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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

All Gone: 17 Soundview Drive

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Most of the demolition of 17 Soundview Drive was completed today despite a heavy rain. Demolition of the 1918-built house overlooking Compo Beach began Monday but workers said because of the structure’s close proximity to the property line and roadways, the job would take two or three days. The two-story conventional changed ownership in June 2015 for $2,466,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 25, 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Gone: 10 Westport Ave.

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The house at Westport’s 10 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach area, came down today. Built in 1930, the two-story conventional had 1,626-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership in September for $1,355,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 29, 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Post Office to Open Two Sundays

The U.S. Postal Service announced that the Westport Post Office will have Sunday holiday hours on Dec. 11 and 18.

The facility at 275 Post Road East will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

In “Moonlight,” writer/director Barry Jenkins has created an achingly affecting, incandescent coming-of-age story, covering 16 years—with three different actors playing the leading African-American character.

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Growing up in a decrepit, inner-city housing project in Miami, scrawny, fatherless 10-year-old Chiron (Alex Hibbert) has been dubbed “Little” by playmates, who suspect his tendency toward homosexuality long before he knows what the term “faggot” means.

Hiding from schoolyard tormentors, silent, wide-eyed Chiron is discovered by a kindly, Cuban-born crack dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali), who offers him a meal and a place to stay for the night at the apartment he shares with his girl-friend Teresa (singer Janelle Monae).

When Juan drives Chiron home the next morning, he realizes that his mother, Paula (Naomi Harris), is a drug addict. “My momma does drugs?” Chiron asks, trying to comprehend. “And you sell drugs?”

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Library Holiday Book Sale This Weekend

The Westport Library’s 12th annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale will be held Friday through Sunday on the library’s main level.

For the first time, with the newly added Friday opening, the sale runs three days. All proceeds from the sale directly benefit the Library.

A large selection of gift-quality books at deep discounts will be available in many categories including art, current fiction, literature, classics, history, current events, gardening, crafts, cooking and biography.

Also for sale are many children’s books and holiday-themed materials, as well as DVDs and CDs in sealed original packaging, an announcement said.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Dewey Knit: Grade 4 to Adults
5:30 p.m. - 518 Riverside Ave. - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - RTM Library Museum & Arts
9 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: NaNoWriMo Write-Out

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

EMS Drama: Ben Frimmer Honored

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Westport Volunteer EMS Crew Chief Benjamin Frimmer tonight shows off his presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, signed by President Obama, presented to him during the service’s monthly meeting. Frimmer, who is also a dramatic arts teacher at Coleytown Middle School, has been with the service since 1985 and has “demonstrated his skills, abilities, and compassion on thousands of 911 medical emergency calls” according to WVEMS President Yves Cantin. The award is given to those who have served more than 4,000 volunteer service hours, although Frimmer has met that requirement many times over. “I have to say that volunteering, specifically with EMS, has been such a major part of my life, I can’t imagine it any other way,” Frimmer said in a Facebook post. “I couldn’t be more honored to have received this award signed by our outgoing President. I’m not usually one to be excited about certificates or awards, but this one seems quite special. To all my mentors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing me the value of giving.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Woman Found Dead in Maintenance Shed

UPDATE Westport police today were investigating the death of a homeless woman found in a maintenance shed behind the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Detectives were called to the scene as 21 Imperial Ave. in late afternoon where the woman, known to those who encountered her only as Tina, was found, according to sources. Her full name was Tina Wessel.

It was not known how long she had been dead.

A familiar sight in Westport for many years, she resisted multiple efforts by the town’s Human Services Department and others to help her, said a person familiar with her case. She sometimes took meals at the Gillespie Center.

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Main Street Shoplifting Arrest

Officers arrested a Fairfield woman for shoplifting shirts from Brandy Melville on Main Street back in June, police said today.

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Nicole Torrealba: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Upon her arrest Friday Nicole Torrealba, 19, was charged with sixth-degree larceny for having left the store without paying for two shirts valued at $22 each.

“Torrealba was identified by the store surveillance and witnesses to the incident, as Torrealba had shopped in the store previously,” said Lt. David Farrell. 

With an active warrant out for her arrest, Torrealba was taken into custody at the Fairfield Police Department where she was being held, Farrell said.

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Palmer: Superintendent’s Job “Best in World’

Four months into her job, Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said today it is the “best job in the world.”

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Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer addresses the Westport Rotary Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

In a wide-ranging talk to the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club at Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, she said it is “truly a privilege to serve in this role.”

“I do live in Westport,” said Palmer, who was formerly superintendent in Weston. And, bringing laughter from the audience, she added: “And so I’ve tried to figure out how to make a left turn into Starbucks….the problems we should have.”

“I love it here,” she said. “I love the vibrancy. I love the energy. I love the intellect, the passion, the talent of this community.”

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Schools Superintendent: ‘Worried About Long-Term Funding of Education’

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Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said today while Westport is “kind of an oasis here, isolated in so many ways,” a new administration in Washington will bring changes as “things cascade down to us.” Addressing the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club, she said, however, she is not overly concerned. “I’m not so worried about the federal government because whatever they’ve done I tried to find a way creatively to do what I need to do…and I’ve been successful so far.” she said. But she added: “I am more worried about the long-term funding of education.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Real Estate Report: Ranch Home Demand Strong

By Judy Szablak

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Newly-built homes comprise almost 25 percent of the available homes for sale in Westport and are responsible for 18 percent of the sales over the last year.

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Featured Home: This home on 134 Hillspoint Road is listed at $1.75 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis/Westport

More significantly, that 18 percent contributes quite significantly to our overall average sale price in town.

Pre-existing homes have sold on average for just over $1.35 million, while homes built after 2014 are averaging nearly $2.49 million.

Sometimes, we lose sight of the fact that these new construction homes help our overall market on a meaningful basis.

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Thanksgiving Survivor?

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This Tom Turkey was spotted Monday in Westport’s Partrick Wetlands. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Public Works Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, November 28, 2016

‘Routine Disturbance’ Disrupts Rush Hour

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UPDATE Westport police units converged on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge tonight in Westport’s center for what Lt. Anthony Prezioso, the shift commander, termed a “routine disturbance.” On Dec. 2, Lt. David Farrell gave further details. He said police responded to a disturbance on the bridge involving a driver who said two passengers got into an argument with her, grabbing her and taking her cell phone so she could not call 911. She also said they took her purse, but no purse was located in the area. The passengers, Korean Powell, 39, of Westport, and Shatrice Ricektts, 30, of Waterbury, were charged with disorderly conduct and released on a promise to appear in Norwalk court, Farrell said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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