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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 49 Whitney St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house and barn at Westport’s 49 Whitney St., off Roseville Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story split has 2,010 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property.  Because the house and barn were 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

   

11/05/13 07:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Election Day Art Workshop

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The Westport Arts Center today hosted an election day workshop for 5 to 10 year olds. They spent several hours figure drawing with model Deidre Price, an Arts Center board member, and Sarah Kelly as the teaching artist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 07:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

District 2 Has Highest Voter Turnout

As of 1 p.m. today, 3,636 of Westport’s 16,951 registered voters turned out at polls throughout town, according to the Registrar of Voters office.

Some of the town’s nine Representative Town Meeting (RTM) districts already have had a 45 percent voter turnout, “and we have some that are heading toward 50 percent,” said Marla Cowden, Democratic registrar of voters.

She said that District 2 has had the greatest number of voters so far, 447.

Conversely, District 1, located in the same Saugatuck section of town, has had the lowest voter turnout, 360 out of 1,803 registered voters.

James Lomuscio contributed reporting.

   

11/05/13 06:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Same Day Registration/Voting Debuts in Westport

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UPDATE Same day registration and voting debuted this year in Westport and the venue today was the Westport Town Hall auditorium. Poll workers said 25 persons had registered and voted by 5 p.m. Earlier, Town Clerk Patty Strauss said said some told workers they had forgotten to register, some just moved here, and some just had an 18th birthday. “Eight votes could make a difference in a race,” Strauss said when the early same day registration/vote total was eight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/05/13 04:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Voting Not Reading

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The reading room of The Westport Library was the RTM District 9 polling place for the first time today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 03:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Library New Voting Venue

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The Westport Library was used as a polling place today for the first time. It was open for residents of RTM District 9. Residents had previously voted at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 03:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to congestion caused by track work.

   

11/05/13 02:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Garten Checks In to Vote

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Democratic first selectman candidate Helen Garten checks in to vote today at Coleytown Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 01:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Running the Gauntlet to Vote

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Voters at Saugatuck Elementary School faced a line of caniddates and their supporters as they made their way to the polls today. It was a similar scene outside the four other polling places. Almost 17,000 Westporters were registered to vote. In 2009, the last year when there was a first selectman race, the turnout was just under 41 percent, or 7,240. A year ago when it was a presidential vote year, turnout was 83 percent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 12:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hustling for Votes

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Westport candidates were out early today to greet voters at polling places. Among those at Saugatuck Elementary School were (l-r) Jennifer Tooker, Republican candidate for Board of Finance; Avi Kaner, Republican candidate for second selectman; Brett Aronow, Democratic candidate for Board of Education, and Helen Garten, Democratic first selectman candidate.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 12:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marpe Casts Vote

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Republican first selectman candidate Jim Marpe casts his vote today at Greens Farms Elementary School. Marpe, who announced his candidacy a year ago, has been campaigning ever since and raised $100,796 compared to $62,123 for opponent Democrat Helen Garten, who began her campaign after being selected by the Democratic Town Committee in July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 12:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Light Turnout

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There was a light turnout today at Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School shortly after the polls opened at 6 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 11:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Early Bird Voters

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Voters await the opening of the polls today at Greens Farms Elementary School shortly before 6 a.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 11:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Where to Vote

Westport Polling Places

All polls open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

RTM 1 & 2 Saugatuck Elementary School gymnasium
170 Riverside Ave.

RTM 3 & 8 Coleytown Middle School Gymnasium
255 North Ave.

RTM 4 Greens Farms Elementary School Auditorium
17 Morningside Drive South

RTM 5 Greens Farms Elementary School Gymnasium
17 Morningside Drive South

RTM 6 & 7 Long Lots Elementary School Gymnasium
13 Hyde Lane

RTM 9 Westport Public Library
20 Jesup Road

If you are unsure which RTM district you are in, click here to look up by address. Also see map here.

Click here for the Voters’ Guide prepared by the League of Women Voters of Westport. You may take a copy into the polling place.

   

11/05/13 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Registration Statistics

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Registered Westport Democrats outnumber Republicans but both are outnumbered by unaffiliated voters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Source: westportct.gov

   

11/05/13 05:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Elections Across the State: Races in 165 Municipalities

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Voters go to polls today in all but four of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns, with the post of chief elected official at stake in 126 communities, including open mayoral seats in two of the state’s largest cities, New Haven and Stamford. [Westport’s first selectman race also has no incumbent.]

Republican Michael C. Fedele, the former lieutenant governor, is competing with Democrat David Martin an expensive contest to succeed Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, the one-term Republican who followed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy into city hall.

In New Haven, Republicans are sitting out the race to succeed John DeStefano, who is retiring after 20 years with the distinction of being the city’s longest-serving mayor. State Sen. Toni Harp, the Democrat, is in a run-off with one of the Democrats she defeated in a primary: Alderman Justin Elicker, now on the ballot as a petitioning candidate.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is at mid-term, but his city is embroiled in a bitter fight for control of the Board of Education. Voters can choose among nine candidates for three seats, with Democrats, Republicans and the Working Families Party each nominating three candidates.

Click here for more of story

   

11/05/13 05:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Early Morning at Sherwood Island

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An early morning walk at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Hyman for WestportNow.com

   

11/05/13 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - Election Day


No school for students/staff development day
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - various - Polling open
6 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Election Day Registration
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
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. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Origami Workshop to benefit Eathquake & Tsunami Relief Efforts of Japan
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Westport Weston Health District Flu Shots
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Ardiono Board Usergroups/Workshop

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

11/05/13 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Westport Gets Two EV Charging Station Grants

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Westport will receive state grants to create two publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

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An electric vehicle charging station was opened in February on the eastbound side of the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The town is among 42 locations across the state receiving grants to create 56 charging stations in what the governor said is “a major step forward in ending ‘range anxiety’ for owners of electric vehicles.”

One of the $2,000 Westport grants will create an electric vehicle charging station at the Metro-North Greens Farms station, said Building Official Steve Smith, who is overseeing the town’s EV efforts. An EV station, powered by rooftop solar panels, was opened on the eastbound side of the Saugatuck station earlier this year.

The other state grant will help pay for an EV charging station at the Tri-Town Teachers Federal Credit Union on Jesup Road, Smith said, adding that this station is already in operation.

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11/05/13 12:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, November 04, 2013

Town Begins Annual Curbside Leaf Collection

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town is conducting its annual curbside leaf collection program beginning today through Dec. 2.

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Bags of leaves are ready for pickup on Compo Beach Road in an earlier fall season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department,” said Edwards. “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process can not handle plastic bags.”

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway, he said.

Public Works crew will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period. A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 2, and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 2 will be collected, Edwards said.

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

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 45 Bulkley Ave. North

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 45 Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1.096 square feet and is situated on a .50-acre property. The property changed hands this month at $650,000. 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

   

11/04/13 06:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Veterans Day Ceremonies Set for Town Hall Auditorium

Westport Veterans Council President William Vornkahl announced today that Veterans Day ceremonies will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

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Bill Vornkahl addresses last year’s Veterans Day ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Veterans Day is a time to recognize and thank the men and women of our armed forces,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.  “I invite all residents to join me in honoring our veterans.”

Organizations participating in the ceremonies will be the Westport Community Band, the Westport Police Department Honor Guard, members of the Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 Veterans of Foreign Wars, representatives of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 399, and members of the August Mathias Post 63 American Legion.

Town Hall offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.  The Board of Education offices will be opened. 

   

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

Longshore Shows Its Colors

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The entrance to Westport’s Longshore Club Park is surrounded by colorful fall foliage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, November 4, 2013


10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy Board
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”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Steven L. Davis: “Dallas, 1963”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

11/04/13 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Flowers at Farewell Concert

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Pianist Janina Fialkowska, a longtime Fairfield Country resident and a distinguished international artist, receives flowers at the end of her Westport Arts Center concert today at the Pequot Library in Fairfield. Prior to moving to Germany, she offered a farewell recital that included works by Schubert, Chopin, and Grieg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

11/04/13 01:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Brazilian Blue Grass at Library

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The Westport Library today hosted Matuto, an international touring band based in New York City that plays “Brazilian Bluegrass.” Matuto is a Brazilian slang word for “country boy.” The group was recently awarded the title of “American Musical Ambassadors” by the U. S. State Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/13 10:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 793 Post Road East

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 793 Post Road East, near Westport Wash &  Wax, is in process. Built in 1877, the two-story residential-type commercial house has 1,144 square feet and is situated on a 1.3-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. Previously occupied by Westport Invitations, it was featured in WestportNow’s Comings & Goings on June 1, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/13 05:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Clouds Shroud Partial Sun Eclipse

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Today’s sunrise and partial eclipse of the sun is shrouded by clouds as a flock of birds head east near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig Davidson for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/13 01:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Freeze Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a freeze warning for Westport and area which is in effect from 10 p.m. today to 9 a.m. on Monday.

Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s, an advisory said.

Freezing temperatures will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, bringing an end to the growing season, it said.

   

11/03/13 01:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday Outing

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The fall leaves provided a dramatic backdrop for an outing Saturday on Nash’s Pond in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

   

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