Tuesday, May 31, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Both new and existing home inventory in Westport is up to nearly 400 homes for sale as of today.
However, contrary to what some may believe, less than 8 percent of these properties are “sizable” newly built homes, which are a minimum of 6,000 square feet and on at least a one-acre lot.
There are 81 newly built properties available throughout town, however only 31 homes fit into the “sizable” category, and they have an average price of just under $3.4 million.
The two that are pending are listed on average at $3.9 million.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 21 Juniper Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story split has 1,862-square feet and is situated on a .51-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
A Westport family appalled at the rise of Donald Trump is selling “amusing” anti-Trump bumper stickers outside their 18 Silver Brook Road home. David Ellis says 60 stickers have been purchased so far (first one free, $5 for any after that). Working on an honor system, the stickers are available daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from a stand outside their home. He said all profits will be donated to an immigration cause in Connecticut and an organization promoting climate change awareness across the globe.—“two causes Donald Trump definitely does not support himself.” Ellis is pictured with daughters Vivian, (l) 12, and Ginger, 14, sixth and eighth grade students at Coleytown Middle School. Their brother Sam, 17, a Staples High School junior, was not available for the photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Officers arrested a Hartford man in Norwalk Superior Court Friday for identity theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft for using credit cards stolen from a car in Westport nearly a year ago at a Target store in Windsor, police said today.
Lt. David Farrell said that Anthony Harris 29, was seen on video surveillance in July 2015 at Target, using the stolen cards to purchase more than $1,000 in merchandise through several transactions.
Harris was being held in court for similar crimes committed in New Canaan.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Officers arrested a Westport woman Saturday night after she was seen screaming at passersby, arguing with neighbors about parked cars, banging car windows with a stick, and swearing and hurling racial epithets at officers, police said.
While handcuffed, Durri Fishkind, 54, also spit in the face of one of the officers.
She was charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer.
She is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 7.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Son of Saul”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Rive Bistro (299 Riverside Ave.) - Westport Library Cocktails for Book Lovers
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Website Redevelopment Steering Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Education Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room309 - RTM Transit Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, May 30, 2016
Sunny, the 23-foot tall Westport Sunrise Rotary Club duck mascot, was back in upright position today on the Saugatuck River, enjoying Memorial Day and the nearby flags on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge. The duck, which is promoting the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 4, capsized on Saturday, drawing much attention from passersby. (See WestportNow May 28, 2016). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Henry Elliott Netherton, Jr of Westport died May 27 at Norwalk Hospital. He suffered from pulmonary fibrosis and battled multiple attacks of pneumonia. He was 82.
He was born Dec. 8, 1933 in La Grange, Ky., the son of H. Elliott Netherton, Sr and Mildred (Rue) Netherton. After serving two years active duty in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, he graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he met his wife of 58 years, Joyce Beals.
They moved to Westport in 1973 along with their three children, Cynthia, Hank and Paige.
He retired from General Electric after 35 years in various financial management positions. In addition, he served over 33 years as a citizen-soldier, retiring as commandant of the 1031st USA Reserve Forces School and rising to the rank of colonel.
A two-car crash on Compo Road South at Bluewater Hill today caused one car with three persons to roll over on its side. They were not seriously injured, nor was the person or persons in the other car. Police on the scene would not say how many were in the second car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Even though there was no Westport Memorial Day parade this year, that did not stop Westporters hosting Memorial Day parties around town. This one was at Kristen and Doug Tirola’s home on Myrtle Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
It may have rained today on what had hoped to be Westport’s annual Memorial Day Parade, but the spirit of the day, the reason for the holiday, was alive and well in the Town Hall auditorium.
There, those who had served from World War II forward were cheered by a standing-room-only crowd that had come to honor those who didn’t come back, making the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Led by Grand Marshal Joe Schachter, a 90-year-old World War II Navy ensign who served in the Pacific, the event featured military marching band music by the Staples High School band and heartfelt speeches by First Selectman Jim Marpe, William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, and Schachter.
And all the while, the Honor Guard, four men representing each branch of the service, stood at solemn attention.
Scenes from today’s Memorial Day ceremony held at Westport Town Hall after rain-caused cancellation of the Memorial Day parade. Dave Matlow, Phyllis Groner, and Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Paul R. Yoder, Jr., of Norwalk died May 26 at his home. He was 89.
A former longtime resident of Wilton, he was the husband of the late S. Elizabeth Yoder (Betty Yoder) for 58 years.
He was predeceased by his wife, his sister Miriam Y. Brumbaugh (Gene) of Pensacola, Fla. He is survived by his four children David L. Yoder (Evelyn) of Monroe; Martha A. Yoder of Newtown Square, Pa.; Carol S. Yoder, of Norwalk, and Alan D. Yoder (April Anne) of Norwalk, both longtime former employees of Westport Emergency Medical Service; his five grandchildren, Jill M. Yoder of Norwalk, Emily Y. Reed (Stefan) of Boston, Rachel T. Yoder (Dan Usen) of Cranston, R.I.; Sarah Beth Y. Romanik (David) of Ardmore, Pa., and Devan R. Yoder of Norwalk, and his two great-grandchildren Cecilia A. Romanik of Ardmore, Pa., and Myers C. Reed of Boston.
Born Feb. 6, 1927, he was a prominent opto-mechanical engineer who designed optical components and instruments used by the U.S. military, NASA, the .U.S government for spy satellite intelligence gathering during the Cold War (the now declassified KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite project), and the medical community for laser eye surgery.
More than 300 persons crammed into the Westport Town Hall auditorium today for a Memorial Day ceremony moved indoors following the weather-caused cancellation of the annual parade. Grand Marshal Joseph Schachter, 90, recounted his U.S. Navy efforts during World War II and salute fellow veterans who were in the audience and who gave their lives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Joe Schachter, 90, tips his hat to the Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony crowd today, saying his Naval hat is the only part of his uniform “that fits after 71 years.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The audience at today’s indoor Memorial Day ceremony at Westport Town Hall, including First Selectman Jim Marpe (r), applaud a Staples High School band member who fell off the stage while Marpe was speaking, apparently overcome by the heat inside the crammed meeting place. The youngster gave a wave to the crowd as he was taken to an ambulance by Westport EMS personnel and police. Marpe said the quick attention from Westport first responders in the room exemplified the excellent services they provide town residents. He noted that many first responders have served or are serving in the military. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Memorial Day Grand Marshal Joe Schachter greets friend John Luscombe in the Town Hall audience today prior to the ceremony moved indoors after rain forced cancellation of the parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
With the Westport Memorial Day parade canceled by weather today for the first time in five years, parade organizer Bill Vornkhal told a packed indoor Town Hall ceremony, “We brought the parade inside to you” as he introduced the Col. John Chester Fife and Drum Corps from Wethersfield, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Following a Memorial Day ceremony today at West[prt Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East, Westport firefighters show support for fellow firefighter James “Doc” Branson, currently serving in the military as a medic in Jordan. Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury said the $15 proceeds from the sale of each t-shirt buys supplies which are sent to Branson in Jordan for distribution to his armed forces associates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westporters Kate and John Procaccini, daughter Mila, 4 weeks, and son, Cameron, 2, were special guests today at the annual Westport Fire Department Memorial Day service. They expressed their thanks to Firefighter Christopher Carrol (r), who was among fire, police, and EMS personnel who helped deliver Mila at their Crescent Road home on April 27. (See WestportNow April 27, 2016). Said the proud father: “I couldn’t have done it without all your help. I am so grateful.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury (l) singled out Assistant Chief Larry Conklin for special recognition today at the department’s annual Memorial Day service at Fire Headquarters. Conklin is retiring June 1, one month shy of 36 years with the department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE As Tropical Depression Bonnie moved through the area today, a number of Westport customers were without power, Eversource Energy said.
At 9:25 a.m, the utility said 94 Westport customers were without power.
It said all were restored a short time later.
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a train with mechanical difficulties in the vicinity of Harrison, N.Y.
Westport officials announced that due to the weather, today’s Memorial Day parade has been canceled.
A ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.
“Due to the high likelihood of continuing rain showers (heavy at times ) through the morning, the Memorial Day parade has been canceled,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said in a statement.
It is the first weather-caused cancellation of the annual parade since 2011.
A sailboat heads into the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday night at the end of a summer-like day of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com