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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CT Gains Jobs in October but Unemployment Rate Remains Fixed

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s jobless rate remained fixed at 6.4 percent in October, despite the addition of about 3,600 new jobs, the state Department of Labor reported today.

The agency’s latest report also downgraded job growth estimates it had released two weeks before Election Day. Back on Oct. 20, labor officials said Connecticut gained 11,500 jobs in September, it’s single-largest monthly gain since April 1994. But Thursday it revised the September gain downward by 1,000 jobs to 10,500.

“Connecticut’s job market continues to steadily add jobs this year at its best pace since the recovery began, and that growth seems to be drawing more people into the labor force,” said Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Research.

“These numbers are another sign of progress,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today.  ” ... We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure Connecticut remains on a path towards an economic revival.  By working with the business community on expanding their operations or relocating to our state, we are putting Connecticut on the path to long-term prosperity.”

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Saint Luke Parish Hosts Annual Harvest Fair

The annual Harvest Fair at Saint Luke Parish in Westport will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fair will feature vendors with a variety of products including holiday gift items such as jewelry and gift baskets, holiday baked goods, a “Shabby Chic” boutique, as well as a cafe. Admission is free and all proceeds will benefit charity.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Saint Luke Parish Harvest Fair is located at Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North.

For more information, call (203)222-0478 or visit www.stlukewestport.com.

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Weston Hosts Interfaith Service

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Weston’s Norfield Congregational Church Wednesday night hosted an interfaith Thanksgiving celebration sponsored by the Interfaith Clergy Council of Westport and Weston. The evening’s offering supported Westport’s Homes with Hope, and a food drive was held for both Homes with Hope and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Participating clergy from Westport included Alison J. Buttrick Patton, pastor, Saugatuck Congregational Church; Michael Friedman, senior rabbi, Temple Israel; Ed Horne, senior minister, United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston; Jeff Rider, senior minister, Greens Farms Congregational Church; Jeremy Wiederhorn, senior rabbi, Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton, and Alex Floyd Marshall, associate minister for Youth & Children, Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday,  November 20, 2014


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Curio Cottage Thrift Shop-wide Half-price Sale
2 p.m. - Westport Library - TV Series: “Downton Abbey,” Season 4
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Real Estate Report: How Many Homes to Look At?

By Judy Szablak

Whether you are trading up, downsizing, or moving into Westport for the first time, the same question arises over and and over from all types of buyers: “How many homes should we, or do we need to look at?”

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Featured Home This home at 16 Ellery Lane is listed at $2,999,999. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Southport

The answer is not the same for everyone. Given optimum circumstances, you may only need to look at one house, or maybe five or six.

Some people may need to see 10 or more. One thing for sure, you will know it is the right house the moment you enter, or shortly thereafter. 

A home is not anything even the slickest salesperson can sell you if you do not want it, and the most professional agents know this already.

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Historical Society to Celebrate Saugatuck’s Proud Past

Nineteenth century Saugatuck, bustling with manufacturing and river commerce, is the centerpiece of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit opening Sunday.

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Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin’s wall mural “Saugatuck in the 19th Century” will anchor the exhibition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The exhibition titled “Saugatuck @ Work—Haven of Community, Commerce and Innovation” is scheduled for an opening reception from noon to 2 p.m.

According to WHS officials, the late Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin’s meticulously researched wall mural “Saugatuck in the 19th Century” will anchor the exhibition.

Created for the Westport Bank & Trust Company’s Saugatuck branch when it opened in 1970, the painting measures 6 by 10 feet and depicts the various types of vessels that plied the river over the course of the century.

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November Freeze Strains Westport’s Shelters

By James Lomuscio

With only 15 beds for homeless men and five for women, Westport’s Gillespie Center shelters operate at “100 percent capacity every night,” says Jeffrey Wieser, president and CEO of Homes With Hope.

But freezing temperatures Tuesday night and tonight have strained that capacity. Homeless people coming in to get out of the cold have had to sleep on the couches in the men’s and women’s shelters.

Located at 45 Jesup Road, the Gillespie Center also houses the Community Kitchen.

“We’ve had a couple of nights where the couches have been full, but we’ve had nobody sleeping on the floors yet,” Wieser said, noting that is often the case in severe weather.

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Staples Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

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Four senior athletes from Westport’s Staples High School today signed National Letters of Intent to attend Division I schools. Pictured (l-r) are North Woods, swimming, Loyola University; Peter Richards, golf, Lafayette University; Lucas Jackson, lacrosse, Loyola University, and Isaac Paparo, lacrosse, University of Massachusetts. The NLI is a binding agreement between an NCAA school and a student-athlete in which the student-athlete agrees to attend the school for one year and the school agrees to provide financial aid to the student-athlete. The NLI is voluntary and prospective student-athletes do not have to participate to play sports or receive financial aid. Signing an NLI essentially puts an end to the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from contacting a student-athlete who has already signed an NLI with another school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Section of Greens Farms Road to be Closed Saturday

Paving work will close Greens Farms Road between Prospect Road and the Sherwood Island Connector on Saturday, the Westport Public Works Department announced today.

“The project needs to be completed earlier than expected due to current and anticipated weather conditions,” it said.

Motorists should expect delays and should seek alternate routes.

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Additional State Funds for Sherwood Island

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State Bond Commission has approved $448,625 for improvements at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

The funding will finance the design phase of a new maintenance complex at Sherwood Island ($248,625) along with bridge design for Sherwood Island Lane Bridge ($200,000).

The funds are part of a $3,804,625 pool for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) approved today by the commission. 

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) welcomed the news.

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Just Like Old Times: Town Hall Brown Bag Lunch

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Reviving at least for a day an event popular under former First Selectman Diane Farrell, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today hosted a Town Hall brown bag lunch for members of the League of Women Voters of Westport, noting it was the first anniversary of his taking office. He covered a wide range of topics, including things that keep him up at night—developers who want to come into Westport “and build as many a 600 units,” union contracts coming up for approval in the next two years (“I want to keep Westport accessible and affordable”), finding ways to keep seniors in Westport, and improving transportation in town and the region. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-residence: The Refinery
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Curio Cottage Thrift Shop-wide Half-price Sale
12:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Education Special Meeting
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Imagination Foundation Workshops (grades 6-8)
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Creative Writing Workshop Series for Grades 3-5
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - NaNoWriMo Salon with E.J. Simon
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport Library Board of Trustees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shooting the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars

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Stan Honda, an award-winning New York-based photographer who worked as a photojournalist for 34 years, most recently for Agence France-Presse (AFP), the French news agency, was guest speaker tonight at the Westport Astronomical Society at the Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane. In addition to describing some of the world’s top news stories he has covered, he spoke about his continuing interest in shooting night sky landscapes, combining his long time interest in astronomy and photography. His work can be seen at www.stanhonda.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Welcome to the Westport Astronomical Society

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Officers of the Westport Astronomical Society tonight welcomed guest speaker photojournalist Stan Honda and his wife Ann to their monthly meeting. Pictured (l-r) with Ann and Stan Honda are Franco Fellah of Westport, treasurer; Dan Wright of Derby, president, and Bob Meadows of Bridgeport, director. The Westport Astronomical Society welcomes new members. Information can be found at www.was-ct.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Kemper-Gunn House Move: The One-Minute Version


A time lapse video of today’s Kemper-Gunn House move posted earlier on WestportNow by Matthew Mandell (see it here) ran two and a half minutes. For readers who want to see an even more condensed version, Westporter Nicholas Pissaro, Jr. offers this one-minute view of the four-hour operation. Nicholas Pisarro, Jr. for WestportNow.com

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Longshore Ice Rink Opens Friday

The Westport P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) ice skating rink at Longshore Club Park is set to open Friday with a newly expanded rink, extended weekend hours for the public until 11 p.m., and a new and improved DJ sound system, organizers said.

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Youngsters on the ice at Longshore last January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

In addition, it was announced that the Staples High School ice hockey team will be playing four regular season games this season outside under the lights.

“We could not be more thrilled with all of these improvements” said Tony Lantier, owner of Thin Ice Management, the rink management company for Westport P.A.L. 

“We’re happy to have kept our pricing unchanged for over 15 years, making skating at our rink an affordable and a fun family-friendly activity.” 

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Holiday Giving Program Under Way

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler has announced that the Department of Human Services will again sponsor its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents.

“Over the years, the generosity of volunteer donors has made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children, families and seniors in our town,” said Butler.

“We hope that Westporters will continue to support their neighbors, as our department continues to see residents coping with foreclosures, layoffs and reduced work hours.”

Following established guidelines for Westport Warm-Up Fund eligibility, the Human Services Department serves largely as a facilitator, allowing Westport residents who wish to give to do so, while protecting the confidentiality of both the donor and receiver.

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Kemper-Gunn House Move in Two Minutes, 30 Seconds


UPDATE Several videographers shot time lapse videos of today’s Kemper-Gunn House move, which took about four hours. This one is by Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce and member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), who championed the move. A more condensed one-minute version by Westporter Nicholas Pisarro, Jr. can be seen here. Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

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Rear View

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A rear view of the newly moved Kemper-Gunn House in the Baldwin Parking Lot today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Finally in Place

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By 11 a.m. today, the Kemper-Gunn House was finally in place in the Baldwin Parking Lot. According to the moving crew, the house will now be raised about 20 feet and a foundation built underneath. Work on completing the move and getting the house ready for retail tenants is expected to take about a year.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Kemper-Gunn: Moving History

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Caryl Beatus stood near the corner of Church Lane and Elm Street early today to witness the move of a 19th century-built building that had been a big part of her life—the Kemper-Gunn House.

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Caryl Beatus erected the rear entrance sign to Colin Gunn’s office on the Kemper-Gunn House that went along with the house to its new home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

“I’m glad it’s being moved and saved, but I was sad it couldn’t stay where it was,” said Beatus, 86. She had worked there since 1956 as an assistant to attorney Colin (Ben) Gunn, who died two years ago at age 91.

“I was also sad to see the trees come down,” she said. As she spoke, the house rested on 40 wheels, high off the ground and in the middle of Elm Street

“I put that sign up,” she added, looking at the “Rear Entrance - Colin Gunn - Attorney” sign over the rear door.

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Sitting Pretty

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By 10 a.m. today, the newly moved Kemper-Gunn House had become Westport’s latest sightseeing attraction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Making the New Home a Little Bit Bigger

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Workers from Kowalsky Brothers of Westport chip away at the edge of the Baldwin Parking Lot today to enlarge the new home of the Kemper-Gunn House. As the house was moved across Elm Street, it was determined that a slightly wider foundation space was needed for the 19th century-built home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Ready for New Occupant

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The former location of the Kemper-Gunn House on Church Lane is ready for construction of the Bedford Square development after today’s house move.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Almost There

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The move today of the Kemper-Gunn House was almost completed after two hours. A foundation will be constructed and the house settled on top. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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