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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Bird’s Eye View

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Westport’s Compo Beach was quiet on Friday as waters began churning ahead of Tropical Storm Hanna’s move up the East Coast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 6, 2008


11 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Trends in Technology: Web 2.0
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters and Crafts (Ages 3-10)
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Followers of Eragon (Grades 4+)

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Preservation Award Winner: 180 Hillspoint Road

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WestportNow presents the first 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, Sept. 20. The house at 180 Hillspoint Road owned by Mark and Lisa Krosse is known as the Henry Burr Sherwood House, c. 1867. The HDC said it “has been in the process of renovation for the last four years, with the goal of improving the livability of the house while preserving its Italianate architectural style. The results are quite successful and the house is truly an important example of well executed and sensitive updating. The tower addition is evocative of a lookout for ships at sea, appropriate to its setting across from Sherwood Mill Pond.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Chamber of Commerce Names Lally Executive Director

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Kevin J. Lally: former Westport News publisher. Contributed photo
The Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has named Kevin J. Lally, former publisher of the Brooks Community Newspapers which includes the Westport News, as its executive director.

Lally served on the board of the Chamber beginning in 1983 and was chairman from 1995-1998.

“We are pleased to have Kevin return to the Chamber of Commerce,” said Richard Gordon, Chamber chairman. “A life-long resident, he has been extraordinary in his contribution to our community. He truly knows Westport and is well suited to build a positive environment for all who work and or do business in our town.”

Lally, a graduate of Staples High School and Skidmore College, will take over Oct. 1. He succeeds Lance Herman, a former manager of the Westport Inn, who has served in the post since April.

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Going Down: 10 West End Ave.

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The house at 10 West End Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck area was demolished today. The Interfaith Housing Association, the owner, plans to rebuild on the site to provide transitional housing for homeless people. Built in 1900. the two-story, conventional-style structure occupied 2,546 square feet and is situated on a .31 acre lot. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. IHA received several community grants for the project—including from the Westport Rotary Club and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club—and these grants led to the house being named the Rotary Centennial House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Prepares for Tropical Storm Hanna

Westport town officials made preparations today for Tropical Storm Hanna.

“Our public works people were out doing their checks today, including storm drains, generators, and the tide gates in the Compo Beach area,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

“Our police and fire departments have also reviewed their emergency plans and we are in close touch with state emergency preparedness officials.”

Joseloff said he went over storm preparations Thursday in his regular “domestic preparedness” meeting with town department heads involved in emergency readiness as well as with representatives of the Westport Weston Health District and the American Red Cross.

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Tropical Storm and Flood Watch Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a tropical storm and flood watch for Westport and parts of the tri-state area from Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night.

Tropical Storm Hanna is located north of the Bahama Islands early this morning and is expected to continue to move northwest today, an advisory said.

Heavy rain associated with this tropical storm will spread well ahead of the main low late tonight into Saturday night with the heaviest rain expected Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, it said.

Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to produce anywhere between 3 to 6 inches of rain with some possible higher amounts across the watch area, the advisory said.

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Ready to Go

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Boats are lined up at Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach ready to enter Long Island Sound waters. But those that do might find some rough seas this weekend as Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to churn up the Atlantic, passing off of Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 5, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Open Mic w/ Rachel Browne Band, Kyle Gilbride, Ellen Kempner, Clay Garner

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

HDC Announces Historic Preservation Winners

UPDATE The Westport Historic District Commission today (HDC) announced its 2008 Historic Preservation Awards. Recipients will be honored at a Town Hall ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

This year’s recipients include owners of eight residential properties: 2 Washington Ave.; 7 Canal St.; 35 Washington St.; 67 Kings Highway North; 96 Compo Road South; 124 Compo Road South; 113 Cross Highway; 180 Hillspoint Road, 38 Evergreen Ave., a barn –124 Compo Road South, and one commercial property, 215 Post Road West – Settlers & Traders.

Starting on Friday WestportNow will begin its annual series of posting a photograph daily of each award-winning house accompanied by a description of the rationale for its award selection.

Members of the public sent the commission nominations that included recent restoration, preservation, or rehabilitation projects displaying sensitivity to the scale, character, and architectural style of the structure. The commission gave special attention to the project’s impact on the surrounding streetscape.

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Commentary: A Westporter’s Diary of the GOP Convention

By Michael Rea

Special to WestportNow

St. Paul , Minn.—Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin proved her mettle as a “bull dog with lipstick” Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention.
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At one point, she commented to the press that she was not going to Washington to live up to their expectations but rather the peoples’. With that, the assembled delegates pointed to the media boxes and chanted “You, you.”

Some political commentators smiled. Others, like Anne Compton, glared.

Most of the Connecticut delegates had political hangovers this morning. One shot of Romney, one shot of Huckabee, triple shot of Rudy, and then all hell broke out as Sarah took to the podium.

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Westport Drama King Al Pia Dies at 85

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Al Pia: Westport theater legend. Lynn U. Miller/WN file photo
UPDATE Albert Pia, who led Westport’s Staples Players from 1968 to 1996 and had a long career in theater arts, died Wednesday night. He was 85.

Pia, who lived in Norwalk, had been in ill health for some time.

Last month, he was honored by Staples alumni in Westport and the school’s Black Box Theatre was named in his honor. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff declared Aug. 9, 2008 “Al Pia Day” in Westport and presented him with a commemorative plaque.

In addition to the Players, Pia also founded the summer theater program at the school, one that he continued to direct well past his retirement, and the studio theater program.

 

 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Long Lots Lane

27 Long Lots Lane, Westport, CT 06880
An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 27 Long Lots Lane off Long Lots Road. Built in 1938, the 1,829-square-foot, one-story ranch is located on a .28 acre lot. Because the house was built more than 60 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pelosi to Campaign for Himes in Westport

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will headline a Westport fundraiser for Democrat Jim Himes, who is challenging Republican Congressman Chris Shays in the 4th Congressional District.

Himes’ campaign said the California Democrat will be attending the event at a private home in Westport on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Ticket prices start at $250 per person.

People who raise at least $2,300 for Himes can also have brunch with Pelosi.

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Heading Home

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A boater heads home to Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach at dusk on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 4, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
7:00 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversations: Patient-Doctor Partnerships

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Police Issue More Details in Girl’s Sailing Death

Westport police said today an autopsy showed a 3-year-old girl who died in a sailing accident last week drowned and that she and her two cousins were alert and crying for help after their boat capsized.

A police news release also identified their 18-year-old sailing instructor as Katherine Durie of Westport and said Barry Schwimmer, 51, of Westport was the good Samaritan passing by in a power boat who came to their aid by jumping into the water.

An autopsy done on Alexandra Vitale of Brooklyn, N.Y., at the state Medical Examiner’s Office showed cause of death in the Aug. 26 incident was asphyxiation by submersion, police said.

She and cousins William Howell, 3, and Andrew Howell, 6, were sailing with Durie on a Hobie Cat near Cockenoe Island when a gust of wind blew over their catamaran, police said. The others were rescued safely.

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A Proud Moment

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Westport Police Officer Christopher Proudfoot gets a gold badge pinned on him today by his father Frank after being sworn in as a Public Safety Officer by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in a promotion ceremony at Westport police headquarters. Chief Al Fiore looks on. Proudfoot, who joined the department in 1993, comes from a family devoted to public service—his father was a Stratford firefighter, brother Gregg is a Stratford police officer, and brother Jeff is a police officer in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Commentary: Comparing the Conventions

By Brian Reich

Special to WestportNow

St. Paul, Minn.—Having attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver and now the Republican one in Minneapolis/St. Paul, there is a stark contrast—and not just because the issues and rhetoric are different.

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The Democrats and Republicans throw very different conventions, with very different goals and purpose.

I have been on the road for the past two weeks—first in Denver where I was on staff as a member of the Democratic National Convention’s online content team, and more recently in Minneapolis, where I was attending, and blogging, the RNC as special press, aka credentialed new media.

Why would anyone want to go to both conventions? Lots of reasons, actually: First, I love politics—and national conventions are as big as it gets in politics. 

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 11 - 15, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 11 - 15, 2008:

One Quintard Builders LLC to Michael E. and Christina C. Goodman, 1 Quintard Place, $1,625,000 WN property.jpg

Helen Burke to David Dusenbury and Albert Schiller, 73 Regents Park, $770,000

Rockyfield Associates 16 LLC to Tanya C. Clemons, 16 Rockyfield Road, $2,425,000

Harold Feder and Betty Manesiotis to Jane Green, 4 Bluewater Hill, $2,225,000

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Mill Pond Spraying Under Way

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Spraying is under way by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to rid Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond of tall reedy weeds called phragmites. The invasive, non-native weeds are overtaking the natural vegetation all around the pond. The program is being paid for by the DEP, with participation from several organizations including the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Citizen’s Council of Sherwood Mill Pond, and homeowners whose properties abut the pond. The spraying—with solutions that are fast acting and safe—is timed to the early fall maturity of these plants’ seed head so that the solution will be absorbed into the plants’ roots. In about a month, they will be chopped down. The expectation is that as these invasive plants die, the native plants will start to grow back and by next year, the vistas and views of the Mill Pond will be visible again to everyone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Beth Blumenthal for WestportNow.com

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Taking Aim

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A Department of Environmental Protection worker takes aim on phragmites—the invasive, non-native weeds that are overtaking the natural vegetation around Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. The spraying program will allow the native plants to grow back, restoring the vistas and views of the pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Beth Blumenthal for WestportNow.com

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RTM Approves Ban on Plastic Bags

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) late Tuesday night passed an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.WestportNow.com Image
A slide presentation by proponents of the plastic bag ban ordinance preceded the three and a half hour debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The vote just before midnight was 26 in favor, 5 opposed, and one abstention. The ordinance, which will become effective in six months, urges residents to use reusable bags and provides for a $150 fine for each store offering plastic bags in violation.

First proposed in July, the legislation was sponsored by four members from District 4. (See WestportNow July 2, 2008)

One of the four who sponsored the ordinance, Jonathan Cunitz, called it a “bold leadership step to prevent further deterioration of our environment.”

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
10:00 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
4:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
7:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Energy Task Force
7:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Finance Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8:00 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Large Crowd as RTM Okays Plastic Bag Ban

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UPDATE A large crowd turned out tonight as Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved an ordinance encouraging use of reusable checkout bags and banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods. Many Westport residents urged approval of the ordinance while the only opposition from the public was expressed by representatives of Connecticut’s food industry and plastic bag manufacturing interests. The final vote just before midnight was 26 in favor, 5 opposed, and one abstention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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