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Friday, August 07, 2015

Cooling Off With a Yogurt

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On a warm August night Thursday many Westporters were drawn to the many of the town’s frozen yogurt stores, including Sweet Frog, 625 Post Road East, which opened more than two years ago in the shopping center anchored by The Fresh Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday,  August 7, 2015


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
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”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
Noon - Westport Library - Introduction to Qigong
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Thelma Gordon Movie Series
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DJ Rekha

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

More Ideas Floated at P&Z Senior Housing Committee

By James Lomuscio

It seemed there were more ideas for increasing Westport’s senior housing stock than there were people at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) second Senior Housing Committee meeting tonight. Only 10 persons were in attendance, and again, everything appeared to be on the table.

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About 10 persons attended tonight’s second meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commisson’s Senior Housing Committeee (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

From group homes for seniors to continuing care residential communities (CCRC) to multifamily senior housing without support services—even the suggestion of putting three ranch houses for seniors on an acre in a one-acre residential zone—the committee explored myriad ways to entice developers to pursue projects on private land.

“We’re still brainstorming,” said Catherine Walsh, who co-chairs the committee with P&Z Vice Chairman Jack Whittle.

“That’s the general idea,” said Whittle, adding that the paths chosen would be “followed by a text amendment or two that have a reasonable chance of getting around the P&Z.”

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Coming to a School Near You: Ratings from 1 to 5

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

NEW HAVEN — Every public school in Connecticut will be rated 1 through 5 this winter.

In addition, every high school junior will be required to take the SAT test as opposed to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, a controversial exam aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

And teachers will have another year before student test scores begin being factored into their evaluations.

Those are just a few of the changes that the U.S. Department of Education approved for Connecticut schools today. Connecticut had asked for flexibility to make the changes under the No Child Left Behind Act so it would not be penalized under the law’s rigid requirements.

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Old School Revue at Levitt

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight presented Old School Revue featuring The Saugatuck Horns with special guest Tom Bowes (r), formerly lead singer with Tower of Power. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) JTG Photography for WestportNow.com

   

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Dancing at the Levitt

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Special guest Tom Bowes, formerly lead singer with Tower of Power, had the crowd dancing tonight as he performed at the Levitt Pavilion with Old School Revue featuring The Saugatuck Horns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) JTG Photography for WestportNow.com

   

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Shopping Stopped

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There were no customers in Westport’s Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, tonight as a power outage forced the store to use backup generators. Store personnel quickly cleared meat, fish, dairy products, and other perishables from the shelves during the outage, which began about 4 p.m. and continued at least six hours later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Working to Get the Power Back

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Workers from Eversource Energy tackled a power outage late tonight on Post Road East that affected Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, and other nearby stores in the shopping center. A worker said the problem was traced to a fault in an underground cable. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/06/15 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stop & Shop Power Outage ‘Like a Dance Party’

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Aisles at Westport’s Stop & Shop were darkened late today by a power outage. The outage, believed to be an issue with the underground wiring system, caused the lighting system to flash in patterns throughout the building due to the generator and current not being able to power all lighting. Credit card terminals were not working but cash was being accepted. One young child walked in and exclaimed “iI’s like a dance party.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

   

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Power Outage Hits Stop & Shop

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Workers at Westport’s Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, work quickly late today to cover and conceal all the open refrigerators to conserve the cold during a power outage. A manager said the outage was the second of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

   

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Comings & Goings: Another Mexican Restaurant

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Westport is getting another Mexican restaurant, this one named Rio Bravo at 1460 Post Road East. It opens in October, according to manager Everado Lopez, who describes the menu as “gourmet Mexican.”  This is the third location for Rio Bravo, owned by Edgar Brambila, who opened his first Rio Bravo in Fairfield in October 2013 and the second seven months ago in Larchmont, N.Y. Lopez said the similarity of the Rio Bravo name with its restaurant neighbor Bravo Pizzeria is a mere coincidence. Other recent Mexican restaurant openings on Post Road East include Chipolte, 376 Post Road East, and Qdoba, 275 Post Road East. They join the long-established Border Grill, 1550 Post Road East. Elsewhere in town, Mexican eateries include Viva Zapata, Villa del Sol, Bartaco, Cuatro Hermanos, and Señor Salsa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘An Irrational Man,’ ‘Southpaw,’ ‘Pixels’

By Susan Granger

Woody Allen has won four Academy Awards, along with the seven bestowed on actors in his films. “An Irrational Man,” his 46th film as a director, is a comedy about a tormented, disillusioned philosophy professor who muses about “morality, choice and the aesthetics of life, randomness and murder.”

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When Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) arrives at Rhode Island’s (fictional) Braylin College, his charismatic reputation precedes him – at least rumors about his alcoholism and legendary penchant for young women. Which poses an enticing challenge for frustrated faculty colleague, Rita Richards (Parker Posey), and eager philosophy student, Jill Pollard (Emma Stone).

Addressing his Ethical Strategies class, Abe casually informs them that “much of philosophy is verbal masturbation.” While we think we know right from wrong, circumstances can change things. Later, at an off-campus party, he horrifies onlookers by playing an impromptu game of Russian roulette.

Nihilistic Abe suffers from psychological depression, a condition which is immediately relieved after he and Jill eavesdrop on a cafe conversation in which a distraught mother recounts how she’s about to lose custody of her children because her estranged ex-husband is in cahoots with a corrupt judge.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
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
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzing Summer Film Series: “American President”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Planning & Zoning Senior Housing Subcommittee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Old School Muic’s Summer Soul Serenade
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Historical Society Honors Katie Chase

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Many members and friends of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) today paid tribute to Katie Chase, who recently retired from her volunteer work with the WHS after 15 years. Chase said she started in 2000 when the late Barbara Raymond asked for her assistance in transcribing a document. She went on to become WHS secretary (2005-2007), president (2007-2009), head of nominating committee (2010-2011), director of archives (2012-2015), oral history committee (2012-present) and a member of the board of directors since 2005. Expressing her feelings about the tribute, Chase, who stepped down for health reasons, said, “It was overwhelming, so many reminisced about things I had forgotten.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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William Pitt Sotheby’s Acquires Nicholas H. Fingelly

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today it has acquired the assets of Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate in Southport and Westport. Terms were not disclosed.

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Vicky, Cathy and Ginny Fingelly with Paul Breunich, president and CEO of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate will now operate as William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, a news release said.

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty said it will maintain two brokerage locations in each of the towns, keeping Fingelly’s offices at 251 Main St., Southport, and 1265 Post Road East, Westport, as well as its own at 250 Pequot Ave. Southport and 199 Post Road East in Westport.

Fingelly’s 67 sales associates will still be based out of their existing offices, including principals Cathy, Ginny and Vicky Fingelly, who will also continue with the firm as sales associates, the announcement said.

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Pouring Concrete

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Cement trucks lined up around the Bedford Square development site from the early hours of today as concrete was poured throughout the day on the new Bedford Square development. An announcement today provided more details of the anchor tenant for the complex—a 40,000-square foot large format Anthropologie store. It said the new concept, which will be the third in the nation, will house its namesake as well as BHLDN,  Anthropologie Home and Beauty, and a full service restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

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Westporters Taking to Single Stream Recycling

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Westporters have enthusiastically adopted single stream recycling since the program was first introduced in 2011, according to Stephen Edwards, director of Public Works.

Since its inception, single stream recycling in Westport has accounted for the recycling of 14,036.24 tons of recyclables, Edwards said in an announcement.

Each ton of recyclables removed from the waste stream and processed under this contract will translate into a savings of approximately $105 per ton, he said.

Two years ago, additional commodities were added to the recyclable list—paperback books, phone books, hard cover books that have had the binders removed, small plastic toys, and pots and pans.

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Closed to Traffic

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Westport’s Church Lane was closed to traffic today from 5 a.m. because of concrete pouring operations at the Bedford Square development site.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - UN International Hospitality Committee
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”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Reality Hackers Discussion Group
6:30 p.m. - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Deep Dish w/ The Foresters, Kiernan Edwards & Billy Stark
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Okee Dokee Brothers

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Nicholas V. Paulik, 80

Nicholas V. Paulik of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 3 at home. He was 80.

Born in Norwalk, the son of the late Albert and Julia Paulik, he had been a resident of Westport for 40 years. He retired from the automotive industry and moved to Fairfield in 2003.

The husband of Grace (Fiore) Paulik for 56 years, he is survived by his two children, Megan Whitton and her husband Jack of Redding, and Dave Paulik and his wife Maura of Fairfield, seven grandchildren; Emily, Blair and Bradley Whitton and Skylar, Avery, Kendyl and Camryn Paulik and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Autism Speaks.

   

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Author Jane Green: Social Media a Blessing and a Curse

Westport best-selling author Jane Green told the Westport Rotary Club today while social media is presenting time-consuming challenges for writers, it also produces rewards.

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Westport best-selling author Jane Green addresses the Westport Rotary Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Social media is a blessing and a curse for me,” she said. “It’s such a curse and such a drain and so time-consuming, but I can see how my writing is touching people.”

Green, an English-born journalist now a naturalized American citizen living in Westport’s Compo Beach area with her husband and six children, said while more and more people are using smartphones and other devices, there still is a inner desire unmet by electronics.

“We all hide behind phones and computers, but long for a human connection,” she said.

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Salman Rushdie to Deliver Malloy Lecture in the Arts

Renowned author and human rights advocate Salman Rushdie will deliver the Westport Library’s annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Staples High School auditorium, it was announced today.

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of our time, Rushdie is the author of twelve novels including “Midnight’s Children” (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), “The Satanic Verses,” “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” and “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” which was the inspiration for a song produced by U2 with lyrics by Rushdie.

He has also published four works of nonfiction, including his acclaimed memoir J”oseph Anton.” The memoir’s title was taken from the code name he used after Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran charged him with blasphemy and issued a fatwa calling for his assassination following the publication of “The Satanic Verses.”

Rushdie has co-edited two anthologies, “Mirrorwork”, a collection of contemporary Indian writing, “Best American Short Stories 2008.” and a collection of short stories, “East and West.”

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Slow Go on Post Road East

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Two westbound lanes and one eastbound of Post Road East near Imperial Avenue were closed today as workers continue to install underground wiring and cables for new traffic lights at the intersection. According to a worker, the process will improve the operation of the traffic lights and the pedestrian crosswalk electronic automation system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Firefighter Joins Fight Against Calif. Wildfires

A Westport firefighter is leaving today for northern California to assist with the wildfires after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. 

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Westport Assistant Chief Mike Kronick fighting a Montana fire in 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Assistant Chief Michael Kronick, a 17-year veteran of the department, is joining the 20-person fire crew from the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew that is part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), according to a Westport Fire Department announcement.

The DEEP maintains a roster of staff and personnel from local fire departments who are certified to fight wildfires, which in turn allows Connecticut to participate in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service. 

Kronick was last deployed in 2013 to assist Canada with a stubborn fire in the northern province of Quebec. He has also been deployed to the western United States several times previously.

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Kenneth D. Alexander, 64, Town Controller

UPDATE Kenneth Dermott Alexander of Milford, controller for the Town of Westport, died Aug. 1 at home. He was 64.

A Westport employee since 1999, he assumed the controller position in 2008. On his watch, the town maintained its triple-A (Aaa) rating with Moody’s Investor Service and successfully offered bond issues and refunding bond issues, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a statement, First Selectman Jim Marpe said: “Among his many financial management and reporting responsibilities, Ken played a major role in managing our pension investment funds and achieving maximum return for the town’s investment portfolio.  His commitment to his job and to the financial strength of this town was admirable.

“On behalf of the Town of Westport and his fellow employees, we extend our sincerest condolences to Ken’s family and friends.  He will be sorely missed.”

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Newman’s Own Selects First Fellows

Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation today announced its first formal class of fellows.

The innovative Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides recent college graduates with work experience in the philanthropic sector. In addition, the program is designed to expand, enhance, and diversify the pipeline of new talent entering nonprofit careers, an announcement said.

The Fellows were selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, as well as commitment to social issues and community development. They have been placed at nonprofit organizations in roles aligned with their capabilities and career interests.

The placements were made by Newman’s Own Foundation in collaboration with the nonprofits.

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Marina Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as viewed from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
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. - Westport Library - Book Chat
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Town Residential Real Estate Committee
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - CES Playground - Coleytown Elementary School Incoming Kindergarten Meet-up
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Critical Management Skills: Creating an Environment for Business Success
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mill River Band

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Westport 9-10 Softballers Win State Title

The Westport 9-10 Little League girls softball all stars defeated Waterford 3-1 today to win the state championship.

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The Westport team members celebrate their state championship today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

It was the first state title for Westport softballers since 1975.

The win at Orange came after Westport defeated Waterford 9-6 on Sunday following Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Waterford in the series opener.

Westport’s win came on the strength of pitcher Amanda Green, who stayed in for the entire game. She struck out eight and allowed six hits.

   

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Raymond Eyes, 90

Raymond Eyes of the Georgetown section of Redding, a former 45-year Westport resident and former publisher of Redbook and McCall’s magazines, died July 30 at Danbury Hospital. He was 90.

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He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on June 17, 1925 and spent his childhood in Georgetown. He was a veteran of the World War II.

In 1947, he married Anne Coleman of Darien. The couple moved their family to Westport in 1959, where they raised their four children. In 2004, they moved to Meadow Ridge in Redding. Anne died in 2009.

An English major at the University of Connecticut, he was publisher of Redbook magazine in the mid-1960s, and president and publisher of McCall’s magazine until his retirement in 1986.

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