Friday, April 12, 2024


A Boost for Westport Cinema Initiative Image
Melissa Newman (2nd r) of Westport today presents a gift of $5,000 from the Joanne Woodward Fund—a donor-advised fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation—to be used for general operating support of Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI), which is working to bring a move theater back to Westport. “We could always watch movies at home, even when I was a kid, but we still went out and stood in line with everyone else,” said Newman, daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. “Every movie had the potential to be a shared experience for the whole community. Going to the movies brought the town together every weekend. Popcorn and a movie.” On hand to receive the gift were (l-r) Doug Tirola, Sandy Lefkowitz, and Larry Perlstein of WCI. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

Foley, Malloy Vow to Spend More on Transit But No Plan to Pay

By Keith M. Phaneuf

North Haven – While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley both vowed today to spend heavily on transportation, neither gubernatorial contender outlined any plans to pay for these investments.

Also at today’s forum, Foley said he would consider shutting down CT fastrak commonly known as the New Britain-to-Hartford busway, if the project’s annual operating drain on the state budget is too high.

“This stuff is a passion to me,” Malloy told more than 200 transportation advocates gathered at the Best Western Plus in North Haven.

Malloy, who conceded Connecticut must expand its transportation spending, nonetheless insisted he has outspent every administration dating back to Gov. William A. O’Neill’s in the early 1980s.

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Check Fraud Arrest Carries Big Bond Image
Ursula Tirado: held on $45,000 bond. Westport Police photo

A Hartford woman accused of cashing a $998.25 fraudulent check at First County Bank in Westport on June 2 was arrested Saturday by Westport police.

A news release today said the woman had traveled to Wethersfield where local police had detained her on an active arrest warrant.

Ursula Tirado, 26, was then transported to Westport where she was charged with fifth-degree larceny and first-degree forgery for the alleged fraud at 1260 Post Road East, police said.

She is being held in lieu of a $45,000 court ordered bond, police said, and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Arrest in Saugatuck Ave. Fight Image
Michael Marino:  released on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

UPDATE AND CORRECT (fight outside, not in bar) A fight on Saugatuck Avenue back in May led to the arrest Friday of a Stamford man on an assault charge, Westport police said today.

According to police, Michael Marino, 43, was involved in the May 22 physical altercation in a parking lot at 41 Saugatuck Ave. which serves Dunville’s Restaurant and several other businesses. Police gave no indication the restaurant was involved.

Marino turned himself in on an active warrant, police said. He was charged with third-degree assault and released on a $5,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Comings & Goings: Senor Salsa Opens on PRW Image
Senor Salsa, a fresh Mexican grill, has opened at 221 Post Road West in the Westbank Center, the second Mexican cuisine restaurant to open in Westport in the past three weeks. (In late August Qdoba Mexican Grill opened at 275 Post Road East at Playhouse Square.) Senor Salsa Manager Miguel Rosas, who said he worked at Senor Salsa’s Fairfield location at 580 Post Road for the past 16 years, said the new eatery specializes in a variety of homemade salsas and fresh chicken. He said the application for a liquor license is pending but a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy is in effect until the license is approved. The restaurant, owned by Garry Dean, is open every day— Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

No Let Up on Driver Cell Phone Crackdown

Westport police said today 22 more drivers were cited over the weekend for cell phone violations in a distracted driver crackdown, bringing the total to 109 since the campaign began.

Of the 22 tickets issued from Friday through Sunday, seven went to Westport residents, bringing to 30 the number of Westporters cited since last week, police said.

Most were first offenses; however, a Westport woman was ticketed for her third cell phone offense and a Southport man for a second.

The Westport Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Safety Office, announced the kickoff of the Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign on Aug. 29.

Joseph A. McAleenan, 86 Image
Joseph A. McAleenan: served on Westport and Weston Police Departments. Contributed photo

Joseph Austin “Mac” McAleenan of New Bern, N.C., a former Westport resident and retired Westport and Weston police officer, died Sept. 12. He was 86.

Born in New York, N.Y. on Feb. 24, 1928, the son of the late Harold and Muriel (Moore) McAleenan, he had been a resident of Westport until 1990 when he and his wife moved to New Bern.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, he served as a police officer in Connecticut for 40 years.  He was first appointed a patrol officer with the Westport Police Department on July 1, 1950, and progressed through to the rank of lieutenant. 

On July 1, 1975, he became the first chief of police of Weston, where he served an additional 15 years before he retired on July 1, 1990.  He also was a graduate of the 90th session of the FBI National Academy on Sept. 15, 1972.  He also proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

GOP Fundraiser for Congressional Candidate Image
A fundraiser was held over the weekend for 4th Congressional District Republican hopeful Dan Debicella at the Westport home of Liz and Avi Kaner, second selectman. Keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, who has visited Westport in each of the past three years, speaking and promoting the U.S.-Israel relationship. Pictured (l-r) are Avi Kaner; candidate for State Rep. Brandi Briggs (136th District); State Rep. Gail Lavielle (143rd District); Dan Debicella, U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx; state Sen. Toni Boucher (26th District), Westport-Weston Probate Judge Lisa Wexler; candidate for State Senate Tony Hwang (28th District); and Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo