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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Woman’s Club Cabaret Aids Scholarship Program

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The Westport Woman’s Club held its Waiting in the Wings Cabaret tonight featuring Broadway and jazz classics performed by Mia Gentile, a 2007 Staples graduate, and Brett Boles accompanied by Matt Patrick Walsh on bass. There was a special performance by Bedford Middle School Students Julia Mandelbaum, Jordan Goodness, Riley Thrush and Katherine Coogan. All proceeds from the WWC Cabaret support the club’s 2012 scholarship program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com

   

04/29/12 01:54 AM Comments () • Permalink

Ahmad F. Ahmadi, 85

Ahmad Fotovat Ahmadi of Shelton, former owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport, died April 24 at Griffin Hospital in Derby. He was 85.

The husband of Effat Barghi was born in Tehran, Iran on March 25, 1927, the son of the late Abdoulali Fotovat Ahmadi and Robabeh Ettefagh.

He was the owner of Fovama Oriental Rug of Westport and Scarsdale, N.Y. for 20 years before his retirement in 1999. Prior to that he was a merchant in Iran.

His greatest love was his family and he also found great enjoyment walking, hiking and working.

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04/29/12 01:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Arlene A. Skutch, 88

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Arlene Skutch: hosted “Pink House Painters.” Contributed photo

Arlene Anderson Skutch, a Westport resident for 60 years, died April 25. She was 88. A longtime diabetic, she maintained her health and active lifestyle despite living with a serious disease, her family said.

She came from a diverse artistic background. Born and raised in Fostoria, Ohio, she began her adult life as a classically trained professional singer.

In 1945, she moved to New York City and began her stage career in Broadway musicals such as “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Bloomer Girl,” and “Of Thee I Sing.”

She married, had two children, Laura and Andrew, and moved to Westport where she bought and renovated a charming saltbox colonial house built in 1876. 

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04/29/12 01:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Artist at Work at Warhol Ball

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Artist Brendan Cass completes a painting during the VIP hour tonight at the Westport Arts Center’s Warhol Ball at the Steel Shed in South Norwalk. Hundreds of guests turned out for the fund-raiser.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Robots to Pencil Sculptures, Maker Faire Draws Hundreds

By James Lomuscio

Riley Baker, a sixth grader at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, held the metal gouge against a spinning wooden wheel on a lathe, shaving off strings of pulp to create a decorative wooden planter.

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Two basketball-throwing robots were among the items on display at today’s Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green and inside the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“It’s like pottery,” shouted one girl as she watched Riley guided by Andy Barnum of the Norwalk Woodworkers Club

Barnum, who had set up a display in the huge, white tent on Jesup Green, was one of scores of “makers” who gathered to demonstrate their creative processes there and inside the Westport Public Library as part of the town’s first Mini Maker Faire held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free event attended by hundreds was the brainchild of Mark Mathias, a Board of Education member who also sits on the board of directors for CLASP Homes, celebrating its 30th anniversary serving mentally challenged adults in town.

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Checking Out the Mini Maker Faire

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Westporter David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times, was among those checking out today’s Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/28/12 09:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Invention Fever


Highlights of today’s Mini Maker Faire held on Westport’s Jesup Green and at the Westport Public Library.  Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

04/28/12 09:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Power Outage Hits Post Road East Area

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The traffic light at the corner of Westport’s Church Street North and Post Road East was knocked out for a brief period today by a power outage. A CL&P supervisor said the blackout was caused by a tree on Church Street that was leaning on a power line and ignited the plastic jacket that surrounds the power cable. The power line then fell to the ground causing brush fires on both sides of Church Street which were quickly extinguished by firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/28/12 09:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Liquor Locker to Reopen Next Week

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The Liquor Locker wine and spirits shop, formerly located at Westport’s 68 Main St. for the past 44 years, will open next week at its new location in the Compo Shopping Center, 411 Post Road East, according to owner Harvey Skolnick.  The new shop, which still awaits delivery of it outdoor signage, is between European Wax Center and Painters Supply. Skolnick said in January that the rent for the same amount of space—about 1,100 square feet—will be about half of what he has paid on Main Street and will have better parking in both the front and back. (See WestportNow Jan. 10, 2012) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/28/12 07:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Turning in Unused Drugs

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Westporter Lydia Kalt was the first person today to turn in unused medications to Officer Jimmy Loomer in the rear parking lot of Town Hall as Westport Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gave the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Kalt, a Westport resident for 30 years, said this was the first time that she has participated in the drug collection program.  She said that heard about the program from WestportNow. In October, 2011 Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/28/12 03:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 29 Marine Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 29 Marine Ave., on Saugatuck Shores, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1,470 square feet, is situated on a .17-acre property and changed ownership in January for $862,500.  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 WestportNow.com

   

04/28/12 11:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Silent Audience

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The chairs were lined up at Longshsore Club Park, but there were no takers under cloudy skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, April 28, 2012


9 a.m. - noon - Westport Weston Family Y - Annual Healthy Kids Day
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Mini Maker Faire
10 a.m. - noon - Wakeman Town Farm (134 Cross Highway) - Chicken-Keeping Workshop
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Antiques Appraisals
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Town Hall, Rear - Westport Police Department & Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Drop-off
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - SOLOS Exhibition and “Guide to Paris: Sketches by Susan Malloy”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Jesup Green (20 Jesup Road) - Westport Astronomical Society Astronomy Day (Solar Telescopes) (Rain/Cloud date, April 29)
2:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Critical Issues Forum: “The 99 Percent”
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “I Left My Heart ... A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett”
5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - “Waiting in the Wings Cabaret”
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory (182 Bayberry Lane) - Westport Astronomical Society Astronomy Day Star Party (Rain/Cloud date, April 29)
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Picasso”
8 p.m. - Steel Shed (SoNo) - Westport Arts Center: The Warhol Ball

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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If it’s an Election Year, Then S.B.1 is About Jobs

By Mark Pazniokas

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On a bipartisan vote, the state Senate today approved a highly promoted economic-development bill, legislation designated by the Democratic majority leadership as Senate Bill 1 to signal job creation as a political priority in 2012.

But action on the bill comes as the Senate wrestles with whether to pass or ignore the off-message priority of House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden: a bill raising the $8.25 minimum wage to the applause of labor and distress of business.

Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said Donovan’s original bill calling for a 75-cent increase this summer and again next July could not pass the Senate.

He said he wouldn’t have a hard vote count until early next week on the compromise passed Thursday by the House: a 25-cent increase in each of the next two years, starting Jan. 1, 2013.

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04/28/12 02:53 AM Comments () • Permalink

Library Hosts Abstractions Exhibit

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The Grand Hall of the Westport Public Library was the scene tonight of a reception marking the opening of an exhibit of a series of Abstractions by artist Valerie Feinberg Schweitzer. A native of New York and a longtime resident of Westport, she is a painter as well as a practicing architect. The reception drew a large group of art lovers to view her unique style of bright colorful abstract paintings. The exhibit runs until June 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Freeze Watch Upgraded to Warning

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a freeze warning for Westport and area which is in effect from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. An earlier freeze watch is no longer in effect.

It said overnight temperatures will be around 32 but mid-20s are possible across The Pine Barrens of eastern Long Island.

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

A freeze warning means below freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

   

04/27/12 09:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tricky Rescue

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A male youth was injured while riding his mountain bike today in the woods behind Westport’s 26 Colony Road.  Both Norwalk and Westport EMS paramedics were joined by Westport firefighters and police to secure the injured boy and carry the gurney up a steep hill to an ambulance.  Firefighters used a rope and pulley system to apply leverage for lifting the victim and gurney up the hill. The youngster, who was not identified, was believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/27/12 08:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

In Good Hands

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Emergency workers transfer a youth injured in a mountain bike accident today on Westport’s Colony Road to a stretcher after carrying him up a steep hill. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital. The extent of his injuries was not known.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/27/12 08:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Art on the Move to Warhol Ball

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An Andy Warhol portrait of Mao Tse Tung and a work by American artist Brendan Cass are loaded on a truck at the Westport Arts Center (WAC) today bound for the Steel Shed in South Norwalk, site of WAC’s Warhol Ball on Saturday night. Cass will be action painting during the VIP cocktail hour. The WAC movers are (l-r) Peter Van Heerden, executive director, Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts, and board members Eileen O’Brien and Nancy Gault. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/27/12 06:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rotary Roasts Branson at Confessional-Themed Breakfast

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club said goodbye to the Rev. John Branson, rector of Christ & Holy Trinity Church for 22 years, with a humorous confessional themed breakfast “roast” at its weekly meeting at Bobby Q’s Restaurant on Main Street. Joining Branson were his daughter Jessica and wife Judith. The Bransons are relocating to Fearrington Village, N.C. during his semi-retirement. Jessica will remain in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/27/12 05:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Confessing’ at Rotary

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Suzanne Tanner Meisel led the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club “roast” today of departing member John Branson, rector of Christ & Holy Trinity Church, who is moving to North Carolina.  At the humorous confessional-themed breakfast, club members “confessed” to Branson within the theme, “I have sinned, I have known the Rev. Branson.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/27/12 05:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Learning to Follow the Rules

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The first grade Girl Scout Daisy troop at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School enjoyed a visit from “Officer Friendly,” Westport Police Officer Ned Batlin, who read them a story and spoke with them about playing by the rules as the girls earned their “Respect Authority” Daisy petal. Contributed photo

   

04/27/12 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Facsimile in Hand, Now Hunting the Original

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The Westport Arts Center today hosted the monthly meeting of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. Committee members, always on the lookout for work for the collection, was shown this facsimile of a watercolor by Westport artist and illustrator Robert L. Lambdin (1886 - 1981) and is now on the hunt for the original. The collection of more than 1,000 works is displayed throughout the schools and town buildings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

04/27/12 04:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dedicated to the Future of Youth

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A closeup of a facsimile of a watercolor by Westport artist and illustrator Robert L. Lambdin (1886 - 1981)  which was examined at today’s meeting of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection at the Westport Arts Center. The hunt is now on for the original. The inscription reads: “To one whose life has been dedicated to the future of youth—I dedicate this note—Two young ones looking out upon the great adventure. R.L.  Lambidin.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

04/27/12 04:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Bumble Bee Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 6 Bumble Bee Lane, off Red Coat Road, is in process. Built in 1960, the two-story split has 2,530 square feet and is situated on a 1.03-acre property at the end of the street.  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 WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Property Transfers April 9 - 13, 2012

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 9 - 13, 2012:

Michael P. Palmer LLC to Stephen Robaczynski and Christina Smith, 491 Main St., $465,000WN property.jpg

Faith Levine and Lynn Saltz Trust. to Margaret J. Freeman, 60 Whitney Glen Drive, $320,000

Janet Roberts to Marvin and Philip Weinberg Trust, 129 Lansdowne, $665,000

George D. Levy Trust to Christopher and Michelle Gallagher Backus, 4 Devon Road, $1,825,000

   

04/27/12 03:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is currently operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a disabled train the vicinity of Woodlawn in the Bronx.

Clever Commute said the train involved was the 7:17 a.m. from Westport which lost power in the Bronx at 8:19 a.m.

Metro-North said later that the train became disabled while changing tracks at a key interlocking (crossover) in the Bronx.

“This blocked two of four tracks that serve both the Harlem and New Haven Lines, severely limiting our operating capacity during the rush hour,” Metro-North said in an advisory to riders.

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04/27/12 02:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Freeze Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a freeze watch for Westport and area which is in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning.

An advisory said temperatures in the lower 30s will occur between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Any outdoor sensitive vegetation may suffer damage if not protected if temperatures drop below freezing for a periodt, it said.

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

   

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Getting Ready for Saturday’s Mini Maker Faire

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A tent has ben erected on Westport’s Jesup Green for Saturday’s inaugural Westport Mini Maker Faire. Mark Mathias and Bill Derry, co-chairs, check details of the event which celebrates invention. There is still time to sign up for free tickets, to participate in the “Battle of the Homemade Bands,” the “Rube Goldberg Experiment” or to volunteer for the Faire, according to Mathias. More information is available at www.westportmakerfaire.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Friday, April 27, 2012


9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Baron’s South Committee Executive Session
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - SOLOS Exhibition and “Guide to Paris: Sketches by Susan Malloy”
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening Reception: Valerie Feinberg Schweitzer, “Abstractions”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Borrowed Glory w/ Smokebomb Mondays, Standby and Meg Richter
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Picasso”
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “I Left My Heart ... A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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