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Members of the Saugatuck Elementary’s PTA were treated to a walking tour today of works from the Westport Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC) by Linda Gramatky Smith. She is the daughter of Hardie Gramatky, famed Westport watercolorist. SES is home to over 80 art pieces from the WSPAC, including several representing Gramatky’s much-loved children’s books. Gramatky Smith is pictured holding copies of “Little Toot” and “Nikos and the Sea God” beneath original art from those books. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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OK for New Two Car Per Family RR Parking Permit

Acting on what was described as a need and also a new way to increase income, the Westport Board of Selectmen today approved a new $450 annual railroad parking permit fee that would cover two cars in a household. Image
Beginning in June, railroad parking permit holders will be able to get permits for two cars per household for $450. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The annual fee for one vehicle would remain at $325, well below neighboring communities, but now families will be able to have the ability to park either car at Westport stations, said Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas.

He told the board that the new system, which would allow only one car to be parked at the station at a time, meets something requested by a number of Westporters.

“People want to drive a nice car in summer and maybe a four-wheel drive in winter,” he said. It would also allow a second car to be used while the first car is being serviced, he said.

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William S. Roberts, Jr., 71

William S. Roberts, Jr. of Martinsville, N.J., a former Westport resident, died March 24. He was 71. Image
William S. Roberts, Jr: 1961 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He was born Nov. 8, 1943, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to the late William S. Roberts, Sr., and Marie-Louise (Moran) Roberts. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1961, and the University of Rochester in 1965, where he met his wife, Carol.

After graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He then settled in New Jersey, working at ExxonMobil Corp. for 33 years until his retirement in 2000.

Following retirement, he became a dedicated member of the Martinsville Rescue Squad, where he served as a crew chief and treasurer. He was also an active member of the United Methodist Church of Bound Brook, where he was a past president and treasurer of the trustees, and member of the Chancel Choir.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day:  66 Turkey Hill Road South Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 66 Turkey Hill Road South, near Clapboard Hill Road, is in process. Built in 1928, the two-story colonial has 3,120 square feet and is situated on a 1.19-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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Rowers made for a colorful scene Tuesday on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen Public Hearing
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Library - The Refinery: Entrepreneur Accelerator Program for Women-led Companies
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN Hospitality Committee
2:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Parking & Traffic Subcommittee
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Optimizing Your Mobile Devices & PC
6:30 p.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Education Special Meeting

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Barbara Place Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Barbara Place, off Old Road, is in process. Built in 1954, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,659 square feet and is situated on a .33-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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Coalition Asking RTM to Reverse P&Z’s Baron’s South Vote

The Coalition for Westport (CFW), a minority party supporting “healthy and vibrant growth,” today urged the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to reverse the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) decision last week, declaring the 22-acre, town-owned Baron’s South property as open space.

Unless overturned by the RTM, the 4 to 1 with 1 abstention P&Z vote puts an end to the planned senior housing complex, eight years in the making, on 3.3 acres of the land. However, several P&Z members left the door open to senior housing advocates returning with a smaller footprint project. (See WestportNow March 19, 2015)

CFW officials said they are gathering signatures for a petition to the RTM to adopt a resolution reversing the decision. They have seven days from official publication of the P&Z action to submit an appeal.

The RTM’s P&Z Committee Monday night also discussed the potential for an appeal but took no action. Appeals may come in three ways.

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What to do if Longshore’s fairways and greens are still covered in white? If you’re Patty Kondub, head coach of the Staples Girls Golf Team, you take the squad to the Westport Weston Family YMCA (where she works) for a pre-season workout in the Y’s cycle studio. The lady golfers finished second in the state last season, and this year, “We’re going to carry on the Staples tradition – winning and having fun,” says Kondub (back l. while Assistant Coach Liz Fry is back r.). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher today points to a drawing of himself he inserted into one of the works to go on display at the Westport Arts Center beginning Friday with a 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. reception. The exhibit, “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective,” features 38 of his paintings, drawings, and illustrations from his prolific 70-year career. Installation of the exhibit was under way today. (For background, see WestportNow March 21, 2015)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Addario is Library’s BOOKED for the Evening Honoree

Westport prize-winning photographer and now best-selling author Lynsey Addario has another honor coming, this one from her hometown library as its BOOKED for the Evening honoree. Image
Lynsey Addario: hometown honoree. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

The Westport Library announced today that the 1991 Staples High School graduate, author of the recently published best-selling memoir, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life,” will be recipient of its annual award at a gala evening on Saturday, May 9.

She joins an illustrious line of previous awardees. Last year’s honoree was fellow Westporter Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, arranger, producer, philanthropist, and writer.

Other past recipients have included Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, Arthur Mitchell, Oscar Hijuelos, Adam Gopnik, Barry Levinson, Patti Smith, and Jon Meacham.

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A woman was struck by a car today on Riverside Avenue near Sylvan Lane South. Witnesses said the woman was walking in a pedestrian crossing when hit by a car that had gone around a car stopped to let her cross. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital with what emergency workers described as non-life threatening injuries. The crosswalk has been the site of numerous pedestrian accidents and near misses, according to office workers in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Anna Lee Fuchs, 79

Anna Lee Fuchs of Westport died March 8 at home. She was 79. Image
Anna Lee Fuchs: wife of noted Westport illustrator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed grapic

Born Jan. 9, 1936 in O’Fallon, Ill. to Alma Fries Hesse and Henry M. Hesse, longtime mayor of O’Fallon, she graduated from MacMurray College in 1954. In 1955, she married illustrator Bernard Fuchs, her high school sweetheart. They lived in Detroit before moving to Westport in 1960.

Bernie Fuchs, whose influential work ranged from presidential portraits to classic racing cars, died Sept. 17, 2009. He was 76. (See obituary here)

Anna Lee managed her husband’s illustration business and later, his career as a gallery and children’s book artist. She worked for many years at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, organizing and cataloguing their annual show.

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Honors for Westport Schools Music Program

Another honor today for the music program in Westport schools.

The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world, awarded Westport a Best Communities for Music Education designation. It was one of 12 districts in the state receiving the designation.

Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of schools’ core curriculum, an announcement said. This year, 388 school districts in 46 states were honored.

“Westport has long possessed a unique insight and understanding of the important role music plays in the education of the whole child,” said Thomas Scavone, district music supervisor.

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All Lanes Open on Post Road East

Westport police said sewer main repairs have been completed on Post Road East in the area of No. 468 and all lanes are open to traffic.

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