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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Internal Medicine Group Links Up With Norwalk Hospital

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Internal Medicine Associates of Westport (IMAW) has joined Norwalk Hospital Physicians and Surgeons, the employed physician group of Norwalk Hospital, it was announced today. Explaining the move, Jay Horn, IMAW president, said: “Our doctors can concentrate on the day-to-day care of patients and let a larger organization deal with the administrative tasks that frequently distract doctors from patient care tasks.” Pictured are the IMAW physicians (back row, l-r) Robert Teltser, Jay Horn, Nina Karol, and Robert Altbaum; (front row) David Baum, Jill Denowitz, and Robert Dresdner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/19/14 06:02 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 a disabled train in the vicinity of Milford.


02/19/14 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Digging of New Y Pools Under Way

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With the new Westport Family Y at Mahackeno enclosed and temporary heat pumped in, work has started on excavation of two adjoining pools at the heart of the Strittmatter Family Aquatic Center. A Y construction update said excavators began scooping down into the dirt floor to create the two sub-surface shells for a 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and the adjacent warm-water pool that will be used for teaching, aqua exercise and recreational swimming. The lap pool will be 9 feet in depth at its deepest point; the shallow pool will slope from “zero depth” to 3.5 feet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/19/14 03:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Same Old, Same Old

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The morning after an intense “commuter speakout” in Southport about Mertro-North’s woes, today’s 8:34 a.m. New Haven Line train out of Westport headed to Grand Central Terminal arrived at Westport at 8:50 a.m.— with what has become a norm on many days: crowded, standing room only cars. Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com


02/19/14 02:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stormy Compo

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Westport’s Compo Beach during a recent snow. Contributed photo


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion” by Lynsey Addario
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
Noon - Westport Library - Jerome Charyn, “I Am Abraham: a Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


02/19/14 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Westporter to MNRR: ‘You Should Be Embarrassed’

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Westport commuter Tom Orofino was among those at the “commuter speakout” tonight at the Pequot Library in Southport. “We need performance today,” he said. “We’re not just commuters. We’re family people. We depend on that railroad to get us to our offices in the morning in somewhat of a refreshed manner.” Orofino told the panelists: “You should be embarrassed.” He asked who wants to buy Connecticut homes and pay taxes with this kind of service? “People are going back to their cars,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/19/14 03:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Steinberg on Metro-North Performance: ‘Unacceptable’

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport recounted Metro-North missteps at the “commuter speakout” at the Pequot Library in Southport tonight. He said his constituents were stranded on trains and a woman from Westport was struck by a train and the local police department was not notified. “Unacceptable,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/19/14 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

MNRR Officials Hear From Commuters

Scenes from tonight’s packed Pequot Library in Southport meeting on Metro-North’s New Haven Line service. A statement by John Kesich, Metro-North’s senior vice president of Opperations, that “We wouldn’t be here tonight if we didn’t care” brought loud howls of disapproval and disbelief. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/19/14 03:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘If This Were a Restaurant No One Would Eat There’

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Westport commuter Spencer Brown told tonight’s meeting on Metro-North at the Pequot Library in Southport: “If this were a restaurant quite frankly no one would eat there. If this were an airline and you had a choice nobody would fly it… The bottom line here is that service on Metro-North is deplorable. And it’s not something that’s occurred over the last year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/19/14 02:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Commuter Meeting on Metro-North Draws Crowd

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More than 100 persons turned out tonight for a meeting at the Pequot Library in Southport to discuss problems on Metro-North’s New Haven Line. The meeting, moderated by the League of Women Voters, was billed as a “commuter speakout” with representatives invited from Metro-North and the state Department of Transportation.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com


02/19/14 12:52 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

H. James Leavy, 83

H. James Leavy, of Westport died Feb. 10. He was 83.

Born on May 29, 1930, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of entrepreneur Samuel Leavy and social columnist Lena L. Leavy, and brother to predeceased Gerald Leavy, who passed away in 2012.

Too young to enlist during World War II but greatly motivated to serve his country, he accelerated his studies by graduating from the Milford Academy one year early and matriculated to George Washington University.

Upon graduation, he quickly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant. He was stationed and fought in Korea during the first years of the Korean Conflict and was later stationed in Tokyo and Hawaii.

He was a proud veteran who always extolled the greatness of America and its promise of freedom and democracy around the world, his family said.

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02/18/14 11:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wake Robin Road Home Subject of Blight Meeting

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Westport’s Blight Preservation Board, at its meeting on Thursday, will discuss the unoccupied house located at 17 Wake Robin Road, off Greens Farms Road near the Sherwood Island Connector, as it relates to the recently enacted anti-blight ordinance (see WestportNow, Sept. 3, 2013).  According to Steve Smith, Blight Enforcement officer, “the board will determine if the house meets the criteria for the blight ordinance and, if so, determine the recommended remedy and time frame.  The one-story ranch, situated on a 1.01-acre property has 2,190 square feet and was built in 1950. Smith said the absentee owners reside in Georgia. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/18/14 10:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

NTSB Recommends Metro-North Install Cameras

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today issued a series of safety recommendations to the Metro-North Railroad calling for the use of inward and outward facing audio and image recorders and the installation of approach permanent speed restrictions signs along the right-of-ways.

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Four persons died in the Dec. 1 Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

These safety recommendations were developed from information learned during the ongoing investigation into the Dec. 1 derailment of a Metro-North passenger train in Bronx, N.Y.

In that crash, the southbound train, consisting of seven passenger cars and one locomotive, derailed on the Metro-North Hudson Line near Spuyten Duyvil Station, killing four and injuring dozens of others.

“The images and audio captured by recorders can be invaluable to our investigators,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “Understanding what is happening inside the cab just prior to a crash can provide crucial information about how to prevent future accidents.”

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02/18/14 10:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Register Online? Connecticut’s Got an App for That

By Mark Pazniokas


Connecticut today became the first state in New England and the 15th state overall to launch a web application that allows residents to register to vote.

The system is available to citizens 18 and older who hold a Connecticut driver’s license or an identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“With online voter registration, we truly mark a historic step in moving Connecticut’s elections into the 21st Century,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

The new system is tied to the DMV, which has electronic signatures on file for new voters. The signatures are transmitted to local registrars.

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02/18/14 10:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

It’s Official: Some FEMA Funds Will Go to Raise Homes

UPDATE As anticipated, the state panel overseeing allocation of federal hazard mitigation funds announced today it has reversed its decision and will allocate some funds to shoreline homeowners seeking to raise their homes above floodwaters.

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe first relayed word of the pending reversal decision by the Connecticut Interagency Hazard Mitigation Committee to shoreline homeowners at a meeting in Milford on Sunday. (See WestportNow Feb. 17, 2014)

The reversal came three weeks after the committee determined that all $16.6 million available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would go to infrastructure projects only. Now, about half the money will go for elevations, about a quarter for buyouts and the other quarter for infrastructure.

The turnaround comes after community leaders and other officeholders expressed outrage that homeowners had been entirely ignored. Many sent letters to the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), which oversees the money. Within days Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered the committee to reassess its decision.

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02/18/14 08:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Weather Advisory Canceled

The National Weather Service said a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area originally set to expire at 6 p.m. today has been canceled.


02/18/14 05:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service, in a Special Weather Statement, said with temperatures hovering very near or below the freezing mark, light mixed precipitation may include freezing rain.

“Any freezing rain will make travel conditions extra hazardous on roads and walkways,” it said.

“Elevated surfaces would be most vulnerable for ice accretion.”


02/18/14 04:09 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 weather-related conditions.


02/18/14 04:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Slow Go

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Today’s snow made for slow and slippery driving in some spots. Westport and state police reported a number of spinouts during the morning commute. Westport EMS responded to several slip and falls as well. View is of Greens Farms Road between Compo Road South and Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/18/14 03:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Clearing the Sidewalk Again

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Even though today’s snow was light compared to recent storms, downtown sidewalks had to be cleared. The snow was forecast to mix with and change to rain before tapering off late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/18/14 03:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Day, Another Snow

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Snow began falling in Westport today shortly after 7 a.m. with 2-4 inches expected.  View is of Westport’s center across the Saugauck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


02/18/14 01:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Senior Center Closed Today

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is closed today.

The staff will be in and can be reached at (20)341-5099.


02/18/14 12:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Scene

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Snow mounds line the South Beach roadway at Westport’s Compo Beach at dusk on Monday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion” by Lynsey Addario
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “The Gods of Gotham” by Lyndsay Faye
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-Residence Gar Waterman: Designing & Building a Mobile Office
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Search Engine Optimization & Marketing
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Arduino Workshop
7:30 p.m. - Pequot Library (720 Pequot Ave., Southport) - Commuter Speakout about winter service on Metro-North
8 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory - Westport Astronomical Society: Dr. Kerstin Perez, NuSTAR’s View of the Galactic Center

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


02/18/14 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Staples in 72-66 Upset Over Norwalk

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The Staples High School boys basketball team members celebrate tonight after posting a 72-66 upset win over Norwalk High School at home. Five Staples players scored in double figures in the victory. Staples, which led 41-28 at the half, is now 4-14 overall and 3-13 in the FCIAC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/18/14 03:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

After Reneging, State Reverses on Shoreline Help Promise

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s shoreline homeowners, who learned last month they would not receive the FEMA money the state had promised to raise their homes above floodwaters, got a big lift this weekend.

After pressure from local officials and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the state’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) informed First Selectman Jim Marpe Friday that the $16 million in FEMA funds would not only go for state municipal projects, but homeowners, too, as promised.

And on Tuesday, Marpe expects DEMHS Deputy Commissioner William Shea’s official announcement that homeowners whose applications are approved are eligible for up to a $100,000 hazard mitigation reimbursement.

“I spoke late Friday afternoon with Deputy Commissioner Shea, and he gave me a preview of what I assume will be a letter early this week which will describe these awards, the process, the scope of the awards and the conditions,” Marpe said today.

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02/18/14 01:47 AM Comments () • Permalink

MTA, Metro-North Execs Accept Malloy’s Rebuke

By Mark Pazniokas


The top leaders of Metro-North came to Hartford today to accept a public dressing down from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and acknowledge that a spate of accidents and service interruptions are symptomatic of problems deep within the nation’s busiest commuter railroad.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy decries Metro-North’s unreliability. From left, Joseph Giulietti, Thomas Prendergast, James Redeker (partially hidden) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“It’s not by coincidence. There’s something going in the organization,” said Thomas F. Prendergast, the chairman and chief executive of the railroad’s parent, the Metropolitan Transit Authority. “There are management and cultural issues, and I think we’ll find those, and we’ll root them out.”

Prendergast and Joseph J. Giulietti, the newly appointed president of Metro-North, met privately with Malloy and top administration officials at the State Capitol, then stood by as the governor described the railroad’s management in withering terms during a televised news conference.

“I have made perfectly clear, as I think was evident to both of the gentlemen, that they have lost the confidence of many of our riders and our citizens in the state of Connecticut, and it is their job to earn it back,” Malloy said.

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02/18/14 01:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Dresses Down MTA, MNRR Leaders

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman meet with MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and new Metro-North President Joseph J. Giulietti today. Malloy later told a news conference: “I have made perfectly clear, as I think was evident to both of the gentlemen, that they have lost the confidence of many of our riders and our citizens in the state of Connecticut, and it is their job to earn it back.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Cold Beach Walk

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It was a cold walk today on the South Beach roadway amid growing and darkening mounds of snow at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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