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Friday, January 30, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: Weeks Pavilion, Church Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the Weeks Pavilion building in the former Westport Weston Family YMCA on Westport’s Church Lane is in process. Built in 1976, the two-story commercial structure that housed multiple facilities including the swimming pool, has 50,000 square feet and is situated on an estimated .8-acre property, according to developer David Waldman, principal of Bedford Square Associates. He said he expects the demolition will occur in early April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Single Alarm, Firehouse Chili Suits Up for Chilifest

By James Lomuscio

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Tobias Ostapchuk: “You can’t overcook chili.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Firefighter Tobias Ostapchuk said his department decided at the last minute to enter into Chilifest, a pre-Super Bowl cook-off event set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.

“It’s so we can compete with other fire departments in our area,” said Ostapchuk, who spent Thursday night in a commercial kitchen making 10 gallons of his Checkered Flag Chicken Chili.

Fairfield, Rowayton, Weston, Wilton and Trumbull are also participating in the event, along with a dozen Fairfield and New Haven county restaurants.

While signing up was a last minute decision, Ostapchuk says his recipe is tried and true, evolving over the past 15 years to “almost a mild, spicy chicken soup.”

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Westport Property Transfers Jan. 12 - 16, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 12 - 16, 2015:

Jane Green to Keith and Cari Kaplan, 4 Bluewater Hill, $6,375,000WNproperty.jpg

Pamela Camarda Revocable Trust to Peter Ziegler and Tracy Yost, 15 Cross Highway, $1,295.000

Joan Marie Sheehy to 131 Old Road LLC, 131 Old Road, $800,000

John J. Kennedy and Maria L. Casale to Allison L. and Barrie Holmes, 7 Mansfield Place, $1,145,000

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Making a Sidewalk Safe

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A worker spreads ice melt today on a sidewalk on Imperial Avenue. A few inches of snow overnight resulted in some icing conditions but plowing requirements were limited, according to Scott Sullivan, Town of Westport highway superintendent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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More Snow to Clean

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Workers clean a sidewalk on Post Road East on the perimeter of Westport’s Winslow Park today after an overnight snowfall dropped several inches . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Rough Going

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A sidewalk on Westport’s Imperial Avenue is dotted with a new snowfall early today as snow is piled high from Monday night’s snow.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Honored at Red Cross Breakfast

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Three Town of Westport Parks and Recreation Department employees were honored today in Stamford at the annual American Red Cross Community Heroes Breakfast after they saved the life of a co-worker who had a heart attack. Joseph Bairaktaris, Jr., (l) David Ellis (c ) and Ian Chasnow (not pictured, at college) performed CPR when co-worker “Doc” Kashka (r ) collapsed near the basketball courts on May 31, 2014. He spent six nights in intensive care before beginning to recover. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Morning Walk After Another Snow

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An overnight snow left several inches throughout Westport today. View is of the riverwalk along the west bank of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s Center.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  January 30, 2015


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 - WestportREADS: Lunch & Learn - How Literature Inspires Art
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Robotics Users Group
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades k-12)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Landon Proposes $1.5 Million Budget Cut

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon tonight appeared to pull the proverbial rabbit out of a hat, proposing a $1.5 million reduction in his announced 2015-16 budget of $113,294,493. It lowered the 3.75 percent increase over this year’s operating budget to 2.34 percent. WestportNow.com Image
Elliott Landon: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Landon told the Board of Education the cut could be gleaned from myriad areas. They included: $150,000 in workers compensation savings; removing capital projects from the operating budget, just at the town does, to save $390,000; high paid employee retirements and lower pay replacements; fund transfer, and substantial insurance savings.

In making the amendment to his proposed budget, Landon noted that Brian Stern, finance board vice chairman, told him that a “2.5 to 2.9 percent increase was as acceptable range for the Board of Finance,” the body the budget goes to following school board approval.

Michael Gordon, school board chairman, seemed thrilled. He thanked Landon, Elio Long, school business administrator, and Marge Cion, the school system’s director of human resources, “for sharpening your pencils.” He said the proposed cuts would put the budget where the finance board members “have said we should be,” without compromising programs for students.

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Three’s a Compo Crowd

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Dog Trainer and Exerciser Anthony Carafa of Redding allowed his canine charges almost two hours of playtime at Compo Beach today. But leaning out of the window of his parked truck, all three dogs let him know that they wanted to get out and play—some more.Carafa is the owner-trainer of two of the dogs—the Irish Field Setter named Sunny, 12, and the English Setter (black and white) named Vinnie, 6.  He trains and exercises the German Shepherd named Bella, 5, who resides with her owner in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Assessment Appeals Process Begins Monday

UPDATE  (clarifies appeals are of 2010 revaluation) Beginning Monday, taxpayers wishing to appeal their properties’ assessments can file applications in the Westport Assessor’s Office, town officials announced today.

The hard copy appeals, which may not be faxed nor emailed, can be made until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

According to the Assessor’s Office, the Westport Board of Assessment Appeals will conduct meetings in March, hearing appeals for the 2014 Grand List for real estate, personal property and motor vehicles, as well as the 2013 Grand List for motor vehicle supplemental.

The real estate appeals are based on the 2010 revaluation, the Assessor’s office said. Assessment notices for the 2015 revaluation that is currently underway will be mailed at the end of 2015. Appeals for the 2015 revaluation will be heard in March of 2016.

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Legal Defense Fund Head: ‘Help Us Make Things Better’

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Kevin Keenan, chief operating officer and legal counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that racial problems in the United States are “like a damaged ecosystem.” The Swarthmore College and Yale Law School graduate challenged his audience to return to the “simple American heroism” of the time when people saw it as their “civic duty to fix things, to call out what others were ignoring, and to provide specific solutions to make things better.” He added, “That’s been LDF’s work for 75 years, but we can’t do it alone.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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NY Observer: Horrors of Westport Living

The New York Observer in its latest issue focuses on New Yorkers who move to the suburbs, including Westport, and then can’t wait to get back to the city.

“Lynn Shanahan loved Westport, Conn.,” the newspaper’s article began. “It was restful, beautiful and close to New York—an ideal escape from the city on sticky summer days. And then she moved there.”

It goes on to quote her as saying:  “I was standing on the train platform in the dark at 6:15 a.m. when I realized I had made a mistake.”

Among her complaints: “the house and yard required constant tending, weekly grocery shopping trips proved a chore compared to casually picking things up throughout the week and dinner options after 9:30 p.m. dwindled to pizza or Chinese takeout.” Read the full article here.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Violent Year,’ ‘Strange Magic,’ ‘Wedding Ringer’

By Susan Granger

Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history, J.C. Chandor’s intense noir-thriller “A Most Violent Year” combines political intrigue with industrial corruption.

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Ambitious, idealistic Hispanic immigrant Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) started as a fuel truck driver for a heating oil distributor. When he married the mob-connected boss’s daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain), taking over the family business, he discovers it’s not easy being honest in the crime-riddled city.

After making a deal to purchase a waterfront storage facility, Morales is faced with a series of brutal anonymous attacks.  His drivers are hijacked and his fuel is stolen.

Egged on by Anna and his lawyer (Albert Brooks), he turns to desperate measures to protect his property, his family and his chunk of the American Dream.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Owenoke Park

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Owenoke Park, in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story colonial has 2,163 square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in November 2013 for $3,175,000. 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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Seeing Red

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A resident of Westport’s Lansdowne condominiums spotted this visitor outside his window. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marc Litvinoff for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  January 29, 2015


10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
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”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The French Connection”
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS: Neighbors & Newcomers Discuss “Dubliners”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Environment Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Metro-North: ‘Minor Derailment’ Caused Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line Service is on or close to schedule after delays caused by a minor derailment in Grand Central Terminal that blocked train equipment.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 30 Charcoal Hill Road

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The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of the house at 30 Charcoal Hill Road. Matt Magsig, his wife Lily and daughter Charli, 19 months, moved into the house in May 2014. It was built by architect Frazier Peters in 1930 and is known as the Frazier Peters House. The plaque was presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS house historian. He said of the 41 Westport houses that have been documented as designed by Frazier Peters, “this house is especially significant in that it was Peters’ own house, his actual residence.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Westport Mirrors National Trends

By Judy Szablak

The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller Price Index points out a lack of inventory across the country along with slower price appreciation. This sounds a lot like Westport’s real estate market.

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Lower than average inventory coupled with stricter lending standards appears to have had an impact on single family home appreciation in November.

Matching the expectations of many analysts, the 20 metropolitan areas saw gains that mirrored October 2007 at 4.3 percent,  as compared to a 4.5 percent annual increase in October.

Although Chairman David Blitzer felt that “prospects for a home run in 2015 aren’t good,” we have already seen the market pick up ever so slightly in Westport, and initial deposits are on the rise, as are multiple bids on properties in certain price pockets.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 48 Hillandale Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 48 Hillandale Road, near West Parish Road, is in process. Built in 1965, the one-story split has 1,856 square feet and is situated on a 1.22-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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Inside Baron South’s ‘Golden Shadows’


Wesport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has been asked to designate the home of the late Baron Walter Langer von Langendorff on the town-owned Baron’s South as a local historic landmark property. The Austrian-born chemist, who founded Evyan Perfumes Inc. and created its White Shoulders fragrance, purchased the property in 1967. Its main Georgian-style brick house became known as “Golden Shadows.” He died in 1983, and the town purchased the 23-acre property in 1999. In recent years, the house has been used by the Friends of the Westport Library for storage and sorting prior to its book sales. Photographer Dave Matlow provides this glimpse inside. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Malloy’s Plan to Widen I-95

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Be careful what you wish for. After years of pleading, we finally have Gov. Dannel P.  Malloy’s full attention on the problems of transportation. But his recently announced plan for the state sound like he’s been reading from the book of Moses—Robert Moses, the New York City planner who never met a highway he didn’t like. 

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Malloy has announced that he wants to widen our interstate highways. All of them, everywhere! “Look at New Jersey,” he said recently. “They were smart enough to build parallel highways to existing highways,” evoking images of the six-lane wide New Jersey Turnpike where cars and trucks run in their own lanes.

Great, perhaps, for the swamps of Secaucus, but Malloy says he wants to replicate that on all of I-95 from Rhode Island to New York, adding lanes that would eat into some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

Imagine the decades of construction and the billions of dollars in cost. The exit 14 widening on I-95 in Norwalk alone cost $41 million, and it’s still not done.

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‘Your Downtown’ Open House Rescheduled to Monday

The “Your Downtown” open house on the proposed Westport downtown master plan originally scheduled for today will he held Monday due to the storm, organizers announced.

It will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. The public is invited to attend at any point to view exhibits on key plan projects and question master plan consultants.

At 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there will be guided presentations of the draft plan. These will be televised on public access Channel 79 (Cablevision) and Channel 99 (ATT)

Public comments on the draft plan are welcome until Feb. 5. The plan may be downloaded here.

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