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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Going Down: 376 Greens Farms Road

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Construction crews demolished the house at 376 Greens Farms Road in Westport today. The 1920 house on .75-acre at the corner of Robin Hill Road not far from Bulkley Avenue South sold in November 2005 for $810,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Longtime Westporter Gloria Hunter Dies at 79

Gloria Hunter, a longtime Westporter who worked as a journalist, teacher, author and columnist and taught reading and college test preparation skills to countless area students, died Sunday at her Westport home. She was 79.WestportNow.com Image
Gloria Hunter: Westport resident since 1965.  Contributed photo

Hunter had struggled valiantly to maintain a normal life with family and friends and in her community as she waged her battle against cancer, according to Thomas Hunter, her husband of 56 years.

Hunter was known to many Westporters for her “As I See It” column in the weekly Westport Minuteman newspaper for the last 13 years. Her last column, “Teaser Titles,” was completed just before her death.

Born in Chicago, Hunter was the daughter of the late Eleanore Kline and David Waldron Hunter. She spent her early married life in Ann Arbor, Mich., Summit, N.J., and Cleveland, Ohio before making Westport the permanent family home in 1965.

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DEP Approves Y Septic Plans

By Jennifer Connic

The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft approval for the Westport Weston Family Y’s plan to move its facility to Camp Mahackeno.

The state agency reviewed the plans that included an on-site septic system that would handle up to 34,000 gallons of sewage per day, and it held a public hearing in Westport last fall (See WestportNow Sept. 14).

The Conservation Commission is scheduled to continue its hearing on the application—which includes a review of the septic system—tonight at 7 in Town Hall.

“The proposed wastewater treatment system would treat the wastewater to a level to prevent pollution of groundwater and maintain a high water quality,” the draft decision states. “The requested permit for discharge of wastewaters from the applicant’s facility would not cause pollution to the waters of the state.”

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Westport Property Transfers Feb. 19-23, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb.19-23, 2007:

Regina Sender Levin to Heine Development Corp., lots 7A and A7A Turkey Hill Circle, $1,825,000WN property.jpg

James A. Randel to Beryl D. Leifer, 3 Sylvan Road South, $1,300,000

Michael and Kathleen Mermey to Regina Sender Levin, 2 Berkeley Hill, $1,425,000

Linda Rogozinski to Christopher and Meredith Lederer, 23 Hickory Drive, $540,000

Estate of Adel A. Karam to Heritage 152 North LLC, 152 North Ave., $742,500

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Historic District Panel to Discuss 840 Post Road East Tonight

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The 1930-built house situated on 0.16 acres and located at 840 Post Road East, adjacent to the Sherwood Island Connector, is on the agenda of the Westport Historic District Commission tonight. Town officials are reviewing an anticipated request for a demolition permit and potential replacement of the house with a bank. This is the last house standing on the former crescent-shaped street known as Beverly Place. Prior to the construction of the Sherwood Island Connector, the street curved around to the current location of Walgreen’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Feb.27, 2007


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307- Arts Advisory Committee
3 p.m. Westport Fire Headquarters -Public Site & Building Commission Levitt Pavilion Committee
6:30 p.m. Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance budget workshop
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission (cable coverage channel 79 and www.westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 206 - Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Westport Weston Health District wildlife symposium
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Green Room - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Zoning Board of Appeals

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Fire at Black Duck Shuts Down Kitchen

A grease fire at Westport’s Black Duck Café today damaged an interior wall before firefighters extinguished it, resulting in temporary closure of the restaurant’s kitchen, fire officials said.WestportNow.com Image
A fire at Westport’s Black Duck Cafe today caused little damage but resulted in shut down of the kitchen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The fire department responded to a 911 call at 10:50 a.m. of a reported fire in the kitchen at the café at 605 Riverside Ave., in the Saugatuck area.

“Grease on the side of a deep fat fryer had ignited and started to spread up the interior wall of the kitchen,” said Westport Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin.

The head chef, Tim Miller, used a dry chemical fire extinguisher to initially knock down the flames, he said.

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Westporter Tyler Hicks Wins Top Photojournalism Award

Westport-educated Tyler Hicks, a staff photographer for The New York Times, was named the newspaper photographer of the year by the Missouri School of Journalism’s Pictures of the Year International contest, the newspaper reported today.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Tyler Hicks discusses his book of photographs at a Westport Public Library meeting in November 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

It was the second time in less than a month that a Westport native has won a top photojournalism award.

On Feb 9, Spencer Platt, a 1989 Staples High School graduate who roams the world for the Getty Images photo agency, won the World Press Photo of the Year award, considered the top prize in photojournalism. (See WestportNow Feb. 9, 2007)

Hicks, 37, was honored for five series of photographs that he took in 2006 in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, Camden, N.J., and other places., the Times said. In 2004, Hicks spoke at the Westport Public Library about his work as he introduced a book of his photographs. (See WestportNow Nov. 28, 2004)

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Getting Out the Shovels

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The winter’s first Westport snowfall that required some prolonged shoveling had these workers busy today on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Look

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Westport’s Jesup Road took on a winter look today following the overnight snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Main Street Cleanup

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Westport’s Main Street was generally clear today after an overnight snow of 3 to 4 inches, but sidewalks will take a little longer to clean. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Center for Senior Activities Closed

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is closed today due to the weather, and there will be no home delivered meals.

The staff is in should anyone have any questions or concerns, and they can be reached at (203) 341-5099.

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Way to Row!

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Westporter Eve Green was one of several of the Saugatuck Rowing Club’s members to compete in the C.R.A.S.H.-B World Indoor Rowing Championships Sunday at Boston University. Green, a passionate rower who only took up the sport in her early 60s, came in second in the lightweight veterans women category (ages 70-74) racing 2000 meters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saugatuck View

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A view Sunday of the Saugatuck River from the Westport Public Library.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Feb. 26, 2007


11:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Westport Public Library Director Maxine Bleiweis addresses Y’s Women
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Workshop

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School Staff Development Day Canceled

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliot Landon tonight canceled Monday’s scheduled staff development day for teachers because of the snow.

Students, who have been on February break along with their teachers, had not been scheduled to return to school until Tuesday.

All school activities scheduled for Monday have been canceled, Landon said. 

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Talking Transportation: Free Fares for Seniors

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

It’s busy, busy in Hartford these days as the legislature considers hundreds of bills, many of them promising long overdue investment in mass transit.  But one of the more interesting proposals, HB717, calls for free bus and rail tickets for senior citizens.

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The bill’s sponsor suggests that by offering seniors free tickets they would flock to mass transit filling empty seats and forming an important advocacy group for this important service. Seniors, he argues, have “earned” a free ride.

Respectfully, I disagree.

As I testified to the legislature’s Transportation Committee studying the plan, the bill is a “feel good” measure based on a false premise. But who could argue against giving seniors a break? Me, because the numbers just don’t add up.

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Snow Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service today issued a snow advisory for Westport and the tri-state area in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Monday.

Light snow could begin across the eastern lower Hudson Valley and Fairfield County early this evening, the advisory said. However, the steadier snow will move into the area late this evening and continue into Monday morning.

Lighter snow is expected to continue through much of the day on Monday. By the time the precipitation tapers off Monday evening, total snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are expected with locally heavier amounts possible, the advisory said.

There is still some uncertainty as to the track and intensity of the storm. This will have an impact as to the type of precipitation and how much falls across the region, the advisory said.

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Library Director to Address Y’s Women Monday

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Maxine Bleiweis: will talk about library expansion plans. Contributed photo
Maxine Bleiweis, director of the Westport Public Library, will address the Y’s Women of Westport Weston at the group’s weekly meeting Monday.

She will talk on “The Prediction of Trends: Meeting ‘Customer’ Needs”  as well as tell the audience about the new and expanded plans for the library. 

In addition, Bleweis, director of the Westport library since 1998, will cover aspects of the Patriot Act and how it affects libraries and those who use them.

The meeting at the Westport/Weston Family Y begins with coffee and conversation at 11 a.m. followed by the formal presentation at 11:30 a.m.

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Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007


2 p.m. Westport Public Library - McManus Room - “Who’s Afraid of Tom Stoppard? Navigating The Coast of Utopia”

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Monday Playhouse Reading of Jan Marans Play Postponed

The Westport Country Playhouse announced today that Monday’s scheduled reading of “A Strange and Separate People,” a new play by Jon Marans, has been postponed to Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

No reason was given. Marans also wrote “Old Wicked Songs” which played last fall at the Playhouse.

In “A Strange and Separate People,” a young Orthodox Jewish woman is unexpectedly caught up in a love triangle that involves herself, her husband and her husband’s new alternative love interest.

The play reveals the challenges she now faces in her life, her faith and her place in a new and different world.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Westport Scene

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Friday’s chllly temperatures in the 20s did not seem to bother this resident of Westport’s Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn MIller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 23, 2007

ConnDOT Study Cites Westport and Greens Farms Stations

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) today released a report detailing $389 million needed in repairs and maintenance on New Haven Line stations, including Westport’s stations at Saugatuck and Greens Farms.WestportNow.com Image
ConnDOT: “The condition of the (Westport) station depends on where you stand.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Recommendations include expanding the Greens Farms platforms to handle 10 cars instead of the current six and adding a canopy or shelter to the eastbound Greens Farms platform.

“The quaint Green’s Farms Station requires some significant structural repairs and a lot of paint to restore this classic portal to New Haven Line commuter rail service,” the report said.

The document said the recent renovation of the Westport station had improved amenities but much work remains to be done.

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Utility Work Resumes on Imperial Avenue

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After a one-day hiatus due to weather, workers were back on Westport’s Imperial Avenue today doing utility work connected with installation of a high voltage power line that runs from Middletown to Norwalk. The road was closed between Jesup Road and Thomas Road, but the Westport Woman’s Club wants the public to know that its Curio Cottage Thrift Shop will continue to be open during the CL&P construction. Visitors are asked to follow detour signs to Imperial Avenue from South Compo. Traffic agents will direct you where to park for the Westport Woman’s Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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HSBC Latest Addition to Westport Bank Lineup

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An HSBC bank branch has opened at 19 Post Road East in the one-time Westport Public Library building that now also houses Starbucks. Another HSBC branch is scheduled to open soon at 1050 Post Road East, current home of Swanky Frank’s. There are about two dozen bank branches in Westport with an additional six in the planning stages, according to town officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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