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Friday, December 31, 2010

Westport Officer Uses Taser to Subdue Suspect in Fairfield

A Westport police officer used a Taser to subdue and capture a fugitive early today after he led police on a car chase from Norwalk into Westport and then on I-95 to Fairfield, Norwalk police said.

It was the second time in two months that a Westport officer has used a Taser in subduing a suspect—both times in other communities—and only the second time since the town approved their purchase after much debate in October 2008.

Norwalk police identified the suspect as Cesar Fulton, 50, whose last known address is 70 Cottage St., Bridgeport.

He was charged with assault, criminal attempt, possession of narcotics and illegal manufacture, distribution, sale or prescription. He is also facing motor vehicle infractions and will appear in court on Monday.

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Party Time Image
New Year’s balloons were big sellers at Westport’s Stop & Shop today, so big that a clerk had to restock the supply before mid-day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Metro-North Reports Ticket Machine Snafu

Metro-North said today that ticket machines at all stations excluding Grand Central Terminal continue to not accept credit or debit for ticket purchases.

It advised travelers to purchase your ticket at the station or on board the train using cash.


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Jennifer D. Burke, 53

Jennifer Dean Burke of Ridgefield, beloved wife of Michael A. Burke, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Dec. 25 following a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was Image
Jennifer D. Burke: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Barnesville, Ohio the beloved daughter of Evan Benedict Dean and Janice Amberg Dean of Westport, she was raised in Alton, Ill. and Rochester, N.Y. prior to moving to Westport. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Fairfield University.

Jennifer was employed at Xerox and later the General Electric Co. where she retired as a vice president. Wherever she worked, Jennifer was admired and respected by her fellow workers for her outstanding leadership skills.

Jennifer was an inspiration to many and showed the way to deal with life’s hardest challenges with dignity and good nature. She was a member of the G.E. Elfun Society. 

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A pretty winter scene Thursday at sunset at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Friday, December 31, 2010 - First Night

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
3 p.m. - Seabury Center (45 Myrtle Avenue) - World premier, “The Legend of Silkboy”
4 p.m. - Downtown Westport - First Night Celebration
7 p.m. - midnight - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Adam Currie Band followed by DJ Tommy at 9:15 p.m.
9:30 p.m. - Downtown Westport - Fireworks

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Adrien “Sonny” Sarrazien

Adrien “Sonny” Sarrazien died on Dec. 19 at his home in Westport.

He was survived by his wife Nancy Sarrazien, and children: David, Doreen, Robert, John Sarrazien, and Michele Whipple. He has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He worked for C.R. Gibson for 37 years as a truck driver. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Condolences cards may be mailed to 346 Main Ave, Norwalk CT 06851 Att: Doreen. The family will hold a private gathering at a later date.


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Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp, 64

Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp passed away on Dec. 22 at her East Norwalk residence. She was 64.

A daughter of the late Peter J. O’Donohue and Dorothy Gorman O’Donohue, Mary Jane was born in Stamford and after briefly residing in Darien and Stamford, moved with her family to Norwalk and resided for 50 years at the family home on Cove Avenue in East Norwalk.

A graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of ‘64, M. J. is remembered by many friends for her warm, generous and outgoing personality and her courageous spirit.

Mary Jane loved nature, wildlife, the ocean, and she particularly enjoyed the view of Norwalk Harbor from her “Cottage”. She was an ardent advocate of animal rights and devoted many hours to supporting dog rescue activities.

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12/31/10 04:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

First Night Planner—Read the Fine Print Image
First Night Westport published this planner for Friday’s activities. It is also available on the First Night website and the program to be handed out to guests on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic


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Youngsters could not resist playing on large snow pile today outside the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last Farmers’ Market of the Year Attracts Crowds Image
It was a beautiful, clear day at the Westport Farmers’ Market winter home today, located in one of the Gilbertie’s Herb Farm spacious green houses at 7 Sylvan Road. Like every Thursday during the winter months from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a large crowd was on hand to enjoy the warmth of the sun filtered through the glass roof and the wide selection of fresh produce and miscellaneous items.  Many of the customers are old friends from the past summer’s highly successful outdoor Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Thursday Shopping

More scenes from today’s Westport Farmers’ Market on Sylvan Lane South. Larry Untermeyer for


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Air Quality Alert Issued

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for Westport and area from midnight tonight to midnight Saturday.

An air quality alert means that particulate matter is expected to reach unhealthy for sensitive groups for all of Connecticut for this period.

High pressure over the region will create a strong inversion with light winds, the alert said. This means that locally emitted air pollution will linger near the surface producing elevated levels of particle pollution through the end of Saturday.

For additional information, visit the Connecticut DEP air quality index link at


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All Clear Image
Workers from Westport’s Department of Public Works today cleared Westport downtown sidewalks of snow to prepare for First Night Westport festivities on Friday. By ordinance, it is businesses which are responsible for clearing their sidewalks, but Public Works Director Steve Edwards said the town stepped into completely remove the snow in view of anticipated New Year’s Eve crowds in the downtown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 48 Long Lots Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 48 Long Lots Road is in process. Built in 1952, the two-story colonial has 2,377 square feet and is situated on a .40-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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Republicans Seek Board of Finance Replacement

The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) said today it is seeking applicants to fill the vacant Republican seat on the Board of Finance.

The seat became vacant when Charlie Haberstroh resigned upon his appointment on Dec. 22 to the Board of Selectmen. That post became vacant by the resignation for health reasons in November of Gavin Anderson.

Under the Town Charter, a board vacancy is filled by its remaining members. Since the Democrats hold four seats on the seven-member Board of Finance, they will have the final say on whether to appoint the RTC nominee.

In 2006, when Anderson was on the Board of Finance and resigned to spend more time with his family, the remaining Democrats chose a Republican replacement who was not the RTC nominee.

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12/30/10 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Sno Fun!

To the Editor:

Is there anything nicier,
sugar ‘n spicier,
anything more sweet or grandish,
than to see falling snow
setting all hearts aglow,
making everything so Fairylandish?

Each flake makes me quiver
with wonder,
I shiver
as softly I sing “Jingle Bells” -
Ah, the beauty, the thrill,
as it climbs up my sill
with its luscious white whipped-creamy swells.

I give up counting flakes,
each succeeding one makes
a more mountainous mound out my door.
Why does it keep falling?
It’s getting appalling -
I’ll never get out any more!

Now the power’s gone

no TV and no heat,
and my batteries are down to two!
Won’t someone please stop it?!
I can’t see atop it -
the snowplows can’t even get through!

They’ll find me next Spring
frozen to everything,
what the heck am I going to do?!
I have had it!
Who invented this stuff?
You know,
I just hate snow,
don’t you?

Mary Grace Dembeck



12/30/10 03:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gray’s Creek Sunset Image
A winter sunset as seen from Westport’s Gray’s Creek between Compo and Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Pass the Hot Chocolate

Youngsters enjoyed sledding and snowboarding today in Westport’s Winslow Park Larry Untermeyer for


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ D’Aiuto, 48

Cindy D’Aiuto, a lifelong resident of Westport, passed away Dec. 28. She was Image
Cindy D’Aiuto: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

Cindy was born in Norwalk, March 17, 1962, daughter of Suzy (Kline) Fiore of Westport and the late John Watson Jr. She is a 1980 graduate of Staples High School. Cindy also loved her dog “Bear.”

Survivors in addition to her mother and stepfather Tony Fiore, include two daughters, Lynsay D’Aiuto and Jennie D’Aiuto. Two sisters, Tracy Fuchs and Whitney Cusa, five brothers, John E. Watson, Robert Watson, Craig Watson, Michael Fiore and Paul Fiore; three grandchildren, Aleigh, Jacob and Tate and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she was also predeceased by her stepmother Babs Watson

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road.

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Woman’s Parking Lot Death Ruled Accidental

Westport police said today that a 48-year-old woman whose body was found early Tuesday in a Kings Highway North parking lot died accidentally and there was no evidence of foul play. (See obituary here) Image
Cindy D’Aiuto: “underlying medical issues” may be factor. Contributed photo

A police statement said an autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office found that Cindy D’Aiuto, who lived nearby on Canal Street, died of hypothermia in the cold when temperatures fell into the 20s. 

“An autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office of Cindy D’Auito this morning has classified her death as following: cause of death is hypothermia; manner of death as being accidental; the toxicology results are pending,” said Captain Sam Arciola.

Her body was found by a newspaper carrier who notified police at about 6:30 a.m.

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Family, Friends Mourn Sharon Broecking Image
Family and friends gathered at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan today for services for Sharon Seaver Broecking, the 62-year-old Westport woman who was struck and killed while crossing Post Road East in Westport on Dec. 21. Several mourners brought dogs to the church. Broecking, who grew up in New Canaan, was fond of animals and walked dogs of residents of the Lansdowne condominium complex where she also was a caretaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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UPDATE Several mourners at today’s New Canaan service for Sharon Seaver Broecking, the Westport woman killed while crossing Post Road East in Westport on Dec 21, brought dogs. Elizabeth Heatter brought Broecking’s dog, Reggie, (above). Her parents, Craig and Patti Heatter, have taken in Reggie. Broecking was fond of animals and often walked those belonging to residents of the Lansdowne condominium complex where she worked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Kevin M. DelGobbo: customers migrating to competitive suppliers. File photo
Connecticut’s Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) has approved a 7.8 percent reduction in electric rates for Connecticut Light and Power Company residential customers, it was announced today

Effective Jan. 1, the 7.8 percent decline for CL&P customers will represent a savings of approximately $10.41 a month for a residential customer with monthly consumption of 700 kWhs, an announcement said.

Rates have declined consistently since January of 2009, the DPUC said. 

A CL&P residential customer with monthly consumption of 700 kWhs in 2009 paid approximately $141.89 per month.  That cost per month decreased to approximately $134.27 in January of 2010, the DPUC said.

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Act Today to Lock In Metro-North Ticket Validity Dates

If you want to save on Metro-North train fares between New York State stations, you need to hurry. Today is the last day to purchase tickets before a fare increase and ticket validity rules change. And you can buy them online. Image

Metro-North said effective Thursday, the following changes will take effect—with the changes in fares and discounts not applying to tickets for travel to/from Connecticut stations. However, changes in ticket validity/refund policies, including the refund processing fee, will apply:

• Full fare one-way, full fare 10-trip, weekly, and monthly fares to/from Manhattan to New York State stations will increase by up to 11.1 percent.

• Intermediate full fares to New York State stations will increase by up to 10.6 percent. (The increases for some child/senior/disabled person/Medicare recipient fares may vary slightly from these percentages.)

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Still Time to Buy First Night Buttons Image
Buttons for Friday’s New Year’s Eve First Night Westport are on sale for $15 at various locations in Westport and Weston. The alcohol-free events range from fireworks to a performance by Blues pianist Mark Naftalin at the Westport Historical Society. The celebration will also include a world premier film presentation of “The Legend of Silk Boy,” a 90-minute movie about an ambitious youngster who stumbles into a magical world. For detailed description of events, locations and times, visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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The view of Long Island Sound from Westport’s Compo Beach was cold and clear on Tuesday, a day after the big storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Scouts Set Christmas Tree Collection Effort for Jan. 8

The Boy Scouts of Westport’s Troop 39 will take away Westporters’ Christmas trees as part of a fund-raising effort on Saturday, Jan. Image
The Boy Scouts of Troop 39 of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Those wishing to participate are asked to reserve a spot online and take their tree to the end of their driveway the night before. The trees will be taken away and turned into mulch, an announcement said.

The requested $15 donation will go toward the troop’s character-building activities, such as food drives, community service projects, and backpacking trips. 

Reservations are being accepted at Once a reservation is made, residents are asked to tape their donation – cash or check made out to Boy Scout Troop 39 – to their front door and have the tree ready by 6:30 a.m.

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