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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Westport

By James Lomuscio

There are the partyers and there are those who eschew all the hoopla for a quiet evening as the ball drops. And there are those who will be in bed before midnight, preferring to see the start of the New Year as just another mark on the calendar.

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Angelo Capponi, co-owner of Pane e Bene Italian Restaurant, 1620 Post Road East, points to a special New Year’s appetizer, Cotechino e Lenticchie (Lentils and Cotechino Sausage) in which he says lentils represent money, and the sausage, prosperity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A survey of Westport restaurants shows that local restaurateurs are catering to all of these customers this New Year’s Eve.

A few establishments are serving up evening meals and closing shop long before midnight, letting their customers revel in the midst of First Night of Westport and Weston celebrations. And a few others conversely are pulling out the stops.

Either way, choices abound, and regardless of one’s hoopla meter, and reservations are encouraged since it remains restaurants’ biggest night of the year.

Lifeguard Faces Voyeurism, Child Porn Charges

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Michael Collins: police mug shot. Westport Police photo
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Lifeguard Michael Collins shown at work in 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

A Westport lifeguard who allegedly placed mini-cameras inside the lifeguard shack at Burying Hill Beach was arrested Monday on 431 counts of voyeurism, 431 counts of eavesdropping and possession of child pornography, police said today.

Michael Collins, 29, of Arrowhead Road, turned himself in after learning there was an active warrant for his arrest stemming from an Aug. 14 Parks and Recreation Department report that two cameras had been found in the lifeguard shack.

During the investigation, it was learned that the cameras were placed inside the employee room by Collins,” said Lt. David Farrell. “The investigating detectives noted that the cameras were set up to video record other people without their knowledge or consent and under circumstances where they had an expectation of privacy.”

Farrell said that during the evening of Aug, 14, the Detective Bureau executed a search and seizure warrant at Collins’ residence in Westport.

Tree Falls on Unoccupied Parked Car

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No one was injured today when a tree uprooted and fell on top of an unoccupied rental car on Riverside Avenue opposite Westport Auto Craft, 313 Riverside Ave. The vehicle, owned by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is on rental contract to Westport Auto Craft which uses it for customer shuttle services, according to Daniel Polaski (l), manager of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 469 Westport Ave., Norwalk. Traffic on Riverside Avenue was reduced to one alternating lane until the fallen tree was removed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Christmas Arrest for Identity Theft

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Shavonne Coachman: bond set at $11,550. Westport Police photo

Westport detectives Christmas Day arrested a Hartford woman on three warrants at the Cromwell Police Department for fraudulent purchases that racked up more than $7,000 on stolen Westport credit cards, police said.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the arrest of Shavonne Coachman, 32, stemmed from an extensive identity theft investigation by the Westport Detective Bureau into credit cards stolen in October from burglarized Westport motor vehicles. Coachman was the recipient of those cards, which were used in the Hartford area, Farrell said.

From the three warrants, she was charged with a total of five counts of third-degree identity theft, five counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft in the third degree, conspiracy to commit the illegal use of a credit card and failure to appear on another charge in New Britain.

Coachman is scheduled to appear on the Westport charges in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 4. Bond was set at $11,550 on all charges.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Westport Public Schools are closed
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Family Movie Special: “Minions”
2:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Hula Hoop Weaving
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar