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Pics Of The Day #218

Don’t mess with these girls.

Police and teenagers threw balls at each other’s heads — and cheered for each other — at tonight’s annual Dodge-a-Cop tournament in the Staples High School fieldhouse.

Sponsored by the Westport Youth Commission, Staples’ Teen Awareness Group, the Westport Police Youth Collaborative and PAL, it’s a chance for a couple of hundred kids and a couple of dozen cops to play dodgeball, eat pizza, win trophies, raise money, and hang out.

Teams came in costume. Police took off their holsters and cuffs. It was a great night for all.

Whether it’s Staples Wrecker blue, or the men (and women) in blue, the message was clear: Blue lives matter.

A typical team — with actual cops on the far left and far right.

Tina Wessel Service: Time Change

The time for the funeral service for Tina Wessen — the well-known local homeless woman who died recently — has been changed, to accommodate arrivals from out of town.

The new time is 2 p.m., on Friday, December 9. The site is Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, in downtown Westport.

Meanwhile, the Westport Police — who helped secure medical services for Tina’s cat — have released this photo of her beloved pet:

tina-wessen-catThe cat is now safe and sound.

Cops Descend On Westport In Search Of…

…good Italian food.

Forget donuts. In 2015, police officers have a much more discerning palate.

Even so, Celia Offir was impressed — but not surprised — to see motorcycle cops from 4 different towns parked outside Gaetano’s the other day.

Gaetano's

Gaetano’s

Never heard of it? Gaetano’s flies under the radar. But in just a year the Italian deli near Super Stop & Shop has gained a fervent following for fantastic food, great service and a very friendly vibe.

Don’t believe me? Check out these Yelp reviews.

Or just ask a cop from Westport. Or Fairfield, New Canaan or Trumbull.

Have You Seen This Man?

The Westport Police have released this photo of a suspect in a very scuzzy robbery Saturday:

Longshore suspect

On Saturday evening, a man took a birdcage containing an undetermined amount of wedding cards — with cash gifts — from a wedding reception at Longshore.

The man — who posed as a guest of the reception or hotel — loitered in the lobby, talking on the phone, before grabbing the birdcage and fleeing on foot from the Inn.

Police set up a perimeter and conducted a thorough search of the grounds, with the assistance of a Norwalk Police K-9. Only the empty birdcage was located.

The suspect is a white male 25 to 35 years of age, clean shaven, with light brown hair (close cropped). At the time of the incident he was dressed in grey slacks, a white or light gray shirt and white undershirt.

If you have information regarding the suspect, call Westport Police at 203-341-6000.

 

 

Taking Abbie Hoffman Literally

Westport’s finest had a busy day.

First, after a 2-hour pursuit they nabbed a man and woman accused of trying to fraudulently withdraw (aka “steal”) money.

The scene of the crime.

Soon they were on another case. Barnes & Noble reported 2 suspects stealing “large quantities of books,” and fleeing on foot.

The cops nailed the perps. They found the vehicle: a Jaguar with Georgia plates. Inside were $868 worth of books.

First, I congratulate the cops for their quick — and very effective — work.

Second, I’m impressed that thieves in Westport drive Jaguars.

Third, as an author I’m delighted that people come here to steal books.

I guess we’re still an artists’ colony after all.

To Protect And Serve

Westport has had a ton of emergencies lately.

Cars careen into each other, and into buildings and trees, with alarming frequency. During the recent fireworks display, 2 very intoxicated teenagers were taken to the hospital. Even on the water, calls come in to 9/11.

Our police, fire and EMT personnel have had a busy few weeks. Each time, they respond with compelling speed, professionalism, courtesy, grace and compassion.

Two examples are worth recounting.

A friend’s car was recently plowed into by a young driver. Despite her harrowing experience, my friend was heartened by the response of so many emergency workers.

Their quick assistance, calm manner and reassuring words helped her get through the day — and the days that followed.

(She also was amazed at how many Westporters — friends and strangers — stopped to offer everything she needed, from water and a cell phone to warm, wise words.)

On Saturday, I was at Compo Beach when a marine unit raced out to the Sound. With alarming speed, it escorted a boat into the marina.

Cops, firefighters and EMTs poured in. It was a gruesome accident, involving a propeller (and alcohol). The emergency workers took care of every detail with a reassuring combination of speed and care. They also helped the victim’s distraught friends.

And though the investigation must not have been easy, the police had that under control too.

We hear so many sirens in Westport, we’ve almost become oblivious. Sometimes our town seems like one big triage center.

It’s important to remember that behind every siren are human beings — those who are hurt, and those who help them.

Here’s a big, heart-felt thank you to the men and women who help us all day, every day.

Copping Candy

For the (few?) kids whose parents heeded the strong suggestion not to trick-or-treat Monday night, the Westport Police Department has your back.

Tomorrow (Saturday, November 5, 4-6 p.m.), the cops invite Westport trick-or-treaters who stayed home on Halloween to come down to headquarters (50 Jesup Road) for a do-over.

Members of the Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Police Athletic League will hand out treats to costumed visitors as they travel around the Police Building complex.  Prizes — donated by local merchants — will be given to the best costumes.

But kids, remember:  no “tricks” after the treats.  Those security cameras are everywhere.

Kids: Don't try this at Police headquarters!

No More Nado

It’s a bit intimidating to get a voicemail from the cops, asking for a call back.

Except when the conversation goes like this.

Foti Koskinas — newly appointed deputy chief — asked me to convey a message to “06880” readers:

The Westport Police have teamed up with State Police to address the Nado parking issue — that’s the contractor who, for several months, has parked vehicles overnight under bridges on the Sherwood Island connector and South Compo Road.

“It’s not acceptable,” Foti said.

“Nado has been warned.  The Westport Police will enforce that warning.  If they park there again, they’re not getting a red sticker or even a ticket.  They will be towed.”

And not by a truck that picks up Passats.

“They’ll be towed by a heavy-duty wrecker — at heavy expense,” Foti says.

And that’s their expense — not the town’s.

But wait — there’s more!

“We’re glad people complained about this,” Foti says.

“We want the public to feel open calling us.  That’s the only way we know what’s going on.  And the only way we’ll get better.”

Foti encourages the public to phone 203-341-6000 with any questions, complaints or concerns.  A shift commander will handle the call.

And if that’s not good enough, you can ask for Foti or Police Chief Dale Call.

Just don’t ask to park your earth mover underneath any bridge in town.

One Less Job For The Cops

Earlier this month, “06880” wondered why the Westport Library was advising patrons to call the police department if the drop box was full.

Well, they no longer do.

New signs now suggest patrons take a calmer approach:

It reads:  “Please use the upper level return when full or during closed hours.  Please report problems with this book return to staff.”

Of course, the drop box has always said “When full, please use upper level returns.”

Maybe some library users just don’t read.

The Library Drop Box Is Full! Call The Cops!

The Westport Library’s 2 drop boxes — including this one, still bearing the scars of a 2009 drunken driving attack

— bear these words:

To report problems with Library book drops after hours contact the Westport police non-emergency number: 203-341-6000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 203-341-6000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

That notice has long been one of Westport’s little mysteries to me.

The other day I asked director Maxine Bleiweis about it.

“It’s a national problem — not just Westport,” she says.  “You wouldn’t believe how crazy people get when the drop box is full.  They don’t know what to do, or who to call.”

Off the top of my head — just like that! — I thought of 2 ways to handle such a crisis.

  1. Call the library.
  2. Return the next day.

Later, I came up with a third response:

  • Turn in your library card.  You are obviously not bright enough to be trusted with books.