Friday, July 04, 2014
Mother Nature provided the fireworks tonight as a thunderstorm with lightning moved through the Westport area. A home on Hermit Lane suffered an outside lightning strike, touching off a small fire in the garage which was quickly extinguished, according to fire officials. This view is of lighting over the Saugatuck River and the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge. Tonight’s scheduled fireworks at Compo Beach was postponed until Monday because of the forecast for storms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com
Power was out to many businesses on Post Road East near Compo Road tonight as thunderstorms moved through the area. Some street lights and traffic lights remained on while power was out to buildings nearby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A line of heavy thunderstorms moved through Westport tonight, downing trees and power lines and causing isolated flooding.
A lightning strike on the exterior of a home on Hermit Lane caused a small fire in a garage, which was quickly extinguished, fire officials said.
Connecticut Light and Power Company said 1,035 Westport customers were without power at 8:50 p.m. At 10:35 p.m. the number was 195.
A portion of the downtown area near St. John Place and Myrtle Avenue was among those in the dark, according to police reports.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Westport and area until 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and area until 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Harriet Hiller Lebish of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident and reporter and editor at the Westport Minuteman, died June 30 at home. She was 75.
Hiller served as arts and good living editor at the Minuteman from its founding in 1993 until 2002. She had earlier worked for The Hour of Norwalk. She also contributed to The New York Times, Connecticut Post, and the Westport News.
Later, she was an adjunct professor of art history at Housatonic Community College and Sacred Heart University,
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Edmond and Janette Shiller, she was raised in The Bronx, where she graduated from William H. Taft High School. She attended City College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and George Washington University before graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in art history from the University of Bridgeport.
Traffic on I-95 in Westport was slow and heavy late today as many people headed home for the 4th of July holiday. View is looking south frm the Hillspoint Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There were plenty of picnic tables and grills available late today at Westport’s Compo Beach, the original date for the town’s Independence Day fireworks. A forecast of thunderstorms late today prompted postponement of the fireworks until Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house at Westport’s 57 Post Road West was demolished today. Built in 1830, the clapboard wood frame town house had 1,892 square feet and was situated on a 1.64 acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 18, 2013. According to the records of the recently appointed Westport Blight Prevention Board, this is the fourth house demolished in 2014 in accordance with the anti-blight ordinance. The houses at 71 Post Road West, 17 Wake Robin Road and, earlier this week the neighboring house at, 63 Post Road West, were demolished. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A worker today completes the replacement of a fallen utility pole near 6 Iron Gate Hill, off Hillspoint Road, after a large tree branch fell on utility lines earlier in the day, pulling down a support pole. The dead end street was blocked until the tree branch could be cleared. Then about half a dozen residents were without power for most of the day while repairs were made. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A 23-year-old New York man turned himself into police after learning there was a warrant for his arrest for allegedly selling personal information gathered while working at a Westport cellphone store, police said.
Stefano Pascente of Richmond Hills, N.Y. was arrested Wednesday after an investigation that began in December 2013, police said. Court documents showed he was employed at the Verizon Wireless Zone store at 385 Post Road East.
He was charged with nine counts of trafficking in personal ID information, police said.
He was released on a $10,000 bond and given a Norwalk Court date of July 11.
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
More than 80 Connecticut highway, bridge and rail projects are at risk of delay if Congress cannot resolve a partisan standoff over a new infrastructure funding bill by October, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today.
After meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Connecticut’s congressional delegation, Malloy said he fears political gridlock could eat away at the state’s construction job base.
“If we don’t get out to bid” before the federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, “then we lose 12 months” for dozens of projects, Malloy told reporters following the meeting.
President Obama’s administration has struggled to build support in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives for his proposed, $302 billion infrastructure bill.
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The women’s fashion apparel store, Chic Jolie, at Westport’s 57 Main St., on the second floor above Westport’s Blue Mercury 2, will close this summer. It opened at the current location in December 2013 (see WestportNow, Dec. 18, 2013) after formerly located at 24 Taylor Place for nine years —eight years as the children’s clothing store Jacadi. It closed in April 2013 and reopened in the Brickwalk, on Fairfield’s Post Road before returning to Westport six months ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Martin Garment of Westport and Longboat Key, Fla. died July 3. He was 95.
He was father of Susan (Jeffrey), and John (Adriana), grandfather of Elyse, Jillian, Natalia , and Martín.
He was predeceased by wife Sylvia, and by brothers Charles and Leonard.
Services are scheduled Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at Abraham L. Green And Son Funeral Home in Fairfield.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Westport and area until 10 p.m. today.
For the Westport Police, it’s two down and one to go in the arrest of three suspects involved in Wednesday’s armed robbery of TD Bank on Post Road East.
The police have already arrested two suspects, one of the two suspected robbers and the get-away driver, both of whom were arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court today.
“We’re looking for the other individual who was in the bank,” said Capt. Vincent Penna. “We’ve identified him, we’ve looked for him, and at this point we have to secure an arrest for him.”
Penna said he would not release the suspect’s name at this point, nor his photo.
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts announced today it will present nine-time Grammy Award Winner and Weston resident Jose Feliciano in a free concert on Sunday, July 20 to commemorate and celebrate the opening of the new Levitt Pavilion and to launch its Inaugural summer season.
The opening ceremony for the $6.8 million project originally had been set for July 13.
An announcement said the Levitt lawn will officially open to the public at 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. followed by the Feliciano concert at 7 p.m. While tickets are free, they must be reserved in advance.
Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, July 8 online at http://www.levittpavilion.com and in person at the Levitt Pavilion office in the Parks and Recreation Department building at Longshore Club Park, 260 Compo Road South.
Despite high humidity and temperatures in the 80s, there were plenty of visitors today to the weekly Westport Farmers Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. The market is open today until 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sport Hill Farm of Easton attracted plenty of customers today at the Westport Farmers Market, offering fresh vegetables and eggs. It is in its third season at the market, according to owner Patti Popp (r), who said the 30-acre farm “started from scratch in 2000.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Former Westport resident Daniel P. Duffy has been elected at the 85th Florida VFW state convention as the next Florida VFW National Council member.
As National Council member, he will represent the Department of Florida in administering the affairs and transacting the business of the National Veterans of Foreign Wars organization for the next four years.
Duffy is a fourth generation Westporter from the Greens Farms area and a 1965 graduate of Staples High School.
After serving in the U. S. Marine Corps and a deployment to Vietnam in 1966-1967, he worked both nationally and internationally for more than 34 years with Morrison-Knudsen Corp. as a construction project executive. In Florida, he worked for Fifield Corp. as vice president of construction for high-rise development.
Westport resident Howard Matson (r) hosted a dinner Wednesday night at The Yale Club in New York honoring Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys (c) who just completed an historic journey across the Atlantic Ocean aboard their 22-foot specially designed rowboat. The couple left Agadir, Morocco Dec. 30 and arrived in New York City last week. Matson, a former International president of The Circumnavigators Club, welcomed them after their record breaking 6,700-mile voyage, entirely by oar, that included stops in the Bahamas and Florida. The trip included traveling 74 days at sea without land in sight. Manser’s previous expeditions include bicycling the entire perimeter of Africa and circling Madagascar and Iceland by kayak. Geldenhuys is an attorney in Capetown. With them are Matson’s wife, Amy (l), and daughter, Lesley (2nd l). Contributed photo
UPDATE Two suspects accused of robbing the TD Bank on Westport’s Post Road East at gunpoint Wednesday were arrested within nine hours of the crime, police said.
One suspect was arrested on Greens Farms Road about 20 minutes after the robbery and the other was taken into custody early today in Bridgeport, police said.
Police early today identified the man arrested in Westport as Lancelot Andrew Supersad, 19, of 114 Roosevelt St., Bridgeport and the second suspect as Anthony Santiago, 20, of 86 Dayton Road, Bridgeport. Both were held on a variety of charges on $100,000 bond for a Norwalk court appearance later today.
The robbery occurred at about 4:55 p.m. at 1111 Post Road East when two black males wearing ski masks and displaying a black handgun entered the bank, demanded money, and fled in a vehicle southbound on Morningside Drive, police said.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
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 ... “
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Closes for Independence Day
9:15 p.m. - Compo Beach - Police Athletic League Fireworks Postponed to July 7
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Judy Szablak
The first half of the year is so similar to 2012’s first two quarters that it’s like deja vu for Westport’s real estate market.
The first half of 2014 brought us 167 single family home sales as reported through our Multiple Listing system. The first half of 2012 brought us that same exact number in unit sales. That’s in sharp contrast to 2013, when Westport had 211 sales year-to-date.
The lack of inventory during the traditional buying season, due in part to a harsh winter, and then a late start by home sellers entering the marketplace appear to have contributed to a less than stellar year in unit sales thus far.
What may not be so readily apparent is that even though unit sales are down, prices are still on the rise. Removing the two sales last year on Beachside Avenue which accounted for $34.4 million dollars in volume rectifies the skewed statistics.
Rolling thunder and lightning accompanied the heavy rainstorm that moved through the Westport area tonight. View is from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
A motorcyclist was injured late today in a collision with a car at Westport’s Newtown Turnpike and Wilton Road. Westport EMS transported the victim to Norwalk Hospital. Extent of the injuries was not known. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Daytime turned to near night late today as storm clouds moved over the Westport area. Scene is the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melissa Makris for WestportNow.com