Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday’s Christmas Eve sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach was observed by a number of people taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather for a beach visit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
12:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church, 242 Post Road East - Christmas community feast
Sunday, December 24, 2006
The temperature reached 51 in the Compo Beach area of Westport today, but wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour made it feel colder. Still, the unseasonably warm weather attracted many Christmas Eve visitors to the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport officials are processing a demolition application for 20 Roseville Road just off Post Road East. The .28-acre property changed hands in September 2005 for $400,000. The three-room house, built in 1924, has 778 square feet of living space, according to town records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Practice makes perfect! Saturday’s sunset made a perfect backdrop for this young man practicing with his kite surfer on the sand at Westport’s Compo Beach South. The crescent moon lent a bit of enchantment to his labors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Today’s morning fog clouded the view of Round Pond off Westport’s Compo Road South. The forecast called for a mostly cloudy day with areas of fog and a chance of light rain or drizzle tapering off late with highs in the upper 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 8 Calumet Road while the excavator waits in the driveway. The house, built in 1940, sold in August for $655,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
1 & 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Friday, December 22, 2006
Visitors to downtown Westport found parking in short supply today, including at the Baldwin Lot (above). The Downtown Merchants Association has proposed a plan that calls for adding additional spaces to lot and elsewhere. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Workers finished cleaning up today after demolishing the house at 5 Reimer Road, which is off of North Avenue near Bedford Middle School. The house was sold in September for approximately $1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
No further demolition can take place at 16 Minute Man Hill until a Jan. 2 court hearing on a temporary injunction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The fate of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill won’t be decided until the new year.
Stamford Superior Court Judge Taggart D. Adams today ordered no further demolition to the house until a Jan. 2 hearing can be held.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking a temporary injunction on the demolition of the house because it has found that it is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (See WestportNow Dec. 21).
Morley Boyd, Historic District Commission chairman who was present at the court proceedings, said a decision on the temporary injunction was put off until Jan. 2, and the two sides will argue their sides of the case then.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 4-8, 2006:
Sterling Building & Restoration LLC to Andrew J. Phillips, 1 Darbrook Road, $2,947,500
Maureen Dunne Tumminello to Gerard R. Gaspel and Marina Shimshi, 15 Partrick Lane, $740,000
John E. Hyatt to William Singer and Margaret E. Haering, 18 Roosevelt Road, $1,100,000
M. Frederik and Stephanie Martenson to Beth Nicoll-White and Lori Nicoll, 169 Imperial Ave., $770,000
Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church will host its annual Christmas Community Feast on Monday.
The event starts at 12:30 p.m. at the church, 245 Post Road East.
In addition to dinner, there will be music and Santa Claus will visit.
Where can you find an incredibly handsome, playful, smart and lovable husky that just loves people? Not at the local pet store, but at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). Hi, I’m Blizzard, an 8-month-old altered male husky. Although the staff and volunteers are very nice to me and the chow is pretty good, I want to romp, have fun, and find my special people. So, make the smart choice, don’t support puppy mills and stop by very soon to meet me, Blizzard, at the CT Humane Society.
Have your friends been letting you down lately? Aren’t being loyal and true to you? Then how about finding a new friend: the four-legged kind of friend like me. Hi, I’m Snoop, a 2-year-old, altered male fox hound mix. You can find me at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). I’m a very friendly boy, and I would like to find my forever home soon. I get along well with other dogs so I wouldn’t mind sharing my new abode and family one little bit. If you have a nice roomy fenced-in yard I would be so appreciative. Please stop by to see me soon!
I’m a cutie don’t you think? Don’t you want to meet me in person? Hi, I’m Gizmo, a 1-year-old altered male domestic short hair. You can find me at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). I’m one sweet little fellow that loves to cuddle and play with my toys. You’re feeling the Gizmo vibes, aren’t you? You need me in your life I think. So rev up the car and head on over soon to meet me. Just so you know, I may not be all that happy to share you with another cat. Really, though, I’m all you need to make your life cat-happy.
I admit it. I’m a little sad and discouraged but I haven’t given up hope YET. Hi, I’m Sadie, a senior spayed female cocker spaniel. You can find me (and please find me soon!) at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). I’m a darling little dog that didn’t deserve to be given my walking papers after being such a devoted and (I thought) beloved pet. If you know cockers, you know we love our treats and ear scratches. I am no exception. Since I’m not quite a puppy anymore, I would probably do best in an adult home; a home with someone that will give me lots of love, attention, and treats!
Would someone please tell us what two friendly, not to mention handsome, cats like us are doing in a cage at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). Hi, we’re Chubba Bubba and Baby (and please, when you adopt us, feel free to change our names), 4-year-old altered male Himalayan mixes. Our previous owner did not have time for us. We are lovely and sweet; we’re sure you can find time for us. So, stop by soon to meet us. Have those new names ready.
Warmer temperatures through the last few weeks made it hard to believe Thursday was the first day of winter in Westport. Rain moves into the area today and Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Town Hall Closed
2 & 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
The Planning and Zoning Commission tonight approved an extension of the town lease with Longshore Associates of Westport to run the Inn at Longshore. It was the final approval needed for the new lease.
Westport’s Inn at Longshore will remain in the hands of the current tenant at least until 2019. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo/Dave Matlow
The extension is for 10 years beyond the current lease, which still has two years remaining. There is an option for Longshore Associates to renew twice for five additional years each time.
During tonight’s public hearing, several neighbors spoke about issues of music from the Inn and it being too loud.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Westport’s town employees and various elected and appointed officials gathered at the Center for Senior Activities this afternoon for a holiday gettogether that included cookies and coffee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
There was a flurry of activity at the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill this afternoon after reports came in to the Westport Building Department that wrecking crews were on site.
The Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill shows signs of structural damage today—a support pillar (r) was cracked—although the town has yet to issue a demolition permit. A wall at the edge of the driveway was also smashed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A demolition permit has not been issued by building officials, and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will be seeking a temporary injunction on the demolition during a court hearing on Friday.
Workers were at the house around 4 p.m. with a small bulldozer, but an official with the crew who did not identify himself said the house was not going to be demolished today and would not be until no sooner than early next week.
Fire Inspector Nate Gibbons arrived at the scene at around 4 p.m. and later said an outside wall had been knocked down but no demolition work had been done to the house.