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Friday, December 06, 2013

Westport Property Transfers Nov. 18 - 22, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 18 - 22, 2013:

Nancy M. Stackhouse to SIR-12 Quintard LLC, 12 Quintard Place, $630,000WNproperty.jpg

MCP Imperial Ave LLC to 29 Imperial Ave LLC, 29-29A Imperial Ave., $800,000

John C. and Jeri Skinner to Glenn P. and Jamie Camche, 11 Roosevelt Road, $1,150,000

Dimitrios P. Smyrnios to Hans L. Christensen and Farrah S. Bokhari, 38 Bermuda Road, $5,900,000

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12/06/13 06:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

ZBA Re-Elects Leadership

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The Westport Zoning Board of Appeals has unanimously re-elected Democrat Jim Ezzes as its chair and re-elected Republican Elizabeth Wong (r) as vice-chair. Ezzes, a general contractor and former theatrical venture capitalist and entertainment executive, was elected to the board in 1995 and has served as chair since 1997. Wong, a member of the board for 16 years and vice chair for 14 years, holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University and manages the medical practice for her husband James Wong. Democrat Sheri Gordon (l) was elected secretary. Republican William Harris, a six-year member, and newly elected member Democrat Bernard Deverin round out the five-person board. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

12/06/13 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Luxe Reopens Next Week

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Luxe Winerbar, formerly known as Luxe Modern Wine & Cocktails, 190 Main St., will reopen next week, according to new owner Dave Morton. It originally opened in January 2012 by owners Roberts and Renee Reilly and then closed three months ago, only to announce the following day there was a new investor and would reopen. Morton said the bar will retain the same concept but will add light fare, including tapas-style tastings and a few desserts to complement the existing cheese and charcuterie to give it “a warmer, more comfortable and more welcoming environment.”  A Stratford resident, Morton said he was formerly a member of the management team of Westport-based Techtronics, a high tech retail startup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/06/13 03:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Entries Sought for Top Dog 2014

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Bosco was Westport’s Top Dog for 2013. Contributed photo

The Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) has announced that it is accepting nominations for 2014 Westport’s Top Dog.

Entrants to the fifth annual contest are asked to write a brief essay as to why a dog deserves the honor and send it along with a photo to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The entry donation of $10 may be paid through the WASA website or mailed to 1 Tower Ridge, Westport, CT 06880.

The top finalists will receive doggie swag bags donated by Earth Animal of Westport, and the winning dog will have his or her photo added to the Top Dog Hall of Fame in Westport Town Hall.  Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1.

   

12/06/13 03:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, December 6, 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. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Chuck Close: About Face”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Talk: Dave Bouchier, “Testing a Retirement Dream”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Broadcast Hearts w/ The Bent Almonds, The Next Generation, & One Takes All
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

12/06/13 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

P&Z Creates Downtown Planning Committee

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, meeting for the first time tonight with its newly elected three Democratic members, decided to create a Downtown Planning Committee, which it said would incorporate many of the functions of the Downtown 2020 Committee.

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Chip Stephens: elected P&Z chair. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Chip Stephens, who was elected P&Z chair, replacing Catherine Walsh who stepped down for personal reasons, said he believed the Downtown 2020 Committee, appointed by former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in March 2012, “has accomplished its mandate” and its future remains uncertain.

Nevertheless, he said the newly formed P&Z Downtown Planning Committee would encompass numerous planning efforts, including overseeing the Downtown 2020 Committee-selected master plan consultant RBA Group in both its phase one traffic study and phase two planning study.

The new committee also would be involved in the Village District Steering Committee as well as overseeing an almost $500,000 grant from the state to improve downtown infrastructure, including sidewalks, Stephens said.

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12/06/13 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Drinking and Drawing

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The Westport Arts Center tonight held another in its Drink n’ Draw series in which guests get an opportunity to draw a professional model under guidance from an instructor.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com

   

12/06/13 02:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bridgeport Mayor Lauded at Westport Fundraiser

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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (l) was honored at a fundraiser in Westport tonight. Former Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) toasted Finch, giving him the “benefit” of his advice after his eight years in office. He said Westporters have been strong supporters of Bridgeport over the years and that the economic success of the state’s largest city was vital to the region. The party was hosted by Dan Levinson (r) at his Compo Beach area home. Finch recently announced his intention to run for a third term in 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Monique Bosch for WestportNow.com

   

12/06/13 01:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Honoring Peter Powell & Marking a 30th Anniversary

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Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH) today celebrated its 30th anniversary and honored founding leader Peter Powell at a Town Hall ceremony with the renaming of its Saugatuck Avenue residence as Powell Place. The program concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony in which both First Selectman Jim Marpe and Powell cut the ribbon. Powell retired in January 2010 after 22 years of service as the head of HWH, Pictured (l-r) Jeff Wieser, president Homes With Hope, Audrey Sparre, HWH vice president and chief operating officer, the Rev. Peter Powell, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Dolores Bacharach, widow of Jim Bacharach, (the HWH Bacharach community was named after them), and John Walsh, HWH board chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/05/13 10:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘It’s All About Relationships’

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The Rev. Peter Powell receives applause today from attendees at a Town Hall ceremony which formally named the Homes With Hope (HWH) residence on Saugatuck Avenue as Powell Place. Powell, who retired three years ago after 22 years heading HWH, said: “The trick about fundraising—there is no trick. iI’s all about relationships.” He added, “Two groups without whom the progress could not be done are the two Rotary Clubs in Westport and the Westport and surrounding area clergy of all denominations.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/05/13 10:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Piling’ On Unexpected Levitt Costs

By James Lomuscio

Supporters of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts have had to dig deeper, literally and financially, to build the new pavilion set to open next summer. WestportNow.com Image
This is a what the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will look like as designed by Westport architect Peter Cadoux. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A substantial number of the 177, 50-foot pilings to support the new structure sunk an extra 40 feet when being hammered in, thus requiring them to be capped with additional 40-foot pilings in order to hit bedrock, said Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director.

Freda Welsh, the Levitt’s executive director who referred all inquiries to McCarthy, is scheduled to ask the Board of Finance Wednesday night for an appropriation of $249,587 for contingency costs and additional funding.

According to McCarthy, the request is simply “a bookkeeping item,” since the town, as well as the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, each respectively already has a 5 and 2.5 percent contingency plan in place.

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12/05/13 09:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Golf Course Closes for the Season

Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced today that the Longshore Golf Course will close for the season at the end of play today.

“On behalf of the Town of Westport, Golf Professional John Cooper, Acting Superintendent Brian Sepot and the entire staff at Longshore, we extend our appreciation to our loyal customers and wish all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year,” said McCarthy.

“We look forward to seeing you in the spring.”

   

12/05/13 08:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Center Fog

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The view from Parker Harding Plaza toward the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center in late morning today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

12/05/13 05:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Alice A. Roberts, 99

Alice Adams Roberts died Nov. 28 at her Westport home. She was 99.

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Alice Roberts: “unquenchable curiosity.” Contributed photo

Born in West Chester, Pa. on Dec. 2, 1913, to Grace Darlington and Charles Robert Adams, she grew up in Pelham, N.Y. She and her husband Peter raised six children in Westchester County.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years in 1987 and of her only brother, Braman B. Adams in 1980. She was a devoted mother, leaving behind four of her children, Jane, Barbara, Susan and Robert, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She loved to travel when her children were grown and had an unquenchable curiosity about “what was going to happen” in the world at large. Her zest for life kept her young and active well into her 90s, her family said.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, Westport.

   

12/05/13 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Foggy Morning

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The newly lit Christmas trees in Westport’s Saugatuck Center stand out in the morning fog today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

12/05/13 02:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Good Living on Kings Highway North

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A well fed House Sparrow settles in a tree on Westport’s Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee
10 a.m. – Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement 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 - “Chuck Close: About Face”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - “Downton Abbey,” Season 3
4 p.m. - Town Hall - Homes With Hope 30th anniversary and dedication of Powell Place Apartments
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw
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 201 – Sherwood Mill Pond Advisory Committee
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

12/05/13 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Westport Police: Missing Man Located

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Robert Brannigan: located in New York. Contributed photo

UPDATE An 85-year-old Westport man with dementia and Alzheimer’s missing since this morning has been located in New York, Westport police said tonight.

A missing persons alert for Robert Brannigan was issued in late morning. It said he may be driving a four-door gray Saab with license plate 485UZY.

“If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Robert Brannigan, please call 911 or contact the police at (203)341-6000,” an advisory said.

It said he has been missing from his Westport home on Loretta Court off Hillspoint Road since 9:30 a.m.

   

12/05/13 04:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bedford’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ Set for the Weekend


Scenes from tonight’s dress rehearsal of “Guys and Dolls” by the Bedford Acting Group set for this weekend. A cast of 90 plus one Black Standard Poodle will present the Tony Award-winning musical on Friday at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here or at the door. For further information, please call the Bedford Drama line, (203)341-1567. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Andrew J. Sack, 46

Andrew James Sack of Stratford, a longtime employee of CVS in Westport, died Dec. 2 at his home. He was 46.

Born in Troy, N.Y., he was the son of William E. Sack and the late Linda Taylor Sack.

Survivors include his father William E. Sack and his stepmother Sandra Sack, of Loudon, Tenn., his sister, Nancy Davidson of Fairfield, his paternal grandmother, Lelia Lorine Sack of Bloomington, Minn., his aunt, June Taylor Casey and two cousins, Molly and Jon Casey.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Dennis & D’Arcy – Abriola & Kelemen Funeral Home, 2611 Main St,. Stratford .

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12/05/13 02:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Card for Santa

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Olivia Schiavone, 4, of Westport had a holiday card for Santa tonight at the holiday celebration at Christ & Holy Trinity Church sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Holiday Celebration Courtesy of Downtown Merchants


Scenes from the Westport Downtown Merchants Association-sponsored holiday celebration tonight at Christ & Holy Trinity Church following the tree lighting at Westport Town Hall. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Tree Countdown

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Santa shows two fingers at the Saugatuck Center tree lighting ceremony tonight as the lights flashed on slightly prematurely in the 3-2-1 countdown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/04/13 11:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying Marshmallow Roast

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Enjoying the marshmallow roast tonight at the Saugatuck Center tree lighting were (l-r)  Courtney Brockwell, Elisabeth French, Erin Munley, and Kristin and Clark Briner, all of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Making a Donation

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Westporter Chris Ventrella tonight places bags of gifts in Al’s Angels holiday gift box at the Saugatuck Center tree lighting to the delight of Joan Romano and Al DiGuido, founder of Al’s Angels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/04/13 11:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Santa on Water Sleigh

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Santa arrived on a Westport police boat tonight at the Saugatuck Center tree lighting on Riverside Avenue. The event included caroling and a marshmallow roast.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

12/04/13 11:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating the Season in Saugatuck


Scenes from tonight’s Saugatuck Center tree lighting. Dave Matlow and Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

12/04/13 11:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Close Call for Little Barn

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The Little Barn, a new pub that replaced Swanky Frank’s at 1050 Post Road East, was having a soft opening event tonight when flames broke out in two dumpsters just outside the rear entrance. Guests, some still clutching their drinks, rushed out as employees and others tried to put out the flames with a hose. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames but not before they scorched part of the building. “It’s The Little Burn tonight, I guess,” said one guest, who took this photo as firefighters arrived. The restaurant officially opens on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

12/04/13 11:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Seeking Cause of Dumpster Fires

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Fire inspectors seek the cause of a fire in two dumpsters tonight at The Little Barn, 1050 Post Road East. The flames scorched the rear of the building, which formerly housed Swanky Frank’s. The pub was having a preview event prior to its official opening. Guests evacuated during the blaze but were permitted to return about a half hour later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

12/04/13 11:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Yum!

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Following the tree lighting ceremony tonight at Westport Town Hall, 1-year-old Kepler Temple of Westport enjoyed a delicious cup of hot cocoa at the Westport Historical Society. He was there with his mother, Courtney Temple. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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