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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Westport Main Street Property Sells for $8.2 Million

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In a sign of the continued attractiveness of Westport’s Main Street to real estate investors, a one-story building housing Westport Pizzeria and two upscale retail stores has sold for $8.2 million or $1,955 a square foot, an apparent record for the street.WestportNow.com Image
The $8.2 million sale of this building on Main Street is equal to about $1,955 per square foot, an apparent record. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The sale of 103,105, and 107 Main St. was recorded Tuesday in the Town Clerk’s office. The building houses the pizza restaurant and retailers Sigrid Olsen and Francois Du Pont Jewelers.

Town records show it includes 4,194 square feet of retail space.

The buyer was a partnership led by Stamford and New York-based W&M Properties which three years ago paid $18.1 million for neighboring 66-99 Main St., or about $1,046 a square foot. (See WestportNow April 19, 2003)

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Naughton Brings New Musical to Playhouse

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James Naughton: Bringing new cabaret act to the playhouse. Contributed photo
Two-time Tony Award-winner, film star and Weston resident James Naughton brings his new musical cabaret act, “Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night,” to Westport Country Playhouse for four performances.

Performances are slated for Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 and 8 p.m.

“Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night” includes songs ranging from the standards of Frank Sinatra, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, Johnny Mercer and Cy Coleman to the contemporary hits of Tom Waits, Junior Brown and Randy Newman.

The concert features a wide array of musical stylings, from pop to jazz, with a repertoire including “My Foolish Heart,” “I Ain’t Got Nothing But the Blues” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

Tickets are $35, $45 and $50. For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, purchase online at www.westportplayhouse.org, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.

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Going Down: 28 Manitou Road

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Construction crews demolished the house at 28 Manitou Road in Westport today. The family that lived in the house remains the owner of the property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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NY Daily News Endorses Shays

The New York Daily News today endorsed incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in his contest against Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, a former Westport first selectwoman.

The text of the editorial: “As a Republican who has been strong on Iraq, Rep. Chris Shays is being challenged by a Democrat who hopes to ride into office on anti-war fury and discontent with President Bush—never mind that Shays has ably represented southwest Connecticut for 19 years.

“Shays is a moderate GOP representative. He’s pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-stem cell research. As chairman of a national security subcommittee, he has pushed to distribute homeland security aid on the basis of risk rather than as pork. And he was Sen. John McCain’s House counterpart on campaign finance reform. (Although Shays blundered in failing to include in his own disclosure report the acceptance from an interest group of travel to Qatar and lodging there, as revealed last week by The New Republic.)

“Shays is challenged by former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, who simply wants out of Iraq, placing her among those who refuse to confront the deadly nature of what would likely happen the day after American forces retreated over the horizon.

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In Fashion

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Westport’s CLASP Homes held its annual fashion show and luncheon at the Westport Woman’s Club Wednesday. Tracy Flood, CLASP president, addresses guests at the podium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Felt Like Summer

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Many people headed down to Westport’s Compo Beach to enjoy the warm weather on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 40s, however, by the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006


6 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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Staples Boys Soccer Moves on to FCIAC Final

Ben King’s header with just 50 seconds remaining in the final sudden death overtime gave the Staples boys soccer team a dramatic 1-0 win over Greenwich in tonight’s FCIAC semifinal game played at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School.

The goal—after 99 minutes of scoreless, end-to-end action—lifted the Wreckers into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. FCIAC title match at Wilton High School’s Kristine Lilly Field.

Staples, now 14-1-2, faces Trumbull. The two teams tied 1-1 earlier this year.

The Wreckers are seeking a record 24th league title.

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Finance Board Discusses Power Line Project

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The Westport Board of Finance tonight discussed a lease that will allow workers burying a high voltage power line under Route 1 to stage the equipment in a town-owned Imperial Avenue parking lot.

Bond Brothers, the construction company hired to bury the power line for United Illuminating, is looking for the space in the Imperial Avenue upper lot.

The Board of Selectmen will vote on the lease during a meeting at noon on Thursday.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the company’s workers will use one-third of the paved lot, which is about 33 parking spaces.

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Honored

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Three Westport young people were honored at Westport’s Temple Israel Sunday night by the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. Receiving Community Leadership Awards were (l-r) Julie Raice, 16, Brian Mayer, 19, and Ilana Levy, 25.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Asian and Pacific Studies Professor to Speak

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Jonathan Pollack: teaches at U.S. Naval War College. Contributed photo
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston will hear a talk about East Asia during its meeting on Thursday.

Jonathan D. Pollack, professor of Asian and Pacific studies and chairman of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College, will speak during the session, which starts at 10 a.m.

His talk is titled “American Strategy In East Asia: Where Is It Headed?”

The meeting takes place at Saugatuck Congregational Church at 245 Post Road East.

For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679 or visit www.ysmenwestportweston.org.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Reuters/Zogby Poll Shows Farrell Increasing Lead Over Shays

A Reuters/Zogby poll released today shows Democratic challenger Diane Farrell increasing her lead over incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays compared to a poll a month ago.

The poll showed Farrell with 51 percent of the vote versus 43.5 percent for Shays with 4 percent not sure.

The poll was taken between Oct. 24 and Oct. 29 of at least 500 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

A poll by the same organization taken Sept. 25 to Oct. 2 showed Farrell with 46 percent and Shays 41 percent with 11 percent undecided.

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Westport Officials Confident with New Voting Machines

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Westport officials said today they are confident in the new scanner voting machines to be used to count absentee ballots in Tuesday’s election.

They spoke following a University of Connecticut report that identified possible security faults in the machines.

The report released on Tuesday said the machines—which Westport has used successfully for five years to count absentee ballots and will be used in general elections starting in November 2007—can be hacked and manipulated.

The report recommended ways to reduce the chances the machines could be compromised.

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Car Mounts Wall on Post Road East

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Westport firefighters check the scene this afternoon at 1805 Post Road East near the Fairfield town line after a car mounted a wall and struck a building. The driver declined medical treament and there was no structural damage to the building. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Going Down: 5 Pier Way Landing

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The house at 5 Pier Way Landing off of Westport’s Saugatuck Avenue was demolished today. The property was purchased in March for $2,775,000 by a neighbor who lives in a contiguous waterfront property and has no plans to replace the demolished house. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 21. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Restieri Promoted to Detective

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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l) administers the oath of office to Philip L. Restieri Jr. today in promoting the Westport police officer to detective. Restieri, a life-long Westport resident, started with the department in 1996. He is a member of the Westport Police/Fire Dive Rescue Team, Accident Investigation Unit and Westport Police Honor Guard.  He also has been a member of the Westport Volunteer E.M.S. for 20 years and is a volunteer crew chief EMT. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Max’s to Host Reception for Portraitist Burgess Russell

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The glory that is a Burgess Russell portrait is on full display until Nov. 17 in the storefront windows of Max’s Art Supplies in downtown Westport. 

On Saturday, Nov. 11,  Max’s will host a wine and cheese reception for the artist from 3-5 p.m. The public is invited.

“I’m grateful to be asked to exhibit at Max’s,” said Russell, “thanks to wonderful people like Shirley Mellor and Nina Royce who work so hard to support artists.”

Russell and her family, Westport residents for 14 years, moved to Essex in 2000. She now lives in Old Lyme, where she works fulltime on her portrait commissions and occasionally teaches at the Old Lyme Art Association.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Manitou Road

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 28 Manitou Road. The house is near Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fall Reflections

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The bright sunshine cast a reflection from the Westport Public Library on the Saugatuck River. The weather will stay sunny the next few days, but the temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s by the end of the week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)

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Skeleton Team

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Tricker or treaters along Westport’s Juniper Road tonight ran into a couple of scary characters ready to hit the road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Patty Strauss for WestportNow.com

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Poll Shows Shays Leads by Nine

A poll from Majority Watch shows that incumbent Republican Christopher Shays leads Democrat challenger Diane Farrell by nine points for the 4th Congressional District in the polls.

According to the poll, Shays has 52 percent to Farrell’s 43 percent.

During Oct. 24-26, the organization interviewed 976 people for the poll.

Constituent Dynamics, which is based in Seattle, oversees the Major Watch project, which has completed polls for 60 races across the country.

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 23-27, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 23-27, 2006:

Ralph, John and Anthony Deangelis to Colleen Osorio, 1 Jennie Lane, $735,000 WN property.jpg

Frank B. and Judith H. Muller to teoman and Leonor Dao Turut, 46 Marion Road, $1,135,000

Imperial Plaza LLC to Connecticut Light & Power Co., easement, 224 Post Road East, $119,000

Wamu Shamu LLC to Connecticut Light & Power Co., easement, 188 Post Road West, $29,400

Richard E. Voigt to Connecticut Light and Power Co., easement, 1700 Post Road East, $70,000

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Head Turner

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A Westport Halloween celebrant tonight appeared to get some attention from a figure standing watch over revelers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com

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Zoning Amendment Hearing Postponed

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The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will be considering a zoning amendment that will allow residents not to count wetlands when determining lot size, but it won’t take up the application until possibly January.

The legal notice for Thursday’s hearing and a press release said the commission will take up the application, but P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said today the matter will be opened and continued.

It remains unclear when the application will be taken up, he said, but it could be in January.

Right now, when calculating lots that do not conform to the zoning regulations, he said, wetlands and slopes are included.

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