He also served the Town of Westport, where he was an elected a member of the RTM from 1965 to 1977 and moderator from 1973 to 1977.
He grew up in Rochester and Long Island, N.Y., graduating second in his class from Great Neck High School in 1938. He was active in the Drama Society, appearing in several productions including a leading role in “Pirates of Penzance.”
Malloy, Foley Tied in First Poll of 2014
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
In the first public poll of 2014, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is in a dead heat with Tom Foley, the Republican he narrowly defeated in 2010, according to a survey released today by Quinnipiac University. Both are supported by 42 percent of voters.
Foley leads the five-way contest for the GOP nomination with 36 percent to 11 percent for his closest rival, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, the nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010. Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney of Fairfield saw his support shrink to 3 percent.
Malloy, a first-term Democrat whose numbers have varied little since taking office in January 2011, leads in matchups with Boughton and every other Republican, including McKinney, by between 6 and 11 points.
“Haven’t we seen this movie before?” said Douglas Schwartz, director of the poll.
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Burying Hill Bleak
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport