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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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A scene along the Saugatuck River late Wednesday in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - February Vacation Film: “The Wild Life”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Comings & Goings: Design Within Reach Opens Image
After months of work, furniture retailer Design Within Reach opened its doors today at Westport’s 154 Post Road East. Area Manager Kristine Langevin (l) conferred in one area of the 9,000-square foot space on two floors with Rob Goughary, Westport proprietor. An opening party is planned for Thursday, April 13. The space, occupied since the 1930s by the U.S. Post Office, most recently housed the Post 154 Restaurant, which opened in August 2013 and closed in January 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Gallery: Design Within Reach Opens

Scenes from the new Design Within Reach store, which opened today at 154 Post Road East in the former longtime home of the U.S. Post Office. One of the store officials said as recently as Saturday someone entered the store with arms full of mail, asking what happened to the post office. The store includes a large patio area, which will open in the warm weather to display patio furniture. Design Within Reach, which formerly had a store on Elm Street, replaced the Post 154 Restaurant, which closed in January 2016. photos


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Granger’s 89th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Every film year acts as a mirror and reflects the tenor of the times. When the Oscars began in 1929 to celebrate the motion picture industry, the winner was William Wellman’s anti-war “Wings.” Image

The subsequent Depression years celebrated character studies like “Grand Hotel,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Rebecca.” After the turmoil of Kennedy’s assassination, the Academy chose lighthearted fare like “Tom Jones,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Oliver!” And in 2000, the last time a Republican won the White House, after losing the popular vote, “Gladiator” won the Oscar.

Socio-politics inevitably influence the choices of the almost-7,000 Academy voters and, this year, the Academy inducted 683 new members. How they’ll vote is an unknown factor.

Back when studios had people under contract, they voted in “blocs” for the films of their home studio. As Joan Crawford once said, “You’d have to be an idiot to vote against the studio that holds your contract and produces your pictures.” But the studio system no longer exists.

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Anonymous Option Offered on White Privilege Essay

Because of harassment messages received about its white diversity high school essay contest, TEAM Westport today announced that applicants would be allowed to remain anonymous to the public if they desire. Image
TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey appeared on CNN on Feb. 11 to discuss the white privilege high school essay contest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo from CNN

The contest, sponsored with the Westport Library, received national and international attention after The Associated Press wrote about it last month. (See WestportNow Jan. 31, 2017)

An announcement said the widespread coverage “has provoked verbal and written harassment of some committee members and Town of Westport employees and personnel. 

“The majority of this type of correspondence appears to have originated from out of town and, generally, from out of state,” the committee said.

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Metro-North workers were on the tracks today at the Westport station repairing a rusty catenary and replacing wiring, according to one of the workers. He said it will require the rest of week to complete. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Himes: More Than ‘Words That I Use, Often Imperfectly’ Image
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes stopped by the Westport Arts Center today to make his declaration and have his portrait taken by “As We Are!” exhibition photographer Xenia Gross. The exhibition features portraits of people who have contributed personal material to express their individual views and experiences with labels and the power of words. In response to the prompt, “I am more than___,” Himes wrote:”...the words that I use, often imperfectly.” The Himes photo will be added to the exhibition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for


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More Words from Jim Himes Image
The back of the “I am more than___” form filled out today by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes at the Westport Arts Center and now included in its current exhibit, “As We Are!”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Large Turnout for Mike Connors Service Image
A large crowd today attended a memorial service at Saugatuck Congregational Church for Michael R. Connors of Stratford, longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck, former Syracuse University and Staples High School football player and Staples coach who died Feb. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital at age 58. (See WestportNow Feb. 19, 2017) Among tributes was this from one attendee: “Mike was the only guy I ever knew who could insult you and make it feel like a compliment.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Coach P: ‘Mike Had Charisma’ Image
Staples High School football coach Marce Petroccio was among speakers at today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church service for Mike Connors, former Staples player and coach, former Syracuse University player, and longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck Café. “Mike had charisma,” he said of Connors, who died Feb. 15 at age 58. “He could even make the worst player on a team feel like he was the best player on the team. Mike loved Staples High School football. The only thing in life he liked more was his family.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Gallery: Mike Connors Service

Scenes from today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church Service for Mike Connors of Stratford, a well known local bartender, Staples and Syracuse University football player, and Staples coach. He died Feb. 15 at age 58. His sister, Kelli-Connors-Gower of Maine, sang “You’ve Got a Friend,” a tribute to her brother. Kyle Connors, his brother, said: “Mike was charismatic and kind ... It was fun to go anywhere with him. Wherever you go, someone says, What’s up, big Mike?’ Everyone knew him.” Dave Matlow for


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Steinway to Host Concert Fundraising Gala

From Schubert to Brahms, a classical music festival is set for Wednesday, March 1, at 8 p.m. at Steinway & Sons of Westport, 501 Post Road East, organizers announced. Image
Igor Pikayzen, concert violinist and 2005 Staples High School graduate, teaches a master class last month to Staples students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The concert is major fundraiser for Edelio, a nonprofit, first time, four-concert series scheduled at different locations throughout town this summer.

The series will feature classical, jazz, contemporary and final master classes by Staples High School students, according to Igor Pikayzen, a violinist, event organizer, and 2005 Staples graduate.

Pikayzen said the March 1 Steinway gala will include works by Schubert, Chausson, Feygin, Waxman and Brahms. It will feature Pikayzen on the violin, Tatyana Pikayzen on the piano and Caleb van der Swaagh on cello. A reception will follow.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Red Cross Community Blood Drive
2 p.m. - Westport Library - February Vacation Film: “Storks”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
6:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Real Estate Report: Acreage Size Matters

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There are not many homes in Westport that include significant acreage. In fact, only 3 percent of homes have more than 2.5 acres of property. Image
Featured Home This home at 45 Beachside Ave. is listed at $9,490,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Halstead Property Westport

Sixty-one percent of our homes are on less than one acre, and just about one-third of our single-family housing stock is on half-acre land parcels.

According to our tax records, only 257 single family homes out of approximately 8,200 households can claim at least 2.5 acres of property. Less than 9 percent of these homes are currently on the market, and while the prices are significantly higher than the median price in town, they are well worth it for the privacy.

The 23 properties that are available as of now have an average price of $4,963,319, and an average lot size of 4.05 acres.

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