Friday, October 24, 2014
Levitt Wraps Up Again With Billy Joel Tribute Band Nov. 1
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will light up one more time this year on Saturday, Nov. 1 to present Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot and an afternoon celebrating the music of Billy Joel.
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot wrap up the extended new Levitt season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The special ticketed benefit event is made possible by lead sponsor Tiffany & Co. and sponsor Honda of Westport and gives the community another opportunity to support the ongoing “Because Summer Lives Here” Levitt capital campaign, an announcement said.
Big Shot is the only authorized Billy Joel tribute band and lead singer/pianist Mike DelGuidice, along with other Big Shot band mates, are members of Billy Joel’s touring band.
The Levitt lawn will open at 1 p.m. to all ticket holders with the concert to start at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., there will be a cocktail party at Tiffany & Co. for premium ticket holders only. Chairs will be provided for all ticket holders.
Y’s Men Photo Exhibit Opens
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston today celebrated the opening of its 11th annual photography competition and exhibit at the Westport Center for Senior Services. Leonard Messman took Best In Show for “You’re Next” in the general category, a photo of a barber chair sitting in a wreck of a cell in an old prison in Philadelphia that is now a museum. Pictured (l-r) are the presenters and winners in front of the winning photos: Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Carl Fisher, Chuck Greenlee, Best in Show winner Lenny Messman, Marty Krauthamer, Jean Pierre Montillier, and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Y Names Megan Loffredo Volunteer Leader of Year
The Westport Weston Family Y has selected Westporter Megan Loffredo as Volunteer Leader of the Year.
An announcement today said she was honored Tuesday at the annual Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs Y Leaders Dinner at the Courtyard Marriott in Waterbury.
A Y volunteer since 2001, she has served as a member of the board of directors, holding the positions of secretary for the Executive Committee and current chair of the Finance and Development Committee.
She is also an active Water Rat Swim Team parent, serving as a USA Swimming Referee for swim meets, including the one this past Sunday as Westport hosted 10 other teams and hundreds of parents, friends and supporters for the first swim meet at the new Y facility.
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 6 - 10, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 6 - 10, 2014:
Frank S. and Meghan E. Foster to Anne W. and Paul W. Bermeister, 10 Northgate Lane, $1,555,000
Leo Cirino to Life On The Water LLC, 115 Harbor Road, $1,250,000
Kenneth Lametta to Mehdi and Elizabeth Sunderji, 55 Valley Road, $1,250,000
Patricia Pinks Parman Trust to Valerio and Yolanta Trinchi, 7 Harbor Road, $845,000
Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Fury’
(Editor’s Note: Westport resident and veteran film reviewer Susan Granger today joins the WestportNow columnist lineup.)
By Susan Granger
David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is an intense Hitchcockian thriller with an innocent man accused and a coolly elegant platinum blonde, neither of whom can be trusted.
Gillian Flynn adapted her psychologically complex 2012 best-seller, maintaining constant suspense as the mystery unfolds. Ben Affleck is totally convincing as bewildered Nick, whose beautiful wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary.
As the police investigation proceeds, details about perfectionist Amy’s past and the fragile state of their marriage are revealed – with everything pointing to Ben’s guilt.
David Fincher (“The Social Network”) is a stickler for detailed authenticity, as participants painstakingly track down multiple whodunit clues within the perspective-shifting structure.
Going Down: 44 Elm St.
The former medical office building at 44 Elm St. was demolished today. Its removal was part of the Bedford Square Development, which includes the relocation of the adjacent Kemper-Gunn House, 35 Church Lane, to the town-owned Baldwin Parking Lot. According to construction supervisor Christopher Moran of Easton-based Moran Construction Management, the Kemper-Gunn house move is aimed to take place before the Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving. If that target is not achieved, he said it will occur after Jan. 1, according to an agreement with town officials. Moran said the project is now running three weeks behind schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Athleta to Open Before Thanksgiving
Athleta, a division of GAP Inc, opens at 103-07 Main St. before Thanksgiving, according to a worker on site today who said the construction shell covering the front of the store was removed Thursday. The new store was constructed in the spaces previously occupied by Westport Pizzeria, Kate Spade and Francois du Pont Jewelers, which have all relocated elsewhere. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Fails to Make Newsweek Top High School List
Newsweek magazine has released its annual list of the Top 500 high schools in the United States, and 13 Connecticut high schools, including one in Fairfield and Greenwich, made the list.
But Westport’s Staples High School, named by Newsweek No. 3 in the state two years ago, is not among them. (See WestportNow May 3, 2012)
Each year, Newsweek teams up with a research group to compile the list based on a tough set of quality guidelines. Officials from Newsweek said that the methodology for the list was stricter than ever this year.
On top of the list this year was Thomas Jefferson High School of Alexandria, Va. The highest ranking Connecticut high school on the list is Amity Regional High School at No. 112. Amity serves students from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge.
Friday, October 24, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Wheeler Coffeehouse: “Girls Like Us—Carole, Joni and Carly”
6:30 p.m. - Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Westport Sunrise Rotary Silver Anniversary Wine & Beer Tasting Celebration
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jillian Jensen w/ Sarah Barrios, Riley Lynch, and Josh Pavel
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, October 23, 2014
At Earthplace, Rep. Candidates Tackle the Environment
By James Lomuscio
The environment took center stage tonight in the state House of Representatives races for the136th and 143rd districts as Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center hosted a candidates forum.
From topics ranging from global warming to air pollution to electric vehicles to protecting the Long Island Sound and shoring up coastal residents against storms to pesticides and the efficiency and drawbacks of natural gas, each candidate attempted to show how he or she was environmentally best suited for the job.
Vying for the 136th District were Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican newcomer Brandi Briggs, who currently served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). Competing for the 143rd District seat were Republican incumbent Gail Lavielle and Democratic newcomer Keith Rodgerson.
Steinberg touted himself as “a committed environmentalist” who “walks the walk” with solar panels on his roof, a hybrid vehicle and one who co-authored the Comprehensive Energy Strategy in Hartford.
Historic District Commission Preservation Winners
Recipients of the 2014 Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Awards posed tonight for a group picture with First Selectman Jim Marpe and members of the HDC following the awards ceremony at Town Hall. Owners of seven Westport residential and business properties were cited for their efforts to preserve the town’s character and cultural heritage through their restoration and renovation work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Honored for Making Westport Special
Scenes from tonight’s 2014 Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony and reception at Westport Town Hall. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author Says He Knows ID of 1922 Hollywood Murderer
Author William J. Mann, who has written books featuring such famous divas as Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor, was at the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight promoting his latest book, “Tinseltown”….a story about the movie business in Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s. There were drugs, beautiful women, handsome men and the highly publicized 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. It officially remains a “cold case,” but Mann said readers of his book will find out the identity of the murderer. “I did lots of research and had a lot of help from the FBI files and feel I know who the murderer is,” he said. “I liked tracking down killers. I got tired of writing traditional biographies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Developer Wants Inn to Become 200-Unit Housing Complex
By James Lomuscio
A developer has submitted plans for five-story, 200-unit housing complex at the site of the Westport Inn on Post Road East. Thirty percent of the units would be deemed affordable.
Under submitted plans, the Westport Inn on Post Road East would be replaced by a 200-unit housing complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The submission has raised concerns that use of state statute 8-30g to build it will not only allow the developer to bypass town zoning regulations, but put stress on town services and traffic, all in the name of affordable housing.
Sheldon Stein, who bought the inn seven years ago, submitted applications to the Conservation Commission last week and to the Planning & Zoning Department on Thursday, with maps and engineering reports. The designs choreograph razing of the 127-room hotel at 1595 Post Road East, replacing it with a 200-unit, multi-family residential community dubbed Westport Terrace Views.
The construction would take place through use of state statute 8-30g. Passed in 1989, it allows developers to overstep a municipality’s local zoning laws if that municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not. It is intended to be an incentive to create more affordable housing in the state.
Work Begins on Green’s Farms Station Steps
When Green’s Farms station commuters return to Westport tonight they may be surprised to see the end-of-platform stairway missing. That’s because construction started today which, according to Westport Police Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas, involves removal of the wooden steps and replacement with granite ones. The work is expected to be completed by mid-November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport