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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Preserving Sherwood Island Park Through Photos

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Westport photographer Larry Silver and volunteers today completed installation in the Westport Library’s Great Hall of “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015,” featuring some of Silver’s 40 years of photographs of the state park in Westport. Last year marked the centennial of the state’s purchase of four acres of land that eventually would become the 234-acre park. The exhibit of black and white and color photos runs through June 24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Breaking Bread to Mark Balducci’s Reopening

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and members of the Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market staff today perform a ceremonial bread slicing led by store manager John DePace (c) to mark the reopening of the store at 1385 Post Road East following an extensive renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ready to Go

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The chef prepared food section at Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, 1385 Post Road East, has been greatly expanded as part of its extensive renovations. A formal reopening ceremony took place today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Market Chat

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and wife Mary Ellen chat with Judy Spires, CEO of Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, today at the grand reopening of the Westport store at 1385 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cheese Lover’s Delight

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A greatly expanded cheese section is part of extensive renovations at Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, 1385 Post Road East, which had its grand reopening today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Tonight’s Birdhouse Auction

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Volunteers worked today to get everything ready for tonight’s Project Return 20th annual Birdhouse Auction at 7 p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club, 333 Hurlbutt St., Wilton. They are (l-r)  Ginger Donaher and Ali Walker, co-chairwomen of the auction with Totney Benson, the event honoree and originator of the auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers March 9 - 13, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 9 - 13, 2015:

Schacter-Landsdowne Inc. to Franklin and Rhoda Schacter, 301 Lansdowne, $200,622WNproperty.jpg

Estelle M. Reitano to Beacon Homes CT LLC, 4 Vani Court $340,000

8 Jennings LLC to SRA Westport LLC, 8 Jennings Court, $1,100,000

124 Hillandale LLC to Jeremy L. and Susan F. Ford, 124 Hillandale Road, $3,700,000

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Staples Junior Wins Arts Center Competition

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Staples High School junior Audrey Seo has been selected as the winner of the first Tracy Sugarman Award to a promising young local artist at the Westport Arts Center. Her work and others submitted are on display in the Center’s Project Space. Jurors were Helen Klisser During, the Center’s artistic director, and Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, whose works are featured in a new exhibit in the main exhibit hall. Both exhibits open tonight with a 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. reception. The Tracy Sugarman Award is sponsored by Westporter Alan H. Nevas, retired senior U.S. District Court judge, and Janet Nevas in honor of the Westport artist who died in January 2013 at age 91. Other high school artists honored include Katie Craymer, Angela Yu, Josephine Freeman, Emma Fasciolo, Olivia Porretta, Keanan Pucci, Devin Pucci, Lizzy Feeley, Jennifer Martin, Eliana Avonson, Grace Foley, Alexandra McMahon and Sophia Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Marina White

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Talking Transportation: Rethinking First Class

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Any regular reader of this column knows that I hate flying. I love travel, but getting there by air is a pain—and getting worse. 
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Our local airports are vying for third-world status. The security searches by the TSA make a colonoscopy look like fun. And once on the plane, the airlines’ seats and service make The Fung Wah Bus seem like a viable alternative.

Why is it that airlines are all vying for the cheapest products instead of the best?  Why this race to the bottom where low-cost-carriers like Spirit and Southwest are the models instead of overseas service exemplars like Singapore and Emirates?

I, for one, am willing to pay more to get more. I may not opt for first class, but I will only fly in business class on flights to California. It’s worth it.

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Friday,  March 27, 2015


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library Great Hall - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015” by Westport photographer Larry Silver
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Leonard Everett Fisher Retrospective Opening
7 p.m. - Rolling Hills Country Club (333 Hurlbutt St., Wilton) - Project Return’s Birdhouse Auction Gala
7 p.m. - Westport Inn - 18th Annual Staples Cheerleading Varsity Vogue
7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company: “The Addams Family”
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group: “Revolting Rhymes & Other Ridiculous Rambles”
7:45 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre Company Stage One - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield - Westporter Greg Naughton performs with his band The Sweet Remains

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Three Petitions Launched to Overturn P&Z

By James Lomuscio

Three separate petitions are underway asking the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to overturn the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) March 19 vote which senior housing advocates say sabotaged a planned senior housing complex by declaring the town-owned, 22-acre Baron’s South Property open space.

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The Baron’s South Committee meets today to plot strategy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Unless reversed, the P&Z’s 4 to 1 with 1 abstention approval of its own map amendment effectively ends eight years of efforts to build a senior housing facility on 3.3 acres of Baron’s South land.

It also makes the existing Westport Center for Senior Services on the same property nonconforming, potentially dashing any hopes of planned expansion.

The three petitions to overturn the P&Z action are being circulated by G. Kenneth Bernhard, a member of the Baron’s South Committee (BSC), attorney and former state representative, longtime Westporter Martha Aasen, and the Coalition for Westport (CFW), a new political party aimed at responsible development.

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Bedford Acting Group Dress Rehearsal


Scenes from today’s Bedford Acting Group dress rehearsal at Bedford Middle School of the sixth grade play, “Revolting Rhymes & Other Ridiculous Rambles” by Roald Dahl. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students (children under 3 free). Tickets are available online here or at the door, subject to availability. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Swany Weather

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Foggy, rainy weather seemed ideal for a swan on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Mario’s Place Changing Ownership

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Westport’s iconic Mario’s Place, 36 Railroad Place, is changing ownership and will change names. The new owners, Vicente and Nuve Siguenza, say they expect the transfer to become final in mid-April. They are owners of Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich and New Haven, Scena in Darien and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Vicente Siguenza said the Westport location will continue to operate as Mario’s Place for an unspecified period and will then change its name to Harvest, a farm-to-table restaurant concept. An employee at Mario’s said the staff had been notified on Monday that the business was being sold. Frank ”Tiger” DeMace, co-founder of the restaurant with the late Mario Sacco, died in 2012 at age 78. (See WestportNow July 26, 2012) The DeMace family will retain ownership of the property and the Siguenzas will operate their restaurant under a long-term lease. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Longshore Ladies Golfers Hear of Course Improvements

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The Longshore Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association held its 2015 season membership meeting today at the Westport Library. Speakers included (l-r) John Cooper, club pro; Mike Golden, ValleyCrest supervisor; Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director; and Fred Hunter, Golf Advisory Committee (GAC) chair. Kathie Bennewit (c), won a three-hybrid door prize. Golden told the meeting ValleyCrest is looking to continue the improvements on playing conditions of the course. GAC improvements this year include hole markers and new tee markers. The league plays Thursday mornings April through October. New this year are online tee times, inclusion of Westport and nonresidents, league shirts, and more prizes. It is not too late to join. Contact Susan Lloyd at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Real Estate Report: Now is Prime Time to Sell or Buy

By Judy Szablak

The message is clear for the real estate market in Westport—now is a prime opportunity to sell a home and a great time to buy.

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Featured Home: This home at 17 Burnham Hill is listed at $4.7 million.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside

Sellers should ensure that their property stands out from the competition with proper price positioning and home presentation, and buyers need to be ready for all opportunities.

When selling your home, arriving at an appropriate price has little to do with how much proceeds one would like to have when all is said and done.

Rather, it is based upon what the most similar-type properties have sold for in recent months, as these comparables are also what bank appraisers utilize to determine value on the bank’s behalf for the buyer. When the home is priced correctly for the location and its condition, it will sell. 

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Checking Out ‘Golden Shadows’

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Members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) today toured the building on the town-owned Baron’s South property known as “Golden Shadows.” Two local preservationists have petitioned the RTM to designate it a Local Historic Landmark Property, and members will be discussing it at a future meeting. It was home to the late Austrian Baron Walter Langer Von Langendorff and his British wife Evelyn Diane, founders in the mid-1940s of Evyan Perfumes. The town purchased the property in 1999 for $7 million. Pictured are Eileen Lavigne Flug (l), RTM moderator, with members Jay Keenan and Neil Phillips. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Baron’s South Committee Discusses Next Steps

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Westport’s Baron’s South Committee planning senior housing on the town-owned property met today to consider its next steps following a Planning and Zoning Commission approval of a map amendment making the 22-acre Baron’s South open space. The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) may be asked to reverse the action, which it can do with a two-thirds vote. Some P&Z members left open the possibility of approving a smaller project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fog on Main

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Westport Main Street was fog-covered today as an early morning fog settled over the area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Trial of Viviane Amsalem,’ ‘Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Insurgent’

By Susan Granger

For Orthodox Jews in Israel, divorce is decided not in civil court but by a triumvirate of rabbinical judges.

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In order for a wife to obtain one, her husband must consent – and “The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” vividly illustrates this patriarchal tyranny.

After bearing four children and enduring decades of an unhappy marriage, Viviane (Ronit Elkabetz) has left her home and moved in with her brother and overbearing sister-in-law.

For three years, she has attempted to obtain a “gett,” which is permission to dissolve her marriage, but her taciturn, religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) steadfastly refuses.

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Morning Fog Disrupts Commuter Car Count

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New York-bound passengers at Metro-North’s Westport station aiming for the last train car, the quiet car, usually count cars as the 7:40 a.m. train rounds a curve, watching for an old or new train. A new train could be eight or 10 cars. Eight means overcrowding and standing room only. (It happened once this week). Old trains (at least twice this week), tend to be just unpleasant, according to Westport commuter Allan Siegert. Well, they couldn’t count cars today because of the fog. It turned out to be 10 cars and, surprisingly, also a new train. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  March 26, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Baron’s South Committee Special Meeting
9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - Longshore Ladies 9 Hole Golf Association Pre-season Coffee
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advanced Writing Class
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Parking & Traffic Subcommittee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - “The China Collectors,” Shareen Blair Brysac & Karl E. Meyer
7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company: “The Addams Family”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Evening with Anna Raimondi

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Long Lots Principal Appointed

The Westport Board of Education tonight approved the promotion of Jeffrey Golubchick to the position of principal of Long Lots Elementary School effective July 1, Superintendent of Schools Elliot Landon said.

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Jeffrey Golubchick: current Saugatuck assistant principal. Contributed photo

Golubchick currently is assistant principal at Saugatuck Elementary School.  He replaces M. Rex Jones, principal since 2007.

Prior to joining Saugatuck, Golubchick, 35, a native New Yorker, had been director of elementary humanities at North Shore Schools in Sea Cliff, N.Y. and assistant principal at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. He began his career as a teacher in a student-diverse elementary school in New York City.

His educational background includes a BFA in printmaking and a BA in scenography from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo; an MFA in theater arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; an MA in education from Hunter College in New York City; and, an MA in educational leadership from Brooklyn (N.Y.) College.

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Staples Advances to Moody Math Challenge Finals

A team of math students from Westport’s Staples High School is among finalists in this year’s Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge.

Members advanced over the weekend in Philadelphia in the annual applied math contest that gives participants the opportunity to use mathematical modeling to come up with solutions to relevant everyday issues and a chance to win $20,000. Staples last won the competition in 2006. (See WestportNow April 7, 2006)

This year’s challenge was particularly relevant to high school seniors. They were asked to provide cost-benefit analyses of higher education.

Using publicly available data on college tuition rates, scholarships, and financing costs, participants created math models and wrote algorithms to determine the costs actually paid by individuals of various socioeconomic backgrounds, an announcement said.

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Special Tour

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Members of the Saugatuck Elementary’s PTA were treated to a walking tour today of works from the Westport Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC) by Linda Gramatky Smith. She is the daughter of Hardie Gramatky, famed Westport watercolorist. SES is home to over 80 art pieces from the WSPAC, including several representing Gramatky’s much-loved children’s books. Gramatky Smith is pictured holding copies of “Little Toot” and “Nikos and the Sea God” beneath original art from those books. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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