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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Final TD Bank Robbery Suspect Extradited

The final suspect in the July 2 armed robbery of TD Bank on Post Road East was extradited from Brooklyn, N.Y. and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Thursday, Westport Police Capt. Vincent Penna said today.

Penna said detectives took Derrick D. Gilliam, 27, of 144 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport into custody in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Gilliam had been held in Brooklyn since his July 4 arrest as a fugitive from justice pending extradition, which Gilliam did not oppose.

Charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, Gilliam is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, July 31. Another court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Two other suspects were arrested earlier this month – Anthony Santiago, 20, and Lancelot Supersad, 19, both of Bridgeport.

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Compo Vacation

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With many Westporters taking the last week in July off, Compo Beach was crowded today with visitors enjoyed the sunny skies, low humidity, and tempertures inthe 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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June Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.7 Percent

Westport’s unemployment rate in June was 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent in May, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.

The town’s labor force increased to 12,977 in June, up from 12,870 in May. The number of unemployed in June was 604, down from 655 in May.

There were 12,373 employed in June, up from 12,215 employed in May, the department said.

A year ago in June, Westport’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.

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RTM Picks Thomas to Fill Bill Meyer’s Seat

Medha Thomas, a Westport resident for six years and a Fairfield County parenting blogger, has been selected to replace veteran Representative Town Meeting (RTM)  member William F. Meyer III, who died earlier this month, RTM Moderator Eileen Flug announced today.

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Medha Thomas: will be sworn in Aug. 5. Contributed photo

“I’m pleased to announce that in accordance with the Town Charter, the three remaining District 3 members have selected Medha Thomas to replace Bill Meyer on the RTM,” Flug said.

She noted that Thomas ran for the RTM last November, receiving the next highest number of votes in the district. 

“We are fortunate that Medha has agreed to serve,” said Flug. “Like Bill, she devotes herself to public service and is involved with numerous nonprofits.”

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Final Goodbye to Longtime PAL Supporter

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Members of the Westport Police Athletic League, including Capt. Sam Arciola (bottom, 2nd l.), president, paid tribute today to Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone of Westport, a 61-year supporter of PAL, at a funeral service at Assumption Church. Iannacone died Friday in Norwalk Hospital at age 88. A World War II veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal, Iannacone served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: Sasco Creek Village, 1655 Post Road East

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Demolition began today of 33 mobile homes at 1655 Post Road East owned by the Westport Housing Authority. Part of a $22 million makeover, they will be replaced with 54 new units. The existing 39 townhouse-style residences known as Hidden Brook that were built in 2003 in the rear of Sasco Creek will remain. Completion of the redevelopment is projected for November 2015. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 21, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Posing

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A visitor to Westport’s Old Mill Beach on Tuesday gets shots of some egrets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - Javascript Camp (Ages 9+)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
Noon - 3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Plein Air Painting with Judith Orseck Katz
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Screening and Discussion: “Trashed”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jay and Ray!

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Moroccan Nightingale’ Performs at Levitt

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Known as “the Moroccan nightingale,” Morocco-born, Israel-based Emil Zrihan tonight performs the musical traditions from Morocco to Israel at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Accompanied by instrumentalists playing oud (in the lute family), violin, kanoun, and darbouka, Zrihan used his multi-octave countertenor vocals to inject new life into a rich mixture of Moroccan and Judeo-Andalusian folk music, Sephardic and North African songs, improvisational mawals, and tunes from the Mediterranean and the Orient. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Inspired to Dance

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The music of Emil Zrihan, everything from his native Morocco to Israel, where he now resides, prompted many in the Levitt Pavilion audience tonight to get up and dance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Easy Listening Music

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Some in the audience danced, others sat back and enjoyed the music of “Moroccan nightingale” Emil Zrihan tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting into the Swing

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Patty Kondub (r) of Westport was among those getting into the swing of the music by Emil Zrihan tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 19 Bluewater Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 19 Bluewater Hill, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1948, the one-story ranch has 3,066 square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership in January 2013 for $3,925,000. 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

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Storm Clouds Give Way to Rainbow

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Storm clouds and sunshine produced a rainbow late Monday as viewed from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - Javascript Camp (Ages 9+)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kingergarten Meet-up
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting: Saugatuck Senior Co-op Jazz Night
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Emil Zrihan
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Hall Family Entertains at Levitt

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The Hall Family Children’s Show made its 23rd appearance tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Early arrivals were treated to pre-show festivities including face painting. The event was sponsored by Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dancing to the Music

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Youngsters danced to The Hall Family Children’s Show at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making the Scene

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Among those attending the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Hall family show tonight was well known local doctor Robert Altbaum and his 2-year-old-old grandson Gavin Nash. When not practicing medicine, Altbaum plays in the DNR rock band, which is featured each year at the Levitt—they will play there on Wednesday, Sept. 10—and other Westport area venues. DNR is scheduled to perform at the Saugatuck Center plaza on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon

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Storm clouds passed over Westport late today as seen in this view from Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Downtown Committee Focuses on Library and Levitt

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Westport’s Downtown Steering Committee tonight held the first of three visioning workshops on specific features of Westport’s downtown as it prepares a downtown master plan. Tonight the Westport Library and Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts were in the spotlight in the session in the Town Hall auditorium. Additional workshops on Aug. 6 will focus on the Bedford Square project and the Kemper-Gunn House move, and another on Aug.11 on the Westport Cinema Initiative. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Republican Primary Registration Under Way

With the Republican primary less than two weeks away, Westport’s Office of the Registrars of Voters has announced that it will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for voter registration, while online registrations and changes can be completed at https://voterregistration.ct.gov.

The deadline for in-person registration for the Aug. 12 Republican Primary is Monday, Aug. 11 at noon, according to the office.

Officials noted that registration applications hand-delivered by persons other than the applicant must be received by Thursday, Aug. 7 to qualify for the primary. Mailed-in registration applications also must be postmarked no later than Aug. 7 and received by noon Monday, Aug. 11.

Additionally, online registration applications must be completed by Thursday, Aug. 7, officials said. For further information, contact the Registrars of Voters Office at 203-341-1115 or visit the Registrars’ page .

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Former Staples Coach Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault Charges

A former Staples High School math teacher and swim coach faces eight years in prison and a lifetime on a sex offender registry after pleading guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court today to sexually assaulting two girls—who are now 12 and 9—over a three-year period, the Connecticut Post reported.

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Jeffrey Schare: left Staples in November 2012. Fairfield Police photo

Jeffrey Schare, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault, the report said. According to the Post, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin said he would impose the eight -year term and lifetime sex offender registry when Schare is sentenced Oct. 3.

The arrest warrant cited by the Post states that Schare, who for seven years in Westport coached the Wreckers boys swim and dive teams, began “grooming” the girls who attend school in Fairfield when they were very young, “promising favors such as food and sleepovers as rewards for his deviant behavior.” 

Schare, of Fairfield, left Staples in November 2012. He has been free on $150,000 bond.

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Practicing for a Shoreline Fire

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The Westport Fire Department today conducted a joint water supply drill with the Norwalk Fire Department’s fire boat at Saugatuck Shores as an option for a large fire near the shore. The drill consisted of attaching a large diameter supply hose to the 38-foot “Robert Bedell” fire boat and supplying a pumper 850 feet down the street. The Norwalk fire boat has a pumping capacity of 2,300 gallons of water per minute and had no problem supplying the Westport Fire Department pumper, which can pump 1,500 gallons per minute, said Westport Fire Assistant Chief Robert Yost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westporter Arrested for Credit Card Theft

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Michael Urbanowicz: found with stolen card. Westport Police photo

A Westport man was arrested Friday after a video camera at CVS caught him taking a credit card accidentally left on the counter by another patron, police said today.

Michael Urbanowicz, 50,  of 606 Post Road East was arrested with the card still in his possession at his residence, police said.

He was charged with credit card theft and sixth-degree larceny, police said.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 8, police said.

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Westport Outdoors: Shake Shack

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Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm-weather months. According to manager Dave Yearwood, “When the restaurant opened here in July 2011, it was our first in the state. Since then, we opened in New Haven in October,2012.” He said the outdoor seating accommodates about 20 guests. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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