Friday, April 19, 2024


Marpe Sworn In for Second Term, Pledges ‘Inclusiveness’

By James Lomuscio

Red, white and blue bunting and balloons, a Police and Fire Department color guard and a stirring rendition of the national anthem sung by the Staples High School Orphenians kicked off tonight’s Westport’s oath of office ceremonies in a packed Town Hall auditorium. Image
First Selectman Jim Marpe surrounded tonight by fellow selectman Melissa Kane (l), the Democrat who lost to Marpe by 455 votes, and his Republican running mate, Jennifer Tooker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“This is really a special moment for so many who worked to be elected to public office in Westport,” said Republican First Selectman Jim Marpe, sworn in for his second four-year term. “I congratulate you and look forward to governing with you.”

Marpe, who turned 71 last month, pledged that this term would be marked by “inclusiveness.”

“We will be committed to representing each and every Westport resident,” he told the audience.

Marpe: ‘Westporters Will Treat Each Other With Respect and Dignity’ Image
Newly elected to a second term, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe pledged tonight at a Town Hall auditorium swearing in ceremony: “In a year in which we have seen division and acrimony in our nation, Westporters will lead by example by treating each other with respect and dignity and practicing every day the shared values that make our town so exceptional.” He was sworn in by state Sen. Tony Hwang. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

P.A.L. Wreckers Take on ‘The Wrecker’ Image
Members of the eight grade P.A.L. football team took on “The Wrecker” tonight at Saugatuck Sweets on Riverside Avenue to celebrate their 11-0 undefeated championship win on Sunday for the Fairfield County League. “The Wrecker” is a 10-scoop sundae with four chocolate chip cookies, a brownie, a sleeve of Oreos, four sauces, a banana, a chocolate bar, two cupcakes, and whipped cream. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for

Police: After Release, Westport Woman Assaults Again

A Westport woman arrested for dragging a man down the stairs Saturday and who was later released on a $2,500 bond was arrested again early Sunday for returning to the same address and attacking the man while he slept, police said today. Image
Ting Lu: held on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Ting Lu, 30, of Cross Way, was arrested on the second assault charge, plus violating the conditions of her release, at Norwalk Superior Court today where she had been scheduled to appear for the first charges, police said.

Held in lieu of a bond now increased to $50,000, she was arraigned the same day.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident unfolded around 5:30 p.m. Saturday when officers were dispatched to a Wesport address on a report of a man who had fallen in the garage.

Getting Ice Rink Ready for Friday Opening Image
The P.A.L. Ice Rink at Longhsore Club Park opens Friday, and Tony Lantier, owner of Thin Ice Management, the rink management company, was busy today building up the ice. Hours are Frday noon to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lantier said weekly deals will be posted on the rink’s Instagram and Facebook pages. For more information contact (203)226-7465 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Bridge Inspection Image
Traffic was reduced to one lane today while state Department of Transportation (DOT) workers performed an annual maintenance inspection on the Metro-North Railroad overpass on Saugatuck Avenue. According to a DOT worker, the process involves inspection for impact damage, general corrosion, loose connections and cracked steel. Among the exemplary impacts to the overpass are periodic accidents caused by the impact of vehicles whose height exceeds the posted overpass elevation, the last of which occurred on Oct. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Beverly K. Marshall, 79

Beverly K. Marshall of Westport died Nov. 18 after a two-year heroic battle with a terminal illness. She was 79.

She was born July 23, 1938 to the late Irving and Alice Kaufman of Bronx, New York. While a high school student, she met Robert Marshall at Tony’s Pizzeria and started what was to become a 62-year romance. 

When she graduated from New York University, she and Bob married on Sept. 13, 1959 and together had three children.

Moving to Westport in 1975, she was decades ahead of the curve by becoming a licensed clinical nutritionist while being the owner of The Organic Market in Westport.