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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Positive Directions Gets $20K Grant

Westport’s Positive Directions, The Center For Prevention And Counseling, today announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF).

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The funds will sustain the mission of the agency to provide treatment services for financially in-need residents throughout Fairfield County, said Basil Hero, executive director, Positive Directions.

Positive Directions has been providing counseling, prevention education services, and positive youth development programs in Fairfield County since 1971.

“We are extremely grateful to FCCF for its ongoing support of our efforts to assist those people in the greatest need,” Hero said. “A lot of families will be able to receive mental health services for the first time as a result of this grant.”

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Westport Transit Expands Shuttle Service

The Westport Transit District announced today that beginning Monday its commuter shuttle service will expand to meet all evening express train service departing Grand Central Terminal to the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck.

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A billboard at the Westport station promotes Westport Transit District services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Schedule enhancements include extending evening service to the Imperial Avenue commuter lot that will include the 8:07 p.m. express from Grand Central arriving in Westport at 9:11 p.m., an announcement said.

According to Westport Transit Directors Jennifer Johnson and Gene Cederbaum, the service expansion is a direct result of public surveys conducted this summer in which respondents requested that buses meet later trains leaving from New York.

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Westport Urgent Care Re-Launches

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Westport Urgent Care, 1045 Post Road East, today celebrated a change in management, expanded ownership, and re-launch of its healthcare facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Co-owners, Anthony Ruvo and Edward Orlando, both doctors, own 20 other Urgent Care facilities in the tri-state area and plan to open four more in the near future, including Stamford and Fairfield. The facility first opened in September 2012. Pictured (l-r) are Matthew Mandell, executive director, Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, Urgent Care co-owner Edward Orlando, First Selectman Jim Marpe, staff physicians Brian Baxt and Debbie Mogelof, Shari Grasso, Urgent Care practice development manager, and co-owner Anthony Ruvo. The facility will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Injuries in 3-Car Easton Road Crash

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A three-car crash today just before 10 a.m. on Westport’s Easton Road at Warnock Drive resulted in no serious injuries but damage to vehicles. Police closed down the road while the scene was cleared. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Crash Shuts Down Easton Road

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Westport police closed down a portion of Easton Road around Warnock Drive today following a three-car crash. No serious injuries were reported. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Kings Highway Students Take Part in Walk to School Day

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About 250 Kings Highway Elementary School (KHS) students today joined schools around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day. The event began at 8:10 a.m. with students, parents teachers, and staff walking from Westport Board of Education Technology Center on Riverside Avenue, arriving at KHS five minutes later. Organizers said the events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Briefing Before the Walk

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Westport Kings Highway Elementary School physical education teacher and Walk to School Day event coordinator Jamie Viesselma today welcomes students and parents before about 250 students, parents, and staff members walked from Riverside Avenue near Saugatuck Elementary School to KHS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Proud Walker

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Ryan Skolnick, a fourth grader at Kings Highway Elementary School, proudly shows off a certificate received for participating in today’s Walk to School Day event. About 250 students, parents, and staff participated in the five-minute walk, part of an international series of eventsto raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gray’s Creek Reflections

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Reflections at Westport’s Gray’s Creek on Tuesday. It is located behind Owenoke Park between Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach Road. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
8:10 a.m. - Kings Highway Elementary - Participates in International Walk to School Day
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Talk of the Town”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Broken Glass”
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Westporters Watch Yankees Lose Wild Card Game

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There was a season record attendance tonight at Yankee Stadium, including a number of Westporters, who watched the Yankees’ 3-0 wild-card loss to the Houston Astros. Among them were Jim Adrian (l) and Sam Arciola. Adrian is an attorney with a New York firm and Arciola is a Westport Police Department captain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: New Rules Could Impact Closings

By Judy Szablak

New procedures for real estate closings are likely to impact transactions in Westport and across the nation.

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Featured Home This townhouse at 230 Saugatuck Ave. is listed at $648,500. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside

The rules, mandated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, became effective Saturday. They are designed to help borrowers understand the terms of their home financing transaction.

A notable change under the new regulations is a mandatory disclosure that requires a three-day waiting period before a borrower can close on a mortgage loan.

This can create last minute snags based upon final walk through issues, or inspections concerns that have not been addressed prior to the closing.

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RTM Approves Bridge Study Committee

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight voted unanimously on a request from the Historic District Commission (HDC) for it to act as the study committee for the Bridge Street Bridge’s possible designation as a local historic landmark property.

The 1884-built structure officially named the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge is Connecticut’s oldest, surviving moveable, hand-cranked swing bridge. Since 1987 it has been on the National Register of Historic Places.

A Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) study almost a year ago found the state-owned Route 136 bridge to be “severely deficient” and among the state’s most dangerous, touching off further studies and meetings with First Selectman Jim Marpe and CDOT engineers throughout the summer.

Tonight Marpe told the RTM he remains firm that the bridge’s rehabilitation be made in concert with its historic character, and that it not be replaced by a modern span.

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Inside Stories of New Yorker Westport Covers

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Former New Yorker art editor Lee Lorenz (2nd r) was in conversation tonight at the Westport Library with Andrew Bentley and Eve Potts, co-authors of “The New Yorker in Westport.” The book features 50 Westport-related New Yorker covers, some of which are currently on display at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) “Talk of the Town” exhibit. On the screen is a book of a collection of New Yorker covers belonging to Potts with page markers she made indicating a Westport-related cover. She found 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989, which led to a highly successful January 2014 WHS exhibit entitled “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport.“ “The New Yorker in Westport” is an outgrowth of that exhibit. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and the magazine’s cartoon editor from 1993 to 1997.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Family YMCA Dedicates Bedford Family Legacy Wall

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The Westport Weston Family YMCA today officially dedicated the Bedford Family Legacy Wall on the first anniversary of operations in its new home at its Camp Mahackeno site. Former state Sen. John McKinney (c ), a member of the YMCA Board of Trustees and great-great grandson of Y founder Edward T. Bedford, addresses the gathering. McKinney described his family’s legacy as simply “about making the community a better place,” and added that “that YMCA is here today not just because of the Bedford family but because the community’s support.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Honoring Five Generations of Bedford Family

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The Westport Weston Family YMCA today celebrated the first anniversary of operations at its Bedford Family Center at 14 Allen Raymond Lane by unveiling the Bedford Family Legacy Wall. The installation of art and artifacts honors the five generations of Bedford family support of the YMCA. Standing before the exhibit in the YMCA’s Welcome Center (l to r) are Jean McKinney and Libby McKinney, great-great granddaughters of Y founder Edward T. Bedford; Pete Wolgast, chairman of the Y’s Board of Trustees; Bonnie Strittmatter, president of the Y’s Board of Directors; Pat Riemersma, CEO; great-great grandson John McKinney and his wife, Kristin. John McKinney and Libby McKinney Tritschler also serve on the Y’s boards of volunteer leaders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Boys Soccer Ties Norwalk

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Kenji Goto (above) led the Staples defense in another typically stingy performance at Loeffler Field today. Spencer Daniels’ pressure led to an early Wreckers goal, but Norwalk equalized midway through the second half for a hard-fought 1-1 draw between the longtime rivals. Staples, now 6-1-2, hosts Darien on Thursday at 4 p.m. in a key FCIAC showdown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Rehearsing for ‘Broken Glass’

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The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of Arthur MIller’s “Broken Glass” rehearses for tonight’s first preview celebrating the year of the playwright’s 100th birthday (born Oct. 17, 1915.) The play, based on the time of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) in Nazi Germany, when a Brooklyn Jewish couple’s marriage begins to shatter, opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 24. It is directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. Pictured are: Steven Skybell (l) and Stephen Schnetzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Promoting Oct. 17 Halloween Window Painting Contest

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Linda Matthews, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce executive assistant, dressed as a witch today as she went door to door in downtown Westport to spook up some windows for the Chamber’s Halloween window painting contest. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 and children of all ages are invited to put their artistic skills to work on merchant store front windows to create the spookiest and/or best Halloween-themed painting. For more information and to register for the event go to http://www.westportwestonchamber.com/halloween.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Full House for Stress Management Workshop

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A workshop, “Mindful Parenting: Strategies to Manage Stress and Promote Inner Strength” attracted an overflow crowd today to the Westport Town Hall auditorium. The workshop, hosted by Barbara Butler, director of the town’s Department of Human Services, along with the Westport Positive Youth Development Initiative, Weston Youth Services, and Wilton Youth Council, was led by keynote speaker Linda Lantieri, director of The Inner Resilience Program. It is an initiative that equips school personnel with the skills and strategies to strengthen their inner resiliency in order to model these skills for young people in their care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Program that Grew Out of 9/11 Draws Large Crowd

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Linda Lantieri, director f New York-based The Inner Resilience Program, addresses a packed workshop today in the Westport Town Hall auditorium. The program was founded by Lantieri in the spring of 2002 in response to the effects of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 on New York City schools. The aim was to equip school staff and parents with the skills necessary to build back their inner strength and resilience, and to model this way of being for the children in their care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Restaurant Week

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Celebrating Westport’s Restaurant Week, First Selectman Jim Marpe and Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Matthew Mandell, today are welcomed at Positano Ristorante, next to the Westport Country Playhouse, by its owner/chef Joseph Scarpati. Sponsored by the Chamber, Restaurant week is actually two weeks and runs to Oct. 18. Click here for list of participating restaurents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 93 Cross Highway

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The owner of the historic 1764-built house at 93 Cross Highway is the recipient of two preservation honors, one local and one national award. The local award, an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) designating the house as a local historic landmark and a national award listing the house on the National Register of Historic Places. The homeowner, Ed Gerber, vice chair of the Historic District Commission (HDC) and president of the Westport Historical Society (WHS), purchased the house in 2010. The historic house is known today as the Eliphalet Sturges 1764-1767 and George Hand Wright 1907-1951 House. (See WestportNow May 24, 2015) Presenting the awards (l-r) Bob Weingarten, WHS house plaque historian, Gerber, and First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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One Injured in I-95 Westport Crash

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One person was injured today in a two-car crash on I-95 southbound in Westport near Exit 17. The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening, said Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin. The right and middle lanes were closed by the accident, which occurred just before noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Westfair Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 27 Westfair Drive, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 974-square feet and is situated on a .29-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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