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Friday, June 03, 2016

Quasi-Karaoke Party Belts Out ‘Hamilton’ Tunes

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Guests at tonight’s “Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along” at the Westport Country Playhouse Lucille Lortel White Barn Center took turns at the microphone singing songs from the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” The quasi-karaoke party with words projected on two large screens attracted guests of all ages, some dressed in Colonial-era garb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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‘Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along’ Guests

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Among guests at tonight’s “Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along” at the Westport Country Playhouse were (l-r) Daniel Racinos of Easton, a lookalike for “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Westport author Jane Green, one of the producers of the event along with Westporter Fiona Garland and Sharon Gittel of New York, and Westport artist Nina Bentley, whose son, Andrew, is married to Garland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Young ‘Hamilton’ Fan

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Kaya Scharfstein, 6, of Westport sings a song from the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton” at the “Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along” tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. The first grader at Saugatuck Elementary School says she has yet to see the play but sings along at home to its original cast recording. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Gallery: ‘Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along’

Scenes from tonight’s “Hamiltunes CT -Sing Along” party featuring songs from the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” WestportNow.com photos


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Oldie But Goodie

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Classic car aficionados tonight attended the Greenwich Weekend Auction reception at the Dragone Classic Cars showrooms, 176 Post Road West, in advance of the auction scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Among those attending were Easton residents Joe and Debbie DeLorenzo, who said they are classic car collectors. They checked out a 1938 Talbot-Lago, a French-made vehicle that George Dragone predicts will sell at the auction for $550,000 to $600,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Previewing Saturday’s Auction

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George Dragone (l), president of Westport’s Dragone Classic Cars, talks tonight with a guest next to a red 1940 Buick Super convertible. The Greenwich Weekend Auction cocktail preview, which attracted a number of guests from this weekend’s Cedar Point Yacht Club regatta, was held in advance of Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. auction at 146 Post road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Cocktails and Classics

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Guests at tonight’s classic car auction preview cocktail party at Dragone Classic Cars, 146 Post Road West, look over cars in Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. auction. The event was held in connection with this weekend’s Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


06/03/16 09:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Girls Tennis Wins Class L Championship

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The Staples High School Varsity Girls Tennis Team today won the CIAC Class L state championship,  defeating Greenwich High School 5-2 in an indoor match played in Trumbull. It is the first time they have won the Class L championship and 13 years since they have won the Class McChampionship. Pictured (l-r, front row) :Claire Parry, Chloe Palumbo, Hannah Bjorkman, Gabriela Vega, Luiza Cocito, Vanessa Mauricio; (back row) Paco Fabian (coach), Grace Connell, Olivia Foster, Sarah Holmes, Olivia Daytz, Annie Haroun, Mackenzie Wood, Manon Devos, Tess Rubin, Megan Brown, Kristin Butler, Lindy Sinclair, Kim Harizman (assistant coach.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/03/16 07:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

State Posts Cribari Bridge Report

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The long-awaited report will be discussed at a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CDOT graphic

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today published its long-awaited rehabilitation study report (RSR) of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge (click here) and preservationists are somewhat relieved.

The reason is that cost projections seems to favor rehabilitation over replacing the historic swing bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shortly after the report was posted, the Westport Preservation Alliance announced, “The town has been heard.”

“DOT is going back to the drawing board and calls for more public input,” the group stated in an email, citing the report’s cost analysis that it would take $19.8 million to rehabilitate the bridge compared to $38.8 million to replace it.

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Shred Day is Saturday

Westport will hold its eighth annual community shred day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 180 Bayberry Lane at the Westport/Weston Health District. 

Residents may shred up to eight paper bags (bags recycle too), or three boxes (12 inches by 18 inches), per household. Each car will be charged $5.

Proof of Westport residency is required. Volunteers from the Staples High School Service League of Boys (SLOBS) will be on site to assist.

For more information, contact Town Clerk Patty Strauss at (203)341-1110, or via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


06/03/16 04:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Push Against Cancer’ Set for Saturday

Individuals and teams from across Connecticut will show their strength and determination Saturday to raise money for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp during Mental Grit Fitness’ 7th Annual Push Against Cancer event.

It will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts with the opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m.

During this friendly and fun push-up competition, participants challenge themselves to perform as many push-ups as possible with each participant getting family members, friends, co-workers and employers to sponsor their efforts.

All proceeds will benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman.

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06/03/16 04:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

WPD Promotes One, Adds Two

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Following recent retirements, the Westport Police Department Thursday promoted one officer and added two others. Desk Officer David Librandi (3rd l), a 12-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Officer Robert Cole (2nd l) joined following a 21-year career with the Orange Police Department, where he recently retired at the rank lieutenant, and Officer Joseph Velky (2nd r) joined after a 28-year career with the Trumbull Police Department. They were flanked by Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas and First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/03/16 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sybil Steinberg Offers Summer Reading Tips

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly, attracted a full house today at the Westport Library for her talk on the best of summer reading. She is pictured with Westport author Nina Sankovitch (l) and the library’s Jennifer Keller. Steinberg’s list of summer reading books may be found on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


06/03/16 03:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dog Licenses Available

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss has announced that dog licenses for 2016-2017 may be obtained from her office. All dogs over six months must be licensed. Last year, 2,828 dog tags were issued.

“Licensing your dog verifies that rabies immunization is up to date, as the dog owner must present a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate when obtaining a license,” said Strauss. “Wearing its license will help identify your dog if it becomes lost or runs away so it can be returned home.”

Fees for dog licenses are $8 for neutered male or spayed female and $19 for male or female.

There will be a $1 penalty per month for renewal licenses issued after June 30.

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Westport Property Transfers May 16 - 20, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 16 - 20, 2016:

Lei Wang and Xia Tian to Lv Xu and Xiaole Xie, 23 Oakview Circle, $400,000WNproperty.jpg

James Stephen and Kip Herrick O’Brien Jr. to Anthony P. and Emily C. Bihl IV, 15 Winding Lane, $1,150,000

Aleksandar and Diana Sacchi Martinovic to Jeffrey Gershowitz, 7 Leslie Lane, $1,120,000

Tracy M. and Lyn-ann Smith to Emily and Benjamin Riley, 10 Ellery Lane, $1,675,000

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06/03/16 12:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

P&Z Focuses on Site Plan to Defuse 8-30g

By James Lomuscio

Developers of a planned four-story, 94-unit rental property at 1177 Post Road East are willing to adjust their site plan, hopefully to the town’s satisfaction, without using the state’s affordable housing statute 8-30g to override zoning laws, their attorney said.

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An architect’s rendering of the proposed project at 1177 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Still, 1177 PRE Associates LLC is keeping 8-30g in its quiver via proposed text amendment 714. The amendment adds a new section “Residential-Rental Housing Opportunity/Workforce Zone District” as provided by the state’s affordable housing appeals procedure.

Under state law, 8-30g can be enforced if a town does not have 10 percent of its housing stock deemed affordable, which Westport does not. That opens the door to an aggressive developer riding roughshod over zoning regulations, doing what he or she pleases, something town officials say would jeopardize Westport’s identity and charm.

Christopher Smith, an attorney from the Shipman & Goodwin LLP firm representing 1177 PRE Associates, cautioned the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) of that during a public hearing Thursday night.

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Comings & Goings: Now It’s Vine

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Vine, a charcuterie-style bar and restaurant, will open at 190 Main St. by end of June, according to owner Sammy Alanz. The space was previously occupied by Luxe Wine Bar, which closed in April. (See WestportNow April 12, 2016) Alanz initially announced the name of his new eatery would be Bankside Social, but has now changed it to Vine, a “wine room and charcuterie.”  He also said that the restaurant will feature fresh, organic, local offerings—see http://www.westportvine.com (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


06/03/16 11:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 31 Westfair Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 31 Westfair Drive, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,686-square feet and is situated on a .39-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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Friday, June 3, 2016

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”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Fiona Garland on Rubens & Rembrandt
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Kickstarter
Noon - Westport Library - Sybil Steinberg’s Book Picks for Summer Reading
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m - 8 p.m. - Dragone Auctions (176 Post Road West) - Greenwich Weekend Auction cocktail preview
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse Lucille Lortel White Barn Center - “Hamiltunes CT Sing-Along”
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Staples Players: “Harvey”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Godspell”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Celebrating 75 Years of Playhouse Interns

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The Westport Country Playhouse today celebrated the 75th anniversary of its intern program. Fifteen former interns and eight current staff interns were joined by theater patrons. board members, staff and guests for a celebration in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center. Among the former interns was Westport artist Miggs Burroughs, the eldest of the past interns present, who told the attendees that when he served as an intern in 1964, James McKenzie, the artistic director, handed him a plunger and said, “Welcome to show business.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Baron’s South, Nike Site Structures Win HDC Okay

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The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) tonight voted unanimously to accept a final study report designating two Westport-owned properties as historic structures. They are property and buildings known as Golden Shadows (68 Compo Road South), the guest house (70 Compo Road South) and the carriage house/garage (72 Compo Road South) each located on a portion of Baron’s South at 60 Compo Road South, and properties and buildings known as the Nike Missile Radar Site, 182 Bayberry Lane. HDC Chair Francis Henkels said the next step involves reviews by the Board of Selectmen and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for final approval. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Staples Girls Tennis Advance to State Finals

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The Staples High School Girls Varsity Tennis Team today defeated Glastonbury 4-3 in the semi-final round of the CIAC tournament at Glastonbury. Staples plays Greenwich in the finals on Friday at 3 p.m. indoors in Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Staples Tennis Boys Co-Champs in Class LL

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The Staples High School Boys Tennis team is 2016 CIAC Class LL co-champion with Greenwich High School. Will Andrews was named CT All State Singles Player by reaching the singles semi-finals where he lost to Greenwich’s Will Blumberg. Brenden Price and Kion Bruno reached the doubles semi-finals and lost to Henry and Jack Johnson of Fairfield Warde. Staples also is 2016 FCIAC champions, defeating Greenwich 4-3 to make it a three-peat FCIAC champion, having won in 2014 and 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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FCIAC Champs

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The top-seeded Staples HIgh School Girls’ Golf Team brought home the FCIAC championship today held at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Bridgeport. The Wreckers last won the championship in 2007, and have been runner-ups nine times, including in the past four years to Greenwich. “It was exciting and vey close until our final golfer, Anelise Browne, handed her scorecard to the officials with a 78,” said Coach Patty Kondub. “Her Staples’ record-setting FCIAC round pushed the team to victory. Every player did their part with solid scores to contribute to our win.”  Pictured are (l-r)) Co-Captain Alex McMahon, Erkia MacDonald, Co-Captain Anelise Browne, Sophie Carozza, Olivia Wood, Abigail Miller and Coach Kondub. The Wreckers next compete for the state title on Tuesday, June 6 at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull. The team is seeded fourth in the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Malloy Signs CT Budget But Trims Town Aid

By Keith M.Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy showed legislators today there was a fiscal price to be paid for rejecting his bail reform and other anti-recidivism proposals.

The governor signed the legislature’s $19.76 billion budget for 2016-17 into law, but only after using the rarely employed line-item veto to cancel more than $22 million earmarked for municipalities, health clinics and the Connecticut Humanities Council.

This was done largely to offset savings that otherwise would have been achieved, according to Malloy, by enacting his Second Chance Society initiative.

“We have a line item veto in Connecticut,” Malloy said. “I actually crossed out lines. I actually put my initials next to them. And we believe we are executing our responsibilities in accordance with state law.”

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Ronald M. Wallach, 78

Ronald M. Wallach of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Westport, died June 1 after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.

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Ronald Wallach: mechanical engineer. Contributed photo

He was born Dec. 25, 1937 in the Bronx, N.Y, the son of Benjamin and Sarah Wallach.

A graduate of the Bronx Science High School, he held a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York. He went on to receive graduate degrees including a Master’s in mechanical egineering and a Master’s in business administration, from the University of Connecticut.

He was a creative genius, inventor and entrepreneur who began his first business in the basement of his home. He started two women’s healthcare medical device companies, Cryomedics in the early 1970s and Wallach Surgical Devices in the early 1980s, and held numerous patents.

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Police Release Photos of Bank Robbery Suspect

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Westport Police today released these surveillance photos of a man accused of robbing the Chase Bank, 184 Main St., shortly after 11 a.m. today. He was described as a middle-aged white male. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. Anyone with information should call the Westport Police Department at (203)341-6000 or the Detective Bureau directly at (203)341- 6082. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photos


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Pitching in to Paint Linxweiler House

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Wilton office employees of market research powerhouse Nielsen (the television ratings company) spent the day today painting the interior of the Linxweiler House, 655 Post Road East. The late Joanna Linxweiler bequeathed the property and her historic home to the town in 1981. Homes With Hope has leased the house from the town since 1984 to provide emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children. The Nielsen associates performed the community service as part of a global, 109-country initiative in which all 40,000 Nielsen employees pitched in for a day of local support to give back to the communities where they work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Perfect Market Day

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Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s-low 70s made for perfect shopping weather today at the second week of the Westport Farmers Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Farmers Market Debut

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Bien Cuit (French translation: well cooked) was a big attraction at the weekly Farmers Market today at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. According to New York resident Sarah Marcisak (behind counter), the Brooklyn-based bakery products are described as “artisan, slowly fermented, local grain breads.”  She said this is the first year that Bien Cuit has displayed at the Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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