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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Rain did not deter determined fishermen Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Thursday,  October 23, 2014

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM District 7
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Annual Historic District Preservation Awards
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Environmental Debate (State representative candidates)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - William J. Mann, “Tinseltown”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boys Soccer Wins, Moves on to FCIAC Tourney Image
The seven senior Staples High School soccer players were honored before today’s final regular season match. Pictured are (l-r) Gabe Pensak, Matt Bateman, Nate Argosh, Denzel Robinson, Andrew Puchala, Michael Reid and Patrick Beusse). The Wreckers then went out and beat Harding 4-1, on two goals by Graham Gudis, and solo strikes by Daniel Reid and Josh Berman. Staples finished the regular season 9-5-2, and advances into the FCIAC tournament. They start play Friday, with a 5:30 p.m. match in Danbury. The teams tied 1-1, earlier this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for


10/22/14 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Nine Under Quarantine After West Africa Travel

In the first test of the state’s tough Ebola protocols, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said today that it has placed under quarantine nine individuals who have traveled to West Africa but are symptom-free.

“The people under quarantine are not sick and do not present a risk to public health,” said DPH spokesman William Gerrish. “The individuals will be in quarantine for 21 days, during which time they will be actively monitored by public health officials.”

The nine quarantined individuals, who were not identified, had traveled to Africa, Gerrish said.

The Department of Public Health said federal authorities will notify the agency of travelers from affected West African countries—Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia—that have been subject to an enhanced screening process established at New York’s Kennedy Airport and four other major U. S. airports.

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10/22/14 07:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of the second annual Halloween Window Painting Contest. Judges Kathie Bennewitz (town curator), Peter Van Heerden (executive director, Westport Arts Center), and Betsy Pollack (publisher, Our Town Crier) had to vote a few times to break a tie in a very close competition. The winners (clockwise from top left): Danielle Spadacenta of Bedford Middle School painted Calise’s Food Market;  Danielle King, Heather LaPalme and Kayleigh Levent of Weston Middle School painted Westport Yarns; Kaitlyn Comerford of Hurlbutt Elementary School, Weston, painted Brooks Brothers, and Shealeigh and Courtlyn Crombie and Molly Liles of Greens Farms Elementary School painted Matsu Sushi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for


10/22/14 05:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Knowledgeable Agent is Key

By Judy Szablak

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Westport, a knowledgeable agent who also maintains an open and expeditious line of communication is key to your real estate transaction. Image
Featured Home This home at 6 Pond Edge Road is listed at $5,375,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport/ Leslie Clarke Homes

All too often, an agent who is not adept at both can cost you valuable time, money or the transaction itself.

The first step is to choose the right agent, and you should certainly exercise due diligence in that respect. Before you hire anyone to represent you in buying or selling a home, look for signs as to what their overall style of communication is, and their level of market expertise.

An agent who is timely in their initial response to you, and can answer your questions at the drop of a hat, is also one that will follow up very quickly when its needed or required. That should also hold true for buyer inquiries on your home. Additionally, this demonstrates their ability to act fast on your behalf when a great deal comes on the market.

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Sign on Splash door. Dave Matlow for

Splash Restaurant & Bar, which has been closed for two weeks for plumbing and electrical repairs, had been scheduled to reopen Tuesday but was still closed today.

A closed sign still greets customers who stop at the waterfront restaurant located in the Inn at Longshore.

“We still haven’t reopened,” said Teresa De Caro, sister of the owner. “The electrical repairs are taking longer that we expected.”

She did not say when she expects the work to be completed.

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Estelle Feldhuhn, 88

Estelle Feldhuhn, a Westport resident for 55 years, died Oct. 22, one day shy of her 89th birthday. Image
Estelle Feldhuhn: 55-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She worked for more than 40 years in the Westport residential real estate business, working both as an independent broker and with some of the town’s best known real estate agencies.

Born in New York City, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Celia (Ennis) Kodar. In 1946, she married Lawrence Feldhuhn, a veteran of World War II,  who was a certified public accountant and served as controller and treasurer of the former Burndy Corp. in Norwalk.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Paul Feldhuhn (Staples High School, class of 1967) and his wife, Janelle, of Palm Bay, Fla.; Jeanne Feldhuhn (Staples ‘71) and her husband, Mark Sheridan of Washington Depot; and Michael Feldhuhn (Staples ‘76) and his wife, Margaret “Meg” Curran of Providence, R.I.; her granddaughter, Margaret Elise “Margy”  Feldhuhn of Providence; and her sister Zena Livingston, and her husband, Dr. Leon Livingston, of North Bellemore, N.Y. and their children and grandchildren.

Contributions in Estelle’s memory may be made to Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St., Fairfield, CT 06825.


10/22/14 03:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters Aid Art Bra Workshop at Yale-New Haven Image
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Westport Arts Center today held an Art Bra workshop today at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven as part of their WAC Gives Back outreach initiative. Patients and hospital staff worked together to design creative and whimsical bras which featured dreams and wishes from the participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


10/22/14 02:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Group Seeks Support in Distracted Driving Campaign

The Teen Awareness Group (TAG) at Staples High School is seeking support for its entry in a national competition to reduce teen distracted driving.

The Celebrate My Drive competition is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and seeks to get new drivers to pledge to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

“It’s a simple habit that can reduce distracted driving and help new drivers build confidence on the road,” an announcement said.

State Farm Insurance is offering 100 grants to the high schools that recruit the most students in their communities to sign an online petition to Make A Commitment to keep two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.

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10/22/14 01:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marpe: Westport Prepared for Ebola

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today Westport is well prepared for any outbreak of Ebola.

He spoke at a Board of Selectmen meeting hours before state health officials said nine persons are being quarantined in the state so they can be monitored for possible exposure to Ebola, the Hartford Courant reported.

Marpe told a meeting of the Board of Selectman he has met regularly on the subject with the town’s emergency management director, Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury, Police Chief Dale Call, EMS Deputy Director Marc Hartog, and Health Director Mark Cooper.

In addition, he said first responders have undergone training, including 911 dispatchers.

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Quinnipiac’s CT Cliffhanger: Malloy 43%, Foley 42%

By Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut’s race for governor remained tight today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened a one-point lead over Republican Tom Foley in a new Quinnipiac University poll, 43 percent to 42 percent. Petitioning candidate Joe Visconti remained at 9 percent.

The tiny lead is Malloy’s first in more than a year of polling by Quinnipiac. With the exception of a September poll showing Foley with a 6-point lead, the university has consistently pegged the replay of the close 2010 race as a dead heat in 2014.

“The race for Connecticut governor looks very much like it will go down to the wire – again,” said Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac poll.  “Republican Tom Foley has to be concerned that this is the first likely voter poll in which Gov. Dannel Malloy has a numerical edge, even though it’s razor-thin.”

In its previous poll of likely voters Oct. 8, the first-term Democratic governor and his Republican challenger each had 43 percent.

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10/22/14 08:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

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A seagull at Westport’s Compo Beach watches as storm clouds move through the area Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee Special Meeting
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-residence: The Refinery
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Society - Drawing 101
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Education Special Meeting
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Imagination Foundation Workshops (grades 6-8)
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Women & Finance Series: Financial Literacy

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Learning the Art of Art as an Asset Image
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) tonight was the venue for a panel discussion presented by U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management on “Art as An Asset: Exploring the Aesthetic and Financial Role of Art.” Andrew McGrade, market investment director, U.S. Trust and former WAC board president, was host. Moderator was Peter van Heerden, WAC executive director. Panelists included Ramsay H. Slugg, national wealth planning strategist, U.S. Trust; Dorothy G. Doyle, managing director, U.S. Trust, Helen Klisser During, WAC director of visual arts, and Bonnie Brennan, senior director, Christie’s Americas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marni Katz for


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Preserving Our Heritage: 8 Beachside Ave. Image
In another recognition of preserving Westport’s heritage, Nicholas Eisenberger (3rd l) and his wife Robin Bates (red dress) today received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) plaque from WHS historian Bob Weingerten (2nd l), adding their 1903-built home at 8 Beachside Ave. to the WHS list of notable Westport homes. Joining the Eisenberger-Bates couple, in addition to their three young children, for the presentation ceremony were members of three of five families who were previous owners of the house. Among them was 11th generation Westporter Peter Jennings (l), descendant of the original owner of the house, Henry A. Jennings. The Eisenberger-Bates family moved to Westport in December from Brooklyn’s Park Slope section. ‘We wanted to move to Connecticut and looked at each town along the coast until a friend recommended we take a look at Westport,” Eisenberger said. “We fell in love with the town and when we saw this house we knew it was for us.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Unemployment Drops to Lowest Since 2008

Westport’s unemployment rate in September was 4.5 percent, down from 4.9 percent in August and the lowest in six years, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.

The last time Westport’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent was in August 2008, just before the recession began to be felt.

The town’s labor force in September was 12,820, down from 12,955 in August. The number of unemployed in September was 578, down from 631 in August, the department said.

There were 12,242 employed in September, down from 12,324 in August. A year ago in September, Westport’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.

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Comings & Goings: Le Rouge Chocolates to 190 Main St. Image
Le Rouge handmade chocolates by Aarti will open at 190 Main St. near Joe’s Pizza,in early November according to Weston-based owner Aarti Khosla ,who also operates an online chocolates business (  “The shop specializes in artisan handmade chocolates and cakes without the use of preservatives,” said Khosla. The space was previously occupied by Sport Optix which relocated to 420 Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Staples Boys Soccer Roars into FCIAC Tournament Image
Kenji Goto (above) has been a defensive spark for Staples’ boys soccer team this year. Daniel Perez Elorza netted the only goal, in the eighth minute, today as Staples beat Brien McMahon 1-0. It was the Wreckers’ second win in less than 24 hours, after a 4-0 shutout of Andrew Warde. The win qualifies Staples for the FCIAC tournament, which starts Friday. But first comes a Wednesday match against Harding, the Wreckers’ third in three days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for


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Construction Work Starts Thursday at Green’s Farms

Beginning Thursday, there will be construction at Metro-North’s Green’s Farms train station, the Railroad Division of the Westport Police Department said today.

The work involves removal of the wooden steps that lead up from New Creek Road to the platforms on both sides of the tracks, an announcement said.

A new foundation will be set and new granite steps will be installed. Work is expected to be completed by Nov.15.

During the construction, travelers are asked to use caution around the site and use the sidewalks to get to the parking lots, the announcement said.


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Before the Storm Image
Storm clouds over Westport’s Compo Beach late today. Forecasters said there will be scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5 a.m Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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On Sunday Before Election, Obama Will be in Bridgeport

By Mark Pazniokas

President Obama is more than making up to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for canceling a mid-week rally in Bridgeport last week, coming instead in campaign primetime: the Sunday before the election.

A political source who confirmed the visit was unaware if Obama still will appear at Bridgeport Central High School, where he had been scheduled to appear Oct. 15 for a weeknight rally, or if he might move downtown to the 10,000-seat Arena at Harbor Yards.

Four years ago, Obama drew a capacity crowd to the arena on the Saturday before the election, a visit that Malloy credited with helping turn out a strong vote in Bridgeport and other cities.

Last week, Obama abruptly canceled political trips to New Jersey for a U.S. Senate fundraiser and to Bridgeport for what was to have been his first public rally of the 2014 campaign season. Instead, he convened a meeting on the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak.

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Judging Y’s Men Photo Contest Image
Judging has taken place for the 11th annual Westport Weston Y’s Men photography exhibit, which opens Friday at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.The judges included travel photographer Daryl Hawk, and artists Dave Pressler and Miggs Burroughs.Thirty Y’s Men and Senior Center members submitted 100 photographs in the competition. Hawk praised the entries as the best he has seen in shows like this. The exhibit, mounted by the Y’s Men 30-member Camera Club, opens with a 4 p.m. reception and runs through Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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James B. Dye: Staples grad. Contributed photo

James Brant Dye of Houston, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 7 after a battle with testicular cancer. He was 40.

Born Oct. 9, 1973 in Kansas City, Mo., he graduated Staples High School in Westport and attended Fordham University.

He moved to Houston in 1994 and had a successful career in gas and oil sales. His life was filled with a passion for sports, laughter, and a love for good food, his family said.

His greatest memories were filled with summers in Rockville, Ind. with his grandparents and sister and spending part of his life in Westport with lifelong friends.

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Family Y CEO Tells Rotary He’s Resigning Image
UPDATE Westport Weston Family Y CEO Rob Reeves stunned members of the Westport Rotary Club today when he announced at its weekly meeting that he submitted his resignation effective the end of December. Reeves, CEO since January 2009, said, “The construction (of the new Y) is done. The building is up and running. I decided it’s time to move on.”  He said he plans to look for a position in another Y. Later, Bonnie Strittmatter, president of the Y’s board of directors, announced that Philip Dwyer, retired CEO of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, has been appointed as interim CEO. A resident of Fairfield, he will begin his employment on Monday, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Comings & Goings: Cocoa Michelle Changes Ownership Image
After six years at 54 Railroad Place, Cocoa Michelle coffee, bakery and chocolate cafe will change ownership in early November, according to current owner, Michelle Weber. She said, the new owners will be Stamford-based Bonjo Coffee Roasters, coffee distributors for 31 years. “I’m very grateful for the love and support of our loyal customers and the community over the past eight years,”  she said. “It will retain the same staff and great offerings.”  Cocoa Michelle occupied space on Westport’s Main Street for four years and on Railroad Place for six years, including two overlapping years when it had a presence in both locations. CM Gourmet Market, 580 Riverside Ave., owned by Weber, also closed in June (see WestportNow June 17, 2104) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Preservation Award Winner: 44 Church Lane Image
The building at 44 Church Lane is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to real estate developer David Waldman, owner of the colonial revival, circa 1920 house, is in recognition of “the adaptive reuse of a structure that was originally a single family house built in 1920 on the fringes of the town center business district on a street that was still primarily residential and consolidated the makeshift changes to which the building had been subjected over the years and have distilled it back to a refined version of what the structure had been.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Ready for Planting at Longshore Image
Eleven trees await planting today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. The trees will go in mostly near the pool and tennis areas and include oaks, lindens, and maples, according to Tim Burke, park superintendent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Transit District Resolution ‘Robbing Peter to Pay Paul’

By James Lomuscio

The Westport Transit District’s (WTD) recent resolution to fund new bus routes by tapping into Railroad Parking’s approximate $1.7 million annual revenue has ruffled Railroad Parking officials. Image
Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas: “They’re not really seeing it through.” Contributed photo

Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas, whose department has run Railroad Parking for 26 years, today called the resolution “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” something he said could leave Railroad Parking strapped as it anticipates new projects out of the current budget.

Projects include planned parking lot repaving and drainage upgrades at the Saugatuck station, plus replacing wooden steps with concrete and granite at the Green’s Farms Station.

“They’re seeing it as an opportunity for funds and not really seeing it through,” Koskinas said. “It’s a short-term solution to doing something with the buses.”

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Ducks and a Short Train Image
Ducks mingled with commuters early today at the Metro-North Westport train station. They eventually crossed the street. Commuters joked about the ducks but then grumbled as the 7:24 a.m. express to Grand Central Terminal arrived two cars short, leaving many commuters standing for the trip into New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for


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