Saturday, April 04, 2015
Comings & Goings: Saugatuck Fabrics Grand Opening
There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the grand opening of Saugatuck Fabrics, 47 Saugatuck Ave. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Selectman Avi Kaner joined co-owners Ida Boci (red and black dress) and ) and Lenora Silber, who are both Greece-born and are cousins, along with friends and family. Silber, a New Canaan resident, and Ida Boci of Fairfield, worked together in a Norwalk-based custom upholstery business before setting out on their own. “We have a lifetime of experience in working with designers in both new furniture upholstery and furniture reupholstery to make your favorite furniture new and feel like new,” Silber said The space formerly was occupied by Cake Suite, which closed in December. For more information, visit http://www.saugatuckfabrics.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Malloy Rescinds Ban on State-Funded Travel to Indiana
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today rescinded his ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to what he called that state’s positive step toward clarifying a religious freedom law many deemed discriminatory to gays and lesbians.
“I believe the change enacted by the Indiana legislature sufficiently clarifies, in our interpretation, that the law cannot be used to invite discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Malloy said in an emailed statement.
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Busy Last Lunch at Mario’s Place
It was a busy last lunch today at Mario’s Place, the popular Saugatuck Italian restaurant and steak house since 1967. The restaurant on Railroad Place is closing tonight and soon will change to Harvest, a farm-to-table restaurant concept. A man at the bar was overhead saying: “This is like the last supper. What are we going to do next Saturday?” The DeMace family will retain ownership of the building while leasing to restaurateurs Vicente and Nuve Siguenza. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Nostalgic Last Lunch at Mario’s
Longtime Westporters Martha and Larry Aasen were among those having a last lunch at Mario’s today on Railroad Place before it closes tonight. Said Larry Aasen: “We came here for nostalgic reasons. We will miss Mario’s. I’ve been coming here for lunch every Thursday since 1987 with friends from the Y’s Men Club. There would be from four to 10 of us each week. That included people like Mario Descuto, Gus Porter, Al Bayliss, Bill Brown, Ray Eyes, Ken Olsen, Jon Fox. We were the only table with a white table cloth. They made us feel so special. Dick McGuirk and Jack Gibbons, now deceased, were part of the group too. Our favorite waitress was Katie. Sometimes our Ys Men group had cruises in the Sound and Katie was invited to come along—and she did a few times. Even our wives were not invited, but Katie was.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
High Winds Bring Down Trees, Power Lines
Winds gusting to 40 miles per hour today brought down trees and power lines around Westport. Eversource Energy (formerly CL&P) said two dozen Westport customers were without power at mid-day. This tree limb resting on wires blocked one lane of Compo Road North near No. 73. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Westport Library hours today: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company holds 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, April 03, 2015
Working in the Fog
Workers were out tonight on a foggy Compo Road South near Longshore Club Park on a town public works project. The nature of the project was not immediately known. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Water Rat Coach Named YMCA Coach of Year
Ellen Johnston, head coach of the Westport Weston Family YMCA Water Rat Swim Team, has been selected as National YMCA Coach of the Year.
The award, which is given at the YMCA Short Course National Swimming Championship, was announced during finals at the Greensboro Aquatic Complex in North Carolina.
Going into Thursday’s session of the week-long meet, the Water Rat Men’s Team was in second place and the team overall was tied for 26th place, among nearly 200 elite teams competing for YMCAs from across the country.
Ellen celebrated 25 years with the Water Rat Swim Team in 2011 and was named head coach of the Water Rats in 2012.
Westport Property Transfers March 16 - 20, 2015
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 16 - 20, 2015:
Douglas E. Moss to Tod Harrison and Jennifer Kuehn, 23 Grove Point Road, $1,050,000
Helen P. Kondub to 164 Imperial Ave LLC, 164 Imperial Ave. $775,000
James Richard and Jennifer Jester to Uri Fridman and Emily Sigalow, 12 St James Place, $750,000
Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Effie Gray,’ ‘Home,’ and ‘Run All Night’
By Susan Granger
Since proper Victorian society would not tolerate homosexuality or divorce, it was truly scandalous when “Effie Gray” left her husband, influential art critic John Ruskin, after a loveless six-year marriage, for painter John Everett Millais.
Teenage Euphemia’s (Dakota Fanning) story begins in Scotland in 1848, when she marries Ruskin (John Wise). Arriving in London, Effie discovers to her dismay that they’re to live with his prim, domineering parents (Julie Walters, David Suchet).
Worse yet, after viewing lovely Effie’s naked body, Ruskin coldly refuses to consummate their marriage.
At a Royal Academy of Arts dinner, Ruskin supports the new Pre-Raphaelite movement, convincing the president of the Academy, Sir Charles Eastlake (James Fox), to allow young artists, like John Millais (Tom Sturridge), to exhibit there.
That same night, Effie’s befriended by Eastlake’s outspoken wife, Elizabeth (Emma Thompson), who recognizes her naïveté and angst, eventually serving as her confidante.
Showing Spring Colors
Spring colors spotted Thursday on Westport’s Kings Highway North as temperatures got into the mid-60s. Today’s Good Friday and Passover forecast was for showers likely and a high in the upper 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 3, 2015
Note: Westport Library hours today are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sunday; schools are closed today
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Getting Ready for Staples Baseball
About 60 Staples baseball families tonight attended the pre-season banquet at Staples High School. Coach Jack McFarland welcomed back two 2007 alumni, Michael Schulman and Matt Greco, and presented them with the 2015 Alumni Award. Staples varsity opens its season on April 8 against Newtown at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Police Arrest Two Women on Prostitution Charges
Westport Police announced the arrest tonight of two women on prostitution charges after a two-month investigation.
Arrested: Vera Kuvshinova (l) and Dilyara Ziganshina. Westport Police photos
Vera Kuvshinova, 27, of Fairlawn, N.J. and Dilyara Ziganshina, 31, of Brooklyn, N.Y. were charged with prostitution and practicing massage therapy without a license. Kuvshinova also was charged with promoting prostitution, police said. Both were held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Police said the Detective Bureau, with the assistance of Norwalk Special Services and Homeland Security Investigations, arrested the women at a spa in the Saugatuck area.
The investigation began in February when Westport detectives received information about a massage parlor offering sexual conduct for a fee, police said.
Real Estate Report: Home Prices Jump
By Judy Szablak
The real estate market may have appeared to many to have exhibited a slow start this year in Westport. Perhaps the multiple snowstorms may have made it seem that way, but in fact, we ran pretty much on par with last year’s first quarter, with the exception of new construction.
Featured HomeThis home at 14 Woody Lane is listed at $3,595,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/Lieberman and Associates
The first quarter of both 2014 and 2015 show strikingly similar average home size of approximately 4,300-square feet.
However, average prices for these homes jumped more than $300,000 to just under $1.87 million, with a difference in closed sales of just two units. That in itself is an outstanding feat, but should not be construed as a significant increase across the board in value which could appear as a 15 percent price increase year over year. It’s not.
Although this should certainly be looked at in a positive manner, one comparison of a singular set of statistics does not define the market. Many statistical subsets are needed to confirm, verify or negate various analyses, and anomalies have to be considered when looking at the overall market.
Staples Students Learn Hands-Only CPR
The Staples High School Honor Society today sponsored free hands-only CPR classes during lunch periods. The event was headed by senior and WEMS Volunteer Reni Forer. WVEMS has been adding more and more classes for staff members after a middle school student suffered a major cardiac event and was revived using CPR. Pictured are Jaime Bairaktaris, WVEMS volunteer, board member and CPR instructor-student, teaching junior Grace Johnson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Yashasvi Jhangiani for WestportNow.com
Enjoying Spring Fishing
Murphy on Iran: ‘I Believe in Negotiations’
UPDATE U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) told the Westport Weston Y’s Men today he supports the nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying, “I believe in diplomacy.” Speaking at the Unitarian Church in Westport hours before announcement of agreement on an outline of limits on Iran’s nuclear program, he said negotiations are the “best option amongst many bad options to try to divorce Iran from its nuclear weapons future.” After the announcement, Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that “we all agree that a final agreement must prevent a nuclear Iran, and a senior State Department official assured me again this afternoon that negotiators in the room share that belief.” Murphy also told the Y’s Men his concern, and his frustration, is that “so many members of Congress still view America’s role in the world simply as a military influencer.” He said there is a growing need to “build conflict resolution skills that we simply don’t possess today… to counter extremism and try to win friends.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Autism Awareness Day Proclaimed in Westport
In a ceremony on the steps of WestportTown Hall, First Selectman Jim Marpe declared today as Autism Awareness Day and the month of April as Autism Awareness Month. He was joined by Autism Speaks co-chairs, Westporters Michael and Allison Walmark. They are the parents of Ethan, 9, (holding certificate), a third grade student at Kings Highway Elementary School who was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. Ethan is an accomplished pianist whose video, “Ethan Walmark, Piano Man,” was created when he was 6 and went viral on YouTube.com, generating almost 1.7 million hits, according to his parents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Ethan Waldmark, 9, played the piano today for his fans following a Town Hall steps ceremony proclaiming today Autism Awareness Day in Westport and April as Autism Awareness Month. Ethan, who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, has won fame for his piano playing abilities, especially songs by Billy Joel. Sister Eliza Walmark has her arms around her brother. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fatal I-95 Fairfield Crash Backs Up Traffic
A fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer flipped on its side at exit 23 northbound in Fairfield today tied up traffic for miles. State Police identified the driver as John Collett, 32, of Wallingford. They said the dumpster arms of the refuse truck were raised, struck an overpass, and caused the truck to flip over, skid, and a guardrail to penetrate the cab. He was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital. Westport provided support at the scene as well as station coverage at Fairfield fire headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo
GFA Marks Construction Milestone
Westport’s Greens Farms Academy today hosted a milestone celebration marking the hoisting and placing of the final beam on its new performing arts center section. The complex will also house four new global studies classrooms and is set for a fall opening, according to Alison Freeland, communications director. Signing the beam were (l-r) past and current trustee of GFA, Michael Rintoul of Darien; a great-grandson of Mary Bolton, GFA co-founder, Jeff Nixon of Darien; David Murphy of Westport, Tricia Vanacore of Darien, Janet Hartwell, GFA head, Molly McGrath of Fairfield, and Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
GFA New Performing Arts Center to Open in Fall
The hoisting of the final beam for the Greens Farms Academy’s new performing arts center today was cause for celebration as staff, parents, dignitaries and friends gathered on the Beachside Avenue 42-acre campus. The new facility is scheduled for completion in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 32 Mayflower Parkway
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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 32 Mayflower Parkway, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1952, the one-story ranch has 1,970 square feet and is situated on a .68-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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