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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Officials Charged Up Over New EV Station

By James Lomuscio

A small crowd of state and local officials, as well as green energy proponents, gathered behind Town Hall early today as Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe cut the ribbon for an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the municipal lot.

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and others cut the ribbon on the Town Hall charging station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The new on-grid charging station, which was already plugged into a 2014 Mercedes B Class Electric Drive, brings the number the town operates to seven, with five solar chargers at the Saugatuck train station and a solar one at the Green’s Farms station house.

In addition, there are three privately-owned EV charging stations throughout town.

The first was installed five years ago at a home on Main Street. The first private one open to the public came in 2011, charging electric vehicles with power produced by 109 photovoltaic panels atop the roof of the office building at 495 Post Road East. Another private one open to the public, also solar powered, is located at the Tri-County Credit Union on Bay Street. 

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Thursday,  September 18, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T 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, September 17, 2014

Himes Votes Against Arming Syrian Rebels

U..S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) today voted against training and arming of Syrian rebels to confront the militant group Islamic State.

He was joined by three other Connecticut congressmen. Only Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District voted in favor. Congress approved the measure 273-156.

“I continue to support an aggressive counterterrorist strategy that includes airstrikes and other counterterrorism measures that have proved successful against ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorists in places like Afghanistan, Yemen and North Africa,” Himes said in a statement later.

“It is clear that ISIS, if left unchecked, could threaten key American allies and ultimately pose a direct threat to the United States. I am not, however, comfortable with the creation of a U.S. proxy army over which we would have limited control, and whose mission is split and unclear.

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Harris Leaving Helm at Harbor Watch

After 26 years, Richard Harris, director of Earthplace’s Harbor Watch program, will retire at the end of 2014, Earthplace officials announced today.

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Richard Harris: “It’s time to not keep pushing my luck.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

But Harris, when reached, said he is not walking away all together.

“I will probably stay on as both a consultant and a volunteer,” he said. “I like working with and training kids very much.

“But basically I need some more free time,” he added. “I have kids on the West Coast, and I’m 75 years old, and it’s time to not keep pushing my luck.”

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Feds Grant $161M to Redesign Norwalk RR Bridge

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Connecticut has received a $161 million federal grant to be used to fund the design and replacement of the New Haven Line’s Walk Railroad Bridge in Norwalk.

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The Norwalk Walk Bridge in open position. NEC Commission photo

Over the summer, the 118-year-old bridge malfunctioned in two separate incidents within a two-week period, causing train delays and commuter frustration on Metro-North’s commuter line.

In an era of increased competition for dwindling transit dollars, the grant is a significant win for the Malloy administration but it still is less than half the $349 million sought by the state to cover 75 percent of a project estimated to cost more than $465 million.

Connecticut competed with a dozen states and even Metro-North’s parent, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, for a major share of a $3 billion Federal Transit Administration fund created by Congress in the 2012 Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

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Access to Town Hall Re-routed Due to Paving on Thursday

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Paving work under way today on Westport’s Myrtle Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Westport Public Works Department announced today that access to Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., may be diverted on Thursday due to a Myrtle Avenue paving project.

It said it expected that after 9 a.m. access to Town Hall will be from the rear entrance off of Saint John Place.

Saint John Place is located off of Main Street just North of Myrtle Avenue.

The Saint John Place gate, which is normally closed, will remain open until paving is completed, the announcement said.

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Tutti’s Owner ‘Heartbroken’ Over Plants Theft

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Maria and Pasquale Funicello, longtime owners of Tutti’s Ristorante in Saugatuck, confer with Westport Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas Tuesday over the theft of 14 plants from outside the popular Saugatuck eatery. Even though the crime involving $280 worth of shrubs took place three weeks ago, the couple still has plants outside but are now getting quotes on installing a video surveillance system.  “I was heartbroken, upset,” Maria Funicello said. “I cried. I love this area and want to make it look pretty. I grew those plants.” The natives of Italy, who have operated the restaurant since 2002, said snow shovels as well as Halloween and Christmas decorations have been stolen in the past, but this is the first time plants have been taken. “It surprised me that anyone, especially in Westport, would steal plants of all things,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Sunset in Last Week of Summer

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Tuesday’s sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. With fall officially beginning Monday, Sept. 22, this is the last week of summer sunsets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Staples and Danbury End in Draw

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Staples’s Josh Berman (c) celebrates his first-ever varsity goal tonight at Danbury. The sophomore headed in Daniel Perez Elorza’s corner kick with just five seconds to play in the first half. That earned the Staples boys soccer team a 1-1 draw with the Hatters, a preseason FCIAC favorite. The Wreckers host Bassick on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: NEAT Opens on Wilton Road

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NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails has opened at Westport’s 6 Wilton Road, the former firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment. Co-owned by Rachel Haughey who is owner of NEAT at 20 Grove St., Darien (see WestportNow June 27, 2014), she has teamed up with Bobby Werhane, owner of Experience Hospitality with whom NEAT has partnered and Kevin Lalumiere, according to chef Brian Reilly. The every day hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. for coffee, pastries and light breakfast items, and from 5 p.m.-midnight for craft cocktails, bar snacks and sandwiches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt View

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The view late today of the Saugatuck River from the point behind the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Janine Scotti for WestportNow.com

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Reminder to Veterans to File for Tax Benefits

The Westport Assessor’s Office today reminded all veterans (or widows/widowers of veterans) who have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days and have received an honorable discharge, to file their DD-214 in the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Oct. 1. 

The exemption is $6,000 off of a real estate assessment and will be reflected in the July 2015 tax bill.

Veterans who have already filed and are receiving an exemption do not need to re-file.

The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off of an assessment. Note that this is an income qualifying program. 

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Hole in One at Longshore

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Westport resident Alison Tane had a hole in one on the eighth hole today during the rainy morning of round one of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association final Major, The Fall Cup. She used a seven iron from the white tees measuring 123 yards to ace the par 3. “It is one of the most exciting days of my life” she said to her competitors Yvonne Dougherty and Patty Kondub. This is Tane’s first hole in one in her 30-plus years of golf, and it also ends a three-year drought for this achievement in the LWGA. An amateur golfer’s chance of an ace is 12,500 to 1 per Golf Digest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Medal of Honor Recipient: ‘Hold Leaders Accountable’

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Retired Army Capt. Paul W. “Buddy Bucha, a Ridgefield resident awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970 (which he is holding is his hand) for his heroism in Vietnam, told the Westport Rotary Club today that good leadership involves integrity, confidence, compassion, humility and a thirst for responsibility and accountability. He urged the audience to hold leaders accountable for setting meaningful and finite objectives.  And he encouraged people when they see a military person to do more than just thank them for their service. “Our most precious gift is time,” Bucha said. “Share it with a soldier on the street. Ask what you can do to help them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Sidewalks to Train Station

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Work is under way to upgrade sidewalks along Riverside Avenue that lead to the Metro-North Westport train station. According to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas (r), the new walkway is “long overdue.” He said the project is a combined effort of the town’s Public Works Department and the Police Department’s Railroad Division. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Sales Picking Up on Saugatuck Island

By Judy Szablak

Real estate activity is on the rise at Saugatuck Island, Westport’s premier waterfront community.

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Featured Home This home at 22 Cross Way on Saugatuck Island is listed at $9.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/Westport-Riverside

It should be no surprise that the Island took a direct unit sales hit during 2012-2013 following Super Storm Sandy when only one home sold during that time, but that appears to be the extent of it.

Despite what you may have thought, the market bounced back quickly, and has picked up quite nicely since then.

The Island is comprised of approximately 45 acres, just over 100 homes, and boasts two private beaches.

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Local Nonprofits Receive CHEFA Grants

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The Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, also known as CHEFA, has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 56 Connecticut nonprofits including two Westport agencies. Homes with Hope, Inc. received $10,000 for its emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children, the Bacharach Community. Positive Directions received $16,500 for behavioral health counseling to residents at Hales Court, a Westport Housing Authority neighborhood in cooperation with the Housing Authority, Homes with Hope and the Westport Department of Human Services. On hand for an awards ceremony were (l-r) Jeff Wieser, president, Homes With Hope; state Rep. Gail Lavielle; state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg; state Sen. Toni Boucher; Jeanette Weldon, managing director at CHEFA, and Martha Hauhuth, executive director, Positive Directions. CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Westport Library - Game Night!
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Uco Wiersma on “Interview Charisma”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting Ready for Weekend Downtown Charrette

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Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Downtown Steering Committee, addressed several dozen persons tonight in the Town Hall auditorium in an information session prior to weekend charrette planning sessions to aid development of a downtown master plan. The Saturday and Sunday event will involve Town Hall meetings, panel discussions, and walking tours. Click here for more details of the weekend events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Boost for Westport Cinema Initiative

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Melissa Newman (2nd r) of Westport today presents a gift of $5,000 from the Joanne Woodward Fund—a donor-advised fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation—to be used for general operating support of Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI), which is working to bring a move theater back to Westport. “We could always watch movies at home, even when I was a kid, but we still went out and stood in line with everyone else,” said Newman, daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. “Every movie had the potential to be a shared experience for the whole community. Going to the movies brought the town together every weekend. Popcorn and a movie.” On hand to receive the gift were (l-r) Doug Tirola, Sandy Lefkowitz, and Larry Perlstein of WCI. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Foley, Malloy Vow to Spend More on Transit But No Plan to Pay

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

North Haven – While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley both vowed today to spend heavily on transportation, neither gubernatorial contender outlined any plans to pay for these investments.

Also at today’s forum, Foley said he would consider shutting down CT fastrak commonly known as the New Britain-to-Hartford busway, if the project’s annual operating drain on the state budget is too high.

“This stuff is a passion to me,” Malloy told more than 200 transportation advocates gathered at the Best Western Plus in North Haven.

Malloy, who conceded Connecticut must expand its transportation spending, nonetheless insisted he has outspent every administration dating back to Gov. William A. O’Neill’s in the early 1980s.

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Check Fraud Arrest Carries Big Bond

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Ursula Tirado: held on $45,000 bond. Westport Police photo

A Hartford woman accused of cashing a $998.25 fraudulent check at First County Bank in Westport on June 2 was arrested Saturday by Westport police.

A news release today said the woman had traveled to Wethersfield where local police had detained her on an active arrest warrant.

Ursula Tirado, 26, was then transported to Westport where she was charged with fifth-degree larceny and first-degree forgery for the alleged fraud at 1260 Post Road East, police said.

She is being held in lieu of a $45,000 court ordered bond, police said, and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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Arrest in Saugatuck Ave. Fight

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Michael Marino:  released on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

UPDATE AND CORRECT (fight outside, not in bar) A fight on Saugatuck Avenue back in May led to the arrest Friday of a Stamford man on an assault charge, Westport police said today.

According to police, Michael Marino, 43, was involved in the May 22 physical altercation in a parking lot at 41 Saugatuck Ave. which serves Dunville’s Restaurant and several other businesses. Police gave no indication the restaurant was involved.

Marino turned himself in on an active warrant, police said. He was charged with third-degree assault and released on a $5,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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Comings & Goings: Senor Salsa Opens on PRW

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Senor Salsa, a fresh Mexican grill, has opened at 221 Post Road West in the Westbank Center, the second Mexican cuisine restaurant to open in Westport in the past three weeks. (In late August Qdoba Mexican Grill opened at 275 Post Road East at Playhouse Square.) Senor Salsa Manager Miguel Rosas, who said he worked at Senor Salsa’s Fairfield location at 580 Post Road for the past 16 years, said the new eatery specializes in a variety of homemade salsas and fresh chicken. He said the application for a liquor license is pending but a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy is in effect until the license is approved. The restaurant, owned by Garry Dean, is open every day— Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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