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Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Haven Delays

Metro-North said New Haven Line customers may experience scattered delays of 5 to 10 minutes due to slippery rail conditions throughout the area.

   

10/31/13 11:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Spooky Doings in Compo Area

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A light on and off rain and elaborate decorations greeted trick or treaters tonight in Westport’s Compo Beach area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 11:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Beach Halloween Crowd

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Westport’s Compo Beach area is always one of the favorite town Halloween trick or treat places> Some of the hundreds making the rounds tonight paused for a group pictures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 10:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating a ‘Normal’ Halloween


Scenes from tonight’s Halloween celebration in Westport’s Compo Beach area. Last year’s Halloween fell victim to Storm Sandy and the 2011 coincided with a snowstorm. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 10:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trunk and Treat Halloween

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Neighbors in Westport’s Partrick-Crawford section gathered late today on the green at the intersection of the two streets for the eighth annual neighborhood Halloween Trunk and Treat celebration. According to Crawford Road resident Laura Boehmer, the event organizer, each family brings a treat and places it in the trunk of their vehicle and the kids go from trunk to trunk to collect their treats. “I’s a safer way for families to celebrate a Halloween get together and it’s the one chance we have all year for the neighborhood families to get together,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making a Point

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Rory Murray of Westport made a point with her Halloween head gear tonight at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 10:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Scary Duo

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Wyatt Bansak, 5, and sister Ocean, 6, of Westport were among trick or treaters in Westport’s Compo Beach area tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 10:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Merritt Northbound Exit 41 Ramps to be Closed Nov. 8

There will be another Friday overnight closure of the Merritt Parkway northbound Exit 41 entrance and exit ramps on Nov. 8, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today.

He said he has been notified by the Connecticut Department of Transportation that the ramps will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for paving as part of the Westport Family Y building construction project at nearby Camp Mahackeno.

Motorists can expect lane closures to occur which will require a detour while the paving project is performed.  Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone, an announcement said.

The ramps were also closed on Oct. 25 for construction work.

   

10/31/13 09:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Soundview Drive Ready for Trick or Treaters

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All was ready on Westport’s Soundview Drive bordering Compo Beach late today for the hundreds of trick or treaters expected to make their rounds of the area tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 08:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: Geiger’s Garden Center

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An application for a permit to demolish two buildings at the Geiger Garden Center, 1135 Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story residential-type commercial structure has 2,221 square feet and is situated on a 2.07-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. Geiger’s submitted a preliminary plan in January to turn the property into a commercial and residential complex. (See WestportNow Jan. 17, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 07:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Norwalk Center Providing Sandy Assistance for Region

The City of Norwalk is hosting one of the four intake centers in Connecticut to provide one-on-one assistance to homeowners seeking disaster assistance for losses caused by Storm Sandy.

The location of the Norwalk Center is at the former fire station at 100 Fairfield Ave.

Staff from the Department of Housing (DOH) will operate the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation and Reconstruction intake centers Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.

Homeowners are encouraged to call the program’s toll free hotline at 1-866-272-1976 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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10/31/13 05:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Egged’ on Gault Avenue

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A Gault Avenue resident was “egged” Wednesday night. Gault Avenue residents expect more than 700 trick-or-treaters tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

10/31/13 05:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Witchy Boat on the Saugatuck

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Early Halloween risers saw this witchy boat on the Saugatuck River in Westport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elena Radu for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 03:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Reason’ to Celebrate 30 Years on West Bank

By James Lomuscio

By marketing convention, the business plan would seem flawed: far from Westport’s bustling Main Street, minimal parking and an emphasis on tactile projects and games when most are hand held rather than hands-on.

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Store clerk Jill Clark was at the counter Wednesday at Westport’s Age of Reason on Post Road West. She has worked there 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

But the Age of Reason located at 19 Post Road West, has not only defied the odds since Westporter Dina Berger opened it in 1983. It has thrived, so much so that in 2000 it opened a much smaller shop at the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, and this past spring opened a shop at Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center in town.

“We have a lot of traditional things, but we also have cutting edge, and it’s still hands on,” says Berger.

Ergo, one finds a classic crystal radio set and microscope alongside ReCon, a programmable robot that states, “Program me to get a snack and come back.” There are solar cookers and water testing kits, as well as chemistry sets, microscopes and three-dimensional puzzles.

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10/31/13 11:59 AM Comments () • Permalink

Early Spooks

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These Coleytown Middle School students were ready for Halloween as they waited for the bus today at Half Mile Common. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dawn Shmaruk for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 11:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Ready for Trick or Treaters

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This home on Westport’s Park Avenue was surrounded by Halloween characters ready to greet trick or treaters tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - Halloween


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. lot - Westport Farmers Market
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”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Downton Abbey Season 3

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

10/31/13 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Preservation Award Winners Honored

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Winners of the 2013 Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Awards posed for a group picture with First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and members of the HDC following the awards ceremony tonight at Town Hall. Owners of nine Westport residential and business properties were cited for their efforts to preserve the town’s character and cultural heritage through their restoration and renovation work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/31/13 12:47 AM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Those Who Preserved Westport


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Historic District Commission ceremony presenting its annual Preservation Awards. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Parade at Greens Farms Academy

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Westport’s Greens Farms Academy today had its annual Halloween parade, ending in a carnival on the front lawn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

10/30/13 08:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Memories on Evergreen Avenue


Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church celebrated its second annual All Hallows’ Fest this past weekend in which participants created a Memory Grove in Evergreen Cemetery, 35 Evergreen Ave. The event provided all ages fun while learning about the origins of Halloween and reclaiming some of its cultural and thematic richness. The participants used photos, drawings, sayings, or objects to symbolize someone whose life they want remembered, and adorned picture frames, bird houses, and other objects which were then hung on the “trees” provided. Residents are invited to visit the Memory Grove and add their own contribution in memory of someone. The Memory Grove will be on display until Friday. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/30/13 07:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Teardown of the Day: 8 Bradley St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Bradley St., in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1915, the two-story colonial has 1,794 square feet and is situated on a .22-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

   

10/30/13 06:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport District 9 New Polling Location

Westport Registrars of Voters today reminded voters in District 9 that their polling location for the Nov. 5 state and municipal election will be at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road.

Residents with questions should contact the Registrars of Voters at (203)341-1115.

   

10/30/13 04:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marpe Tops Garten in Latest Campaign Tally

Republican Jim Marpe raised more than twice the amount of opponent Democrat Helen Garten for the Westport first selectman race in the final campaign finance accounting prior to Tuesday’s election.

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According to filings submitted Tuesday to the Town Clerk’s Office for the period Oct. 1 to Oct. 27, Marpe raised $19,949 from individuals compared to Garten’s $8,418. This brought to $100,796 total raised by Marpe in the race compared to $62,123 for Garten.

In the latest period, Marpe had contributions from 55 donors, all but one with a Westport address, with 11 persons contributing the $1,000 maximum.

Garten had contributions from 26 individuals, eight from outside of Westport. Four made the maximum $1,000 donation.

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10/30/13 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Preservation Award Winner: Terrain, 561 Post Road East

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Among the nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2013 Preservation Awards to be presented today in a 7 p..m. Town Hall ceremony is the house at 561 Post Road East. The HDC said the award is being given to Terrain, represented by James Smith, director of store planning and development, in recognition of its “preservation and adaptive reuse.”  It said, “This award is being given for the dramatic transformation this company has made to what was formerly an auto dealership with an expanse of open paving and a small neglected historic house located in a prominent corner of the property.  Terrain took the empty auto showroom and repair shop and converted into an ‘industrial chic.’ outdoor furnishings and garden center retail facility that adds an attractive commercial entity to the Post Road ...  Following extensive discussions with the HDC and other preservation advocates, the retailer agreed to save the historic house that was initially going to be lost to additional parking.” CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/30/13 02:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Best Trick-or-Treat Streets

By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent

(Editor’s note: This column first ran in 2004 and was one of Fran’s most popular. It is reprinted here as an aid to newcomers and reminder to old timers. If you have updates, please add them in the comments section. )

Isn’t it ironic and somewhat poignant that when it comes to trick-or-treating neighborhoods, what kids really want is Westport in its pre-teardown state: small houses in cozy neighborhoods, densely packed, short front walks, with porches sporting cheery (or scary) jack-o-lanterns?franhallow002260.jpg
Gault Avenue: one of Westport’s best trick-or-treat streets. WestportNow.com photo

Fortunately, Westport has a few of those neighborhoods left, and on Halloween night these treasured places become wildly popular.

(Surprisingly, one of our town֒‘s newest and least New England-style developments is also highly sought by trick-or-treaters.)

The good-hearted residents of these neighborhoods return the compliment by going all out for the town’s ghosts, goblins, grim reapers, and Little Mermaids.

For the new to town or uninitiated, here are some of the best spots to score the biggest cache of Halloween loot.

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10/30/13 12:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Pose

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The Gault barn on Westport’s Compo Road South strikes a perfect fall pose on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


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”
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Weston Health District Live Well Workshop
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Historic District Commission Awards
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance and Health & Human Services Joint Meeting
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre staged reading “The War of the Worlds”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

10/30/13 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

A Year After Sandy, ‘You Just Can’t Forget It’

By James Lomuscio

A year ago today, Storm Sandy left many of Westport’s roads impassable, as felled trees and downed wires created a cruel maze that challenged first responders and left thousands of residents housebound and without power, some of them for more than a week.

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Wally Meyer (l) and Clark Hanford stand today in front of the Old Mill property where Meyer’s home used to be until destroyed a year ago by Storm Sandy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Those were the lucky ones.

Some homeowners, as in the previous year ‘s Storm Irene, suffered severe tree damage after Sandy hit land Oct. 28, 2012.

Westport’s shoreline communities, like all along Connecticut’s coast, fared the worst, particularly Saugatuck Island, Mill Pond, Compo Cove and Compo Beach.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Comings & Goings: CM Gourmet Market Officially Open

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After some trial runs, owners Frank and Michelle Weber have officially opened the CM Gourmet Market and Café in the newly dedicated Saugatuck Center Phase II. Michelle Weber said the market features prepared foods, fresh pastas, a selection of 40 gourmet cheeses, fresh local produce, prepared salads and sandwiches.  She said full sit-down breakfasts are served in the cafe six days a week and closed on Mondays.  Café hours are Tuesday through Thursday 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.and Sunday 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Market hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. “We have a staff of about 24 employees so we have the flexibility to modify the hours as we get a better feel for things in the coming weeks,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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