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Friday, February 20, 2009

Thomas M. Pellicone, 64

Thomas M. Pellicone, 64, formerly of Westport, husband of the late Sandra (Grant) Pellicone, passed away suddenly at Broward General Hospital.

Tom was born in Norwalk, Aug. 5, 1944, son of the late Patrick and Pauline (Sylvester) Pellicone and had resided in Westport for 54 years prior to moving to Florida 10 years ago. He was the former owner of Star Electric and Security Systems in Westport.

Survivors include two sons, Patrick Pellicone and his wife Rebecca of Monroe, Michael Pellicone and his wife Danielle of Trumbull., four grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ethan, Jack and Ryan and one sister, Dale Murena of Wilton, and one aunt, Lucille Chacho of Westport.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 11 a.m. directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.. Interment will be private. There will be no calling hours.

   

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Eleanor J. Lewis, 83

Eleanor J. Lewis, of Norwalk passed away peacefully on Feb. 18 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 83 and was a loving and devoted wife of Albert Lewis for 56 years.

Eleanor was born on July 17, 1925 in Westport, daughter of Ronald and Jenny Parker. She was a graduate of Staples High School class of 1943. She spent the early years of her marriage in Boothbay Harbor, Maine prior to moving to Norwalk.

While living in Maine, Eleanor was an active member of The Masonic Stars and the American Legion Auxiliary.

After moving to Norwalk, Eleanor was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in South Norwalk for over 50 years where she was president of the Women’‘s Club and taught Sunday school.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sign of the Dove

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A sign of peace on the front lawn of the Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Window Art

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With a bit of humor, the florists at Taylor’s Floral Arts at 240 Post Road East in Westport designed a creative way to temporarily repair a broken front window. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

02/19/09 07:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Explaining the Stimulus Package

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Congressman Jim Himes (r) stopped at Westport Town Hall today to brief Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (2nd. r.) on what the government’s stimulus package will mean for Westport. Also attending the session and meeting with reporters afterward were state Representatives Joe Mioli and Kim Fawcett. Himes said there will be more special education funds for Westport schools and tax breaks for parents with student loans and those who may be unemployed and are continuing COBRA health care coverage. He said details of distribution of much of the funding still have to be worked out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/19/09 06:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Retailer for Westport’s Sweet Tooth

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As the economy continues to cause upheaval on the Westport retail scene, Crumbs Bake Shop is getting set to open on Taylor Place opposite the Westport Public Library. With outlets in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California, Crumbs features what its Web site proclaims is “an irresistible blend of comfort-oriented classics and elegant baked goods but the specialty of the house is cupcakes.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, February 19, 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”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Litigation Subcommittee

   

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Lola’s Nose Nets Another Drug Suspect

Westport police tonight arrested a 37-year-old Bridgeport man after his car was stopped for a motor vehicle violation and a police dog subsequently alerted them to cocaine and marijuana in the vehicle.

It was the second time in nine days that Police Service Dog Lola’s sniffing ability led to a drug arrest on a Westport roadway. (See WestportNow Feb. 9, 2009)

Lt. Gorden Hiltz said Robert Davis was taken into custody after police smelled marijuana in his vehicle after the car stop and Lola alerted them to the location of some marijuana in the passenger compartment. After further investigation, it was determined Davis also possessed eight grams of crack cocaine, he said.

Davis was charged with possession of crack cocaine and marijuana and with possession with intent to sell, Hiltz said. Bond was set at $10,000.

   

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Bluewater Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at 11 Bluewater Hill in Westport’s Compo Beach area is under review by various town officials. Built in 1964, the one-story custom ranch has 2,706 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/19/09 02:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Parks and Recreation Introduces New Online Services

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that the Parks and Recreation Department has begun offering online purchase of parking emblems, resident hand passes, boat launch permits as well as spring and summer program registration.WestportNow.com Image

“This is yet another milestone in our ongoing efforts to use technology to bring town government to our citizens 24 hours a day,” Joseloff said. “We are extremely proud finally to be able to offer this service.”

Added Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy: “We are delighted to offer this new service to the community and look forward to increasing customer convenience. Customers will be able to ‘shop’ any time from the comfort of their home.”

McCarthy said the new online services will eliminate waiting in line at the office for parking emblems and hand passes. “To be able to purchase passes as well as register your family for a variety of programs, all from home, is a true benefit to the online user,” he said.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Leonard Rovins, Expert on Labor Law, Dies at 93

UPDATE Westporter Leonard Rovins, a nationally known expert on management labor law in the private and public sectors, died today at Norwalk Hospital from complications from emergency surgery. He was 93.WestportNow.com Image
Leonard Rovins: longtime Westporter was retired U.S. Army colonel. Contributed photo

Rovins, a former chair of the Westport Board of Education who, among other duties, served as Westport’s longtime labor negotiator, had been in deteriorating health for some time.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Rovins was a founder of the labor committees of the New York State and County Bar Associations and was active in school labor law. 

“Westport has lost one of its hardest working, most respected public servants,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. “Len was a giant in his devotion to his profession, his community, his country, and of course his family.

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Parking Aplenty on Main Street

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A combination of a slowing economy and an afternoon snow shower today combined to make plenty of parking available on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Change of Business on Riverside Avenue

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King’s Service auto repair at 30 Riverside Ave. in Westport has been closed for several months now and word is that it will be replaced by Sunny Daes Ice Cream. If true, it will follow Ben & Jerry’s, Baskin-Robbins and Carvel’s into the Westport ice cream market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Fun Days (Grades 1-4)
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”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Rock [email protected] Library

   

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RTM Honors RTM Veteran John Booth

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Tonight’s Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session honored veteran RTM member John W. Booth who resigned last month after serving on the legislative body since 1993. (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2009) Booth posed with his wife, Grace, after receiving a certificate of appreciation and hearing words of tribute from First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. former Moderator Alice Shelton, and current Moderator Hadley Rose. Joseloff swore in Booth’s District 5 successor, Paul F. Rossi, at the start of the meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Former Westporter Alfred A. Knopf Jr. Dies at 90

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Alfred A. Knopf Jr.: “loved walking Main Street.” 1978 file photo
Alfred A. Knopf Jr., a noted publisher who lived in Westport for more than 40 years and raised his family here, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was 90.

His wife, Alice, said in an e-mail message to WestportNow: “Since we lived in Westport for 40-odd years and raised our three children there, I thought you might like to take notice of his passing.”

Knopf, known as Pat to his friends, was the only child of Alfred Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf, giants in the field of publishing.

He left his parents’ company, Alfred A. Knopf Inc., in 1959 to co-found Atheneum Publishers along with Simon Michael Bessie and Hiram Haydn.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Boucher Seeks Reform of State Affordable Housing Law

Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) today asked the General Assembly’s Housing Committee to support her legislative proposals to give municipalities more control over their efforts to provide affordable housing, and to credit towns and cities for the affordable housing they already provide.WestportNow.com Image
Toni Boucher: “Clearly, we need to make some changes.”  Contributed photo

“The state’s affordable housing law is responsible for historic changes in how the courts review municipal zoning decisions concerning affordable housing,” she said. “Since its enactment, many affordable dwellings have been created. However, some bad practices and unintended consequences have also occurred.” 

Boucher said developers can use the law to essentially override municipal planning and zoning laws if less than 10 percent of a town’s housing stock is deemed affordable.

“Developers can appeal a denial by the local authorities to the courts and, unfortunately, many use the law as a way to build costly dense housing wherever they want, without regard to the local development plan.” she said.

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Easy Skater

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With Westport schools closed this week, the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park had plenty of young visitors today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Seeks Ways to Battle Economic Crisis

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff today announced he has initiated a series of steps to aid Westport citizens and businesses in battling the current economic crisis.WestportNow.com Image
Gordon Joseloff: Seeking ways to ease economic pain. Contributed photo

“Like many other communities across the country, our citizens and businesses are experiencing the economic pain, and I believe local government must be a leader in doing what we can to ease that pain,” Joseloff said.

To this end, Joseloff said he has taken the following steps:

—formed a government and business partnership to find ways to promote local businesses and encourage Westporters to shop locally.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 6 Wild Rose Road

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This feature by Bob Weingarten, chair of the Westport Historical Society’s House Research and Plaque Committee and a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate Company, highlights some of the more than 190 houses in Westport that display the Westport Historical Society plaque. Today’s entry is 6 Wild Rose Road owned by Julie and Bob Fatherley. Their plaque identifies their home as the Courtney Cottage built in 1919. Charles and Louise Courtney were blue collar workers and built their 600-square foot craftsman cottage from land that was subdivided by the Beers brothers. Except for an addition in the back of the house in 1984, the cottage has been preserved in its original design, both inside and out. The Fatherleys purchased their home in 1989 after living in several antique houses, including a field stone Delaware 1751 farmhouse. Moving to Westport, they were looking for a “one-floor older home in a cultural community.” Little did they know that almost 20 years later their unusual example of a Fairfield County craftsman cottage home would be included in the Gorham Avenue Historic District. They are strong supporters of the preservation of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

   

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Dusk at Longshore

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Monday’s sunset as seen over waters near Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Fun Days (Grades 1-4)
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 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Waste Water Management Committee
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Olviver Relin
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

   

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Zest Cafe Still Operating After Bankruptcy Filing

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Westport’s Zest Cafe & Restaurant at 8 Church Lane opposite the Family Y continues to operate following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Calls to the owners were not immediately returned. A real estate Web site said the 3,500-square foot restaurant which seats 80 is available for lease. Zest opened in 2006 in the basement of the building which once housed Westport Bank & Trust Co. and now is home to a Patagonia clothing store at 87 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Former Connecticut House Speaker Irving Stolberg Dies at 72

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Irving Stolberg (r), former Connecticut House speaker, has died after a long battle with leukemia. Stolberg, who was 72, is shown in Westport last June accepting an award from Bill Hass of the U.N. Association of Southwest Connecticut. Stolberg received the Ruth Streinkraus Cohen Award at the jUNe Day ceremony in recognition of his long support of the United Nations. Stolberg, who lived in New Haven, served as speaker in 1983-84 and 1987-88. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Honoring Phil Woodruff

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Susan Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, welcomed guests Sunday to a ceremony honoring the late Phillip Woodruff and to dedicate the new Oral History Room at the Society in his name. Woodruff, who recorded interviews with longtime Westporters over a 20-year period to help preserve the town’s history, died last summer. (See WestportNow July 22, 2008) Attendees included Woodruff’s sons Philip Jr., John and daughter-in-law Ann of Longmeadow, Mass., and Mary Lou, Woodruff’s widow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, February 16, 2009 - Presidents’ Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Library, Public Schools, and Westport/Weston Health District are closed in observance of Presidents’ Day
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Fun Days (Grades 1-4)
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”

   

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Bridgeport Man Arrested in Westport Incident

A 28-year-old Bridgeport man has been arrested in connection with an assault complaint that took place at a job site in Westport, police said today.

Jonathan G. Schine was arrested by Bridgeport police near his home in the city’s Black Rock section after Westport police went there looking for him, police said. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Lt. Gorden Hiltz said the assault took place on Dec. 2, 2008, in Westport but provided no further details.

Schine was charged with strangulation second degree and assault second degree. He was held on $50,000 bond pending a Feb. 25 court appearance, Hiltz said.

   

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Marine Ave.

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 5 Marine Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. Built in 1955, the two-story custom split level has 2,584 square feet and is situated on a .26-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine’s Day Kite Flyer

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Among the Valentine’s Day activities at Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday was this visitor who tried his hand at kite flying. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, February 15, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Indoor Music Festival: Doc Wallace Trio (open to community)
2 p.m. - Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) - Book signing: John Blossom, “Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Changes Our Work, Our Lives and Our Future”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Driving Miss Daisy”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Mystery Reading Group: “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death” by M.C. Beaton

   

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