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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Police: Superstorm Sandy Scammer Arrested

It took more than four years, but Westport police finally have arrested a man who they said scammed victims with offers of generator installations that never happened after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, police said. Image
John Mech: arrested in Oregon.  Westport Police photo

John Mech, 56, of Seaside, Oregon was arrested there on Sept. 15 by local wildlife/game control agents for an illegal fishing violation, said Lt. David Farrell.  Upon checking, they found outstanding warrants for him from Westport, Monroe, and Stamford, he said, in which victims alleged they paid money for generators that he never installed.

Stamford detectives escorted him back to Connecticut and Westport subsequently arrested him on Thursday for third-degree larceny and a home improvement violation. He faces similar charges in the other communities.

Westport slapped a $10,000 bond on him while it and bonds from other jurisdictions added up to $61,000, Farrell said. Mech is scheduled for a court appearance on Monday, Oct. 2.


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Getting Ready for Tonight’s Harvest Fest Dinner Image
Volunteers were busy today setiing up for tonight’s seventh Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner. According to farm board member, Christy Colasurdo, the goals of the sold out event are to raise funds to sponsor campers and students, kindergarten through middle school age as well as for care of the animals.  “We completed one phase when we renovated the main house,” she said. “Now we enter the next phase.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Fairfield Woman Arrested on DUI Charge

Officers arrested a Fairfield woman on a charge of operating under the influence after she was observed driving erratically on Post Road East, police said. Image
Dorothy Moran: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

On May 23 at about 11 a.m., Dorothy Moran, 66, was seen driving in an erratic manner and later was involved in a parking lot accident at 991 Post Road East, said Lt. David Farrell.

“Moran was slurring her words and could not follow the officer’s instructions,” he said. When she was unable to safely exit the vehicle for a field sobriety test, she was transported to Norwalk Hospital.

Police subsequently obtained a search warrant for her hospital medical records, which showed her blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, Farrell said. An arrest warrant was issued, and she turned herself in on Wednesday. She was freed on a $500 cash bond for a Norwalk Court appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 4.


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Checking the Load Image
Westport Public Works Director Steve Edwards (r) supervises today as workers give a pre-check to materials brought to Household Hazardous Waste Day by Ben Deipolyi of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste Image
Many Westporters were out early today to dispose of household hazardous waste at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayybery Lane. According to Debra Barbieri, Public Works staff member, this is the first year that paint is no longer collected at the hazmat collection. Visitors with paint are redirected to the newly opened paint disposal service at the Westport Transfer Station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Pioneer Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Pioneer Road, off Sylvan Road North, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 2,971-square feet and is situated on a 1.58-acre property. 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


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport/Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - FARE (Food Allergies Research & Education) Family Fun Day & Walk
2 p.m. - Earthplace - Group Canoe Paddle
5 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Board Game Night
6 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Anthony de Mare: “LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim at the Piano”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”

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Friday, September 22, 2017

At Historical Society, Visions of Westport 50 Years from Now

By James Lomuscio

Sue Gold, the Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) executive director, said the “06880+50” exhibition that opened tonight “kind of broke the mold because it’s not about the past but the future.” Image
Westport architect John Rountree sees homes that produce more energy than they use as the norm 50 years from now. photo

The exhibit, which drew more than 100 to its opening reception at the WHS and runs through Dec. 31, envisions what the town will look like in the next 50 years. And to do that, the show curated by Andrew Bentley drew on the visions of area architects.

The exhibit choreographs their predictions including: Net Zero energy homes; redesigned homes to accommodate rising sea levels; a high speed ferry from Westport to New York City; a pedestrian bridge across the Saugatuck River; lots for driverless, self-parking cars; and communal neighborhoods.

“I have my work cut out for me Monday morning,” joked First Selectman Jim Marpe, adding that architects are also part of the town’s long arts history.

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A visitor tonight views one of the exhibits in the Westport Historical Society’s “06880+50,” a look at how some area architects see Westport 50 years from now.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Large Turnout for WHS Futuristic Exhibit Image
There was a large turnout tonight for a Westport Historical Society (WHS) reception marking the opening of “06880+50,” a futuristic exhibit based on area architects’ imaginings of the town 50 years from now. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Malloy: CT Sends More Aid to Hurricane Victims

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has deployed a C-130H cargo plane and seven Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard to help with Hurricane Maria response and relief efforts in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.

The unit, which departed from Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, includes C-130H pilots, crewmembers, loadmasters, and maintainers, an announcement said.

First, the crew will drop off supplies in St. Thomas, followed by a second supply drop-off in Puerto Rico.  From there they will fly to Georgia, where they will stand by for potential follow-up missions.

“The Connecticut National Guard has proven to be an exemplary group of men and women who once again dropped everything at a moment’s notice to support those who live hundreds of miles away and are in need of assistance,” Malloy said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Keyser Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Keyser Road, at the corner of Imperial Avenue, is in process. Built in 1947, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,637-square feet, is situated on a .34-acre property and last changed ownership in January, 2016 for $920,000. 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


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Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Parks & Rec Friends Image
More than 90 golfers gathered at Longshore Park today in support of the fifth annual Club House Cup tournament fundraiser to benefit Friends of Westport Parks & Rec. According to co-organizer Chuck Haberstroh a goal of the event is to “raise awareness of the need for a new clubhouse.” Pictured is volunteer Kim Ebbesen handing a gift bag to Haberstroh.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Police Deputy Chief Penna to Retire Oct. 1

Deputy Chief Vincent Penna, a 23-year full-time officer of the Westport Police Department who served in multiple roles and helped earn the department’s Police Officers Standards and Training Council accreditation, is set to retire Oct. 1, police officials said today. Image
Deputy Chief Vincent Penna: retiring after 23 years. Contributed photo

In his career, Penna, 47, headed the detective bureau, and still as deputy chief oversees Westport EMS, building maintenance, internal affairs, public affairs, animal control, the training division and information management.

“Deputy Chief Penna takes with him a great deal of experience and knowledge,” said Chief Foti Koskinas. “We worked together for many years.  We came up through the ranks together, navigated through difficult times and shared countless laughs.

“He’ll certainly be missed by the men and women that worked with him,” he added. “We all wish him the best in his retirement.”

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 4 - 8, 2017

Kenneth F. and Sandra K. Edwards to Michael and Lawrence Weiner, 19 Eno Lane, $1,170,000WNproperty.jpg

Richard A. and Laura E. White to Mark and Christine Buchanan, 23 Meeker Road, $885,000

K2 Westport LLC to Drew Aaron and Hana Soukupova, 279 North Ave., $7,000,000

Thomas G. Waller to Elizabeth Lehnard-Reilly, 33 Clinton Ave., $699,000

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