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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

They’re Back

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Westporters Kara Kass (l) and friend Doreen Fiolek walk along the edge of Long Island Sound at Compo Beach today with Fiolek’s 2-year-old chocolate lab Macie, as dogs were allowed back on the beach today. “It’s a tradition,” said Kass. “For the past eight years or so, we come here together on Oct. 1 with our dogs.”  Kara’s dog was straggling behind the walkers. Dogs are allowed on the beach with designated on- and off-leash areas until April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Winner

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Westporter Tom Seligson, along with CBS News “48 Hours” teammates, received an Emmy Award at a ceremony Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City for “Caught,” the special they produced on the Boston bombing . He is pictured with colleague Charlotte Fuller. This is Seligson’s fourth Emmy Award, and he has also been nominated three other times. Contributed photo

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Post-traumatic Stress Expert Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Youth Commission Executive Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Drug & Alcohol Awareness
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In 2nd Debate, Malloy is Proud and Foley Incredulous

By Mark Pazniokas

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West Hartford – In a televised debate tonight, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met in a political Twilight Zone, each unable or unwilling to recognize the reality of the other’s Connecticut.

Malloy defied polls that show a dispirited and disapproving electorate. He claimed progress, pronouncing himself proud of resolving an inherited $3.67 billion deficit without gutting municipal aid. Foley all but suggested he was mad, seeking votes in a different dimension.

“Sometime, I wonder if he’s living in the same state,” Foley said, prompting titters. Later he said, “It’s simply not true what you’re telling people.”

But Foley joined Malloy in downplaying non-partisan projections of a significant deficit in the coming year, albeit one far smaller than what confronted the first-term Democratic governor after he defeated Foley in 2010. To do otherwise would require Foley to promise more than his proposed budget freeze.

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Bagel Maven Closes

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The Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, closed today after owner Alex Perdomo said he was unable to get a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, he has been the owner for only the past six years. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2014) In a statement, Perdomo said: “Even though I must leave today, I am grateful for the time I had here. The customers have been wonderful to me, they became my friends and it is my hope to stay in Westport if I can find another space soon. God bless everyone. Thank you!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joining the Westport Police

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today swore in Ruta Pratt, 39, one of two new members of the Westport Police Department.  A 1995 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Pratt was a police officer with the Waterbury Police Department since October 2002. She most recently held the rank of detective. Both officers fill vacancies caused by retirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pinning the Badge

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Daniel Paz, 27, of Bridgeport gets his new Westport Police badge pinned on today by wife Brittany as nephew Colton, 3, watches following a swearing in ceremony at police headquarters. Paz served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, including two deployments to Iraq, and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Prior to his hiring by Westport, Paz was a police officer in Bridgeport since April 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fenced Off for Kemper-Gunn House Move

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The designated section of the Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street has been fenced off for the relocation of the Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane, expected to take place in November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pirate Party at Library

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The children’s library at the Westport Library was overflowing today for a “pirate party.” Australian educator and author Hugh Kingsley (l) read passages from his book “Pirates in the Yard.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Pirates Ahoy at Library


Scenes from today’s “pirate party” at the children’s library at the Westport Library. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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P&Z Members Inspect Site of Planned Medical Office

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Members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission today took a field trip to 333 Post Road West where a plan is under review to convert a commercial office building (rear) to a medical facility. The plan includes demolition of the structures at 335 Post Road West (foreground) (see WestportNow Teardown of the Day, Dec. 17, 2013) which would be converted to a parking lot to meet the parking requirements for medical facilities, according to P&Z Director Larry Bradley. Owner Linda Mandell, who was on the excursion, said Internal Medicine Associates of Westport will leave its longtime home at 162 Kings Highway North to be one of the new tenants. Performance Physical Therapy, currently at 333 Post Road West, will remain, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 163 Compo Road South

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The house at Westport’s 163 Compo Road South was demolished today.  Built in 1912, the two-story colonial had 1,545 square feet, was situated on a 1.55-acre property, and changed ownership last month for $850,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 28, 2012.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Starbucks in Center to Reopen Wednesday

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Good news for coffee aficionados. Starbucks at Parker-Harding Plaza, temporarily closed during renovations, will reopen Wednesday, according to workers on the premises. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Henry Lehr Closes on Main Street

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UPDATE and CORRECT Henry Lehr, the iconic, high end women’s apparel store at Westport’s 21 Main St., has closed. The closure follows the death in July of owner Camilla Lehr of Westport who died at Norwalk Hospital at age 44. Other Lehr outlets, including those on Long Island, remain in business, according to Camilla Lehr’s husband. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck River Dawn

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Dawn as seen from the Saugatuck Rowing Club Monday on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dawn DuBoys for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “So Where do I Begin?” Workshop
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Prospective Member Social
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Library, Museum & Arts, IT, Finance Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Tide of Opposition to Proposed Compo Beach Plan

By James Lomuscio

One after another, they came to the podium at Westport Town Hall tonight to tell the Parks and Recreation Commission that a plan to improve Compo Beach would not polish the town’s jewel but shatter it.

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Andy Moss, chair of the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee, tonight explains the master plan process. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The opposing sentiment was shared by many of the hundreds who for almost four hours jammed the auditorium to protest the proposed Compo Beach Site Improvement Plan. The top reason: Plan A calls for the removal of waterfront parking in the South Beach and East beach areas, making seniors and parents with small children walk more than 120 feet from distant lot to find a place on the sand.

Other concerns were that the plan would eliminate more than 300 parking spaces, cause traffic problems on nearby Bradley Street and eliminate the skateboard park.

Stephen Temlock of 8 Appletree Trail went so far as to suggest First Selectman Jim Marpe, who was present, consider putting the planned beach improvements to a referendum.

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Overflow Crowd for Compo Master Plan Meeting

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An overflow crowd turned out tonight for a Westport Parks and Recreation Commission hearing in the Town Hall auditorium to consider a master plan for Compo Beach. Consultants offered several variations of a plan that they said could cost $8 million or more to renovate or construct a new bathhouse and reconfigure parking and install new landscaping. A number of youngsters asked to retain the Compo Skate Park, which is not in the recommendations, For most of the public speakers, retention of parking along the beaches was a priority. The commisson took no acton and said it would begin consideration on the plan, available at www.compobeach2.com at future meetings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pleas to Keep Compo Skate Park

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A number of young people pleaded with the Parks and Recreation Commission tonight at a Town Hall meeting to restore the Compo Beach Skate Park which has been eliminated from the proposed Compo Beach master plan. Among them were (l-r) Theo Koskoff (partially hidden), 14, Staples High School; James Bowles, 14, Staples; Gabriel Dick, 13, Coleytown Middle, and Alex Walton, 14, Staples. Koskoff said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and asked, “So why are we spending so much money trying to fix it?” He then quoted what he said was a “horrible stereotype” about Westport from the Urban Dictionary, which said, “A gorgeous town ridden with filthy rich people that have so much money that they have nothing better to do than to drive around in their luxury cars and spoil their children rotten.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Artist in Amazon Art Collection at Grand Central

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Westport artist Nina Bentley of the Westport Arts Center is among artists represented in the Amazon Art Collectors installation at Grand Central Terminal which opened tonight for one night only with a gala reception in Vanderbilt Hall. Amazon Art recently launched a beta guest curator program called Amazon Art Collections, in which independent curators, bloggers, and designers curate small collections of artworks listed on Amazon Art. Bentley’s work “Corporate Executives Climbing Shoe, 2014,” is in the collection of Linda Kaplan Thaler and is available online at Amazon as part of an edition of 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com

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WSJ Features New Westport Library Robots

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The Wall Street Journal today featured two new robots being introduced at the Westport Library to teach the kind of coding and computer-programming skills required to animate such machines. The robots, made in France qnd costing $8,000 each (privately funded) were demonstrated at the library in July (see WestportNow July 7, 2014) and will be formally introduced next week. “They have blinking eyes and an unnerving way of looking quizzically in the direction of whoever is speaking,” The Wall Street Journal said.. “They walk, dance and can talk in 19 different languages.” The online story also includes a video demonstration.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from wsj.com

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Comings & Goings: The Shade Store to Main Street

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The Shade Store, featuring custom shades, blinds and drapery, will open soon at 115 Main St. in the walkway behind Vince. womens’ apparel store. The third-generation family-run business started in 1946 as a fabric store in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., according to the company website. Although the Shade Store has 18 showrooms in 10 states, the Westport location will be its first in Connecticut with additional openings planned in Brooklyn, Houston, Miami and Washington, D.C. The nearest existing location is in Port Chester, N.Y as well as four stores in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Signs Concussion Bill at Staples

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In a Staples High School field house ceremony today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy formalized at the Staples the signing of a concussion law that had been unanimously approved by the state legislature in the spring. The act, concerning youth athletics and concussions, was initiated by three Westport women whose sons were victims of sports-related concussions. Westport parents Diana Coyne, Pippa Bell Ader and Ann Sherwood, founders of the Parents Concussion Coalition, were on hand after working for two years to update the state’s concussion law and bring it to the basic current standards of practice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Congratulates Westport Moms

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy poses today at the Staples High School field house with the three Westport mothers who led a successful campaign to upgrade Connecticut’s concussion law. They are (l-r) Pippa Bell Ader, Ann Sherwood, and Diana Coyne. The new law broadens a 2010 law regarding youth athletics and concussions by giving parents more information and power when their child suffers a potential head injury while playing sports. The bill requires schools to give parents a consent form regarding the school’s concussion education plan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bagel Maven Closing?

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It is uncertain as to whether the Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, will close its doors for good on Tuesday, the final day of its lease, according to Alex Perdomo, owner for the past six years. Perdomo said, “It was a tough winter for us, and I fell behind in my rent payments, but over time managed to pay it back.” He said his landlord, whom he described as “great to work with,” does not want to renew the lease, but he hopes to work something out. Perdomo said he does not want to have to look for a new space because “my customers are in this area of town.” He said although he became owner of Bagel Maven six years ago, the business has been at that location since 1990. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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