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Vincent J. Rotondo Sr., Former Selectman, 91

Vincent J. Rotondo Sr., former Westport selectman and director of public works, died Dec. 20 in Stuart, Florida, where he had resided for 25 years. He was 91.

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Vincent J, Rotondo: selectman, public works director. Contributed photo

He served six years (1975-81) as (third) selectman, twice defeated by Democrat Jacqueline Heneage as the Republican candidate for first selectman.

Later, while still living in Westport, he served as Stamford’s commissioner of public works.

He was born in Bridgeport to the late John and Florence Rotondo.

Truck Brings Down Utility Poles on Easton Road

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A dump truck slammed into a utility pole today on Easton Road near the intersection with Weston Road. The impact brought down two poles and a transformer. There were no injuries. Eversource responded for repairs, but there was no estimate how long they would take. Police closed Easton Road from Weston Road to Silverbrook Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 13 Covlee Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 13 Covlee Drive, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1,857-square feet, is situated on a .56-acre property and changed ownership in August for $1.9 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

TV Fire at Yacht Club Spreads to Wall

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A fire which began in a television spread to a nearby wall tonight at the Cedar Point Yacht Club, Bluff Point, on Saugatuck Shores. Assistant Chief Brian Meadows said firefighters opened the wall and found no extension. An employee initially battled the flames with a fire extinguisher. The Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the cause.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

Candidate Elgin Demands Police Apology

Westporter Timothy J. Elgin, who ran for first selectman and lost in 2017 — and who this month announced he has filed to run against Democratic Congressman Jim Himes — was arrested Saturday for breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

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Timothy Elgin: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

The 30-year-old Republican hopeful known as TJ, however, countered that he was victim of police brutality based on misinformation that he was trying to break into his own home.

Officers responded around 12:17 a.m. Saturday to 4 Robert Lane based on a neighbor’s complaint that he had been awakened by the sound of a man yelling and kicking a door next door.

“The caller did not recognize this man was and feared that he was attempting to break into the house or was otherwise involved in some type of altercation,” the arrest report said.