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Cribari Bridge Advisory Committee Meeting July 18

A meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) on the state’s planned renovation of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge is set for Wednesday, July 18, at Westport Town Hall at 6:30 p.m., town officials announced today.

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The new committee will provide guidance on the planned bridge renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently created the PAC for guidance on the planned renovation of the historic swing bridge on Route 136 in the Saugatuck area.

The CDOT says it had invited key stakeholders to join the PAC, including town departments and state and federal historic preservation and environmental organizations.

“The creation of this PAC is part of an ongoing environmental assessment that is required due to both the historic nature of the bridge and its location over the Saugatuck River,” said First selectman Jim Marpe.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


8 a.m. – Riverside Park (427 Riverside Ave.) – Parks Advisory Committee
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services & Senior Services
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Arts Advisory Committee
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Information Technology Committee [ADDITION]
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Flea in Her Ear”
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Westport Community Band
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals (vidostreamed)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Margaret Sawch, 90

Margaret Johnston “Mo” Sawch, a longtime resident of Weston, Westport and Fairfield, died June 9, one day shy of her 91st birthday.

She was born on June 10, 1927 in Larchmont, New York, the daughter of the late Joseph and Eugenie Johnston. She graduated from the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, New York and Georgetown Visitation in Washington, D.C. 

While in Washington, she met her husband, Walter Sawch who graduated from Georgetown University. Mo and Wally were happily married for almost 58 years.

Mo enjoyed many passions including tennis, golf, music and most of all, gardening. She was also very committed to community service and was actively involved with Weston Girl Scouts, Westport Young Women’s League and the Weston Parent Teacher Association. 

School Board Approves Funding Strategies for SROs this Fall

By James Lomuscio

In a special meeting tonight, Westport’s Board of Education voted unanimously to fund a school resource officer (SRO) for this fall at Staples High School, via DARE officer funds.

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The Board of Education meeting at Town Hall tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

The school board also voted unanimously to ask the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) fund the cost of two additional SROs at the town’s two middle schools.

According to Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer, the per officer cost would be $160,057.

And by a vote of 4 to 2, with Mark Mathias and Karen Klein dissenting, the board agreed that the school system would allocate any unexpended funds from fiscal year 2018-19 and subsequent years to pay for up to 60 percent of the SRO cost.

A Bubble Machine for a New Generation

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The Hall Family and Friends celebrated their 28th appearance tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. Mary Ann, Bill, Emily and friends delighted youngsters and their families with a variety of songs, including “Bubbles Don’t Pop in the Rain.” To some of an older generation, the bubbles floating over the audience recalled the late band leader Lawrence Welk and his bubble machine of the 1950s and 1960s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Joseloff for WestportNow.com

Police: Employee Was Fired, Injured in Struggle

Officers arrested a Westport employer and a Westport woman on disorderly conduct charges after they had become involved in a scuffle with an employee who had just been fired, police said today.

Upon their arrests Friday, Gilles Clement, 46, and Aida Delic, 39, both of Newtown Turnpike, each was released on a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, July 16.

“The victim and his employer, Gilles Clement, had a heated discussion over the termination of the victim’s employment,” said Lt. Jillian Cabana. “During the course of their argument, Aida Delic entered the office and attempted to calm both men down.

“She later attempted to take the victim’s cell phone away, and a struggle ensued between the three,” she added.

Bad Check Arrest

Officers arrested a Westport homeowner today for failing to make good on a bounced check to an air conditioning contractor five years ago, police said.

Gerald Karlen, 66, of Pheasant Lane turned himself in on an outstanding warrant at Police Headquarters.

According to the arrest report, an HVAC contractor performed work at Gerard Karlen’s residence on July 8, 2013 and was paid for the work by check. The check was later returned due to insufficient funds.

“After approximately a month and a half of attempting to collect payment unsuccessfully, a bad check warrant application was submitted to court and later approved,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said.

Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein Still Living in Westport

Despite selling his Westport waterfront properties, disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein is still living in them, at times with his young children, his lawyer said today.

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President Obama’s motorcade lined up outside Harvey Weinstein’s Beachside Avenue home in August 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) White House pool photo

Benjamin Brafman disclosed the arrangement as Weinstein appeared in a Manhattan court where he was indicted on three new sex-related charges involving a third alleged victim: one count of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and two counts of predatory sexual assault.

Brafman said the February sale arrangement with Beachside Avenue property owner Andrew Bentley allows Weinstein to live in the homes until February 2019.

Bentley, who also owns other homes on Beachside Avenue, bought 26 and 28 Beachside Ave. for $16 million.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp,’‘Hearts Beat Loud,’ ‘Tag’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

As “Ant-Man and The Wasp” begins, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) — aka Ant-Man — has been under house arrest for two years, devising elaborate games to play with his 10-year-old daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) while his cronies (Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris) run their security consultant business.

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Meanwhile, his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) has discovered that his long-lost, miniaturized wife, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), has been trapped for 30 years in the subatomic Quantum Realm, the minuscule space between the molecules.

So Hank and his skeptical daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) — aka The Wasp — smuggle Scott out of the house to help rescue Janet because he once mind-melded with her and their quantum psychic connection remains.

“Do you guys just put the word ‘quantum’ in front of everything?” Scott inquires.