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Jury Indicts Man for Westport Bank Robbery Image
Anthony Hall: arrested in July robbery. Contributed photo
A federal grand jury in New Haven today returned an indictment charging a 49-year-old man in connection with four Connecticut bank robberies, including one in Westport last July.

The indictment alleges Anthony Hall of Montville, Conn., robbed a Hudson Valley Bank branch on Post Road West in Westport on July 10, 2009, a Putnam Bank branch in Ledyard on Jan. 30, 2008, a Webster Bank branch in Waterford on June 11, 2009 and a New Alliance Bank branch in East Haven on June 24, 2009.

He has remained in custody since his arrest by the U.S. Marshals Service on Aug. 14, 2009, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (See WestportNow Aug. 14, 2009)

He is charged with three counts of armed bank robbery and one count of bank robbery. Hall faces 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each armed robbery count, and 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery count.

Comings and Goings: Westport Chinese Takeout

By Dave Matlow

Westport is about to get a new Chinese takeout from a Westport family with a long history of serving up Oriental Image
Westport Chinese Takeout will open in about three weeks at 67 Saugatuck Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Westport Chinese Takeout will open at 67 Saugatuck Ave. in about three weeks, according to co-owner Lena Liu. She and her husband John also own the nearby Jasmine Restaurant at 60 Charles St.

Lena Liu said that they are opening the additional food establishment because they intend to renovate Jasmine which she said will require it to be closed for about two months.

“This way customers will a choice for good Chinese food even when Jasmine is closed.” she said.

Eva M. Carrara, 97

Eva M. Carrara, 97, a native and lifelong resident of Westport and wife of the late Peter D. Carrara, passed away peacefully Monday Jan. 4 at home in the company of her Image
Eva Carrara: oldest member of United Methodist Church. Contributed photo

Born at home in Westport, Sept. 12, 1912, the daughter of the late Nathan and Elsie (Baker) Shippey, Mrs. Carrara was the oldest living member of the United Methodist Church in Westport.

Prior to retiring Jan. 5, 2001, Mrs. Carrara was employed for 29 years with MBI in Norwalk. She is a graduate of Staples High School and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Westport where she was a member of Suzannah Circle.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne C. Marshall and her husband Howard, Marilyn F. Carrara both of Westport, three grandchildren, Jay Marshall (Lynn), Janice Ullrich (Jim), Nancy Sengstacken; four great grandchildren, Brenna and Nicole Marshall, Joseph Pepin, Meghan Sengstacken, and two great great grandchildren, Kaiden and Jaylyn Powell.

Westporter Tops “Seinfeld” Video Gaming Mark

A 45-year-old Westport man has become the first person in video gaming history to top the fictional “Costanza Score” made famous in a classic episode of “Seinfeld,” according to a video gaming Image
Pat Laffaye and Frogger. Contributed photo

Twin Galaxies International, the official organization for score-keeping on all eras of video gaming since 1981, said the fictional 860,630 points held by Seinfeld character George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) has been broken on an original Frogger machine for the first time in history by Pat Laffaye of Westport.

Laffaye’s world record mark of 896,980 points was verified by Twin Galaxies referee Eric Akeson, Twin Galaxies International said.

“Even though it was imagined by television writers, Pat has broken one of the most famous scores in pop culture,” Twin Galaxies Division Manager Patrick Scott Patterson said. “Pat’s amazing score will now forever be attached to not only Twin Galaxies history, but pop culture trivia as well.”

Stefanie Prigge, 63

Stefanie Prigge, 63, of Greenwich, died Dec. 31 at home.

Born in Alexandria, Va. on Aug. 12, 1946, she was the daughter of the late William and Louise Prigge.

Prigge attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1964. She moved to Greenwich in 1973. Her family was longtime members of Saugatuck Congregational Church and the Cedar Point Yacht Club.

She is survived by her brother, Peter Prigge. She was predeceased by her younger brother, Paul Prigge.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teen Program: Animé Night
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission/ARB Joint Meeting
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 14 – 18, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 14 - 18, 2009:

J. David and F. Sadrian Durie to Brett F. and Gwendolyn L. Cohen, 26 Broadview Road, $2,030,000WN property.jpg

Bradley Commons Development LLC to Leigh E. Engen, 601 Bradley Commons, $690,668

Mark A. and Robert C. Yingling to Charles and Lisa K. Slidders, 39 Pequot Trail, $1,236,100

Gary Fullenbaum and Michelle Picker to Glen and Sarah Eiegel, 15 Side Hill Road, $942,000

World War II Vet Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan Dies at 84

Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan, a Westport native who went off to World War II at the age of 17, survived battles at sea, and 60 years later fought and won another battle in his hometown—to erect a monument to his fallen comrades, died Saturday at Norwalk Hospital. He was 84.keehan75.jpg
“Edyo” Keehan: led effort to restore monument. Contributed photo
1943 Saturday Evening Post cover. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo

In 2004, he published a book recounting his experiences, “Battle for Honor.” “I hope many people in Westport get a chance to read it,” he said at the time. (See WestportNow Nov. 24, 2004)

Keehan’s book tells of his time aboard two World War II cruisers, how he came home and worked as a truck manager for 18 years, and then retired and went into real estate.

But all the while he was concerned that a World War II monument that once stood outside the old Westport Town Hall on Post Road East was missing.

U.S. Census Bureau Recruiting Westport Workers

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a session on Tuesday at Westport Town Hall as part of its efforts to recruit applicants for temporary jobs with flexible hours to help ensure the 2010 Census is a success. 

The Bureau’s Bridgeport Local 2010 Census Office will conduct the session at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. Applicants are asked to bring a valid U.S. passport, or a driver’s license and birth certificate.

Census takers, also known as enumerators, are needed to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return census questionnaires.  These positions need to be filled by individuals with flexible schedules as work may occur in evenings and on weekends, an announcement said.

Some positions may involve shift work. All temporary census employees must be able to attend training, for which they will be compensated. Most training sessions are held during the day on weekdays. Occasionally, a session may be held in the evening or on weekends.