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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Old Town Hall Hosts LWV Tag Sale on Friday & Saturday Image
The 26th annual tag sale of the League of Women Voters of Westport will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Old Town Hall, 90 Post Road East, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The historic site, formerly occupied by TD Banknorth, is generously being provided for the event by the new owners of the property, Robert and Julie Haroun of SIR Development LLC and Westport Residential.The two-day sale will feature a wide variety of donated “treasures.” Proceeds from the fund-raiser will help the League’s community and educational programs. Pictured are (l-r) Ellie Lowenstein, tag sale co-chair, Robert M. Haroun, Julie Haroun and Karen Curtis, tag sale co-chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Casting Set for Playhouse’s “Dinner With Friends”

The Westport Country Plahouse has announced casting for its production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama, “Dinner With Friends,” written by Connecticut resident Donald Margulies and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, playing June 1 through June Image
Having “Dinner With Friends” are (l-r) playwright Donald Margulies cast members Mary Bacon, David Aaron Baker, Jenna Stern, Steven Skybell; and director David Kennedy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kathleen O’Rourke

The cast is comprised of David Aaron Baker as Tom, Mary Bacon as Beth, Steven Skybell as Gabe and Jenna Stern as Karen. 

Baker appeared in “All My Sons” at Westport Country Playhouse in 2003. On Broadway, he was in “A Raisin in the Sun,” “The Rainmaker,” “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Abe Lincoln in Illinois.”

Bacon was in “Children” at Westport Country Playhouse last season. On Broadway, she was seen in Tom Stoppard’s “Rock N’ Roll,” and off-Broadway in “Happy Now?”  Skybell’s work on Broadway includes “Pal Joey,” “Wicked,” “The Full Monty,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Ah, Wilderness.” 

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RTM Says Yes to Conservation, No to Assessor

By James Lomuscio

In the final round of Representative Town Meeting (RTM) budget hearings Monday night and early today, the legislative body said yes to restoring $30,000 to the Conservation Department and no to restoring $44,000 to the Assessor’s office.

It set the municipal budget at $63.12 million, making overall Westport expenses including the Board of Education budget more than $173.72 million for 2010-2011.

By a vote of 28 to 5 in favor of the Conservation Department restoration, the RTM overturned its vote last week which was not to restore that amount to retain all five members of the department.

The vote came after the RTM voted by the same 28 to 5 margin to reconsider its previous vote in light of what was considered new evidence presented by department boosters who argued that preserving the town’s environment was priceless.

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The chairs at Westport’s Longshore Club Park provide a front row seat to the beauty of Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Zoning Citation Hearing
11 a.m. – Staples High School, Room 1025C – Health & Wellness/Food Service Advisory Committee
6:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: “West Point’s View on Afghanistan”

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Monday, May 10, 2010

New at Police HQ: ‘Friendly’ Lobby Window, Reduced Hours

By James Lomuscio

Westporters who had to go to the Police Department today to pay for parking tickets, railroad parking permits or to get copies of accident reports found their visits less foreboding, to hear Deputy Chief Dale E. Call tell Image
Deputy Chief Dale E. Call: “It’s more customer friendly.” Dave Matlow for

Gone were the days when when the public would have to make inquiries to an officer behind dark glass before heading to an elevator to the second floor.

“It’s more customer friendly,” Call said about the new window that opened on the first floor lobby for ticket payments and report requests. “That’s the primary reason. And, it’s a more a efficient way to do business.”

Also in the name of efficiency and in response to departmental budget cuts, the number of hours the window is open will be reduced effective Monday, May 17.

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Making Progress on Saugatuck Center Image
Most of the debris from buildings and the Gault oil tank were cleaned up today at the site of the new Saugatuck Center development on Westport’s Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Driver Injured in Greens Farms Road Crash Dies

A 70-year-old Westport man seriously injured April 29 in a two-car crash on Greens Farms Road caused by a dog jumping into a driver’s lap has died, a police spokesman said today. Image
The driver of a red Acura involved in the April 29 crash on Greens Farms Road died of his injuries on Sunday at Norwalk Hospital, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Geoffrey W. Reynolds of Compo Road South succumbed to his injuries Sunday at Norwalk Hospital, police said. He had been hospitalized with severe leg injuries. said Sergeant Arthur Belile.

The other driver, Brian Taplinger, 21, of Westport, was treated at the hospital and later released. Police would not say whether any charges would be filed.

Paplinger told investigators he swerved his 2005 Volvo into the oncoming lane, striking a 1990 Acura driven by Reynolds head-on after his dog jumped into his lap. The dog, a Staffordshire terrier, was seriously injured and later had to be put down due to an extreme spinal injury, police said. (See WestportNow April 29, 2010)


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Honoring Our Heritage: 41 Old Road Image
Robin Kallman-Hoving and her family are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 41 Old Road as the Backiel House, built in 1910 by John S. Backiel. The Kallman-Hoving family purchased the house in 2006 and received a Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Award in 2009.  “In a neighborhood that has seen a number of demolitions of older homes, the Backiel House now serves as an example of how an older house can regain its charm by returning the architecture to its beginnings,” the commission said in its commendation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for


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Determined Fishermen Image
Despite gusting winds and temperatures that felt in the 30s, some fishermen tried their luck Sunday on a jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Monday, May 10, 2010

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
1:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - League of Women Voters: “How Wetlands and Other Environmental Factors Impact Land Use in Westport.”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Laurie Sandell

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Hall-Brooke Best in Show Winner Image
Hall-Brooke Best of Show winner Lynn Stephens Massey stands next to her winning artwork with Jonathan Florez, of Jerry’s Artarama who presented her with a $250 gift certificate, in addition to $500 cash prize, underwritten by Judy Point Charitable Trust and People’s United Bank. More than 400 people attended the eighth annual Friends of Hall-Brooke Art Show & Sale this weekend. Proceeds from the show support the efforts of the Friends, a volunteer group, that works to de-stigmatize mental illness through community outreach and education. Last year’s show enabled the Friends to purchase two defibrillators for the hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julie O’Connor for


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