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Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery Closes

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Amost eight months after it opened, Grilled Cheese Eatery at 772 Post Road East has closed. According to Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This, the neighboring frame and women’s accessory shop, the Grilled Cheese Eatery’s equipment and other restaurant contents were loaded onto a truck on Saturday. The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, also closed the Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield which opened in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept. (See WestportNow, April 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Smoking Food Disrupts Main Street Shopping

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Holiday shoppers were inconvenienced for a while in early afternoon today when traffic on Main Street was blocked while firefighters investigated a report of smoke coming from the second floor of 17 Main St. above the Lou & Grey apparel store. According to Lt. Ernie Ruot, the the smoke was traced to food on a stove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CLASP Homes Wraps at Barnes & Noble

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Tracy Flood, executive director of CLASP Homes, gift wraps a book purchase today for Lana Walton of Westport and her family at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Each day various nonprofits serve as volunteers who gift wrap purchases for donations that go to the volunteering charity organization. Rita Picket, in background, is a staff member of CLASP Homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Morningside Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Morningside Lane, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,296 square feet and is situated on a .3-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

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Comings & Goings: Java Café Out, SoNo Bakery In

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Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will close Dec. 31, 11 months after it opened, according to a caféa employee. Landlord David Adam Realty said SoNo Bakery, a tenant in Norwalk, plans to move in, renovating the interior in January and opening there in February. The coffee house opened in January 2014. While popular with many guests, the café apparently was unable to make in the competitive environment. (See WestportNow January 21, 2014). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Earthplace Makes Leadership Change

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Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center on Wednesday night honored outgoing Board President Julia Mally and welcomed new chair Stuart Hawley.  At the annual meeting, members also recognized the Trustee of the Year, local architect John Fifield, and honored retiring board member John Hartwell.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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All Gone: 28 Harbor Road

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The house at 28 Harbor Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area, has been demolished. Built in 1972, the one-story raised ranch had 2,882 square feet, was situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in September 1998 for $690,000. It was the Westport Teardown of the Day on Oct. 12, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,’ ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

By Susan Granger

Epics are a style of film-making with large scale, sweeping scope and spectacle. Its ambitious nature sets it apart from a historical period piece or action-adventure. This week, there are two epics.

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Oscar-winning Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” the conclusion of his cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel.

You should see the previous installments since this fantasy picks up where the last one ended – as the fire-breathing dragon Smaug decimates Lake-town after the Dwarves of Erebor reclaim their gold.

Dark Lord Sauron returns, ordering Azog and legions of malevolent Orcs to attack. As the conflict escalates, the Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide to unite or be destroyed.

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Morning Reflections

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Morning reflections Wednesday as seen from the bridge leading to Saugatuck Shores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  December 18, 2014


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Upcycle Your Gift Wrapping!
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Open Space Subcommittee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - “Downton Abbey” Season 4
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Honoring our Heritage: 319 Post Road East

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The newest recipient of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) is Dr. David SantisI, a Wilton resident who owns the Winslow Park Veterinary Hospital at 319 Post Road East. The plaque was presented to him by Bob Weingarten, house historian of the WHS. The plaque signifies the house was constructed c.1835 and is known as the Haight-Kemper House with the descriptive name “Tannery Cottage.” According to Weingarten, the house, in addition to three neighboring houses at 305 and 311 Post Road East and 15 Powers Court, housed tannery workers of nearby Morocco Manufacturing Company and were commonly known as “Tannery Cottages.”  Each of the four properties is now occupied as professional offices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Voted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Westporter Mark Naftalin, keyboardist with the1960s blues favorites Paul Butterfield Blues Band, was among 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today.

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Mark Naftalin plays at a Westport First Night event two years ago. He will return this year. WestportNow.com photo

He and other band members will be inducted on April 18 when the induction ceremonies return to the Hall’s home of Cleveland.

Harmonica player Butterfield and guitarist Mike Bloomfield fronted the group, which, in addition to Naftalin, also included guitarist Elvin Bishop, drummer Sam Lay and bassist Jerome Arnold.

Others in the 30th class of inductees include Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers.
In addition, The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence and 1950s R&B vocal group the “5’’ Royales will be honored as an early influence.

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Rolling Van Damages Garage

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A van rolled into a Westport home on Terhune Drive today, damaging the home’s garage area but causing no injuries, fire officials said. The driver of the van said that while dropping off an occupant at the house, the emergency brake was engaged, but the vehicle was not placed in park. When the brake was released the vehicle rolled forward into the garage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Remembering Richard C. Hottelet, CBS News

By Gordon Joseloff

Richard C. Hottelet, my personal link to the legendary group of CBS News correspondents who covered World War II under Edward R. Murrow, died today at his Wilton home. He was 97.

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Richard C. Hottelet: “consummate professional.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CBS News photo

Hottelet was the last survivor of the group that became known as the “Murrow Boys. He joined CBS in London in 1944 and retired in 1985.

I first met him in the late 1970s. He was covering the United Nations for CBS but did an hourly network radio newscast daily before heading over to his U.N. office. I often wrote his hourly newscast for him.

I had joined CBS News a short time earlier after working for United Press International in outposts that included London and Moscow. Hottelet had worked for UPI’s predecessor, United Press, in London, Moscow, Berlin, and Washington.

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Second Night of Hanukkah Marked

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The second night of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah was marked tonight with a lighting ceremony at a large menorah at Westport’s 400 Post Road East between Trader Joe’s and the Wells Fargo Bank. Following by one night the inaugural lighting of a menorah by four Westport synagogues at Post Road East and Main Street, this menorah has been lit at this location since 2005 by Beth Israel of Westport-Norwalk and The Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, CT. Rabbi Levi Stone (r) lights the menorah assisted by Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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