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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Preservation Award Winner: 41 Turkey Hill Road South

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A house at 41 Turkey Hill Road South is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Stephen and Kim Penwell, owners of the house known as the Sumner-Rapallo House, circa 1860, 1920. The HDC cited the owners"for their excellence in ongoing care and maintenance” having modified it in the Colonial Revival style since assuming ownership in 1998. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, October 9, 2016


2 p.m. - Westport Library - Gary Harger & Company: Italian songs, New World Americana, Pop, & Broadway
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Musical History Tour with Frank Porto Band
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Missing Person” by Patrick Modiano
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - JavaScript for New Programmers

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

‘Camelot’ Cast Thanks Musical Director

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The cast of “Camelot” tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse thanks Music Director Wayne Barker on opening night. Directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, the play was adapted by David Lee, choreographed by Connor Gallagher and based on the book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe. The last presentation of the 2016 season, it runs through Nov. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Have You Seen Rosie?

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Have you seen Rosie? She was last seen on September 25th around the Partrick Road / Old Hill area of Westport.  She is calico, petite and only 1 year old. She is white on her chest & belly with tan and grey coloring. There is a generous reward. Please call: (203) 984-5978. Thank you very much.

   

10/08/16 08:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

History in the Rain

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Light rain today did not deter history buffs from attending a walking tour through the Old Saugatuck section, led by Bob Mitchell (green jacket), president, Westport Historical Society. Among the historical sites discussed by Mitchell included the Saugatuck Grain & Supply Company, Luciano Park, the Westport Bank & Trust branch office, the Hedenbury Tin Shop, the Baynham Coffin Tack Factory, the first Saugatuck firehouse, the mattress factory, the William F. Cribari Bridge (the oldest movable span in Connecticut), and the Saugatuck Manufacturing Company, which made buttons from Brazilian ivory nuts. In addition, he told stories based on people who grew up in Saugatuck when life was simple and family ties strong. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/08/16 05:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hundreds Walk at Sherwood Island for Heart Research

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Shelton resident Lauren Tvardzik (c with cap) walks in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Walk & 5K Run today at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. She had a mitral valve replacement. She was among women honored at the event—the AHA’s biggest annual event, with a goal to raise more than $300,000 for AHA programs and research. The event encourages walking 30 minutes daily to prevent heart disease and stroke. Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes—all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Learn more at http://www.heart.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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More Parking for Commuters

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Workers today prepare the expansion of Metro-North Westport commuter parking lot No. 7, off Franklin Street that will create 60 additional parking spaces, according to Police Chief Foti Koskinas. The lot will be resurfaced, have improved lighting and a new electrical system as well as other improvements, he said. The town took over the space from the state, Kosikinas said, and the lot will be ready for commuters in November. As part of the improvements, a staircase will be constructed to ease passage between the lot and Riverside Avenue, which is on the lower level, Koskinas said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Elizabeth R. Metsos, 82

Elizabeth Rigea Metsos of Westport died Oct. 7. She was 82.

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Born and raised in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Dimitrie and Athena Adam Rigea, she moved to Westport and lived here for more than 20 years. She worked for the Ally Industries Co. of Bridgeport for more than 25 years until her retirement.

She was a very outgoing and friendly person, she enjoyed cooking for family and friends, she was an accomplished artist creating oil paintings and especially loved world travel.

She will be fondly remembered as a wonderful sister and friend who lived life to the fullest. She will be greatly missed.

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10/08/16 11:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Preservation Award Winner: 1 Red Coat Road

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A stone ice house at 1 Red Coat Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Albert and Sandra Cordts, owners of the structure, known as the Stone Ice House, circa 1858-1867, “probably built by Frederick H. Nash” and used for storage of ice harvested at Nash’s Pond. The HDC cited the owners “for maintaining and valuing the structure as one of only three known ice houses to have survived in Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/08/16 10:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Well, It IS a Bird Bath

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A cardinal takes advantage of a bird bath on Westport’s Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, October 8, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
3 p.m. - NY-bound Saugatuck Train Station - Walk Through Saugatuck History with Westport Historical Society
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night: “Poltergeist”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”

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Friday, October 07, 2016

Staples Boys Soccer Wins Again

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Staples today stunned Fairfield Ludlowe with two goals in the final 11 minutes of play at Taft Field. The 2-0 victory –- on strikes by Anton Mahr and Spencer Daniels, with assists from Jannis Dietze and Mahr –- complemented strong defense by Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor, Teddy Lawrence, Josh Berman and Daniel Reid. Thomas Nealon (above) added excellent two-way work on the left flank. The surging Wreckers bring their 6-2-3 mark to Norwalk High on Monday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Frances Rowland for WestportNow.com

   

10/07/16 08:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Opening Reception for ‘Art to the Max’

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The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted a reception marking the opening of its exhibit “Art to the Max” featuring original art that graced the windows of the now shuttered Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2014. Curators were Westport artists Nina Bentley (c) and Miggs Burroughs (r) who posed with Max’s owner Shirley Mellor. A portrait of her late husband, Max Kaplan, is at right. The sign is the original from the store, which closed in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

10/07/16 07:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Large Turnout for WHS Max’s Exhibit

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A large crowd tonight attended a Westport Historical Society reception marking the opening of “Art to the Max” featuring art that appeared in th windows of Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to its closing in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/07/16 07:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: WHS Opens ‘Art to the Max’ Exhibit


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Historical Society opening reception of “Art to the Max” featuring art displayed in the windows of Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2014, when the Post Road East business closed. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

10/07/16 07:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclaimed

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today read a proclamation on the steps of Town Hall commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender and income levels,” he said.  Residents interested in becoming involved in the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force should contact the chairperson, Elizabeth Marks Juviler, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/07/16 04:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Fishing

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A fisherman heads out of Westport’s Compo Beach today to try his luck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Linda K. Ducruet, 61

Linda Koury Ducruet of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 28 at home. She was 61.

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She will be remembered for her luminous intellect, flair for language, irrepressible sense of humor and effortless entertaining.

Her legacy lives on through friends and family for whom Linda was a beloved advocate and confidante.

She graduated from Greens Farms Academy in 1973 and Smith College in 1977.

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Arrest for Assault on Medical Worker

Officers arested a Norwalk woman for assaulting an employee of St. Vincent’s Behavior Medical Health Center on Long Lots Road, police said today.

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Tanya Lewis: held on $20,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Tanya Lewis, 32, turned herself in on an outstanding warrant Tuesday for the assault that took place on Sept. 6, according to Lt. David Farrell.

“Tanya Lewis had an argument with the victim of this incident who is employed by the hospital,” said Farrell, adding that Lewis is not employed by the hospital. “Lewis scratched the victim in the face and forearms.”

Charged with assault on emergency personnel, Lewis was held on a $20,000 bond and arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court the same day. 

   

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 19 - 23, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 19 - 23, 2016:

David A. Bach and Rachel Bridgeman to Lisa S. Rome Revocable Trust, 211 Lansdowne, $725,000WNproperty.jpg

Wells Fargo Bank NA to Richard and Carol Anderson, 64 Long Lots Road, $780,000

Phyllis Hirschfield to Roberto Ghedini and Angela Shen, 2 Beachside Common, $1,525,000

Edgard Gerena to Soumya Ghosh and Saheli Kar, 5A Sunrise Road, $615,000

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Preservation Award Winner: 151 Easton Road

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A house at 151 Easton Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Jennifer O’Reilly, owner of the house. known as the Goodsell-Grumman Toll House, circa 1760.  The HDC cited the owner “for her preservation efforts and her sensitivity to the historic significance of the house by making improvements and using materials that enhance the character and style of the original house.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/07/16 10:47 AM Comments () • Permalink

Absentee Ballots Available

Beginning today, absentee ballots will be available at the Westport Town Clerk’s Office for the Nov. 8 presidential election, town officials announced.

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Town Clerk Patricia Strauss shows off absentee ballot samples today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

According to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, applications will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Town Hall is closed Monday, Columbus Day.

The application form is also available online by downloading the form here.

Registered voters can qualify for absentee ballots if: they are: in the armed forces; have an illness or physical disability; have religious beliefs that forbid secular activity on the day of the election; are working as an election official at polling places; or will be out of town during the hours of voting. For further information, call (203) 341-1110.

   

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Friday, October 7, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club Grades K-12
5:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception: “Art to the Max”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Born Cages w/ Anxious & E2
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Preservation Award Winner: 33 Meeker Road

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A house at 33 Meeker Road, off Sturges Highway, is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Scott Rochlin, owner of the house, known as the Meeker House, circa 1800. The HDC cited him for his rehabilitation efforts and special permit application as an alternative to its demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/06/16 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arts Groups Meet at Library

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The Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) today hosted a workshop with 27 representatives from 20 Westport-based arts organizations to discuss enhancements that further elevate Westport’s image as a thriving and welcoming community for the arts. Nancy Diamond, WAAC co-chair, said the gathering, facilitated by a professional who assists artists and nonprofit organizations, emphasized sharing space needs, resources and expanding the scope of collaborative projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Discussing the Arts

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At a Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) workshop today at the Westport Library, (l-r) WAAC co-chairs Richard Epstein and Nancy Diamond conferred with Bill Harmer, library executive director. Representatives from 20 Westport-based arts organizations discussed ways to enhance Westport’s image as a thriving and welcoming community for the arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Democrats Host Fall Fundraiser

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The Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) tonight hosted a fall fundraiser, “Bring on the Blue” at the Sugar and Olives Restaurant in Norwalk. The event honored U.S. Sens. Richard Bluementhal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Reps. Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty for their efforts on behalf of gun control and Democratic causes. Pictured are (l-r) Melissa Kane, DTC chair, Himes, Blumenthal, and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, all seeking re-election in November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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Praise for Dems Gun Control Efforts

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U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, whose Connecticut 5th Congressional District is an area she called “Trump Country,” tonight praised fellow Democrats Sen. Chris Murphy (c) and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, whose 4th Congressional District includes Westport, for their gun control efforts. Esty, whose district includes Newtown, faces Republican challenger Clay Cope, first selectman of Sherman. They appeared at a Westport Democratic Town Committee fundraiser at the Sugar and Olives Restaurant in Norwalk.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/06/16 08:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Calm Waters Here

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While the nation’s attention today was focused on the Southeast and Hurricane Matthew, waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach were calm. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s attracted a number of visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

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Initial ‘Housewife’ Reviews Generally Favorable But Not Later Ones

UPDATE The initial reviews are in on the first episode of “American Housewife,” the ABC TV sitcom set in Westport which debuts on Tuesday, and they are generally favorable. Later reviews were not so positive, however.

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“American Housewife,” set in Westport, was formerly titled “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport.” Courtesy ABC Television

Initially titled “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport,” the comedy series stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, described as “a confident, unapologetic housewife and mother of three,” who raises her flawed family in Westport full of “perfect mommies” and their “perfect offspring.”

The Boston Globe’s Matthew Gilbert said: “Mixon is great, and she’ll keep me interested. But her voice-over is excessive and her weight obsession is overcooked.”

The Washington Post’s Hank Stuever said: “’American Housewife’ is at its best during scenes of Katie’s daily life with her nerdy husband, Greg (Diedrich Bader), who happens to adore her plus-size figure, and her three children, who prove once more that ABC (with its Disneyfied intuition about such things) has a remarkable knack for casting snarky sitcom kids.”

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