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Friday, June 30, 2017

Slight Rain Delay at Levitt But Show Goes On

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There was a slight rain delay, but tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance by the only string quartet of its kind to devote itself to the music of tango, Cuartetango, went ahead to the delight of a large crowd. Leonardo Suárez Paz leads the Latin Grammy-Award nominated Cuartetango. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/30/17 09:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Showing Off Tango Moves

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Leonardo Suárez Paz and wife Olga Suárez Paz show their tango moves tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as the string quartet Cuartetango provided the music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/30/17 09:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Urge Drivers to Use Caution at Monday’s Fireworks

Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods today urged fireworks spectators to arrive around 5 p.m. at Compo Beach Monday “as traffic delays are inevitable.”

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A home on Bradley Street in the Compo Beach area is decked out in red, white, and blue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

He said there will be heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic, “affecting all roads south of Green’s Farms Road between South Compo Road and Hillspoint Road.”

“It is recommended that spectators plan to arrive early as traffic delays are inevitable,” Woods said.

“The beach should reopen to ticket holders by 5 p.m.; however, this determination will be made by Westport Parks and Recreation staff,” he added.

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06/30/17 08:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Prepares CT for Life Without a New State Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a conciliatory tone today, urging legislative leaders to adopt a new budget even as he signed an executive order to begin managing state finances without one.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the executive order under which he will run state government in the absence of an approved budget. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith M. Phaneuf for CTMirror.org.

Yet while he urged legislators to come together he also acknowledged he hasn’t shifted his own fiscal stand much since he proposed his first two-year budget to the General Assembly almost five months ago.

Malloy, who met with reporters in his Capitol office one day before the new fiscal year began, also repeated his warning that social services, aid to towns and most other programs would suffer significantly without a new budget.

“This is a regrettable path and one that I worked very hard to avoid,” Malloy said, referring to the three-month provisional budget he asked legislators to adopt this week.

This still would have imposed cuts on all areas, but would have approved modest tax hikes to limit those reductions, the administration said.

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06/30/17 06:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Herbert E. Mahn, 96

Herbert Edward Mahn, a former Westport resident, died June 16 at the Clare Bridge Unit, Brookdale Assisted Living Facility in Wilton. He was 96.

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Herbert E. Mahn: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born at home and grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts. His family included his father Herbert Augustus Mahn, his mother Edith Maria Mahn and his sister Beverly Ruth Mahn (Surette).

He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1940. After high school he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. on various municipal projects in New England. He once wrote that his ambition was to own a diversified farm.

He was enrolled in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMASS when war broke out in 1941, and he enlisted in 1942. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. from the Armored School OCS.

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06/30/17 06:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers June 12 - 16, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 12 - 16, 2017:

Jason C. and Tonia L. Miller to Timothy J. and Joan F. Beckert, 3 Clinton Ave., $541,500WNproperty.jpg

1 Oak Ridge Park LLC to Benjamin and Emily Fischer, 1 Oak Ridge Park, $1,865,000

Benjamin S. and Emily S. Fischer to Padraig M. and Sara J. Connolly, 5E Gorham Ave., $1,399,000

Martha Ann and Kathryn M. Polacik to Jeffrey D. and Michelle L. Boccuzzi, 3 Hogan Trail, $637,000

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06/30/17 03:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Arrest Man for Illegally Transferring Gun

Officers arrested a North Haven man for illegally transferring a firearm to a woman who police said had the handgun in her vehicle, police said today.

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Nicolas Cappiello: free on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Nicolas Cappiello, 38, turned himself in on a warrant Thursday based on a police investigation that began on March 24.

At approximately midnight on that date, Westport officers responded to a Lilac Lane address on a report that someone rang the doorbell and then left, said Lt. David Farrell.

“While checking the area, officers located a vehicle parked on Lilac Lane with its lights off and occupied by a female operator, identified as Lauren Abriola,” he said. “While speaking with Abriola, officers learned she had a handgun in the vehicle.”

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06/30/17 11:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Speeding, Texting Stop Nets Drug Arrest

Officers arrested a Norwalk man on drug charges and interfering with an officer following a motor vehicle stop for speeding on Post Road West.

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Craig Robilotto : free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Police said Craig Robilotto, 40, struggled with officers as he was being handcuffed Wednesday. The arrest followed a K-9 search that discovered a Thermos containing five bags of marijuana.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the event unfolded about 4:30 p.m. when K-9 Officer David Scinto officer saw the suspect reaching speeds of 46 in a 25 mph zone.

“As the vehicle drove past the officer, he observed the operator holding a cellphone in both hands above the steering wheel and texting,” Farrell said.

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06/30/17 11:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Mud Fun

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Local elementary school campers at Earthplace Summer Camp show off their war paint after their weekly mud fight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


06/30/17 11:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Grace B. Cunningham, 101

Grace “Toni” Cunningham, a former Westporter and well-known figure in the Compo Beach area for decades, died June 29. She was 101.

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Toni Cunningham: well-known Compo Beach figure. Contributed photo

She was born April 6, 1916 in New York, and lived in Scarsdale, New York until coming to Westport in 1930.

After graduating from Scarsdale High School, she attended Connecticut College for Women where she studied art.

After her marriage to Francis J. Cunningham, they made their home in Westport where they raised three daughters.

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06/30/17 11:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Rita V. Hooper, 91

Rita Vigilante Hooper of Westport and Fairfield died June 28 at home. She was 91.

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Rita Hooper: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Raymond Lee Hooper for over 61 years was born in 1925 to the late Michael and Rose Vigilante. She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

She attended the University of Connecticut before meeting her future husband Raymond on Martha’s Vineyard. They were married in 1948 and moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where they lived for seven years before returning to Westport.

In her earlier years, she served as society editor for the Westport Town Crier and at Columbia University in New York. In her later years, she was an active member of the Town of Westport, spending years working for the town in various capacities.

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06/30/17 10:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

Lazy, Hazy End of Summer Day

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A hazy end to Thursday as seen over the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com


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Friday, June 30, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue” (last day)
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cuartetango

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 23 Sterling Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 23 Sterling Drive, in the Old Mill Beach section, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4 story cape has 2,099-square feet, is situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records, last changed ownership in August 2011 for $1,475,000. 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


06/29/17 05:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Frustrated Malloy on Budget Deadlock: ‘This is a Failure of the Legislature’

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today excoriated the General Assembly for failing to vote on even a provisional budget, saving his greatest scorn for the House leadership and any rank-and-file member who was absent from Connecticut as the fiscal year neared its end on Friday.

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A frustrated Gov. Dannel P. Malloy discusses the status of the state budget and budget negotiations today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Pazniokas for CtMirror.org

Malloy, a Democrat not seeking re-election in 2018, thanked the Senate leaders of both parties for being ready to vote. He pressed reporters to seek a list of the missing in the House, suggesting they failed their state and the responsibilities of their office.

“This is a failure of the legislature to pass a budget,” Malloy said.

The Senate was ready today to vote on a “mini-budget” that would provide a spending plan for the first three months of the fiscal year and buy time for a closely divided legislature to find a compromise on how to resolve a $2.3 billion shortfall in the coming year and $2.8 billion the next. The House was not.

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06/29/17 05:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Steinberg Among Moderate Democrats With Doubts on Concessions

By Keith M. Phaneuf


Several moderate Democrats in the General Assembly, including Westport’s Jonathan Steinberg, have told their leadership they agree with Republicans that labor concessions negotiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are insufficient, a potential complication in the intertwined efforts to pass a budget and win ratification by state employees.

Sources say a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate back the tentative deal, but strong Republican opposition in the closely divided legislature means the budget debate could be prolonged by even a small number of Democrats questioning whether the concessions are a sufficient step toward addressing Connecticut’s massive retirement benefits debt.

The concerns about the concessions deal, whose savings are a pivotal piece of every budget proposal under consideration, were confirmed in a series of interviews with CT Mirror.

Kelly Donnelly, a spokeswoman for the Malloy administration, said lawmakers who undermine the concessions deal will bear a heavy responsibility: “Any legislator, who believes that this agreement doesn’t achieve enough savings, should be prepared to lay out their ideas for getting to balance. Simply stating ‘it’s not enough’ is not going to cut it at this stage.”

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06/29/17 04:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Have you seen our missing cat?

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Here is a drawing of our missing cat. She is a small semi-feral black cat. Please call 203-227-4329. She’s been missing since June 24,  Thank-you.


06/29/17 04:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Morgan Stanley Employees Volunteer in Bridgeport

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A group of volunteers from the Westport Branch of Morgan Stanley today improved the playground at a shelter run by Alpha Community Services YMCA in Bridgeport. The project was part of the firm’s Global Volunteer Month. The Westport Branch of Morgan Stanley will relocate to 500 Post Road East on July 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/29/17 01:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Melissa Kane Taps Simmelkjaer as Second Selectman Running Mate

Melissa Kane, Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) chair who plans to run for first selectman, announced today that she has chosen Rob Simmelkjaer, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), as her running mate.

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Melissa Kane with running mate Rob Simmelkjaer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“I am very excited to team up with Rob to bring a strategic vision and fresh perspective to Town Hall. Rob’s tremendous energy, deep intellect and impressive commitment to Westport will have an immediate and positive impact on the town we both love,” said Kane

Kane, who serves on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), said that she has worked closely with Simmelkjaer on the DTC, as well as community initiatives.

“Together I know we will hit the ground running to ensure the integrity of Westport’s unique character and to build its economic vitality well into the future,” she said.

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06/29/17 01:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Demonstrating Salad Making

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Chef Dan Sabia of the recently opened Jesup Hall Restaurant in Westport demonstrates the making of a salad today at the Westport Farmers Market. Sunny weather and temperatures in the 80s brought out large crowds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


06/29/17 11:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Busy Day at Farmers Market

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It was a busy day today at the Westport Farmers Market. Robin Van Riper, founder and owner of Bethel-based EHSTO, chats to customers about her gluten-free and grain-free artisan pasta, pizza crusts, tortillas, and more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


06/29/17 11:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Stroll

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Some out of town visitors stroll Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge Wednesday evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Cribari Bridge Subcommittee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Tick Presentation
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Steven Simon: The United States & the Mideast
7 p.m. - Beechwood Arts (52 Weston Road) - Edelio finale
7:30 p.m. - Saint Luke Church (84 Long Lots Road) - Father James Martin on his book “Building a Bridge”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Sessioners

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Angela P. Chiaia, 89

Angela Palmer Chiaia, a former Westport resident, died June 21 in Tucson, Arizona. She was 89.

She was born in Westport on Sept. 11, 1927 and attended Staples High School. She married Nicolas Chiaia in 1952, and they had five children and a wonderful life together, married for 59 years. She was active in the community.

Nick and Angela went on a five-year trip in which they lived in their motor home and had the opportunity to visit every state and all of the National Parks, Canada and Mexico. They also spent a significant amount of time vacationing in Europe.

In 1980, they settled in Donna, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Angela was a mentor and taught elementary students reading and language arts. They also loved to dance and would often travel to different parks to show off their considerable dancing skills.

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06/28/17 11:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Aquarion Details High Capacity Water Tanks Plan for North Ave.

By James Lomuscio

The 1.5 million gallon water tank on North Avenue across from Staples High School has served Westport well since it was built in 1956, Aquarion Water Company officials said tonight.

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Jeff Ulrich, director of supply operations at Aquarion Water Company, addresses tonight’s meeting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Martlow for WestportNow.com

But now the steel structure is in poor condition with a rusted roof “and in desperate need of rehabilitation,” Mark Fois, Aquarion senior engineer, told 16 persons in the Town Hall auditorium.

“Currently there is no way to take it out of service to provide maintenance, so what we’re proposing is a replacement tank next to it,” Fois said.

The replacement tank planned is actually two cement tanks, twin tanks each with a 2.5 million gallon capacity. A total capacity 5 million gallons would address future storage needs based on town growth, Fire Department needs and overall usage, Fois said.

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06/28/17 10:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Levitt Children’s Series Season Opener

Scenes from tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts season opening night children’s series performance sponsored by Melissa & Doug toy manufactures and featuring Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com


06/28/17 09:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt First Children’s Night of Season

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A large crowd tonight attended the first performance of the season’s weekly Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion for Performance Arts. Entertainment was provided by Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players. The series is sponsored by Melissa & Doug, the children’s toy manufacturer noted for wooden puzzles, arts and crafts products, plush toys and other types of educational toys. Its owners are Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


06/28/17 09:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Westport Listings Lag in Online Marketing

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There are 380 single-family homes available in Westport, and it appears that we are somewhat behind the curve with online marketing for almost half of them.

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Featured Home: This home at 1 Windrush Lane is listed at $1,349,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/Westport

That’s according to the 2017 Homebuyers and Sellers Generational Trends report recently published by The National Association of Realtors.

Some very interesting data in the report included the top five website features that buyers and sellers look for when shopping for a home.

Photos were number one on the list, followed by detailed property information, floor plans, virtual home tours, and recently sold home data.

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06/28/17 06:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

42 Cross Highway           $689,000->$675,000
19 Woods Grove Road         $779,000->$749,900
3 Cottage Lane               $795,000->$765,000
1 Hickory Hill Road           $899,000->$869,000
242 Bayberry Lane           $939,000->$869,000
185 Compo Road. South     $925,000->$920,000
60 Long Lots Road         $1,069,000->$965,000
34 Woods Grove Road       $1,049,000->$999,000
110 C Imperial Ave.      $1,299,000->$1,275,000
7 Eno Lane               $1,348,412->$1,299,412
7 Boxwood Lane           $1,375,000->$1,325,000
14 Darbrook Road         $1,449,000->$1,345,000
25 Westfair Drive         $1,525,000->$1,399,999
35 Greenlea Lane         $1,595,000->$1,495,000
36 Westfair Drive         $1,675,000->$1,499,999
72 Newtown Turnpike     $1,685,000->$1,585,000
47 North Ave.            $1,699,000->$1,589,000
62 North Ave.            $1,675,000->$1,599,000
34 Sturges Commons     $1,649,000->$1,625,000
11 Old Hill Road           $1,699,000->$1,649,000
6 Wheeler Gate           $1,810,000->$1,785,000
7 Dogwood Lane           $1,999,999->$1,949,000
8 Marilane                 $2,299,000->$2,125,000
86 Bayberry Lane         $2,249,000->$2,145,000
42 Sylvan Road           $2,349,000->$2,295,000
7 Gault Park Drive         $2,450,000->$2,370,000
6 Gault Park Drive         $2,650,000->$2,499,000
32 Edgewater Hillside     $2,799,000->$2,599,000
5 Forest Drive             $2,749,000->$2,699,000
88 Morningside Drive South $2,999,000->$2,799,000
41 Burnham Hill           $4,399,000->$4,299,000
—Judy Szablak


06/28/17 06:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rea: Work Commitments Preclude Running for First Selectman

Michael Rea, vice chairman of the Westport Board of Finance, said today that work commitments were the reason that he has suspended his 2017 exploratory committee to run as the Republican candidate for first selectman.

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Mike Rea: can’t make time commitment. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I just didn’t have the time to commit to this effort as was required at this point,” said Rea, vice president of corporate services and global real estate for General Re.

Rea who had filed with the State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC) in early March, said that he was “overwhelmed with the support and encouragement from Westporters across the political spectrum,” and that he would continue to serve out his term of office on the Board of Finance.

“I have a passion for Westport and for service in town government, and I expect to continue to do so,” said Rea, a lifelong town resident with more than 35 years of town volunteer service.

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