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Monday, February 27, 2012

A Way for Seniors to Stay Independent at Home

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More than 100 senior citizens today attended a Westport Unitarian Church event introducing the Links Connection, a program designed to enhance independent living for Westport and Weston seniors. The program was founded to give local residents the practical means and the confidence to live their lives to the fullest in their own homes as they grow older. It offers prescreened services that include home maintenance and handyman services; pre-screened healthcare and home care referrals; personal care assistance; transportation; help with computer; help with home technology; pet care, and shopping and errands. Further information is available at http://www.linksconnections.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/27/12 12:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Making the Link

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Marjolijn Wijsenbeek, executive director, and Bunny Thompson, board chair, Links Connection, welcomed guests to today’s launch event at Westport’s Unitarian Church. Thompson said similar programs are now in effect in neighboring communities such as “Stay at Home” in Wilton, “At Home” in Greenwich, and “Staying Put” in New Canaan where more than 200 households have become members. She said the Westport-Weston membership goal for the first year is to register about 100 households. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/27/12 12:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Westport Celebrates the Oscars

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The Westport Cinema Initiative, whose goal is to bring back a movie theater to Westport, hosted an N’Oscars (Not Oscars) party at Westport’s Shake Shack on Post Road East. Guests played trivia games and voted for their Oscar nominees while enjoying the food offerings from the popular eatery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/12 11:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Into the Oscar Spirit

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A large turned out today at Westport’s Shake Shack for an Oscar party hosted by Westport Cinema Initiative. Sandy Lefkowitz, foreground, presided over the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/12 10:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Film Trivia and More

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The fun and festivities at today’s Oscars party at Westport’s Shake Shack was emceed by celebrities Stormin’ Normin’ of WEBE 108 and Susan Granger, noted film critic, who posed film trivia questions to enthusiastic attendees who were also encouraged to complete an Oscar ballot and turn it in at the party. They also awarded Disney Lady and the Tramp complimentary posters to the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/12 10:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dressed for the Occasion

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg dressed for the occasion at today’s Westport Cinema Initiative Oscar party at Westport’s Shake Shack. With are Stormin’ Normin’ of WEBE 108 and Susan Granger, noted film critic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/12 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Why is a column that usually writes about Connecticut’s transportation problems suddenly interested in The Tappan Zee Bridge?  Because the pending rebuilding of this bridge across the Hudson River will have a major impact on our lives, our economy and travel patterns.

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The mighty Hudson River is what separates New England from the rest of the country.  Sure, you can cross over or under the water by car on any number of bridges and tunnels in New York City, but north of the George Washington Bridge there are few options.  And for freight trains, there are none, short of going all the way to Albany.

When it was originally envisioned in 1950, the new trans-Hudson bridge was going to be built by The Port Authority between Dobbs Ferry and Piermont N.Y. Instead the Thruway chose the wider, but shallower section a few miles north between Nyack and Tarrytown. 

Opening in 1955, the bridge was soon followed by the Cross-Westchester Expressway (now I-287) in 1960, forever linking access to Connecticut from the west. (A planned extension of I-287 over Long Island Sound as the Oyster Bay – Rye Bridge never came to pass.)

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02/26/12 08:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Asian Imperial Furniture Closing

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Asia Imperial Furniture Co.,1433 Post Road East, next to Izzo Country Gardens and Landscaping, will close its business at the end of March, according to co-owners Wendy and Jerry Wong who have occupied that location since August 2004. Wendy Wong said she and her husband decided to close the shop because “the economy has slowed down, our interior designer trade has slowed down, the whole market has slowed down—and the cost of business never goes down.”  She added that their Internet business (http://www.asiaimperial.com) will continue and “we are expanding our offerings.”  She said they will also continue to have private showings by appointment at their Bridgeport warehouse (http://www.mybttc.com). Jerry Wong said that everything in the store is now priced at 50 percent off with the exception of five sculptures that are on display. Wendy Wong said their lease has expired and they made no attempt to extend it “although we have a wonderful relationship with the Izzos who are our landlords—we are like family with them.” She said that she is also a professional in web design, continues to apply her skills and build that business, and can be reached at [email protected],com. “I even created the site for our new neighbor, the Rustica Restaurant” whose site goes live soon, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/12 08:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stanley Weinstein, 93

Stanley Weinstein of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a charter member of Westport’s Birchwood Country Club, died Feb. 24 at The Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 93.

Born in Bridgeport a son of the late Benjamin and Marion Weinstein, he was the proprietor of the Chas. Friedman Company of Bridgeport and past vice president of Auto Parts Unlimited of Stratford.

He was a charter member of the Birchwood Country Club, a past president of Congregation B’nai Israel, a member of the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach, and a member of the Probus Club.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years,  Edith Schmer Weinstein, and by his daughter, Susan Shapiro.  He is survived by his son, Peter Weinstein and his wife Gail of Bridgeport, son-in-law Robert Shapiro and his wife Helaine, a brother, Leonard Weinstein and his wife Suzanne of Long Boat, Fla., a brother-in-law Jerome Sherman, grandchildren; Andrea Weinstein and her husband Joseph Kresse, Brad Weinstein and his wife Jordana, Adam Shapiro and his wife Jana, Matthew Shapiro, Amy Shapiro and her husband Daniel Bursky, three great grandchildren, and his companion Phyllis Schwartz.

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02/26/12 08:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Winter

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A recent post-sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/12 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Toy Stories”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Thousand Clowns” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Janina Fialkowska, Pianist
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Shake Shack - Westport Cinema Initiative n’Oscar Party
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - LINKS Connections for Independent Living Kick-Off Event with Chris Coogan & the Hoot Owls

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

02/26/12 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Winds Bring Scattered Power Outages

UPDATE Today’s high winds brought scattered power outages to Westport.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 17 customers were out at 3:45 p.m. but the number was down to three 45 minutes later.

CL&P reported three customers were out at 9:50 p.m.

   

02/26/12 02:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nancy A. Locks, 67

Nancy Alma Locks, who grew up in Westport, died Feb. 6 in Long Beach, Calif. after a courageous five-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 67.

Born April 11, 1944 in New York City to Matthew and Florence Locks, she grew up in Westport and moved with her family to Long Beach in 1959.

After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also earned a teaching certificate in English as a second language from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She was multilingual and employed her linguistic skills as a teacher, researcher and interpreter. She taught Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She taught English as a second language at Long Beach City College, The Long Beach School for Adults, and schools in Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan.

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02/25/12 07:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Offering Fire Safety Tips

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Westport Fire Department Inspector Nate Gibbons demonstrates an escape ladder today during a family fire safety program titled “A Show of Support” at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Sponsored by the Westport Fire Department in conjunction with Elahi Children’s Yoga, the program was organized in the wake of the Christmas Day fire in Stamford that killed five persons.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

02/25/12 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

WN on the Scene: Oscar Excitement Building


Excitement is building in Hollywood in advance of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony. WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner was on the scene at The Hollywood and Highland Center (newly changed from The Kodak Theatre), home to the Oscars since 2002. It is located in the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue adjacent to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home to the Oscars ceremony in 1944-46. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

02/25/12 05:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wind Advisory Remains in Effect

A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. for Westport and area.

The area is forecast to have winds west 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph through the afternoon.

The strong winds will be capable of bringing down weaker trees and small branches, the National Weather Service said. Isolated power outages may occur.

Driving will be difficult, especially in high profile vehicles and on elevated roads and bridges, an advisory said. Unsecured outdoor items such as trash cans can also be easily blown about.

   

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Saturday, February 25, 2012


10 a.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave. - Fire Department safety program ““A Show of Support”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Toy Stories”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Thousand Clowns”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Arts Center Debuts ArtCafé Happy Hour

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Westport artist Nina Bentley (l) explains her work “Hostile Witness” tonight during the Westport Arts Center’s inaugural ArtCafé Happy Hour. The evening event attracted several dozen guests who heard artists describing their works in the Center’s curent “Toy Stories” exhibit. The weekly ArtCafé is held every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

02/25/12 03:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, February 24, 2012

Former Westporter Gets Six Months in Fraud Scheme

Former Westporter Susan Italiano Wong, 38, of New York City today was sentenced to six months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud stemming from an investment fraud scheme that led to investor loses of $80,000.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven ordered that the first six months of supervised release must be served in home confinement. She also ordered Wong to pay a fine in the amount of $4,000 and make full restitution to those she defrauded.

Wong entered her plea before Arterton last November after waiving her right to an indictment. (See WestportNow Nov. 16, 2011)

Court documents and statements made from January 2010 to February 2011 show that Wong defrauded several individuals out of a total of $80,000.

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02/24/12 10:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Christ & Holy Trinity Hosts Fire Family Safety Event

A family fire safety program titled “A Show of Support” kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church at 55 Myrtle Ave.

It will include hands-on demonstrations of fire alarms and smoke detectors, fire prevention strategies and an “anything goes” question and answer session, according to Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant

Sponsored by the Westport Fire Department in conjunction with Elahi Children’s Yoga, the one-hour event is designed to refresh skills on “family fire safety and prevention strategies, with a particular emphasis on empowering special needs families,” Zygmant said.

“The recent tragic fire in Stamford illustrates how critical fire safety planning is,” he said “This program will capitalize on the lessons learned from that fire, and will provide specific recommendations for ‘Best Practices’ that all families can use.”

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02/24/12 09:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Oscar Party on Sunday

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Westport Cinema Initiative members are busy stuffing “non-Swag bags” for the first annual n’Oscars, Westport’s Answer to the Red Carpet hosted by Shake Shack in Westport, from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday. Pictured (l-r) are Sandy Lefkowitz, director of Westport Cinema Initiative, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Susan Iseman and Larry Pearlstein. The event will feature celebrities Stormin’ Normin’ of WEBE 108 and Susan Granger, noted film critic, emceeing a Westport film trivia contest, as well as pre-Oscar predictions, balloting, and fabulous prizes. For further information, visit http://www.westportcinema.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcy Juran for WestportNow.com

   

02/24/12 08:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Norwalk Launches Lung Cancer Screening Program

Norwalk Hospital announced today it has launched a lung cancer screening program based upon the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the New England Journal of Medicine.

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The program is being led by Dr. James Bauman, radiologist with Norwalk Hospital and Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center, and Dr. Stephen Winter, chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Norwalk Hospital, a news release said.

The NLST was a multi-year research study of more than 53,000 people between the ages of 55 and 74 with a 30-pack year smoking history. 

The study, conducted at 33 trial sites nationwide, showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths among those who were screened by computed tomography (CT) versus those who had standard chest x-rays.

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02/24/12 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

John Arcudi, 90: Staples Grad, Patton’s Interpreter

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE John A. Arcudi, 90, a 1938 Staples High School valedictorian who later served as Gen. George Patton’s interpreter in Europe during World War II, died at his Bridgeport home Thursday, surrounded by his loved ones, family members said.

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John Arcudi: Staples grad served under Gen. George S. Patton. Contributed photo

The cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, which had afflicted him for the past seven years, said his brother Joseph Arcudi, a former Westport First Selectman.

Born May 26, 1921 to Carmelo Arcudi and Mary Passafiume Arcudi in Westport’s Saugatuck section, he was the first of seven children and the first in the family’s history to go to college, winning a full scholarship to Yale upon graduating Staples, Joseph Arcudi said.

“He was 21 years older than I am, and he was the rock of the family,” Joseph Arcudi said, adding that his brother John emceed at his first selectman’s inaugural ceremony at Town Hall in 1993. “He was so brilliant, he was unbelievable.

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02/24/12 05:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 6 - 10, 2012

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 6 - 10, 2012:

William L. Brennan Est. to CCO 37 Narrow Rocks LLC, 37 Narrow Rocks Road, $1,050,000WN property.jpg

Donald J. Craig Trust to SIR-10 Keenes LLC, 10 Keenes Road, 1/2 Interest, $315,000

Donald J. Craig Est. to SIR-10 Keenes LLC, 10 Keenes Road, 1/2 Interest, $315,000

   

02/24/12 05:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Finally, a February Snowfall (But Not Much)

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Westport rooftops, lawns and a bit of its streets were snow-covered early today after an overnight snowfall of about 2 inches. View is at North Avenue looking west on Coleytown Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

02/24/12 02:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Weather, Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area for snow which is in effect until 10 a.m.

The advisory said 2 to 4 inches could be expected in periods of light to moderate snow mixed with rain and or sleet at times.

While accumulations will mainly be on grassy surfaces, some untreated surfaces—especially bridges and overpasses—could become quite slippery, the advisory said.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.

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02/24/12 11:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

End of a Warm February Day

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Dusk at Westport’s Compo Beach on Thursday at the end of another unusually warm February day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

02/24/12 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, February 24, 2012


9 a.m. – Fire Headquarters – Board of Finance Public Safety Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Toy Stories”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
6 p.m.  - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Happy Hour
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Thousand Clowns”

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02/24/12 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Senate Democratic Candidates Play Nice at First Debate

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

As the three Democratic candidates vying to be Connecticut’s next U.S. senator took the stage in Mansfield today for their first debate, the directions were simple: keep it positive and don’t attack your Democratic competitors.

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Democratic Senate hopefuls in Mansfield: Susan Bysiewicz, Chris Murphy, and William Tong. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“Refrain from negative comments,” said Ronald Schurin, a UConn professor who was moderator. “It will not be like the Republican [presidential] debates.”

Susan Bysiewicz introduced herself to the 200 people attending the event by dismissing any suggestion that U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, the frontrunner in fundraising and polling,  will be the Democratic nominee. He’s made statements recently that he is aiming to avoid a primary.

“You know, in this primary we have the opportunity to send the best person,” said Bysiewicz, the former secretary of the state. “Who should we send that will stand up for the middle class?”

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02/24/12 03:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

House Passes Emergency FOI Fix

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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The House of Representatives adopted an emergency fix today to the state’s right-to-know law that could break a legal logjam blocking the release of voter lists and other omnibus public registries.

The bill, which passed 120-11 and now heads to the Senate, would allow public agencies to release major voter and property databases without the arduous task of identifying and redacting addresses of police officers, prison guards and other “protected” public employees.

But critics argued that the measure, adopted without a public hearing, is technically flawed, and offers little security to those employees hoping to keep their personal information private.

And the head of Connecticut’s right-to-know agency warned today that another legislative fix still might be needed in the future.

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