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Friday, September 04, 2015

Friday, September 04, 2015

Surf’s Up at Compo

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Youngsters play in rough waters late today at Westport’s Compo Beach. The National Weather Service issued a high rip current advisory for south shore Long Island beaches facing the Atlantic through tonight.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Rough Sailing

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A sailboat makes its way through rough waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Inflatables Ready for BBQ Fest

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Inflatables were laid out today in the Westport Library parking lot in preparation for this weekend’s eighth edition of Blues, Views, and BBQ Fest. The two-day event is expected to attract thousands to the Levitt Pavilion and adjacent areas. Click here for details on the fest.  CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Malow for WestportNow.com

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Small Boat Fire Extinguished at Saugatuck Shores

A small electrical fire aboard a boat opposite 49 Bermuda Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area today was extinguished by the occupants, according to reports from the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Westport dispatched three engine companies and its ladder truck and Westport police sent a marine unit to the scene.

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New Haven Delays Caused by Westport Bridge ‘Glitch’

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a mechanical issue with the Saugatuck River railroad bridge in Westport.

Spokesman Aaron Donovan said, “This was a momentary glitch.  At 12:28 p.m., we received word that the bridge wasn’t able to fully return to the locked position, but they got it locked down by 12:35 p.m. 

“I believe there was only one train delayed by an amount approaching 15 minutes. Train 1559, the 11:46 a.m. departure from New Haven, due into Grand Central at 1:45 p.m., was delayed 12 minutes.”

The bridge— built in 1905 and actually not one, but two parallel bridges, each carrying two tracks—was also hit by a closing problem on July 1. (See WestportNow July 1, 2015)

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Inside Story on ‘The New Yorker in Westport’

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Today’s Westport Arts Center (WAC) ArtCafé featured a talk by ‘The New Yorker in Westport’ authors Eve Potts (c) and Andrew Bentley telling the inside story of their new book featuring 50 Westport-inspired covers of The New Yorker. The book grew out of a popular Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit last year showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989. (See WestportNow May 23, 2015) The exhibit will be reprised at the WHS beginning Sept. 25 in a new exhibit, “Talk of the Town.” Today’s ArtCafé was hosted by Helen Klisser During (l), WAC’s artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Best-selling author Jane Green of Westport loads up with copies of “The New Yorker in Westport” by Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley at today’s ArtCafé at the Westport Arts Center. Potts and Bentley discussed how they put together the book featuring 50 Westport-inspired covers of The New Yorker. The book is on sale for $40 at the Westport Historical Society, which will reprise its popular exhibit of New Yorker covers last year in a new exhibit, “Talk of the Town,” which opens Sept. 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Car Washes Today Support Homes With Hope

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Today is the 15th annual Good Neighbor Day at Westport Wash & Wax, owned by Scott and Craig Tiefenthaler, 791 Post Road East, with all receipts going to Westport’s Homes With Hope, formerly Interfaith Housing Association. The day-long fundraiser, which runs until 6 p.m., supports Homes with Hope programs and services designed to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in the community. Jeff Wieser, president of Homes with Hope, emphasized that the Tiefenthalers donate the entire revenues for the day, not even deducting the costs they incur. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hermit Lane Crash Knocks Out Power

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A one-car crash into a utility pole on Westport’s Hermit Lane near No. 47 today knocked out power to the area. The female driver of the car did not appear to be seriously injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren de Bruijn for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 17 - 21, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug 17 - 21, 2015:

Peoples United Bank NA to Alan and Julie Drucker Kravetz, 6 Pebble Beach Lane, $1,075,000WNproperty.jpg

Robert and Jody Gelfand to Ryan T. and Sara C. Snow, 241A Wilton Road, $1,610,000

Philip M. and Arlety B. Bowman to Aaron and Abby Greenberger, 4 Victoria Lane, $2,400,000

Lucille C. Hartman Nelson to 46 Old Road LLC, 46 Old Road, $525,000

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Friday,  September 4, 2015


8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Wash & Wax (791 Post Road East) - Good Neighbor Day Car Wash to benefit Homes with Hope
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé: Andrew Bentley
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Senior Friday Social: Wellness Talk on Alzheimer’s
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Ripe w/ Pizza Dust, & Orbit
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Just Practice This Time

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Westport firefighters today practiced rescue techniques at the Bedford Square development site. It was the same platoon involved in last week’s response to two construction workers injured in a scaffolding accident at the site. (See WestportNow Aug. 26, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Up the Ladder

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The Bedford Square development construction site served as a practice venue today for Westport firefighters honing their rescue skills. The drill took place a week after a real rescue at the site involving two construction workers on a collapsed scaffolding.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Country Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Country Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch has 4,754-square feet, is situated on a 1.16-acre property and, according to Tax Assessor records, last changed ownership in 2004 for $2,225,000. 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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Car Into Building at Bridge Square

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UPDATE A female driver today crashed her car into the front of a building at Bridge Square in Westport’s Saugatuck section. The woman and her front seat female passenger were not injured, but the building sustained damage. An official from the Building Department responded to check on the building’s structural integrity. The building houses several offices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Checking the Damage

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Westport firefighters and a Building Department official today inspect damage to a building at 1 Bridge Square after it was hit by a car. Neither the driver nor her passenger was injured. After the building was shored up, it was turned over to the building owner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Reminder to Veterans on Tax Benefits

The Town of Westport Assessor’s Office has issued a reminder to all veterans (or widows/widowers of veterans) who have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days and have received an honorable discharge, to file their DD-214 in the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Oct. 1.

The exemption is $6,000 off an assessment and will be reflected in the July 2016 tax bill.

Veterans who have already filed and are receiving an exemption do not need to refile, an announcement said. The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off an assessment. 

The announcement said that this is an income qualifying program.  Maximum income is $59,600 for a single veteran and $67,200 for a married veteran.  Applications for this program are accepted prior to Oct. 1

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Preparations Under Way for BBQ Fest

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Workers unload barrels today outside the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as part of the preparations for this weekend’s Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Report: Couple Suing Cops Over Video Surveillance

A Westport couple is suing the town and several of its police officers for what they claim is unlawful video surveillance of their home, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune.

John and Alison Borg, both psychologists, said that a long-running dispute with a neighbor in their Sterling Drive neighborhood has led to video cameras being set up near their property to monitor potential criminal activity.

“This is a serious invasion of their privacy. It’s pretty disturbing,” their lawyer, A. Paul Spinella, of Spinella & Associates in Hartford, told the newspaper “It is our absolute position this is a fundamental Fourth Amendment violation and any surveillance of this type should be made with a warrant.”

The newspaper said Town Attorney Ira Bloom declined to comment on the suit and that it would be handled by an attorney for the town’s insurance carrier.

See the Connecticut Law Tribune story here.

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Artists’ Collective Sets Pop Up Exhibit

Fifteen local artists will be featured at the Westport Artists’ Collective 4th Pop Up exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center.

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Founding members of the Artists’ Collective at the spring pop up show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The one-night event is free and open to the public. 

Artists participating include Amy Bock, Ivanilde Brunow, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Randi Davis, Niki Ketchman, Susan Lloyd, Day Moore, Olivia Munroe, Diane Pollack, Steve Pomerantz, Nancy Reinker, Jill Sarver, Norm Siegel, and Al Coyote Wiener.

The 15 artists who exhibited at this year’s spring Pop Up elected the 15 participating artists. In turn, the artists in this Pop Up will each select an artist to exhibit in the spring 2016 Pop Up, creating an ongoing cycle of artists selecting artists.

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Old Mill Scene

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Wednesday sailing on Long Island Sound provided an idyllic backdrop to drinks on Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Fellows for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 3, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker Series for Seniors: Soft-circuit Bracelet
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw September
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Finance Board Approves Sale of McLaury House

By James Lomuscio

Despite a plea from former Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Richard Lowenstein that the town not sell its 1921-built Emily McLaury House at 99 Myrtle Ave. but lease it to Homes With Hope (HWH) for $1 a year, Westport’s Board of Finance voted unanimously tonight to recommend its sale.

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Former Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Richard Lowenstein addresses the Board of Finance tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A main reason was that the town already has a binder on the house for 5 percent more than the $589,000 listing price, according to Selectwoman Helen Garten, who has been coordinating the sale. HWH, a Westport-based nonprofit that serves the homeless, was not among the bidders.

The matter now goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for boundary adjustment on the .7-acre parcel, and following ZBA approval, the sale will be finalized, Garten said. The pending sale already has a positive 8-24 report from the Planning and Zoning Commission and a nod from Historic District Commission.

“We’re very, very pleased with how this process has gone,” said Garten.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘No Escape,’ ‘Meru,’ ‘War Room’

By Susan Granger

The taut thriller “No Escape” focuses on an American family accidentally caught in geopolitical crossfire, just after the prime minister of an unnamed Southeast Asian country is assassinated.

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Exhausted after flying from Austin, Texas, to take a new corporate job, jet-lagged Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Sterling Jerins, Claire Grace) cannot find their assigned driver at the airport.

That’s where they’re befriended by Hammond (Pierce Brosnan), a garrulous British ex-pat who’s also staying at the posh Imperial Lotus Hotel. Several hours after Hammond and his genial taxi-driver buddy deliver them to their rooms, armed rebels begin a violent rampage through the city, determined to kill all Americans.

Trying to survive amid a parent’s worst nightmare, Jack, Annie and the girls run to the hotel’s rooftop, where they’re trapped. Desperate, Jack convinces Annie to jump to an adjoining roof and, literally, throws their daughters across a gap for her to catch.

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Having Fun at Long Lots El Beach Party

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The annual Long Lots Elementary School back to school beach party today at Westport’s Compo Beach provided plenty of fun, food and games for all. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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