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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport and area until 6 p.m.

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Making Farmer’s Market Debut

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King’s Kitchen, owned by Westporter Hunter King, a 2004 Staples graduate, was a big attraction today at the Westport Farmer’s Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. King, who also owns King’s Kitchen-Southport Beach and formerly owned the Red Hen restaurant at the Westport Inn, said this is the first time King’s Kitchen has participated in the Farmer’s Market. King said his business also caters private party lobster bakes and pig roasts for graduations, weddings and bereavements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 34 Burnham Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 34 Burnham Hill, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story split level has 2,736-square feet and is situated on a .83-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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New Downtown Art

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Westport’s downtown is getting some new artwork. Artist Jahmane West and helper Dooli today began spray painting blue waves and seagulls on the construction fence surrounding the Bedford Square Development project.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Blue Wave Hits Main Street

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Artist Jahmane West (r) and helper Dooli today began painting the construction fence surrounding the Bedford Square Development project on Main Street, Post Road East, and Church Lane. The motif of blue wave and seagulls will be supplemented on Saturday, June 20 when the public will be invited to add their own touches to the fence.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Westport and area until 7 p.m. today.

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Summer Stroll

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A family takes a summer stroll Wednesday along Westport’s Wright Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  May 28, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Avenue - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Patagonia (87 Post Road East) - Westport Historical Society “Lambdin Art Stroll”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players, “Part 1 The Laramie Project Cycle: The Laramie Project”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a person struck and killed by a train near the Fairfield Metro station.

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Hauhuth to End 24-Year Run at Positive Directions

Marty Hauhuth, former Westport First Selectwoman who has been executive director of Westport-based nonprofit counseling center Positive Directions since 1991, has announced her retirement.

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Marty Hauhuth: helping thousands “makes everything worthwhile.” Contributed photo

The board of directors of Positive Directions will celebrate her retirement and her contributions to the mental health and addiction counseling center on Wednesday June 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Saugatuck Congregational Church’s Fellowship Room.

Members of the public are invited to attend. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Board members are also assembling a book of tributes to Hauhuth and those who would like to contribute are asked to send them to the same address.

In addition those who would like to honor her and her work can make a donation to Positive Directions, in her name. With state and federal funding for Positive Direction’s work diminishing each year, the board said it relies heavily on tax-deductible donations to make up the shortfall.

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Weather Forces Delay in Staples Baseball FCIAC Semifinal

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UPDATE Threatening thunderstorms forced the postponement tonight of the Staples High School varsity baseball team’s FCIAC semifinal game against Trinity Catholicat Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. The game was originally rescheduled to Thursday at 5 p.m. at Harbor Yard but more threatening weather caused another day’s delay to Friday at 4 p.m. at Harbor Yard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heli Stagg for WestportNow.com

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Curtain Call for ‘The Laramie Project’

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Staples Players took their bow today for their final dress rehearsal of “The Laramie Project” at the Black Box Theatre at Staples High School. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.staplesplayers.com or at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain, as available. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

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Storm Clouds Gather

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Storm clouds gathered late today over Westport’s Compo Beach as thunderstorms moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for WestportNow.com

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Studio Visit to ‘EAST Meets WESTport’ Artist in Bridgeport

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Staff and members of the Westport Arts Center (WAC) today paid a visit to Hungarian artist Márton Nemes (3rd r) at his temporary studio in Bridgeport. Works by Nemes are currently on display in the Project Space of WAC as part of its current member exhibit, “SOLOS 2015.”  He is the first artist in the new artist residency program sponsored by WAC and Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institute known as “EAST meets WESTport .” Developer Phil Kuchma donated studio space for Nemes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Arpad Krizsan for WestportNow.com

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service said a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Westport and area util 7 p.m.

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Swimming for Nepal Relief Efforts

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Swim for Nepal got under way today at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. A collaborative effort by the Family YMCA’s Water Rat swim team and the Staples girls and Staples boys swim teams the five-hour event raised funds for Save the Children’s Nepal relief efforts, following the recent earthquake disaster. So far these local athletes have raised more than $30,000, and hope to match or exceed the previous totals of more than $40,000 raised to provide funds for previous disasters in the Philippines in 2013 and Haiti in 2010. To make an online donation, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/swimfornepal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Keenes Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Keenes Road, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1953, the two-story colonial has 2,452-square feet and is situated on a .33-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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Pearl of Longshore to Replace Splash

Westport’s Splash Restaurant, which provided waterfront dining for 19 years at the Inn at Longshore before abruptly closing last October, will be replaced in mid-December by a new restaurant, Pearl of Longshore.

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Splash Restaurant & Bar had been a Westport waterside favorite since 1995 before it closed last October.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Board of Selectmen today approved the new subtenant of the town-owned inn property, which has been leased for more than 30 years to Longshore Associates of Westport Limited Partnership, owned by Rory Tagert. Tagert announced in January he had signed a letter of intent with the new operators. (See WestportNow Jan. 20, 2015)

The board was told that the new restaurant would have an emphasis on Mediterranean-style seafood fare in the summer, but add additional meat and game dishes in other months. It is owned by an investor group, BNG Partners LLC, headed by Marc Backon, a 20-year Westport resident with a background in healthcare and business ventures.

Backon said his partners include Antonio Ninivaggi, who took over Fairfield’s Osianna Mediterranean Taverna in January and is a former general manager of Tarantino Restaurant in Westport and Barcelona in Stamford. A third partner, Giovanni Gentile, operates a restaurant, bar, and crepes eatery in Stamford, Backon said.

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Staples Principal Finalist Withdraws From Consideration

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Shelly Somers (at Tuesday meeting): “I realized how important Central and Greenwich are to me.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

UPDATE Shelly Somers, the Greenwich middle school principal who as finalist for the Staples High School principal position met with Staples community members on Tuesday, today announced she is no longer a candidate and plans to remain in Greenwich.

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon later confirmed Somers’s withdrawal, saying she called him Tuesday night to inform him but said she did not give a reason.

“After a long day yesterday at Staples High School, I have withdrawn my name for consideration for the principal position,” Somers said in an email to parents, which was first reported by greenwichfreepress.com. “As I talked with the various groups of stakeholders in Westport, I realized how important Central and Greenwich are to me.

“I look forward to working to create a safe and challenging environment at Central Middle School that meets the needs of all of our students. I feel certain that in collaboration with you, my leadership team, and my teachers and staff, Central will continue to grow and to thrive.”

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New Dump Trucks, Plows for Next Winter

Westport’s Board of Selectman today unanimously approved a $814,502 Department of Public Works request to purchase five dump trucks fitted with plows and sanders for next winter.

The amount had already been approved by the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

The trucks from Freightliner of Hartford, one of three bidders, have a 10-year expected lifetime, “and we typically get 14 years,” said Public Works Director Stephen Edwards.

The purchase is part of a 10-truck acquisition that the department hopes to have finalized by next year. 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Downtown Steering Committee Special Work Session
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
3:15 p.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Water Rats/Staples Swim Team “Swim for Nepal” for Save the Children
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board Canceled
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

‘SOLOS 2015’ Juror Gives His Perspective

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Richard Klein (l) an artist, curator, and writer who has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield since 1999, tonight provided his perspective and insights on the works he selected for the Westport Arts Center’s current member exhibit, “SOLOS 2015.” He is describing a work by artist Michael Kozlowski (r) of Trumbull. The exhibit runs through June 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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It’s Meet the Parents for Staples Finalist

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE As Marjorie Almansi rushed toward the front door of Westport’s Staples High School today and the cafeteria where principal candidate Shelly Somers was about to be vetted by parents, she questioned the entire review process.

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Shelly Somers: Staples principal finalist acknowledges 20 years ago “I made a mistake” involving a child left sleeping on a bus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“This is harsh,” she said. “I think it’s an impossible venue for any candidate to be interviewed by the public for a job when she’s not running for public office.”

Finalist Somers, principal of Greenwich’s Central Middle School, came prepared, explaining her past and bearing her soul for the penultimate judgment before the school board meets in executive session tonight to discuss her candidacy with a vote to come at a public meeting on Monday, June 1.

And she began by explaining what happened in March 1996 when she owned and operated Cornflakes Daycare Center in Granby. A child was left sleeping on the bus, while children attended a performance at the University of Hartford.

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Community Meets Staples Principal Finalist

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Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon was all smiles today as he introduced Shelly Somers, the finalist candidate to succeed John Dodig as Staples High School principal. Somers, principal of Greenwich’s Central Middle School, met with parents and members of the Staples community in the Staples cafeteria. Her appointment was announced prematurely last week by Greenwich school officials, who later apologized to Landon and the Westport community. (See WestportNow May 20, 2015) Dodig is retiring at the end of the school year after 11 years at Staples. (See WestportNow Dec. 1, 2014)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tough Audience

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Shelly Somers, principal of Greenwich’s Central Middle School who is the finalist candidate to succeed retiring Staples principal John Dodig, met with members of the Staples community today in the school cafeteria. Members of the Board of Education, who must approve her appointment, were in the front row. They will meet in a special executive session later today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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