Monday, June 30, 2014
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
The pep talk for the Connecticut delegation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., came from the host, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But the drinks were on the worldwide beverage company, Diageo North America.
Nearly two years later, Diageo and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that hosted a separate reception, are each paying $5,000 to the Office of State Ethics, conceding they failed to report the receptions as a lobbying expense.
In settlements released today, both companies said they failure was inadvertent, based on an erroneous belief that neither function exceeded the reporting threshold of $10 per person. Each has filed supplemental expense reports.
“Lobbyist reports must fully disclose all expenses as required by the Code of Ethics,” said Carol Carson, executive director of the Office of State Ethics. “It is worth noting that the public officials and employees that attended did not violate the Code, because the total cost per person did not exceed the $50 limit.”
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Stamford-based Building and Land Technology (BLT), a firm with close ties to Westport’s Bridgewater Associates hedge fund, today confirmed a WestportNow report Saturday that it is behind the $130 million purchase of the Nyala Farms Corporate Center in Westport. (See WestportNow June 28, 2014)
As reported, the sale is the largest transaction in Westport’s history, and In a statement, the firm said it is the largest real estate transaction in Connecticut this year. Westport reaped $325,000 from the sale while the state got $1,625,000 in conveyance fees.
The sale, to a Stamford-based LLC sharing an address with BLT, was recorded in the Town Clerk’s Office as Bridgewater was announcing it had dropped its plans to move to Stamford where BLT was involved in developing a $750 million waterfront project to house the company. Bridgewater has a large presence in the Nyala Farms faciity, including a trading floor which has recently been renovated at a cost of millions, according to town officials.
Purchase of the 372,207-square foot office park on 53 acres in Westport was announced by Carl R. Kuehner III, CEO of BLT, a privately held real estate private equity, development and property management firm.
UPDATE A draft of the master plan for Westport’s Compo Beach is available for review online at www.compobeach2.com, and residents will have an opportunity to comment on it at a Parks and Recreation Commission public meeting Monday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, Charles Haberstroh, commission chairman, announced today.
“The commission looks forward to an opportunity to discuss the plan and to receive public input regarding the recommendations” said Haberstroh.
“Compo Beach is one of the Town of Westport’s crown jewels, and the future plans for Compo Beach are important to all Westporters,” he added.
The master plan, devised by Lothrop Associates. and AKRF, both White Plains, N.Y.-based architectural consultants, and fashioned by public fedback at Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee meetings, includes two options.
UPDATE A car went into a building today at the rear of 41-43 Riverside Ave., an office complex housing William Raveis Real Estate and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. There were no injuries but there was damage to the car and some to the building, but it was not structural. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 19 Hillspoint Road, near the intersection of Hillandale Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the two-story split has 2,439 square feet, is situated on a 1.05-acre property and changed ownership this month for $920,000. 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
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Downtown Steering Committee Visioning Workshop
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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Westport Bartaco wait staff get ready for the evening crowd, bolstered by an upbeat review this weekend in The New York Times. “As a neighborhood drop-in place for lunch, a casual supper or anything in between, Bartaco is hard to beat,” said reviewer Patricia Brooks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The Staples High School Class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion on Saturday, July 19 at the Saugatuck Rowing Club.
The 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. event features hors d’oeuvres, salad, light pasta dinner, dessert and open bar, and cost is $100 per person prior to July 13, according to Kathleen Shea O’Connell, one of the organizers. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door for $110, she said.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Manitou Road, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1952, the one-story ranch has 2,772 square feet, is situated on a 1.1-acre property and, according to the Town of Westport assessor database, the last change of ownership was in April 1983 for $190,000. 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
Today in WN History, a look back at some of the events WestportNow covered in past years, today features this 2006 photo with the caption: The Westport Farmers Market kicked off today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The market will be held each Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot through October. Pictured are (l-r) Allison Harris, playhouse executive director; Selectwoman Shelly Kassen; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Michel Nischan, Dressing Room Restaurant owner; Market Manager Katherine Dyer; Tazewell Thompson, Playhouse artistic director, and a representative from the state Department of Agriculture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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By James Lomuscio
William F. “Bill” Meyer III, the avuncular, ever present cheerleader during announcements at the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the indefatigable Westport volunteer celebrated town wide last year for his myriad community service roles, a tour de force among seniors and a statewide proponent of the right to die, died tonight after a two year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 85.
Meyer, who in 1994 faced criminal charges, later dismissed, after detailing in a Connecticut Magazine article how he had helped his cancer-stricken father end his own life three years earlier, died at his Westport home, according to First Selectman Jim Marpe.
The 42-year town resident and 18-year RTM member was a descendant of Thomas Hooker, a Congregationalist minister who arrived in Boston in 1633. In keeping with his lineage, he had served as a deacon in the Saugatuck Congregational Church.
He was also a Westport Little League organizer and umpire, so ebullient he was dubbed Umpire Bill. In addition, Meyer was a Native American champion whom the Blackfeet Indians named an honorary chief, a longtime mentor to Westport and inner city students and a member of the Y’s Men group, where he proudly boasted about the number of new members he brought in.
William F. Meyer III, better known to his friends as Bill, died tonight after a two-year battle with cancer, according to a family friend. He was 85. Meyer, shown receiving the key to the town at a March 2013 tribute to him, was an indefatigable volunteer. A member of the Representative Town Meeting, he founded the Westport Little League softball program, served as a member of the Little League board of directors, was an umpire and had a softball field named in his honor. His held leadership positions with the Y’s Men, Sunrise Rotary, Westport Center for Senior Activities, First Night, Westport Community Theater, AARP, Saugatuck Congregational Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was a board member of Bridgeport’s Isaiah House. Services were to be announced.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Scenes from a March 10, 2013 tribute to Bill Meyer at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport. He died tonight at 85. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Bill Meyer thanks friends and supporters at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport on March 10, 2013 where the longtime volunteer was honored. He died tonight after more than a year-long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 85. WestportNow.com video
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Westport police used a Taser early Friday in the arrest of a 41-year-old Weston man who led them on a foot chase after being stopped for speeding.
The incident began shortly after midnight when Officer Howard Simpson stopped a car for speeding near Bridge Street, police said. As he approached the vehicle, it took off at a high rate of speed.
After turning down Strathmore Lane, a dead end street off of Kings Highway South, the driver fled the vehicle and led the officer on a foot chase through a back yard, police said.
The suspect, identified as Thomas Patterson, was successfully taken into custody after the use of a Taser, said police, who added that he later refused to submit to a breath test.
Sherwood Island Nature Center Co-Director Rindy Higgins, gives Sherwood Island State Park visitors a peek today inside a nesting gourd with young Purple Martin fledglings inside each nest. This is the first year Sherwood Island has hosted the Purple Martin Gourd condo complex and it is 100 percent occupied; each nest has one or more egg or fledgling. Crowds enjoyed checking out the Purple Martins, seining (drag fishing), a new environment for Tuttie the Turtle inside the Nature Center, and guest speaker Jang Kim of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Marine Sciences, discussing: “Seaweed Farming: A CT Cash Crop.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Little League U12 softball team today edged Fairfield 14-13 to win the District 2 softball championship at Unity Field in Trumbull.The teams were tied 13-13 after nine innings Friday night before darkness suspended play, and the game resumed today. Pictured (l-r, top row) Coach Chris Fanning, Coach Louis Alfero, Catherine Connell, Erin McWhirter, Madeline Howard, Natalie Schenck, Kate Feinberg, Maddie McGarry, Sophia Alfero, Head Coach Mark McWhirter; (bottom row) Emily Stone, Samantha Levin, Ellie Klein, Tilly Yacenda, Ali Green, and Erica Fanning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Many Westport owners of houses constructed by the legendary architect-builder Frazier Forman Peters attended a book signing today at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) for the recently published “Frazier Forman Peters - Westport’s Legacy in Stone.” Brisk sales were reported for the book, co-authored by WHS house historian Bob Weingarten (r) and Peters’ granddaughter, Laura A. Blau, (l) an architect and Philadelphia resident. Weingarten points to a photo of the Frazier Forman Peters-designed and built house at 16 Catamount Road owned by Westporter Mary Vance (c) who, with her husband, Bob, acquired the 1930-built house in 1993. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport police arrested two suspects Friday accused of stealing goods from Anthropolige, 1365 Post Road East.
Police said at about 3 p.m., two store employees confronted a man as he was leaving the store who then pushed them aside and sped off in a vehicle.
While responding to the store, Officer Thomas Casimiro observed a vehicle exiting the parking lot at a high rate of speed and conducted a motor vehicle stop nearby, police said.
Inside were the man and a female, also observed earlier in the store, police said. Casimiro observed numerous clothing items stolen from the store in the vehicle.
Assisted by Staples High School Service League of Boys (SLOBS) volunteers, a food collection was held today near the entrance of Stop and Shop, 1790 Post Road East for Westport-based Homes With Hope to help feed residents of its homeless shelters. Leslie Singer (r) was among those donating goods to Staples High School sophomore SLOBS member Daniel Melo, 15. Jeff Wieser (l), president of Home with Hope said, “This is an ideal time of year for our food drive because our pantry gets to its lowest level in August. So many Homes with Hope supporters are away in the summer and that reduces our food collections.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
In the largest real estate transaction in Westport’s history, the 53-acre Nyala Farms Corporate Center, where hedge fund Bridgewater Associates has a trading floor, has changed hands for $130 million.
A filing recorded late Friday in the Town Clerk’s office –- about the time Bridgewater Associates was announcing it was not moving to Stamford -– said the buyer was 60 Nyala Farms Road LLC, a corporate entity with apparent ties to Bridgewater.
The LLC’s address, 100 Washington Boulevard, Suite 200, Stamford, is the same as Stamford-based Building and Land Technology (BLT), a privately held real estate private equity, development and property management firm which had been developing a $750 million complex for Bridgewater in Stamford. A notation on the filing said to send a recorded copy to someone at BLT.
A Bridgewater spokesman said today Bridgewater “did not purchase Nyala Farms and continues to explore options.”
By James Lomuscio
As flags of United Nations member countries billowed on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today, the legacy of the bridge’s namesake—the 49th annual jUNeDay celebration in town—was under way at the Saugatuck Elementary School.
More than 285 U.N. staff, delegates and their families from 43 countries had gathered for a welcoming breakfast to jump start a day in town that included visits to Longshore Club Park, Earthplace, the Westport Historical Society, Compo Beach and Wakeman Town Farm. Another highlight, appropriate in the midst of World Cup fever, was a planned soccer match between the Westport Late Knights and the U.N. team.
“I love this day because for one day our town becomes incredibly international,” said Michaela MacColl, the event’s chairwoman for the past 12 years. “Many of our guests never had a chance to come to a small American town, and they love it here.”
Bill Hass, president of the United National Association of Southwestern Connecticut, noted that jUNe Day held special significance for him. In 1978, he was a junior staff member at the United Nations and came to Westport for the first time, eventually moving to town.
Scenes from today’s jUNe Day activities. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
United Nations guests in Westport for jUNe Day today stopped at the Westport Arts Center where they posed in the parking lot for a group souvenir photo with the new Levitt Pavilion for the Peforming Arts as a backdrop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
United Nations guests visiting Westport today for jUNe Day did some downtown sightseeing, including some picture taking on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge festooned with flags of U.N. member states. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Flags of United Nations member states flew on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today to welcome guests to the town’s 49th annual jUNe Day celebration. The day-long event attracts about 300 U.N. member families and guests for a day of swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, and touring Westport highlights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com