Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Another Piece of Westport History Preserved
The Westport Board of Selectmen today approved acceptance of a gift from TD Bank of a mural valued at $25,000 depicting old Westport. It was done by Westport artist and illustrator Robert L. Lambdin (1886 - 1981) and installed in 1970 in the former Westport Bank & Trust Co. office at 50 Charles St. TD Bank has closed the office and is selling the building. The mural, similar to ones Lambdin did and now preserved in Patagonia, the former Westport Bank & Trust Co. building on Post Road East, will be installed in Westport Town Hall, according to town curator Kathie Bennewitz. Maureen E. Hanley-Bellitto of TD Bank said the bank would consider making a grant to fund the move and repairs to the work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Another Hurdle Cleared for Kemper-Gunn House Move
The Westport Board of Selectmen today cleared another hurdle to move the Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane to the Baldwin Parking Lot as part of the Family Y transition to the Bedford Square development. It recommended an amendment to the 2007 Town Plan of Conservation and development, which would allow the Planning and Zoning Commission to designate a portion of the Baldwin parking lot for business use to accommodate the move. Selectman Avi Kaner (l) points to the area involved on a map in questioning Planning and Zoning Director Larry Bradley (r). First Selectman Jim Marpe and Selectman Helen Garten look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Train Service Operating In and Out of Westport
UPDATE New Haven Line trains operated in and out of the Metro-North station in Westport today with slight delays despite suspension of service into Grand Central Terminal because of a building explosion in East Harlem. Metro-North said trains were terminating at the Woodland station in the Bronx with passengers traveling into Manhattan via subway. Television pictures showed many pieces of debris on the Metro-North tracks adjacent to explosion. At 1:30 p.m. Metro-North workers could be seen beginning to remove the debris. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
NYC Explosion Halts New Haven Line into GCT
UPDATE An explosion in a building at 116th Street and Park Avenue adjacent to Metro-North’s elevated tracks has halted all service into and out of Grand Central Terminal, according to the railroad.
Metro-North recommended that eastbound customers take the No. 5 subway service to the 180th Street Station and transfer to the No. 2 subway for service to 233rd Street to access the Woodlawn Station.
Westbound train service will operate to Woodlawn Station where customers can take the No. 2 Subway service, it said.
New Haven Service Into GCT Halted Indefinitely
Today’s explosion in East Harlem has halted all service into and out of Grand Central Terminal indefinitely. There was no word from Metro-North when service might resume. The explosion occurred in an apartment building at 116th Street and Park Avenue adjacent to the elevated Metro-North tracks (bottom). New York City Fire Department photo
An explosion at 116th Street and Park Avenue today halted all Metro-North train service into and out of Grand Central Terminal. View is from the Metro-North tracks north of the incident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) William Vail for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectman Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Baron’s South Committee
10 a.m. - 5 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 ... “
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-Residence Ed Kalin: Create an All-Sky Camera
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I-95 Crash Causes Injuries, Backups
Multiple persons were reported injured late today on I-95 southbound between Exits 18 and 17 in Westport. One of the vehicles was a van. Traffic in both directions was slowed by the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Honoring Ann Sheffer
The Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) today honored Ann Sheffer as a founding member by presenting her with a lenticular image of the Westport Country Playhouse by fellow WAAC member Miggs Burroughs. On hand with congratulations were (l- r) Anne Keefe and Michael Ross (Westport Country Playhouse); Ann Sheffer; WAAC co-chairs Leslie Greene and Nancy Diamond, and First Selectman Jim Marpe. Members noted the lone figure standing on the roof peak closely resembles Ann herself. Contributed photo
Martha Dean Enters Race for Governor
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Martha Dean, a favorite of tea-party activists and gun owners, announced today she is running for governor, giving the Republican field of a half-dozen candidates its only woman and its strongest conservative contender.
Martha Dean’s announcement came on the same day that state Sen. Toni Boucher announced she was ending her quest for the nomination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Chion Wolf of WNPR
Dean declined to discuss her campaign in detail until March 18, when she holds her first press conference as a candidate, but she said she intends to reach beyond gun rights and the tea-party issues of small government.
“My following goes way beyond those groups,” Dean told The Mirror. Her announcement Tuesday was an acknowledgement that she already is reaching out to groups for support, making it likely that word of her candidacy would begin to leak, she said.
Dean, 54, of Avon, was the Republican nominee for attorney general in 2010, losing to Democrat George Jepsen.
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Making Progress at the Levitt
Structures are taking shape at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts with the promise that it will be ready for this summer’s concert series. View is from Riverside Avenue across the Saugatuck River where workers in office buildings have been following the daily progress. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Howard Potter for WestportNow.com
Building the Levitt Stage Roof
Retired U.S. District Judge Recounts His ‘Most Disturbing, Upsetting’ Case
Westporter Alan H. Nevas, retired senior U.S. District Court judge, today was guest at the Westport Rotary Club weekly meeting where he recounted the “most disturbing and the most upsetting” case in his 24 years on the federal bench. It involved Philip A. Giordano, a former three-term mayor of Waterbury and a U.S. Senate candidate, whom he sentenced to 37 years in federal prison in 2003 for having sex with two young girls while in office. Nevas said when a prosecutor and FBI agent came to his office to play a wiretap recording of Giordano, who was then under investigation for corruption, talking about having sex with the children, they told him to sit down because he would be shocked at what he was about to hear. “It was just horrendous,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Plea from Fire Chief to Check Detectors
Five fire deaths in the past 24 hours in Connecticut prompted a plea today from Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury for residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Three people died in a West Haven fire today and two others were killed in a Fairfield fire on Monday.
Citing the fire deaths, Kingsbury said, “The Westport Fire Department strongly encourages all residents to check the operation of their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.”
He added: “If any resident is in need of assistance with changing detector batteries or installing new ones, they may call 203-341-5010 to arrange for someone to come to their home to do so (no fee.)”
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport