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.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
A four-legged visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach Friday wanted to get in on the fun at the cannons. Dogs will be banned from the beach beginning April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 8, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilberties Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” & “Abstract Notes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Staples High School Field House - Westport Softball Girls K-3rd-grade Jamboree
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - School of Rock “House Band Rock Off”
7:30 p.m. - Earthplace - “Earthplace in Bloom—A Spirited Event!”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, March 07, 2014
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Newtown Turnpike
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Newtown Turnpike is in process. Built in 1830, the two-story colonial has 1,750 square feet and is situated on a .75-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
State Says Westport Man’s Pot Company Can Keep License
The state told a Westport man today that his medical marijuana growing company will retain its license after it was disclosed that a man it listed as its former chief grower had previously lost a local license to run a marijuana facility in Colorado.
Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein sent a letter to David Lipton, principal in Fairfield-based Advanced Grow Labs LLC, informing him of the state’s decision.
Rubenstein said the company can remain one of the four statewide producers of marijuana for medical purposes because his agency is satisfied that the company’s principals were “equally misled” by John J. Czarkowski.
The commissioner said his office concluded that the company – which is building a production facility in West Haven – had conducted a thorough background check on Czarkowski.
Main Street Gets Project Return Birdhouses
Volunteers from Westport’s Project Return delivered birdhouses today to local businesses for its annual Birdhouse Auction Gala and Birdhouse Stroll. Birdhouse Stroll co-chairs, Debbie August and Michele Corenman, show off two of this year’s birdhouses at EIleen Fisher, accompanied by Ginger Donaher, Birdhouse auction gala chair, and Christina Siembos, assistant leader at Eileen Fisher. The birdhouses will be on display from now until the Birdhouse Auction Gala on Saturday, April 5. The Birdhouse Stroll will take place on Thursday, March 20. For more information on both events and to purchase tickets to the gala, visit www.projectreturnct.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Registering to Vote On Line
Voter registration in Westport finally entered the computer age today as Staples High School seniors (and twins) Robert (l) and Nathan Francis registered to vote on line in a demonstration session at Town Hall. Helping out were Registrars of Voters Kevin White (l) and Marla Cowden, aided by First Selectman Jim Marpe. Citizens with a current, valid ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles can process registrations and updates completely electronically from a home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The link to the online registration system is https://voterregistration.ct.gov. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Familiar Look: Train from Westport (Ireland)
|An unhappy rider on a train out of Westport, Ireland sent this Tweet today to Irish Rail. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Twitter.com photo|
Taking Part in Fairfield County Giving Day
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) today combined a celebration brunch for its WAC Gives Back education initiative with a push for donations as part of today’s inaugural Fairfield County Giving Day presented by the Fairfield County Community Foundation in collaboration with Bank of America. WAC set up computers in its gallery space for guests – including Lance Lundberg (l), WAC board chair, and Eileen Flug, moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)—to go on line and donate as part of the 24-hour day of giving which aims to raise $1 million for more than 300 nonprofits throughout the region. Donors can contribute until 11:59 p.m. today at www.fcgives.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers Feb. 17 - 21, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 17 - 21, 2013:
Marilyn K. Steiner Estate to Otaku LLC, 18 Blue Ribbon Drive, $1,000,000
Luigi Casatelli to Bruce E. and Jordan Toumey Razza, 29 Easton Road, $1,190,000
Francis J. and Cecile A. Van Steenberge to Dipta Chakraborty and Nilanjan Bhowmik, 121 Newtown Turnpike, $1,525,000
Mary Ann Sych to Alejandro Olea, 18 Westway Road, $800,000
Friday, March 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Westport Transit District
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” & “Abstract Notes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-Residence Ed Kalin: Create an All-Sky Camera
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Registrar of Voters Online Registration Demo
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Nobody Yet w/ Damage Control, & Dystopia
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, March 06, 2014
P&Z: Yes to Kemper-Gunn House Move, Sewers
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE (clarifies SWN statement) The 1885-built Victorian home known as the Kemper-Gunn House at 35 Church Lane got a green light from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight to be relocated to nearby space in the town-owned Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street.
The P&Z unanimously approved Text Amendment 669 designed to facilitate the relocation of historic buildings by easing restrictions in a Business Center District/Historic (BCD/H) zone on setbacks, floor area ration (FAR), buffer areas, landscaping and alike.
According to Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley, the text amendment becomes effective March 20.
The house is being moved to make way for the Bedford Square development replacing the Westport Weston Family Y on Church Lane. The text amendment had been submitted DC Kemper-Gunn LLC, a division of Bedford Square Associates.
Catastrophe Bond Expert: Wrong Partner Could Be Disaster
By Bonnie Adler
Westporter John Seo, who now makes a pretty good living at gauging the risk of catastrophic events, told a Westport Library audience tonight choosing the wrong entrepreneurial partner could be a disaster. He said his path to becoming one the world’s experts at what he does was not an easy one.
John Seo addresses a Westport Library audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bonnie Adler for WestportNow.com
Raised In Dallas, the son of Korean immigrant parents –- his father was a professor of economic theory at Southern Methodist University –- he said they wanted him to be a mathematician, just like his mother. But he said he always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur.
His dreams came true as co-founder and managing principal of Westport-based Fermat Capital Management. Now the largest investment manager of catastrophe bonds in the world, the firm manages $4.5 billion in investments.
Seo, who spoke as part of the library’s “Insights from Entrepreneurs” series, has 21 years experience in fixed income bond and derivatives trading and has been in the catastrophe bond market for more than 15 years.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport