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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Comings & Goings: Lester’s to Post Road East

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Lester’s, a clothing, shoes and accessories store, with contemporary fashions, will open next month at 605 Post Road East (opposite Fresh Market) in the space previously occupied by WishList that closed last month after 18 years. Westport will be the fifth location for the chain that has other locations in New York City’s Upper East Side as well as in Greenvale, Rye Brook and Brooklyn, N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Shoe-Inn Moves Across Street

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Shoe-Inn, the women’s designer shoe store for four decades at 38 Main St., has reopened across the street at 21 Main St. next to Pottery Barn. The new space was formerly occupied by Henry Lehr. Shoe-Inn has seven other stores located in New Jersey, Westchester County, New York City, and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Activating Severe Cold Weather Protocol

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today urged Connecticut residents to prepare for bitter cold temperatures over the next several days.

He said forecasts for this weekend project a low of -5 to -10 degrees F, with sustained winds of 15 MPH, with gusts to 30-35 MPH.  This could create a wind chill of -25 to -35 at times.

In anticipation, the governor said he is activating the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning at 4 p.m. today and it will remain in effect through 10 a.m. on Monday.

While activated, the protocol directs the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Housing (DOH) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable populations are protected from the severe cold weather.

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Earthplace Sunset

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A leaf from a Beech tree, one of the only native trees that will keep its leaves throughout the winter, sets the scene for a brisk sunset at Westport’s Earthplace on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 11, 2016


10 a.m. - noon - Town Hall - American Job Center Southwest Career Coach: beginning Excel 2007
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Town Hall - American Job Center Southwest Career Coach: intermediate Excel 2007
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Introductory Nonfiction Writing Workshop
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Environmental Learning Series Screening: “Idle Threat”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport’s Mill Pond: a Panel Discussion on Preservation
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Blight Prevention Board

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gas Prices Fall Again

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The sign at the right tells it all—gas prices fell to $1.89 cash/regular today at Westport Sunoco, 322 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Finance Board Wraps Up Budget Workshops

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The Westport Board of Finance, meeting in an afternoon session at the Westport Library, today wrapped of three informal budget workshops on First Selectman Jim Marpe’s proposed $91.6 million budget for 2016-17, an .8 percent increase over the current year.  Today’s meeting focused on the Westport Library, Earthplace, the Westport Transit District, the Westport Weston Health District, and the Department of Human Services. Next month, the board will begin its formal review of the town and school budgets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Improved Wi-Fi for Longshore and Compo

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The Westport Board of Selectmen today approved an agreement with Cablevision to provide broadband communication services (Wi-Fi) and installation of associated equipment at Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach. Both facilities already have town-operated Wi-FI but the agreement will permit improved Cablevision Optinum Wi-Fi coverage to the Ned Dimes Marina area of Compo and near the pavilion, pool, and E. R. Strait Marina at Longshore. Plans call for the Longshore equipment to be installed in the cupola of the pavilion (above) facing the pool and adjacent to the dock at Compo, according to documents provided by Eileen Zhang, the town’s information technology director. She said the services will be provided at no cost to the town and will be accessible only to Cablevision customers.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Valentines and Eggo Cinnamon Toast

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Shoppers at Westport’s Stop & Shop added valentines to their shopping basket today in advance of Sunday’s Valentine’s Day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fuel Assistance Available

The Westport Department of Human Services reminded residents today that applications for fuel assistance are still being accepted at its office in Town Hall, Room 200, 110 Myrtle Ave.

Officials encouraged eligible Westport residents to apply as soon as possible, as the deadline is March 14 for those who heat with oil and April 29 for residents who heat with gas or electric

To qualify, a family of two may have an annual gross income of up to $43,327, and asset limits for the state program are $15,000 for homeowners and $12, 000 for renters

For further information or to schedule an appointment call (203) 341-1050.

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Presentation to Owners of 36 Narrow Rocks Rd.

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Bob Weingarten (l), Westport Historical Society house historian, presents Westporter Simon Hallgarten (whose wife, Robbyn, could not be present) with a recent photograph of their 36 Narrow Rocks Road home, built in 1795, and, through lenticular photographic imaging, a replica of the house as it appeared in 1935. The lenticular imaging was created by Westport graphic artist Miggs Burroughs (r). The photographs are part of the collection of 131 photographs of Westport houses taken in 1935 seen in the exhibit “Window to Westport’s Past and Present” at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Then and Now: 36 Narrow Rocks Road

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This lenticular image by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs shows Westport’s 36 Narrow Rocks Road today and as it appeared in 1935. The work is part of the current Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit “Window to Westport’s Past and Present.” Lenticular by Miggs Burroughs

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Real Estate Report: Negotiating is Fine Art

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Negotiating your home sale or purchase in Westport is a fine art, and you or your agent should look for clues to decipher the personalities, timing, and communication styles involved in order to best negotiate an agreement.

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Some people reply as quickly as possible, yet others have to mull things over before they give an answer.

Know which type of personality you are dealing with. A fast counter-offer may not necessarily mean the other side is overly anxious, and a slower than expected response does not always mean that the other party is not motivated or interested in pursuing a transaction.

One wrong move in negotiations can either cost you money, or even lose the deal, so be very careful. Emotions can run high, and tempers can flare over otherwise minor items.

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CT Slowly Embraces New Zoning Method

By Tom Condon

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Dixwell Avenue in Hamden is an inelegant and jumbled commercial strip, a paean to post-World War II planning, a hurried venue for cars where pedestrians or bike riders venture at considerable risk. For example, at the 1950s-era Hamden Plaza, diners leaving Panera Bread on one side of the mall often find the parking lot so vast and uninviting that they get in their cars to pilgrimage to Ashley’s Ice Cream on the other side.

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Hamden Plaza on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tom Condon/Ctmirror.org

But over time Dixwell and Hamden’s other two major commercial thoroughfares, State Street and Whitney Avenue, may take on a friendlier look and scale; indeed Whitney already is.

Hamden has joined a quiet revolution going on across the country in an area not usually associated with revolutionary fervor: zoning. Instead of focusing on what a building is used for, as traditional zoning does, the new approach, called “form-based zoning,” concentrates on what a building looks like — its form — and how it relates to the street and the neighborhood.

Advocates say the focus on the physical form of buildings encourages diverse, attractive and walkable streets, protects the character of neighborhoods and encourages development by making it more predictable and less administratively cumbersome.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘The Lady in the Van,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Make no mistake: “Anomalisa” is an R-rated animated feature - for adults!

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In writer/director Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” he raised provocative philosophical questions which he now explores existentially, utilizing puppets in stop-motion animation.

First seen on an airplane to Cincinnati, middle-aged Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) is the acutely depressed author of a customer-service self-help book called “How May I Help You Help Them?”

Preparing to deliver a motivational speech the next day, Michael checks into the posh Fregoli Hotel, dutifully calls his wife and son in Los Angeles, and tries to re-ignite an old flame for a drink.

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Skiing the Longshore Course

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The golf course at Westport’s Longshore Club Park attracted cross-country ski fans on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Friends of Sherwood Island Park 2nd-Wednesday Nature Walk
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9:15 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Fire Department Strategic Planning Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
12:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Westport Domestic Violence Task Force
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

BOF Looks at Ambitious Parks & Rec Budget

Westport’s Board of Finance took an informal second look tonight at First Selectman Jim Marpe’s proposed $91,639,626 budget for 2016-17, a $727,396 or .8 percent increase over the current year.

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Restoring the riverwalk along the Saugatuck River near the Westport Library was cited as one of the proposed 2016-17 Parks and Recreation projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Tonight’s focus—the Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments’ budgets, general government departments and the Wakeman Town Farm.

Combined with the Board of Education $113.5 million proposed budget, Marpe’s municipal forecast would bring the overall town budget to $205,588,568, a 1.49 percent increase.

The Public Works proposed budget of $9,716,717 shows a modest 1.4 percent increase over the current year’s $9,583,246 operating budget.

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Briefing the Board of Finance

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe makes a point to members of the Board of Finance tonight in the second round of informal workshops on his proposed $91.6 million budget for 2016-17, an .8 percent increase over the current year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Riverside Barber Returns

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Riverside Barber Shop, 231 Post Road West, above Greg & Tony salon, has opened under new ownership. Continuing a tradition, owner Tammy Stefanidis of Westport said the shop will soon celebrate the 90th anniversary since founded on Riverside Avenue in 1927 by John Santella, followed by his son Lou Santella and then owned by Pat Vigilio since November 1999 when he relocated the business to its current location. (See WestportNow Aug 29, 2009, Feb. 22, 2010 and March 27, 2010) Vigilio recently retired and relocated to Florida, according to Stefanidis. She said she worked for Vigilio for seven years until 2006 and then spent the past 10 years as a homemaker raising her family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Sola Salons ‘Empowers Stylists’

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Sola Salons will open this month on the ground floor level at 495 Post Road East, adjacent to the Steinway store, according to co-owners and Westport residents Rich and Holly Bobrow (above). Rich Bobrow said the 6,000 square feet facility has 26 “studios,” each available for “experienced hair stylists and other beauty professionals to open their own business in a turnkey, fully equipped setup.”  He added, “Sola empowers its stylists to develop their businesses and realize their dreams.” The Westport site, the fifth in Connecticut, is one of 250 location throughout the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Flooding

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Low-lying Westport roads were flooded again at today’s late morning high tide. View is of Compo Beach Road near Compo Road South.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig Davidson for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Moves to Reduce DMV Wait Times

By Mark Pazniokas

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UPDATE Wethersfield — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to help the beleaguered Department of Motor Vehicles by getting the agency out of the municipal debt collection business and by expanding transactions that can be done at private businesses like AAA offices.

“We’re not a collection agency,” Malloy told reporters today. “I think this idea we should be everyone’s collection agency is one of the things that contributes to the difficulties in Connecticut. You go to the motor vehicle department, you wait in line, you get up there, somebody tells you you can’t register your car.”

Under current law, residents cannot register a motor vehicle if they owe property taxes or unpaid parking tickets to a municipality – a strong incentive to pay municipal debts in a state where most residents are reliant on automobiles.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says it finds the proposal “very problematic.”

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Winter Weather, Coastal Flood Advisories

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport for snow, which is in effect from 6 p.m. today to noon Wednesday.

It said to expect accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and again 10 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Women Entrepreneurs Group: Being There for Everyone
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advance Writing Class
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - HDC Golden Shadows/Nike Missile Radar Site Study Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
7 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS 2016: Black Heroes of D-Day
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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