Saturday, February 25, 2017
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
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
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
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
Friday, February 24, 2017
Foti Koskinas may be Westport’s police chief, but he has not lost his touch as a street-smart cop.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Scenes from today’s Westport Fire Headquarters ceremony swearing in Rob Yost as new fire chief and Nick Marsan as a fire inspector. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury attends to some paperwork on his last day on the job today. Chief since May 2011, Kingsbury announced his retirement in December. Assistant Chief Rob Yost will be sworn in later today to succeed him. Kingsbury, who joined the department in 1986, will take over as chief of the Nichols Fire Department in his hometown of Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Vespa Restaurant, 2A Post Road West in the National Hall Building, has not been open for business since mid-February, and there is no sign on the door. Its voicemail message says reservations are still being accepted, but calls to the number and building owner Greenfield Partners were not returned. The 120-seat Italian casual dining restaurant opened two years ago in the long vacant ground floor space. After the building converted to a 15-room luxury hotel in 1993, there were several restaurants on the ground floor, but they gave way to office space in 2005 before Vespa opened. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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