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Lisa Ann Potts-Polito, 50

Lisa Ann Potts-Polito of Westport died Dec. 28 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She was 50.

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Lisa Ann Potts-Polito: Trump Hotels exec.  Contributed photo

Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois on Aug. 30, 1966, she was raised in South Holland and Crete, Illinois. A leader in the hospitality industry, she was most recently senior vice president of sales and marketing for Trump Hotels and was previously a longtime senior executive at Starwood Hotels.

She was predeceased by her parents, Richard Austin Potts and Anne Marie (Byrnes) Potts. She is survived by her husband, Vincent T. Polito; her siblings, Dr. Steven Potts of Chicago and Susan Kluskowski of Stillwater, Minnesota; nephews Jacob and Nicholas Kluskowski of Minneapolis; brother-in-law Mario Gonzalez and sister-in-law Janet Polito of Yarmouthport, Massachusetts; brother-in-law Robert Polito and sister-in-law Janice Bicchieri of Baltimore, Maryland; brother-in-law James Polito of Melrose, Massachusetts; nephew Christian Polito and niece Francesca Polito of Herndon, Virginia,  and by her many friends.

Lisa was a woman of strong Catholic faith; she touched the lives of countless co-workers and friends and was truly beloved by all.

Speeding Stop Again Leads to Westporter’s Drug Arrest

For the second time in six months, a 25-year-old Westport man stopped for speeding early today ended up arrested on drug charges, police said.

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Rem Woodhull: bond set at $1,500. Westport Police photo

Police said at 12:09 a.m. Officer David Scinto, who is a K-9 handler, was on routine patrol and pulled over Remington Woodhull of Roseville Road for a speeding violation.

The officer could see that he was extremely nervous and as a result, believed that Woodhull may be hiding contraband in the vehicle even though denied having anything illegal, said Lt. David Farrell.

“At this point, Officer Scinto deployed his Police Service Dog Atlas in order to determine if there were narcotics in the vehicle,” he said. The dog indicated there were and upon a search, a small amount of heroin was located.

Friday, December 30, 2016


Town Hall, Board of Education offices closed.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Scratch TinkerShop (grades 3-6)
12:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Python TinkerShop (grades 4-7)
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Prophets of Dish

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

State Cuts Additional $444K in ECS Aid to Westport

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The governor’s budget office said today Westport’s Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) aid from the state would be cut an additional $443,947, bringing the total reduction from the previous fiscal year to $1,517,602. In addition, Westport will see a $146,394 reduction in its Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP) grant. While every town is touched by the $50 million in reductions, the cuts to education largely fall on the state’s wealthiest communities. Administration officials said the cuts had to be made now to achieve the savings goals included in the current 2016-17 state budget. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org graphic

CT Identifies $50 million in Mid-Year Cuts to Municipalities

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

City and town leaders today learned how much less the state will be sending their municipalities for education and construction projects for the fiscal year that ends July 1.

[The Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) aid to Westport would be cut an additional $443,947, bringing the total reduction from the previous fiscal year to $1,517,602. In addition, Westport will see a $146,394 reduction in its Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP) grant.]

The $50 million in midyear cuts announced by the governor’s budget office come after the legislature adopted a budget with $20 million in unassigned cuts to municipalities and $30 million from grants for local construction projects.

While every town is touched by the reductions announced today, the cuts to education largely fall on the state’s wealthiest communities.

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Squirrel Knocks Out Power

A squirrel on a transformer knocked out power to 80 customers early today in the northern part of Westport, an Eversource spokesman said.

The outage from 7:43 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. affected customers in the Crooked Mile Road, Cavalry Road, Viking Green and nearby areas, said spokesman Frank Poirot.

He said repair crews found the cause to be a squirrel on a transformer.

“In cold weather, they go there to keep warm,” Poirot said.

Water Main Break on Wilton Road

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UPDATE Crews work today to repair a water main break on Westport’s Wilton Road near River Lane. A resident said they received notification of the break at about 1 a.m. and water was finally shut off about 7 a.m. It was restored by 11:30 a.m. The state Department of Transportation put salt on the road due to freezing and icing of the surface. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

Thursday, December 29, 2016


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Scratch TinkerShop (grades 3-6)
12:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Python TinkerShop (grades 4-7)
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Vacation Film Festival: “The Secret Life of Pets”
5 p.m. – Westport Library – #ThrowbackThursdays
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Gallery: Baron’s South Uncovered


A photo tour of the town-owned Baron’s South property following several weeks of work by arborists removing dead trees with widow maker branches, out-of-control brush and tree-strangling bittersweet vines. The work was overseen by Town Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay, who was named to the post three years ago. Town bodies earlier this year approved a $75,000 appropriation for tree removal, trail reclamation, and design work for the 22-acre property zoned as passive recreational open space. Molly Alger for WestportNow.com