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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Cool Gals

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Sarah Beke (l) and Cristy Gonzales, both of Norwalk, soak up the sun after today’s Freezin’ for the Reason plunge at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Still Peaceful

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While the animals at Kowalsky’s Peaceful Farm in Westport may be gone now, the scene of the barns is peaceful at the end of the first day of the new year today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 02, 2015

Bargains Galore at Silver of Westport

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Steve Silver, co-owner of Silver of Westport, gives a wave today as the store began a 50 percent off sale to reduce inventory prior to its shutting down. Silver announced in November that the 110-year-old family business at 390 Post Road East will close once the inventory is gone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

‘Dubliners’ is WestportREADS 2015 Selection

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The Westport Library has selected James Joyce’s “The Dubliners” as the WestportREADS Book for 2015. Many events, including speakers, films and discussions have been scheduled this month. Former and ever-popular Staples English teacher Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian will be at the library for WestportReads: Dubliners 101 Sunday at 3 p.m. The WestportReads kickoff event will feature author and broadcaster Frank Delaney discussing his best-selling novel “Ireland” on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.. For details and a complete list of events, visit the library website www.westportlibrary.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Downtown Steering Committee Hears Draft Plan

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The Westport Downtown Steering Committee met today to consider a draft of the Downtown Master Plan prepared by the RBA Group. Among the suggestions was a new Library Lane connecting Jesup Road to the Westport Library and potentially expanding it over a new vehicular bridge to the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Details of the draft will be posted to www.downtownwestportct.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: The Textiles Stores Closing

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After 75 years in business, 55 at its current Westport location, The Textile Stores, 415 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, will close at the end of February, according to Lori Yanell (above), daughter of owner Marty Yanell. She is the granddaughter of founder Samuel Unofsky who, she said, started the business in South Norwalk in 1940.  Yanell said, “We’re following in the path of Silver’s—the rents have gone just too high.”  Describing how long she has been associated with the business she said, “I was practically born in the back of the store.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Downtown Master Plan Shows Reconfigured Jesup Green

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The draft downtown master plan released Tuesday provides for a reconfigured Jesup Green and a new Library Lane at the top of Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) RBA Group graphic

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Church Lane Open to Pedestrians

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Church Lane would be a “shared street” partially open to pedestrians under the draft Westport downtown master plan released Tuesday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) RBA Group graphic

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Library’s Bleiweis to Retire July 1

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Maxine Bleiweis, credited with bringing the Westport Library into the 21st century after taking the helm as executive director in 1998, announced today in a formal letter to the library’s Board of Trustees that she will retire effective July 1.

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Maxine Bleiweis: decision “difficult one.” Contributed photo

“I’ve been doing this for 41 years and have been here for 17, and I feel this institution has never been at a stronger point and with a fantastic staff,” said Bleiweis, a Black Rock, Bridgeport resident who directed libraries in Newington and Suffield before coming to Westport.

“It’s sort of like being a marathoner in a relay,” she added. “You want to hand off that baton in a time of strength.”

Bleiweis, working on her final library budget for next year, plans to assist the board “in terms of consulting and advising” after retirement.

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Steinberg ‘Humbled’ to Serve Westport for 3rd Term

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport was among legislators sworn in today at the Capitol.  Steinberg, beginning his third term serving the 136th House District—and the only Democrat representing Westport in Hartford—said, “The Connecticut State Capitol is an historic and awe-inspiring place. I am humbled to be serving Westport in this building.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 09, 2015

End to Arctic Cold Day

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There was a pretty wintry sunset Thursday at the end of an arctic cold day that saw overnight temperatures in the low single digits. View is looking west across the icy Saugatuck River from the walkway around the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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White Way

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Westport’s Riverside Avenue near the Metro-North station was turned into a white way during today’s early morning snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Free at Last

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Westport firefighters today used a hydraulic rescue tool known as “the jaws of life” to free a deer that had become trapped in a fence on Beachside Avenue. Firefighters were called to aid Animal Control Officer Joe Saponare (holding yellow blanket) who said the deer appeared unharmed. Assistant Fire Chief Rob Yost said Saponare advised police to close down the roadway briefly because the deer was likely to run across it once freed—which she did. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Town Hall Welcome for Staples Girls Varsity Soccer Team

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today welcomed the Staples High School Girls Varsity Soccer team to Town Hall to be honored for their outstanding season and attainment of the FCIAC championship, the first in 19 years. The team posed along with assistant coaches, Mackenzie Pretty (first row, far left) and Dave Sharpe (first row, far right). To Marpe’s immediate left, front row are three of the quad-captains, Megan Root, Maggie Walsh, and Lauren Garcia. Quad captain Kate Lesch was absent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Play With Your Food Debuts 13th Season

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Actors Katie Sparer and Carolyn Marble were part of today’s 13th season debut of the Play With Your Food noontime play reading series at Westport’s Toquet Hall. They performed in Mary Louise Wilson’s “Lost,” a comedy about not remembering. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

P&Z Members Visit Geiger’s Redevelopment Site

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The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission today visited Geiger’s Garden Center, 1135 Post Road East, which a developer wants to replace with a residential and commercial complex. (See WestportNow, Jan. 14, 2015) Members reviewed plans for curb cuts, the proximity of the proposed buildings to the edge of the property lines, the interplay between commercial and residential parking, traffic access, fire department access, landscape guidelines, and sidewalks Special attention was given to reviewing already granted variances, according to P&Z members Jack Whittle and Chip Stephens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com<

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Lee Greenberg at 97: ‘Not Yet on Way to Heaven’

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Westporter Lee Greenberg, who will celebrate her 97th birthday on Thursday, told the Westport Rotary Club today at it weekly meeting at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, “I was born on Jan. 22, 1918 and I’m still looking forward to every wonderful day to come my way. I’m so lucky to be among Rotary friends to start my birthday celebration.” She added, “I’m not yet on my way to heaven so I’ll see you next year. I’m sure to be here.”  She is pictured with Steve Lewine, president of the Westport Rotary Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Town to Secure New Restaurant to Replace Splash

Westporters beginning this spring will be able to dine overlooking Long Island Sound in space formerly occupied by Splash Restaurant at the Inn at Longshore Club Park.

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Splash Restaurant & Bar had been a Westport waterside favorite since 1995 before it closed last October.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

First Selectman Jim Marpe and Rory Tagert, who has leased the Inn at Longshore, a the town-owned facility, for more than 30 years, announced today they have signed a letter of intent to identify and secure a new restaurant to replace Splash, which closed last October after 19 years. (See WestportNow Oct. 31, 2014)

“It is imperative that a first class restaurant for all Westporters is in operation for the spring and summer 2015 seasons,” Marpe said in a statement. “The restaurant must also include services for golfers.”

Marpe noted that a long-term sublease with a restaurant operator would be subject to the town’s terms, conditions, and approval.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Raymond J. Orr, Pearl Harbor Survivor, 92

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Raymond J. Orr of Westport, who as a 19-year-old seaman first class survived the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Jan. 16. He was 92. The grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 1996, Orr frequently visited Westport schools with other veterans to recount his war experiences (above in 2009, pointing to his ship, the USS Bagley). In 2005, he told WestportNow he was still shaken by the loss of 2,300 sailors on Dec. 7, 1941, adding: “and, as a matter of fact, not to be maudlin, when I die, my ashes are going to be spread over Pearl Harbor. It’s some spiritual thinking that I’ll join them.” See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Remembering Sidney Kramer

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There was a large turnout at the Westport Library today to celebrate the life of Westporter Sidney Kramer. The attorney, literary agent and co-founder of Bantam Books, as well as the prime mover of the local preservation group Save Westport Now (SWN), died Dec. 10 at age 99. Among the speakers was grandson Eli Kramer, 16, who said, “Sidney taught me to be humble. He proved to me that subtlety and persistence are far more efficient than eagerness and sheer force.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Honoring Dick Harris for 26 Years at Harbor Watch

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Dick Harris, Harbor Watch founder and director, is awarded a gift from Julia Mally, Earthplace honorary trustee, tonight at a dinner in his honor attended by more than 100 people at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Harris announced last September he would retire at the end of the year after 26 years leading Harbor Watch. (See WestportNow Sept. 17, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro, Jr. for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Slim Bread Pickings at Stop & Shop

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The bread shelves at Westport’s Stop & Shop were barren today as shoppers loaded up before the blizzard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I-95 And All Roads Remain Closed

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UPDATE A view of I-95 looking southbound from a Department of Transportation camera at the Hales Road overpass in Westport shortly after 7 a.m. today. All roads remain closed under an order from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. He will update residents at 8:30 a.m. N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cumo lifted the travel ban for New York City, Westchester, Nassau, and other areas except Suffolk County at 7:30 a.m. DOT photo

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Sunset to Skate By

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Today’s post-storm sunset provided a spectacular backdrop for skaters at Westport’s P.A.L. Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

After the Storm

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Tuesday’s post-storm sunset as viewed from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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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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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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Super Sub for Super Bowl

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Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busiest day’s of the year at Art’s Deli, 13 Post Road West in Westport, according to Rich Falcone (l), owner. He and his son, Christopher, 25, show off a 4-foot grinder ready to be picked up by a customer. Falcone said he and three members of his staff have been at the deli since 12:30 a.m. preparing and packaging treats for Super Bowl Sunday parties. “We had orders for 18 grinders ranging form 3- to 6-feet,” he said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Snow Mounds on Main Street

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Westport’s Main Street was snow-covered early today with mounds of snow awaiting removal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Sign of the Day

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A sign on Westport’s Wagon Wheel Trail off West Parish Road Monday showed an entrepreneurial spirit (or sense of humor.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Katy Duffy for WestportNow.com

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