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Honoring Our Heritage: 130 Riverside Ave.

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The newest recipient of an historic plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are owners of the circa 1869-built Italianate-style house, now known as the Perry-Crossman-Driscoll house, 130 Riverside Ave. Bob Weingarten (r), WHS house historian and plaque coordinator, presented Ann Driscoll with a plaque. Members of the sixth generation Westport Driscoll family were present for the presentation and to celebrate Ann’s birthday. The Driscolls have occupied the house since 1964. Weingarten said John W. Perry built the house in 1869, and lived in it for three years. The Crossman family lived in it from 1882 to 1964, he said.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Downtown Shoplifting Arrests

Westport police arrested two men for shoplifting after a Main Street store employee became suspicious about their multiple empty bags, police said today.

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Andre Fowler (l) and Daniel Gatson: held empty bags. Westport Police photos

The men entered Jack Wills at 139 Main St. on Thursday, Jan. 21. “These individuals were being evasive with the store staff when asked for help,” said Lt. David Farrell.

Police were notified, and officers quickly located the men walking out of the store and detained them. 

The two suspects, Daniel Gatson, 18 of New Jersey, and Andre Fowler, 21 of Norwalk, gave the officers consent to search their bags, according to the police report.

Arrest in Saugatuck Assault

A Franklin Street assault that left the victim with a bleeding head led to the arrest of a Norwalk man, police said today.

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James Olivia: arrested in Norwalk. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Westport officers were dispatched to a Franklin Street address on Thursday, Jan. 21 on a report of a disturbance.

“Officers located an open door and entered the residence,” Farrell said. “The victim was located bleeding from the head.”

Suspect James Olivia, 52, had left the scene, Farrell said, and was located a short time later at his residence in Norwalk.

Westport Property Transfers Jan.11 – 15, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 11 – 15, 2016:

Rose J. Eletto Estate to Fine Builders LLC, 133 North Ave., $1,175,000WNproperty.jpg

Jeffrey D. and Betsy H. Clachko to Frank and Kelly Lynn Cummins Rossetti, 205 Wilton Road, $995,000

Stephen E. Myers Trust to John G. and Bonnie N. Edelman, 4 Maintou Road, $4,500,000

Rand D. Rockmore and Rae Lynn Ambach to William and Meghann Solosy, 18 Tupelo Road, $1,162,500

Friday, January 29, 2016


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Facebook
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Painting Workshop with Judith Orseck Katz
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Teen Gaming Night w/ WPL: Pokemon Omega Ruby

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Housing Proposal Raises Traffic, Safety Issues

By James Lomuscio

Saying that traffic, safety and environmental impact should not be sacrificed for affordable housing, a number of residents at tonight’s Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting spoke against a developer’s plan.

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Kermit Hua, a traffic engineering consultant working for the affordable housing developer, addresses tonight’s P&Z meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It calls for a six-story, 48-unit multi-family housing project with 15 affordable units at the busy intersection of Wilton Road and Kings Highway North.

Fairfield attorney John Fallon, representing the developer of the project, Garden Homes Management, put forth the application for the development at 122 Wilton Road.

He said the project would meet the requirements of the controversial 8-30g affordable housing statute, under which the application was being made. The statute allows developers to override local zoning laws if the town does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not.

P&Z ‘Negative’ about Riverwalk Text Amendment

‘By James Lomuscio

In a straw vote tonight, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5 to 2 to deny a proposed Riverwalk text amendment.

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P&Z Comissioners (l-r) Chip Stephens, Jack Whittle, and Andra Vebell listen to speakers tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The amendment would facilitate a local developer’s plans to build a two-story, 25,000-square-foot office building and a 47-foot tall residential building for between 15 to 17 condominiums at the former Save the Children site at 54 Wilton Road.

Following the commission’s work session straw vote, P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said he would prepare a negative resolution that the commission could vote on at its next meeting Thursday, Feb. 4.

The planned 47-foot building, 12 feet higher that what is currently allowed, seemed the Achilles heel of the text amendment that aims to create a new Riverwalk District (RD) in a current General Business District (GBD) along the west bank of the Saugatuck River.

Concetta A. Gomes, 86

Concetta (Connie) Arre Gomes, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 18 in Kingwood, Texas. She was 86.

Born in Westport, she was one of four children of the late Stephen and Mary Arre of Enfield. Her love was raising her family and watching them grow. While doing so, she was able to enjoy volunteering at the schools her sons attended, knitting, golf, and bowling. Her warm, welcoming smile and engaging personality touched so many.

She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, Joseph W. Gomes, and her sons Joseph, James, and John. She also leaves behind her daughter-in-law Valerie Gomes, Jacqueline Crowder, and her grandchildren Mackenzie, Marissa, and John Gomes. She is also survived by her sister Christine Savio, sister-in-law Joanne Coehlo, and brother-in-law Fredrick Gomes, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Stephen and Anthony (Red) Arre, brother-in-laws Ronald and Edward Gomes, and sister-in-law Ruth Wilbur.

A private memorial service will be held at the Kingwood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society https://donate.cancer.org/index and/or the Joslin Diabetes Center http://www.joslin.org/giving/memorial_gifts.html.