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Thursday, May 18, 2017

WN on the Scene: Horror in Times Square

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WestportNow contributing photographer Helen Klisser During was in New York’s Times Square today when a car careening throught crowded sidewalks, striking numerous pedestrians. The car ended up against a railing. “I suddenly heard a car careening out of control and people screaming,” she said. “I walked across the street to see if I could help a woman on the sidewalk. She was still breathing. It took ambulances about 10 minutes to get there.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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WN on the Scene: Times Square Passersby Offer Help

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WestportNow contributing photographer Helen Klisser During was in New York’s Times Square today when a car careened out of control, killing at least one person and injuring more than 20. She was among passersby who immediately went to the aid of some of the victims. “It was horrible,” she said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Donations Sought for ‘Ceremonies and Celebrations’

“Ceremonies and Celebrations,” the Westport Human Services Department’s program offering assistance in purchasing new clothing for graduating middle and high school students, is currently underway and seeking donations, officials announced today.

Now in its 14th year, the program, which responds to requests from school staff, runs through June.

“Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Westport community and the schools’ PTAs, 34 Westport students were able to purchase new special event clothing for their graduations from middle and high school,” said Human Services Director Elaine Daignault.

“In the past, this department has received numerous heartfelt notes of thanks and photographs of the proud young people as they walked across the stage or stood with their relatives on this special day,” she added. 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
5 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Play Reading: “Bad Neighbors” by Barbara Smith
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Elinor Lipman in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg, “On Turpentine Lane”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For Now, Mill Rate Remains the Same

After six arduous months of numbers crunching and uncertainty in the wake of the state’s fiscal crisis, the Board of Finance tonight unanimously kept the tax rate flat for 2017-18.

The mill rate remains the same as it is this year—16.86.

That translates into $16.86 of taxes for every $1,000 of a home’s assessed value determined by last year’s revaluation.

But the Board of Finance’s decision came with a sobering caveat.

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Palmer: Bus Drivers Agree on New Contract; Strike Threat Ended

Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer told parents tonight that school bus drivers have agreed on a new contract and the threat of a Thursday morning strike has ended.

“We just received news that the labor issue between Dattco and its drivers has been settled with the ratification vote of a new contract,” she said in an email.

“All buses will run normally tomorrow and the threat of a strike is now ended.”

No details of the new contract were available.

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Real Estate Report: Contemporary Surprise

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

It may be no secret to some that colonials are by far and away the best selling style homes in Westport.

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Featured Home: This home at 12 Hedley Farms Road is listed at $1,999,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stamford.

What comes as a unique surprise is that contemporary-styled homes are second in line, which has not been the case in the past.

There has been a general “pecking order” of sorts for the most sought after homes, and contemporaries were almost always relegated to the bottom of the list. That’s just not the case any more, or at least this year.

According to our Multiple Listing Service, 14 percent of all single family home sales were of the contemporary style, which was a higher percentage than cape cods, or ranches.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

60 Clinton Ave.                $639,900->$609,900
16 Fairport Road               $779,000->$740,000
19 Bulkley Ave South             $875,000->$849,000
1 Charcoal Hill Road           $995,000->$945,000
40 Burr Farms Road           $999,999->$965,000
10 Burr Farms Road       $1,095,000->$1,045,000
328 Wilton Road           $1,113,400->$1,099,900
183 Roseville Road       $1,260,000->$1,245,000
12 Center St/          $1,325,000->$1,275,000
156 North Ave.        $1,375,000->$1,299,000
7 Crooked Mile Road       $1,450,000->$1,399,000
34 Maple Lane             $1,449,000->$1,429,000
35 Tamarac Road         $1,599,000->$1,549,000
18 Hermit Lane             $1,750,000->$1,699,000
11 Old Hill Road           $1,749,000->$1,699,000
40 Sturges Commons     $1,725,000->$1,699,000
318 Wilton Road           $1,749,000->$1,699,900
7 River Lane               $1,722,500->$1,700,000
9 Forest Drive             $1,835,000->$1,749,000
8 Harbor Road             $1,999,000->$1,899,000
9 Old Hill Road             $2,199,000->$1,998,000
7 Dogwood Lane           $2,049,000->$1,999,999
165 Cross Highway         $2,499,000->$2,349,000
42 Sylvan Road North       $2,495,000->$2,395,000
9 Burr Farms Road           $3,499,000->$3,380,000
15 Beachside Common     $3,998,000->$3,398,000
26 Old Hill Road           $3,849,000->$3,550,000
—Judy Szablak

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Comings & Goings: The ‘Port Opens at National Hall

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The ‘Port Restaurant opened tonight in space formerly occupied by the Vespa Restaurant, 2A Post Road West in the National Hall Building, offering up a variety of dishes ranging from mini-pretzels ($5) and mac’n cheese ($12) to the ‘Port burger ($15), spaghetti and meatballs ($18), and vegan burrito ($12.) Owner is Sal Augeri (pictured with wife Melissa), a former Wall Street trader, who brought in 30 investors for the venture, which he says has a definite local flavor, is low-key, child-friendly, and a place friends can go for a quick bite. For opening week, it will only be open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Comey and Mueller Longtime Friends

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While still a Westport resident, now former FBI Director James Comey traveled to the White House in June 2013 for President Obama’s announcement of his appointment to succeed Robert Mueller (c). They have been friends for years, including dinners and golf outings, a relationship that analysts said would not please the White House with the Department of Justice announcement tonight that Mueller has been appointed a special counsel to look into the Russia-Trump relationship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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Alan Alda BOOKED for the Evening Sold Out

The Westport Library said today that its BOOKED for the Evening Monday, June 5 event honoring award-winning actor, director, screenwriter and author Alan Alan Alda is sold out.

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Alan Alda: to be honored June 5. Photo courtesy of Alan Alda

The sell-out is only the second in the 19-year history of the event, said Rachel E. Reese, director of communications and marketing. Last year’s event honoring author Ron Chernow was also sold out.

She said while no more tickets are available for the 7 p.m. event, the library is still accepting donations toward the event with all proceeds benefitting library programs.

Alda, 81, has won six Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Senator Ralph Owen Brewster in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” (2004).

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Police Warn Against IRS, Strong-Arm, Phone Scam

The Westport Police Department today warned residents about bogus, threatening phone calls from persons or recordings claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, victims have been threatened with lawsuits, arrest, or fines unless they pay money that is supposedly owed in taxes.

“Some victims are reporting multiple calls a day,” said Cabana. “Please be aware that this is a common scam nationwide.”

Cabana stressed that the IRS does not ask one to pay back taxes via GreenDot, MoneyGram, electronic transfer, “and certainly not via a prepaid gift card.”

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Busy Day at Elvira’s

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Elvira’s at Westport’s Old Mill was busy today as temperatures soared into the summer-like upper 80s.The store is currently open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but as the season progresses, it will be open until 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Pausing for a Family Photo

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The busy Yiovanakos family posed for a family photo today at their popular Elvira’s store and eatery. While they enjoyed some time off this winter from their 20 years serving the community, they were pleased to be back. They said they are not certain what the future will bring but are happy and eager to serve customers again. Pictured (l-r) mom, Stacey, son, Harry, and daughter, Niki. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Trump Turns Coast Guard Address Into a Rally

By Kyle Constable

www.ctmirror.org

New London — For about 15 minutes at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today, President Donald J. Trump delivered the mix of praise, congratulations and acknowledgments traditional in a commencement address.

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President Trump at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today in New London. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kyle Constable for CtMirror.org

Then, with the words, “I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice,” his tone shifted.

By its end, Trump had turned his commencement address into a combination rally and commentary on his present adversity. Much of the audience of about 4,000 people responded with applause after each line, and gave the president a standing ovation as he concluded his remarks.

“Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair,” Trump said. “You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve. … But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine.”

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Session Set on Whether to Build New Bathhouses, Pavilion

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Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced today that the Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special public meeting on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium to determine whether to repair and renovate the current Compo Beach bathhouse and pavilion structure or replace the structure with a new facility. Pictured are some of the bathhouses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Four Westport Restaurants Cited for Healthy Menu Options

The Westport-Weston Health District today announced the launch a “Healthy for Life Project” that highlights four Westport restaurants for offering healthier menu options.

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The effort, with partner health districts in Norwalk and Fairfield, kicks off with a party on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Family YMCA, 14 Allen Raymond Lane.

Guests will taste “delicious, healthy options from participating local restaurants and receive a free raffle ticket for the chance to win restaurant gift cards and other prizes,” an announcement said. Also, the YMCA is offering a free day pass for attendees to use the Y on the day of the event.

Initial Westport restaurants cited as offering healthier menu options include bartaco, 20 Wilton Road; Freshii, 1 Main St., Roly Poly, 45 Saugatuck Ave., and Subway, 940 Post Road East. Click HERE for details on menu items selected at each restaurant and on the program.

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Comings & Goings: Rich Dean Boxing & Fitness Relocates

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Rich Dean Boxing & Fitness has relocated from 10 Bay St. to nearby 230 Post Road East, near Colonial Green.  According to owner Rich Dean (l), the gym offers strength and conditioning classes, weight loss classes, circuit training and even boot camps. Dean said he also conducts private trainings upon request, with all classes fit for women, men, and children. The business opened on Bay Street in September 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staying Late

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Some stayed late at Westport’s Compo Beach on Tuesday as summer-like temperatures in the upper 70s arrived in Westport with even warmer weather predicted for the next couple of days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Jewish History Lecture Series: “Food & the History of the Jews”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4-Adult
5:30 p.m. - 107 Harbor Road - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Public Works Public Information Session: Willow Brook Bridge Replacement
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Conservation Commission (videostreamed)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - SHS Grades 9/10 Band & Orchestra Concert
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Drone View of Saugatuck Sunset

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Tonight’s sunset in a drone view over the Saugatuck River in Westport. Assumption Chuch is just right of the flare, and the Levitt Pavilion is at far right. Operator of the registered drone is Ben Berkley, 13, who attends Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Berkley for WestportNow.com

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Light and Dark

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Dark clouds mixed with bright skies late today in this view of the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: 2nd Time Around Closes

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Second Time Around, a used, vintage and consignment apparel store at 135 Post Road East, has closed. An employee in a neighboring store said the closing was sudden. An attempt to reach its Greenwich location resulted in a message announcing the number is no longer in service. There was no answer at its North Salem, New York and Huntington, New York locations. The Westport store opened in August 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Changes at One of Westport’s Oldest Medical Practices

There are big changes occurring at one of Westport’s oldest medical practices, Internal Medicine Associates of Westport (IMAW).

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Moving downstairs: (l-r) Drs. David Baum, Jill Denowitz, Nina Karol, and Robert Telster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Four of the seven IMAW doctors are leaving to form their own concierge medicine practice — David Baum (nine years at IMAW), Jill Denowitz (23 years), Nina Karol (18 years), and Robert Telster (10 years).

Three doctors are remaining at IMAW — Robert Altbaum (the senior doctor at 35 years), Jay Horn (18 years), and Elizabeth Mckinnis (two years). Additional personnel have been hired.

IMAW’s origins go back almost six decades when Paul Beres and Harold Steinberg opened a practice on Main Street. Later it moved to 162 Kings Highway North and two years ago to 333 Post Road West.

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Democrats Would Slash Municipal Aid, Allow Casino, Legalize Pot

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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House and Senate Democrats today recommended opening a new casino, legalizing marijuana, and imposing deep cuts to municipal aid and public colleges and universities to balance the next two-year state budget.

And while their plan begins the process of establishing tolls in future years, it strips transportation reserves in the short term while selling 35 acres in Hartford along the elevated Interstate 84 highway to keep the state’s transportation program afloat.

The Democratic plan consolidates several departments, retains but reduces the public financing program for state elections, and closes an unnamed prison, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and the Southbury Training School.

Like Malloy, who submitted his latest budget proposal on Monday, the Democratic plan also relies on state employee unions to provide concessions worth $1.57 billion over the next two fiscal years combined.

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Rotary Club Donates at Community Giving Day

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The Westport Rotary Club today held its annual Community Giving Day at Christ & Holy Trinity Chuch’s Branson Hall and presented checks to 27 Westport and area organizations. The funds were raised at last year’s Lobsterfest, which will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 16. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Public Safety Professionals Honored

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The Westport Rotary Club today presentedi its annual public safety awards to (l-r) Officers David Scinto and Sam Sabin and Firefighters Earl Hill and Ted Crawford. Scinto and the firefighters were honored for their efforts to save a woman in the Saugatuck River in February. Sabin was honored for helping former Police Chief Ron Malone escape a house fire in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honored With Rotary Community Service Awards

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The Westport Rotary Club today honored three Westporters for their service to the community with its Community Service Awards and Honorary Paul Harris Fellowships. They are (l-r) Sam Gault, president, Gault Family Companies, Gordon Joseloff, former first selectman and founding publisher-editor of WestportNow.com, and David Waldman, president of David Adam Realty, who has developed numerous buildings in Westport, including the new Bedford Square development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Palmer Raises New Threat of Bus Drivers Strike

Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer told parents today there is a renewed threat of a bus drivers strike on Thursday.

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School buses at the Dattco lot on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The district and drivers from Dattco Bus Company represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371, have been in negotiations since the current contract expired at midnight April 26. On May 3, drivers voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike if needed.

“Negotiations are continuing, but we have been advised by Dattco to prepare for a possible strike on Thursday morning this week if negotiations on Wednesday are not sufficiently productive.” Palmer said in an email to parents.

“With that in mind, I want to remind you that in the event of strike, our schools will be open.

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Fly-By for New Westport Police Boat

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The new Westport police boat got a fly-by today from some Atlantic Brants off of Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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