Monday, May 29, 2017
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today honored retired firefighter Denis Duffy with a commendation on his appearance at his 50th Fire Department Memorial Day ceremony. He was among a number of firefighters recognized for their service at the annual ceremony. “I miss hanging out with the guys and hope to see you next year,” said Duffy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Despite cancellation of the Memorial Day parade, the Westport Fire Department Memorial Day observance went ahead as scheduled today. Town and fire leaders paid tribute to those who have given their lives in service to Westport and their country and thanked the 11 firefighters who are retiring from the department this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Due to inclement weather, the annual Westport Memorial Day parade has been canceled.
Instead, a ceremony will be held in the Town Hall auditorium at 10 a.m.
It is the second consecutive year the parade has been canceled because of weather.
Before that, the last cancellation was in 2011.
Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Library are closed.
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - annual Memorial Day ceremony
9 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School to Veterans Green - Westport Memorial Day Parade CANCELED
10 a.m. - Westport Town Hall—Memorial Day ceremony
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid” (last day)
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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Westporter Augie Wilkinson and daughters Emma and Melody visited Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road today to pay tribute to veterans on Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Despite a forecast of rain for Monday, members of the Westport Woman’s Club were busy today at Anthony’s Nursery, 492 Main St., preparing their float for the Memorial Day parade. With flowers from Anthony’s and Izzo’s & Sons Country Gardens, the float supports the parade theme “Honoring Our Veterans Now and Forever.” Pictured (l-r) Dorothy Curran, Jeannette Tewey, Miggs Burroughs, Miraslava Auxier (partially hidden), Allie D’Angelo, and Bernadette Stiskal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Memorial Day weekend is commemorated with decorative bunting on the 1899-built house, known as the Edward J. Hubbell House, at the corner of Westport’s Riverside and Treadwell Avenues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
5 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher” (last day)
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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society president (red sweater) , today led about 20 persons on a history walking tour of Westport’s Saugatuck section. The area was initially inhabited by mostly immigrants of Italian origin. The periodically scheduled historical tours of various sections of Westport consistently attract history buffs from the greater Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39, chartered to Greens Farms Congregational Church, today placed flags on the graves of veterans in five cemeteries in Westport. VFW Post 399 organized and supplied the flags for the Boy Scouts to install. Pictured are: (l-r) Daniel Wisdom, Nicholas Daines, Max Pantoja, and Will Hillhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Flags today decorate the cemetery of Christ & Holy Trinity Church on Westport’s Kings Highway North. It was one of five cemeteries receiving flags for veterans graves courtesy of Boy Scout Troops 39 and VFW Post 399. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39 today placed flags on graves of veterans at five Westport cemeteries. The flags were supplied by Westport VFW Post 399. The scouts posed for a picture during the effort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By James Lomuscio
A Hartford Superior Court judge’s ruling to dismiss an affordable housing lawsuit against the town involving a proposed 48-unit multi-family housing project at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road brought cheers today from town officials.
Town Attorney Ira Bloom, who successfully argued the town’s case, said it was the first 8-30g decision involving the town in his memory. He said the developer has 20 days to file an appeal.
The suit was filed under the 8-30g state law, which allows developers to override local zoning laws if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock listed as affordable, which Westport does not.
In dismissing the lawsuit filed more than a year ago by Stamford developer Richard K. Freedman, Judge Marshall Berger said the commission properly reviewed the environmental impact of the proposal by Freedman’s Garden Homes Management Corp.
By James Lomuscio
Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas says the recently signed work contract between the town and the police union is “a fair contract to the town, the union and the employees.”
The four-year collective bargaining agreement, which is retroactive to last year and provides for 2.25 to 2.5 percent increases through Fiscal year 2019-20, is scheduled to go before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for approval Tuesday June, 6.
The town’s police have been without a work contract for more than a year, and the police union’s pension contract is still in negotiation with the town.
“I hope we reach a similar middle ground with the pension contract,” Koskinas said.
After capsizing in this week’s rain and winds, Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, was back in action today with help from friends, only slightly soiled by its sidelining. The duck promotes the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Mathias for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Railroad Station NY-bound Side - Walk Through Saugatuck History with Westport Historical Society
3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”
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Friday, May 26, 2017
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs tonight addresses guests at a Westport Library reception marking the opening of his photo exhibit “Signs of Compassion” in the Great Hall. It is the last major art exhibit in the library before renovations are completed in 2019, and celebrates the end of Burroughs’ one-year term as artist-in-residence. The exhibit is a tribute to a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson, expressed word by word in American Sign Language, as portrayed in 30 lenticular (animated) images of members of the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Memorial Day parade is set to kick off at 9 a.m. Monday on Riverside Avenue, weather permitting.
The parade route travels north on Riverside Avenue, turns right onto Post Road West, crosses the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to Post Road East, then turns left onto Myrtle Avenue.
World War II veterans who wish to participate in the Memorial Day Parade should call Ted Diamond at (203)227-7680 or (203)216-5609.
Services will be held on Veterans Green immediately following the parade. Drivers should proceed with caution, expect road closures and seek alternate routes in downtown Westport from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., officials said.
Friends of the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC), Inc. invite the community to attend “Second Story Moonlight,” an inaugural fundraising event to support WestPAC and the educational uses of the collection.
The event will take place on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Rive Bistro, 229 Riverside Ave, Westport. Tickets are $90 and may be purchased by visiting https://www.westportarts.org/moonlight.
Event attendees will have the opportunity to view a special one-night only exhibit of art from the Westport Public Art Collections including works by Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Motherwell, Rothenberg, Miro, Christo and Jean-Claude and Calder.
The evening will also include a silent auction of selected works by emerging and globally recognized local artists, and items donated by noted collectors.
Susan Ross of Easton, a senior nonprofit executive for more than 40 years, died May 17 at home after battling both pancreatic and breast cancer for over seven years. She was 71.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, she spent the past 45 years living in Putney and Westminster West, Vermont and Wilton and Easton. She received her BA from the University of Michigan and her MA from Boston University.
She served as the president/CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation from 1996 to 2011, focusing on improving public schools, increasing affordable housing, improving the lives of low-income working women and children and building the capacity of area nonprofit organizations.
During her tenure, the foundation’s assets grew from $10 million to over $150 million and community grants totaled more than $125 million.
Westport fire officials today blamed a fire Thursday at 10 Lookout Lane that extensively damaged a garage on a generator running during a power outage. All occupants escaped safely, but there was smoke throughout the house, which firefighters were able to remove with fans, said Assistant Chief Michael Kronick. He urged residents to always read and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions before running generator, and, as carbon monoxide is emitted, never use a generator inside a home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Also, never plug a generator directly into a home outlet and have a qualified electrician install a power transfer switch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 8 - 12, 2017:
Ralph Francis Saviano Estate to Nicholas T. Saviano Jr., 78 Sylvan Road North,1/4 Interest, $200,000
Lucky Four Realty LLC to Caitlin Butler, William Courtland Churchfield Walker, 3 Minard Drive, $1,875,000
Edward L. Rulon-Miller to Kevin J. Woods, 8 Calumet Road, $1,125,000
Colin H. and Julia A. Felleman to Casey D. and Emily A. Carpenter, 28 Bauer Place, $677,000
Westport Fire Chief Robert Yost was on hand Thursday to congratulate Recruit Firefighter Nicholas Marenna as he graduated the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class 59. The Recruit Firefighter program is a 70-day, 14-week, residential course that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a new firefighter to perform entry-level tasks under direct supervision. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo
The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) today awarded college tuition grants to 10 seniors among Staples High School Class of 2017 and to one Bridgeport-based adult. Recipients posed for a group photo with club officials and invited guests. According to Arlene Thrope, WWC Scholarship Committee chair the amount distributed today totals $27,500. Recipients included: Michaela Jampierre (University of Massachusetts), Mikayla Czizik (New York University), Elianne Shapiro (Princeton University), Griffin O’Neill (Providence College), Sarah Barnett (Dartmouth College), Sasha Arellano (University of Delaware), Grace Connell (Catholic University of America), Mangabu M. Kalala (Western Connecticut State University), Chandler O’Reardon (Bard College), and Katherine Weinschenk (University of Virginia). Absent: Kenneth Brill (Elon University) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com