Wednesday, January 25, 2012
No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident in mid-afternoon today on Wilton Road near Poplar Plains Road at the Westport-Wilton line. According to a witness, the driver of a Land Rover, traveling toward Wilton, swerved to avoid a Chrysler Imperial that come to an abrupt stop, then swerved off the road and up an embankment hitting a utility pole causing the vehicle to roll over on its side. Wilton police and firefighters responded to the scene while a Westport police officer directed traffic that was compressed to one lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
“I Love New York.” “New Jersey and You.” “Virginia is for Lovers.”
Westporter Tony Kobylinski is thinking.
Kobylinski, whose New York ad firm this month got a piece of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s $22 million state marketing campaign, says the most demanding task will be to develop “a brand for the state.”
“I think one of the biggest challenges is to bring the Connecticut DNA to the forefront because right now there’s really a lack of any kind of brand for the state,” said Kobylinski, creative director for Chowder, Inc., one of four companies hired from 21 proposals for the two-year campaign.
“I really think of it as Connecticut’s DNA, and that’s what we’re trying to find an uncover,” added the Westport resident of 15 years. “I know it’s there.”
5:15 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
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The Staples boys basketball team tonight fell 79-61 to the No. 1-ranked team in the state. The St. Joe Cadets, who were state champions last year, proved to be too much for the Wreckers, snapping their four-game winning streak. The Wreckers are now 5-4 in the FCIAC while the Cadets improve to 9-0 in the FCIAC and 11-0 overall. Staples plays at home Friday at 7 p.m. when they take on Fairfield Warde. Pictured is Wrecker Peter Rankowitz driving to the hoop. Elaine Rankowitz for WestportNow.com
Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s Secretary of The State, addressed a League of Women Voters meeting today at the Westport Public Library to explain how Connecticut is working on getting increased voter participation. Members from Westport, Weston, Fairfield, New Canaan, Wilton, and Redding attended. She said she is working on a package of legislation that would allow Election Day registration; broader use of absentee ballots, and stiffer penalties for voter harassment and intimidation. Merrill (l) posed with Patricia Strauss, Westport Town Clerk; state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, and Woody Bliss, former first selectman of Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Nancy McCormick, executive director of ITN Coastal CT, a nonprofit organization that provides transportation to senior citizens, addressed the Westport Rotary Club today at the inn at Longshore. She said that in 2012 the organization projects it will provide more than 4,000 rides in the Westport area based on its current volume of about 300 rides each month and growing. She said the ITN Coastal CT organization serves individuals who are 60 and older as well as the visually impaired who are at least 18 in the area that encompasses Westport Weston, Norwalk, Wilton Fairfield and Easton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
UPDATE An affidavit released by federal authorities today with announcement of the arrest in Spain of a suspect in the Dec. 8 jewelry robbery and murder said he traveled there with his wife and two children and has family members in Connecticut and New York.
It said Robert A. Levene, 41, flew from Newark, N.J. to Barcelona, Spain, with his wife and two children on Sept. 7, shortly after purchasing four one-way tickets.
“According to immigration authorities, there is no indication that Levene’s wife or two children have returned to the United States” since their departure, the document said. The affidavit also said investigators determined Levene was formerly in the military and “has training in the use of weapons.”
It added: “Levene has family members both in Connecticut and New York. Levene previously used a Connecticut address as a point of contact and regularly provides two contact phone numbers that have New York City area codes.”
Karen May Slater, a former Westporter who most recently lived in Annadale, Va., died Jan. 19 after a long illness. She was 67.
Born Oct. 9, 1944 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Ralph G. Slater, a former chairman of the Westport Board of Finance, and Silvia H. Slater, who taught math for 12 years at Long Lots Junior High and Coleytown Junior High. Both predeceased her.
After living in Glen Oaks, N.Y., for a number of years, she moved with her family to Westport in 1955.
She attended Coleytown Elementary School, Bedford Junior High and Staples High School. She graduated from the Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton, Mass. in 1961 and from Pembroke College (now Brown University) in 1965.
Pepper is an adorable Pomeranian-Papillion mix of approximately 3 years of age. She is a new resident of Westport Animal Control. She is affectionate, cuddly and loves to be held. She does appear to be housebroken. Pepper is an active girl and does appear to have some separation issues probably due to an unstable home situation. We are looking for a home where she will not be left alone for prolonged periods of time. Please call (203)341-5076 to schedule a time to meet Pepper.
Prince is cute min pin of approximately 4 years of age residing at Westport Animal Control. He can be a bit huffy and puffy when you first meet him but quickly bonds after a walk and a treat, preferably a Pupperoni. He is affectionate and loves chest rubs while sitting in your lap. Prince had rather a sad life, and we’re hoping that someone gives him a well-deserved second chance. Please call (203)341-5076 to schedule a time to meet our princely Prince.
Oliver is a very sweet boy that loves to explore his surroundings. He is friendly, playful, out going and loves children. Would also do well in a home with other pets. If he sounds like the perfect fit for your family stop by our Westport branch for a visit at 455 Post Road East or visit him on our website at www.cthumane.org.
Look into my eyes…deep into my eyes….hi! My name is Jake. I have the most beautiful crystal blue eyes you’ve ever seen, (its the Husky in me). I’m just a puppy so if you are interested in adopting me you will need to be patient with me while I learn my manners. I do not appreciate the company of children under the age of 12 years and I don’t even want to think about living with cats, (again that’s my Husky talking, I have very high predatory drive). Could you be my soul mate? Look deep into my eyes…now look deep into your heart…are we a match? You can meet me at the Westport Connecticut Humane Society CT Humane Society today at 455 Post Road East or visit him on our website at www.cthumane.org.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut today released this photo of Andrew Robert Levene, also known, as Robert Thomas, 41, who it said earlier had been arrested in Spain on Monday for the Dec. 8 murder of Westport jeweler Yakutiel Zeevi. It said those “with information that may be helpful to the investigation are encouraged to call the Westport Police Department at 203-341-6025.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Meet our plus sized girl Sasha! Sasha is a 5 year old, all white, domestic shorthair mix who tops the scales at a whopping 19 lbs! This voluptuous lady has lots of love to give and she likes nothing more then to have her rear end scratched. If you are looking for a whole lot of cat to love then why don’t you come visit Miss Sasha at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society today at 455 Post Road East or visit him on our website at www.cthumane.org, we promise she wont disappoint!
Meet our sweet speckled Furphy! This fun loving little man has come to us trying to find his fur-ever home! He has a gentle disposition, but don’t let that fool you because he loves to play! His favorite activities include running around outside, cuddling, and getting cookies! The perfect home for Furphy would be with a family with children 12 and older as he needs an older kid to romp around with. If Furphy looks like what your family needs to make your house a home, come down to the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society today at 455 Post Road East or visit him on the website at www.cthumane.org.
Lucious is a very independent energetic young man who loves to chase his tail. He is looking for a family that has as much energy as he has, but prefer to be the only pet in your life. If you feel he is the one for you, stop by the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society for a visit today at 455 Post Road East or visit him on our website at www.cthumane.org.
Patches can be a real sweetheart, she just needs some time to get to know you. She loves to drink water from the faucet. She is a playful active girl! She would be ideal for a home with older children, and would prefer to be your one and only. Please visit Patches at the Westport CT Humane Society at 455 Post Road East, or visit him on our website at www.cthumane.org.
Update: Billy was found under a garage in Fairfield - two blocks from where he went missing. He is home now, sleeping on his pillow and purring. FOUND: I’m lost! My name is Billy. I am a super-friendly, neutered, male orange tabby cat from Westport that was visiting a friend in Fairfield in the Stratfield section Sunday night. I weigh about 18 pounds, have yellow-green eyes, and loves any attention. I don’t know the neighborhood, and am probably trying to find my way back home. I’ve never been outside before—please help me find my way home. Please call 917-578-8443 if you find him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
By James Lomuscio
A teary Nava Zeevi today said while she was “very happy” her husband’s suspected murderer had been caught, “it’s not going to bring my husband back.”
“I am very happy that justice will be served,” she said in a phone interview. “My husband did not deserve to die like a dog like that. He was a dear, dear man.
“We had a beautiful life together,” she added about her more than 40-year marriage to Westport jeweler Yekhutil Zeevi, 65, shot to death the evening of Dec. 8 at his Post Road East business. “I loved him.”
Her comments came shortly after it was announced in late morning that Spanish police on Monday arrested Andrew Robert Levene, 41, also known as Robert Thomas, on federal murder, robbery and firearms charges. She had advance word of the arrest from Westport police.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today released the following statement after the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of a suspect in the Dec. 8 murder of Westport jeweler Yekutiel Zeevi.
“We are deeply grateful for the painstakingly hard work of Westport Police, State Police, those from other states as well as federal agencies in apprehending the suspect in Yekutiel Zeevi’s murder.
“We hope the end of one of the most intensive manhunts in the town’s history will help ease the nightmare of this crime for the family and all Westporters who have been outraged by its wanton cruelty.
“Fortunately, crimes such as this are a rarity in Westport. But we all draw comfort from the fact that our police, backed by state and federal resources, were able to track the alleged killer down within weeks of the crime.
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Here is the text of a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office announcing the arrest of a suspect in the Dec. 8 murder of Westport jeweler Yekutiel Zeevi, 65:
United States Attorney David B. Fein, Westport Police Chief Dale E. Call, Colonel Danny R. Stebbins of the Connecticut State Police, Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Marshal Joseph P. Faughnan today announced that ANDREW ROBERT LEVENE, also known as “Robert Thomas,” 41, was arrested yesterday in Spain on federal murder, robbery and firearm charges.
According to a federal criminal complaint filed in the District of Connecticut, it is alleged that on the evening of December 8, 2011, LEVENE met with the owner of YZ Manufacturers, LLC, (“Y.Z. Jewelers”) in Westport, Conn., pretending he was going to complete the purchase of several large diamonds he had arranged to buy earlier that month. Instead, LEVENE shot and killed the owner of Y.Z. Jewelers, shot and wounded the owner’s associate, stole approximately $300,000 in diamonds, and later fled the United States to Europe.
“I want to commend the Westport Police, Connecticut State Police, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania, New York and Spain for their expert, coordinated investigation that has led to the apprehension of this defendant,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.
UPDATE Today’s announcement of the arrest of a suspect in the Dec. 8 murder of Westport jeweler Yekutiel “Kuti” Zeevi ended one of the most intensive manhunts in the town’s history.
It was the first murder in Westport in 15 years. The wanton cruelty of the crime provoked fear, revulsion and outrage that such a crime could occur in a town where intensive police efforts are more likely to be directed against downtown shoplifters than armed robbers.
Longtime Westport residents likened the Zeevi murder manhunt to the nationwide one more than a half century ago following the murder of a Westport housewife and rape of her teenage daughter. In 1961, that four-day search ended in the Georgia arrest of handyman Harlis Miller.
More recently, there was the still unsolved 1989 murder of Joan Wertkin, a Westport mother whose burned body was found behind the Merritt Country Store on Main Street and Canal Street. Before Zeevi’s murder, that crime was getting renewed attention by Westport detectives.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut today announced the arrest of a suspect in the Dec. 8 murder of Westport jeweler Yekutiel Zeevi, 65. It said Andrew Robert Levene, also known as Robert Thomas, 41, was arrested Monday in Spain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The house at Westport’s 22 St. John Place, off Main Street, was demolished today. Built in 1938, the 1 1/4-story ranch had 1,286 square feet and was situated on a .20-acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 2, 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS: “Flying Blind,” Max Collins
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
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Westport police tonight released this photo of a suspect wanted in an attempted purse snatching at the Westport CVS. Contributed photo
A would be purse snatcher knocked a Weston woman to the ground outside Westport’s CVS tonight, dragging her a short distance before fleeing in a vehicle and without the purse after the woman began screaming, police said.
According to the police, the incident occurred at about 7:15 p.m. when the woman, who had been shopping at CVS at 397 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, left the front door. There, she was confronted by the assailant described as a white male wearing dark pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt.
“As the victim walked into the parking lot, the suspect followed and grabbed the strap of the victim’s handbag and pulled her to the ground in an attempt to take it from her,” said Lt. Arthur Belile. “The victim started screaming, the suspect let go and entered the passenger side of another vehicle and left the scene.”
Belile said the victim was unable to give any type of description of the suspect’s vehicle. Though the woman had been “knocked to the ground and dragged a short distance,” Belile said she declined medical treatment. Using security tapes police provided several photos of the suspect.
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled plans today to reverse nearly two decades of budget gimmicks that leave the state facing huge payments over the next two decades to sustain Connecticut’s grossly underfunded state employee pension fund.
But while Malloy touted potential long-range savings, they come with a high price that must be paid up front: an extra $3 billion in pension payments between next fiscal year and 2023. After 2024, the contribution would drop annually, and by 2031 Connecticut would be $5.8 billion ahead.
Malloy’s proposal drew a strong endorsement from union leaders and a mixed review from a Republican critic.
House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, said Malloy’s pension concerns are well-placed, but he questioned whether the fiscally strapped state is ready to make its first extra payment of about $123 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Jane N. Perry of Westport died Jan. 22 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 80.
Born in New Haven on July 26, 1931, she was the daughter of Morris and Jennie Nunes, principals of the Shubert Theater in New Haven.
In recent years, she dedicated much of her time and energy to community service in both Westport and Palm Beach, Fla.
She served on the boards of The Westport Arts Council, Temple Israel in Westport and the Dramaworks theater in Palm Beach. In addition, she volunteered at the Gillespie Center, a food kitchen and shelter in Westport.