Monday, April 15, 2024


Following in Dad’s Footsteps Image
Andrew Chappo, a member of the Staples High School class of 2011, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The son of Richard and Anne Chappo, and brother of Jacqueline Chappo, he is following in his father’s footsteps. Richard Chappo is a 1976 West Point grad. While at West Point, Andrew served internships in the U.S. Senate for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and at the State Department. He also participated in a cultural immersion program in Ghana, West Africa. Next month, Andrew will report to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for field artillery officer training and then to his first assignment with the First Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Himes Town Hall-Style Meeting Set for Wednesday

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4), home on holiday break, will hold a town hall-style meeting for constituents on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Westport Town Hall. Image
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes addresses a town hall-style meeting last July at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

It will be the second Himes town hall-style session in Westport in six months after not holding one here for five years. (See WestportNow July 6, 2017)

However, he appeared before the Westport Rotary Club in September, at a Democratic Women of Westport forum also that month, and before the ICT4 political action group at the Unitarian Church in Westport in November.

Before Wednesday’s town hall session, Himes is scheduled to visit and meet with members of the Junior State of America (JSA) chapter at Staples High School, his office said.

CT Joins Other ‘Blue’ States in Looking to Skirt New Tax Law

By Ana Radelat

Washington – “Blue” states like Connecticut that say they were targeted in the GOP’s federal tax overhaul are looking for ways to protect their residents from the negative impact of the new cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes.

The problem for many taxpayers in high-income states is that the new tax law limits to a total of $10,000 the deductibility of, in Connecticut’s case, state income and municipal property taxes.

That won’t affect many taxpayers in lower-income, lower-tax states like Alabama or Missouri, but states that have high incomes and costs-of-living, like Connecticut, New York, California, and New Jersey — states that also tend to trend Democratic — say they are being disproportionately punished and are looking for ways around the new limitation.

“Everyone is looking to see if there’s something we can do,” said Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan.

Commuter Lot Closed for Construction Image
The permit parking commuter lot No. 5 underneath the I-95 bridge on Riverside Avenue at the Metro-North Westport station was closed today until March 2018 for construction. To accommodate commuters during this period, Westport Railroad Operations opened 11 temporary permit parking spaces east of Railroad Place in the two hour parking area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Missing Mozart No Longer Missing ImageUPDATE Westport Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino cuddles with Mozart, a 6-month-old poodle missing since Dec. 23 from his owner’s home on Coleytown Road. He was reunited Monday with his family. Owner Peggy Reiner said she only had Mozart for three days (adopted from an elderly couple) before he slipped out a fence and was eventually found on Easton Road. “We think someone took him in,” she said, adding: “What a nightmare. We’re so grateful for everyone in the community who has reached out and been so caring.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

Gifting a Maker Faire Cup Image
Westporter Mark Mathias (l), organizer of the seventh annual Maker Faire to be held on April 21, today presents a limited edition Maker Faire Westport 2018 mug to Susan Basler, president of the Westport Rotary Club at its weekly meeting at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church.  Mathias attended the meeting to announce plans for the expanded Maker Faire, which he said is expected to attract 12,000 visitors, up from the estimated 10,000 in 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,’ ‘The Greatest Showman

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

With “The Shape of Water,” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has created a poignant, fantastical fable, set in Baltimore, Maryland, at the height of the Cold War era in 1962. Image

A lonely, mute janitor, Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), discovers an exotic, aquatic creature from the black lagoon, hidden in a cylindrical tank in a high-security government laboratory, run by sadistic Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) who tortures his amphibian captive with an electric cattle prod.

In South America’s Amazon River, he (Doug Jones) is a considered a god. He can breathe underwater, utilizing shimmering gills, but also on-land with humanoid lungs. Modeled after Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ his body is perfectly proportioned and his touch has remarkable curative powers.

Captured by the military, this mysterious, yet innocent hybrid is being brutalized by scientists who consider him an oceanographic “asset” that can give America a supernatural advantage over the perceived Communist threat.

Anna Malootian, 90

Anna Maria Malootian of Quaker Hill, Waterford, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 30. She was 90. Image
Anna Malootian: A Westport Arcudi family member. Contributed photo

She was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Westport, the daughter of the late Carmelo and Mary (Passafiume) Arcudi. She married Markay Malootian on Jan. 2, 1956. He survives her.

She was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Waterford School system for 27 years. She served on the Democratic Town Committee, the Waterford Board of Education, the Waterford RTM, and the Waterford Board of Selectmen.

After retirement, she became a docent at Lyman Allyn Museum, a member of the Ladies Guild of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and an attendee at La Tavola Italiana at Connecticut College.