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Camp Pickup Ends with DWI, Disorderly Conduct Arrest

A 55-year-old Westport man faces drunk driving and disorderly conduct charges after he went to Camp Mahackeno to pick up his daughter and got into a shoving match with a counselor, police said today.

The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the camp operated by the Westport Weston Family Y, said Capt. Sam Arciola, and involved Gerard R. Gaspel of 15 Partrick Lane.

He was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence and two counts of breach of peace, police said. He posted $1,000 bond and was given a court date of July 8.

Police were called to Camp Mahackeno on a report of a disturbance, Arciola said. He said when camp staff would not release Gaspel’s child to him because he was not on the authorized pick up list, he became unruly, Arciola said.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
6 p.m. – Sherwood Island Nature Center – “Piping Plovers and Least Terns: Endangered Species”
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – opening reception, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – 102nd Army Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

RTM Committees: ‘Control Deer Without Hunting’

By James Lomuscio

In separate straw votes, three Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) subcommittees agreed tonight to recommend to the full legislative body that the town’s deer herd needs to be controlled, but ruled out any lethal means as it voted to uphold the town’s hunting ban.

After eight months of public hearings and debate, the RTM’s Health and Human Services, Public Protection, and Environment Committees voted 9 to 5 that the deer population needed to be controlled. It also voted 13 to 1 to uphold the town’s hunting ban. Richard Lowenstein, District 5, was the only dissenting vote.

While the decision won praise from animal rights activists present, Peter Knight, the lead petitioner who had suggested culling the herd via sharpshooters, called the decisions “ridiculous.’

“I think it’s ridiculous to talk about controlling deer without some form of culling,” Knight said. “How do you reduce the population? You either starve them or you shoot them.”

Adam Slez, Former Staples Footballer, is Now Dr. Slez

Call him Dr. now—Adam Slez, a 1999 Staples graduate where he was a captain of the football team, has been awarded a doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. WestportNow.com Image
Adam Slez: former Staples football captain earns Ph.D. Contributed photo

Winner of the John H. Kolb Award for outstanding academic achievement, Slez is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and a Phi Beta Kappa member.

He has accepted a two-year post doctoral fellowship at Princeton University where he will pursue his own research agenda in The Center for the Study of Social Organization and teach “The Sociology of American Political History” in the Sociology Department.

His wife, Jennifer Huck, who holds a Master of Sociology degree, earned a second Master in Library and Information Sciences also from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She has accepted the position as the new Systems and Emerging Technology Librarian at the Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania.

New Board of LWV of Westport Get Together

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The new and old board of the League of Women Voters of Westport got together today at the home of Jill Greenberg. Pictured are members of the new board (front row l-r) Barbara Licker; Lois Green; Jackie Gordon; Andi Turner, and Celestine LaCroix; (back row) Becky Ruthven; Marilyn Smith; Jan Fraser; Joyce Netherton; Yvonne Senturia and Doris Skutch. Missing: photographer Phyllis Groner; Nancy Bloom; Sarah Menchaca, Nita Cohen; Elaine Weinstein, and Carol Stein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Catherine F. Gallagher, 57

Catherine Farrington Gallagher, 57, of Westport, died June 26 at home.

Born Sept. 8, 1953, in Forest Hills, N.Y., she attended Forest Hills High School; received a BA in elementary education in 1975 from Emerson College in Boston and a master’s in applied linguistics from Columbia University School of Education in 1984.

She began her career in 1975 as a teacher in local schools in Monrovia, Liberia, following her future husband, Steve Glovinsky, who worked there for the United Nations. They were married in June 1979 and moved to Westport in 1993.

She also had taught at schools in Nepal, U.S. Virgin Islands and Ghana. Returning to the United States in 1987, she was one of the original educational sales representatives, kindergarten through sixth grade, for Wright Group Publishing.

Gas Main Leak Forces Main Street Closure

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Westport’s Main Street was blocked by emergency vehicles and shut down shortly before 2 p.m. today because of a leak in a 1 and 1/4-inch gas pipeline that had been struck by a work crew. Firefighters evacuated two buildings on Main Street while utility crews shut down the line. Main Street was closed for about 45 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo