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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Moving Out

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Within a short time of the Saugatuck Post Office closing for the last time today, the job of moving out began. The postal boxes are being relocated to 20 Saugatuck Ave. near a contract postal facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Parting Gift

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Longtime Saugatuck Post Office employee E. J. Butner of Trumbull shows off a pen and ink drawing of the Saugatuck facility by Westporter Tom Cummings presented to him today as a goodbye gift from Tom and wife Betty Lou. It is inscribed, “MIKE & E.J., THANKS FOR EVERYTHING’ Tom & Betty Lou.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Preserving a Little Bit of Saugatuck History

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Westporter Tom Cummings and wife Betty Lou presented this pen and ink drawing of the Saugatuck Post Office to employees after it closed today after almost 60 years. As the clock wound down today many customers stopped by to make some last transactions or to simply express their gratitude and good wishes to the two clerks on duty. One customer brought two helium balloons, inscribed with the words, “Sorry You’re Leaving.”  He presented a balloon to each of the two workers, Chuck Fine of Fairfield and E.J. Butner of Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Goodbye Old Friend

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The last stamp was sold, the last package mailed, and a few Saugatuck postmarks stamped today as the Saugatuck Post Office ended an almost 60-year run at 611 Riverside Ave. The sign on the door says “R.I.P.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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R.I.P. Saugatuck Post Office

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Someone stuck a sign on Westport’s Saugatuck Post Office today after it closed permanently after almost 60 years at the location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Leaving a Mark

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Saugatuck Post Office employee E.J. Butner stamped some final postcards with the Saugatuck Station postmark today for several customers who wanted a memento. The station closed after almost 60 years at the same location. The Postal Service said it will be seeking a new facility in the area and meanwhile has moved the postal boxes to 20 Saugatuck Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thumbs Down to Saugatuck Closing

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Lifelong Westport resident David Anastasia expressed his disappointment today at yet another closing in the Saugatuck neighborhood as the Saugatuck Post Office locked its doors for the final time. He grew up on Franklin Street in the Saugatuck neighborhood. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Looking for a Winner

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Shoppers on Westport’s Main Street today had a chance to enter a raffle sponsored by the Westport Rotary Club. Westporters Kelle and Jeff Ruden were the first to purchase raffle tickets in front of the Vineyard Vines store. The Westport Rotary Club Foundation will pick winners of the three prizes on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Concours d’Elegance antique auto show at the Fairfield Hunt Club. The funds generated by the raffle support no-profit organizations in Westport and surrounding communities. Raffle tickets will be sold on Main Street again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 13 Hillandale Road

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The house at 13 Hillandale Road is among eight winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2009 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The HDC said it is honoring owners Peter and Stephanie Durette in recognition of the extensive restoration and rehabilitation of this turn-of-the-century picturesque vernacular house known as the George Fairchild, Jr. House c.1906. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunset Picnic

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The warm evening weather along with another pretty sunset kept visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach visitors lingering in the sand Friday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 5, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Video Game Tournament

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NY Times Highlights Westport Neighbors’ Stone Wall Dispute

In a story in Saturday’ edition headlined “Somebody’s Watching ... and Ready to Sue,” The New York Times focuses on a Westport dispute over a stone wall on North Avenue that has cost its owner $150,000 in legal fees—so far. WestportNow.com Image
This stone wall at North Avenue and Northside Lane is the subject of the costly dispute. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“How and when the story ends is still unclear,” the Times said. “But the dispute opens a window into life in a wealthy suburb, where neighbors have enough money to fight for years over an issue that may have been quickly resolved in a less well-off town.”

The wall belongs to Albert and Susan Hancock and was erected in 2005 at a cost of $170,000. Since then, the newspaper said, they have spent $50,000 on inspections and modifications.

Other players include the Town of Westport, which says the wall encroaches on town property and was built without all the necessary permits, and neighbors Jeffrey and Elizabeth Lillien, the Times said.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Westport Students to Hear Obama Address

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Elliott Landon: “Fully supportive” of students hearing address. Dave Matlow/WN file photo
Students in Westport public schools will be able to see and hear President Obama’s address to the nation’s schoolchildren on Tuesday, according to Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon.

In an e-mail message to parents today, Landon said he was “pleased that the President of the United States will be taking time from his busy schedule to deliver this important message to our students.”

He said that administrators and teachers would integrate the speech in classroom instruction as they deem best.

The White House has said that the president’s address is intended to be an inspirational, pro-education message to all students at the beginning of the school year.

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Praising Inspector Dunn

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Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (at podium) praises Terry Dunn (l) prior to Dunn’s promotional swearing in today to inspector by First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. Dunn joined the department in 2003 and fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Inspector Timothy Chalfant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Adds Four New Firefighters

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The Westport Fire Department today added four new firefighters to fill slots opened by retirements and two firefighters who resigned. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff congratulated the men after swearing them in at a fire headquarters ceremony. They are (l-r) Sean McGuire, Peter Chila, Christopher Carroll, and Justin Harelik. McGuire is son of former Westport Fire Chief Ron McGuire. In addition firefighter Terry Dunn was sworn in as a new inspector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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