Bross Chingas Bross Real Estate,Riverside Realty,#1 in 2014
 5K Run with Phoebe'sPhriends to Beat Childhood Cancer  Westporters: Get your Tickets to the 8th Annual Blues,Views,and BBQ Festival
 Westport Rotary Club'sFourth Annual Lobster Fest will be held Saturday September 19,2015
 
Thursday, September 03, 2015

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Old Mill Scene

WestportNow.com Image
Wednesday sailing on Long Island Sound provided an idyllic backdrop to drinks on Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Fellows for WestportNow.com

09/03/15 12:15 AM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Thursday, September 3, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker Series for Seniors: Soft-circuit Bracelet
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw September
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

09/03/15 12:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Finance Board Approves Sale of McLaury House

By James Lomuscio

Despite a plea from former Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Richard Lowenstein that the town not sell its 1921-built Emily McLaury House at 99 Myrtle Ave. but lease it to Homes With Hope (HWH) for $1 a year, Westport’s Board of Finance voted unanimously tonight to recommend its sale.

WestportNow.com Image
Former Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Richard Lowenstein addresses the Board of Finance tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A main reason was that the town already has a binder on the house for 5 percent more than the $589,000 listing price, according to Selectwoman Helen Garten, who has been coordinating the sale. HWH, a Westport-based nonprofit that serves the homeless, was not among the bidders.

The matter now goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for boundary adjustment on the .7-acre parcel, and following ZBA approval, the sale will be finalized, Garten said. The pending sale already has a positive 8-24 report from the Planning and Zoning Commission and a nod from Historic District Commission.

“We’re very, very pleased with how this process has gone,” said Garten.

More "Finance Board Approves Sale of McLaury House"

09/02/15 11:17 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘No Escape,’ ‘Meru,’ ‘War Room’

By Susan Granger

The taut thriller “No Escape” focuses on an American family accidentally caught in geopolitical crossfire, just after the prime minister of an unnamed Southeast Asian country is assassinated.

WestportNow.com Image

Exhausted after flying from Austin, Texas, to take a new corporate job, jet-lagged Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Sterling Jerins, Claire Grace) cannot find their assigned driver at the airport.

That’s where they’re befriended by Hammond (Pierce Brosnan), a garrulous British ex-pat who’s also staying at the posh Imperial Lotus Hotel. Several hours after Hammond and his genial taxi-driver buddy deliver them to their rooms, armed rebels begin a violent rampage through the city, determined to kill all Americans.

Trying to survive amid a parent’s worst nightmare, Jack, Annie and the girls run to the hotel’s rooftop, where they’re trapped. Desperate, Jack convinces Annie to jump to an adjoining roof and, literally, throws their daughters across a gap for her to catch.

More "Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘No Escape,’ ‘Meru,’ ‘War Room’"

09/02/15 09:29 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Having Fun at Long Lots El Beach Party

WestportNow.com Image
The annual Long Lots Elementary School back to school beach party today at Westport’s Compo Beach provided plenty of fun, food and games for all. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

09/02/15 05:41 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Creating Memories

WestportNow.com Image
Some of the participants in today’s Long Lots Elementary School back to school beach party at Compo Beach posed for a group shot for their scrapbooks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

09/02/15 05:36 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Sunoco Station Leasing Service Bays

WestportNow.com Image
Passersby on Post Road East seeing a “For Lease” sign in front of the Sunoco service station, 322 Post Road East, understandably thought the whole property was for lease. In fact, owner Mike Devino, president of family-owned, Waterbury-based Mercury Energy, said the service station will remain. But he said the service bays, unused since the property was acquired in 2008, are available for a retail business such as a coffee and donut shop or a convenience store. “We use the bays for storage,” Devino said. “The space is underutilized.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

09/02/15 03:20 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Bedford Square Concrete Pouring Will Cause Street Closing

WestportNow.com Image
Work continued today on the foundation of the Bedford Square project as Town Hall announced new street and parking lot closings because of the work. It said on Thursday the town-owned Elm Street Parking Lot will be closed to accommodate construction vehicles and from about 4 a.m., Church Lane from Elm Street to Post Road East will be closed as concrete pouring continues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

09/02/15 03:01 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Foggy Start

WestportNow.com Image
It was a foggy start today in Westport as the Department of Energy ad Environmental Protection issued an air quality alert for the area until 11 p.m. An air quality action day means that ozone within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. View is across the Staples High School parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime BairaktarisJaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

09/02/15 08:44 AM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Hazy Morning

WestportNow.com Image
September got off to a hazy start on Tuesday. View is looking across Sherwood Mill Pond toward Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

09/02/15 12:15 AM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

09/02/15 12:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Forum Airs Qualities Sought in Next Schools Super

By James Lomuscio

A fiscally responsible, digitally savvy, administrator willing to sit on the floor with elementary school children, and raise the district’s academic bar even higher while adding diversity were among the qualities a dozen Westporters tonight said they want in the next schools superintendent.

WestportNow.com Image
Tonight’s session at Saugatuck Elementary School drew about a dozen persons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

For more than an hour, the small crowd that had gathered in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium shared concerns about the issues facing the Westport Public Schools—and the type of person best to lead as Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon retires at the end of this academic year after 17 years on the job.

It was the first of two community forums to be held by the Chicago-based search firm Hazard, Young, Attea (HYA) & Associates, hired by the school board. As second forum is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Town Hall auditorium

“Our process is really intense at this stage of information gathering,” said John Chambers, HYA senior associate, adding that the forum’s aim was “gathering information, gathering perspective from everyone who’s willing to talk to us.”

More "Forum Airs Qualities Sought in Next Schools Super"

09/01/15 11:05 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Talking Transportation: Railroad History Repeats Itself

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Train crashes, passenger deaths, grade-crossing accidents, derailments. These are not just the recent history of Metro-North, but events dating back decades.

WestportNow.com Image

A friend of mine loves reading the microfilms of our town’s weekly newspaper and has been feeding me clippings of all the stories about the New Haven line. The news reports sound all too familiar.

April 1939: Two lads on their way to hunt bullfrogs are almost killed crossing the railroad tracks near Noroton Heights.

January 1944: An empty train heading to New Haven smashes into a stopped local train at Darien, creating an explosion heard two miles away. The engineer is killed and 14 passengers are injured.

More "Talking Transportation: Railroad History Repeats Itself"

09/01/15 09:07 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Coalition For Westport Picks Three P&Z Candidates

WestportNow.com Image
CFW candidates: (l-r) Howard Lathrop, Glen Payne, and Denise Torve. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Coalition for Westport (CFW), a minority party that touts responsible growth as its goal and favored senior housing on Baron’s South, today announced its candidates for the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) in November.

The candidates are: Denise Torve, CFW chairwoman, Glenn Payne, CFW deputy chairman, and Howard Lathrop, party treasurer. Lathrop, a Democrat, had previously served eight years on the P&Z (2005-2013).

Already, the town’s Democratic Town Committee has nominated Paul Lebowitz to run for the P&Z in the hope of winning a majority, which now stands at four Republicans and three Democrats.

The Republican Town Committee has nominated four P&Z incumbents—Chairman Chip Stephens, Vice Chairman Jack Whittle, Al Gratrix and Catherine Walsh—for reelection.

More "Coalition For Westport Picks Three P&Z Candidates"

09/01/15 05:07 PM Comments (1) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Temple Israel Protester Granted Accelerated Rehabilitation

By Dave Matlow

A Superior Court judge in Norwalk today granted accelerated rehabilitation (AR) to one of two suspects who disrupted a May 12 luncheon at Westport’s Temple Israel, shouting about Palestinian rights.

WestportNow.com Image
Daniel Fischer (at previous court appearance): must also do 25 hours of community service. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Judge William Wentzel granted AR to Daniel Fischer, 25, of New Haven for 18 months, including 25 hours of community service. He was also ordered to stay away from Temple Israel and not to contact anyone from the synagogue.  If the program is successfully completed, the charges against him will be dismissed.

Co-defendant Gregory Williams, 25, who was also charged with criminal trespass first-degree and breach of peace second-degree, has pleaded not guilty and will return to court on Oct. 15. Having a previous record, he is not eligible for the AR program.

An attorney for Temple Israel, Bruce Koffsky, who was present in court, submitted a letter from the Temple supporting Fischer’s AR request.

More "Temple Israel Protester Granted Accelerated Rehabilitation"

09/01/15 02:27 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Last Sunset of August

WestportNow.com Image
Monday night’s sunset, the last of August, as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

09/01/15 12:15 AM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport
10 a.m. - Westport Library: Book Chat
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
1 p.m. - Westport Library - How to Produce and Air Your Program on Public Access TV
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - MakerSpace: Community Chess Piece
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary Auditorium - Lend Your Voice to the Superintendent Search

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

09/01/15 12:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOE: Whoa to $21.2 Million Staples Expansion

By James Lomuscio

Click here for PDF of study

Westport’s Board of Education tonight found an architect’s feasibility study to expand Staples High School by 36,320-square feet to the tune of $21.2 million to be more than they had expected.

WestportNow.com Image
An artist’s rendition of a recommended Staples High School expansion module. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fuller D’Angelo P.C. graphic

Members seemed surprised by the proposal. They said they thought the $20,000 study they had commissioned would address different ways to accommodate Staples’ swelling student population that is 100 students over capacity this fall—not full blown plans for a new building with a hefty price tag.

“The enrollment is the driver, and I’m just afraid that it’s two steps further than where we are now,” said board member Karen Klein.

“We need to fully vet all the other choices,” she added, saying that things, such as modular classrooms, larger class size and course tradeoffs, should be part of the study, even though she is not in favor of them. “We need to do our due diligence before we get to that point.”

More "BOE: Whoa to $21.2 Million Staples Expansion"

08/31/15 11:29 PM Comments (1) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Denis McCarthy Named Fairfield FD Chief

WestportNow.com Image
UPDATE Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy (l), who retired as Westport fire chief in 2005 after a 26-year career here before taking the Norwalk position, was appointed Fairfield fire chief tonight. McCarthy, seen at a joint Westport-Norwalk training exercise July 24 with Westport Deputy Chief Bob Kepchar, was given a five-year contract beginning Oct. 1. He succeeds retiring chief Dick Felner. McCarthy is a 38-year resident of Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

08/31/15 08:11 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Balloons Blamed for Parker-Harding Crash

WestportNow.com Image
A pickup driver who said his vision was restricted by birthday balloons in his vehicle clipped two cars late today in Westport’s Parker-Harding Plaza, sending one of the cars into the front window of the Washing Well. A female driver in one of the cars was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS for minor injuries. The pickup driver told police he was taking balloons from his father’s house where there was a birthday celebration to his home for his children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

08/31/15 06:03 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Vision Restricted by Birthday Balloons

WestportNow.com Image
A pickup driver who said his vision was restricted by birthday balloons in his vehicle clipped two vehicles late today in Westport’s Parker-Harding Plaza. One vehicle went into the window of the Washing Well, breaking the window. A woman in a second vehicle complained of neck pain and was taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

08/31/15 05:58 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Brooklawn Drive Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power

WestportNow.com Image
A transformer fire today on Brooklawn Drive off Easton Road in Westport’s Coleytown area knocked out power to the area. Firefighter Ben Racho looks at the transformer near 8 Brooklawn Drive. Eversource Energy said 60 Westport customers were affected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

08/31/15 04:46 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 39 Compo Parkway

WestportNow.com Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 39 Compo Parkway, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1920, the two-story colonial has 2,308-square feet, is situated on a .65-acre property and last changed ownership in August 1990 for $615,000, according to the Town Assessor database. 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

08/31/15 04:19 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

Online Survey Aids in Schools Super Search

A community survey to help discern what Westporters want in a new school superintendent is now available at www.ecrasurvey.com/westport or can be linked to from the Westport Public Schools’ home page, Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon said today. The survey will remain open until Sept. 18.

Gordon also said that the first community forum on the search to replace Superintendent Elliott Landon, who is retiring after 17 years at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, is scheduled for Tuesda, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. 

A second second forum is set for Thursday, Sept. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

Finding a replacement for Landon will also be the first item at tonight’s Board of Education meeting, as the search firm Hazard, Young & Attea offers a presentation of the superintendent search process.

More "Online Survey Aids in Schools Super Search"

08/31/15 02:34 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon

In Its New Home

WestportNow.com Image
Work was completed today on the installation of a donated sculpture to Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The 1991 work, “The Couple (Adam & Eve),” by William King (1925-2015), was a gift by the late artist Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91. The man is 12-feet tall, the woman, 10-feet. Looking over the work are (l-r) Tony McDowell, Earthplace executive director, Ann Sheffer, Malloy’s niece, Mark Hawes and Susan Holcombe of Bethany-based Hawes & Holcombe Conservation, and Kathie Bennewitz, curator, Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

08/31/15 12:25 PM Comments (0) • Permalink Digg Favicon Email Favicon Facebook Favicon LinkedIn Favicon
 1 2 3 >  Last »
Page 1 of 1789 pages
SB Exit 18 S/O Hales Rd.

(Click image to resume)
Click for ConnDOT View

Realtime NY Metro-area traffic reports from Traffic.com

SPONSORS
 Discover Earthplace!
 Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County,Connecticut  Walrus + Carpenter: Voted one of the Best Restaurants in Connecticut for Barbecue,Craft Beer,and Cocktails by the readers and experts of Connecticut Magazine for 2014 and 2015 WestportNow Year in Pictures 2014 Give to Public Schools in Need! - Go to DonorsChoose.org
WHAT'S INSIDE
RECENT COMMENTS
WESTPORT YOUTUBE

Rare Look at Saugatuck River RR Bridge Opening

Video: Westport Paints the Town

‘Hang on Sloopy’ at BBQ Fest

Reader nominations welcome:

Westport Info
WestportNow.com Stuff
SOCIAL MEDIA



SUBSCRIBE
Enter your email address to get WestportNow.com delivered to your inbox

Powered by FeedBlitz

Contact the Editor

Obituaries
How to Submit
ADVERTISE!
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
 
Newsfeeds / Syndicate
RSS 1.0
RSS 2.0
Atom
Add to My Yahoo!

 

 
Find more about Weather in Westport, CT
Register / Log in
Registration is required to post comments.
Sign Up  •  Login
Comment Policy
SPONSORS
Westport-Area Blogs
 06880
 The Better Crumb
 BookTrib
 Chicken Spaghetti
 Crisis Management for Business
 CT Bites
 CT News Junkie
 Dayle Brownstein Poetry
 Dr. Annie Abram: Relationships
 Fairfield Co. Real Estate
 Farewell Travels
 Fishing-Foto-Fun (Dick Alley)
 Friends of Westport Parks/Rec
 French Food & Me
 Hostile Entry
 Illuminara
 Jane Green
 Kosher Like Me
 Living with Technology
 MacaroniKid
 Major Knitter
 Much Ado About Stuffing
 Nancy on Norwalk
 Neurotwitch
 Nina Pomeroy Photography
 OmNomCT
 Open the Door
 Our Town Crier
 Prill Boyle's Defying Gravity
 RE Gem of the Week
 Robert Steven Williams
 Robin's Resources
 Sherwood Island Friends
 Taking the Kids
 Videler Photography
 Volunteer Square
 Westport Weather Website
 Westport's Knitting Librarian
 Who, What, When -- and Y
 Y's Women

Suggest a Westport-area blog by sending email to