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Friday, July 31, 2009

Metro-North Ridership Down

New figures from Metro-North rail show the commuter line is experiencing a rare decline in ridership after years of rapid Image
The light blue lines indicate 2008 monthly traffic while dark blue are 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Metro-North graphic

The culprit is a combination of rising unemployment and cheaper gas, according to rail officials and economists.

Passengers on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line took 14.5 million rides from January through May, 400,000 fewer than in the same period last year, the railroad said.

It was the first decline for that period in more than a decade.

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07/31/09 11:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Storm-Related Power Outages Affect Hundreds Image
Traffic lights at Lyons Plains and Weston Road in Westport were dark late today as storm-related outages left more than 400 Westport CL&P customers without power. Police, fire and utility crews were kept busy responding to reports of trees down or trees on wires.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/09 10:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dedicated Golfer Image
Today’s late afternoon heavy rain storm did not dissuade this golfer from his rounds at Westport’s Longshore Club Park.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/31/09 10:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers July 13 - 17, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 13 - 17, 2009:

Toth Investments LLC to W. Glen Major Tr., 36 Prospect Road, $3,500,000WN property.jpg

Boris and Luba Libman to Sachin and Anuja Lawande, 157 Compo Road South, $2,010,000

Ann Covalt to Jabez Disbrow LLC, 36 Narrow Rocks Road, $1,350,000

Elliot Associates LP to Ann Covalt, 117 Harvest Commons, $835,000

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07/31/09 09:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tree Branch Crashes Into House Image
Today’s heavy late afternoon rains sent a tree branch crashing into a house on Westport’s Greenwood Lane off Sturges Commons A resident was reading in the den and suffered minor injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/09 09:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Den Wrecker Image
A large tree branch broke through a roof of a home on Westport’s Greenwood Lane off Sturges Commons today during a heavy afternoon rain storm. A resident sitting in the den where the branch came down suffered minor injuries.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/09 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dark Clouds Precede Heavy Afternoon Rains Image
Dark clouds moved over Westport in late afternoon today just before torrential rains drenched the area. The rains knocked down trees and sent a large limb through the roof of a home on Greenwood Lane, off Sturges Highway. An occupant suffered minor injuries. View is of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/31/09 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for.Westport and area until 4:45 p.m.

An advisory said the National Weather Service was tracking numerous heavy showers and thunderstorms developing over the area with rainfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour.


07/31/09 06:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heavy Rains Down Trees, Power Lines Image
A series of heavy rain storms have weighted down trees and branches such as this one at 22 Hiawatha Lane in Westport’s Saugatuck area where a falling branch today pulled down utility cables causing a power outage. Firefighters cordoned off the area until CL&P workers reached the scene shortly after 9 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/09 02:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tonight’s Levitt Performance Moved Indoors

Due to the severe weather statements, tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion performance featuring E.T.A. will move indoors to Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave.

The dynamic and versatile E.T.A. plays a high-energy mix of R&B, reggae, funk and rock.

Show time is 8 p.m and admission is free.  For more details, visit


07/31/09 02:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fishing Off Compo Image
Two fishermen relax in their boat on a hot muggy July afternoon Thursday while an oblivious gull poses on a rock at the end of the breakwater off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermey for


07/31/09 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, July 31, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “Grease” presented by the Staples Players and the Westport Continuing Education Summer School program
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School (255 North Avenue) - MTC School of Performing Arts, “Disney’s High School Musical”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - E.T.A.
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves” preview


07/31/09 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

P&Z Clears Way for Staples Lights

UPDATE The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight cleared the way for permanent lights for the Staples High School football field with conditions.

The six to one approval of text language that would allow for a special permit to be issued for the lights came after an earlier informal survey of members by Chairman Ron Corwin to see whether they should proceed to approve the town’s application for lights on the field—a longtime controversial subject.

Only commission member Ellie Lowenstein indicated she was not in favor of approval under any conditions, and she later voted against the text amendment.

Many neighbors of Staples High School had testified in opposition of the application, as they had in previous years, saying the lights and noise were inappropriate for a residential area.

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07/31/09 01:23 AM Comments () • Permalink

Seniors Enjoy Lobster/Clambake Image
The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities tonight hosted an annual lobster/clambake at Longshore Club Park. Guests dined in Evan Harding Park overlooking the E. R. Strait Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/31/09 12:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, July 30, 2009

MTC Presents “High School Musical” Friday and Saturday Image
Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut School of Performing Arts presents Disney’s “High School Musical”  Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m at Coleytown Middle School. Tickets are: $12 for children. and $15 for adults in advance, $18 for children and adults at the door. Reservations are suggested. For tickets, call Music Theatre of Connecticut at (203)454-3883 or visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/30/09 11:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Searching for Westport’s History Image
A team of archeological specialists under the auspices of Westport’s Historic District Commission collected electronic data today from the soil in the area of the Green’s Farms Cemetery in search of the location of the historic West Parish Colonial Church, built in 1738, and destroyed by British troops in 1779.  The goal of the archeological team, led by Nicholas Bellatoni, Ph.D., a State of Connecticut archeologist, was to identify the foundation of the church to further document Westport’s history dating to the early 18th century. According to Peter Jennings of the Westport Historical Society the results of today’s findings will be reported in a few weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/30/09 10:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flash Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flash flood watch for Westport and area from Friday morning through Saturday morning.

An advisory said numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop during the day on Friday with the potential for an additional round of development Friday night.

Rainfall amounts in excess of 2 inches is possible across the watch area, it said.

Rainfall of this magnitude will result in flooding due to excessive runoff from already saturated ground as well as flooding of urban and poor drainage areas.


07/30/09 08:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Esme O’Brien Carroll, 70

Esme O’Brien Carroll, 70, of Coral Springs, Fla., formerly of Westport, died on May 18.

She was born in the Riverdale N.Y., on Jan. 26, 1939, to the late Dr Gerald J. and Florence A. (Donnelly) Carroll.

She leaves her two adoring daughters: Patricia Carroll Britto and her husband Arthur Britto of Coral Springs, Fla., and Marianne Carroll Ieuter and her husband Jacob “Jake” Ieuter of Wilmette, Ill.; her brother, Kevin Carroll of Chester, Conn., her sister, Patricia Taylor of Westport; four grandchildren, Kathryn Ryan Britto, Jaclyn O’Brien Britto, Caroline Haeberle Ieuter and William Charles “Charlie” Ieuter; as well as several adored nieces and nephews.

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07/30/09 06:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gimme Shelter—The Ribbon Cutting Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (c) led dignitaries today at the ribbon cutting at a new bus shelter outside the Stop & Shop on Post Road East. Joseloff praised those who had worked so long and hard to make the shelter a reality. Joining him were (l-r) Bob Fatherly of the Human Services Commission, Steve Rubin, chair of the Transportation Committee of the Representative Town Meeting, Nancy Carroll of the Norwalk Transit District, and Lynn Goldberg, of the Human Services Commission. The new shelter is on the route of the Coastal Link, which runs from Norwalk to Milford and is operated by the Bridgeport, Milford and Norwalk transit districts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/30/09 05:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Players’ “Grease” Debuts Tonight Image
“Grease Is The Word” for the Palace Burger Boys and Pink Ladies as the Staples Players/Westport Summer School production of “Grease” opens tonight with an unprecedented number of returning Staples Players alums, both onstage and offstage. Pictured in the foreground (l-r) are:  Doody (Vinny Amaru), Jan (Michelle Pauker), Roger (Steve Autore), Marty (Audrey Twitchell), Kenickie (Players alum Britt Hennemuth ’08), Rizzo (Players alum Kathryn Gau ‘08), Danny Zuko (Players alum Nick Boak ’07) and Frenchy (Zoe Apoian). The four performances are today, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Staples High School auditorium. For more information call (203)341-1310. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long photo


07/30/09 02:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Color Image
Beautiful hydrangeas add some color near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Thursday, July 30, 2009

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Big Night” (1996)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pupper Mania (Grades 4+)
4:30 p.m. - Evan Harding Park at Longshore - Westport Center for Senior Activities annual lobster/clambake
6:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - SAT/ACT Follow-up Seminar
6:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - “Integrated Pest Management” arborist Doug Williams
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Dog Days of Summer: “What Dogs Do ... or Don’t,” Jody Rosengarten
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “Grease” presented by the Staples Players and the Westport Continuing Education Summer School program
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 3 Chicks Who Sing
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves” preview


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Dog Talk Image
Westport’s Dangerous Dog Hearing Board today concluded the public participation session in a case involving a dog owned by residents of the Compo Mill Cove area. The board is re-hearing an appeal of a determination by Police Chief Al Fiore that Adelaide, a dog owned by Arlene and Delmar Bogner, is not dangerous. The hearings follow a 2007 incident in which the dog was accused of attacking a nearby resident. The board will meet again in a work session in coming weeks, according to Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly. (See WestportNow Aug. 6, 2008) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chamber Adds Marketing Position Image
Karlie Urbaniak: Fairfield U. grad. Dave Matlow for
The Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce has added Karlie Urbaniak as sales and marketing director, Lisa Thygerson, executive director, announced.

Urbaniak, a Minnesota native who holds a B.S. in marketing from Fairfield University, will orchestra marketing communications as well as assist in new membership recruitment and retention.

.“I am excited to have the opportunity to use my interest in marketing to help the Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce grow to the kind of chamber that effectively supports and represents all of the businesses in our community,” she said.

The Chamber office is located at 215 Main St., phone (203 227-9234 and its Web site is


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Pest Management Lecture Thursday at Sherwood Island

The second in a series of evening environmental lectures will be held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the new Nature Center at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park.

Doug Williams will talk about integrated pest management and best practices for tree and shrub care. A licensed and certified arborist, he has been with Bartlett Tree Experts for 25 years.

The lectures are free, and after 6 p.m.entrance to the park is free. The new Nature Center behind the East Beach is a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park.

This summer, it is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Naturalists and summer interns are offering nature walks and morning and afternoon programs for kids. For more information, visit the Friends Web site:


07/29/09 09:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Physician Has RX for Health Care System Image
Westport physician Robert Levine has authored a new book, “Shock Therapy for the American Health Care System: Why Comprehensive Reform Is Needed.” In it, Levine says that in order to cut administrative costs, the United States needs a single-payer system and should put all physicians on salary to prevent profit-driven medical practices. “Our health care system is in great trouble and no one is talking about it in terms of containing costs,” Levine said. The book, which will not be sold in stores, is available beginning Friday through and (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/29/09 08:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Casual Male XL Arrives on Post Road East Image
Casual Male Retail Group, a chain of specialty clothing retail stores, has opened its Casual Male XL location at 1505 Post Road East. The space was previusly occupied by the company’s Rochester Big & Tall men’s apparel store. Rochester Big & Tall had occupied the location for about a year. (See WestportNow May 15, 2009) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/29/09 07:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Done Image
A new bus shelter was erected in several hours today and is ready for use on Post Road East in front of Stop & Shop. Federal funds paid for most of the almost $8,000 cost while the Town of Westport contributed the cost of constructing the concrete pad for the Norwalk Transit District. There will be a ribbon cutting at the new facility on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/29/09 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bus Shelter Finally a Reality on Post Road East Image
After years of efforts, workers today installed a bus shelter on the eastbound lane of Post Road East in front of Stop & Shop. The shelter erected by Norwalk Transit will serve passengers on the bus route that runs along the Post Road from Norwalk to Bridgeport. Transit officials hope similar shelters can be erected at other places in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/29/09 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Performance Moved Indoors

Based on the severe weather statements, tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance featuring Audra Rox, the queen of the New York Kids rock scene, will move indoors to Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.

Show time is 7 p.m. and admission is free. It is the first concert in the Children’s Series sponsored by Melissa & Doug. 


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