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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Comings & Goings: Free People to Post Road East Image
Free People, a trendy clothing and accessories store, opens at 645 Post Road East in March, according to workers on site. Owned by Urban Outfitters, it has more than 100 locations nationwide in more than 30 states. Other Fairfield County locations are at the Danbury Fair Mall and in Greenwich. The new store opposite Mitchells is the former home of (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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The Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport tonight at dusk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Kyle Navin Case Continued Once Again Image
Kyle Navin, accused in 2015 of murdering his parents, owners of a Westport garbage hauling business, was back in Bridgeport Superior Court today. There had been expectations a plea deal might be in the offing, but Judge Robert Devlin again continued the case, this time until March 16. The judge did allow the return of a garbage truck seized as evidence to J&J Refuse after an attorney for the Navins’ estate said it was necessary for the business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo


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Through the Woods Image
Today’s sunset as seen from Westport’s North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for


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Farmers Market to Launch Seed Exchange Program

The Westport Farmers Market on Saturday, Feb. 25 will launch its first seed exchange program. Image
The Westport Winter Farmers Market at 7 Sylvan Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

“It is estimated that up to 90 percent of our food derives from, or is dependent upon, seeds and that 80 percent of the world’s seeds are controlled by multinational corporations,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, market director.

“The Westport Farmers’ Market has launched a new seed-saving program to take back control of our food system.”

In inviting the public to participate in the seed exchange, Cochran-Dougall, said communities all over the country are joining together to share open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, “one of the best ways to retain control of our food system.”

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Cederbaum Presents at Continuing Legal Ed Lunch Image
Twenty-five local attorneys met today at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 on Riverside Avenue to hear attorney Eugene Cederbaum present at the first monthly Local Lunchtime CLE (Continuing Legal Education) sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chapter of the Connecticut Bar Association. He spoke about private roads and special taxing districts. The monthly CLE meetings are open to all attorneys who live or work in Westport or Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Trio of Darwins Image
At the recent Darwin Day dinner in Darien, Darwin McMillen (l), 8, of Westport, and Darwin Greenfield, (r), grandson of Westporter Stewart Greenfield, pose with a Charles Darwin cutout. The day is an international celebration of science and humanity held around Charles Darwin’s Feb.12 birthday, celebrating the discoveries and life of the English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Interim Long Lots Principal Greets Students Image
Long Lots Elementary School Interim Principal Michael Cicchetti and Assistant Principal Molly Farrell greet students today on the school’s morning show. Cicchetti replaced Jeffrey M. Golubchick, who last week was placed on “paid administrative leave without prejudice” for letters his attorney sent to some teachers and administrators. (See WestportNow Feb. 11, 2017) Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer tweeted this photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) @WestportSuper/Twitter photo


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - St. Luke Church (84 Long Lots Road) - Westport Garden Club: “Weather Myths & Mysteries”
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
3:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Shellfish Commission Subcommittee
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Executive Committee Westport Youth Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - The History of Chocolate
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: The Literary Agent/Author Relationship
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mike Connors, Bartender, Coach, 58 Image
Michael R. Connors of Stratford, known as “Wolfie,” a bartender at Westport’s Black Duck Cafe for 30 years until a year ago, and former Staples High School football player and coach, died today, according to friends. He was 58. See obituary HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Report: Staples Grad Killed in Pakistan Car Crash

A 2016 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School died in a Pakistan car crash Tuesday, a Pakistani website said today. Image
Reda Gul: 2016 Staples grad. Contributed photo

The Karachi-based International The News website identified her as Ridha Mehrin Gul, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin. However, her correct name was Reda Gul, a family member said.

Friends said after Staples, she returned to her native country to study medicine, in Peshawar, according to a Westport blog, 06880.

As a freshman, she played on the Staples basketball team and in January 2016 was among Staples “students of the month.”

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‘Spy Ship’ off Groton Fuels Democratic Calls for Probe of Trump Moscow Ties

By Ana Radelat

Washington — As news of a Russian “spy ship” loitering 30 miles from Groton made the rounds of the U.S. Capitol today, Democrats wove the incident into their demands for investigations of President Trump’s relationship with Russia.

“Residents of Connecticut should know that the arrival of the Victor Leonov, a Russian intelligence ship, 30 miles off our coast yesterday does not present a direct threat to our physical safety,” said Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District,

“Its appearance is troubling, however, viewed in conjunction with the ongoing stories of Russian ties and interference in the Trump Administration and the recent deployment of a Russian cruise missile in apparent violation of international agreements.”

An unnamed U.S. officials this week told several news outlets that the Kremlin had secretly deployed controversial cruise missiles inside Russia.

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Senate Abolishes Obama Gun Rule Prompted by Sandy Hook

By Ana Radelat

Washington – The U.S. Senate today approved legislation that will roll back an Obama administration rule requiring the Social Security Administration to submit information about mentally impaired recipients so they can be added to a list of people barred from purchasing a gun.

The 57-43 vote to overturn Obama’s rule is the first clash over gun control in the new Congress.

“Republicans consistently say we don’t need new gun laws, we just need better enforcement of the laws already on the books. But today, they voted to undermine enforcement of existing law that provides complete information for the background check system,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, one of several Democrats who argued against overturning the rule.

Issued in December in response to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the rule was expected to add about 75,000 names to a database of people banned from purchasing weapons.

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Information Session Set for Hospice House

The Westport Library will host an information session on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. about the Fairfield County Hospice House (FCHH) in Stamford. Image
The Fairfield County Hospice House is now under construction in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Topics will include an update on the facility, now under construction, as well as what to consider when making decisions about hospice and end-of-life transition, an announcement said.

There also will be a discussion about how the team behind the FCHH worked with Connecticut legislators to enable multiple persons to receive home hospice care in a single residence.

A change in legislation paved the way for the construction of the six-bedroom, 10,000-square foot house located in a residential neighborhood of Stamford just off the Merritt Parkway.

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Elfriede S. Lafferty, 73

Elfriede S. Lafferty of Westport died Feb. 8 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 73.

The wife of the late John F. Lafferty was born June 16, 1943 in Buszkowo, Poland and was the daughter of Ludwig and Natalie (Wahl) Schulz.

A Westport resident for 35 years, she was a member of Assumption Church and the Westport Woman’s Club.

She is survived by one daughter, Monica L. Lafferty-Waupotitsch and her husband Robert Waupotitsch of Fairfield, one brother, Gustav Schilz of Edmonton, Canada, three sisters, Martha Kent of Phoenix, Arizona, Paulina Kauss and Lydia Grindi both of Edmonton, Canada. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Adolf Schulz, two sisters, Wanda Young and Johanna Miess.

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Mary T. Ferruccio, 89

Mary T. Ferruccio of Westport died Feb. 13 in Danbury Hospital. She was 89.

The wife of the late Anthony J. Ferruccio was born in New York City on Nov. 17, 1927 and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Jane (McGirr) Treanor.

A longtime Westport resident, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters, the Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 Ladies Auxiliary and the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Survivors include one son, Amedeo Ferruccio and his wife Mary of Silver City, New Mexico, two daughters, Marianne Ferruccio and her husband, Clemente Sanches, of Sandy Hook, and Jane Ferruccio of Milford, and her twin sister, Elizabeth Rienzi of Beechhurst, New York.

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Drivers in the Greens Farms Road/Sherwood Island Connector area today were under the watchful eyes of this roadside observer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barbara Levy for


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Granger at the Movies: ‘Toni Erdmann,’ ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Going into the Oscar Foreign Language race as an overwhelming favorite, “Toni Erdmann,” German filmmaker Maren Ade’s poignant comedic-drama, revolves around a practical-joking father who tries to reconnect with his uptight daughter by creating an outrageous alter-ego. Image

Within that context, Ade satirically tackles feminism, workplace sexism, international capitalism, and German arrogance within the European Union.

After his beloved dog dies, divorced, middle-aged Winifred Conradi (Peter Simonischek) feels totally lost. So he tries to reconnect with his only child — daughter Ines (Sandra Huller) — who is obsessive about her executive consulting work in Romania.

When Winifred, an eccentric prankster, turns up, unannounced, in Bucharest for the weekend, Ines is curt and obviously annoyed. “Are you really human?” he finally inquires.

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Late afternoon reflections Tuesday off the Gorham Island office building in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit Grade 4 to Adult
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Work Session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Two-Car Rollover Crash Shuts Merritt Northbound

UPDATE A two-car rollover crash tonight in the northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway just north of Exit 42 in Westport closed the parkway northbound for more than an hour, state police said. Image
At the request of state police, Westport police block the northbound Exit 42 entrance ramp of the Merritt Parkway tonight following a two-car crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Westport fireighters, aided by Fairfield, extricated one person from a vehicle, which rolled over, according to reports from the scene.

A second vehicle ended up in the woods and the driver managed to get out before emergency workers arrived.

Initial reports said a car fire was involved, but there was no fire when the first engine arrrived on scene, the reports said.

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Chris DiGuido, co-owner of Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave., is all smiles today during a busy Valentine’s Day at the popular candy and ice cream store in Saugatuck Center. “We’re almost sold out of our Valentine’s Day pre-packaged gift assortments,” she said. The store will remain open until 10 p.m. for latecomers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Special Valentine’s Day at Westport Florist Image
Tina Ahlberg, manager of Westport Florist, 1 Treadwell Ave., today shows off a compact Valentine’s Day floral arrangement. “Our most popular items today were roses and compact floral arrangements like this one,” she said. She said Valentine’s Day is the second busiest day of the year for the store with only Mother’s Day weekend busier. Added Ahlberg: this is an extra special celebration for the store because this month marks the second anniversary of its opening at the intersection of Saugatuck and Riverside Avenues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Valentine’s Day Heart to Heart Talk Image
In a timely topic on Valentine’s Day, Westport resident Jeffrey Berman, vice chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Bridgeport’s St. Vincent’s Hospital, today addressed the Westport Rotary Club on the significant strides in cardiology over recent decades. Emphasizing the importance of seeking prompt medical care immediately upon symptoms of a heart attack, Berman said, “Most deaths from heart attacks happen outside the hospital. Inside the hospital the death rate is a much lesser — 1 to 2 percent.” He said seven points of prevention reduce the risk of a heart attack by 95 percent. The seven are: control of blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes plus four that are “lifestyle-driven” — not smoking, a proper diet, controlled body weight, and an exercise regimen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Claudia L. Hurd, 95

Claudia L. Hurd of Westport died Feb. 9 at home. She was 95.

The wife of the late Justin “Jud” Hurd was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Dec. 25, 1921 and was the daughter of the late Philip and Valerie (Vanko) Lipp.

A Westport resident since 1964, she was a graduate of Rhodes High School and Spencerian Business College, both in Cleveland. Some of her many interests included collecting books and browsing in bookstores, sewing and knitting, playing her piano, writing poetry, and her French conversation group.

Survivors include one son: Philip Hurd and his wife Janet (Kelley) of Lexington, Massachusetts, and three grandchildren: Audrey, Grace, and Annie.

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George F. Avery, Jr., 87

George F. Avery, Jr., a 50-year resident of Westport, died Jan. 11. He was 87. Image
George F. Avery, Jr: business executive. Contributed photo

He was born in Syracuse, New York, to George Francis Avery and Marion Riddler Avery. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1951. He was the president of his fraternity, SAE, student manager of the football program, and held numerous honors for his academics, volunteerism and commitment to the Penn State community, including admission to the national Blue Key Honor Society.

Following his marriage to Janice in 1951, he served in the U.S. Air Force, and upon discharge began a 52-year career in the management of international transportation, with Alcoa in Pittsburgh, Celanese Corporation in New York City, Stauffer Chemical Company (later Rhone Poulenc) at the Nyala Farms complex in Westport, and thereafter as a consultant, dealing largely with raw materials and hazardous materials shipped by sea.

He was a co-founder and president of the United States Shippers Association, a founding member of Shippers for Competitive Ocean Transport, and led related industry committees of the National Council on International Trade Development, the National Industrial Transportation League, the Chemical Manufacturer’s Association, and the American-European Soda Ash Association.

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Volvo Plates on a Mercedes Leads to Arrest

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man on various charges after he was spotted driving a Mercedes with plates that belonged to a Volvo, police said today. Image
George Wilson:  bond set at $7,500. Westport Police photo

George Wilson, 27, was traveling south of Myrtle Avenue on Saturday when an officer spotted the canceled registration plates, which turned out to belong to a Volvo, Lt. David Farrell said.

After the vehicle was stopped, a check of Wilson showed that his driving privileges had been suspended, and that Troop G of the State Police had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear.

He was charged with second-degree failure to appear, misuse of license plates, operating a vehicle while under suspension, having no insurance and operating an unregistered vehicle.

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Town Meeting for New Long Lots Principal Image
The new interim principal of Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School, Michael Cicchetti, greets students today at a Valentine’s Day town meeting and all sing “Lion’s Spirit.” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer tweeted this photo and added: “Great Valentine’s Day celebration.”  Cicchetti replaced Jeffrey M. Golubchick who last week was placed on “paid administrative leave without prejudice” for letters his attorney sent to some teachers and administrators. (See WestportNow Feb. 11, 2017) @WestportSuper/ photo


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Real Estate Report: Correct Pricing is Key

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

The Westport real estate market has begun to change for the better. Now more than ever, pricing your home to sell should be of tantamount importance. Image
Featured Home: This home at 88 Compo Road South is listed at $1,899,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/Bross Chingas Bross

Pricing any home should not be left to guesswork. A number of detailed and thorough analyses are necessary to arrive at a proper dollar figure for your home, which should also be finely tuned to the current market conditions

There are two ways to look at pricing in the most intelligent way. One would be the highest side of reasonable, while the other would be priced right at market value to encourage multiple offers, and a higher than asking final sales price. 

A Comparable Market Analysis, commonly referred to as a CMA, is an analysis of homes that are similar to yours in one respect or another. The comparison generally includes a few homes that are on the market, a few more that are under deposit, as well as a few recent sales.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

8 Kirock Place               $729,000->$715,000
1 Evergreen Parkway       $908,800->$865,000
8 Catamount Road       $1,199,000->$1,099,000
86 Maple Ave. South     $1,250,500->$1,212,500
116 Weston Road         $1,325,000->$1,299,000
3 Dexter Road             $1,375,000->$1,299,000
48 Clinton Ave.          $1,599,000->$1,575,000
46 Gorham Ave.        $1,825,000->$1,775,000
2 Woodhill Road           $2,195,000->$2,095,000
319 Greens Farms Road     $2,295,000->$2,200,000
18 Sturges Common       $3,499,000->$3,398,000
4 Sprucewood Lane       $3,675,000->$3,499,000
114 Beachside Ave.      $32 million ->$28 million

—Judy Szablak


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