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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Westport Calls on Help From Four Departments

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Fire trucks line Wilton Road tonight as firefighters battled a house fire at 12 Weathervane Hill. Due to snow and ice conditions, Westport had to call on help from Wilton, Weston, Norwalk, and Danbury in battling the blaze, said Westport Assistant Chief Mike Kronick. He said 42 firefighters and officers and 10 pieces of fire apparatus responded. Fire was confined to the first floor. Kronick reminded residents of the need to clear fire hydrants of snow and ensure clear access to your house in the event of an emergency.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

   

02/18/15 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arrest in Connection with Body on Partrick Road

UPDATE A Bridgeport man is being held in lieu of a $40,000 bond in connection with the death of a man whose body was found by a jogger on Partrick Road Nov. 15, Westport Police said.

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John Lahey: held on $40,000 bond. Westport Police photo

John Lahey, 39, turned himself in of a warrant Tuesday and appeared in Norwalk Superior Court today to face charges of breach of peace, tampering with evidence and interfering with an officer during an investigation of the death of Sandokan Kayan Harrell, 39, also of Bridgeport, Capt. Vincent Penna said.  Judge William Holden lowered his bond from $65,000 to $40,000.

Lahey is currently being held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center.

Harrell’s body, clad in only jeans and a tank top shirt, was discovered by an early morning jogger. (See WestportNow Nov. 15, 2015) He had experienced some sort of medical issue that resulted in his death at a location other than the Partrick Road, police said.

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02/18/15 05:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Waldorf-Astoria Sprinkler Head Blamed for New Haven Delays

Metro-North said today delays of up to 40 minutes in Tuesday night’s New Haven Line commute from Grand Central Terminal have been traced to a frozen sprinkler head in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel garage.

The railroad said in a statement that an overhead water leak penetrated a Grand Central Terminal power substation, triggering the substation’s automatic safety mechanism to shut down the power supply to a significant number of tracks.

“Power personnel responded immediately and manually reconfigured the power supply, bringing back capability for regular service within 30 minutes,” Metro-North said.

However, because the incident occurred at the start of the rush hour, the build-up of congestion was unavoidable, resulting in delays through most of the peak period, it added.

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02/18/15 03:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Conservation Commission Owenoke Field Trip

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Members of the Westport Conservation Commission today review the terrain at 11 Owenoke Park, a waterside property on which an application for a demolition permit is in process. Alicia Mozian, conservation director, said because of the home’s location, the commission is looking at its adherence to the Waterway Protection Line (WPL) ordinance. She said members are checking for FEMA compliance, water quality drainage, and other issues as it relates to demolition and the construction of a replacement structure. The Conservation Commission meeting agenda tonight includes a hearing on this property and the property at 5 Yankee Hill Road. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 19, 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/18/15 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Budget Cuts Social Services, Higher Ed; Raises Tax Revenue

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today unveiled a nearly $40 billion, two-year budget that boosts tax receipts $830 million despite a sales tax cut, preserves municipal aid and cuts deeply into social services and higher education.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy outlines his budget proposal today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alvin Chang/Ctmirror.org photo

The governor’s plan also outlines a major transportation initiative, but does not recommend how to pay for it. But the administration’s projections show it would require $112 million in new transportation revenues by 2018 and $400 million above current revenues by 2020.

And while the transportation initiative is billed as a $100 billion investment over 30 years, only about $5.1 billion extra would be spent on projects over the governor’s four-year term.

Malloy also would close one unnamed state prison and redirect a portion of the savings to his “Second Chance Society” plan, an initiative to reduce criminal recidivism and assist youth at risk of becoming offenders.

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02/18/15 01:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Harbor Watch Gets New Director

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Sarah Crosby: “stood out as candidate.” Contributed photo

Earthplace, the Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center, today announced the appointment of Sarah C. Crosby as the new director of Harbor Watch, the water quality monitoring and research program.

Crosby, who took over the position last month, succeeds Dick Harris, founder and longtime director of the Harbor Watch program who retired in December after 26 years as director. (See WestportNow Sept. 17, 2014)

Crosby is a marine ecologist with training in conservation science and extensive research experience with coastal and marine ecosystems. 

“I can’t replace an icon like Dick Harris,” said Crosby. “But I can stand on his shoulders and advance a program with a strong foundation of community goodwill, credible research and actionable data.”

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02/18/15 12:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Isabel P. Gordon, 98

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Isabel Gordon: member of “High Tide Club” at Burying Hill Beach. Contributed photo

Isabel P. Gordon of Westport died Feb. 10 at home. She was 98.

Shel was born March 19, 1916 in Chicago to the late Anne Torp and Andrew Pedersen. She was the photographic illustrator for “The Shadow Book,” published in 1960, which received accolades for depicting a child’s relationship with his/her shadow.

She also wrote and illustrated “The ABC Hunt ” provided illustrations for “I Talk to Elephants!,” “Little Windjamer,” and other children’s books, but it was “The Shadow Book” that stood the test of time and remained in print by Harcourt, Brace and Company until the late 1990s.

She was a self-taught photographer and won second place in the 1960 International Popular Photography contest, which had over 175,000 entries. After more than 15 years in the darkroom, believing that long hours working with chemicals was affecting her health, she shifted her interest to self-study of the local environment.

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02/18/15 11:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

UConn Think Tank Predicts State’s Economy Will Flourish in 2015

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

After growing modestly over the past three years, the state’s economy is ready to shift into high gear in 2015, according to a quarterly report today from the University of Connecticut’s economic think tank.

And while the director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis says the 8.1 percent growth projected for 2015 probably is too good to be true, achieving even most of that would allow the state to far outstrip the national economy.

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02/18/15 09:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Library - The Refinery: Entrepreneur Accelerator Program for Women-led Companies
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Harry Potter Film Fest: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after delays due to earlier power issues in Grand Central Terminal.

   

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Elizabeth Shoup, 96

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Elizabeth Shoup: community volunteer. Contributed photo

Elizabeth “Betty” Shoup of Westport died Feb. 16 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 96.

She was noted for her long term devotion and dedication to both her family and volunteerism to her community.

She was awarded the Westport YMCA volunteer of the year, and her dedication to the YMCA spanned over 50 years, teaching the importance of swimming to young children and working with PALS at the preschool wiping up tears and creating a smile.

A longtime member of Country Club of Fairfield, she enjoyed the many summertime activities there with her husband, Homer, a longtime pediatrician in Westport who died in 2002, and children.

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02/17/15 01:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Louis F. Lemond, 88

Louis F. Lemond of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 8, at his home. He was 88.

Born March 6, 1926 in Chicago, he was a graduate of Chicago Latin and Northwestern University and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a consulting professional engineer in New York and Connecticut and contributed to the safety and construction of many municipal projects in the New York metro area.

A Westport resident for 42 years and a champion sailor, he was a member of Kiwanis, the U.S. Power Squadron and a former commodore of Minute Man Yacht Club in Westport.

He is survived by his wife Emily, his sons Louis and wife Janet, Charles and wife Margaret and daughter Anne Lemond Taylor and her husband Thomas, his brother John Lemond, his grandsons William and Robert and granddaughter Giles Taylor Rekruciak and husband Joseph. He was predeceased by his son Paul.

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02/17/15 01:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mary Jane Grenier, 89

Mary Jane Grenier of Westport died Feb. 16 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 89.

Born in White Plains, N.Y. and raised in Valhalla, the daughter of the late Alfred and Margaret Lawrence, she had been a Westport resident for over 50 years, most recently residing at the Greens at Cannondale in Wilton.

She was an accomplished artist and a graduate of the Arts Student League in New York City. For many years she was a fashion illustrator for Vogue Magazine.

She was a talented oil and watercolor artist and exhibited her work locally including the Pequot Library, Westport Senior Center and the Silvermine Arts Center. She also was a volunteer at Norwalk Hospital.

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02/17/15 01:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Gone: 10 Rustic Lane

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The house at Westport’s 10 Rustic Lane, off Greens Farm Road, was demolished today. Built in 1958, the two-story split level had 3,782 square feet, was situated on a 1.02-acre property and changed ownership in December 2014 for $1,275,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 26, 2014. A neighbor said, “When we heard some neighborhood noise this morning, I said to my son, that does not sound like a snowplow. By the time we got there to see the demolition it was already down.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/17/15 11:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Motorist Robbed at Gunpoint After Being Cut Off

Westport Police today are investigating an armed robbery of a Norwalk motorist Monday night at the intersection of Kings Highway North and Woodside Avenue, police said.

The victim, an electrician who had been paid in cash around 6:30 p.m. in Bridgeport for work done at a bodega, said he had been on his way home when “he was cut off by a dark blue or black Volkswagen, possibly a Passat or Jetta, at the intersection on Kings Highway North,” said Capt. Vincent Penna.

Penna said the victim, who had been paid in front of several patrons at the bodega, stopped his vehicle after being cut off.

“An occupant of that vehicle exited the car and approached the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle,” Penna said.

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02/17/15 11:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

More Snow to Clear

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A worker clears a sidewalk today at Westport’s Post Road East and Myrtle Avenue.  A few inches of snow accumulated overnight with a continued light dusting this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/17/15 11:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Firefighters Extricate Tractor-Trailer Driver

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An early morning accident today involving two tractor-trailers between I-95 exits 18 and 19 northbound in light snow sent one of the drivers to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Westport firefighters had to extricate the driver from his cab, according to Westport Assistant Chief Larry Conklin Two lanes of the highway were shut down while the rescue operation was under way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

02/17/15 10:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tractor-Trailers Collide on I-95

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The scene as two tractor-trailers collided at about 5 a.m. today on I-95 northbound between exits 18 and 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News12 photo

   

02/17/15 10:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Nancy J. Edstrom, 76

Nancy Joan Edstrom of Scarborough, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 13 at Gosnell Hospice in Scarborough. She was 76.

She was born in Georgetown, Conn. and was the eldest daughter of Carl and Agnes Hedin. She graduated Staples High School in Westport and studied music at several colleges and universities including Augustana College in Illinois, Uppsala College in New Jersey, and USC in Los Angeles.

She had a lifelong passion for music and had a long, successful career as a piano teacher and as an organist for several area churches, including Most Holy Trinity in Saco, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Windham, and, most recently, St. Anthony’s (St Hyacinth’s) in Westbrook.

She also loved teaching piano to countless students for more than 40 years.

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02/17/15 10:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tractor-Trailers Pulled Apart to Rescue Driver

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State Police said two tractor-trailers which collided early today on I-95 northbound between exits 18 and 19 had to be pulled apart before Westport firefighters could extricate one of the drivers. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Westport Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. A light snow was falling at the time of the accident about 5 a.m., which shut down two lane of the highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

02/17/15 10:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Cross-Country Skiing in the Neighborhood

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Westporter Jackie Duvoisin glides across the frozen surface of Longshore Park Monday on her cross-country skis. A longtime resident of nearby Roosevelt Road, Duvoisin said she has cross-country skied on the Longshore golf course about eight times so far this winter. “It’s peaceful, quiet and beautiful,” she said. “We need to embrace the cold weather although it’s an icy and fast track today. Longshore and Compo Beach are Westport treasures to me. I can just remove my skis when I’ve had enough and walk home from here.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Westport Library - Food for Though Book Group: “Orphan Train” by Christina Kline
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Introductory Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Harry Potter Film Fest: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Westport Library - Game Night: All Ages!
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force
8 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory (182 Bayberry Lane) - Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization, Hayden Planetarium

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Monday, February 16, 2015

For Westport Drug Suspect, Third Time is No Charm

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Lyndel Stephens: held on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

The third time was no charm for a Westport man whose recent drug bust left him locked up in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Lyndel Stephens, 18, of 1655 Post Road East, turned himself in Sunday on various drug charges stemming from a warranted search of home earlier this month, a search that led to his second arrest, following a previous drug arrest in January, police said.

His most recent charges are: possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and risk of injury to a minor since an under age individual was present at his home, according to Capt. Vincent Penna.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 26.

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Astronomical Group Hosts Museum Space Show Director

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Carter Emmart: directs space shows at American Museum of Natural History. Contributed photo

The Westport Astronomical Society on Tuesday will host Carter Emmart, director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).

The monthly lecture series at the Rolnick Observatory, 182 Bayberry Lane, will begin at 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

As Director of Astrovisualization since 1998, Emmart directs the museum’s groundbreaking space shows and heads up development of an interactive 3D atlas called “The Digital Universe.”

He coordinates scientists, programmers and artists to produce scientifically accurate yet visually stunning and immersive space experiences in the museum’s Hayden Planetarium.

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One Taken to Hospital Following Bedroom Fire

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UPDATE Operating in sub-freezing temperatures, Westport fireifighters, aided by units from Wilton, today doused a second floor master bedroom closet fire at 7 Woodside Lane. A mother and two sons, a dog and cats evacuated the house, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. He said closing the bedroom door limited spread of the fire. The woman was taken to Norwalk Hospital for unspecified reasons, he said. The fire was concentrated in a closet-dressing room of the master bedroom, which was extensively damaged, Conklin said. It was the second fire at the house in eight days. A small fire in the garage occurred Feb. 8. Cause of both fires is under investigation. (See WestportNow Feb. 8, 2015)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/16/15 11:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Long Haul

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It was a long haul to get water to a second floor bedroom fire today at 7 Woodside Lane. A supply line had to be laid down a long driveway from Woodside Lane to an engine whose onboard tank can only supply water for several minutes. Wilton firefighters aided at the blaze, which occurred eight days after a small garage fire at the home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/16/15 11:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to unscheduled track work in the vicinity of Cos Cob.

   

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Remembering Louis Jourdan: ‘My Reel Love’

(Editor’s Note  Louis Jourdan, the dashingly handsome Frenchman who starred in “Gigi,” ‘‘Can-Can,” ‘‘Three Coins in the Fountain” and other American movies, died Saturday at age 93.)

By Susan Granger

Back in what is now called the Golden Era of American movies, I grew up in Hollywood. More specifically, Beverly Hills. My father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director/producer at MGM and Columbia Pictures; he died when I was 12. My mother, Harriet, then married Armand Deutsch, a producer at MGM. So access to “movie stars” was easily available during my childhood.

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Yet when I fell madly, passionately in love with an outrageously handsome Frenchman named Louis Jourdan, it was his only suave, self-assured screen image that enticed me.

Louis Jourdan and his wife, Quique, were popular members of my parents’ social set. He’d starred in two movies directed by our Romanian next-door neighbor, Jean Negulesco - “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “The Best of Everything.”

But his primary claim-to-fame among his friends was as a sought-after croquet player in the highly competitive weekend games held at Darryl F. Zanuck’s rambling Palm Springs estate – nicknamed The Palm Springs Yacht Club - along with Joseph Cotton, Douglas Fairbanks. Jr., Moss Hart, David Niven, William Powell, Clifton Webb, Tyrone Power and the loquacious Russian director Gregory Ratoff.

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - Presidents Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Library are closed
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Storm Whips Up Snow Around Westport

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High winds whipped up snow around Westport today, including on the exit road at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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