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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Busy Winter Farmers Market

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Shoppers today converged on Westport’s Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane, on a cold, crisp holiday season Saturday. According to Susan Loyd, a market board member, “The shoppers today seem even more determined than usual, as if Christmas was just a day or two away.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Warehouse Full of Love

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An estimated 650 volunteers of all ages aided Westport-based nonprofit Al’s Angles today at a Gault warehouse in Bridgeport to assemble more than 1,600 Christmas and Hanukkah meal bins. According to Westporter Al DiGuido, Al’s Angels founder, 6,000 toys will also be distributed as well as the meals mainly to disadvantaged families and children inflicted with cancer or blood diseases throughout Fairfield County, New Jersey and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pete Romano for WestportNow.com

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Adding Peanut Butter

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Yvonne Senturiaof Westport fills bins with a jar of peanut butter today, one of an estimated 650 volunteers for Westport-based nonprofit Al’s Angles helping assemble more than 1,600 Christmas and Hanukkah meal bins for the needy at a Gault warehouse in Bridgeport.. Said Al’s Angels founder Al Diguido of Westport: “We started at 5:30 this morning and by the end of the day all bins will be delivered in the tri-state area to destinations such as St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport and the oncology department at Yale-New Haven Hospital.”  He said in addition, 150 will be delivered directly to individual homes before Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Planning Committee Back on Tour

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The Saugatuck Transit Oriented Master Plan Steering Committee toured the Saugatuck area today for the second successive Saturday. They are pictured on Franklin Street, led by Robert Mitchell (l), president of the Westport Historical Society. The committee is charged with overseeing a planning study of the Saugatuck area as part of a $440,000 state grant the town received this past summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Toy Drive Underway

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The Westport police holiday toy drive got underway today. The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and Local Union 2080 effort continues at the Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, until 5 p.m. today and Sunday and resumes next weekend. First Selectman Jim Marpe accompanied by his dog Oliva stopped by to make a donation. With him are (l-r) Officers Ashley Delvecchio, Sam Sabin, Anthony Falbo and Dave Librandi. Officers will accept new, unopened, and unwrapped toys, as well as cash donations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fire Academy Graduates Three Westport Recruits

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The Connecticut Fire Academy Friday graduated three Westport recruits among its latest recruit class. Firefighters Elizabeth Ferguson, Joshua Gamble and Christopher Balich (blue shirts) posed with members of the Westport department who attended the ceremony at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Westport Chief Andrew Kingsbury (c) was the guest speaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Deserted Compo

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Dusk at a deserted Compo Beach on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 10, 2016


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
10 a.m. - NYC-bound Saugatuck Train Station - Saugatuck TOD Master Plan Steering Committee Walking Tour
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Mini Makers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - December Drop & Shop (ages 5-10)
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Showtime Gymnastics Holiday Performance
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ballet Etudes Company: “The Nutcracker”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - David Pogue on “Pogue’s Basics: Money”
3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society -  Mary Ann Hall Concert: Music For Children
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Police Nab Two in Identity Theft and Credit Card Scam

Westport officers arrested two New York women today in a credit card and identity theft scam attempted at Verizon Wireless Zone stores.

The two were identified as Glory Ann Torres, 32, of New York, N.Y. and Stephanie Bundrick-Dume, 25, of Bronx, N.Y., said Lt. Anthony Prezioso. He said additional arrests may be forthcoming for incidents which occurred in other jurisdictions.

Police said an employee of the Verizon Wireless Zone store at 385 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center alerted them that a woman was seeking to get a cell phone upgrade with what appeared to be a fraudulent New Jersey operator’s license and a fraudulent credit card.

The store had been alerted by a Norwalk branch that the same female had also attempted an apparently fraudulent transaction at their store within the last hour, police said.

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Church Filled as Homeless Tina is Laid to Rest

By James Lomuscio

Many in Westport knew of her only as Tina, the homeless woman with long, gray-blonde hair and a limp who regularly asked for money, usually a dollar, in downtown parking lots.

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Christine Wessel: one of the photos in the program at her service today. James Lomuscio/WN photo

But today as more than 150 filled Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for her funeral, Christine “Tina” Wessel, 63, became more than just a tragic, homeless statistic.

The Rev. Peter R. Powell, the retired CEO of Homes With Hope, eulogized her as a larger-than-life figure, “Christ in our midst,” challenging the community to do even more to address the needs of homelessness in town.

“We need to transform this community, so that no one else lives and dies the way Tina did,” Powell said.

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Himes Seeks to Curb Trump’s War Powers

By Ana Radelat

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Washington – Rep. Jim Himes is on a quest to rein in President-elect Donald Trump’s ability to take the United States to war, shifting that authority to Capitol Hill.

He introduced a bill in the last days of Congress – which guaranteed it would have no action –  that would give Congress new powers over the White House when it comes to war.

“For decades Congress has wimped out on its authority to declare war,” Himes, D-4th District, said. “It hasn’t wanted to own it.”

Himes does not expect his bill to get any consideration before this Congress gavels out on Friday. He said he wanted to throw down a “marker” now and will reintroduce the legislation –and seek co-sponsors – when the new Congress convenes in January.

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 21 - 25, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 21 - 25, 2016:

Chien Fu Chen to Chien-Lung Chen and Seulkee Park, 9 Hills Lane, Taxes paid in Norwalk, $270,000WNproperty.jpg

Marisa and Ofer Zer to Daniel Fanelli and Kristin Maule, 3 Rockland Place, $670,000

Lawrence W. and Tina Jones to Andrew Fleishman and Alexandera Wachtel, 37 Sturges Commons, $1,650,000

Anthony M. Sanfilippo to Daniel and Irene Lyakovetsky, 261 Bayberry Lane, $2,718,300

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Malloy, Unions Strike Pension Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced a deal with state employee unions that would allow Connecticut to dodge a fiscal iceberg by holding down annual pension costs otherwise set to spike over the next 16 years.

But to get that relief, Connecticut would shift at least $13.8 billion in estimated pension expenses owed before 2032 onto a future generation.

Under the deal, the state still would pay hefty pension bills for the next 16 years, with annual costs rising from $1.6 billion to $2.2 billion over that period. But pension expenses that were supposed to drop as low as $300 million per year after 2032 would hover close to $1.7 billion in the 2030s and 2040s.

The plan does not affect benefit levels for current or future retirees, nor does it change workers’ pension contributions.

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Westporter Indicted on Securities Fraud Charges

A federal grand jury in New Haven has indicted a former Westport bond trader on six counts of securities fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today.

David Demos, 35, who was employed by Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., is accused of fraudulently pricing residential mortgage-backed securities that federal investigators say cost lenders and other investors millions in losses.

He was scheduled to be arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven.

If he is convicted on each count, he faces a maximum 120 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The indictment was returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury in New Haven, a news release said.

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See a Low-Flying Helicopter? Probably an Eversource Inspection

Eversource said today it is conducting aerial inspections of its high-voltage electric equipment and lines in Connecticut, including Westport.

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A helicopter similar to this one that will be inspecting transmission lines in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eversource photo

This annual inspection is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable energy to customers, an announcement said.

The work involves the use of a helicopter flying low over transmission lines to detect any potential equipment issues before system reliability is impacted, the company said.

Weather permitting, the aerial inspections will continue through Thursday, Dec. 15 and take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m..

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Soundview Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 27 Soundview Drive, in the Compo Beach section, is in process. Built in 1880, the three-story conventional has 4,005-square feet, is situated on a .1-acre beachfront property and last changed ownership in August for $2.4 million. 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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River Scene

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A swan makes it way along the Saugatuck River in Westport Thursday as viewed from the Kings Highway North bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 9, 2016


9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Holiday Bazaar Jewelry Sale
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Google Drive
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Gallery: Saugatuck Center Tree Lighting Ceremony


Scenes from tonight’s Saugatuck Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony. WestportNow.com photos

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Santa Lights Saugatuck Center Tree

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Santa Claus lights the Saugatuck Center Christmas tree tonight as part of an event that included his arrival by boat, carols by the Greens Farms Academy’s Beachside Express, and rounds of hot chocolate and other goodies.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Santa Visit

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Karen Glimcher, 4, of Westport visits with Santa Claus tonight at the Saugatuck Center tree lighting ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Taxes Due Jan. 1

Westport Tax Collector Peggy Klein reminded residents today that third quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due Jan. 1.

Taxpayers have until Feb. 1 to pay taxes without penalty. Accounts will be subject to an 18 percent (1.5 percent/month) penalty charge if paid late.  Minimum interest charge is $2.

Failure to receive a bill does not abate the charges or interest.

Real estate taxes,  personal property taxes, and sanitary sewer use and assessment bills may be paid by credit card, debit card or direct withdrawal from a checking account online at http://www.westportct.gov.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 281 Compo Road South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 281 Compo Road South, across from the Minute Man Monument, is in process. Built in 1961, the two-story colonial has 3,870-square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in August 2007 for $2,428,000. 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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Old Mill Clouds

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Threatening rain clouds covered most of the horizon late in the day Wednesday as seen from Westport’s Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 8, 2016


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
10 a.m. - Town Hall, Rear Parking Lot - Career Coach Beginning 2007 Word Class
1 p.m. - Town Hall, Rear Parking Lot - Career Coach Intermediate 2007 Word Class
5 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
5:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Plaza - Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Claus
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Fall Celestial Viewing with Maker Kevin Green
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Dinitia Smith in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - P&Z Work Session
7 p.m. - 515 Post Road East - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - 515 Post Road East - Blight Prevention Board

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