Friday, December 11, 2009
The house at 40 Meadow View Drive in Westport’s Coleytown section was demolished today. Built in 1954, the one-story split level house had 2,042 square feet, was situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership in November 2008 at $912,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 8, 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 23 - 27, 2009:
Milton L. and Jayne Millard Clark Jr. to Roy B. Kim and Kim A. Tuttle, 117 Old Road, $786,000
Summit Saugatuck 180 LLC to Saugatuck Holding Co. LLC, 180 Saugatuck Ave., $1,100,000
Mary D. Cozza Est. to James Shaw and Libby Liu, 43 Park Lane, 17.96% interest, $115,626
Alfred D. Serrao and William Serrao to James Shaw and Libby Liu, 43 Park Lane, 82.04% interest, $528,174
The movies return to Westport beginning tonight when the Westport Country Playhouse presents a weekend of three classic holiday films. The films, to be shown through Sunday, include “A Christmas Story,” Sing-a-long “White Christmas,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney star in a sing-a-long version of the film “White Christmas” at the Westport Country Playhouse on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“A Christmas Story,” about growing up in the 1940s and wanting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, will be screened tonight at 8 p.m. The movie stars Peter Billingsley and Melinda Dillon.
A Playhouse Young Professionals Event, the evening will begin with a pre-show cocktail party in the lobby at 6:30 p.m., with appetizers from Rizzuto’s of Westport, Tito’s Handmade Vodka holiday punch, and door prizes, including the chance to win a campy Leg Lamp, as featured in the film. Tickets are $15.
Sing-a-long “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney—-and for this special sing-a-long event, the audience—-will be screened on Saturday at 8 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Transit District
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Hotspur w/ Paper Hearts, That’s The Problem, The Energy
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Film: “A Christmas Story” (Playhouse Young Professionals cocktail party begins at 6:30 p.m.)
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Inspecting Carol”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Phyllis Groner
A sellout crowd gathered at the Center’s Riverside Avenue headquarters for what was billed as a a holiday jazz party in honor of White, the loved and respected owner of Sally’s Place record shop in Westport.
The store, which she opened in 1985 at 190 Main St., has become a haven for jazz and blues music lovers and musicians as well as ordinary folks seeking to quench their musical thirst.
Before establishing the shop, White worked for 20 years at Klein’s of Westport, a Main Street landmark for 67 years before it closed in 2004. (See WestportNow April 29, 2004)
The Westport Arts Center tonight held a holiday jazz party in honor Sally White, loved and respected owner of Sally’s Place record shop in Westport – a haven for jazz and blues music lovers and musicians. She was overcome with emotion as Richard Epstein, a member of the Center’s board of directors, presented her with a “gold record” with the inscription: “The Westport Arts Center presents this Gold Record to Sally White for her dedication to perpetuating musical taste by appreciation of her Golden Ears and Golden Heart. December 10, 2009.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Westport’s Staples High School was among 16 Connecticut high schools cited for excellence in a survey released today by U.S. News and World Report.
Staples won a silver medal in the rankings, as did high schools in Weston, Wilton, Darien, New Canaan, Redding and Ridgefield. However, Greenwich did not appear on the list.
The assessment analyzed 21,786 public high schools in 48 states plus the District of Columbia.
In October, Connecticut Magazine ranked Staples No. 1 high school in the state. (See WestportNow Oct. 23, 2009).
By Dave Matlow
Fairfield County Bank will open its newly constructed Westport branch at the corner of Post Road East and Compo Road South next month and knows it has its work cut out to win community support.
The new Fairfield County Bank branch at 20 Compo Road South will open Jan. 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The branch adjacent to the town-owned Baron’s South property is scheduled to open on Jan. 11, according to Dan Berta, the bank’s executive vice president, strategic planning.
Referring to community concerns about commercial construction replacing a home on that corner, Berta said he recognizes that construction on the site was “a sensitive topic, but we delivered on our promise.”
“It was always our intent to build a building that fits into the community of which we are proud to be a part,” he said. (See WestportNow Oct. 24, 2008)
The South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (SWRMPO), the transportation policy-making organization for eight southwest Connecticut communities, today elected Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff as its vice chairman.
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (l) and New Canaan First Selectman Jeb Walker after their election as MPO officers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
At its monthly meeting in Norwalk, the group elected New Canaan First Selectman Jeb Walker chairman.
The new MPO leadership team takes over from chairman Woody Bliss, the outgoing first selectman of Weston, and Yvonne Klein, the outgoing first selectman of Darien.
The SWRMPO is composed of the chief elected officials of the cities of Norwalk and Stamford and the towns of Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
UPDATE Metro-North Railroad said today it had restored service into and out of Grand Central Terminal after an earlier problem caused loss of power in the Park Avenue Tunnel.
The suspension of service was announced shorty before 3 p.m. and the railroad said about 15 minutes later that service had been resumed.
The Westport Weston Health District said today it has seasonal flu vaccine available and has scheduled a clinic on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The clinic is open to anyone 6 months of age or older wishing to be vaccinated and there is no residency requirement, the District said. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The cost of the vaccine is $32, payable by cash or credit card. There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants. Medicare B participants must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.
The clinic is by appointment only via the District Web site.
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it has scheduled an additional H1N1 flu vaccination clinic for Monday.
It reminded parents of children under the age of 10 that a second dose, administered 28 days after the first, is recommended to provide full protection. The clinic is intended for residents of Westport and Weston who are eligible to receive H1N1 vaccine according to current guidelines.
Both the inactivated injectable formulation and the live attenuated nasal spray will be available at this clinic, the District said.
Residents must have an appointment; no walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment, visit the WWHD Web site and follow the link to the H1N1 Vaccine information page.
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