Thursday, January 31, 2013
Westport Police Lt. Vincent Penna gets a kiss from wife Denise today following a swearing in ceremony promoting him to captain at Westport Police Headquarters. Penna, who joined the force in February 1994, is commander of the Detective Bureau. Police Chief Dale Call said Penna will take on expanded duties in a reorganization of his command staff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Shawn Sember, who retired as detective sergeant from the Trumbull Police Department after 30 years, shows off his new Westport patrolman’s badge with wife Carol after being sworn in today by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff at Westport Police Headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Among the casualties of today’s early morning storm were several of the older markers at Westport’s Evergreen Cemetery on Evergreen Avenue. A large section of a tree adjoining the cemetery snapped off and plummeted into the grounds. Evergreen Cemetery is owned and maintained by Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Francis (Frank) Joseph Charlton, a former Westport resident for 30 years, died Jan. 30 at home in Southport. He was 86.
He was born on April 29, 1926 in Fitchburg, Mass., the third of seven children to the late Kathleen and Francis Charlton. He was married to and well-cared for by Jay Charlton, his loving, red-headed wife of 53 years.
After graduating from St. Bernard’s High School in Fitchburg, he served in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. Because of the G.I. Bill, he attended Holy Cross College, graduating in 1948 and in 1952 finished his law degree at Georgetown University.
He was an attorney for more than 50 years, practicing law in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. Until last year, he was a magistrate judge in Norwalk and Bridgeport.
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) will not vote on the school board’s request for security funding until its March 5 meeting, almost a month after the finance board has its say on the schools’ request to double the amount from $50,000 to $100,000.
The postponement was consensus of the the RTM’s Finance, Public Protection and Education committees after they met Wednesday night with the school officials who said it was “all or nothing.”
The school board had originally requested $50,000 for a study, a request approved by the finance board. But at last week’s Board of Education meeting that amount jumped to $100,00 based on further input from the security firm Kroll.
According to Alan Bomes, acting chairman of the RTM Finance Committee in the absence of Jeffrey Wieser, the committees were ready to recommend to the entire RTM the approval of $50,000.
By James Lomuscio
Amid public sympathy for a Westport mother arrested last week after her unwatched 2-year-old daughter wandered into the frigid cold while her 15-year-old brother slept, Westport police today provided additional details about the incident.
Tinatin Crouch, 43, was arrested after neighbors found the child in her pajamas and slippers in freezing temperatures on Murvon Road, crying for her mother. Charged with risk of injury to a minor, she posted a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Today, Capt. Sam Arciola put the arrest into the perspective of the officers on the scene, as well as that of the neighbors on Murvon Road, a private road near Compo Beach.
“When the neighbors heard the child crying and screaming for her mother in the middle of the street, with no jacket, wearing slippers and in her pajamas and it’s 20 degrees out, they didn’t know where the child belonged,” Arciola said.
Traffic on Railroad Place, on the westbound side of the Metro-North station, was detoured today because of a sunken road surface in front to Mario’s Restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Country Road, off Compo Road North, was closed today from the Country Lane intersection after a large tree fell and pulled down a transformer and accompanying power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Metro-North said at 8:50 a.m. that New Haven Line eastbound and westbound customers traveling through the vicinity of Stamford and New Haven may experience delays of up to 15 minutes due to earlier weather-related conditions.
Mark Mathias of Juniper Road said his family awoke to find this tree down in his backyard today. “We heard a few cracks, but nothing that sounded like it hit our home,” he said. “This morning, our 8-year-old son woke up and noted with enthusiasm ‘Mom, Dad, look at our backyard!. Indeed, one of the noises was a fairly large tree (about 16-inch diameter trunk) that fell last night. Luckily, it fell into our property, covered a bit of our playset, but didn’t apparently damage anything but itself.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today ordered partial activation of the town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) because of the overnight storm and power outages.
The EOC was activated at 8 a.m. to coordinate the town’s response, according to the town website.
Westport schools are on a two-hour delay today because of the weather.
Stepping Stones preschool will not have a morning session.
John H. Day of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Fairfield and an industrial arts teacher in Westport and Fairfield, died at home on Jan. 28. He was 87.
The husband of Evelyn (Nicholson) for 67 years, he was born in Lincoln, Maine on April 8, 1925. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a ball turret gunner on a B17.
He graduated from Oswego State Teacher’s College in 1949 and taught industrial arts in Fairfield and Westport for 34 years. He was also well-known for his wood carving and artwork.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, his four children and their spouses, Crystal Babin (Angelo Vicari) of Huntington, Conn., Claudia (John Dapp) of Newtown, Scott (Christine) of Trumbull, and Cindy (Jack Baer) of Warren, Ohio and eight grandchildren.
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Pension Investment Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “William Wegman: The Traveler”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures Revealed: The WHS Archives & Collections” & “Inside Story”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Joint Pension Boards
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Dear Frankie”
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Nina Bentley: “Mixing Mediums”
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Rules Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - The Orphenians: “Schubert Mass in G” benefit concert for My Sandy Hook Family Fund
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Newtown—In a hushed auditorium, harshly lit for television, the families and neighbors of Sandy Hook’s lost children told visiting legislators tonight to take a stand against gun violence, not always prescribing how.
“You are our elected officials,” said Nicole Hockley, who last held the hand of her 6-year-old son, Dylan, as he lay in a small casket. “It is your duty to create and enforce the laws that can help us.”
By the hundreds, her neighbors rose and embraced her with applause, as did the legislators. So went the routine all night, where residents aching for gun control or better mental health screening had their say, then left to applause.
Ardent opponents of gun control spoke later, most offering condolences before politely protesting that no new law would have stopped their children’s killer, Adam Lanza. They also were neighbors, and they, too, left to applause.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
There was a rush of customers today to Great Cakes, 772 Post Road East, after a local blog reported owner Rick Dickinson (behind counter) might close Thursday and needed $4,000 to stay open after 19 years as owner at the location. The business reportedly had been impacted negatively by a Westport schools ruling last year that cup cakes and sweets could not be brought to schools for birthday celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A sign went up on the window of Great Cakes, 772 Post Road East, today urging customers to open a pre-paid account to prevent the store’s closing for financial reasons. Westporter Anne Levine said she got into a long line and opened an account with $100. “While in line, I had tears in my eyes,” she said. “I felt the energy of everyone in line who were there to help a local businessman whose business was under financial stress.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport police and fire units late today responded to a waterfront home off Saugatuck Avenue on a report of a person in the water who fell off a dock.
However, on arrival at a home on Burritt’s Landing South, first responders found the person was a dog sitter who had gone into the water to retrieve a dog, according to reports from the scene.
The dog sitter was reported to be in good condition and inside the home when units arrived, the reports said.
There was no word on condition of the dog.
The Bartaco Restaurant at 20 Wilton Road will open “later this year -– things always get delayed,” said a spokesperson today for the Barteca Group. Founders and owners are Wilton resident Andy Pforzheimer and Weston resident Sasa Mahr-Batuz, partners for 17 years. They opened seven Barcelona Wine and Bar Restaurants between 1995 and 2012 and three Bartaco Restaurants from 2011 to 2012. (Photo above is the one at 222 Summer St., Stamford) The spokesperson described Bartaco as “a vacation home away from home—like having a staycation. When you walk into a Bartaco you feel that you are near the beaches Mexico, in South America or some other resort location.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A view at Westport’s Compo Beach today in the fog. While the fog cleared in many areas by late morning, it was still present into early afternoon along the shoreline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com