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Monday, July 06, 2015

Monday, July 06, 2015

Preservation Group: Zoning Regs All Bark, No Bite

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Save Westport Now (SWN), the town’s preservation-minded political party, says Westport’s zoning laws have no teeth, allowing developers to ride roughshod over regulations. It wants cease and desist orders and a new task force.

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The newly expanded parking lot behind Trader Joe’s in the Compo Acres Shopping Center was cited by Save Westport Now as an example of developer abuse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“We recently overheard a Realtor say that, given the lack of enforcement and small fines in Westport, developers can do whatever they need to do to maximize their profit,”  SWN co-chairs Valerie Seiling Jacobs and Jeffrey L. Block said in a statement issued today. “They can violate setback, grading, coverage, and any other regulations that don’t suit their needs.”

As examples, they cited Equity One’s expanded parking lot behind Trader Joe’s in the Compo Acres Shopping Center and at the Grassy Plains development abutting the Partrick Wetlands.

Asked about the SWN complaints, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Chairman Chip Stephens said while he does not disagree with the group’s assessment, he disagrees with its task force solution and wants more enforcement manpower and greater cooperation between the P&Z and the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

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Qualfied to Compete in Junior World Championships

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Oliver Bub (l) and Lucas Manning, both from Westport and the Saugatuck Rowing Club, qualified today on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., to compete at the Junior World Championships in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5-9. They will be rowing a pair and representing the USA. They are coached by Sharon Kriz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Property Transfers June 15 - 19, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 15 - 19, 2015:

Lawrence M. and Barrie S. Sesmer to Hiji and Snders Almgren, 9 Greens Farms Road, $684,500WNproperty.jpg

8 Hogan Trail LLC to Ari and Lauren Turner, 8 Hogan Trail, $1,635,000

30 Maple Ave. North LLC to Devrim and Natalya Turker, 38 Maple Ave. North, $1,712,500

CCO IV Woody II LLC to Sean and Renata Diffley, 14 Wood Lane, $3,512,500

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New Fire Recruits Added to the Ranks

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In ceremony today at Westport Fire Headquarters, an overflow crowd witnessed the swearing in of two firefighters, Ronald Burgess, jr. (2nd l) and Adam Gamble by First Selectman Jim Marpe. Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back to Work

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Commuters returning to work today following the long July 4 weekend await the arrival of the 9:05 a.m. train to Grand Central Terminal.  According to a rider, the train departed aprroximately 10 minutes late. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hazy End to the July 4th Weekend

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The South Beach at Compo Beach was a popular spot Sunday night to watch the sun set at the end of the long 4th of July weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 6, 2015


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Hall Family

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Hula With Hawaiian Music at Levitt

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The Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui (Hawaiian for the Big Dance) entertained tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The band crafts dance floor-ready tunes on traditional Hawaiian instruments. Lead singer Lolena Naipo Jr. (r) said the band doesn’t usually travel with a hula dancer but picked up a native Hawaiian living in New York City for the Westport engagement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Swing Hawaiian Style

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Guests at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight danced to swing music Hawaiian-style played by the band Kahulanui.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Showing the Flag

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A group of visitors to Compo Beach’s South Beach tonight brought along the American flag as they got set to watch the sun set at the end of the 4th of July holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Little League Softballers Take District Title

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The Westport Little League softball 12U All-Stars today defeated Fairfield 2-1 in a dramatic nine-inning game at Westport’s William F. Meyer Field to clinch the program’s second straight district title. Westport’s star pitcher Sophia Alfero continued to display utter dominance throughout the day, as she took a perfect game into the fifth inning. But it wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth that Westport wrapped up the victory. Westport now moves on to the divisional tournament, which begins next week in Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Crowded End to 4th of July Weekend

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The last day today of the 4th of July holiday weekend drew thousands to Westport’s Compo Beach as sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s made for a perfect beach day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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4th of July Keepsake

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A mother takes a 4th of July holiday weekend snap today at Westport’s Compo Beach.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Water Football

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A game of water football kept this group cool at Westport’s Compo Beach today on the final day of the 4th of July holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Stroll

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Strolling along Compo Beach today helped to stay cool. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Swinging Open

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The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge spanning the Saugatuck River between Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue swung open late today to allow marine traffic to pass. The bridge opens frequently in warm weather to accommodate boaters, much to the frustration of those rushing for a train. The bridge, originally built in 1884 and rehabilitated in 1993, is the oldest surviving movable bridge in Connecticut and is now the state’s only manually operated swing truss. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Morning Exercise on the Saugatuck

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For the first of two consecutive Sundays, Fairfield resident and yoga instructor Jeanne Stevens today mentors a group in the art of vinyasa movements at Saugatuck Plaza, overlooking the Saugatuck River. Vinyasa yoga (vinyasa meaning “breath-synchronized movement”) is a series of poses in which movement is synchronized to the breath. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Drone Practice

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A drone enthusiast, Jesse Gill of New York, visiting Westport friends for the weekend, demonstrates his six-month-old drone along Hillspoint Road near Compo Beach. Gill said, “Westport’s open spaces are great for drones, even better than Central Park.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  July 5, 2015


7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Kahulanui

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Louisiana Dance Party at Levitt

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight turned into a 4th of July Louisiana dance party with the popular River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs providing the music . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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In the Groove

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A large crowd turned out tonight for a 4th of July performance by River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The group from the Hartford area first came together in 1999 and has performed at music festivals up and down the East Coast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Volunteer Performers

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When River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs asked for volunteers tonight to join their performance at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, two cousins answered the call. Eliana Rosner, 8, of New York shared the washboard duties with her cousin Jake Rosner, 10, of Stamford. Both are visiting relatives in Westport. Eliana has had voice lessons and Jake has studied piano, according to their parents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Artist’s View of Westport on 4th of July

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Newtown artist Jim Chillington posted this view of Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge on Instagram as a 4th of July momento. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Painting by Jim Chillington

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Holiday Sail

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Waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach were busy today with 4th of July sailors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Free Hot Dogs Celebrating the 4th of July

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Westport’s Saugatuck Sweets served up free hot dogs from noon to 4 p.m. today in celebration of the 4th of July. Joe and Roseann Caruso did the honors from a cart in front of the store at 575 Riverside Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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