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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Westport Employees Mourn Death of Henry Z. Steinway

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Barbara Oligino, manager of the Steinway store on Post Road East in Westport, was among Steinway employees today mourning the death of Henry Z. Steinway (inset), a great-grandson of the founder of the legendary piano-making company. He died Thursday in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 93. Oligino, who knew Steinway for more than 30 years, said, “He had more integrity than anyone I’ve ever known, had wonderful business acumen, was the same whether he spoke to princes or workers and was very affectionate.” She said he often visited the Westport store—one of only four in the United States directly owned by the company—with his wife Polly on his many trips to their home in Vermont. Steinway was actively involved with the company up to the time of his death, maintaining an office at Steinway Hall in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and courtesy of Steinway & Sons

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Wreckers Edge McMahon 1-0

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Rem Woodhull (r) made the most of his first varsity start for Staples. The senior attacker helped spark the Wreckers against Norwalk’s Brien McMahon. Greg Gudis (l) got the only goal in a 1-0 victory. It was the Wreckers’ fourth straight win. They host Danbury Monday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 1 - 5, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 1 - 5, 2008:

Jay and Alison Bernstein to Leslie Eisen and Jay M. Kirkorsky, 30 Cross Highway, $2,150,000 WN property.jpg

Gregory F. and Amy Sargeant Lang to Kipp and Alice Marie Marcus, 26 Maple Ave. North, $745,000

Sandra R. Sears to Coastal 31 Webb LLC, 31 Webb Road, $925,000

Miriam Bakker to Aaron T. Pisacane and Sharon Levin, 37 Imperial Ave., $920,000

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Boat Needed for Burying Hill Entry

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The tide was so high at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach today that a boat would have been more appropriate for entry than an auto. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Concours d’Elegance to Feature 200 Vehicles

The Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club this weekend presents 100 years of significant motor vehicles.WestportNow.com Image
The grand prize winner in last year’s show was this 1931 Duesenberg. Event co-founders Bill Scheffler (l) and John Shuck looked over the car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The concours, in its fifth year, will host 200 vehicles on display.

Saturday’s main event is the Nutmeg Tour for Autism, a caravan of about 50 vintage vehicles through the roads of Fairfield, Southport and Westport.

The tour starts from the Fairfield County Hunt Club at approximately 1 p.m. and returns to the Hall-Brooke facility at approximately 4 p.m. Click here for route.

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Westport Hosts Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival

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The Westport Downtown Merchants Association this weekend presents the first annual Blues, Views and BBQ festival in Westport.

The Saturday and Sunday event will take place at the Levitt Pavilion and the Imperial Avenue parking lot where there will be a barbecue competition.

Entry to the festival will be through the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Admission is $5, $3 for students and free for children younger than 5.

Music runs Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (203) 227-3887 or visit the festival Web site for more information.

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HomeGoods Debuts Sunday on Post Road East

By Dave Matlow

HomeGoods, an off-price store dedicated to home fashions, will open its doors to customers at 8 a.m. on Sunday on Westport’s Post Road East near the Fairfield town line.WestportNow.com Image
HomeGoods opens Sunday on Post Road East near the Fairfield line in space formerly occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The opening of the 37,000-square-foot store in space formerly occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us is the second major retailing boost to Westport’s economy in a month. A similar-sized Crate & Barrel opened Aug. 21 a short distance away. (See WestportNow Aug. 21, 2008)

Established in 1992, HomeGoods is owned by Framingham, Mass.-based TJX Companies, which also owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other branded stores. 

The store located at Westport Plaza on Post Road near Bulkley Avenue is one of the three largest stores in the HomeGoods company which has outlets in more than 300 locations.

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Saugatuck Bird’s Eye View

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The William F. Cribari Bridge over the Saugatuck River as seen in this bird’s eye view on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 19, 2008


9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Among Criminals w/Jer Coons, Koala Ninjas, Hugo, Ethan Rothstein
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Friday Family Campfire: Sing-along

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Pizza Party

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Westporter Pete Romano hosted an old time neighborhood pizza party this evening for almost 100 community friends and neighbors in the plaza adjacent to his Land-Tech Consulting offices on Franklin Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Two Photo Exhibits Open Sunday at Historical Society

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“Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists” featuring Lynsey Addario, Miggs Burroughs, Sandi Haber Fifield, N. W. Gibbons, Niki Ketchman and Stephen Wilkes opens Sunday at the Westport Historical Society with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Shown hanging Wilkes’ spectacular photograph, “In Every Disaster, There’s a Bit of Grace, if You Can Find It,” taken following the Katrina disaster, are (l-r) Bryan Liscinsky (Wilkes’ assistant), Stephen Wilkes and Larry Silver, the exhibit curator. The exhibit is one of two events opening Sunday—the other is a collection of photographs published on WestportNow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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History in the Making via WestportNow

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More than 100 photographs that have appeared on WestportNow.com since its inception in 2003 line the walls of the Little Gallery at the Westport Historical Society. The exhibit, titled “WestportNow Photographers: The Best from the Best,” curated by Larry Untermeyer,  a WestportNow contributing photographer, opens Sunday with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to serving as an outlet for daily news and information, WestportNow provides an important link to home for Westporters scattered throughout the world and is a means of archiving and preserving current events for use by future generations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Busy Saugatuck

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Things were busy along the Saugatuck River in Westport on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 17, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Technology Talk: the Future of Technology in the Library by Prof. Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Arthur Levitt Sees More Regulation of Financial Systems

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Westporter Arthur Levitt, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1993 to 2001, told a Westport audience tonight that despite turmoil in the markets and continuing fallout from real estate, he remains an optimist. There will be a resurgence of good news, he said, but there must be more transparency in investment banking, hedge funds, private equity funds and in listed companies. Levitt, who addressed the Temple Israel Men’s Club, said the market tumult will result in more regulation of the financial systems and greater oversight of the regulators by Congress. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Author Judith Marks-White Writes of NY Dating Scene

By Phyllis Groner

Judith Marks-White, longtime Westporter and prize-winning local newspaper humor columnist, spoke today at the Westport Public Library about her latest book, “Bachelor Degree,” which brings to life the super-sophisticate New York dating scene.WestportNow.com Image
Columnist and author Judith Marks-White addressed a Westport Public Library audience today about her latest book, “Bachelor Degree.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“I write every day for hours and hours,” she said.“I don’t write at home. I write in restaurants. That way I can see people but not have to interact. 

“I generally go to V’s. They give me a table and keep people away…I take home what I have written and then transfer it to what I have. I rarely discard anything I have written at the restaurant.”

Marks-White said she becomes very involved in her characters’ lives.

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Mercedes Donated to Rotary for Auction on Sunday

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A charitable Westport woman, Mathiesen Dagny, who has resided on Westport’s Saugatuck Shores since 1965, has donated her 1977 Mercedes Benz 300D to the Westport Rotary Club Foundation to be auctioned on Sunday at the Concours d’Elegance charity antique auto show at the Fairfield Hunt Club. The proceeds from the sale are distributed to not-for-profit partners in the greater Westport area. Viveka Kjellgren (l), the Rotary Club president, picked up the car and had it waxed and detailed at Westport Wash and Wax—another charitable gift by Craig Tiefenthaler, co-owner of the business on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Practice, Practice

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Some rowers at Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club got in some practice Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Judith Marks-White, “Bachelor Degree”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Alpha Prep - “An Insiders Guide”
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Library, Art, & Museum Committee

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RTM Grants Tax Relief to Yacht Club

By a 15-12 vote, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight authorized the granting of about $80,000 in annual tax relief to the Cedar Point Yacht Club by classifying some of its land as open space.

Representatives of Cedar Point argued that the club, located on Saugatuck Shores, was only exercising its right to apply for the relief under state statute, just as other Westport landowners had done.

Opponents said with the nation’s economy in turmoil—especially this week—this was not the time to be granting such relief, even though others had received it.

The newly adopted Town Plan of Conservation and Development had recommended that the town’s legislative body approve classifying the club as having open space eligible to be assessed at a lower rate.

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Preservation Award Winner: 113 Cross Highway

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WestportNow presents the 10th and final installment in a series of photos of the 10 winners of the Historic District Commission 2008 Preservation Awards to be handed out in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, which is open to the public. A widely watched restoration in town, the complex of structures at 113 Cross Highway is owned by Michael and Kim Ronemus. In granting the award, HDC officials said, “This award is being given in recognition of your extensive restoration of the William Meeker House (c. 1830) and outbuildings. During the past two years, Westporters have followed your permit odyssey with the hope that you and the town could reach a resolution. The outcome exceeded expectations, with the impressive restoration of your 19th century farmhouse, and as a driving force for new zoning regulations that allow for the adaptive re-use of antique outbuildings.Thanks to your perseverance, other owners of historic properties will be able to make applications for the conversion and use of their historic houses and outbuildings for generations to come.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Town Completes Longshore Sailing Safety Review

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that the town has completed a review of safety procedures at the privately-owned Longshore Sailing School, which operates under a town lease.

The first selectman ordered the review following the Aug. 26 tragic death of Alexandra Vitale, 3, who was in a Hobie Cat near Cockenoe Island when it was overturned by a gust of wind. Two cousins and an instructor were rescued safely.

Joseloff said while the school has had an excellent safety record in its more than 30 years of operation at Longshore, the review had identified a number of areas of operation where the town was making recommendations for improvements.

“The police investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to cite the specifics of our recommendations while that is under way,” he said.

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Playhouse Fundraiser Grosses $1.4 Million

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The Westport Country Playhouse said today its Monday night gala grossed $1.4 million that will be used to further its artistic and educational programming. Playhouse employees and supporters posed with star guests at the gala show, “Footlights and Film: A Celebration of the Great Musicals from Stage and Screen.” It was hosted by Julia Roberts and featuring a special tribute to Angela Lansbury presented by Bernadette Peters. Pictured are: (seated l-r) Angela Lansbury, honoree; Joanne Woodward, Playhouse artistic director; (standing l-r) Suzanne and Bob Wright, honorees; Jeffrey Kindler and Sharon Sullivan, gala co-chairs; Bernadette Peters; Julia Roberts; Anne Keefe, Playhouse artistic director; Laurie Lister, gala co-chair; Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, Playhouse managing director; Judd Burstein, gala co-chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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P&Z Considers Amendment on Walls and Fences

The Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday will consider a zoning amendment that will require fences and walls to be at least seven feet from the edge of the travel portion of a street.

Currently, there is no minimum distance, according to Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley.

The town’s Public Works Department requested the change.

“This amendment will have a positive impact on public safety and also help with roadway maintenance and snow removal,” said Dan Delehanty, town engineer.

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Going Down: 31 Reichert Circle

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Neighborhood youngsters watched at 31 Reichert Circle, off Cross Highway as it was demolished. Built in 1950, the 1,242-square-foot, one-story ranch was located on a one-third-acre lot and changed ownership last month at $580,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 26, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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