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Thursday, March 31, 2005

A Better Chance Gala Saturday Night Offers Auction Goodies, Entertainment

Want to board a plane for California to attend a taping of NBC’s “Jay Leno Show?” Or attend “The Daily Show,” “The View,” or Broadway’s “Hairspray?” How about five nights in St. Thomas? Or spending a day with the president of Saks Fifth Avenue or the CEO of ad giant Young and Rubicam?abetterchancescholars03310501260.jpg
A Better Chance scholars: they will benefit from Saturday event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

These and other goodies are up for auction at Saturday night’s A Better Chance of Westport fund-raiser, A Dream, An Opportunity, A Better ChanceӔ at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Tickets for the event are still available.

Other auction items include choice major league baseball tickets, a day on the set of an HBO mini-series in London, a day at the New York Jets traiing camp, a day in the pit with the crew at a national racing event, and an hour at the Gault yard learning how a front-end loader works.

Entertainment will be headlined by local composer, arranger and performer Chris Coogan. He will be joined by Joe Meo, who will accompany him on clarinet and sax, and Westport veteran actress and singer Dorothy Bryce.

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Westport Teen with Her Own Home Suite Featured in NY Times

A Westport teen with her own two-room suite in her parents’ 7,000-square-foot 1930s Colonial-style home is featured in today’s New York Times.

The story, by Westport freelancer Andre Brooks, quotes a researcher for a home builders group as saying that kids’ suites in their parents’ home is one of the most popular trends in upscale housing now.

The Times said that Westport architect Bob Jacobs created the two-room suite with bathroom two years ago for his daughter, Emily, then 13.

“We wanted to create a situation where the kids would want to come to us rather than go elsewhere,” he said.

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Gun in Saugatuck River Turns Out to be a Toy

A Metro-North worker spotted what appeared to be a gun in the Saugatuck River near the railroad bridge today and called police. After it was retrieved from the water, with help from the Westport Fire Department, it turned out to be a toy, according to officials.


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Shays: “I Believe Terri Schiavo Did Not Want Her Life Continued”

Rep. Christopher Shays, addressing the Westport/Weston Y’s Men today shortly after Terri Schiavo died, said he voted against a measure allowing a federal court to intervene in her case because “I basically believed that Terri Schiavo did not want her life continued.” He added, “My view is it should be handled by the states and that the federal government should stay out of it.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Motherly Talk

Rep. Christopher Shays smiles as his friend and Westport/Weston Y’s Men member Bill Meyer talks about Shays’ mother, Peggy, at the group’s meeting today. Meyer said he had taken Mrs. Shays to the Westport Senior Center recently for lunch and that she had very much enjoyed the experience. Peggy Shays was in the audience at today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Close Call

A deer running across traffic headed for I-95 at exit 18 in Westport today had a close call. Ron Malone for


03/31/05 01:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Representatives Split on Death Penalty Abolition Vote

Westport’s two state representatives split their votes on Wednesday’s unsuccessful attempt to abolish Connecticut’s death penalty.

The measure was defeated 89-60. Democrat Joe Mioli, a freshman representative whose district covers all but a sliver of Westport, voted yes. Republican Cathy Tymniak, whose district includes a portion of the Greens Farms area, voted no.

The five-hour debate came with New England’s first execution in 45 years looming. The bill would have replaced the death sentence with life in prison without the possibility of release—a move that leaves serial killer Michael Ross’ fate up to the courts.

Legislators who want to end capital punishment had acknowledged for weeks that the abolition bill had no chance of passing. However, they said the House vote allowed them to debate the public policy before Ross’ scheduled May 11 execution by lethal injection.


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Another Blow for Golden Hill Paugussett Recognition

The Golden Hill Paugussett tribe, which has long sought federal recognition and hope of opening a casino in Bridgeport, has suffered another setback in its bid for federal recognition.

Westport is among a number of southwest Connecticut communities that have opposed establishment of a casino in Bridgeport.

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton upheld the rejection of the tribe’s bid for federal recognition in a letter dated March 18 and released Wednesday

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has twice rejected recognition bids from the tribe. The tribe appealed the second rejection in September. A month later, an appeals board referred the matter to Norton.

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Compo Sunset

Sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for


03/31/05 04:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Today’s Westport Teardown: 11 Twin Falls Lane

Today’s WestportNow teardown is 11 Twin Falls Lane off of Wilton Road near Merritt Parkway exit 41. An application for a demolition permit is pending. The house, built in 1950, sold last month for $870,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/31/05 04:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Last Day for Dogs at the Beach

Today is the last day of the season that animals are permitted on Westport beaches. Wednesday’s warm weather attracted many dogs and their owners to Compo Beach, including David Mally who did battle with Duke over a Frisbee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


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Thursday, March 31, 2005

7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Rep. Christopher Shays addresses Y’s Men
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee


03/31/05 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Play Within a Play

Staples Players members (l-r) Zack Shornick, Waylon Jacques, and Scott Weinstein perform the play within a play, “Pyramus & Thisbe” as they prepare for this weekend’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Described by one participant as “Fun Shakespeare,” the show is set in the 1960s and includes a rock soundtrack featuring the Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and other icons of the decade. Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for


03/31/05 03:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Rotary to Hear from 70-Year-Old English Channel Swimmer

George Brunstad: Channel swimmer to address Westport Rotary Club.
A Ridgefield man who at age 70 became the oldest swimmer to cross the English Channel will be guest speaker at the Westport Rotary Club weekly meeting Tuesday, April 5.

George Brunstad, whose swim seven months ago won him a place in RipleyӒs Believe It Or Not, will address the club luncheon to be held at Westport’s Inn at Longshore from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m, the club said. The public is welcome.

Brunstad’s appearance will include a 22-minute documentary about his English Channel swim on Aug. 28, 2004.

Taking the plunge three days after his 70th birthday, Brunstad battled strong tides and currents to swim from AbbottԒs Cliff, south of Dover, England to Sangatte Beach, south of Calais, France, in 15 hours and 59 minutes.

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Getting Ready for “Annie Get Your Gun”

Tech crew members of Coleytown Company are hard at work on bringing the Wild West alive for next month’s Coleytown Middle School production of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Director Ben Frimmer promises a fresh and lively take on a perennial favorite among American musicals. Opening night is Thursday, April 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for


03/31/05 03:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

Leadership Expert to Address Y’s Women April 11

Barbara Kellerman: Y’s Women speaker.
Leadership expert Barbara Kellerman will address the April 11 meeting of the Westport/Weston Y’s Women.

Her topic is Bad Leadership Ӗ What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters which is also the title of her latest book.

A distinguished scholar, author and teacher, Kellerman is currently research director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard UniversityԒs John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Coffee and Conversation begin at 11 a.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome.


03/31/05 02:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Partial Membership Interest Sold in Westport Retail Center

A 60 percent membership interest in the 14,850-square foot Village Square retail center, located at 181-185 Main St., Westport, has been sold to Fraioli Realty Group, LLC of Bedford, N.Y., it was announced today. villagesquareretail03300501260.jpg
Sold: 60 percent interest in 181-185 Main St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The equivalent sales value of the interest is approximately $7 million, according to an announcement from Westport’s HK Group.

Village Square of Westport Development, LLC reconstructed the property under the leadership of The Marsilio Group, LLC—Ronald Marsilio, principal. The remaining 40 percent interest will be retained by Marsilio who will continue to manage Village Square, the company said.

Fraiolis 60 percent purchase came from two former, unnamed partners.

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03/31/05 02:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers March 21-25, 2005

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period March 21-March 25, 2005:

John F. and Ann Marie Fanning to Frauke Berman, 2 Sterling Drive, $1,219,300WN property.jpg

Mary G. Genaway to Rafael, Hilda, and Ann Chiu, 18-20 Bulkley Ave. North, $1,050,000

Peter J. Fine and Andrea L. Luciano to Robert H. Feigenbaum, 4 Valley Road, $800,000

SIR-23 Dover LLC to Eric J. and Laura W. Schuppenhauer, 23 Dover Road, $1,765,000

John M. and Patricia A Prenderville Jr. to Robert and Jennifer Wolter, 23 Cob Drive, $950,000

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Compo Dog Day Afternoon

Today was the second to last day for dogs and their owners to romp on Westport’s Compo Beach before the no-animals beach ban goes into effect April 1. The unusually warm weather brought out plenty of them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


03/30/05 10:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Blending In

Sunny skies and a temperature that hit 66F in Westport today brought out people and animals to enjoy the good weather. These visitors to Flower Farm Lane almost blended in with the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for


03/30/05 10:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Developer Offers $10,000 to Move Bradley House

The battle between developers and preservationists over the Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield town line shifted to today’s Westport Town Hall brown bag lunch. Developer Mike Horvath said he would pay $10,000 to move the house off the property. Preservationists said such a move would be difficult. Dave Matlow for


03/30/05 06:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Her Case at Brown Bag

Eleanor Dickey, head of a coalition trying to save the 200-year-old Abel Bradley House from demolition, outlined her concerns at today’s Westport Town Hall brown bag lunch. She said her group was willing to provide a profit to developers but could not meet their asking price. A Superior Court judge will rule next month on a request for a temporary injunction against the demolition. Dave Matlow for


03/30/05 06:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport PTA Council Presents Talk Tonight on “Hyper-Parenting”

The Westport PTA Council is sponsoring a talk this evening by a noted child psychiatrist about “hyper-parenting” and over-scheduled children.rosenfeld75.jpg
Alvin Rosenfeld: PTA speaker tonight.

The presentation by Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Rosenfeld has taught at Harvard, Stanford and Columbia Universities and worked on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He is the author of five psychiatric and parenting books and has his own private practice. He has appeared on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” NBC’s “Today Show” and Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated television program, among others.

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03/30/05 03:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rep. Christopher Shays to Address Y’s Men Thursday

Rep. Christopher Shays will address the Westport/Weston Y’s Men Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East. The 4th District Republican is expected to update the group on current issues in Washington.


03/30/05 02:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 100 Beachside Ave

Today’s WestportNow teardown is 100 Beachside Ave. The property, which actually is comprised of two parcels at 100-102 Beachside Ave. totaling just over 4.3 acres, changed hands earlier this month for $14.6 million—the most expensive property ever sold in Westport. A demolition application said only portions of the house would be demolished. Because the request concerns a structure more than 50 years old, it will be automatically considered by the Westport Historic District Commission. View is of the rear of the property facing Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow contributed reporting for this item. photo


03/30/05 04:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s $14.6 Million Record Property Sale Prompts Teardown Application

First there was the eye-popping $14.6 million Westport record property sale earlier this month. And now comes the teardown application also a record.100beachside03290504260-.jpg
Record teardown: the original 1929 portion of the main house at 100 Beachside Ave. is set for demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

The application filed at the Westport Building Department specified only a portion of the 1929 main house of the property at 100 Beachside Ave. would be demolished. Parts of the structure were updated and expanded in 1980 and 1984.

Because it involves a building more than 50 years old, the application will automatically be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission.

The property ֖ actually two parcels at 100 and 102 Beachside Ave. covers 4.3 acres and contains a gate house, a tennis court, two swimming pools ֖ one indoor and one outdoor—and a 228-foot private beach.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Planning and Zoning Big House Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
5:30 p.m. - Turner Trailers - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Westport PTA Council presents talk by child psychiatrist Alvin Rosenfeld on “hyper-parenting”


03/30/05 04:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Board of Finance Cuts $1.2 Million from Education Budget

The Westport Board of Finance tonight approved the 2005-2006 education budget but not before cutting $1.2 million from the amount requested by the Board of Education.

The approval of the $78,323,190 operating budget came on a 6-1 vote with only Democrat Kevin Connolly opposed. He said he thought the cut was too much. The amount represents about a 5 percent increase over the current year.

The Board of Education will have an opportunity April 13 to ask the finance members to restore any or all of the deleted funds prior to consideration of the budget by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in May.

At its March 16 meeting, the Board of Finance approved the $50,298,177 town side of the 2005-06 fiscal year budget. (See WestportNow March 16, 2005)


03/30/05 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Westport’s Save the Children Aiding Victims of Asia Quake

Westport’s Save the Children said today it is moving quickly to provide food, water, medicine and shelter to thousands of Indonesian children and their families impacted by a massive earthquake that rocked south Asia Monday.

Save the Children is focusing its latest emergency response efforts on Nias and Simeulue—two islands off the coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia—where hundreds of people were killed and many homes destroyed, the charity said in a statement. Nias has a population of more than 440,000 and Simeulue a population of 78,000.

It seems totally unfair that children and their families in Indonesia once again have been so heavily impacted by a second major earthquake in three months,Ӕ said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children.

We will continue to work throughout Aceh province and northern Sumatra to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of children as a result of the two earthquakes. The psychological impact that this second earthquake will undoubtedly have upon children cannot be underestimated.Ӕ

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Accident on Post Road East Injures One

One person was slightly injured today in a two-car accident on Post Road East in Westport. The incident tied up traffic for a while in the area of Mitchells of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for


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