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Monday, April 30, 2012

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 38 Burnham Hill Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 38 Burnham Hill, off Compo Mill section, is in process. Built in 1953, the 1 3/4-story split has 1,746 square feet and is situated on a .76-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


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New Pastor Joins Saugatuck Church on Tuesday Image
The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton will join Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church Tuesday as its new pastor, the church announced today. She was selected by a unanimous vote by the congregation and will preside over her first service on Sunday at Temple Israel, the announcement said. Since 2007, she has been at the First Church Simsbury as associate minister for parish life and outreach. She will move to Westport with husband Craig and sons Tobey, 9, and Ian, 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Going Down: 5 Twin Circle Drive Image
The house at Westport’s 5 Twin Circle Drive, off North Avenue, was demolished today. Built in 1953, the one-story split level had 1,702 square feet, was situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership last month at $700,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 5, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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William M. Beyea, 79

UPDATE (add memorial service details) William (Bill) Minner Beyea of Weston died April 25 in Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Jan. 3, 1933, he attended grade school and high school in Pleasantville, N.Y. and graduated from Colgate University in 1955.

He was an accomplished jazz musician, playing numerous reed and woodwind instruments throughout college and traveling to Europe with the Nassau Jazz Band.

For more than 10 years, he played clarinet and saxophone in the Finger Lake Five, a jazz and Dixieland band that opened for Billie Holiday at her final New York City performance, played to an audience of more than 24,000 at the 1958 New York Jazz Festival, performed on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and recorded a number of records.

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Rose R. Gleason, 64

Rose Riccio Gleason of Trumbull, a former Westport hairdresser, died April 29 at her home. She was 64. Image
Rose Gleason: Westport hairdresser. Contributed photo

Wife of Howard Gleason, she was born on April 8, 1948 in Castelfranco, Province of Miscano, Italy, a daughter of the late Matteo and Giovannina Riccio.

A graduate of the National Academy of Hair in Bridgeport, she was formerly employed by Act One of Westport, with 40 years of dedicated service. She truly enjoyed her trade and the many lasting friendships she gained through her work.

She was an avid gardener and traveler and thoroughly enjoyed her trips to the casino. Above all however, she was a devoted wife and loving mother who put the care and love of her family first.

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04/30/12 05:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Interrupt Burglary in Progress

An alert Westport police officer interrupted an attempted burglary in progress early today on Post Road East, police said. Image
Police check out a minivan after two suspects fled from it in Port Chester, N.Y.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo

Westport police pursued two suspects in a 22-mile chase that involved five other agencies, damaged two Westport police cars, and ended with the suspects escaping in Port Chester, N.Y., according to Capt. Sam Arciola.

He said detectives are looking into a link between these suspects and two burglaries at nearby Mitchells of Westport in February.

Arciola gave this account: at about 12:27 a.m., Officer Steve Pritchard on routine patrol spotted two males wearing hooded sweat shirts walking in front of the stores at 877 Post Road East.

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Creative Parking Image
Creative but suspect parking job snapped today at Westport’s Wakeman Fields. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Simon Boughton for


04/30/12 12:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Papadum Opens in Saugatuck Image
Papadum Indian Restaurant has opened in Bridge Square in Westport’s Saugatuck area. The owner, Prakash Nath, a native of Nepal and now a resident of Norwalk, owns three other restaurants in Connecticut—in Fairfield, Stamford and Guilford.  Nath said that he changed the name of his Bridge Square restaurant from Indian Rasol (see WestportNow, March 19, 2012 ) to Papadum because there is a restaurant in Norwalk with a similar name and wanted to avoid confusion. Papadum seats about 32-34, has a full service bar, and serves cuisine of India that is influenced by both the north (“richer in flavor and milder”) and south (“more spicy.”) The site formerly was Henry’s Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Monday, April 30, 2012

9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Conservation Commission Show Cause Hearing
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard” (last day)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - SOLOS Exhibition and “Guide to Paris: Sketches by Susan Malloy”
6 p.m. – Staples Conference Room 1025C – Board of Education Executive Session [Addition]
6:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - David Satter. “It Was a Long Time Ago, and it Never Happened”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Earthplace – RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee [Addition]
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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‘Music for Your Heart and Your Soul’ Image
The Good News Gospel Choir, led by Chris Coogan, teamed up with the Westport Community Band today for a free public annual concert entitled “Music for Your Heart and Your Soul” at the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium in honor of Homes with Hope, the Westport-based charity that provides havens for homeless single men, women and families. Pictured is Barbara Zichichi, a lead singer with Good News Gospel Choir. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/30/12 01:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

In Harmony

Highlights of today’s Saugatuck Elementary School concert by The Good News Gospel Choir, led by Chris Coogan, and the Westport Community Band. Phyllis Groner for


04/30/12 01:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Honored by Westport Republicans Image
Westport Republicans tonight honored Avi Kaner (l), Board of Finance chair, and Charles Haberstroh, selectman, at their annual spring gala at the Westport Inn. The awards “for service and commitment to Westport” were presented to Haberstroh by Bill Meyer, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), and to Kaner by Ed Iannone, a former member of the Board of Finance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Remembering ‘Kuti’ Image
A highlight of today’s Westport Unitarian Church concert in honor of slain Westport jeweler Yekutiel “‘Kuti” Zeevi was the performance of the Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major by by Mozart performed by Ken Kuo (l) head of the Westport-based Connecticut School of Music, Nava Zeevi, Zeevi’s wife, and their son, Neer Zeevi. Kuo said that the intention of the concert was to bring comfort to the Zeevi family. “Music to me was never the same without the presence of the Zeevi family,” he said. “They brought me to Westport.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Large Turnout for Zeevi Memorial Concert Image
A large audience today attended a memorial concert at the Unitarian Church in honor of Yekutiel Zeevi, the Westport jeweler slain in a robbery last December. The chamber music concert was performed by the faculty of the Westport-based Connecticut School of Music whose founder, Kenneth Kuo, presided over the event. Kuo met Zeevi when he was 12 and their friendship later led to his founding of the music school in Westport. The concert included a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” written and performed by Samuel Post of the school. “Kuti loved America and lived the American dream,” Kuo said, referring to Zeevi by his nickname. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Dem Women Hear ‘One Percent View of Occupy Wall St.’ Image
The Democratic Women of Westport today hosted a talk at the Westport Woman’s Club by attorney Edwin Matthews titled “A One Percent View of Occupy Wall Street.” The Washington, Conn. civil libertarian and environmentalist elaborated on an op-ed piece he recently authored in which he said: “To me, the Occupy movement sounds a warning: at its peril our government must begin to reapply seriously the values of equality and democracy expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution. Until we deal seriously with issues such as those the Occupiers have raised from silence, inconvenient protests will not cease and will spread.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Several Hundred Take Part in CROP Walk Image
Several hundred walkers from local schools, organizations, churches, and synagogues today supported this year’s CROP Hunger Walk in Westport. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and the walk brought together varied community groups to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger and poverty locally and internationally. Participants gathered for a group portrait outside Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Anxious Moments Image
Anxious residents of the Wilton Crest condominium complex watch today as firefighters, including some from Westport, battle a fire in the 109-unit complex that was built in 1989. At least four units were reportedly involved. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/12 05:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mutual Aid Fire Call to Wilton

Westport and surrounding communities responded to a Wilton condominium complex fire today in Wilton’s center. The upscale Wilton Crest complex has 109 units and was built in 1989. Dave Matlow for


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Surveying the Damage at Condo Fire Image
Westport Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried enters one of the fire-damaged units today at the Wilton Crest condominium complex on River Road. Westport was one of numerous surrounding communities providing mutual aid to Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/12 05:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Firefighters Aid at Wilton Condo Fire

UPDATE Firefighters from Westport responded today to a large fire at at Wilton condominium complex. Image
Firefighters use an aerial ladder to attack today’s condo fire in Wilton that drew mutual aid from Westport and surrounding communities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The fire broke out at 11:43 a.m. at the Wilton Crest complex on River Road. It was declared under control more than an hour later.

Wilton Fire Chief Paul Milositz said 15 units in the 109-unit complex were destroyed or heavily damaged. An hour into the blaze, all firefighters were ordered out of the complex because of the danger of collapse.

In addition to Westport, Wilton called in mutual aid from New Canaan, Norwalk,  Ridgefield, Weston, and Georgetown.

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And They’re Off Image
More than 1,350 pre-registered runners took part in today’s 34th annual 5K/10K Minute Man Race, sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, at Westport’s Compo Beach. See full results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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5K Winners Image
The first place overall finishers in the today’s 34th annual Minute Man Race in the 5K competition were Timothy Milenkevich, 30, of Ansonia with a time of 16:09, and Emily Lasala, 26, of Bridgeport, the first place female finisher (and second place overall), with a time of 17:32. It was the first time either had run in the annual Minute Man event. See full results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Dunkin’ Home Image
The 10K first place finisher in today’s Minute Man race was Noredine Abdelfateh, 30, a native of Morocco who now lives in Norwalk where he is employed by Dunkin’ Donuts.  His official finish time was 32:43. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/12 03:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

10K winners Image
The first place overall finisher in the Minute Man Race 10K competition today with a time of 32:43 was Noredine Abdelfateh, 30, a native of Morocco who now lives in Norwalk where he is employed by Dunkin’ Donuts.  Abdelfatah was the first place finisher in the Minuteman 5K race in 2011. He said he is increasing the distances of the races he enters and plans to enter a half marathon race in Fairfield this summer. The first place female finisher (and sixth overall) in the 10K was Sharon Lemberger, a Stamford resident and mother of three children, 6, 4 and 2. See full results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Freeze Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for Westport and area from late tonight through Monday morning.

Temperatures are expected to fall in the lower 30s between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Monday.

Any outdoor sensitive vegetation may suffer damage if not protected, the Weather Service said.

A freeze watch means below freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.


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Not Exactly Ballroom Dancing Image
Saturday night’s Warhol Ball fund-raiser for the Westport Arts Center included some non-traditional ballroom dancing. The event drew hundred to The Steel Shed in South Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

8 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Young Woman’s League 34th Annual Minute Man Race (Kids Fun Run, 5K, & 10K Races)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - SOLOS Exhibition and “Guide to Paris: Sketches by Susan Malloy”
1 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk (walk starts at 2 p.m.)
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Picasso”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Photographer Stacy Bass, “In the Garden”
2 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - “A One Percent View of Occupy Wall Street” presented by the Democratic Women of Westport
3 p.m. - MTC MainStage Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “I Left My Heart ... A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett”
3 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Concert tribute to Yekutiel Zeevi
4 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Ave.) - Westport Community Band: “Music for Your Heart and Your Soul”
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Inn - Westport Republican Town Committee Spring Gala

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday Night Fever

Highlights from the Westport Arts Center’s Warhol Ball Saturday night at The Shed in South Norwalk. Helen Klisser During for


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Richard M. Whidden, 93

Richard “Dick” Mason Whidden, a former Westporter, died at his home on April 21. He was 93.

Born in Boston, he spent his adult life living in Westport, New London/South Sutton, N.H., and Naples, Fla.

He was predeceased by his two wives; the mother of his children, Elizabeth “Bambi” Whidden, and Joanne Lawson Whidden.

He was educated at Roxbury Latin School in Boston and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. where he was captain of the track team. He worked for most of his career at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Advertising Agency in New York City.

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One Hurt in Merritt Parkway Crash Image
A driver suffered moderate to severe injuries tonight when a 2003 Jaguar ran off the Merritt Parkway northbound near the North Avenue overpass n Westport and struck a tree, said Assistant Chief Wiliam Dingee. Firefighters from Westport and Fairfield helped extricate the driver who was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, he said. State Police are investigating the crash, Dingee said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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