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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

David B. Pollack, 76

David B. Pollack of Westborough, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 22. He was 76. Image
David Pollack: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born May 27, 1940 in Parkchester, N.Y., he grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1958. He went on to study at the University of Connecticut and then moved to New York City and entered the world of retail with Gimbel Brothers Department Store.

He suffered from Polymyositis, an inflammatory, destructive, autoimmune muscle disease, for 16 years, and prior to his death wrote his own obituary. Following are edited excerpts.

I met my lovely wife of 50 years, Bunny, at work. One morning when I walked into my office she was sitting at my desk. Less than two weeks later we were engaged, I was not going to let her get away. We were married a year later in Plainview, N.Y.

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08/23/16 11:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Florida Fugitive Arrested Outside CVS

Westport officers early today arrested a man wanted for armed robbery in Florida outside the Westport CVS. Image
Brandon Dacres: wanted in Florida.Westport Police photo

The capture came after CVS employees became suspicious and called police when one of his friends tried to buy multiple gift cards using a declined credit card.

“The suspects attempted to leave the store prior to police arrival; however, a vehicle description was provided by employees,” said Lt. Anthony Prezioso.

He said responding officers pulled over the vehicle as it attempted to leave the CVS parking lot at 397 Post Road East.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Last Chance Book Expo
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Fairfield Counts

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Suspect Nabbed After Run Through Backyards

After a run through backyards and a failed hiding attempt, Westport officers arrested a Danbury man for trying to cash fraudulent checks, police said today. Image
Cody Tyson: free on $27,500 bond. Westport Police photo

The suspect, Cody Tyson, 24, tried to cash three fraudulent checks totaling $2,670 at the Bank of America drive-up at 126 Post Road East on Friday around 4 p.m., said Lt. Eric Woods.

“When confronted by officers, he fled in his vehicle and was not pursued based on his reckless operation and time of day,” Woods said. “The vehicle was later located, abandoned, in the area of 323 Main Street.”

A Wesport EMS vehicle spotted the suspect vehicle turn on to Compo Road North and alerted police.

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DUI Arrest Follows Crash into Stone Wall

Officers arrested a Norwalk man Sunday night for driving while under the influence and failure to drive in the right lane after he crashed his vehicle into a stone wall on Kings Highway North, police said today. Image
John Godchild: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. Eric Woods, officers responded around 10 p.m. to the area of 104 Kings Highway North “on a report of a motor vehicle crash into a stone wall.”

The driver John Goodchild, 44, was not injured but was intoxicated at the time of the crash, Woods said.

Released after posting a $500 bond, Goodchild is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Aug. 30.



08/22/16 06:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Art Show to Tackle Bullying

A fall art exhibit that examines bullying in a broad cultural context is set to run from Sept. 9 through Oct. 29 at the Westport Arts Center (WAC). Image
Among works on display is this white marble bench by artist Jenny Holzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Titled “More than Words” the exhibit will explore how perceived imbalances of social, physical or political power can be abused to marginalize others, according to WAC officials.

The exhibit will launch with a reception open to the public on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The show includes artistic expressions of gender, racial, religious, geopolitical and age inequality, as well as works that serve to demonstrate the impact of bullying and cyberbullying, according to an announcement.

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Finishing Up Work On North Avenue Bridge Image
Contractors were busy today putting the finishing touches on the much-delayed North Avenue Bridge project over the Merritt Parkway. Connecticut Department of Transportation officials said they are on schedule to open the bridge to two-way traffic on Thursday. View is looking northbound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/22/16 03:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Portion of Compo Road North Closed Image
As announced last week, the portion of Compo Road North between Cross Highway and Main Street was closed today for replacement of the culvert beneath the roadway. The work is part of the ongoing project to realign the problematic intersection of Main Street and Compo Road North at Clinton Avenue. The closure ws announced for 30 days. Completion of the entire project is scheduled sometime in the fall. View is looking north from Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Monday, August 22, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
Noon - Westport Library - Open Meeting: Nutrition Education Seminars, Shelly Goldman, YMCA
7 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sense the Wind:” Screening & Discussion with Producer/Director

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Banjoist Plays in the Rain Image
Award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist and bandleader Cynthia Sayer, celebrated as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world, performed tonight despite rain to a hearty crowd at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/21/16 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Show Must Go On Image
Despite rain, there was a small turnout tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for world-renown 4-string banjoist Cynthia Sayer.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/21/16 07:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Under Cover Audience Image
Most of the audience for tonight’s Levitt Pavilion concert by banjoist Cynthia Sayer took cover from the rain under the portico at the rear of the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/21/16 07:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Video: Banjoist Cynthia Sayer at Levitt

Banjoist Cynthia Sayer performs tonight with her Joyrider Band in the rain at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. video


08/21/16 07:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying Lobster at the Beach Image
Despite rain, the Westport Woman’s Club held its annual lobsterfest, organized by Jo Fuchs Luscombe, tonight at the Minuteman Yacht Club, Ned Dimes Marina, at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for


08/21/16 07:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Donut Crazy to Train Station Image
Donut Crazy will open at the eastbound side of Metro-North’s Westport station in Saugatuck around Oct. 1, according to Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas, pending approval of the Board of Selectman on Thursday. The store replaces Steam, which opened in January 2014 and closed in March this year. Donut Crazy, founded by Jason Wojnarowski, currently operates shops in Shelton, Stratford, and Bridgeport and plans to open in New Haven this fall, according to Koskinas. It offers coffee, tea, espresso, cappuccino and latte, juice and an assortment of takeout foods in addition to its wide range of donuts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


08/21/16 03:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Robert Kochiss, 89

Robert “Bob” Kochiss of Westport, formerly of Bridgeport, died Aug. 19 at home. He was 89. Image
Robert Kochiss: former police officer.  Contributed photo

The husband of Barbara Recker Kochiss was born in Bridgeport to the late Marcel and Mae Kochiss. He attended St. Charles School and Harding High School.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and served proudly as a Bridgeport police officer for 22 years, retiring as detective. He then gained employment at GE corporate Headquarters in Fairfield as head of security operations. While with the Bridgeport Police Department, he served as Mayor Hugh Curran’s personal administrative aide and bodyguard.

He thoroughly enjoyed sports. From watching baseball, football, golf and horse racing on TV to avidly playing golf, basketball and running. In high school, he was regularly publicized in the Bridgeport Post as one of the state’s top players.

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08/21/16 12:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Sunset Image
Saturday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

3 p.m. - Guard Booth, Old Mill Beach Parking Lot - Westport Historical Society Tour of Old Mill at Compo Cove
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cynthia Sayer

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wendy May Band at Levitt Image
The Wendy May Band entertained tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. May has been entertaining audiences at fairs, festivals, clubs, and concerts, for more than 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Blues Buddha Joins In Image
Wendy May was joined onstage tonight at the Levitt Pavilion by Tom Dudley , also known as Blues Buddha. A singer, songwriter, high energy performer and the “Grand Poobah” for the Blues Buddha Band, he was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


08/20/16 08:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday Night Dance Time Image
The Levitt Pavilion crowd tonight cheers the music of the Wendy May Band and Tom Dudley, also known as the Blues Buddha. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


08/20/16 08:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Late Arrival Image
A visitor to the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts makes her way inside tonight to hear the Wendy May Band. Next week is the last full week for the Levitt with the season winding up on Sunday, Aug. 28 with a performer to be announced. On Friday, Sept. 9 the popular DNR band will return with special tribute to first responders and Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/20/16 08:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Drama on Main Street Image
An apparently distraught 16-year-old female had to be removed today from the roof of 125 Main St. by a fire department ladder truck after she was found sitting on the building roof. The late afternoon drama was observed by dozens of Main Street shoppers. She was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for


08/20/16 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

To the Rescue Image
Westport firefighters today maneuver their ladder truck bucket to the roof of 125 Main St. where they rescued an apparently distraught 16-year-old female found sitting on the roof. The incident closed off busy Saturday afternoon traffic on the street. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/20/16 04:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

In EMS Care Image
An apparently distraught 16-year-old female is lifted into a Westport EMS amhulance today after she was found sitting on the roof of 125 Main St., housing The Gap. She was brought down by the Westport fire ladder truck and transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/20/16 04:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Kayak Tour to Cockenoe Island

Members and guests of the Westport Historical Society today enjoyed its annual kayak tour to Cockenoe Island, the 28-acre, town-owned island one mile off the Westport coast. The tour, which began and ended at the Longshore Sailing School, was led by David Park, board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of the guidebook “Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands.”  Miggs Burroughs for


08/20/16 03:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: The Groove on the Move Image
The Groove, a children’s apparel and gift store, which opened at 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods, in October 2012, has moved a few doors away to a much larger space in a location previously occupied by a branch of Hudson Valley Bank. According to owner Corri Neckritz (above) the newly expanded store, which opens on Monday, has 3,000 square feet compared to approximately 1,300 square feet in the store being vacated.  She added that a customer appreciation event, a 50 percent sale on most merchandise, will soon be in effect in the former space before it closes. She said the range of offerings addresses apparel needs of babies, teens and adults. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/20/16 02:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters to Host Isadora Duncan Legacy Benefit

The natural, free flowing, graceful movements of legendary dancer Isadora Duncan will come to Westport next month. Image
Isaadora Duncan: often called the “Mother of Modern Dance.” File photo

Robert and Victoria “Vicky” Sloat are set to open their 4 Bluewater Hill South home near Compo Beach for a night of dance presentations and awards.

The event, set for Sunday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. will benefit the New York-based Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII), which is entering its 40th season.

Vicky Sloat is a disciple of Duncan, an American dancer whose teaching and performances helped free ballet from its conservative restrictions and presaged the development of modern expressive dance. She died in 1927.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016” (last day)
10 a.m. - Lonshore Sailing School - Westport Historical Society 7th Annual Kayak to Cockenoe
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
10 a.m. - Westport Library - You Wrote a Book ... Now What?
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Curio Cottage Thrift Sale Half-price Sale (last day)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Themed Crafts for All Ages
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Wendy May Band

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Friday, August 19, 2016

The Distractions Entertain at Levitt Image
The Distractions were the headline band at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Members of the band have composed, recorded and performed for award-winning films, an Emmy-nominated TV show, and one of them founded the National Guitar Museum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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