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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Terminated Parks Employee Arrested on a Warrant

A Westport Parks & Recreation Department employee who had been terminated today was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police said.

Capt. Sam Arciola said the employee, Arturo Icelo-Hernandez, 23, of Bridgeport caused enough of a ruckus for the police to be called to Longshore Club Park.

He was arrested following a computer check showing he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court and other charges, police said.

He was charged with second-degree failure to appear. No court date was given.

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Arrest in Year-Old Bicycle Theft

A Bridgeport man who allegedly stole a bicycle from the Saugatuck train station nearly a near ago was arrested on an outstanding warrant Monday in Norwalk Superior Court, Westport Police said today.

George Lopez, 54, was charged with fifth-degree larceny after months of follow-up investigations and police work with other communities that had experienced similar larcenies, said Capt. Samuel Arciola.

Lopez was unable to post $1000 bond and was issued a Norwalk Superior Court date of May 28.

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New Haven Line Service Change

Metro-North advised New Haven Line customers that the 6:49 p.m. train departing Grand Central Terminal to New Haven will not operate today, July 2 and Sept. 4.

New Haven Line customers traveling to South Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, and New Haven are advised to take the 6:53 p.m. train on these dates, an advisory said.

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Westport Woman Arrested Twice in Two Days

A Westport woman arrested for striking a Grove Point Road man in the face when he answered a knock on his door Wednesday, was rearrested for burglarizing another home on the same street Thursday and carrying a long sheathed knife, police said today.

Amy Gustafson, 47, of 57 Grove Point Road is charged with first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree assault and operating under the influence in the first incident. In Thursday’s arrest she was charged with second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon and interfering with an officer, police said.

“Investigating officers learned from the complainant that an unknown lady had knocked at his door and that while speaking with the person, she became agitated and allegedly struck him in the face,” Capt. Samuel Arciola said about Wednesday’s arrest. “The suspect had fled on foot prior to officers arriving on scene.”

Arciola said that officers, who had been provided a description of the suspect and who were canvassing the neighborhood, later observed her driving by. Gustafson was detained and positively identified by the victim as the person who had assaulted him, Arciola said.

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Westport Property Transfers May 4 - 8, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 4 - 8, 2015:

Fred Salkind and Michelle Mahoney to Zachary and Elizabeth Seckler, 300 Bayberry Lane, $1,247,500WNproperty.jpg

Andrew and Leanne Holster to Matthew Balk, 17 Bermuda Road, $1,250,000

Eric J. and Vicki L. Plak Katz to Michelle Visser, 5 Pony Lane, $2,700,000

Robert M. Curtis Estate to Alana Fuscaldo, 7 Keene Road, $805,000

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line trains are operating on or close to normal after earlier delays into Grand Central Terminal because of police activity involving a suspicious package found on a lower level.

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WN Wins Eight Citations in State Journalism Contest

WestportNow has won eight citations, including three first-place prizes, in the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced Thursday night at the group’s annual banquet in Wallingford.

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This Aug. 19, 2014 Douglas Healey photo of Westport police arresting a bank robbery suspect won first prize in the online news photo category. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com ©2014 WestportNow

First place winners included James Lomuscio for his story on children of The New Yorker cover artists recalling their experiences in connection with a Westport Historical Society exhibit, Dave Matlow for his feature photo of Westport Woman’s Club members watching a pole dancer, and Douglas Healey for his photo of a Westport police arresting a bank robbery suspect.

Second place winners included Lomuscio and Matlow for a story on Max’s Art Supply closing, Helen Klisser During for her photo of children playing at dusk at Compo Beach, and Mark Molesworth for his photo of an osprey enjoying a holiday weekend Saugatuck takeout. A third place prize went to Lomuscio for his story on a task force formed to deal with residents who are hoarders.

Since the competition was opened to online publications in 2007, WestportNow has won 45 citations in the annual competitions, which are judged by out-of-state professional journalists. See complete 2014 winner list here.

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Friday,  May 22, 2015


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Auditorium - Suzuki Music Shools: Vivace
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Partying on Main Street

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Crowds filled Westport’s Main Street tonight for the Art About Town street fair sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Breathing Fire

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Jared Rydelek, a New York City-based contortionist, fire eater, sword swallower and sideshow performer captivated onlookers tonight at Westport’s Art About Town on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Art in Clothing

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Westporter Jody Brown (l) and Gwyneth Mulliken, a senior at Staples High School, look at the Westport-based “TheTwoOhThree” lifestyle clothing samples created by Roscoe Brown, Staples class of 2014, at tonight;s Art About Town on Main Street. Roscoe founded the company with his sister Tory, Staples class of 2009. Roscoe said the items are available for sale at various locations including Joey’s by the Shore and Bridgeport Hospital. Jody and Roscoe Brown are not related. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zoe Brown for WestportNow.com

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Dancing to The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

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The Funky Dawgz Brass Band performed on Westport s Main Street tonight at Art About Town. Formed in 2012, the 11-piece New Orleans-style brass band is made up of former members of the University of Connecticut Marching Band. The band was originally formed as a vehicle to connect, engage, inspire, and rejuvenate music education in Connecticut’s inner city schools. In addition to performing stage shows, the group frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) C. J. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Challenged Artist

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Rosie Jon, a British-born Korean living in Connecticut, was born without arms but learned to paint and do everyday things with her feet. Her live art presentation tonight at Art About Town delighted the young and not so young.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Street Fun


Scenes from tonight’s Art About Town on Main Street. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Street Festival


More scenes from tonight’s Art About Town on Westport’s Main Street. Larry Untermeyer and Lynn U.Miller for WestportNow.com

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Senate Expected to Expand Workers’ Comp for Cops, Firefighters

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Senate leaders say they have the votes to pass legislation expanding workers’ compensation for police and firefighters, overcoming complaints that the new unfunded mandates would be financially ruinous to cities and towns in Connecticut.

The bill would require coverage for post-traumatic stress suffered by police responding to certain types of fatalities, a change inspired by the school shooting at Sandy Hook; for firefighters, many types of cancer would be declared an occupational hazard.

The measure outlined today by Senate Democrats is a combination of two bills: mental-trauma legislation pending in the Senate; and a firefighters’ cancer bill that has been stalled in the House while labor tried to win over some GOP lawmakers.

“We’re pleased to support this bill because it does recognize the unique conditions under which our first responders work and the unique challenges that they face,” said Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven.

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Closed for Art About Town

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Police closed off Westport;s Main Street late today for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s Art About Town street party, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Salute From the Chief Upon Graduation

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Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury was on hand today in Enfield to congratulate Recruit Firefighter Michael Peck as he graduated the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class 55. The Recruit Firefighter program is a 70-day, 14-week, residential course that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a new firefighter to preform entry-level tasks under direct supervision. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Farmers Market Opens 10th Season

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The Westport Farmers Market opened its 10th season today at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Among those welcoming the guests was well known chef Michel Nischan. He and the late Paul Newman helped launch the market in 2006 in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. Lori Cochran-Dougall, the market’s director, said there will be a special 10th anniversary celebration at the market on June 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back for Second Consecutive Year

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Southbury’s Aradia Farms, specializing in organic pork and beef,was among vendors on hand today as the Westport Farmers Market opened its 10th season at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. The business is operated by the mother-daughter team of Morgan (l) and Vivian Templeton who said they are Westport Farmers Market vendors for the second consecutive year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Day at the Market


Scenes from today’s opening of the 10th season of the Westport Farmers Market. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Temple Israel Suspects Arraigned

By James Lomuscio

The two suspects who disrupted last week’s luncheon at Westport’s Temple Israel, shouting about Palestinian rights, appeared before Judge William Wenzel in Norwalk Superior Court today to face charges of criminal trespass first-degree and breach of peace second-degree.

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In court today: Daniel Fischer (l) and Gregory Williams.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

One asked for accelerated rehabilitation (AR), a program, which if followed, would expunge any record; the other pleaded not guilty, opting to go to a jury trial. Both were represented by Bridgeport attorney Eugene Riccio.

Daniel Fischer, 25, of 93 Osborn Ave., New Haven sought AR, and Gregory Williams, 25, of 599 Whitney Ave., pleaded not guilty. Wenzel set their next court date for July 21.

“I told you it would be boring,” Williams, a Yale Divinity School student, said afterwards in front of an entourage of nine, older adults who described themselves at colleagues and friends.

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Census Estimate: Stamford Has Largest Population Gain

The U.S. Census Bureau said today Stamford had the largest population increase of any Connecticut municipality in the past year.

It said between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014 Stamford’s population rose by 1,590. It was followed by Stratford (population increase of 502), Darien (310), Fairfield (230) and East Lyme (222). Westport had an increase of 108 to 27,561.

Housing Units in Connecticut increased by 2,529 during the year ending on July 1, 2014, the Bureau said.

The population estimates are based on annual population estimates since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2014.

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Honoring the Historic Barn that Spawned a Home

By James Lomuscio

Framed by historic stone walls and with a more than 100-year-old sugar maple tree in the front yard, the 2,700-square foot combination farmhouse/Colonial at Westport’s 158 Hillspoint Road goes on the market today for $1.795 million.

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David Vynerib points to the original barn with original beams converted into a sunken family room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Over the 18th and 19th centuries, this home—which is a stone’s throw from the Mill Pond and an ambitious walk to Compo Beach—has grown up and out, each new section a portal to a different time.

In addition, there is a 300-square foot separate studio replete with a full bath and fireplace behind the house and adjacent to the 12 feet by 30 feet pool.

Westporter David Vynerib, who purchased the home in February for $900,000 to restore and resell it, seems to marvel at every room he walks in, the wood planked floors recently highlighted with walnut stain.

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Taxes Flat Despite Slight Bump in Mill Rate

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE and CORRECT (corrects vote total) Call it Westport’s version of a flat tax.

Property taxes that Westporters pay in the coming fiscal year basically will be flat for three years in a row, according to Finance Director Gary Conrad.

The Board of Finance Wednesday night voted 6 to 1 to approve a .84 percent increase, 18.09 mills from the current year’s 17.94. That translates into $18.09 in taxes for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.

What makes the overall tax average flat three years in a row is the fact that during the 2014-15 fiscal year the mill rate was down from the previous year’s 18.07.

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