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Friday, August 05, 2016

Honda of Westport Donates to Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

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Honda of Westport today presented a donation to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to continue the work of the nonprofit founded in 1988 by the late Westporter Paul Newman. The organization serves more than 25,000 children with serious illnesses and their families annually through its residential camp facility in Ashford, Conn. and programs throughout the Northeast. Pictured are Evan Perkins (l) of Westport, president of Honda of Westport, and Ken Alberti, chief development officer of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Westport Property Transfers July 18 - 22, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 18 - 22, 2016:

Betty Broderick Boe to Ellen G. Mason, 407 Harvest Commons, $650,000WNproperty.jpg

Rick J. and Susan Kirban Weber to James A. Fitzpatrick, 15 Maplegrove Ave., $1,750,000

MaryC. McGuire and James J. Dolan Jr. to Joshua Flaherty and Amanda Tarter, 15 Sprucewood Lane, $2,150,000

Cameron and Sheila Siobhan Crise to Benjamin D. and Valerie R. Kahrs, 34 Sturges Commons, $1,689,000

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Friday, August 5, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Seth Glier Trio

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Mill River Band Entertains at Levitt

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Mill River Band, one of the audience favorites, performed tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Levitt Dancing

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Audience members dance tonight to the sound of the Mill River Band at the Levitt Pavilion.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Acoustic Rock and Western Swing Maker

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The Mill River Band’s acoustic rock and western swing delighted guests at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Among its members is Thomas Abrahamsen whose day job is a podiatric medicine doctor in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Old Friends

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Members of the Mill River Band get together backstage tonight with members of the Westport Young Woman’s League before the band’s Levitt Pavilion performance. Carleigh Welsh (4th r), the Levitt’s marketing and development director, said: “We call the Mill River Band the Levitt Pavilion’s ‘house band’ and tonight’s sponsor, the Westport Young Woman’s League, is an organization that helped build that house back in the early 70s. The WYWL was one of the first organizations to get behind the idea that would go on to become the Levitt Pavilion, and they have supported us every year since .When building the new Levitt Pavilion, they awarded us the first ever $10,000 super grant.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Peter ‘Jay’ Faillace, 65

Peter “Jay” Faillace, a longtime resident of Weston and Westport, died Aug. 2 following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 65.

He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in English literature in 1973 and matriculated at Washington & Lee Law School the following year.

After finishing law school, he moved to Stamford where he met his future wife, the late Joanna Coll Faillace, and began a long career in finance.

Jay was a successful fixed-income securities trader, real-estate speculator, and restaurateur.

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No Injuries in Car Into Building

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A female driver drove her SUV into the rear of an office building today at 1720 Post Road East. She and none of her young passengers was injured, but there was damage to her car and the building. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Comings & Goings: A.S. Fine Foods to PRW

By Dave Matlow

A.S Fine Foods of Westport will open in October at 361 Post Road West, according to co-owner Albert Pizzirusso, a Westporter.

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A.S. Fine Foods will open at 361 Post Road West in October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The location is in the shopping strip anchored on the east end by People’s United Bank and Kibberia Middle Eastern restaurant on the west. 

Pizzirusso, a Westport resident for the past 15 years and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), class of 1992, is co-owner with Erik Cohen.

Pizzirusso said for 10 years following his graduation from CIA he worked at first class eateries in New York including Four Seasons, Rainbow Room and the Ritz Carlton. 

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Republicans Seek BOF Candidates

The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) announced today it is accepting applications for those interested in filling the vacancy on the Westport Board of Finance (BOF) created by Wednesday’s resignation of Clarissa Moore.

Moore announced she was resigning to move with her husband to Sarasota, Fla., where she said the weather was better and taxes lower. She was serving her first term, having been elected in November 2015.

Speculation centered on the RTC selecting the unsuccessful Republican candidate in the BOF election that year, Iain Bruce.

An announcement said Westport Republicans interested in being considered for the vacancy should contact Westport RTC Chairman Tim Wetmore at 203-650-8463 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Richard H. Kennedy, 83

Richard H. Kennedy of Mountain Home, Ark., who owned and operated several car dealerships in Westport, died July 30. He was 83.

He was born March 21, 1933, in Hartford, the son of David and Ethel Kennedy.

In 1960, he opened Flag Motors in Westport and for three years he was a sports car dealer. In 1963, the firm became an agency for Dodge autos and handled the Dodge line until 1970 when it took over the Toyota line. The location, 1317 Post Road East, is now a Lexus dealership.

The company also operated a dealership in Stratford, Kennedy Motors.

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Eleanor M. Bedient, 89

Eleanor McKenzie Bedient, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 23, 2015 in Stuart, Fla.. She was 89.

She was born to Ethel and Charles McKenzie in Norwalk on March 14, 1926. She was the eldest of three sisters: El, Kay, and Ginny.

She grew up in Westport, where she attended Staples High School. In 1943, she married the love of her life Charles J Bedient. Soon after they wed, Charles was called up to serve his country in World War II. He served for three years.

El did her part by working at a garage as a secretary and driving the wrecker and locating car parts. She also found herself working under the hood of a car as a mechanic.

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Tulipe H. Traber, 90

Tulipe Hogewoning Traber of Westport died July 22 at home. She was 90.

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Tulipe Traber: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

A lifelong resident of Westport, she was the wife of the late William Sanford Traber. She was born in New York City on March 25, 1926 and is an alumna of The Bolton School (Green Farms Academy), and Southern Seminary and College. 

She was the daughter of the late Bram and Beatrice (Bierck) Hogewoning and had one sister, Mary Ellen Hogewoning.

Her great uncle was the silent film legend, William S. Hart and her great aunt was Mary E. Hart whose memorial animal shelter resides in Westport under the care of the Connecticut Humane Society. 

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Great Day for a Farmers Market

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There was great weather today for the Westport Farmers Market and crowds turned out to select from the summer bumper harvest crop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Carrot Shopping

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Westporter Denise Michalowski and daughter Avery, 7, a third grade student at Saugatuck Elementary School, select a large bunch of carrots today at the New Milford-based Fort Hill Farm stand at the Westport Farmers Market.  Michalowski said the display of the picturesque vegetables reminds her of the photogenic fresh vegetable displays in Paris where she visited earlier this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/04/16 02:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: Don’t Blame GOPers for Transportation Woes

To the Editor:

In a recent opinion piece, lawmakers were blamed for the deep budget cuts impacting transportation and increasing Metro-North fares. (Talking Transportation: Don’t Blame Malloy for the Fare Hikes, WestportNow, Aug. 1, 2016)

That blame is half misplaced.

You see, the op-ed wrongly grouped Democrat and Republican lawmakers together, and failed to recognize the stark differences in our approaches to improving transportation in Connecticut. 

The Democrats sat back and decimated our state’s Special Transportation Fund for years by taking transportation money to balance their ill-conceived budgets. The Republicans want to make transportation a priority.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 28 Compo Road North

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The owners of the house at 28 Compo Road North are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Josh and Jane Moritz, who moved into the house, known as the Elizabeth Groman House c. 1899, in November. According to Weingarten, the house was built by Elizabeth Gorman in c.1899 after purchasing the property from Mary Fitch Page Winslow, second wife of Richard Winslow, in 1891.  Josh Moritz said he and his wife, Westport residents for 17 years, downsized from their former house on Willow Walk, off North Avenue. Pictured (l-r)  Jane and Josh Moritz, Bob Weingarten, and Sven Selander, WHS chief archivist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Poetic Tribute to Oscar’s Owner

To the Editor:

Editor’s note: the author wrote this poem to Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s, which closed on Aug. 1.

What genuine joy and endless glee,
You gave with your iconic restaurant – Oscar’s deli –
To Westporters, ‘out of towners’, those from N.Y.C.,
To so many others …
Decades of the W.F.D., W.P.D., town employees,
And generations of families,
From kids of all ages, fathers, and mothers,

Extraordinary sandwiches, food, drinks, desserts,
Oh - so fine, each time,
And topped off with priceless memories.
This will never be surpassed – or ever be beat,
On downtown’s ‘Main Street’.

Year after year, for those people
‘On the go’, and did not know –
You gave ‘the community’ more and more –
Always with such loving kindness, Lee,
From your legendary store for free,
With charitable contributions of your food,
That was delicious, nutritious and galore.

When God made you, he broke the mold,
Mr. Papageorge – your heart’s made of gold,
For all of your giving
Teaching by example, each day,
How ‘we all should be living’.

I give you thanks,
Praise, and three cheers,
For providing the town with Oscar’s,
Forty two glorious years!

May you find God’s love in each day,
By those who now help you along your way.
Sending you special prayers,
For healing and fortitude,
With my kindest regards and sincerest¬ gratitude.

Annie Fasanella          


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Pastel Sunset

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It was a pastel after sunset Wednesday as seen at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nikita Tsimmer for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “The Tall Blond Man with One Black Show”
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - King’s Highway Elementary playground - Kindergarten Play Date
8 p.m. -  - Levitt Pavilion - Mill River Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Once a Year Night Bloomers

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Longtime Westport resident Judy Sterling tonight proudly shows off her more than 30 Night-Blooming Cereus, a cacti species also known as queen of the night. They bloom only one night a year, opening after the sun sets and closing when the sun rises. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Ida S. Friedman, 98

Ida S. Friedman, a longtime resident and elementary school teacher in Westport, died June 23 at Meadow Ridge in Redding. She was 98.

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Born April 23, 1918, the only daughter of Jacob and Yetta Schiller, she grew up in New York City, where she graduated from Hunter College in 1938 and married her late husband Milton in 1939.

Ida moved to Westport with her family in 1954. She resided with Milton at 4 Elizabeth Drive until 2007, when they moved to Meadow Ridge, a continuing care community in Redding.

While in Westport, she taught fourth and first grades at Coleytown Elementary School for more than 20 years. During that time, she was active in her school and in the Westport Education Association, where she advocated for individualized learning and teacher development.

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Republican Board of Finance Member Resigns

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Clarissa Moore, a Republican Board of Finance member serving her first term, announced her resignation at tonight’s meeting. Moore, who previously served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), said she and her husband have sold their home and are moving to Sarasota, Fla. where the weather is better and taxes are lower. The Republican Town Committee will select a candidate to replace her. Democrats hold a 4-3 majority on the board, taking control after the November 2015 election when Moore was elected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Alistair Moock & Friends at Levitt

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Tonight’s Melissa and Doug Children’s Series at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts featured Alastair Moock & Friends. Mook (r) is a 2013 Grammy nominee and two-time Parent’s Choice gold medal winner. The folk and family music performer from Boston s known for his gruff voice, playful lyrics, and fingerpicking guitar style. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C.Martin for WestportNow.com


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Dancing Music

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Some youngsters sway to the music of Alistair Moock & Friends tonight at the Levit Pavilon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com


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SAT English Results: 91% in Westport ‘College or Career Ready’

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Test results released by the state Department of Education showed 91 percent of Westport junior high school students met or exceeded the standard for career and college ready in the SAT English tests admnistered in March. Students are considered college and career ready if they scored at least 480 out of 800. Comparisons with neighboring districts are available here. The results are from the first Connecticut SAT School Day, a new test that more closely aligns with the skills and knowledge students need to be college- and career-ready. These results mark the first time all Connecticut 11th graders took the SAT. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org graphic


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SAT Math Results: 75.5% in Westport ‘College or Career Ready’

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Test results released by the state Department of Education showed 75.5 percent of Westport junior high school students met or exceeded the standard for career and college ready in the SAT math tests administered in March. The state said 433 Westport students took the test.  Students are considered college and career ready if they scored at least 530 out of 800. Comparisons with neighboring districts are available here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org graphic


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SAT Shows Large Numbers of Juniors Unready for College or Jobs

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Andrew Ba Tran


One-third of high school juniors are not reading and writing well enough to begin taking college courses or start a career, statewide SAT results released Tuesday show. While thousands of those students are close to being where they should be, one out of every six high school junior in Connecticut is significantly behind.

Math results are even more dire – nearly two-thirds are behind and one-quarter of all juniors are significantly behind.

Minorities and students from low-income families were far behind state averages.

Calling it “concerning” that so many students are testing below where they should be, Ajit Gopalakrishnan, the chief performance officer for the state education department, said there is still hope they can catch up.

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Another K9 to Address Heroin Surge

To tackle drug abuse and address the area’s heroin epidemic, the Westport Police Department today annnounced the addition of a new member to its ranks—a 19-month-old German shepherd named Atlas.

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According to Lt. Ryan Paulsson, Atlas is the third narcotic detection police service dog (PSD) to join the department’s K9 Unit.

Atlas will be handled by Officer David Scinto and begin training this month with an expected certification as a patrol-narcotics detection canine in October, Paulsson said. 

Scinto and Atlas will join Officer Jim Loomer and PSD Koda and Officer Baker and PSD Chase in the K9 Unit.

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