Saturday, March 02, 2024


Slight Rain Delay at Levitt But Show Goes On Image
There was a slight rain delay, but tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance by the only string quartet of its kind to devote itself to the music of tango, Cuartetango, went ahead to the delight of a large crowd. Leonardo Suárez Paz leads the Latin Grammy-Award nominated Cuartetango. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Police Urge Drivers to Use Caution at Monday’s Fireworks

Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods today urged fireworks spectators to arrive around 5 p.m. at Compo Beach Monday “as traffic delays are inevitable.” Image
A home on Bradley Street in the Compo Beach area is decked out in red, white, and blue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

He said there will be heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic, “affecting all roads south of Green’s Farms Road between South Compo Road and Hillspoint Road.”

“It is recommended that spectators plan to arrive early as traffic delays are inevitable,” Woods said.

“The beach should reopen to ticket holders by 5 p.m.; however, this determination will be made by Westport Parks and Recreation staff,” he added.

Malloy Prepares CT for Life Without a New State Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a conciliatory tone today, urging legislative leaders to adopt a new budget even as he signed an executive order to begin managing state finances without one. Image
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the executive order under which he will run state government in the absence of an approved budget. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith M. Phaneuf for

Yet while he urged legislators to come together he also acknowledged he hasn’t shifted his own fiscal stand much since he proposed his first two-year budget to the General Assembly almost five months ago.

Malloy, who met with reporters in his Capitol office one day before the new fiscal year began, also repeated his warning that social services, aid to towns and most other programs would suffer significantly without a new budget.

“This is a regrettable path and one that I worked very hard to avoid,” Malloy said, referring to the three-month provisional budget he asked legislators to adopt this week.

This still would have imposed cuts on all areas, but would have approved modest tax hikes to limit those reductions, the administration said.

Herbert E. Mahn, 96

Herbert Edward Mahn, a former Westport resident, died June 16 at the Clare Bridge Unit, Brookdale Assisted Living Facility in Wilton. He was 96. Image
Herbert E. Mahn: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born at home and grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts. His family included his father Herbert Augustus Mahn, his mother Edith Maria Mahn and his sister Beverly Ruth Mahn (Surette).

He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1940. After high school he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. on various municipal projects in New England. He once wrote that his ambition was to own a diversified farm.

He was enrolled in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMASS when war broke out in 1941, and he enlisted in 1942. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. from the Armored School OCS.

Westport Property Transfers June 12 – 16, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 12 - 16, 2017:

Jason C. and Tonia L. Miller to Timothy J. and Joan F. Beckert, 3 Clinton Ave., $541,500WNproperty.jpg

1 Oak Ridge Park LLC to Benjamin and Emily Fischer, 1 Oak Ridge Park, $1,865,000

Benjamin S. and Emily S. Fischer to Padraig M. and Sara J. Connolly, 5E Gorham Ave., $1,399,000

Martha Ann and Kathryn M. Polacik to Jeffrey D. and Michelle L. Boccuzzi, 3 Hogan Trail, $637,000

Speeding, Texting Stop Nets Drug Arrest

Officers arrested a Norwalk man on drug charges and interfering with an officer following a motor vehicle stop for speeding on Post Road West. Image
Craig Robilotto : free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Police said Craig Robilotto, 40, struggled with officers as he was being handcuffed Wednesday. The arrest followed a K-9 search that discovered a Thermos containing five bags of marijuana.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the event unfolded about 4:30 p.m. when K-9 Officer David Scinto officer saw the suspect reaching speeds of 46 in a 25 mph zone.

“As the vehicle drove past the officer, he observed the operator holding a cellphone in both hands above the steering wheel and texting,” Farrell said.

Grace B. Cunningham, 101

Grace “Toni” Cunningham, a former Westporter and well-known figure in the Compo Beach area for decades, died June 29. She was 101. Image
Toni Cunningham: well-known Compo Beach figure. Contributed photo

She was born April 6, 1916 in New York, and lived in Scarsdale, New York until coming to Westport in 1930.

After graduating from Scarsdale High School, she attended Connecticut College for Women where she studied art.

After her marriage to Francis J. Cunningham, they made their home in Westport where they raised three daughters.

Rita V. Hooper, 91

Rita Vigilante Hooper of Westport and Fairfield died June 28 at home. She was 91. Image
Rita Hooper: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Raymond Lee Hooper for over 61 years was born in 1925 to the late Michael and Rose Vigilante. She grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

She attended the University of Connecticut before meeting her future husband Raymond on Martha’s Vineyard. They were married in 1948 and moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where they lived for seven years before returning to Westport.

In her earlier years, she served as society editor for the Westport Town Crier and at Columbia University in New York. In her later years, she was an active member of the Town of Westport, spending years working for the town in various capacities.