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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Lighting the Town Hall Christmas Tree

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe presided tonight at the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of Westport Town Hall. The lighting was followed by a holiday party sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/04/13 10:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Christ & Holy Trinity Welcomes New Rector

Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church said today it has welcomed its new rector, the Rev. Whitney Edwards.

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Whitney Edwards: “Westport is such a beautiful place.” Contributed photo

Edwards, whose appointment was announced in July (see WestportNow July 19, 2013), succeeds the Rev. John Branson and the late Rev. Dana Kennedy who served the church for a combined total of more than 50 years. 

She previously was associate rector at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Portland, Ore., and at St. James’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va. 

A news release quoted Edwards as saying: “Westport is such a beautiful place, and being surrounded by water is home to me. I grew up in Virginia on Chesapeake Bay, and as a child I knew the moon’s phases, the tides, when the crabs were hungry, and where the fish were schooling.

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12/04/13 10:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arts Center: We’ll Pay for Jesup Green Enhancement

The Westport Arts Center (WAC) today detailed its desire to relocate its headquarters to the top of Jesup Green and said it was prepared to pay to move existing parking and extend the green to the Saugatuck River.

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Today’s breakfast meeting at the Westport Arts Center attracted several dozen persons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser Durng for WestportNow.com

Addressing a breakfast meeting for several dozen community leaders, Lance Lundberg, chairman of the board, said WAC already has commitments for more than $3 million to build a new headquarters envisioned at about 10,000 square feet.

“Ideally, we’d like to be within walking distance of the Westport Library and the Levitt Pavilion,“ he said, adding that WAC was prepared to fund reconstruction of Jesup Green so as to enhance it, not destroy it.

Under preliminary plans, the green would retain its current square footage or increase it by extending it to the Saugatuck, River he said. This would mean relocating parking to a garage under the new Arts Center or a to a new parking deck built behind the current police station.

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12/04/13 08:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Myrtle Avenue Closed for Tree Lighting

Westport police today reminded motorists that Myrtle Avenue will be closed to traffic at the Town Hall driveway today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. due to the Town Hall Christmas tree lighting.


12/04/13 07:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Installing New Parking Signs on Post Road East

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A state Department of Transportation crew was busy on Westport’s Post Road East today installing new parking signs from Taylor Place to Bay Street.  The work involves installing some signs where none existed before and adding a 60-minute parking limit to existing signs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


12/04/13 04:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Memorial Service Set for Michael D. Bromley

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Michael D. Bromley: University of Bridgeport general counsel. Contributed photo

A Celebration of Life service will be held Dec. 13 for Michael David Bromley, 60, a Westport resident who died Oct. 10. (See obituary here)

It will take place at 3 p.m. at The University of Bridgeport, Arnold Bernhard Center, Art Gallery, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport.

He was the husband of Susan Gunn Bromley and the son of Adele and Irwin Bromley of Juniper, Fla.

For the past 10 years, he served as assistant secretary and general counsel at the University of Bridgeport. Previously, he practiced law in Stamford and Washington, D.C.


12/04/13 07:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tree Lightings Set for Town Hall, Saugatuck

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Westport’s Town Hall Christmas tree lighting is set for 5 p.m. today followed by a holiday celebration at Christ & Holy Trinity Church sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. The Saugatuck Center will also have a tree lighting today at 5:30 p.m. Scene of last year’s Town Hall tree lighting ceremony.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 - 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 - “Chuck Close: About Face”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub, grades K-12
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Beautification Committee
5 p.m. – Veterans Green – Holiday Tree Lighting
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Westport Downtown Merchants Association Holiday Celebration
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Saugatuck Center (575 Riverside Ave.) - Christmas Tree Lighting (Santa arrives at 6 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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The Owner has been Found!

Her owner has been found (Westport resident).  She is, however, staying just a tad longer at Schulhof Animal Hospital to be microchipped.  She has been known to go on walkabout before.


12/04/13 03:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Flug, Heller Re-Elected to Lead RTM

By James Lomuscio

Lauded for her nonpartisan approach to town government and her respect for Roberts Rules of Order, Eileen Lavigne Flug, the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) moderator for the past six months since Hadley Rose resigned, tonight was formally and unanimously elected moderator by 33 members of the legislative body.

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The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight elected Eileen Lavigne Flug (r) as moderator and Velma Heller as deputy moderator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Serving the last six months I had the chance to try out,” Flug quipped. “It’s an honor to be your moderator.”

Velma Heller, a 13-year RTM veteran who has served as deputy moderator during the same period, was as also unanimously elected to a new term coinciding with the election of new members.

““I want to say how important it is that I won,” said Heller, who worked in the Westport school system for 31 years. “It’s always a pleasure to work with people whom you’ve known a long time as it is a pleasure to meet new people.”

Referring to Flug, she said, “We have different styles. We have different ways of seeing things, and that is the strength of our relationship. It is also a strength of the RTM.”

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12/04/13 02:56 AM Comments () • Permalink

Large Turnout for Earthplace Film Presentation

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There was a packed house at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, tonight for the screening of “Gasland II,”a documentary about the environmental and personal dangers and implications of fracking. It was the third event in a series of environmental film screenings held at Earthplace in partnership with Westport Green Task Force and Clean Water Action Connecticut. Among the speakers were state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and toxicologist David Brown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


12/04/13 02:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sign Work Will Disrupt Post Road East Parking

The Westport Police Department said today the Connecticut Department of Transportation on Wednesday will be installing sign posts on both sides of Post Road East Wednesday from Taylor Place to Bay Street, disrupting parking.

The work is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to end by 11:30 a.m., an advisory said.

Because holes need to be drilled into the concrete sidewalks for sign post placement, parking will not be available to allow necessary equipment to perform the work during this time frame, the advisory said.

As each hole is drilled, the restrictions on parking at that spot will be removed. Work should begin at the earlier time in the areas where most businesses are located so that it can be completed by the time stores open.


12/04/13 12:54 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Making His Official Debut at a Menorah Lighting

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Newly elected Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe made his official debut at lighting an outdoor menorah tonight at a Hanukkah celebration at Chabad of Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk at the former Three Bears restaurant on Newtown Turnpike. The celebration was followed by a menorah parade. This is the seventh night of the eight-night Hanukkah celebration also known as the Festival of Lights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/03/13 11:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

In Middle Schools, STEM Picks up Steam

By James Lomuscio

Launched in the sixth grade this year, the Westport school system’s STEM program aimed at fostering hands-on creativity in science, technology engineering and math, thus the acronym, will be expanded to the seventh and eighth grades at Coleytown and Bedford Middle schools next year.

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Elaine Whitney: “A major positive step forward.” Contributed photo

After hours of discussion and public input over the past several weeks, the Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to expand STEM, making it available one day a week in the sixth and seventh grades and two days a week in the eighth.

The decision, however, has not been without concerns from some since it will mean a 20 percent reduction in presentation/drama time, from 90 hours to 72, over the three years of middle school.

Still, to hear board members tell it, presentation skills being incorporated across the curriculum can easily be part of STEM.

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12/03/13 11:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Nov. 11 - 15, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 11 - 15, 2013:

Bluewater Yankee Hill LLC to Robert C. and Veronica Ann Green, 15 Yankee Hill Road, $5,625,000WNproperty.jpg

Cameron F. and Nancy Weaver Stewart to Caccamo Lane LLC, 3 Caccamo Lane, $1,705,000

SIR-3 Sharp Turn LLC to Catherine and Ira Galin, 3 Sharp Turn Road, $1,725,000

Kurt H. and Karen N. Kruger to 11 Owenoke Park LLC, 11 Owenoke Park, $3,175,000

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12/03/13 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Paying Up for 6-Plus Bedrooms

By Judy Szablak

Westporters still like big homes and are willing to pay up for homes with six bedrooms or more.

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This home on 2 Woodhill Road is listed at $2,499,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside

Compared to this time last year, homes with six bedrooms or more have experienced a significant jump in pricing and an increase in unit sales of 19 percent. And the price gap between five-bedroom homes and six-plus-bedroom homes is also significant.

There are currently 78 five-bedroom homes on the market with an average asking price of $2,154,809.  And there are 73 six-or-more bedroom homes with more than 5,000 square feet that are listed at an average price of $3,737,119.

According to sales compiled from the Multiple Listing Service, in the last year, the average sales price of a five-bedroom home between 3,000- 4,999 square feet was $1,527,059.  A six-bedroom home with more than 5,000 square feet of living area came in almost double that of $2,980,977.

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12/03/13 08:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Holiday Toy Drive Kicks Off Saturday

The Westport Police Department will kick off its annual holiday toy drive Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside The Athletic Shoe Factory at 1560 Post Road East, where officers will collect new, unwrapped and unopened toys, as well as cash donations, event coordinators say.

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Loading a car with toys on a previous toy drive were (l-r) Officer Mike Gudzik, Sgt. Jill Ruggerio, and Officer All Nowinski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Sponsored by Local Union 2080 and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and run by Sgt. Jill Ruggiero and Officer Michael Gudzik, the toy drive each year provides toys to underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County.

Officers will also be collecting toys at the same location during the same hours on Dec. 8, 14 and 15. Donations can also be made any time in person at the Westport Police Department located at 50 Jesup Road,

“The program has been extremely successful in the past, allowing for thousands of toys to be distributed to children who otherwise would have none,” an annnouncement said.

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12/03/13 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 11 Caccamo Lane

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The house at Westport’s 11 Caccamo Lane, near Gorham Avenue, was demolished today. Built in 1965, the one-story raised ranch had 2,351 square feet, was situated on a .54-acre property and changed ownership in October for $1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 25, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/03/13 04:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Granola Bar Readies Opening

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Workers add final touches in preparation for this week’s opening of the Granola Bar at Westport’s Playhouse Square The Granola Bar, a pure food and coffee cafe, will occupy the 2,000-square foot space formerly occupied by Silver Ribbon Jewelers, according to owners Julie Gaines and Dana Noorily. The Westport residents produce Oats Granola, which is sold in more than 80 stores, including Whole Foods markets. The entrepreneurs also launched a food truck in November to sell bakery products at soccer fields and other events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/03/13 02:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ducky Weather

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A duck enjoys the late fall weather Monday in Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

7:30 A.M. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport
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”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Screening: “Gasland: Part II,” Q&A follows
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Jobseeker Special: Preparing for Job Interviews
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting Public hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Hanukkah Celebration on Post Road East

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There was a lighting ceremony tonight at a giant menorah at Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center on Post Road East to mark the sixth night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights. Rabbi Levi Stone, executive director of the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life Connecticut in Westport (l) was assisted by Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht of Beth Israel Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/03/13 02:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Dancing to Celebrate the Festival of Lights

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Music and dancing accompanied tonight’s menorah lighting on Post Road East on the sixth night of Hannukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Monday, December 02, 2013

Saugatuck Center Tree Gets Lights

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Preparations were under way today for Wednesday’s lighting of the Christmas tree at Saugatuck Center. Stringing the lights were workers from Coastal Tree Service of Westport.  The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


12/02/13 10:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Bassett Furniture to Open Dec. 10

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Bassett Furniture, the home furnishings store, will open at 1100 Post Road East on Dec. 10, according to a worker on site (see WestportNow Sept. 12, 2013). Located in the L-shaped strip mall anchored by Barnes & Noble, Bassett, founded in 1902 in Bassett, Va., has approximately 100 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Bassett expanded the space formerly occupied by Pompanoosuc Mills for 10 years before relocating to a smaller space at 222 Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/02/13 09:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Geiger’s to Sconset Square

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Geiger Landscape Design will open at 10 Sconset Square, off Myrtle Avenue, this month, according to a worker on site. An employee at Geiger Garden Center’s primary location, 1135 Post Road East, said the new offices are an expansion of its landscape architectural design business. An application is in process to demolish the two buildings, which comprise the Post Road East location (see WestportNow Oct. 31, 2013). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/02/13 08:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ed Board Reminds of Vacancy

The Westport Board of Education reminded residents today that it is seeking candidates to apply by noon Wednesday to fill a board vacancy caused when Republican Jennifer Tooker stepped down to run for and be elected to the Board of Finance.

The successful candidate will serve on the school board from the date of appointment until the next election scheduled for November 2015, according to Michael Gordon, board secretary who is accepting applications.

Gordon said that individuals interested in being considered for appointment must be: a registered Republican; willing to be interviewed by both the Board of Education and the Republican Town Committee; available for an interview the evenings of Monday, Dec. 9 and/or Sunday Dec. 15; and willing to serve and attend school board meetings immediately upon his or her appointment Monday Dec. 16.

Letters of application can be submitted either by email or in person to: Michael Gordon, Secretary, Board of Education, Town Hall, Room 307, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880, or email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


12/02/13 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Town Hall Tree Lighting

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The Westport Fire Department ladder truck joined with a Public Works Department bucket truck today to string lights on the Town Hall Christmas tree. A lighting ceremony will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m., followed by a holiday celebration at Christ & Holy Trinity Church sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/02/13 05:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Under the Lights

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Traffic on the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Westport’s Saugatuck section is under Christmas lights thanks to Al’s Angels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Monday, December 2, 2013

10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Center for Senior Activities Policy & Planning 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 - “Chuck Close: About Face”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. – Staples Room 1025C (Principal’s Meeting Room) - Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Compo Acres Shopping Center (400 Post Road East) - Westport Menorah Lighting sponsored by Schneerson Center for Jewish Life

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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