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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Clean Up Continues

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Westport Public Works employees were working throughout town today, including on River Lane, clean up debris from the March 13-14 nor’easter. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said the town has told state officials it had more than $1.1 million in expenses, losses, and cost to individual property owners not reimbursable by insurance. Federal officials will evaluate the state’s request for federal disaster financial assistance.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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The Way We Were: Documentary Captures Westport in the 50s

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The Westport Public Library on Tuesday, April 6 at 2 p.m. will host the debut showing of “The End of an Era—Westport in the 1950s,” a documentary by Westport filmmaker Chuck Tannen. The film will also be shown on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Both showings are in the library’s McManus Room. Much of the documentary was taped last October in the Compo Barber Shop (see WestportNow Oct. 11, 2009) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Y’s Men Travel to Capitol

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The Y’s Men of Westport Weston recently traveled to Hartford to meet with state Senator Toni Boucher (c) and other legislative leaders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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03/23/10 06:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stormy Compo

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The skies were dark over Compo on Monday as storm clouds rolled in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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03/23/10 03:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Beyond Reproach: Author Gordon on the Astors

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Meryl Gordon: recounts inside view of the lives of the rich and famous. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Meryl Gordon, author of “Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach,” held a rapt audience at Westport’s Unitarian Church on Monday, discussing the trial and conviction of Tony Marshall, son of the more than 100-year-old socialite and philanthropist, Lady Brooke Astor.

The book choreographs how the grandson of Brooke Astor, Philip Marshall, sued his father for neglecting to properly care for his grandmother. Astor died at 105 in 2007.

Gordon, who spent five months covering the trial of Marshall, 84, for Vanity Fair magazine, interviewed more than 230 people for the book, the likes of which included Nancy Reagan and Henry Kissinger.

According to Gordon, the story began when Astor set up her will to state that when her heir Tony died, all of the inheritance would go to charity, not his wife, Charlene. Wanting to protect his wife, Tony Marshall began to take over his mother’s estate while she was in a diminished capacity.

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Town Begins Annual Pavement Program

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town has started its annual pavement management program.

“In order to beat the heavy seasonal beach traffic, the Department of Public Works has started its annual paving project with the reconstruction of Compo Beach Road,” said Edwards. (See WestportNow March 22, 2010)

“Because of the age and condition of the pavement, the road surface will receive a full depth reclamation which will require that two to three inches of pavement be removed and the remaining two to four inches of asphalt will be mixed with the road base to strengthen the base.”

Some minor drainage work and sidewalk improvements will be completed, he said.The new surface will then be graded to drain properly, rolled and prepared for the new asphalt surface. 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Danbury Ave.

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An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 12 Danbury Ave. in Westport’s Compo Beach area.  Built in 1920, the one-story bungalow has 1,248 square feet and is situated on a 0.11-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Schools Adjust Calendar Because of Storm

The Westport school calendar has been adjusted because of three missed days of school caused by last week’s storm.

The changes, approved Monday night by the Board of Education, provide that Thursday, April 1 will be a full instructional day for all students and teachers.

It had previously been scheduled as a staff development day with no students in school.

The last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 23, and a professional development day for all teachers and administrators will be held on Thursday, June 24.

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A Walk in the Compo Fog

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The early morning fog did not stop this trio at Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Series on Sustainable Living: “Permaculture,” Andrew Faust
7 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Building Conference Room – Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Formal Budget Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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RTC Hosts Gubernatorial Hopefuls

By James Lomuscio

They talked of swelling deficits, the need to trim the state’s bloated and inefficient workforce, projected state pensions for which there is no money, and the fact that the Connecticut is seen as anti-business.WestportNow.com Image
Six GOP gubernatorial hopefuls pose at Town Hall tonight with a Westport host. They are (l-r) Michael Fedele, Tom Foley, Lawrence DeNardis, Joseph Vecchiarino, Tom Marsh, Nelson Greibel, and Mark Boughton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

In fact, the six Republican candidates for governor who gathered in the Westport Town Hall auditorium tonight described such a stormy time ahead, one wondered why any of them would want the job in the first place.

“I think they have the courage to step up during a crisis and to show their leadership,” said Dr. Joseph Vecchiarino, gubernatorial forum chairman for the Westport Republican Town Committee.

The RTC event brought about 35 residents to meet and hear the candidates: Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele; Thomas Foley, the former U.S. ambassador to Ireland; Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury; former U.S. Rep. Lawrence J. DeNardis; Chester First Selectman Tom Marsh; and Simsbury businessman R. Nelson “Oz” Greibel.

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Bows for “Harvey”

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Cast members take a bow tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse following readings of the play “Harvey,” the 1945 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama written by the American playwright Mary Chase.  Marylouise Burke (5th l), a last day replacement for Jayne Atkinson, who was originally scheduled to read the role of Veta Louise Simmons, was a particular audience favorite. Theatergoers twice interrupted the show with applause directed to Burke for her creatively humorous delivery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Power Outages Hit Westport

UPDATE Three days after full power was restored to Westporters after the March 13-14 nor’easter, Connecticut Light & Power Company said hundreds of Westport customers were in the dark tonight for a brief period from new outages.

CL&P said at 10 p.m., 824 Westport customers were without power, or about 7 percent of all customers. By midnight all but three had power back.

The outages came as heavy rains pelted the area tonight.

Some of the outages occurred in the Kings Highway North and Old Hill Farms Road area, where there was extensive damage to power lines during the earlier storm.

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Ethics Board Okays $10K to Probe Bernhard’s $250 Gifts

The state’s ethics board today approved spending up to $10,000 for an outside attorney to look into three prohibited campaign contributions for $250 that led board Chairman Kenneth Bernhard, a Westport attorney, to resign March 4, The Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch blog reported.

Lawyer Jill Hartley of Hartford, once special counsel to the former State Ethics Commission, will be paid $295 an hour under a personal services agreement approved by the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board in a 5-1 vote, Capital Watch said. Hartley’s paralegal would make $110 an hour under the agreement that extends to June 30.

Hartley also would recommend the amount of any fine that might be imposed on Bernhard, a former Republican state legislator from Westport who resigned after acknowledging he made the contributions. (See WestportNow March 4, 2010)

In looking for an outside lawyer, board members have said they want to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest that might arise if they handled the case of their former colleague themselves. 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Promised Road

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 6 Promised Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. Built in 1939, the one-story ranch has 624 square feet and is situated on a .05-acre lot. Ownership changed hands in June 2009 for $310,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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