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Friday, December 11, 2009

Going Down: 40 Meadow View Drive

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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

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 23 - 27, 2009

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, $786,000WN property.jpg

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

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Movies Back in Westport for Holidays

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.”WestportNow.com Image
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.

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Riding the Wind and Waves

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach rides the wind and waves during this week’s high winds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Season’s Greetings

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A home on Westport’s Park Lane is decked out in Christmas motif. Got a picture of holiday lights you want to share with WestportNow readers? Send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 11, 2009


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

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Arts Center Love Fest for Sally White

By Phyllis Groner

There was a Sally White love fest tonight at the Westport Arts Center.WestportNow.com Image
Sally White greets friends at the Westport Arts Center tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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)

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Honoring a Westport Music Legend

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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

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Staples Among 16 State High Schools Cited for Excellence

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).

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Comings and Goings: New Bank Branch to Open Jan. 11

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.WestportNow.com Image
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

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Planning Organization Elects Joseloff Vice Chairman

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.WestportNow.com Image
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.

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Metro-North Suspends Service to Grand Central Terminal

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.

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Seasonal Flu Clinic Scheduled for Dec. 17

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.

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Health District Taking H1N1 Flu Clinic Appointments

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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Seeking Main Street Memories

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A team of volunteers from the Westport Historical Society is constructing the commercial history of pre-1970s Main Street and is seeking help from the public. The committee is seeking photos or video of Westport’s Main Street of that era (such as the picture postcard above). Those with materials they would be willing to loan to the Historical Society are asked to contact Miggs Burroughs at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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