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Westport & Norwalk Fire Test New Rescue Technology

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Westport and Norwalk firefighters jointly performed training exercises today at a house on Covlee Drive,in the Saugatuck Shores area that is scheduled for demolition soon. According to Westport Assistant Fire Chief Rob Yost, the “May Day” exercises are intended to prepare firefighters for rescuing a fellow firefighter who may be trapped inside a burning structure. Yost demonstrated new technology rescue equipment, called Pak-Tracker Firefighter Locator System, acquired by the Westport Fire Department in December. It allows a trapped firefighter to send a signal for help and the system reliably identifies the location of the endangered firefighter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Testing the New Rescue Device

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Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy today tries out a new rescue device during a joint Westport-Norwalk fire training exercise at a house soon to be demolished on Covlee Drive in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. With him is Westport Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar. The device, acquired by Westport in December, enables better location of a firefighter in distress. McCarthy retired as Westport fire chief in 2005 after a 26-year career here before taking the Norwalk position. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Conservation Commission Tours Bridgewater Campus

Members of he Westport Conservation Commission today got a preview of major changes hedge fund giant Bridgewater Associates wants to make to its 21.7-acre Glendinning and Ford Road corporate campus.

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Members of the Westport Conservation Commission today at the Bridgewater campus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

They toured the site with Wesley Stout of the New Canaan-based landscape architectural firm, Wesley Stout Associates, who pointed out specific spots to undergo improvements.

Bridgewater, Westport’s largest employer, had threatened to leave Westport for Stamford in 2012 only to change its mind a year ago. (See WestportNow June 27, 2014)

Its plans were first detailed in a pre-application before the Planning and Zoning Commission in April. (See WestportNow April 9, 2015)

New Board for Friends of Senior Center

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The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities nonprofit today welcomed its new board for 2015-16 at its annual meeting held at the Center. The group’s mission is to augment and enhance programs beyond the scope or financial means of the Center.  Pictured are: (seated, l-r)  Susan Kane; Stuart Rogan, treasurer; Jack Klinge, chairman; Fran Reynolds, secretary; Leslie Wolf, vice chairman; (standing) Neil and Judy Hardy; John Thompson; Thelma Gordon; Al Balas;  Jo Fuchs Luscombe; Betty Lou Cummings; Gloria Stashower; Jean McGurk; Carol Gluckman, and Sue Pfister,  executive director of the Center. Missing from the photo: Stan Nayer; Paula Leonard and Carol Fisher. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Arrest Made in 21-Month-Old Credit Card Theft

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Allison O’Leary: posted $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport Police arrested a Trumbull woman Tuesday for the theft and use of a credit card in October of 2013, police said today.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, Allison Oleary, 41, was arrested on a warrant at the Newtown Police Department where she was being detained on another matter.

“From the investigation, the officer was able to establish that Oleary was in possession of the victim’s credit card and had used it multiple times,” Arciola said.

Oleary was charged with the sixth-degree larceny, illegal use of a credit card and possession of a stolen credit card. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, July 31.

TV Show Taped at Westport Store Airs Tonight

“What Would You Do?,” the hidden camera ABC-TV show featuring ethical dilemmas, tonight will air an episode taped at Westport’s Groove, a popular children’s clothing and gift store at 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods.

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Host John Quinones of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” posed with those involved in the episode taped at Groove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The show, taped last October,  airs at 9 p.m.  The TV show used actors to set up scenarios to see what bystanders would do or say when faced with an ethical dilemma.

The scenarios involved a mother and her daughter (both actors) shopping for clothes, during which the daughter acted disrespectfully to the salesperson (another actor), threw clothes on the ground and displayed entitled, obnoxious behavior.

In several scenarios, the mother was also rude and disrespectful, while in other cases, she was consumed with a cell phone call and ignored her daughter’s behavior altogether.

Landscape Photog Guests at the Westport Arts Center

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Westport landscape and architectural photographer Stacy Bass was the special guest at today’s ArtCafé at the Westport Arts Center. She participated in a book signing and discussion about her “Gardens at First Light” collection. She is pictured with Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers July 6 – 10, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 6 - 10, 2015:

Caroline Petisi to Jason C. and Grace Q. Brennan, 199 Hillspoint Road, $1,440,000WNproperty.jpg

Jennifer Balin Laska to Diane Hill, 34 Cross Highway, $2, 020,000

Harold J. Daw Estate to Bluewater Buena Vista LLC, 15 Buena Vista Drive, $1,660,000

Michael Wan-Hong Szeto Trust to Richard Russo Revocable Trust, Margaret Rita Russo Revocable Trust, 70 Sylvan Road North, $940,000