Monday, December 25, 2006
Quiet Main Street Christmas Eve
Santas Ride Through Westport’s Main Street
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Christmas Eve Beach Walk
The temperature reached 51 in the Compo Beach area of Westport today, but wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour made it feel colder. Still, the unseasonably warm weather attracted many Christmas Eve visitors to the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 20 Roseville Road
Westport officials are processing a demolition application for 20 Roseville Road just off Post Road East. The .28-acre property changed hands in September 2005 for $400,000. The three-room house, built in 1924, has 778 square feet of living space, according to town records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Hang in There
Practice makes perfect! Saturday’s sunset made a perfect backdrop for this young man practicing with his kite surfer on the sand at Westport’s Compo Beach South. The crescent moon lent a bit of enchantment to his labors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006
No events scheduled
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Today’s morning fog clouded the view of Round Pond off Westport’s Compo Road South. The forecast called for a mostly cloudy day with areas of fog and a chance of light rain or drizzle tapering off late with highs in the upper 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Calumet Road
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 8 Calumet Road while the excavator waits in the driveway. The house, built in 1940, sold in August for $655,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Before the Rain
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006
1 & 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Friday, December 22, 2006
Visitors to downtown Westport found parking in short supply today, including at the Baldwin Lot (above). The Downtown Merchants Association has proposed a plan that calls for adding additional spaces to lot and elsewhere. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
All Gone: 5 Reimer Road
Workers finished cleaning up today after demolishing the house at 5 Reimer Road, which is off of North Avenue near Bedford Middle School. The house was sold in September for approximately $1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Judge Puts Off Minute Man Hill Injunction Hearing
No further demolition can take place at 16 Minute Man Hill until a Jan. 2 court hearing on a temporary injunction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The fate of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill won’t be decided until the new year.
Stamford Superior Court Judge Taggart D. Adams today ordered no further demolition to the house until a Jan. 2 hearing can be held.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking a temporary injunction on the demolition of the house because it has found that it is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (See WestportNow Dec. 21).
Morley Boyd, Historic District Commission chairman who was present at the court proceedings, said a decision on the temporary injunction was put off until Jan. 2, and the two sides will argue their sides of the case then.
Westport Property Transfers Dec. 4-8, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 4-8, 2006:
Sterling Building & Restoration LLC to Andrew J. Phillips, 1 Darbrook Road, $2,947,500
Maureen Dunne Tumminello to Gerard R. Gaspel and Marina Shimshi, 15 Partrick Lane, $740,000
John E. Hyatt to William Singer and Margaret E. Haering, 18 Roosevelt Road, $1,100,000
M. Frederik and Stephanie Martenson to Beth Nicoll-White and Lori Nicoll, 169 Imperial Ave., $770,000
Saugatuck Church Hosts Christmas Feast
Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church will host its annual Christmas Community Feast on Monday.
The event starts at 12:30 p.m. at the church, 245 Post Road East.
In addition to dinner, there will be music and Santa Claus will visit.
Winter on the Saugatuck
Warmer temperatures through the last few weeks made it hard to believe Thursday was the first day of winter in Westport. Rain moves into the area today and Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, Dec. 22, 2006
Town Hall Closed
2 & 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
P&Z Approves Longshore Lease
The Planning and Zoning Commission tonight approved an extension of the town lease with Longshore Associates of Westport to run the Inn at Longshore. It was the final approval needed for the new lease.
Westport’s Inn at Longshore will remain in the hands of the current tenant at least until 2019. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo/Dave Matlow
The extension is for 10 years beyond the current lease, which still has two years remaining. There is an option for Longshore Associates to renew twice for five additional years each time.
During tonight’s public hearing, several neighbors spoke about issues of music from the Inn and it being too loud.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Westport’s town employees and various elected and appointed officials gathered at the Center for Senior Activities this afternoon for a holiday gettogether that included cookies and coffee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Trust Seeks Injunction on Rudolph House Demolition
There was a flurry of activity at the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill this afternoon after reports came in to the Westport Building Department that wrecking crews were on site.
The Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill shows signs of structural damage today—a support pillar (r) was cracked—although the town has yet to issue a demolition permit. A wall at the edge of the driveway was also smashed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A demolition permit has not been issued by building officials, and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will be seeking a temporary injunction on the demolition during a court hearing on Friday.
Workers were at the house around 4 p.m. with a small bulldozer, but an official with the crew who did not identify himself said the house was not going to be demolished today and would not be until no sooner than early next week.
Fire Inspector Nate Gibbons arrived at the scene at around 4 p.m. and later said an outside wall had been knocked down but no demolition work had been done to the house.
No Shoplifting Reported This Holiday Season
No larcenies have been reported to Westport police from downtown merchants, and a police presence may be a deterrent.
Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said today he has not seen any reports of larcenies this holiday season, but there is a possibility of them still happening.
The large chain retailers most times are required to call the company’s security department before calling police, he said.
A police presence downtown may be why there are no reported larcenies, he said.
The Other Side of the Camera
Larry Untermeyer, WestportNow contributing photographer, took a moment to adjust his grandson Andrew’s tie before the Coleytown Middle School Camerata concert at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Miller for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach was quiet Wednesday as temperatures turned colder on the last day of fall. Today will be cloudy with a high about 50 as winter officially arrives at 7:22 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006
3-5 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Town Holiday Celebration
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Police Seek Spa Robber
A man wearing a mask and showing a knife robbed the Born of Earth Spa on Westport’s Post Road West tonight, police said.
No one was injured in the robbery at about 6:15 p.m. at the spa at 372 Post Road West, according to detectives.
The robber, described as a heavy set black man, escaped with an undetermined amount of cash from the register, police said.
There were no injuries among customers and employees, police said.Page 1310 of 1650 pages
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