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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Affordable Housing Redo Offers Westport ‘Breathing Room’

By James Lomuscio

The state’s affordable housing statute 8-30g has long been the bane of local municipalities because it allows developers to override zoning regulations if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock deemed affordable. Image
Developer Philip Craft of Easton shows off a redesign of his proposed four-story affordable housing complex at 1177 Post Road East, which he presented to the Representative Town Meeting last October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Westport is one of those towns, and 8-30g has been on the mouths and minds of local officials for years. The fear is that an unscrupulous developer could use it to ride roughshod over zoning regulations by providing just a small percentage of affordable units.

In the meantime, towns have been seeking four-year moratoriums to reach the state mandated housing stock goal by way of points based on affordable housing units in place.

On Monday, concerns over 8-30g lessened, with 138 of the state’s 169 municipalities not at the 10 percent goal catching a break.

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Domestic Violence Task Force Launches Salon Gift Drive

The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force (WDVTF) announced today the launch of a salon gift certificate drive to benefit women at two area Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) shelters.

The drive, which asks local salons to donate gift certificates for hairdressing and coloring, begins Tuesday, Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 30.

“The women and children residing in these shelters have fled violent households, often with just the clothes on their backs,” said Police Lt. Jillian Cabana, WDVTF co-chair.

“Many women in these shelters have been out of the work force for a while and want to prepare themselves for job interviews, or they are looking to change their appearance to avoid an abuser,” she added.

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Library Hosts Strategist Brian Reich on Aug. 7

The Westport Library will host strategist and speechwriter Brian Reich on Monday, Aug. 7 to discuss his new book “The Imagination Gap.” Image
Brian Reich: imagination makes the difference. Contributed photo

Reich argues in his book that imagination makes the difference between projects that succeed and those that don’t, and is the key ingredient that transforms an idea from interesting into world-changing.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Large Reading Room. The evening will also feature “imagination challenges” designed for all ages, to encourage the use of imagination and include questions, prompts, and directives, an announcement said.

Reich, partner at little m media, is a strategist and speechwriter for executive leaders at global brands, media companies, startups, nonprofits, political, and advocacy organizations.

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For almost an hour on Monday, an adult male turkey claimed Earthplace Animal Technician David Denaro’s car as his resting spot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Countdown to College: SAT Boot Camp
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Arts Advisory Subcommittee
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Website Redevelopment Steering Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
7 p.m. - 323 Main Street Bar - Let’s Get Quizzical: Pub Trivia Night
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Zoning Board of Appeals (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Connecticut Ballet

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, July 24, 2017

House Approves Union Concessions Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf

The House of Representatives today narrowly approved the state employees’ concessions deal that is expected to save as much as $1.57 billion this fiscal year and next combined.

The Democrat-controlled House voted 78-72 almost entirely along party lines to endorse the deal.

The concessions package, which workers ratified earlier this month, tentatively is scheduled to go before the Senate on July 31.

Meanwhile, House and Senate Republican leaders objected to today’s vote. They argued that nonpartisan analysts — who hadn’t received all documentation from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration until last Friday — were unable to conduct a full review.

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Legislature Overrides Malloy 8-30G Housing Veto

By Kyle Constable

The General Assembly today dealt a blow to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s housing agenda after legislators voted narrowly to override his veto of a bill that loosens the state’s affordable housing standards known as 8-30g.

Both the House and Senate mustered the two-thirds majorities necessary to override. The margin in the Senate, 24-12, could not have been narrower.

The House voted by a 101-47 margin with 101 votes needed to override. Three members –- two Democrats and one Republican –- were absent and did not vote.

It marks just the fourth time the legislature has overridden one of the governor’s vetoes. The first three came last year.

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Hall Family & Stewie the Duck at the Levitt Image
Despite a surprising cool evening, music fans came out tonight to enjoy The Hall Family, celebrating the joy of music and promoting water safety with sponsor Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities and mascot Stewie The Duck. It is the 27th successive year the Levitt Pavilion has presented The Hall Family. Kim Leonard and her daughter Chase welcomed the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Canal Road at Westport’s Saugatuck Shores was flooded at today’s high tide at 12:38 p.m. The water quickly receded after the peak of the high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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These youngsters walk through floodwaters on Marsh Road at Saugatuck Shores at high tide shortly after noon today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for


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Tree Down Closes Road, Causes Power Outages

UPDATE A tree that came down today on Hillspoint Road forced closure of the roadway and caused power outages, police said. Image
A branch was ignited as the tree came in contact with a power line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Darcy Hicks for

The tree fell across the road at 30 Hillspoint Road at the entrance to the Conservative Synagogue.

Eversource said 54 Westport customers were without power.

Police closed off Hillspoint Road between Prospect Road and Harding Lane. It was reopened just before midnight.


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Police: Woman’s Arrest Follows Accident, DUI and Fake License

Officers arrested a Norwalk woman for driving under the influence and having a fake driver’s license after she was involved in a three-vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital, police said today. Image
Julia Patnaude: free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo Image
The accident scene on April 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarrett Liotta for

Julia Patnaude, 20, was charged with DUI, traveling unreasonably fast, failure to obey a control signal and second-degree forgery upon her arrest Tuesday, July 18.

The charges date back to an incident that took place on April 28 when officers responded to a three-car accident that took place at the intersection of Post Road East and Morningside Drive.

“There was severe damage to all involved vehicles, and four people were transported to the hospital,” Lt. David Farrell said.

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Arrest for Dog in Hot Car

Officers arrested a New Mexico woman on a cruelty to animals charge for leaving her dog inside her car where the temperature was 113 degrees in the Westport-Weston YMCA parking lot, police said today. Image
Lakesha Williams: unable to post $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Lakesha Williams, 39 of Albuquerque, was arrested Wednesday, July 19, after the Animal Control Officer (ACO) and police officers had been dispatched following a call of a dog inside a vehicle.

“When the ACO arrived, she immediately took temperature readings and found that the outside surface temperature of the vehicle was 136 degrees Fahrenheit and temperature inside the car was 113 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Lt. David Farrell.

“Worried that the animal was in imminent danger, the ACO entered the vehicle and removed the dog,” he added. “Upon removal, the animal was panting heavily.”

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Westport Man Arrested for Stealing from Employer

Officers arrested a Westport man for stealing watches and jewelry from his employer, police said today. Image
Michael Devoe: admitted thefts. Westport Police photo

Michael Devoe, 38, was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on a charge of first-degree larceny the day after his arrest Monday, July 16.

According to Lt. David Farrell, Devoe had been employed by the victim since September “and had direct access to his personal property.”

“The victim went on to say that an incident that occurred earlier in the day made him suspicious that Mr. Devoe may be stealing from him,” Lt. David Farrell said.

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Arrest After Trying to Cash Fraudulent Check

Officers arrested a North Babylon, New York man on credit card and identity theft charges after he had allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check, police said today. Image
Stephen Digsby: free on $10,000 bond.   Westport Police photo

Steven Digsby, 55, was charged with third-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, criminal attempt at fourth-degree larceny, credit card theft and unlawful reproduction of a credit card upon his arrest Wednesday, July 19.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers responded to the bank of America at 1815 Post Road East on a report of a man who had attempted to cash a fraudulent check.

“Prior to police arrival, the suspect had left the bank, but we were advised that the suspect was last seen heading westbound on Post Road East driving a Volvo with New York plates,” Farrell said.

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