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Friday, October 04, 2013

Iconic Photojournalist Bill Eppridge, 75 Image
Photojournalist Bill Eppridge, best known for his haunting photograph of a busboy kneeling beside the mortally wounded Senator Robert F. Kennedy, died today at Danbury Hospital. He was 75 and lived in New Milford. The New York Times, in a photo tribute to the iconic photographer who made Connecticut his home for many years, described Eppridge’s coverage of Kennedy’s 1968 assassination in Los Angeles as “the moment a photographer became a historian.” He died just months before the scheduled release of a collection of previously unpublished photographs, “The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World. February, 1964.” This photo of Eppridge, who always had a camera with him, was taken in Stamford last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


10/04/13 01:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Compo Fall Dining Image
The evening’s unusually mild fall temperaures tonight brought out numerous diners to South Beach at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


10/03/13 11:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sally White of Sally’s Place Honored on Store Closing Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today presented a commendation from the Town of Westport to Sally White upon the closing of her store, Sally’s Place, a Main Street haven for jazz and blues music lovers and musicians since 1985. The commendation was made “in recognition of her long-standing dedication and outstanding service to the citizens of Westport and to music-lovers everywhere.” White, who said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor, was unsure whether today or Friday would be her last day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/03/13 11:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stamford Woman Involved in D.C. Shooting

UPDATE A Stamford woman was involved in today’s incident involving the shooting by police of the driver of a car who had been chased to the U.S. Capitol from the White House, according to media reports. Law enforcement officials said she died as a result of the shooting.

The Stamford Advocate reported that police were dispatched to the Woodside Green co-op complex and that an officer on the scene confirmed their presence was tied to the Capitol shooting. A bomb squad unit was also spotted there.

The car involved had Connecticut plates and was registered to a woman in Stamford, the newspaper reported. The New Haven Register identified her as Miriam Carey, and an Internet search showed she was a dental hygienist.

Other media reported the car’s owner was a 34-year-old woman. Washington police said a 1-year-old child was in the woman’s vehicle and had been taken to a hospital.


10/03/13 09:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Luxe Wine Bar Won’t Close After All Image
UPDATE A day after posting a sign saying Luxe, Modern Wine & Cocktails, 190 Main St. was closing because “the economics are not sustainable,” owners Robert and Renee Reilly said today an investor has stepped forward and the business will reopen in two weeks after renovations. “We have a lease on the space for another three years,” said Robert Reilly. “I just changed the sign on the door in the past hour that reads ‘closed for renovations.’” He did not identify the investor. “We will do some small renovations, like painting,” he said.The Reillys opened the business in January 2012 (see WestportNow Jan. 19, 2012) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/03/13 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Expanded Saugatuck Parking to Open Monday Image
The parking lot on Riverside Avenue adjacent to the new Saugatuck Center phase 2 reopens Monday, according to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas (above). He said parking has been expanded to not only retain the 15 commuter spaces but an additional nine spaces have been created for merchant shopping.  Koskinas added, “The Gaults (owner of Saugatuck Center) funded 100 percent of the project—not a single dollar came from Town of Westport taxes.” He said the upgrades, lighting, striping and surveillance costs are paid totally from railroad parking revenues, not tax dollars. Koskinas said the walls have been pushed back to gain an additional 65 feet and about 1,000 yards of materials were removed to make room for the expansion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/03/13 02:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ed Board Vice Chair Criticizes School Security Progress

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE (adds clarification of McGovern remarks, Whitney comment) Michael McGovern, the Board of Education’s vice chairman, told the Board of Finance Wednesday night that as a parent and citizen he was disappointed with the slow progress the school system and the town have made in working toward a comprehensive school security plan. Image
Michael McGovern: “it’s taken too long.” Contributed photo

“I’m pleased we’re at point of where we’re actually getting proposals and RFPs (requests for proposals) and moving forward, but we have to recognize that it’s taken too long for what are really kind of common sense suggestions to be made, to be implemented,” McGovern said.

“By the time we turn a screwdriver in the schools, we will unfortunately see the one year anniversary of the attacks at Sandy Hook,” he added.

Several months ago the finance board approved $100,000 to hire Kroll Security Advisors to perform a security audit of the town’s schools. The approval stipulated that the town’s police and fire departments be involved in the process.

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10/03/13 12:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

More Signs of Fall Image
The riverwalk by The Westport Library shows signs of fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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”
11 a.m. - Various - Restaurant Week sponsored by Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (see locales here)
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Documentary Series: “Eyes on the Prize” & Discussion
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Starting Early: Preparing for the College Process

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


10/03/13 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Finance Board OKs $139,000 Balance for Downtown Plan

By James Lomuscio

After more than a week of frustration for the Downtown 2020 Committee, so much so that its chairman resigned, Westport’s Board of Finance tonight unanimously voted to approve $139,000 requested by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff to fund Phase 2 of a master plan of development for the downtown.

Last week the finance board approved funding only $65,000 for Phase 1 of the $204,000 project—a town wide, base line traffic study to be undertaken by RBA Group, Inc.

“You know what this is about,” Joseloff said addressing the board before the vote. He said between the last Board of Finance meeting and tonight he had received a number of calls and had conversations with people “expressing frustration with me and the process. One or two compared us to what’s going on in Washington.

“I, for one, share that frustration,” he added. “Democracy is messy. But if you do Part 1, you have to do Part 2.”

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Successful Lawyer & Writer = Successful Swimmers Image
Longtime Westporters Mary Lou and Larry Weisman happily took another of their Compo Beach point to point swims today from the the cannons to the jetty and back. The noted local attorney and his writer wife were pleased to be able to take another swim in the fall when the weather usually brings their swimming to an end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/02/13 11:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

First County Bank’s $10,000 Gift to Homes With Hope

Homes with Hope’s Bararach Community for homeless mothers and their children received a $10,000 grant, the lion’s share of $20,000 in grants the First County Bank Foundation made to four Westport non-profits, bank officials announced today.

Other grants to local groups were: $5,000 to Positive Directions, which offers treatment to teens suffering from addiction, $2,500 to Project Return and $2,500 to the United Way to be used for Westport-based programs.

Regarding the grant to the Bacharach Community, Katherine Harris, vice president of First County Bank Foundation, as well as the bank’s president and chief operating officer, stressed the urgent need to address homelessness.

“Last year, in Connecticut, more than 14,000 people—including 2,500 children—entered homelessness throughout the course of the year,” said Harris. “As a community, we need to do more to help these families find affordable or supportive housing.”

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10/02/13 11:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

UTC to Furlough ‘Thousands’ Due to Shutdown

By Ana Radelat

Washington—Despite receiving billions of dollars in last-minute contracts before the federal government shut down this week, UTC, parent company of Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft, tonight announced it would be “forced to furlough thousands of workers” because of the shutdown.

Just hours before the shutdown, East Hartford-based Pratt received a $2.5 billion contract from the Pentagon to continue to make spare parts for fighter jets and other aircraft.

First affected, however, would be Sikorsky Aircraft. If the shutdown does not end by next Monday, nearly 2,000 Sikorsky workers are expected to be placed on furlough.

If the shutdown continues through next week, Sikorsky will put an additional 1,000 employees on temporary layoff. Employees who would be affected work at facilities in Stratford; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Troy, Ala.

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10/02/13 11:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Standing Room Only Image
One of tonight’s Metro-North trains from Grand Central Terminal to Westport was standing room only 10 minutes before departure. The railroad said it was operating at 65 percent capacity following a power cable failure last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for


10/02/13 10:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Plenty of Seats Image
Metro-North’s 3:02 p.m. train out of Westport to Grand Central today was six minutes late, but there were plenty of seats. Metro-North said it was operating at 65 percent of normal service following the electrical outage at Harrison, N.Y. Some Metro-North officials were saying unofficially that the railroad was aiming to have close to normal service restored by Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/02/13 08:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fairfield Explosives Detonated at Sherwood Island

Explosive devices and materials found at a Fairfield home were detonated today by state police at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Image
Police cordoned off the home at 1625 Bronson Road where the explosive devices, guns, ammunition, and chemicals were found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo

Westport fire and EMS personnel were asked to stand by as the detonations took place early today on the West Beach, according to emergency personnel.

The Mid-Fairfield County Hazardous Materials unit and the communications van stationed at Westport Fire Headquarters were activated Tuesday night after the explosives, guns, ammunition, and containers of potentially dangerous chemicals were found at the home.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara told reporters today that the resident of 1625 Bronson Road, who reportedly worked at the former Remington Arms plant in Bridgeport and has a background in chemistry, will be arrested for manufacture of explosive devices.

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10/02/13 08:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Fire Aids at Fairfield Incident Site Image
Westport firefighters, the Westport-based Mid-Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Unit and communications van were called to Fairfield Tuesday night and worked through the night at a home on Bronson Road where a cache of weapons and chemicals was found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo


10/02/13 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

October Surprise Image
Westporters who could get to Compo Beach today enjoyed summer-like weather in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


10/02/13 08:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pre-Halloween Beach Stroll Image
It’s October with Halloween looming, but it was more like July at Westport’s Compo Beach today as temperatures soared into the 80s.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


10/02/13 07:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Great Sail Day Image
With unseasonable temperatures predicted to be in the 80s,today was a great day for sailing off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/02/13 04:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fly Fishing on Saugatuck Image
A fly fisherman tries his luck Tuesday in the Saugatuck River off of Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Conservation Show Cause Hearing
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
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 Week sponsored by Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (see locales here)
Noon - Westport Library - James Mapes on Patient Healing Therapy
Noon - Westport Arts Center - Fall Plein Air Painting with Judy Katz Canceled
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
6:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Farewell Travels Travel Series: “Where to Travel Next”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Bill Dedman, “Empty Mansions: the Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

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10/02/13 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

RTM in Close Vote Okays Minute Man Restoration Funds

In a busy session, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting tonight narrowly approved $79,150 for restoring Westport’s historic Minute Man Monument site. Image
Member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) vote tonight to support technical changes in a previously approved ordinance authorizing Westport to join a Council of Goverment (COG) replacing the South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Historic District Commission Chair Randy Henkles, who easily won RTM approval this summer to have the site granted historic preservation status and to have it officially called the Minute Man Monument, was not as successful in gaining the same kind of support for the $79,150 funding request.

The vote was 11 to 9 with 1 abstention.

Henkles explained that the Historic District Commission originally had sought state funding which would have covered about half of the project. But he said it then found out the funding came with conditions the HDC found too onerous.

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10/02/13 03:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Words of Thanks from a World War II Vet Image
Ted Diamond, 96, of Westport told Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members tonight that they had the gratitude of the entire town for their willingness to engage in public service. Diamond, a former six-year RTM member and selectman, in turn received loud applause after he delivered his invocation remarks. RTM Moderator Eileen Flug, in introducing him, noted he was a World War II veteran who flew 50 missions aboard a U.S. Air Force bomber in the European fighting and had served as a Westport Memorial Day Prade grand marshal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Trinity Catholic 5-0

Charlie Leonard and Andreas Bru scored two goals each, and Jack Scott added a solo strike today as the Staples boys soccer team shut out Trinity Catholic 5-0 in Stamford. Image
Andreas Bru’s determination brought him two goals and one assist today. Staples defeated Trinity Catholic 5-0. Now 7-1-1, the Wreckers host Norwalk on Thursday, at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for

Bru, Andrew Puchala, Graham Gudis and Steven Sobel added assists. Noah Schwaeber and Brenden Price combined for the shutout. The Wreckers outshot the Crusaders 32-3, and led in corner kicks 10-2.

Staples is now 7-1-1. They host Norwalk on Thursday (4 p.m.), in a feature FCIAC match. The Bears are defending state champions.

They eliminated the Wreckers in the state tournament last year 1-0, on a goal in the final minutes of play.



10/01/13 11:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Summer-Like Weather Draws Dogs and People to Water Image
Dogs returned to Westport’s Compo Beach today but so did summer-like weather near 80, resulting in dogs and people swimming together. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


10/01/13 10:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

NH Line Adds Additional Trains

Metro-North said today it will operate additional trains on the New Haven Line starting Wednesday due to an increase in power capacity to Con Edison’s temporary substations.

The current interim and limited solution provided by the temporary substations installed by Con Edison does not provide the full power capacity of the Mount Vernon substation and as a result Metro-North cannot operate full train service, an announcement said.

With this new schedule in place, Metro-North’s capacity on the line rises to 65 percent of regular train service, the railroad said.

The new special schedule in effect from Wednesday, through Friday is available on the Metro-North schedule page. Click here.

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10/01/13 10:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

MTA to Compensate NH Line Riders

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board voted today to compensate monthly and weekly ticket holders affected by the service issues on Metro-North’s New Haven line.

In a special meeting, the board approved a credit to essentially reimburse passengers who have been without regular service since Wednesday.

The board voted to offer a credit toward future purchases for New Haven line customers with monthly or weekly tickets valid for travel between Sept. 25 and the restoration of full service.

“Because of the unprecedented magnitude and duration of this disruption, the MTA Board has concluded that a credit for our customers is simply the right thing to do,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said.

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

Congratulations on Promotion to Sergeant Image
Anthony Prezioso gets congratulations today from his grandmother, Helen Gaudett. 93, of Shelton, after she pinned his new sergeant badge on him at a promotion ceremony at Westport Police headquarters. Prezioso joined the department in February 2006 and has been an acting sergeant since January. He is a graduate of Fairfield Notre Dame High School and Fairfield University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/01/13 09:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Norwalk Police Veteran Joins Westport Image
Shawn Wong Won, a 25-year veteran of the Norwalk Police Department, receives his officer’s badge today from Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff after his swearing in at Westport Police headquarters. Wong Won, who retired from the Norwalk department as a lieutenant, received numerous commendations during his career there that also included being active in many community initiatives and programs. Among the guests at the ceremony were Norwalk Police Chief Thomas E. Kulhawik, Deputy Chief Susan Zecca, and many Norwalk officers. Wong Won replaces an officer who resigned. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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