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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Climbing in the Rain

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The rain didn’t keep children away from Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday as schools were off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The rain is supposed to end by today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Code Enforcement Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss: “Behind the Scenes”
4:15 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Art Factory Winter 2007 Workshop Series
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Information Technology Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Public hearing on proposed 2007-08 budget
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)

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Talking Transportation: Value Pricing Our Highways

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Tired of sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic on I-95 and the Merritt?  Well, esteemed economist Milton Friedman has the answer.

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Almost a decade ago, Friedman realized that traffic congestion was just a matter of supply and demand: too much demand and not enough supply.While some have suggested expanding the supply of roadways by double-decking I-95 or widening the Merritt Parkway, a simpler (and less costly) solution seems to be in managing the demand using “value pricing.”

Today, when we drive on highways at rush hour it costs us no more than if we drive off-peak. That is wrong. The value derived from being able to cruise (or crawl) on I-95 in morning rush hour is much higher, and should be priced accordingly.

Consider the other services we consume that offer off-peak pricing. Go to a movie on a Saturday night and you’ll pay more than on a weekday afternoon. Take a flight on a busy holiday weekend, when everyone else wants to fly, and you’ll pay more.  Even Metro-North offers peak and off-peak (reduced) fares. So too should our highways.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Westport Property Transfers Jan. 1-5, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 1-5, 2007:

Daniel D. and Dana Klein to Alexander T. and Lisa Setten, 27 Reichert Circle, $650,000WN property.jpg

Fairport Development LLC to Benanav Family Trust, 11 Poplar Plains Road, $865,000

Katherina L. Mard aka Katherina L. Spedero to Ryan and Jennifer Driscoll, 11 High St., $631,000

Andrew and Catherine Hardy to Bernard P. Roesch and Dorothy E. Curran, 36 Cross Highway, $1,425,000

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Family Y Sets Wednesday Forum on Mahackeno

The Westport Weston Family Y will present a forum on the future of the Family Y on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Bedford Room of its facility at 59 Post Road East.

The event will provide an opportunity for the Family Y to share with its members, and the Westport and Weston communities at large, its plans to build a new facility on its 32-acre property at Mahackeno, a news release said. It will also offer attendees a chance to inquire about the project.

The Family Y is currently in the permitting process for the new facility and last month announced that it has negotiated the sale of its existing facility to local developers but will remain in the building for three to five years. (See WestportNow Dec. 12, 2006)

“Through this process, we are learning that there are a lot of questions about the future of the Family Y, and, in fact, some misinformation that we’d like to correct,” said Family Y CEO Helene Weir.  “We decided to invite all interested parties to come in and learn first hand what we’re planning, and to share their thoughts and concerns with us.”

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rachel Wolfe, 6, (l) and Mae Fleischman, 5, work on crafts at the Westport Historical Society today. The society sponsored a kids’ activity day with children ages 5 through 11, who were off from school today, to work on a number of crafts commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Included in the crafts were freedom badges. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Pavilion Sponsors “Midnight in Marrakech”

The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion group has sent out 2,000 invitations to its Feb. 9 fund-raiser.

The “Midnight in Marrakech” event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Westport’s Inn at Longshore.

Soul Street, a New York City dance band, will perform.

The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a dinner buffet, live and silent auctions.

For more information or tickets, call (203) 226-7600 or visit www.levittpavilion.com.

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Library to Show “Glory” in Periscope Series

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The Westport Public Library will show the film “Glory” on Sunday at 2 p.m. in its Periscope Film Series.

The film depicts the role of black soldiers during the Civil War and won three Academy Awards, including best supporting actor for Denzel Washington.

Martin Haas, Adelphi University History Department chairman, will introduce the film and lead a discussion about it following the showing.

The Periscope Film Series looks at how defining events in American history shaped and changed Hollywood films. The series will continue with “Born on the Fourth of July” on Feb. 4 and “Thelma and Louise” on March 4. 

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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Staples Football Team Honors Departing Seniors

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Westport’s Staples High School held its annual football team banquet Sunday night with former Staples star quarterback Mac DeVito as the guest speaker. DeVito, a 1998 Staples grad, went on to become a star player at Temple University. The event, at Norwalk’s Continental Manor, honored departing senior players, cheerleaders and their families. DeVito’s father, Dan, is to his son’s left with Coach Marce Petroccio. Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Another Rainy Day

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The rain continued to fall in Westport on Sunday, and more rain is expected today. The rain will push out by Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Jan. 15, 2007


Town Hall Closed
Westport Schools Closed
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Workshops: Imagination Illustrations

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Side by Side for 35 Years

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“Appetizers to Desserts,” piano duets performed by Fairfield County residents Sandra Shaw Murphy (l) and Rita Lapcevic, delighted an audience of more than 100 today at the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room. The two performers, who have have played together for more than 35 years, presented a program that ranged from Moszkowski to Mozart to J. Brahms to Bizet and more. They finished up with Cole Porter and an encore from LeRoy Anderson.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Musical Hands

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The Westport Public Library today presented a program of piano duets by Fairfield County residents Sandra Shaw Murphy (l. hands) and Rita Lapcevic. The two performers have played together for more than 35 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sparky Lyle Appears at Legends of the Game

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Former New York Yankees pitcher Sparky Lyle, 62, signs a copy of “Bronx Zoo,” which he authored, for Rob Morton, of Monroe, today at Westport’s Legends of the Game. Lyle was with the Yankees from 1972 through 1978 and was the American League Cy Young winner in 1977 with a 2.13 earned run average. In addition to the Yankees, he played for the Red Sox, Phillies and Rangers during his 16-year career. His career ERA is 2.17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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School Officials Not Concerned with Budget Deficit

By Jennifer Connic

The current school budget has a $171,000 deficit half way through the fiscal year, but Westport school officials are not worried about the shortfall yet.

The Westport Board of Education will discuss the quarterly financial report, which shows the shortfall, during its meeting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

The benefits, property services and other purchased services accounts is where the school budget carries a shortfall, including over $124,000 in other purchased services. Additionally, there is a surplus of about $47,000 in the salary account.

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said school officials don’t see it as a “real deficit.”

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Rainy Jog

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The rain Saturday didn’t keep joggers off the roads in Westport. Rain is expected through Monday with a chance of snow on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007


1 & 4:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Captain Louie”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - McManus Room - music@the library: Piano Duets Sandra Murphy and Rita Lapcevic
2 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Eight to the Bar
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Singer/songwriter Ellis Paul

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Neighbor’s View

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The new owner of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill kept photographers (except for WestportNow) away from today’s demolition, but this view was provided by a photographer shooting from a neighbor’s property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo ©2007 WestportNow.com

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Sweeping Up

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A member of the demolition crew at 16 Minute Man Hill in Westport sweeps up the steps this afternoon. Most of the house, which was designed by Paul Rudolph, was taken down by early afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com

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Computer Recycling Day at Earthplace

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Volunteers take a breather from hauling computers, monitors, printers, and other electronics for recycling during today’s Computer and Paper Recycling Day at Westport’s Earthplace. This monitor and printer graveyard shows just a fraction of the computer equipment turned in to keep them out of landfills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lee Fleming for WestportNow.com

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Almost All Gone

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By early afternoon today, wrecking crews had little left to demolish of the house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com

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Rudolph-Designed House Comes Down

By Jennifer Connic

Following failed efforts by preservationists to save it, the house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill designed by Modernist architect Paul Rudolph was demolished today.WestportNow.com Image
Today’s demolition of 16 Minute Man Hill ended weeks of controversy during which preservationists tried to save the structure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com

Precisely at 9 a.m.—when construction can begin on weekends in Westport—a giant yellow claw of an excavator began attacking the corner of the structure as contract owners David and Yvette Waldman looked on in a light rain. By the end of the afternoon, it was gone.

The Waldmans hired a policeman to keep journalists and the curious off the property as the demolition got underway. The exception was WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow.

“It’s sadly ironic that as interest in Modernist architecture is awakening, this house goes down,” said Morley Boyd, Westport Historic District Commission chairman. “This serves as an example that underscores the importance of designating a home as historic. If a house is not designated, it isn’t safe.”

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Denied Access

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Those who sought to observe today’s demolition of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill were denied access to the site on the private road and gathered on nearby Compo Road South. They included journalists as well as representatives of the Paul Rudolph Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Just Another Westport Demolition

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Workers watch during today’s demolition of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill. The demolition followed weeks of controversy in which preservationists sought to delay the teardown.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 16 Minute Man Hill

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Demolition got underway today of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill following failed efforts by preservationists to save the 1973 house. A court-imposed moratorium on demolition which provided time to find another buyer expired at 5 p.m. Friday. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 16, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com

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