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Friday, March 06, 2015



Friday, March 06, 2015

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 16 - 20, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 16 - 20, 2015:

Stuart A. and Courtney Stakoff to 142 Compo Road North Properties LLC, 142 Compo Road North, $737,500WNproperty.jpg

Gregory W. and Lynn C. Kearney to Kevin Joju and Elizabeth Amanda Vogelmann, 10 Clayton St., $820.000

James J. and Elizabeth F. Hagan to Francesco E. Daniele, 15 Wakeman Place, $1,335,000

SIR- 18 Webb LLC to James H. Reesman and Alison James, 18 Webb Road, $2,250,000

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New Golf Superintendent at Longshore

Westport’s Longshore Club Park has a new golf superintendent.

ValleyCrest Golf Maintenance, which maintains the town-owned facility, has appointed Michael Golden to the post, Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director, announced today.

Prior to joining ValleyCrest, he served as assistant superintendent at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, an announcement said.

He was also assistant superintendent at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, N.J., Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., and Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. 

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WN on the Scene: The Armory Show in New York

This is the busiest art weekend in New York with the highlight The Armory Show, now in its 17th year, which has become America’s leading fine art fair. A total of 199 galleries are showcasing their wares at the iconic Pier 92 and 94 along the Hudson River. The show opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Click here for more information. Helen Klisser During, artistic director at the Westport Arts Center and WestportNow contributing photographer, highlights some of the artworks on display. Helen Klisser During for

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Accidents Slow Merritt, Easton Road Traffic

Accidents slowed traffic today near exit 42 southbound on the Merritt Parkway and on Easton Road at Bayberry Lane southbound.

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Disabled Train, Power Problems Slow New Haven Line

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is currently experiencing delays of 10 to 15 minutes due to weather-related power issues in the vicinity of Pelham and Mount Vernon East.

In addition, it said customers should anticipate delays of 20 to 30 minutes traveling into and out of Grand Central Terminal due to a disabled trains at Harlem 125th Street and in the Park Avenue Tunnel.

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Focus,’ ‘McFarland USA,’ ‘The Hot Tub Time Machine 2’

By Susan Granger

Before he became enmeshed in disasters like “After Earth,” “Seven Pounds” and “Winter’s Tale,” Will Smith ruled the box-office with the “Men in Black” franchise and “Independence Day.”  Now he’s back in the crime caper “Focus.” Image

When debonair con-man Nick Spurgeon (Smith) challenges beautiful Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) after she scams him at an upscale Manhattan hotel, she begs to become his protégé. A few months later, she joins him in New Orleans, where Nick and his highly-trained cohorts cleverly rob unsuspecting tourists in the French Quarter. Predictably, a romantic relationship develops but once the job is done – it’s over.

Or is it? Years later, they meet again in Buenos Aires, where Nick has hatched a car racing scheme. That catapults them into a Superdome skybox as Nick matches wits with a rich Chinese gambler. Saying more would constitute a “spoiler.”

What’s most fascinating is how Nick explains the psychological art of deception - courtesy of technical advisor Apollo Robbins, a sleight-of-hand artist who now serves as a security consultant.

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Contrasts Image
Beech tree leaves hang amid the snow Thursday on Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Friday,  March 6, 2015

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Curio Cottage (44 Imperial Ave.) - Westport Woman’s Club Annual Tag Sale Fundraiser
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Westport Library - Jimmie Holland & Mindy Greenstein: “Lighter as We Go”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Middle School Book Club
7 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport (670 Post Road East) - Near & Far Aid Spring Gala
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Stand Up Comedy w/ Dan Boulger, Michael Mathis, Nick Ribolla, Justin Cheng, & Lucien Formichella
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre staged free reading: “Lofty Larceny”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Deck Collapse Sets Off Propane Gas Leak

A rear deck at a home on Westport’s Silent Grove North collapsed, severing a propane gas line and causing a leak, the Westport Fire Department said tonight. Image
A damaged propane tank can be seen just below a line marking where the collapsed deck had been attached to the house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Firefighters responded at 5:59 p.m. to a returning homeowner reporting an odor of gas outside and inside the residence, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows.

While responding to the scene, Westport Dispatch received another call from the homeowner reporting a rear deck collapse in the area of a propane tank.

First arriving personnel found that an approximately 20-foot by 15-foot deck had completely collapsed off of the rear of the house, coming in contact and damaging the 50-pound propane tank that was underneath the deck, Meadows said.

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Comings & Goings: Readying Newest SoNo Baking & Café Image
SoNo Baking Company & Café will open at Westport’s 44 Church Lane this month, according to an employee at the bakery’s Norwalk location. The Norwalk-based business operates in South Norwalk at 101 Water St., in Westport at AJ’s Farm Stand, 1680 Post Road East, and in Darien, 49 Tokene Road. The space was most recently occupied by Java Coffee and Café, until it closed on Dec. 31, 2014, 11 months after it opened. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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‘Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries’

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m., and the Westport Fire Department strongly urges everyone to “change your clock, change your batteries.” Image

A statement from Fire Marshal Edward Zygmant said a National Fire Protection Association report found that three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

No smoke alarms were present in 37 percent of home fire deaths, and in 23 percent, smoke alarms were present but did not operate, he said.

Of the main reasons why smoke alarms failed to operate, 47 percent had missing or disconnected batteries, and 24 percent had dead or discharged batteries, Zygmant said.

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NWS Update: Roads ‘Treacherous for Travel’

UPDATE The National Weather Service said the bulk of the accumulating snow has ended across the Westport region.

“Any leftover snow will result in little to no accumulation,” it said in a statement.

“Many roads remain snow covered and icy, especially secondary roads.

“With temperatures falling into the single digits and lower teens overnight, untreated surfaces will continue to be treacherous for travel. Use extra caution if you must travel tonight.”

Posted 07:03 PM
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Westport Inn Sold, 8-30g Housing Threat Gone

UPDATE The Westport Inn changed hands Wednesday, selling for $14.5 million to a Stamford-based real estate investment group that plans to maintain it as an inn. Image
Westport Inn owner Sheldon Stein, seen in this 2010 photo, sold the property for $14.5 million. He bought it in 2007 for $13.1 million and put in $2.5 million in improvements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

The sale to Building and Land Technology (BLT) was announced tonight by the real estate investor, developer, and operator. Last June, it purchased the Nyala Farm Corporate Center in Westport for $130 million. (See WestportNow June 30, 2014)

The sale puts an end to the threat of the site being developed into a five-story, 200-unit rental housing complex using the state’s controversial affordable housing statute 8-30g.

An earlier report quoting town officials said the sale price was $12.3 million.

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On Guard Image
Westport’s Minute Man remained on guard today as snow swirled around him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Snowy Saugatuck Image
It was rough going on Westport’s Riverside Avenue today in the Saugatuck area as more snow fell on the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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