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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Frederick Meier Sr., 97

Frederick Meier Sr. of Westport died June 30. He was 97.

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Frederick Meier Sr: worked at Westport Bank & Trust Co. Contributed photo

He was born in New York City on Feb. 25, 1919 the first son to Otto and Anna Marie Meier. He graduated from the High School of Commerce in 1937 and went on to study commercial arts. 

It was at about this time he found his way to Westport, which was known as a very arts-based community at the time.

He took a job with Garrett Thew Studios on Roseville Road, creating weather vanes and aluminum sculptures.  It was a two-man shop, the boss John Garrett Thew and Fred. 

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07/06/16 02:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: America’s Amazing Interstate Highways

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

The 47,000 miles of highways that comprise America’s interstate highway system are nothing short of an engineering marvel, surpassed only by what China has built in the last few years.

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We take them for granted, but when they were designed almost 60 years ago these super-highways presented both great opportunity and vast challenges. The United States wasn’t the first with super-highways. Those bragging rights go to the Germans, whose Reichsautobahn saw cars zooming along at 100-plus miles per hour in the 1930s.

Most credit President Eisenhower, whose troops rode the Autobahn in World War II, for seeing the military value of an American equivalent, though engineering such a complex across the United States was far more difficult. Of course by 1940 the United States already had the Pennsylvania Turnpike and by 1954 the New York State Thruway, but private toll roads were just the beginning.

To build a road expected to last, in 1955 the federal government, AAA and automakers first built a $27 million seven-mile test road near Ottawa, Ill. Half was concrete, the other half asphalt. The 836 separate sections of highway had various sub-surfaces and 16 bridges. For two years army trucks drove night and day, seeing which road designs would hold up.

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Lot No. 1 Construction to Begin Monday

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The Westport Police Department announced today that work on the $1.5 million renovation of commuter Lot No. 1 at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck will begin on Monday. It said the lot will be closed beginning Saturday and any vehicles remaining with be towed at the owner’s expense. Earlier, police issued maps showing additional temporary parking at Saugatuck and Green’s Farms stations. (See here and here) The department also urged commuters to use the shuttle service from the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Completion is scheduled before Labor Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/06/16 12:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Legend of Tarzan,’ ‘The Shallows,’ ‘Swiss Army Man’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ mythic 19th century superhero comes alive again in “The Legend of Tarzan,” a fun, old-fashioned action-packed adventure that touches on colonialism, racism, even sexism.

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From the moment I saw Alexander Skarsgard emerge bare-chested as the fanged vampire on HBO’s “True Blood,” I thought he’d make a wonderful Tarzan – and, obviously, I was not alone.

Working from Burroughs’ 1912 concept, screenwriters Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, guided by director David Yates, amplify Skarsgard’s physicality by enhancing his John Clayton, a.k.a. Lord Greystoke, with the emotionally restrained melancholy of a man caught between two cultures – a quality that previous Tarzans, like Christopher Lambert and Johnny Weissmuller, were unable to capture.

Raised in the jungle by apes, his primal instincts are impeccable; educated by European civilization, his judgment is acute.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
4 -6 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek the Library photo session
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 209 - Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: Tim Kubart & the Space Cadets
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

MTA eTix: Coming to New Haven Line in August

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that its new mobile MTA eTix app is available now on its Long Island Rail Road Port Washington branch and Metro-North Hudson Line and will be available in late August on its remaining branches/lines, including the New Haven Line. “Once you set up your account and link it to a credit or debit card, you can begin enjoying the speed and convenience of mobile ticketing, and never stand in line to buy tickets ever again,” the MTA said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) MTA graphic


07/05/16 10:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

24th Library Summer Book Sale Set for July 16-19

This year’s Westport Library Giant Summer Book Sale includes a book first published 440 years ago.

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Customers browse through books at the 2015 summer sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Plantin Press edition of Roman dramatist Seneca’s “Tragedies” was first published in 1576, according to library officials. The Plantin Press at Antwerp was one of the focal centers of the fine printed book in the 16th century.

Also for sale—a limited, signed edition of Salvador Dali’s “Dali: A Study of his Art-in-Jewels, first published in 1958.

The 24th annual sale is set for Saturday, July 16 through Tuesday, July 19.

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Senate Poised to Quash CT GMO Food Labeling Law

By Ana Radelat


Washington – The U.S. Senate is expected to move forward Wednesday on a bill that would pre-empt Connecticut’s genetically modified food labeling law, replacing it with a national food safety standard advocates say would be much weaker and not apply to many foods.

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A GMO notice on the side of a box of Wheaties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Last week the Senate held a procedural vote – approved 68-29 –  on the contentious issue of labeling genetically modified organisms in food, or GMOs. Its sponsors, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, call the legislation a compromise.

The Roberts-Stabenow bill would create a mandatory labeling regime for food made with genetically modified organisms. Food makers would be required to either print a text message on the package disclosing whether a product contains GMO ingredients, or print a QR code or an internet link directing customers to GMO information not on the package.

Food safety advocates, who say they were caught off guard by the Senate’s action, have dubbed the bill the “Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.”

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Old Saugatuck’s Last Neighborhood Fights for Future

By James Lomuscio

What’s at stake, to hear Carolanne Curry tell it, is the future of the last surviving neighborhood of old Saugatuck, the one not lost to 1-95 cutting a swath through this section of Westport in the 1950s.

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A developer hopes to built a 155-unit housing complex on Saugatuck’s Hiawatha Lane Extension. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo/Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

She describes the neighborhood of Hiawatha Lane Extension, where she lives, and the seven tucked away roads as “the most closely knit neighborhood in the Town of Westport.” They include Ferry Lane West, Indian Hill Road, Davenport Avenue, West End Avenue, Hiawatha Lane and Gillette Circle Drive.

“Everyone knows everyone like they have here for generations,” she says of the single-family home community once considered Westport’s unofficial Italian neighborhood. “We have picnics together. We look out for each other.”

And Thursday night, about two dozen members of Save Our Saugatuck (SOS), a neighborhood group, are expected look out for each other in force at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting.

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Westport Community Band Performs

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It was the Westport Community Band’s turn tonight to entertain at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The 60-piece group performed a wide variety of music including concert band compositions, show tunes, marches, pop, and classical. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Strike Up the Band

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Sal LaRusso, former director of bands for Weston High School. leads the Westport Commuity Band tonight in a performance at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The band is made up of adult musicians from Fairfield and Westchester Counties, who represent a wide variety of professional backgrounds and bring diverse musical experiences to the group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Band Sound at Levitt

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The Westport Community Band delighted Levitt Pavilion guests tonight with a medley of popular band music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Air Quality Action Alert for Wednesday

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued an air quality action day for Westport and area from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

An air quality action day means that ground level ozone within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

For more information, visit the DEEP website at http://www.CT.Gov/deep/aqi.


07/05/16 04:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Waldman Moving Ahead With Elm Street Plan

Westport developer David Waldman said today he is moving ahead with a plan to develop Elm Street next to his Bedford Square project.

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Westport developer David Waldman addresses today’s Westport Rotary Club meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Addressing the Westport Rotary Club, he also said he had been talking to “the players involved” and might be willing to revisit his plan to develop the former Save the Children building on Wilton Road. The project was turned down by a 4-3 vote earlier this year by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. (See WestportNow March 3, 2016)

Waldman said he intends to sign an option on Wednesday to purchase 36 Elm St., currently occupied by the Villa Del Sol Mexican restaurant and empty retail space.

In an informal presentation to the P&Z in February, Waldman received a mostly positive response to a plan to swap 36 Elm St., to be torn down, for part of the town-owned Baldwin parking lot across the street. (See WestportNow Feb. 25, 2016)

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Russ Needs a Home

RUSS is a handsome and loving 1-year-old brindle bully breed mix being fostered in the home of a WASA volunteer.  He is grand with people of all ages and dogs, both large and small.  He also appears to be quite friendly and accepting of cats.  Russ was found by a Norwalk Police Officer wandering along a busy street in Norwalk.  He subsequently brought him to Norwalk Animal Control.  Russ made quite an impression on the police officer, and he reached out to WASA to see if we could rescue him.  We did and are very glad we did so.  For additional information about Russ (named after the police officer that rescued him), please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203)557-0361.  For additional videos and photos of Russ, please visit http://www.facebook.com/westportwasa.


07/05/16 01:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Rental Market Competitive

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

The market for rental homes in Westport remains competitive amid a 19 percent ratio of homes for rent as opposed to homes for sale.

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Featured Home: This home at 34 Lyons Plains Road is listed for rent at $6,000 per month.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Granite Studios

Currently, there are 75 homes for rent on an annual basis, 14 of which are furnished.  Sixteen homes are reported to be under some stage of deposit, and 50 properties rented in the last three months alone with an average price of $5,115 per month.

The highest priced unfurnished home for rent is a five-bedroom home on Surf Road for $30,000 per month, and the lowest priced home is a two-room efficiency on Imperial Avenue for $1,550. Average market time is 50 days.

The short term or seasonal market is not as strong this year as it has been, although it is still reasonably healthy. As of today, there are 55 short term rentals on the market. Fifty-one have rented in the past year.

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Two-Car Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A two-car crash today on Post Road East at Maple Avenue North sent one person to the hospital. The accident occurred as one of the cars was exiting the Exxon station, 1510 Post Road East. Traffic was backed up in the area due to the crash.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
10:30 a.m. - Longshore Club Park - Westport Library Storytime at Longshore
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westport Community Band
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, July 04, 2016

Selling Art for Brother’s Hospital

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Gretchen and Mika Smith (l, 2nd l), along with friend Luca Kuokolas, stand today at the intersection of Hillspoint Road and Grove Point Road selling homemade works of art. All money raised goes to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where their 4-month-old brother has been a patient. A family friend said the girls have been missing their brother and parents and wanted to raise money for the hospital. All pieces of art are 15 cents each. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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Showing the Westport Flag

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The Westport flag flies high today at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach as thousands crowded the beach for the 4th of July holiday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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WFD On-Duty Salute to the Troops

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Westport Fire Department Platoon 1 donned special military green t-shirts today in an on-duty salute to U.S. troops on the 4th of July. Joining them in a special guest appearance was retired Assistant Chief Larry Conklin (5th l, rear), a former military member who retired June 1, one month shy of 36 years with the department. Said Assistant Chief Kenneth Lombardi: “The military shirts are a way of showing our patriotism and honoring our members who are military veterans. The Westport Fire Department has many members who are serving, or have served, in various branches of our government protecting us both here and throughout the world. The Westport Fire Department asks all citizens to remember in your thoughts and prayers your public servants this 4th of July. Likewise the members of Westport Fire Department Platoon 1, who are on duty this July 4th, wish all of our citizens a safe and blessed 4th of July holiday.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Compo Sea of Umbrellas

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There was a sea of umbrellas at Westport’s Compo Beach today with the 4th of July crowds. Sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s made for ideal beach weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Compo Crush

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There was a backup to get into Westport’s Compo Beach today as thousands headed to the beach for relief from the 4th of July heat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Lathering Up

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Suntan lotion was the order of the day today for 4th of July crowds at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Showing the Flags

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Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge is decked out in American flags today for the 4th of July holiday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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Practicing Her Rescue Moves

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Callie Collins, 17, a Weston High School student and Compo Beach lifeguard, today joins in some practice runs with a surfboard as 4th of July visitors crowded the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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4th of July Visitors Pack Compo Beach

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Westport’s Compo Beach was packed today with 4th of July visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Dressed for the Holiday

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A youngster dressed for the 4th of July holiday plays in the sand today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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River Sunset

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Sunset Sunday along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com


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Monday, July 4, 2016 - Independence Day

Westport Library, Town Hall closed.

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