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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Town Leaf Pickup Under Way

The Westport Department of Public Works has announced its annual curbside leaf collection program is under way through Nov. 30. WestportNow.com Image
Bagged leaves await pick up on Westport’s North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The department will collect any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags, an announcement said.  Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up.

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.

Crews will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period, an announcement said.  A final pass will be initiated on NOV. 30 and take approximately one week, the department said. Any properly bagged leaves put out before this date will be collected.

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John R. Sarno, 78

John (Jack) Robert Sarno of Easton, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 3 after battling cancer. He was 78.

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.John R. Sarno: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk on Feb. 20, 1937, he was the son of the late Dominick Sarno, and the late Louise Rose Sarno of Westport. His father and uncle, both Italian immigrants, owned the Sarno barbershop on Main Street.

His stepmother, the late Connie Sarno, also raised him. Since 1971, he had lived in Easton.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1954 and the University of Connecticut in 1958, where he was a member of the Society for Advancement of Management, the Association of the U.S Army, and the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

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Kenneth R. Makowka, 71

Kenneth R. Makowka of Wilton died Nov. 3 at home. The husband of Mary C. Makowka was 71.

He was born May 26, 1944 in Chicago to Stephen and Gertrude (Suska) Makowka, He graduated in 1962 from Brother Rice High School. After graduating from Bradley University in 1966, he had a successful career in sales.

In 1978, he moved to Rochester, N.Y. as a marketing executive at Mobil Chemical, and then in 1984, moved to Wilton and started his own company, Kemco Sales, LLC, a security packaging company.

A successful entrepreneur, he developed a system of patented, tamper-evident bags used by financial institutions, armored car carriers, law enforcement, and churches nation wide. As an industry expert, he was a very generous mentor to many others.

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11/04/15 01:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Along the Saugatuck

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Fall colors reflect on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s Saugatuck area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com


11/04/15 12:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 23 Edgewater Hillside

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 23 Edgewater Hillside, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1927, the two-story colonial has 5,308-square feet, is situated on a .88-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in May for $2,550,000. 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 WestportNow.com


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Gray’s Creek Sunset

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Sunset Tuesday over Gray’s Creek in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Dems Gain Control of P&Z, Finance Board

By James Lomuscio

Click here for final results

UPDATE In an election upset that cast a pall over Republican headquarters on Elm Street tonight, Westport Democrats gained control of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) and the Board of Finance. Republicans have held control of both boards since 2011.

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Winning Incumbent Republican Board of Finance member Michael Rea (l) stopped by Democratic headquarters to congratulate winning Democrats John Hartwell (2nd l) and Sheri Gordon who will join Democrat Lee Caney (r) on the board. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

According to final returns, Democrat Paul Lebowitz bested incumbent Al Gratrix for the P&Z with 3,048 votes to 2,710, giving Democrats a 4 to 3 majority on the commission.

The P&Z race had gained intense interest after the Republican-controlled board in March put a stop to seven years of planning efforts to build senior housing on the town-owned Baron’s South property.

Republican incumbents Chip Stephens, Catherine Walsh and Jack Whittle secured their seats with votes of 3,024, 3,160, and 3,059 respectively. The three Coalition for Westport P&Z candidates trailed well behind.

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Election Night Gallery

Election night scenes tonight at Westport Republican and Democratic headquarters. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos


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Democrats and Republicans Come Together

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In a show of bipartisanship, Republican Selectman Avi Kaner and First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) visited Democratic headquarters tonight to congratulate Democrats Paul Lebowitz (3rd r) for the Planning and Zoning Commission and John Hartwell and Sheri Gordon for the Board of Finance. State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (c), a Democrat, joined in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/03/15 10:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Democrats Elated With Unofficial Results

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Westport Democratic Town Committee Chair Keith Stein tonight addresses a crowd at Democratic headquarters on Post Road East. Democrats were elated as unofficial returns pointed to them regaining control of the Board of Finance and the Planning and Zoning Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Republicans Await Results

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Westport Republican Town Committee Chair Tim Wetmore (l) addresses supporters tonight at Republican headquarters on Elm Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Adding Up the Returns

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Westport Republicans tonight add up returns from polling places at GOP headquarters on Elm Street . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Democrats Do the Counting

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With Board of Education member Mark Mathias at the computer, Democrats tonight post district by district results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/03/15 08:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Voter Turnout Nears 30 Percent

UPDATE As of 6 p.m. today, 4,627 of the town’s 15,663 registered voters, 29.5 percent, turned out at Westport’s nine polling places, Democratic Registrar of Voters Marla Cowden said.

The office expects a 35 percent voter turnout by the time the polls close at 8 p.m.


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Veterans Day Services Set for Nov. 11

The Town of Westport will hold Veterans Day services on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Town Hall auditorium, William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, announced today. The public is invited.

Vornkahl said the event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with the Westport Community Band presenting a “Patriotic Salute to All Veterans” program, including marches and patriot tunes.

Services will follow at 11 a.m. and include the Veterans Day address by Staples High School Senior Matt Johnson and remarks and a proclamation reading by First Selectman Jim Marpe.


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Recounting Falling in Love in Nigeria

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Clement and Catherine Onyemelukwe of Westport show Catherine’s book, “Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad,” following her talk to the Westport Rotary Club today. The book and her talk recounted their meeting in Nigeria where she went in 1962 as a 21-year-old Peace Corps volunteer and their controversial wedding there that became world news and a spread in Life Magazine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Arraigned on Murder Charges

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Kyle Navin appears in Superior Court in Bridgeport today with attorney Eugene Riccio for arraignment on charges he murdered his parents, Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin. Riccio told reporters: ““This is going to be a lengthy legal process and we should reserve our judgments until all the facts are known.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ned Gerard/pool photo/Hearst Connecticut Media


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State Police Release Navin Booking Photos

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State police today released booking photos of Kyle Navin of Bridgeport following his arrest on double murder charges in connection with the disappearance of his parents. He was booked at Troop G in Bridgeport and later taken to Superior Court for arraignment. An arrest warrant for him released by state police was similar to one released in connection with the arrest of his girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) State police photos


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Kyle Navin Arrested on Murder Charges

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Kyle Navin is transported from state police Troop G in Bridgeport today where he was booked on double murder charges. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

See copy of arrest warrant here

Kyle Navin was arrested today in connection with his parents slaying and was booked at the state police Troop G barracks in Bridgeport.

He was later scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Bridgeport on double murder charges.

Navin, 27, has been held in Rhode Island prison since his arrest on Sept. 8 on federal gun charges.

His girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante 31, of Westport appeared briefly in Superior Court in Bridgeport on Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice .

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Waiting for Customers

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Westport voters going to the polls today had some choices of goodies at bake sales. Jen Gorin and son Tyler, 5, were waiting for customers early at the Long Lots Elementary School.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Early Voting

Scenes from early voting around Westport today. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Candidates Up Early

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Candidates in today’s municipal election were up early to greet voters at polling places. Among those outside Saugatuck Elementary School were (l-r) Mark Mathias, incumbent Democrat seeking re-election to the Board of Education, Republican Iain Bruce, a Board of Finance candidate, and Republican Chip Stephens, an incumbent seeking re-election to the Planning and Zoning Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/03/15 07:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Light Turnout in Early Voting

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Light turnout was reported in early voting in Westport in today’s municipal election. This was the voting place at Coleytown Middle School shortly after the 6 a.m. opening where one voter was on line as doors opened. At Greens Farms, five or six voters were in line at 6 a.m., according to moderator Ann Glaser, with 29 total in the first hour.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/03/15 07:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

P&Z, BOF Races in Election Spotlight

Westporters go to the polls today in a municipal election with no first selectman race but hotly contested ones for control of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission and Board of Finance.

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A League of Women Voters of Westport sign urges everyone to vote today . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to find your polling place.

The P&Z race is in the spotlight because of its controversial decision by the Republican-controlled majority in March to end a seven-year effort to build senior housing on the town-owned Baron’s South by declaring it open space.

All four Republican incumbents – Chip Stephens, Catherine Walsh, Jack Whittle and Alfred Gratrix,—are seeking re-election. The Democrats are running one candidate with three from the independent Coalition for Westport (CFW).

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Sunsets Coming Earlier

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With the end of daylight savings time early Sunday, the sunsets are coming earlier. Sunset as seen Monday from Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach was at 4:48 p.m.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - Election Day

6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Various Locations - Polls are open. Click here to find your polling place
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
2 p.m. - Westport Library - New Noteworthy Documentaries: “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Girls’ Robotics
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Starting a Business—Financial Reporting & Planning

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, November 02, 2015

300th Historic Plaque to Wilton Road Home

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The 300th plaque in the Westport Historical Society (WHS) plaque program – it began in 1978—has gone to a 1803 circa home at 268 Wilton Road. Peter Greenberg of Able Construction (l) received the marker from Ed Gerber (c), WHS president, and Bob Weingarten, WHS house historian. He was also honored with a 2015 Preservation Award for his vision and rehabilitation of the home, which included moving it back 60 feet from the roadway. The house is among those featured in the WHS exhibit “Window to Westport’s Past and Present,” opening Sunday. It features Works Progress Administration (WPA) photographs taken in the 1930s of Westport’s historic homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Comings & Goings: Pop-Up Cashmere Store Opens

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After 14 years of running pop-up stores from coast to coast, Joy Schwartz of Stamford has opened her first retail location in Westport. Offering cashmere ponchos, scarves and a wide assortment of sweaters at prices well below the high-end department stores, The Cashmere Sale is located at 30 Post Road East (corner of Taylor Place and Post Road East,) It will remain open through Dec. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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From Reading Room to Polling Place

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A second floor reading room at the Westport Library is the site of one of Westport’s polling places in Tuesday’s municipal election. All was in readiness for opening of the polls at 6 a.m. They will remain open until 8 p.m. Click here to find your polling place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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