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Friday, March 24, 2017

Police: Weston Man Stalked, Violated Protective Order

Westport officers arrested a Weston man for violating a protective order and stalking, police said today. Image
Thomas Gionis: free on $300,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Thomas Gionis, 60, was arrested Wednesday night following a report of possible stalking at Pearl Restaurant, 260 Compo Road South.

“The victim of this incident has a full, no contact restraining order and protective order against a Thomas Gionis, stemming from a previous case involving the stalking of this victim by Gionis,” Lt. David Farrell said.

He said that Gionis was seen outside the restaurant while the victim was inside.

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03/24/17 03:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Woman Charged With Credit Card Fraud

Officers arrested an Oceanside, N.Y. woman Thursday for racking up $27,000 in fraudulent charges on a Westporter’s credit card, police said today. Image
Rachael Alexander: held on $85,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Rachael Alexander, 39, turned herself in on a warrant at Police Headquarters on a variety of larceny, conspiracy, identity theft and illegal use of a credit card charges that date back to November 2014 when the victim filed a report.

“Officers learned that $13,000 was charged to the victim’s credit card from a fraudulent company,” said Lt. David Farrell.

“As Detectives investigated this crime, they discovered multiple other fraudulent companies which were created by Rachael Alexander and a co-conspirator who has not been arrested as of this date.”

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03/24/17 02:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arrest Follows Failure-to-Scan Scam

Westport officers arrested a Bridgeport woman employed at The Gap, 125 Main St. for ongoing, internal theft, police said today. Image
Claudia Elliston: held on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Claudia Elliston, 52, turned herself in on a warrant for fifth-degree larceny charges at Police Headquarters on Tuesday.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the investigation began with a report of internal theft on Nov. 12.

“Officers learned that Elliston was scanning the tags of purchased clothing for customers, then deleting the scans and removing the item from the customer’s bill,” said Farrell.

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03/24/17 02:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Insider Stole Bridgewater Computer Data

Officers arrested a Hamden man working at Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, for first-degree E-crime and the theft of computer services, police said today. Image
Sankaranarayan Subramanian: posted $100,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Sankaranarayan Subramanian, 24, was arrested Thursday based on an investigation that began in November into the theft of confidential Bridgewater IT documents from the company’s headquarters at 1 Glendinning Place.

According to Lt. David Farrell, Subramanian was a consultant working on site when Bridgewater IT Security determined that Subramanian had emailed himself, on several occasions, multiple confidential Bridgewater IT documents from his Bridgewater account to his personal account without authorization.

“Subramanian intentionally and without authorization made copies, in the form of print and email data transfer, of data residing in the Bridgewater Associates computer system and by taking data intended for the use by that computer system,” Farrell said.

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Westport Property Transfers Mar. 6 - 10, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Mar. 6 - 10, 2017:

Edward S. and Patricia Gutman to Jasper and Amanda Lewitton, 28 Little Fox Lane, $1,370,000WNproperty.jpg

Amalgamated Realty Co. LLC to Greens Farms Centre Assoc, 18 - 26 Imperial Ave., $2,650,000

1 Loretta Court LLC to Michael and Anita Hayes, 1 Loretta Court, $2,400,000

Tara Smith to James D. Akerson and Lisa M. Gustafson, 12 Hilltop Trail, $1,300,000

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03/24/17 01:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dems Eyeing Sales Tax Increase

By Keith M. Phaneuf

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to push spending cuts as the chief solution to Connecticut’s latest budget crisis, his fellow Democrats on one key panel say a more balanced mix of reductions and revenue might be unavoidable.

With more than $1.2 billion in uncertainties in each year of Malloy’s two-year plan, Democratic leaders of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee are exploring a sales tax increase to stabilize finances in the next two fiscal years.

“I don’t think raising taxes is anybody’s first choice,” said Rep. Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford. “But I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say we weren’t looking at some revenue.”

“From the beginning I said this was a three-legged stool,” Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, said. “We need to help the cities. That means we also have to help many of our towns. And we still need to balance the state budget.”

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WHS Kicks Off Events Marking 1777 British Raid

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Sunday, April 2 kicks off events of American Revolution Month marking the 240th anniversary of the 1777 British raid on Danbury that began with a Compo Beach landing. Image
The Westport Historical Society exhibit runs through May 29. Contributed graphic

Its new exhibit, “The British Are Coming,” opens with a 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. reception. The exhibit follows the 1777 landing of British troops at Compo Beach and their march north to confiscate or destroy Gen. George Washington’s supplies in Danbury. 

Returning to their ships, the British fought the Battle of Ridgefield, outwitted Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold at Old Hill and battled the Patriots at Compo Hill.

The exhibit will feature maps of British troop movements, accounts of firefights between Redcoats and Patriots, portraits of the principal commanders, and displays of uniforms, weaponry, documents and tents, the WHS said.

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With the calendar saying spring, flowers are blooming around Westport despite the un-spring temperatures. These bloomers are at Westport’s Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


03/24/17 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, March 24, 2017

9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present” (last day)
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... The Digital Library
11:45 a.m. - Family YMCA - Healthy Living: Developing Better Family Sleep Habits
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - Opening Reception for “Charles Reid: Painting the Light”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - School of Rock “House Band Rock Off”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “Urinetown, The Musical”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Wakeman Town Farm Spring Barn Dance

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

As GOP Health Care Plan Falters, CT Dems Watch and Wait

By Ana Radelat

Washington —  President Donald Trump and House Republicans are making both threats and promises to try to salvage the GOP health care bill — but the deal-making is all on the Republican side of the aisle, with Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation sitting on the sidelines.

“This is horse-trading right now,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District. “They are going back and forth until they can get the votes.”

While Democrats are not sitting at the negotiating table, that doesn’t mean Connecticut’s lawmakers were idle. They joined a Democratic strategy to intensify attacks on the GOP plan, which would cut federal Medicaid funding to states and result in an additional 24 million uninsured by 2026, according the Congressional Budget Office.

About 85,000 Connecticut residents receive subsidies to purchase health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and another 217,000 get care through the law’s expansion of Medicaid.

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03/23/17 09:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Building Bridges for Refugees

Staples High School’s Building Bridges Club has scheduled a documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis followed by a panel discussion for Saturday, April 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, club members announced.

The program will begin with the film “Salam Neighbor,” produced by two Greens Farms Academy graduates, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci.

According to event planners, the two filmmakers had lived in a refugee camp to produce the award-winning work.

Building Bridges was founded by Kion Bruno, the grandson of Iranian immigrants who aims to “build bridges of understanding” between Americans and people from the Middle East.

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03/23/17 08:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Connecticut, U.S. Unemployment Rates Were 4.7% in February

By Mark Pazniokas

The Connecticut unemployment rate rose from 4.5 percent in January to 4.7 percent in February as the state posted a net loss of 1,600 jobs, nearly all in the private sector, the state Department of Labor reported today. The U.S. unemployment rate also was 4.7 percent.

A job sector with some sensitivity to the weather was the hardest hit: the leisure and hospitality industry shed 3,200 jobs. The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 1,900 jobs, with retail cutbacks being the biggest factor, the DOL said.

Those losses were partially offset by gains of 3,100 jobs in education and health services, 1,200 in construction and 900 in professional and business services.

The jobs gain of 5,700 reported in January was revised upward to a gain of 6,500 jobs.

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03/23/17 01:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Dem Deputy Registrar Sworn In Image
Nicole Klein (c) has been sworn in as new Westport Democratic deputy registrar of voters. She replaces Nancy Saipe who stepped down after six years as deputy. Pictured after her swearing in are: (l-r) Colleen Tarpey, assistant town clerk; Patty Strauss, town clerk; Klein, Marla Cowden, Democratic registrar of voters, Kevin White, Republican registrar of voters, and Ruth Cavayero, deputy town clerk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/23/17 11:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Topo View of Westport Image
For a different view of Westport, check out the National Geographic website, which just put every U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home. The Westport quad actually brings up five maps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Geological Survey


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Pension Investment & 401(k) Defined Contribution Plan Investment Committees
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
4:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Fairfield County String Quartet classical chamber music concert
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Public Works Information Presentation
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Simrit: Syllables of Change”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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