Friday, July 01, 2016
Due to the threat of thunderstorms, tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts show, Caravan of Thieves, will take place at the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.
Food and beverages are not allowed in the auditorium, with the exception of water.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 13 - 17, 2016:
Jones Westport LLC to Patrick Lebedis and Jennifer Prosek, 82 Compo Mill Cove, $1,455,000
Jones Westport LLC to Patrick Lebedis and Jennifer Prosek, 81 Compo Mill Cove, $800,000
Kay Timmis Estate to AJ Investments LLC, 27 Richmondville Ave., $445,000
Harrison Whitman Trust to Terri Jean Pasquartelli, 91 Regents Park, $725,000
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tornado watch for Westport and area until 10 p.m. today.
The Watch includes two counties in southern Connecticut, Fairfield and New Haven counties.
It has also been issued for five counties in northeast New Jersey and 10 counties in southeast New York.
The NWS also said there is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The main threat will be damaging winds with a small chance for large hail.
The Westport Police Department today issued a map showing locations of temporary parking while Lot No. 1 at the Metro-North Westport station at Saugatuck is under construction, set to begin sometime before July 15. See PDF of map here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police graphic
The Westport Police Department today issued this map of the Metro=North Green’s Farms station showing locations of additional temporary parking as construction takes place at Lot No. 1 at the Westport station in Saugatuck. See PDF of map here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police Department graphic
By Keith M.Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
While confirming that state government’s finances have slipped yet again, Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo also said today that a few “bright spots” show Connecticut’s economy might not be done growing.
And while the state entered a new fiscal year today, Lembo certified a $315.8 million deficit in the the outgoing budget — a shortfall that worsened largely because of further slippage in state income and sales tax receipts.
The deficit for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which is $56.7 million worse than projected one month ago, potentially could leave Connecticut with only about $90 million in its emergency reserve – a level equal to about one-half of 1 percent of annual operating costs.
Lembo, who recommends a reserve of 15 percent, will not formally close the books on 2015-16 until the end of September.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Ambler Road West, off Turkey Hill Road North, is in process. Built in 1963, the one-story ranch has 1,490-square feet and is situated on a .47-acre property. Because the house 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
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to earlier overhead wire damage.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Caravan of Thieves
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Scenes from tonight’s P.A.L. fireworks display at Westport’s Compo Beach. Dave Matlow and Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Thousands watched tonight’s fireworks display at Westport’s Compo Beach. But several police officers and veterans of past Compo displays said the crowd was not as large as some past years, which they attributed to the Thursday night timing with Friday a work day for many. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
There were a few clouds in the sky but they did not interfere with tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks display. Bad weather was forecast to move in Friday, the rain date for tonight’s event, and already a number of surrounding communiies have postponed their fireworks displays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
One of the biggest crowd pleasers of tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks event was the New York City-based Marching Cobras who performed for the third successive year. Kevin Young, assistant director of Bands for Cobra Performing Arts, Inc. said the performers, ranging in ages from eight to 21, were from 10 schools across all five New York City boroughs and Westchester County. He said the group practices solely at P.S. 123 in Harlem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
With state budget cuts set to leave Project Return high and dry, the nonprofit group home for girls announced today it has joined forces with Homes with Hope, a local agency that addresses homelessness.
Established in a five-bedroom, country farmhouse at 124 Compo Road North in 1983—it actually opened in 1986 after three years of renovations—Project Return has been financially supported by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF).
But that support ends Friday as the state’s budget crisis deals financial blows to nonprofit, supportive services statewide.
Homes with Hope, established in 1983, then as the Interfaith Housing Association of Westport and Weston, is not as dependent on government monies.
UPDATE & CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Mimi Lane, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the 1-1/2 story ranch has 2,462-square feet, is situated on a .5-acre property and changed ownership last month for $880,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (An incorrect picture was posted earlier.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Blending live action and computer animation, Steven Spielberg has adapted Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale “The BFG” with Oscar-winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) as the titular character, The Big Friendly Giant.
Scripted by the late Melissa Matheson (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”) and directed by Spielberg, it’s set in London in the early 1980s and revolves around 10 year-old orphan, Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a lonely insomniac who - at 3 a.m. - spies a 24-ft.-tall giant lurking about the cobblestone streets, collecting and dispensing phosphorescent dreams to unsuspecting sleepers.
She sees him and he sees her. Reaching his hand through an open window, the grandfatherly-looking BFG gently plucks Sophie out of bed because - if word got out that giants roamed the city - that would end their nocturnal visits.
So the BFG whisks terrified Sophie off to Giant Country, where sinister Fleshlumpeater (voiced by Jermaine Clement) and Bloodbottler (voiced by Bill Hader), constantly bully him.
A house along Westport’s Soundview Drive is decked out in red, white, and blue today in advance of party time for tonight’s Westport P.A.L. fireworks display, which begins at 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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