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Thursday,  May 21, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - EPC Committee
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Residential Real Estate Committee
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Main Street - Art About Town
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw - May
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & Environment Committees
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Eric Burns on “1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Library Director Finalists Field Public Questions

By James Lomuscio

More than 100 persons filled the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight to meet and greet and ask questions of the two finalists vying to replace Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis, who is retiring at the end of June.

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Finalists: David Hinkley (l), director, Montclair (N.J.) Public Library and William Harmer, director, Chelsea (Mich.) Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The finalists: William Harmer, director of the Chelsea Library in Chelsea, Mich. and David Hinkley, director of the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, N.J.

The big question of the night: “How do you view innovation, and what will you do to bring innovation to the Westport Library?”

The different styles of each was seen in their introductory responses.

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Library Director Candidates Meet Westporters


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library forum with two candidates to succeed retiring Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis—David Hinkley, director, Montclair (N.J.) Public Library and William Harmer, director, Chelsea (Mich.) Library. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marpe Forms Search Committee for New Parks & Rec Director

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that a search committee has been formed to find a replacement for Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy, who is retiring at the end of June.

Marpe aid the search will be completed in 30 to 60 days.

Members of the committee include Parks & Recreation Commission Chairman Charles Haberstroh and commission members Karen Hess, Edward Iannone and Alec Stevens.

Other members include David Floyd, chairman of the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) Parks & Recreation Committee; Marge Cion, school system human services director; Diane Parrish, community representative; Gerry Lombardo, Fairfield’s Parks & Recreation director, and Ralph Chetcuti, Westport’s human resources director.

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Real Estate Report: Compo Beach Hot Area

By Judy Szablak

Westport’s Compo Beach area is brimming with homes for sale and real estate activity, especially at this time of year.

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Featured Home This home at 6 Norwalk Ave. in the Compo Beach area is listed at $2,199,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis, Westport

In fact, 40 percent of the homes available for sale in this area have come on the market in the last two months alone.

Currently, there are 49 homes available in this neighborhood, and the average price is $3,109,382. Over the last 12 months, the average sale reported through the Greater Fairfield County Multiple Listing Service was $2,580,705.

The lowest priced home in this sought after area is on Vani Court and is listed at $699,800 and the highest priced home is on Owenoke Park for $10,250,000.

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Bruce Allen, for Town and Country

By James Lomuscio

One might call Bruce M. Allen—the World War II Army veteran scheduled to be honored with a Westport parade as he tours in an open convertible Memorial Day—the accidental, if not reluctant grand marshal.

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Bruce Allen: World War II vet. Larrry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“They asked me 10 years ago, and I said no,” recalled Allen, 89. “The whole thing is very upsetting for me, taking a bow for getting shot.”

But Bill Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, prevailed this year, and the Purple Heart recipient wounded in Germany at Remagen River Bridge in 1945, a corporal who was an B.A.R. Gunner in the 78th Division liberating Europe, acquiesced.

“I want to do it for the town and my friends,” said Allen, a Westport resident since 1957. “I’m proud of the town.”

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Rabbi Urges Congregants Not to Attend Arraignment

On advice of counsel, Temple Israel’s rabbi is asking congregants not to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Thursday when the two suspects who disrupted last week’s luncheon, shouting about Palestinian rights, will be arraigned.

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To be arraigned Thursday: Daniel Fischer (l) and Gregory Williams. Westport Police photos

“We want you to know that Temple Israel is playing an active and supportive role in the criminal legal process,” Rabbi Michael S. Friedman said today in an email to members.

“We are asking members of Temple Israel not to appear in court for the arraignment as we have been advised by counsel that such action is likely to be unhelpful,” he added.

Daniel Fischer, 25, of 93 Osborn Ave., New Haven, and Gregory Williams, 25, of 599 Whitney Ave., both of whom have participated in past demonstrations, are each scheduled to face charges of criminal trespass first-degree and breach of peace second-degree.

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Gas Line Break Forces Street Closures

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Electric workers installing a grounding rod near Sono Baking Company, 44 Church Lane, today penetrated a gas main line, causing closure of downtown streets. Nearby 36 Church Lane was evacuated due to underground gas leak migration into that building, according to Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin.  Church Lane was closed by police from Myrtle Avenue to Post Road East and from Elm Street to Main Street.  Type your caption here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Repairing a Gas Line

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Workers check out a gas main line that was pierced during installation of a grounding rod today on Westport’s Church Lane. The street was closed and a nearby building evacuated while repairs were made. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Schools: Greenwich ‘Jumped the Gun’ on Staples Principal Offer

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE: Published reports that Greenwich middle school principal Shelly Somers has accepted the offer as principal of Westport’s Staples High School are premature and Greenwich school officials have apologized, Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today.

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Shelly Somers: middle school principal of year. Contributed photo

While confirming that Somers, principal of Greenwich’s Central Middle School, is the finalist after a six-month search, no offer has been made, officials stressed.

According to a statement issued by Landon, “Greenwich has apologized to me and the Westport community for its error.”

Landon’s statement, however, does not seem to diminish his enthusiasm about Somers as a finalist.

“Both Ms. Somers and I are excited about the possibility that she may join our staff,” Landon said. “She is an accomplished leader in Greenwich who enjoys the respect and appreciation of teachers, students, parents and her administrative colleagues. Most recently she was named Connecticut PTA Middle School Principal of the Year.”

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Saugatuck River Color

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The view of the Saugatuck River in Westport Tuesday as seen from the Saugatuck Rowing Club.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Ordinance Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Transit District Directors
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Girls Robotics Club
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee [ADDITION]
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - How to be Heard—in the Bedroom & Boardroom
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Republicans Elect Wetmore Town Committee Chair

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The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) tonight unanimously elected Tim Wetmore, a former Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) alternate, as its new chairman, replacing Desiree Soli ,who had held the position for the past two years. Soli announced last month that she was stepping down. Wetmore, who had formerly served as RTC vice chairman and who resigned as a P&Z alternate last year, was formally nominated by First Selectman Jim Marpe to fill the vacancy. Pictured with them is Selectman Avi Kaner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Shelters’ New Courtyard Adds ‘Dignity’

By James Lomuscio

For decades the area outside the town’s shelters—Gillespie Center for men and Hoskins Place for women—was run down and grim looking, the atmosphere punctuated by cracked macadam, packed dirt and cement surfaces.

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Courtyard makeover at Gillespie Center and Hoskins Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It was the uninspiring place where the town’s homeless would gather on tilted folding chairs for a smoke or conversation, or just to be alone with their thoughts.

But after months of volunteer hours ripping out pavement and starting over with donated new surfacing, the area is now referred to as “the courtyard.” Replete with picnic tables refurbished by the Service League of Boys (SLOBS), new chairs and plantings, the courtyard seems to suit the tony downtown.

“It’s a new look and fresh look,” says Wieser, Homes With Hope’s president and CEO.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Newtown Turnpike

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UPDATE and CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish a structure on the 4.48-acre property at Westport’s 2 Newtown Turnpike is in process. The two-story colonial main house was built in 1939 and has 4,962-square feet. Because the structure was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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11-Year-Old Westporter is State Badminton Champ

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Neha Navrange, 11, of Westport, a sixth grader at Bedford Middle School, is a state badminton champion again. She won Connecticut’s under 14s singles and under 16s girls double badminton titles over the weekend at the state championship in Simsbury, winning the top titles for the third consecutive year. Neha has been playing badminton since she was 8. She goes to badminton classes twice a week with Coach Peter Bartush (r ) and practices in her backyard – and sometimes in her living room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Parents to Vet Finalist for Dodig Replacement

By James Lomuscio

After a nearly six-month, nationwide search for a new principal of Westport’s Staples High School, the search committee has narrowed the field to “one extraordinary candidate,” committee members said Monday in an email to parents.

Now, the finalist, who was not identified, will have to pass the parent test at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, at 9 a.m. in the Staples cafeteria, school officials said.

Written feedback from Staples parents will be solicited and provided to the Board of Education before a final decision is made, the administration noted.

The search committee for the replacement of Principal John Dodig, who is retiring after 11 years at the helm, consisted of teachers, parents, students and administrators.

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Plunging for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

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Students at Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School plunged into Compo Beach waters Monday as part of a fundraiser for the Hole in the Wall Gang camp. The school has raised more than $11,000 for the charity founded by the late Westport actor Paul Newman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “The Light Between the Oceans” by M.L. Stedman
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Films: “Wild”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Westport Library - Game Night: All Ages!
5:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Wine Tasting Fundraiser benefit: Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Business
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Money Smart: Workshops for Women—Estate Planning
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Green Task Force
8 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory - observational astrophysicist Statia Luszcz-Cook

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Bridge Art

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Artist Jim Chillington of Newtown was busy painting on the Ruth Stdeinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today. His Westport scenes and others are on exhibit in “Plein Air Now & Then” at the Rockwell Gallery, 236 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Discussing Women Photojournalists in Connecticut

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In conjunction with the Westport Library’s Riverwalk Hallway exhbit of “Women Photojournalists of Connecticut,” Town Curator Kathie Bennetwitz (r) tonight moderated a panel discussion of some of the exhibitors—(l-r) Jessica Hill, Keelin Daly, Michelle McLoughlin, Cloe Poisson, and Mara Lavitt. Curated by Westport photojournalist Douglas Healey, a WestportNow contributing photographer, the display features the work of 21 female photojournalists. Among them are Westporter Lynsey Addario, the prize-winning photojournalist who was the honoree last week at the Library’s annual fundraiser, BOOKED for the Evening, and Helen Klisser During, artistic director of the Westport Arts Center and a WestportNow contributing photographer. The exhibit runs through July 16. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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44 Main St. Sells for $22.5 Million

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The building at 44 Main St. has changed hands for $22.5 million. The 22,873-square feet, three-story building, built in 1909 on a .23-acre property is the home of Banana Republic on the first floor and The Nail Spa on the second floor. The buyer is an affiliate of Westport-based Paragon realty Group in a partnership with Clarion Partners. The seller was 44 Main Street, Inc. Franco Fellah of the HK Group, the broker involved in the transaction, said, “There’s buying frenzy in Westport. All Westport properties represent a strong investment market.” The Klein family owned the building for decades and operated their retail store on two floors for many years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Personalized Airfares

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Last time we were talking about mass transit systems collecting fares on the honor system. This time, something completely different. But to understand it, consider this analogy:

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Let’s say you’re in a store shopping for a commodity. You and another shopper each select one of the same items at the same time and head for the cashier. But before you can pay, the cashier asks for your name and some identification.

You’re from Darien or New Canaan and a new customer. The other shopper is from Hartford, but a regular at the store. The cashier plugs in that info and you’re told that your purchase will cost 10 percent more than the other shopper’s. What? Well, welcome to the world of “personalized prices.”

You may not realize it, but this happens all the time when you’re buying gasoline, thanks to “zone pricing” where gas stations charge higher prices in more affluent communities, not just in Connecticut but nationwide.

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Library Sets Presentations by Exec Director Candidates

Two finalists for the position of executive director of the Westport Library will give short presentations and answer questions at a forum Wednesday in the Library’s McManus Room.

The program, which will start at 7 p.m. after light refreshments and a “meet and greet” at 6:30 p.m., is open to the public.

Current Library Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis announced her retirement in January effective July 1.

“The search for a new executive director was extremely comprehensive and thorough,” said Library Board of Trustees President Mike Guthman. “The pool was narrowed to two very strong candidates who are eager to present themselves to Westport. We’re looking forward to hearing from them.”

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Showing the Flag

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The Westport Police Department today draped a large flag in front of its headquarters at 50 Jesup Road to honor the nation’s troops over the Memorial Day period. According to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas, an anonymous donor provided the 26 feet high by 15 feet wide flag which will be on display until May 26. Posing with the flag are Capt. Sam Arciola (l) and Officer Tom Casimiro. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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