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Monday, March 31, 2014

Library to Honor Nile Rodgers for BOOKED for Evening

Westporter Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, arranger, producer, philanthropist, and writer, will receive the Westport Library’s BOOKED for the Evening Award on May 15, it was announced today. Image
Nile Rodgers: won three 2014 Grammy Awards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Rodgers, who has sold more than 100 million copies of his recordings, began his career as a session guitarist touring with the Sesame Street band in his teens He went on to the create the groundbreaking funk band Chic with a string of No. 1 hits.

His collaborators over the years have included Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Michael Jackson. He has composed music for the movies and received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences New York Chapter Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Heroes Award.

In 2005, he was honored at the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York when he was inducted for his many outstanding achievements as a producer, along with former bandmate Bernard Edwards. Rodgers’ bestselling memoir, “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny,” was published in 2011. He is also the subject of the highly rated 2013 BBC documentary “The Hitmaker.”

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03/31/14 11:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Last Day of March: Snow at Start, Sunny at End Image
A day that began in Westport as a brutal reminder of a winter to forget ended with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 50s. Owners and their dogs made one last visit to Compo Beach before the annual ban on dogs at the beach takes effect on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Conspirators’ Guilty Pleas Make Rowland a Target

By Mark Pazniokas

Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty today to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from what they described as an effort to conceal $35,000 in payments to former Gov. John G. Rowland for help with Wilson-Foley’s unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2012.

Rowland, 56, who reinvented himself as a popular radio host on Hartford’s WTIC-AM after serving 10 months in prison on a federal corruption conviction, was identified in court as a co-conspirator of the couple, meaning he is the target of a federal corruption investigation for the second time in a decade.

The former governor was spared being on the air as the story broke: His afternoon drive-time program was preempted on WTIC AM by the season opener of the Boston Red Sox.

Rowland and his local lawyer, Bartley Halloran, did not respond to requests for comment.

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03/31/14 09:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Case Closed in Ride Offer to 13-Year-Old

UPDATE Westport police said they have closed their investigation into the case of what was earlier reported as a “suspicious” incident involving a man offering a ride to a 13-year-old girl today in the Compo Beach area.

They said the man lived in the neighborhood and had come forward to say he had merely offered the ride to the youngster at about 7:30 a.m.  because of snow and rain that was falling.

Driving a van, the man offered the ride to the teen as she was waiting without an umbrella for a school bus in the Apple Tree Trail-Murvon Court area.

The male identified himself to the student as “living around here,” police said in their initial report. The incident was witnessed by a parent who was sitting in a car with her children waiting for the same bus, police said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Silent Grove North Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 16 Silent Grove North, off Cross Highway, is in process. Built in 1963, the one-story raised ranch has 1,477 square feet and is situated on a 1.02-acre property. The property changed hands in February for $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


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Plans Advance for Main Street Tree Planting Image
Members of the Downtown Steering Committee met at Town Hall today following a walking tour of Westport’s downtown area earlier in the day. Committee Chairman Dewey Loselle (c) said, “Before we plant the 10-12 trees and install the lights, we need to evaluate all the elements that could be affected by the placements.” He said these include existing awnings, underground utilities, drainage and other factors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/31/14 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday White Image
Snow falls on Westport’s downtown today as a heavy band of snow and sleet moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Winter Won’t Let Go Image
Snow covered grassy areas in Westport early today, including outside of Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


03/31/14 12:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

March Out Like a Lamb? Image
Sleet and snow swept through the Westport area shortly after 7 a.m. today. View is on Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Budding in the Snow Image
Magnolia buds had to deal with snow today on Westport’s Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


03/31/14 11:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Spring? Sleet, Snow Hit Westport Area

UPDATE Moderate to heavy sleet and snow moved through the Westport area today and the National Weather service said up to an inch of accumulation was possible, mostly on grassy surfaces.

Westport police reported an accident on Newtown Turnpike, and state police reported several accidents on the Merritt Parkway.

State police asked for Department of Transportation sanders to be deployed because of slick roadways.


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Cool Kayaking Image
Despite cool temperatures, kayakers enjoy the waters off of Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Monday, March 31, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tax Abatement Committee
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Downtown Steering Committee Subcommittee
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. - Westport Library - March Maker-in-resident Ed Kalin: Create an All-Sky Camera
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Award Ceremony for Teen Essay Contest on Multiculturalism

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Westport Sculptor Steffi Friedman Honored at Playhouse Image
Westport sculptor and arts educator Steffi Friedman was honored tonight by Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County (NS) at its Spring Gala at the Westport Country Playhouse. The event featured a benefit performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem. She is pictured with family member Wayne Weiner, a resident of Woodcliff Lakes, N.J. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Large Turnout for Neighborhood Studios Benefit Image
There was a crowded reception tonight at the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall of the Westport Counrtry Playhouse before a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The evening was a benefit for Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County and honored Westport sculptor and arts educator Steffi Friedman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Coleytown Company’s ‘Shrek the Musical’ Opens Thursday Image
Coleytown Middle School’s Coleytown Company is gettting ready for its production of “Shrek the Musical,” which opens Thursday at 7 p.m. with additional performances Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. as well as a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. “Shrek the Musical” is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film “Shrek” and William Steig’s 1990 book “Shrek!” The original Broadway production opened in December 2008 and ran for a year. Tickets are available online at (search term “Westport”). All tickets are $12 plus a processing fee. In addition, tickets may be purchased at the door up to 45 minutes prior to curtain, subject to availability. Pictured (l-r)  are Julianna Shmaruk, Lexi Holoubek-Sebok, Martin Menz, Maggie Foley, and Sydney Diamond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Foley for


03/30/14 10:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Installation Complete for Arts Center’s ‘SOLOS 2014’ Image
Installation of the Westport Arts Center’s “SOLOS 2014” member exhibit was completed today. Opening Friday with a 6-8 p.m. reception, it features 38 works by 12 artists, including three from Westport. Pictured are Patricia Hickson (l), Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, who curated the exhibit, and Helen Klisser During, WAC director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Duvian Montoya for


03/30/14 10:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Spinning for a Cause Image
The Fairway Market in Stamford was the new venue for today’s 15th annual SpinOdyssey beast cancer fundraiser. A large tent was set up in the parking lot for the event, which attracted many Westporters. Since its inception, SpinOdyssey has raised several million dollars for the American Cancer Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


03/30/14 09:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Top SpinOdyssey Fundraiser Image
UPDATE Audrey Hertzel of Westport was a top fundraiser at today’s 15th annual SpinOdyssey to benefit breast cancer held for the first time this year at the Fairway Market in Stamford. She was second in total raised to Westport’s Andrew Beal (of Team JoyRide), who raised $30,470. Several hundred persons, many from Westport, took part in the event that raised almost $200,000 for the American Cancer Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Family Y Big Supporter of SpinOdyssey Image
UPDATE Westporters Patty Kondub and Audrey Hertzel show off the Westport Weston Family Y’s fundraiser total at today’s 15th annual SpinOdyssey breast cancer fundraiser at the Fairway Market in Stamford. Westport’s Team JoyRide was the top fundraising team for the third consecutive year, raising almost $74,000. ((CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


03/30/14 09:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flood Watch Remains in Effect

The National Weather Service Flood Watch remains in effect for Westport and area until 2 a.m. Monday.

Additional moderate to heavy rainfall is possible this evening, an advisory said.

Rainfall amounts of 1 1/2 to 3 inches have already fallen across the area with potential for up to an additional inch.

Many small rivers and streams are near bank full or just over. Additional rainfall and runoff will continue the flood threat along small rivers, streams, as well as urban and poor drainage areas, the Weather Service said.


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Marcia Z. Lee, 66

Marcia Ziobro Lee of Westport died March 27. She was 66.

Born in Norwalk to the late Joseph and Mary Ziobro, she was a lifelong Westport resident.

Prior to her retirement, she was the executive assistant to the president of Air Express International and DHL Courier Services.

She is survived by her three sisters, Barbara Novak, Jody Elliott, Tracy Ellsworth and her younger brother, Joseph Ziobro as well as three nieces and nephews.

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03/30/14 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting in Their Last Licks Image
Westport’s Compo Beach attracted many dogs and thier owners today, the final weekend before the annual ban on dogs at the beach takes effect on Tuesday. They enjoyed overcast skies with temperatures in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Accident Closes Compo Road North

UPDATE A two-vehicle accident on Westport’s Compo Road North near Evergreen Avenue closed the roadway for a brief period today, police said.

It was reopened after the vehicles were removed.

It was not known if there were any injuries.


03/30/14 05:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Opening Set for Sconset Sq. Dog Groomer Image
Snip Doggy Dog, an upscale grooming salon for dogs, will open within two weeks at 9 Sconset Square, near Christ &  Holy Trinity Church, according to Frank Ciambrielli, managing director. He said the Westport location will be its third with the others in Old Greenwich and Fairfield. He said the 1,000-square foot salon offers four groomers and a dog boutique. (See WestportNow Sept. 19, 2013) “The personalization of the salon features glass walls so our clients can view the grooming process,” he said. The space was previously occupied by Cursive, a New York-based retailer of fine paper, jewelry and home and personal accessories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sunday,  March 30, 2014

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Tween/Teen LifeShop
4 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Etherea Vocal Ensemble
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Dance Theatre of Harlem

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Flood Watch Extended, Coastal Flood Watch Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service said a Flood Watch for Westport and area has been extended from 8 p.m. today until 2 a.m. on Monday.

An advisory said 2 to 3 inches of rain was likely with up to 4 inches in some areas. As of 11:50 p.m., the new weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters showed 1.11 inches had fallen today.

In addition, it said a Coastal Flood Watch has been issued as tides are expected to run around 1/2 to 1 foot above astronomical levels. High tide will occur between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. across the western portion of Long Island Sound.

A few areas may experience tide levels close to or at minor coastal flooding benchmarks, the Weather Service said.


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Staples Grad Debuts First Novel, Skips Westport on Tour

UPDATE Ted Thompson, a 1999 Staples High School graduate, went on a whistle-stop train tour of independent bookstores in New York and Connecticut today – bypassing Westport because it has no such store – to promote his first novel, “The Land of Steady Habits,” set in a town much like Westport. Image
Author Ted Thompson reads from his debut novel, “Land of Steady Habits,” at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

His tour began in Grand Central Terminal and continued with stops in Larchmont, N.Y., Darien, and ended in Madison. Reviews have already compared the book (Little, Brown, hardcover, $25 Little, Brown, e-book, $12.99) to Cheever and Updike in recounting the life of a suburbanite.

Author and essayist Sarah Vowell said in her blurb on Thompson’s website: “It would probably never occur to New England white people that they are an ethnicity, but this sharp and funny saga of a Connecticut family unraveling is a detailed natural history of upper crust suburbanites and how they live (and drink). 

“The reader learns not to take good fortune and loved ones for granted—and also that a liquor store owner in Westport will never starve.”

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Busy Out-of-Town Day for Westport Firefighters Image
Westport firefighters were busy today providing mutual aid to three nearby communiities—Norwalk, where a fire (above) destroyed a barn on Fox Run Road, Wilton, where flames heavily damaged an unoccupied home on Linden Tree Road, and Stratford, where a tanker oil truck overturned, spilling fuel oil. In Norwalk and Wilton, Westport engine companies filled in at fire stations in case of other calls. In Stratford, the Westport-based Mid-Fairfield County Hazmat Unit provided logistical support at the tanker accident. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents. Off-duty Westport firefighters were called in to fill in for those called out of town. Norwalk Fire Department photo


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Dudley P. Cotton, Jr., 77

Dudley Page Cotton, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and Bremen, Maine, a former Westport resident, died March 8 from complications following surgery. He was 77. Image
Dudley P. Cotton: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born in Damariscotta, Maine on Oct. 26, 1936, son of Dudley Page and Josephine Norris Cotton, his childhood was spent on his parents’ mink farm in Bremen, Maine, where he attended the one-room Medomak School. During the war years, he lived with his family aboard the “Seamaid,” a 62-foot yawl, in Portland Harbor. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1955.

After two years’ service in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1965 as a member of the first class of the Department of Architecture when classes were held at an old Safeway store.

A few years later, he earned a Master’s degree in structural engineering. Holding registration for both architecture and engineering, he remained in Tucson for the remainder of his life, developing a successful engineering practice. He was hired by the University of Arizona to teach engineering to architectural students—a position he held for 30 years.

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