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On Target as Staples Crushes Norwalk 45-12

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Staples senior Jake Melnick gets set to receive a pass from quarterback Teddy Cogan and make a 31-yard touchdown run tonight as the Wreckers crushed Norwalk High 45-12 at Norwalk. In addition to his touchdown pass, Coogan ran for two touchdowns, while teammate Ethan Burger had two rushing touchdowns. It was the third straight win for the Wreckers (6-4) who will end the season against Greenwich on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. at Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

Downunder Credit Card Arrests

A phoned in purchase order using a fraudulent credit card at Downunder, 575 Riverside Ave., today led to the arrest of two Bronx men after they arrived to pick up the merchandise, Westport Police said.

Graig Kelly, 22, and Ibrahim Alhassan, 34, were each charged with attempted larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, conspiracy to commit identity theft and conspiracy to commit the illegal use of a credit card, according to Lt. David Farrell, shift commander. 

“After the phone order was placed, employees from the store called the credit card company to verify the purchase,” Farrell said. “After determining the purchase was fraudulent, the police were contacted. Westport Police detectives and officers maintained observation in the area and waited for the suspects to arrive.”

At about 2:30 p.m., the two suspects arrived to claim the items and were taken into custody without incident, said Farrell. Each suspect is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond, and both are scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Nov. 21.

Baron’s South Committee Committed to Senior Facility

By James Lomuscio

Despite a crushing blow from Westport’s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission in September, the seven-member Baron’s South Committee (BSC) remains committed to establishing a senior housing complex on town-owned land, says Stephen Daniels, committee co-chair.

Daniels said the committee reaffirmed its commitment during its meeting at Town Hall today, looking to increase the number of affordable units at the planned 135-unit senior housing facility, plus memory care units on 22-acres of town-owned land called Baron’s South.

“We would love to sit down in some format and talk to the P&Z and find out what makes sense to them,” said Daniels, who co-chairs the committee with Matha Hauhuth. “Maybe there are elements that will pass muster with them.”

At the same time, he said, Jonathan Rose Companies, the selected developer for the project, has said his company “is looking for a solution that with resonate with them (P&Z) , that will adhere to the guidelines of the P&Z, as well as the Board of Finance,” said Daniels.

It’s official: CT’s Budget is $89M to $100M in the Red

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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UPDATE The state budget received its first official deficit reports today when nonpartisan legislative analysts and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration projected shortfalls ranging from $89 million to just under $100 million.

And while the administration issued the larger of the two deficit forecasts—$99.5 million—budget director Benjamin Barnes, insisted it quickly would be closed, and reasserted Malloy’s insistence that tax hikes are not an option.

“This is consistent with what the administration has been saying,” Barnes said, “that no matter what the projections are, we will manage and administer the budget so that there will be no deficit. It is important to remember that this is a prediction of what would happen now and in the future should we do nothing—and doing nothing is not an option.”

More than half of the deficits projected both by the governor’s staff and by the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis stems from declining revenues, particularly involving receipts from Indian casinos and federal grants.

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Peter G. Babkie, 63

Peter Graham Babkie of Framingham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 10 following a period of declining health. He was 63.

He was born in New York City on Nov. 22, 1950 the son of the late Joseph Babkie and Joyce (Williams) Babkie.

He was a resident of Framingham for the past few years and previously resided in Wayland, Mass. and spent his formative years in Westport. He was a graduate of Staples High School iand received his B.S. in education from Boston University.

He had a long career in the field of education and was a life science teacher for the City of Newton at the Meadowbrook Junior High/Charles E. Brown Middle School.

Westport Property Transfers Oct. 27 – 31, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 27 - 31, 2014:

John J and Daniele Kyle-Hein to Thomas J. Downing, 14 High Gate Road, $647,000WNproperty.jpg

163 South Compo LLC to Scott B. and Danajean S. Witkin, Compo Road South Segment X, $33,750

Carlos and Milagro Ventura to Yaron Ram, 6 West End Ave., $250,000

Claire Jospe Opalach Estate to Crooked Mile Contractors LLC, 4 Crooked Mile Road, 80% Interest, $704,000

Staples Grad Describes Philippine Relief Efforts

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Marshall Mayer, a 2009 Staples High School graduate,  addresses the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today about reconstruction efforts underway in the Philippines in the aftermath of last year’s Typhoon Yolanda. Mayer co-founded Young Pioneer Disaster Response (www.ypdr.org), a non-governmental organization that has built 950 houses on the storm-ravaged island of Bantayan, where 95 percent of homes were damaged or destroyed. Mayer is a trained Emergency Medical Technician and volunteered with Builders Beyond Borders while at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Force Majure,’ ‘Big Hero 6’

By Susan Granger

In an astonishing technical achievement, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu films “Birdman,” a satirical backstage comedic drama, in what looks like one long, continuous take, transcending time and space, soaring into hallucinatory flights of fancy, while remaining grounded in the present.

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Michael Keaton is Riggan Thomson, a fading, egocentric movie star, renown as the comic book hero Birdman. He’s determined to prove himself on Broadway in his own adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story - with the voice of Birdman firmly lodged in his brain

During previews, delusionary Riggan must cope with his just-out-of-rehab daughter (Emma Stone), embittered ex-wife (Amy Ryan), lawyer/manager (Zach Galifianakis), venomous theater critic (Lindsay Duncan), insecure leading lady (Naomi Watts), and her supercilious actor/boyfriend (Edward Norton).

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Birdman” is an intense, immersive 10, assuring an Oscar nomination for Michael Keaton.