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Newest Westport Police Recruits

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Westport Police added three new recruits today to fill ranks depleted by retirements. Sworn in at Police Headquarters were (l-r) Scott Alberti, 42, of Fairfield. Tyler Stevens, 30, of Seymour, and Mark Grasso, an Orange resident and a retired State Police officer with 20 years experience. Absent from the photo is Officer James Baker III of Norwalk who was promoted to the rank of detective. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Back to Westport

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Among the three officers inducted into the Westport Police force today is Mark Grasso, an Orange resident, posing with his family. Grasso is a retired State Police officer with 20 years experience. He said he started his state police career at the former Troop G facility on Post Road East in its final year, 1995, before the troop moved to Bridgeport. Walgreen’s pharmacy now occupies that site. Grasso and his wife Kelly pose with their 7-year-old triplets, (l-r) Gabriella, Luca and Sofia, all first grade students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

‘Great Westport Pizza Contest’ Begins Thursday

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) announced today a new event that residents can savor throughout March—the Great Westport Pizza Contest.

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The contest kicks off Thursday at noon, as First Selectman Jim Marpe proclaims March as Westport Pizza Month, beginning at Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant on Main Street. All are invited, said Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director.

According to Mandell, 14 pizza making restaurants will compete in seven different categories “to be crowned Best Pizza Maker in Westport.”

He said residents can vote online for each category: best slice; best personal pizza; best meat pizza; best gluten free pizza; best veggie pizza; best plain pizza; and best delivered pizza.

Monday, February 26, 2018


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals [Addition]
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Script in Hand: “Better Late”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Parks Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, & www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

A Westport Tale: Uber and Custom Suits

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This package was delivered to the Uber customer who had Ryan Meserole as his driver. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

WestporterNow reader Sean McCormick relates this Uber tale:

“I often Uber to the Westport train station. On Monday I took an Uber (like I normally do), and had Ryan (Meserole) as my Uber driver. 

“We started talking, and it turns out he owns a local men’s suit store called Suited.co (44 Railroad Place.)  I was curious why he was driving for Uber while he owned a retail store.

“He told me that he’s closed on Mondays, and often drives for Uber in the early mornings and late evenings to meet people like me.

Mill River Band Entertains at Senior Center

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The local popular Mill River Band played to a full house today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Regulars at the Levitt Pavilion for 12 years, the band was making its first appearance at the center since 2016. Members include: John Berlinson (beret) Fairfield, guitar; Tom Abrahamsen, Fairfield (who practices podiatric medicine in Westport), guitar; Michael Jacob, Westport, drums; Dan Bonebrake, Norwalk, guitar; Doug Bernstein, Fairfield, sax; Jim Clark, Norwalk, sax; Michael Dougherty, Fairfield, bass, and Roy Rodriquez, keyboard. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, the event was preceded by servings of pizza and cookies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo