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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Comings & Goings: Japanese Gastropub to Vigilante Firehouse

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Chef Brian Lewis, owner of The Cottage in Colonial Green, today announced plans to open a second eatery in Westport at the landmark former Vigilante Hose Co. No. 6 firehouse, 6 Wilton Road. Lewis describes the cafe as “a modern Japanese Izakaya meets Omakase restaurant.”  Izakya is a type of informal Japanese gastropub that are casual places for after-work drinking. Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you” (from Japanese “to entrust.”) Lewis said it is slated to open in late fall. The space was formerly occupied by Neat Coffee and Craft Cocktails, which closed in January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Regional Planners Agree to Remove $42 Million for Cribari Bridge

By James Lomuscio

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe’s decision to reject $42 million in Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) money for the William F. Cribari Bridge restoration won unanimous support today from members of the Housatonic Valley & South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

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John Suggs, Westport Representative Town Meeting member, addresses today’s meeting in Ridgefield as Westport First Selectman (l) Jim Marpe listens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

After public comments from four Westporters for and against, the MPO at its monthly meeting in Ridgefield voted unanimously to remove the money in five line items from the draft of its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2018-21.

“I am requesting that we delete those five line items until the current environmental assessment project is complete, and we have a better understanding of the recommended preliminary design and preferred design,” Marpe told the group..

He said the environmental assessment, which includes the historic and cultural significance of the 1884-built swing bridge currently on the National Register of Historic Places, could take a year-and-a-half to complete. Meanwhile, he said he had serious concerns “about the potential consequences of a major replacement or rehabilitation.”

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Burying Hill Beach Has No Weekday Lifeguards

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There were no lifeguards on duty today at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. The Parks and Recreation Department announced Wednesday that lifeguards only will be on duty at the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Compo Beach will continue to have lifeguards on duty daily through Sept. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Job With: Sandy Cooper, Cooper’s Auto Parts

By James Lomuscio

For 44 years, seven days a week, Sandy Cooper has come to his same shop in the same location, opening at 6 a.m. and using the same cash register.

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Sandy Cooper: on the job every day since 1973. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The register at Cooper’s Auto Parts at 1763 Post Road East across from Stop & Shop was a gift from a friend the night before he first opened Sept. 1, 1973.

“I was ready to use a shoe box,” he recalled, adding that his friend who had owned a gas station had an old McCaskey register.

Though some of the register’s keys saying gas, tires, ethyl and tubes have never been used, Cooper says it’s served him well. So has the narrow, tight parking strip mall that houses his business.

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A Look at Another Sunset as Summer Days Going Fast

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Visitors to South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach enjoy Wednesday’s sunset. Summer is fast coming to a close with Westport students returning to school two weeks from today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Otocast Subcommittee
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Annual Lobster Clambake
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Film Screening: “Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World”
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters- Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Blight Prevention Board
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Anthem Reggae
8:15 p.m. - Compo Beach - Parks & Recreation Movie Night: “Boss Baby”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fun at the Levitt

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Steve Roslonek (r) of SteveSongs delighted youngsters tonight as part of the Levitt Pavilion’s Melissa & Doug weekly children series.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Up Close

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Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs gets up close and personal tonight with youngsters at the Levitt Pavilion childrens series. He is recognized by the young set as “Mr. Steve,” co-host of the “PBS KIDS” preschool destination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Letter: Summer Noise Makes Resident ‘Pray for Winter’

To the Editor:

The noise in my neighborhood between Long Lots and Cross Highway over the past few years has become unbearable. Being outside during the summer before 7 p.m. is pretty much a no-hoper, at least where I live.

It is either a chain saw, a huge tree shredder, the reverse alarm on a large truck, a leaf blower, a lawn mower or somebody getting their septic drained. It never seems to stop and has me eager to get out of town or praying for winter, which is weird.

Maybe we have just had some bad luck and it will change. Maybe it is not so bad in other parts of Westport. But it seems a helluva way to live, particularly given the price of living here.

I am curious if others have a similar experience and if there is anything that might be done.

Gerard MacDonell,
Westport

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Granger at the Movies: ‘The Glass Castle,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘Detroit’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“The Glass Castle” is a dysfunctional childhood recollection that makes the anti-Establishment patriarch “Captain Fantastic” (2016) look like a candidate for Father-of-the-Year. At least he never starved or tortured his children.

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In Destin Daniel Cretton’s screen adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir, Walls’ abusive, alcoholic father Rex is seen all-too-often through rose-colored glasses, or perhaps that’s Woody Harrelson’s colorful, manipulatively roguish interpretation.

Working as a Manhattan gossip columnist in the 1980s, riding in a taxi after a posh restaurant dinner with her financier fiancé (Max Greenfield), Jeanette Walls (Brie Larsen) spots her grubby, itinerant parents dumpster-diving on the Lower East Side. Which ignites a series of flashbacks.

Nomadic Rex and Rose Mary Walls were free spirits. An intelligent but self-destructive bohemian, Rex (Harrelson) was unable to hold a job or cope with authority, while self-centered Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) would rather paint than cook for her hungry kids. Which is why, as a 3-year-old, Jeannette suffered serious burns trying to boil hot dogs.

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No Weekday Lifeguards at Burying Hill Beach

Effective immediately, there will be no lifeguards on duty weekdays at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach, the Parks and Recreation Department announced today.

Lifeguards only will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, according to Dan Devito, Parks and Recreation operations supervisor.

Devito added that Compo Beach will continue to have lifeguards daily through Sept. 4, and that beach emblems for vehicle admission are required through Saturday, Sept. 30.

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Honoring Tax Collector Peggy Klein on Her Retirement

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Town of Westport department heads gathered at Town Hall today to honor Tax Collector Peggy Klein (c, holding flowers) on her retirement after 30 years of service to the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sealing the Cracks

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The crack seal project is underway on Westport roadways. Workers from Seal Coating Inc of Braintree, Massachusetts apply slant to broken road surfaces on Maple Avenue South today near the intersection of Greens Farms Road. According to Dan Fletcher, foreman, the roads in the Greens Farms area will be completed today. He said Thursday’s work locations will be either North Avenue or Roseville Road. He said the project will require seven or eight days to complete. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Woman’s Club Food Pantry Filling Up

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The shelves of the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) food pantry were steadily being restocked today, thanks to donations prompted by Tuesday’s announcement of pantry needs, according to Dorothy Packer, WWC member. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Trying His Luck

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A fisherman tries out his luck for bluefish early today at Pasacreta Park on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Hazy Sunset

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Tuesday’s hazy sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Diane Bosch for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - SteveSongs
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Marpe: Pros and Cons to State’s Cribari Bridge Proposal

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said it would be premature for him to make any decision on the offer Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials made to him today concerning the historic William F. Cribari Bridge.

He said a decision whether to accept it would require a lot of town meetings and public input.

CDOT Commissioner James Redeker met with Marpe today, offering a restoration plan for the 1884-built swing bridge currently on the National Register of Historic Places — and a proposal for rerouting Route 136. Marpe said it was similar to a state offer in the late 1980s on which no action was taken.

Redeker’s pitch presented by CDOT Chief Engineer Mark Rolfe was for the state to repair and to restore its bridge and to give it to the town — as well as the stretch of state-owned Route 136 over the bridge to Compo Road South all the way north to Post Road East.

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Pink Brass

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The brass section of The Fairfield Counts was in the pink tonight as the Big Band sound filled the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Swinging With Grandpa

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A proud grandpa dances tonight with his grandson to the Big Band sound of The Fairfield Counts at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Stamford Meeting Discusses Fed Rail Plan

By Kyle Constable

www.ctmirror.org

Stamford — Fresh off a recent victory in southeastern Connecticut, activists and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal have begun organizing opposition to a second federally proposed rail segment. This time, the fight is in lower Fairfield County.

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (4th r) was among those at today’s Stamford meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kyle Constable for Ctmirror.org.

The Federal Railroad Administration is recommending a new rail segment for high-speed trains between New Rochelle, N.Y., and Greens Farms in Westport to speed up service between New York and Boston. Opponents are calling it a “Fairfield County bypass.”

Federal officials pitched the idea as part of their final plan for NEC Future, a sweeping vision for reshaping rail service from Boston to Washington, D.C. –- the Northeast Corridor -– as it braces for an increase ridership expected in the coming decades. The plan is meant to guide state and federal investments in the years to come.

The state has the final say on any new route. Funding would be split between the federal government, which would pick up most of the cost, and the state.

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Marpe: State Makes New/Old Proposal on Cribari Bridge

First Selectman Jim Marpe said today that he received a written proposal from the state Department of Transportation (CTDOT) that details a new/old approach to repairing and rehabilitating the state-owned William F. Cribari Bridge in Saugatuck.

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The Cribari Bridge during an opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

In a news release, Marpe said he, Finance Director Gary Conrad, and Public Works Director Steve Smith met today with Transportation Commissioner James Redeker to discuss the proposal, which he said the state offered to the town in the late 1980s but was not acted on at the time.

Essentially, the state offered to complete repairs on the bridge and then transfer ownership of the bridge to the town. At the same time, CT Route 136 would be redirected from its intersection at Compo Road North and Post Road East (CT Route 1), across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, then south along Riverside Avenue (CT Route 33.)

Compo Road South from its intersection at Route 1 to its intersection at Bridge Street and Bridge Street itself, currently part of Route 136, would be designated as town roads.

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‘Appropriate’ Opens Previews Tonight at Playhouse

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“Appropriate,” the 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, previews tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. Pictured are (l-r) Betsy Aidem, Diane Davis, and David Aaron Baker. The story of family secrets is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. The play runs through Sept. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Donations Needed for Woman’s Club Food Pantry

Westport Human Services Director Elaine Daignault today asked for community help to replenish the food pantry at the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC).

She said nonperishable groceries and food gift cards are needed.

“For many families, summer can be a stressful and expensive time,” Daignault said. “Without the benefit of school lunches, families cut back on other household expenses so they can buy more groceries to pack nutritious lunches for their children to enjoy at camp and at home.”

She said her department has had an influx of requests for emergency food “from our most vulnerable families.”

Contributions are being accepted weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westport Woman’s Club located at 44 Imperial Ave.

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Roadway ‘Crack Seal’ Program Begins Wednesday

Westport’s annual roadway “crack seal program” is scheduled to begin Wednesday on seven to 10 miles of roadways throughout town, the Department of Public Works announced today.

According to John Broadbin, deputy public works director, the repairs will take place daily for one week.

Traffic will not be detoured, he said, but an alternating one-way traffic flow will be used to route traffic around the continually moving work zone.

“The roadways will be open for two-way traffic as the work crew progresses,” Broadbin said.

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