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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Former State GOP Chair Gets Year in Kickback Case

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s former Republican state chairman, George Gallo, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Hartford to a year and a day in prison for taking kickbacks on campaign mailings he arranged as chief of staff to the state legislature’s House GOP caucus.

Judge Vanessa L. Bryant told Gallo he abused his state employment by accepting $117,000 from a Florida direct mail company, a sum equal to 10 percent of the business Gallo sent the company in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaign cycles.

“It siphoned public resources for personal gain, and it is a betrayal of the public trust,” Bryant said.

The mailings all were provided to candidates who accepted public financing under the Citizens Election Program, a reform passed in 2005 in response to the bid-rigging scandal that forced Gov. John G. Rowland from office in July 2004.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘The End of the Tour,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Hitman: Agent 47’

By Susan Granger

“The End of the Tour” documents the final five days of David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book tour for his epic 1,079-page novel “Infinite Jest” by ambitious Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.

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Jason Segel is Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg is Lipsky. They chat about a variety of subjects, the most interesting of which is how reclusive Wallace has tried to adjust to his sudden fame and celebrity.

Not so coincidentally, Lipsky’s own first novel, “The Art Fair,” was just published when he convinced his Rolling Stone editor (Ron Livingston) that he felt a genuine kinship with Wallace, although what comes across in his profile is a curiously intoxicating combination of envy and adulation.

Lipskey journeyed to Bloomington, Indiana, to meet Wallace in his ranch-style home. They go to a bookstore and do a Minneapolis-based publicity jaunt, where Joan Cusack is their no-nonsense driver.

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Coley the Colt Greeting

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Coley the Colt, mascot of Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School, greeted youngsters today on the first day of school. Assistant Principal Kim Ambrosio looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Welcome to Coleytown El

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Janna Bell Sirowich, principal of Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School, welcomes a kindergartner today on the first day of school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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August School Start Feels Like Fall

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Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School make their way to classes today as school began on an August day that was crisp and clear, feeling more like fall than summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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As Promised, Bridge Open for First Day of School

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A Westport school bus crosses the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway today on the first day of school. Connecticut Department of Transportation and town officials worked out a plan to open one lane of alternating traffic on the bridge in time for school opening. The bridge will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and closed weekends while work continues with a completion date now projected for late October.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back to the Routine

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Students and parents at the Oak Ridge Park at Imperial Avenue school bus stop today as Westport students returned to school.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back to School


Scenes as Westport students went back to school today. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 27, 2015


Westport Public Schools: first day of school
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker Series for Seniors: Turtle Art
2:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
5 p.m. - DownUnder Kayaking (575 Riverside Avenue) - Sunset Paddle To Support Earthplace Harbor Watch
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke: A Night at the Opry
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fire Interrupts 81st Birthday Party

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Westport firefighters at the scene tonight of a second floor bedroom fire at 6 Leslie Lane. A family member said the blaze broke out while the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of the homeowner. All escaped unijured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Now the Clean Up

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Westport fire officials confer with family members tonight after extinguishing a second floor bedroom fire at 6 Leslie Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Scene

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Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar supervise firefighting operations late tonight at a house fire on Leslie Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Firefighters Douse House Fire on Leslie Lane

UPDATE Westport firefighters tonight quickly doused a second floor bedroom fire in a home on Leslie Lane. It broke out while the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of the homeowner.

Everyone escaped from the home at 6 Leslie Lane without injury, according to firefighters.

A family member said someone heard a fire alarm go off on the second floor at about 11:30 p.m. as the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of homeowner Marion McAdoo.

One of the family went upstairs to investigate, saw a curtain on fire, screamed, and all fled the home, he said.

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Pakistani Film Scene Set for Friday

A Pakistani film company will film a moving car scene Friday on the William F. Cribari Bridge, better known as the Bridge Street Bridge, it was announced today.

ARY Digital USA said it would be filming a moving vehicle scene on the bridge for Pakistani director Mehreen Jabbar’s feature film “Dobara Phir Se” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The bridge will remain open to traffic; however motorists may encounter short periods of congestion and should expect delays in the immediate area of Bridge Street, an announcement said.

The Westport Police Department will provide officers to assist ARY Digital USA with traffic control, it said.

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Back to School Children’s Concert at Levitt

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Jay & Ray and their Back to School special concert headlined at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Special guests included Pete Francis, co-founder of Dispatch, and Randy Funke. It was the final concert in the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Packed Crowd for Levitt Children’s Finale

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There was a packed house tonight for the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Arts Melissa & Doug Children’s Series finale with Jay & Ray’s Back to School concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Surprise! CT Traffic Among Worst in Nation

By Ana Radalet

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Washington – Connecticut has some of the worst traffic in the nation, with snarls that cost drivers about 20 gallons of wasted fuel and dozens of hours of lost time each year — and things are likely to get worse, a new report says.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the traffic monitoring firm INRIX say the Bridgeport-Stamford area is the second-most congested area of its size in the nation, and motorists there spent an average of 49 hours in traffic tieups each year.

Among similar, medium-sized cities, only Honolulu had worst traffic, the study said. The “Urban Mobility Scorecard,” released today, said Hartford was the fifth most congested medium-sized city in the nation, with drivers’ spending an average of 45 hours a year in traffic delays. New Haven came in 11th, with an average of 40 hours a year in traffic jams.

Among large metropolitan areas, Washington, D.C., and its suburbs topped the list of the most congested cities, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif., and the San Francisco metropolitan area.

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Two Workers Injured in Bedford Square Accident

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UPDATE Westport fire and EMS personnel tend to one of two workers injured today in a construction accident at the Bedford Square development site. The other worker was able to walk out of the building assisted by fire and EMS personnel. The accident occurred as the two construction workers were getting set on the second floor to cut steel as part of the ongoing renovations when the scaffold they were using tipped over, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. One worker was on the scaffold and the other was hit by it, he said. Both suffered non life-threatening leg injuries, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Wiese for WestportNow.com

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Easy Does It

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Westport firefighters carry down an injured construction worker today at the site of the Bedford Square development. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening leg injuries, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. A second worker was also injured but managed to walk out of the site assisted by emergency personnel. He was transported in the same ambulance. The accident occurred on a scaffolding, which tipped over, Kronick said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Assisted by Westport EMS

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Westport EMS personnel assist a construction worker injured today in an accident at the Bedford Square development site. He and another worker were transported to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rounding the Corner

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Work on installing new brick sidewalks on Westport’s Main Street today reached the corner of Elm Street. Work has been going on throughout the summer installing the sidewalk, new underground utility mechanisms, trees, and streetlights.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Katrina 10 Years Later: Westporter Returns Home to Pascagoula

(Editor’s note: This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Westport resident Dan Goodgame wrote this account for WestportNow upon his return from his native Pascagoula, Miss. in one of the hardest hit areas. It is republished as it first ran on Sept. 19, 2005.)WestportNow.com Image
Nothing left: Pascagoula suffered catastrophic losses from Hurricane Katrina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gene Jennings Jr. for WestportNow.com

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By Dan Goodgame

Special to WestportNow

On the face of things, Westport would seem to have little in common with Pascagoula, Miss., the hurricane-wrecked coastal town that it just agreed to informally adopt and aid.

One is an enclave of prosperous professionals and business owners; the other a home to blue-collar workers in shipyards, seafood packers and an oil refinery, appended to the nation’s poorest state. Yet the two towns share some important traits. They’re about the same size, and are blessed with picturesque locations where a river meets a sound.

Both take great pride in their football teams and in public schools that rank among the best in their states. And both towns encourage a high level of citizen involvement: in charitable work through religious groups, the PTA, youth sports coaching, and so forth.

I am fortunate both to live in Westport and to have grown up in Pascagoula, from which I just returned after two weeks of hurricane cleanup work at my mother’s home and those of friends and relatives.

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Suspected Shoplifter Arrested on I-95

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Michael Kondrat: allegedly stole meat, soda, and flashlight.  Fairfield Police photo

UPDATE Westport and state police today joined forces to arrest a suspected shoplifter from Fairfield whose apprehension on I-95 in Westport snarled southbound traffic.

At least one Westport police cruiser suffered damage as police followed and then boxed in the suspect’s vehicle near exit 17, according to reports from the scene.

The suspect, later identified as Michael Kondrat, 66, of Fairfield, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and engaging police in pursuit, sajd Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez.

He was wanted in connection with a shoplifting incident at Stop & Shop in Fairfield in which he allegedly stole meat, a soda and a flashlight, Perez said.

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Easton Road Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision today at the intersection of Westport’s Easton Road and Bayberry Lane. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS after firefighters opened a jammed driver side door, where the impact occurred. Her vehicle (above) was towed from the scene. The other vehicle, driven by a male who escaped injury, sustained front end damage but the vehicle was driven from the scene. There were no other passengers in either vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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North Avenue Bridge Open to One Lane of Traffic

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With little fanfare, the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway, closed by construction since late June, opened at about 6:30 a.m. today to alternating one-way traffic in time for school opening Thursday. Scott Fishoff of adjacent Northside Lane was one of the first across. “I can’t tell you how happy I am that the bridge is open,” he said. “I no longer need to drive the extra five miles to take my dogs (Satchmo and Bosco) to Wakeman field for our morning walk.” The bridge will remain open until 6 p.m. on weekdays but closed nights and weekends. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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