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Friday, December 02, 2016

I-95 Drama in Westport

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A driver suspected of driving under the influence tonight drove his car into the center median of I-95 northbound in Westport near Exit 18 then tried to drive away. A state trooper climbed on the median to detain him while a Westport officer assisted on the other side of the car. CT DOT photos

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Getting Ready for Nationals

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The Staples Cross Country team members, New England champs and Nike Northeast Regional runners up, are in Portland, Oregon today preparing for the Nike Cross National Championship to be held Saturday at Glendover Golf Course in Portland. Coverage will be live streamed beginning at 1 p.m. EST at http://cdn.runnerspace.com/nxnlive.html. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Comings & Goings: Rye Ridge Deli to Oscar’s Space

Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St.

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Partners Mike Ventorino (l) and Scott Martin today in the future home of Rye Ridge Deli and Restaurant at 159 Main St.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today.

Other Rye Ridge Delis – described as a New York Kosher-Style Deli and Restaurant—are in Rye Brook, N.Y. and Stamford.

Oscar’s closed in August a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. (See WestportNow Aug. 8, 2016)

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In the Arms of an Olympic Champion

WestportNow.com ImageClaire McClanahan, 2, of Westport, today meets Chad le Clos, the South African Olympic Gold Medalist, at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. In an exhibition swim today, Le Clos set the world’s second best time for the men’s 100m butterfly, beating the YMCA’s record by more than four seconds. He is headed to the International Swimming Federation world championships, which begin next week in Windsor, Ontario. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Brisk Business at Opening of Library Holiday Sale

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The Westport Library’s 12th annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale opened today and did brisk business, according to Mimi Greenlee, co-chair. “This is the first year we’ve had a Friday sale, and we’ve been very busy,” she said. The sale continues Saturday and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 14 - 18, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 14 - 18, 2016:

Brendan P. and Blair P. Hall to Chris P. and Amy L. Overman, 9 Woodside Ave., $4,400,000WNproperty.jpg

Jacob A. and Alexis S. Gattier to Michael and Jacqueline Cardamone, 8 Peaceful Lane, $945,000

Kenneth and Lorraine Palumbo to Jacqueline M. Byrne, 50 Center St., $2,450,000

James and Julie Deangelis to Matthew G. and Elizabeth E. Frost, 2 Brookside Park, $899,000

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Missing 2-Year-Old Westport Boy Found in NYC

A 2-year-old Westport boy missing since Thursday afternoon—and the subject of a silver alert—was found today in New York City, police said.

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Messiah Frazier: in good condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Messiah Frazier was found at about 2:30 p.m.by Westport police at a home in New York City, a police news release said. He was in good health.

Police had been searching for him since responding to 1655 Post Road East on Thursday where it was learned he was last seen in Norwalk with his uncle, Danny Frazier, described as a known drug addict and convicted felon

The news release said Westport officers, the FBI, U.S. Marshals and surrounding police departments have been working this case with high priority. 

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Cops: Car Thief Left Prints on Iced Tea Can

An iced tea can left in a Westport stolen car recovered in Waterbury led to the arrest Tuesday of a Waterbury man, police said today.

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Stafford Angus: held on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested Stafford Angus, 19, at the Waterbury Police Department where he was being held after the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory matched fingerprints on the can to Angus.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the car had been discovered stolen at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 from the driveway of Silver Brook Road home. It was recovered on March 10 in Waterbury.

“The car was then towed back to the Westport Police Department, so that Detectives could examine it in the hopes of retrieving physical evidence,” Farrell said. “One of the items found in the car was an Arizona Iced Tea can, which the complainant said was not in the car at the time of the theft.”

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BMS ‘Penny Wars’ Raise $11,800 for Charity

“The Great Penny Wars” have been fought again at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, and the winner is Westport’s community giving organizations.

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Bedford Middle School eighth grade teacher Kevin Cuccaro with a portion of the coins collected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Taking part in this year’s battle were 270 eighth graders who waged a friendly but spirited competition to see which teams, or “pods,” could raise the most funds for the annual effort.

When it was all over, it turned out this year’s competition was the most successful in the 12-year history of the program, raising $11,800, organizers said. The funds will aid the holiday gift drive of the Westport Department of Human Services and other charitable programs.

Since the program’s 2004 inception, more than $80,000 has been donated — testament to the spirit of giving among Bedford students.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Belden Place

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Belden Place, off Main Street and across from Veterans Green, is in process. Built in 1930, the 1-3/4 story cape has 1,382-square feet, is situated on an .06-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in April 1984. 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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Friday, December 2, 2016


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Cloud Computing
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Rockers & Crooners”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Police Find Missing 2-Year-Old

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UPDATE Westport police Friday located the missing yoiungster in New York City. See WestportNow Dec. 2, 2016. Earlier story: Westport police tonight issued a silver alert for a missing 2-year-old, Messiah Frazier. An announcement said at 4:45 P.M. police responded to 1655 Post Road East, Unit 53 on a report Messiah was missing and last seen with his uncle, Danny Frazier, when they were dropped off at a barbershop in Norwalk between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Reports are that Frazier then left the child unsupervised and went to a bank, check cashing store, and cell phone store (all in Norwalk.),” it said. Police said Frazier is a known drug addict/convicted felon and not the biological father of Messiah. “Frazier does not have custody of Messiah,” police said. “Attempts to locate Frazier have been unsuccessful and the safety and security of the child are of grave concern.” Anyone with information that can help locate Messiah is urged to call the Westport Police Department at (203)341-6000. Contributed photos

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Arts Center Hosts Workshop on Bullying

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The Westport Arts Center and the Anti-Defamation League tonight presented a free workshop for parents of elementary and middle school students, “Bullying, Name-Calling and Cyberbullying: What Children Wish Their Parents Knew.” The speaker, Marji Lipshez-Shapiro, director of education for the ADL, shared insights she has gained from working with young people across the state over the past 26 years, and provided prevention and intervention strategies for parents.The workshop also included a panel of area high school students who shared their personal experiences and responded to questions.The event is part of the community programming for WAC’s current exhibition, “MORE Than Words/#iammore,” a juried community exhibition focused on courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aubrey Grodin for WestportNow.com

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Himes to Head Centrist Dem Group

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Rep. Jim Himes was elected today to head the centrist New Democrat Coalition in the next Congress.

Himes had been one of four vice chairmen of the coalition.

“I would like to thank my fellow New Dems for the trust they have placed in me to lead this coalition and fight for them and the American people next Congress,” Himes said. “The future will bring unimagined opportunities, innovation and change. But, as the presidential election showed, change often leaves too many Americans behind. I’m thrilled to have the chance to lead the most forward-looking group of members in the Congress, all of whom are dedicated to defending and supporting those who get left behind.”

Created in 1997, the New Democrat Coalition say’s it’s a “moderate” and “pro-growth” group with about 50 members.

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Town Hall Christmas Tree Lit

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The official Town Hall Christmas tree lighting took place tonight. In realtively mild, 47-degree weather, the Staples Orphenians sang carols and First Selectman Jim Marpe, aided by youngsters, shouted out the countdown to the lighting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tree Lighting Countdown

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Aided by the Orphenians and some youngsters, First Selectman Jim Marpe tonight shouts out the countdown to the Town Hall tree lighting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Orphenians Kick Off Holiday Season

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The Staples Orephenians perform tonight at the Westport Town Hall tree lighting. They will be in Westport’s downtown on Sunday, Dec. 11, singing to holiday shoppers in an event sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Christmas Family Fun

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Westporters Kristi and Chris Montanaro, daughter Stella, 21 months, and dogs Zoom and Bella pose for a portrait tonight in front of the newly lit Westport Town Hall Chrismas tree. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Holiday Crowd

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Dozens of persons attended the Westport Town Hall tree lighting tonight that featured songs by the Staples Orphenians and free hot chocolate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Ready for Library Holiday Book Sale

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All was ready today in the Westport Library’s Great Hall for its 12th annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale, which begins Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds from the sale directly benefit the Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Putting on Finishing Touches

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Putting finishing touches today on preparations for the Westport Library’s theee-day 12th annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale beginning Friday were (l-r) Heli Stagg; Mimi Greenlee, co-chair; Suzy Cooper, and Dick Lowenstein, co-chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Belden Place

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An application for a permit to demolish the building at Westport’s 7 Belden Place, off Main Street and across from Veterans Green, is in process. Built in 1920, the 1-3/4 story apartment house has 3,559-square feet and is situated on a .17-acre property. Because the structure 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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Another Continuance for Kyle Navin

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Kyle Navin, accused of killing his parents and dumping their bodies on a vacant property in Weston, was back in Superior Court today in Bridgeport. Judge Robert Devlin gave him until Jan. 12 to decide whether to accept the state’s offer of a plea deal or go to trial. He and Westport girl friend, Jennifer Valiante, accused of conspiracy in the case, remain jailed in lieu of bail. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

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Real Estate Brokerage Supporting Toys for Tots

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today the firm’s Westport brokerage will support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by hosting an official collection point.

The company said it would accept new, unwrapped toy donations dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. business hours through Dec. 22 at its office at 199 Post Road East.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, in which new, unwrapped toys are collected and distributed as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate children of that specific campaign’s local community.

“We are humbled to be taking part in this great local cause,” said Marc Caldarone, manager of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s Westport brokerage.

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JoyRide to Launch Cross-Training Space

Westport’s JoyRide Cycling + Fitness Studio has announced it will expand to launch a new state-of-the-art, 4,000-square foot cross-training space.

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The JoyRide expansion will occur next month.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Julianne Mulvey

The expansion will allow it to offer cross-training classes and personal training sessions, as well as introduce a new signature class, JoyX, “a challenging, full-body, high-energy workout designed to free one’s inner athlete and push boundaries,” an announcement said.

These intense group-training classes will focus on strength, agility, speed and power, by incorporating rowing machines, TRX, boxing, mixed martial arts and weights, it said.

JoyRide will also be able to expand its popular JoyCircuit class, which will now be accessible to more people.

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