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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery Closes

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Amost eight months after it opened, Grilled Cheese Eatery at 772 Post Road East has closed. According to Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This, the neighboring frame and women’s accessory shop, the Grilled Cheese Eatery’s equipment and other restaurant contents were loaded onto a truck on Saturday. The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, also closed the Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield which opened in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept. (See WestportNow, April 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Smoking Food Disrupts Main Street Shopping

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Holiday shoppers were inconvenienced for a while in early afternoon today when traffic on Main Street was blocked while firefighters investigated a report of smoke coming from the second floor of 17 Main St. above the Lou & Grey apparel store. According to Lt. Ernie Ruot, the the smoke was traced to food on a stove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CLASP Homes Wraps at Barnes & Noble

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Tracy Flood, executive director of CLASP Homes, gift wraps a book purchase today for Lana Walton of Westport and her family at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Each day various nonprofits serve as volunteers who gift wrap purchases for donations that go to the volunteering charity organization. Rita Picket, in background, is a staff member of CLASP Homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Morningside Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Morningside Lane, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,296 square feet and is situated on a .3-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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Comings & Goings: Java Café Out, SoNo Bakery In

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Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will close Dec. 31, 11 months after it opened, according to a caféa employee. Landlord David Adam Realty said SoNo Bakery, a tenant in Norwalk, plans to move in, renovating the interior in January and opening there in February. The coffee house opened in January 2014. While popular with many guests, the café apparently was unable to make in the competitive environment. (See WestportNow January 21, 2014). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Earthplace Makes Leadership Change

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Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center on Wednesday night honored outgoing Board President Julia Mally and welcomed new chair Stuart Hawley.  At the annual meeting, members also recognized the Trustee of the Year, local architect John Fifield, and honored retiring board member John Hartwell.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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All Gone: 28 Harbor Road

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The house at 28 Harbor Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area, has been demolished. Built in 1972, the one-story raised ranch had 2,882 square feet, was situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in September 1998 for $690,000. It was the Westport Teardown of the Day on Oct. 12, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,’ ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

By Susan Granger

Epics are a style of film-making with large scale, sweeping scope and spectacle. Its ambitious nature sets it apart from a historical period piece or action-adventure. This week, there are two epics.

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Oscar-winning Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” the conclusion of his cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel.

You should see the previous installments since this fantasy picks up where the last one ended – as the fire-breathing dragon Smaug decimates Lake-town after the Dwarves of Erebor reclaim their gold.

Dark Lord Sauron returns, ordering Azog and legions of malevolent Orcs to attack. As the conflict escalates, the Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide to unite or be destroyed.

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Morning Reflections

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Morning reflections Wednesday as seen from the bridge leading to Saugatuck Shores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  December 18, 2014


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Upcycle Your Gift Wrapping!
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Open Space Subcommittee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - “Downton Abbey” Season 4
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Honoring our Heritage: 319 Post Road East

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The newest recipient of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) is Dr. David SantisI, a Wilton resident who owns the Winslow Park Veterinary Hospital at 319 Post Road East. The plaque was presented to him by Bob Weingarten, house historian of the WHS. The plaque signifies the house was constructed c.1835 and is known as the Haight-Kemper House with the descriptive name “Tannery Cottage.” According to Weingarten, the house, in addition to three neighboring houses at 305 and 311 Post Road East and 15 Powers Court, housed tannery workers of nearby Morocco Manufacturing Company and were commonly known as “Tannery Cottages.”  Each of the four properties is now occupied as professional offices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Voted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Westporter Mark Naftalin, keyboardist with the1960s blues favorites Paul Butterfield Blues Band, was among 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today.

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Mark Naftalin plays at a Westport First Night event two years ago. He will return this year. WestportNow.com photo

He and other band members will be inducted on April 18 when the induction ceremonies return to the Hall’s home of Cleveland.

Harmonica player Butterfield and guitarist Mike Bloomfield fronted the group, which, in addition to Naftalin, also included guitarist Elvin Bishop, drummer Sam Lay and bassist Jerome Arnold.

Others in the 30th class of inductees include Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers.
In addition, The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence and 1950s R&B vocal group the “5’’ Royales will be honored as an early influence.

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Rolling Van Damages Garage

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A van rolled into a Westport home on Terhune Drive today, damaging the home’s garage area but causing no injuries, fire officials said. The driver of the van said that while dropping off an occupant at the house, the emergency brake was engaged, but the vehicle was not placed in park. When the brake was released the vehicle rolled forward into the garage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Remembering Richard C. Hottelet, CBS News

By Gordon Joseloff

Richard C. Hottelet, my personal link to the legendary group of CBS News correspondents who covered World War II under Edward R. Murrow, died today at his Wilton home. He was 97.

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Richard C. Hottelet: “consummate professional.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CBS News photo

Hottelet was the last survivor of the group that became known as the “Murrow Boys. He joined CBS in London in 1944 and retired in 1985.

I first met him in the late 1970s. He was covering the United Nations for CBS but did an hourly network radio newscast daily before heading over to his U.N. office. I often wrote his hourly newscast for him.

I had joined CBS News a short time earlier after working for United Press International in outposts that included London and Moscow. Hottelet had worked for UPI’s predecessor, United Press, in London, Moscow, Berlin, and Washington.

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Second Night of Hanukkah Marked

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The second night of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah was marked tonight with a lighting ceremony at a large menorah at Westport’s 400 Post Road East between Trader Joe’s and the Wells Fargo Bank. Following by one night the inaugural lighting of a menorah by four Westport synagogues at Post Road East and Main Street, this menorah has been lit at this location since 2005 by Beth Israel of Westport-Norwalk and The Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, CT. Rabbi Levi Stone (r) lights the menorah assisted by Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Second Night of Hanukkah

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Celebrants join in a traditional dance at tonight’s menorah lighting marking the second night of Hanukkah at 400 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Dredge We Must

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Dredging work continued today at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. The dredging and stabilization project is expected to take several months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Westport Financial Advisor Gets Year in Prison

A federal judge today sentenced a Westport-based financial advisor and former member of the Stamford Board of Representatives to a year in prison for defrauding clients of more than $190,000.

Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford sentenced Michael Lombardo, 38, of Stamford to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for defrauding more than 20 of his investment clients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

He had pleaded guilty Sept. 11 before a federal court in Hartford to one count of wire fraud. (See WestportNow Sept. 25, 2014)

Prosecutors said Lombardo worked for Westport-based investment firm David Lerner Associates from approximately September 2011 to February 2014.

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Power Outage Hits Long Lots School Area

UPDATE A power outage hit the area around Long Lots Elementary School today, police and fire officials said.

The school was reported without power shortly before 11 a.m. and traffic lights were out at Post Road East at Maple Avenue. Turkey Hill, and Morningside.

As of mid-day, Connecticut Light and Power Company said more than 150 Westport customers were without power. By 1:30 p.m. the number was 31 and an hour later full power was restored.

Long Lots Elementary operated on a backup generator during the outage, which provided limited service.

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Selectmen Say No to Bridge Closure for Fireworks

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Board of Selectmen today unanimously rejected a First Night Westport-Weston request to shut down the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge for a half hour to launch a seven-minute pyrotechnics display on New Year’s Eve.

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The Board of Selectmen discusses the First Night request today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The request from First Night President Barbara Peason-Rac raised concerns among the selectmen and received wide criticism from the Police and Fire departments, saying the closure would hinder emergency responses when seconds count.

“I can’t imagine closing this bridge,” said Second Selectman Avi Kaner. “What if God forbid…”

Even though Pearson-Rac said the shut down would only be from 9:30 to 10 p.m. and that one lane would remain open for emergency vehicles, Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant called it “a logistical nightmare.”  His sentiments were echoed by Police Capt. Sam Arciola.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5 p.m. - 400 Post Road East - Menorah lighting by the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, CT and Beth Israel of Westport, Norwalk
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Annual Meeting
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Large Crowd Gathers for Community Menorah Lighting

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Despite a constant drizzle, a large crowd gathered tonight outside the former Westport Weston Family Y building downtown for a Westport community menorah lighting on the first night of Hanukkah. The ceremony was led by the congregation leaders of Beit Chaverim, Chabad, Temple Israel, and The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton. The Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, CT and Beth Israel of Westport, Norwalk will light a menorah Wednesday at 5 p.m. at 400 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lighting the First Candle

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe( r) lights the first Hanukkah candle tonight at the community menorah lighting with (l-r)  Rabbi Yehuda Kantor of Chabad Lubavitch, Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue, and Michael S. Friedman, Temple Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Wet Beginning to Hanukkah

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Umbrellas were out to shield celebrants from a drizzle tonight as a Westport community menorah lighting took place on the first night of Hanukkah. Several area synagogues and Jewish organizations sponsored the new event with support from the Downtown Merchants Association and the UJA/Federation of WWWN. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that began at sundown and ends Dec. 24. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Hanukkah

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Posing in front of the menorah tonight were (l-r) Rabbi Greg Wall of Beit Chavrim of Westport/Norwalk; Rabbi Michael Friedman of Temple Israel; Melissa Kane; Rabbi Jeremy Weiderhorn of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, Wilton; First Selectman Jim Marpe; state Rep. Gail Lavielle, Rabbi Yehuda Kantor of Chabad Lubavitch, and Cantor Luis Cattan of The Conservative Synagogue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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