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Friday, December 19, 2014

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 1 - 5, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 1 - 5, 2014:

John B. and Lisa R. Watkins to Thomas C. Lightoller and Sophie Scott, 15 Island Way, $1,725,000WNproperty.jpg

Janet and Richard Francis to 9 Prospect Road LLC, 9 Prospect Road, $1,200,000

Stephanie Quinn and Anthony Fasone to David Surtees, 9 Partrick Road, $1,900,000

Robert W. Lee to Cindy R. Scope, 14 Rocky Ridge Road, $517,500

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Perfect Perch Image
A seagull finds a perfect perch on Thursday—a lamp post on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center festooned with holiday decorations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Friday,  December 19, 2014

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Artists Talks
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Minecraft Meetup
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jam Theory w/ Acoustic Cubed

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saugatuck Residents Rally Against Multi-Family Housing

By James Lomuscio

Neighbors opposed to a developer’s renewed attempt to build multi-family housing in Westport’s Saugatuck area met tonight at the Westport Library to figure out how to stop it. Image
Carolanne Curry addresses tonight’s meeting of Save Old Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The meeting by a group calling itself Save Old Saugatuck had a distinct irony—the planned development is to take place on Hiawatha Lane Extension, a community that has long exemplified the town’s diverse housing stock.

About 18 persons showed up for the session in the McManus Room. Their goal was to develop a strategy to oppose plans by developer Felix T. Charney to construct a 186-unit, rental housing complex there. Thirty percent of the units are to be classified as affordable. 

The residents say the plan, which uses the controversial state statute 8-30g to override local zoning regulations, puts their neighborhood in jeopardy, all in the name of diverse housing.

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Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery Closes Image
Amost eight months after it opened, Grilled Cheese Eatery at 772 Post Road East has closed. According to Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This, the neighboring frame and women’s accessory shop, the Grilled Cheese Eatery’s equipment and other restaurant contents were loaded onto a truck on Saturday. The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, also closed the Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield which opened in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept. (See WestportNow, April 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Carolyn Bloom, 75

Carolyn Bloom of Westport died Dec. 16 at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 75. Image
Carolyn Bloom: 38-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she grew up in Flatbush and attended Midwood High School. Upon graduation, she worked at Columbia Pictures in New York City where she met her future husband, David.

After a year-long courtship, they married and continued to live in Brooklyn. After the birth of their two children, Michael and Rhonda, the family moved to Merrick, L.I. where they resided for almost 10 years.

She raised her children and became involved in an array of community, charitable and business activities, which included running various businesses from her home and becoming the president of the Merrick Chapter of Women’s American Ort.

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Smoking Food Disrupts Main Street Shopping Image
Holiday shoppers were inconvenienced for a while in early afternoon today when traffic on Main Street was blocked while firefighters investigated a report of smoke coming from the second floor of 17 Main St. above the Lou & Grey apparel store. According to Lt. Ernie Ruot, the the smoke was traced to food on a stove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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CLASP Homes Wraps at Barnes & Noble Image
Tracy Flood, executive director of CLASP Homes, gift wraps a book purchase today for Lana Walton of Westport and her family at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Each day various nonprofits serve as volunteers who gift wrap purchases for donations that go to the volunteering charity organization. Rita Picket, in background, is a staff member of CLASP Homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Morningside Lane Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Morningside Lane, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,296 square feet and is situated on a .3-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

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Comings & Goings: Java Café Out, SoNo Bakery In Image
Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will close Dec. 31, 11 months after it opened, according to a café employee. Landlord David Adam Realty said SoNo Bakery, a tenant in Norwalk, plans to move in, renovating the interior in January and opening there in February. The coffee house opened in January 2014. While popular with many guests, the café apparently was unable to make it in the competitive environment. (See WestportNow January 21, 2014). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Earthplace Makes Leadership Change Image
Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center on Wednesday night honored outgoing Board President Julia Mally and welcomed new chair Stuart Hawley.  At the annual meeting, members also recognized the Trustee of the Year, local architect John Fifield, and honored retiring board member John Hartwell.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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All Gone: 28 Harbor Road Image
The house at 28 Harbor Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area, has been demolished. Built in 1972, the one-story raised ranch had 2,882 square feet, was situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in September 1998 for $690,000. It was the Westport Teardown of the Day on Oct. 12, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,’ ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

By Susan Granger

Epics are a style of film-making with large scale, sweeping scope and spectacle. Its ambitious nature sets it apart from a historical period piece or action-adventure. This week, there are two epics. Image

Oscar-winning Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” the conclusion of his cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel.

You should see the previous installments since this fantasy picks up where the last one ended – as the fire-breathing dragon Smaug decimates Lake-town after the Dwarves of Erebor reclaim their gold.

Dark Lord Sauron returns, ordering Azog and legions of malevolent Orcs to attack. As the conflict escalates, the Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide to unite or be destroyed.

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Morning reflections Wednesday as seen from the bridge leading to Saugatuck Shores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for

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Thursday,  December 18, 2014

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Upcycle Your Gift Wrapping!
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Open Space Subcommittee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - “Downton Abbey” Season 4
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

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