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UPDATE Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon gets dunked today at the Great Duck Race by Nick Mathias, 8, who wil enter third grade at Saugatuck Elementary School in the fall. He is the son of Mark (and Kim) Mathias, who is a member of the Westport Board of Education and the only member who who recently cast the sole vote against a raise for Landon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Two Wanted in Robbery, Kidnapping Turn Themsleves In

Westport police today announced the arrest of two men they say kidnapped, robbed, assaulted and threatened to kill a man they gave a ride to early Wednesday from the East Norwalk train station and let him go in Westport.

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Westport Police arrested Andrew “Drew” Frank (l),21, of Stamford, and Peter Ferraro Jr., 24, of Norwalk. Westport Police photos

Turning themselves into police in Westport at 10 a.m. today were Peter Ferraro Jr., 24, of 149 East Rocks Road, Norwalk, and Andrew “Drew” Frank, 21, of 99 Highview Ave., Stamford, police said.

Both are charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Ferraro is additionally charged with credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, and sixth-degree larceny. Both are being held in lieu of a court set $150,00 cash only bond and will be arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, police said.

Police said “media and public assistance, as well as the assistance of both the Norwalk and Stamford Police Departments was instrumental in the speedy and successful conclusion of this violent crime investigation.”

Comings & Goings: Bodytalk Closing After 20 Years

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Bodytalk, a women’s clothing and accessories store at 281 Post Road East in the Playhouse Square shopping center, is closing after 20 years in Westport, according to owner and Avon resident Noel Davidson, 81. He said his wife is the owner of another Bodytalk shop on Avon’s Main Street. Davidson did not offer a final date for the store’s closing and said, “We’re closing for a whole bunch of reasons.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Renee B. Keane, 76

Renee Bacal Keane, a longtime Westport resident who retired to Florida, died June 21 in Fairfax, Va. The cause of death was a brain injury resulting from a fall. She was 76.

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Renee Keane: former real estate agent. Contributed photo

A popular real estate agent in Westport for more than a decade, she later worked for 14 years as national meeting coordinator for The Common Fund, a service organization that assisted almost 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide in the management of their endowments.

She and her husband George retired and moved to University Park Florida in 1997, but continued to spend summers in Connecticut with their children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband George Keane of Trumbull, her brother Joe Bacal (Anne) of Manhattan, her children Jeffrey Shwartz (Nancy) of Newtown, Robbin Golas (Gary) of Trumbull, and Joshua Kane (Abby) of Manhattan, as well as her three step-children Brian Keane of Monroe, Geoffrey Keane of Stratford and Sheila Keane (Valerie) of Lismore Australia. She and George together have eight grandchildren: Chris, Tristan (Grace), Amelia, Wylder, Dylan, Alan, Elizabeth, and Zachariah. She was predeceased by her grandson, Maximillian Kane.

Helen Mae Leamer, 95

Helen Mae Leamer, 95, a former Westport resident, died June 14. She was 95.

Born in Westport to the late Edward and Pearl Burkey, she was one of seven children. After graduating from Staples High School, she was accepted into the University of Chicago where she earned her BA in 1939.

While at the university, she met Laurence Leamer and the couple was married on Aug. 9, 1940. During World War II, she and her two small children lived with her in-laws and parents while her husband served in the Army. Laurence was an economics professor first at the University of Chicago and then for most of his career at what became the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Helen was active in the community, worked part-time in the Vestal Library and was an active member of the Vestal United Methodist Church.

Westport May Unemployment Rate at 6%

Westport’s unemployment rate in May was 6 percent, up from 5.8 percent in April, the Connecticut Department of Labor said.

The department said the number of Westport unemployed in May was 752, up from 706 in April.

The May labor force in Westport numbered 12,531, up from 12,254 in April.

There were 11,779 unemployed in May, up from 11,548 employed in April. A year ago in May, Westport’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.