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Justin Paul is Library’s ‘BOOKED’ Honoree

The Westport Library today announced that Westport’s award-winning Broadway and Hollywood luminary Justin Paul as the 2018 BOOKED for the Evening honoree.

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Justin Paul: to be honored June 11. Contributed photo

Due to the construction underway at the library for its Transformation Project, this year’s 20th anniversary fundraiser will be held Monday, June 11 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton at 7 p.m.

“For this 20th anniversary of BOOKED, it is especially meaningful to be able to honor an individual like Justin who not only has such a distinguished career but also has close ties with Westport,” said Bill Harmer, executive director of the Westport Library.

“We are looking forward to celebrating his extraordinary creativity and contributions to the arts and to our community.”

Police: Whole Foods Ex-Employee Faces Larceny Charges

Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman on larceny charges for making approximately 100 fraudulent returns, refunds and voided cash transactions while she was employed at Whole Foods at 399 Post Road West, police said today.

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Jenisa Serrano: free on $7,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Jenisa Serrano, 25, turned herself in on an arrest warrant Monday following an investigation that began March 12 into a report of employee theft, police said. She was charged with fourth-degree larceny.

“Officers spoke with loss prevention and learned Jenisa Serrano had stolen approximately $1,600 from the store,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said, adding that the thefts had been taking place since January.

Serrano was released after posting a $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, May 9.

Police: Woman Hurt as Car Speeds Off During Domestic Dispute

A domestic dispute at Playhouse Square today ended with charges against both parties and the woman being transported to Norwalk Hospital for treatment, police said.

The police did not release their names as they are both victims.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, officers were dispatched around 9 a.m. to 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square on a report of a domestic disturbance in the parking lot.

“Upon arrival, officers learned the female victim had struck the male victim multiple times outside of a parked vehicle,” Cabana said.

Police Investigate Body Washed Ashore

UPDATE Westport police today were investigating a body which washed ashore on Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores area.

Foul play was not suspected, said Lt. Jillian Cabana.

“At approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning a resident contacted police headquarters to report a body which had washed up on the shore of Habor Road,” Cabana said.

“Police responded to the area and located a deceased male at the water line. The male has not been identified at this time.”

Friday, May 4, 2018


9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) – Giant Church Tag Sale benefit
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art” & “4th Annual Student Art Exhibition”
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Fiona Garland Art Lecture Series
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Design Within Reach (154 Post Road East) – Preview party for Westport Artists Collective Saturday studio tour
6:30 – 8 p.m. – 25 Church Lane – Opening reception for new Williams-Sonoma store
6:30 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Norwalk Youth Ballet
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Movie Night: “Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

At P&Z, Medical Marijuana Debate Continues

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in a work session tonight postponed a decision on a text amendment that would help two applicants seeking site plan and special permit approvals for medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Westport resident Daniel Xue speaks in opposition to medical marijuana dispensaries tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

The P&Z’s own text amendment 735 approved in June and allowing no more than two medical marijuana dispensaries in town stipulates such dispensaries be located 1,000 feet from a public building.

Text amendment 747 aims to redefine a public building, since one of the applicants is less than 1,000 feet from a municipal sewage pump building, the other a Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) garage and salt-sand storage facility.

The amendment was put forth by Jackie Kaufman, attorney for SS Westport LLC, CS Westport LLC, JSPVIL LLC, Shoreline Alternative Care LLC, which is proposing a dispensary at 833 Post Road East, site of the former Bertucci’s Restaurant.

Chabad of Westport Dedicates New Home

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today addresses the opening ceremony for the new home of Chabad of Westport, which serves Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk, at 79 Newtown Turnpike. The congregation purchased the three-acre property housing the former Three Bears Restaurant in 2013.  Highlights of the new Chabad of Westport Jewish Center include: a synagogue with a 300 person seating capacity, classrooms for Hebrew School and for Jewish learning, event spaces, a Jewish Library and teen center, and a state of the art commercial teaching kitchen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo