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Sunday, March 06, 2016

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Juliette Newshel, 3, of Westport was at the Westport Library book sale today with her mother, Jessica, as they both enjoyed looking through the books. The sale winds up Monday with all items half-priced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


03/06/16 05:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

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It was a busy last day of the season today at the P.A.L. Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Cub Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Sunday, March 6, 2016

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Looking-Forward-to-Spring Book Sale
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Hokanum Estate Gallery Lecture
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Let’s Knit! Adult-Child Program
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz: La Voz de Tres
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen”
7 p.m. - Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road) - Gary Shteyngart, author of “Little Failure”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Library March Book Sale Under Way

Library March Book Sale Under Way
The Westport Library’s March book sale today attracted bargain hunters young and not so young. The sale includes all categories of books as well as many comic books, DVDs, CDs, and collectibles. The sale continues Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,and Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with everything half-priced.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Library Sale Includes Collectibles

Library Sale Includes Collectibles
The Westport Library’ March sale, which got under way today and continues Sunday and Monday, has a new category of ephemera collectibles. These include vintage magazines, travel materials, Playbills, cooking booklets and assorted pamphlets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


03/05/16 04:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

WSJ Spotlight on Westport Attorney Turned Screenwriter

Today’s Wall Street Journal Greater New York section spotlights Westport’s Michael Koskoff and his seven-year effort to write a screenplay about Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court justice. Image
Michael and Roz Koskoff and daughter Sarah (at a 2013 Westport screening of “Hello I Must Be Going,” for which Sarah wrote the screenplay.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

Koskoff, a civil rights and personal-injury attorney, took up screenwriting 13 years ago when his daughter Sarah, a screenwriter, gave him a book on the subject, the newspaper said.

“I read it and said all right ‘I’ll give it a try,” said Koskoff, 73, who studied acting before attending law school.

His story, set in the early 1940s, is about a racially charged Connecticut case involving Marshall. It is being made into a feature film called “Marshall” starring Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in “42.”

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Brownstone, the home decor and women’s clothing store at Westport’s 36 Main St. and The Make A Wish Club from Staples High School today teamed up to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation with a bake sale. The foundation grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. Taking part were students Bella Mattera, Nikki Benjamin, Cayne Mandell and Brownstone owners Celeste Puglisi and Victoria Schallert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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It was a pink cloud sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for


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Saturday, March 5, 2016

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Looking-Forward-to-Spring Book Sale
10 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective Pop Up Exhibition
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, March 04, 2016

Fashionistas at Near & Far Aid Gala Image
A fashion show was part of the 21st annual Near & Far Aid Spring Gala tonight at Mitchells of Westport. About 500 persons turnout out for the benefit for the all volunteer organization that works with more than 100 local agencies addressing the causes and effects of poverty. Since 2000, it has granted more $15 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for


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Dave Price, a WNBC-TV weatherman, was host for the Near & Far Aid Spring Gala tonight of Mitchells of Westport. He joked that the suits were so expensive at the Westport retailer that he could not afford to get a proper fitting one there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Near & Far Aid volunteers walk the runway tonight at the organization’s 21st Annual Spring Gala at Mitchells of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


03/04/16 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Near & Far Aid Spring Gala

Scenes from tonight’s 21st Annual Near & Far Aid Spring Gala at Mitchells of Westport. More than 500 persons attended the event. photos


03/04/16 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

8-30g Attorney Confident of Win

By James Lomuscio

The attorney for Garden Homes Management Corporation said today that the affordable housing appeal against Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) would prevail since the commission’s denial contradicts the town plan. Image
As part of its appeal, Garden Homes Management cited the Wright Street office building as an example of a structure where firefighter access is difficult. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Mark K. Branse, principal of Branse & Willis in Glastonbury, filed the appeal in the Land Use Litigation Docket in Hartford last week after the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Feb. 4 unanimously denied Garden Homes’ application to build at 122 Wilton Road a five-story, 48-unit rental housing complex, 30 percent of the units designated affordable. (See WestportNow Feb. 4, 2016)

The planned development on a little more than an acre on the west bank of the Saugatuck River and at the busy Kings Highway North intersection was proposed under the state’s 8-30g statute. The state law allows developers to override local zoning laws if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock listed as affordable, which Westport does not.

Prior to the vote Branse had charged bias, but the P&Z cited fire and traffic safety and environmental concerns to trump the state’s affordable housing statute.

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More Closures Next Week for Church Lane

Church Lane will be closed Monday through Friday next week because of construction on the Bedford Square project, town officials announced today.

The daily closure will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and traffic will be detoured via Elm Street, an announcement said.

In addition, work along the south end of Main Street/Post Road East adjacent to the Bedford building as well as excavation/backfilling along Elm Street adjacent to 36 Elm will restrict traffic to one lane intermittently.

The closures followed similar daytime closures Wednesday through today. 


03/04/16 05:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Memorial Day Theme Announced

The Westport Veterans Council has announced that the theme for the 2016 Memorial Day float contest will be “Honoring Veterans Now and Forever.”

There will be certificates awarded in the following categories:  best development of theme, best youth organizational float, most creative, best community organization, most colorful, and the best overall float.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, the parade will begin on Riverside Avenue at 9 a.m.

The memorial services will be on Veterans Green immediately following the parade.


03/04/16 05:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arrest in Transit Bus Assault

Officers arrested a Waterbury man Thursday after he allegedly punched the face of a passenger on a public transit bus, police said today. Image
Lance Christie: charged with assault. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers around 2 p.m. responded to the area of Post Road East and Colonial Road on the report of a disturbance between two parties on the bus.

The suspect Lance Christie, 44, was located in the area, hiding behind a dumpster, while the victim was standing nearby.

“Witnesses advised police that Christie was yelling at people on the bus, and when the victim went to sit near Christie, Christie punched him in the face,” Farrell said.

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Talking Transportation: Cross Country by Amtrak

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

A recent business trip took me to Dallas on a crowded, turbulent three and a half-hour hour flight from LaGuardia. But the return trip was a real treat:  two days and nights on Amtrak, for free. Image

Riding a lot of Acela trains in the Northeast Corridor, I’ve built up a ton of Amtrak Guest Rewards points, augmented by their co-branded credit card. So when I checked my calendar and the Amtrak website, I saw an opportunity to enjoy a leisurely ride home in a full bedroom, meals included, gratis.

The long distance trains I rode from Dallas to Chicago (The Texas Eagle) and Chicago to Washington DC (The Capitol Ltd) were all “Superliners”, ie double-deck cars with a variety of accommodations, including coaches and sleeping cars.

Each train also had a diner and an observation car, though the sightseeing through Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois wasn’t exactly memorable But the second leg of the trip through the hills and river valleys of Pennsylvania and Maryland was gorgeous.

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Westport Property Transfers Feb. 15 - 19, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 15 - 19, 2016:

Jenna Ruth Jacobs-Dick to Richard Andrew Ginsberg and Hee Ja Yang-Ginsberg, 2 Hazelnut Road, $1,755,000


John Cuseo and Michele B. Bloch to Sukru Kivanc and Esra Pakell, 59 Colony Road, $1,050,000

John J. Moranski Trust to Laurence Bailey, 9 Hen Hawk Lane, $1,800,000

Charlotte Bedusa Trust to 6 Bluewater Hill South LLC, 6 Bluewater Hill South, $4,100,000

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Docks along the Saugatuck River in Westport show evidence of the overnight light snowfall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


03/04/16 10:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement for Westport and area today warning of slippery conditions this morning for non-treated surfaces.

It said light snow this morning will result in snow covered surfaces for anything that is not treated.

“This will present slippery conditions and reduced visibilities making for hazardous travel conditions during the morning commute,” the statement said.

“Motorists encountering these conditions should drive extra slowly and carefully, leaving extra space between vehicles.”


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Friday, March 4, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective Pop Up Exhibition
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective Pop Up Artists Talk
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport - 21st Annual Near & Far Aid Spring Gala

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, March 03, 2016

P&Z Votes 4 to 3 to Deny Riverwalk Amendment

After hours of consideration, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight voted 4 to 3 to deny a proposed Riverwalk text amendment. Image
An aerial view of the Waldman project presented to the P&Z.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

The vote impacting the former Save the Children property at 54 Wilton Road did not come as a surprise. Commission members in a straw poll at their Jan. 28 meeting had voted 5 to 2 to deny the amendment. (See WestportNow Jan. 28, 2016)

It would have allowed local developer David Waldman to build a two-story, 25,000-square-foot office building and a 47-foot tall residential building for between 15 to 17 condominiums at the site overlooking the Saugatuck River. A riverwalk runs along a portion of the west bank of the river, thus the amendment’s name.

As part of the project, Waldman has said he would relocate the historic building at 1 Wilton Road to the 2.45-acre development area at 54 Wilton Road.

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Daybreak Cluster Housing Debated at P&Z

A proposal to build so-called cluster housing involving condominiums on the site of the former Daybreak Nursery brought varied reactions at tonight’s Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting. Image
The former Daybreak Nurseries property is targeted for cluster housing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Several real estate agents welcomed it, saying it met a need for downsizing seniors and starter families.

Others, including commission members, however, said the text amendment needed to be better defined. They said that the 3,200-square foot homes allowed were too big, and that the permitted density made the proposal “fatally flawed.”

The commission continued its consideration of the proposal to its March 17 meeting.

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Westport Artists’ Collective co-founder Tammy Winser (l) and exhibiting artist Liz Leggett were among guests tonight at the Collective’s Pop Up Art Show at the Westport Arts Center. The works of art, created by 15 artists and two student artists, will be on display through Saturday. The exhibiting artists will also speak Friday at 10 a.m. at the Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for


03/03/16 08:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Diversity Essay Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for submissions to the third annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest, sponsored by the Westport Library and TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport, has been extended to March 31, organizers announced today. Image

Winners of the contest will be announced at a ceremony at the Library on Monday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Up to three prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first prize, $750 for second and $500 for third. Applications are available on the TEAM Westport website. The contest is for all students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in Westport.

This year’s topic is the rapidly changing public awareness, attitudes and discussions about race in America.

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Library’s March Book Sale Starts Saturday

A huge selection of gardening books in time for spring planting will be just one of myriad offerings in the Westport Library’s annual March Book Sale scheduled for Saturday through Tuesday, March 8 in the McManus Room, event organizers say. Image
Workers prepared for last year’s spring book sale.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Other categories offered in hard and soft covers include: fiction and mystery, travel, biography, history, cooking, home, crafts and spring sports.

Also this year, event organizers say many comic books will be on sale, as well as a large assortment of children’s books, none more than $1, plus test prep guides.

In addition to books there will be DVDs, CDs and collectibles in the new category of ephemera: vintage magazines, travel materials, playbills, cooking booklets and assorted pamphlets.

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Good News, Monkey has returned home!

Our indoor cat, named Monkey, escaped from 6 Daybreak Lane, Westport at 5:30pm on Tuesday February 9th. We are delighted to let you know that MONKEY IS HOME!! There is a crazy story behind this, but the long and the short is that people care, the word was out, people called, I learned where Monkey was Tuesday morning, and after sitting in a neighboring yard for about 20 minutes, Monk heard me and came running! He even ignored the salmon I dropped for him to follow me around a fence to an opening where I could reach my arm in and scoop him up! He is very bony after a full 3 weeks away but the vet came yesterday, gave him the clean bill of health (besides needing to fatten him up) and micro chipped him for any future adventures.  Thank you again for helping with our search,  Sarah and Mike



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Police Seek Help in Identifying Suspect Image
The Westport Police Department Detective Bureau today asked for the public’s assistance in identifying a larceny suspect. The elderly male is suspected of stealing a gold and diamond bracelet valued at more than $13,500 from a local store on Feb. 27.  After being shown other pieces of jewelry, the suspect made several attempts to “unclip” different pieces before successfully taking the bracelet, police said. The suspect is a white male in his 70s, with a full head of white hair, wearing navy blue pants, a red and blue flannel-type shirt and a dark brown leather jacket with brown boots. The suspect’s vehicle appears to be a silver or white sedan, possibly a Kia or Nissan. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Westport Police Detective Bureau at (203)341-6080. Westport Police photos


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Manitou Meeting Image
A group of deer spotted early today on Westport’s Manitou Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for


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