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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Four New Police Officers Sworn In Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today swore in four new Westport police officers in a ceremony at police headquarters. The new officers are (l-r) Matthew Gouveia, 27, of East Haven; Casey Mezerewski, 27, of Shelton; Aldo Biagiotti Jr., 48, of Ridgefield, and Erin Shaw, 29, of Stamford. Police Chief Al Fiore looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/31/08 09:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gold’s Drive-Thru Image
No one was injured today when a car jumped the curb and slammed into the front of Gold’s Delicatessen in the Compo Shopping Center on Westport’s Post Road East. The car, with a male driver and female passenger, damaged the front entryway but building officials said there was no structural damage. The car sustained minor damage to the front bumper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Town Clerk Sets Saturday Hours for Absentee Ballots

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that her office will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the presidential preference primaries to be held on Tuesday. 

“Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,” said Strauss. “Ballots will be available through Monday, Feb. 4, until 4:30 p.m., and must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, when the polls officially close.”

The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave. in Room 105. 

Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town Web site.


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Westport Library Celebrating Centennial Image
The Westport Public Library is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and banners have gone up proclaiming the centennial. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Owenoke Park

22 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880
An application for a permit to demolish the house at 22 Owenoke Park is in process. Built in 1963, the one-story contemporary has 2,280 square feet and is located on a .95-acre waterfront property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for



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Thursday, January 31, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Central Station” (1998)
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Wordplay” (2006)
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Community Garden Annual Meeting
7:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “From Being to Becoming: the path of personal evolution” by Mel Schwartz


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Towed Boat Lands on Car on I-95 Image
Three persons escaped serious injury tonight when a box truck towing a boat lost control and hit a car in the northbound lane of I-95 between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport. Both vehicles and the boat went through a guardrail and down an embankment, the boat landing on top of the car driven by a New Canaan woman. The truck driver, a man from Worecester, Mass., and his male passenger were taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS for evaluation, according to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Miraculously No Serious Injuries Image
State police and Westport firefighters work at the scene of tonight’s I-95 accident near Exit 17 in Westport in which a box truck towing a boat collided with a car and both vehicles and the boat went down an embankment. Two men in the truck and the woman driver of the Volvo station wagon escaped serious inujury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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It Happened in a Flash Image
A New Canaan woman driving a Volvo station wagon told state police tonight’s accident on I-95 in Westport occurred so fast she could not recall what happened. She escaped serious injury in the crash in which a box truck towing a 21-foot boat collided with her car, sending the vehicles and the boat down an embankment in the northbound lane near the bridge over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/31/08 03:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Newman’s Own Unveils Wines Image
Newman’s Own Wines: on sale now. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s Newman’s Own, Inc. today unveiled its premium wines—Newman’s Own 2006 California Chardonnay and Newman’s Own 2006 California Cabernet Sauvignon.

Like all other Newman’s Own products, Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation will donate all profits and royalties after taxes to educational and charitable purposes.

The high-end Newman’s Own wines are crafted from select grapes from California’s premier coastal vineyards, including Napa, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo counties.

In classic Newman’s Own style, the labels feature Newman’s signature face with a play on his most famous role as Butch in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Colombian-born Author Addresses Library Audience Image
James Cañón, who made his literary debut with “Tales from the Town of Widows,” was guest speaker today at the Westport Public Library and was introduced by the library’s Joan Hume. Set in a small Colombian mountain village, the novel tells the story of how the village women learned to survive and create a peaceful new community after their men were kidnapped by Communist guerrillas. Cañón was born and raised in Colombia. He moved to New York to study English and later earned his MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


01/30/08 10:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 52 Turkey Hill Road South Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at 52 Turkey Hill Road South is in process.  Built in 1965, the one-story contemporary built in 1965, has 1,463 square feet and is situated on a two-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/30/08 06:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Deadline Friday for Westport Little League Registration

Officials of Westport Little League and Babe Ruth baseball reminded residents today that the deadline is Friday for registering for the spring programs.

The registration form can be found online at


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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and vicinity from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a cold front moves across the region this morning westerly winds will increase to 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts between 45 and 50
mph, the advisory said.

The gusty winds are expected to last for several hours as cold air moves into the region. Winds will gradually subside from west to east during the mid to late afternoon hours.

A wind advisory is issued when wind gusts are forecast to range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.


01/30/08 01:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Former Westport Man Gets 20 Years in Hedge Fund Fraud

A former Westport resident who was the chief financial officer of the Bayou Group, the Stamford-based hedge fund involved in what federal prosecutors have described as a $350 million fraud, has been sentenced to 20 years in Image
261 Bayberry Lane: house sold at auction for $2 million as part of restitution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow file photo

Daniel E. Marino, 48, apologized in Manhattan federal court Tuesday before the sentencing, telling U. S. District Judge Colleen McMahon that he was “truly sorry.”

Marino, whose home on Bayberry Lane was sold at auction last year, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, investment adviser fraud and a conspiracy to commit those crimes in Federal District Court in White Plains, N.Y in September 2005. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2005)

In announcing the sentence, the judge cited the size of the fraud and Marino’s role as the “linchpin” in the scheme. Marino, who had sought leniency due to his cooperation with prosecutors, was ordered imprisoned immediately. He was handcuffed by U.S. marshals and led away.

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