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Friday, October 17, 2014

Riverside Avenue Crash

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Westport firefighters had to extricate a motorcyclist from under a box truck today at 355 Riverside Ave. after a crash at about 1:30 p.m. The motorcyclist was initially reported to be unconscious after the accident. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The roadway was reopened at 2:51 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Motorcyclist Injured in Crash With Truck

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A motorcyclist was seriously injured today in a crash with a truck in the area of 355 Riverside Ave. Firefighters had to extricate the motorcyclist from underneath the truck following the accident about 1:30 p.m. Police closed Riverside Avenue while an investigation was under way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Transit District: Eyeing RR Parking Income

By James Lomuscio

The two co-directors of the Westport Transit District (WTD) passed two resolutions today, one a policy statement clarifying the WTD’s role and responsibility for providing in-town bus service and the other seeking excess railroad parking funds to keep the buses rolling.

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Participants in today’s Westport Transit District meeting included co-directors Gene Cederbaum (l) and Jennifer Johnson (r), and Nancy Carroll of the Norwalk Transit District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Both resolutions need final approval from the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

WTD co-directors Eugene Cederbaum and Jennifer Johnson were joined at the meeting at the new Westport Weston Family Y by a half-dozen members of the RTM’s Transit Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee, and Nancy Carroll, chief operating officer of the Norwalk Transit District (NTD), which oversees the WTD.

“It’s been a learning process for us,” said Johnson, noting that she and Cederbaum have been at the helm for two years. “The town really needs a transportation policy, and we are very supportive of helping the town pull together a transportation policy.”

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Preservation Award Winner: 3 Gorham Ave.

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The house at 3 Gorham Ave. is among the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Award winners to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. The HDC said the Helen Muller Preservation Award for an outstanding property in a local historic district is being given to its owners, Grayson Braun and Jamie Walsh, in recognition of the preservation of the 1930-built house. It said, “In their effort to preserve and upgrade their home, they have devoted sensitivity and dedication to honoring the original character of the house.” Braun is a member of the HDC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Shores View

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Thursday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Shores.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  October 17, 2014


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
9:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Y - Westport Transit District Directors
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Happy Hour TED Talk: Peter Boyd
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Artist Reception: Susan Fisher Plotner, “Everyday Landscapes”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Comedy Night: Robert Dean w/ Michael Mathis, Lucien Formicella, and Nick Ribolla
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Teen Night
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

P&Z Extends Marijuana Moratorium

Despite one resident’s urging that the town move quickly to have a medical marijuana dispensary, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight voted unanimously to extend its moratorium on such a decision for nine months.

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A large crowd at the outset of tonight’s meeting dwindled to a few by the time of the action on the marijuana moratorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The current moratorium that went into effect Oct. 25, 2013 expires next week.

P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens said the extension to July 25, 2015 will give the P&Z more time to study the effects of such a dispensary, noting that one has already been approved for the region in Bethel.

“There is no rush,” said Stephens. “It’s a good learning time.”

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Real Estate Report: Upper-End Homes Are Hot

By Judy Szablak

Westport has not seen its upper-end market this active since 2008. Luxury home sales continue to impress, evidenced by yet another two significant homes that went under deposit this past week.

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Featured Home: This home at 70 Clapboard Hill Road is listed at $4,895,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport Riverside/KMS Partners

They were listed at $6,895,000 and $11.5 million.

Additionally, three other homes are under some phase of the deposit stage that are priced above $5 million. The list price on the five properties combined totals more than $46 million, and their average size is 9,787 square feet.

It is also important to note that two significant sales were reported in the last four months; one on Turkey Hill Road South for $5.12 million and another at Charmers Landing on Saugatuck Avenue for $7.6 million.

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Westport Soprano Performs Rodgers & Hart

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Westport soprano Lucia Palmieri performs “Jupiter Forbid” in the Connecticut Playmakers production of the best of Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway songs in a fully-staged song and dance musical “Rodgers & Hart A Celebration” at the auditorium at First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich through Oct. 26. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Said Palmieri: “Though I have sung Italian opera to crowds of 40,000 people in Central Park, I enjoy the intimate way we connect with the audience in Old Greenwich with the sparking American songs of Rodgers and Hart.” For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by David Rauch

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Malloy Orders Ebola Drills as Yale Student Tests Negative

UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today ordered all hospitals in the state to test their preparedness to handle potential Ebola cases within the next week.

He spoke as officials at Yale-New Haven Hospital said a Yale graduate student hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms did not have the disease.

Malloy also announced that he has established a command team to act as a central authority to deal with any Ebola cases in the state. The team is led by Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewell Mullen and includes officials from state agencies for public safety, education, prison and environmental protection.

Yale-New Haven Hospital officials said late today that tests on the patient were negative for Ebola. He was in good condition with a low-grade fever and had improved since being hospitalized.

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Wreckers Donate $8,300 to Pink Aid

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It was another “pink” banner year for the Staples Wreckers with their fifth annual Get Your Pink On football game fundraiser. This year, the Wreckers donated $8,300 to Pink Aid, a local nonprofit Connecticut grant-based organization that provides screening and compassionate services to under-served women undergoing breast cancer treatment. In just four years, the Staples Wreckers along with other varsity athletic teams helped raise and donated $45,000 to Pink Aid. For more information, visit http://www.pinkaid.org. Pictured (l-r) are Captains Teddy Coogan, Tammy Zelkowitz (Pink Aid board member), Matty Jacowleff, Jackson Hoebermann, Jake Melnick, and Coach Marce Petroccio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Chamber Still Seeks Store Fronts and Halloween Painters

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is still seeking store fronts and window painters for the its annual town wide Halloween Window Painting Contest on Saturday.

Children of all ages are invited to put their artistic skills to work on merchant store front windows to create the spookiest and/or best Halloween-themed painting.

There will be three age groups participating; elementary school, middle school and high school within the categories of spookiest or best Halloween theme.

Judging will take place over the following few days by community members, an announcement said.

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U.S. Attorney: Investor Fraud Big Problem Here

By James Lomuscio

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly, a Westport Greens Farms Academy graduate who now holds the state’s top law enforcement post, kept a meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston riveted today as she touched on a wide range of law-related topics.

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U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly addresses the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Addressing about 150 persons at the group’s weekly meeting at the Unitarian Church, the first woman to hold the U.S. District of Connecticut post since it was established in 1789 discussed investor fraud, national security concerns, violent crime in the state’s major cities, and efforts that have resulted in decreased crime.

The 1977 graduate of Greens Farms Academy, who went on to Dartmouth College, received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984, and after other legal posts was confirmed by the Senate to her position in May, also spoke of “the role of men in my life,” from her father to her husband and sons.

“I’ve had very many, male role models,” said the Fairfield resident, adding that a number of them have been judges, including Alan H. Nevas of Westport, retired senior U.S. District Court judge, who introduced her to the all-male group.

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Debicella Takes in $1M, But Short of Himes’ Fundraising

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Republican Dan Debicella (l) pulled in less than incumbent Democrat Jim Himes. Contributed photos

Washington – Shelton businessman Dan Debicella, a Republican, has raised more than $1 million in his efforts to oust Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District.

But Himes has outpaced his rival, having pulled in about $2.5 million in campaign funds as of Sept. 30, according to the candidates’ latest quarterly filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

There’s also a great difference in how much cash the candidates had on hand at the end of the filing period to help their campaigns in the crucial few weeks before the Nov. 4 elections.

Himes reported $1.8 million in available funds, Debicella $114,314.

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Preservation Award Winner: 97 Hillspoint Road

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The house at 97 Hillspoint Road is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 . The HDC said the award to Lynne and Stephen Goldstein, owners of the circa 1860 house, is in recognition of “the outstanding addition to the original Italianate-style structure. Their respect for the architectural integrity, scale and massing of the core structure is evident in the appropriate rear addition.” It noted that “owners are continuing the important role of stewards of this historic property, which had been moved from across the street in 1960 to accommodate Hillspoint School.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WN on the Scene: Hong Kong Streets Quiet


Central Hong Kong streets were quiet and calm today as Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, said that the government would welcome a dialogue with protest leaders. His words came after two consecutive nights of violent clashes with police reinvigorated the pro-democracy movement, which has paralyzed swaths of the city. Christine Hall, a Fairfield County resident who with her husband Andy are patrons of the Westport Arts Center, provided these photos of central Hong Kong today. Christine Hall for WestportNow.com

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Here’s Looking at You

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A deer spotted on Westport’s Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  October 16, 2014


9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - ArtEducation Workshop for Adults
10 a.m. - Fairfield Hunt Club (174 Long Lots Road) - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Brain Series: William Alexander, “Flirting with French”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM District 7
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Absentee Ballots Lagging

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Former State Sen. Judith Freedman of Westport was among voters picking up absentee ballots at the Town Clerk’s Office today. Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said 293 absentee ballots have been issued through Tuesday and 89 have been returned. Strauss, in the job 16 years, said “that’s considered low compared to past years.”  She calculates that the absentee ballots usually represent about 10 percent of the total votes so that could mean a lower than usual turnout on Nov. 4. Strauss said to encourage voters her office will be open on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Scary Doings on Park Lane

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One of the many festive neighborhood attractions in Westport is the annual Halloween lawn display at 9 Park Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Local Realtor ‘Unzips’ Westport

The New York City-based videography company Show Doctor has been shooting a documentary about Westport this week, according to Westporter Tracy Chevrier, a principal of the company.

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The new series was shooting at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today with (l-r) cameraman John Houghton of New York and Westporters Mar Jennings and Tracy Chevrier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Chevrier said the production, entitled “Unzipped Westport” and hosted by another Westporter, Mar Jennings, is being created for Higgins Group Real Estate located on Westport’s Post Road East.

She said the four one-minute productions of Unzipped will highlight Westport restaurants, its schools, shopping and other aspects of the community.

She said the intention of the documentary is to provide both Westport residents and out-of-towners a chance to a chance to view episodes of Westport.

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Closed for Repairs, Splash Set to Reopen Oct. 21

Closed for almost two weeks due to electrical and plumbing repairs and routine maintenance, Splash Restaurant & Bar located at Westport’s Inn at Longshore is set to reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Teresa De Caro, sister of the restaurant’s owner, said today.

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Splash Restaurant at Westport’s Inn at Longshore has been a favorite since opening in 1995. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The fact that Splash has been closed sent ripples of concerns and confusion over the past week among some patrons who had feared the waterfront restaurant on site since 1995 had shut down.

Today, DeCaro said she wanted to set the record straight.

“We’re not closed,” she stressed. “We’ve been closed for maintenance and repairs, and we look forward to reopening on October 21.”

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Food Talk

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Michel Nischan, celebrity chef, two-time James Beard Foundation Award winner, and president and CEO of Wholesome Wave, spoke at the Westport Arts Center today about food equality. His lunchtime discussion was part of the Arts Center’s Lunch Cafe series in which local experts discuss topics relating to the environment. The series is sponsored and curated by Wholesome Wave. Moderator of the discussion was Helen Klisser During (l), the Center’s director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for WestportNow.com

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Obama Cancels Trip to Bridgeport

President Obama has canceled a trip to Bridgeport today due to the Ebola crisis.

The White House said he will instead convene Cabinet officials coordinating the government’s Ebola response at the White House.

The change comes as a second health worker in Dallas who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease.

Obama had planned to speak at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats in Union, N.J., and then head to a rally in Bridgeport for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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Comings & Goings: Lights on as Crumbs Readies to Reopen

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Lights were on at the shuttered Crumbs cupcakery on Westport’s Taylor Place today as a worker said the bake shop could reopen as early as next week. Crumbs, which had been at the location since April 2009, closed in July as the firm declared bankruptcy. (See WestportNow July 8 ,2014) The Crumbs midtown Manhattan store reopened Tuesday with new treats: double Greek yogurt cakes, banana bread, and nutella crozels, a croissant-pretzel hybrid. Crumbs officials said 16 New York area stores, including Westport, will reopen over the next month. Stores will also reopen in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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