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Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Microsoft Publisher 2013
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Transit Committee
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

An ‘Imperfect’ Malloy Asks for Patience, Understanding

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Stamford – In the first of a series of open-ended town hall meetings, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today stood his ground on his intention to make deep spending cuts.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy chats with a guest at the Stamford Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

But the governor did so in a tone more plaintive than combative, suggesting in his sixth year in office he was humbled by fiscal challenges.

“I’m an imperfect governor. I’m an imperfect messenger. I’m imperfect in many different ways,” Malloy said after an evening of complaints about things he is cutting. “But I’m working really hard to find the right balance. I don’t believe the right balance is raising taxes at this time.”

The audience sent him home with applause, an uncertain prospect at the start of an evening that would produce nearly unbroken complaints about what his budget would cost Connecticut in terms of services and quality of life.

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Patrick Road Reopened

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Westport’s Partrick Road was reopened to traffic tonight after being closed for about four hours after a tree fell onto primary power lines, causing power outages in the are of 53 Partrick Road.The road was closed between Old Hill Road and Cranbury Road. The road was reopened about 8:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter No. 1 in Fenway Snowboard Event

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Julia Marino, 18, of Westport tonight took home first place in the women’s Big Air At Fenway snowboard finals in Boston’s Fenway Park. The home of the Red Sox was transformed into a snowboard winter wonderland with a 140-foot tall, 430-foot long man-made snow-covered ramp and landing zone covering the area from center field to home plate. More than 75 athletes from 25 countries competed in men’s and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing, part of an attempt to bring the sport down from the mountain and into cities where more people can enjoy it. It gave U.S. fans a chance to get more familiar with big air before it enters the Winter Olympics in 2018. Contributed photo

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Cold Work

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Despite today’s temperatures in the 20s with the winds making it feel like 11, work went ahead on the Bedford Square development in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Green Makeover for 500 Post Road East

By Dave Matlow

The 39-year-old office building at 500 Post Road East, across from Westport Fire Headquarters, is getting a green makeover.

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Timon Malloy, representing the owner of 500 Post Road East, is shown on the third floor of the building, which he says will be “totally green.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The building, former home of Terex Corp., changed ownership in March 2012 for $9 million. Timon Malloy, president of Stamford-based Fred F. French Investing LLC , the new owner, said innovation of the 37,000-square foot building is being completed in two phases with final completion projected for 2017.

The former Westport resident said the initial phase, the 15,000-square foot third floor, is well underway. Then the second phase will begin—renovation of the entrance level and second floor.

“The building will be totally green, a shift from the original structure, which lacked proper insulation and was mainly electric powered,” said Malloy, son of the late Westport artist Susan Malloy.

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Comings & Goings: Lester’s to Post Road East

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Lester’s, a clothing, shoes and accessories store, with contemporary fashions, will open next month at 605 Post Road East (opposite Fresh Market) in the space previously occupied by WishList that closed last month after 18 years. Westport will be the fifth location for the chain that has other locations in New York City’s Upper East Side as well as in Greenvale, Rye Brook and Brooklyn, N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Shoe-Inn Moves Across Street

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Shoe-Inn, the women’s designer shoe store for four decades at 38 Main St., has reopened across the street at 21 Main St. next to Pottery Barn. The new space was formerly occupied by Henry Lehr. Shoe-Inn has seven other stores located in New Jersey, Westchester County, New York City, and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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KHS Students Perform ‘Willy Wonka’

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Westport’s Kings Highway Elementary School (KHS) performed their annual school play Tuesday, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The school is the only elementary school in Westport that produces an annual play production and has been doing it for more than 25 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Malloy Activating Severe Cold Weather Protocol

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today urged Connecticut residents to prepare for bitter cold temperatures over the next several days.

He said forecasts for this weekend project a low of -5 to -10 degrees F, with sustained winds of 15 MPH, with gusts to 30-35 MPH.  This could create a wind chill of -25 to -35 at times.

In anticipation, the governor said he is activating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning at 4 p.m. today and it will remain in effect through 10 a.m. on Monday.

While activated, the protocol directs the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Housing (DOH) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable populations are protected from the severe cold weather.

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Earthplace Sunset

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A leaf from a Beech tree, one of the only native trees that will keep its leaves throughout the winter, sets the scene for a brisk sunset at Westport’s Earthplace on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 11, 2016


10 a.m. - noon - Town Hall - American Job Center Southwest Career Coach: beginning Excel 2007
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Town Hall - American Job Center Southwest Career Coach: intermediate Excel 2007
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Introductory Nonfiction Writing Workshop
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Environmental Learning Series Screening: “Idle Threat”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport’s Mill Pond: a Panel Discussion on Preservation
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Blight Prevention Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gas Prices Fall Again

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The sign at the right tells it all—gas prices fell to $1.89 cash/regular today at Westport Sunoco, 322 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Finance Board Wraps Up Budget Workshops

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The Westport Board of Finance, meeting in an afternoon session at the Westport Library, today wrapped of three informal budget workshops on First Selectman Jim Marpe’s proposed $91.6 million budget for 2016-17, an .8 percent increase over the current year.  Today’s meeting focused on the Westport Library, Earthplace, the Westport Transit District, the Westport Weston Health District, and the Department of Human Services. Next month, the board will begin its formal review of the town and school budgets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Improved Wi-Fi for Longshore and Compo

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The Westport Board of Selectmen today approved an agreement with Cablevision to provide broadband communication services (Wi-Fi) and installation of associated equipment at Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach. Both facilities already have town-operated Wi-FI but the agreement will permit improved Cablevision Optinum Wi-Fi coverage to the Ned Dimes Marina area of Compo and near the pavilion, pool, and E. R. Strait Marina at Longshore. Plans call for the Longshore equipment to be installed in the cupola of the pavilion (above) facing the pool and adjacent to the dock at Compo, according to documents provided by Eileen Zhang, the town’s information technology director. She said the services will be provided at no cost to the town and will be accessible only to Cablevision customers.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Valentines and Eggo Cinnamon Toast

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Shoppers at Westport’s Stop & Shop added valentines to their shopping basket today in advance of Sunday’s Valentine’s Day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fuel Assistance Available

The Westport Department of Human Services reminded residents today that applications for fuel assistance are still being accepted at its office in Town Hall, Room 200, 110 Myrtle Ave.

Officials encouraged eligible Westport residents to apply as soon as possible, as the deadline is March 14 for those who heat with oil and April 29 for residents who heat with gas or electric

To qualify, a family of two may have an annual gross income of up to $43,327, and asset limits for the state program are $15,000 for homeowners and $12, 000 for renters

For further information or to schedule an appointment call (203) 341-1050.

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Presentation to Owners of 36 Narrow Rocks Rd.

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Bob Weingarten (l), Westport Historical Society house historian, presents Westporter Simon Hallgarten (whose wife, Robbyn, could not be present) with a recent photograph of their 36 Narrow Rocks Road home, built in 1795, and, through lenticular photographic imaging, a replica of the house as it appeared in 1935. The lenticular imaging was created by Westport graphic artist Miggs Burroughs (r). The photographs are part of the collection of 131 photographs of Westport houses taken in 1935 seen in the exhibit “Window to Westport’s Past and Present” at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Then and Now: 36 Narrow Rocks Road

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This lenticular image by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs shows Westport’s 36 Narrow Rocks Road today and as it appeared in 1935. The work is part of the current Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit “Window to Westport’s Past and Present.” Lenticular by Miggs Burroughs

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Real Estate Report: Negotiating is Fine Art

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Negotiating your home sale or purchase in Westport is a fine art, and you or your agent should look for clues to decipher the personalities, timing, and communication styles involved in order to best negotiate an agreement.

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Featured Home: This newly built 11-room home at 7 Tupelo Road is listed at $1,999,999.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside and William Raveis Westport.

Some people reply as quickly as possible, yet others have to mull things over before they give an answer.

Know which type of personality you are dealing with. A fast counter-offer may not necessarily mean the other side is overly anxious, and a slower than expected response does not always mean that the other party is not motivated or interested in pursuing a transaction.

One wrong move in negotiations can either cost you money, or even lose the deal, so be very careful. Emotions can run high, and tempers can flare over otherwise minor items.

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CT Slowly Embraces New Zoning Method

By Tom Condon

www.ctmirror.org

Dixwell Avenue in Hamden is an inelegant and jumbled commercial strip, a paean to post-World War II planning, a hurried venue for cars where pedestrians or bike riders venture at considerable risk. For example, at the 1950s-era Hamden Plaza, diners leaving Panera Bread on one side of the mall often find the parking lot so vast and uninviting that they get in their cars to pilgrimage to Ashley’s Ice Cream on the other side.

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Hamden Plaza on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tom Condon/Ctmirror.org

But over time Dixwell and Hamden’s other two major commercial thoroughfares, State Street and Whitney Avenue, may take on a friendlier look and scale; indeed Whitney already is.

Hamden has joined a quiet revolution going on across the country in an area not usually associated with revolutionary fervor: zoning. Instead of focusing on what a building is used for, as traditional zoning does, the new approach, called “form-based zoning,” concentrates on what a building looks like — its form — and how it relates to the street and the neighborhood.

Advocates say the focus on the physical form of buildings encourages diverse, attractive and walkable streets, protects the character of neighborhoods and encourages development by making it more predictable and less administratively cumbersome.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘The Lady in the Van,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Make no mistake: “Anomalisa” is an R-rated animated feature - for adults!

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In writer/director Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” he raised provocative philosophical questions which he now explores existentially, utilizing puppets in stop-motion animation.

First seen on an airplane to Cincinnati, middle-aged Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) is the acutely depressed author of a customer-service self-help book called “How May I Help You Help Them?”

Preparing to deliver a motivational speech the next day, Michael checks into the posh Fregoli Hotel, dutifully calls his wife and son in Los Angeles, and tries to re-ignite an old flame for a drink.

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Skiing the Longshore Course

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The golf course at Westport’s Longshore Club Park attracted cross-country ski fans on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Friends of Sherwood Island Park 2nd-Wednesday Nature Walk
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9:15 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Fire Department Strategic Planning Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
12:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Westport Domestic Violence Task Force
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

BOF Looks at Ambitious Parks & Rec Budget

Westport’s Board of Finance took an informal second look tonight at First Selectman Jim Marpe’s proposed $91,639,626 budget for 2016-17, a $727,396 or .8 percent increase over the current year.

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Restoring the riverwalk along the Saugatuck River near the Westport Library was cited as one of the proposed 2016-17 Parks and Recreation projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Tonight’s focus—the Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments’ budgets, general government departments and the Wakeman Town Farm.

Combined with the Board of Education $113.5 million proposed budget, Marpe’s municipal forecast would bring the overall town budget to $205,588,568, a 1.49 percent increase.

The Public Works proposed budget of $9,716,717 shows a modest 1.4 percent increase over the current year’s $9,583,246 operating budget.

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