Saturday, September 21, 2013
Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed
The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community. Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society. Thank-You.
Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 In Pictures
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.
The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.
Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.
In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.
We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Reminder to Veterans to File for Tax Benefits
The Westport Assessor’s Office today reminded all veterans (or widows/widowers of veterans) who have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days and have received an honorable discharge, to file their DD-214 in the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Oct. 1.
The exemption is $6,000 off of a real estate assessment and will be reflected in the July 2015 tax bill.
Veterans who have already filed and are receiving an exemption do not need to re-file.
The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off of an assessment. Note that this is an income qualifying program.
Hole in One at Longshore
Westport resident Alison Tane had a hole in one on the eighth hole today during the rainy morning of round one of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association final Major, The Fall Cup. She used a seven iron from the white tees measuring 123 yards to ace the par 3. “It is one of the most exciting days of my life” she said to her competitors Yvonne Dougherty and Patty Kondub. This is Tane’s first hole in one in her 30-plus years of golf, and it also ends a three-year drought for this achievement in the LWGA. An amateur golfer’s chance of an ace is 12,500 to 1 per Golf Digest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Medal of Honor Winner: ‘Hold Leaders Accountable’
Retired Army Capt. Paul W. “Buddy Bucha, a Ridgefield resident awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970 (which he is holding is his hand) for his heroism in Vietnam, told the Westport Rotary Club today that good leadership involves integrity, confidence, compassion, humility and a thirst for responsibility and accountability. He urged the audience to hold leaders accountable for setting meaningful and finite objectives. And he encouraged people when they see a military person to do more than just thank them for their service. “Our most precious gift is time,” Bucha said. “Share it with a soldier on the street. Ask what you can do to help them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
New Sidewalks to Train Station
Work is under way to upgrade sidewalks along Riverside Avenue that lead to the Metro-North Westport train station. According to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas (r), the new walkway is “long overdue.” He said the project is a combined effort of the town’s Public Works Department and the Police Department’s Railroad Division. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Real Estate Report: Sales Picking Up on Saugatuck Island
By Judy Szablak
Real estate activity is on the rise at Saugatuck Island, Westport’s premier waterfront community.
Featured Home This home at 22 Cross Way on Saugatuck Island is listed at $9.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/Westport-Riverside
It should be no surprise that the Island took a direct unit sales hit during 2012-2013 following Super Storm Sandy when only one home sold during that time, but that appears to be the extent of it.
Despite what you may have thought, the market bounced back quickly, and has picked up quite nicely since then.
The Island is comprised of approximately 45 acres, just over 100 homes, and boasts two private beaches.
Local Nonprofits Receive CHEFA Grants
The Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, also known as CHEFA, has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 56 Connecticut nonprofits including two Westport agencies. Homes with Hope, Inc. received $10,000 for its emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children, the Bacharach Community. Positive Directions received $16,500 for behavioral health counseling to residents at Hales Court, a Westport Housing Authority neighborhood in cooperation with the Housing Authority, Homes with Hope and the Westport Department of Human Services. On hand for an awards ceremony were (l-r) Jeff Wieser, president, Homes With Hope; state Rep. Gail Lavielle; state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg; state Sen. Toni Boucher; Jeanette Weldon, managing director at CHEFA, and Martha Hauhuth, executive director, Positive Directions. CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Westport Library - Game Night!
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Uco Wiersma on “Interview Charisma”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, September 15, 2014
Getting Ready for Weekend Downtown Charrette
Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Downtown Steering Committee, addressed several dozen persons tonight in the Town Hall auditorium in an information session prior to weekend charrette planning sessions to aid development of a downtown master plan. The Saturday and Sunday event will involve Town Hall meetings, panel discussions, and walking tours. Click here for more details of the weekend events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Boost for Westport Cinema Initiative
Melissa Newman (2nd r) of Westport today presents a gift of $5,000 from the Joanne Woodward Fund—a donor-advised fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation—to be used for general operating support of Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI), which is working to bring a move theater back to Westport. “We could always watch movies at home, even when I was a kid, but we still went out and stood in line with everyone else,” said Newman, daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. “Every movie had the potential to be a shared experience for the whole community. Going to the movies brought the town together every weekend. Popcorn and a movie.” On hand to receive the gift were (l-r) Doug Tirola, Sandy Lefkowitz, and Larry Perlstein of WCI. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Foley, Malloy Vow to Spend More on Transit But No Plan to Pay
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
North Haven – While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley both vowed today to spend heavily on transportation, neither gubernatorial contender outlined any plans to pay for these investments.
Also at today’s forum, Foley said he would consider shutting down CT fastrak commonly known as the New Britain-to-Hartford busway, if the project’s annual operating drain on the state budget is too high.
“This stuff is a passion to me,” Malloy told more than 200 transportation advocates gathered at the Best Western Plus in North Haven.
Malloy, who conceded Connecticut must expand its transportation spending, nonetheless insisted he has outspent every administration dating back to Gov. William A. O’Neill’s in the early 1980s.
Click here for more of story
Check Fraud Arrest Carries Big Bond
Ursula Tirado: held on $45,000 bond. Westport Police photo
A Hartford woman accused of cashing a $998.25 fraudulent check at First County Bank in Westport on June 2 was arrested Saturday by Westport police.
A news release today said the woman had traveled to Wethersfield where local police had detained her on an active arrest warrant.
Ursula Tirado, 26, was then transported to Westport where she was charged with fifth-degree larceny and first-degree forgery for the alleged fraud at 1260 Post Road East, police said.
She is being held in lieu of a $45,000 court ordered bond, police said, and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Arrest in Saugatuck Ave. Fight
Michael Marino: released on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo
UPDATE AND CORRECT (fight outside, not in bar) A fight on Saugatuck Avenue back in May led to the arrest Friday of a Stamford man on an assault charge, Westport police said today.
According to police, Michael Marino, 43, was involved in the May 22 physical altercation in a parking lot at 41 Saugatuck Ave. which serves Dunville’s Restaurant and several other businesses. Police gave no indication the restaurant was involved.
Marino turned himself in on an active warrant, police said. He was charged with third-degree assault and released on a $5,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Comings & Goings: Senor Salsa Opens on PRW
Senor Salsa, a fresh Mexican grill, has opened at 221 Post Road West in the Westbank Center, the second Mexican cuisine restaurant to open in Westport in the past three weeks. (In late August Qdoba Mexican Grill opened at 275 Post Road East at Playhouse Square.) Senor Salsa Manager Miguel Rosas, who said he worked at Senor Salsa’s Fairfield location at 580 Post Road for the past 16 years, said the new eatery specializes in a variety of homemade salsas and fresh chicken. He said the application for a liquor license is pending but a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy is in effect until the license is approved. The restaurant, owned by Garry Dean, is open every day— Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport