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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Backup

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Traffic came to a standstill tonight on I-95 as Westport and Fairfield fought a tractor-trailer fire in the northbound lanes near Maple Lane about a mile south of Exit 19. View is looking south from the Beachside Avenue overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Post Road East Crash Sends Car into Building

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A two-car crash on Wetport’s Post Road East this afternoon sent one car into an office building at No. 1599 opposite Innovation Luggage. The drivers were shook up but otherwise uninjured. While the vehicles were damaged, there was no damage to the building. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Landon: Westport Being a “Huge Beacon” Will Spur Growth

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today despite increasingly difficult economic times, Westport remains a “huge beacon” for those interested in quality education for their children and predicted continued growth in the town’s school system.WestportNow.com Image
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today Wesport’s school system will continue to grow while difficult economic times will negatively impact other districts in the region. He addressed the Westport Rotary Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Describing Westport as an “open-minded and progressive community,” Landon told the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club that as a result it attracts many people moving from New York City looking for quality education for their children.

“I think people have very few places to pick from” and “Westport becomes a huge beacon for people,” he said.

“We are headed not only for stabilization but growth.”

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Woman Injured in Newtown Turnpike Crash

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A female driver was injured today in a one-car crash on Westport’s Newtown Turnpike near Pond Road when she lost control of her car on a wet road surface and slammed into a stone wall abutment. Westport EMS transported her to Norwalk Hospital. Traffic on part of Newtown Turnpike was shut down by the accident, which caused the vehicle airbags to deploy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Housing Authority Gets Grant for Hales Court

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that the Westport Housing Authority has received approval from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for a project tax credit reservation of $1,703,063 for the proposed demolition and new construction of the Hales Court housing project.

It is anticipated that the tax credit reservation will generate $14,135,415 of equity to build 78 new housing units at Hales Court, doubling its current size, he said.

The new Hales Court will consist of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units serving families at or below 60 percent of area median income ($70,680) for a family of four.

Twenty-five percent of the total units will be reserved for senior citizens (62 and older). The project will also include a 2,000-square foot community center, the first selectman said.

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Riding Smart

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The two-passenger Smart car, first seen in Europe over the past few years, has finally made its way to the United States and onto the streets of Westport. Easy to park, easy to drive, highly visible and perhaps more importantly, it gets more miles per gallon—about 40—than most other vehicles on the road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Watch Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm and flash flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area.

The thunderstorm watch is in effect until 4 p.m. and the flash flood watch until 8 p.m.

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Preservation Award Winner: 35 Washington Ave.

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WestportNow presents the fourth 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 35 Washington Ave.is owned by Thomas and Giancarla Truitt. HDC officials said “the award is being given in recognition of this fine example of a modest Dutch Colonial Revival that has been expanded and updated with restraint and an obvious respect for the streetscape. “ (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sweets for the Sweet

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This trio at Westport’s Compo Beach enjoyed some last licks of the summer. All from Westport, the girls are (l-r): Chelsea Cuseo, 4, Serena Knonick, 3, and Amelia Cuseo, 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008


8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - “The Credit Crisis: What Does it Mean for You?”
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
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Kevin Conley, “The Full Burn”

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September Sunset

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A clear, crisp day ended with another pretty sunset today as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Katherine Hooper for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 7 Canal St.

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WestportNow presents the third 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 7 Canal St. is owned by John and Amy Chaple. HDC officials said: “This award is being given in recognition of your considerable efforts to preserve the George Cable House (c. 1850). Appropriate window replacement, extensive repair of clapboard, soffit, facia, and the balustrade on the wrapping verandah all contribute to renewed structural integrity of this handsome Italianate house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Remembering 9/11 Victims

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State and local officials, family members and friends placed flowers today on names inscribed on Connecticut’s 9/11 Living Memorial at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff of Westport were among dignitaries at the annual memorial service at the park which provides a view of the New York skyline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tribute to Dad

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Christopher Gardner, 10, of Darien, places flowers on his father Christopher Samuel Gardner’s name inscription at Connecticut’s 9/11 Living Memorial today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Gardner, 36, was a World Trade Center victim. The annual ceremony was held in crisp, sunny weather which many attendees said was reminiscent of the morning of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Greeting the Families

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell led dignitaries in greeting families today at the 9/11 Living Memorial at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Joining her were (l-r) state Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lost in Her Thoughts

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A young girl attending today’s annual ceremony at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park honoring 9/11 victims seems lost in her thoughts as the names of the Connecticut-related dead were read. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The Art of Political Cartooning

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Matt Davies, a 1985 Staples High School graduate who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, addressed today’s first meeting of the season of the Y’s Women. His review of the history of political cartooning included showing this picture of the most famous and one of the earliest political cartoons which was attributed to Ben Franklin.  Davies works for The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Abandons Saugatuck Pump Station Site

Responding to opposition from neighbors and the City of Norwalk, Westport has abandoned plans to purchase a portion of a property on the Westport-Norwalk line for a sewer pump station to serve the Saugatuck Shores area, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today,

In a brief statement, Joseloff said: “I informed Mayor (Richard) Moccia this morning that Westport is no longer looking at the Pequot Drive location for a pump station.

“Even though we feel the impact would be minimal—and might benefit Norwalk residents on Saugatuck Shores and in the neighborhood—we will pursue other locations.”

The town has had a Saugatuck Shores sewer system in its plans for years, spurred on by a number of failing septic systems in the area. In 2005, the town’s funding bodies approved $241,500 for design and development work for the project.

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Talking Transportation: America is Getting into Training

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Any occasional reader of this column knows that I’m a “train nut”—a “foamer,” as the railroad folks describe us (because we supposedly foam at the mouth at the sight of a train).

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I’m a big fan of rail travel, both on Metro-North and Amtrak, and I’ve written extensively about both. Last October I wrote about my two-day, two-night journey from Chicago to San Diego on The Southwest Chief. This week, a less cheerful report on my recent trip to the Windy City and back.

We who live along the Northeast Corridor are spoiled with speedy and frequent rail service. Acela can whisk you to Boston or Washington in just a few hours, admittedly at a premium fare. And the reason is that Amtrak owns and maintains its tracks, or “right of way,” where you’ll seldom encounter any slow-moving freight trains.

Not so in the rest of the nation, where freight “rules.” Consider my recent trip to Chicago by way of Washington D.C.

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Compo Mill Beauty

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A home in Westport’s Compo Mill area is decked out with fall flowers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 8, 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
5 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – WWHD Board of Directors
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Burton Bernstein and Barbara Haws, “Leonard Bernstein: American Original”

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

All Gone: 273 Saugatuck Ave.

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The house at 273 Saugatuck Ave. in Westport has been demolished. Built in 1976, the house was a 2-3/4-story contemporary occupying 5,556 square feet and located on a one-acre waterfront property that changed hands in November 2007 for $7.5 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 11, 2008, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Murvon Court Fire Under Investigation

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Two passersby saw smoke coming from an unoccupied house on Murvon Court off Apple Tree Trail in Westport’s Compo Beach area today and called 911. Firefighters found a mattress in the basement was on fire and quickly extinguished the flames. The owner said the house is on the market and has been empty. The Fire Marshal’s Office and Westport police are investigating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Old Glory Salute Courtesy of Westport Fire Department

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The Westport Fire Department ladder truck was used to provide a patriotic salute to participants in today’s eighth annual Connecticut United Ride sponsored by Connecticut firefighters in honor of 9/11 victims. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Hands

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A Connecticut United Rider participant waves to Westport firefighters today as she passed the Westport Fire Department ladder truck on Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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