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Friday, July 29, 2016

Westport Property Transfers July 11 - 15, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 11 - 15, 2016:

Debra A. Shaughnessy to Megan and Chris Bolan, 1 Spruce St., $987,000WNproperty.jpg

Earthplace Inc. to Jeffrey D. Warshaw, Map 10276 Parcel X., $5,000

Michael and Pamela Dedona to Dinesh and Shilpa Kumar, 8 Clayton St., $1,420,000

SIR-10 Round Pond LLC to Matthew L. Messinger and Mary St. Martin, 10 Round Pond Road, $4,143,500

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Westport Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1930, the two-story conventional has 1,626-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and, according to town assessor records, last changed ownership in 1999 for $615,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Arrest After Attempted Withdrawal from Another’s Account

Officers arrested a New York City man after he tried to withdraw $4,800 from another customer’s account, police said today.

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Roger Harris: held on $5,000 bond.  Westport Police photo

Upon his arrest Tuesday at Chase Bank, 1090 Post Road East, Roger Harris, 62, was charged with criminal impersonaltion, unlawful reproduction of a credit card, third-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft and attempt to commit larceny in the third degree.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers were dispatched around 1 p.m. to Chase on a report of a man attempting to fraudulently withdraw $4,800.

“Bank employees noticed the signature Harris gave did not match that of the victim, and he could not answer their security questions,” Farrell said. “Harris also had a fraudulent credit card and fraudulent driver’s license with the victim’s information.”

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Father Arrested for Depositing Daughter’s Check in His Account

Westport officers arrested a North Branford man on a larceny charge for depositing a $10,000 check that belonged to his daughter into his account, police said today.

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Robert Tricarico: held on $5,000 bond.  Westport Police photo

Robert Tricarico, 60, was arrested on a warrant and charged with second-degree larceny, according to Lt. David Farrell.

Tricarico was unable to explain why he deposited the check into his account and was unable to repay the amount,” Farrell said.

Held in lieu of a $5,000 bond , Tricarico is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Aug. 4.

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Clearing the Way

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Crews work to clear the roadway in the area of 330 Bayberry Extension today after a tree fell across the roadway, bringing down some wires.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Lights

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Lights of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion reflect off the Saugatuck River on Thursday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 29, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - SOLOS Artist Talks
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Otis & the Hurricanes
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Staring Down 8-30g, P&Z Favors 4-Story Housing

By James Lomuscio

It looks like a four-story, 94-unit rental property on the Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector could be in Westport’s future -– even though the developer has offered an alternative three-story building.

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An architect’s rendering of the proposed project at 1177 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

That was the consensus of a 4 to 2 straw vote taken by Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in a work session tonight.

The reason: the original 8-30g proposal put forth by 1177 PRE Associates LLC would give the town more affordable housing units, 30 percent, and an eight-year moratorium on how to handle the state’s affordable housing statute, 8-30g.

The developer’s second plan, put forth July 7 at the request of the P&Z, (see WestportNow July 7, 2016) would reduce the number of affordable units to 26.6 percent. That small reduction, however, would cut the number of moratorium points from 60 to 36.

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Cooling Off

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The Reilly and Hill families, residents and neighbors of nearby Wright Street, tonight cool off with ice cream treats at Sunny Daes, 30 Riverside Ave. The families are joined by the Reilly dog, Duncan, 12, a golden retriever. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Cited in Indictment of Man Who Threatened Jews

A Stamford man with a large stash of weapons in his home has been indicted on charges of threatening online to kill Jews, including one he said he would meet at Carvel’s in Westport.

Kendall Sullivan, 50, of Stamford, who allegedly threatened to “slaughter” Jews and “burn their Synagogue to the ground,” was charged Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Bridgeport, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today.

Sullivan made multiple threats on the Metalthrone forum—an internet forum for heavy metal music fans—between May and July, prosecutors said.

On June 10, according to an indictment cited in a news release, Sullivan threatened to meet another forum user at the Carvel ice cream store in Westport, where “I will shoot or run over you … it is not just YOU, but your fellow Satanists I want to track down and kill … You are a [expletive] JEW!…”

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Three Westporters Among U.S. Rowing Nominees

Three Westport rowers are among 46 athletes nominated to represent the United States at the 2016 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 and Junior Championships next month.

Those selected, pending final approval from the organization’s High Performance Committee, will compete Aug. 21 to 28 at the event in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The Westporters, all affiliated with the Saugatuck Rowing Club, are sisters Grace McGinley, 17, and Kelsey McGinley, 15, and Harry Burke, 16.

The men’s and women’s four, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, men’s and women’s eight and men’s four with coxswain lineups will be selected from the list of 46 athletes. The complete 2016 U.S. Junior National Team will be named on Aug. 4.

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Lifeguard for One

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There is one lifeguard and one visitor on Westport’s Burying Hill Beach late today as the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area from 8 p.m. today until Friday afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Bluewater Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Bluewater Hill, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the two-story colonial has 2.454 square feet, is situated on a 1.16-acre property and changed ownership last month for $4,375,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Move at the Library

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Entertainers Lolly & Yoyo (Larissa Hopwood and Yvonne Kusters) performed for a group of children today at the Westport Library. They are on a tour promoting their new book “MOVE!” designed to foster a love of reading and physical activity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Flash Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Westport and area from 8 p.m. today through Friday afternoon.

It said showers and thunderstorms will be moving into the region from the west early this evening and will overspread the region late tonight.

Showers and thunderstorms will continue into Friday morning and begin to taper off from west to east during Friday afternoon, the NWS said.

There is the potential for periods of heavy rainfall this evening into Friday afternoon, it said.

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New Name, Logo, for Westport’s Oldest Business

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There is a new name and logo for Westport’s Gault Energy & Stone, Westport’s oldest business. Founded in 1863, the company today unveiled a new name – Gault Family Companies – and said the new “G” logo reflects its rebranded lines of businesses—Energy & Home Solutions, Stone & Landscape Supplies, and Properties & Development. “Our new logo and expanded corporate structure captures our rich history and reveals our ambitious plans for the future,” said Sam Gault, the fifth generation Gault to head the company. Pictured with Gault (c ) are (l-r) Megan Donaher, sales coordinator and sixth generation, Bill Gault, chairman of the board and fourth generation, Meredith Donaher, marketing director and sixth generation, and Jim Donaher, vice president, fifth generation and father of Megan and Meredith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Ripe for the Buying

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Dina Konstantatos of Stratford checks out the tomatoes today at the New Milford-based Fort Hill Farm stand at the Westport Farmers Market. She said while there are other farmers markets closer to her home, she particularly likes the organic selections in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Delighted With White Corn Find

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Rachel Konstantin of Norwalk was delighted with her find of white corn at the Westport Farmers Market today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Blocked Main Street

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UPDATE Westport fire units blocked Main Street today as they responded to smoke in the building caused by an overheated attic ventilation motor at 56 Main St. The unit was quickly isolated and shut down. Main Street reopened at about 1:30 p.m. Firefighters returned to the store shortly before 5:30 p.m. when another fire alarm came in, but reports from the scene said no problem was found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Packing Up

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Westport firefighters made quick work today of an overheated ventilation motor at Sperry,  56 Main St. The store and nearby retailers were evacuated as firefighters isolated the problem. Among firefighters packing up was new recruit Elizabeth Ferguson (l), sworn in on July 15.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Ray Dalio: NYT Bridgewater Story ‘Distortion of Reality’

Ray Dalio, founder of Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund and Westport’s largest private employer, today sharply criticized a New York Times story portraying his company, as described by one employee, as a “cauldron of fear and intimidation.”

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Ray Dalio: NYT story “sensationalistic”. LinkedIn photo

In a statement issued by his company, Dalio, who turns 67 on Monday, denounced the Wednesday front page story—which included details of an alleged sexual harassment complaint, skinny-dipping during a work retreat, and video surveillance—as an example of “media distortion of reality.” (See WestportNow July 26, 2016)

“To understand the background of this story, you should know that the New York Times reporters never made a serious attempt to understand how we operate. Instead they intentionally strung together a series of misleading ‘facts’ in ways they felt would create the most sensationalistic story,” Dalio said in the statement.

The Times reported on Dalio’s response to its story on its website today.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Norma Rae”
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing Scripts for Television
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Special Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Keltic Kick
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Rousing Performance at the Levitt Children’s Series

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Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights headlined tonight’s Melissa and Doug Children’s Series at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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A New Friend

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Julian, 3 1/2 of Westport, finds a new friend tonight at the Levitt Paviion Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Fun

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Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights had youngsters on their feet tonight in the Wednesday night Melissa and Doug Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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