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Malloy Seeks Tax Relief to Trigger $500M UTC Expansion

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

United Technologies Corp. would launch a major $500 million investment in its research, training and corporate facilities later this year in exchange for $400 million in tax relief over the next two decades under a deal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and UTC Chairman Louis Chenevert announce major expansion deal at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

The agreement, which requires legislative approval, also requires UTC to keep the corporate headquarters of its two main subsidiaries – East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford – for 15 and 5 years, respectively.

And while it came days after Sikorsky announced 600 manufacturing layoffs, Malloy hailed the deal as the best chance to preserve the aerospace giant’s knowledge base and grow jobs in this field in Connecticut in the future.

“Connecticut has long led the world when it comes to the aerospace industry,” said Malloy, who announced the deal at Pratt’s Museum Hangar. “We will ensure that we remain a leader for years to come. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, one that will make sure we are keeping and creating good-paying jobs with good benefits – not just in the UTC companies, but also in the hundreds of aerospace supply chain companies throughout the state and the region.”

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Library Offers Two New Streaming Services

The Westport Library has announced two new services which allow Westport Library cardholders free access to thousands of popular movies, TV shows, videos and albums.

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The titles, from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers, are now available for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smart phones, tablets and computers, an announcement said.

Users can gain access without waits to titles like “The Office,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Pride & Prejudice” (2005), the soundtrack for “Frozen” (2013), “The Dark Side of the Moon,” and many more, the library said.

The service called Hoopla offers full-length streaming content. Users can borrow movies, videos and TV shows for three days, albums for seven days and audiobooks for 21 days, the announcement said.

Physical Therapist Arrested on Fraud Charges

A Weston physical therapist reportedly with numerous Westport clients has been arrested on federal health care fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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Danielle Faux: had numerous Westport clients. File photo

Danielle Faux, 45, was arrested Monday following an indictment returned by a grand jury in Bridgeport which charged her with 46 counts of health care fraud and one count of obstruction of a federal audit, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Faux owned and operated Danielle Faux PT, LLC, a physical therapy clinic located at 27 Lois St. in Norwalk, just over the Westport line, and was a part owner of Achieve Rehab and Fitness, a gym located at the same address in Norwalk. 

According to several sources familiar with her business, she had numerous clients from Westport.

You’re Not Imagining: Potholes Worst in Years

Budget cutbacks in annual road paving coupled with “a real bad freeze-thaw cycle” have produced Westport’s worst run of potholes in years, Public Works Director Steve Edwards told the Board of Selectmen today.

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Public Works Director Steve Edwards (r) tells the Board of Selectmen today about potholes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Calling potholes “a seasonal rite of passage,” Edwards said his department has been hard pressed to keep up this winter as the weather has wreaked havoc on the town’s paved surfaces.

“Unfortunately, as we all know, we had a couple of years there where we cut back a little bit, and I would say right now tied into the fact that we got a real bad freeze-thaw cycle this winter, I’ve got more potholes than I’ve had in most recent years,” he said.

Edwards provided the update on potholes at the request of First Selectman Jim Marpe who said he had received numerous complaints.

Claire Ann Kinney

Claire Ann Kinney (née Dehler) of Norwalk, a former employee of Brooks Brothers in Westport, died Feb. 23. 

She was born and raised in Richmond Hill and summered in Breezy Point, Queens, where she met her future husband, the late James E. Kinney.  She was the daughter of the late John and Claire Dehler.  She graduated the Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood, L.I. and the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J.

She raised her family of seven children in Greenlawn, N.Y, where she resided for more than 30 years.  She was an avid tennis player, girl’s soccer coach and was active in a bowling league.

After moving to Connecticut in 1995, she enjoyed working at Brooks Brothers in Westport until her retirement.  She taught religious education and enjoyed playing pickleball, bridge and taking care of her cat.

Meeting a Close Up of Planned Senior Complex

By James Lomuscio

A packed Baron’s South Committee meeting today discussed maintaining open space and banking land for future development, as well as amenities at the planned 150-unit senior housing complex.

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Today’s Baron’s South Committee meeting at Town Hall drew a packed crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Second Selectman Avi Kaner conducted the meeting at Town Hall, stressing that he and First Selectman Jim Marpe are “fully committed to moving this project forward.”

“We view this project as a partnership between the town and the developers, not just for now, but for the next 98 years,” said Kaner, adding that it would be a “Class A facility commensurate with the quality we have here in Westport.”

Representatives of the developers, Jonathan Rose Companies and The Freshwater Group, were in attendance.

Westport Signs On to Citizen Complaint App

The town of Westport today took a small step toward allowing residents to use a computer to report everything from pothole complaints to concerns about trees, send in pictures, and track progress on resolution of the request.

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South Windsor’s Dashboard computer application allows users to report potholes, tree concerns, or other service requests, with pictures, and follow progress on their resolution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Board of Selectmen approved a technology sharing agreement with the town of Windsor, which has developed what it calls a “Dashboard” application to allow various citizen service requests filed by computer.

Director of Public Works Steve Edwards said the town has been looking at the South Windsor application for more than a year and will initially use it to track public works vehicles through an automatic vehicle locator component.

“I have to emphasize that South Windsor is up and running, and we’re looking to start crawling,” he said.

Green Task Force Honors WeGreen Winners

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The Westport Green Task Force has announced its 2013 WeGreen Westport Award recipients recognized for demonstrating a commitment to protecting and improving the environment in a way that contributes to a long-term positive effect on the sustainability of Westport. David Mann (l) chair of the Westport Green Task Force, and First Selectman Jim Marpe (r ) flank awardees (l-r) Michael Aitkenhead, Nick Mancini, and Sal Gilbertie. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo