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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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Starting in the late afternoon today, trick or treaters and neighbors in the Gault Avenue area began gathering on the lawn in front of Keith Kaplan’s house on Sandhopper Trail, an annual tradition that began on Halloween in 1999. According to Kaplan, this was the second year of the party expansion which included a truck that baked fresh New Haven pizza on site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Students at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School enjoyed a Halloween parade today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for


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Green’s Farms Elementary School parents Sally Cadoux, Roann Markel, Darcy Hicks and Sandy Willis promote switching to green energy and energy efficient light bulbs at today’s Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ann Melhuish for


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This hot little dog stole the show at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Farewell for


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Westport’s Green Energy Task Force Tuesday night unveiled its new logo during a Westport Public Library event discussing global warming. The logo was designed by Westporter Miggs Burroughs with input from the committee. The group’s new Web site is still under construction. The library event was one of about 70 around the nation this month discussing global warming causes, impacts and solutions. Contributed photo


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 57 Center St.

57 Center Street, Westport, CT 06880
Westport building officials received an application for a permit to demolish the home at 57 Center St. in the Greens Farms area. Built in 1900, the 1-3/4 story colonial-style clapboard house has 1,891 square feet and is located on a 0.55-acre property. The Historic District Commission must review the application because the house is more than 60 years old. The HDC can vote to delay demolition for 90 days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Police Offer Halloween Tips

As Westporters mark Halloween today, the Public Safety Division of the Westport Police Department offered a number of suggestions to make trick or treating safer for children and parents.

Motorists are urged to drive with extra care as ghosts and goblins will be walking streets and neighborhoods late today and into the evening.

The Westport Police Department will have extra evening patrols that will concentrate on increasing motorists’ awareness to slow down and watch for children along the roadways, as well as deterring acts of vandalism.

Parents or other responsible adults should accompany all elementary school-age children in their travels, the department said.

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A dog owner took a brisk early morning walk Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach as overnight temperatures dipped into the 30s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – International Hospitality Committee
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Talking About Music: conductor Diane Wittry
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Wild Oats - Halloween Healthy Trick or Treat Kids’ Event


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Talking Transportation: the Commute From Hell

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

If misery loves company, riders on Metro-North often delight in tales of their commuting woes. Here are a couple of recent incidents that are real doozies.


On Sept. 27, the 4:50 p.m. Shore Line East Silver Streak from Stamford to New Haven made it just past Norwalk before the engine gave out. 

After 15 minutes, the conductor told passengers they were “working on” the diesel and that if it couldn’t be fixed, a replacement would be sent. 

An hour after the breakdown, word came “a new engine is on its way.” After another hour (the delay now totaling two hours and 15 minutes), the engine arrived from New Haven and the train lumbered as far as Bridgeport before further inexplicable delays.

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Health District Sets MRSA Forum Nov. 7

The Westport Weston Health District is sponsoring an educational forum on MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Intermediate School Cafetorium, 24 School Road, Weston.

MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that causes skin infections and cannot be treated with certain antibiotics.

It has as been in the news spotlight over the past several weeks as a cause of serious infections. Westport and Weston each reported a MRSA case in recent weeks.

The panel, led by Dr. Stuart Steinman, medical adviser to the District, will discuss MRSA infections, treatment, and prevention.


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Westporter Andy Kaplan, chief financial officer of, told the Westport Rotary Club today about innovative ways to improve classroom education in Bridgeport and around the country by allowing teachers to become entrepreneurs and individual citizens to become philanthropists. At, donors can search by area of interest, learn about classroom needs in low income communities, and bring to life the project they find most compelling. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Epstein for


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Westport Projects Survive Bond Package Reductions

State lawmakers today overwhelmingly approved a revised bonding bill that includes $1.85 million for Westport projects.

The bill, which passed after months of failed negotiations, authorizes slightly less borrowing than a bill the governor vetoed last month.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she will sign the revised bill into law, calling the compromise a victory for fiscal responsibility.

As with the vetoed bill, the revised measure authorizes $1 million for the Levitt Pavilion, $600,000 for the Westport Historical Society, and $250,000 for The Saugatuck senior housing project, according to Rep. Joe Mioli of Westport, a Democrat.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Riverside Corners Sold for $7.5 Million

A 19,000-square foot building known as Riverside Corners at the southeast corner of Westport’s Post Road West and Riverside Avenue has been sold for $7.5 Image
Dating to the 1800s, Riverside Corners houses retail outlets and apartments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport-based HK Group, the broker in the transaction, said the buyer was Phat Development of Greenwich. The previous owner was Abbey Road Advisors of Westport.

Built some time is the 1800s and originally known as the Hunt & Downs building, the property houses five retail outlets, including the Napoli Restaurant, and nine second-floor apartments which overlook the Saugatuck River.

Matthew Keefe, president of HK Group was the only broker involved in the transaction. Property Manager Peter Jennings, also of HK Group, has been handling Riverside Corners for the seller, and will continue with the new ownership.


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Wright Street Office Building Sold for $32.2 Million

The Westport View Corporate Center on Wright Street overlooking Westport’s center has changed hands for $32,250,000. Image
One of two office buildings sold for $32,250,000 on Wright Street. File photo

The Prescott Group sold the 81,349-square foot property at 8-10 Wright St. to an institutional buyer, according to broker Cushman & Wakefield. The sale was originally listed on the WestportNow property transfers on Oct. 25.

Westport View Corporate Center consists of two buildings, 8 Wright St., which contains 55,285 square feet of office space on three floors, and 10 Wright St., which contains 26,064 square feet of office space on two stories.

Built in 1977, the property has been extensively renovated over the past five years, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

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