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Sunday, September 24, 2017

LWV Hosts Fall Brunch Image
Sheila Ward (r), president of the League of Women Voters of Westport, today addresses candidates and guests at the group’s annual fall brunch. Many of those running for office showed up for the event at a private residence in the Coleytown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/24/17 02:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marpe on Vandalized Banner: ‘Angry it’s Gone Again’

When Westport’s Unitarian Church rededicated its new Black Lives Matter banner last week, replacing the one ripped down in August, the Rev. John Morehouse thanked his congregants and the Westport community for their support. Image
The banner was vandalized again five days after its rededication. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“The outpouring of support for this has been absolutely incredible,” said Morehouse, adding that the church received so many donations for a new banner, he had “enough for another if this one comes down.”

Today, those words seem prophetic. The new banner went missing sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, officials said.

Unlike the original roadside one that had been ripped down Aug. 23 and later found torn in half and on the side of the road, the new one has yet to be found, according to First Selectman Jim Marpe.

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Black Lives Matter Banner Vandalized Again Image
Five days after its rededication (see WestportNow Sept. 17, 2017) , the Black Lives Matter banner at Westport’s Unitarian Church has been vandalized again, according to the Rev. John Morehouse. In a Facebook posting, he said the banner was vandalized sometime Friday night/Saturday morning. “Every time the banner is vandalized it fortifies our resolve to replace it and underscores the very need for its existence,” he said. The first banner was ripped from its frame on Aug. 23. (See WestportNow Aug. 25, 2017) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Saturday’s sunset as seen over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

2 p.m. - Westport Library - Electronics Surprise Workshop
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Diana Loevy, 63

Diana Beth Loevy of Westport died Sept. 20 at home. She was 63. Image
Diana Loevy: book club expert.  Contributed photo

She was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Beatrice (Bea) and Jay Loevy of Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

She grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, attending Morristown High School, and then graduated the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

She immediately entered the journalism profession with National Geographic Magazine. She later became a vice president and editorial director at United Media, where she recruited talent and worked closely with authors and artists.

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09/23/17 11:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bruce Barton, 79

Bruce Barton, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 20 at home after a 20-year battle with cancer.  He was 79.

Son of Stanley and Estelle Barton, he was born in Ossining, New York in 1938. He grew up in Westport and graduated from Brown University in 1960, continuing on to earn an M.Ed. and a Ph.D in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Deborah, his daughter, Andrea Barton, two stepchildren, Corinne Giarnella and Randy Giarnella all of Connecticut, and three grandchildren, Macy, Lilia, and Emmett, all of Connecticut.

A graveside burial will be held in Connecticut in the spring.

Memorial donations in his name may be made by check or online to: Colorado Visiting Nurses Association 390 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203.


09/23/17 11:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying Harvest Fest Dinner Image
The summer-like weather was perfect for tonight’s seventh Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner. Guests enjoyed food cooked by local chefs as they raised funds for the town-owned farm with a silent and live auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Guests wait to sample some food at tonight’s seventh Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/23/17 08:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Return to Summer Image
With temperatures soaring to 85, it looked like a summer Saturday today at Westport’s Compo Beach—except it was the first full day of autumn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Staples Footballers Crush Brien McMahon 44-7

Staples Footballers Crush Brien McMahon 44-7
Staples senior quarterback Daniel Thompson moves the ball forward today in the Wreckers 44-7 FCIAC victory over Brien McMahon at Norwalk. Staples improved to 3-0 on the season and next hosts Ridgefield at its homecoming on Friday, Oct. 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


09/23/17 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

In for the Touchdown Image
Staples junior Kevin Rabacs scampers in for a touchdown today after a pass from senior quarterback Daniel Thompson in the 44-7 Wrecker win over Brien McMahon at Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


09/23/17 03:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Food Allergy Heroes’ Walk Attracts Hundreds Image
Almost 300 persons participated today in the annual Food Allergy Heroes Walk fundraiser at Sherwood Island State Par. The goal of the event is to “raise critical funds and awareness to create a safer, more inclusive world for the 15 million Americans with food allergies,” according to Lisa Hofmeister, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organizer. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe read a proclamation declaring today Food Allergy Heroes Walk day in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/23/17 03:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Superstorm Sandy Scammer Arrested

It took more than four years, but Westport police finally have arrested a man who they said scammed victims with offers of generator installations that never happened after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, police said. Image
John Mech: arrested in Oregon.  Westport Police photo

John Mech, 56, of Seaside, Oregon was arrested there on Sept. 15 by local wildlife/game control agents for an illegal fishing violation, said Lt. David Farrell.  Upon checking, they found outstanding warrants for him from Westport, Monroe, and Stamford, he said, in which victims alleged they paid money for generators that he never installed.

Stamford detectives escorted him back to Connecticut and Westport subsequently arrested him on Thursday for third-degree larceny and a home improvement violation. He faces similar charges in the other communities.

Westport slapped a $10,000 bond on him while it and bonds from other jurisdictions added up to $61,000, Farrell said. Mech is scheduled for a court appearance on Monday, Oct. 2.


09/23/17 12:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Tonight’s Harvest Fest Dinner Image
Volunteers were busy today setiing up for tonight’s seventh Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner. According to farm board member, Christy Colasurdo, the goals of the sold out event are to raise funds to sponsor campers and students, kindergarten through middle school age as well as for care of the animals.  “We completed one phase when we renovated the main house,” she said. “Now we enter the next phase.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/23/17 12:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Train Station Bicycle Thief Arrested

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man for stealing a bicycle at the Saugatuck train station after he removed the lock and rode off from the Railroad Place bike rack, police said. Image
George Lopez: caught on camera. Westport Police photo

George Lopez, 56, was arrested on an active warrant at State Police Troop G after he had been positively identified following a review of surveillance video of the crime that took place June 14, Lt. David Farrell said.

“Detectives recognized the suspect to be George Lopez, who was previously arrested for the same offense,” Farrell said. “Lopez was interviewed, but he denied committing the crime.”

Farrell said that based on detectives positively identifying Lopez, an arrest warrant was submitted to Norwalk Superior Court.

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09/23/17 12:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Passing of Phony $100 Bill Leads to Two Arrests

Officers arrested two New York men on forgery, larceny and conspiracy charges following a complaint of an individual passing a bogus $100 bill at Trader Joe’s, 400 Post Road East, and receiving $88.87 in change, police said. Image
Patmore Proctor (l) and Jamal Greene: bond set at $5,000 each. Westport Police photos

Jamal Greene, 22 of the Bronx, and Patmore Proctor, 26, of Manhattan were later arrested at nearby CVS Tuesday, where they attempted to make a purchase with another counterfeit $100, according to Lt. David Farrell.

“The (Trader Joe’s) store was alerted to males passing counterfeit bills earlier on this same date at other Trader Joe’s locations in southern Connecticut,” Farrell said.

“Store staff had seen Greene in the company of at least one other male while in the store, later identified as Patmore Proctor,” he added.

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09/23/17 11:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fairfield Woman Arrested on DUI Charge

Officers arrested a Fairfield woman on a charge of operating under the influence after she was observed driving erratically on Post Road East, police said. Image
Dorothy Moran: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

On May 23 at about 11 a.m., Dorothy Moran, 66, was seen driving in an erratic manner and later was involved in a parking lot accident at 991 Post Road East, said Lt. David Farrell.

“Moran was slurring her words and could not follow the officer’s instructions,” he said. When she was unable to safely exit the vehicle for a field sobriety test, she was transported to Norwalk Hospital.

Police subsequently obtained a search warrant for her hospital medical records, which showed her blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, Farrell said. An arrest warrant was issued, and she turned herself in on Wednesday. She was freed on a $500 cash bond for a Norwalk Court appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 4.


09/23/17 11:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

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Westport Public Works Director Steve Edwards (r) supervises today as workers give a pre-check to materials brought to Household Hazardous Waste Day by Ben Deipolyi of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/23/17 10:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste Image
Many Westporters were out early today to dispose of household hazardous waste at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayybery Lane. According to Debra Barbieri, Public Works staff member, this is the first year that paint is no longer collected at the hazmat collection. Visitors with paint are redirected to the newly opened paint disposal service at the Westport Transfer Station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/23/17 10:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Pioneer Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Pioneer Road, off Sylvan Road North, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 2,971-square feet and is situated on a 1.58-acre property. 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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Saturday, September 23, 2017

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport/Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - FARE (Food Allergies Research & Education) Family Fun Day & Walk
2 p.m. - Earthplace - Group Canoe Paddle
5 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Board Game Night
6 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Anthony de Mare: “LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim at the Piano”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Evelyn T. Locke, 90

Evelyn Tower Locke of Fairfield, a former employee of the Westport school system, died Sept. 17 from complications of Parkinson’s disease, which she battled courageously for a number of years. She was 90.

Evelyn Tower Locke
Evelyn Locke: worked at Staples High School. Contributed photo

She was born in Bridgeport, the third child, and only daughter, of Jeanette and Bernard Tower.

She graduated from Bassick High School and received her BA degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, where she majored in general science. She was selected as a member of “Box and Candle,” the honorary society of the Dramatics association. She was also awarded two master’s degrees from the University of Bridgeport.

She was a school psychologist from the early 1970s until 1991, when she retired. The majority of her professional career was devoted to advising students at Staples High School in Westport. At Staples, she developed an innovative learning strategies program to help nontraditional learners.

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09/22/17 11:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

At Historical Society, Visions of Westport 50 Years from Now

By James Lomuscio

Sue Gold, the Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) executive director, said the “06880+50” exhibition that opened tonight “kind of broke the mold because it’s not about the past but the future.” Image
Westport architect John Rountree sees homes that produce more energy than they use as the norm 50 years from now. photo

The exhibit, which drew more than 100 to its opening reception at the WHS and runs through Dec. 31, envisions what the town will look like in the next 50 years. And to do that, the show curated by Andrew Bentley drew on the visions of area architects.

The exhibit choreographs their predictions including: Net Zero energy homes; redesigned homes to accommodate rising sea levels; a high speed ferry from Westport to New York City; a pedestrian bridge across the Saugatuck River; lots for driverless, self-parking cars; and communal neighborhoods.

“I have my work cut out for me Monday morning,” joked First Selectman Jim Marpe, adding that architects are also part of the town’s long arts history.

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A Look into the Future Image
A visitor tonight views one of the exhibits in the Westport Historical Society’s “06880+50,” a look at how some area architects see Westport 50 years from now.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/22/17 07:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Large Turnout for WHS Futuristic Exhibit Image
There was a large turnout tonight for a Westport Historical Society (WHS) reception marking the opening of “06880+50,” a futuristic exhibit based on area architects’ imaginings of the town 50 years from now. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/22/17 06:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy: CT Sends More Aid to Hurricane Victims

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has deployed a C-130H cargo plane and seven Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard to help with Hurricane Maria response and relief efforts in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.

The unit, which departed from Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, includes C-130H pilots, crewmembers, loadmasters, and maintainers, an announcement said.

First, the crew will drop off supplies in St. Thomas, followed by a second supply drop-off in Puerto Rico.  From there they will fly to Georgia, where they will stand by for potential follow-up missions.

“The Connecticut National Guard has proven to be an exemplary group of men and women who once again dropped everything at a moment’s notice to support those who live hundreds of miles away and are in need of assistance,” Malloy said.

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09/22/17 03:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Keyser Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Keyser Road, at the corner of Imperial Avenue, is in process. Built in 1947, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,637-square feet, is situated on a .34-acre property and last changed ownership in January, 2016 for $920,000. 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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Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Parks & Rec Friends Image
More than 90 golfers gathered at Longshore Park today in support of the fifth annual Club House Cup tournament fundraiser to benefit Friends of Westport Parks & Rec. According to co-organizer Chuck Haberstroh a goal of the event is to “raise awareness of the need for a new clubhouse.” Pictured is volunteer Kim Ebbesen handing a gift bag to Haberstroh.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/22/17 12:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Deputy Chief Penna to Retire Oct. 1

Deputy Chief Vincent Penna, a 23-year full-time officer of the Westport Police Department who served in multiple roles and helped earn the department’s Police Officers Standards and Training Council accreditation, is set to retire Oct. 1, police officials said today. Image
Deputy Chief Vincent Penna: retiring after 23 years. Contributed photo

In his career, Penna, 47, headed the detective bureau, and still as deputy chief oversees Westport EMS, building maintenance, internal affairs, public affairs, animal control, the training division and information management.

“Deputy Chief Penna takes with him a great deal of experience and knowledge,” said Chief Foti Koskinas. “We worked together for many years.  We came up through the ranks together, navigated through difficult times and shared countless laughs.

“He’ll certainly be missed by the men and women that worked with him,” he added. “We all wish him the best in his retirement.”

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