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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Westport Artist Steffi Friedman to be Honored

Westport sculptor Steffi Friedman will be among individuals from the arts, historic preservation, tourism and film industries honored Wednesday at a Hartford ceremony.WestportNow.com Image
Steffi Friedman: Honored at Hartford ceremony. Contributed photo

Friedman was named a winner of a Culture & Tourism Distinguished Advocates Award for her volunteer service at the Music and Arts Center for Humanity in Bridgeport and her lifelong commitment to helping emerging artists.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell will lead dignitaries at the 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony in the atrium of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited.

Friedman and six other recipients of the Distinguished Advocate Awards are Connecticut residents “who, without monetary compensation, have worked to strengthen, preserve or promote the arts, history, film and tourism in the state.”

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Citizens Green Bag Luncheon Scheduled for April 23

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that a citizens green (a/k/a brown) bag luncheon will he held on Thursday, April 23, at noon in Rooms 309/307 of Westport Town Hall.

The luncheon will feature two recipients of the WeGreenWestport awards given by the Green Energy Task Force in 2008: Scott Tiefenthaler, owner of Westport Wash & Wax, located at 791 Post Road East, and Nate Paulson, of Patagonia, located at 87 Post Road East.

Both Tiefenthaler and Paulson will be present to talk about the greening of their businesses. In addition, one of the 2009 recipients of the WeGreenWestport awards, John Rountree, of Rountree Architects, will be presented with his award.

“Residents will be updated by members of the Green Energy Task Force on the town’s continuing efforts to ‘go green,’ and to outline steps local businesses can take to help make a difference in the environment,” said Joseloff.

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Crumbs Bake Shop Open for Business

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If you can’t wait until Saturday’s grand opening, Crumbs Bake Shop on Taylor Place is open for business. On Saturday, the store will give away one cupcake free to the first 1,000 customers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cupcake Heaven

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Crumbs Bake Shop has opened its doors on Westport’s Taylor Place opposite the Westport Public Library in advance of its official grand opening at 8 a.m. Saturday. Taking advantage of the goodies today were the Naples family of Westport: (l-r) Hadley, 3, Garrett, 5, and mom, Tracey. Saturday’s official opening will include a one cupcake giveaway to the first 1,000 customers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Paper or Plastic? Stew Leonard, Jr. Says Neither—Go Reusable

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Westporter Stew Leonard, Jr. told the Westport Rotary Club today that the public has enthusiastically adopted reusable bags at his company’s food stores and showed off several designs. He said the reusable bags were preferable to both plastic and paper in helping protect the environment. The only thing missing, he said, is a reminder on the bag for the owner to not forget them in their car. As for the economy’s effect on sales, he said shoppers are coming into his stores more frequently but are buying less per trip and seeking smaller packaged portions. He said clearly customers are eating out less and cooking more at home. He said he has also noticed an uptick in sale of fruit trees and vegetable plants. Leonard spoke at the group’s weekly meeting at the Inn at Longshore. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Graduates Praise Westport Citizens’ Police Academy

The latest graduates from the Westport Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy have nothing but praise for the seven-week course. WestportNow.com Image
Pictured at graduation are (first row, l-r): Andrew Robinowitz, Nancy Nuzzo, Mary Ann Lindwall. (second row): Willow Landon, Claudia Boerst, Audry Robinowitz, Rene Valentino. (third row): Lit. David Kassay, Alan Stolz, Ed Strauss, Gloria Levitan, Kurt Tiefenthaler, Michael Scherer, Deputy Chief Gary Golas.  Missing from photo: Ralph Levitan and Frank O’Malley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“I think we all have a better understanding of the men and women of the department and have a greater respect for their courage, honesty and knowledge,” said Nancy Nuzzo, one of 14 Westporters who recently completed the class.

Lifelong Westporter Ed Strauss said he always has had a curiosity about the inner workings of the department.

“I have heard comments over the years about what an easy job the Westport police must have, which really started to get under my skin,” he said.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 144 Imperial Ave.

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Billy Nistico honored Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying this home at 144 Imperial Ave. as the Rasmus C. Karstensen house which was built in c.1893.  Karstensen built this house after purchasing the land from A. L. Vanderbuilt in 1890. The property was then sold to Neils P Christensen in 1899. Nistico, having been born and raised in Westport, purchased the house in 2007 since he “loved the charm and history as well as the location.” He said that “being a lifelong Westport resident and realtor for William Raveis Real Estate, it’s very important for me to preserve Westport historic homes.” Although the house was named the “happy house” by his friends, Nistico recently sold it and said he knows that the new owners appreciate the history associated with it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Westport Public Schools - Spring Recess
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Vacation Fun Days
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
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 westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Finance Committee

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Adult Film Star Marilyn Chambers, Ex-Westporter, Dies at 56

UPDATE Marilyn Chambers, the 1970 Westport Staples High School graduate then known as Marilyn Ann Briggs who won early fame as an Ivory Snow detergent model and later as an adult film star, died Sunday at her suburban Los Angeles home. She was 56.WestportNow.com Image
Marilyn Chambers poses with the Ivory Snow box in which she was depicted holding an infant. File photo

Chambers was found unresponsive at her residence, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County corner’s office. The cause of death is under investigation but foul play was not suspected and an autopsy is pending, he said.

The Associated Press quoted a family friend, Peggy McGinn, said as saying Chambers’ 17-year-old daughter found the actress’ body at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country.

Chambers became a pop culture phenomenon when she gave up work as a model advertising Ivory Snow laundry detergent to star in the X-rated “Behind the Green Door” in 1972.

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Daily Railroad Parking Extended Until June 30

The Westport Police Department has added temporary additional daily parking at the Westport Metro-North New Haven Line station in the Saugatuck area.

Effective Wednesday and continuing until June 30, the permit parking area, located in the center of Lot 8, will temporarily be changed to allow for additional daily parking, an announcement said.

Lot 8 is located on Saugatuck Avenue, just north of the Exit 17 northbound entrance ramp to Interstate 95.

Daily parkers will receive a $4 daily fee envelope. If commuters have a permit, they will still be allowed to park there with no additional fee, the announcement said.

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Easter Sunday Kite Flying

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The end of the jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach and Compo Cove made an ideal, if unusual, launching spot for a kite on a windy Easter Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 13, 2009


Westport Public Schools - Spring Recess
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Session I: Krazy Kool Legos (sold out)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Vacation Fun Days
11:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Session II: Krazy Kool Legos (sold out)

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Westporter Set for Long Wharf Theatre Productions

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Tyler Rackliffe, a 2004 Staples High School graduate who was active in the Staples Players, is working as an actor on two plays produced by the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

The two short plays, Caryl Churchill’s “Seagulls” and Edward Albee’s “Finding the Sun,” will be presented together as part of Long Wharf’s Next Stage program on the weekend of April 24 for four performances.

Tickets are free and the exact dates and time are available on the theater’s Web site.

Rackliffe, a lifelong Westport resident, graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2008.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Talking Transportation: Free Parking Isn’t Free

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Our obsession with automobiles is not only creating gridlock and ruining the quality of our air, but it’s eating up our real estate and sending land costs upward. 

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Because once we drive our cars off the crowded highways, we assume it’s our constitutional right to find “free parking.”

Trust me: whether at rail stations or stores, parking comes at a price paid in more than just dollars.

For decades, city planners and zoning regulations have shared with Detroit in a conspiracy to deliver on that dream. Consider the following:

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Early Bird Easter Shopper

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An Easter morning visitor to Westport’s Main Street today was perhaps looking for an early bird special at Ann Taylor’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) D. Hannan for WestportNow.com

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