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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Westfair Drive Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 27 Westfair Drive, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 974-square feet and is situated on a .29-acre property. 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


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In the Pink Image
Monday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - TEAM Westport
8:45 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Municipal Pension Plan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Talk of the Town”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Movie: “I’ll See You in My Dreams”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport & The New Yorker: Conversation with Andrew Bentley, Eve Potts, & Lee Lorenz
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Broken Glass”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, October 05, 2015

P&Z Candidates Spar in League Debate

By James Lomuscio

Tonight’s League of Women Voters (LWV) of Westport debate among candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at times seemed like a debate about a single subject—Baron’s South. Image
Tonight’s League of Women Voters of Westport Town Hall event featured a debate among candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

The seven-year effort to build a senior housing complex on the 22-acre town-owned property was mentioned repeatedly by participants seven months after its controversial end in March with the Republican-controlled P&Z declaring all of the land open space.

In fact, the issue became so contentious at the debate’s onset that Republican P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens asked all of the other candidates and LWV Moderator Jean Rabinow to move on.

“This has to be more than a one-issue debate,” said Stephens, who had earlier cited traffic and congestion as major town issues.

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RTM Candidates Lobby for Votes in the Lobby Image
Prior to tonight’s League of Women Voters of Westport presentations and debates in the Town Hall auditorium, candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the town’s 36-member nonpartisan legislative body, met with constituents in the Town Hall lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Lobbying for Votes

The Town Hall lobby was crowded tonight with candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) meeting with constituents prior to the League of Women Voters of Westport debates. Phyllis Groner for


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Celebrating Arthur Miller Image
A glimpse of a scene from “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s 1996 adapted screenplay can be seen tonight through a door of the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall at the Westport Country Playhouse. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the film was presented in a free screening in partnership with the Westport Cinema Initiative, a prelude to a series of events celebrating Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday. The Playhouse production of Miller’s “Broken Glass” begins previews Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Peter Chenot: for


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Margaret ‘Peggy’ Brenton, 76

Margarey “Peggy” Brenton of Southport, an active member of Westport’s St. Luke Church for more than 50 years, died Oct. 4 after battling cancer. She was 76. Image
Peggy Brenton: longtime St. Luke parishioner.  Contributed photo

The wife of 34 years of the late John J. Brenton was born Dec. 9, 1938 to William and Kathryn Ryan of Stratford. She was a graduate of Lauralton Hall in Milford and St. Joseph’s College in Hartford. 

She ran a successful, full service interior design firm for 20 years. She was on the board of the Sasquanaug Association for Southport Improvement, the chairperson of the Sea Lodge Beach Club in Southport for 30 years, and was on the advisory committee for the Sea Scout Ship No. 84 based at Trinity Church in Southport. 

She was a longtime member of the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Kensington Place Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Kensington Place, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1987, the two-story custom colonial has 3,547 square feet, is situated on a 1.26-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1,350,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Olivia Vlahos, 91

Olivia Vlahos of Westport died Aug. 26 at home. She was 91.

A bestselling author, professor, and wife of the late Emmy Award-winning screenwriter John Vlahos (see WestportNow April 24, 2004), she was born Jan. 8, 1924.

She showed a flare for the stage at a young age, touring Texas as a young actress with Interstate Players. She later, attended the University of Texas Houston where she wrote and performed in shows for the USO and, under the tutelage of renowned anthropologist Gilbert McAllister, discovered her love of anthropology.

She received her Masters from Sarah Lawrence College where the eminent mythologist Joseph Campbell became a lifelong mentor and friend.

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Lucille Barrett, 92

Lucille Barrett of Jenkintown, Pa., a former teacher in the Westport school system, died Oct. 4. She was 92. Image
Lou Barrett: Westport teacher. Contributed photo

Known to all as Lou, she was a poet, scholar, teacher and social activist. Her poetry appeared in Midstream, Connecticut River Review, Poetica magazine, Muse, Voices Israel, and the National English Journal. She was honored by the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English and the Connecticut Poetry Society for her work.

Her publications include five collections of poetry that explore fearlessly and with intensity her Jewish heritage, her childhood in Brooklyn, and her maturing to adulthood and old age. Through all her writings, she found meaning in the connections between her own life and the symbols and images that have endured in myth, story, and literature throughout the centuries.

She was a lifelong teacher in the classroom, transforming lives for decades of students. Beginning her teaching career in Greenwich Village in the 1940s, she later became a teacher of English literature in the Westport Public Schools, where after retirement she continued as a writing coach.

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Erratic Driving, Then a Drug Arrest Image
Amber Goold: posted $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport officers arrested a Norwalk woman Friday morning after a vehicle stop for erratic driving led to the discovery of narcotics, police said today.

Amber Goold, 25, was charged with possession of narcotics not in original container and possession of controlled substance.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, a witness phoned in the suspect’s reckless driving, providing a description of the vehicle, its plate and the direction it was heading.

“An officer on patrol observed the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop,” Arciola said. “In speaking with the occupants it was learned that the passenger was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Sunset on Rough Waters Image
Sunset on Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach as rough waters continued along the shoreline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for


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Monday, October 5, 2015

10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Talk of the Town”
Noon - Westport Woman’s Club - Jane Condon
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Film: “The Crucible”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters Debate (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, October 04, 2015

WSJ Highlight’s CT Pension Problems

Connecticut, the state with the richest population, may not have enough money in its own pockets, says a story in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.

“Connecticut has roughly half of what it needs to pay future retirement benefits for its workers, meaning the home to scores of hedge funds and some of the country’s wealthiest towns is wrestling with financial distress rivaling that of Kentucky or Illinois,” the newspaper said.

“Some investors concerned about the size of Connecticut’s pension hole are backing away from bonds issued by the Constitution State or demanding bigger rewards to hold them.

“Investors in some Connecticut state bonds now get a premium of about half a percentage point above benchmark bonds from other states, up from 0.28 percentage point a year ago, according to Thomson Reuters Municipal Market Data. Only four other U.S. states are now priced as riskier bets.”


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The Surf Got the Ball Image
Berkley, an 8-year-old golden lab belonging to Patti Brown of Wilton, turns as a large wave takes away his tennis ball at Compo Beach today. He managed to get it on the next try. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for


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Compo Surfing Image
The large waves at Westport’s Compo Beach today were ideal for some Compo surfing.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nancy Lally for


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Sunny Skies and Rough Surf Image
Despite a forecast of wet weather, there were sunny skies over Westport today but rough seas continued as dogs and owners enjoyed the day at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Clearing His Way to Eagle Scout Image
Jeffrey Adelglass, 17, a 2015 Staples graduate and currently a freshman at the University of Connecticut, works on his Eagle Scout service project clearing a 600-foot trail at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum across from the Earthplace. He expects to be made an Eagle Scout in the spring with his Troop 100, which meets at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Democrats Open Headquarters Image
Democratic Town Committee Chair Keith Stein hangs out the banner today as Westport Democrats officially opened their campaign headquarters at 1767 Post Road East in the Westfair Shopping Center. The space was formerly occupied by the Christian Science Reading Room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Fundraiser Fun Image
Last spring, the Staples boys soccer team put themselves up for auction at a Kings Highway Elementary School fundraiser. Today, the winners asked the Wreckers to play some games with -– and create memories for -– a group of KHS first and second graders. It was hard to tell who had more fun—the little kids or the big ones. Pictured with their new KHS friends are (l-r, front row) Jack Zeldes and Sam Kantor; (rear) Graham Gudis, Josh Berman, Kenji Goto, Spencer Daniels, Matteo Broccolo, and Andres Marmelo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Staples’ Karagus: ‘You Have to Be Yourself’

By James Lomuscio

One of the late baseball legend Yogi Berra’s scratch-your-head witticisms was, “If you can’t imitate him, don’t try to copy him.” Image
Interim Staples Principal Mark W. Karagus:“I’ve made a pretty good dent introducing myself,”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

That Yogi-ism could best apply to die-hard Yankees fan Mark W. Karagus, the interim principal who just finished up his first month at Westport’s Staples High School.

“I’m a little bit different from John,” Karagus says about his style compared to that of former principal John Dodig, the beloved administrator who retired in June after 11 years at the helm. “I don’t want to copy his style. You have to be yourself. It’s what I do.”

Described as personable, if not garrulous, Karagus, 65, can be found mornings, greeting students in the school’s lobby, but not standing center stage there like Dodig. He also makes sure to walk the halls, to visit the cafeteria, to chat with students.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Deletta Lane Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Deletta Lane, off Crescent Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story split has 1,066-square feet, is situated on a .27-acre property and, according to tax assessor records, last changed ownership in May 2000 for $275,000. 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


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Stormy Water Fun Image
The rough waves off of Westport’s Compo Beach Saturday made for good kite surfing.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Feliciano for


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Sunday,  October 4, 2015

8 a.m. - 11 p.m. - Railroad Place & vicinity - Concours d’Caffeine Canceled
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Festival Postponed to Oct.18
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “They’re Playing Our Song”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Update: Coastal Flood Advisory Remains in Effect

The National Weather Service said a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for Westport and area from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

It said to expect minor coastal flooding around the times of high tide Sunday. High tide in Westport Sunday is at 4:49 a.m. and 5:14 p.m.

Tidal departures will be 1.5 feet above astronomical tide levels, the Weather Service said.

A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tide will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.


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Pounding Waves at Compo Image
Pounding waves at Westport’s Compo Beach at high tide today drew many curious to the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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‘I Rarely See Surf Like This at Compo’ Image
Among the many attracted to the cascading surf at Compo Beach today to record the scene was Westporter Pat Spoor. “I rarely see surf like this at Compo,” she said. “It’s dramatic.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Saugatuck Shores View Image
Residents of Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area had this view of the pounding surf at high tide today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for


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Touring Historical District Image
Today’s Westport Historical Society (WHS) walking tour of Westport’s Kings Highway North Historic District tour included a stop at 96 Kings Highway North.  Built in 1760, it is known as the David Judah House. About 20 persons attended the tour hosted by Ed Gerber and assisted by Ed Hynes, a specialist on the history of Westport during the American Revolution. According to WHS officials, Kings Highway North was established as a local historic district in 1972 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It encompasses 106 “contributing buildings” – structures that add to the district’s historical qualities – and four historic sites. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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