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Police Advise of Traffic Impact of Half Marathon on Sunday

The Westport Police Department has advised residents and motorists that the Greens Farms area will be impacted by the running of the Fairfield Half Marathon on Sunday.

Runners will enter Westport on Greens Farms Road at the Fairfield town line, continuing to New Creek Road and onto Beachside Avenue before exiting into Southport, an advisory said.

Through traffic will be stopped or severely limited while runners make their way through town, police said.

Motorists should anticipate heavy delays due to road closures along the race route.

Westport Property Transfers June 5 – 9, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 5 - 9, 2017:

Fiona Garland to 1 Yankee Hill LLC, 1 Yankee Hill Road, $5,250,000WNproperty.jpg

Andrea Britt Sheya Trust to Omaha LLC, 209 Hillspoint Road, $990,000

John Alexander Jr. and Deborah C. Jackson to Flora Jackson aka Flora J. Meilan, 49 Reichert Circle, $198,150

Evelyn Jackson Estate to Flora Meilan, 42 Reichert Circle, $59,445

Police: Three-Time Train Station, Airbag Burglar Arrested

Officers arrested a Newark, New Jersey man accused of breaking into Hondas at the Saugatuck train station and stealing airbags on three occasions in May and June, police said today.

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Arrested: Jose Cruz. Westport Police photo

Jose Cruz, 50, was arrested in New Jersey Thursday and extradited to Westport and was held in lieu of bonds totaling $60,000, $20,000 for each of the Honda CRV burglaries that occurred in lots 1, 2 and 7.

According to Lt. Eric Woods, the first incident occurred May 7 when officers responded to the train station on the report that a Honda CRV in Lot 1 had been broken into and its airbag removed.

What followed was a Westport Police Detective Bureau investigation examining surveillance video of the lot.

Firefighters Donate to Burn Camp

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The Westport Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF) presented a $1,700 check to the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation Children’s Burn Camp. The money was raised at the Westport Firefighters Annual Golf Tournament held in May. Pictured are (l-r): Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar; Firefighter Theodore Crawford, president WUFCF; Kathleen Gerrity, executive director CT Burns Care Foundation Childrens Burn Camp, and Lt. Brendan McHugh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Friday, June 23, 2017


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10:30 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Art Gottlieb Architecture Lecture: Manhattan Bridge
Noon – 8 p.m. – Bedford Square (Church Lane) – CT contemporary art fair
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The 39 Steps”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Malloy: Even a Temporary CT Budget Must be Balanced

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had a warning today for legislators considering enacting a temporary budget to guide state finances after July 1 in lieu of the real thing.

Do it right or don’t do it at all.

The governor “will not consider any budget — short or long term, that adds to our fiscal challenges in the coming biennium,” Malloy spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said.

With Connecticut just nine days away from entering the fiscal year without an approved spending plan — for the first time since 2009 and just the second time in 15 years — gridlocked legislators are seeking to buy more time to craft the next two-year budget.

Calling All Hams to Observatory This Weekend

Westport Astronomical Society’s (WAS) Amateur Radio Club, KB1WLW, has been appointed a temporary emergency operations center (EOC) for National Field Day this weekend.

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Bridgeport’s Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security City has selected WAS for the training drill that runs from Saturday noon to noon on Sunday.

WAS hams are scheduled to conduct the field day at the observatory with members of the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club and the Housatonic Amateur Radio Club.

WAS officials said all who are interested in amateur radio are welcome to attend the event

Unsafe Roof Shutters Compo Pavilion

UPDATE Saying that the Compo Beach pavilion poses roof safety risks, the Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the pavilion will remain closed immediately for roof work to begin Monday for five days until work is completed.

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An emergency roof replacement will cause immediate closure of the Compo Beach pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“We have been made aware that the roof structure that covers the enclosed brick pavilion at Compo Beach potentially poses a safety risk,” the department said.

“We know how important this shaded area is to our beach users and have been looking to find ways to make repairs to the roof structure, so that we can keep it up through the summer season.

“Unfortunately, that is not the case, so in the interest of safety, we must take it down,” the statement added.