Saturday, September 03, 2016
Blues/rock/soul singer Jay Stollman was among the early performers today at the ninth annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. The two-day event is expected to attract thousands. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Blues singer Jay Stollman performs today with Beth Ivonelli at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. British guitar virtuoso and Blues Hall-Of-Famer Matt Schofield (l) accompanied them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
There was a near capacity crowd today at the ninth annual Blues Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. There was food and entertainment in the Westport Library parking lot and a BBQ competition in the Imperial Avenue parking lot. The event continues Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service Crew Chief Andrew Dinitz cooks up entries today for the barbecue competition at the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Joe Farrell, co-owner of Westport’s Rothbard Ale + Larder, a rathskeller restaurant in the basement of the old Westport Town Hall, serves up a warm pretzel today to a customer at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. A large variety of foods were available in the Westport Library parking lot, in addition to play activities and music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Neva Mermagen, 10, of Westport a student at Greens Farms Elementary School, tries her hand today at riding a bull at the Westport Blues Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Bob LeRose, (l) a founder of the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival, was up front in the Levitt Pavilion audience for this year’s version with state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday night’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com See more photos of the sunset by WestportNow readers on the Community page.
All Day - Westport Library/Levitt Pavilion - 9th Annual Blues Views & BBQ Festival
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND” (last day)
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night: “Batman vs. Superman”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, September 02, 2016
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, on the fifth day of his “Walk Across Connecticut,” stopped for a bite today at Elvira’s at Old Mill in Westport. He said he walked 22.3 miles today from Bridgeport to Darien. He published this picture in his daily summary of his walk with this caption: “Something that happened to me a lot today — people who were following the walk on Snapchat tracked me down in person! Madison and her mom Valerie caught up with me at Elvira’s. Madison just got her learner’s permit and one of the first places she drove was to come meet me!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
On the fifth day of his “Walk Across Connecticut,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy today was joined by his parents for a portion of his 22.3-mile day’s journey as he trekked through Westport’s Old Mill area. He posted this picture, one of four from Westport, on his daily summary of his walk with this caption: “My parents had talked about coming to walk with me sometime today and they surprised me in Wesport on my way to Elvira’s Market. Thanks Mom and Dad!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Keith M.Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Beckerwww.ctmirror.org
Most Connecticut health insurance plans sold through individual and small group markets will undergo steep rate hikes next year, although in some cases, the prices will not go up by as much as carriers had sought.
The state Insurance Department approved 13 health policy rate hikes today that far outstripped increases in recent years, averaging nearly 25 percent for individuals and 13 percent for small groups.
The department also rejected three requests for major rate hikes — two from Anthem Health Plans and one from ConnectiCare Insurance Co. — directing the carriers to recalculate final rates.
Nearly all of the rates for other plans will increase by double-digit percentages, including hikes ranging from 15 to 24 percent for ConnectiCare policies sold through Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange. Those policies alone currently cover 47,597 people.
Installation was underway today for the “MORE Than Words” exhibition opening Friday, Sept. 9 at the Westport Arts Center (WAC) with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception. Curated by Gerry Snyder, dean of Pratt Institute School of Art, the exhibition by contemporary artists centers around the theme of courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying. The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 29. Pictured are WAC staff members Noah Steinman and Adriana Reis installing the work “Crazy Bitches” by Andrea Bowers. A Los Angeles-based artist, she works in a variety of media, including video, drawing, and installation, and centers her work on the convergence of art and activism. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service tonight issued this update about its Tropical Storm Watch, which includes Westport.
It said Tropical Storm Hermine is about 650 miles southwest of New York City or about 730 miles southwest of Montauk Point, N.Y. with an intensity of about 50 miles per hour.
The storm is forecast to move northeast across the eastern Carolinas through Saturday morning.
The storm is then expected to move off the North Carolina coast later Saturday, turn north and regain strength off the mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday and stall there from Sunday night into Monday before resuming a slow northeast track southeast of Long Island Tuesday into Wednesday.
A multi-car crash at 1400 Post Road East opposite Regents Park today sent at least one person to Norwalk Hospital. Firefighters inspect one of the cars involved in which the air bags deployed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Fire Department today received a $4,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a major commercial property insurer. FM Global representative Meaghan Paul presented the award to Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Assistant Chief John Plofkin Jr, and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar at Westport Fire Headquarters. The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples High School students (l-r) Christian Myers, Burke Anvari and Andrew Breschard set sail today from Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club to compete in the 2016 Vineyard Race. The yearly, 238-mile sailboat race, which began in 1932, set out from Stamford and will finish sometime on Sunday after a course which will bring competitors out of Long Island Sound to Buzzards Bay, around Block Island and back to Stamford. The Staples students have been racing in the Cedar Point Junior Sailing Program for a number of years and will be crewing for the Vineyard Race on Expresso, an Express 37 owned by Halsey Bullen and Steve Longo of Cedar Point Yacht Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 15 - 19, 2016:
Matthew D. and Vanessa Perry Keefe to Michael Palow, 8 Promised Road, $650,000
Cheryl J. Moore to Yaoqi Shen, 9 Lakeview Road, $775,000
Fred J. Niebuhr Estate to Annie Delouya, 12 Whitney Glen, $442,500
James D. and Avery W. Horne to James F. and Kimberly A. Dorion, 18 Clinton Ave., $756,000
Stacey D. Berger to Pritha Bhadra and Rhett Edward Brown, 2 Crystal Circle, $1,980,000
UPDATE A tree down on power lines on Turkey Hill Road North today forced closure of the street and power outages while repairs were underway. At 12:15 p.m. Eversource Energy said 229 customers in the area were without power but that power was restored a short time later. The street was reopened at about 1:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
UPDATE A tree down on power lines today shut Turkey Hill Road North in front of Saint Luke Church. Eversource Energy workers said they would have to shut down power in the area briefly to allow for removal of the tree. At 12:15 p.m., the utility reported power was out to 229 customers in the area, but it said power was restored a short time later. The street was reopened at about 1:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The National Weather Service today issued a Tropical Storm Watch for coastal areas from New Jersey to Rhode Island, including Westport, effective at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
It’s the 16th annual Good Neighbor Day today at Westport Wash & Wax, 791 Post Road East, with 100 percent of car wash proceeds going to Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH). One of the early customers today was Lisa Marriott (4th l), a former HWH board member. She enjoyed a spotless car with the crew and owner Scott Tiefenthaler and Jeff Wieser, HWH president. Since its start, the event has raised more than $80,000 for the local provider of housing and support services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Wash & Wax (791 Post Road East) - 16th Annual Good Neighbor Day Charity Car Wash for Homes with Hope
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, September 01, 2016
By James Lomuscio
Staring down the state’s affordable housing statute 8-30g, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight approved a four-story, 94-unit rental property on the Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector by a 5 to 1 vote.
Even though all agreed a four-story structure was too high for the town—and even though the developer had offered an alternative three-story building—the majority in a work session opted for the taller proposal.
The reason: the original four-story proposal put forth by 1177 PRE Associates LLC would give the town more affordable housing units, 30 percent, and a four-year moratorium on how to handle 8-30g.
The town needed 37 points for a four-year moratorium and the approved project will generate 67.5. The additional 30.5 points will be “banked” toward the next four-year moratorium.
By James Lomuscio
Built in 1929, the Saugatuck Island Bridge is at the end of its life span, to hear Westport Town Engineer Peter A. Ratkiewich tell it.
Patchwork repairs over the years sufficed until Super Storm Sandy in 2012 “took the final toll on the bridge,” Ratkiewich told the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight.
So fierce were the waters that the deck floated off its pilings. Upon putting it back it was discovered that the wooden pilings were rotted.
Today, the bridge to Saugatuck Island in the Saugatuck Shores section of town is so weak emergency vehicles can not use it, Ratkiewich said. Instead, they have to snake around via Canal Road, which floods in storms.