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Friday, June 06, 2014

Artists Collective Debuts First ‘Pop-Up’ Show

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Helen Klisser During (c), director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center, welcomes guests tonight to the first one-night “Pop-Up” show by the newly formed Westport Artists Collective. The five founding members are (l-r) Duvian Montoya, Miggs Burroughs, Tammy Winser, Jahmane West, and Nina Bentley. Each displayed works and each invited two other artists to join the show. In all, 90 works from 15 artists were displayed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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‘Pop-Up’ Hors d’oevre

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A guest at tonight’s Westport Arts Center “Pop-Up” art show checks out toast from one of a number of pop-up toasters available to attendees to make their own toast hors d’oevres. The show was the first effort by the newly formed Westport Artists Collective, which is open to all active artists “in pursuit of expanding their careers and developing a strong, diverse arts community.” It was formed by Helen Klisser During, WAC director of visual arts, with five founding members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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One Night Stand


Scenes from tonight’s “Pop-Up” art show at the Westport Arts Center. Works from the five founding members of the new Westport Artists Collective and 10 of their chosen artist friends were on display for one night only. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

   

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Margaret D. Bishop, 92

Margaret D. Bishop of Westport died May 30. She was 92.

A resident of Greenwich for 26 years, she moved to Westport in 1982 where she was active in the League of Women Voters of Westport. She was a member of the New Canaan Nature Center where she volunteered in the Center’s Herb Garden. She was also an enthusiastic tennis player, playing until age 83.

Born in Baltimore, Md, Sept. 6, 1921, she was the daughter of Ruth Pumphrey Bishop, a pianist, and George W. Bishop, a doctor. She graduated from the Roland Park Country School, the Rindhart School of Sculpture, and the University of Maryland.

While employed at the Foreign Policy Association in New York, she edited its Pamphlet Advisory Service.

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Levitt Getting Closer to July 13 Opening

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The sod has gone down at Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and final touches to the $6.9 million project are under way for the official Sunday, July 13 ribbon-cutting. Media were given a tour of the facility today. The first performance will be Tuesday, July 15 as Declan O’Rourke, a singer-songwriter-storyteller from Dublin, makes his Levitt Pavilion debut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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View from Levitt Stage

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The view today from the stage of Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The facility will accommodate 1,700 persons for lawn performances and 2,400 with seating and carpeting for gala and special performances.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Taking Shape


Scenes today from the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts set to open July 13 with its first performance on July 15.  Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Metro-North Announces New Schedule Changes

Metro-North Railroad, which implemented a major schedule change last month that affected most of its 700 daily trains, said today it will further refine the timetable effective July 7.

And one change will occur this Monday, June 9 - the first Waterbury train will be extended from Bridgeport to Stamford.

The minor changes to a handful of morning rush hour trains are intended to improve the customer experience by reducing crowding and enhancing connections, an announcement said.

They come as a result of crew observations, customer counts, customer feedback and Metro-North’s ongoing monitoring of the service, Metro-North said.

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Joy and Tears at Greens Farms Academy Graduation

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At Greens Farms Academy today in the morning rain, 84 seniors graduated in what was the first indoor commencement ceremony in recent memory. School Head Janet Hartwell told the class of 2014 that “the heavens were weeping” because they were departing the school. A cohesive group with great school spirit, the class applauded each other, laughed, and teared up at the speeches and presentations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Westport GFA Salutatorian: Stringing Words Together

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Eric Dexheimer (c) of Westport before going on stage today as Greens Farms Academy class salutatorian. Known for his quiet intelligence, he spoke about balance and quipped that his speech was probably the most words his classmates had ever heard him utter consecutively. His science research was honored this year at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, and he will be attending Northwestern University in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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All Smiles

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Sophie Tepler of Westport was all smiles today as she took part in the Greens Farms Academy commencement exercises, which were moved indoors because of the weather. Sophie will be attending Columbia University in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Malloy: Committed to Investing in New Haven Line

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials today led a tour of the New Haven Rail Yard to give the public an update on the a $1.15 billion, multi-year upgrade and expansion project at the facility. He said, “This rebuilding and expansion is the best demonstration of our commitment to investing in new facilities, maintaining our rail assets and providing the best and safest possible service to Connecticut commuters.” Malloy also announced that a fifth new power supply substation has been put into service on the New Haven Line, adding more redundancy and increasing options to reduce the chance of future prolonged power failures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Federal Funds for State Road Projects May Dry Up

By Ann Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington—The Malloy administration has quietly dropped plans to add another lane to I-84 from the New York border to Waterbury.

A few weeks ago, the Connecticut Department of Transportation asked the Federal Highway Administration to drop plans to add a lane to I-84 for 32 miles. They have been in the works since 2005.

“The purposes of the proposed improvements were to improve safety and provide increased capacity to meet future traffic demand,” the FHA said in a Federal Register notice.

But “due to the re-prioritization of major transportation projects in Connecticut and funding constraints” the state has scrapped the plan. The proposed I-84 expansion would have cost $3 to $4 billion.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Pine Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Pine Drive at the corner of Park Lane, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story split has 1,428 square feet, is situated on a .3-acre property and changed ownership last month for $680,000. 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

   

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Little League Embezzlement Case Continued

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Kevin Hlavac (r), 39, of Bridgeport, a former Westport Baseball and Softball board member, appeared in Norwalk Superior court today to face a first-degree larceny charge for allegedly embezzling $40,000 in funds and equipment from the organization. (See WestportNow May 28, 2014) Hlavac did not speak as his attorney H. Brian Dumeer (l) exchanged words with the judge. The case was continued to July 10 in Stamford. The charge could bring a 20-year jail sentence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

   

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Compo Runner

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A runner makes a dawn run at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday,  June 5, 2014


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Learn to Program in C
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artist Collective Pop-Up
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Zombie Club
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sing for Your Shakespeare”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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BOF Approves $500,000 for School Window, Door Security

By James Lomuscio

With the Board of Finance’s unanimous approval of a school board $500,000 request tonight, educators are hopeful that all first floor windows and doors at Westport’s eight public schools will be covered this summer with a 3M film to slow down access for those who would do harm to children and teachers.

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Elio Longo, school business administrator, discusses school security at the Board of Finance meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The matter now has to go to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for final approval.

In late April, the RTM approved a $200,000 Board of Education request for the installation of 1,425 high security, classroom locks recommended by Kroll Security, Inc. in response to concerns generated by the Newtown school shootings almost a year-and-a-half ago.

“The fact is this cost will cover fully all windows and doors on the first floor,” Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said about the appropriation from the town’s general fund balance.

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Staples Boys Tennis Class LL State Champs

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The Staples Boys Tennis Team today completed a perfect season by winning the Connecituct Class LL team championship at Yale University. The Wreckers edged two-time defending champion Greenwich by 19-18 in tournament match victories.  As was the case last week in the FCIAC team match-play championship, the senior doubles team of Connor Mitnick and Baxter Stein again clinched the victory for Staples in dramatic fashion, this time by being the first Staples duo to win a state doubles championship since 2006. Mitnick and Stein battled back from a set down to defeat Greenwich’s Shaw Speer and Louis McKenzie 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The last time Staples won the FCIAC and state LL championships in the same season was 1982. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Police Arrest Man After I-95 Pursuit

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Nelson Rivera: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport police today arrested a 35-year-old Bridgeport man following a chase on I-95 and an attempted assault on officers, police said.

The incident began when Officer David Scinto observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of the Saugatuck train station parking lots off of I-95, police said.

A registration check of the vehicle found that the plates did not match the vehicle. Scinto followed the vehicle northbound on I-95 and stopped it in the area of exit 18, police said.

As he approached the vehicle, the driver, identified as Nelson Rivera, of 2426 East Main St., Bridgeport drove away at a high rate of speed, police said.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In Memory of a Brother

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The Staples Tuition Grants Committee today presented 112 students with $320,000 in grants at a ceremony held at the school library. Among the recipients was Christopher Engengoro (l), 17, the inaugural awardee of the Doug Sheffer Memorial Scholarship.. Ann Sheffer, sister of the 1968 Staples graduate who died in January in a Colorado helicopter crash at age 63, said her brother held a backstage role with Staples Players and requested that the recipient of the grant be one who had a similar role at Staples. Engengoro, who will attend Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. in the fall, fit the bill. “This is one way we can keep the legacy of Westport alive through the generations,” Sheffer said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Getting a Financial Boost for College


Scenes from today’s Staples Tuition Grants Awards ceremony at the school. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Staples Girls Tennis Falls to Darien in FCIAC Semifinals

The Staples girls tennis team today lost to to Darien 5-2 in the Class L semifinals at Darien.

Darien (19-2) won all three doubles matches to advance to Thursday’s final.

The Wreckers ended the season with an 18-4 record.

   

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Playhouse Presents ‘Other People’s Money’ Reading

The Westport Country Playhouse will present a one-night benefit playreading Monday, June 16 of “Other People’s Money,” by Jerry Sterner.

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Jennifer Mudge: one of co-stars. Contributed photo

Directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist, the event stars Broadway’s Chris Henry Coffey, Beth Fowler, Victor Garber, Shuler Hensley, and Jennifer Mudge.

Tickets to the benefit and post-performance “Meet the Cast” reception are $100, $50, and $30. Buy tickets here.

“I’ve been wanting to revisit this play for several years now,” said Keefe. “It’s a David and Goliath story – and I love that it features Yankee ingenuity, some stirring speeches, donuts, and sex.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day:  5 Blackberry Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Blackberry Lane, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1948, the two-story colonial has 2,504 square feet and is situated on a 1.38-acre property. 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

   

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Comings & Goings: Amadeus Piano to PRE

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Amadeus Piano, specializing in piano tuning, repairs, restoration, refinishing, rentals, sales, storage and moving, has opened at 240 Post Road East, sharing space with Hansen’s Floral Arts near Colonial Green. Owner Yuri Feygin, a Stamford resident, said the family-owned business, which started with a factory in Long Island, is now in its third generation. In addition to Westport and the Long Island locations Amadeus Piano has a store at 130 Lenox Ave., Stamford. For more information, visit www.westportpiano.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Minute Man Rangers Fan

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Westport’s Minute Man statue took on the look of a New York Rangers hockey fan today as the team takes on the Kings in the first game of the Stanley Cup finals. A sign posted on the fence around the statue said the makeover was ‘in homage to the biggest Ranger fan ever Scott ‘Hoover’ Wilder,” a Westporter who died in 2008 at age 53. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Real Estate Report: Learn New Negotiating Strategies

By Judy Szablak

Home prices have continued to rise in Westport, and buyers have to learn today’s negotiating strategies rather than rely on what was used in the past.

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Featured Home:This home at 3 Sunnyside Lane is listed at $2,750,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of the Higgins Group Westport/CT Select Homes

One tactic that many buyers continue to rely upon is the percentage of sales price to asking price, which is used to determine a starting offer. This common misconception is simply ill-advised.

The ratios are much more helpful to sellers than they are to buyers, as it helps to put a number on possible negotiations and net after closing, depending on the sellers pricing strategy.

What appears to be a double standard truly isn’t when you look at the reasons why. The home could be grossly overpriced, and a set percentage may mean one might actually overpay.

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After the Rain

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An early evening rain storm Tuesday gave way to another spectacular sunset as viewed from South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures soared to 86F earlier in the day as measured by the weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters before the rain brought cooler temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Learn to Program in C
5:30 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Staples Tuition Grants Awards Night
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sing for Your Shakespeare”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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