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Friday, January 06, 2017

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 19 - 23, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 19 - 23, 2016:

Richard J. and Jean M. Harrington to Heather K. and William W. Hamilton, 9 Greystone Farm Lane, $1,975,000WNproperty.jpg

Gary S. and Cathy R. Rozynek to 25 Prospect Road LLC, 25 Prospect Road, $1,328,000

Nicolae V. and Simona E. Tudor to Design Build CT LLC, 275 Wilton Road, $920,000

Keith R. and Carissa A. Siegner to Adam Cina and Amy Kopisz, 20 Richmondville Ave., $1,000,000

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‘Westport to Cuba’ Reception Tonight at Saugatuck Church Image
The Saugatuck Congregational Church today will host a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Westport to Cuba: Building Bridges” in Hoskins Hall to celebrate its mission trip to Cuba last June. There will be food, festivities, and an exhibit of photographs from the trip. All photos were taken by some of the 25 Staples students and 15 chaperones on the trip, depicting a mostly unseen slice of Cuban life, including street scenes from remote villages, home churches, an orphanage, a working farm, a dance party and more. Pictured are (l-r) Dan Long, Kathy Ross, and Miggs Burroughs hanging one of the photographs that will be featured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by MaryEllen Hendricks


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Overnight Dusting Image
A light overnight snow left trees, bushes, and lawns covered in white today but little was sticking to roadways. View is on Sylvan Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Friday, January 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Westport Library - Board of Education Public Budget Work Session
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... The Digital Library
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Westport to Cuba: Building Bridges reception

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Quinnipiac Poll Director: Polls Were Not That Bad

By Roy Fuchs

Doug Schwartz, Quinnipiac University poll director, told the Ys Men of Westport/Weston today that though few expected the presidential election’s outcome, “the polls were not as bad as is commonly assumed.” Image
Doug Schwartz, poll director at Quinnipiac University, addressing today’s meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

The “quality” polls, those done by the major television networks, by Pew Research and Quinnipiac, projected a 4-point popular vote victory by Hillary Clinton. She won by 2. “If you’re off by two or three points on the margin, that’s not bad,” he said.

The biggest surprises—Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania—is where the pollsters missed. Fewer than 80,000 votes — less than 1-point—decided these states. Had their 46 Electoral College votes gone to Clinton, she would be president-elect.

Polls in those states all tightened at the end. In Pennsylvania, for example, they showed Clinton in the lead, but none by wide margins.

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Bail Upheld for Westport Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges Image
UPDATE Paul J. Letersky, 47, a Westport real estate agent and actor, appeared in Norwalk Superior court today where a judge maintained his $500,000 bail amount—but directed it be in cash—following his arrest Wednesday on possession of child pornography charges at his Riverside Avenue home opposite Saugatuck Elementary School. An arrest affadavit said he had 50 child pornorgraphy images at his residence and had been carrying on a sexting relationship with a 13-year-old boy in Colorado. Westport police said should Letersky post bond, his conditions of release include GPS monitoring with an around-the clock-curfew. He is required to stay at least 1,500 feet from any school or daycare, so he will no longer be residing at his former address on Riverside Avenue. He is also not to have any contact with any victim and cannot possess an internet device. Violation of any of these conditions of release could result in an immediate arrest for violation of conditions of release. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo


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Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area for snow, which is in effect from 10 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Friday.

It said to expect snow accumulation of 1 to 4 inches. Snow will develop late this evening and continue through rush hour Friday morning.

Snow accumulations will result in hazardous travel conditions late tonight through Friday morning, the advisory said.

Temperatures will be in the upper 20s.


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Newman’s Own Donates $10K to Farmers Market

The Westport Farmers Market today announced it has received a $10,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the Westport-based independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Image
Orna Stern, Paul Newman, and Michel Nischan at the founding of the Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The grant aligns with the foundation’s nutrition focus on connecting farmers to the community and making fresh produce available. 

According to Lori Cochran-Dougall, market executive director, the grant is especially poignant as Newman, a Westport resident, was one of the market’s founders in 2006.

“Paul Newman and Michel Nischan brought life to the market we know and love today,” she said in a statement.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
5 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays Repair a Wurlitzer Organ
6 p.m. - Staples Television Studio - Westport Cinema Initiative: “The Marriage of Marie Braun”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - “Slumdog Millionaire” w/GFC
7:30 p.m.. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Library Classrooms - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

TEAM Westport to Launch Conversation Series

TEAM Westport will kick off the first of a series of conversations on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, it was announced today.

The aim of TEAM Westport, the acronym for which means Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism,  is to privide a safe haven for open discussions on concerns of local, national and global significance, said Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport chairman.

The event will be moderated by the Rev. Alison Patton, church pastor.

“Please join us for a post-election conversation concerning race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity,” said Bailey. “As 2017 begins, what concerns you? What do you wonder? Come and respectfully listen to your neighbors and share your own experiences in a community forum on Sunday, Jan. 8.

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Deli Under New Ownership Celebrates Opening Image
The Winfield Street Deli is celebrating its grand opening at 13 Post Road West in space formerl occupied by Art’s Deli.  Owner Breno Donatti said business has been brisk with 120 lunches a day being served. He said an indoor seating area with a 12-person capacity is in the works. Donatti also operates Norwalk’s Winfield Italian Deli, 69 Winfield St., and, since February 2016, Winfield Street Espresso & Panini Bar, 4 Railroad Place, across from the Westport Metro-North Railroad Station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Installation Underway of ‘Smart’ Traffic Lights Image
Installation has begun on a $355,000 project to replace the only two town-owned traffic lights with “smart” lights. Public Works Director Steve Edwards said the project got underway with installation of new light poles at Main Street at Avery Place and Main Street at Myrtle Avenue (above).The new traffic control signals will replace lights that are more than 40 years old, he said. They will incorporate the latest technology, including an array of sensors to intelligently route vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Completion is expected in the spring, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Steinberg Sworn in for Fourth Term Image
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, a Democrat whose 136th District includes most of Westport, was sworn in today for a fourth term in Hartford. The native Westporter and Yale University graduate told a League of Women Voters of Westport forum Tuesday night he will continue to push for transportation funding for Fairfield County and seek relief from state education mandates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Malloy Warns of Need for Concessions, Smaller Government, New Aid Formulas

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy set the stage in his 2017 State of the State address today for a protracted and difficult debate on how to further shrink state government, extract more concessions from unions on pension and health benefits, and better focus a smaller pool of state aid for education on the systems most in need. Image
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his State of the State message today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jacqueline Rabe Thomas for

After recently negotiating significant changes to how the state will pay down its unfunded pension liability, Malloy alerted a half-dozen labor leaders before the speech that he will be seeking unspecified concessions that he says must be part of “a responsible and balanced solution to our budget problem.”

“These changes can and should be reached respectfully, and at the bargaining table,” Malloy told a joint session of the General Assembly. “Our state must honor its legal obligation to our public servants and state retirees, while at the same time keeping our promises to Connecticut taxpayers.”

In his seventh speech marking the opening of a General Assembly session, the Democratic governor eschewed his usual practice of pitching new initiatives, instead emphasizing concessions, the size of government and local aid as three broad areas he sees dominating a session certain to hinge once again on the struggle to the balance the budget in a state not fully recovered from the Great Recession of 2008.

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01/04/17 03:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Glenn Hightower, 76, Westport Educator

Glenn Hightower of Westport, who served three decades as principal at Bedford Junior High and Middle Schools and later as principal of Westport Adult and Continuing Education, died Jan. 1 at home. He was 76. Image
Glenn Hightower: former school principal. Contributed photo

Known for his easy going manner, Hightower combined his love of teaching with his love of athletics.

A native of Oklahoma City, Glenn Edward Hightower, or Dr. Hightower as he became known to legions of Westporters, excelled in athletics through high school and at Oklahoma State University until a medical condition eventually ended his formal sports career, according to a profile published when he was honored in 2005 by the Sportsmen of Westport.

But he continued to be active, competing in area and national handball tournaments, running marathons, including the New York Marathon 15 times and 10 ultra (50-mile) marathons.  It was routine for him to knock off eight to 10 miles before reporting to work and 20 to 25 miles on weekends.

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