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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

It said southeast winds 20 to 30 mph can be expected with occasional gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

The advisory said scattered tree and limb damage along with scattered power outages are possible.


11/30/10 08:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Journalist Tells Rotary Tale of Wealth, Scandal and Mystery

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Veteran journalist Bill Dedman told the Westport Rotary Club today about one of America’s richest women and how her mansions have been vacant for decades. His tale of wealth, scandal and mystery began when he was house hunting in New Canaan. Dedman, who writes for MSNBC.com and who recently moved from Westport to Weston, published his investigation of reclusive Huguette Clark here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/30/10 08:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Temporary Rail Station Daily Parking Extended

The Westport Police Department said today the temporary daily parking expansion in Lot 8 at the Westport Metro-North station in Saugatuck has been extended through Friday, Dec. 17.

The permit issue that began on Nov. 8 is ongoing and 150 permit applications were mailed out at that time which required a response by today, a news release said.

A new round of permit applications will be mailed out during the week of Dec. 6 and will continue until the target number of 150 new permits has been issued, it said.

Today is the expiration date for all permits bearing a November 2010 expiration. The expiration date is printed on every permit.

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11/30/10 07:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Julius T. Fraser, 87

Julius T. Fraser passed away at his Westport home on Saturday, Nov. 20. He was 87.WestportNow.com Image
Julius Fraser: Studied time. Contributed photo

Born in Budapest, Hungary on May 7, 1923, he fulfilled a long-held dream when he came to the United States in September 1946.

He was the founder of the International Society for the Study of Time (1965) which attracts scholars interested in the multidisciplinary study of time. This group publishes a journal and holds triennial conferences.

J.T. Fraser was the author of numerous books and articles dealing with the multidisciplinary nature of time. He taught classes on time at MIT, Mt. Holyoke, University of Maryland and Fordham University and lectured worldwide.

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11/30/10 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Holiday Look

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Westport’s Main Street has taken on a holiday look. A banner promotes this weekend’s Westport Historical Society Holiday House Tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


11/30/10 03:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

RTM Committee Rejects Overturning Affordable Housing Regs

By James Lomuscio

A Representative Town Meeting (RTM) committee voted 4 to 3 Monday night against overturning a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) affordable housing amendment that some property owners say will cause them financial hardship.WestportNow.com Image
Matthew Mandell, chair of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Planning and Zoning Committee, addresses Monday night’s meeting. At left is member Diane Cady. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

In recommending that the RTM not overturn Amendment No. 618—which requires 20 percent affordable housing in all new multi-family housing districts along the Post Road—the RTM Planning and Zoning Committee unanimously agreed that 618 should be rewritten to require affordable units only in General Business Districts (GBDs).

Matthew Mandell, who chairs the committee, said he would initiate action through the committee to draft a revised text amendment to that effect for submission to the P&Z.

At the same time the committee unanimously voted to take no action on Amendment No. 619 since members agreed it placed no burden on property owners in GBDs. In fact, they said, it would give GBD property owners the opportunity to establish multi-family housing, an option not previously available. The full RTM will take up the items at its Dec. 7 meeting.

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Holiday Westport Seal

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Among the ornaments on a Christmas tree (inset) that went up Monday in the Westport Town Hall lobby was this one of the town seal contributed in 1979 by longtime Westporter Mollie Donovan. The tree was erected by the Westport Historical Society and includes numerous ornaments depicting Westport scenes and town history crafted by Westporters over the years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
11 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre Auditions “Mauritius”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Jack Cavanaugh, “The Gipper”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Frederick J. Moore, 78

Frederick James Moore, longtime fire chief and fire marshal in Weston, died Friday, Nov. 26, at Wilton Meadows. He was 78.

A lifetime Weston resident, Moore first volunteered for the fire department when he was 18 and later became fire chief and fire marshal. He retired as fire chief in 2007.

He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1950 and the University of Connecticut School of Agriculture. He also managed The Nature Conservancy Devil’s Den and Katharine Ordway Preserves.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann; two sisters, Emily and Susan of Weston; four children, Jeffery of Weston, Robert of Alexandria, Va., Gregory of Salem, N.H., and a stepdaughter, Nichola of Newtown; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Lyons Plain Road, Weston, at 3 p.m.


11/30/10 04:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

David Pogue: Geeky Wit and Humor at the Library

By Caren Calish Gagliano

With much wit and humor, David Pogue tonight delighted an overflow Westport Public Library audience with the latest technology trends for the holidays.WestportNow.com Image
Westporter David Pogue addresses an overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight.Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The personal technology columnist for The New York Times—and Westport resident—kept the crowd entranced with information and opinions on the best gift giving or buying technology for Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanza.

He said the most requested holiday gift this year among 6- to 12-year-olds, according to Nielsen, is the Apple iPad, followed by computers in general, and then Apple’s iPod Touch.

Pogue highlighted the Line 2 app which he says turns turns an iPod Touch or iPad into a full mobile phone for $9.95 monthly as long as there is a WiFi connection. Skype can also be used, he said. He also demonstrated an iPhone app called Ocarina which allows an iPhone user to play the phone like a flute-like instrument. The phone becomes sensitive to a user’s breath, touch and movements.

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Playing the iPhone Like a Musical Instrument

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Westporter David Pogue, New York Times personal technology columnist, demonstrates for an overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight how an iPhone user can play the phone like a musical instrument using an application called Ocarina. The phone becomes sensitive to a user’s breath, touch and movements. In addition, users can hear other players around the world. “If everybody in the world had this app, there would be no more wars,” he said. Pogue reviewed the latest gadgets for holiday gift giving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Going Down: 10 Godfrey Lane

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The house at Westport’s 10 Godfrey Lane, off Bulkley Avenue North, was demolished today. Built in 1956, the two-story colonial had 2,668 square feet, was situated on a 1.02-acre property and changed ownership in August for $853,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 14, 2010. It is the eighth house in Westport that was demolished this month for replacement with new construction, a notable contrast with the weak real estate market in many other parts of the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Westport Property Transfers November 8 - 12, 2010

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

JP Morgan Chase Bank NA to Vadim and Elvira Kovshov, 2 Lyndale Park, $730,000WN property.jpg

Donald J. Dykas to Thomas Find, 44 Strathmore Lane, Paid in Norwalk, $350,000

William Steiger to Steiger Family Irrevocable Trust, 10 Round Pond Road, $500,000

Steven Franzel Tr. to Michael T. and Elizabeth D. Janis, 127 Beachside Ave., $1,000,000

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11/29/10 07:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rafael C. Laredo, 90

Rafael Caturla Laredo of Southbury died on Nov. 22 after suffering a stroke. He was 90.WestportNow.com Image
Rafael C. Laredo: 43-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The patriarch of his family, he was a resident of Westport from 1964 until 2007.

He was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 20, 1920, a son of the late Octavio and Silvia Laredo. He left Cuba at age 15 and was educated in the United States, where he attended Fork Union Military Academy and was a 1944 graduate of MIT in chemical engineering.

His career started with Monsanto Chemicals, and then with Liquid Carbonic, where he was responsible for building and managing dry ice plants in Mexico City, Mexico, Havana, Cuba, and Santiago, Chile.

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11/29/10 05:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rell: I Won’t Cut Rail Funding

UPDATE Gov. M. Jodi Rell, with five weeks to go in her term, today sought to put an end to a Thanksgiving eve controversy that made it appear she was suggesting massive cuts to rail commuter service.WestportNow.com Image
M. Jodi Rell: “I can understand the confusion.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo

“I can understand the confusion and questions that people have so let me be quite clear: I do not and will not support cuts to the Metro-North branch lines – Danbury, Waterbury or New Canaan,” she said in a statement.

“In fact, no one has made more of a commitment to commuter rail than I have and I will continue to forcefully advocate for rail until I leave office in January.”

Rell explained that a list of $38 million in potential cuts prepared by the Office of Policy and Management was issued last week as a menu of options for the legislature to consider as a way to fill a funding hole in the winter home heating assistance program for seniors and low-income families.

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11/29/10 05:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

One-Car Merritt Crash Sends Driver to Hospital

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A morning rush hour accident today in the northbound lane of the Merritt Parkway just north of Exit 41 resulted in the driver going to the hospital. According to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost, the driver lost control of her vehicle and smashed into the rail.  Damage to the vehicle, which had no passengers other than the driver, required it to be towed from the scene. One lane was closed while firefighters tended to the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/29/10 03:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Alyce J. Restaino, 92

Alyce Jaderlund Restaino died Oct. 28 at the age of 92.

The daughter of Anna and Ignatz Horelick, she was born on Whitney Street in Westport on April 24, 1918. She resided with family in Gold Canyon, Ariz., the last four years of her life.

Restaino and her husband owned and operated several popular restaurants in Westport, and were involved in real estate development and management in the area.

In later years, she worked at Norwalk Hospital in the Cardiology Department. Restaino was also actively involved with the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW in Saugatuck.

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11/29/10 03:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Saving Transit Benefits—and Trains

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

UPDATE (updates with Rell’s statement today) Don’t look now, but Congress is about to give motoring commuters a big tax break and take one away from riders of mass transit.

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Under current federal law, commuters can deduct up to $230 a month from their pre-tax paychecks to pay for the trips to and from work. That deduction can cover bus/rail tickets via programs like TransitChek or pay their parking expenses. 

But unless Congress acts by the end of the year, the mass transit commuter’s benefit will be cut to $120 per month while the motoring commuter keeps the full benefit. Huh?

Cutting this pre-tax benefit would hurt low income workers the most because they often have no car and must rely on bus and train. At a time when we’re trying to reduce highway congestion and improve air quality, penalizing mass transit riders and rewarding users of autos makes no sense.

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11/29/10 03:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gadget Guru David Pogue at Library Tonight

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David Pogue addressing Y’s Women in September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Celie Rosenau for WestportNow.com
Gadget gifting for geeks and non-geeks is the subject of tonight’s talk at the Westport Public Library by Westporter David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times

His talk at 7:30 p.m, is entitled “All I Want for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa.” Free and open to the public, it will take place in the library’s McManus Room.

In addition to his weekly print column in the Times, Pogue contributes an NYT online column and video as well as a popular daily blog, “Pogue’s Posts.”

He is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a best-selling author, with more than three million books in print.

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11/29/10 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

On Sherwood Mill Pond

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Thanksgiving weekend provided ample opportunity to enjoy Westport’s beauty spots, including Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Monday, November 29, 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 - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
7 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre Auditions “Mauritius”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Trends in Technology: David Pogue, “All I want for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Bedford Students Set for “Pirates of Penzance”

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Bedford Middle School’s The Bedford Acting Group is preparing for its weekend performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical theater classic, “Pirates of Penzance.” A cast of more than 100 seventh and eighth graders has been working hard in rehearsals since September for the performances on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, students $10, and children three and under are admitted free. Tickets will be sold at the door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Comings and Goings: Henry’s Place Coming to Bridge Square

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Henry’s Place, a bistro wine bar, will open at 5 Bridge Square in Westport’s Saugatuck section in the location previously occupied by the Cucina Modo Mio trattoria which closed in October (see WestportNow Oct. 21, 2010).  According to owner Felton Weller, the bistro will open on Dec. 7 with grand opening festivities in mid-January. Weller, the father of three, said the business is named after his son Henry, 15. He said that the bistro will have a full bar and will serve sandwiches, “comfort food,” chicken wings, hamburgers, and other favorites as well as daily take out selections which he calls “early bird specials” for $9.99. Weller, who has been a restaurateur in the area for many years, owns Felton’s Fish Market in the same complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Busy Sunday on Water and Off

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Today’s sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 40s brought out visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach and sailors to Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Chabad of Westport Launches Jewish Community Library

On Wednesday, the first night of Hanukkah, Chabad Lubavitch of Westport will open its doors to a Jewish Community Library.

“What better way to light up the night, then with new opportunities for education and connection to one’s heritage,” said Dina Kantor, co-director of the synagogue. 

The library is located at JSpace, the Chabad Community Center, at 20 Ketchum St., and will host author visits, mother-daughter book clubs, community book reads, and storytelling with activities for children.

On its opening day at 4 p.m., the library will feature children’s storybook author, Amalia Hoffman, with a reading of her book, “The Klezmer Bunch.” For more information on the library, or the Hanukkah event, call the Chabad office at 203 226 8584, or visit www.chabadofwestport.com.


11/28/10 09:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Memory” Almost a Memory at Arts Center

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There was a rush of visitors this weekend to the Westport Arts Center where its “Memory” exhibit closes today after a two-month run. A late afternoon group of visitors today listens to Dutch art lecturer Jaap Nijstad describe the works of Leo Kok, a Belgian Jewish artist whose concentration camp depictions had never before been seen in the United States. Nijstad’s mother, Kitty de Wiljze, was also in the camp and in 1943 married Kok who died at the age of 22. She survived and now lives in Holland. Kok’s self-portrait can be seen next to that of Nijstad’s mother. Helen Klisser During, the Center’s director of visual arts who curated the exhibit, is at left (pink sweater). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/28/10 08:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Teen Into Fence

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A teenage driver was spared injury shortly after noon today when he lost control of his car and slammed into a fence on Ruta Court at the intersection of Long Lots Road behind Bertucci’s Restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/28/10 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coyote Victim

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Westport firefighters help clean up after a one-car accident shortly after 8 a.m. today in the southbound lane of the Merritt Parkway a half mile before Exit 42 in Westport. The woman driver, who was taken to the hospital, said she swerved to avoid a coyote that was in the roadway, according to Assistant Chief William Dingee. He said the vehicle then went off the roadway onto the grass, then back across the road into the guardrail, and then back off the roadway onto the shoulder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/28/10 03:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Merritt Crash Blamed on Coyote

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A woman who said she swerved to avoid a coyote was taken to a hospital today following a crash on the Merritt Parkway southbound near Exit 42 in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Off the Road

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UPDATE A car traveling southbound on the Merritt Parkway in Westport today went off the road a half mile before Exit 42. Westport Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee said the driver reported that she swerved to avoid a coyote that was in the roadway causing the vehicle to go off the roadway onto the grass, then back across the road into the guardrail, and then back off the roadway onto the shoulder. She was taken to a hospital by an AMR ambulance, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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