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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 56 Bulkley Ave. North

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 56 Bulkley Ave. North is in process. Built in 1954, the one-story split has 1,400-square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership this month for $752,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Arrests for the Possession of Burglar Tools

Officers arrested a Stamford man and a juvenile for the possession of burglar tools Tuesday after an officer observed them get on and off a northbound train while it was stopped at the Saugatuck train station, police said today.

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Jeffrey Pierre: free on promise to appear Westport Police photo

Jeffrey Pierre, 18, and the unidentified juvenile were brought to Police Headquarters and charged with the manufacture or possession of burglar tools, police said.

Pierre was released on a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, Jan 2. The juvenile was issued a juvenile summons and release to the custody of his mother.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident unfolded around 1 a.m. Christmas Day when the officer observed the suspects getting on and off the train.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 29 Buena Vista Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Buena Vista Drive in Westport’s Compo Beach section is in process. Built in 1957, the 1-3/4 story cape has 1,685-square feet, is situated on a .19-acre property and changed ownership this month for $1 million. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Driver Escapes After Fiery Crash

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Westport firefighters early today get set to attack a car fire in the area of 274 Wilton Road after the driver lost control and crashed into a stone wall. The driver, the only occupant, managed to escape the vehicle after it burst into flames. He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The initial dispatch call said people might still be inside the car, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows. The accident, at about 3:08 a.m., forced closure of the road until about 5 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

Remembering Westporters Lost in 2018

By James Lomuscio

From the celebrated to the lesser known, from the those with storied, long lives to the wonderful ones cut short, Westport saw the loss in 2018 of many who had an important impact on our town, state, even country.

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James R. McManus: legendary marketer. Contributed graphic

Either through their humble works or epic achievements, they forged a sense of good will and a loving sense of community. Their legacies live on. Here are some of them:

James R. McManus, founder in 1971 in Westport of Marketing Corporation of America (MCA), died Jan. 10 at his home in Fairfield. He was 84. Known merely as Jim around town, his laid back, casual demeanor belied his iconic status in the marketing industry, much of it centered in Westport.

He also donated generously to local nonprofits, including the Westport Library, whose McManus Room is named for him.

Gloria D. Osterberg, 81

Gloria DeMattia Osterberg of Niantic, formerly of Fairfield and Westport, wife of the late Kenneth W. Osterberg, died unexpectedly on Dec. 24. She was 81.

Born in Bridgeport to the late Joseph and Josephine DeMattia, she grew up in Westport and was a graduate of Staples High School. She was the co-owner with her husband of DeMattia Fuel in Westport for over 50 years.

She enjoyed skiing and spending time at her house in Vermont. She also enjoyed going to the casino, seeing the horse races in Saratoga; and shopping and traveling with her special friend, Virginia to Alaska, Italy and Ireland in the past year.

She was a very pious Catholic attending both St. Pius X Church in Fairfield and St. Agnes Church in Niantic.