Saturday, September 05, 2009
The last stamp was sold, the last package mailed, and a few Saugatuck postmarks stamped today as the Saugatuck Post Office ended an almost 60-year run at 611 Riverside Ave. The sign on the door says “R.I.P.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck Post Office employee E.J. Butner stamped some final postcards with the Saugatuck Station postmark today for several customers who wanted a memento. The station closed after almost 60 years at the same location. The Postal Service said it will be seeking a new facility in the area and meanwhile has moved the postal boxes to 20 Saugatuck Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Lifelong Westport resident David Anastasia expressed his disappointment today at yet another closing in the Saugatuck neighborhood as the Saugatuck Post Office locked its doors for the final time. He grew up on Franklin Street in the Saugatuck neighborhood. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Shoppers on Westport’s Main Street today had a chance to enter a raffle sponsored by the Westport Rotary Club. Westporters Kelle and Jeff Ruden were the first to purchase raffle tickets in front of the Vineyard Vines store. The Westport Rotary Club Foundation will pick winners of the three prizes on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Concours d’Elegance antique auto show at the Fairfield Hunt Club. The funds generated by the raffle support no-profit organizations in Westport and surrounding communities. Raffle tickets will be sold on Main Street again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house at 13 Hillandale Road is among eight winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2009 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The HDC said it is honoring owners Peter and Stephanie Durette in recognition of the extensive restoration and rehabilitation of this turn-of-the-century picturesque vernacular house known as the George Fairchild, Jr. House c.1906. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Video Game Tournament
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In a story in Saturday’ edition headlined “Somebody’s Watching ... and Ready to Sue,” The New York Times focuses on a Westport dispute over a stone wall on North Avenue that has cost its owner $150,000 in legal fees—so far.
This stone wall at North Avenue and Northside Lane is the subject of the costly dispute. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“How and when the story ends is still unclear,” the Times said. “But the dispute opens a window into life in a wealthy suburb, where neighbors have enough money to fight for years over an issue that may have been quickly resolved in a less well-off town.”
The wall belongs to Albert and Susan Hancock and was erected in 2005 at a cost of $170,000. Since then, the newspaper said, they have spent $50,000 on inspections and modifications.
Other players include the Town of Westport, which says the wall encroaches on town property and was built without all the necessary permits, and neighbors Jeffrey and Elizabeth Lillien, the Times said.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Elliott Landon: “Fully supportive” of students hearing address. Dave Matlow/WN file photoStudents in Westport public schools will be able to see and hear President Obama’s address to the nation’s schoolchildren on Tuesday, according to Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon.
In an e-mail message to parents today, Landon said he was “pleased that the President of the United States will be taking time from his busy schedule to deliver this important message to our students.”
He said that administrators and teachers would integrate the speech in classroom instruction as they deem best.
The White House has said that the president’s address is intended to be an inspirational, pro-education message to all students at the beginning of the school year.
Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (at podium) praises Terry Dunn (l) prior to Dunn’s promotional swearing in today to inspector by First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. Dunn joined the department in 2003 and fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Inspector Timothy Chalfant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Fire Department today added four new firefighters to fill slots opened by retirements and two firefighters who resigned. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff congratulated the men after swearing them in at a fire headquarters ceremony. They are (l-r) Sean McGuire, Peter Chila, Christopher Carroll, and Justin Harelik. McGuire is son of former Westport Fire Chief Ron McGuire. In addition firefighter Terry Dunn was sworn in as a new inspector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
On the day before the U.S. Postal Service is set to close the Saugatuck Post Office, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today he had been informed that plans are in the works to relocate Westport’s main post office as well.
Richard H. Girouard, property manager for the Saugatuck Post Office building, explains the history of the post office tenancy today to (l-r) Congressman Jim Himes, Judy Starr, Representative Town Meeting member, and Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“I’ve been told by a Postal Service representative that the Service wants to find a smaller building and one with better parking,” he told reporters outside the Saugatuck station. “This news on top of Saugatuck’s closing leaves us asking a lot of questions.”
He said he would be meeting with a Postal Service official next week to learn more about the Service’s plans for the main post office.
Joseloff invited Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) to join him at the Saugatuck facility after they both failed to get a response from Postmaster General John E. Potter to their requests to explain in detail what led up to Saturday’s scheduled Saugatuck closing.
Congressman Jim Himes (l) (D-4) talks to a patron at Westport’s Saugatuck Post Office today as Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (c) confers with the building’s property manager. Joseloff invited Himes to join him at the post office, which is scheduled to shut down at close of business on Saturday. Both officials said there appeared to a lack of communication by the U.S. Postal Service about building-related maintenance issues which the Service said led to the shutdown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A two-vehicle crash early today involving a car and tractor-trailer on I-95 northbound near Exit 17 in Westport had Westport firefighters fearing the worst but then shaking their heads. About 48 hours after a 21-year-old Norwalk woman died in a similar crash in the same construction area, they found that a driver of a Mitsubishi Galant apparently walked away from this crash with minor injuries, said Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. Only an hour earlier, there had been a two-vehicle crash in the same area resulting in one person being transported to the hospital, he said.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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