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Kevin Hlavac (r), 39, arrested by Westport police Tuesday for allegedly embezzling $40,000 from Westport Little League while a board member of the organization, helped the team celebrate as Westport staged a parade and celebration for the Little Leaguers on Aug. 26, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Arrest Made for Little League Embezzlement

UPDATE (adds additional details) Westport Police today announced the arrest of a former Westport Baseball & Softball board member for embezzling more than $40,000 in funds and equipment.

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Kevin Hlavac: bond set at $5,000. Westport Police photo

Capt. Vincent Penna said the Tuesday night arrest of Kevin Hlavac, 39, of Bridgeport came after a several months’ investigation prompted by the board’s concerns following a yearly, internal audit.

Jeff White, chairman of Westport Baseball & Softball, said suspicions were aroused last fall and Hlavac was confronted in late November. “He had no answers, not good answers,” he said, adding Hlavac was asked to resign in December.

“Board members presented the results of the audit which showed that over $40,000 worth of funds and equipment were unaccounted for,” Penna said.

Selectmen Approve Charging Station at Town Hall

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Board of Selectmen today unanimously approved the construction of an electric vehicle charging station behind Town Hall.

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The new electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall will be in the rear parking lot.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

“This is another example of Westport taking the lead in this exciting technology,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said.

According to Public Works Director Stephen Edwards, who made the request, the charging station—which will run on the same grid that powers Town Hall—will take up one parking spot near the middle of the rear of the building.

“Hopefully, it won’t have a dramatic impact on the town’s budget,” said Marpe, adding that added electric bill would be “our donation” to green efforts.

Getting Ready for ‘Tunnel Vision’

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Workers put the final touches Tuesday on the tunnel between Westport’s Main Streeet and Parker Harding Plaza to be unveiled Thursday at the rescheduled Art About Town street party and debut of what sponsor Westport Downtown Merchants Association has called “Tunnel Vision.” Westport artist Miggs Burroughs has been commissioned to create a new art installation in the tunnel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectman Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – Westport Library – May Maker-in-Residence Jeanine Esposito: Design Thinking Stations
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Tree Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Joint RTM Public Protection, RTM Employee Compensation, and RTM Finance Committees
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Alexander Lobrano on “Hungry for Paris” & “Hungry for France”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Baseball Asks Police to Probe Funds Issue

The umbrella organization for Westport Little League Baseball said tonight that as a result of an internal investigation it has asked Westport police to investigate allegations that a board member misappropriated funds for his personal gain.

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Jeff White: Westport Baseball & Softball operations not hindered. WestportNow.com photo

In a statement, Jeff White, chairman of Westport Baseball & Softball, did not disclose how much money was involved but did state that it “will not hinder the organization’s operations and commitment in any way.”

White said: “Recently, the board began an internal investigation into allegations that one of our Board members misappropriated funds in multiple ways for his personal gain. 

“As a result of the investigation, the board made a unanimous decision to turn the matter over to the Westport Police Department to investigate further, and this matter is now in their hands. 

DTC Nominates Steinberg, Cowden

By James Lomuscio

In a pro forma meeting tonight, Westport’s Democratic Town Committee (DTC) gave its expected endorsement of two incumbents running for re-election in November—state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Democratic Registrar of Voters Marla Cowden.

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg thanks the Westport Democratic Town Committee tonight for nominating him for a third term. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“We have come a long way, but we have much more to do,” said Steinberg, running for his third, two-year term representing the 136th District.

Jennifer Johnson, who nominated Steinberg, described him as “an active and effective leader” in Hartford. She lauded him for his work on General Assembly’s Transportation, Aging, Finance, Revenue & Bonding and Energy & Technology committees.

The nomination was seconded by lifelong friend Andrew Nevas who said Steinberg knows and respects Westport’s past “and has a vision of where we should be in the future.”

Power Back to Main Street

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UPDATE Power was restored tonight to Westport’s Main Street after an outage that lasted about four hours. Lissette Andino, a spokeswoman for Connecticut Light and Power Company, said the cause was broken insulators at the substation at Canal Street at Main Street. She said the company had yet to determine what caused the insulators to break. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Tennis Advance to FCIAC Finals

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Staples Boys tennis today edged Greenwich 4-3 to remain unbeaten and advance to FCIAC finals for the fifth straight season. Greenwich had beaten Staples in the FCIAC championship match each of the last three seasons. Staples has been runner-up nine times since last winning FCIACs in 2001 (although Staples did edge Greenwich for the State Class LL championship in 2011 which is non-match play format).  Greenwich had won the FCIACs 11 of the previous 12 seasons since 2001. With the match deadlocked 3-3, the second doubles team of seniors Baxter Stein and Chaskin prevailed 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the match. Staples plays Ridgefield on Thursday at Wilton at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Power Troubles Hit Westport Main Street Area

UPDATE Power problems hit Westport’s Main Street area late today, causing traffic lights to go out and stores to close early on the hottest day of the year. The outage lasted about four hours.

Connecticut Light & Power Company said power had been restored to the area at about 8 p.m. It earlier had reported 220 Westport customers were without power.  A CL&P supervisor told fire officials the company had to shut down power to the entire area as it worked to resolve the problem.

Initially, some stores and residences had partial power only to lose it later. The outage was due to broken insulators at the nearby substation at Main Street and Canal Street, said Lissette Andino, a spokeswoman for CL&P. She said the company was trying to determine why the insulators failed in the 90-degree heat.

Starbucks was among stores that turned customers away, saying they were closed until power was restored. Members at the Westport Weston Family Y were told to leave because of no power, according to a resident.