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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Connecticut Shoreline Sandy Grants Raise Questions

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

www.ctmirror.org

New Haven - Nearly two years after storm Sandy sacked the Connecticut coast—a shoreline still disheveled from a pounding by Tropical Storm Irene a year earlier—federal funds for recovery are still being parceled out.

The application deadline for a second allotment of Community Development Block Grant funds through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is two weeks way. It was only July 1 that the last recipients for the first round were announced.

More than two-thirds of the nearly $32 million in the July award went to three housing projects in Norwalk, Stamford and Bridgeport. The rest was split among shoreline infrastructure, planning and facilities proposals. (The full first round was nearly $72 million.)

But at least a couple of the awards raise some questions about how the money is being spent and whether it ever will be used.

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08/05/14 02:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Summer Weather Back

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A return to normal summer temperatures in the 80s and sunny skies drew many to Westport’s Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

08/05/14 02:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Allure of Waterfront Property Remains

By Judy Szablak

The allure of waterfront property in Westport remains evident, and whatever concern that the ripple effects of Sandy would hurt this segment of the market seems to have dissipated in a relatively short period of time. 

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Featured Home: This home on the waterfront at 92 Harbor Road is listed at $1,699,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s/ Westport

Right now, there are 53 Westport homes identified through our Multiple Listing Service as having direct waterfront of some kind, whether it be Long island Sound, the Saugatuck River, Bermuda Lagoon, or a pond, lake or brook. These homes have approximately 4,900 square feet on average, and have a median price of $2,795,000.

However, of particular interest is the Saugatuck Shore area, which has only 13 waterfront homes available at this time, ranging in price from $879,000 to $11.5 million.

This market area has a better than expected sale ratio and absorption rate, and the average sale price here is just over $3.2 million. With such limited supply, and a number of still reasonably priced homes, it appears that this area is on the upswing, and timing is equally as good for either sellers or buyers

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Burr Farms Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Burr Farms Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1952, the one-story ranch has 3,190 square feet and is situated on a one-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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Ralph F. Saviano, 87

Ralph F. Saviano, a longtime resident of Woburn, Mass., formerly of Westport, died Aug. 3 after a short illness. He was 87.

Born and raised in Westport, he was the son of the late Nicholas, and the late Rose Saviano. Following graduation from Staples High School in 1944, and shortly after his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight for his country during World War II. He volunteered for the Air Arm of the U.S. Navy.

He was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a gunner on a large amphibious aircraft tasked with reconnaissance and search and rescue for downed aircrew and seamen.

He retained a strong love for flying, and soon after he left the service he began taking flying lessons. He earned his private aircraft license and flew small seaplanes. He attended the University of Bridgeport, and later Cornell University to study engineering.

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Police: Three Caught in Act of Stealing Copper Pipes

Westport police said today they arrested three Bridgeport men caught in the act of cutting out copper pipes from a house scheduled for demolition.

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Copper theft suspects (l-r): Rolex Webb, Yero Walker, and Hector Ramirez. Westport Police photos

A contractor responsible for demolishing the home at 10 Debra Lane called police at 3:44 p.m. Monday saying he had just arrived on the job site and found three men had broken into the residence and were in the basement cutting out copper pipes to sell to scrap yards, police said.

Officers arrived on scene and found the three suspects outside at a rental truck, which was blocked in by the contractor’s truck. Taken into custody were Hector Luis Ramirez, 47, Yero Walker, 32, and Rolex Webb, 32.

They were charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, sixth-degree larceny, and possession of burglary tools, both misdemeanors, police said. They were held on $25,000 bond for an Aug. 13 appearance at Norwalk Superior Court.

   

08/05/14 09:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

Marina Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as viewed from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


9 a.m. - noon - SCRATCH Coding Camp (Ages 9+)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - August Maker in Residence: Story Design Lab
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Virtual Vacation Matinée Series: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Long Lots School Playground - Kindergarten Play Date
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Meet-up
7 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Summer Sings with Music on the Hill
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Doc Wallace Trio
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Monday, August 04, 2014

New Member of Board of Assessment Appeals Sworn In

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Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss today swore in David J. Keisman to fill a Democratic vacancy on the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) caused by the resignation of Jeff Jacobs, who moved out of town. Keisman, a senior vice president, corporate finance group with Moody’s in New York, will serve out the term expiring in November 2017. Looking on are the two other members of the BAA – Garson Heller and Elaine Arnow. The BAA meets The BAA handles appeals in three areas: real estate, personal property, and vehicles and meets in March and September each year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

08/04/14 05:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Presence Known

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A Red Tailed Hawk makes his presence known on Westport’s Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Sally J. Reich

Sally J. Reich of Norwalk, daughter of Maude and Samuel Reich (deceased) of Westport, died July 29 after a long illness. 

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, she worked for Time-Life and Dreyfus Corp. before establishing her own highly successful executive search firm, Sally Reich Associates, in New York.

She is survived by her sister, Emmy Lu Friant, brother-in-law Ray Friant, two nieces Pamela Foley and Wendy Friant, nephew Douglas Friant, and four grand nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held in the fall.  Friends may contribute in her memory to Parkinson’s Research.

   

08/04/14 02:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Brooklawn Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Brooklawn Drive off Easton Road is in process. Built in 1954, the one-story split has 1,825 square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and, according to the Town Assessor records, it last changed ownership in 2005 for $950,000. 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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Carol Clarkson, 64

Carol Clarkson of Panama City Beach, Fla., wife of Thomas Clarkson, died July 31. She was 64.

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Carol Clarkson: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in New York City on Jan. 15, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Carmela Tessitore Salemmo and had been a Florida resident for more than 20 years. Prior to moving to Florida, she was a Westport resident for 20 years.

She was a registered nurse whose dedication and caring will be greatly missed by all, her family said. Her love of helping others will be her legacy. She was the “Miracle Girl” who lived only to give help to anyone who needed it. She fought carcinoid cancer for eight years without complaints. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her husband Tom, she is survived by a daughter; Cara Clarkson Singer and her husband Joseph of Norwalk, a son; Craig Clarkson of Panama City Beach, four grandchildren; Alyssa G. Singer, Joseph A. Singer, Anthony C. Singer and Davis Clarkson, a brother; Alexander Salemmo and his wife Antonietta of Queens, a sister; Rose Rebori and her husband Daniel of Huntington, N.Y., her godmother and aunt; Mary Scollo of Yonkers, N.Y., nephews; Richard Todd Rebori his wife Emily and their two sons, William and Alexander of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Robert Kurt Rebori and his wife Nicole of Ossining, N.Y., and several cousins.

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William J. Hart Jr., 91

William James Hart Jr., of Redding, formerly of Westport and husband of Barbara (Bennet) Hart, died July 29 in Meadow Ridge Health Care Center. He was 91.

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William J. Hart Jr.: 42-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Holyoke, Mass. on. June 20, 1923, he was the son of the late William J. Hart Sr. and Elizabeth (McDonnell) Hart and resided in Westport for 42 years prior to moving to Redding five years ago. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the North Atlantic as a lieutenant aboard the USS Swasey DE248.

He was a 1944 graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and received his Masters degree 1947 in food science also from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Prior to retiring, he was employed as senior vice president with American Home Foods in research and development. He headed committees with both the National Food Processing Association and the Frozen Food Processors Association. He was a member of the UMass Alumni Association, the Westport Y’s Men, and the Hoot Owls.

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08/04/14 01:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Dog Tracks Theft Suspect

A police dog following a trail resulted in the arrest of a 38-year-old New York man in connection with a theft at Patagonia, 87 Post Road East, police said today.

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Andres Rojas: released on $1,500 bond. Westport Police photo

On Friday at about 4:30 p.m. police responded to the store on a report of an active larceny, police said. Two males and two females reportedly entered the store together and one started a verbal disturbance in order to distract store employees, according to police.

One of the males picked up a box of merchandise and ran out the front door. A store employee gave chase and the male dropped the box, which was recovered and brought back to the store, police said.

Officer James Loomer and his dog Koda started a track that lead officers to a man matching the description of one of the suspects, later identified as Andres Rojas of Corona, Queens, N.Y, police said.

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Backyard Visitor

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Hummingbirds are regular visitors to a backyard on Westport’s Newtown Turnpike. Sarah Bevan for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, August 4, 2014


8 a.m. - 35 Church Lane - Kemper Gunn Advisory Group Site Visit
9 a.m. - noon - SCRATCH Coding Camp (Ages 9+)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - August Maker in Residence: Story Design Lab
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

‘Divalicious:’ Three Divas Perform at Levitt

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The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight presented “Divalicious: An Evening with Terry Eldh (r), Jodi Keogan (l) & Leslie Orofino” with Musical Director David Wolfson. Presented as part of the Celebrate Sundays Music Series sponsored by Jewish Senior Services, the program included cabaret, classical and broadway favorites. The triumphant finale featured all three divas doing “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” and a rousing “America the Beautiful” medley that brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Three Generation Dinner and Divas at Levitt

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Three generations of the Stashower family of Westport brought dinner tonight to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to settle in for the “Divalicious” performance. Mike Stashower (r) is a former Planning and Zoning commissioner and now serves as a Westport representative to the South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA). His wife, Gloria (c), is active with the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Y’s Women.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Broadway, Cabaret, and Patriotic Songs at Levitt


Scenes from tonight’s “Divalicious” performance at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com and contributed photo

   

08/03/14 09:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Kosher Chili Wins Wakeman Town Farm Chili Cook-Off

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The Wakeman Town Farm held a chili cook-off today as part of a family day on the farm that also included a barn dance. First place in the chili cook-off went to The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton and Westport Community Gardens. Liz Reuven (l) and Elise Meyer doled out the kosher chili. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

   

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Woman’s Club Earns 2nd Place in Chili Cook-Off

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Members of the Westport Woman’s Club earned the second place award today with their organic chili at the Wakeman Town Farm chili cook-off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Dancing Down on the Farm

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Guests at Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm today enjoyed square dance lessons as part of the afternoon activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

   

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Marc Lasry Library Talk Draws SRO Crowd

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Westporter Marc Lasry (l), hedge fund titan and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team since April, attracted a standing room audience today for a talk at the Westport Library. He was interviewed by fellow Westporter and award-winning journalist Dan Goodgame (2nd. l) and introduced by Arthur Levitt (r, at podium), also a Westport resident and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the American Stock Exchange. Lasry told the audience he thought the U.S. economy was “doing great.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday Crowd for Library Finance Talk

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Crowds lined both sides of the McManus Room at the Westport Library today for a talk by Westport financier Marc Lasry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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A Lasry Daughter’s Question Draws Laughter

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Samantha Lasry (l) and sister Sophie were among those in the audience today at the Westport Library for a talk by their father, financier Marc Lasry. Toward the end of the questioning, Marc Lasry called on the woman among the standees. “That is my daughter and next to her is another daughter,” he said. “Sorry you said who I was,” said Samantha Lasry. “I was going to ask you who your favorite daughter is.” The remark brought a round of laughter from the audience. Marc and Cathy Lasry have three daughters, including Sophie’s twin sister, Emma, and two sons, Alexander and Zachary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/03/14 05:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Finance and the Economy


Scenes from today’s Westport Library talk by Marc Lasry, a Westport resident, hedge fund manager, and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/03/14 05:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making the Jazz Scene for Neighborhood Studios

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Harold Levine, chairman emeritus of Neighborhood Studios, enjoyed the sounds of the Neighborhood Studios Jazz Ensemble today at a Sunday brunch at Westport’s Rive Bistro. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 34 Owenoke Park

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 34 Owenoke Park in the Compo Beach area is in process. Built in 1960, the two-story split has 2,572 square feet, is situated on a .52-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records last changed ownership in August 2002 for $1,499,000. 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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Sunday,  August 3, 2014


1;30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm (134 Cross Highway) - 1st Chili Cook-off & Barn Dance
2 p.m. - Westport Library - The Economy & Investing According to Marc Lasry
3 p.m. - Westport Library - The Usual Suspects: “The Dead Season” by Cristobel Kent
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Divalicious

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