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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Marpe: Reminder Residents Can ‘Opt Out’ of Yellow Pages

The books have been around for generations, seared into the American psyche with the jingle, “Let your fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages.” 

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But the internet, as it has with most print media, has put the kibosh on the directories that had once been revered like encyclopedias and used more often.

And now, many see them as bothersome bulky mail, so much so that in May two members of the Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) proposed an Unsolicited Bulky Mail Ordinance. The legislative body is expected to hear it at its next meeting.

And today, First Selectman Jim Marpe’s office reminded residents they have the choice about which directories they would like to receive or stop receiving in the future.

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07/27/17 04:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Road South Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A two-car crash today on Westport’s Compo Road South at Kaiser Road sent one person to the hospital. Witnesses said an SUV (r) rear-ended the other car (l), sending it on to its side on Kaiser Road. They said the driver of the flpped car managed to get out on his own and had a bloody arm. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The other male driver apparently declined transport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Inspecting the Flipped Car

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Westport firefighters today check out a car that flipped over on Compo Road South at Kaiser Road after witnesses said it was rear-ended by another car. The driver of the flipped car was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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I-95 Rollover Slows Traffic

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A one-car rollover on I-95 northbound between Exits 18 in Westport and 19 in Fairfield shortly after 8 a.m. today slowed traffic in the area. The accident occurred near Westport’s Maple Lane. DOT photo

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Kelly’s Tenure: ‘Professionalism, Humor and Calming Influence’

By James Lomuscio

After 15 years, three administrations, myriad Westport issues and townwide changes, Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly, who leaves Friday, had this advice for her successor.

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Gail Kelly: “Just enjoy the people you are working with.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Enjoy it, have a good sense of humor and just enjoy the people you are working with,” said Kelly, who has held the post since 2002.

“And take advantage of the knowledge of the people at Town Hall. You can’t do this alone.”

Kelly, a grandmother who moved to Westport 33 years ago with her husband Bruce and two boys Jesse and Cameron, will be replaced Aug. 14 by Eileen Lavigne Flug, the former moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

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Thursday, July 27, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “De-Loveley”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - African Gorillas of Rwanda & Uganda
7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble - CNN anchor and Westport resident Alisyn Camerota discusses new novel “Amanda Wakes Up”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & Employee Compensation Committees
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Old School Revue with Tom Bowes & the Saugatuck Horns

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trader Joe’s Protest

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The Westport Trader Joe’s tonight was one of several locations targeted by protesters organized by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. They were protesting the sale (not in Westport) of several beer brands whose owners are Donald Trump supporters and who “helped propel into power political leaders who attack immigrants, women, the environment, LGBTQIA+ communities, and working families.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Up Close With the Crowd

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A member of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band delighted the crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion with an up close encounter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Large Crowd for Levitt Children’s Series

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It was a crowded lawn tonight as the Dirty Sock Funtime Band performed at the Levitt Pavilion as part of the Melissa & Doug-sponsored Wednesday night children’s series.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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07/26/17 09:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Westport Uncle Had Heroin in Room with 2-Year-Old

Officers arrested a Westport man on drug and risk of injury to a child charges for having heroin in the same room as his 2-year-old nephew, police said today.

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Danny Frazier: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Danny Frazier, 38, of 1655 Post Road East, was arrested on a warrant at Norwalk Superior Court Thursday where he had appeared on another charge.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the Westport charges date back to an incident in December stemming from the report of a missing 2-year-old. It was learned at the time that the child had been taken by his uncle, Frazier.

“While the officers were in the home on the date of the complaint, they observed a clear plastic cigarette wrapper with a small amount of brownish powder inside on Danny Frazier’s bed,” Farrell said.

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Police: Couple Held in Attempted Home Invasion, Threatening, Drug Possession

Officers arrested a Bronx, New York woman for trying to force her way into a Jonathan Lane home and threatening to shoot the homeowner while her boyfriend was nabbed for drug possession, police said today.

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Cristin Towle (l) and Seneca Abreu: each held on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photos

They said the woman, Cristin Towle, 35, was charged wit first-degree criminal trespass and threatening. Her boyfriend, Seneca Abreu, 40, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia afer he was found with 11 bundles of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers responded to Jonathan Lane, off Treadwell Avenue, around 11:30 p.m. Thursday following a complaint.

The two suspects were located a short time later on the property of 435 Riverside Ave. Towle told the officer she and her boyfriend were simply taking a walk. The victim had a different story.

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Health Director on West Nile: ‘Don’t Panic, Take Precautions’

By James Lomuscio

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s (CAES) announcement Tuesday that a West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquito was found in Westport comes as no surprise to Mark Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD). WestportNow.com Image
Mark Cooper: “It happens every year.” File photo

“It’s not unexpected,” Cooper said. “There’s no reason to panic because it happens every year.”

He added that the mosquito captured from a CAES collection point July 18 on North Avenue, one of two collection stations in town, “is the bird biting mosquito.”

“So, it takes a bit of time for it to jump into the mosquitoes that predominantly bite humans,” Cooper said. “But it will happen, and it will happen before the end of the summer.”

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Wilton Road Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A collision between a car and a truck today on Westport’s Wilton Road at Bolton Lane sent the car on its side, trapping one man inside. Firefighters extricated him and Westport EMS transported him to Norwalk Hospital. A portion of Wilton Road was closed between Kings Highway North and River Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  WestportNow.com photo

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Inspecting the Damage

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Westport firefighters examine a car that ended up on its side after a collision today with a box truck on Westport’s Wilton Road at Bolton Lane. A man in the car was trapped and had to be extricated by firefighters. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. His condition was not known.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: Dirty Sock Funtime Band
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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