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Getting Ready for Trick or Treaters

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Residents on Westport’s Soundview Drive were busy today getting ready for Halloween trick or treaters. The Compo Beach area is one of the town’s most popular Halloween trick or treating areas.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Josephine Pellicano, 87

Josephine Pellicano of Westport died Oct. 29 at home. She was 87.

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Josephine Pelicano: Westporter since 1963. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Dominic Pellicano was born in Montreal, Canada the daughter of the late Pasquale and Irma Dardano. She had been a Westport resident since 1963.

She received her Registered Nursing Degree from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal in 1956 and later worked at Mediplex of Westport for nearly 15 years. She was a kind and gentle person, and faithful parishioner of the Church of the Assumption for more than 50 years.

She loved Westport, particularly Compo Beach. She had been a member of the Westport Sons of Italy and integral part of the Festival Italiano from its inception in the 1980s. In later years, she enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Saturday,  October 31, 2015 – Halloween


9 a.m. – Noon – Town Hall Room 105 – Town Clerk open for issuing absentee ballots
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Drop In Art Class for kids ages 5-12: Spooky Stencils
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints” (last day)
2:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Improv for Writers

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Remains Confirmed as Navins, Westport Woman Arrested

By James Lomuscio

See copy of arrest warrant here

UPDATE State police investigating the disappearance of Easton couple Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin said tonight that the human remains found Thursday at a Weston property were those of the missing couple.

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Kyle Navin (in 2006): charged with murder. Weston Forum photo
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Jennifer Valiante: Westport girlfriend arrested. State Police photo

State police said the identities were confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and as a result a warrant had been obtained charging Kyle Navin, 27, with murder of his parents.

In addition, police announced the arrest of Jennifer A. Valiante, 31, the Westport girlfriend of Kyle Navin, as part of the investigation.

Valiante was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. at her 4 Reichert Circle residence in Westport, a state police statement said. She was transported to New Haven where she was held on a $2 million bond pending a Nov. 2 Bridgeport Superior Court date.

Goodbye to Library’s Bill Derry

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There was a goodbye party today at the Westport Library for Bill Derry (with 3-D printer Halloween headgear) who is retiring as the library’s director of innovation and user experience. Derry joined the library in 2011 after working in several school districts in the state, including Westport. He has led the library’s technology efforts, including establishment of its attention-grabbing MakerSpace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Weston House Where Bodies Found

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This is the house at 89 Norfield Road in Weston on whose grounds two bodies were found Thursday as police hunted for missing Easton couple Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin. Police allowed access to the area late today. Media reports circulated that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had positively identified the bodies as those of the Nevins, but there was no official announcement. The house is owned by Westport businessman Thomas F. Kerrigan, reportedly a friend of son Kyle Navin, 27, identified by a federal prosecutor as his parents’ likely killer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Stare Down

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While walking Westport’s Partrick Wetlands today looking for some nature shots, WestportNow contributing photographer Mark Molesworth was approached by two coyotes. “They were as big as any coyote I’ve ever seen, and to be honest, I whistled to make sure they knew I was there as I was a bit nervous by their presence,” he said. “They retreated back into the woods, but I was still able to get a good picture of one of them. If people are missing pets in the area, these two predators could be the reason.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com