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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Honoring Our Heritage: 144 Imperial Ave.

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Billy Nistico honored Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying this home at 144 Imperial Ave. as the Rasmus C. Karstensen house which was built in c.1893.  Karstensen built this house after purchasing the land from A. L. Vanderbuilt in 1890. The property was then sold to Neils P Christensen in 1899. Nistico, having been born and raised in Westport, purchased the house in 2007 since he “loved the charm and history as well as the location.” He said that “being a lifelong Westport resident and realtor for William Raveis Real Estate, it’s very important for me to preserve Westport historic homes.” Although the house was named the “happy house” by his friends, Nistico recently sold it and said he knows that the new owners appreciate the history associated with it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Westport Public Schools - Spring Recess
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Vacation Fun Days
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
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 102 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Finance Committee

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Adult Film Star Marilyn Chambers, Ex-Westporter, Dies at 56

UPDATE Marilyn Chambers, the 1970 Westport Staples High School graduate then known as Marilyn Ann Briggs who won early fame as an Ivory Snow detergent model and later as an adult film star, died Sunday at her suburban Los Angeles home. She was 56.WestportNow.com Image
Marilyn Chambers poses with the Ivory Snow box in which she was depicted holding an infant. File photo

Chambers was found unresponsive at her residence, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County corner’s office. The cause of death is under investigation but foul play was not suspected and an autopsy is pending, he said.

The Associated Press quoted a family friend, Peggy McGinn, said as saying Chambers’ 17-year-old daughter found the actress’ body at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country.

Chambers became a pop culture phenomenon when she gave up work as a model advertising Ivory Snow laundry detergent to star in the X-rated “Behind the Green Door” in 1972.

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Daily Railroad Parking Extended Until June 30

The Westport Police Department has added temporary additional daily parking at the Westport Metro-North New Haven Line station in the Saugatuck area.

Effective Wednesday and continuing until June 30, the permit parking area, located in the center of Lot 8, will temporarily be changed to allow for additional daily parking, an announcement said.

Lot 8 is located on Saugatuck Avenue, just north of the Exit 17 northbound entrance ramp to Interstate 95.

Daily parkers will receive a $4 daily fee envelope. If commuters have a permit, they will still be allowed to park there with no additional fee, the announcement said.

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Easter Sunday Kite Flying

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The end of the jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach and Compo Cove made an ideal, if unusual, launching spot for a kite on a windy Easter Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 13, 2009


Westport Public Schools - Spring Recess
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Session I: Krazy Kool Legos (sold out)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Vacation Fun Days
11:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Session II: Krazy Kool Legos (sold out)

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Westporter Set for Long Wharf Theatre Productions

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Tyler Rackliffe, a 2004 Staples High School graduate who was active in the Staples Players, is working as an actor on two plays produced by the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

The two short plays, Caryl Churchill’s “Seagulls” and Edward Albee’s “Finding the Sun,” will be presented together as part of Long Wharf’s Next Stage program on the weekend of April 24 for four performances.

Tickets are free and the exact dates and time are available on the theater’s Web site.

Rackliffe, a lifelong Westport resident, graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2008.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Talking Transportation: Free Parking Isn’t Free

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Our obsession with automobiles is not only creating gridlock and ruining the quality of our air, but it’s eating up our real estate and sending land costs upward. 

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Because once we drive our cars off the crowded highways, we assume it’s our constitutional right to find “free parking.”

Trust me: whether at rail stations or stores, parking comes at a price paid in more than just dollars.

For decades, city planners and zoning regulations have shared with Detroit in a conspiracy to deliver on that dream. Consider the following:

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Early Bird Easter Shopper

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An Easter morning visitor to Westport’s Main Street today was perhaps looking for an early bird special at Ann Taylor’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) D. Hannan for WestportNow.com

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Chilly Sunrise Easter Service at Compo

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Parishioners from Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, Green’s Farms Congregational Church, and United Methodist Church took part today in a sunrise Easter service at Westport’s Compo Beach. The temperature was 36 degrees but wind gusts up to 17 miles per hour made it feel a lot colder.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Joseloff for WestportNow.com

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April Showers Bring Easter Flowers

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April showers bring Easter flowers to Geiger’s Garden Center on Post Road East in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, April 12, 2009


Westport Public Library is closed in observance of Easter
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents “Master Class”

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Comings and Goings: Trattoria to Replace Conte’s

By Dave Matlow

The final papers have yet to be signed, but plans are nearing completion for a new Italian restaurant, Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Trattoria and Bar, to take over the vacated Conte’s Restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck area.WestportNow.com Image
The former Conte’s Restaurant in Saugatuck will become Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Trattoria and Bar by summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Owner Bill Rizzuto, who also operates similar style eateries in Bethel and West Hartford, said he expects to open at 540 Riverside Ave. by summer.

Rizzuto, formerly the general manager of the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich from 1996 to 2001 and with the same hotel chain in the San Francisco Bay area for two years, moved back to Connecticut in 2003 to enter the restaurant business.

As for opening a new business during the current economic downturn, Rizzuto said he is confident “that people still want to eat out as family entertainment.”

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rowing on a Rainy River

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Enthusiastic members of Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club were not discouraged by a steady spring rain today from practicing their preferred sport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunrise Rotary Members Report for Cleanup Duty

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Members of Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club were out early today despite rainy weather to participate in Ceanup Day activities around I-95’s Exit 17 in the Saugatuck area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hal Levy for WestportNow.com

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