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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sean Found A New Home

Sean. Westport Animal Control

Sean has been adopted!  Sean is a delightful and affectionate 3 ½-year-old silky terrier that was owner surrendered to foster care.  He is having a swell time cruising around Westport – Winslow Park, Sweet Frog, downtown – and is enjoying not being crated 10 to 12 hours a day.  We are looking for a home without small children and pet parents willing to give him boundaries and lots of attention.  He bonds quickly and wants to be near you as much as possible.  He is okay with other small dogs but tends to be afraid of big dogs.  Sean is neutered and up-to-date on his vet care.  For additional information about Sean, please call 203-557-0361 or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  An adoption application and home visit are part of the adoption process.


07/24/13 10:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Caroline Has Found A Home

Caroline. Westport Animal Control

Caroline is a darling petite bully breed mix that loves attention.  While at first we thought she was a pup because of her size and puppy-like wiggles, it was discovered upon her vet exam that she is approximately 2-years-old and may have had several litters of pups.


07/24/13 10:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

WAC’s Walk in the (Southport) Park

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The Westport Arts Center’s Summer Cafe series today went off site to Southport where guests explored the new Southport Park. Ellen Levinson, sponsor of the series with husband John, introduced featured speaker Anthony Zemba, Connecticut Audubon Society director of conservation services, who led guests on a walk in the park as he pointed out native plants and their importance in supporting wildlife. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


07/24/13 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

GQ Names Westport’s The Whelk Deviled Egg Dish No. 1

GQ magazine has named the Green-Goddess Deviled Eggs dish at Westport’s The Whelk the No. 1 dish among “The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now.”

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The Whelk’s dish received top honors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Peter Massini/GQ

Food writer Alan Richman cited the dish in the magazine’s August issue. The Saugatuck restaurant, which opened in January 2012, is co-owned by Massimo Tullio and partner Bill Taibe, owner of the popular LeFarm Restaurant in Colonial Square.

“This has been the breakout year for deviled eggs, forgotten except in southern and midwestern kitchens,” the reviewer wote.

“I ate them across the country, but none came close to this complex and captivating variation: yolks mashed and mixed with a homemade green-goddess dressing (creamy, tangy, and once as beloved as ranch), then stuffed into egg-white halves.

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07/24/13 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Elmwood Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Elmwood Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1952, the one-story ranch has 2,060 square feet and is situated on a 1.02-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 WestportNow.com


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Conservation Director Explains State Bamboo Legislation

Westport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian today reminded residents that recently enacted state legislation does not make growing bamboo illegal but limits where it can be planted and sets fines for noncompliance.

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Bamboo grows on Westport’s Grove Point Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The act, entitled “An Act Regulating the Planting and Sale of Running Bamboo,” was passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in June to address the growing problem with running bamboo.

“In the past few years bamboo has been planted in Connecticut with increasing frequency by homeowners on their property,” said Mozian. “The problem that has arisen with the bamboo’s popularity is that it can very easily grow beyond property lines and be a burden to the neighbors.”

The act passed by the legislature spells out financial responsibility for the grower of the bamboo if their neighbors are burdened and requires retailers and installers to warn consumers about the risks of growing bamboo on their property, and is applicable to any running bamboo planted on or before Oct. 1, Mozian said. 

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07/24/13 06:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Coffee Concession at Green’s Farms Ready to Open

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There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at Westport’s Green’s Farms station in advance of the official opening Friday of the new coffee, tea, bagel and pastry concession run by Steam. The Board of Finance in June approved a lease for Steam to operate the concessions at the Westport and Green’s Farms stations. Taking part were (l-r) Steve Smith, building official; Donny Raus, Chris Barrett, and Briana Pennell, partners in Steam; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Bill Dohme, builder, and Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas, who oversees railroad operations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/24/13 05:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 207 Hillspoint Road

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The house at 207 Hillspoint Road in the Old Mill Beach area was demolished today. Built in 1900, the 1 3/4-story conventional had 943 square feet on a .06-acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 11, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com


07/24/13 11:54 AM Comments () • Permalink

Junior Sailors

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Junior sailors from local yacht clubs participated Monday and Tuesday in the annual Cedar Point Yacht Club Junior Regatta in waters off of Westport. Contributed photo


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Street Bridge closed to traffic
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
12:30 p.m. - Southport Park (Old Post Road, Southport) - Westport Arts Center Summer Lunchtime Café: Picnic in Southport Park
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Loot”
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Minecraft
7 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion presents Milkshake Trio (Children’s Series)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Downtown 2020 Committee Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Deer Management Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Controversial Curb Cut Application Draws Crowd, Denied

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE The Zoning Board of Appeals tonight unanimously denied a controversial application for a third curb cut aimed at convenient egress from the Barnes & Noble shopping center at 1076 Post Road East on to Morningside Drive South opposite Green’s Farms Elementary School.

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Attorney Lawrence P. Weisman makes a point tonight before the Zoning Board of Appeals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The ZBA acted on a cause celebre that brought out some heavy hitters to the Town Hall auditorium meeting. Chairman James Ezzes said the board voted unanimously to deny the application.

Among those opposed, calling it a matter of safety since the proposed exit is across from the school, were gubernatorial hopeful state Sen. John McKinney and Jim Marpe, Republican candidate for Westport first selectman.

Art Schoeller, president of the 900-household Greens Farms Association, also urged the ZBA to deny the request for a variance for third curb cut, citing a town ordinance that states “no such driveway should be within 400 feet of a public school driveway.”

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07/24/13 03:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Edges Edgewood 5-3 in LL Section Final

UPDATE Westport’s 12-year-old Little League all stars edged Edgewood of Bristol 5-3 tonight to advance to the the state finals for the first time.

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The team after tonight’s victory in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

But they had to wait out a one-hour, 40-minute rain delay at Scalzi Park in Stamford to gain the Section 1 victory.

Charlier Roof’s two-run, two-out double in the top of the seventh inning sealed the win for Westport after Edgewood tied the game 3-3 in the sixth.

The best-of-three state finals against Coginchaug of Durham begin Saturday in Southington at 3 p.m.


07/24/13 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

GOP Nominates Wexler for Probate Judge

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Republican Town Committee (RTC) tonight nominated local attorney and radio host Lisa Wexler to run for probate judge in November when she will square of against Democrat Kieran Costello, a Fairfield lawyer, who was selected by the Democratic Town Committee last week.

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Attorney Lisa Wexler addresses the Republican Town Committee tonight following her nomination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I am humbled, and I am grateful,” said Wexler, who described the possibility of being a judge of probate as “the pinnacle of my career.”

“I am going to be that judge for you,” she said, adding that she will keep her office open evenings from 7 to 10 to accommodate the public.

Representative Town Meting (RTM) member Carla Rea, noted that Wexler would be the first woman to run for probate judge.

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07/24/13 02:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport 10-11 Softball Defeats Seymour in State Tourney

The Westport District 2 softball champions tonight defeated Seymour 13-3 in their first state tournament game at Newington Memorial Field.

The win allows them to advance to the semifinals where they play the District 8 champs, Enfield, Friday under the lights in Newington at 7:30 p.m. With a win Friday, Westport can advance to Monday’s winner’s bracket final in Newington.

Catherine Connell pitched all six innings for Westport, striking out nine batters and allowing only four hits and no walks.

Sophia Alfero had four hits, Connell and Erica Fanning each hit two-run doubles, Connell’s in the fourth sending Westport up 6-2 and Fanning’s in the fifth.  Madeline Howard hit a triple over the left fielder’s head in the sixth inning.


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


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A jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach today after the late afternoon thunderstorm moved through. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com


07/23/13 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Storm Causes Minor Flooding

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A late afternoon thunderstorm today brought heavy rains that caused minor flooding, including along Myrtle Avenue near Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


07/23/13 10:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Storm Clouds Over Compo

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A thunderstorm with heavy rain and lightning moved through Westport late today. Some minor flooding was reported on Imperial Avenue and Myrtle Avenue. View is looking southwest over South Beach at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/23/13 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Storm Over Saugatuck

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A fast moving thunderstorm late today provided some photo ops as it moved over Westport. View is on Riverside Avenue near the Saugatuck Center development.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Talbott for WestportNow.com


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Sherwood Mill Pond Storm Clouds

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Storm clouds late today reflected in Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. Matt Murray for WestportNow.com


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McKinney Makes Run for Governor Official

By Mark Pazniokas


Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, a Republican who represents Westport as well as Fairfield, Easton, Newtown, and Weston, today announced his candidacy for governor by email, a low-key beginning to a long-planned campaign to win the GOP nomination and unseat the first-term Democratic governor, Dannel P. Malloy. 

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State Sen. John McKinney (R-28), whose district includes a sliver of Westport’s Greens Farms area, addresses the Westport Rotary Club in April 2012. McKinney spent part of his youth growing up in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I love my state and I’ve always been proud to call Connecticut my home,” McKinney said in his email. “I’m running for governor because I care about Connecticut’s history and its future. I want my children and the next generation to be just as proud to call Connecticut their home.”

McKinney, 49, the youngest son of the late congressman, Stewart B. McKinney, a moderate Republican who represented the 4th Congressional District of lower Fairfield County, has been a state senator for 16 years and the state Senate’s GOP leader since 2007. He is a fiscal conservative who is progressive on social issues, supporting gay rights and abortion rights.

This year, McKinney was one of six Republicans in his 14-member caucus who supported a bipartisan package of gun control measures crafted in response to the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, one of the communities in McKinney’s state Senate district.

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07/23/13 08:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gas Leak Causes Basement Fire

Westport firefighters today put out a small basement fire at an Oak Street home after a gas line shutoff valve failed when a hot water heater was being removed, said Assistant Chief William R. Dingee.

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Firefighters said quick thinking workers removing a hot water heater limited fire damage to a home on Oak Street today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“The escaping gas ignited and caused a fire ball catching some nearby installation manuals on fire,” Dingee said, adding that upon arrival at the 9:48 a.m. call, firefighters found smoke coming from the basement in the rear of the home.

“They entered and found the burning manuals and extinguished them with a fire extinguisher,” he added.

Dingee said that heat from the fire damaged a PVC drain pipe and nearby wiring.

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07/23/13 08:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

North Ave. Bridge Repair: Bringing in the Big Stuff

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Curious neighbors watched today as a new phase began in the repair of the North Avenue Bridge over the Aspetuck River at Coleytown Road. Four huge concrete beams, each 56 feet in length and weighing 25 tons, were brought in for installation, said Frank M. Grich, project manager for crane operations. Each beam, manufactured, delivered and installed by Yalesville-based United Concrete, was delivered on a separate truck as traffic was reduced to one lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Major Construction Work Under Way

Scenes at the North Avenue Bridge construction site where four large girders were put into place. Construction is scheduled to be completed in October. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/23/13 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Point to Point Winner Update: 16-Year-Old Was First

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The Westpot Weston Famuly Y today updated its list of winners in Saturday’s 35th annual Point to Point swim at Compo Beach.  Initially, as reported by WestportNow, the winner appeared to be Mark Loftis, 53, of New York with a time of 19:28. (See WestportNow July 20, 2013)  Later in the day, when official results were posted, the winner was listed as Sebastian Ortega, 14, of Westport (4th l), a member of the Y’s Water Rat team, in 18:05. However, upon further checking, Nicole Turecheck, director of aquatics, said today the actual winner was Jonathan Blansfield, 16, of Westport (7th l) also a member of the Water Rat team, with a time of 17:52. He originally had been listed as finishing 38th, with a time of 27:52. “Simple mix up of just placing Jonathan in the wrong heat,” Turecheck said by way of explanation. As to how Loftis was at first believed to be the winner, she did not say. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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James N. Donaldson, 73

James N. Donaldson of Fairfield, a former teacher in the Westport school system and later a Westport banker, died July 18 after a brief illness. He was 73.

Born in Canonsburg, Pa. in March 1940, he was the son of the late Attorney James Reed Donaldson and Alice Neill Donaldson. He grew up in East Washington, Pa. and graduated from East Washington High School in 1958. He obtained his BA in political science from Westminster College in 1962 and attended the University of Pittsburgh Law School from 1962-1964.

Changing focus, he received his master’s in education degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965, doing his educational internship at Bedford Junior High School in Westport. He continued his educational career teaching at Colytown Junior High School from 1966-1967.

In July 1967, he joined Bankers Trust Company, NYC, (now Deutsche Bank) first as a trust administrator until 1970, then as assistant trust officer to 1973 when he became trust officer and manager of the White Plains, N.Y. Bankers Trust Office, a position he held until 1976.

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07/23/13 03:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Street Bridge to be Closed Wednesday Half Day

The Town of Westport has been notified that the Bridge Street swing bridge, whose official name is the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge, will be closed on Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The closure is for operational testing of new machinery components on the bridge, said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

The bridge will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. 

Signs and markings for detour routes will be posted, Joseloff said.


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Flash Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Westport and area through this evening.

Showers and thunderstorms late Monday night had already produced localized amounts of over 2 inches in parts of southwestern Connecticut, the Weather Service said.

Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected today, especially this afternoon, as weak low pressure and an associated warm front lift northward into the region, any of
which could produce very heavy rain and flash flooding, an advisory said.

Individual showers or thunderstorms could produce 1 to 2 inches of rain in an hour or less. Localized rainfall of up to 4 inches is possible where showers and thunderstorms repeatedly move over the same areas.


07/23/13 09:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Visitor to Round Pond

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The Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly found a butterfly bush to his liking near Westport’s Round Pond off Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

8 a.m. - Westport Inn - Westport Green Task Force: Informational Breakfast for Business & Property Owners
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Friends of the Library Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Pension Investment Committee
6:30 p.m. - WCP Lucille Lortel White Barn Center - Books Worth Talking About: “Criminal Financial Shenanigans,” Andrew Gross
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Loot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


07/23/13 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Downtown Consultant Candidate Makes a Pitch

By James Lomuscio

Calling Westport “an iconic, historic New England community” so well known “you don’t even have to say the word Connecticut,” Eve Holberg pitched her company’s expertise to the Downtown 2020 Committee and the public tonight as to why Peter J. Smith & Company, Inc. is best suited to design a master plan of for the downtown in the face of major developments.

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Members of the Downtown 2020 Committee (foreground) listen to tonight’s presentation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Holberg, project manager, was joined by Peter J. Smith, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based company’s principal, and Bob Gomez, an engineer for North Haven-based VN Engineers that works with the company.

P.J. Smith is one of three respondents to Downtown 2020’s RFP (request for proposals) to develop a master plan of development and implementation for the downtown in the face of major changes. On Wednesday, the committee will interview RBA Group, with offices in Norwalk, and on July 31, Milone & MacBroom, Inc. of Cheshire.

In addition to six members of the Downtown 2020 Committe, about 20 members of the public attended the 90-minute session, which was broadcast on the town cable channel and streamed on the Internet.

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