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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

‘It Was So Loud - Boom, Boom, Boom’

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A nearby resident of Underhill Parkway took this photo tonight moments after a sewage tanker truck went down an embankment from I-95 on the north end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport as it was traveling southbound between exits 18 and 17. The driver was killed, according to fire officials. One witness said: “There were three more explosions after it went off the highway. It was so loud –- boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.” The crash occurred just before 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

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Driver Killed in Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash

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A firefighter at the scene tonight where the driver of a sewage tanker truck (in bushes, rear) was killed when his vehicle went off of I-95 at the end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck, apparently the only vehicle involved, burst into flames as it went down an embankment on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway near the town’s sewage treatment plant. The highway was closed in both directions between exits 17 and 18 in Westport but later northbound was reopened. Police said adjacent town roads, as well as the Post Road, were jammed with traffic as a result of the highway closure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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I-95 Crash Ties Up Highway and Local Traffic

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The scene tonight on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway, just below the I-95 Saugatuck Bridge where a sewage tanker truck burst into flames and went down an embankment. Westport police said local traffic in the area was backed up and the Post Road was jammed as southbound I-95 traffic sought to detour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash on I-95

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UPDATE A tanker truck hauling sewage was involved in a fiery crash tonight at the end of the Saugatuck River bridge in Westport. The truck apparently went off the highway and down an embankment, ending up on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway. Fire officials said the driver was killed in the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Real Estate Report: Transitioning Neighborhoods

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

A few of Westport’s neighborhoods are in the transitioning stage, as evidenced by new construction in areas where there have not been any newly built homes in quite a while.

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Featured Home: This home at 4 Vani Court is listed at $1,435,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s Westport

These transitioning neighborhoods provide buyers with an alternative to purchasing pre-existing homes that may be in need of some remodeling that are in a similar price range, but in a more price-established area.

At the same time, these homes offer a ground floor opportunity to enter into a growing neighborhood.

It is interesting to note that when newer homes are built in these neighborhoods, nearby homeowners tend to remodel, surrounding property values tend to go up, and other new properties subsequently get built, all serving to further enhance the area.

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Sprucing Up Project Return

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Volunteers from Westport-based Triple Point Technology gathered today at Project Return, 124 Compo Road North, to clean up and beautify the property. The work is in preparation for the eight young women, ages 18-24, who will be occupy the house after the completion of the merger of Project Return and Homes With Hope, according to Jeff Wieser (r), president of the recently combined organizations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Project Return Takes Next Step in Transformation

Westport’s Project Return, which has aided teenage girls in crisis for three decades, took another step today in its transformation into aiding a slightly older female population in need.

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The Project Return house at 124 Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Board of Selectmen approved an amendment, and assignment and assumption of a lease agreement between Project Return, Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH), and the town as it relates to the lease for town-owned property at 124 Compo Road North to Project Return dated June 1, 2001.

Project Return announced on June 30 that with state budget cuts set to leaving it high and dry, it has joined forces with HWH, a local agency that addresses homelessness. (See WestportNow June 30, 2016)

“The board is very committed to continuing the mission of serving young women in crisis to help them rebuild their lives,” explained Kimberly Lake, co-chair of Project Return’s Strategic Action Committee.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 43 High Point Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 43 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story split level has 2,019-square feet, is situated on a 1.11-acre property and changed ownership this month for $675,000. 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

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Police Chief: Town Seeking Bomb Detection Dog

Westport is seeking a bomb detection dog to augment its three-dog K-9 corps, Police Chief Foti Koskinas told the Board of Selectmen today.

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Atlas, Westport’s third narcotics detection dog, vsited today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“I am working very hard to get a bomb detection dog that is nationally certified at either no cost or minimal cost and tap into federal money,” he said.

“I feel between our train stations, our schools, and all the religious locations that we have it would be a huge asset to the town.”

The police chief said the bomb detection dog would work with the one of the existing handlers of the town’s three police service dogs.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Wine & Cheese Hour for potential members
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part 2
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Parks & Recreation Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - RTM Library, Museum, & Arts Committee

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Family Winners in Photo Competition

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The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers Market tonight announced the winners of the second annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition at a gallery-like reception at Sugar & Olives Restaurant, Norwalk. The competition, jointly sponsored by the two Westport nonprofits, was designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the market.The winners included Claire Langdon (c), first place for “Fungal Forrest,” ages 15-18, and Emma Langdon (r), fan favorite, “Untitled,” for ages 11-14. At left is mom, Lori Langdon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Melissa Joan Hart Backs Gary Johnson

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Melissa Joan Hart: wants to “break away from two-party system.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by ABC Family/Bob D’Amico

Westporter Melissa Joan Hart has joined Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign as the Connecticut chairperson, People Magazine reported today.

“I want to break away from this two-party system, and I think it’s important for people to know that there’s another candidate out there who really toes the line between Democrat and Republican,” said the actress, who is a registered Republican.

“I mean he’s Libertarian. But socially he’s liberal, but fiscally conservative.”

Johnson, 63, is the former governor of New Mexico – a position he held from 1995 to 2003. He previously ran for president in 2012.

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Comings & Goings: Sports Attic Opens

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Owner Gregory DiLenge stands outside his Sports Attic store which has opened at 26 Railroad Place. The store features both new and used sporting goods/gear. DeLenge, a former commodities trader, says it is based on the model of his family’s store in Westchester County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘Watch Out, Westport, You Could Be Next on the Hit Parade’

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Transportation advocate Jim Cameron, whose “Talking Transportation” columns appeared for more than 11 years on WestportNow, warned Westporters today that the planned $1 billion Metro-North reconstruction of the railroad’s 120-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk, involving state taking of property, could be followed by a similar costly construction plan for the 1905-built railroad bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport with similar eminent domain issues. “Watch out, Westport, you could be next on the hit parade,” Cameron told the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club. The founder of The Commuter Action Group and Darien Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member said Connecticut residents should brace themselves for additional taxes in one form or another to pay for transportation upgrades as the state’s gasoline tax revenues continue to decline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Captains En Masse

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Staples High School team captains were featured at the Homecoming game on Friday night as the Wrecker footballers walloped Wilton 42-6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Hard-boiled—Noir Films Through the Years: “Usual Suspects”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Sugar & Olives (21 1/2 Lois Street, Norwalk) - Westport Arts Center/Westport Farmers Market Young Shoots Exhibition & Reception
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing the College Essay: from Blank Page to Story
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment Appeals [ADDITION]
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Monday, September 26, 2016

At Library, Debate Doesn’t Sway Dug-In Voters

By James Lomuscio

They didn’t know what to expect in the presidential debate that had been billed with all the hype of Pay Per View boxing and with 100 million viewers worldwide.

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Former Fox News media watcher and author Eric Burns led the library discussion. He blasted debate moderator Lester Holt flor “a shameful exhibition the way that man let himself be bullied.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

And when it was over many of the more than 100 who filled the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight to see Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton square off at Hofstra University in the first of three debates -– the one touted as a make or break event -– felt the dial hadn’t moved much in either one’s favor.

“Both of them acted the way they have been acting over the past year,” said Westporter Bruce Paul. “I don’t think there was anything that would have changed anybody’s vote.”

Westporter Michael Calise, a Republican, gave a similar evaluation about the big screen broadcast co-sponsored by the library and the League of Women Voters of Westport.

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Full House at Library for Debate

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There was a full house at the Westport Library tonight to watch the presidential debate and listen to a post-debate discussion led by journalist Eric Burns. The event was sponsored by the library and the League of Women Voters of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporters Watch Debate at Library

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The Westport Library and League of Women Voters of Westport tonight hosted a full house for a viewing of the presidential debate in the McManus Room. It was followed by a discussion led by journalist Eric Burns, who asked them why they had chosen to watch the debate here instead of at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Farewell to Board of Ed

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Brett Aronow and the Westport Board of Education bid a warm farewell to each other tonight. She said she and her husband, Keith Stein, have sold their Westport home and plan to travel around the world. Each board member expressed parting words to Aronow.  Mark Mathias (r) said, “I always admired your disarming way to bring people together.” Aronow’s final comments: “In the end, it’s always been about the kids.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Soccer Mars Greenwich’s Perfect Record

WestportNow.com ImageThe Staples boys soccer team today put the first blemish on Greenwich’s perfect (7-0-0) record. The Wreckers battled to a tough 0-0 draw at Cardinal Stadium, becoming the only team to get a point in the standings from the state’s top-ranked team. Staples was aided by excellent defense by Matteo Broccolo (shown above), Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor and Teddy Lawrence. Keeper Ziggy Hallgarten made two outstanding saves, while Anton Mahr, Tyler Wright and Spencer Daniels pressured well up top. The Wreckers, now 2-2-3, face St. Joseph away on Wednesday, at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Milling and Paving Underway on Sylvan Road North

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The milling and paving process began on Westport’s Sylvan Road North today, one of 19 roads identified by the Department of Public Works as part of the annual maintenance road work. (See WestportNow Sept. 25, 2016 for roads scheduled for paving.)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Holocaust Survivor: Important to Tell of Horrors

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Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann, 92, of Stamford described her experiences today at a meeting of the Y’s Women of Westport Weston at Temple Israel. It was one of numerous appearances over the years that she has said are “very, very, important” so young people in particular are aware of such horrors so they will not be repeated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Stamford Bomb Squad Displays Robots

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Robots from the Stamford Police bomb squad were among items on display today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park at a meeting of area first responders. The event was sponsored by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS).  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Emergency Responder Assets on Display

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The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) today demonstrated some of the state’s emergency assets at a “field day” at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. State and municipal representatives attended the event along with more than 400 first responders from the 14-community Region 1, which includes Westport. Regional Coordinator Robert Kenny (r, back to camera) briefed some of the guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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