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Friday, July 23, 2010

Fire in Electrical Wall Outlet Quickly Extinguished

Westport firefighters tonight quickly extinguished a small fire in an electrical wall outlet in a home near the Wilton border.

The fire at 9 Highwood Road scorched a bedroom wall but caused little additional damage, according to firefighters on the scene.

The homeowner said she smelled smoke and a cable television technician who had just arrived told her to call 911.

The technician said he had detected a high power level on a cable line coming into the house just before the fire.

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07/23/10 11:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tornado Watch Issued

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. has issued a tornado watch for Fairfield County, including Westport, until 1 a.m. Saturday.

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Judge’s Ruling: Big Victory Says Y, No Big Deal Say Opponents

By James Lomuscio

Iain Bruce called the judge’s decision to dismiss three lawsuits brought by opponents of the Westport Weston Family Y’s move to Camp Mahackeno a “great day for the town, not just for the Y.”WestportNow.com Image
Artist’s rendition of new Y building at Mahackeno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Obviously, we’re elated,” said Bruce, president of the Y’s Board of Directors. “We’ve been in the approval process for more than four years.”

But to hear Indy Goldberg, co-director of Y Downtown, one of the plaintiffs, tell it, Stamford Superior Court Judge A. William Mottolese’s ruling released today was no big deal in the greater scheme of things.

“I think it was a very narrow issue of the law,” said Goldberg about Mottolese’s dismissing the suits brought by resident Arthur Cohen and the Y Downtown group against the Conservation Commission and Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

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Westport Property Transfers July 5 - 9, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 5 - 9, 2010:

Filo and Francine Shay Sedillo to Kenneth H. Shubin Stein, 27 Danbury Ave., $1,750,000WN property.jpg

Southport Development Group LLC to Kevin and Katherine Brennan, 10 Pumpkin Hill Road, $2,622,500

Roseville Associates LLC to Jessica Ilene Basil and Juan D. Bruno, 89 Roseville Road, $1,650,000

Stonebridge Lane Properties LLC to David A. Roberts and Olga G. Santoro, 1 Long Lots Lane, $1,850,000

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Actors Sought for Playhouse’s “Diary of Anne Frank”

The Westport Country Playhouse said today it is accepting submissions for three nonunion male actors, late 20s through 40, as Nazi officer and Dutch collaborators for its fall production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” directed by Gerald Freedman.

Actors must be at least 5-foot-11 and have a physically imposing presence, an audition notice said.

The contract runs Sept. 19 through Oct. 30. The production will rehearse in New York and move to Westport for tech and performances. Actors will receive $350 a week, plus transportation to and from Westport for tech and performances. Duties may also include backstage crew, the Playhouse said.

Auditions will be held at Westport Country Playhouse on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are by appointment only.

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07/23/10 08:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Neighborhood Power Outage Update

The Connecticut Light and Power Company at 4 p.m. said the following Westport neighborhoods were still without power almost 48 hours after the first of Wednesday’s storms:

It said 66 customers were out in the area of Whitney Street, including Sugar Maple Lane, Peaceful Lane, and Hen Hawk Lane.

It said 48 customers were out in the Sturges Common area, including Greenwood Lane and Melwood Lane.

It said additional clusters of outages were on Maple Avenue North, the Hunt Club area, Hyde Lane, Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen Avenue, Compo Road North, Darbrook Road, and Lantern Hill. It said there were numerous scattered outages mostly involving home to street connections.

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07/23/10 08:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Gone: 20 Dover Road

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A crew cleans up after Thursday’s demolition of the house at 20 Dover Road, off Westport’s Reichert Circle. Built in 1954, the split-level had 1,088 square feet, was situated on a .57-acre lot and changed ownership last month for $685,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 5, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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07/23/10 07:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 28 Reichert Circle

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The house at Westport’s 28 Reichert Circle near Cross Highway was demolished today. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch had 1,239 square feet, was situated on a .68-acre property and changed ownership last month for $655,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 22, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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07/23/10 07:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Judge Dismisses Three Suits Brought in Y Mahackeno Move

UPDATE A Stamford Superior Court judge has dismissed three lawsuits brought by opponents of the Westport Weston Family Y’s move to Camp Mahackeno, Town Attorney Ira Bloom said today.

He said he received notification that Judge A. William Mottolese, in a decision dated Tuesday, had dismissed cases brought by resident Arthur Cohen and the Y Downtown group against the Conservation Commission and Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

The opponents had appealed the legality of the commission and RTM approvals of the Y’s proposed community septic system known as the FAST system.

“Contrary to the position of the plaintiffs, the commission gave thorough and meticulous consideration to the effectiveness and reliability of the FAST sewage disposal stem,” Mottolese wrote.

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07/23/10 04:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Storm Fells All But One Flag, Destroys 30

By James Lomuscio

What the economy could not destroy, Mother Nature took a vicious swipe at – the 50 American flags lining Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River.WestportNow.com Image
The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge was without its flags at dawn today after Wednesday’s storms destroyed 30 of them. Only shreds (inset) remained in the flag holders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

All but one of the flags fell as vicious winds Wednesday evening whipped across the Post Road, snapping poles and shredding 30 flags as they became caught in edges of the bridge.

The same storm knocked down trees and branches throughout town, leaving thousands without power for more than a day.

“All but one were wiped off, and more than half were ruined,” said Stephen Edwards, director of the Public Works Department.

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Working to Get Power Back to Evergreen Avenue

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Multiple utility crews were working on Westport’s Evergreen Avenue today to restore power to one of the largest group of homes still in the dark following Wednesday’s storms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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07/23/10 02:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Flags Fall Victim to Storm

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Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge was without its American flags early today. Most of the flags and flagpoles were ripped off by Wednesday’s storm and have to be replaced. A private donor agreed earlier this month to fund the estimated $2,500 annual cost to fly the flags after the town said there was money in the budget for them. (See WestportNow July 2, 2010) There was no immediate word on how much it will cost to replace the flags and flagpoles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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