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Going Down: 167 Cross Highway

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The house at 167 Cross Highway came down today. Part of the 5,038 square-foot house was built in 1790. The house and two other buildings sit on a 7.53-acre parcel. It changed hands in August, 2007 for $5 million when it was purchased from the songwriting/production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 5, 2007. As the demolition proceeded, Doug Bernstein (l), the new owner of the property, chatted with Westporter Susan Malloy whose parents Aaron and Clara Rabinowitz owned the house and property her family referred to as “Robin’s Nest” from 1937 to 1973.  Asked today how she felt about seeing her childhood home being demolished, Malloy said she thought a lot about it Sunday night and came to the realization that it was in poor condition, could not be renovated and decided to go there this morning to say goodbye. “I made my peace with the fact that it is being demolished” she added, “even though I cannot get used to those machines ripping into a house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Story and photo by Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westporter and Four Others Found Guilty in Fraud Trial

A federal jury in Hartford has found four former General Re Corporation (Gen Re) executives, including a former Westport Board of Finance member, along with one former American International Group Inc. (AIG) executive, guilty of fraud following a five-week long trial, the Justice Department announced today. WestportNow.com Image
Robert Graham: Found guilty. WN file photo

The jury returned a verdict of guilty on all charges against all defendants contained in a 16-count superseding indictment stemming from a fraudulent scheme to manipulate AIG’s financial statements, the department said.

Robert Graham, 59, of Westport, a Gen Re senior vice president and assistant general counsel employed by Gen Re from about 1986 through October 2005, was found guilty on charges of conspiracy, securities fraud, false statements to the SEC, and mail fraud, a news release said.

Graham served as a Republican member of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission from 1995 to 1999 and was on the Board of Finance from 1999 to 2003.

Going Down: 57 Crescent Road

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The house at 57 Crescent Road, behind McDonald’s on Post Road East, was demolished today. The 1922-built conventional clapboard house had 1,646 square feet, was situated on a 0.57-acre property and changed hands in December for $520,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 18, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, February 25, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Greens Farms Pre-School (71 Hillandale Road) – children’s singer/songwriter/entertainer Amy Rogell performs
4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Special Budget Workshop
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee

Trapped

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A one-vehicle rollover on I-95 shortly before 5 a.m. today between Exits 18 and 19 trapped two passengers in the vehicle. The driver, a West Haven women, managed to get out on her own, according to Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. Firefighters used inflatable air bags to lift the car to free one woman stuck half way out the rear passenger window. It was the fourth serious accident on I-95 and the Merritt for Westport firefighters in less than 24 hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo