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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Westport Legislators to Review 8-30G Statute

Legislators representing Westport said today that the General Assembly’s Housing Committee has agreed to hold a public hearing on Thursday in New Haven on the state’s controversial affordable housing statute 8-30g.

Among those participating will be state Sens. Tony Hwang (R-28) and Toni Boucher (R-26) and state Reps. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136) and Gail Lavielle (R-143).

More than 30 proposed bills related to 8-30g have been submitted this year from lawmakers across the state to the Housing Committee, an announcement said.

The proposals will be heard at the public hearing with testimonial sign ups at 5 p.m. at the Board of Alders Chambers in New Haven, located on the second floor, at 165 Church St.

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02/03/15 04:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cold and Snow Does Not Deter Play With Your Food Crowd

Scenes from today’s Play With Your Food play reading at Westport’s Toquet Hall. Matsu Sushi provided the food to an enthusiastic audience undeterred by the cold and snow. Phyllis Groner for


02/03/15 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Now the Fire Chief is a Rotarian, Too Image
Two weeks after Westport Police Chief Dale Call became a member of the Westport Rotary Club (see WestportNow Jan. 20, 2015), today it was the turn of Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury. At the club’s weekly meeting at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Kingsbury is congratulated on his induction by Rotary Past District Governor Rick Benson (l) as Rotary member Tony Riggio, Kingsbury’s membership sponsor, looks on. Kingsbury thanked members for their support of emergency responders by working the Emergency Operations Center during the late January blizzard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/03/15 03:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule.


02/03/15 03:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Top 10 Taxpayers

In connection with today’s release of the 2013 to 2014 Grand List, Town Assesor Paul Frida released the town’s top 10 taxpayers. They are: Image
Eversource Energy, the new name for Connecticut Light and Power Company effective Monday, is Westport’s top taxpayer. Contributed graphic

1.  Connecticut Light & Power with $133,724,300 in personal property
2.  60 Nyala Farms Road, LLC, $78,206,200 in real estate
3.  Equity One Westport Village Center, $25,864,600 in real estate
4.  Bridgewater Associates, Inc.,  $22,053,470 in personal property
5.  Heyman Ronnie F. Trustee, $19,700,250 in real estate
6.  SL Greens Farms Rd, LLC , $19,687,700 in real estate
7.  Riverside Office 285 & 355, LLC, $19,470,700 in real estate
8.  Bedford Square Associates, $19,050,320 in real estate
9. Lasry Marc & Cathy, $18,810,900 in real estate
10. Campana 125, LLC, $17,958,400 in real estate


02/03/15 12:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Grand List Up $150 Million Image
Paul A. Friia: Signs 2014 Grand List. Contributed photo
In another sign of Westport’s economic good health, the town’s 2013 to 2014 Grand List jumped 1.5 percent, or $150 million, to more than $10.09 billion, Town Assessor Paul Friia announced today.

Friia, who on Jan. 30 signed the Oct. 1, 2014 Grand List as required by state law, noted that the list is the sum of the net assessed value of all taxable property: real estate, motor vehicles and personal property.

“The continued growth of over $150 million in Grand List this year is indeed good news for Westport,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe.

“In particular, the growth in the real estate asset class, which makes up approximately 94 percent of the Grand List, shows the continued resiliency and strength of our housing and commercial real estate market.”

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02/03/15 12:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 222 Wilton Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 222 Wilton Road, formerly known as 5 River Lane, is in process. Built in 1930, the 1-3/4-story cape has 3,922 square feet, is situated on a 2.87 acre property that was subdivided (see WestportNow Dec. 10, 2013), adding two houses on River Lane, and changed ownership in August 2013 for $1,420,000. 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


02/03/15 11:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

With a Little Help From a Friend Image
Rebecca Henley, a staff person at Brandy Melville, 142 Main St., gets a hand from Jamie Hendrie, manager of the Jack Wills store across the street at 139 Main St. “We don’t open till 10 a.m. and I’m done shoveling in front of our store so I came across the street to help Rebecca,” said Hendrie. ” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/03/15 10:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sign of the Day Image
A sign on Westport’s Wagon Wheel Trail off West Parish Road Monday showed an entrepreneurial spirit (or sense of humor.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Katy Duffy for


02/03/15 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport Postponed
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play with Your Food Lunchtime Theater
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Introductory Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
2 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS Movie: “Agnes Brown”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: How Financial Statements Help Run the Business
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission & Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, February 02, 2015

I-95 Crash Sends One to Hospital Image
An I-95 crash late tonight involving a tractor-trailer and several cars between exits 18 and 17 southbound in Westport seriously injured one person and reduced traffic to one lane, according to reports from the scene. A driver of a car had to be extricated from a vehicle by Westport firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DOT photo


02/02/15 11:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to weather-related conditions.


02/02/15 10:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Schools on Two-Hour Delay on Tuesday

Westport public schools will be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday.

Stepping Stones preschool will not have a morning session.


02/02/15 08:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Weather Advisory

UPDATE The National Weather Service said a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Westport area until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

It said to expect significant icing with northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.


02/02/15 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Traffic Stop Nets Alleged Credit Card Thief Image
Jonathan Cooperman: released on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

A motor vehicle stop Saturday night netted the arrest of a Southport man in possession of several stolen credit cards, Westport police said today.

According to Capt.  Vincent Penna, Jonathan Cooperman, 25, of 70 Anderson Lane, admitted to the officer that he had stolen the cards and attempted to use them at various locations.

Charged with four counts of credit card theft, Cooperman was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, Feb. 11.


02/02/15 04:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Extends Property Tax Payment Deadlines

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today signed an executive order which orders deadlines for Connecticut residents who pay property taxes on a semi-annual or quarterly basis to be extended several days due to the winter weather that has impacted the state over the last week.

“Between the significant snow we received last week, and now with today’s winter weather, extending this deadline will allow some additional time to help residents avoid accumulating interest fees,” Malloy said.

Under the order, the deadline will be extended from Sunday, Feb. 1, to Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The governor also authorized the commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services to grant a similar extension for several other filings, a list of which can be found on that agency’s website.


02/02/15 04:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Metro-North Makes Storm Changes

Metro-North said it is operating on a regular weekday schedule with ridership approximately half a normal weekday.

During this evening’s rush some local and express trains may be combined and make additional stops due to the storm, the railroad said.


02/02/15 04:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Digging Out Image
A driver digs out her car late today in Westport’s Baldwin Parking Lot.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/02/15 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Snow Blowing Image
A worker clears snow today on a walkway at the Taylortown Salt Marsh section of the Aspectuck Land Trust on Westport’s Kings Highway North near Canal Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/02/15 03:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rough Going Image
A pedestrian on Westport’s Main Street finds it rough going during a heavy snow band that hit the area in mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/02/15 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

More Snow on Main Street Image
Westport’s Main Street was covered with new snow in mid-afternoon as heavy bands of snow moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/02/15 03:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Band of Heavy Snow Moving Through Area

The National Weather Service said a band of moderate to heavy snow will move across Long Island and southern Connecticut over the next few hours.

Snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour are likely within this snow band. Visibility will lower to a quarter of a mile or less at times.

Total snow accumulation with this band is expected to be between 2 and 4 inches, with locally higher amounts.

This snow is falling on top of icy rroad conditions from earlier sleet and freezing rain. This snowfall will accumulate on top of the ice making for dangerous travel.


02/02/15 03:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Down the Hill Image
State snowplows maneuver the hill on Post Road East near the intersection of Myrtle and Imperial Avenues late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


02/02/15 03:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Walk Image
Russell Krauss, 13, walks his dog Surry, 7 months, along Westport’s Weston Road toward Cross Highway today as more snow fell on the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanne Krauss for


02/02/15 03:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bleak Post Road East Image
Traffic on Westport’s Post Road East was sparse in early afternoon today. View is looking west near the Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


02/02/15 02:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Family YMCA to Open at Noon

The Westport Family YMCA’s Bedford Family Center at 14 Allen Raymond Lane will open at noon today.


02/02/15 10:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Downtown Steering Committee Open House Postponed

Today’s scheduled Downtown Steering Committee “open house” at Westport Town Hall has been postponed due to the weather.

A new date will be announced.


02/02/15 10:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Snow Duty Image
A worker does snow duty outside J.Crew on Westport’s Main Street early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/02/15 10:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Snow Mounds on Main Street Image
Westport’s Main Street was snow-covered early today with mounds of snow awaiting removal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/02/15 10:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Clearing Post Road East Image
State snowplows make their way along Westport’s Post Road East early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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