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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Tragedy in Compo Beach Area Image
Emergency vehicles on Norwalk Avenue today after two workers fell from the roof of a home under construction at 9 Norwalk Ave. One man was killed and the second was unresponsive and taken to Norwalk Hospital, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Where Workers Fell Image
Officials examine the rear of a house under construction at 9 Norwalk Ave. in Westport’s Compo Beach area where two workers fell from a roof today, killing one and seriously injuring the second.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Brett M. Hauslaib, 68

Brett Matthew Hauslaib of Homosassa, Florida, a former Westport police officer, died Dec. 2 in Brooksville, Florida. He was 68. Image
Brett Hauslaib: former police officer. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 27, 1948 in Bridgeport, son of the late George and Jeanne (Bergen) Hauslaib . He retired as a Westport police officer and moved to Homosassa nine years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 980th Military Police Company.

A graduate of the University of New Haven in West Haven, he had served as a corporate director for the Taubman Company. He was a member of the West Citrus Elk’s Lodge No. 2693 in Homosassa. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 64 and had served as an altar boy at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Trumbull.

Survivors include wife, Florence Tattersall Hauslaib of Homosassa, son, Scott (Danielle) Hauslaib of Simsbury, daughter, Megan (Walter Want) Hauslaib of New Hartford, brother, Mark (Marla) Hauslaib, brother, Jonathan (Kathleen) Hauslaib, brother, Seth (Arthur Bernabucci) Hauslaib, sister, Kristin (Anthony Pratt) Hauslaib, sister, Maryellen (Erica Rohrbach) Hauslaib, along with many nieces and nephews.

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Going Up Image
Part of the Metro-North bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport was raised today. It was not clear whether it was up to allow passage of river traffic or some other reason. The bridge— built in 1905—is actually not one, but two parallel bridges, each carrying two tracks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Not Your Grandma’s… Image
A dazzling display of poinsettias Saturday contributed to the festive holiday mood at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, host to the weeky Westport Winter Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - 30th Anniversary Holiday House Tour
Noon - 3 p.m. - VFW Hall (465 Riverside Ave. - Westport P.A.L. Children’s Christmas Party
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday: Little Bits
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Mystery in White” by J. Jefferson Farjeon
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Pianist Pedja Muzijevic

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Gallery: Historical Society Holiday Soiree

Scenes from the Westport Historical Society’s 30th anniversary Holiday Soiree tonight at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Norwalk. The event was a prelude to Sunday’s annual Holiday House Tour that starts at 11 a.m. and includes six historic homes in Westport and Easton built before 1850 as well as the Adams Academy, Westport’s first one-room schoolhouse. J.C. Martin for


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Opening Reception for A.S Fine Foods Image
A.S Fine Foods of Westport celebrated its opening tonight at 361 Post Road West with a reception under a tent in the parking lot. Co-owner Albert Pizzirusso (r), a Westporter, greeted guests along with Jim Conte, the building owner. Pizzirusso described the range of takeout-only offerings as “prepared foods, prime and organic meats and chicken, an espresso and coffee bar, specialty olive oils, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Sampling the Food Image
Paul Lebowitz (r) of Westport enjoys some of the offerings at a reception tonight marking the opening of A.S Fine Foods, 361 Post Road West.  The takeout-only business offers up a variety of prepared foods, including fresh meats from Vincent Market in the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Saugatuck Planning Committee Tours Saugatuck Image
Members of the Saugatuck Steering Committee (formal name: the Saugatuck Transit Oriented Development Master Plan Steering Committee) toured the historic Saugatuck area today. Tour guide was Robert Mitchell (r), president of the Westport Historical Society. First Selectman Jim Marpe joined them for the tour. A second tour is being offered next Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. The committee is charged with overseeing a planning study of the Saugatuck area as part of a $440,000 state grant the town received this past summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Music for Farmers Market Shopping Image
Westport Farmers Market visitors today were treated to classical music performed by four members of the Staples High School Chamber Orchestra. Pictured (l-r) are James Gikas 14, Jack Whitten 16, Paz Meyers, 14, and Michael Fording, 16. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Gallery: Update on Bedford Square

A look at progress on the Bedford Square project in Westport’s center. The development around the former Westport Weston Family YMCA is mixed use retail, residential, and offices. Anthropologie is the anchor tenant, occupying 40,000 square feet on two floors in the main building. Its space will include a restaurant, Amis Trattoria, a Philadelphia-based restaurant group owned by Urban Outfitters, parent company of Anthropologie. The residential space includes apartments with views overlooking Elm Street and Church Lane. Completion is scheduled for April 2017. photos


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Garden Club Gift Image
Ben Palmer hangs a wreath at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, a gift from the Westport Garden Club. The club donated 30 wreaths to Westport municipal facilities and other locations as part of its annual holiday wreath making effort. Founded in 1924, the club consists of about 50 members who are united by an interest in gardening, a desire to further their gardening knowledge, and a desire to beautify the Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Virginia T. Rodemann, 98

Virginia “Jinny” T. Rodemann of Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at home. She was 98.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 30, 1918. She attended the Grier School for High School then the Katherine Gibbs professional school and started working in Pittsburgh.

In 1941, she married John (“Jack”) David Hoeveler which was the beginning of a loving marriage of 57 years until Jack’s death in 1998.

Jinny and Jack lived in Westport and Southport until 1986 when they moved to Fearrington Village. After Jack’s death Jinny, was remarried to Carl Rodemann until his death.

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Michael F. Forehand, 65

Michael Frederick Forehand of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 1 at home. He was 65.

He grew up in Savannah, Georgia and Westport. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve then worked in the Maritime industry both in Italy and the United States.

He and his family have lived in Tennessee for 30 years. He relocated with Service Merchandising from Florida in 1986, where he was employed for 19 years. He also worked for the State of Tennessee as a manager for facility services until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Mary Frances, his sons Michael Forehand, wife Jennifer of Murfreesboro,  Hunter Forehand of Nashua, New Hampshire, Jeff Maynard, wife Jenny of Murfreesboro, daughters Elizabeth Alexander, husband Will of Orlando, Florida, Christie Maynard of Dublin Ireland, brothers Jack Forehand, wife Sandy of Wallace, North Carolina, Robert Forehand of St. Simons, Georgia, William Forehand, wife Mandee of Orlando, Raymond Forehand, wife Ann Marie of Southport, his sister Mary Driver, husband Kline of Buford Georgia, eight grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Sandpiper Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Sandpiper Road, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story contemporary colonial has 2,186-square feet, is situated on a .12-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in October 2015 for $1,025,000. 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


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Heron Hanging Out Image
A Blue Heron was spotted late Friday on Westport’s Gray’s Creek near Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Saturday, December 3, 2016

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
10 a.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Book Talk: “Behind the Smile - The Glamour Years of Aviation”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss “Pride & Prejudice”
6 p.m. - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion (295 West Ave., Norwalk) - 30th Anniversary Westport Historical Society Holiday Soiree
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, December 02, 2016

I-95 Drama in Westport Image
A driver suspected of driving under the influence tonight drove his car into the center median of I-95 northbound in Westport near Exit 18 then tried to drive away. A state trooper climbed on the median to detain him while a Westport officer assisted on the other side of the car. CT DOT photos


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Getting Ready for Nationals Image
The Staples Cross Country team members, New England champs and Nike Northeast Regional runners up, are in Portland, Oregon today preparing for the Nike Cross National Championship to be held Saturday at Glendover Golf Course in Portland. Coverage will be live streamed beginning at 1 p.m. EST at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Comings & Goings: Rye Ridge Deli to Oscar’s Space Image
Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St. Partners Scott Martin (l) and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Another Deli to Oscar’s Space

By Gordon Joseloff

Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St. Image
Partners Mike Ventorino (l) and Scott Martin today in the future home of Rye Ridge Deli and Restaurant at 159 Main St.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today.

Other Rye Ridge Delis – described as a New York Kosher-Style Deli and Restaurant—are in Rye Brook, N.Y. and Stamford.

Oscar’s closed in August a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. (See WestportNow Aug. 8, 2016)

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In the Arms of an Olympic Champion ImageClaire McClanahan, 2, of Westport, today meets Chad le Clos, the South African Olympic Gold Medalist, at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. In an exhibition swim today, Le Clos set the world’s second best time for the men’s 100m butterfly, beating the YMCA’s record by more than four seconds. He is headed to the International Swimming Federation world championships, which begin next week in Windsor, Ontario. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Brisk Business at Opening of Library Holiday Sale Image
The Westport Library’s 12th annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale opened today and did brisk business, according to Mimi Greenlee, co-chair. “This is the first year we’ve had a Friday sale, and we’ve been very busy,” she said. The sale continues Saturday and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 14 - 18, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 14 - 18, 2016:

Brendan P. and Blair P. Hall to Chris P. and Amy L. Overman, 9 Woodside Ave., $4,400,000WNproperty.jpg

Jacob A. and Alexis S. Gattier to Michael and Jacqueline Cardamone, 8 Peaceful Lane, $945,000

Kenneth and Lorraine Palumbo to Jacqueline M. Byrne, 50 Center St., $2,450,000

James and Julie Deangelis to Matthew G. and Elizabeth E. Frost, 2 Brookside Park, $899,000

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Missing 2-Year-Old Westport Boy Found in NYC

A 2-year-old Westport boy missing since Thursday afternoon—and the subject of a silver alert—was found today in New York City, police said. Image
Messiah Frazier: in good condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Messiah Frazier was found at about 2:30 Westport police at a home in New York City, a police news release said. He was in good health.

Police had been searching for him since responding to 1655 Post Road East on Thursday where it was learned he was last seen in Norwalk with his uncle, Danny Frazier, described as a known drug addict and convicted felon

The news release said Westport officers, the FBI, U.S. Marshals and surrounding police departments have been working this case with high priority. 

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Cops: Car Thief Left Prints on Iced Tea Can

An iced tea can left in a Westport stolen car recovered in Waterbury led to the arrest Tuesday of a Waterbury man, police said today. Image
Stafford Angus: held on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested Stafford Angus, 19, at the Waterbury Police Department where he was being held after the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory matched fingerprints on the can to Angus.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the car had been discovered stolen at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 from the driveway of Silver Brook Road home. It was recovered on March 10 in Waterbury.

“The car was then towed back to the Westport Police Department, so that Detectives could examine it in the hopes of retrieving physical evidence,” Farrell said. “One of the items found in the car was an Arizona Iced Tea can, which the complainant said was not in the car at the time of the theft.”

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Shirley F. Chang, 71

Shirley Francis Chang of Derby died Dec. 1 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 71.

Born May 13, 1945 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of Sun Soon Wu and Fung Ho Wu.

She attended Brien McMahon High School, and then attended New York University. She owned and operated Golden Dragon, and then Peking Inn restaurant in Westport, as well as Mandarin East in Norwalk, and The Oriental Palace in Stamford, as well as Golden Palace in Wolcott.

She was previously affiliated with the Mandarin Inn, also in Norwalk. She worked earlier at Hing Lee, a family-owned laundromat, and for New Canaan attorney Linda Strumpf.

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BMS ‘Penny Wars’ Raise $11,800 for Charity

“The Great Penny Wars” have been fought again at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, and the winner is Westport’s community giving organizations. Image
Bedford Middle School eighth grade teacher Kevin Cuccaro with a portion of the coins collected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Taking part in this year’s battle were 270 eighth graders who waged a friendly but spirited competition to see which teams, or “pods,” could raise the most funds for the annual effort.

When it was all over, it turned out this year’s competition was the most successful in the 12-year history of the program, raising $11,800, organizers said. The funds will aid the holiday gift drive of the Westport Department of Human Services and other charitable programs.

Since the program’s 2004 inception, more than $80,000 has been donated — testament to the spirit of giving among Bedford students.


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Belden Place Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Belden Place, off Main Street and across from Veterans Green, is in process. Built in 1930, the 1-3/4 story cape has 1,382-square feet, is situated on an .06-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in April 1984. 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


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