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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Collecting Food for the Needy

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Westport Firefighter Kevin Dumas today checks over food donations at Westport Fire Headquarters, one of several Connecticut fire stations designated as collection points in support of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s announced statewide “Day of Caring & Compassion.” The donations of nonperishable food will help replenish the state’s two main food pantries, Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank. Dumas said by 10:30 a.m. “we’ve collected a lot of food contributions and we’re only half way through the morning collection period.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dropping Off a Donation

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Good samaritan Westporter Joan Zimmerman rushes off to her Saturday morning schedule after dropping off packaged food contributions today at the Westport Fire Department in support of the statewide “Day of Caring & Compassion.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rell: State Accepting Applications for New Health Plan

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that applications are now available for a new federally funded health care plan specifically designed for individuals with pre-existing conditions that prevented them from getting health care insurance in the past.

The Connecticut Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, administered by the state Department of Social Services, will use $50 million allocated to Connecticut under the federal health care reform bill.

The governor approved launch of the program after her administration was able to successfully lower premiums by 35 percent over initial estimates to put costs within reach of many Connecticut residents, an announcement said.

Premiums for adults under the new plan start at $285 monthly for those under 30 and rise gradually by age to a high of $893 for adults 65 and older.

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CCLU Lawyer: P&Z Decorum Policy is “Problematic”

By James Lomuscio

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission’s new decorum policy banning signs and T-shirts expressing a view is “problematic” according to an attorney for the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union (CCLU).WestportNow.com Image
Supporters of the Westport Family Y’s move to Mahackeno wore yellow T-shirts at the opening of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s hearings on the application in March 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“Messages on T-shirts are often a constitutionally protected form of expression,” said David McGuire, the CCLU’s staff attorney based in Hartford.

“A ban on speech related to an item before a municipal body is problematic because it constitutes the most highly protected form of speech.”

McGuire was reacting to the new policy approved last week which says: “In order to minimize disruptions or distractions, the following behaviors will not be permitted at our meetings: displays of any kind on any surface including but not limited to clothing and signs.”

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Westport Fire Department Collecting Food Today

The Westport Fire Department today from 9 a.m. to noon is participating in a statewide “Day of Caring & Compassion” as fire stations around Connecticut collect donations of nonperishable food to help replenish the state’s two main food pantries.

“Mark it on the calendar. July 31 will be the day we can all help fill the shelves the shelves of Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement last month. (See WestportNow July 14, 2010)

“Fire departments around the state made our 2009 campaign such a success that we are delighted to have them again this year as partners.”

The governor said the economy is still very volatile and the need remains great for many families who continue to struggle to make ends meet.

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Friday Night Sunset Show at Compo

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Dozens of Westporters and their guests stayed late at Compo Beach for Friday night conversation, cooking and cocktails and were treated to another pretty sunset show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 31, 2010


9 a.m. - noon - Westport Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) - Collection point, non-perishable food for Connecticut food pantries
11 a.m. - noon - Earthplace - Woods Explore
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters & Crafts (ages 3-10)
3 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - “Come Plant with Us”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Rent”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Washboard Slim & the Bluelights

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Westport Property Transfers July 12 - 16, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 12 - 16, 2010:

Antonio A. and Fatima Pugas to Michael and Mody K. Brown, 301 Main St., $970,000WN property.jpg

R B Properties to 5 Flower Farm Lane LLC, 5 Flower Farm Lane, $4,750,000

Louise S. Couffer Est. to Amanda V. and Marc W. Rowley, 28 Woods Grove Road, $537,500

Richard Christopher Montanaro to Heidi Mitchell, 5E Gorham Ave., $1,345,000

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Westporters Pay Tribute to Fallen Bridgeport Firefighters

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Westporters were among thousands paying tribute today at funeral services in Bridgeport for two fallen Bridgeport firefighters. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Chief Christopher Ackley and Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried led the Westport contingent that included many off-duty firefighters. Other off-duty firefighters helped man Bridgeport firehouses while their Bridgeport counterparts attended the services, including the one above at St. Augustine Cathedral for Lt. Steven Velasquez, 40. A later service was held for Firefighter Michel Baik, 49,  at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. The two died Saturday while fighting a house fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sad Mission

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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal chats with Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (l) and Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried today outside St. Augustine Orthodox Church in Bridgeport where a funeral service was held for Bridgeport Fire Lt. Steven Velasquez. He and Firefighter Michel Baik died fighting a house fire on Saturday. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff was also at the funeral along with Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Senator Christopher Dodd, Congressman Jim Himes, and other state and local leaders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Comings and Goings: AAA Leaving Saugatuck After 20 Years

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The AAA Travel office, located in the strip of stores at 20 Saugatuck Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck area for the past 20 years, is closing its office at the end of the business day today. It is not leaving Westport, however. See below for its new home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: AAA Travel Office to Post Road East

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The Westport AAA Travel office is relocating from 20 Saugatuck Ave. to its new office at 419 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center. The new office opens on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Scenic Westport

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A view along the Saugatuck River in Westport on Thursday near the Saugatuck Rowing Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 30, 2010


9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “RENT”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cracked Ice

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Another View: Twitter and Facebook Deserve Police Use Too

By J. Michael Lomuscio

With Westport Police Deputy Chief Dale Call’s announcement that the department will begin issuing text message alerts to notify residents of downed trees and power lines, closed roads, and other traffic snags, Westporters will surely be able to save time behind the wheel and drive more safely during emergencies, too.

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Putting in place the notification system, called Nixle, is a good step, and residents should sign up. The department’s plan however is missing a few components, namely Twitter and Facebook.

Chief Call decided against using these social media networks as notification platforms because of their Facebook’s accessibility and Twitter’s security, telling the Westport News:“The problem with Twitter is that it’s really easy to pretend to be somebody else. It can take very little effort for someone to pretend to be at the Westport police and send things out to people.”

He’s right to be cautious, but Twitter has taken a step to guard against these abuses by offering “Verified Accounts.” This system can establish the authenticity of government authorities so that users know who to trust - it’s something the department should consider.

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Westport Tea Group Meets Again

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About two dozen persons attended a meeting tonight of the Westport Tea Group at the Westport Public Library. Led by Westporter Dean Slack, they discussed “the role of taxes in our economy and our individual freedom to save or spend.” Unlike the group’s first meeting two months ago (See WestportNow May 24, 2010), there was no request that reporters not name names or photographers avoid shooting faces. Those present did not include John Izzo, a former unsuccessful candidate for first selectman who has identified himself as chair of the Westport Tea Party. Republican candidates present included state Senator Toni Boucher and Nitzy Cohen who is challenging endorsed GOP candidate Stephen Rubin in the Aug. 10 primary in the state representative race in the 136th District. The group will meet again Aug. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Police Arrest Three for Credit Card Fraud

An alert liquor store clerk’s call to police today led to the arrest of a New York trio on credit card fraud and identify theft charges, Westport police said.

Police recovered fraudulent credit cards, credit card statements, and a credit card reader from their vehicle, indicating they were involved in an organized credit card fraud and identity theft operation, said Lt. John Calka.

He said they had hit five Westport businesses in all. The haul was significant enough to raise the interest of the U.S. Secret Service which is assisting in the investigation, Calka said.

The investigation began when a clerk at Castle Wine and Spirits, 1439 Post Road East, called police to report a customer’s credit card had failed to be approved and that the store had received calls from other merchants warning of similar experiences with the trio.

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It Takes Two to Tango

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Infiniti Tango was tonight’s attraction at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pay as You Go: New Sewer Fees Called Equitable

By James Lomuscio
Should a single person pay the same sewer use charges as an active family of six despite obvious discrepancies in the number of showers, loads of laundry and toilet use?WestportNow.com Image
Users of the town’s water pollution control facility will have a new way of calculating their sewer use fees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport’s Board of Selectmen does not think so, and acting as the Water Pollution Control Authority, voted Wednesday for more equitable sewer fees based on usage effective Sept. 1.

“The bottom line is that this is a fairer method,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Right now everyone pays the same rate to be hooked up to a sewer, whether they are an empty nester or have six kids.”

The new plan prorates sewer use based on the amount of water each home uses via an Aquarion Water Company meter, Joseloff said. Water in equals water going out, he said, not including warmer months with garden and lawn irrigation.

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Brisk Business at Farmer’s Market

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Despite the heat and humidity, today’s Westport Thursday Farmer’s Market did a brisk business with corn a fast seller. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Man Held By Fairfield Police on Drug, Other Charges

A Westport man with a long history of run-ins with police was arrested by Fairfield police early today on drug charges. He later threatened police and made terrorist statements.WestportNow.com Image
Charles Vosgueritchian: held on $10,000 bond. Contributed photo

Charles H.Vosgueritchian, 31, of West Parish Road, was arrested following a complaint that he was panhandling on the corner of Post and Unquowa Roads and at Dunkin’ Donuts on the Post Road, police said. He later rode off on his bicycle and police caught up with him in Southport.

Police said they found a glass pipe with cocaine residue in his baseball hat along with steel wool with burn marks on it and folds of paper with a dusting of white powder.

At the Police Department, police said Vosgueritchian became combative, yelling and spitting at officers and refusing to be fingerprinted. He also uttered threats, saying, “This is why buildings are blown up in this country. Your time will end soon and this is why your people are all dying,” according to police.

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Playhouse’s Annual Gala Honors Stephen Schwartz

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Stephen Schwartz: composer honored on Sept. 13. Photo by Joan Lauren
The Westport Country Playhouse announced today that its 2010 Gala will honor musical theater composer Stephen Schwartz on Monday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. 

A star-studded production, “The Magical Music of Stephen Schwartz,” will recognize Schwartz’s innumerable songwriting contributions to American theater and film, an announcement said.It said Gala artists will be announced soon.

“The fund-raising event will include pre-show cocktails and sumptuous fare, a performance and post-show champagne and dessert party,” the announcement said. In addition, there will be a silent auction of unique and one-of-a-kind items throughout the evening.

Honorary gala chairs are Kate and Bob Devlin of Southport; gala chairs are Kim and Niv Harizman of Westport. Gala lead corporate sponsors are Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., Westport Resources, and NewAlliance Bank. Additional corporate support includes Bank of NY Mellon and Catamount Wealth Management.

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Comings and Goings: Fleece Opens on Main Street

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Brooks Brothers new children’s store Fleece officially opened at 10 a.m. today at 136 Main St., next to the traditional Brooks Brothers store. The Westport store marks the 192-year-old retailer’s first foray into girl’s apparel. While boys’ is not a new category for Brooks Brothers, the Fleece collection represents a new direction and focus by the retailer, which includes not only tailored clothing but a new emphasis on sportswear. The Fleece shop is accessible through its front door entrance as well as through a passageway between it and the adjacent Brooks store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunset Watching

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Recent sunsets at Westport’s Compo Beach have drawn many watchers and provided romantic settings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 29, 2010


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseeker Special: “Orientation to Healthcare Careers - Part 1”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Being Julia” (2004)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - Westport Public Library: Outdoor Messy Crafts (all ages)
7 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “RENT”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Infiniti Tango

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