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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Himes: Congress in ‘Dysfunctional Time’

By Roy Fuchs

Congressman Jim Himes told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today this an “excruciatingly dysfunctional time” for Congress.

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Congressman Jim Himes today addresses the Y’s Men at Westport’s Unitarian Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“It’s embarrassing the country in front of the world,” said the three-term Democrat who represents Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Westport.

While the economy is improving, Himes said it is “recovering too slowly.”

Numbers released earlier today indicated that the U.S. economy grew at 2.8 percent over the last quarter, “a little bit better than economists had predicted,” Himes said, adding: “Congress has been absolutely no help.”

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11/07/13 09:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

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Westport retailers such as Anthropologie, 1365 Post Road East, are getting an early start on preparations for the holiday shopping season. Anthropologie display coordinator Tess Palma-Martinez of Northport, Long Island, decorates one of the two Christmas trees on display inside the store today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/07/13 08:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Weston’s Hot Items Tied to Two Westport Burglaries

Westport police say that items taken from at least two homes burglarized in recent months were found among the huge cache of hundreds of hot goods discovered by Weston police.

Capt. Sam Arciola would not elaborate on the items found nor the burglaries, except to say that one of the things recovered was “a large generator.”

“They’re the tip of the iceberg,” he said about the Weston case.

According to published reports, Weston police noticed items that had been reported stolen in their town outside a home at 126 Georgetown Road where they had responded on Nov. 1 to a report of a domestic dispute.

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Westporter Honored by CT Women’s Hall of Fame

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Westporter Andrée Aelion Brooks was honored Wednesday night by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She received the honor at a gala in Hartford attended by 1,100 persons for having founded and served as the first president of the 20-year-old Women’s Campaign School at Yale. She was one of 10 women singled out to be honored this year, in addition to four inductees. Brooks is a journalist, author and lecturer and a former elected official in the United Kingdom prior to coming to the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/07/13 05:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Colorful Driving

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Mother Nature provided a colorful backdrop for drivers on Westport’s North Avenue on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, November 7, 2013


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A – P&Z Half-Story Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. lot - Westport Farmers Market (last one)
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”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - National Novel Writing Month: Young Writers Writing Group (grades 4-7)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - “Downton Abbey” Season 3
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Planning Your Retirement Finances
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 - RTM Finance & RTM Education Committees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Rooms 307/309 – RTM Rules & RTM Ethics Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Getting a Lift at CLASP Benefit

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Robin Hammond, CLASP Homes development director, gets a lift tonight from comedians Mike Spiers (l) and Andy Pitz before their performance before an overflow crowd at the Westport-based nonprofit’s second annual benefit comedy show at Fairfield Theatre Company Stage One. Proceeds from the evening support CLASP Homes, founded in 1982, which provides housing and opportunities for people with mental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/07/13 04:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Overflow Crowd for CLASP Benefit


Scenes from tonight’s second annual benefit comedy show at Fairfield Theatre Company Stage One sponsored by Westport-based CLASP Homes. An overflow crowd attended. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/07/13 04:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

BOF Approves Funds to Outsource Golf Maintenance

The Westport Board of Finance tonight unanimously approved $365,548 to implement a contract services agreement for maintenance of the Longshore Club Park golf course.

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The weather has provided one of the challenges for maintenance of Westport’s Longshore golf course. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The three-year contract, which goes before the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Nov. 13, is expected to result in savings of $775,450 over three years assuming attrition in personnel, said Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director.

The contract is with Calabasas, Calif.-based ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, the nation’s largest integrated landscape services company, with annual revenue of more than $850 million, more than 10,000 employees and operations in more than 150 locations nationwide.

ValleyCrest was selected after two years of landscape and turf issues at Longshore that infuriated golfers, impacted revenues, and resulted in many local groups looking elsewhere to hold their charity golf outings.

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11/07/13 04:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Mary L. Fisher, 85

Mary L. Fisher, wife of Robert N. Fisher, of Westport, died Nov. 1 of head injuries sustained from a fall. She was 85.

She was born in Fall River, Mass. and attended Radcliffe College, class of 1949. She married Robert Fisher of East Greenwich, R.I. on June 23, 1949, the day after her college graduation.

She adopted library science as her profession and broke glass ceilings throughout her career, starting at the Sloan School library at MIT, setting up and managing the high school library in Warren, Mass., earning an MLS at Simmons College in Boston, becoming assistant director of the Harvard Law Library, serving as secretary of the American Association of Law Librarians, and retiring as head of legal services at General Electric Co.

She played hard, too. She enthusiastically adopted sailing, the sport loved by her husband. They sailed Moonglow, Bob’s leaky old wooden sloop as young 20-somethings, cruised the Caribbean and Mediterranean, were members of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club and sailed the East Coast in their Moody 346.

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11/07/13 03:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Marion S. Uly, 89

Marion Swope Uly of Westport died in the Harbor Unit of Middlebrook Farms in Trumbull after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 89.

Born in Easton, Pa. to Katherine Burke and William Swope, she married Ted Uly, Sr. at Lafayette College and spent more than 60 years living across the United States and traveling the world with her husband and family.

She was an avid bowler in her youth and later loved to play tennis with her circle of friends. She walked four to five miles every day until her illness.

She is survived by two sons, Ted Uly Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., and Bob Uly, his wife Jane (Gamcsik) of Norwalk. She is also survived by her brother, William Swope and family of Santa Clarita, Calif. and by her grandson, Griffin Gamcsik-Uly.

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11/07/13 02:58 AM Comments () • Permalink

Investigators Look Into Metro-North Tracks, Rail Cars

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington—A day-long hearing today by federal investigators on the collision of two Metro-North commuter trains in May delved into possible weaknesses in both track inspection procedures and in new rail cars that are considered among the most advanced in train technology.

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NTSB members are conducting the hearing into two Metro-North accidents in May. At center is board Chairman Deborah Hersman; at left, Vice Chairman Christopher Hart; at right, member Robert Sumwalt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NTSB photo

The May 17 crash near Bridgeport injured dozens of passengers and cost upward of $18.5 million in damages.

National Transportation Safety Board’s commissioners and investigators questioned whether the M-8 rail cars built by Kawasaki could have been designed and built to better withstand the collision that occurred when a speeding eastbound train from New York City derailed and a westbound train from New Haven sideswiped it.

More than 405 rail cars were bought for the New Haven line in 2010 at a cost of $1.2 billion and were jointly paid for by Connecticut and New York. Connecticut’s share was $800 million.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

P&Z to Expand Public Inquiry Hours

Westport Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley announced today that starting Nov. 18 the Planning & Zoning Department will expand dedicated staff hours for public inquiries.

From 9 a.m. to noon, dedicated staff will be available to answer zoning questions, discuss potential new projects, review generator applications and other similar activities that do not require a zoning permit be issued at that time, he said.

Currently, there are only dedicated staff hours for public inquires on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and noon.

On Wednesdays there will still be “walk-in” hours during which the public may obtain zoning permits for smaller scale residential projects, Bradley said.

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11/06/13 09:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Three RTM Districts Face Recount

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE (changes time of recount) The votes are tallied, and a new administration is set to take the reins, but Election Day 2013 is far from over in Westport.

Decisions for three RTM districts—2, 4 and 8—remain up in the air until the Registrar of Voters office conducts an official recount on Friday at 9 a.m. in Town Hall Room 201.

Close votes among some of the candidates are the reason, said Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.

“Whenever there is a close vote, under 20, it’s an automatic recount,” said Strauss, adding that none of the candidates in the three districts waived their right to a recount.

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11/06/13 06:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making the Rounds at Town Hall

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First Selectman-Elect Jim Marpe and Selectman-Elect Avi Kaner made the rounds at Westport Town Hall today to greet employees following their election victory Tuesday. In the First Selectman’s Office they were welcomed by Patricia Scully, office manager, who has announced she will retire next week after almost 32 years with the town. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff accompanied them as they made their office visits. Marpe and all other elected officials will be sworn in on Monday, Nov. 18 in an evening Town Hall auditorium ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/06/13 05:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Truck Stuck

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Westport firefighters today had to cut off a portion of the top of a Penske moving truck stuck under the Saugatuck Avenue Railroad bridge. Railroad traffic was slowed shortly after the 8:23 a.m. incident and the road was closed until about 9:10 a.m. while the truck was cleared with the assistance of a tow truck, said Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/06/13 04:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Reflections on the Saugatuck

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Reflections on the Saugatuck River Tuesday in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307 – Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Non-Union Supervisory Pension Board
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – U.N. 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”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Ordinance Committee
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Weston Health District Live Well Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Farewell Travels Travel Series: “Is there an African Safari in Your (Near) Future?”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Jobseeker Special: Career Strategies for Semi-Retirees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Board of Finance Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 – Citizens Transit Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Paul G. Presson, 95

Paul Gerald Presson, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 18 in Oakland, Calif. He was 95.

He was born Sept. 26, 1918 in Herrin, Ill. He graduated from Herrin High School, attended Southern Illinois University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Art Academy. He worked in marketing and sales and became an expert sailor in Chicago.

In 1953, he married Leslie Hansen and began a power boat-building company in Miami.

With his partner Frank Bennett, they set a speed record for a nonstop boat trip from Miami to Chicago, along the Mississippi River, completing 2,380 miles in 200 hours.

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11/06/13 03:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Republicans Savor Victories


Scenes from the Republican election night headquarters tonight at the Inn at Lomgshore and Democratic hadquarters at 190 Main St. Helen Klisser During (Republicans) and Dave Matlow (Democrats) for WestportNow.com

   

11/06/13 03:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Losers Congratulate Winners

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Westport Democrartic First Selectman candidate Helen Garten (r) and running mate Melissa Kane (2nd l) congratulate Republican winners Jim Marpe (c), the first selectman candidate, and Avi Kaner (l), his running mate at the Inn at Longshore tonight.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/06/13 02:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

All Smiles in Victory

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Republicans Jim Marpe (l) and Avi Kaner are all smiles after election returns confirmed their lop-sided victory. Westport Republicans celebrated at the Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/06/13 02:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Republican Marpe Wins Big Over Democrat Garten

See official results here

UPDATE Official returns tonight showed Republican Jim Marpe winning the Westport first selectman race over Democrat Helen Garten by a 56-44 percent margin.

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Jim Marpe and Helen Garten get together at Republican election night headquarters tonight at the Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The Republican victory ended 16 years of Democratic rule in Westport’s top spot. Incumbent Democratic First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who was on hand at the Inn at Longshore to congratulate Marpe, announced in January he was not seeking re-election after eight years.

Addressing euphoric supporters at Longshore, the Republican election night headquarters, Marple pledged to work with Garten and all Democrats and unaffiliated voters to continue to make Westport a special place.

The former businessman and vice chairman of the Board of Education said he and running mate Avi Kaner were humbled by their victory.

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11/06/13 02:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Lull Before the Polls Close

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There was a lull in the Westport Registrar of Voters office tonight awaiting the 8 p.m. close of polls.  According to Democrat registrar Marla Cowder, “Wven when the clock strikes 8 p.m. it’s not over. Any voters in line at 8 p.m. are entitled to vote but no one can join the line after 8.” Then, once the polls close there are other ballots to be counted, she said. Some of these additional ballots were rejected by the machine because they were either “over-voted or under-voted.”  “We had a more complex ballot this year,” Coeden said. “For instance, the voter needed to turn the ballot over in order to enter votes for RTM members Some voters did not do that.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Staples Vaults Into Second of State Tournament

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Charlie Leonard goes horizontal in today’s state tournament first round match against Norwalk. The senior striker is one of the keys to Staples’ success this year. The Wreckers won 1-0, on a goal by sophomore Joe Pravder with less than two minutes to play. That vaults them into the second round, at Newtown on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 11:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Westport Tree Warden Appointed

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today announced the appointment of Bruce F. Lindsay as the town’s new tree warden.

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Bruce Lindsay: broad experience with trees. Contributed photo

He said the appointment is subject to approval of a contract which will be considered by the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

“We are delighted to have Bruce join us in managing Westport’s urban forest,” Joseloff said. “He brings extensive experience and expertise to this position which he has demonstrated by completing numerous successful projects with many Connecticut municipalities.”

Lindsay, a resident of Orange, noted in seeking the Westport part-time position that “tree management and care on municipal land is a serious process, especially given the recent storms.”

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11/05/13 10:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Busy Late Afternoon Voting

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The parking lot at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School was busy late today as voters showed up to cast their ballots. By 5 p.m., 5,657 persons had voted, or 33 percent of registered voters, according to the Registrar of Voters Office. The total does not include 676 absentee ballots returned so far. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 10:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Voter Turnout Rises

With just three hours until the polls close, 5,657 voters, or 33.4 percent of the electorate, cast their votes by 5 p.m., according to the Registrar of Voters office.

That number was up considerably from 4 p.m. when 5,109 of the town’s 16,951 registered voters had turned up at the polls.

“We’re definitely projecting to be in the ‘40s,” Marla Cowden, Democratic registrar of voters, said about the percentage of voter turnout.

District 2, she said, remains the strongest for voter activity, with 682 counted by 5 p.m.

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11/05/13 10:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

WSJ Highlights Westport Home as ‘House of Day’

The Wall Street Journal online today featured a Westport Hillspoint Road home overlooking Compo Mill Cove as its “House of the Day.”

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The house at 248 Hillspoint Road is for sale for $6.2 million. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The home, belonging to Leslie Cohen with 100 feet of private beach on Hillspoint Road, is on the market for $6.2 million.

“The homeowner spent years imagining what life might be like in this Connecticut waterfront home before she had a chance to purchase, expand and decorate it in a classic contemporary style,” the story said.

The WSJ said Cohen had her eye on the property for almost eight years before she was able to purchase it in 2008 for $3.36 million, according to public records.  It said she had lived in Westport for several years but never near the water.

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