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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Saugatuck River Dawn

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Dawn as seen from the Saugatuck Rowing Club Monday on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dawn DuBoys for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “So Where do I Begin?” Workshop
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Prospective Member Social
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Library, Museum & Arts, Finance Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Tide of Opposition to Proposed Compo Beach Plan

By James Lomuscio

One after another, they came to the podium at Westport Town Hall tonight to tell the Parks and Recreation Commission that a plan to improve Compo Beach would not polish the town’s jewel but shatter it.

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Andy Moss, chair of the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee, tonight explains the master plan process. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The opposing sentiment was shared by many of the hundreds who for almost four hours jammed the auditorium to protest the proposed Compo Beach Site Improvement Plan. The top reason: Plan A calls for the removal of waterfront parking in the South Beach and East beach areas, making seniors and parents with small children walk more than 120 feet from distant lot to find a place on the sand.

Other concerns were that the plan would eliminate more than 300 parking spaces, cause traffic problems on nearby Bradley Street and eliminate the skateboard park.

Stephen Temlock of 8 Appletree Trail went so far as to suggest First Selectman Jim Marpe, who was present, consider putting the planned beach improvements to a referendum.

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Overflow Crowd for Compo Master Plan Meeting

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An overflow crowd turned out tonight for a Westport Parks and Recreation Commission hearing in the Town Hall auditorium to consider a master plan for Compo Beach. Consultants offered several variations of a plan that they said could cost $8 million or more to renovate or construct a new bathhouse and reconfigure parking and install new landscaping. A number of youngsters asked to retain the Compo Skate Park, which is not in the recommendations, For most of the public speakers, retention of parking along the beaches was a priority. The commisson took no acton and said it would begin consideration on the plan, available at www.compobeach2.com at future meetings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pleas to Keep Compo Skate Park

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A number of young people pleaded with the Parks and Recreation Commission tonight at a Town Hall meeting to restore the Compo Beach Skate Park which has been eliminated from the proposed Compo Beach master plan. Among them were (l-r) Theo Koskoff (partially hidden), 14, Staples High School; James Bowles, 14, Staples; Gabriel Dick, 13, Coleytown Middle, and Alex Walton, 14, Staples. Koskoff said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and asked, “So why are we spending so much money trying to fix it?” He then quoted what he said was a “horrible stereotype” about Westport from the Urban Dictionary, which said, “A gorgeous town ridden with filthy rich people that have so much money that they have nothing better to do than to drive around in their luxury cars and spoil their children rotten.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Artist in Amazon Art Collection at Grand Central

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Westport artist Nina Bentley is among artists represented in the Amazon Art Collectors installation at Grand Central Terminal which opened tonight with a gala reception in Vanderbilt Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com

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WSJ Features New Westport Library Robots

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The Wall Street Journal today featured two new robots being introduced at the Westport Library to teach the kind of coding and computer-programming skills required to animate such machines. The robots, made in France qnd costing $8,000 each (privately funded) were demonstrated at the library in July (see WestportNow July 7, 2014) and will be formally introduced next week. “They have blinking eyes and an unnerving way of looking quizzically in the direction of whoever is speaking,” The Wall Street Journal said.. “They walk, dance and can talk in 19 different languages.” The online story also includes a video demonstration.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from wsj.com

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Comings & Goings: The Shade Store to Main Street

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The Shade Store, featuring custom shades, blinds and drapery, will open soon at 115 Main St. in the walkway behind Vince. womens’ apparel store. The third-generation family-run business started in 1946 as a fabric store in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., according to the company website. Although the Shade Store has 18 showrooms in 10 states, the Westport location will be its first in Connecticut with additional openings planned in Brooklyn, Houston, Miami and Washington, D.C. The nearest existing location is in Port Chester, N.Y as well as four stores in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Signs Concussion Bill at Staples

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In a Staples High School field house ceremony today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy formalized at the Staples the signing of a concussion law that had been unanimously approved by the state legislature in the spring. The act, concerning youth athletics and concussions, was initiated by three Westport women whose sons were victims of sports-related concussions. Westport parents Diana Coyne, Pippa Bell Ader and Ann Sherwood, founders of the Parents Concussion Coalition, were on hand after working for two years to update the state’s concussion law and bring it to the basic current standards of practice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Congratulates Westport Moms

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy poses today at the Staples High School field house with the three Westport mothers who led a successful campaign to upgrade Connecticut’s concussion law. They are (l-r) Pippa Bell Ader, Ann Sherwood, and Diana Coyne. The new law broadens a 2010 law regarding youth athletics and concussions by giving parents more information and power when their child suffers a potential head injury while playing sports. The bill requires schools to give parents a consent form regarding the school’s concussion education plan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bagel Maven Closing?

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It is uncertain as to whether the Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, will close its doors for good on Tuesday, the final day of its lease, according to Alex Perdomo, owner for the past six years. Perdomo said, “It was a tough winter for us, and I fell behind in my rent payments, but over time managed to pay it back.” He said his landlord, whom he described as “great to work with,” does not want to renew the lease, but he hopes to work something out. Perdomo said he does not want to have to look for a new space because “my customers are in this area of town.” He said although he became owner of Bagel Maven six years ago, the business has been at that location since 1990. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Power Outage Hits Compo Road South Area

UPDATE A power outage today affected the area of Compo Road Sourh and Green Acre Lane, Connecticut Light and Power Company said.

Residents in the area heard a loud bang shortly after 8 a.m. followed by a loss of power.

CL&P said 29 residents were without power a of 9 a.m. and that power was restored by 10;30 a.m.

There was no immediate explanation for the outage.

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WN on the Scene: Hong Kong Moves to Defuse Protests

(Editor’s Note:  Former Westport residents Adam and Margot Sappern are now living in Hong Kong watching the popular movement take shape.)

By Adam Sappern

Special to WestportNow

Hong Kong residents today refused to succumb to the strong-arming of the centralized Chinese government. 

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Former Westport resident Adam Sappern today with Hong Kong protesters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Police used tear gas Sunday against demonstrators for the first time in years, an action many agreed was a miscue. It brought even more protesters into the streets today, many wearing masks in anticipation of more tear gas.

It is Monday afternoon here in the former British colony returned to China in 1997 and crowds are growing quickly. Sirens are blaring, roads are closed, and riot police are taking up strategic positions.

This is good old-fashioned people-power protesting—students and the anti-corruption “Occupy Central’“movement (much like Occupy Wall Street) have merged by chance to become a super-typhoon-like force for change.

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On the Streets of Hong Kong


Former Westport resident Adam Sappern, now living in Hong Kong, took these pictures of today’s protests in the former British colony. Adam Sappern for WestportNow.com

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Summer in Fall Dusk

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Many visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach lingered late Sunday after a summer-like day and were treated to another pretty sunset. View is from nearby Owenoke Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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