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Friday, February 05, 2016

Lisa Lampanelli in March19 New Play Reading

“Fat Girls, Interrupted,” a new play by two-time Grammy-nominated comedian/author Lisa Lampanelli, will receive a reading on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse, it was announced today.

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Lisa Lampanelli: “Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Lampanelli has requested that proceeds benefit The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport. 
 
The cast will include Lampanelli as well as Broadway actress Lisa Howard, TV and film veteran Patricia Kalember, and newcomer Jessica Luck.

“Fat Girls, Interrupted” tackles weight, body image, and food issues from the perspective of four very different women with four very different problems, an announcement said.

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Westport’s Top 10 Taxpayers

Westport Assessor Paul Friia today released the annual list of top 10 Westport taxpayers as they appear on the 2015 Grand List Assessment.

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No. 3 on the list was The Village Center shopping complex that includes Fresh Market and other stores on properties on both sides of Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Top payer once again was Connecticut Light & Power Inc., now known as Eversource Energy.

Here is the list with the type of tax and the assessment:

1. Connecticut Light & Power Inc., personal property, $135,413,783

2. 60 Nyala Farms Road LLC, real estate, $89,277,600

3. Equity One Westport Village Center, real estate, $35,051,200

4. Bylas LLC, real estate, $24,424,500

5. Campana 125 LLC, real estate, $20,767,800

6. 285 & 355 Riverside LLC , real estate, $20,177,600

7. SL Greens Farms Rd LLC, real estate, $19,937,500

8. Heyman Ronnie F Trustee, real estate, $19,508,800

9. Bridgewater Associates Inc., personal property, $19,126,450

10. Lasry, Marc & Cathy, real estate, $17,470,300

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Healthy Real Estate Lifts Grand List 7.8%

In a sign of Westport’s improving economic health, Westport’s Grand List for 2015—reflecting the latest revaluation—jumped 7.8 percent or approximately $780 million to $10.876 billion, Assessor Paul Friia announced today.

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This compared a 1.5 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year and 1.3 percent increase in 2013.

On Jan. 31, Friia signed the Oct. 1, 2015 Grand List as required by state statute. The list is the sum of the net assessed value of all taxable property: real estate, motor vehicles and personal property.

Home values increased approximately 7.5 percent, while commercial values showed a healthy 10 percent jump, making the combined increase in the real estate categories 8.3 percent.

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Snow Causes Trees, Wires Down, Outages

UPDATE Westport’s second snowstorm of the winter today intensified over the area, closing schools, causing slippery road conditions, bringing down trees and wires, and causing power outages.

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Owner Lee Papageorge shovels snow outside Oscar’s on Main Street today. He said he preferred to do it himself so heavy machinery does not damage the new brick sidewalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Eversource reported this evening that all Westport customers had power restored. At mid-day, there were 67 without power.

Forecasters initially said the Westport area would get 4 to 6 inches of snow with a Winter Weather Advisory but at about 9 a.m. upgraded it to a Winter Storm Warning and said 4 to 8 inches would fall.

In late morning, the snow began tapering off and the storm moved out of the area completely by 1 p.m.

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White Outside But Red Inside Town Hall

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While it was snowing outside, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today joined Town Hall employees in wearing red as he proclaimed the day “Wear Red Day for Women” in Westport. The 13th annual event is promoted by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Marpe told the group that women have made tremendous strides to make behavioral changes that have reduced the incidence of heart disease including weight loss, regular exercise, diet modifications and monitoring cholesterol levels. Director of Human Services Barbara Butler (next to Marpe) reminded the attendees “to listen closely to your body, familiarize ourselves with the specifics of your family’s medical histories and be aware that heart disease remains the number one killer of women.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cross-Country Skiing at Longshore

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Westport’s Longshore Club Park was an ideal place for crooss-country skiing today once the snow ended.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Storm Clouds Move Out

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Clouds make way for blue skies as a snowstorm moved out of this Westport area today. View is looking west over I-95 from the Hales Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Seeing Blue Skies Over Saugatuck

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As storms which brought 6 inches or so of snow to the Westport area overnight and through the morning moved out, blue skies could be seen over the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in the Saugatuck area of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Jan.18 - 22, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 18 - 22, 2016:

Gregory J. Sarno to Paul Bruneau, 28 Treadwell Ave., $590,000WNproperty.jpg

Joseph E. Schott and Carin-Anna Pfeiffer to Michael and Colleen Cuffaro, 20 Baker Ave., $580,000

Alexander G. and Gaelle L. Dudley to Jeffrey D. and Betsy H. Clachko, 7 Pine St., $1,665,000

36 Whitney LLC to Anthony Demeo, 36 Whitney St., $2,500,000

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No Show, Only Snow

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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was snow-covered today, five months before summer showtime. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Little White Way

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Westport’s Main Street was the Little White Way today as a snowstorm moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Stop & Shop-Lifting Arrest

Officers arrested a Stratford man who filled his shopping cart and rolled it out of Westport’s Stop & Shop without paying, police said today.

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Christopher Flint: free on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Christopher Flint, 44, was arrested on Monday on an outstanding warrant for the incident that took place on Dec. 3.

Video surveillance captured Flint placing items in the cart and leaving the superstore at 1790 Post Road East without paying.

“Flint was positively identified by Fairfield Police officers who viewed the video footage and are familiar with Flint as he has committed larcenies in their town,” Farrell said.

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Arrest for Altered Prescription

Westport police officers arrested a Fairfield man for allegedly altering a prescription to up his dose of Vicodin, police said today.

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Douglas Lucas: free on $250 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, On Thursday, Westport officers responded to CVS at 397 Post Road East, on a report that a male suspect had fraudulently changed his prescription given to him by his medical doctor. 

He said the officers and pharmacist confirmed with the doctor that the Vicodin prescription was altered from 5 to 7.4 mg. 

“The Pharmacist noticed the 7 was written in a different color ink,” Farrell said.

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Getting Ready for Shoppers

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A worker clears snow today in front of Main Street stores. Most stores which did not open on time were expected to open later in the day as the storm moves out.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Double Shovel

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A pair of workers clears a platform today at the Metro-North Westport station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Storm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area for heavy snow, which is in effect until 1 p.m. The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.

It said snow accumulations will be 4 to 8 inches with winds north 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Visibilities at times will be one quarter to one half mile.

Moderate to heavy snow this morning will taper off early this afternoon, the Weather Service said.

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A Litte Dusting Off to Do

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A car on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center awaits its owner today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Just Enough to Plow

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The overnight snowfall was only a couple of inches but enough to plow. View is in the National Hall area in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Easy Going

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Traffic was light today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center with drivers who were on the road taking it easy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Clearing the Way

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A worker clears a walkway today on the west bank of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Snowy Commute

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Commuters wait for their train at the Metro-North Westport station today. Metro-North advised riders to take care when traveling during inclement weather and allow for additional travel time. “Customers should use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases,” it said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meryl Newman Siff /Instagram photo

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Probate Court Closed

The Westport/Weston Probate court is closed due to snow. All hearings are canceled for today.

Please call the court on Monday to reschedule.

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Westport Arts Center Closed

The Westport Arts Center is closed today due to inclement weather. 

All events scheduled for today will be rescheduled. 

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Winter Wonderland Look

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A couple of inches overnight snow made for a winter wonderland look today at Rouund Pond off of Westport’s Compo Road South. The snow was enough to delcasre the first snow day of the winter for public schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Library Opens at Noon

The Westport Library will open today at noon due to the snow.

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