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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - Westport Public Library - Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg Rescheduled to Thursday
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road CommitteeCanceled
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee


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Shoe Megashop to Open Next to Barnes & Noble Image
All is not gloom on the Westport retail front. After being vacant for about two years, the 11,000-square foot space once occupied by Genovese Drugs at 1076 Post Road East next to Barnes & Noble has been leased to Marshalls for a Shoe Megashop. The store is only the second standalone Shoe Megashop (the other is in Scarsdale) of a concept that is part of a number of Marshalls stores. It features designer name shoes at discount prices for kids, teens and adults. Opening is set for between March 15 and April 1. Parent TJX Companies also owns HomeGoods which opened on Post Road East near the Fairfield line in September in space formerly occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/28/09 02:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Seeking Improved Water Quality Image
About 75 persons attended tonight’s meeting of the newly launched Westport Water Quality Initiative at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The group seeks to improve Westport’s water quality through responsible use of fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. Among the speakers was Ann Berman who chairs Milford’s Environmental Concerns Coalition. Her group has recorded notable progress in efforts to improve water quality while succeeding in a broad range of environmental clean up activities. Attendees conducted breakout sessions that addressed control of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, ways to enlist homeowner involvement, and lawn care provider responsibilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/28/09 02:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Winter Look Image
The I-95 bridge across the Saugatuck River in Westport took on a winter look today as the area braced for yet another snowfall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


01/27/09 10:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Weather Advisory Update

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Westport and area from midnight tonight to midnight Wednesday.

Snow will develop after midnight and will be heavy at times during the Wednesday morning commute, according to an advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

Maximum hourly snowfall rates will be 1 inch per hour in narrow bands. Snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are likely, the advisory said.

As the low gets closer to the region, warm air aloft will move rapidly north and change the snow to rain. A brief period of freezing rain or sleet is likely with ice accumulations less than one-tenth of an inch. This transition will occur by 11 a.m. Wednesday, the advisory said.

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01/27/09 09:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ecuador Exchange Student: “People Are So Friendly Here” Image
A 17-year-old exchange student from Ecuador told the Westport Rotary Club today about some of the differences he perceives between his native country and Westport. Raul Oliva Intriago, from the city of Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast, said Westport’s winter weather is “like walking in a big freezer.” But he said that people are so much more friendly here than in Ecuador. “You could be standing on a train platform for instance and the person standing next to you may start talking to you,” he said. “In my country that would not happen because the person initiating the conversation would be seen as suspicious.” The Staples junior is active on the Wreckers track and field team where he qualified for the state level competition in the 50-meter and long jump events that begins Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/27/09 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr., 65 Image
Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr.: 32-year veteran of Westport Fire Department. Contributed photo
UPDATE Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr., a 32-year member of the Westport Fire Department before retiring in 1998 as an acting assistant chief, died Monday at Yale New Haven Hospital following a brief illness. He was 65.

Formerly of Westport, and husband of Wanda Gupton Tedesco, Tedesco was a resident of Bluffton, S.C.

Born in Norwalk, June 11, 1943, son of the late Donald J. and Margaret (McDermott) Tedesco, Tedesco had resided in Westport for 63 years prior to moving to Bluffton two years ago.

A former member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, he was appointed to the Westport Fire Department on July 1, 1966, promoted to the rank of lieutenant on July 1, 1980, and served as acting assistant chief before retiring May 1, 1998.

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01/27/09 06:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Samuel Febbraio, Sr. 81

Samuel Febbraio, Sr., 81, of Westport, husband of Lena Febbraio, passed away Monday, Jan. 26 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Febbraio was born in Westport, June 23, 1927, son of the late Angelo and Mary (Reitano) Febbraio and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring, he was a self-employed contractor and built many homes in Westport. He graduated from Staples High School where he was an all-star football player. He was also drafted by the Giants at one time but chose not to play. Mr. Febbraio is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 58 years includes, three daughters, Linda Kenefic-Avera of Ludlow, Vt., Maria Heidl of Fairfield, Theresa Pearl of East Lyme, two sons, Thomas E. Febbraio of Westport, Samuel Febbraio, Jr., of Fairfield, one brother, Donald Febbraio of Madison, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Febbraio was also predeceased by one sister, Louise Febbraio.

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01/27/09 03:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Again to Participate in “Wear Red Day”

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that Westport will participate in the American Heart Association’s National “Wear Red Day for Women” on Friday,  Feb. 6.  Joseloff will issue a proclamation at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Town Hall. Image
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff at an earlier “Wear Red Day” Town Hall ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

“Wear Red Day for Women” is held annually on the first Friday of February. Held for the fifth year, the day is intended by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today.

Many people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women, according to the Association.

It said the color red is a symbol of women and heart disease.  By wearing red on Feb. 6, citizens participate in this national movement to help women learn to love their own hearts and take action to reduce their risk of this serious, and largely preventable, threat to their lives, the Association said.

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01/27/09 02:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Weather Advisory Issued; Storm Watch Canceled

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area for snow, sleet and freezing rain which is in effect from midnight tonight to midnight Wednesday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

Snow will overspread the area after midnight tonight and could become heavy at times during the Wednesday morning commute, an advisory said. Snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are possible during this time.

Warmer air aloft will move into the area beginning late Wednesday morning but temperatures will remain below freezing late Wednesday morning through early Wednesday afternoon. This will allow for the development of sleet and freezing rain with one-tenth to one-quarter inch of ice possible during this time.

Temperatures will warm above freezing during the afternoon allowing precipitation to change over to plain rain before tapering off by midnight Wednesday night.


01/27/09 11:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Rail Station Parking – A Fresh Look

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

What is wrong with this picture?  We say we are encouraging people to get out of their cars and try the train. Yet, we have a six-year waiting list for parking permits at some stations.


But wait, there’s more: in a year we’ll finally be adding new M8 cars to our fleet, increasing capacity on trains. But we have no plans to expand parking at stations from Fairfield to Greenwich. (In fact, we may lose 800+ spaces while the Stamford garage is demolished and rebuilt for two years.)

Parking at rail stations in Connecticut is a mess. In Darien you’ll pay $315 for an annual permit. Next door in Stamford, it’s $840 a year. And at the South Norwalk station, $936. And that’s after waiting anywhere from 18 months to six years for the chance to buy a permit.

I’ve written before about possible solutions, including a Dutch auction that would let the market demand decide the value of the limited supply of spaces. But, instead, how about expanding the lots and adding more spaces?

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01/27/09 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

The Beauty of Winter Image
Westport’s Longshore Club Park golf course is deep in snow while the golfers hope for an early spring. More snow is in the forecast for tonght. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


01/27/09 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
6:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Mamma Mia” (2008)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Action Forum: Westport Water Quality Initiative


01/27/09 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Compo Rooster May Be Headed Out of Town Image
The rooster who has been annoying residents of Westport’s Compo Beach area may be headed out of town. The Ordinance Committee of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) heard today that there may be a non-legislative alternative that avoids the RTM having to consider an ordinance sought by neighbors that bans roosters. Elieen Flug (2nd l.), committee chair, said that a farm owner from outside of Westport has expressed interest in adopting the rooster and that the rooster’s owners are considering that option. Neighbors first asked the RTM to consider the ban last April and renewed their effort in November. (See WestportNow Nov. 18, 2008) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Monday, January 26, 2009

Winter Storm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service office in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter storm watch for Westport and area in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening.

Snow should overspread the area late Tuesday night and could become heavy at times during Wednesday morning with accumulations of 5 to 8 inches possible, an advisory said.

As warmer air moves in aloft but temperatures remain at or below freezing at ground level, the snow should change to freezing rain and sleet by Wednesday afternoon with a glaze of one tenth to one quarter inch of ice also possible.

Precipitation could briefly change back to snow before ending Wednesday evening, the advisory said.


01/26/09 09:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Appoints Internal Auditor

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that Lynn R. Scully has joined the town as Internal Image
Lynn Scully: was Trumbull internal auditor for three years. Contributed photo

Scully, who previously served in a similar position in Trumbull for three years, will audit municipal departments, boards and commissions and agencies as well as the Westport School District.

Joseloff said as required by the Town Charter, she shall “be responsible for monitoring and reporting on all town expenditures, the cost of town capital projects, other financial activities, and other items as designated by the Board of Finance, the Finance Director or the First Selectman.”

In addition, he said Scully will conduct financial, operational, and management analyses of all areas of town government and measure and evaluate the effectiveness of controls and procedures.

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01/26/09 08:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Curran Auto Dealership Planning Layoffs But Will Stay Open

UPDATE The president of the Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC auto dealership on Post Road East said today the business will stay open but lay off some employees as it struggles to survive in difficult economic Image
Jim Curran: There will be layoffs but his Westport auto dealership is not closing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Jim Curran, in an e-mail message to WestportNow, did not explain why his sales manager said on Saturday that the dealership, which has been in operation at 561 Post Road East since 1964, would be closing its doors on Friday. (See WestportNow Jan. 25, 2009) Later in a telephone interview, he said: “I didn’t understand why he said that.”

“Curran Cadillac is not closing,” he said. “We are laying off additional employees by the end of this month,  but we will be open for service and sales.” There are 15 employees at the dealership.

“If we can’t make it as a GM store, we have been approached by several other automakers about the use of our site,” Curran said. “But our first choice is to keep it as it is—selling and servicing GM vehicles.”
—Dave Matlow contributed reporting for this story.


01/26/09 03:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Pink Image
Tiny Pooch-ini, a Chihuahua, found a stylish way to keep warm on Sunday with hat, scarf, leggings and a warm fur jacket. The dog was spotted with owner at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Monday, January 26, 2009

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Ordinance Committee
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Kindercreate Mondays
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education


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Three Arrested, $10,000 in Counterfeit Currency Seized

Westport police arrested three Bronx, N.Y. residents today and seized more than $10,000 in counterfeit currency after one of the suspects attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a Walgreen’s store near the Fairfield line.

Police said they received a call at 2:52 p.m. from someone at Walgreen’s at 1870 Post Road East that a woman was attempting to pass the fake bill. Arriving officers spotted a car leaving the parking lot they thought might be linked to the suspect and detained two occupants.

After an investigation, they arrested the woman inside the the store along with the two others in the vehicle, said Sgt. Foti Koskinas. A search of the vehicle and suspects turned up more than $10,000 in fake currency, he said.

Agents of the U.S. Secret Service responded to the Westport Police Department to assist with the investigation. They said that the counterfeit bills may be involved in an ongoing case that the Secret Service is currently investigating, Koskinas said.

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01/26/09 02:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Senior Center to Host Super Bowl Tailgate Party

The Westport Center for Senior Activities will be the site of the fourth annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party on Sunday sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Image
The Super Bowl party will honor Ted Simons, shown at the piano in this 2007 St. Patrick’s Day event with the Hoot Owls at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for

The 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. event is open to all and is free of charge.

“Last year’s event was a tremendous success and lots of fun,” said Bill Meyer, chairman of the party, with co-chairman Jack Klinge. “We expect this year to be even better.”

Meyer said the usual food, music and drink will be supplemented this year by a “hot dog with the works” table sponsored by Oscar’s Deli.

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01/26/09 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Welcome to the Latest Westport Historical Society Exhibit Image
Allen Raymond, town historian and a former Westport Historical Society president, welcomes guests today to the latest Society exhibit—“Presidents, Politicians and Popular Heroes.” It was standing room only at the opening reception for the display of 139 folk art wood carvings from the collection of Westporters Ann and Bob Levine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


01/26/09 12:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Fire and Police Assist at Fairfield House Fire

Westport firefighters and police officers assisted today at a house fire just over the Westport town line in Fairfield that heavily damaged the structure.

A family living in the house at 340 Westport Turnpike—the extension of Route 136 also known as Easton Road in Westport—escaped injury, officials said.

Westport’s Engine Co. 2 with three firefighters and the assistant chief’s vehicle responded to the fire just after 4 p.m. Westport police set up a roadblock at Sturges Highway and Easton Road to prevent traffic from passing through the area.

No injuries were reported in the blaze which required extensive overhaul efforts in which the Westport firefighters participated, officials said.


01/26/09 12:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hot Jazz on a Cold Sunday Image
With heads swaying and toes tapping, about 100 persons enjoyed listening to the Ralph Lalama Jazz Quintet today at the Westport Public Library McManus Room. All four members are well known veterans in jazz circles and have played on numerous recordings over the years with well known performers. They include (l-r): John Hart, guitar; Joe Corsello, drums; Ralph Lalama, leader, tenor sax, and Rick Petrone, bass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Families Hold Weekend Reunion in Westport Image
An online search led 30 female members of the O’Hanlon and Courduff families to choose Westport for their bi-annual family reunion this weekend. They stayed at the Inn at National Hall, made reservations at Westport restaurants, shopped, worked out at a special pilates class at the Y, and on Saturday had a special tour of Westport arranged by the Westport Historical Society. The tour ended with a special preview of the “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes” exhibit at the Society opening to the public today with a 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. reception. Bob Levine (with microphone), who, along with his wife Anne own the extensive folk art and wood carvings collection, provided a personal commentary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


01/25/09 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Car Into Canal Image
A 53-year-old Westport man escaped serous injury early today when his car crashed through a guard rail on Canal Street near Woods Grove Road and landed on its roof in the canal. The driver was out of the car when police arrived on the scene shortly before 2 a.m. He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


01/25/09 08:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Over the Rail Image
Westport firefighters wait for arrival of a wrecker after a car crashed through a guardrail early today on Canal Street and landed upside down in a canal. The 53-year-old male driver escaped serious injury. Firefighters placed absorbent booms across the waterway as a precaution if the vehicle, a Mazda 2.3, released any automotive fluids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


01/25/09 08:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Over Easy Image
Getting a wrecked car out of a canal on Canal Street early today posed a challenge for a crew from Westport Center Service. But they managed to do it quickly in the 14-degree weather with the car’s headlights still burning brightly. The driver escaped serious injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


01/25/09 08:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Out of the Water Image
A crew from Westport Center Service worked in 14-degree weather early today to recover a car from a canal after it crashed through a guardrail on Canal Street and flipped over. The 53-year-old Westport man driving the car managed to get out with a cut hand and other unknown injuries. Police said he appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


01/25/09 08:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Curtains for Curran Cadillac After Four Decades?

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE Is Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC. an auto dealership mainstay on Post Road East since 1964, closing its doors this week, putting 15 employees out of work? Image
There was confusion about whether the Curran auto dealership at 561 Post Road East will close after 44 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Jim Curran, president of Curran at 561 Post Road East, messaged WestportNow late today that was not the case.  However, Sales Manager Chris Kusick said on Saturday that the dealership will close on Friday. He said it will continue to operate and do service through Wednesday.

“My dealership is NOT closing its doors as of this Wednesday,” Curran said, without explaining his sales manager’s remarks. He had been unavailable for comment on Saturday.

The Internet killed the family car business, said Kusick, a seven-year employee. “It’s become an online auction. (People) search for a price online and then have the service done locally.”

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