Saturday, September 21, 2013
Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed
The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community. Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society. Thank-You.
Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 In Pictures
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.
The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.
Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.
In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.
We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Going Down: 44 Elm St.
The former medical office building at 44 Elm St. was demolished today. Its removal was part of the Bedford Square Development, which includes the relocation of the adjacent Kemper-Gunn House, 35 Church Lane, to the town-owned Baldwin Parking Lot. According to construction supervisor Christopher Moran of Easton-based Moran Construction Management, the Kemper-Gunn house move is aimed to take place before the Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving. If that target is not achieved, he said it will occur after Jan. 1, according to an agreement with town officials. Moran said the project is now running three weeks behind schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Athleta to Open Before Thanksgiving
Athleta, a division of GAP Inc, opens at 103-07 Main St. before Thanksgiving, according to a worker on site today who said the construction shell covering the front of the store was removed Thursday. The new store was constructed in the spaces previously occupied by Westport Pizzeria, Kate Spade and Francois du Pont Jewelers, which have all relocated elsewhere. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 24, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Wheeler Coffeehouse: “Girls Like Us—Carole, Joni and Carly”
6:30 p.m. - Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Westport Sunrise Rotary Silver Anniversary Wine & Beer Tasting Celebration
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jillian Jensen w/ Sarah Barrios, Riley Lynch, and Josh Pavel
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, October 23, 2014
At Earthplace, Rep. Candidates Tackle the Environment
By James Lomuscio
The environment took center stage tonight in the state House of Representatives races for the136th and 143rd districts as Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center hosted a candidates forum.
From topics ranging from global warming to air pollution to electric vehicles to protecting the Long Island Sound and shoring up coastal residents against storms to pesticides and the efficiency and drawbacks of natural gas, each candidate attempted to show how he or she was environmentally best suited for the job.
Vying for the 136th District were Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican newcomer Brandi Briggs, who currently served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). Competing for the 143rd District seat were Republican incumbent Gail Lavielle and Democratic newcomer Keith Rodgerson.
Steinberg touted himself as “a committed environmentalist” who “walks the walk” with solar panels on his roof, a hybrid vehicle and one who co-authored the Comprehensive Energy Strategy in Hartford.
Historic District Commission Preservation Winners
Recipients of the 2014 Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Awards posed tonight for a group picture with First Selectman Jim Marpe and members of the HDC following the awards ceremony at Town Hall. Owners of seven Westport residential and business properties were cited for their efforts to preserve the town’s character and cultural heritage through their restoration and renovation work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Honored for Making Westport Special
Scenes from tonight’s 2014 Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony and reception at Westport Town Hall. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author Says He Knows ID of 1922 Hollywood Murderer
Author William J. Mann, who has written books featuring such famous divas as Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor, was at the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight promoting his latest book, “Tinseltown”….a story about the movie business in Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s. There were drugs, beautiful women, handsome men and the highly publicized 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. It officially remains a “cold case,” but Mann said readers of his book will find out the identity of the murderer. “I did lots of research and had a lot of help from the FBI files and feel I know who the murderer is,” he said. “I liked tracking down killers. I got tired of writing traditional biographies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Developer Wants Inn to Become 200-Unit Housing Complex
By James Lomuscio
A developer has submitted plans for five-story, 200-unit housing complex at the site of the Westport Inn on Post Road East. Thirty percent of the units would be deemed affordable.
Under submitted plans, the Westport Inn on Post Road East would be replaced by a 200-unit housing complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The submission has raised concerns that use of state statute 8-30g to build it will not only allow the developer to bypass town zoning regulations, but put stress on town services and traffic, all in the name of affordable housing.
Sheldon Stein, who bought the inn seven years ago, submitted applications to the Conservation Commission last week and to the Planning & Zoning Department on Thursday, with maps and engineering reports. The designs choreograph razing of the 127-room hotel at 1595 Post Road East, replacing it with a 200-unit, multi-family residential community dubbed Westport Terrace Views.
The construction would take place through use of state statute 8-30g. Passed in 1989, it allows developers to overstep a municipality’s local zoning laws if that municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not. It is intended to be an incentive to create more affordable housing in the state.
Work Begins on Green’s Farms Station Steps
When Green’s Farms station commuters return to Westport tonight they may be surprised to see the end-of-platform stairway missing. That’s because construction started today which, according to Westport Police Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas, involves removal of the wooden steps and replacement with granite ones. The work is expected to be completed by mid-November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Dunville’s Getting a Fix-Up
Longtime Westport favorite Dunville’s bar and restaurant on Saugatuck Avenue is undergoing renovations and according to the manager on site will reopen for business this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Morning rain did not deter shoppers today at the weekly Westport Farmers Market in the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Among them was Westporter Martha Aasen who checked out the vegetables at the Roxbury-based Riverbank Farm booth. Mississippi-bred Aasen said she purchased collard greens, which she describes as “good southern food.” The outdoor market continues through Nov. 6 and then moves indoors to Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Drunk Driving Simulation Set for Saturday
A drunk driving simulation for teens is set for Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Staples High School football field, the Westport Police Collaborative (WPYC) and the Teen Awareness Group (TAG) announced.
The one-day program presented by the Westport Police Department in collaboration with the WPYC and TAG is designed to educate students about the risks of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or being otherwise distracted, event coordinators said.
The effects of substances on depth perception and coordination, in addition to decreased reaction time, as well as how the use of drugs or alcohol can lead to poor judgment and impaired decision making, will be stressed, and a distracted driving component will also be provided.
Coordinators said several Westport Police officers will be on hand, and that the presentation will include an instructional portion plus practical exercises using specially designed goggles that simulate impairment.
It was a soggy commute for Westporters today as a Nor’easter moved through the area overnight with rain continuing into the morning. Scene is the Metro-North Westport station as commuters waited for the 7:24 a.m. to Grand Central Terminal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com