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Monday, April 06, 2015

RTM Committee Ponders Petitions to Overturn P&Z

By James Lomuscio

One question asked over and over at tonight’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Planning and Zoning Committee meeting was why the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) rushed to declare the 22-acre, town-owned Baron’s South property open space—when a revised plan for an affordable housing, senior complex there was in the works. Image
Members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Planning and Zoning Committee listen tonight to backers and opponents of an effort to reverse a Planning and Zoning Commission approval of a map amendment making Baron’s South open space. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Chaired by Matthew Mandell, the nearly five-hour meeting drew more than 100 persons to the Town Hall auditorium. It was called to determine whether the committee should recommend that the full RTM overturn the P&Z’s action.

Tonight four petitions asking the RTM to overturn the P&Z and one to sustain its decision were presented. The committee is expected to make its recommendation when it meets again April 20. The full RTM is scheduled to vote on April 28.

“The RTM has a heavy burden,” Mandell said, noting that 36-member RTM has to muster 24 votes, or two-thirds, to keep the project alive by reversing the P&Z action, something it has done in the past on controversial P&Z votes.

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Large Turnout for RTM Baron’s South Meeting Image
There was a large turnout tonight in the Westport Town Hall auditorium for a meeting of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Planning and Zoning Committee. The RTM will vote on April 28 on petitions to reverse a Planning and Zoning Commission map amendment making town-owned Baron’s South open space. The P&Z action eliminates the possibility of senior housing being built adjacent to the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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TEAM Westport Announces Teen Diversity Essay Winners Image
TEAM Westport, which stands for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism,” tonight awarded first prize in its second annual Teen Diversity Essay contest to Jacob Klegar of Westport. It was presented in a ceremony at the Westport Library, which co-sponsored the competition. Klegar, a junior at Choate Rosemary Hall School, won a $1,000 first prize for his essay “Friendship Through a Shared Love of Tennis.” It was based on a relationship in his sophomore year when a Chinese national and a black student from Nigeria decided to room together as best friends through a shared love of tennis. Second prize of $750 went to Brendan Massoud, a Staples High School sophomore. Making the presentations was Harold Bailey, head of TEAM Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Honored Image
At a ceremony tonight at the Westport Library, TEAM Westport presented awards to the winners of its second annual Team Diversity Essay Contest. Pictured are (l-r) Maxine Bleiweis, director of the Westport Library; Selectman Avi Kaner; Brendan Massoud, second place winner; Jacob Klegar, first place winner;  Harold Bailey, head of TEAM Westport, and Teri Walsh, president of Sachs Walsh Insurance, the event sponsor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Alleged Restaurant Embezzler Arrested Image
Sarina Clark: worked at Post 154 Restaurant. Westport Police photo

A former employee of the restaurant Post 154, the site of the old Westport Post Office on Post Road East, was arrested Friday night for bilking the eatery out of $35,794.55 over a sixth-month period, Westport Police said today.

Norwalk resident Sarina Clark, 37, was arrested at the Norwalk Police Department, where she was being held on a separate larceny charge in that city, Capt. Sam Arciola said.

Charged with one count of first-degree larceny and 16 counts of third-degree forgery, Clark was held at Police Headquarters in lieu of a $50,000 bond, Arciola said.

Today she was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court before Judge William Wenzel who kept her bond at $50,000, which she did not post.

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Elinore K. Bagdon, 89

Elinore Katherine Bagdon, known as Elly, a longtime Westport resident, died April 5 at her home. She was 89. Image
Elinore Bagdon: loved gardening. Contributed photo

She was born Jan. 29, 1926 in New London, the daughter of the late Elinore Bellen and the late Dalton Mace Bellen of Fairfield Beach, and Palm Beach, Fla. She attended Greenwich Academy class of 1944. She graduated with honors from Rollins College in 1949 with a B.A. in theater and was active in her sorority affiliation.

She was an avid gardner, taking great pride in creating beautiful gardens at her home for her family and friends to enjoy. She spent her early years sailing at the Riverside Yatch Club and continued to enjoy boating off Longshore Marina with her husband, Walter, family and friends.

She was a member of the Westport’s Minuteman Yatch Club. She and her husband were also longtime members of The Cotillion Club of Westport/Weston. She greatly enjoyed her life for all the beauty, creativity, and wonderment that made her the person she was—a loving wife, mother, and a dear friend to all who knew her, her family said.

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Gerald L. Barnard, 70

Gerald Lynn Barnard of Westport died April 3.  The cause was heart failure.  He was 70. Image
Gerald Barnard: Vietnam vet. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Alexandria, Va.  His parents, Lynn and Frances Wood Barnard, raised him and his brother, Thomas, in Westport and later in Weston. Growing up, he was a dedicated equestrian, whose accomplishments included placing seventh in the prestigious Maclay Competition in Madison Square Garden. 

He graduated from the Loomis School in Windsor and went on to earn his B.A. from Tufts University.  He also had graduate degrees in business and accounting, and he worked for Ford Credit and the Internal Revenue Service.

He served in the Infantry in Vietnam in 1968-69, and completed his military service obligation as a chaplain’s assistant at the Navajo Army Depot, Flagstaff, Ariz. He received several medals and was honorably discharged in 1970.

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New Haven Delays

Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to mechanical difficulties to a draw bridge in the vicinity of Cos Cob.


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Reuniting and Seeing the Yankees on Opening Day Image
Among those off today to see the New York Yankees opening day game against the Toronto Blue Jays were former Westporters Chris Fisher (l) and Matt Huntley. Fisher, a Boston resident and 2001 Staples graduate, and Huntley, a Seattle resident and 2001 Fairfield Prep grad, will join Jimmy Gabal of New York to celebrate a bachelor party at Yankee Stadium. “All three of us grew up together in Westport since we were five or six years old,” said Huntley. “We were in the same class in Bedford Middle School.” Gabal, who lives in New York with his fiancé is getting married on Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Monday, April 6, 2015

10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Essay Contest on Diversity
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Parks & Recreation Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Westport TV Travel Series Earns 5 Emmy Nominations

Westport-based “Born to Explore with Richard Wiese,” the ABC/Litton adventure/travel television series, has earned five daytime Emmy nominations from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Image
Westport-produced “Born to Explore” with Richard Wiese is now also available on Hulu. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The series was nominated for Outstanding Travel Program; Outstanding Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s Series Host; Outstanding Writing Special Class; Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action, and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala will be held on April 24 in Los Angeles.

In the previous three seasons (2011-2014), “Born to Explore” earned six Daytime Emmy nominations and won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Cinematography.  The series has now earned a total of 11 Emmy nominations. 

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Addie Has A New Home

Meet Addie. Westport Animal Control

Addie has been adopted! She is a gorgeous and quite spectacular 1 1/2-year-old husky that is now a guest of Westport Animal Control

Addie loves everybody and truly enjoys the company of other dogs.  She loves hanging with people and romping with her canine buddies.

Addie LOVES to run and will need a fenced-in yard and someone willing to give her lots of quality time.

  For additional information about Addie, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203)557-0361.



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Blue Belle Has a New Home

Blue Belle
Blue Belle. Westport Animal Control

Blue Belle has been adopted! She became a guest of Westport Animal Control when her previous owner lost his home due to divorce.  She is a delightful 2-year-old whippet-bully breed mix that fancies herself as a lap dog - and we aren’t telling her any different.  Blue Belle knows her basic commands and many tricks.  She was a beloved pet, and we hope to find her a wonderful forever home.  Blue Belle has tested well with other dogs that are dog friendly.  Blue Belle is spayed and up to date on her vet care.  For additional information about Blue Belle, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203)557-0361.


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Jessie found a Home Image
Meet Jessie. Westport Animal Control

Jessie has been adopted! Jessie is an adorable 7 to 8-month-old boxer-bully breed mix that is being fostered in the home of a WASA volunteer after being rescued from a CT animal control facility.  She is very affectionate, good with people of all ages, other dogs and cats.  Chasing tennis balls is her game, and she loves to run and romp with other dogs at the park.  At the end of the day she loves to cuddle next to her family members - both canine and human. Jessie is spayed and up to date on her vet care.  For additional information about Jessie, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203)557-0361.


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New Earthplace Nursery School Director Announced

Laurie Linton, director of Westport’s Earthplace Nursery School for 13 years, has announced her retirement and will be succeeded by Amee Borys who will take the role as director of the preschool on June 1. Image
Amee Borys: takes over June 1. Contributed photo

“There is no easy way to say thank you and goodbye to someone as special as Laurie Linton,” said Tony McDowell, Earthplace executive director. “But I am proud to say that Laurie is leaving the school in terrific shape.”

Under Linton’s leadership, Earthplace has expanded the popular nature-based early childhood educational program, which has been in existence for 47 years. It now has expanded hours and programs for working families, a new five-year NAEYC accreditation, increased classroom space, and full enrollment for the coming year, McDowell said.

Borys has been an educator for 17 years and has taught at every level from preschool to fifth grade, an announcement said. In her current role as assistant director of the Nursery School, she plans and leads staff meetings, hires and coaches staff, and teaches in the fives classroom.

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Easter Look Image
Westport’s Minute Man monument took on an Easter look today to mark Easter Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for


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Westport Churches Celebrate Easter Image
Westport churches celebrated Easter today with special services and Easter egg hunts. This was a an early morning service at Assumption Church on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sunday,  April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday

Westport Library is closed.
6 a.m. - Compo Beach - Easter sunrise service

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Easter Sweets at Saugatuck Sweets Image
The Easter bunny at Westport’s Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave., treated the Rossi family today to complimentary Easter eggs. They are twins Michael and Joseph, 9, fourth grade students at Long Lots Elementary School, and their sister Rachel, 7, a second grader at Long Lots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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High Fives for Easter Bunny Image
The Easter bunny got high fives today at the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Co.‘s 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt, held on the grounds of Long Lots Elementary School. The sunny, breezy weather helped attract scores of youngsters and their families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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And They’re Off Image
Youngsters rush today to collect Easter eggs at the 64th annual Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Co.‘s 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Long Lots Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Eager for Easter Egg Hunt

Scenes from today’s 64th annual Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Co.‘s 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Long Lots Elementary School. Dave Matlow for


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Lois J. Rockey, 83

Lois Janet Rockey of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., a former Westport resident, died March 28 at her home. She was 83. Image
Lois Rockey: Westport travel agent. Contributed photo

She was born in Raymond, Wash. on Oct. 29, 1931 to L.V. (Brownie) DeForest and Josephine (Chenier) DeForest. She grew up in Olympia, Wash. and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Asian studies which sparked a lifelong love of travel. She was also a Delta Gamma sorority member and a cheerleader for the Huskies.

After college, she married Ward McClellan Rockey and moved to Coos Bay, Ore. to start a family. Their next move brought them back to the Seattle area to reunite with the DeForest/Rockey clan. Always youthful and athletic, she spent weekends on the ski slopes with family and friends.

Throughout her life, she remained active playing golf and tennis as well. In 1968, they moved to Westport where she became a travel agent and traveled extensively throughout the world. She also enjoyed New York City, Broadway shows, excursions to the Caribbean, gardening and cats.

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Comings & Goings: Saugatuck Fabrics Grand Opening Image
There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the grand opening of Saugatuck Fabrics, 47 Saugatuck Ave. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Selectman Avi Kaner joined co-owners Ida Boci (red and black dress) and ) and Lenora Silber, who are both Greece-born and are cousins, along with friends and family. Silber, a New Canaan resident, and Ida Boci of Fairfield, worked together in a Norwalk-based custom upholstery business before setting out on their own. “We have a lifetime of experience in working with designers in both new furniture upholstery and furniture reupholstery to make your favorite furniture new and feel like new,” Silber said The space formerly was occupied by Cake Suite, which closed in December. For more information, visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Malloy Rescinds Ban on State-Funded Travel to Indiana

By Mark Pazniokas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today rescinded his ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to what he called that state’s positive step toward clarifying a religious freedom law many deemed discriminatory to gays and lesbians.

“I believe the change enacted by the Indiana legislature sufficiently clarifies, in our interpretation, that the law cannot be used to invite discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Malloy said in an emailed statement.

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Busy Last Lunch at Mario’s Place Image
It was a busy last lunch today at Mario’s Place, the popular Saugatuck Italian restaurant and steak house since 1967. The restaurant on Railroad Place is closing tonight and soon will change to Harvest, a farm-to-table restaurant concept. A man at the bar was overhead saying:  “This is like the last supper. What are we going to do next Saturday?” The DeMace family will retain ownership of the building while leasing to restaurateurs Vicente and Nuve Siguenza. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Nostalgic Last Lunch at Mario’s Image
Longtime Westporters Martha and Larry Aasen were among those having a last lunch at Mario’s today on Railroad Place before it closes tonight. Said Larry Aasen: “We came here for nostalgic reasons. We will miss Mario’s. I’ve been coming here for lunch every Thursday since 1987 with friends from the Y’s Men Club. There would be from four to 10 of us each week. That included people like Mario Descuto, Gus Porter, Al Balas, Bill Brown, Ray Eyes, Ken Olsen, Jon Fox. We were the only table with a white table cloth. They made us feel so special. Dick McGuirk and Jack Gibbons, now deceased, were part of the group too.  Our favorite waitress was Katie. Sometimes our Ys Men group had cruises in the Sound and Katie was invited to come along—and she did a few times.  Even our wives were not invited, but Katie was.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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High Winds Bring Down Trees, Power Lines Image
Winds gusting to 40 miles per hour today brought down trees and power lines around Westport. Eversource Energy (formerly CL&P) said two dozen Westport customers were without power at mid-day. This tree limb resting on wires blocked one lane of Compo Road North near No. 73. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Foggy Saugatuck Image
A thick fog settled over the Westport area Friday night. View is of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Chiang for


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Saturday,  April 4, 2015

Westport Library hours today: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company holds 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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