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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Going Down (Finally): 1 Red Coat Road

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The house at 1 Red Coat Road, near Merritt Parkway Exit 41, came down today. The colonial-style, 1900-home is located on a one-acre property and changed hands in March 2007 for $585,000. A demolition permit had been applied for more than four years ago when it was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 18, 2007. However, demolition was delayed, prompting many complaints from neighbors about its deteriorated condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


02/01/12 09:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tenants Set for Historic 15 Powers Court

By James Lomuscio

Built in 1835 as a residence for Westport slaughterhouse workers, the preserved structure at 15 Powers Court will soon house a behavior therapy group, principals of SIR Development LLC have announced.

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Robert Haroun (l) and Kevin Holtzman outside 15 Powers Court adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Dialectical & Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center has leased the building’s 2,500 square feet, as it plans to relocate from its 29 Imperial Ave. location.

“We are looking forward to moving into our new, custom-built offices in a central location,” Kevin Holtzman, a psychologist and founder of the therapy group, said about the move.

The building is located near the Westport Country Playhouse at 25 Powers Court. All of the property was originally part of a slaughterhouse used for a New York City leather manufacturer in the hat trade, according to the Westport Historical Society (WHS).

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02/01/12 05:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Unusual Cloud Formation

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The current warm weather has produced not only spring-like temperatures but also unusual cloud formations. This sky view was taken from Westport’s North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


02/01/12 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Helene Rose Swan, 91

Helene Rose Swan, a longtime resident of Westport who had lived in New Canaan since 1991 with her daughter and son-in-law, died Jan. 27 in the Waveny Care Center after a long illness. She was 91.

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Helene Rose Swan: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Merchantville, N.J., March 20, 1920, she was the daughter of the late James F. and Isabel Phillips Brickley, and sister to the late Robert F. Brickley. She was also the married for over 35 years to the late Curtis D. Swan.

As a young woman, Helene joined the Red Cross during World War II and was stationed in France with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Paratroop Division. She and Curt were married in Paris, France, in April 1945 and moved their family from New Jersey to Westport in 1961.

She was a Realtor and co-owner of Westport East Real Estate from the mid-1960s well into her retirement years.


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02/01/12 03:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Temple Turmoil: Upset Congregants Take to the Web

By James Lomuscio

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Rabbi Robert Orkand: one of five Temple Israel employees departing. Contributed photo

Upset by sweeping personnel changes announced last week, congregants at Westport’s Temple Israel, have launched their own website, tiwestportvoices.com.

The site already has 12 pages of letters that range from expressing shock to asking the Board of Trustees to reconsider to questioning their future membership.

Last week, Diana Muller, president of the executive committee, announced the departures of Senior Rabbi Robert Orkand, Associate Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf, two cantors and the temple’s executive director over the next six to 18 months. (See WestpotNow Jan, 26, 2012)

Orkand stressed last week that it was “not a shakeup,” and that his decision to retire after 30 years from the 850-member congregation “necessitated other decisions.”

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January Out Like a Lamb

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It’s usually March that goes out like a lamb, but January ended Tuesday with not only a pretty sunset over the Longshore Channel in Westport but spring-like temperatures in the upper 50s. More unseasonably warm weather is forecast for today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
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”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
6:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Real Estate Report: Unpleasant Surprise for Public

By Judy Szablak

The latest Case-Shiller Report out today was clear in revealing what most industry experts already know, but the general public may be in for an unpleasant surprise.

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This home on 4 Ledgemoor Lane is listed at $2,395,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of the Higgins Group Real Estate/Westport.

After a much publicized rise in new home starts by various reporting agencies, many people thought that the positive news might be a signal for a much needed change in the market.

However, today’s report shows that the New York MSA fell 1.1 percent in November, and is down 2.3 percent from the same time last year, and the 10-city composite is now just about 1.0 percent above its low from April 2009.

Chairman of the Index Committee at the S&P Indices, David Blitzer said, “Despite continued low interest rates and better real GDP growth in the fourth quarter, home prices continue to fall.

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02/01/12 03:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fay W. McBrayer, 80

Fay W. McBrayer, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 2 in Bellevue, Wash. She was 80.

Born June 6, 1931, in Birmingham, Ala., she had been a resident of Mercer Island, Wash. for the past 20 years.

Fay attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., and Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala.

Fay and Gene married in 1953, lived their early years in Baton Rouge, La., and then moved to Westport in 1964, where they lived until they retired to Mercer Island in 1992.

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02/01/12 03:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportSTORIES Debuts

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The Westport Public Library tonight introduced the first of a new series, WestportSTORIES, a community project comprised of live and recorded cable channel and Internet streaming interviews with individuals who make make up Westport’s contemporary life. The guest for the first interview in the series, created by Westporter Mark Mathias (l), was Michael Miller, a Westport resident since 1992 and currently senior vice president for technology strategy at Ziff Brothers investments, and the former editor-in-chief of PC Magazine. The second installment of the series is scheduled for Feb. 28 when Mathias’ guest is David Pogue who writes the tech column for The New York Times and Scientific American and also on CNBC every Thursday, writes and produces stories for “CBS Sunday Morning,” and has starred in a NOVA miniseries on PBS, called “Making Stuff.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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