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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Busy Saturday for Holiday Shopping Image
Westport’s Main Street was crowded with holiday shoppers today on the last weekend before Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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All Gone: 39 Spicer Road Image
The house at 39 Spicer Road, off Hillspoint Road, was demolished today.  Built in 1940, the two-story conventional had 1,668 square feet, was situated on a .5-acre property and changed ownership last month for $620,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 8, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Saturday,  December 20, 2014

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Workshop in Engineering Design using “Solidworks”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Magic The Gathering Night
7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Youth Night at the Y (4th & 5th Grades)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Shooting, Chase Closes I-95 Off Ramp; Westport on Alert

A police chase tonight involving Norwalk, Stamford, and State Police with shots fired forced the closure of the northbound Exit 16 off ramp in Norwalk, adding to traffic exiting at Exit 17 in Westport.

The shooting incident began in Stamford, spilled on to I-95—paralyzing traffic—and ended with a car crashing at Penny’s Diner in East Norwalk, according to Norwalk police. Three suspects were later reported in custody and three persons were treated at Stamford Hospital.

Westport police were put on alert at Exit 17 and in the Duck Pond area of Saugatuck Shores, which borders East Norwalk, in case those involved crossed into Westport.

The Exit 16 off ramp was opened shortly before 10:30 p.m., according to State Police.


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Westport Unemployment Drops to 4.3 Percent

Westport’s unemployment rate in November was 4.3 percent, the lowest in six years, the Connecticut Department of Labor said today.

The rate had edged up in October to 4.7 percent after falling to 4.5 percent in September.

The last time Westport’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent was in December 2008, just before the recession began to be felt.

The town’s labor force in November was 12,971, down from 12,922 in October. The number of unemployed in November was 563, down from 609 in October, the department said.

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Dinardo Ending a Decade as Democratic State Chair

By Mark Pazniokas

Nancy DiNardo is ending a decade as Democratic state chairwoman next month and is expected to be succeeded by her vice chair, Nick Balletto, with the backing of the recently re-elected Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

DiNardo, 65, of Trumbull, one of the nation’s longest-serving state chairs, is leaving on a high note, but her departure also comes at a time of sweeping transition since Jonathan Harris, the executive director, also is leaving.

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12/19/14 09:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Santa and Firefighters Set Out on Gift Delivery Run Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe joined Santa and Westport firefighters tonight as they set out to deliver gifts to Westport neighborhoods in an inaugural event of the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


12/19/14 06:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Special Delivery Image
The first visit tonight on the inaugural run of the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation’s Santa delivery event was to the de Lasa household on Raymond Place.  Caroline de Lasa (3rd l), holding Hale, 1, said, she was grateful to Westport firefighters for saving her life when she went into cardiac arrest last month during a fitness session at the Saugatuck Rowing Club. She spent a week in Yale-New Haven Hospital and was discharged with a clean bill of health.She is pictured with husband Carlos holding Marinna, 2 1/2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Warm Welcome Image
Santa and his accompanying firefighting crew were warmly welcomed tonight at the Kiev residence on West Branch Road.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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People Magazine Award: The Westport Connection

The inaugural People Magazine Award presentation Thursday night broadcast on NBC had a special Westport connection. Image
A designed-in-Westport winner: People Magazine Award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Jerry Kuyper Partners of Westport was selected to design the exclamation point-looking trophy despite never having designed an award before.

“Dick Clark Productions was interested in having a fresh approach to the award design and selected us based on the creativity shown with our brand identity design work and art/sculptures,” said Kuyper, head of the Westport ad agency.

He said as a first step, his firm established the award criteria: more on the fun side than serious; edgy, not traditional; distinctive, memorable; enduring, appropriate to be used over many years; relegenic, photogenic; easy-to-hold and display in a case or on a shelf, appropriate weight, size and materials.

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Fire Department Issues Holiday Safety Tips

The Westport Fire Department has issued some holiday safety tips. They include:

Use candles with extreme caution -– keep clear of combustibles and ensure they are in a solid, tip-resistant base.  Never leave burning candles unattended.

Check that all holiday lights and cords are in good condition and use only as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keep Christmas trees well watered and remove when needles begin to drop excessively.  Never allow a tree to restrict access to escape routes.

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Staples Radio Broadcasts ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Image
Staples Players director David Roth introduces today’s WWPT Staples Wrecker radio live broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The production was based on the March 10,1947 original radio broadcast of the 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra. (See complete broadcast here)  CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Echoes of the Past Image
A student makes sound effects during today’s WWPT broadcast recreating the original 1947 broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Hot Mail, Identity Theft Arrest

A Monroe man who allegedly stole a resident’s mail and used the information to access bank and credit card accounts was arrested Monday at the Bridgeport Probation Office on a warrant stemming from the December 2013 incident, Westport Police said.

Corey Roberts, 24, was charged with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny, second-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation and trafficking in personal identifying information, Capt. Vincent Penna said.

Released after posting a $20,000 bond, Roberts is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 29.


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Newly Refurbished Minute Man to be Unveiled Monday Image
The fully restored Minute Man monument will be unveiled Monday at 3:30 p.m., First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today. The iconic statue, which marked its 100th anniversary in 2010, has been undergoing renovations and repairs for several months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Westport Property Transfers Dec. 1 - 5, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 1 - 5, 2014:

John B. and Lisa R. Watkins to Thomas C. Lightoller and Sophie Scott, 15 Island Way, $1,725,000WNproperty.jpg

Janet and Richard Francis to 9 Prospect Road LLC, 9 Prospect Road, $1,200,000

Stephanie Quinn and Anthony Fasone to David Surtees, 9 Partrick Road, $1,900,000

Robert W. Lee to Cindy R. Scope, 14 Rocky Ridge Road, $517,500

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Perfect Perch Image
A seagull finds a perfect perch on Thursday—a lamp post on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center festooned with holiday decorations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Friday,  December 19, 2014

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Artists Talks
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Minecraft Meetup
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jam Theory w/ Acoustic Cubed

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saugatuck Residents Rally Against Multi-Family Housing

By James Lomuscio

Neighbors opposed to a developer’s renewed attempt to build multi-family housing in Westport’s Saugatuck area met tonight at the Westport Library to figure out how to stop it. Image
Carolanne Curry addresses tonight’s meeting of Save Old Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The meeting by a group calling itself Save Old Saugatuck had a distinct irony—the planned development is to take place on Hiawatha Lane Extension, a community that has long exemplified the town’s diverse housing stock.

About 18 persons showed up for the session in the McManus Room. Their goal was to develop a strategy to oppose plans by developer Felix T. Charney to construct a 186-unit, rental housing complex there. Thirty percent of the units are to be classified as affordable. 

The residents say the plan, which uses the controversial state statute 8-30g to override local zoning regulations, puts their neighborhood in jeopardy, all in the name of diverse housing.

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Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery Closes Image
Amost eight months after it opened, Grilled Cheese Eatery at 772 Post Road East has closed. According to Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This, the neighboring frame and women’s accessory shop, the Grilled Cheese Eatery’s equipment and other restaurant contents were loaded onto a truck on Saturday. The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, also closed the Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield which opened in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept. (See WestportNow, April 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Carolyn Bloom, 75

Carolyn Bloom of Westport died Dec. 16 at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 75. Image
Carolyn Bloom: 38-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she grew up in Flatbush and attended Midwood High School. Upon graduation, she worked at Columbia Pictures in New York City where she met her future husband, David.

After a year-long courtship, they married and continued to live in Brooklyn. After the birth of their two children, Michael and Rhonda, the family moved to Merrick, L.I. where they resided for almost 10 years.

She raised her children and became involved in an array of community, charitable and business activities, which included running various businesses from her home and becoming the president of the Merrick Chapter of Women’s American Ort.

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Smoking Food Disrupts Main Street Shopping Image
Holiday shoppers were inconvenienced for a while in early afternoon today when traffic on Main Street was blocked while firefighters investigated a report of smoke coming from the second floor of 17 Main St. above the Lou & Grey apparel store. According to Lt. Ernie Ruot, the the smoke was traced to food on a stove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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CLASP Homes Wraps at Barnes & Noble Image
Tracy Flood, executive director of CLASP Homes, gift wraps a book purchase today for Lana Walton of Westport and her family at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Each day various nonprofits serve as volunteers who gift wrap purchases for donations that go to the volunteering charity organization. Rita Picket, in background, is a staff member of CLASP Homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


12/18/14 04:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Morningside Lane Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Morningside Lane, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,296 square feet and is situated on a .3-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


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Comings & Goings: Java Café Out, SoNo Bakery In Image
Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will close Dec. 31, 11 months after it opened, according to a café employee. Landlord David Adam Realty said SoNo Bakery, a tenant in Norwalk, plans to move in, renovating the interior in January and opening there in February. The coffee house opened in January 2014. While popular with many guests, the café apparently was unable to make it in the competitive environment. (See WestportNow January 21, 2014). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Earthplace Makes Leadership Change Image
Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center on Wednesday night honored outgoing Board President Julia Mally and welcomed new chair Stuart Hawley.  At the annual meeting, members also recognized the Trustee of the Year, local architect John Fifield, and honored retiring board member John Hartwell.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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All Gone: 28 Harbor Road Image
The house at 28 Harbor Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area, has been demolished. Built in 1972, the one-story raised ranch had 2,882 square feet, was situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in September 1998 for $690,000. It was the Westport Teardown of the Day on Oct. 12, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,’ ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

By Susan Granger

Epics are a style of film-making with large scale, sweeping scope and spectacle. Its ambitious nature sets it apart from a historical period piece or action-adventure. This week, there are two epics. Image

Oscar-winning Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” the conclusion of his cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel.

You should see the previous installments since this fantasy picks up where the last one ended – as the fire-breathing dragon Smaug decimates Lake-town after the Dwarves of Erebor reclaim their gold.

Dark Lord Sauron returns, ordering Azog and legions of malevolent Orcs to attack. As the conflict escalates, the Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide to unite or be destroyed.

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Morning Reflections Image
Morning reflections Wednesday as seen from the bridge leading to Saugatuck Shores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for


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Thursday,  December 18, 2014

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Upcycle Your Gift Wrapping!
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Open Space Subcommittee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - “Downton Abbey” Season 4
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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