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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Checking Out an Odor

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A report of a gas odor at 1086 Post Road East brought firefighters to the busy shopping center which includes Barnes & Noble and Marshalls Shoe Store. No problem was found, according to responding firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Christmas Caroling in Westport’s Downtown

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Westport downtown shoppers today were serenaded by the Stratford-based Sedgwick family carolers who performed in Westport for the second consecutive year. Santa joined the Sedwick family - Shalyn Sedgwick (l) and her husband Jon (r) with three daughters Jolysa, 27, Jenica, 24, and Shalese, 22. Jolysa recently graduated from Brigham young University where her two sisters are currently a senior and sophomore respectively. Carolers were later visiting restaurants in in the Saugatuck area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Old and New

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Carriage rides arranged by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and Chamber of Commerce mixed with holiday shoppers today on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Busy Day at Farmers Market

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It was a busy shopping day today at the Westport Winter Farmers Market on the final weekend before Christmas. The market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 8 Sylvan Lane, included clothing items in addition to the broad range of food specialties.  Signage alerted visitors that the market is open on Tuesday, Dece. 22, 10 a.m. to noon instead of Saturday, Dec. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Ronald J. Weir, 76

Ronald J. Weir of Stratford and formerly of Redding, a former physical education teacher in the Westport school system, died Dec. 16 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 76

Born in Bridgeport Dec. 31, 1938, he was son of the late John and Theresa (Shelsa) Weir, He was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport and retired from Coleytown Middle School in Westport as a physical education Instructor.

He was predeceased in 2010 by his wife, Valerie (Brodrick) Weir, also a Coleytown Middle School physical education teacher who retired with him in 1991. Survivors include his sister Dorothy T. Graham of Stratford, nephew Richard Graham and grandniece Amanda Graham.

Per his request there will be no services. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association.


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Oliver T. Hayes III

Oliver Thomas (Tom) Hayes III of Norwalk died Dec. 10 at home. He was 73.

He was the son of Ruth Turner Hayes and O.T. Hayes, Jr., grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School. Through hard work, he received a metallurgical engineering degree from North Carolina State University, where he was a member of Sig Phi Epsilon fraternity.

He completed Officer Candidate School to become an officer in the Navy, serving three tours of duty on a destroyer in the Vietnam War. He received a masters degree from the Wharton Business School and worked for J Walter Thompson, where he met Jeanne Maraz, his wife and friend for 41 years.

After becoming senior vice president at William Esty Advertising and Wells Rich Greene, he was executive vice president and managing partner at the New England Consulting Group in Westport, where he authored two books on marketing and advertising.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 133 North Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 133 North Ave., near the intersection of Cross Highway, is in process. Built in 1961, the two-story colonial has 2,582-square feet and is situated on a 1.43-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 WestportNow.com


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Saturday,  December 19, 2015

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
Noon - 3 p.m. - Main Street - Sleigh Rides, Santa, and Carolers
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Winslow Park Animal Hospital (319 Post Road East) - Santa Pics With Pets & Puppy Adoption Event
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples High School 75th Annual Candlelight Concert
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - The Living Strange w/ Deep Dish
7:30 p.m. - Tavern on Main - Jazz Set to Benefit Open Door Shelter

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, December 18, 2015

Gallery: 75th Candlelight Concert Debuts

Scenes from tonight’s opening night of the 75th Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School. In an unusual twist, the Symphonic Orchestra was conducted by David Ohanian, Staples Class of 1963 and the son of John Ohanian, director at Staples from 1940 to 1974 and the beloved founder of the Candlelight Concert. In honor of David Ohanian’s presence, Choral Director Luke Rosenberg invited alumni to join in singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from “The Messiah,” something usually reserved for Saturday night’s closing concert. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Guest Conductor

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Guest conductor tonight of the Staples High School Symphonic Orchestra at the opening night of the 75th Candlelight Concert was David Ohanian, Staples ‘63, son of John Ohanian, founder of Candlelight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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New Production Number

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At tonight’s 75th presentation of the annual Candlelight Concert at Staples High School, students presented a program ending with a new production number, an entertaining updated “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”  by Don Rickenback. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


12/18/15 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Progress on Bedford Square

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Work continued today on the Bedford Square development project in Westport’s center. A worker said the tower crane on the site will come down in February.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


12/18/15 06:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Developer Pleased with Public Support for Text Amendment

By James Lomuscio

Westport developer David Waldman said today he was pleased with the support town officials expressed at Thursday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting for his Riverwalk District text amendment that he says will benefit the town as well as his planned development.

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An aerial view of the Waldman project presented to the P&Z last year.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

“What we’re looking forward to is a very direct correlation with the public good,” said Waldman.

Waldman plans to build a two-story, 25,000-square-foot office building at the 2.54-acre former Save the Children (STC) site, plus a three-story residential building for between 15 and 17 condominiums. As part of the project, he plans to move the historic structure at 1 Wilton Road to the STC site, allowing the problem intersection at Wilton Road and the Post Road to be expanded by one lane.

“The piece of property is the last piece of the downtown (revitalization) plan,” Waldman said.

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Police: Weston Road at Sipperley’s Hill Road Reopened

UPDATE Westport Police advise that Weston Road at Sipperley’s Hill Road has reopened after being closed due to a motor vehicle accident.


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Shortly After Release, Stalker Arrested Again

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Ramil Mansourov: held on $250,000 bond. Westport Police photo

A Darien man arrested for stalking his ex-girlfriend in Westport Wednesday night made bail only to be arrested again for emailing the victim several times after his release, police said today.

The condition of Ramil Mansourov’s, 46, initial release on a $2,500 bond was that he was to have no contact with the woman, police said.

According to Lt. David Farrell, Mansourov has since been charged with violations of conditions of release and second-degree harassment. Unable to make a new, whopping $250,000 bond, he was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court Thursday.

Farrell said the event unfolded when Westport officers responded to a Post Road West business on a report of an ex-boyfriend stalking his ex-girlfriend. The female observed the male looking in her vehicle in the parking lot, he said, and when officers arrived, “the female was approaching them with the male behind her.”

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Angels in Art History

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Westport art historian Fiona Garland discussed angels throughout art history at ArtCafé at the Westport Arts Center today “Angels play a crucial part in many stories depicted in art throughout the ages,” she said.“They act as go-betweens, as messengers, they move the story along—and because they are such beautiful creatures, artists love to render them and we love to look at them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for WestportNow.com


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Former Staples Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

A former Staples High School math teacher once honored with a “My Favorite Teacher Award” has pleaded guilty in Stamford Superior Court to two counts of second-degree sexual assault involving a 14-year-old girl he had tutored.

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Theron Kissinger: free on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Theron Kissinger, 45 of Southbury, entered his plea before Judge Auden Grogins Wednesday in Part A of the court and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, according to the court clerk’s office.

Kissinger has been free on a $50,000 bond since his arrest by Westport Police on Jan. 15. (See WestportNow Jan. 15, 2015)

The arrest followed an investigation based on a complaint made by a Staples social worker who had been contacted by the victim. Kissinger, employed by the school system since 2009, reportedly had been tutoring the victim after school at Barnes & Noble in Westport, the very place he had received the favorite teacher award.

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New Traffic Light Pole

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Workers for Ducci, electrical contractors for the Department of Transportation (DOT), today install a traffic light pole at the intersection of Myrtle and Imperial Avenues at Post Road East.  According to the workers, the current installation segment will be completed next week and new traffic lights are expected to be operational in six to eight weeks. They said a similar installation process would next be performed near the intersection of Sherwood Island Connector and Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/18/15 12:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Keller Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Keller Lane, off Turkey Hill Road North, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1,156-square feet, is situated on a .49-acre property and changed ownership this month for $550,000. 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 WestportNow.com


12/18/15 12:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Norwalk Hospital to Pay $920,000 in False Claims Settlement

Norwalk Hospital will pay $920,000 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare for minimally-invasive kyphoplasty procedures, the Justice Department announced today.

The hospital is among 32 hospitals in 15 states that have agreed to pay the United States a total of more than $28 million to settle the allegations, an announcement said.

The settlements are the result of a so-called whistleblower lawsuit filed by two former employees of Kyphon Inc. who will receive approximately $4.75 million for bringing the suit, the Justice Department said.

The Justice Department has now reached settlements with more than 130 hospitals totaling approximately $105 million to resolve allegations that they mischarged Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures, it said.

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2015:

Alistair and Natalia Gillett to Wanda L. Tedesco, 6 Hills Lane, Taxes paid in Norwalk, $370,000WNproperty.jpg

US Bank NA-TR to 8 Keller LLC, 8 Keller Lane, $550,000

SIR-10 Elmwood LLC to 10 Elmwood Road LLC, 10 Elmwood Road, $3,000,000

17 Wake Robin Road LLC to Juan Cruz and Vanessa Diaz, 17 Wake Robin Road, $1,397,500

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Friday,  December 18, 2015

9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé: “Angels in Art,” Fiona Garland
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - “Diabetes: the Epidemic Intensifies”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub Grades K-12
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jake Yarmoff w/ Skyler
8 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples High School 75th Annual Candlelight Concert

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Parks Official, Preservationists Question Open Space Amendment

By James Lomuscio

A proposed, open space text amendment limiting municipal uses on town-owned Baron’s South—and eventually Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach—drew concerns from preservationists and a parks and recreation official at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting.

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The P&Z briefly discussed “adaptive reuse” of the “Golden Shadows” mansion (above) and another house on the town-owned Baron’s South property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Text amendment 704, aims to amend Dedicated Open Space and Recreation District (DOSRD) designations by “limiting the introduction of new uses and controlling more intense development.”

Charles Haberstroh, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, questioned how the amendment might affect the town’s ability to add a new pool at Longshore, restore the park’s cabins, even renovate and expand the Inn at Longshore.

Selectwoman Helen Garten, currently leading a move to restore and reuse the abandoned Golden Shadows mansion at the 22-acre Baron’s South property, as well as another home on site, had concerns whether the text of the proposed amendment could hinder town plans in the works for the buildings’ adaptive reuse.

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Christmas Day Community Reception Set

The third annual Westport Christmas Day Community Reception is set for Friday, Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Suzanne Sheridan and Bob Cooper will entertain again at the Christmas Day Community Reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

Temple Israel, The Unitarian Church in Westport, the United Methodist Church of Westport/Weston, and Saugatuck Congregational Church are hosting the event at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

A light lunch and holiday treats will be served, Santa Claus will make a special appearance, and live music will be provided by Westporters Bob Cooper and Suzanne Sheridan, organizers said.

“Christmas is a time to celebrate love and good fellowship,” said Robert Mitchell, reception chairman. “So, on behalf of our partners, we are delighted to announce the 2015 Christmas Day Community Reception.”

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Chicago Firm Acquires Westport’s RDM Financial Group

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RDM Financial Group will maintain its Westport headquarters at 1555 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport-based RDM Financial Group, a registered investment adviser managing $700 million in client assets, has been acquired by HighTower Advisors LLC of Chicago, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

No purchase price for RDM Financial Group, which is led by Chief Executive Ron Weiner at 1555 Post Road East, was disclosed, the report said.

Weiner will maintain his 15-person team at the firm’s Westport and Boca Raton, Fla., locations.

He also will have an office with HighTower in New York, according to the newspaper.


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Rain on Main

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With eight days to go until Christmas, shoppers were out on Westport Main Street today despite rainy weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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CT Lawmakers, Except Himes, Split With Party Over Tax Package

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, whose 4th District includes Westport, today voted against a tax extender bill that won approval from his four Connecticut Democratic congressional colleagues in a split with their party.

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U.S. Rep Jim Himes (addressing Y’s Men last month):  “We will regret this vote.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“Paul Ryan and the Republican majority specifically designed this vote to be difficult by loading the bill with credits and extensions for programs that are important to those of us who care about families, combating poverty, and supporting charitable giving and job growth,” Himes said in a statement. 

“However, because the bill didn’t pay for these, its passage will add at least $780 billion, including interest, to the national debt over the 10 years and $2 trillion over the next two decades.”

U.S. Reps. John Larson, Elizabeth Esty, Rosa DeLauro and Joe Courtney of Connecticut split from their party leaders in voting for the tax package. They were among 77 Democrats who joined all but three House Republicans in voting for the bill.

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Westporter Named to NAB Hall of Fame

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Westport resident Mike Greenberg will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame along with his “Mike & Mike” co-host Mike Golic. They will be inducted in April. The announcement was made today on the show by ESPN President John Skipper. The show has aired weekday mornings since 2000 and is available on ESPN Radio and on ESPN affiliates across the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images


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Sybilla A. Callaghan, 90

Sybilla Anderson Callaghan of Fairfield died Oct. 28 at The Jewish Home. She was 90.

Born Aug. 26, 1925, in Tatumville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Ned and Ira Agnew.  She graduated with honors from Tatumville High School and Miss Wylie’s Business College in Memphis.

She worked as a secretary at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. and at Murray-Carver in Memphis.  She enjoyed singing, sewing and was a dedicated bridge player, member of the Garden Club, Great Books, and long-time member of Church of the River Unitarian Church in Memphis.

Survivors include son Richard Anderson, Jr. and his wife Mira Furth of N. Andover, Mass.; a daughter, Judith Anderson of Westport; son George Anderson of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Doris Elaine Smith and Betty Jane Hudson of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Rachel and Justin Anderson and twp great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and greats.  She was pre-deceased by her husband John P. Callaghan, and former husband Richard C. Anderson, Sr., and by her son in law Nicholas Rudd of Westport.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Green Task Force
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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