Sunday, March 03, 2024


WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 165 Cross Highway Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 165 Cross Highway is in process. Built in 1961, the two-story colonial has 2,704 square feet and is situated on a 1.1-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Saved—for the Time Being Image
Christmas wreaths today masked the removal notices on several of the 15 trees designated for elimination along the entrance road to Westport’s Longshore Club Park. First Selectman Jim Marpe announced Friday he has postponed their removal to allow for a review and public meeting on the issue. Parks and Recreation Department officials said the trees have reached—or will soon—the end of their useful lives. Newer trees planted 20 or so years ago farther back from the roadway can be seen behind the trees designated for removal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Easy Does It Image
A trucker’s assistant today guides the driver as he attempts to maneuver under the Metro-North train tracks on Westport’s Saugatuck Avenue. After a few moments, they decided best to back up and try another route. The underpass has been the scene of numerous previous unsuccessful attempts by trucks to make it through the 10-foot-11-inch clearance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Police Identify Woman Found off Saugatuck Shores Image
Workers from the Medical Examiner’s office remove the body at the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo

Westport police tonight identified a woman found floating in waters off Saugatuck Shores earlier today as Annette L. White, 45, of Maine, who had recently been living at a home in Westport. No hometown was given.

“Cause and manner of death are pending from the Office of Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Farmington,” a news release said.

Police asked anyone who had contact with the victim to call the Westport Police Department at (203)341-6000.

A kayaker who was duck hunting found the body shortly after 9 a.m. in waters off of Longshore Club Park. It was recovered by police and fire units near the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club at Saugatuck Shores. (See earlier story here).

Gorgeous Dina Has A Home

Dina. Westport Animal Control

Dina has been adopted.  She is friendly and affectionate with people of all ages.  She walks well on a leash and is housebroken.  Dina is an intelligent and active dog and needs someone that will keep her exercised and stimulated.  She gets along well with other dogs but in the home does tend to be alpha female and should probably be the only female dog in the house.  Dina is spayed and up to date on her vet care.  To complete an application for Dina, please visit and click on Adopt to apply on line.  For additional information about her, please send an email to Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Marpe Orders Delay in Removal of Longshore Trees

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today he has asked for a temporary delay in removal of 15 trees at the entrance to Longshore Club Park following questions from the public. Image
Removal notices were posted on the 15 trees last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Since this is a new issue for me and my administration, Westport Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay will prepare for my review a written report outlining his analysis and confirming his recommendation that the trees be removed,” Marpe said in a statement.

He added: “I have the utmost confidence in, and respect for, Mr. Lindsay, who recently came to Westport with excellent credentials in this field.  However, in view of the importance of this issue and the discussion which it has generated, I have requested that Mr. Lindsay temporarily delay the tree removal and to prepare this report.”

Parks and Recreation officials have said the trees have reached — or will soon — the end of their useful lives. They said the crowns are sparse and misshaped, as a result of deterioration and falling dead wood over many years and large branches have fallen, threatening golfers, drivers, bicyclists and joggers, and the trees themselves may topple in high winds.

State Police Release Sandy Hook Report

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Becker

The Connecticut State Police today released thousands of pages worth of reports from their investigation into the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting in Newtown that claimed 26 lives.

The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, which includes the state police division, posted more than 840 pdf files of written reports, 22 additional files of photographs and dozens of audio and video attachments, along with a cover letter from Commissioner Reuben Bradford, on the department’s website.

The report comes just over one year after Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza, 20, who earlier had killed his 52-year-old mother, Nancy, took his own life with a 10mm-Glock, one of two handguns and a semiautomatic rifle he carried into the school with nearly 20 pounds of ammunition.

The new report includes hundreds of photographs from the two crime scenes. There are pictures of elementary school classrooms decorated with children’s artwork and words like “Hopes and dreams” in big cut-out letters on the walls, and a charity “hat drive” box. There are also pictures of bullet holes in classroom windows, guns, bullets and the shattered glass door where Lanza shot his way into the school.

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