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Arrest in Moving Company Scam

Officers arrested a New York man who said he was a mover for scamming a woman whose possessions never arrived when she moved from Westport to California, police said today.

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Kirk Gillums: held on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Kirk Gillums, 54, of Hollis, Queens, was charged with second-degree larceny upon being extradited to Westport Police Headquarters Tuesday. Held in lieu of a $25,000 bond, he was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court the same day.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident dates back to Aug. 16 when police received a report from a California resident who said she had contracted with a Brooklyn, New York moving company to move her possessions from her former residence in Westport to her new residence in California.

“The victim reported that her property never arrived in California, and she was now unable to reach the moving company,” Cabana said.

Farmers Market Seeks Donations for Bridgeport Mission

The Westport Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden will wrap up the season Saturday, March 10, by collecting food and other donations for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

Christi Pope, director of Compassion Ministries of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, said a variety of foods are needed. She requested donors do not bring food items in glass containers.

Donations can be brought to Gilbertie’s at 7 Sylvan Lane beginning Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., said Lori Cochran-Dougall, WFM executive director.

According to Pope, most needed are healthy soups, peanut butter, jam, tuna, prepared foods, spaghetti sauce and other canned items. Among nonfood items, men’s briefs were cited as a priority.

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 5 – 9, 2018

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 5 - 9, 2018:

David S. and Allegan Zemel to Michael E. and Christina C. Goodman, 4 Mayfair Lane, $1,625,000WNproperty.jpg

Paul and Janet Marthers to Allegra Gatti Zemel, 110-C Imperal Ave., $1,172,250

Phyllis E. Noble Estate to Eric A. and Debora R. Dipreta, 19 Easton Road, $575,000

Jack and Wiesje Vanhulst to Michael P. Whalen, 10 Burr Farms Road, $880,000

Friday, February 23, 2018


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Instagram
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Annapurna”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings & Goings: Alegre Closes on Post Road East

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Alegre, a women’s apparel store at 180 Post Road East, has closed after less than two years in Westport. The store, which opened in April 2016 next to the AT&T store, was co-owned by Sheryl and Eli Blit who operate Havana Jeans in Stamford and Rye, New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

‘Stunning Set of Findings’ Released on Widening I-95

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today released what was described as a “stunning set of findings” of a study on the impact of widening and improving both the western and eastern portions of Interstate 95 in Connecticut, and outlined the consequences of failing to act.

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The new report says widening of I-95 will significantly reduce travel time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CDOT photo

Currently, peak morning and evening congestion on the highway accounts for 54 million hours of delay and costs $1.2 billion in lost time annually, Malloy’s office said in a statement.

The study finds that limited, strategic widening will yield major benefits and can be constructed within existing CTDOT property.  The governor’s revenue proposal – which includes a seven-cent increase in the gas tax over four years and the implementation of electronic tolling – would allow for these investments to go forward, the statement said.

“Anyone who has traveled on I-95 during rush hour understands the urgency of addressing our congestion problems,” Malloy said. 

CT Helps Launch Multistate Effort to Enhance Gun Controls

By Keith Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and three of his northeastern counterparts today unveiled a new multistate coalition to strengthen gun regulation efforts.

Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island will begin sharing databases and criminal intelligence and coordinating research related to potential firearm purchases, gun trafficking and violent crime.

“What we are doing today is very different,” Malloy said during a conference call with Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.

“We can’t wait for the federal government to act. … We have waited for Washington to do something and, of course, that never quite happens.”

Westport Helps Out at Wilton House Fire

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Westport firefighters today joined firefighters from several neighboring towns to control a fire at a residence at Drum Hill Road, off Belden Avenue, Wilton. Responding to the Wilton fire department call for assistance responders, in addition to Westport, included Weston, Norwalk, New Canaan and Ridgefield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, February 22, 2018


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – February Break 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”
10 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – Youth Vacation Week Workshop: Toy Design

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar