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Friday, September 30, 2011

More Coastal Flooding Image
Today;s high tide brought more flooding along Westport’s shoreline This was the scene at Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


09/30/11 10:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Burritt’s Landing N. Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Burritt’s Landing North, off Saugatuck Avenue, is in process. Built in 1958, the two-story contemporary has 3,714 square feet and is situated on a 1.25-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/30/11 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Tours Irene’s Toll on Downtown Businesses

By James Lomuscio

Though Hurricane Irene hit a month ago, its effect is still being felt on Westport’s Main Street, where U.S. Congressman Jim Himes got a first hand look today at business property damage and injury to the bottom line. Image
The sign in Chico’s window on Westport’s Main Street seemed to say it all as Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff toured businesses impacted by Irene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The sign in Chico’s window seemed to say it all: “Due to Hurricane Irene Our Boutique is Temporarily Closed.”

Chico’s was one of three businesses that remain shuttered due to Irene. The others are Lulumon Athletica at 91 Main St. and Theory at 89.

Himes, who was accompanied by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, state Rep, Jonathan Steinberg, and Tom Nocera, spokesman for the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), called the damage Irene caused to businesses upsetting, especially since most have been struggling since the economic downturn.

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09/30/11 08:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 12 - 16, 2011

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 12 - 16, 2011:

Jarvis and Michelle Bowers Trs. to Geoffrey R. and Emily Robb King, 7 Keyser Road, $1,485,000WN property.jpg

Sharon and John L. Kurland Trus to Moneka and James J. Krouse, 16 Pier Way Landing, $1,350,000

Drumlin LLC and Christopher Kaminski, 48 Drumlin Road, $410,000

David P. Steinmetz to Sally R. K. and Stephen E. Fisk, 23 Maple Ave. South, $960,000

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09/30/11 07:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Tours Irene-Impacted Businesses on Main Street Image
Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) toured Westport Main Street today to visit businesses impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Joining him in front of the Chico’s clothing boutique still closed because of the storm were (l-r) state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Tom Nocera, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The officials stressed to business owners the availability of federal funds to help recover from the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/30/11 06:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Post-Storm Tales from the Liquor Locker Image
Harvey Skolnick (r), owner of Main Street’s Liquor Locker, tells some official visitors today that Tropical Storm Irene caused only minimal damage because he was able to get much of his stock off the floor before flood waters rose several feet in his store. Listening are (l-r) Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Tom Nocera of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Rep. Jim Himes (D-4), and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/30/11 06:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

With October Comes Pumpkins Image
With October a day away, Geiger’s Garden Center on Westport’s Post Road East already has plenty of pumpkins to choose from. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


09/30/11 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, September 30, 2011

9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
8 p.m. - Town Hall Theatre - Westport Community Theatre: “Moonlight and Magnolias”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pancake Breakfast Sunday Supports Wakeman Farm Image
Mike Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie appear on a poster promoting Sunday’s pancake breakfast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A pancake breakfast and “pop-up” farmers market will take place at the Wakeman Town Farm Sustainability Center, 124 Cross Highway, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday to raise funds for the town-owned facility.

Staples environmental science teacher Mike Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie, who are returning to the farm to live and offer a teaching program there, will be on hand as will be volunteers who will help run the facility as part of a new town committee.

The $5 breakfast will feature a menu from Christie’s County Store that includes fresh pancakes, nitrate-free bacon and fresh maple syrup. The market will include local vendors and craftspeople selling everything from artisanal foods to handmade crafts.

The Aitkenheads were forced to leave the farm when GVI ended its lease of the farm last month. GVI had hired Michael Aitkenhead to run the farm but did not renew his contract, causing a flurry of objections from Staples students as well as criticism of GVI.


09/29/11 10:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dark Afternoon Image
Rain then sunshine then heavy rains again in late afternoon made up the weather pattern in Westport today. View is looking west from Post Road East near Compo Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


09/29/11 10:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heavy Rains Cause Power Outages

UPDATE Heavy rains today led to power outages in Westport, Connecticut Light & Power Company said. Image
Westport firefighters at the scene of a downed power line in the area of 5 Newtown Turnpike today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

At 11 p.m., CL&P said all Westport customers had their power back after earlier reporting as many as 196 customers were affected.

Residents in the area of 5 Newtown Turnpike lost electric power in the late afternoon when a heavy rain downpour caused a tree branch to snap, pulling down a utility line.

John Albano, a resident around the corner on Columbine Lane, Norwalk said that the his power went off at 4:40 p.m. 

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09/29/11 09:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for ‘Love Night’ Image
Associate Artistic Director for Westport Country Playhouse, David Kennedy, and Westport Arts Center Director of Visual Arts, Helen Klisser During, prepare for next week’s “Love Night.” The program is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. and will be a collaborative presentation from the two organizations, exploring the common language of visual art and theater. Actors, reading scenes from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” will help to weave together conversations, and to make powerful connections between Shakespeare’s words and “Love: In The Eye of The Beholder,” WAC’s current exhibition. “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will” will open at the Playhouse on Oct. 11.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for


09/29/11 09:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Special Weather Statement

A line of heavy showers and thunderstorms will impact Fairfield County in late afternoon, a National Weather Service advisory said.

At 4:05 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking heavy shower and thunderstorms in Westchester County moving east.

Winds up to 40 mph are expected with these storms. In addition, very heavy rain with rainfall rates of up to one inch an hour is occurring with these storms, the advisory said.

This could cause ponding of water on roadways and minor flooding of poor drainage areas.


09/29/11 08:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Availability of Financing is Key

By Judy Szablak

For those of you that are in the process of selling your home, or thinking about selling, one very important factor to keep in mind is that the availability of financing has a great impact on your sale. Most buyers will need to obtain a mortgage, and they will need access to reasonable loan programs. Image
This Saugatuck Island contemporary home at 116 Harbor Road is listed at $1,395,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Prudential CT Realty

What initially appears like a very minor change in interest rates or loan limits might seem inconsequential to you, but it might make all the difference in the world as to whether a buyer can obtain a loan for your property.

Over the past few months, we have heard about a number of changes that were possible on the financial front. Probably the biggest change to affect mortgages was that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were to adjust loan limits downward as of Oct. 1 for government-backed mortgages. 

While some industry experts had thought (and hoped) that this would not be the case, it is now going to be a reality.

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09/29/11 05:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Armed Robber Gets $200 from Merritt Country Store

A man showing a handgun robbed Westport’s Merritt Country Store of about $200 early today, police and the victim said. Image
Clerk Shoaib Sidd said the robber made off with about $200, adding: “It was a horrible experience.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Clerk Shoaib Sidd said the man, described as under 40 years old, entered the store at 337 Main St. about 3:30 a.m. wearing a mask and large sunglasses, showed a black handgun and demanded money. 

The Pakistan native said he handed over about $200. “We don’t have much money here at night,” he said, adding: “It was a horrible experience, but I am fine now.”

Police said the man fled northbound on Main Street and that a K-9 dog from the Monroe Police Department was unable to pick up a trail.

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09/29/11 11:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Running in the Rain Image
The rain on Wednesday did not deter the Staples cross-country runners on North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Pension Investment Committee
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - CT Money School: “The Basics of Probate and the Ever-Changing Tax Landscape”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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All Gone: 128 Beachside Ave. Image
The house at 128 Beachside Ave., Westport’s “Gold Coast,” was demolished. The 1930s almost 10,000-square foot home included 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms and was built by H. Smith Richardson, a Richardson-Vicks pharmaceutical company scion. The $20 million sale in October of three adjoining parcels on almost seven acres overlooking Long Island Sound was Westport’s second largest residential real estate transaction. (See WestportNow Oct. 30, 2010).  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 15, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Staples Boys Soccer Edges Ridgefield 1-0 Image
Jake Malowitz (shown above) was a defensive key in the Staples boys soccer team’s 1-0 win over Ridgefield today at home. Ben Root’s goal in the fourth minute was the difference. Also starring for the Wreckers were Steve Smith, Alex Tonsberg, Taylor McNair and keeper James Hickok. Staples is now 5-0-0, and hosts Norwalk on Friday at 4 p.m. in an important FCIAC contest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for


09/28/11 11:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Reese’s Found Her Forever Home

Reese’s. Connecticut Humane Society

Reese’s is one large, gorgeous gal. She can be a bit temperamental and would do best with an experienced cat owner, but she does love to be pet on her terms! She had to be groomed when she arrived but her beautiful coat is growing in! She would probably be willing to share her home with another pet or two. She loves to talk and give head butts and would love a sunny windowsill to curl up on and watch the world from! If you think you have the forever home Reese’s needs, stop by the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society and meet her.


09/28/11 10:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sweet Tootsie Has Someone To Love

Tootsie. Connecticut Humane Society

Tootsie is a sweet 5 year old girl that has been here at the shelter for quite a while. We are not sure why she keeps getting overlooked because she is very calm and quiet and would make a great companion for an older person. Come to the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society and meet Tootsie.


09/28/11 10:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Neisha Has Her One and Only

Neisha. Connecticut Humane Society

Neisha is an 8 year old female who came to us because of the decline in health of her owner. She is a sweet girl, but on her terms. She needs an experienced cat owner who understands that she may be independent and want her alone time, but will come to you when she wants attention. She would do best in a quiet environment and as your one and only.  Meet Neisha at the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society.


09/28/11 10:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Franklin Found a Home

Franklin. Connecticut Humane Society

This poor boy was abandoned at our door! Franklin is shy, especially at first, he appears to be afraid of other cats. He may be willing to share his home with another cat if it was respectful of his personal space. Franklin is very sweet and loves to be petted and rubbed; however, he can be moody. He does not like to be picked up and needs a family that is willing to accept his personality quirks. Come meet Franklin at Westport branch of the CT Humane Society.


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

Cloe Found A New Home

Cloe. Connecticut Humane Society

Cloe is 5 year old little lady with a great personality! She loves to give and receive affection and especially loves the top of her tail head scratched. She would be good in a home with children of any age and may also be willing to share her home with other animals, but not other cats. Come meet Cloe at the Westport Shelter!


09/28/11 10:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Cross Way Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Cross Way, on Saugatuck Shores, is in process. Built in 1976, the two-story contemporary has 4,245 square feet and is situated on a .60-acre property. The current resident plans to rebuild on the site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/28/11 07:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Insurance Department Reduces Anthem’s Rate Hike

By Arielle Levin Becker

The Connecticut Insurance Department has turned down a request by the state’s largest health insurer to raise premiums by 12.9 percent for more than 25,000 individual-market policies, instead granting the company a 3.9 percent increase.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield had said that the higher increase was needed to account for rising claims costs, increased use of services by members, and state and federally mandated benefit changes. Image

But the insurance department found that a smaller increase was appropriate. Actuary Paul Lombardo wrote that the lower figure was based on reducing the operating margin for the plans and removing “underwriting wear-off” from Anthem’s calculations. Underwriting wear-off refers to the decline in members’ health status since they first bought the policies, making them poorer risks.

The 3.9 percent increase could take effect Jan. 1 for about 25,000 policies covering an estimated 48,000 state residents who buy private insurance on their own rather than through their employer.

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09/28/11 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

More Flooding Image
It wasn’t a tropical storm or hurricane, just unusually high tides at mid-day today which flooded parts of Westport’s Harbor Road on Saugatuck Shores and other low-lying areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/28/11 06:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Minor Flooding at Mid-Day High Tide Image
There was some minor flooding at today’s mid-day high tide in Westport. The Saugatuck River lapped over the parking lot behind the Westport Arts Center on Riverside Avenue and Canal Road on Saugatuck Shores was shut down for a period by flood waters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/28/11 06:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Picnic in the Water Image
A picnic table behind the Westport Arts Center on Riverside Avenue had some flooding issues at mid-day today as unusually high tides caused some minor flooding along Westport’s Saugatuck River and coastline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/28/11 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Line Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line Service is on or close to schedule after earlier experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes in both directions due to switch problems in the vicinity of Mamaroneck, N.Y.


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