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Officers Promoted

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Andrew Kassay, Lt. David Kassay’s son and a Greenwich police officer, pins a badge to his father’s uniform today. The elder Kassay was promoted to lieutenant during a ceremony at Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
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A large number of friends, family and colleagues gathered at Westport Town Hall today to see four police officers promoted to the ranks of lieutenant and sergeant.

David Kassay was promoted to lieutenant. Samuel Arciola, Arthur Belile and Fotios Koskinas were all promoted to sergeant.

“You can see with the turnout today, these officers deserve the honor,” said Police Chief Al Fiore of the large crowd.

Officers look up to Kassay, he said, and he knows the three new sergeants will “inspire the troops.”

Westport Receives Reimbursement for Winter Storm

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today that Westport has received notification from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security that it will be reimbursed $143,957 for expenses incurred during the Feb. 11-12 snowstorm and blizzard.

“This represents a 75 percent reimbursement for costs incurred during the winter storm,” said Joseloff. 

He said the town’s total cost for the two-day storm event was $189,895. This includes expenses incurred by the Public Works, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation Departments and the Board of Education.

In March, Gov. M. Jodi Rell asked President Bush to declare an emergency for the entire state as the result of the storm, which she said cost the state approximately $3 million and municipalities between $6 million and $12 million.

Flash Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Fairfield County area.

It said at 7:16 a.m National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated rainfall rates of one inch per hour or greater falling across the warned area.

Rainfall this heavy will likely cause flash flooding of roadways, hghways, low lying areas, creeks and streams.

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Newtown, Monroe, Danbury and Bethel, an advisory said.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Drawer Boy”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Board of Selectmen
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Hall Family
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Special Board of Education

Westport Property Transfers June 19-23, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 19-23, 2006:

82 Saugatuck LLC to Weislaw and Theresa Armatowski, 82 Saugatuck Ave., $575,000WN property.jpg

Danette M. Stephens to G. F. Development LLC, 197 Hillspoint Road, $975,000

Malcolm W. and Tracy M. Robinson III to David J. and Angela K. Edwards, 55 Center St., $2,190,000

Aimee and Fred Kuehndorf to Julie McMahon, 83 Kings Highway North, $1,345,000

Leon P. Bernard to Westport Family Homes LLC, 7 Keyser Road, $676,500

Community Gardens Vandalized

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Ken Smith, a community gardener, reviews the damage to his plot. Vandals knocked knocked over and pulled up plants in the town’s Community Gardens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Linda Gramatky Smith for WestportNow.com
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Some Westport community gardeners are left to replant their gardens after vandals tossed aside bean poles and plant cages and pulled up some plants.

Gardeners Ken and Linda Smith arrived at the gardens at about noon today to find the bean poles from their garden tossed over the fence.

“At first we just thought a deer had done it, but then we found large footprints,” Linda Smith said. “It was little malicious things.”

The first six plots in the community garden were the ones that took the damage, she said.