Friday, August 29, 2014
New Haven Delays
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line customers may experience residual delays of 5 to 10 minutes due to earlier police activity between Greenwich and New Rochelle.
Feds OK Westport After-School Bus Service to Dec. 31
After-school bus service has served the Westport Weston Family Y and other destinations for 30 years. Contributed photo
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said today Westport may continue its after-school bus service until Dec. 31 while the town seeks alternate transportation for the students.
The FTA said it granted a request for an exemption to its regulations after Westport demonstrated no alternate bus service providers could be found.
“This is great news for Westport’s after-school programs, parents and our participating students,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe in a statement.
“I know it will be a great relief to many working families who were worrying how they were going to get their children to the after-school programs without the bus service they have come to rely on.”
CCDL Endorses Tom Foley, Rest of GOP ticket
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a gun owners’ group whose membership blossomed in opposition to the post-Newtown gun controls, today endorsed Republican Tom Foley for governor, snubbing one of its activists, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti.
“Gov. Dannel Malloy has a proven track record of supporting anti-rights legislation and has vilified and ostracized Connecticut gun owners throughout his term. It is time for him to be to be replaced,” CCDL says in an endorsement posed on its website. We strongly believe that the team of Tom Foley and Heather Somers will take Connecticut in a new direction that is so desperately needed.”
News of the endorsement was immediately promoted by the campaign of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, evidence that the Democratic Party, at least, sees advantage in tying Foley to a group that Malloy’s backers are calling “extremist.”
Speaking after a speech to the AFL-CIO in East Hartford, Malloy said Foley’s statement that he would sign a bill repealing the Newtown law is an invitation for the legislature to act.
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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 11 - 15, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 11 - 15, 2014:
SIR-16 Long Lots Lane LLC to Jeffrey Scott and Shelly Rene Ramsay, 6 Long Lots Lane, $2,000,000
Millee and Lyndon H. Taggart-Ratcliffe to Preston and Mary Jean Koster, 71 Long Lots Road, $1,632,500
Deborah M. Reif to Gautam Bhandari and Bhavana Joneja, 22 Surf Road, $3,425,000
Linda Heinzelman to Richard and Jennifer Ratcliffe, 5 Clifford Lane, $1,765,000
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Fragrant Pines Court
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Fragrant Pines Court, off Main Street, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1-1/2-story cape has 1,476 square feet and is situated on a .5-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
New Reval Starts Next Week
Westport Assessor Paul Friia has announced that Vision Government Solutions, the firm contracted by the Town to conduct its town-wide revaluation, will begin visiting homes to collect data next week.
The inspection process for all Westport residential properties is expected to continue through next summer, Friia said.
State law requires the town to perform every 10 years a physical property revaluation, which includes physical inspections of each property. Homeowners, however, may decline to allow inspectors inside.
Friia said the purpose of the current revaluation is to develop accurate and uniform assessments based on fair market value as of Oct. 1, 2015. This, in turn, will generate an equitable tax base, he said.
Friday, August 29, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s: Tribute to Pete Seeger
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Petey Hop and The Jackrabbits w/ CT Blues Society Revue
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, August 28, 2014
With Ribbon Cutting, Y Almost in New Home
By James Lomuscio
The spirit of the late Allen Raymond was present in the hearts of many—as well as on the huge, outdoor video screen—during tonight’s ribbon cutting for the new Westport Weston Family Y.
The ceremonial ribbon cutting tonight at the home of the new Westport Weston Family Y will be followed by its opening to members next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Raymond, a.k.a. Mr. Westport—and who was such a devoted Y proponent the road leading to the new facility is named after him—told the approximate 400 guests in a video recorded before his death May 1 at age 91 that he probably would not live to see this day. (See video here)
“This crazy kid at the age of 91 had hoped to be the first to go down the great slide into the pool at this magnificent new Y,” Raymond said. “But that didn’t work out.
“However, let no one doubt that I am here rejoicing and cheering with all of you today, and when you see that splash in the pool when no one’s around, you’ll know that I am finally reveling in Westport’s jewel.”
Finally a New Home at Mahackeno
Scenes from tonight’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Westport Weston Family Y. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Cajun Sound at Levitt
The Pine Leaf Boys, a Cajun and Creole band from South Louisiana, headlined at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. The four-time Grammy nominees and their brand of Zydeco music brought them four U.S. State Department invitations to perform overseas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Bringing Southern Louisiana to Westport
The four-time Grammy nominated Pine Leaf Boys from southern Louisiana brought their Cajun brand of music to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Members include Grammy Award winner Wilson Savoy (2nd r.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Police Warn of ‘Phishing’ Email Scam
Westport police today warned of a “phishing email” scam involving a request identified as from the Town of Westport asking a resident to update credit card information.
Capt. Vincent Penna said it was advised by the First Selectman’s Office today “that a resident had received an email purportedly from the Town of Westport requesting that he update his credit card information to facilitate online payments made to the town.”
He said the resident questioned the validity of the email and an investigation discovered that it was not affiliated in any way with the town.
Penna said it appeared to be an attempt to obtain credit card information from individuals in a scam known as a “phishing email.”
Daily Beast: Staples Ranked No. 20 in Northeast
The Daily Beast online website has ranked Westport’s Staples High School as No. 20 in its list of the best high schools in the Northeast and No. 69 nationally.
“We used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily,” it said in explaining the rankings.
“Other criteria included: college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores - another mark of how well a school prepares students for college.”
Daily Beast said Staples has an overall rank of 69 in its survey of more than 700 schools.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 191 Wilton Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 191 Wilton Road is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story contemporary has 2,164 square feet and is situated on a .41-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
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport