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Monday, December 05, 2016

Awaiting a Tow

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One of two cars involved today in a crash at Post Road East at Turkey HIll Road North awaits a two truck. One person was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Staples Students Build Tesla App

By Ellery Saluck

An Advanced Placement (AP) computer science project seems poised to pay off big for two Staples High School entrepreneurs.

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Neal Soni (l) and Dylan Diamond with a Tesla they can control from their too. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellery Saluck for WestportNow.com

Junior Neal Soni and senior Dylan Diamond have created their very own app called Tesla Toolbox. It allows owners of the electric car Tesla to track their speed, route and power usage.

It also lets them control features like lights, the locking and unlocking car doors, the opening and closing garage doors, even climate control.

Users can also start their Tesla or drive it forward or backward without being in it, but with the mere touch of a iPhone.

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Wetlands Woodpecker

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A red-headed woodpecker spotted in Westport’s Partrick Wetlands. Facts about woodpeckers: they tap on tree trunks in order to find insects living in crevices in the bark and to excavate nest cavities. Their strong, pointed beak acts as both a chisel and a crowbar to remove bark and find hiding insects. They have bristle-like feathers over their nostrils help to keep wood particles from being inhaled. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 5, 2016


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Book Talk: “The Two Sides of You - Get to Know Both”
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Introduction to Engineering Design Using SolidWorks
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Don’t Outlive Your Money
7 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria D - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Boating Advisory Committee

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Saugatuck Island View

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Tonight’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Island. Sunset was at 4:24 p.m., and the sun will continue to set earlier until the winter solstice on Dec. 21 when winter begins. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Mayflower Parkway

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Mayflower Parkway, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1965, the one-story split level has 2,280-square feet and is situated on a .91-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 WestportNow.com

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Gallery: WHS Holiday House Tour


Scenes from today’s Westport Historical Society 30th annual holiday house tour. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Touring Westport History

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A visitor today checks out the history of the house at 46 Kings Highway South, one of the houses on the annual Westport Historical Society holiday house tour. The WHS said the c. 1700 John Platt House is one of Westport’s oldest and is listed on the Connecticut Register of Historic Places.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Christmas Setting

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The dining room table at 56 Sylvan Road North was Christmas meal ready today for guests on the Westport Historical Society holiday house tour. Known as the Clark Nash House c. 1750, it was the one-time home of H. Daniel Webster, who designed the Minute Man monument at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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On Tour

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Guests today tour a house a 96 Kings Highway North, one of the houses on the Westport Historical Society’s 30th annual holiday house tour. The WHS described the home as the David Judah house, c. 1760. “One of the first merchants and the first Jewish homeowner in Westport, David Judah, shared this home with his Christian wife, Esther Taylor of Taylor Town’s founding family,” the tour pamphlet said. It said Taylor Town is now commonly known as Westport’s Old Hill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) j.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Compo Area Roof Falls Kill One Worker, Injure Second

UPDATE One worker was killed and a second seriously injured today when they fell from a roof of a home under construction steps away from Westport’s Compo Beach, police said.

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The scene of the incident at 9 Norwalk Ave., near Compo Beach.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The accident occurred about 12:45 p.m. at 9 Norwalk Ave. On arrival, emergency responders found one man had died of his injuries and the second man was unresponsive, said Police Chief Foti Koskinas, who was at the scene.

The injured man, described as having life-threatening injuries, was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. Names of those involved were being withheld until families could be notified, said Lt. David Farrell.

A woman at the scene who was in tears said she heard someone calling for help and ran behind the three-story house to find the two men. The accident occurred in sunny, 43-degree weather.

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Tragedy in Compo Beach Area

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Emergency vehicles on Norwalk Avenue today after two workers fell from the roof of a home under construction at 9 Norwalk Ave. One man was killed and the second was unresponsive and taken to Norwalk Hospital, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Where Workers Fell

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Officials examine the rear of a house under construction at 9 Norwalk Ave. in Westport’s Compo Beach area where two workers fell from a roof today, killing one and seriously injuring the second.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Brett M. Hauslaib, 68

Brett Matthew Hauslaib of Homosassa, Florida, a former Westport police officer, died Dec. 2 in Brooksville, Florida. He was 68.

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Brett Hauslaib: former police officer. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 27, 1948 in Bridgeport, son of the late George and Jeanne (Bergen) Hauslaib . He retired as a Westport police officer and moved to Homosassa nine years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 980th Military Police Company.

A graduate of the University of New Haven in West Haven, he had served as a corporate director for the Taubman Company. He was a member of the West Citrus Elk’s Lodge No. 2693 in Homosassa. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 64 and had served as an altar boy at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Trumbull.

Survivors include wife, Florence Tattersall Hauslaib of Homosassa, son, Scott (Danielle) Hauslaib of Simsbury, daughter, Megan (Walter Want) Hauslaib of New Hartford, brother, Mark (Marla) Hauslaib, brother, Jonathan (Kathleen) Hauslaib, brother, Seth (Arthur Bernabucci) Hauslaib, sister, Kristin (Anthony Pratt) Hauslaib, sister, Maryellen (Erica Rohrbach) Hauslaib, along with many nieces and nephews.

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Going Up

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Part of the Metro-North bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport was raised today. It was not clear whether it was up to allow passage of river traffic or some other reason. The bridge— built in 1905—is actually not one, but two parallel bridges, each carrying two tracks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Not Your Grandma’s…

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A dazzling display of poinsettias Saturday contributed to the festive holiday mood at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, host to the weeky Westport Winter Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 4, 2016


11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - 30th Anniversary Holiday House Tour
Noon - 3 p.m. - VFW Hall (465 Riverside Ave. - Westport P.A.L. Children’s Christmas Party
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday: Little Bits
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Mystery in White” by J. Jefferson Farjeon
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Pianist Pedja Muzijevic

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Gallery: Historical Society Holiday Soiree


Scenes from the Westport Historical Society’s 30th anniversary Holiday Soiree tonight at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Norwalk. The event was a prelude to Sunday’s annual Holiday House Tour that starts at 11 a.m. and includes six historic homes in Westport and Easton built before 1850 as well as the Adams Academy, Westport’s first one-room schoolhouse. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Opening Reception for A.S Fine Foods

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A.S Fine Foods of Westport celebrated its opening tonight at 361 Post Road West with a reception under a tent in the parking lot. Co-owner Albert Pizzirusso (r), a Westporter, greeted guests along with Jim Conte, the building owner. Pizzirusso described the range of takeout-only offerings as “prepared foods, prime and organic meats and chicken, an espresso and coffee bar, specialty olive oils, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sampling the Food

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Paul Lebowitz (r) of Westport enjoys some of the offerings at a reception tonight marking the opening of A.S Fine Foods, 361 Post Road West.  The takeout-only business offers up a variety of prepared foods, including fresh meats from Vincent Market in the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saugatuck Planning Committee Tours Saugatuck

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Members of the Saugatuck Steering Committee (formal name: the Saugatuck Transit Oriented Development Master Plan Steering Committee) toured the historic Saugatuck area today. Tour guide was Robert Mitchell (r), president of the Westport Historical Society. First Selectman Jim Marpe joined them for the tour. A second tour is being offered next Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. The committee is charged with overseeing a planning study of the Saugatuck area as part of a $440,000 state grant the town received this past summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Music for Farmers Market Shopping

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Westport Farmers Market visitors today were treated to classical music performed by four members of the Staples High School Chamber Orchestra. Pictured (l-r) are James Gikas 14, Jack Whitten 16, Paz Meyers, 14, and Michael Fording, 16. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Update on Bedford Square


A look at progress on the Bedford Square project in Westport’s center. The development around the former Westport Weston Family YMCA is mixed use retail, residential, and offices. Anthropologie is the anchor tenant, occupying 40,000 square feet on two floors in the main building. Its space will include a restaurant, Amis Trattoria, a Philadelphia-based restaurant group owned by Urban Outfitters, parent company of Anthropologie. The residential space includes apartments with views overlooking Elm Street and Church Lane. Completion is scheduled for April 2017. WestportNow.com photos

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Garden Club Gift

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Ben Palmer hangs a wreath at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, a gift from the Westport Garden Club. The club donated 30 wreaths to Westport municipal facilities and other locations as part of its annual holiday wreath making effort. Founded in 1924, the club consists of about 50 members who are united by an interest in gardening, a desire to further their gardening knowledge, and a desire to beautify the Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Virginia T. Rodemann, 98

Virginia “Jinny” T. Rodemann of Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at home. She was 98.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 30, 1918. She attended the Grier School for High School then the Katherine Gibbs professional school and started working in Pittsburgh.

In 1941, she married John (“Jack”) David Hoeveler which was the beginning of a loving marriage of 57 years until Jack’s death in 1998.

Jinny and Jack lived in Westport and Southport until 1986 when they moved to Fearrington Village. After Jack’s death Jinny, was remarried to Carl Rodemann until his death.

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Michael F. Forehand, 65

Michael Frederick Forehand of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 1 at home. He was 65.

He grew up in Savannah, Georgia and Westport. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve then worked in the Maritime industry both in Italy and the United States.

He and his family have lived in Tennessee for 30 years. He relocated with Service Merchandising from Florida in 1986, where he was employed for 19 years. He also worked for the State of Tennessee as a manager for facility services until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Mary Frances, his sons Michael Forehand, wife Jennifer of Murfreesboro,  Hunter Forehand of Nashua, New Hampshire, Jeff Maynard, wife Jenny of Murfreesboro, daughters Elizabeth Alexander, husband Will of Orlando, Florida, Christie Maynard of Dublin Ireland, brothers Jack Forehand, wife Sandy of Wallace, North Carolina, Robert Forehand of St. Simons, Georgia, William Forehand, wife Mandee of Orlando, Raymond Forehand, wife Ann Marie of Southport, his sister Mary Driver, husband Kline of Buford Georgia, eight grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Sandpiper Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Sandpiper Road, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story contemporary colonial has 2,186-square feet, is situated on a .12-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in October 2015 for $1,025,000. 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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Daniel E. Offutt, III, 85

Daniel Edward Offutt, III of Weston died Nov. 24 at Meadow Ridge Health Center in Redding after an illness. He was 85.

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Dan Offutt: “I’ve never met a successful pessimist.” WN photo by Helen Klisser During

He was the son of Daniel Edward Offutt, Jr. and Karin Offutt (formerly Stenholm) of Oakland, Maryland. He was unmarried and has no immediate survivors.

Dan would have described himself as a “farmer,” but he was much more than that. Those who knew him would remember him (in no particular order) as a tennis player, traveler, sailor, metal sculptor, wood worker, fixer of anything, collector of everything, lover of projects, stock market investor, and a good friend.

A favorite expression of Dan’s was, “I’ve never met a successful pessimist.”

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Heron Hanging Out

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A Blue Heron was spotted late Friday on Westport’s Gray’s Creek near Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 3, 2016


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
10 a.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Book Talk: “Behind the Smile - The Glamour Years of Aviation”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss “Pride & Prejudice”
6 p.m. - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion (295 West Ave., Norwalk) - 30th Anniversary Westport Historical Society Holiday Soiree
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”

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