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Friday, October 29, 2010

Westport Property Transfers October 11 - 15, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 11 - 15, 2010:

John P. Gudzik Est. to Able Construction Inc., 57 Bulkley Ave. North, $650,000WN property.jpg

Eileen S. Steinberg to Lesley O’Connell, 7 North Ave., $960,000

Norman and Myrna Lewis to Ekalavya Prakash and Kavery Patil, 1 Bobwhite Drive, $661,300

James R. Radcliffe to Nicholas Alan and Hana Jones, 1 Maplewood Ave., $380,000

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10/29/10 05:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge View Image
The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center was bathed in bright sunshine Thursday with a backdrop of fall colors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Friday, October 29, 2010

9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Memory”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Sunrise Rotary 21st Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Democratic Women of Westport presents Donkey Rock! with DNR
8 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory - Westport Astronomical Society welcomes Dr. Heidi Hammel

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Senior Housing Plan Pitched to P&Z

By James Lomuscio

About 100 persons, many of them seniors, turned out tonight for a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting in which town officials sought commission approval for the first step toward building senior housing and a skilled nursing facility on the town-owned, 22-acre parcel known as the Baron’s South Image
Selectman Shelly Kassen outlined her thoughts on the application to P&Z members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

After three-and-a-half hours of comments from local officials and the public, the P&Z decided to resume hearings on Thursday, Nov. 4.

“People tell me, ‘Demonstrate leadership, Gordon. Leave a legacy,’ ” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said, adding that he could not think of a more important legacy than allowing seniors to remain in their town.

As outlined by Joseloff and Selectman Shelly Kassen, the plan calls for 66 senior housing units, 60 percent of which would be affordable, and nearby, an 84-resident skilled nursing facility.

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10/29/10 03:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Facing Off at Earthplace Image
In their second and final debate, candidates for the 136th House District debated environmental issues tonight at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Democrat Jonathan Steinberg and Republican Nitzy Cohen touched on the effectiveness of the Department of Environmental Protection, the deer population and what to do about them, and energy costs. About 50 persons attended the debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


10/29/10 01:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

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Members of the Staples High School environmental class attended tonight’s debate at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Pictured (l-r) are Zoe Greenblatt, Ali Jadick ,Mike Nussbaum, abd Vinny Amaru. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


10/29/10 01:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

All Smiles Image
Democrat Jonathan Steinberg and Republican Nitzy Cohen were all smiles before tonight’s debate at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The two are vying to fill the seat of state Representative Joe Mioli, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election in the 136th House District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


10/29/10 01:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Y Downtown Faces P&Z in Court

By James Lomuscio

The integrity of Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) came under attack in Stamford Superior Court today by a former Image
Helen Martin Block: “They didn’t want to probe the issues.” WN file photo

Judge A. William Mottolese heard former commissioner Helen Martin Block charge that the majority of the P&Z was biased toward the applicant in its 5 to 2 vote in 2008 approving the construction of a new Westport Weston family Y at Camp Mahackeno.

The P&Z and the Y are codefendants in a suit initiated by Y Downtown, a group that opposes the move and charges that the commission did not perform due diligence regarding town regulations when making the approval.

The predisposition claims were made by Martin Block who served on the commission from November 2003 to October 2008 when she resigned. 

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

Teen Struck By Car

UPDATE A 17-year-old Westport youth was struck by a car today on Hen Hawk Lane off of Whitney Street and hospitalized.

Police did not identify the victim. Sergeant Eric Woods of the department’s Accident Investigation Unit said he suffered head and other injuries He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. He was released on Friday.

Because of the severity of the injuries, the Accident Investigation Unit was called in to thoroughly document the accident scene. One of the victim’s sneakers was still in the roadway as they worked.

A police news release said arriving emergency personnel found the victim next to the vehicle which hit him and administered medical treatment. It said the cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Westport Police Patrol Division and the Accident Investigation Unit.

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10/28/10 08:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Promoting the Spin Odyssey Fund-Raiser Image
It’s still more than four months away, but Spin Odyssey’s 2011 fund-raising event on Sunday, March 6 got a boost today at the Westport Thursday Farmer’s Market. Giving out information to visitors were (l-r) Don Stillman of Greenwich, Patty Kondub of Westport and Mariann VanZanten also of Westport. Kondub stressed that 100 percent of the monies raised will go directly to breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


10/28/10 08:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

4th District Debate Turns to Energy and the Environment

By Uma Ramiah

It’s been a campaign season fiercely focused on the economy, and this latest debate in the 4th Congressional District was no exception. But for a good part of today’s event at Norwalk’s DoubleTree Hotel two other crucial issues got some attention: energy and the Image
Dan Debicella (l) and Jim Himes in the final debate of their campaign today in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Uma Ramiah for

“Ninety seconds on energy policy,” said incumbent Democrat Jim Himes, “Okay. Here’s an area where we really need substantial change.”

Himes and his opponent, Republican state Sen. Dan Debicella, agreed that reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil by developing alternative energy sources was the only way forward.

“We continue to send billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela,” said Himes. “I was in Afghanistan nine months ago and I’ve seen what that money gets used for against our young men and women.”

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10/28/10 07:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes and Debicella Meet in Norwalk Debate Image
Democrat Jim Himes (c) and Republican Dan Debicella faced off today in a debate in Norwalk sponsored by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. News-12 anchor Tom Appleby was moderator. Cablevision News-12 photo


10/28/10 05:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Good Fall Day for Paving Image
The fall colors along Westport’s North Avenue mixed with smoking asphalt today as phase two of federally funded paving continued along the heavily traveled roadway. The weather cooperated with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/28/10 04:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Halloween Spirit at Farmer’s Market Image
Several of the vendors at today’s Westport Thursday Farmer’s Market dressed in costume in the Halloween spirit. Among them was Jackie Schiro, owner of The Little Chocolate Company in Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/28/10 02:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Awareness Group Hosts Pre-Homecoming Assemblies Image
Saturday is Homecoming at Westport’s Staples High School and today the school’s pajama-clad Teen Awareness Group held two powerful assemblies aimed at raising awareness of underage drinking. Students watched “Haze,” a documentary about a student who died in an alcohol-related hazing incident in 2004 at the University of Colorado. They also heard from Principal John Dodig and football Coach Marce Petroccio urging students to make responsible decisions this Homecoming and throughout the year. Dodig moved up the time for Saturday’s game against Fairfield Ludlowe from 2 p.m. to 10 a.m. in hopes of discouraging drinking which marred last year’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/28/10 02:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Recasting Westport Inn as a Boutique Hotel

By James Lomuscio

When Sheldon Stein bought The Westport Inn three years ago this month, he planned a total redevelopment, one that would involve knocking down the front building facing Post Road East and replacing it with an elegant boutique-styled inn designed by Westport architect Peter Image
Sheldon Stein’s plans include a ballroom for 250 people. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

Two-and-a-half years later, Stein, managing principal of New York City-based Ranger Properties, got all the Planning and Zoning Commission approvals required.

There was just one problem—the economy had gone into a tailspin.

“Our intention is still to go ahead with it, just not immediately,” he said Wednesday as he walked between the two buildings, the one constructed in 1965 near Post Road East and the one behind it built in 1985.

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10/28/10 09:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

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The octagonal barn at the Westport Historical Society is bathed in fall colors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Memory”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Parking Lot - Westport Farmers Market
11:30 a.m. - DoubleTree Hotel, 789 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk - 4th Congressional District candidate debate on environment
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: S.J. Rozan and Daniel Judson
7:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Candidates for 136th House District answer questions about environmental issues
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Diary of Anne Frank” (post performance: “So the World Will Know: Attempts to Document Genocide”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Candidate Forums set for Thursday

There will be two candidate forums on the environment on Thursday sponsored by Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center.

Earthplace is co-sponsoring, with the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, a debate and luncheon featuring the candidates for the Connecticut 4th Congressional District, Democrat Jim Himes and Republican Dan Debicella.

The debate will be moderated by News-12 Anchor Tom Appleby and take place at the DoubleTree Hotel, 789 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. The fee for the event, which includes lunch, is $45.

In the evening, Earthplace will host the candidates for Westport’s 136th State House District, Republican Nitzy Cohen and Democrat Jonathan Steinberg. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Earthplace. Admission is free. 


10/28/10 01:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Beats Bassick

Balanced scoring lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Bassick today in Image
Connor Walsh saves for Staples during today’s 4-1 win over Bassick in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for

The win gives the Wreckers a final regular season record of 13-2-1.  Seeded second in the FCIAC tournament, they host a quarterfinal game this Friday (3 p.m., Loeffler Field). 

The opponent has not yet been determined.

Court Lake, Greg Gudis, Harry Birch and Max Hoberman all scored for Staples. Lorenz Esposito, Dylan Evans and Taylor McNair registered assists.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thursday and Friday Paving Locations Image
The Westport Public Works department today released road work information for Thursday and Friday. It said paving will take place on North Avenue beginning at the Merritt Parkway overpass and working south. The contractor will also start paving on Cross Highway from Bayberry Lane westward. Due to restrictions on working on the Cross Highway-North Avenue intersection, work may alternate between the two paving areas so as to keep the intersection clear at rush hour. All school entrances will remain open, the department said, and the Wakeman Park Road and Staples-Bedford gate will remain open for morning and afternoon access. Contributed graphic


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Halloween Faces

A photo gallery of some of the Halloween faces along Westport’s Main Street today. Lynn U. Miller for


10/27/10 10:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Buzz Lightyear Image
Brady Nahmias, 2, of Westport took part in today’s Halloween parade on Main Street with his dad, Bob. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Pirate Dog Image
Rocco, a 2-year-old French bulldog, was a hit in today’s Halloween parade on Westport’s Main Street. He belongs to Dana and Craig Brownell of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Ready to Go Image
A group of Halloween parade participants lined up for a group picture on Westport’s Main Street today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/27/10 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pickle Man Image
Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s, hands out pickles today to Halloween parade participants on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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

Dare Hummer Draws Attention Image
Westport Police Officer Ned Batlin gets a high five as he hands out police trading cards to Halloween parade participants today in front of the department’s new Hummer which is designated the DARE vehicle. The Hummer was seized from a Westport accountant who pleaded guilty last year to an embezzlement charge and a court ordered him to forfeit his five luxury automobiles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/27/10 08:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Simon Says Image
A lively game of Simon Says kept youngsters busy at Westport Town Hall today following the annual Halloween parade on Main Street. The after parade activities were moved indoors from Veterans Green because of rainy weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Popular Retailer Image
Fleece, the children’s clothing arm of Brooks Brothers, was a favorite stop for trick or treaters today on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/27/10 08:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trick or Treaters Crowd Main Street Image
Despite the threat of rain, trick or treaters crowded Westport’s Main Street Street today for the annual Halloween parade. The purple and blue balloons were handed out by competing candidates for state representative. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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