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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Program: Animé Night
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission/ARB Joint Meeting
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 14 - 18, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 14 - 18, 2009:

J. David and F. Sadrian Durie to Brett F. and Gwendolyn L. Cohen, 26 Broadview Road, $2,030,000WN property.jpg

Bradley Commons Development LLC to Leigh E. Engen, 601 Bradley Commons, $690,668

Mark A. and Robert C. Yingling to Charles and Lisa K. Slidders, 39 Pequot Trail, $1,236,100

Gary Fullenbaum and Michelle Picker to Glen and Sarah Eiegel, 15 Side Hill Road, $942,000

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World War II Vet Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan Dies at 84

Edward J. “Edyo” Keehan, a Westport native who went off to World War II at the age of 17, survived battles at sea, and 60 years later fought and won another battle in his hometown—to erect a monument to his fallen comrades, died Saturday at Norwalk Hospital. He was 84.keehan75.jpg
“Edyo” Keehan: led effort to restore monument. Contributed photo
1943 Saturday Evening Post cover. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo

In 2004, he published a book recounting his experiences, “Battle for Honor.” “I hope many people in Westport get a chance to read it,” he said at the time. (See WestportNow Nov. 24, 2004)

Keehan’s book tells of his time aboard two World War II cruisers, how he came home and worked as a truck manager for 18 years, and then retired and went into real estate.

But all the while he was concerned that a World War II monument that once stood outside the old Westport Town Hall on Post Road East was missing.

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U.S. Census Bureau Recruiting Westport Workers

The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a session on Tuesday at Westport Town Hall as part of its efforts to recruit applicants for temporary jobs with flexible hours to help ensure the 2010 Census is a success. 

The Bureau’s Bridgeport Local 2010 Census Office will conduct the session at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. Applicants are asked to bring a valid U.S. passport, or a driver’s license and birth certificate.

Census takers, also known as enumerators, are needed to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return census questionnaires.  These positions need to be filled by individuals with flexible schedules as work may occur in evenings and on weekends, an announcement said.

Some positions may involve shift work. All temporary census employees must be able to attend training, for which they will be compensated. Most training sessions are held during the day on weekdays. Occasionally, a session may be held in the evening or on weekends.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 3 Gorham Ave. Image
Grayson Braun and Jamie Walsh are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 3 Gorham Ave. as the Joseph Feeney house, which was built in 1930. Feeney, a foreman for Connecticut Light and Power Co., built the house on land acquired from Leonard H. Gault and Edward B. Bradley. The couple said they purchased their home because they loved its character and scale and the look and architectural history of lower Gorham Avenue. Both were key proponents of establishment of the Gorham Avenue Historic District in 2006, working with their neighbors and the Westport Historic District Commission. Braun is now an alternate member of the commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for


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Our Annual New Year’s Gift to WestportNow Readers

WestportNow Year in Pictures 2009
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009. CLICK Image
Setting sail off of Westport, one of the entries in the 2009 Pictures of the Year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.

Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.

In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had almost 97,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.

We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: Westport Inn, 1595 PRE Image
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the two connecting buildings that comprise the Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East. Built in 1960, the 27,666 square feet hotel and restaurant complex is situated on a 3.8-acre lot. A display in the lobby includes a rendering of the new structure (top). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Monday, January 4, 2010

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library (Middle school age & up)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Jazz Background for WACky Family Day Image
It was WACky Family Day today at the Westport Arts Center. Guests built funky three-dimensional instruments, created jazz-inspired photo collages, and composed fantasy musical scores, all while listening to kid-friendly jazz music. The event was set against the backdrop of the WAC exhibition of photographs by jazz musician Milt Hinton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Making Music Image
Two youngsters show off their funky instruments created today at the Westport Arts Center’s WACky Family Day set against the photographs by jazz great Milt Hinton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Homeward Bound Image
Traffic southbound on I-95 in Westport today was especially heavy as many people headed home from places they spent the long New Year’s Day holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Sketchbook: Cross-Country Skiing at Longshore Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton used the long New Year’s holiday to get in some cross-country skiing at Longshore Club Park. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for


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Police Identify Mahackeno Suicide

Westport police today identified the man who died in an apparent suicide Saturday at Camp Mahackeno as a 58-year-old Wilton man. (See WestportNow Jan. 2, 2010)

A statement said Joseph P. Wirsing was found on the ground in front of a vehicle on Sunny Lane with a handgun by the body.

“Based up a preliminary investigation, the police department is treating the incident as a suicide,” it said.

Police said the state Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Monday.

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A New Year’s scene along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Sunday, January 3, 2010

All Day - Earthplace - Audubon Winter Bird Count
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”

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