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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Main Street Turnaround Image
Cars turn around on Westport’s Main Street today to avoid flood waters. More than 2 inches of rain fell as a wave of thunderstorms moved through the area beginning in mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Main Street Flooded Image
More than 2 inches of rain fell during today’s thunderstorms, flooding Main Street and other roadways. photo


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Burying Hill Beach Lightning Image
A view from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach of a lightning bolt during today’s storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Storm Clouds Over Saugatuck Station Image
Storm clouds darkened the sky above the Metro-North Westport station at Saugatuck late today as heavy thunderstorms moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport and area until 4:15 p.m.


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Saturday,  September 6, 2014

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles” (scheduled last day, now extended through Sunday)
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, September 05, 2014

Last Hurrah for Max’s: Pop-Up Art Show Image
A one-night pop-up art show designed to celebrate Westport’s arts history drew a crowd tonight to the former Max’s Art Supplies store, 68 Post Road East, which closed Sunday after 59 years. “Max’s has been a pillar in the local art community,” said organizer Amy Kaplan, a local artist. “I can’t think of a more fitting send off for Max’s than this show.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Studying ‘Flora Serenade’ Image
Westporter Dennis Corsalini studies “Floral Serenade” created by Westport artist Eric Chiang tonight at the pop-up art show at the now closed Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/05/14 07:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Distracted Driver Crackdown Nets 18

Westport police reported today that the first three days of a crackdown on distracted driving, including cell phone use and texting, resulted in tickets to 18 drivers.

Six of the drivers were from Westport and the other 12 were from out of town.  For all but one, it was a first offense. A Weston woman was cited for a second cell phone offense.

The Westport Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Safety Office, announced the kick-off of the Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign on Friday.

This effort by state and local police is designed to enforce Connecticut’s tough law that prohibits motorists from texting and/or using hand-held cell phones while driving, said Capt. Sam Arciola. The crackdown began Wednesday and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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Reading Time at Compo Image
A couple of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today get in a little reading. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Tonight Only, Former Max’s Hosts Art Displays

By James Lomuscio

The spirit of Westport’s arts community was alive and well inside the former Max’s Art Supplies store today, even though the Post Road East business closed Sunday after a 59-year run. Image
Amy Kaplan, who organized tonight’s Pop-Up Art Show at the recently closed Max’s Art Supplies, stands in front of her oil painting, “Sound, Sun and Ice.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

Several local artists hung paintings and arranged sculptures, all of them created by 35 artists, many from Westport, as part of a juried art show designed to celebrate the town’s arts history—and the important role Max’s located at 68 Post Road had played in it.

“It’s just a celebration,” said Wendy Pieper about tonight’s Pop-Up Art Show that runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free.

Pieper, who grew up in town during its heyday as a nexus of artists and illustrators, nearly all who found their way to Max’s, noted that the exhibition that has transformed the store into an art gallery “is one night only, and then we’ll take it down.”

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Malloy Lauds On-Time MNRR Performance

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that on-time train performance on the New Haven Line continues to improve.

According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Metro-North Railroad (MNR), on-time train performance levels reached more than 95 percent in August.

“At the beginning of the year, I asked Metro-North to demonstrate their commitment to providing the safe, reliable and timely service that Connecticut residents expect and deserve,” Malloy said in a statement.

“In particular, we want customers to be confident that their trains will be on time at least 95 percent of the time. With the safety enhancements and infrastructure investments we have made, coupled with the recent improvements in on-time train performance, it is clear that our partners at Metro-North are taking serious their task of restoring the New Haven Line to a ‘best-in-class’ railroad.”

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 18 - 22, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 18 - 22, 2014:

Ewelina and Krzysztof Kwyszynski to Laura S. and Keith R. McCullough, 11 Silver Brook Road, $2,950,000WNproperty.jpg

AMP Investments LLC to Clarence L. Nunn, 6 Marine Ave., $2,275,000

Betty Maniatty to Daniel Seale, 11 Minute Man Hill,  $2,385,000

Joseph R. and Bethany B. Czarnecki to Michael C. and Nancy L. Lagnese, 10 Lamplight Lane, $1,550,000

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Art History at ArtCafé Image
Today’s ArtCafé at the Westport Arts Center featured Westporter Fiona Garland, art historian. Her topic was “Looking at Renaissance Art through Contemporary Eyes.” The ArtCafé series is hosted by Helen Klisser During, WAC director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday,  September 5, 2014

10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafe - Fiona Garland, art historian
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Downtown Steering Committee Charette Planning Subcommittee
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 68 Post Road East - Pop-up art exhibit in former Max’s Art Supplies store
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

P&Z to Decide Senior Housing Facility’s Fate

By James Lomuscio

After six years of meetings, reboots and town approvals, the fate of a proposed senior housing complex on town-owned Baron’s South now lies with Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). It closed its final public hearing tonight after 25 residents spoke, many in favor and some against the project. Image
Jo Fuchs Luscombe, a member of the Baron’s South Committee, addresses tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens said that the matter would be decided after several work sessions, the first one held tonight. The next will be at its Sept. 18 meeting.

“It’s not going to be easy, and not everyone is going to like our decision,” said Stephens who, as on past occasions, said he had problems with text amendment 677, the approval of which will allow the project to move forward.

“You’ve got to trust us,” Stephens said.

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Comings & Goings: Dojo Karate to PRE Image
Dojo Karate, a personal development center, has opened at 772 Post Road East next to the former location of Great Cakes in space formerly occupied by TriCycle.  According to Sarah Malhotra (above), head trainer and a Nidan Black Belt who has been associated with Dojo Karate for the past seven years in its Stamford studio on Long Ridge Road, the Westport location offers classes in many disciplines including Tempo Karate, Brazilian Jujitsu and Kick Boxing. The owner, Manny Esmeraldo, opened the Stamford studio 20 years ago according to Malhotra. For further information: (203)557-8815 or (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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State to Review CT Police Use of Military Equipment

By Ann Radelat

Washington -– Connecticut’s police chiefs assured the state’s U.S. senators that the abuses of police authority that occurred in Ferguson, Mo., would likely not happen in Connecticut. But it’s likely Connecticut cops’ use of military equipment to fight crime is soon coming under review. Image
One of two Humvees Westport Police received as military surplus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Images of Ferguson police using war-fighting equipment to threaten those who protested the police killing of a black youth last month sparked a debate in Washington over the future of a Pentagon program that donates surplus equipment to the nation’s cops.

Mike Lawlor, Connecticut Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, said a divided Congress may not be able to agree on reforms of the “1033 program,” that has provided military assault rifles, grenade launchers, night vision equipment, mine resistant and armored vehicles and even a helicopters to Connecticut police departments

So the Malloy administration may also look at placing restrictions on the program or persuading Connecticut police to voluntarily place curbs on the acquisition and use of military equipment, Lawlor said.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 35 Maple Lane Image
The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are Randy Henkels, his wife, Victoria Sybelnik, and daughter, Sophia,16. The plaque was presented to Henkels, chair of the Westport Historic District Commission, by Bob Weingarten, house historian of the WHS. The plaque signifies their 35 Maple Lane house, in Westport’s Greens Farms section, was constructed in 1853 and is known as the Ebenezer Jennings House. On hand for the presentation was Westport resident Peter Jennings, an 11th generation member of the Jennings family. Pictured (l-r)  are Peter Jennings, Bob Weingarten, Randy Henkels, Sophia and Victoria Sybelnik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Anthony J. Gilbertie, 91

Anthony J. Gilbertie of Bethel, a former Westport resident, died Sept.1 at Bethel Healthcare. He was 91.

He was born Aug. 7, 1923 in Norwalk to the late Antonio and Filimina Gilbertie of Westport. He grew up in Westport and worked in his parants business, Norwalk Greenhouses, before joining the Air Force.

He was stationed in England during World War II where he met his future wife Mildred Betton of Lancashire. They were married April 16, 1946 in Preston, England. He worked for many years in the electrical supply business at Sexton Electric in Norwalk before retiring.

He was predeceased by his wife Mildred, son Stephen Gilbertie and sister Celeste Kozar. He is survived by his son Paul Gilbertie and his wife Linda of Bethel, brothers Joseph Gilbertie and wife June, Albert Gilbertie and wife Vera, sister Ginger Barber and husband Michael, grandchildren Stephen Gilbertie and wife Jennifer, Julie Hurgin and husband Justin, and Jason Gilbertie. Also surviving are great grandchildren Dylan and Kayla Gilbertie, step-grandchildren Ron and Heidi Warner and their children Jack and Grace; Sean and Mary Jo Warner and their children Allison and Adam.

There are no calling hours and services will be private.


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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a disabled train in the vicinity of Harlem/125th Street.


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Longshore Sunset Image
Wednesday’s sunset as viewed from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Thursday,  September 4, 2014

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. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Kate Manning on “My Notorious Life”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Landon Grilled on $1.65 Million Cost Overrun

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Board of Finance took the Board of Education to task tonight over an internal auditor’s report showing the schools spent an additional $1.65 million for a mold clean up project at the Kings Highway Elementary School without informing the town’s funding bodies. Image
Flashback to 2007: : Gavin Anderson, who died in 2012, and then First Selectman Gordon Joseloff survey the Kings Highway Elementary School gym where mold was found. Joseloff appointed Anderson to head a panel investigating air quality at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

According to Lynn Scully, internal auditor, more than $4.52 million was spent on the project that ran from 2007 though fiscal year 2013-14, but only $2.87 million had been approved—a $1.65 million overrun the schools managed via transfers within its own budget.

The overrun was due to the fact lead was found in the school, requiring the hiring of a lead abatement contractor, plus arbitration and legal fees, Scully said. She explained the schools transferred the cost increases from its electricity and natural gas accounts to its building maintenance account.

“There was no communication with the town regarding these capital expenditures,” Scully said.

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Monkey Music at Levitt Image
The popular children’s entertainment group “Monkey Monkey Music” tonight closed out the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. There are three more performances at the Levitt—Friday, Sunday, and next Wednesday—before it ends its shortened season in its new home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Malloy Stops by New Westport Democrats HQ Image
Making his second visit to Westport in four days, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today stopped in the new Democratic Town Committee (DTC) election headquarters in the former Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East. Among those welcoming the governor, who is seeking re-election in November, were state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (l), who is also on the November ballot, seeking his third two-year term, and John Hartwell, chair of the DTC.  Malloy, who visited the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Fest on Sunday, later went on a walking tour of downtown Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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New Political Look for Max’s Image
The former Max’s Art Supplies store, 68 Post Road East, which closed Sunday, reopened today as election headquarters for the Westport Democratic Town Committee.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Touring the Downtown Tunnel Art Exhibit Image
One of the stops on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s walking tour of downtown Westport today was the tunnel linking Main Street to Parker-Harding Plaza.  He viewed the Tunnel Vison art installation project by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs installed there in May by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA).  Stephen Desloge (r), president of the DMA, was among his escorts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Patricia F. Miles, 85

Patricia Frances Miles of Westport died Memorial Day, May 26, at the Wilton Meadows long-term care facility in Wilton. She was 85. Image
Patricia Miles: Westport resident since 1969. Contributed photo

Born and raised in Chicago, she was a Westport resident since 1969. In 2005, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and for the past five years she had been residing first at The Greens in Cannondale and then at The Meadows in Wilton.

It was while working at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago in the early 1950s that she met her future husband, (Charles) Chuck Miles. They were married in 1953 and together raised a family of five children.

The Miles family moved from the Midwest in the mid-1960s, relocating in the New England area several times before settling down in Westport.

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After-School Buses to Roll Sept. 8

With a federal reprieve until next year, the Westport Transit District’s (WTD) after-school buses will roll again beginning Monday, Sept. 8, operating essentially the same routes as last year, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

The municipal bus service for students—which the town has operated for more than 30 years and was in jeopardy of being discontinued for being noncompliant with federal law—was recently granted an exemption until Jan. 1, at which time the town must have a private bus service contracted to shuttle the students.

With the exemption granted, Marpe said the buses will pick up students at schools, taking them to various after-school programs, as well as to the Westport Weston Family Y, the Westport Library, Toquet Hall and other downtown destinations.

The after-school service was in jeopardy because the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently ruled that the manner in which the service was structured was non-compliant with federal regulations and could not continue to operate this year. Westport applied for a temporary exemption which allows the shuttle service to run until Jan. 1, 2015.

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