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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Compo Sunset in Last Week of Summer

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Tuesday’s sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. With fall officially beginning Monday, Sept. 22, this is the last week of summer sunsets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
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)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Staples and Danbury End in Draw

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Staples’s Josh Berman (c) celebrates his first-ever varsity goal tonight at Danbury. The sophomore headed in Daniel Perez Elorza’s corner kick with just five seconds to play in the first half. That earned the Staples boys soccer team a 1-1 draw with the Hatters, a preseason FCIAC favorite. The Wreckers host Bassick on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: NEAT Opens on Wilton Road

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NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails has opened at Westport’s 6 Wilton Road, the former firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment. Co-owned by Rachel Haughey who is owner of NEAT at 20 Grove St., Darien (see WestportNow June 27, 2014), she has teamed up with Bobby Werhane, owner of Experience Hospitality with whom NEAT has partnered and Kevin Lalumiere, according to chef Brian Reilly. The every day hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. for coffee, pastries and light breakfast items, and from 5 p.m.-midnight for craft cocktails, bar snacks and sandwiches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt View

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The view late today of the Saugatuck River from the point behind the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Janine Scotti for WestportNow.com

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Reminder to Veterans to File for Tax Benefits

The Westport Assessor’s Office today reminded all veterans (or widows/widowers of veterans) who have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days and have received an honorable discharge, to file their DD-214 in the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Oct. 1. 

The exemption is $6,000 off of a real estate assessment and will be reflected in the July 2015 tax bill.

Veterans who have already filed and are receiving an exemption do not need to re-file.

The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off of an assessment. Note that this is an income qualifying program. 

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Hole in One at Longshore

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Westport resident Alison Tane had a hole in one on the eighth hole today during the rainy morning of round one of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association final Major, The Fall Cup. She used a seven iron from the white tees measuring 123 yards to ace the par 3. “It is one of the most exciting days of my life” she said to her competitors Yvonne Dougherty and Patty Kondub. This is Tane’s first hole in one in her 30-plus years of golf, and it also ends a three-year drought for this achievement in the LWGA. An amateur golfer’s chance of an ace is 12,500 to 1 per Golf Digest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Medal of Honor Recipient: ‘Hold Leaders Accountable’

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Retired Army Capt. Paul W. “Buddy Bucha, a Ridgefield resident awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970 (which he is holding is his hand) for his heroism in Vietnam, told the Westport Rotary Club today that good leadership involves integrity, confidence, compassion, humility and a thirst for responsibility and accountability. He urged the audience to hold leaders accountable for setting meaningful and finite objectives.  And he encouraged people when they see a military person to do more than just thank them for their service. “Our most precious gift is time,” Bucha said. “Share it with a soldier on the street. Ask what you can do to help them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Sidewalks to Train Station

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Work is under way to upgrade sidewalks along Riverside Avenue that lead to the Metro-North Westport train station. According to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas (r), the new walkway is “long overdue.” He said the project is a combined effort of the town’s Public Works Department and the Police Department’s Railroad Division. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Sales Picking Up on Saugatuck Island

By Judy Szablak

Real estate activity is on the rise at Saugatuck Island, Westport’s premier waterfront community.

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Featured Home This home at 22 Cross Way on Saugatuck Island is listed at $9.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/Westport-Riverside

It should be no surprise that the Island took a direct unit sales hit during 2012-2013 following Super Storm Sandy when only one home sold during that time, but that appears to be the extent of it.

Despite what you may have thought, the market bounced back quickly, and has picked up quite nicely since then.

The Island is comprised of approximately 45 acres, just over 100 homes, and boasts two private beaches.

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Local Nonprofits Receive CHEFA Grants

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The Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, also known as CHEFA, has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 56 Connecticut nonprofits including two Westport agencies. Homes with Hope, Inc. received $10,000 for its emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children, the Bacharach Community. Positive Directions received $16,500 for behavioral health counseling to residents at Hales Court, a Westport Housing Authority neighborhood in cooperation with the Housing Authority, Homes with Hope and the Westport Department of Human Services. On hand for an awards ceremony were (l-r) Jeff Wieser, president, Homes With Hope; state Rep. Gail Lavielle; state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg; state Sen. Toni Boucher; Jeanette Weldon, managing director at CHEFA, and Martha Hauhuth, executive director, Positive Directions. CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Westport Library - Game Night!
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Uco Wiersma on “Interview Charisma”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting Ready for Weekend Downtown Charrette

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Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Downtown Steering Committee, addressed several dozen persons tonight in the Town Hall auditorium in an information session prior to weekend charrette planning sessions to aid development of a downtown master plan. The Saturday and Sunday event will involve Town Hall meetings, panel discussions, and walking tours. Click here for more details of the weekend events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Boost for Westport Cinema Initiative

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Melissa Newman (2nd r) of Westport today presents a gift of $5,000 from the Joanne Woodward Fund—a donor-advised fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation—to be used for general operating support of Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI), which is working to bring a move theater back to Westport. “We could always watch movies at home, even when I was a kid, but we still went out and stood in line with everyone else,” said Newman, daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. “Every movie had the potential to be a shared experience for the whole community. Going to the movies brought the town together every weekend. Popcorn and a movie.” On hand to receive the gift were (l-r) Doug Tirola, Sandy Lefkowitz, and Larry Perlstein of WCI. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Foley, Malloy Vow to Spend More on Transit But No Plan to Pay

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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North Haven – While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley both vowed today to spend heavily on transportation, neither gubernatorial contender outlined any plans to pay for these investments.

Also at today’s forum, Foley said he would consider shutting down CT fastrak commonly known as the New Britain-to-Hartford busway, if the project’s annual operating drain on the state budget is too high.

“This stuff is a passion to me,” Malloy told more than 200 transportation advocates gathered at the Best Western Plus in North Haven.

Malloy, who conceded Connecticut must expand its transportation spending, nonetheless insisted he has outspent every administration dating back to Gov. William A. O’Neill’s in the early 1980s.

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Check Fraud Arrest Carries Big Bond

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Ursula Tirado: held on $45,000 bond. Westport Police photo

A Hartford woman accused of cashing a $998.25 fraudulent check at First County Bank in Westport on June 2 was arrested Saturday by Westport police.

A news release today said the woman had traveled to Wethersfield where local police had detained her on an active arrest warrant.

Ursula Tirado, 26, was then transported to Westport where she was charged with fifth-degree larceny and first-degree forgery for the alleged fraud at 1260 Post Road East, police said.

She is being held in lieu of a $45,000 court ordered bond, police said, and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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Arrest in Saugatuck Ave. Fight

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Michael Marino:  released on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

UPDATE AND CORRECT (fight outside, not in bar) A fight on Saugatuck Avenue back in May led to the arrest Friday of a Stamford man on an assault charge, Westport police said today.

According to police, Michael Marino, 43, was involved in the May 22 physical altercation in a parking lot at 41 Saugatuck Ave. which serves Dunville’s Restaurant and several other businesses. Police gave no indication the restaurant was involved.

Marino turned himself in on an active warrant, police said. He was charged with third-degree assault and released on a $5,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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Comings & Goings: Senor Salsa Opens on PRW

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Senor Salsa, a fresh Mexican grill, has opened at 221 Post Road West in the Westbank Center, the second Mexican cuisine restaurant to open in Westport in the past three weeks. (In late August Qdoba Mexican Grill opened at 275 Post Road East at Playhouse Square.) Senor Salsa Manager Miguel Rosas, who said he worked at Senor Salsa’s Fairfield location at 580 Post Road for the past 16 years, said the new eatery specializes in a variety of homemade salsas and fresh chicken. He said the application for a liquor license is pending but a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy is in effect until the license is approved. The restaurant, owned by Garry Dean, is open every day— Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Let Up on Driver Cell Phone Crackdown

Westport police said today 22 more drivers were cited over the weekend for cell phone violations in a distracted driver crackdown, bringing the total to 109 since the campaign began.

Of the 22 tickets issued from Friday through Sunday, seven went to Westport residents, bringing to 30 the number of Westporters cited since last week, police said.

Most were first offenses; however, a Westport woman was ticketed for her third cell phone offense and a Southport man for a second.

The Westport Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Safety Office, announced the kickoff of the Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign on Aug. 29.

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GOP Fundraiser for Congressional Candidate

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A fundraiser was held over the weekend for 4th Congressional District Republican hopeful Dan Debicella at the Westport home of Liz and Avi Kaner, second selectman. Keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, who has visited Westport in each of the past three years, speaking and promoting the U.S.-Israel relationship. Pictured (l-r) are Avi Kaner; candidate for State Rep. Brandi Briggs (136th District); State Rep. Gail Lavielle (143rd District); Dan Debicella, U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx; state Sen. Toni Boucher (26th District), Westport-Weston Probate Judge Lisa Wexler; candidate for State Senate Tony Hwang (28th District); and Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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River View

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Sunday’s sunset as viewed from the west bank of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 15, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Mysterious Book Society
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Downtown Steering Committee Charrette Kick-off
7:30 p.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Education Special Executive Session

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dedicating a Sherwood Tree in Memory of Allen Raymond

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The daughter of the late Allen Raymond, Deb Raymond Eska, addressed the Friends of Sherwood Island Islandfest today as the first tree was planted in the Friends’ “100 Trees for 100 Years” project. It was donated by The Cove Mill Park Association and dedicated in memory of the Friends’ board member known as “Mr. Westport,” who died May 1 at the age of 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gene Borio for WestportNow.com

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Sherwood Island ‘Islandfest’ Draws Crowd


Scenes from the Friends of Sherwood Island Islanfest tonight. It included a dedication of a tree to the late Allen Raymond and a display of models of Cece Saunders’ educational panels on the history and archeology of Sherwood Island. Among those attending was longtime Westporter Ellwood Betts who shared his first-hand knowledge of the park’s history. Gebe Borio for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying ‘Westpour’ on the Saugatuck

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Tonight was another in a series of culinary events called “Westpour” on the river walk on the west bank of the Saugatuck River at National Hall sponsored by Experience Hospitality, a New York-based management and hospitality company. Experience Hospitality owner Bobby Werhane and Managing Director Kevin Daniel Lalumiere created the events as a place to network with community members and enjoy a fun night out by the water in the heart of Westport. Their newest partner venture is NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails at 6 Wilton Road, the former Vigilant Hose Co. No.3 firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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