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Selectmen Eyeball Y Plans to Reconfigure Merritt’s Exit 41

By James Lomuscio

Except for the muffled sounds of cars racing by on the parkway, a sound akin to breaking waves, Sunny Lane is quiet. The narrow, almost hidden road near the bend of the Merritt Parkway’s northbound Exit 41 ramp in Westport, a road with just three homes on it, seems forgotten, overlooked.WestportNow.com Image
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) and Selectman Shelly Kassen (c) listen to Y attorney Lawrence Weisman describe the proposed traffic changes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


But late morning today Sunny Lane was abuzz with more than three dozen local residents and engineers as First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Second Selectman Shelly Kassen walked the area, examining plans to reconfigure the exit. Selectman Gavin Anderson did not attend.

The reason behind the reconfiguration? Sunny Lane leads to Camp Mahackeno, the Westport Weston Family Y’s outdoor camp that is approved site for a new 100,0000-square-foot, Adirondack-styled facility as the Y relocates from downtown Westport.

“It’s always helpful to eyeball what’s drawn on a map,” said Joseloff. “You get a better sense of distances, location, and how the pieces fit together.”

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Selectmen Review Proposed Family Y Traffic Plan

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First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) and Selectman Shelly Kassen (c) today made a site visit to the Exit 41 area of the Merritt Parkway where the Westport Weston Family Y has proposed traffic changes as part of its plan to build a new Y at its Camp Mahackeno location. The visit was in advance of the Board of Selectmen’s June 22 meeting at which it will review the changes acting in its capacity as the town’s Traffic Authority. Selectman Gavin Anderson was absent. About 30 residents—some favoring and some opposing the Y’s plans—watched the selectmen get a briefing from Y officials. Public comment will be taken at the June 22 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Special Olympics Torch Run Passes Through Westport

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The Connecticut Special Olympics annual Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way through Westport today. Westport police officers participated in the 5.8 mile run through Westport as the torch made its way along a 48-mile route from Greenwich to New Haven. The run is Special Olympics’ single largest grassroots fund-raiser and public awareness vehicle. The International Torch Run program raises more than US $34 million a year for Special Olympics worldwide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Carrying the Torch

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Office David Wolf of the Westport Police Department carries the Special Olympics torch on Post Road East in front of the Saugatuck Congregational Church today in the Westport leg of the 48-mile Greenwich to New Haven segment of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. With him are (l-r) Officers Howard Simpson, David Farrell, and Erin Shaw. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers May 24 - 28, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 24 - 28, 2010:

Ashok K. Sethi Revocable Trust to Robin J. Levey, 171 Regents Park, $1,600,000WN property.jpg

James E. Schwartz to Jeremy F. and Sari T. Jansen, 246 North Ave., $1,100,000

Leslie L. Smith Clarke to Gregory J. Peterson and Mary Harada, 9 Woodside Lane, $1,275,000

Matthew H. and Sari M. H. Bazarian to Virgillo O. Tovar and Carolina M. Mata-Tovar, 38 Bauer Place Ext., $662,500

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Bringing the Democratic Campaign to Westport

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Nancy Wyman (l), Connecticut comptroller and the endorsed Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was in Westport today for a breakfast campaign meeting with supporters at Oscar’s Delicatessen on Main Street. Gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy was unable to join her. She was welcomed by Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein. Malloy and Wyman face a primary challenge by Ned Lamont and Mary Glassman on Aug. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Rell Urges Registering Storm Damages Through FEMA

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has urged state residents to register their March storm damages by calling a FEMA hotline that has been set up to provide them with damage assistance.

Rell said that potentially hundreds of families are at risk of missing out on aid for which they might be eligible because they have not registered with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov

“About 1,500 Connecticut households have registered with FEMA, but more than 2,400 homes were reported damaged,” Rell said. 

“Many families might think – incorrectly – that they have registered for aid by calling our state’s 2-1-1 Infoline. 

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Westport Sketchbook: Compo Lifeguard

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Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Compo Beach. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com

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Showing the Colors

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Today’s World Cup opening in South Africa is attracting interest around the world, including on Post Road East in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Walter for WestportNow.com

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Westport Arts Center “SOLOS” Exhibit Opens Tonight

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The Westport Arts Center’s 2010 juried members exhibition, “SOLOS” opens tonight with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Richard Klein (l), exhibitions director at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, juried the exhibit, choosing eight artists from 100 applicants. WAC’s director of visual arts, Helen Klisser During (r), said, “The pieces that were chosen were works of art that are engaging, fresh, and authentic. Each artist selected for the exhibition has a distinct voice in style and choice of medium.”  Selected artists include Michael Elsden, Mary Jo Lombardo, and Barbara Salinas of Westport; Claire Garcia of Ridgefield; Megan Youngquist of Shelton; Michele Gage of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Harriet Diamond of Northhampton, Mass.; and Forrest Solis of Phoenix, Ariz. The show runs through July 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Compo Sky

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There was a dramatic cloud-filled sky over Westport’s Compo Beach area Thursday at sun set. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 11, 2010


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District Directors
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010 opening reception
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Dinner with Friends”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Women”
8 p.m. - Music Theatre of Connecticut (246 Post Road East) - “Pete ‘n’ Keely”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Man Escapes Serious Injury in Partrick Road Crash

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A Norwalk man in his 20s escaped serious injury late tonight when he lost control of his car on a sharp curve and slammed into a tree on the opposite side of the road at 63 Partrick Road. The impact caused both front seat airbags to deploy. The car had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dinner Talk

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Following tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse performance of “Dinner with Friends,” the play’s Pulitzer-winning playwright, Donald Margulies (r), and the director, David Kennedy held a discussion. Margulies, 56, an adjunct professor of English and theater studies at Yale University, said, “I write plays about topics that trouble me.” He said he writes dialogue in a way that diverse characters can justify an argument which encourages audiences to favor one character or another. “I prefer to dramatize behavior,” Margulies said. “I am less interested in what characters say and more in what they communicate.”  “Dinner with Friends” runs through June 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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P&Z Postpones Vote on 1,500-foot Alcohol Rule

By James Lomuscio

To hear one Westport landlord tell it, the town’s nightlife is dying, losing customers to Fairfield and South Norwalk, and the only way to change it is to do away with the 1,500-foot distance required between establishments that serve alcohol.WestportNow.com Image
Some Westport restaurant owners opposed relaxing the rule. WN file photo


But Westport restaurateurs who spoke at tonight’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting at Town Hall, argued that just the opposite would happen. Increased competition, they said, would only make a bad economy worse, with new restaurants and bars closing, taking the established ones with them.

Ronald Corwin, P&Z chairman, said while the commission heard the proposed text amendment two weeks ago, its members wanted to get more public input, while making more aware people of the issue. They delayed a vote until a future date.

Throughout the evening, Laurence Bradley, director of the Planning and Zoning Department, addressed three possibilities that had been mentioned: removing the setbacks altogether, lowering them to 1,000 feet, even 500 feet.

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