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Alyson A. Williams, 54

Alyson A. Williams, formerly of Weston and later Westport, died July 19 in Branford after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 54.

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Alyson Williams: graphic artist. Mike Thut photo

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in Weston, she chose to live near her family and friends in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, where she could garden and smell the salt air.

She was the daughter of Cynthia Williams of Weston, and sister to Heather Williams of Westport, and Carrie Gilbertie of Stratford, and brother-in-laws Colin Walklet and Tom Gilbertie. She was the doting aunt to Taylor Walklet, and Sarah and Grace Gilbertie.

Her longtime companion David Clogg of Black Rock, and his children, Allison and Bryan Clogg, also survive her, and she was a loving caregiver to Pita and Koda, her beloved animals. She was a best friend and soul sister to dozens.

Salon Theft Suspect Arrested

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Karla Malerba: released on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport Police arrested a Derby woman on a warrant Thursday for stealing from the Post Road East salon where she had been employed, police said today.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, Karla Malerba, 31, turned herself in after learning about the warrant stemming from a larceny complaint by her employer back in January.

“From the complaint received, it is alleged that Malerba, while working for a local business, had stolen company money over a period of time,” Arciola said.

Charged with third-degree larceny, Malerba was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 10.

Cops Nab Suspected iPad Thief

Westport Police arrested a West Haven man Tuesday for stealing an iPad from a local business in April. Two other suspects had already been arrested.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, Sean Amendola, 41, turned himself in after learning there was a warrant for his arrest in connection with the theft at 877 Post Road East.

“Video surveillance of the crime was captured at the scene, which assisted in identifying suspects,” Arciola said. “Amendola was one of three suspects arrested in this incident.”

Charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny sixth degree, Amendola was held in lieu of a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 7.

‘Bedroom Farce’ Starts Playhouse Rehearsal

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The cast of Alan Ayckbourn’s popular comedy, “Bedroom Farce,” started rehearsal today at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sheffer Rehearsal Hall. The play, which runs from Aug. 25 – Sept. 13, received five Tony Award nominations, including best Play, during its 1979 Broadway run. Pictured (l-r)  Matthew Greer, Nicole Lowrance, Scott Drummond, Claire Karpen, Director John Tillinger, Cecilia Hart, Paxton Whitehead, Carson Elrod and Sara Manton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers July 13 – 17, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 13 - 17, 2015:

Christopher Cocco to Brooke L. Coniglio, 2 Keenes Road, $700,000WNproperty.jpg

William C. Shope Jr. to Thomas L. and Jennifer C. Hassell, 68 Patrick Road, $900,000

Clorinda Fiorentino to Gregory W. MacCordy, 6 Lamplight Lane, $920,000

Jeffrey and Barbara Heil to John and Amanda Wilson, 3 Feather Hill Road, $2,325,000

Friday,  July 31, 2015


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. – Westport Library – Level Up Village: Global Villagers TinkerShop
Noon – Westport Library – Travel Photography Tips from Alison Wachstein
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Jake, Max Garcia Conover, & Bonya Kleinman
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Sweet Remains
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Love and Money”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Coming Your Way: Another Crackdown on Hand-Held Cell Phone Use

Watch out hand-held cell phone drivers. Another police crackdown is on the way.

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Westport Police announced today the next wave of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” campaign against hand-held cell phone use, including texting, while driving will take place Aug. 3 to Aug. 16.

The new campaign follows a similar one in April that police said resulted in an 8 percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement. 

“The drop in observed use is encouraging to law enforcement agencies, and demonstrates the need to reinforce to motorists that mobile phone use while driving is both dangerous and illegal,” said Capt. Sam Arciola.