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Friday, May 03, 2013

Going Down: 14 Charcoal Hill Road

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The house at 14 Charcoal Hill Road, off North Avenue, was demolished today. Built in 1928, the two-story custom contemporary had 2,911 square feet and was situated on a 2.32-acre property. The former co-owners of the house were Harry Maynard who died in August 2011 at age 93 (see WestportNow, Aug. 12, 2011), and his wife Natalie, a concert pianist, who died in March 2012 at age 85 (see WestportNow, March 5, 2012). The house, designed by architect Frazier Peters, was featured on the WestportNow series, Honoring Our Heritage (see WestportNow, May 21, 2011).  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 15, 2012.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/03/13 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy: Sandy Aid Tops $367 Million

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that more than $367 million in federal assistance to date has been approved to help Connecticut with disaster expenses in the aftermath of Storm Sandy.

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Laurel Blatchford, executive director of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, answers questions during a tour today of Storm Sandy damage in New Haven. Looking on are Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The announcement came as as federal officials, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes, toured the Connecticut shore to assess the damage. Also on their tour was Laurel Blatchford, executive director of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

The task force was established by President Barack Obama in December to help local communities rebuild and better withstand future storms.

The tour began in New Haven where the federal officials met with representatives from the state’s shoreline communites on the Storm Sandy response. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Andy Kingsbury were among those attending.

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05/03/13 05:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Officials Review Storm Sandy Response

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UPDATE Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) addresses a panel discussion in New Haven today as state and local officials met with the leader of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Laurel Blatchford (2nd l). Also among those taking part were (l-r) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3), U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein. Joseloff suggested that military transport of outside line crews to Connecticut would have sped up restoration of power by a couple of days. A representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that had been considered but only after recovery operations were under way. “Well, you might want to plan now to do that in the future,” Joseloff said. The meeting came as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy anounced federal authorities have approved more than $367 million in disaster aid to help Connecticut cover costs associated with Storm Sandy.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Fire Chief Details Storm Sandy Recovery Problems

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Westport Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Andy Kingsbury today tells a panel discussion in New Haven on Storm Sandy recovery efforts of his frustration at the pace of federal assistance reaching Westport storm victims. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff invited Kingsbury to accompany him to the discussion so federal and state officials could hear first hand the difficulties being encountered by local officials dealing with state and federal agencies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/03/13 05:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers April 15 - 19, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 15 - 19, 2013:

Barbara L. Zucker to Matthew and Meryl Barkoff, 7 Covlee Drive, $3,400,000WN property.jpg

3 Laurel LLC to Justin and Kelly Morgan, 3 Laurel Road, $1,735,000

Joseph P. and Deborah H. Gordon to Timothy J. and Elizabeth B. Leary, 10 Colonial Road, $1,300,000

Marion M. Spenser Living Trust to Karen Brewer, 88 Roseville Road, $635,000

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05/03/13 05:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Now It’s Official

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Almost three months after the news was first broken by Inklings, the Staples High School newspaper, the Westport schools issued a news release today announcing that Madeleine Seidman and Robert De Luca have been named valedictorian and salutatorian respectively. (See WestportNow Feb. 21, 2013). DeLuca, who will enter Princeton University in the fall, will address the baccalaureate dinner the night before graduation while Seidman, who will attend Williams College, will address the June 21 graduation ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/03/13 04:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 131 Morningside Drive South

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The house at Westport’s 131 Morningside Drive South, near Greens Farms Road, was demolished today. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch had 1,421 square feet, was situated on a 2.12-acre property and changed ownership in February for $575,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Feb. 11, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/03/13 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Aerial Survey: Where the Deer Are

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The Westport Deer Management Committee Thursday night discussed the results of an aerial infrared radar survey of Westport’s deer population. The five-hour nighttime survey, which followed Board of Finance approval in December of a $6,100 appropriation (See WestportNow Dec. 5, 2012), was carried out on March 10 by Boise, Idaho-based Vision Air Research. It showed 589 deer found in 203 deer groups with deer group size ranging from “1-8 individuals.” The size surprised some deer committee members and was below state projections. The survey showed wide areas between Compo Road North and Bayberry Lane with fewer deer and more deer, as anticipated north of the Merritt Parkway. The committee will use the information to make recommendations to the town on future deer management practices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Vision Air Research graphic


05/03/13 01:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heading Home

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A boat heads home to the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach Thursday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Howard Potter for WestportNow.com


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Friday, May 3, 2013

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening Reception: Merritt Parkway Exhibits
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Dining Room”
8 p.m. - MTC Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “Cole”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Difficult Choice

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Choosing from among offerings from Westport’s Black Bear Wine & Spirits was a difficult choice tonight at the ninth annual A Taste of Westport CLASP Homes fundraiser at the Westport Inn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/03/13 01:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Offering a Taste

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Bobby Q’s restaurant was among numerous restaurant offerings at tonight’s ninth annual A Taste of Westport at the Westport Inn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Sampling Tastes for a Good Cause

Scenes from tonight’s A Tasteof Westport CLASP Homes fundraiser at the Inn at Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/03/13 12:59 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thanks for a Protective Vest for Westport Police Dog

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The Westport Police Department K9 Unit today thanked Bridgeport retailer Ray Arabia of Natural Pet Outlet, 3380 Fairfield Ave., for his part in raising money for a bullet and stab protective vest for Police Service Dog Koda. To make the donation possible, Arabia worked with Sandy Marcal, president of East Taunton, Mass.-based Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a nonprofit charity whose mission is to provide such vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Pictured (l-r) are Lisa Arabia, Ray Arabia, Officer James Loomer, Koda, and Sgt. Ryan Paulsson, K9 Unit supervisor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/03/13 12:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

The Short, Fast Life of a Political Gaffe

By Mark Pazniokas


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy knew the drill. The last step in dealing with a political gaffe is address the press, take a few questions, smile and say something mildly dismissive like, “You know, we’re pretty much done with it.”

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C-SPAN finds Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the crowd Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. C-SPAN photo

And so it was that Malloy waited for reporters to surround him tonight outside the State Capitol and ask questions about him reimbursing People magazine $1,234 for his trip to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

A TV reporter asked about the previous day’s claim by Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, that Malloy violated state ethics laws by accepting a freebie to one of D.C.‘s hottest political/social events.

“You know, Sen. McKinney says lots of things,” Malloy said, smiling. “I just decided to head the whole thing off, rather than take away from the important work, for instance, on education reform, that has to be done.”

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Another Compo Flipper

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Holden Converse uses an inflated ball to get some bounce at Westport’s Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Getting Ready for Tonight’s A Taste of Westport

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Staff and volunteers of CLASP Homes were busy today setting up the Westport Inn ballroom for the ninth annual A Taste of Westport which will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. The fundraiser offers food samples from Westport’s finest restaurants. All proceeds benefit CLASP Homes. Tickets are $75, $80 at the door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/02/13 05:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 28 Ferry Lane East

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The house at Westport’s 28 Ferry Lane East, off Compo Road South, was demolished today. Built in 1960, the two-story colonial had 2,032 square feet, was situated on a .97-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1.2 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 3, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/02/13 03:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Downtown 2020, P&Z Begin Fence Mending

By James Lomuscio

Members of Westport’s Downtown 2020 Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) Traffic and Parking subcommittees met for an hour today to discuss the need for a base line traffic study in the wake of major developments planned for the downtown.

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Planning & Zoning Commission Chair Catherine Walsh makes a point at today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“The town has to have a base line study that everyone can use as a thread,” said Gerald Kagan, an architect who serves on the 2020 Committee. “Model it to look at what traffic will look like with future projects.”

P&Z Chairwoman Catherine Walsh agreed.

“What I would like to do is to move it off dead center and to get this base line traffic study done now,” she said.

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05/02/13 03:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Major Concessions Deal Undermined by Bad Guesses, Secrecy

By Keith M. Phaneuf


“Ladies and gentlemen, this is a historic agreement,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the crowd assembled in the dark-paneled Old Judiciary Room of the state Capitol.

Six months after insisting upon $2 billion in concessions from the state’s 45,000 workers, Malloy announced on Aug. 18, 2011, that unions had approved something worth more than $1.6 billion in the short-term.

The deal, he pledged, would dramatically enhance state government’s finances for decades to come.

“It represents the most fundamental restructuring of the relationship between state government and state workers that has ever occurred in the state of Connecticut,” the governor said.

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05/02/13 02:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Special Match and Fundraiser

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The Staples Rugby Team has invited guests to join them at Staples High School today at 5 p.m. for their scheduled match and Autism Speaks Fundraiser. The event is dedicated to the late Diana Cozzi, sister of current team captain and Staples senior Matt Cozzi. The evening will include a bake sale and sale of Autism Awareness merchandise. Diana Cozzi was born a nonverbal Autistic girl, who struggled with even the simplest of daily tasks. She loved supporting her siblings at all their sporting activities and formed loving relationships with the families, and members of the Staples Rugby Team. She died last October. (See WestportNow Oct. 21, 2012) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – P&Z Traffic Subcommittee & Parking Subcommittee Joint Meeting
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”
5 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Rugby Team Match and Autism Speaks Fundraiser
6 p.m. - The Westport Inn - 9th Annual A Taste of Westport benefit for CLASP Homes
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Deer Management Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Information Technology Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Dining Room”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Staples Senior Gets Music Scholarship Award

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The Staples Music Parents Association tonight gave a scholarship award for outstanding achievement to senior Harry Zec, who will be attending Berklee College of Music next year, focusing on guitar studies. The award is given to Staples seniors who will be containing on in music studies in college or at a conservatory. The award was presented by Maureen Whiteman and Nick Hubbell of Staples Music Parents Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/02/13 02:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Senate Passes Controversial Energy Bill

By Mark Pazniokas


A renewable energy bill that has set much of the environmental community against the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative Democrats was passed today by the state Senate.

If politics makes for strange bedfellows, doubly so for this bill: Owners of energy plants sided with environmentalists, who failed to win over any of their usual allies among the Democratic majority.

The final vote was 26 to 6, with four Republicans joining all 22 Democrats to approve and send the bill to the House of Representatives.

The legislation redefines the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires electric companies to rely on renewable sources for an increasing percentage of their power, reaching a maximum of 20 percent in 2020.

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05/02/13 02:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Promises, Gimmicks and a Historic Shortfall

By Keith M. Phaneuf


When Dannel P. Malloy became the state’s 88th governor on Jan. 5, 2011, he inherited a financial mess unmatched in Connecticut history.

The Stamford Democrat faced a state government on pace to spend almost 20 percent more than it would receive in its next budget—unless something changed dramatically.

Forced to fill a $3.7 billion shortfall, Malloy challenged legislators, unions, businesses and the public to embrace his “shared sacrifice.”

“I truly believe Connecticut’s best days are ahead,” Malloy told lawmakers two years ago. “The tide is turning for us if we step up and work hard with courage and conviction.”

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05/02/13 01:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Market Brimming With Activity

By Judy Szablak

Home prices continue to gain ground across the country, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Index.

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This home at 66 Hillandale Road is listed at $2,775,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Higgins Group/Westport Waterfront Homes

Locally, the Westport market is brimming with activity that we haven’t seen for a very long time. As long as inventory levels grow while the buyers are still out, we can expect our market to continue to improve.

The concern from some analysts is that this seemingly sudden market burst is short-lived, but the signs of a locally improved market seem to be strong.

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Index report reviewed sales in February, and both the 10- and 20-city composites increased 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent respectively from January to February.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Comings & Goings: Blu Parrot Closes After Seven Months

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The Blu Parrot, a restaurant featuring food and music at 60 Charles St., has abruptly closed after a seven-month run, according to an associate of Adam Lubarsky, co-owner of the restaurant that opened last October. A note on the door expressed thanks to customers, friends, and those in the music community for their support. A Blu Parrot email today said: “To all of our friends, customers and muscians who have supported us here at The Blu Parrot: we will be closing our doors as of 5/1/13. There are parties that are interested in buying the business and we can only hope that they will continue to bring the best in live music to the Westport area. Thank you for all of your support and making this such a great place.” Lubarsky said today he was not in a mood to talk about the closing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Smiles…Then a Closing

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Adam Lubarsky, co-owner of the The Blu Parrot, was all smiles on Saturday as his resaurant parking lot served as the finish line and site of the awards ceremony for the first Westport Electric Vehicle Road Rally. Lubarsky cooked food for entrants and supporters on an outdoor grill. An email announced the restaurant was closed as of today. Lubarsky, a 1973 Staples High School graduate, owned the now closed Georgetown Saloon in Redding from 1978 to 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


05/01/13 11:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Castles in the Sand Photo Op

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Members of Westport’s Homes With Hope staff and the three judges of the 12th annual Castles in the Sand fundraiser gathered at Compo Beach today to remind Westporters that the competition will be held at Compo Beach on Saturday, May 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Homes with Hope president Jeff Wieser said that the Gault company donated 90 tons of sand and Kowalsky Brothers is donating their equipment and time to spread the sand on the day of the event. Wieser said lots, priced at $100 and $300, are available at http://www.hwhct.org. Pictured are Audrey Sparre, Karen Maher, Cheryl Eldh, Homes with Hope president Jeff Wieser, Miggs Burroughs, Peter Cadoux, Daryle Kowalsky, Jim Donaher, and Gary Kowalsky. Erin Falvey is the lobster. The three judges are Burroughs, Cadoux, and Leonard Everett Fisher (not present for the picture). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/01/13 10:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Woman’s Club Donates $5,000 to Wakeman Town Farm

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The Westport Woman’s Club today presented its annual Ruegg grant to the Wakeman Town Farm. Rose Jordan, chair of the grant committee, presented a $5,000 check to Elizabeth Beller, chair of Wakeman Town Farm.  The funds are earmarked for the construction and maintenance of a greenhouse. Pictured (l-r) are WWC members Mary Lee Clayton, club president, Jo Fuchs Luscombe, Barbara Raffel, Rose Jordan, Elizabeth Beller, Arlene Johnson, and Carrie and Michael Aitkenhead, Town Farm program director and caretaker. The Ruegg Grant was established in 1995 by an endowment bequeathed to the Westport Woman’s Club by member Lea Ruegg. To date, approximately $160,000 has been awarded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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