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Police: Photo Online Leads to Theft Arrest

Officers arrested a Norwalk woman on credit card, identity theft and larceny charges after her photo was posted online following a wallet theft, police said today.

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Haleigh Darinzo: caught on camera. Westport Police photo

Haleigh Darinzo, 20, turned herself in on an active warrant at Police Headquarters Thursday for the incident that began on Sept. 11 when the victim reported a lost wallet.

“The wallet, which contained credit cards and other personal items, had been left behind at a local bank and stolen by another woman who approached the counter after the victim,” said Lt. Jillian Cabana.

Cabana said the bank provided investigators with a copy of the surveillance video, adding that following the theft, three fraudulent transactions totaling about $500 were made.

Westport Yard Waste Site Announces Winter Hours

Effective immediately, the Westport yard waste site at 180 Bayberry Lane will operate with reduced hours, officials announced today.

The winter hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

This schedule will be in effect until March 4 when regular hours will resume, an announcement said.

Christmas trees will continue to be accepted from Westport residents at the yard waste site during winter hours of operation.

With Few Options, Lamont Considers Taxing Groceries

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Ned Lamont wants to end Connecticut’s cycle of budget deficits, deliver property-tax relief and amass a fiscal bulwark against the next recession. But to do it, he may push wary legislators to extend the sales tax for the first time to groceries, medications and other long-exempt items.

Lamont pledged during the 2018 campaign that he would not raise the income tax or empty the state’s budget reserves to close a shortfall of $1.5 billion projected for the coming fiscal year, saying neither of those measures would bring fiscal stability to a state that has struggled to balance its budget in every year but one from 2007 to 2017.

While removing these exemptions could generate hundreds of millions more a year for the state’s coffers, Lamont would find it extremely difficult to sell lawmakers on the idea of taxing bread, milk, and medicine —  even with the lofty goal of fiscal stability.

“In order to build a better budget — one that will attempt to provide the much-needed stability for economic growth through the next two years and through the next decade — we need to explore new and different options,” said Chris McClure, spokesman for the governor’s budget office. “This means leaving no stone unturned, and engaging in all necessary conversations so we can evaluate and analyze ways to achieve and retain balance.”

Monday, January 28, 2019


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt”
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) – High Risk: Human Trafficking &  Unaccompanied Children
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 6021, & www.westportps.org)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

‘State of the Town’ Addresses Set for Sunday, Feb. 10

Issues facing the town and the Westport Public Schools will be the focus of a “State of the Town” discussion set for Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, it was announced today.

First Selectman Jim Marpe and Mark Mathias, chairman of the Board of Education, are scheduled to speak at the town hall-style meeting.

It will be followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by Jeffrey Wieser, deputy moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and president of the Westport Rotary, the announcement said.

According to Eileen Lavigne Flug, president of the Westport Sunrise Rotary, the talk is being co-sponsored by both Rotary clubs, and refreshments will follow in the Town Hall lobby.

On Exhibit: the Burroughs Brothers

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There was an opening reception today for an exhibit of works by Westport artists brothers Trace (l) and Miggs Burroughs (r) at the Bistro du Soleil restaurant, 615 Riverside Ave. They said it is the first two-person show for the brothers. With them is Bernardo Munoz del Castillo, one of the principals of the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine restaurant who said he intends to showcase Westport artists in rotating exhibits throughout the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Sunday, January 27, 2019


9 a.m. – Longshore PAL Ice Rink – Skate With a Cop fundraiser
12:30 p.m. – Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) – Climate Change Workshop
12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Westport/Weston YMCA – WestportREADS 2019: Dance Around the World
1 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES Mini-Conference: How to Get Published
3 p.m. – Westport Library – History Book Discussion: “Judgment Days” by Nick Kotz
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Bistro du Soleil (615 Riverside Ave,) – Opening reception “Burroughs Brothers” exhibit

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar