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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed

The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community.  Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society.  Thank-You.

   

09/21/13 08:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, September 30, 2013

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Compo Parkway

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Compo Parkway, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch has 2,662 square feet, is situated on a .34-acre property and changed ownership this month for $1,599,000. 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

   

09/30/13 10:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

MTA to Consider NH Line Refunds

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider approving a credit for customers of Metro-North’’s New Haven Line where service has been disrupted by an electrical outage, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today. He said approval is expected.

“Approving a refund to commuters isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s what they need to do,” he said in a statement. “It’s incumbent on the MTA and ConEd to deal with this problem and get it fixed, and it’s critical that Connecticut residents get reimbursed as quickly as possible.”

Malloy said that Metro-North and the MTA have moved up the schedule for re-establishing a permanent fix for the outage from Oct. 14 to Oct. 7.

“It is unclear whether that connection will be made early enough on the 7th of October to allow for restoration of service on the 7th or on the eighth,” Malloy said. “That is an open question.”

   

09/30/13 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Prolonged Shutdown Could Damage CT Economy

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

As the federal government stood at the brink of a shutdown today, state and business leaders were most wary of a prolonged stoppage.

Though many of the 9,000 federal employees residing in Connecticut could be furloughed shortly after the new fiscal year begins Tuesday, a potential lag in billions in federal dollars earmarked for the Nutmeg State poses the biggest threat to state government.

And should a shutdown linger for several weeks, or more than a month, both furloughs and a bottleneck in federal aid could undo much of Connecticut’s already sluggish recovery from the last recession.

“The spectre of uncertainty would be key” if a shutdown of a month or more were to develop, said Don Klepper-Smith, a senior economist with DataCore Partners in New Haven. “It would mean less hiring, less job creation, less economic growth. Then this recovery is very much in jeopardy.”

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09/30/13 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Judge Orders Save Westport Now Back on Ballot

By James Lomuscio

Booted from the Nov. 5 ballot last week over a technicality, Save Westport Now (SWN) will now have ballot access on Election Day, a Stamford Superior Court judge ruled today.

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Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Povodator: issues ballot placement order. Contributed photo

Judge Kenneth B. Povodator ordered Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss to give SWN endorsed and nominated candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)—Democrats Andra Vebell, David Lessing and Alan Hodge—a SWN place on the ballot in addition to their names on Democratic line. The move drew praise from Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

“Judge Povodator’s decision is good for the voters of Westport,” Merrill said in a statement. “It is always in the best interest of voters to have choices on the ballot, and I am relieved the judge resolved this issue.”

Founded in the 1980s to save Gorham Island from development, a bid that failed, SWN is a third party, environmental and preservation advocacy group. It has typically endorsed and nominated Democratic candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), although last election it endorsed Republicans.

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09/30/13 08:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Library Wins $246,545 MakerSpace Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. has awarded The Westport Library a $246,545 grant to enhance the year-old MakerSpace, declared a highly innovative project with broad potential impact for other libraries, library officials announced today.

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Library Trustee Mike Guthman helped celebrate MakerSpace’s first birthday in July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The Westport Library was selected from a competitive field of applicants to receive funding foor MakerSpace 2.0: Retinkering Libraries. According to library officials, the project proposes to transform the current MakerSpace, introducing more hands-on maker experiences, workshops and makers-in-residence who will support an innovation lab.

Projects include robotics, LED creations and tinkering with home electronics repairs. Also included are interactive Innovation Stations (iStations) to introduce participants to the concepts and techniques of innovative thinking.

The IMLS used a peer review process to evaluate the grant applications. According to library officials, reviewers commented the MakerSpace was cutting edge, giving the library “the potential to make a big impact.”

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09/30/13 05:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Golf Course Closing for Aeration

Westport Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced today that Longshore Golf Course will be closed Monday, Oct. 7 to Thursday, Oct. 10 for a full course aeration of greens, tees and fairways.

H. Smith Richardson golf course in Fairfield will honor Westport golf passes for the Westport resident greens fees. he said.

“A full closure of the course will allow the greens crew the opportunity for an aggressive full course aeration as we continue our efforts to restore course conditions after a difficult summer season,” said McCarthy. 

“We are grateful to Gerry Lombardo, Fairfield Parks and Recreation Director, and our neighbors at H. Smith Richardson for extending an invitation to our golfers. We believe the access to H. Smith Richardson will be well received by our customers in lieu of playing temporary greens during the aeration process.”

   

09/30/13 03:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Finance Board: No Change in Selectmen Salary

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Meeting in special session, the Westport Board of Finance today recommended no change in the $2,000 annual salaries of the two selectmen who sit with the first selectman on the Board of Selectmen. The board at its Sept. 23 meeting had recommended no change in the first selectman’s salary of $101,475 but did not address the other two selectmen. The board today also recommended the first selectman receive the same benefits as other non-union supervisory personnel plus either a $4,800 annual transportation allowance or use of a town car, and that members of the Board of Assessment Appeals continue to receive a $200 a year annual stipend. First selectman Democratic candidate Helen Garten and Avi Kaner, Republican selectman candidate, recused themselves on the selectmen discussion and votes. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/30/13 02:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lending a Hand to the Pros

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The Westport PAL cheer leading program preformed with the cheerleaders of the New York Jets Saturday at Citi Field prior to the Mets game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

09/30/13 01:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Colors

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Fall colors in Westport’s Old Mill area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, September 30, 2013


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Special Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
11 a.m. - Various - Restaurant Weeks sponsored by Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (see locales here)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Ardiono Board Usergroups/Workshops
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Employee Compensation Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Arts Center Presents ‘Art of Jazz Piano Trio’

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The Wesytport Arts Center kicked off its concert season today with a performance “Art of the Jazz Piano Trio.” The concert featured the works and styles of the major pianists in jazz history. Performers were Nick Sanders, piano, Brian Torff, bass and Kurt Leon drums. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/13 10:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Dog Rescued

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Westporter Amy Scarella today cuddles Little Girl, a 14-month-old black lab-spaniel mix from Georgia up for adoption at the Little Black Dog Rescue Adoption and Bake Sale event at Earth Animal Care & Nutrition Center, 606 Post Rod East. Scarella is founder of Little Black Dog and has been rescuing dogs with various local groups in Connecticut as well as Georgia and Puerto Rico. More dogs are featured on the group’s website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/13 07:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

They Want Your Vote

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More than 40 candidates running for office in Westport in November today attended the League of Women Voters of Westport annual fall brunch at the home of Pat and Sal Porio and posed for a group photo. The League will sponsor two debates next month – on Oct. 7 for first and second selectman and Planning and Zoning Commission, and Oct. 15 for Board of Education, Board of Finance, and probate judge. The debates will be held in the Town Hall auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and broadcast and streamed live on the town cable channel and Internet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/13 06:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Smiles at League of Women Voters Brunch

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The two candidates for Westport first selectman in November were all smiles today at the annual fall brunch hosted by the League of Women Voters of Westport. Pictured are Helen Garten, the Democratic candidate, and Jim Marpe, the Republican candidate, Gordon Joseloff, the Democratic incumbent, is not seeking re-election after eight years in office. He sent word he was unable to attend today’s event as he was visiting his grandchildren in Florida. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/13 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Political Gathering at League of Women Voters Brunch


Scenes from today’s League of Women Voters of Westport annual fall brunch. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/13 06:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Drumming Up Business for Swim Team Car Wash

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Lauren Silverstein, a Staples High School sophomore and member of the girls swim and dive team, drums up business today for a a team car wash and bake sale fundraiser at the corner of Westport’s Post Road East and Myrtle Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/13 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for October

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With October beginning Tuesday, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market at 1385 Post Road East had its display of pumpkins and fall plantings ready for customers on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, September 29, 2013


11 a.m. - Various - Restaurant Week begins sponsored by Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (see locales here)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road East) - Little Black Dog Rescue (http://www.littleblackdogrescue.org) Adoption & Bake Sale Event
1:45 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - A Tree Grows in Winslow, with arborist Ben Sykas
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Jane Austen Day
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Rachel Brownstein, “Why Jane Austen?”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Art of the Jazz Piano Trio

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Staples Footballers Roll Over Westhill 63-14

Coming off a sloppy win over Wilton last week, the Staples football team was out to show themselves a much better team today—and they did just that, rolling over Westhill at Stamford 63-14.

The Wreckers improved to 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in the FCIAC.

Staples QB Jack Massie was dtermined to show early on he was in charge, passing for four touchdowns and rushing for another all in the first half.

Westhill’s woes just kept on coming. It had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, had a punt blocked in the first quarter, fumbled once and committed several costly penalties.

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09/28/13 09:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Blasts McMahon

The good news is Staples boys soccer beat Brien McMahon 5-1 today. The better news is they did it despite missing five starters.

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The Staples boys soccer team is fully focused before today’s Brien McMahon match. The Wreckers won 5-1, raising their record to 6-1-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

A makeshift lineup came through big-time for the injury-plagued Wreckers.

Daniel Perez Elorza scored twice; Jack Scott, Andrew Puchala and Daniel Boyce added solo efforts, as the surging Westporters raised their record to 6-1-1.

Staples’ goals came off of set pieces, with numerous players crashing the box. Michael Reid ran midfield for the victors, with Yousef Shahin and Patrick Beusse providing solid support.

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09/28/13 09:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Freshii Prepares for Monday Opening

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Freshii, part of a health-oriented restaurant chain, opens Monday at 1 Main St., also known as 19 Post Road East, near Starbuck’s. Accessible from Parker Harding Plaza, the restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Freshii operates in 35 cities and eight countries around the world. The Westport owner is Jonathan Blob, who as a hedge fund manager invested and performed analysis on the food service industry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/13 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, September 28, 2013


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - WWC Fundraiser Tag Sale
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
1 p.m. - Schenk’s Island, Wilton (Center Street & River Road) - Earthplace River Walk
1:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Something to Crow About” Scarecrow-making Party
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Steven Parlato: Writing for Young Adults
2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Nature Encounters
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Historical Society Exhibit Honors Westport Artists

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Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher shows off his painting “Celebrants” at tonight’s opening reception of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit “Framing the Past, Present and Future: 20 Years of the Westport Arts Awards.“The exhibit highlights more than 40 pieces of art from the Permanent Westport Art Collection and includes sculpture, painting, photography and illustration.  A special tribute to Walt Reed is located in the Molly Donovan Gallery. Both exhibits will remain on view through Jan. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/13 02:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Arts Awards Retrospective at Westport Historical Society


Scenes from tonight’s opening reception of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit “Framing the Past, Present and Future: 20 Years of the Westport Arts Awards.“ Since their inception in 1994, the Westport Arts Awards have honored 49 visual artists, including painter and stamp designer Stevan Dohanos, painter Jak Kovatch, whose montage “Warriors Dream” is included in the exhibit, and photojournalist Lynsey Addario. The retrospective features more than 45 original works — paintings, drawings, illustrations, comics, etchings, photographs and sculptures on loan from regional museums, private collections, the Town of Westport, the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection and the artists themselves. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/13 02:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Con Ed Working on Temporary Train Fix

Con Edison said today it was setting up three transformers to try to supply the needed 27,000 volts of power to a high-voltage line that failed Wednesday at a Mount Vernon station, knocking out power to the New Haven line.

But it was unclear how many electric trains could be served by the transformers’ power, which would take power from lines in residential areas and step them up to reach the needed 27,000 volts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Con Ed said.

Officials said they would be testing the alternative power source over the weekend to see if it could work.

“We’ve been working on a couple of strategies to get power back to the tracks as quickly as possible,” Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin said.

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09/28/13 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bond Panel Okays Financing for Bridgeport Development

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

The State Bond Commission today approved $31 million in financing to allow a leading sporting goods retailer to locate in the long-planned commercial development on Steel Point in Bridgeport.

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Bass Pro Shops will benefit from the state funds. Contributed photo

And though the commission unanimously approved the financing for Bass Pro Shops, that endorsement came amidst an ongoing partisan debate over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s handling of the state’s credit card for capital programs.

Bass Pro has announced plans to open a 140,000-square-foot facility at the harbor, with total development and financing costs expected to fall just under $70 million.

Besides the $31 million approved today, the state also is expected to provide $9 million in future assistance with the developer providing the remaining $38.5 million.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Chamber Hosts First Select Candidates

By James Lomuscio

Making Westport more receptive and friendly toward businesses was the theme of a Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “Conversation with First Selectman Candidates,” Republican Jim Marpe and Democrat Helen Garten, held in the Westport Library’s McManus Room today.

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First Selectman candidates Helen Garten and Jim Marpe answer questions at today’s Westport Library event sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

While business remained the primary focus, the event that drew about 50 occasionally veered off topic to affordable housing, the library’s expansion and a proposed senior housing center at the town-owned Baron’s South property—all issues both candidates said they supported.

“We really do need to have a conversation with Town Hall as it pertains to business and what matters most to them if they are elected,” said Lisa Perelli Gray, who directed the talk.

Each candidate—Marpe, former acting chairman of the Board of Education, and Garten, Board of Finance member and former chairwoman—spoke for two minutes followed by questions from the audience.

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09/27/13 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Auto Art on Display at Library

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UPDATE (corrects dates) Weston artist Ken Scaglia shows his passion for automobiles reflected in 16 colorful canvases on display in the Great Hall of The Westport Library where a reception Oct. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. marks the opening of the exhibit.  Chris Timmons of the library staff adjusts one of the works. The show will remain on display through Jan. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

09/27/13 09:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 98 Hillspoint Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 98 Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1930, the one-story raised ranch has 1,736 square feet, is situated on a .81-acre property and changed ownership this month fro $670,000. 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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