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Friday, August 31, 2012

Library Waives Late Fees as BBQ Fest Takes Over

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The upper parking lot of the Westport Public Library was closed off today as preparations were under way for this weekend’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival. The library will be open Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday 1-5 p.m. The Taylor Place parking lot will be open for library patrons, and the two-hour parking limit will be waived, the library said. It said it will also waive late fees for books due this weekend if they are returned on Tuesday. The library is closed Monday, Labor Day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

08/31/12 10:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt Getting Ready for BBQ Fest

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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion was quiet late today in advance of this weekend’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival. Many of the vendors will set up early Saturday before the 11 a.m. opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

08/31/12 10:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

BBQ Fest Includes Hoops

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While not exactly what you might expect to find at a BBQ Fest, hoops will be for sale at this weekend’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Mary-Beth Oliver, founder of Greenwich-based wesellhoops.com, was busy late today getting her booth set up for Saturday’s opening.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

08/31/12 10:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

State Approves $500,000 for Levitt

By James Lomuscio

The State Bond Commission today approved $500,000 in state aid for the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as it moves ahead to construct a new $6.7 million outdoor facility overlooking the Saugatuck River.

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A model of the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Obviously, we’re gratified that the State Bond Commission confirmed the request that came out of the governor’s office,” said state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg who had spent more than a year pushing for the allocation.

“It goes to show that with hard work Westport can get its fair share of funding, and we’re very excited to see what the new Levitt will look like next spring.”

Collaborating with Freda Welsh, the Levitt’s executive director, Steinberg said he was able to convince key people in Hartford that the pavilion “was a Connecticut institution, and it was in danger of not getting its project done for the next season if it did not have the funding.”

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08/31/12 08:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 13 - 17, 2012

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 13-17, 2012:

125 Main Street Assoc LLC to Campana 125 LLC, 125 Main St., $33,500,000WN property.jpg

Janette Arenander to 6 Twin Circle LLC, 6 Twin Circle Drive, $725,000

Robert Stetz Est. to American Home Builders LLC, 9 West Branch Road 80 percent interest, $940,000

Stephen Stetz Est. to American Home Builders LLC, 9 West Branch Road 20 percent Interest, $235,000

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08/31/12 03:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Pequot Trail

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Pequot Trail, off Sylvan Road North, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story contemporary has 2,518 square feet, is situated on a 1.32-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1.48 million.  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

   

08/31/12 02:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes: ‘Politicians Are More Polarized Than People’

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, the 4th District Democrat seeking his third term, told the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today that Americans now are witnessing political polarization that is a matter of timing. “It’s a highly polarized environment,” he said. “It’s common before national elections, but I think that the politicians are more polarized than our people are.” He added, “After the elections i believe there will be a successful negotiation that puts the national debt back on track for the long run.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/31/12 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Scene

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Golfers play at dusk at Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, August 31, 2012


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Baron’s South Committee Executive Session
10 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Harbor”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Nancy K. Ivison, 92

Nancy Kenna Ivison, former owner of the Pymander Bookshop in Westport and a former New Canaan resident most recently of Atlanta, died Aug. 27 in Atlanta. She was 92.

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Nancy Ivison: owned Pymander Bookshop. Contributed photo

Born April 25, 1920 in Knoxville, Tenn. to Louise and Jo Kenna, she grew up in Charleston, W.V. where she attended Charleston High School and later Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was a graduate of King- Smith Studio School in Washington, D.C. where she studied theater arts and drawing.

She returned to Charleston and was an ambulance driver during World War II. She met and married Quin Morton, also of Charleston, with whom she had two daughters, Nancy Louise and Alice Byrd Morton.

The couple divorced in 1955 and she later married M. Thayer Ivison of New York City and moved with him to New Canaan where she lived until 2007.  They had two children together, Catherine Cady and Douglas Thayer Ivison.

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08/31/12 03:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

John K. Neale, 81

John Kennedy Neale of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 26. He was 81.

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John Neale: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Son of the late John Kennedy Neale Sr. and Virginia (Neale) LeBlanc, he was born in Saugus, Mass. A graduate of Saugus High School and Southeastern Louisiana University,  he excelled at football while at both schools. He was both a U.S. Navy veteran and physical therapist for more than 40 years.

He was very active in both the Gaelic American Club and Port 5 Naval Club. He was also a lifelong and avid New England Patriots fan.

He is survived by his sister Nancy (Neale) Ralph of Saugus and several nieces and nephews. John is predeceased by his longtime partner and fiancé, Gayle Clarke, of Westport.

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08/31/12 03:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Hosts ‘LGBT Night Out’

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted “LGBT Night Out,” for members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities and allies.  The event featuried a pre-show cocktail party in the Sheffer Rehearsal Studio, complete with light foods, drinks, music and door prizes, followed by a performance on stage of “Harbor,” a world premiere comedy by Chad Beguelin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/31/12 02:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying a Night Out

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Enjoying tonight’s “LGBT Night Out” at the Westport Country Playhouse for members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities and allies were Westport Country Playhouse managing director Michael Ross (c) with MTC Mainstage co-founders Kevin O’Connor (l) and Jim Schilling. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Faces in the Crowd

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It was a crowded party tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse for “LGBT Night Out” for members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities and allies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/31/12 02:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘Harbor’ Playwright Among Guests

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“Harbor” playwright Chad Beguelin (l) and David Schiffman, Yale University Press director of digital publishing, at the pre-show reception tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse which hosted “LGBT Night Out,” for members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities and allies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blues, BBQ Festival Expected to Smoke Past Events

By James Lomuscio

When the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) dared to inject some southern charm into Westport back in 2008, the combination of blues performers, tasty barbecue and great views from the Levitt Pavilion and the library parking lot was a resounding success, event planners say. About 10,000 showed up for the first event held the last weekend in September.

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Last year’s BBQ Fest attracted large crowds, but organizers expect this year’s event to be even larger. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

This year, the DMA expects to top it since the Blues, Views and BBQ Festival for the first time is being held Labor Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday with extended hours.

“We are expecting huge crowds since we’ve sold a lot of tickets online, and we’ve had a tremendous response,” said Lee DeMonico, DMA communications director. “The hours are longer, we have so much more food, and it’s Labor Day weekend.

“Who doesn’t want to party of the last day of summer?” she added.

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08/30/12 10:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Treasure Hunting

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With small nets and pails, a family looks for sea treasurers at low tide at Westport’s Old Mill Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/12 09:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tight Squeeze

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A delivery truck was temporarily stuck under the railroad overpass at Westport’s Ferry Lane West today. With the guidance of Westport police, the truck eased forward and was eventually freed from being wedged. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/12 08:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hot Work

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Road milling and paving work continued today around Westport. This crew worked on East Main Street. A portion of nearby Whitney Street also got new paving today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/12 08:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playing for a Cure

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The Longshore Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association today held its annual Rally for the Cure golf event to help spread the breast cancer awareness message. Forty members played the round, including several who are breast cancer survivors, and raised more than $1,000 in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Pictured (l-r) are Westporters and LLNGA members: Janet Mittleman, Lois Crawford (chair, Rally for the Cure golf event), Liz Blasko and Dolly Wolf. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

08/30/12 07:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sylvan Road South Getting Paving Job

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Crews were paving Sylvan Road South today near the Westport Office Building. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/12 05:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Study Finds Widening Poverty Gap in Connecticut

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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The gap between Connecticut’s top wage earners and others continues to grow in the aftermath of the Great Recession, according to a new study that also warns the “have-nots” make up an increasing share of the state’s population.

Connecticut Voices for Children, a New Haven-based nonprofit public policy group, also used its annual Labor Day weekend report to highlight shrinking manufacturing jobs and to outline growing economic problems for black,  Hispanic and younger workers.

“The recession and recovery have worsened opportunity gaps and set us on an economically devastating course,” said Orlando Rodriguez, senior policy fellow at Connecticut Voices and co-author of the report, which was released today. “We can no longer afford to delay action.”

The state’s median hourly wage has declined since the recession began, from $20.61 in 2008 to $20.29 in 2011, after adjusting for inflation.

Most of the growth recorded over that period involved Connecticut’s highest wage-earners. Workers in the top 10 percent of earners saw their average hourly rate rise from $46.10 to $47.87. Among the top 20 percent, the hourly rate rose from $35.09 to $36.08.

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08/30/12 04:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Bluewater Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Bluewater Hill, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1964, the one-story custom ranch has 2,646 square feet and is situated on a 1.04-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/12 02:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Moon Over Saugatuck

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The moon reflected on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center on Wednesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, August 30, 2012


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Harbor”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Thumbs Up for Solar Energy

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More than 25 people attended a Solarize Westport brainstorming session tonight at Westport Town Hall. The town-supported pilot program enables Westporters to install solar electric or hot water systems at reduced prices until Dec. 14. The purpose of the meeting was to come up with ideas on how to get the word out. For more information visit www.SolarizeCt.com/Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

08/30/12 02:47 AM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Fun

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Westport’s Jane Green, nationally bestselling author, shares a laugh tonight with Michael Ross, managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse. Green was guest at “Books Worth Talking About” in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at the Playhouse. The literary salon was followed by a performance of the world premiere comedy, “Harbor,” written by Chad Beguelin and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. Green discussed love, parenthood, and the new, modern family, themes that are prevalent in her books as well as in “Harbor.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/12 01:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Overall Prices Up But NY Area Down

By Judy Szablak

Just a day after a report showed a steep decline in second quarter Fairfield County home prices, a new report out today shows nationally the first year-over-year monthly gain in home prices in almost two years.

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This home at 7 Swallow Lane in the Saugatuck Shores area is listed for $975,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis/ Westport.

The S&P/Case-Shiller report for June shows that nationally, prices have risen by the most in more than six years. The index of 20 major metropolitan areas showed home prices rose by 0.5 percent in June, compared with a year ago, to end a 20-month streak of declines.

Home prices are still down by almost 31 percent from their 2006 peak but have returned to mid-2003 levels.

Phoenix led other MSAs in the index, posting a gain of 13.9 percent, and 13 of the 20 cities in the index showed a year-over-year gain. However, the New York MSA was down 2.1 percent.

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08/30/12 12:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Chic Jolie Debuts

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A new women’s apparel shop, Chic Jolie, celebrated its grand opening tonight at 24 Taylor Place, the location of the former Jacadi children’s clothing store (see WestportNow Aug. 15, 2012). Owner Alla Ionescu (r) of Fairfield, who was also the owner of Jacadi, said the new shop features multiple brands of women’s apparel and accessories.They include the debut of a unique fine jewelry line by Angels and Emeralds, all designed by Southporter Michele Gramesty (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SWRPA: ‘Come Fly with Me’

By James Lomuscio

Westport Town Engineer Peter Ratkiewich calls aerial photos important “because they are a snapshot in time, and we can see how the town is changing.”

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Westport’s GIS system maps, including this one of the downtown area, are based on data collected from a 2005 flyover. Now a new flyover will be done, thanks to a $2.15 million state grant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Town of Westport graphic

Westport, however, has not had a such a shoot since April 2005, meaning seven years of alterations have gone unrecorded from the air.

But that is about to change thanks to a $2.15 million state Regional Performance Incentive Program grant.

It will allow eight area towns to share costs and make such aerial shoots happen more frequently and with better results, according to Ratkiewich.

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