Saturday, March 08, 2014
Police Nab Bridgeport Stolen Car Suspect
Moments after Westport police heard a Bridgeport police radio alert about a stolen car, it was spotted on Post Road East today by an officer on patrol, police said.
After the 9:37 a.m. alert, Officer Thomas Casimiro radioed headquarters that he had spotted the car a few minutes earlier heading west on Post Road East.
He caught up with it at East Main Street and, with the assistance of other officers, took the suspect into custody without incident, police said.
He was identified as Yannick Williams, 23, of New Haven. Bridgeport police officers picked him up from Westport police along with the car, police said. Details of the charges against him were not immediately known.
Westport Firefighters Make the Plunge
Plunging in 55-Degree Weather at Compo
Plungers of all ages took part in today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach. The unusual 55-degree weather made the swim slightly more tolerable this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Not Polar Bears But Bedford Bears
Students from Westport’s Bedford Middle School, wearing their yellow Bedford Bears t-shirts, were among those taking the plunge today at Compo Beach in the annual Special Olympics Penguin Plunge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Learning About Robotics
Alec Solder (r), a senior at Staples High School and member of the Wreckers Robotics team, explains the team’s robot today to Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe at Greens Farm Academy, host of the CT FTC Robotics Championship - Battle of the Beaches. Two other Westport teams also took part—i²robotics, which includes Staples and Weston High School students, and the Greens Farms Academy team, the Dragonoids. The Wreckers and the i²robotics teams have already qualified in the prior competition for the regional championship next month in York, Pa., but took part today as a practice session, according to Ii²robotics Coach Terry Sauer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting to Know the Teams
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Ride Offer Robbers Sentenced
Stamford Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford on Friday sentenced the two men convicted of beating and robbing a man they offered a ride from the East Norwalk train station to Westport last summer.
Andrew “Drew” Frank (l), 23, of Stamford, and Peter Ferraro Jr., 24, of Norwalk at their arraignment last June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision-News 12 photo
Norwalk resident Peter Ferraro, 24, a convicted felon said to have masterminded the plot, was sentenced to seven years in prison and five months probation, The Hour newspaper of Norwalk reported. Andrew Frank, 23, received four-and-a-half years to be followed by three years probation.
The victim, a Chinese immigrant who has a terminal illness and was unable to be at the sentencing, was represented by family members who received apologies from the Frank and Ferraro, according to The Hour.
Frank and Ferraro turned themselves into the Westport Police Department on June 22 following a police sweep after the victim had been dropped off in town. They were arraigned two days later in Norwalk Superior Court, charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Ferraro was additionally charged with credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, and sixth-degree larceny. (See WestportNow June 24, 2013)
A four-legged visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach Friday wanted to get in on the fun at the cannons. Dogs will be banned from the beach beginning April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 8, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilberties Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” & “Abstract Notes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
1 p.m. - Compo Beach - Special Olympics Penguin Plunge (registration 11 a.m.)
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Staples High School Field House - Westport Softball Girls K-3rd-grade Jamboree
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - School of Rock “House Band Rock Off”
7:30 p.m. - Earthplace - “Earthplace in Bloom—A Spirited Event!”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, March 07, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Newtown Turnpike
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Newtown Turnpike is in process. Built in 1830, the two-story colonial has 1,750 square feet and is situated on a .75-acre property. 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
State Says Westport Man’s Pot Company Can Keep License
The state told a Westport man today that his medical marijuana growing company will retain its license after it was disclosed that a man it listed as its former chief grower had previously lost a local license to run a marijuana facility in Colorado.
Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein sent a letter to David Lipton, principal in Fairfield-based Advanced Grow Labs LLC, informing him of the state’s decision.
Rubenstein said the company can remain one of the four statewide producers of marijuana for medical purposes because his agency is satisfied that the company’s principals were “equally misled” by John J. Czarkowski.
The commissioner said his office concluded that the company – which is building a production facility in West Haven – had conducted a thorough background check on Czarkowski.
Main Street Gets Project Return Birdhouses
Volunteers from Westport’s Project Return delivered birdhouses today to local businesses for its annual Birdhouse Auction Gala and Birdhouse Stroll. Birdhouse Stroll co-chairs, Debbie August and Michele Corenman, show off two of this year’s birdhouses at EIleen Fisher, accompanied by Ginger Donaher, Birdhouse auction gala chair, and Christina Siembos, assistant leader at Eileen Fisher. The birdhouses will be on display from now until the Birdhouse Auction Gala on Saturday, April 5. The Birdhouse Stroll will take place on Thursday, March 20. For more information on both events and to purchase tickets to the gala, visit www.projectreturnct.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Registering to Vote On Line
Voter registration in Westport finally entered the computer age today as Staples High School seniors (and twins) Robert (l) and Nathan Francis registered to vote on line in a demonstration session at Town Hall. Helping out were Registrars of Voters Kevin White (l) and Marla Cowden, aided by First Selectman Jim Marpe. Citizens with a current, valid ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles can process registrations and updates completely electronically from a home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The link to the online registration system is https://voterregistration.ct.gov. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Familiar Look: Train from Westport (Ireland)
|An unhappy rider on a train out of Westport, Ireland sent this Tweet today to Irish Rail. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Twitter.com photo|
Taking Part in Fairfield County Giving Day
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) today combined a celebration brunch for its WAC Gives Back education initiative with a push for donations as part of today’s inaugural Fairfield County Giving Day presented by the Fairfield County Community Foundation in collaboration with Bank of America. WAC set up computers in its gallery space for guests – including Lance Lundberg (l), WAC board chair, and Eileen Flug, moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)—to go on line and donate as part of the 24-hour day of giving which aims to raise $1 million for more than 300 nonprofits throughout the region. Donors can contribute until 11:59 p.m. today at www.fcgives.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers Feb. 17 - 21, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 17 - 21, 2013:
Marilyn K. Steiner Estate to Otaku LLC, 18 Blue Ribbon Drive, $1,000,000
Luigi Casatelli to Bruce E. and Jordan Toumey Razza, 29 Easton Road, $1,190,000
Francis J. and Cecile A. Van Steenberge to Dipta Chakraborty and Nilanjan Bhowmik, 121 Newtown Turnpike, $1,525,000
Mary Ann Sych to Alejandro Olea, 18 Westway Road, $800,000
Friday, March 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Westport Transit District
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” & “Abstract Notes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-Residence Ed Kalin: Create an All-Sky Camera
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Registrar of Voters Online Registration Demo
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Nobody Yet w/ Damage Control, & Dystopia
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, March 06, 2014
P&Z: Yes to Kemper-Gunn House Move, Sewers
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE (clarifies SWN statement) The 1885-built Victorian home known as the Kemper-Gunn House at 35 Church Lane got a green light from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight to be relocated to nearby space in the town-owned Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street.
The P&Z unanimously approved Text Amendment 669 designed to facilitate the relocation of historic buildings by easing restrictions in a Business Center District/Historic (BCD/H) zone on setbacks, floor area ration (FAR), buffer areas, landscaping and alike.
According to Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley, the text amendment becomes effective March 20.
The house is being moved to make way for the Bedford Square development replacing the Westport Weston Family Y on Church Lane. The text amendment had been submitted DC Kemper-Gunn LLC, a division of Bedford Square Associates.
Catastrophe Bond Expert: Wrong Partner Could Be Disaster
By Bonnie Adler
Westporter John Seo, who now makes a pretty good living at gauging the risk of catastrophic events, told a Westport Library audience tonight choosing the wrong entrepreneurial partner could be a disaster. He said his path to becoming one the world’s experts at what he does was not an easy one.
John Seo addresses a Westport Library audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bonnie Adler for WestportNow.com
Raised In Dallas, the son of Korean immigrant parents –- his father was a professor of economic theory at Southern Methodist University –- he said they wanted him to be a mathematician, just like his mother. But he said he always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur.
His dreams came true as co-founder and managing principal of Westport-based Fermat Capital Management. Now the largest investment manager of catastrophe bonds in the world, the firm manages $4.5 billion in investments.
Seo, who spoke as part of the library’s “Insights from Entrepreneurs” series, has 21 years experience in fixed income bond and derivatives trading and has been in the catastrophe bond market for more than 15 years.
Blumenthal Clashes with Fed Railroad Chief Over Metro-North Crashes
By Ann Radaletwww.ctmirror.org
Washington – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, in his first time holding a gavel as the chairman of a Senate Commerce subcommittee, today chided the head of the Federal Railroad Administration for its slow pace in issuing safety regulations.
“Four people might be alive today if those (regulations) had been implemented,” Blumenthal told FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo in a testy exchange.
Blumenthal, chairing a hearing on rail safety, was referring to a Metro-North crash near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. The December accident killed four people and injured more than 70 others.
Blumenthal asked Szabo why a number of safety measures proposed by the National Transportation Safety Board and others mandated by Congress years ago have not been implemented.
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Emotional Goodbye to Staples Grad Michael Goodgame
By Bonnie Adler
An overflow crowd of more than 300 gathered at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church today for an emotional goodbye, with a touch of New Orleans-style jazz, to Westporter Michael D. Goodgame, 20, killed in a Minnesota car crash along with two Ultimate Frisbee teammates from Carleton College.
Fellow Staples students were among those offering tributes to Michael Goodgame at a funeral service at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Mourners filled the pews to capacity and others watched on closed circuit television in nearby Branson Hall as family, friends and relatives came to pay their respects to the 2011 Staples High School graduate. He died Friday when an SUV in which he was riding collided with a truck on an icy road in Northfield, Minn. In addition to three dead, it also left two other teammates injured.
Members of the Carlton College Ultimate Frisbee team and their coaches were among the mourners, coming in late and quickly rushing off at the end to attend two more funerals in the days ahead. The Rev. Whitney Z. Edwards, head rector of Christ & Holy Trinity Church, asked mourners to stand as they entered.
Pews were filled with those from all walks of Michael’s life, as well as those of his two older brothers, Sam and Clayton, and his parents, Dan Goodgame, a prize-winner journalist and author, and Marcia Logan, communications coordinator at the Westport Library. Some Staples friends wore swim and dive team jackets—Michael was captain of the Staples team and also swam at Carleton.
New Orleans-Style Jazz Sendoff for Michael Goodgame
A New Orleans-style jazz quartet played a mournful “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” as a prelude for today’s funeral service at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for Michael Goodgame, the 20-year-old 2011 Staples High School graduate killed in a car crash Friday in Minnesota. Dan Goodgame, Michael’s father and Mississippi native, said the family frequently traveled to New Orleans, where Michael learned to appreciate at an early age the city’s musical heritage, including the custom of jazz at funerals. The jazz band played uplifting tunes at the end of the service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
‘The Thought of Growing Up Without Him is Wrenching’
Sam Goodgame, brother of Carleton College student Michael Goodgame, 20, the 2011 Staples HIgh School graduate who died in a Minnesota car crash Friday, told a memorial service for him today at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church: “The thought of growing up without him is wrenching.” Sam, a 2007 Staples grad, went on to West Point and later served in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saying Goodbye to an Ultimate Frisbee Teammate
Teammates from the Carleton College Ultimate Frisbee Team line the Christ & Holy Trinity Church steps today as Michael Goodgame’s casket is carried to a waiting hearse. The 20-year-old Westporter, a junior at Carelton, died in a Minnesota car crash along with two team members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bonnie Adler for WestportNow.com
Driver Unhurt, Garage Heavily Damaged
A driver was unhurt but a detached garage was heavily damaged today when the car went through a garage wall at 12 Cunninham Place, said Westport Fire Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. Firefighters were able to stabilize the garage so that a tow truck could pull the vehicle from the damaged garage without causing further collapse, he said. A Westport building official said the building was unusable. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Poll Finds Broad Support for Assisted Suicide
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
In a boost for controversial legislation now before the General Assembly, a Quinnipiac University poll released today found broad support among Connecticut voters for allowing doctors to prescribe drugs to help terminally ill patients end their lives.
Voters favor the concept by nearly a 2-1 margin, with support cutting across political, age and gender lines. The independent survey is consistent with a poll commissioned by Compassion & Choices, a group campaigning for passage of the bill.
Quinnipiac found support was 63 percent to 31 percent among men, 58 percent to 33 percent among women, 51 percent to 42 percent among Republicans, 66 percent to 28 percent among Democrats and 63 percent to 31 percent among independents.
Youngest voters, aged 18 to 29, support it, 63 percent to 28 percent. Among voters over 65, the support was 54 percent to 37 percent.
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Going Down: 112 Imperial Ave.
The house at 112 imperial Ave. was demolished today. Built in 1938, the 1 1/2-story cape had 1,644 square feet, and was situated on a .30-acre property. It changed ownership in December for $632,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 31, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Transit Info at the Senior Center
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A Westport Transit District kiosk is now serving guests at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Looking over the kiosk are (l-r) state Rep. Kim Fawcett, Transit District Directors Gene Cederbaum and Jennifer Johnson, and Jim Ross, chair of the Citizens Transit Committee. Contributed photo
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