Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
It said southeast winds 20 to 30 mph can be expected with occasional gusts of 40 to 50 mph.
The advisory said scattered tree and limb damage along with scattered power outages are possible.
Veteran journalist Bill Dedman told the Westport Rotary Club today about one of America’s richest women and how her mansions have been vacant for decades. His tale of wealth, scandal and mystery began when he was house hunting in New Canaan. Dedman, who writes for MSNBC.com and who recently moved from Westport to Weston, published his investigation of reclusive Huguette Clark here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Police Department said today the temporary daily parking expansion in Lot 8 at the Westport Metro-North station in Saugatuck has been extended through Friday, Dec. 17.
The permit issue that began on Nov. 8 is ongoing and 150 permit applications were mailed out at that time which required a response by today, a news release said.
A new round of permit applications will be mailed out during the week of Dec. 6 and will continue until the target number of 150 new permits has been issued, it said.
Today is the expiration date for all permits bearing a November 2010 expiration. The expiration date is printed on every permit.
By James Lomuscio
A Representative Town Meeting (RTM) committee voted 4 to 3 Monday night against overturning a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) affordable housing amendment that some property owners say will cause them financial hardship.
Matthew Mandell, chair of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Planning and Zoning Committee, addresses Monday night’s meeting. At left is member Diane Cady. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
In recommending that the RTM not overturn Amendment No. 618—which requires 20 percent affordable housing in all new multi-family housing districts along the Post Road—the RTM Planning and Zoning Committee unanimously agreed that 618 should be rewritten to require affordable units only in General Business Districts (GBDs).
Matthew Mandell, who chairs the committee, said he would initiate action through the committee to draft a revised text amendment to that effect for submission to the P&Z.
At the same time the committee unanimously voted to take no action on Amendment No. 619 since members agreed it placed no burden on property owners in GBDs. In fact, they said, it would give GBD property owners the opportunity to establish multi-family housing, an option not previously available. The full RTM will take up the items at its Dec. 7 meeting.
Among the ornaments on a Christmas tree (inset) that went up Monday in the Westport Town Hall lobby was this one of the town seal contributed in 1979 by longtime Westporter Mollie Donovan. The tree was erected by the Westport Historical Society and includes numerous ornaments depicting Westport scenes and town history crafted by Westporters over the years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
11 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre Auditions “Mauritius”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Jack Cavanaugh, “The Gipper”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Caren Calish Gagliano
With much wit and humor, David Pogue tonight delighted an overflow Westport Public Library audience with the latest technology trends for the holidays.
Westporter David Pogue addresses an overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight.Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The personal technology columnist for The New York Times—and Westport resident—kept the crowd entranced with information and opinions on the best gift giving or buying technology for Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanza.
He said the most requested holiday gift this year among 6- to 12-year-olds, according to Nielsen, is the Apple iPad, followed by computers in general, and then Apple’s iPod Touch.
Pogue highlighted the Line 2 app which he says turns turns an iPod Touch or iPad into a full mobile phone for $9.95 monthly as long as there is a WiFi connection. Skype can also be used, he said. He also demonstrated an iPhone app called Ocarina which allows an iPhone user to play the phone like a flute-like instrument. The phone becomes sensitive to a user’s breath, touch and movements.
Westporter David Pogue, New York Times personal technology columnist, demonstrates for an overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight how an iPhone user can play the phone like a musical instrument using an application called Ocarina. The phone becomes sensitive to a user’s breath, touch and movements. In addition, users can hear other players around the world. “If everybody in the world had this app, there would be no more wars,” he said. Pogue reviewed the latest gadgets for holiday gift giving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Monday, November 29, 2010
The house at Westport’s 10 Godfrey Lane, off Bulkley Avenue North, was demolished today. Built in 1956, the two-story colonial had 2,668 square feet, was situated on a 1.02-acre property and changed ownership in August for $853,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 14, 2010. It is the eighth house in Westport that was demolished this month for replacement with new construction, a notable contrast with the weak real estate market in many other parts of the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 8 - 12, 2010:
JP Morgan Chase Bank NA to Vadim and Elvira Kovshov, 2 Lyndale Park, $730,000
Donald J. Dykas to Thomas Find, 44 Strathmore Lane, Paid in Norwalk, $350,000
William Steiger to Steiger Family Irrevocable Trust, 10 Round Pond Road, $500,000
Steven Franzel Tr. to Michael T. and Elizabeth D. Janis, 127 Beachside Ave., $1,000,000
UPDATE Gov. M. Jodi Rell, with five weeks to go in her term, today sought to put an end to a Thanksgiving eve controversy that made it appear she was suggesting massive cuts to rail commuter service.
M. Jodi Rell: “I can understand the confusion.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo
“I can understand the confusion and questions that people have so let me be quite clear: I do not and will not support cuts to the Metro-North branch lines – Danbury, Waterbury or New Canaan,” she said in a statement.
“In fact, no one has made more of a commitment to commuter rail than I have and I will continue to forcefully advocate for rail until I leave office in January.”
Rell explained that a list of $38 million in potential cuts prepared by the Office of Policy and Management was issued last week as a menu of options for the legislature to consider as a way to fill a funding hole in the winter home heating assistance program for seniors and low-income families.
A morning rush hour accident today in the northbound lane of the Merritt Parkway just north of Exit 41 resulted in the driver going to the hospital. According to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost, the driver lost control of her vehicle and smashed into the rail. Damage to the vehicle, which had no passengers other than the driver, required it to be towed from the scene. One lane was closed while firefighters tended to the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
UPDATE (updates with Rell’s statement today) Don’t look now, but Congress is about to give motoring commuters a big tax break and take one away from riders of mass transit.
Under current federal law, commuters can deduct up to $230 a month from their pre-tax paychecks to pay for the trips to and from work. That deduction can cover bus/rail tickets via programs like TransitChek or pay their parking expenses.
But unless Congress acts by the end of the year, the mass transit commuter’s benefit will be cut to $120 per month while the motoring commuter keeps the full benefit. Huh?
Cutting this pre-tax benefit would hurt low income workers the most because they often have no car and must rely on bus and train. At a time when we’re trying to reduce highway congestion and improve air quality, penalizing mass transit riders and rewarding users of autos makes no sense.
David Pogue addressing Y’s Women in September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Celie Rosenau for WestportNow.com
Gadget gifting for geeks and non-geeks is the subject of tonight’s talk at the Westport Public Library by Westporter David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times
His talk at 7:30 p.m, is entitled “All I Want for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa.” Free and open to the public, it will take place in the library’s McManus Room.
In addition to his weekly print column in the Times, Pogue contributes an NYT online column and video as well as a popular daily blog, “Pogue’s Posts.”
He is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a best-selling author, with more than three million books in print.
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