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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Two CT Theaters to Screen ‘The Interview’ Thursday

UPDATE Westporters keen to see the controversial film “The Interview” in a movie theater Thursday or New Year’s Day will have to travel to Waterbury or Hartford in state or Yonkers, N.Y. or New York City.

Sony’s list of participating theaters includes about 300 that will start showing it on Christmas and dozens of others that will start showing it on Jan. 1 or 2. Some of the Christmas Day screenings are already sold out.

In Connecticut, the controversial comedy surrounding the assassination of Kim Jong-Un is scheduled to be shown in Hartford at the Spotlight Theatres Front Street Stadium and in Waterbury at Apple Cinemas Waterbury 10, the studio said.

Westporters and others also will get a chance to see the movie at home. Sony made the film available beginning at 1 p.m. today on Google Play, YouTube Movies and Microsoft’s Xbox Video as well as on a website of its own.


12/24/14 11:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Last Day of Christmas Shopping

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Westport’s center was quiet early today as merchants and shoppers prepared for Christmas Eve shopping. Some stores were closing early while others were open late for last minute buyers.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Foggy Start to Christmas Eve

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An early morning fog hung over the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today as stores prepared for Christmas eve shoppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Westport Town Hall and Library are closed.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Preserving Our Heritage: 7 Old Mill Road

By Dave Matlow

In another recognition of preserving Westport’s heritage, the Woodson family today received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) plaque from WHS historian Bob Weingarten (l), adding their 1909-built home at 7 Old Mill Road. to the WHS list of notable Westport homes.

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Accepting the Westport Historical Society plaque today were (l-r) Elizabeth Woodson, 22, and her parents Jenifer and Hart Woodson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Accepting the plaque were Elizabeth and her parents Jenifer and Hart Woodson. According to Jenifer Woodson, the plaque was a surprise Christmas gift to Elizabeth, a Stanford University senior who serves as president of the Stanford student body, class of 2015, and celebrates her 22nd birthday on Christmas Day. She is a graduate of Greens Farms Academy.

“Shortly after we moved into our Old Mill Road house in 1994, I’ll always remember little 2-year old Elizabeth saying, ‘I don’t ever want to move again,’” said Jenifer Woodson. 

Today, recollecting her love of the Woodsons’ 1909-built house Elizabeth said, “So much today is ephemeral, that’s why this old house is so important to my parents and me.”

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Memorial Service Set for Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings (Nov. 7, 1923 – July 23, 2014) will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at her beloved Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

All are invited to a gathering in Hoskins Hall at the church immediately following the service.

Ms. Jennings was 90 years old and the longest living member of Saugatuck Church serving as Deacon Emeritus and an active volunteer both at the church and with the American Red Cross. 

A private service of interment was held at Evergreen Cemetery earlier this summer.  Memorial contributions in memory of Ms. Jennings may be made to the Saugatuck Congregational Rebuild Fund, at 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 or the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter, 20 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.


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Morrie A. Sigel, 69

Morrie A. Sigel of Westport died Dec. 20 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 69.

Born in Duluth, Minn. on April 9, 1945, he attended the University of Minnesota then moved to New York to start a career in banking, shipping and real estate finance.

For the past 20 years he worked from home and was blessed with the ability to spend quality time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lisa Bevilacqua, and two daughters, Halli, 20, and Ariana, 23, of Los Angeles. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Dr. Melvin Sigel and Robert Sigel of Minneapolis, as well as his in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

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12/23/14 12:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Susan Granger At the Movies: Christmas Week Releases

By Susan Granger

Family-friendly films abound this Christmas week -– but which to choose?

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Based on the Brothers Grimm’s cautionary tales, “Into the Woods” is Rob Marshall’s adaptation of James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim’s insightful, slyly comedic Broadway musical. Dare I say it’s even better than the stage version?

Why? Since Sondheim’s intricate music and tongue-twisting lyrics are extraordinarily demanding, on-stage, some inevitably get garbled. Whereas, on-screen, everything is crystal-clear.

A humble baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) yearn for a child. Years ago, the witch (Meryl Streep) cursed his family; the only way it can be broken is to go into the forest on a quest to find items she requires, including Red Riding Hood’s cape and Jack and the Beanstalk’s Milky White cow.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Davis Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Davis Lane, off Old Road, is in process. Built in 1970, the one-story raised ranch has 1,300 square feet, is situated on a .51-acre property and changed ownership last month for $645,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help

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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Restored, Refreshed, Minute Man Unveiled

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s iconic,104-year-old Minute Man statue, muzzle loader in hand, eyes peeled for British troops returning from the Battle of Danbury, sported a more youthful look today.

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The restoration work included work on the statue itself as well as the foundation and fence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

As First Selectman Jim Marpe and restorer Francis Miller unwrapped the bronze sculpture following months of on-site restoration. the crowd of about 25 persons cheered. The Minute Man, preservationists agreed, looked the way it did when locals first unveiled H. Daniel Webster’s life-sized figure commissioned by the State of Connecticut and the Sons of the American Revolution in 1910.

Not only was the statue restored, but so was its perch, the traffic circle that had been designated by the Historic District Commission at the request of former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff as a local historic property.

According to Miller, the stonewall encircling it, which had sunk over the century to only a inch above grade, was raised 18 inches, and the original wrought iron fence encircling it was recovered and restored, too.

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Minute Man Makeover

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today led the unveiling of the recently renovated Minute Man monument and site at the entrance to Compo Beach Road. The work, estimated to cost about $67,000 included reworking of the fieldstone foundation and raising it about 18 inches. The wrought iron fence that originally encircled the monument was also restored and a concrete foundation was installed to make it more stable. See a 1910 postcard here depicting the original monument. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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The New Look of the Minute Man Monument

Scenes from today’s unveiling of the Minute Man monument and foundation following their restoration. Along with First Selectman Jim Marpe, members of the Historic District Commission, (HDC) , the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WACC) and the conservator were in attendance. The monument and site restoration was performed by Francis Miller of ConserveArt, LLC with Marc Bolduc of Giunta-Bolduc (mason) and Werner Horst (ironworker). The project, overseen by the HDC and WAAC, was made possible by support of the Town of Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Michael W. Goodman, 68

Michael William Goodman of Westport died Dec. 18 at home. He was 68.

He was born in New York City on Aug. 11, 1946 to William Wolf Goodman and June Karelsen Goodman who established residence in Danbury soon after his birth. He grew up in Danbury, lived in Redding for many years and, for the past 15 years, in Westport.

He was president of Shepard’s Inc., a specialized transportation, logistics, and asset management company headquartered in Bethel.

He graduated from Danbury High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. Upon graduation, he joined his father, William Goodman, in the management of Shepard’s.

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12/22/14 03:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Adult, Three Juveniles Arrested in Car Burglary

Police early today arrested a Norwalk man and three juveniles for breaking into and burglarizing a vehicle in town, Westport Police said.

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Kenneth Mims: tracked down in Saugatuck area. Westport Police photo

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, the arrests were made shortly after a resident in the Saugatuck area reported that his vehicle in his driveway had been broken into.

Police tracked down the suspects in the Saugatuck Avenue area after a brief chase, according to reports from the scene.

Police say Kenneth Mims, 18 of 2 Coach St., faces an array of charges. They are: third-degree burglary; sixth-degree larceny; third-degree criminal trespass; two counts of risk of injury to a minor; conspiracy to commit larceny; conspiracy to commit criminal trespass; and interfering with an officer.

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Speedy Delivery, Speeding Off from Accident

A Southport pizza delivery driver who struck another vehicle on Post Road East and did not stop was arrested Sunday night for evading responsibility and driving without a license, Westport Police said.

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Lito Toscano: pizza delivery driver charged. Westport Police photo

Lito Toscano, 31 of 1215 North Ave., Bridgeport, was also charged with improper passing and going over the speed limit, police said.

“Officers were advised by the victim that a vehicle had just struck her vehicle and was heading westbound on Post Road East,” said Capt. Vincent Penna. “Officers located the vehicle and stopped it.

“Toscano stated that he did not stop for the accident because he was delivering pizza and felt the accident was not his fault,” he added.

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Busy Day at Greens Farms Post Office

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Lines formed early at the Greens Farms post office today with three days remaining until Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Monday, December 22, 2014

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”
3:30 p.m. - Minute Man Monument - Restoration Unveiling

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Celebrating Lessons and Carols

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Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church tonight celebrated Lessons and Carols, an Anglican tradition dating back to the early 1800s, featuring the church’s adult and junior choir. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among those reading one of the lessons. Pictured are North Woods, verger (foreground), and Colin Chapman. assistant rector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Learning the Drill

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A youngster gets some lessons today at the Westport P.A.L. Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Temple Israel Hosts Family Hanukkah Celebration

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Rabbi Michael S. Friedman gets set to light the Hanukkah candles tonight on the sixth night of Hanukkah at a Hanukkah family celebration at Westport’s Temple Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anna-Liisa Nixon for WestportNow.com


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Getting Ready for Monday Unveiling

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Finishing touches were made on the Minute Man monument today in preparation for its official unveiling Monday at 3:30 p.m. after several months of restoration. One of the features is the restored original fence around the statue dating from its 1910 debut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


12/21/14 03:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

How It Looked in 1910

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A postcard issued after the June 17, 1910 unveiling of Westport’s Minute Man statue shows the original fence and stonework base. A months-long effort has restored the original fence and added stonework to resemble the original. A 3:30 p.m. ceremony Monday will unveil the new look.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Christmas Sounds on Main Street

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Carolers were out on Westport’s Main Street today for the final Sunday before Christmas, courtesy of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Snow Bird

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A dusting of snow early today in Westport left a touch of white, including this spot on Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Carols With Their Cannelloni

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The Fairfield County Chorale Carolers entertained diners in Saugatuck restaurants Saturday night. Sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, they visited the eight member venues in the area: Tuttis, The Black Duck, Tarantino, Mario’s, Tarry Lodge, (above), Rizzuto’s, Dunville’s and The Boathouse. “The singing was great, but the best part was when the customers joined in as well,” said Matthew Mandell executive director of the WWCC. “It was a lot of fun,” said Elisabeth Rose, director of the Carolers. “We’d love to do it again.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday,  December 21, 2014 - Winter Solstice

5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Christmas Lessons & Carols
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - See the Winter Solstice Live!
6:03 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Winter Solstice

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Stanley Rosoff, 88

Stanley Rosoff of Bridgeport, former owner of Security Resources in Westport, has died. He was 88.

He was born in New Bedford Mass. to Samuel and Phoebe Rosoff. He moved to Bridgeport when he was 5, attending Madison Elementary school and Central High School.

He attended the University of Connecticut for one semester while also serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. He joined the Army and was a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1943, serving in the Pacific and Korea.

He returned to the University of Connecticut and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked at Raybestos, Pitney Bowes, Gibson and Remington Rand before opening his own business, Security Resources in Westport. He retired in 1995.

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18 More Spaces Added to Green’s Farms Station

By Dave Matlow

Monday morning, commuters out of Westport’s Green’s Farms train station will have 18 more parking spaces to choose from, local officials say.

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First Selectman Jim Marpe and his dog Madison check out the new parking spaces at Green’s Farms station with Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The new spaces, which were completed on Friday, bring the total parking spaces added to Green’s Farms this year to 30, according to First Selectman Jim Marpe.

Marpe, accompanied by his dog Madison, toured the station today with Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas, who heads the police Railroad Parking Division. Koskinas noted that of the new spaces, 14 are designated for permit holders and four are for commuters paying the daily $5 fee.

“This will make a big difference for some commuters,” Marpe said of the new area that replaces an island he said offered neither aesthetic nor practical use.

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Enjoying the Ride

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For the second weekend in a row, the Westport Downtown Merchants Association today provided horse-drawn carriage rides for downtown shoppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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