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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Public Works Director Outlines Town Snow Policy

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards today reminded Westporters of the town’s snow plowing policy.

“There are 123 miles of streets in the Town of Westport maintained by the Department of Public Works (DPW),” said Edwards. 

“Snow removal can cost up to $2,500 per hour, therefore, it is important for DPW to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to provide the appropriate response while minimizing the cost.”

PLOW ROUTES – The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority.  Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections.  Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets. 

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Power Outage Caused By Squirrel

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A mid-day power outage today affected as many as 1,000 customers on Westport’s Post Road East east of the Sherwood Island Connector. The blackout affected traffic signals, retail stores, homes, and Long Lots Elementary School. A Connecticut Light and Power Company official said the outage, which lasted about half an hour, was traced to a squirrel which had come in contact with power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Police Add New Recruit

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Westport Police Chief Al Fiore today welcomed guests to a swearing in ceremony for new recruit Frank R. Masi (l), 44, of New Milford. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (4th l.) administered the oath of office to Masi, who previously had worked in the publishing field. He will enter the police academy on Monday. Looking on are Deputy Chiefs Gary Golas (3rd l.) and Dale Call. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Data Affirms Westport Among Top U.S Affluent Places

New U.S. Census data out today shows that Westport is the 10th most affluent U.S. neighborhood community, second to only Darien in the state, which is listed as No. 2, according to an analysis by Forbes magazine.

Forbes, in a snapshot of the affluent places, described Westport as a “bohemian bourgeois village with a 60-minute commute to Manhattan.”

Forbes said for communities such as Westport and Darien that depend on New York’s financial industry, town-center commerce and municipality taxes on pricey homes, the impact of the current economic downturn is likely to be more pronounced than for other wealthy neighborhoods.

To determine its list of America’s most affluent neighborhoods, Forbes looked at average median household income estimates—in communities with populations between 20,000 and 64,999—from 2005 to 2007, provided in the newly released U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS).

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 17 - 21, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 17 - 21, 2008:

James A. Shea to Michael Baltierra and Sophie Blondeau, 14 Horseshoe Lane, $1,145,000 WN property.jpg

John E. Snellman Sr. to Daniel and Kim Gottlieb, 4 Elizabeth Drive, $1,700,000

Joseph E. Schott and Carin-Anna Pfeiffer to Mark E. and Marygrace Gudis, 5 and 7 Pritchard Lane, Easement, $10,000

36 Elm LLC to 36 Westport Property LLC, 36 Elm Street, $4,075,000

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Cruising

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Some swans enjoy an outing on Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
11 a.m. – Staples High School, Room 1025C – Health & Wellness/Food Service Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - TEAM Westport “Third Conversation on Race”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance, Employee Compensation, and Public Protection Committees

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Y’s Women Holiday Party a Success

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The Y’s Women of Westport Weston held their annual holiday party today at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Mary Munger Taylor provided the entertainment with a medley of songs. More than 170 persons attended the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Building a Better Shopping Cart

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The Staples High School Engineering Team visited the Westport Center for Senior Activities today seeking suggestions and feedback from a shopping cart they designed to assist those with disabilities as well as the elderly. Their design will be submitted to the National Engineering and Design Competition. Kyle Beatty shows Joe Lamartine how the new design works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sue Pfister for WestportNow.com

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River of Ice

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Freezing temperatures in recent days have left Westport’s Saugatuck River full of ice The forecast calls for warming temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wandering in Westport

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A young buck ignored the Camp Mahackeno “entrance closed” sign Sunday and came out of the woods off Westport’s Rices and River Lane looking for food and providing a tranquil photographic pre-winter scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 8, 2008


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic for Adults and Children (walk-in)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
7:30 p.m. – Health District – Westport/Weston Health District Board of Directors

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Duck!

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Grayson Weir of Westport snapped this photo just before he got hit in a snowball fight today. An overnight snowfall left 1 to 2 inches on the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Grayson Weir for WestportNow.com

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Heida Hermanns Voice Competition Winners

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Westport’s Town Hall today was the site of the final competition for the annual Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, first held in 1973 by the late Heida Hermanns of Westport, a concert pianist and premier music lover and promoter. Pictured (l-r) are first prize ($5,000) winner YohanYi, bass baritone; Doris Goltzer, artistic director and coordinator who gave out the awards (she plays the oboe in the New York City Opera Orchestra); second prize ($2,500) winner Jorge Prego, tenor; third prize ($1,500) winner Rebecca Jo Loeb, mezzo, and honorable mention ($500) winners Steve Ebel, tenor; Chloe Moore, lyric soprano; and David Portillo, tenor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Photographing NY With 19th Century Technology

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There was a reception at Southport’s Pequot Library today marking the opening of an exhibit by Westporter Nate Gibbons of his large format nondigital tintypes photographic images of 19th century New York City scenes converted into 21st century technology. The exhibit, “The Bronx River,” runs until Jan. 10. Gibbons will conduct a talk and discussion on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. Pictured are Gibbons with wife Liz (c) and curator Enid Monroe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Through the Woods

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The area around Westport’s Lee’s Pond was a picturesque winter scene today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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A Taste of Winter

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Winter is still two weeks away, but the winter look greeted Westporters today after a light overnight snowfall. View is at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Overnight Snow Gives Seasonal Look

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A overnight pre-winter snowfall of 1-2 inches left a white coating on Westport today. The snow and slippery conditions contributed to a number of accidents on area roadways. View is of the entry road to Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) )Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and nearby areas which is in effect from 1 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Monday.

In the wake of rapidly intensifying low pressure and an Arctic frontal passage this afternoon, northwest winds are expected to increase to 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 mph, the advisory said.

These strong winds will continue through the evening, gradually subsiding late tonight, it said.

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Drive In Sunset

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Saturday’s sunset drew some drive in viewers at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 7, 2008


11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - 22nd Annual Holiday House Tour
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Friends Holiday Book Sale
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport’s Academy of Dance presents “The Nutcracker”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Importance of Being Earnest”
3 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2008 Heida Hermann’s International Voice Competition Finals Concert
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Twilight Soirée

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Dodd Meets With Area Auto Dealers in Westport

Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the Banking Committee, was in Westport today where he met with local auto dealers to draw attention to the difficulties their industry faces. WestportNow.com Image
Dodd talking to reporters in Westport today. Contributed photo

The session at Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC of Westport on Post Road East drew auto dealers from from Westport, Wilton, Danbury, Fairfield, Woodbridge, Greenwich, and New Canaan.

Dodd said he convened the Westport session, which was closed to the press, to learn more about the auto industry’s problems from those most knowledgeable.

“They talk about the Big Three, but here at the local level things are just as dire,” Dodd said.

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‘Tis the Season

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Holiday season shopping was in full swing today with carriage rides in Westport’s center sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, Oscar’s Delicatessen and TD Bank. Joe and Babe, horses from Loon Meadow Farm of Norfalk, Conn., owned by Steve and Beth Podhajecki, will be providing complimentary horse and wagon rides every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21 throughout downtown Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Holiday Cheer

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A group of carolers spread holday cheer on Westport’s Main Street today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Maybe They Don’t Like Pickles

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Lee Papageorge, owner of Westport’s Oscar’s Delicatessen, offers some nourishment to Joe and Babe as they pause in their carriage ride rounds today n Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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