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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Improvements Approved for 1529 Post Road East

The commercial property at 1529 Post Road East at the intersection of Maple Avenue North is in an early stage of a makeover facelift, according to its owner, Post-Maple Real Estate LLC.

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The approvals were given for the commercial property at 1529 Post Road East at the intersection of Maple Avenue North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Its representatives, led by Fairfield attorney John Fallon, earned the approval of the Board of Selectmen today of their request for an easement of the town-owned curb and adjacent pavement as reviewed by Public Works Director Steve Edwards, who attended the meeting.

The strip of stores, now occupied by a dry cleaner and coffee shop in addition to spaces vacated in the past year by Top Drawer and Boat Locker, will undergo a “significant architectural upgrade and expansion of the building, including replacement of all existing curbs and pavement,” according to text accompanying a site plan submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission.

Post-Maple representatives said the parking lot will be redesigned to improve entrance and exits, which will improve driver and pedestrian safety.

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A Purple Reminder

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Purple ribbons decorate the front steps of Westport Town Hall today as the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut chapter decorated key Westport locations with purple to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and to promote a charity walk Sunday, Oct. 4 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Raising Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

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The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut chapter today held a breakfast at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Westport singer Leslie Orofino (r) entertained guests, including First Selectman Jim Marpe. Following the event, participants helped decorate key Westport locations with purple ribbons to promote their cause and alert residents to the Fairfield County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness


Scenes from today’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Breakfast at the Westport Center for Senior Activities sponsored by the the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut chapter. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Saturday Summer Gala Features Don Felder

The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will present “Don Felder –- An Evening at the Hotel California” Saturday as its annual benefit concert, the first in its new home.

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Don Felder will headline the Levitt Pavilion’s annual Summer Gala.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Felder is a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of the 1970s.

The band’s record-setting compilation “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” sold more than 29 million copies in the United States alone and was awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America the top-selling album of the 20th century.

A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones.

He originated the music and co-wrote The Eagles biggest hit—the iconic, Grammy-studded smash ‘‘Hotel California’’—along with fan favorites like ‘‘Victim of Love’’ and ‘‘Those Shoes.’’

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DMV Offices Will Close for Week in August

Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices will close for a week in August, officials announced today.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr., said major customer service improvements, including the addition of new online services, will require DMV to close its offices – except for licensing services – from Tuesday, Aug. 11 through Saturday, Aug. 15. 

The department’s offices will reopen for all transactions on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

These improvements come as the DMV undertakes a major upgrade of its complex and outdated computer systems, which will modernize how residents interact and receive services from the agency, an announcement said.

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Terrain Hosts Garden Party on Saturday

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Annie Falk: entertaining expert. Contributed photo

Terrain, the chic home goods store and café at Westport’s 561 Post Road East, is hosting a Summer Garden Party on Saturday.

There will be a special appearance, book signing and dinner hosted by Annie Falk, entertaining expert and author of “Hamptons Entertaining:Creating Occasions to Remember,” an announcement said

“Having entertained with the likes of Judith and Rudy Giuliani, Kara and Steve Ross, and Georgina Bloomberg, the domestic diva and expert chef has an array of activities planned,” it said.

She will sign copies of her book, from which all proceeds go to benefit the Peconic Baykeeper, from noon to 4 p.m. 

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Rooftop Reflection

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Raindrops on a car rooftop in Westport Tuesday mix with the sunset reflection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/308 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Conservation Commission Show Cause Hearing
9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - TinkerSHOP: Take it Apart—INVENT!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Girls Coding Camp
Noon - Westport Arts Center - Plean Air Painting with Judy Katz
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - Recption for “Winner of the Teen Photography Contest” exhibit
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Reality Hackers Discussion Group
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - National Register Nomination for Westport Center Public Information Meeting
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Danny Weinkauf
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

At Senior Housing Meet, ‘Everything on the Table’

By James Lomuscio

Ideas were all over the map tonight at Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) first Senior Housing Subcommittee meeting that drew a small crowd to Town Hall.

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There was a sparse turnout for tonight’s inaugural meeting of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) Senior Housing Subcommittee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Discussions among the 15 present, including three builders, ranged from senior group homes to continuing care residential communities (CCRCs) to relaxing regulations to expand the three existing senior housing facilities—even constructing a four-story senior complex on private land on the Post Road.

“This is our first meeting; we’re brainstorming,” said Cathy Walsh, who co-chairs the newly formed subcommittee with P&Z Vice Chairman Jack Whittle.

“The ultimate goal is to add to the number of units for seniors, to sweeten it up,” said Whittle. “Everything is on the table.”

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Republicans Nominate November Slate

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The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) tonight nominated its slate for the November municipal elections. Among those receiving a unanimous endorsement were Board of Finance candidates (l-r) Michael Rea, an incumbent, newcomer Iain Bruce, and Clarissa Moore, who currently serves on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). John Pincavage and Tom Lasersohn are not seeking re-election. Other endorsements, all incumbents, include Paul Block for Board of Education; Al Gratrix, Chip Stephens, Cathy Walsh, and Jack Whittle, for the Planning and Zoning Commission; Bill Harris for Zoning Board of Appeals, and Garson Heller for Board of Assessment Appeals. Elizabeth Wong is not seeking re-election on the Board of Zoning Appeals. The RTC is also currently interviewing candidates for two additional Board of Zoning Appeals positions. The RTC nominated two placeholder candidates for the Board of Zoning Appeals while interviews are ongoing. Westport Democrats will select their candidates on Tuesday, July 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Dancing the Night Away

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Julie and Tom McNamee of Fairfield, fans of the Levitt Pavilion for years, dance the night away as the Fairfield Counts performed tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Little Rain But the Band Played On

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Despite intermittent drizzle, the popular Fairfield Counts played Big Band music tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com photo

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Joining in ‘Sweet Caroline’

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Members of the audience joined in tonight when the Fairfield Counts played “Sweet Caroline” at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Singing in the Rain

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A young fan gets a close up look tonight as the Fairfield Counts entertain at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in an intermittent rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Connecticut’s New Culture Director Visits Westport

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Kristina Newman-Scott, appointed Connecticut’s new director of culture in May, made her first visit today to a Westport arts institution – the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During, WAC’s artistic director, welcomed her. She previously served as Hartford’s marketing, events and cultural affairs director and before that as director of programs at the Boston Center for the Arts. A native of Jamaica, she was an art consultant in Kingston for eight years prior to her arrival in the United States, where she became a citizen in 2013. In Jamaica, Newman-Scott was a popular television personality and visual artist, and worked in radio, television and the film industry there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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‘Love & Money’ Begins Previews at Playhouse Tonight

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The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse rehearses A.R. Gurney’s new play, “Love & Money,” for its preview performance debut tonight. The play, a co-production with New York’s Signature Theatre where it will open in August, pointedly explores the trials of class, family, legacy, and race, directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, runs through Aug. 8 at the Playhouse before opening at New York’s Signature Theatre in August.  Pictured are Joe Paulik, playing the role of Harvey Abel, and Maureen Anderman as Cornelia Cunningham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Keyser Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Keyser Road, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-3/4 story ranch has 1,974-square feet and is situated on a .3-acre property. It changed hands this month for $684,000. 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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Library Sets ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Events

The Westport Library today announced two events related to Harper Lee’s highly anticipated and unexpected new novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”

It will hold a screening of the 1962 award-winning film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on Lee’s best seller, and a conversation about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Library’s McManus Room.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, at 3 p.m., the library will hold a discussion of “Go Set a Watchman,” also in the McManus Room.

Both discussions will be led by Sara Camarro, language arts teacher at Coleytown Middle School, who has taught “To Kill a Mockingbird“ to students for many years and has read the novel more than 40 times, an announcement said. The programs are free and open to the public.

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Musical Tribute to a Westporter and His Boat

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The 26-foot oyster fishing boat Gloria (pictured at anchor Monday in Gray’s Creek), owned by the late Westporter Alan Sterling, is the subject of a song “Gloria” by Connecticut singer-songwriter Chris Bousquet in his just released five-song EP called “Into the Light Within.” The lyrics include these lines: “When the wind is ending/Like a dredge descending/Gloria, won’t you land upon the bow and lead us home/Gloria, won’t you stand upon the bow and lead us home/Lead us home.” Bousquet said he never met Sterling, who died in July 2014, but was inspired by his story and his aching for his late longtime girlfriend Gloria. The song can be heard here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Marpe: Keeps Hearing Need for Senior Housing

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today that he keeps hearing from more and more seniors “of all ages” about the growing need for senior housing in town.

His comments came as the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) Senior Housing Subcommittee prepared to meet tonight for the first time in the Town Hall auditorium at 7 p.m.

“It’s an important issue,” said Marpe. “I hear from people, young seniors and seniors of all ages, who are thinking of downsizing ...where physical living space from 1,500- to 2,500-square feet would make sense on one floor and be turn key.

“And it’s not just about affordable housing,” Marpe said. “They’re just looking to occupy a smaller, less expensive footprint, but they want to stay in Westport. Westport remains an attractive community.”

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Making Progress at Bedford Square

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The site has been cleared and concrete has been poured on an area at the Bedford Square development sire in Westport’s downtown. The development when completed in early 2017 will comprise 110,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and residential space. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Paying Tribute

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UPDATE The flag at the Westport Police Department was at half staff today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed that U.S. and State of Connecticut flags to be flown at half-staff in the state in honor of the four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy officer slain in a Chattanooga, Tenn. shooting. Malloy announced today that in accordance with a directive from President Obama the flags will remain at half staff through sunset Saturday. His orginal directive was to fly the flags through sunset today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cooling Off

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Youngsters Monday jump from the Old Mill Bridge in Westport to stay cool in the 90-plus degree heat.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matllow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - BOOKstravaganza: The Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale
9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - TinkerSHOP: Take it Apart—INVENT!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Girls Coding Camp
11 a.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “You Should Have Known” by Kean Hanff Korelitz
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Green Task Force
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - P&Z Senior Housing Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Fairfield Counts
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Spencer Quinn on “Scents and Sensibility”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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