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Board Votes to Declare Compo Mill Dog Dangerous

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Three members of Westport’s Dangerous Dog Hearing Board—(l-r) Dr. Joan Poster, Susan Smith, and Ann Marie Flynn—today surveyed the Compo Mill Home of a dog neighbors petitioned to be declared dangerous because of involvement in fights with neighboring dogs and biting of an owner. The board later voted 2-1 to declare the dog dangerous, making it subject to strict restrictions, including that it be muzzled outside of its home or secure enclosure, and that a sign be erected warning of the presence of a dangerous dog. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

I’m Charlie and I Have a New Home

Long-hair dachshund Charlie needs a new home
Hi, I’m Charlie! Westport Animal Control

Charlie is an adorable male long-haired dachshund who is approximately one year old. He is currently residing at Westport Animal Control (203-341-5076 ). He’s a swell little fellow that is very affectionate and full of energy. He will not be content to sit around all day because he has places to go and people to meet. He gets along well with other dogs too. He has a great big doggie heart in a little doggie body. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with a pet, then Charlie is not the dog for you. If, however, you are looking for a real companion dog, have lots of time to share with a new addition, and are familiar with the dachshund breed, then please contact Westport Animal Control to meet Charlie.

Westport Man Pleads Guilty in $1.5 Million Embezzlement

A Westport accountant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford today to embezzling $1.5 million from two firms over a two-year period for his personal use.

Noel D. Lara, 40, of 25 Saugatuck Ave., who was arrested by Westport police in May, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. (See WestportNow May 13, 2008)

Lara, who worked for two Connecticut companies, admitted that he used company money to fund personal expenses including the purchase of designer watches and clothing, finance payments to motor vehicle companies and investments in stocks

U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant ordered Lara to be sentenced on Oct.17 at which time he faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a fine of $3.1 million, as well as an order of restitution to his victims.

Freed After Half Hour Trapped in Elevator

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Westport Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Maloney welcomes Eduardo Evangelista, a construction worker from Danbury, upon his release from an elevator in which he was trapped for approximately a half hour today at 274 Riverside Ave. following a power failure in the Saugatuck area. A woman trapped in a second elevator was also rescued after half an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Power Outage Hits Saugatuck Area

UPDATE A power outage hit parts of Westport’s Saugatuck area today, affecting at its peak about 750 customers, a utility spokesman said.WestportNow.com Image
The traffic light at Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street was among those affected by today’s power outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Some customers were restored within an hour of the 1:15 p.m. outage, but it took almost six hours for full restoration, the spokesman said.

Areas affected included Riverside Avenue, Saugatuck Avenue, the Bridge Street area and parts of Saugatuck Shores, according to the Connecticut Light and Power Company official.

Cause of the outage appeared to be a cable failure involving the Compo substation at Compo Road South near the railroad underpass, the CL&P spokesman said.

Thursday, July 31, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Rally ‘Round The Flag, Boys!” (1958)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Be a Myth (grades 3 & up)
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Pre-Concert Gala Cocktail Party and Dinner
6 p.m. – 35 Old Mill Road – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board Field Trip
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Sidewalk Dave w/ Aeroplane 1929, Hugo, Extra Parachutes & Midi, and the Modern Dance
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
9 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – SOLD OUT: NO GATE TICKETS AVAILABLE – Summer Gala Concert Levitt Pavilion fund-raiser: Michael McDonald

Hot Peas ‘N Butter Cook Up Bi-Lingual Sound at Levitt

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Performing at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the first time tonight, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a multi-cultural bilingual five-piece band and dancer, entertained a large audience of all ages. Their entertaining lyrics comprised of interchangeable Spanish and English encourage youngsters to become familiar with bilingual sounds and vocabulary. The group, which appears regularly on the Noggin TV network catering to preschoolers, was founded in 2000 by the Latino duo of Bronx-raised Frank Cotto (l) and Brooklynite Danny Lapidus (c). They met at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com