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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gallery: Bayberry Ridge Brush Fire

A downed power line touched off a brush fire today on Bayberry Ridge Road off of Bayberry Lane. The flames for a time threatened a home at 282 Bayberry Road. About a half acre was burned, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows. Wilton and Weston provided assistance on the scene while Fairfield covered headquarters. photo


11/23/16 12:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stubborn Brush Fire on Bayberry Ridge Road Image
A downed power line today on Bayberry Ridge Road touched off a stubborn brush fire on a leaf-filled ridge behind 282 Bayberry Road. Assistant Chief Brian Meadows estimated a half-acre was involved and summoned help from Wilton and Weston to help contain the blaze. There were no injuries and no damage to the home at 282 Bayberry, though some paint cans outside the home were set ablaze. Fairfield firefighters covered Westport headquarters for additional calls.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/23/16 12:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Attacking a Brush Fire Image
Westport fireifghters attack a brush fire behind a house at 282 Bayberry Road today. The blaze was touched off by a downed power line on Bayberry Ridge Road. It covered about a half acre before being brought under control, said Assiistant Chief Brian Meadows. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/23/16 12:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dousing Paint Cans Fire Image
Westport firefighter Jose Colon today uses an extinguisher to knock down flames in some paint cans outside a home at 282 Bayberry Road. The blaze and stubborn brush fire were touched off by downed power lines on nearby Bayberry Ridge Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/23/16 12:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mary E. Campbell, 92

Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Miller Campbell of Saxtons River, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 21 of complications associated with her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 92. Image
Mary Campbell: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born June 16, 1924 in Lorain, Ohio, she was the daughter of Otto Miller, Jr. and Irene (Duffy) Miller. She had a brother, Otto Miller III, and a sister, Joan Irene (Miller) Saunders.

When Beth was 10, her father abandoned the family, and she and her siblings spent much time with relatives; especially with her Aunt Marie, and her Grammy Tyler, and she later reveled in telling stories of the love she felt and the good memories she had of being under their wings.

Beth’s mother, known to the family as Ahben, was a Broadway show singer and dancer and her travels caused Beth to attend schools in New York City and Westport, where she attended Staples High School.

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11/23/16 11:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Downtown Valet Parking to Begin Friday

There will be selected downtown valet parking in Westport beginning Friday and extending through the Christmas holidays. Image
Holiday carriage drivers will not have to share Main Street space with valet parkers during the holiday season, according to the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. The carriage rides will only occur on Thursday, Dec. 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

The Westport Board of Selectmen today approved an application by the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) and the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee for the service.

Under the proposal, 12 to 16 Main Street parking spaces on the west side of the street would be reserved for use by concessionaire Valet Park of America on 11 days. It will begin Friday (“Black Friday”), then every Saturday and Sunday, with the addition of Friday, Dec. 23, through Dec. 24, from noon to 6 p.m. Users will pay a $5 charge.

The board had put off action on the plan on Nov. 9 pending questions about insurance and use of the parking lot behind Town Hall. (See WestportNow Nov. 9, 2016)

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11/23/16 10:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Turkey Trot to Attract Thousands Image
Thousands are expected to participate in Thursday’s 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. The 5-mile race begins in Southport, continues through portions of Westport’s Greens Farms section, and ends in Southport. The race begins at 8:15 a.m.  Westport police said residents in the Greens Farms section of Westport can expect rade-caused road closures and delays from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pequot Running Club map


11/23/16 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
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/#Iammore Exhibition”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Dewey Knit: Grade 4 to Adults
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jake Bernard w/ Dustin Lowman

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Real Estate Report: How Much to Offer?

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

When you see the house that you want to purchase in Westport and are ready to make a bid, remember that some offers are considered reasonable and some are not. Image
Featured Home: This home at 33 Meeker Road is listed at $2,799,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence/Riverside

Many buyers are of the mindset to begin the offering process with what is referred to as the 90 percent rule. That is, a reasonable offer on a property should start at 90 percent of the list price. Quite frankly, that thinking is flawed.

Some others will make what sellers, and the industry in general consider to be a low-ball offer of less than 75 percent of asking price.

Yet other buyers can become so emotionally attached that they’ll pay asking price with no questions asked, no matter what type of market.

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11/22/16 03:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Travel Veteran: ISIS and Climate Change Threaten Cultural Sites Image
Westport travel industry veteran Robin Tauck told the Westport Rotary Club today that the biggest current threat to the world’s cultural sites are ISIS and climate change. She said Secretary of State John Kerry is working to help preserve the sites as part of internaitonal efforts led by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization. Tauck, a co-owner of Tauck Inc., a third generation travel company, is a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/22/16 02:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Busy Special Thanksgiving Farmers Market Image
It was a busy Thanksgiving edition of the Westport Farmers Market today. The two-hour special session at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane, attracted shoppers from the 10 a.m. opening, said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director. There will be no Saturday session of the market this week with the next one scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/22/16 11:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thanksgiving Offering Image
Norwalk’s Izzi B’s allergen-free bakery was offering up this special Thanksgiving pie today at a special Thanksgiving two-hour session of the Westport Winter Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/22/16 11:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Granger at the Movies: ‘Moana,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘Almost Christmas’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Gather the kids and let’s be thankful for “Moana” (pronounced Mo-ahna) - with songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”). Image

On Motunui in Oceania, teenage Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) lived in an idyllic, self-sustaining Polynesian community. But, as daughter of Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison), she has been forbidden to travel beyond the barrier reef that surrounds their isolated island.

When she discovers her ancestors’ sea-faring past, her ailing Gramma Tala (Rachel House) explains that she has been chosen by the ocean to control its waves.

Plucky Moana calls on this watery power when her island’s resources deteriorate because the heart of Goddess Te Feti was stolen. Accompanied by Hei Hei (Alan Tudyk), a goofy, rainbow-colored chicken, she searches for the disgraced demigod Maui (Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson).

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11/22/16 10:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Ulf Lundell, 72

Ulf Uno Lundell of Norwalk, a former Westport resident and early pioneer in the high-rise construction industry, died Nov. 15 at home. He was 72. Image
Ulf Lundell: high-rise construction pioneer. Contributed photo

Born in Sweden, he was a man that had a vision to work hard and enjoy life. He moved to the United States and lived out his vision of the quintessential American dream.

When he was 10, he lost his father due to a tragic accident, working for Linden Cranes. Forced to help support his mother and brother, he sold tulips door to door in Vasteras.

They poignantly remained his favorite flower throughout his life. Linden Cranes also gave him work, first as a little boy sweeping the stock room floor and then later hiring him as a full-time employee.

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11/22/16 08:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Rough Sunset Image
Waves whipped up by high winds crash along the jetty at South Beach at Compo Beach at sunset on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

10 a.m. - Noon - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Special Westport Winter Farmers Market
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/#Iammore Exhibition”
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advance Writing Class
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Dodge a Cop
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Staples Grad Seeks Funds for Mealworm Project

Gabby Wimer, a 2012 Staples High School graduate, and two fellow University of Chicago seniors are launching a crowdfunding campaign to supply protein-rich mealworms to communities in Guatemala affected by malnutrition. Image
Gabby Wimer (r) teaches Guatemalans about mealworms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Not only are mealworms incredibly cost-effective to grow and more affordable than livestock, they are also much better for the environment,” the trio said in an announcement of the campaign.

Set to begin Tuesday, the campaign hopes to raise $25,000. Click to donate.

Wimer is co-founder of MealFlour, described as a social enterprise founded in 2015 to promote better nutrition through sustainable farming of protein-rich mealworms.

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11/21/16 10:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Wind Victim Image
High winds tonight overturned a sailboat at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach, sending it crashing into a larger vessel on land owned by the Army Corp of Engineers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


11/21/16 09:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Video: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Seven swans were spotted tonight swimming on the Saugatuck River in Westport past diners at the Rive Bistro Restaurant. on Riverside Avenue. Jeffrey Mayer for


11/21/16 07:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

High Wind Victim Image
UPDATE A transformer hangs precariously today on a utiity pole on East Main Street near Compo Road North, a victim of high winds. High winds were also blamed for knocking down a tree branch on Saugatuck Avenue, which also damaged a transformer. Eversource Energy said 13 Westport customers were without power at mid-afternoon but were restored by late in the day. Winds gusted to more than 40 mph around town as the National Weather Service said a Wind Advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/21/16 03:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Burglary Suspect Now Faces Drug Charges

A Westport woman arrested last Tuesday for four burglaries of a friend’s home while the friend slept and stealing money from her purse was arrested again Saturday on drug charges, police said today. Image
Elizabeth Rose: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Elizabeth Rose, 50, of 67 Old Road, was charged with narcotics and drug paraphernalia possession, as well as evidence tampering and interfering with an officer, following her arrest behind HomeGoods on Post Road East.

According to Lt. David Farrell, a K-9 officer around 11 a.m. Friday approached Rose’s vehicle, and “Rose appeared nervous and immediately put the car in drive. ”

He said the officer observed a water bottle with burnt tinfoil on the opening “and what appeared to be a crack stem in the vehicle.”  Farrell said the officer had to reach into the vehicle to put the gear into park since Rose would not comply.

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11/21/16 02:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Volunteers Still Needed for Thanksgiving Feast

Volunteers are still needed for Thursday’s 46th annual community Thanksgiving feast at Saugatuck Congregational Church. Image
Volunteers at work in the kitchen at last year’s Thanksgiving feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Those interested can sign up online here for the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event that is held with Temple Israel, United Methodist Church, and the Unitarian Church.

Last year, the feast returned to the church for the first time since a fire heavily damaged the church on Nov. 20, 2011.

In addition to the several hundred expected for the event, volunteers will also deliver Thanksgiving meals to those unable to attend. Call the office to make these arrangements (203) 227-1261.


11/21/16 01:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dewey Loselle Resigns as Town’s Operations Director

Dewey Loselle, Westport’s operations director for almost two and a half years, has resigned his post, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today. Image
Dewey Loselle was chair of the Downtown Steering Committe before being appointed town operations director in June 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

In a statement, Marpe said Loselle submitted a letter of resignation effective at the close of business on Friday. Loselle did not respond to a telephone message left requesting comment.

“I wish Dewey well as he pursues other interests,” Marpe said. “His input, determination, work ethic, and expertise have been invaluable to the town employees, department heads and, most importantly, to the residents of this community.”

Marpe said Loselle indicated his desire to remain on several town committees to which he was appointed as a resident and elector of Westport.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
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/#Iammore Exhibition”
Noon - Westport Library - Open Meeting: Nutrition Education Seminars
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Introduction to Engineering Design Using SolidWorks
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Countdown to College: Myths vs. Realities in the College Admissions Process
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committee

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Art of Kindness Image
More than 30 families participated today in the Westport Arts Center’s “Family Art Day: Art of Kindness,” creating projects based on giving and kindness. Families also had the opportunity to bring gifts or make donations to Al’s Angels. The event was held in conjunction with the Center’s current exhibition, “MORE Than Words/#iammore,” a juried community show based on the themes of courage, empowerment and resilience in the face of bullying, on view through Jan. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Xenia Gross for


11/20/16 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Special Winter Farmers Market on Tuesday

There will be a special two-hour session on Tuesday of the Westport Winter Farmers Market to help last minute Thanksgiving shoppers. Image
The special two-hour Thanksgiving Westport Winter Farmers Martket will take place Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

The event at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, according to Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director.

There will be no Saturday market on Nov. 26 with the next market a week later on Dec. 3, she said.

Here is a list of vendors at the Tuesday market, and, given enough notice, some are still preparing custom orders if customers call ahead, said Cochran-Dougall.

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11/20/16 04:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Up and Over Image
Members of the Westport Weston Family YMCA gymnastics team performed as part of today’s UBS Thanksgiving parade in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


11/20/16 03:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Souvenir Photo Image
The Westport Weston Family YMCA gymnastics team poses for a souvenir photo today at the UBS Thanksgiving parade in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


11/20/16 03:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Showing Their Stuff Image
The Westport Weston Family YMCA gymnastics team enterained today as part of the UBS Thanksgiving parade in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


11/20/16 03:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters On Duty at Stamford Parade Image
A contingent of Westport police officers was on hand today to help Stamford with its annual UBS Thanksgiving parade. Westport EMS also sent a unit to standby at the event. The officers included Sam Sabin, Craig Bergamo, Rachel Baron, and Daniel Paz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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