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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Car Into Water, Two Rescued

UPDATE Screams from a woman in the Saugatuck River touched off a massive search and rescue operation tonight after a car went into the water in Westport’s Saugatuck section.

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Police units at Imperial Avenue and the William F. Cribari Bridge where a man was floating in the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Firefighters pulled her from the water a short time later and a search was launched for her husband, according to emergency workers at the scene. He was found floating in the river about an hour and 20 minutes later. Their conditions were not known.

Diners from the riverside The Whelk Restaurant on Riverside Avenue heard the woman’s screams and alerted police at about 7:39 p.m. Emergency workers located a car in the water on the other side of the river off the state boat ramp near the I-95 Bridge.

Police and fire units converged on the area, and eventually pulled the woman from the water and brought her ashore at the Saugatuck Rowing Club. A frantic search was then started for her husband.

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Police Pull Man From Saugatuck River

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Westport police units rescue a man from the Saugatuck River tonight near the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge and Imperial Avenue after his car went into the water near the I-95 Bridge. Firefighters pulled his wife from the water earlier. He was spotted about an hour and 20 minutes later floating in the water.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Two Rescued After Car Goes in Saugatuck River

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UPDATE Westport police and fire units converge on a boat ramp near near the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River after a car went into the water tonight. Firefighters managed to rescue one woman from the water and found her husband floating in the river about an hour and 20 minutes later. Their conditions were not known.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Dexter Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Dexter Road, off of Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 672-square feet and is situated on a .25-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 WestportNow.com

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Seed Sharers

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The Westport Winter Farmers Market today inaugurated a seed exchange program. Lori Cochran-Dougall (r), market director, helped Tynne Love (l) of Fairfield, and Katie Braja of Norwalk as they looked over the seeds. Said Cochran-Dougall: “It is estimated that up to 90 percent of our food derives from, or is dependent upon, seeds and that 80 percent of the world’s seeds are controlled by multinational corporations. We’ve launched the new seed-saving program to take back control of our food system.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Seeds Galore

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Some of the seeds available today at the Westport Winter Farmers Market as it inaugurated a seed exchange program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fog on Main

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Headlights were needed as fog covered the Westport area early today, including Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Bridge View

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The early morning fog today as seen from the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s Saugatuck section. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Foggy Saugatuck

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It was all fog early today on the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Winter Bloom

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UPDATE With summer-like temperatures near 70 on Friday, some saw a sure sign of premature spring in the Westport Historical Society parking lot. Alas, it was Witch Hazel, which blooms in winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 25, 2017


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Saturday Coffee House: Daniel Corrs, classical guitarist
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Westport’s Top Cop Hasn’t Lost His Instinct for Bad Guys

Foti Koskinas may be Westport’s police chief, but he has not lost his touch as a street-smart cop.

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Lorenzo Woods (l) and Theophilus Brown were nabbed by Westport’s top cop. Westport Police photos

That instinct for recognizing bad guys was at work Thursday—his 45th birthday—as Koskinas was at the Greens Farms Railroad station checking on some projects there.

In uniform but not wearing any body armor, he spotted a vehicle with a blinker on, engine idling, and the driver laid back in the seat

“The chief checked on the operator, and as the window rolled down, he immediately smelled the odor of marijuana,” said Lt. David Farrell.

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No-Show Contractor Faces First-Degree Larceny Charge

Officers arrested a Milford contractor on larceny charges after he had taken $32,579 from a Westport homeowner in October for a remodeling job and had not done any work, police said today.

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Jeffrey Chirillo held on $75,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Jeffrey Chirillo, 36, was charged with first-degree larceny and offering to do home improvement without a registration upon his arrest on a warrant Thursday at the Milford Police Department, Lt. David Farrell said.

“The victim paid Chirillo $32,579 in cash and checks since Oct. 8, 2016,” Farrell said. “As of mid-January, Chirillo had not started any work at the victim’s residence nor has he provided any of the material the victim has paid him for.”

Chirillo was held in lieu of a $75,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, March 7.

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Congrats to the New Chief

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today congratulates Rob Yost after swearing him in as Westport’s new fire chief. Yost, who joined the department in 1988 and has been an assistant fire chief since 2009, also took the oath of office as Westport’s emergency management director. He succeeds Andrew Kingsbury, chief since 2011.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pinned With Love

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Leigh Marsan pins a badge on husband Nick today after he was sworn in as a new Westport fire inspector in a ceremony at fire headquarters. Marsan, who joined the department in 2007, is a U.S. Army veteran who has served a tour in Afghanistan.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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