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Friday, September 23, 2016

Easy Does It

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Workers from North Haven-based New England ReUse remove lumber from the house at 5 Juniper Road today as part of a deconstruction and renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pink Out at Staples

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UPDATE Staples High School students wore pink tonight as part of the annual Pink Out in support of breast cancer awareness. Wrecker players stood for the national anthem at the start of the homecoming game against Wilton High School. Staples rolled over Wilton 42 to 6 to improve to 3-0 on the season.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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And They’re Off

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Staples High School students cheer as their calvalcade takes off tonight from Compo Beach headed for the Wrecker homecoming football game against Wilton High School. A student who fell off a car at Riverside Avenue and Post Road West suffered minor injuries, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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In High Spirits

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Staples High School students are in high spirits tonight as they get set to leave Compo Beach in a cavalcade for the PinkOut and homecoming game against Wilton High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Homecoming Rally at Compo

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Staples High School students rallied at Compo Beach tonight to celebrate homecoming and prepare for the traditional cavalcade to the school for the football game against Wilton. During the ride to the school, a student fell off of a car near the intersection of Post Road West and Riverside Avenue. She was treated for minor injuries by Westport EMS, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Belly Message

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A Staples High School student leaves no doubt about her loyalties during tonight’s homecoming rally at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Getting Ready for Homecoming & PinkOut Game

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Staples Football Head Coach Marce Petroccio (r) posed with team captains in advance of tonight’s homecoming and annual PinkOut game against Wilton High School at 7 p.m. PinkOut raises money to assist those fighting breast cancer. The football community creates and sells an annual shirt and hat that represent the team’s desire to find a cure. This year’s theme is: “Losing is Not an Option.” All proceeds are donated to PinkAid. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 21 Silver Brook Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 21 Silver Brook Road, off Weston Road, is in process. Built in 1949, the one-story ranch has 2,966-square feet, is situated on a 1.09-acre property and changed ownership for $1,134,000 in September 2015. 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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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 5 - 9, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period   Sept. 2 - 5, 2016:

Anne M. and Jarvis G. Wilcox to Jennifer W. and Eric W. Sydor, 25 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,200,000WNproperty.jpg

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$3M Scratch-Off Winner at Stop & Shop

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UPDATE A Fairfield man won $3 million from $30 worth of scratch-off tickets at Westport’s Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, according to the Connecticut Lottery. Its website said Dean Buitler won the prize on Monday in the Royale game, taking home $2.3 million after taxes. Workers today described him as a regular customer who bought scratch-off tickets after making a Western Union money transfer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police: Customer Service Rep Served Self

Officers arrested an employee at Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, for allegedly making more than 50 fraudulent transactions totaling $1,132.70, police said today.

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Quatiesha Johnson: free on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Quatiesha Johnson, 24 of Bridgeport, was taken into custody Thursday by Bridgeport police before being handed over to Westport officers who had a warrant out for her arrest based on a June 7 incident, Lt. David Farrell said.

“According to security, Johnson would open a register transaction as if a customer was making a return when in fact no customer was present,” Farrell said. 

“She would than process the fraudulent return and keep the money. There were over 50 fraudulent transactions which occurred over a period of several months.”

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Homeless Man Pepper Sprays Other at Shelter

A fight between two men at the Gillespie Center, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter at 45 Jesup Road, led to the arrest of one of them after he shot pepper spray at the other, police said today.

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Shaquielle Smith: held on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Shaquielle Smith, 19, no known address, was arrested Wednesday for interfering with an officer, criminal mischief and breach of peace, according to Lt. David Farrell.

He said that investigating officers learned that two of the residents were involved in an altercation and that Smith, sprayed the other in the face.

“It was obvious that the victim was suffering the effects of the spray, as both his eyes and face was red,” Farrell said.

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Police: Man Phoned Woman 98 Times in One Day

Officers arrested a Watertown man on charges of harassment and violating a protective order after making 98 phone calls in a day to a Westport woman and sending her a number of text messages, police said today.

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Donato Rinaldi: held on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Donato Rinaldi, 40, was arrested in Norwalk Superior Court where he was being held on other charges. The Westport incidents occurred on Sept. 8 and Sept 19, according to Lt. David Farrell.

Published reports said Rinaldi was arrested in Norwalk on similar charges in January of this year and June 2015.

“During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that there was an order of protection in place which barred Mr. Rinaldi from contacting the complainant unless the communication was in regards to the business that they once shared,” Farrell said.

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Burning Odor/Smoke Turns Out to be Mulch

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A report of a burning oder and smoke in the building today at 22 Imperial Ave. turned out to be burning mulch and bushes along the exterior of the building next to a vent, according to Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury (2nd l). The smoke was confined to a vacated office previously occupied by a dental practice, he said. Kingsbury said all residents need to be especially careful with handling smoking materials in this recent dry climate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Injuries in Two-Car North Ave. Rear-Ender

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There were no injuries today in a two-car rear-ender in front of 147 North Ave. Both cars were in stop-and-go traffic behind a school bus, according to the driver whose car (not seen) was rear-ended. She said the female driver of the car behind her (above) said she “hit the gas instead of the brake.” While there was extensive front-end damage to this car, air bag deployment prevented serious injury. The other car suffered some rear end damage. Both cars had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Friday, September 23, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Microsoft Excel 2013
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Healthy Living: Stress Management, Anxiety, & Mindfulness in the New School Year
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night w/ Kristina Lachaga & Taylor Felt
7 p.m. - Staples High School - Homecoming
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Penn State Students Back for Cancer Fundraiser

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Taylor Harrington (l), a 2015 Staples High School graduate, will return to Westport this weekend for the second year in a row with her Penn State Delta Gamma sorority sisters to raise money for children with pediatric cancer. Called THON, it is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy and culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon in February. The students will be collecting donations in the front of South Moon Under on Post Road East and The Granola Bar in Playhouse Square on Saturday and Sunday. Pictured with Taylor last year are Lucy Mester and Colleen Leonard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conributed photo

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Staples Soccer Stomps Central

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Tyler Wright’s hat trick powered Staples to a 7-1 victory today over Bridgeport’s Central High School at Loeffler Field. Teddy Lawrence, Jannis Dietze, Shane Dasbach and Stephen Rowland added solo strikes, while Anton Mahr, Josh Berman, Daniel Reid and Rory Steele earned assists. Pictured is Griff O’Neill (white jersey) working the sideline. On Monday, the Wreckers travel to Greenwich for one of their toughest matches of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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To Dramatize Message, Drunk Driving Victim Turns Playwright

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Mike Krysiuk could be describing an event in real time when he recounts being in a sportscar doing 100 mph and driven by his friend drunk at the wheel.

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Mike Krysiuk: in coma seven weeks. Contributed photo

“My friend and I were coming out from New York, coming down Route 123 in New Canaan,” he recalled about the incident 42 years ago. “We went across the line to buy some beer in Vista, N.Y.”

It was Sunday, Jan. 31, 1974, a time when Connecticut Blue Laws prohibited alcohol sales on Sunday. Kyrsiuk says both he and his friend Ted Reynolds were drunk.

“It was a two-seater Triumph GT6,” Krysiuk said. “He tried to downshift. The gears locked, the brakes locked, and we went skidding and heading head for a pile of dirt and a big black shadow next to the pile of dirt.

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Hello Ukraine

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Westport town officials on Tuesday participated in a teleconference call with municipal officials in Berdyansk, Ukraine to exchange ideas about municipal operations, commercial development, and tourism. The call was arranged by Westporter G. Kenneth Bernhard, an attorney who was a recent guest professor at Berdyansk State Pedagogical University. Berdyansk with a population of about 116,000 is a port city on the Sea of Azov in southeastern Ukraine.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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The Cottage Restaurant Expanding

Chef Brian Lewis of Westport’s The Cottage restaurant, widely praised by reviewers, announced today he is expanding it by adding space next door.

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Chef Brian Lewis: dining, bar, and kitchen areas will expand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

An announcement said work began this week on adding 800-square feet to his existing 1,500-square feet in at 256 Post Road East in Colonial Green. The site was formerly Le Farm Restaurant.

“I could not be more grateful for the love and support the Town of Westport and all of Fairfield County and beyond has given to us since we opened nearly a year ago,” said Lewis in the announcement.

“While we have big plans for this additional space, our number one priority is to continue to offer the same comfortable atmosphere, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality that we are proud to be known for.”

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New President, Board for WYWL

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Board members of the Westport Young Woman’s League (WYWL) recently held their annual dinner and welcomed their new president Brandi Briggs. The heart of the mission of the League, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is to build community through fundraising, grant-funding, participating in community service – and having fun. Its two largest fundraising events are CraftWestport, in its 41st year held, at Staples High School Nov. 5 and 6, and the Minuteman Race, a 5K/10K run, in its 39th year, to be held April 23, 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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‘It Looks Wimpy to Pick on the Little Guy’

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Westporter Michael Gordon, chair of the Board of Education, was on the CNBC business cable channel today offering advice to CEOs on the hot seat at congressional hearings in recent days. They include John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo, involved in a fake accounts scandal, and Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, maker of EpiPens, whose recent price increases have stirred controversy. “It looks wimpy to pick on the little guy,” said Gordon, whose firm Group Gordon offers public relations strategic services to some of the nation’s top firms. “Heads must roll,” he said. “You have to show real contrition and follow up with action ... Take responsibility and stop shifting blame.” He said firms in the congressional spotlight should offer up an ethics policy as part of their response. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from CNBC

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Scenic Road Signs Unveiled

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A state scenic road sign, recently approved by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT), was officially unveiled today at a ceremony at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street. It is one of two signs designating a 1.8-mile scenic route in Westport. The other is at the end of the route on Compo Road South near the entrance to the Baron’s South property. Colleen Kissane, a scenic road advisor to CDOT said, the 1.8 mile scenic route “is significant in that there are 48 historic resources along the brief route.” The designation was sought by preservationists who want to see the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge (background) preserved rather than replaced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Sign on Compo Road South

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This state scenic road sign on Compo Road South near the entrance to Baron’s South was one of two installed and unveiled today along a 1.8-mile portion of Route 136. The other is at Bridge Street at Riverside Avenue. The Westport Preservation Alliance pushed for the designation as part of its efforts to preserve the William F. Cribari Bridge over the Saugatuck.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Three-Way Tie Playoff for Longshore Ladies

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The Longshore Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association had an exciting three-way tie playoff today. Angela Ethier (r) claimed club champion. Karen Farrar (c) claimed runner up via match of cards with Mandy Germishuys (l), previous club champ. The LLNHGA season ends Oct. 27. For more information about the league, visit http://www.llnhga.org.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Fall Shopping in Summer-Like Weather

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It was a crowded first day of fall at the Westport Farmers Market today as temperatures in the mid-80s made it feel more like summer than fall. The Farmers Market continues at the Imperial Avenue parking lot until Nov. 3 and later will move in to its winter quarters at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, Sylvan Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Checking Out the Zucchini

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Amy Kaplan of Fairfield checks out the organic zucchini and fennel today at the New Milford-based Fort Hill Farm stand at the Westport Farmers Market. Kaplan, a retired teacher in the Westport school system, is a 1968 Staples High School graduate. Her late father, Max Kaplan, founded Fine Arts Stationery, later renamed Max’s Art Suppies, on Post Road East, which closed last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Serving Up Vegan Baked Goods

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Wilton resident Pam Nicholas, who in 2009 founded Izzi B’s, a vegan baking company, tends to a shopper today at the Westport Farmers Market. She said she exhibits at both the winter and summer market on a rotating basis every three weeks. The baking is performed at 22 Knight St., Norwalk where her clientele can also pre-order and pick up. “Our products are available to walk-up customers only at the Farmers Market and stores which carry Izzy B’s products,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Fall Colors for 203 Caps

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Tory Brown, a 2009 Staples High School graduate and the entrepreneur and co-owner of TwoOhThree.com, shows off the fall colors of 203 caps today ath the Westport Farmers Market.  Brown, who co-owns the business with her brother Roscoe, a third-year student at Syracuse University, said today is the first time her enterprise exhibited at the Farmers Market and it is the first day she is selling the new fall colors in the “203” line of caps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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