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Christopher J. Lanni, 14

Christopher J. Lanni of Westport died Dec. 23 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 14.

He was born in New Haven on June 23, 2001, the son of Peter C. Lanni and Cornelia L. Gallo of Westport. He was a freshman at Staples High School, a member of Boy Scout Troop 39 and had achieved the rank of Life Scout. He was a black belt in karate and was an avid break dancer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Nancy and Gerard Lanni of Deer Park, N.Y., his maternal grandmother, Cornelia Gallo of Bronxville, N.Y., two sisters, Madeline and Amelia Lanni, both of Westport, several aunts and uncles and many cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather John Gallo.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road.

Talking Transportation: Predictions for 2016

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Everybody writes year in review stories. But rather than dwell on the past, I’ve got the guts to predict the future. Here’s what will happen in 2016 in the transportation world.

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Metro-North: Slowly but surely, the railroad will drag itself out of the quagmire it’s been in since the Bridgeport, Spuyten Duyvil and Valhalla crashes. On-time performance will hold strong even through the winter, thanks to the dependable new M8 cars and mild weather.  Ridership will continue to climb, causing further crowding and SRO conditions on some trains.

Stamford Garage: After waiting for its chosen developer (and Malloy campaign contributor) JHN Group to sign a contract two and a half years after being tapped for the massive TOD project, CDOT will pull the plug on its deal and replace the old garage on its own (taxpayers’) dime.

Tolls and Taxes: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s quest for $100 billion to pay for his 20-year transportation plan will prove universally unpopular when his Transportation Funding Task Force finally issues its recommendations (originally due after Labor Day) in January.

Honoring Our Heritage: 33 Old Hill Road

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The newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque are the owners of the house at 33 Old Hill Road, now known as the Abijah Hanford House, circa 1796. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Alison and Stephen Schwartz and their two daughters, Olivia (l), 7, a second grade student, and Caitlyn, 9, a fourth grade student, both, at Kings Highway Elementary School. The family relocated to Westport from New York where Alison and Stephen resided for 15 years. “I’ve always lived in antique houses,” said Alison. “I grew up in western Massachusetts in a 1700s-built house. No surprise that my mother helped us select this house.” Stephen, who works in New York in the financial services field, said, “Even our Upper West Side apartment was in a prewar building built in1926.” He said he and his wife chose Westport because “friends who live here told us how wonderful it is.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Scouts Schedule Tree Pick Up for Jan. 9

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Scouts collect trees last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Boy Scout Troop 39 has scheduled its sixth annual Christmas tree pick up from the end of town driveways for Saturday, Jan. 9, Scout leaders announced.

Once picked up, the spent evergreens will be recycled into mulch.

Families can reserve a spot online by visiting http://www.troopmasterweb.com/troop39westport and take their tree to the end of their driveway the night before.

A $20 donation is suggested. Funds go to the troop’s food drives, community service projects and backpacking trips.

Police: DUI Arrest in Vehicle Hit and Run

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Shin Miyoshi: free on $1,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport officers arrested a Trumbull man Tuesday evening for driving under the influence (DUI) and evading responsibility after they said he struck a vehicle in the Tarry Lodge restaurant parking lot at 30 Charles St. and fled.

Based on information from witnesses, police located the suspect vehicle in Lot 5 of the Saugatuck train station and said it was driven by Shin Miyoshi, 58. The Westport Weston Family YMCA identifies Shin Miyoshi on its website as its chief financial officer since 2005.

“Officers reported Miyoshi smelled of an alcoholic beverage, and he was unsteady on his feet,” said Lt. David Farrell. 

Miyoshi failed all standard field sobriety tests, was taken into custody and refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, Farrell said.

Bad Check Arrest

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Edward Artis: free on $7,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested a Norwalk man today for third-degree larceny and issuing a bad check in early November.

According to Lt. David Farrell, Edward Artis, 55, deposited a $6,500 check into his Citibank account and then withdrew $6,000.

Two days later, the check was returned due to insufficient funds, and Artis never made restitution, Farrell said.

Artis turned himself in on a warrant, was released after posting a $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Comings & Goings: Westport Hair & Co. Opens

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Westport Hair & Co. salon has opened at Westport’s 407 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center.  The store replaces Gina’s Hair Designs which closed a few months ago and reopened under its new name after having undergone renovations, according to Cuba-born owner Dania Morejon (above), a Stamford resident. The 1,500-square feet facility employs six. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com