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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Arts Center Presents Filmmaking Program on Saturday

The Westport Arts Center on Saturday at 11 a.m. is hosting Michael Mittelstaedt, director of the Motion Picture Arts Division at the acclaimed Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Image
Michael Mittelstaedt presents student films at
Interlochen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Mittelstaedt will talk about ways in which high school filmmakers can best achieve their creative and professional goals, and will answer questions from students and parents.

Interlochen and the Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) have a strong relationship, and each year one WYFF entrant is eligible for a scholarship to Interlochen’s prestigious summer arts program.

The Westport Arts Center is located at 51 Riverside Ave.


02/27/10 12:53 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, February 26, 2010

Westport’s Ken Bernhard Violates Ethics Law

By Jacqueline Rabe

The chairman of the state’s ethics panel violated state law by donating $250 to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and two other Republican candidates vying for the legislature in 2008, reports the Office of State Ethics. Image

G. Kenneth Bernhard, chairman of the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board and an attorney from Westport, said he was “unaware of the prohibition” and expects “my conduct will be evaluated and handled in the same fashion as everyone else who is subject to the code.”

State laws ban members of the ethics board, and employees of the ethics office, from making campaign contributions to state officials.

Bernhard donated $100 to Rell, $100 to Vincent Marino of Orange who lost against Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg and $50 to Nitzy Cohen of Westport who lost to Rep. Joseph S. Mioli of Westport.

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Joey Williams and Josh Berkowsky of Westport pose next to the life-size snowman they made during today’s snowstorm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Misty has some fun today at her Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Arabella for


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Robert M. Olex, 78

Robert M. Olex, a mail carrier in Westport for 20 years, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the Dover Rehabilitation & Living Center in Rochester, N.H. where he resided. He was 78.

He was born July 15, 1931 in Bridgeport, son of the late Michael and Anna (Klamka) Olex.

Bob served his country in the National Guard as a cook and was a mail carrier in Westport for more than 20 years.

He was a wonderful chef and loved to entertain friends and family. He spent his retirement years keeping up with his grandchildren, enjoying the arts, travel, beloved Red Sox, English mysteries, and many jigsaw puzzles.

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02/26/10 08:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Death on the Tracks

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

A week ago, early on a Tuesday morning, a 63-year-old woman walked from her home in Norwalk, approached the Metro-North grade crossing at Commerce Street, lay down on the tracks and was killed by the oncoming train. Service was disrupted for hours.


Months before that a well dressed businessman slipped from a boarding bridge-plate platform and was killed by the approaching train. In his pocket was a pink slip. Was he a victim or a suicide?

For whatever reason there has been a growing number of deaths along Metro-North tracks and precious little that can be done to stop them.

In Stamford station’s waiting room sits a large display for “Operation Lifesaver,” a national program to educate us of the dangers of walking or driving over railroad tracks. The message isn’t getting through.

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02/26/10 08:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 8 - 12, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 8 - 12, 2010:

Rosalie Aberman Est. to Michael J. and Dorit Sauer Raskin, 116 Harbor Road, $930,000WN property.jpg

Gary E. and Frances Lynn Keaton to Ingi A. Soliman and Aly Hermdan-Abdalla, 131 Compo Road North, $500,000

Neyir and Ilhan Bagoren to Ferdinando Falco and Marilisa Falco Beccalli, 10 Evergreen Ave., $1,750,000

Christ and Holy Trinity Church to Aline Eastwick-Field and Jason Stiegler, 8 Lehn Farm Road, $515,000


02/26/10 06:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Metro-North: Trains Operting On or Close to Schedule

Metro North said trains are operating on or close to schedule.

There may be some delays in service due to service changes and the impact of the winter weather, the railroad said.


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Metro-North Operating Special Winter Service

Metro-North said it has a special winter weather schedule today until 3 p.m., operating one train per hour.

It said customers may experience some delays in service due to changes in service and the impact of the winter weather.

Full details are available on the Metro-North Web page.


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Senior Center Closed on Saturday

The Westport Center for Senior Activities will be closed on Saturday due to the storm. 

All activities and classes are canceled.

The Saturday Social is also canceled and will be rescheduled at a future date.


02/26/10 04:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking Measurement Image
The snow measured under 4 inches at 10 a.m. today outside a home off Westport’s Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/26/10 03:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter View Image
An overnight snow left up to 4 inches of snow for some Westporters by morning with more snow predicted to fall throughout the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/26/10 03:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Metro-North Trains Delayed

New Haven Line trains are experiencing up to 15 minute delays between New Haven and Stamford, due to a disabled train in the vicinity of Bridgeport, Metro-North said at 10 a.m. today.


02/26/10 03:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Snow Day Breakfast Image
It was another snow day breakfast today for these residents of Westport’s North Pasture Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paige Schwartz for


02/26/10 02:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Senior Center Open But No Activities

The Westport Center for Senior Activities will be open today but there will be no activities, no congregate luncheon and no home delivered meals.

The staff will be in should there be a need for assistance.

The Center can be reached at 203.341.5099.


02/26/10 02:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Arts Center Closed Today

The Westport Arts Center is closed today.


02/26/10 01:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Library Closed

The Westport Public Library is closed due to the snowstorm.


02/26/10 01:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Schools Closed

Westport public schools are closed today due to the weather.


02/26/10 10:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Storm Warning Update

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said in a morning advisory update that snow, heavy at times, will continue across western Fairfield
County through the morning hours. Light to occasionallymoderate snow can then be expected for the area through tonight.

In addition to the falling snow, wind gusts of up to 35 mph will result in near whiteout conditions at times across Long Island this morning, the advisory said. The winds will decrease late this morning.

Storm total snowfall of 7 to 12 inches across western Fairfield County and 4 to 8 inches across eastern Fairfield County can be expected, the advisory said.


02/26/10 10:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Day of Rain, Not Snow Image
While New York City and points west got snow on Thursday, Westport got only rain and plenty of it—almost 3 inches. The rain caused minor flooding on roadways. The forecast called for snow overnight with accumulation by daylight of 4 to 8 inches. View is along Post Road East near Turkey Hill Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday, February 26, 2010

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Transit District
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafe
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Fridays in February: Internet, Email, and Downloadable Audiobook Training
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 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night Closed

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Neighbors Assail Zoning Change for Linxweiler Property

A proposed zoning amendment that would allow the construction of at least 12 units of supportive housing for individuals battling mental illness or substance abuse at a Post Road East property in Westport was laid bare at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing.

Linxweiler Homestead
The Linxweiler Homestead, bequeathed to the Town of Westport by Joanna Linxweiler upon her death in 1981. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Richard Redniss, the Stamford land use consultant who wants to develop the 1.3-acre, town-owned Linxweiler property for Homes for Hope, formerly known as Interfaith Housing Association, at 655 Post Road East began his appeal by trying to clarify supportive housing to the 60 residents who had gathered in the Town Hall auditorium.

“Child molesters and sex offenders are not allowed to be in supportive housing,” Redniss said. “They must be able to live independently, and conducting any illegal activities on the property is grounds for release.”

His assurances, as well as his conditional site plans for the development of the property did little to quell myriad concerns from residents who live on nearby Crescent Road and Sue Terrace. From 1984 to 2008, Interfaith Housing had operated Linxweiler House as a home for men recovering from alcoholism and substance abuse.

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02/26/10 04:59 AM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Storm Warning Update

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

An updated advisory issued late tonight said snow will continue over western Long Island tonight and rain will change to snow overnight across Fairfield County.

Total accumulations by daybreak will range from 4 to 8 inches over Nassau and western Fairfield Counties and 1 to 3 inches mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces over eastern Fairfield and western Suffolk counties.

The snow will then continue into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers on Saturday.

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Elaine Lewis, 76

Elaine Lewis died Jan. 30 at home in Westport, surrounded by family. She was 76.

Born on Jan. 21, 1934, in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Milton and Sylva Goldman. Following public school in Mount Vernon, N.Y., she attended New York University.

In 1954, she married Daniel B. Lewis, from whom she was subsequently divorced. She never re-married. Her ex-husband attended to her in her final months.

She lived in various places before settling down in Weston in 1960, before moving to Westport in 1977. She was an avid gardener who obtained her master gardener’s certificate from the University of Connecticut Agricultural Cooperative. She loved to play bridge and spend summers at Compo Beach.

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02/26/10 03:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Hugh B. Kennedy, 71

Hugh Brian Kennedy of Westport died Feb. 22 at his home. He was 71.

Born Jan. 10, 1939, in Dublin, Ireland, he was the son of the late Rev. Brian Kennedy and Cherie Kennedy. An international executive, he worked for major multi-national firms in Scotland and Ireland and later relocated to the United States in 1973.

In the U.S., he held numerous executive human resources positions with corporations including Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Vintner’s International. He subsequently started his own wine importing venture, Avoca Wines.

Kennedy was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he received a higher diploma in education and a master’s degree.

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02/26/10 03:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Metro-North to Run Special AM Peak Schedule on Friday

Metro-North Railroad said tonight it will run a special morning peak schedule on Friday due to escalating weather conditions north of the city.

An announcement said the railroad would be combining and eliminating select trains.

It also said customers may experience 5-10 minute delays in service due to changes in service and the impact of the winter weather.

Train changes impacting those getting on in Westport include:

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beautiful Lengths: Before and After Image
Westporter Ann Karrick had her hair shorn today to share it with a less fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. Stylist Michelene of Greg & Tony Salon is pictured at left with Karrick before the cut and the “after” look is shown at right. Karrick is donating her locks to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. Contributed photos


02/25/10 10:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Storm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

A late afternoon advisory said rain will change from southwest to northeast to a rain-snow mix this evening then to all snow after midnight.

The snow will then continue into Friday night with the heaviest snow during the day on Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers on Saturday, the advisory said.

The Weather Service said it expects accumulations of 7 to 11 inches of snow in Fairfield County and 5 to 10 inches in western Suffolk County through Saturday morning.

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Westport to Get Additional Ticket Vending Machine

Westport will get an additional ticket vending machine at the Metro-North station in Saugatuck as the railroad moves to close out its ticket windows at the station, according to a Department of Transportation Image
DOT will add a fourth ticket vending machine to the Westport station.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

James P. Redeker, head of the state Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Public Transportation, disclosed plans for placing the fourth ticket machine at the Westport station at a meeting Wednesday night of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council in Stamford.

His remarks were reported today to the regular monthly meeting of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at Norwalk Transit District headquarters. The MPO heard a report on New Haven Line ticket window closings affecting Westport, Darien, New Canaan, and Fairfield.

The closings were initially disclosed as part of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed 2010-11 budget with a projected savings of $400,000 annually. (See WestportNow Feb. 5, 2010)

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Winter Weather Advisory Update

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Westport area until 6 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

A mix of rain and snow will continue through this afternoon with periods of all rain especially over Suffolk County and eastern Fairfield County, an advisory said.

The precipitation is expected to change to all snow during the evening and become heavy at times. The snow will then gradually become less steady and lighter into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers by Friday evening.

For now, expect accumulations to range from 3 to 6 inches in Fairfield County with locally higher amounts possible especially across far southwestern parts of the county where upto 8 inches of snow could fall, the Weather Service said.


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