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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Getting Ready for Wine Tasting

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Westport Sunrise Rotary Club members Jack Mullen (l) and Bob Galan get ready for Westport Uncorked, the club’s 26th annual Wine-Tasting Gala Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Inn at Longshore. Over 80 wines and a dozen craft beers specially chosen by Cory D’Addario of Liquor Locker will be available for tasting.  There will also be a live and silent auction featuring tickets to sporting events, local restaurant gift certificates, and more. Proceeds from the event go to local and regional organizations. For more information go to http://westportsunriserotary.org/home/. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/20/16 05:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flooding at Burying Hill Beach

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As forecast by the National Weather Service, today’s mid-afternoon high tide brought some localized flooding, including at the entrance road to Wetport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


10/20/16 03:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Under Water

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The entrance road to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach was under water at the mid-afternoon high tide today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


10/20/16 03:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ellen B. Zunick, 64

Ellen B. Zunick of Trumbull, an employee of the Westport school system, died Oct. 19 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 64.

She was born in Boston., a daughter of the late Leon and Charlotte Steiff, and was a longtime member of Congregation B’nai Torah of Trumbull. She was a paraprofessional with the Kings Highway Elementary School in Westport, and was a teacher with the Hebrew School at Congregation B’nai Torah.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Zunick, her children, Michael Zunick and his wife Amanda of Hawthorne, N.J., Jonathan Zunick and his wife Thea of Hoboken, N.J., and by her sister, Ronda Sirot and her husband Jerold of Peabody, Mass.; also by her grandchildren, Caleb and Sarah. She was predeceased by her sister, Sharon Steiff.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, Oct.. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at B’nai Torah Cemetery on Reid Street in Fairfield. Shiva will be observed at the Zunick residence in Trumbull on Saturday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation B’nai Torah 5700 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611.


10/20/16 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 1

The Westport Public Works Department announced today that the annual curbside leaf collection program will begin Monday, Nov, 1 and continue through Monday, Dec. 5.

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Fall colors along Ford Road last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department, an announcement said.

Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process cannot handle plastic bags.

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.

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10/20/16 02:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Surf’s Up at Compo

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The surf was up mid-day today at Westport’s Compo Beach as winds gusted to 20 mph and temperatures were in the mid-60s after days of more summer-like weather. The National Weather Service said the 3:09 p.m. tide in Westport could result in localized minor flooding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Making Farmers Market Debut

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Katie Braja of Norwalk was a first-timer today at the Westport Farmers Market with her line of Jojoba’s Witness minimalist skincare products. Her website is http://www.jojobaswitness.com which says it’s “where the ingredients are pure, the rituals are simple, and the results are beautiful.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Going for the Green

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Green vegetables, including kale, chard, collard greens, and a variety of lettuce, were popular items today at the Sport Hill Farm booth at the Westport Farmers Market. The New Milford-based farm proclaims it is “organic, fresh, and local.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Dining on Butterfly Bush

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An October Monarch butterfly seen in a Westport backyard dining on a Buddleia bush, often called a butterfly bush. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alexandria Donovan for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Investment Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: Make a Monster Mask with Chris Crowe
5:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Special: “The Library of the Future”
6 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Estate Planning Seminar
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Environmental Learning Series: “The Battle Against Illegal, Unreported, & Unregulated Fishing”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Finding Clarity in Your Financial Life
7 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners Book Discussion: “Circling the Sun,” Paula McLain
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - P&Z Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Debate Wins Big Screen Over Baseball

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The presidential debate won center television status tonight at 323 Restaurant & Bar, 323 Main St., while the National League Championship series between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers was on a smaller set. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Library, LWV Host Debate Viewing Session

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The Westport Library in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Westport tonight hoted a presidential debate viewing session. Journalist Eric Burns, formerly of NBC News and Fox News, moderated a discussion about the event, as he did at the first presidential debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


10/19/16 09:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

At Earthplace, Candidates Tout Environmental Commitment

By James Lomuscio

Moderator Julie Belaga began tonight’s legislative debate at Earthplace by commenting on the unseasonably warm October weather.

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Rivals: state Rep Jonathan Steinberg, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican challenger Cathy Wash tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

“Any candidate who doesn’t believe climate change is a reality?” asked Belaga, a longtime Westporter, former state representative and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office in Boston.

“No hands?” she added. “You’re the ones who are going to make a difference.”

On the panel were: Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh; Sen. Toni Boucher and Democratic challenger Carolanne Curry; Republican state Rep. Gail Lavielle, who is running unopposed; incumbent Republican Sen. Tony Hwang and Democratic opponent Philip Dwyer.

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Legislative Candidates Debate Environment

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Westport’s Earthplace tonight hosted a debate on environmental issues with local legislative candidates. Julie Belaga of Westport (l), co-founder of the nonpartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


10/19/16 08:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘American Housewife’ Dips in Ratings in 2nd Outing

The ABC TV sitcom “American Housewife” set in Westport, stumbled in the ratings in its second outing Tuesday night.

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Katy Mixon and Diedrich Bader in “American Housewife.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) ABC TV photo

The half-hour comedy staring Katy Mixon pulled a 1.6/6 share and 5.7 million viewers, down 16 percent among the coveted 18-49s from its premiere last week, according to Deadline.com.

CBS ‘s “NCIS” and NBC’s “The Voice,” both hour-long entries in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. time slot did better.

An ABC news release about “American Housewife” noted that actor Diedrich Bader, who plays Mixon’s husband, has spent plenty of time in real life Westport.

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Halloween Parade Set for Thursday, Oct. 27

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. announced today that the Children’s Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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Westport’s Main Street was crowded for the 2014 Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The annual event is for all children, especially those 8 and under. Children and parents will meet at Main Street and Post Road East at 3:30 p.m., an annuncement said.

The parade will go up Main Street, turn right onto Avery Place, then turn left on Myrtle Ave to Town Hall.  Entertainment, refreshments and a small gift will be provided on Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 4 p.m.

There will be no parking on Main Street between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Lincoln Center Memorial Service for Noah Witke

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A memorial service for Westport actor Noah Witke was held today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Fellow former Staples High School Player Max Stampa-Brown remembered his close friend in front of hundreds of Witke’s friends, family and colleagues. Witke, 25, a 2009 Staples graduate, died Sunday in a fall from his Harlem rooftop (see WestportNow Oct. 17, 2016). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Actress Cecilia Hart Jones, 68

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Cecilia Hart Jones, wife of actor James Earl Jones, died Oct. 16 after a year of battling ovarian cancer. She was 68. She is pictured with actor Paxton Whitehead when they played husband and wife roles in the Westport Country Playhouse 2015 production of the Alan Ayckbourn comedy “Bedroom Farce.” (See video here of Jones and Whitehead) Whitehead and Hart said they have played stage roles of husband and wife five times in four plays over the years. Hart met her real husband while working on the TV series “Paris” in 1979. She appeared twice on Broadway; in “Dirty Linen” in 1977 and played Desdemona to Jones’ Othello in 1982. In addition to her husband, their son, Flynn, and her brothers James A. V. Hart and William F. Hart III, survive her. Donations may be made in Cecilia’s name to: The Actors Fund https://donate.actorsfund.org/donate or Hudson Valley Hospice https://www.hvhospice.org/index.php/foundation/donate/. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/19/16 11:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Candidates Debate at Earthplace Tonight

UPDATE Westport’s Earthplace tonight will host an environmental debate among local candidates for the state legislature.

The 7 p.m. event will include state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, the Democrat incumbent in the 136th Assembly District and his Republican challenger, Cathy Walsh; state Rep. Gail Lavielle, the Republican incumbent running unopposed in the 143rd District, state Sen. Toni Boucher, the Republican incumbent in the 26th Senate District, and her Democratic challenger, Carolanne Curry, and Phil Dwyer, the Democrat challenger in the the 28th Senate District, and the incumbent in the district, Republican state Sen. Tony Hwang, who initially said he could not participate due to another commitment.

The debate, co-hosted by the Westport Green Task Force, will be moderated by Julie Belaga, who co-founded the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters in the late 1990s.

A Westport resident, Belaga has served in local and state elected and appointed positions, including as New England’s EPA regional director and on the board of the Export-Import Bank, where she led efforts to increase financing for U.S. firms that export products and services that benefit the global environment.

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10/19/16 10:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staying Late

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Some youngsters stayed late at Westport’s Compo Beach on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Thomsen for WestportNow.com


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October Day in the Sun

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Tuesday’s summer-like weather in the 80s drew some fans to Westport’s Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - HDC Saugatuck River Swing Bridge Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Dewey Knit: Grade 4 to Adults
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: Make a Monster Mask with Chris Crowe
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 561 Post Road East - Wakeman Town Farm
5:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Westport Electric Car Club candidate forum on electric vehicles
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Earthplace - State Candidates Environmental Debate
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Alex Prud’homme, “The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Reading Aloud 2 Children Early Literacy Workshop
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Fire Department Strategic Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Staples High School All-Vocal Concert
8:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Presidential Debate Viewing

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Staples Rower is Fan’s Choice Junior Athlete

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Grace McGinley, 17, a senior at Staples High School who rows with Saugatuck Rowing Club, today was named USRowing Fan’s Choice Junior Athlete of the Year. Grace had an undefeated season, winning every regatta including the San Diego Crew Classic and a the USRowing Youth Nationals title in the varsity eight with Saugatuck Rowing Club. She currently holds two world records for her age group in the 5k and 2k erg time and finished fifth in the eight at the 2016 World Rowing Junior Championships. She will be honored with other USRowing award winners at a banquet in New York City on Nov. 17. In addition, Saugatuck Rowing Club’s Junior Girls Head Coach Gordon Getsinger was one of five finalists in the Junior Coach of the Year category. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Getting Ready for TEA Talk

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Members of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee today make final preparations for Sunday’s TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at 2 p.m. at Town Hall. This fourth TEA Talk, “Portrait of the Artist: Earnings vs Yearnings,” will explore the career challenges and rewards artists face today. Panelists include writers Jessica Bram and Tommy Greenwald; artists Miggs Burroughs and Sooo-z Mastropietro; pianist Frederic Chiu and composer Ryan Lester. Stephanie Plunkett, deputy director at the Norman Rockwell Museum, will offer opening remarks. A reception will follow at the Westport Historical Society. The Westport Library is a community partner. For more information, visit http://www.westportarts.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Walking the Jetty

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A man and his dog walk the jetty at Compo Beach late today after sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


10/18/16 06:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line westbound service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to wire damage in the vicinity of Greens Farms. 

Eastbound service is currently operating on or close to schedule.


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Marpe: Be Prepared for Tough Times Ahead

In a sweeping assessment as his administration approaches its third anniversary, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today the town remains “an attractive, vibrant community” but warned it must prepare for tough times ahead.

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Wetport First Selectman Jim Marpe addresses the Westport Rotary Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Addressing the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club, Marpe, who turns 70 next Tuesday, said, “Westport looks great while the state implodes around us.”

“Sooner or later, we’ll come to the next recession,” he said. He noted that many Westport residents are tied to the financial industry and would be impacted by a worsening economic environment.

Marpe said Westport is faring much better than surrounding communities and its grand list is the envy of their elected officials. But he said that the town has yet to recover fully from the last recession. “We’re back to where we were five or six years ago,” he said.

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Anita Alic, 74

Anita Alic of Ludlow, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 8 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was 74.

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Anita Alic: gardener. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Born in Chicago in 1942, she grew up in many places, mostly in Texas although no trace of Texas remained in her accent, and graduated in 1964 from Northwestern University with a BA in art history. She met husband Jim at Northwestern and they married in December of their senior year.

After a couple of years in Chicago, they moved to Birmingham, Mich, where children Michael and Amanda were born. In 1970, they moved to Westport, where they lived for most of the next 30-plus years.

Starting with a condo at Okemo in 1977, Anita and Jim fell in love with Vermont and built a home in Ludlow in the late 1980s, planning to eventually retire there. They finally made the move in 2002.

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10/18/16 03:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Minor Flooding in Coastal Areas

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Today’s high tide brought some minor coastal flooding around Westport, including putting the benches in water at Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pippa Bell Ader for WestportNow.com


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Real Estate Report: Market Time Important

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Whether buying or selling a home in Westport, pay close attention to the market time of a property.

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Featured Home: This home at 8 Pioneer Road is listed at $1,950,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Higgins Group/Westport.

As a seller, a lengthy market time can truly hurt your bottom line. As a buyer, having this knowledge can often help you get a better price on a particular home.

Reviewing the town’s averages, the days on market have been right around four months. However, the average cumulative market time is seven months.

Bear in mind that these homes are still “active” on the market, and have not yet taken a deposit.

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