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Keeping Watch on Latest Mystic Market

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The Mystic Market Kitchen & Eatery opened today at 60 Charles St. in Westport’s Saugatuck section, offering an array of specialty products, prepared foods, desserts, custom sandwiches, market salads, paninis, an espresso bar and much more. Overseeing the opening were David Griswold (l), senior vice president finance and operations, and Charles Spathakis,, president and founder of The Coastal Gourmet Group. Coastal operates four other gourmet eateries in eastern Connecticut. The location formerly housed the Jasmine Restaurant and for many years the Arrow Restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Rehearsing for Playhouse Play Reading Tonight

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The cast takes a break during rehearsal for tonight’s Script in Hand reading of “The Cemetery Club,” at the Westport Country Playhouse at 7 p.m. Written by Ivan Menchell, the reading is directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the play reading series. Pictured: (front, l-r) Deirdre Madigan, Jill Eikenberry and Maria Tucci; (standing (l-r) Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the play reading series, Michael Tucker, Carolyn Mignini and Alexandra Rappaport, stage directions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Arrest for Theft of High-End Eyeglass Frames

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man on larceny charges in connection with the theft of $6,000 worth of eyeglass frames, police said today.

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Jorge Velez: held on $30,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Jorge Velez, 34, was arrested in New Haven Tuesday where he had been detained by local police on an active warrant in connection with the theft that had occurred on July 3.

On that date, the arrest report said, officers had been dispatched to the store on the report of the theft of 12 pairs of eyeglass frames valued at more than $6,000.

Lt. Jillian Cabana said that images of the suspect obtained via store video surveillance were then posted on social media pages. Investigators later received a call identifying the suspect as Velez.

RTMers Aim to Nip ‘Westpot’ in the Bud

By James Lomuscio

Now that a medical marijuana dispensary has been approved in Westport, two members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) want to make sure the town does not host a recreational one.

After more than a year of contentious debate, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) last June approved the medical marijuana facility at 1460 Post Road East, site of the former Coco Spa. It has yet to open.

During the debate, one side called it a compassionate, cultural achievement, the other a cultural abandonment with the town on the road to becoming “Westpot.”

So RTMers Jimmy Izzo and Greg Kraut fear the latter might come to pass as Gov. Ned Lamont touts the legalization of recreational marijuana like neighboring Massachusetts.