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Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Little Off the Top

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Crews were out early today trimming trees around the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/23/15 01:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Last Summer Weekend Before School

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Early visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today spotted this apparently temporarily abandoned beach blanket and gear in a foreshadow of the last day of the final summer weekend before the start of school on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com


08/23/15 10:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

The Italians Have Landed

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A large Italian flag flew over Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach late Saturday to mark where a party was taking place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com


08/23/15 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday,  August 23, 2015

7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - James Langton’s NY All-Star Big Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Seryn Entertains at Levitt

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Seryn, an indie folk-pop band from Nashville, entertained tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The band, making its Levitt debut, released it latest album, “Silver Shadows,” in February. Band member Nathan James Allen (l) told the crowd they first saw pictures of the Levitt Friday night and were excited to be coming north for the concert. He said the Levitt ranked among the best venues they have played. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/22/15 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cleaning Up

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Westport Weston Family YMCA property manager Pat Costanzo today applies a pressure washer to clean the pool deck in the Strittmatter Family Aquatics Center. The pool is closed for annual maintenance through Aug. 30. The entire Bedford Family Center will be closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for maintenance. During the closure, members have access to lap and free swimming and aquafit classes in the five-lane outdoor pool at the adjacent Camp Mahackeno facility. They may also take part in group fitness classes in the two open-air pavilions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/22/15 04:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

State Police Search Landfill in Hunt for Missing Couple

By James Lomuscio

State police detectives searched an ash residue landfill in eastern Connecticut as part of their investigation into the disappearance of an Easton couple with ties to a Westport refuse company, state police said today.

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State police searched this ash landfill in Putnam, Connecticut this week as part of their hunt for the missing couple. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Wheelabrator Technologies photo

“The search has revealed no human remains at this point,” a statement said. “The Putnam Ash Residue Landfill was searched in an effort to rule it out as a possible location. State Police Detectives are conducting searches, gathering evidence, and following leads to determine the whereabouts of the Navins.”

State police said the search of the 186-acre site in the town of Putnam took place this week as authorities pressed their hunt for Jeffrey W. Navin, 56, president of J&J Refuse in Westport, and his wife, Jeanette L. Navin, 55, a Weston school paraprofessional.

The site, which contains six 10-acre ash disposal cells, is operated by Wheelabrator Technologies and lies about 93 miles northeast of Westport not far from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island borders. Refuse from Westport goes to a Wheelabrator trash-to-energy plant in Bridgeport from where ash is taken to Putnam.

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08/22/15 10:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday,  August 22, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PTC Creo: CAD Design Workshop Series
2 p.m. - 10 p.m. - St. Luke Parish (49 Turkey Hill Lane) - Luau & Family Festival
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting: Fairfield County Writers Group
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Seryn

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Doug Sheffer Sailing Cup Awarded to Staples Sophomore

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Eric Elias (c), 15, today was awarded the second annual Doug Sheffer Cup at the Longshore Sailing School. Elias, a rising sophomore at Staples High School, was runnerup for the cup in 2014. Robbert VanBatenburg (r), 14, of Easton was runnerup while David Adipietro (l) 14, an entering Staples freshman, was second runnerup. The Doug Sheffer Cup is named in memory one of the original instructors at the sailing school (1975-78) who died in a January 2014 Colorado helicopter crash at age 63. The winners are pictured with John Kantor, owner of the Longshore Sailing School, and Ann Sheffer, Doug Sheffer’s sister. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/21/15 08:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Passersby Aid Bicyclist

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Passersby aid a bicyclist late today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park after a car sideswiped him. He was motionless but alert on the ground, saying his left leg was injured. Police, fire and EMS units were quickly on the scene. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/21/15 07:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Help

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Westport police and fire personnel aid an injured bicyclist at Longshore Club Park late today after witnesses said he was sideswiped by car at right. Westport EMS transported him to Norwalk Hospital. He suffered a leg injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/21/15 06:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Just Back From Battling California Wildfires

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Westport Fire Lt. Michael Kronick (sunglasses), who returned home earlier today from California where he was part of a Connecticut firefighting team battling wildfires, was among firefighters aiding an injured bicyclist late today at Longshore Club Park. The 17-year veteran of the department was part of a 20-person team from the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew who spent two weeks on the fire lines. (See WestportNow Aug. 4, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/21/15 06:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Pool Use Dwindling

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Longshore pool director Chris Driscoll, Staples class of 2013, watches over a few swimmers who were among the approximate 20 swimmers that registered for pool use by 3 p.m. today. Driscoll, who will enter his sophomore year this fall at Stonehill College, said, “Crowds are thinning out before the start of school next week.”  Starting on Monday, the pool hours are reduced to 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Saurday and Sunday. The pool closes for the season on Sept. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/21/15 04:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Announces 2016 Season

The Westport Country Playhouse today announced its 2016 season.

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Artistic Director Mark Lamos: 2016 “generous in variety and scale.” Bruce Plotkin photo

It features two Tony Award-winning plays in repertory, an Off-Broadway hit, a new thriller by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a witty comedy by Joe Orton, and a reimagined musical by Lerner and Loewe. 

The works will be staged next year from May through October. Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, 2016 will mark the Connecticut professional theater’s 86th season. The 2016 season subscriptions are now on sale.

“Our 2016 season is generous in variety and scale,” said Lamos, the Playhouse’s artistic director since 2009. “Instead of the usual five productions, we’ll be presenting six—two of them, for the first time since the Playhouse’s early years—in repertory.

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08/21/15 02:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

CDOT: Bus Impact Won’t Delay North Ave. Bridge Work

Thursday night’s impact by an errant tour bus with a steel girder on the Merritt Parkway North Avenue Bridge under construction will not delay an effort to open it to one lane of alternating traffic in time for Thursday’s school opening, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) said today.

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Signs on the Merritt Parkway warn drivers of the temporary lowered 10-foot clearance height of the North Avenue Bridge while constriction is under way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“No damage of consequence to the bridge,” said spokesman Kevin Nursick. “No impact to schedule.  Still opening for afternoon of August 26th.”

As reported (see WestportNow Aug. 20, 2015), a tour bus operating illegally on the Merritt Parkway Thursday night had its air conditioning unit sheared off after striking a steel girder as it traveled southbound. It continued on its way, and state police were unable to locate it.

The clearance for the bridge had been lowered to 10 feet from its usual 11.5 feet during the repair and renovation operation. State police cleared the air conditioning unit and other debris from the roadway.

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08/21/15 02:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Jersey Mike’s Subs to Compo Acres

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Jersey Mike’s Subs will open in October in the Compo Acres Shopping Center, 398 Post Road East, according to an employee in its Norwalk store at 360 Connecticut Ave. Robek Juice formerly occupied the space, between Trader Joe’s and Farrow & Ball. Westport will be the company’s 10th location in Connecticut. Originally called Mike’s Subs, the business started in Point Pleasant, N.J. in 1956. Today, according to CEO Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s has more than 1,500 locations open or under development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/21/15 01:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 3 - 7, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 3 - 7, 2015:

Steven and Jacqueline Homscheid to Clark and Linda Cheng, 39 Danbury Road, $2,800,000WNproperty.jpg

Robert A. and Patricia C. Chernow to Kathleen Brady and Richard Klimberg, 4 Fox Run Lane, $1,671,000

Post Road Southpark LLC to Benjamin and Pamela Greenblatt, 14 Long Lots Lane , $1,525,000

Susanne Kanner Estate to Riverside/15 Bauer LLC, 15 Bauer Place, $575,000

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08/21/15 11:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Vehicle Stop Nets Cocaine Bust

A motor vehicle stop on West Parish Road Wednesday night resulted in the arrest of a Bridgeport man after a search revealed a small bag of cocaine near the driver’s seat, Westport police said today.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, officers received consent to search the vehicle after the suspect Laquann Brooks, 37, gave his consent.

Brooks was charged with possession of narcotics and was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Aug 28.


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Part 5: Senior Housing Needs, Plans and Logjams

(Editor’s note: WestportNow’s special week-long series on seniors and housing concludes today with a look at efforts to add new senior housing to Westport and current options open to seniors.)

By James Lomuscio

The need for senior housing in Westport, whether affordable, market rate, and/or with an assisted living component, has confounded Westport officials for years.

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There is a waiting list of almost 300 for 21 remaining units under construction at the Westport Housing Authority’s Sasco Creek Village, 1655 Post Road East, according to Executive Director Carol Martin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It has become a flash point, however, for the current Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

Chairman Chip Stephens, 60, has said repeatedly that he is not against more senior housing in Westport. On the contrary, he says it is a need that has to be addressed, but by private developers and on private land, not town-owned land.

In fact, he says this need is behind formation of the P&Z Senior Housing Committee co-chaired by P&Z Vice Chairman Jack Whittle, 52, and member Catherine Walsh, 60. To date, the committee has had two meetings.

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Nighttime From South Beach

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A nighttime view from South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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Friday,  August 21, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
Noon - Westport Library - Alison Wachstein, Floral Photography
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Genevieve

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Swinging at the Levitt

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Frannie Southworth with Heart & Soul entertained before a lively crowd tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Local musician Chris Coogan (l) joined the ensemble and so did Joey Levine (3rd l), a Westporter who co-wrote “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I Got Love in My Tummy.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com


08/20/15 09:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bus Strikes North Avenue Merritt Bridge

A tour bus traveling illegally on the Merritt Parkway tonight struck a metal beam on the North Avenue Bridge, which is undergoing repairs, according to state police.

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The bus traveling southbound apparently struck a lowered steel beam, shearing off the bus air conditioning unit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The impact sheared off a rooftop air conditioning unit on the bus, which continued southbound, police said. Debris was scattered over the roadway, said a trooper on the scene.

The accident occurred as repair crews had lowered the clearance height on the bridge to 10 feet while construction is underway.

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews were en route to the bridge to make an inspection, according to state police.

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08/20/15 08:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rough Waters

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There was heavy surf and winds today at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


08/20/15 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rough Surf at Compo, Too

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Waves pounded the shore at Westport’s Compo Beach today as lifeguards keep careful watch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


08/20/15 05:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Debut at Farmers Market

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B.Good, whose motto is “real food fast,” made its debut today at the Westport Farmers Market. The restaurant opens Aug. 29 in Fairfield at 1460 Post Road, its third location in Connecticut after Glastonbury and Canaan. Steve Hourihan (white cap), manager of the Fairfield store, said, “We open in Greenwich in October and are looking for a location in Westport, too.” Co-owner Tony Rosenfeld (white jacket), who grilled hamburger tasters, said the business started 12 years ago in Boston on Dartmouth Street, near Newbury Street, and now has 23 U.S. locations.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/20/15 11:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Part 4:  ‘Heart-Wrenching ’ Move to Darien

(Editor’s note: WestportNow’s special series on seniors and housing today focuses on longtime Westporters who moved to Darien in search of housing to meet their needs.)

By James Lomuscio

Richard Leonard, 85, moved with his parents to Westport in 1946. He was just 15 but commuted daily on the 6:30 a.m. train to New York, so he could finish up at St. John’s Prep in Astoria, Queens.

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Dick and Paula Leonard at their new home in Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Paula Leonard moved with her parents to Westport in 1952, graduating from Staples High School that year.

It wasn’t long before the two met and began dating.

In 1957, after four years as a Navy pilot during the Korean Conflict, he and Paula married, settling into their first home on Lone Pine Lane, then Ludlowe Road and eventually Orchard Lane.

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Coming in for a Landing

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A Cormorant comes in for a landing on Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “From Russia with Love”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Graphic Novel Scriptwriters Workshop
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Last Chance Book Expo
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Transit Directors
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center (58 Post Road East) - Youth Commission Executive Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Frannie Southworth w/ Heart & Soul

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Finance Board Approves School Carryover Account

By James Lomuscio

Despite strong objections from Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members who argued that excess school monies should be returned to the general fund, the Board of Finance tonight unanimously approved a Board of Education (BOE) carryover account.

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Board of Finance member Tom Lasersohn (c) makes a point at tonight’s meeting as Lee Caney (l) and Brian Stern listen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The unexpended operating funds, whether prior to the end of the fiscal year or prior to Aug. 31, can be used for future schools expenditures subject to an agreement between both boards, the Board of Finance voted.

As soon as the carryover account was approved, the finance board unanimously gave its approval to the schools’ transfer of up to $250,000 not spent during fiscal year 2014-15 to the new education account.

Board of Finance members Tom Lasersohn and Lee Caney, who had been studying the BOE proposal since July 1, described it in detail. Lasersohn said there was a limit on how big the fund can get, 3 percent of the schools’ operating budget, and that withdrawing more than $200,000 from the account would be subject to Board of Finance approval.

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