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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Coming and Goings: Westporters Open Make & Mingle

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Make & Mingle, founded by three Westport residents, has opened its doors at 63 Unquowa Road on Donnelly Walk in the heart of downtown Fairfield. Touting itself as a new kind of fabric store, Make & Mingle aims to inspire people to “make something” with their selection of designer fabrics, trims and embellishments, screen-printing supplies, and kids activity kits. Westport residents Alexcia Patterson-Schroll, Karen Lawson and Natalie Fabian are the founders. Contributed photo

   

01/26/10 11:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Broadway Boys Return to Playhouse for Valentine’s Day

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The Broadway Boys will perform at the Westport Country Playhouse on Valentine’s Day,  Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Returning to the Playhouse stage after a highly successful holiday concert in December (above), the collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage will present a live concert of love songs, ballads and other Valentine favorites. Three former Westporters—Justin Paul, piano, Dan Asher, bassist, and Drew McKeon, drummer—were part of The Broadway Boys who performed at the Playhouse in December. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/26/10 11:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Frances G. Lee, 101

Frances Moy Lee, who with her late husband operated the West Lake Chinese Restaurant in Westport for 25 years, died on Dec. 6, two days after her 101st birthday.

Born Frances Gum Moy, on Dec.  4, 1908, in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of Pink Fun Moy — of San Francisco; New York City; New Bedford, Mass., Providence and Newport, R.I. — and Fong She, his second wife.

Frances graduated at the top of her class at Julia Richmond High School in 1926, and earned an accounting degree with honors from New York University in 1930, as well as winning a New York State Regent’s Prize. She was of one of the few women of that era — certainly, one of the few Chinese-American women — to earn a college degree.

In 1930, she married Edward Wonkai Lee. They had three children: Georgia (deceased), of Greenwich; Myron, of Incline Village, Nev.; and Patricia, of Bloomington, Ind., and Hong Kong.

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01/26/10 10:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating EPA Award

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The Westport Public School District was one of only 10 school districts nationwide to receive an Environmental Protection Agency 2009 Tools for Schools Indoor Air Quality Award (See WestportNow Jan. 14, 2010)  Celebrating that achievement are (l-r) Board of Education members Sandy DeFelice, Mark Mathias, Faith Taylor, Chair Don O’Day, Michael McGovern, Assistant Superintendent for Business Nancy Harris, Board of Ed member James Marpe, Westport Superintendent Elliott Landon, EPA Region 1 TfS Coordinator Eugene Benoit, Connecticut Department of Public Health coordinator Kenny Foscue, Westport Public Schools Nursing Supervisor Nadine Schwab, and Board of Ed member Elaine Whitney. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

01/26/10 06:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: PT Barnum and Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

What do Connecticut’s own PT Barnum and The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council have in common?  No, not a love of circuses. Both are “rail activist” fighting for the interests of commuters.

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This amazing piece of news about Barnum, a man better known for his circus and menageries, came to me while watching a speech at the Old State House in Hartford broadcast on CT-N (every policy-wonk’s favorite channel). 

The speaker was Kathy Maher, executive director and curator of the Barnum Museum. She explained that Barnum (whose 200th birthday we celebrate this year) was more than a showman. He was also a railroad advocate.

In 1879, Barnum wrote an impassioned letter to The New York Times promoting a street railway be built in New York City along Broadway between Bleecker and 14th Street, enlisting the support of local merchants as the Brooks Brothers and “the carpet men, W & J Sloan.”

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01/26/10 06:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Storm Color

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Monday’s high winds gusting more than 40 miles per hour made for good wind surfing conditions at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - Coping with Divorce, Jessica Bram, Elizabeth Crossfield, LMFT, and Nancy Wergeles, LMFT

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Compo Sandstorm

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Winds gusting over 40 miles per hour today created a mini sandstorm at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 10:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Mike’s Pizza Closes

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Mike’s Pizza at 623 Post Road East in the shopping plaza anchored by Fresh Market has closed. Landlord Jay Kowalsky, president of Kowalsky Brothers, said that he was told by the owner that he “just couldn’t make it.” The restaurant opened in Westport in September (see WestportNow Sept. 6, 2009) replacing Martha Ristorante Pizza at the same location. (See WestportNow Aug. 21, 2009). Mike’s Pizza also operates a food service business at Fairfield University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 10:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Food for Haiti Fund-Raiser Set for Saturday

Food lovers are coming together in Westport on Saturday for a fund-raiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake. WestportNow.com Image

More than 40 cookbook authors and food personalities have donated items for an auction to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s Fund for Haiti. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event will take place at Saugatuck Congregational Church and is sponsored by the church and the Saugatuck Nursery School.

The event will be hosted by Westport resident, food writer, cookbook author and chef Ramin Ganeshram.

She is of Trinidadian and Iranian descent and said she decided to organize this effort because of her Caribbean heritage. She said she is extremely gratified by the outpouring of support from her fellow food writers and chefs.

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01/25/10 10:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Close Call on Clapboard Hill Road

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A 70-foot pine tree came down today on a property on Westport’s Clapboard Hill Road, narrowly missing a home by about five feet. Westport firefighters and police officers were busy throughout the day as high winds brought down trees and power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sarah Tamm for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Top Dog Honored

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Westport’s “Top Dog” took his place today in Westport history. Otis Hammer, winner of Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) first “Top Dog” Award, was at Westport Town Hall as his picture was placed on the wall near the Town Clerk’s office. Joining First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff for the ceremony were Julie Loparo,(l), president of WASA, and Lori Hammer, Otis’s owner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 09:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joseloff Asks RTM to Consider New Rules for Zoning Review

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today he has asked the Town Attorney’s Office to draft suggested rules for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) review of decisions by the Planning & Zoning Commission.

In a brief statement, Joseloff’s office said he had met today to discuss the issue with representatives of the Planning and Zoning Department (Larry Bradley, director) the Town Attorney’s Office (Town Attorney Ira Bloom, Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly), the Representative Town Meeting (Moderator Hadley Rose) and Planning and Zoning Commission (Ron Corwin, chair).

“As a result of today’s meeting, I have asked the Town Attorney’s Office to draft suggested rules for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to consider when it reviews Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) actions,” the first selectman said in a statement.

“I hope the RTM will consider the proposals in an expedited manner to fully ensure that the rights of all Westporters are respected when such appeals are made.”

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01/25/10 08:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

High Winds, Down Trees, Power Lines

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High winds brought down trees and power lines across Westport today, including on busy North Avenue (above) just north of the Merritt Parkway overpass. Connecticut Light & Power Co. crews were working throughout the town as dozens of homes were without power. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

01/25/10 07:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Catamount Road Closed

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Among Westport streets closed today because of high winds was Catamount Road. It was closed between Sturges Highway and Easton Road awaiting busy CL&P crews. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 06:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Longshore

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today the formation of a committee to develop and execute a program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Town of Westport’s purchase in 1960 of Longshore Club Park.

“The purchase of the 169-acre Longshore property, with its golf course, tennis courts, pools, marina, inn/restaurant and playgrounds was a stunning accomplishment,” said Joseloff.  “And Longshore has long since become another of Westport’s shining jewels.”

Widely regarded as the most significant land acquisition in the town’s history, the purchase of the privately owned Longshore Beach and Country Club for $1.9 million was approved by a 38-0 vote at a Representative Town Meeting held on April 14, 1960.

Longshore Club Park was opened to townspeople on May 28, 1960, and today comprises a 169-acre recreational facility that includes an 18-hole golf course, marina, three swimming pools, picnic areas and playgrounds, tennis courts and seasonal ice-skating rink, as well as the Longshore Sailing School and The Inn at Longshore.

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01/25/10 05:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Two Hurt in Riverside Avenue Crash

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Two persons were injured today in a two-vehicle accident shortly before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Riverside Ave. and Burr Road. Westport firefighters had to extricate the driver of a Toyota (rear). The impact of the collision pushed the Toyota into a fire hydrant and knocked down a street sign. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Westport Police Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 04:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Receives OK on Pavement Stimulus Dollars

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that Westport has received authorization from the Connecticut. Department of Transportation to proceed with its proposed $975,000 Pavement Preservation project, which is part of the $27.5 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“The work proposed under the Westport project consists of rehabilitation and preservation of several minor arterial and major collector road segments throughout the town, including Cross Highway, Long Lots Road, and Newtown Turnpike,” Edwards said.

Under the terms of the federal program, only collector and arterial roads that are on the Federal Aid Road list qualify for the program.

Roadway segments were chosen utilizing the town’s computerized Pavement Management System, based on the road’s construction category, Overall Condition Index and traffic usage.  In addition, the cost of the program had to fit within Westport’s ARRA allotment of $975,000.

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01/25/10 03:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rainy Monday

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Commuters huddled on the Westport station platform today as rain pelted the area which is under a flash flood watch until this evening. Temperatures in the 50s made it feel more like April than January.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 01:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Sketchbook: Winslow Park

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Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton watched the scene at Winslow Park with the Westport Country Playhouse in the background. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 11:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Scene

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The bathhouses at Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, January 25, 2010


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education
7:30 p.m. – 180 Bayberry Lane – Westport/Weston Health District Board of Directors

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Overflow Crowd for “Westport Modern: When Cool was Hot!”

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An overflow crowd turned out for today’s opening reception for the Westport Historical Society’s new exhibit “Westport Modern: When Cool was Hot!,” showcasing more than 25 local examples of mid-20th century archistecture. Simultaneously, the Society’s Little Gallery featured an exhibit entitled “Modern Genius Rediscovered” featuring the work of architect Victor Civkin. Society Executive Director Susan Gold addressed the guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/10 12:59 AM Comments () • Permalink

Studying Examples of 20th Century Architecture

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Guests view one of the homes featured in the new Westport Historical Society exhibit “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!” which opened today. The exhibit includes a time line spanning the period from the 1930s - 1960s listing international, national, and local milestones of architecture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Coins for Haiti

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Members of Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School Caring Council, a group of students who spearhead various acts of kindness and spirit during the school year, organized a student-generated collection for the people in need in Haiti. The children collected coins in glass jars from Monday through Friday and, at the end of the week, gathered the donations in huge—and heavy—buckets, jars and cans, and took them to TD Bank North where they counted the coins and the cash. Thanks to generous donations from students, staff and families, the grand tally rang in at $3,997.96. On Friday, KHS PTA Social Action Committee Chair Merideth Haas and son, Henry, age 9, presented a check on behalf of the students, staff and families of King’s Highway School to Save the Children, to much excitement and appreciation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

01/24/10 11:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Run

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Today’s .mild temperatures—it reached 40 at several unofficial weather stations—was just right for a run at the entrance to Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

01/24/10 11:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

P&Z Officers Welcome Selectman’s Action

The officers of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission said today they “applaud and welcome” the call by First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff to help resolve a dispute with the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) over review of zoning decisions.

Joseloff said on Friday that he would be meeting with representatives of both bodies on Monday to help resolve how the RTM should exercise its right granted by the town charter to review P&Z land use decisions. (See WestportNow Jan. 22, 2010)

The first selectman issued the call after the P&Z voted Thursday night to authorize initiation of legal action against the RTM to clarify how that body should carry out its review of such decisions.

The full statement of the P&Z officers, Ron Corwin, chairman, Ellie Lowenstein, vice chair, and David Press, secretary:

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01/24/10 07:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thanks for “Wild and Wonderful” Experience

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The Rev. John H. Danner and his wife Linda pose for a photo with the congregation of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church today. Danner, who is leaving the church after eight years, was afterward honored at a luncheon where he thanked his congregants for a “wild and wonderful” experience at the church. The Danners are moving to Florida to be closer to their grandchildren. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

   

01/24/10 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saying Goodbye

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The Rev. John H. Danner, senior pastor of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church since 2001, bids his congregation goodbye today. He announced in November that he has taken a position as senior pastor of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ in Florida to be closer to his grandchildren. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

01/24/10 06:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot” Opens Today

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The Westport Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “Westport Modern: When Cool was Hot!,”  opens today with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Simultaneously opening in the Little Gallery is an exhibit entitled “Modern Genius Rediscovered” featuring the work of architect Victor Civkin.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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