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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Going Down: 1 Lincoln St.

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The 1940 house at Westport’s 1 Lincoln St. at the corner of Post Road West came down today. The property, featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 25, 2006, was damaged by fire on Christmas Day in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Cats” Opens Friday

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Westport’s Staples Players summer production of “Cats” opens Friday and continues this weekend and next weekend. Mark Banik stars with Leah Holleran, Nora Kennedy, Allison Frank, Nina Demeter, Elise Tardiff and Katherine Mara. For information, call (203)341-1310. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanne Sheridan for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Fishing

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It was a good day for fishing today along the Saugatuck River in Westport. There were sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Officials Focus on Energy

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Westport officials are planning a day for residents to learn about energy conservation as the town inches closer to securing free solar panels.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said town officials are planning an Energy Day on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Town Hall so residents can learn how to conserve energy.

Residents will also have the opportunity to purchase energy-efficient light bulbs at a discount.

“The activities are tentative at this point,” he said.

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Preservation Award Winner: 15 Bradley St.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Thomas Seligson and Susan Farewell, the owners of the house at 15 Bradley St., at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  The owners of the 1930 Colonial Revival have earned the award in recognition of the sensitive rehabilitation of this early 20th century home.  According to the Historic District Commission “the efforts made to preserve its scale and historic character are especially important in light of the redevelopment pressures that exist in this neighborhood.” This is the fourth of a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Moon Rise

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The moon was bright and settled in over Westport’s Mill Pond. Nights have been giving people breaks from the heat with much cooler temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - film@the library: “Little Voice”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - I Squared: Irish & Italian Song

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dredging Permits Approved

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received all the necessary permits to dredge Westport’s Saugatuck River, but funding still needs to be secured.

Town officials received word last week the state Department of Environmental Protection had approved the project.

“Now we need to have the funding put in place,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Congress did so for projects in Norwalk, Fairfield and Bridgeport.”

Town officials will need to enlist the help of its U.S. representative and senators to help secure the funding, he said.

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Going Down: 7 Keyser Road

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Construction crews today demolished the house at 7 Keyser Road. The 1945 house, which sold in June for $676,500, was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Arts Center Unveils New Season

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band will play at the Westport Arts Center’s annual gala on Oct. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Arts Center 2006-07 season will feature singers, art work, jazz and new programs. Tickets go on sale Thursday.

“The Westport Arts Center is committed to creating arts experiences that contribute to individual growth and enrich the community,” said director Eileen Wiseman.

“Each year the Arts Center brings artists and audiences together with more than 60 programs in the visual and performing arts, including chamber music, jazz, singer-songwriters, lit­erature, film, and contemporary art.

Opening the center’s “Singers & Songwriters” series this year are Marc Cohn, 1991 Grammy Award-winner, on Oct. 7 and the Janis Ian, a multiple Grammy Award winner, on Oct. 21.

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Preservation Award Winner: 24 Bridge St.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Ronald (Chip) and Teresa Stephens, the owners of the house at 24 Bridge St., at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  Known as the Orlando Allen House, the 1886 Queen Anne earned the award for the rehabilitation and the creative addition on the right side of the house.  According to the Historic District Commission “the prominent location of the property, combined with its cultural significance contributes to both the character of the streetscape and the architectural heritage of Westport”. This is the third feature in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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High Tide Squeeze

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Kayakers along the Saugatuck River found themselves on Tuesday squeezing under the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Bridge when high tide brought the waters near the bottom of the bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Skin & Bones’ Comedy Circus

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Farrell Congratulates Lamont, Praises Lieberman

Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell tonight congratulated Ned Lamont on his Democratic victory for the U.S. Senate nomination and vowed to support him in November.

At the same time, she praised Sen. Joseph Lieberman—whom she had supported in the primary—for his service to Connecticut.

Farrell is the Democratic nominee in a 4th Congressional District race against incumbent Repuiblican Christopher Shays. She lost to him two years ago 52 percent to 48 percent.

“I want to congratulate Ned Lamont on his victory – his tenacity and spirit are an inspiration,” Farrell said in a statement.

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Lamont, Malloy Take Westport

In a large turnout for today’s Democratic primary, Westport voters chose U.S. Senate challenger Ned Lamont and governor hopeful Dan Malloy to move on to the November election.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Ned Lamont (2nd r) greets demonstrators against the war in Iraq in downtown Westport last March. Lamont’s wife works at a Westport investment firm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Official results showed Lamont with 1,802 votes, or 59 percent, to U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s 1,251 votes, or 41 percent. 

In the race for the gubernatorial nomination, voters overwhelmingly chose Malloy, Stamford’s mayor, over New Haven Mayor John DeStefano 2,089 votes, or 76 percent,  to 651 votes, or 24 percent.

In the nomination for lieutenant governor, 1,730 voters chose Mary Messina Glassman to the 557 who chose Scott Slifka.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Former Westport Contractor on “America’s Most Wanted”

A former Westport contractor who left a trail of customer complaints and headaches for local building officials has made the list of fugitives highlighted by “America’s Most Wanted” television show.WestportNow.com Image
Ester LeClair: former Westport contractor sought by police. AMW.com photo

Ester LeClair, 44, is wanted for issuing bad checks, assault, larceny, and failure to appear, according to a profile of the Brazilian native on the program’s latest edition.

Westport building officials said all her projects had problems with construction practices and techniques, including an office building at 21 Charles St., in the Saugatuck area.

She operated a Westport business under the name of Ester LeClair Interior Design and Construction LLC.

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Westport Property Transfers July 31-Aug. 5, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 31-Aug. 4, 2006:

Martin M. and Edith J. Davidson Tr to Antonio T. and Marie Galvao, 11A River Lane, $1,197,500WN property.jpg

Frederick W. and Anna L. Vandusen to Steven F. Schmidt, 47 Hills Lane, $370,000

Nancy J. Delisi to Patrick W. and Ann M. Laffate, 33 Edgewater Hillside, $1,300,000

Julian and Christine Stroud to John L. Foley and Martina McGuiness-Foley, 9 Old Orchard Road, $1,025,000

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Halfway to Summer Reading Goal

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Children participating in the Westport Public Library’s summer reading program are halfway to their goal of reading 18,000 books this summer. Children in the program are reading enough books to bring them from California home to Connecticut. Each state on a map displayed at the library represents 360 books. A child fills in each state—here a participant fills in Minnesota—as they read 360 books. Children have until Sept. 2 to sign up for the program in the children’s section of the library. Call (203) 291-4810 for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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New Voting Machines Coming

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Today and in November voters will use the traditional lever machines to cast their ballots, but in 2007 they will use a new machine that is not completely unfamiliar to Westport.

Last week Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced the state would switch to optical scan technology starting in the 2007 election. She pulled the plug in January to move to electronic equipment for the 2006 election cycle (See WestportNow Jan. 5).

Westport has used the technology the last five years to count absentee ballot. Additionally, the machines were used for the Republican primary for first selectman last year (See WestportNow Sept. 13, 2005).

Democratic Registrar Nita Cohen said she was not surprised by Bysiewicz’s decision.

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Few Voters Out Early

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Few voters made their way to Westport’s Coleytown Middle School in the first few hours of today’s Democratic Party primary. Light voting was reported in other Westport polling places as well. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Voting Reported Light in Democratic Primary

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Poll workers reported a light turnout of Westport voters in today’s Democratic Party primary. Selectman Shelly Kassen and daughter Amy were among the early voters at Coleytown Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 6 Old Hill Road

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Dodge Olmstead, the owner of the house at 6 Old Hill Road in the Kings Highway North Historic District, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  Known as the Nathaniell Finch/John Taylor House, a 1707/1718 Colonial will receive the Helen Muller Award for its stone wall.  The Helen Muller Award is only awarded to properties located in a historic district in recognition of an outstanding preservation effort. This is the second of a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006


6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Polling places open for Democratic Party primary
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westchester Chordsmen
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Many Change Party Affiliation at Deadline

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A line ran out the door at the registrar’s office this morning at Westport Town Hall.

A few of them were there to register for the first time to vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, but most wanted to change their affiliation from unaffiliated to Democrat.

The deadline to register for Tuesday’s primary was today at noon, and Democratic Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen said 79 people visited her office either to register for the first time or change their affiliation.

Tuesday’s primary features the governor and U.S. senator slots for the November election. U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman faces off against Ned Lamont for the senate slot, and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy face off for the governor slot.

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New York Man Dies at Sherwood Island

(UPDATE) A 78-year-old New York City man at first thought to have drowned Sunday in the waters off Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park actually died from natural causes, according to the medical examiner.

A medical examiner’s report determined the man, identified as Duong Sun Kim of Flushing, N.Y., had died of heart disease, not drowning as initially reported by state police.

Westport emergency personnel and state police responded just before noon following a report of an unresponsive man in the water at West Beach.

Lifeguards pulled the man, identified as Kim, out of the water. They tried resuscitating him, but he was pronounced dead when he arrived at Norwalk Hospital.

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