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Friday, March 03, 2017

Crush to Opening

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Workers crush cardboard boxes today as inventory is moved in for the new Anthropologie store opening March 31 in the new Bedford Square development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/03/17 01:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

First Look: Anthropologie, Amis Trattoria, Opening March 31

Gallery: A look inside Bedford Square’s Anthropologie and Amis Trattoria, which will open March 31. The current Anthropologie at 1365 Post Road East will close March 11, according to Lauren Minor, Anthropologie general manager. Anthropologie and Amis Trattoria are owned by Urban Outfitters. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Westport Library Book Sale Begins Saturday

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Volunteers today arrange books and other items for the 25th annual Westport Library March book sale, which opens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with everything half-priced. The last day is Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon with everything free and contributions encouraged. Volunteer coordinator Mimi Greenlee said the sale includes 2,000 books and many other items. “Ephemera is so popular now,” she said “DVDs, CDs, and vinyls are in demand. Who would have guessed that in this age of streaming?”  She added, “VHS, however, is dead.” CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/03/17 12:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 13 - 17, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 13 - 17, 2016:

Steven L. and Lisa B. Dymant to Justin and Michelle Lee Rabinowitz, 11 Woodhill Road, $1,840,000WNproperty.jpg

142 Compo Road North Properties LLC to John Mack and Tyrene Frederick, 142 Compo Road North, $1,730,000

James Lee and Diana E. Ruiz to Martin and Abby Jaramillo, 64 Lyons Plains Road, $2,337,500

Carl and Ritz Stitzer to Rossina K. Petrova, 7 Rockyfield Road, $817,000

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03/03/17 11:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Syrian Refugee: ‘Who Picks Their Country?’

Mohamed al Maassri today put a face to the national debate over refugees, telling the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club what it’s like to flee a war in Syria, leaving him stateless, homeless, and destitute.

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Mohamed al Maassri tells his tale to the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Who picks their country?” he said, explaining that it was happenstance that he got caught up in the war in his homeland and ended up in Connecticut eight months ago with his wife and two children.

Maassri’s tale was not that of a typical refugee. He owned a construction material importing exporting business in Dubai at the outset of the war in Syria. He then returned home and saw how the “Assad (government) and Iranian and Hezbolah militias” destroyed his town. 

He lamented: “1,500 people were dead in the street, and I don’t know why.”

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03/03/17 10:56 AM Comments () • Permalink

So How Windy Was It?

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It was so windy Thursday at Westport’s Compo Beach that the seagulls did not have to flap their wings. They just glided. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Friday, March 3, 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”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Open Mic Night: Poetry Reading
7 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport (670 Post Road East) - Near & Far Aid gala

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, March 02, 2017

High Winds Bring Power Outages

UPDATE Scattered power outages were reported around Westport early today as high winds buffeted the area.

Eversource Energy said 11 Westport customers were still without power just before midnight. More than 160 were out earlier in the day.

State police said wires across the Merritt Parkway at the Clinton Avenue overpass due to a tree down halted northbound parkway traffic for more than an hour.

The parkway was reopened at 11:15 a.m. Traffic was backed up into Norwalk.


03/02/17 11:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

YMCA Assailed for Fuzzy Math, ‘Lack of Good Faith’

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Westport-Weston showing a lack of good faith?

That’s exactly what some members of the public and the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) said tonight when it came to the YMCA’s membership numbers.

It all started when YMCA attorney John F. Fallon asked the commission to modify the P&Z resolution putting an 8,000 person cap on the number using the new facility at 14 Allen Raymond Lane.

The cap, imposed in 2008, was put on the new facility that opened in 2014 to address traffic, parking and septic issues generated by the building planned on property in a AAA residential zone.

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03/02/17 10:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Hosts Forum on Voting

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About 100 persons tonight attended a Westport Country Playhouse forum on a new way to elect the president. Sponsors of the event, “The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President,” included the League of Women Voters of Westport and National Popular Vote Connecticut.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


03/02/17 09:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Water Discussion on Tap at Earthplace

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Earthplace and the Westport Green Task Force tonight co-sponsored an environmental learning series at which the film, “Tapped,” about bottled water, was shown. A panel discussed the film and the status of water in Westport and the state. The panel included state Rep. Gail Lavielle, George Logan of Aquarion, Alicia Mozian, Westport conservation director, and Isabelle Amlicke, Staples High School Club Green president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/02/17 08:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

James Naughton Headlines Playhouse Pancreatic Cancer Research Benefit

Actor James Naughton of Weston and his family will host “A Tribute to Pamela,” an evening of musical entertainment to benefit research aimed at the early detection of pancreatic cancer, on Sunday, May 7 at 5:30 pm at the Westport Country Playhouse.

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James Naughton (r) performed with son Greg (l) and daughter-in-law Kelli O’Hara at a Westport Country Playhouse gala honoring O’Hara in 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Steve Walter photo

The evening led by the Tony Award-winning star of theater, film and television honors the legacy of Naughton’s wife, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013 at age 66.

It will feature solos, duets and group performances by Naughton and his family, including daughter Keira, a Broadway and television actress; son Greg, a producer, actor, singer and songwriter; and daughter-in-law Kelli O’Hara, a Broadway superstar who won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Anna in “The King and I.”

Proceeds from “A Tribute to Pamela” support a landmark, three-year pancreatic cancer research study at Western Connecticut Health Network being led by Richard C. Frank, a hematologist/oncologist and the director of clinical cancer research at Norwalk Hospital’s C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center.

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03/02/17 08:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Listening to Voices at Coleytown Middle School

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Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer was a Coleytown Middle School today and tweeted this picture with the caption: “CMS students enjoy poems and supporting artwork. QR codes link to student voices reading their works.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) @WestportSuper/Twitter.com


03/02/17 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 36-42 Main St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the commercial building at Westport’s 36-42 Main St. is in process. Built in 1930, the two-story office/storefront complex has 9,906 square feet, is situated on a .2-acre property and changed ownership in November 2014 for $9.2 million. The space was formerly occupied by Bobby Q’s, Shoe-Inn, and The Brownstone as well as offices upstairs. Because the building was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/02/17 03:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Democrats Push CT Income Tax Cut for Seniors –- But Aren’t Sure How to Pay for It

By Keith M. Phaneuf


House and Senate Democrats called today for exempting all Social Security from the state income tax, a move that could save seniors $45 million per year.

But with major deficits — that far exceed the proposed income tax cut — projected for the next two fiscal years, Democratic leaders conceded paying for this tax relief will not be easy.

And while Democrats said they’re hopeful Republicans — who’ve proposed such a tax break in the past — would support it again, one GOP leader said it would hinge on whether the next state budget is free of any tax hikes.

“Connecticut is a great place to live, work and raise a family, so it should also be a great place to retire and enjoy the culture and quality of life we are known for,” said House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin.

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03/02/17 02:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

High Wind Advisory in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area, which is in effect until 6 p.m.

The High Wind Warning has been canceled.

It said to expect winds northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.


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Celebrating Read Across America Day

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Students from Jane Garard’s first grade class at Coleytown Elementary School today celebrate the 16th annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day with Don Rebar, Westport Country Playhouse’s associate director of marketing, as he reads them Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” The Read Across America program is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Definitely Hold On To Your Hat Weather

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It was definitely hold on to your hat weather in early afternoon today at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


03/02/17 12:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Salesman,’ ‘The LEGO Batman Movie,’ ‘The Great Wall’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

This year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is Iran’s “The Salesman,” another marital drama from previous Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi (“The Separation”.)

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When Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) Etesamis are forced to evacuate their crumbling Tehran apartment, they move into a more dilapidated abode, one that was previously occupied by a single woman with a young child.

The clutter she left behind gives subtle clues as to who she is and the promiscuous life she led. She’s described as “a woman with lots of acquaintances … who lived a wild life.”

Emad and Rana are both actors, working in an amateur theater company’s production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” playing Willie and Linda Loman, respectively.

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03/02/17 12:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Paul Shoobe

Paul Shoobe, a former longtime resident of Westport, died in early January at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

He and his wife Ruth retired to Port St. Lucie where they lived full time enjoying the sunshine, golf, Corvette Club adventures, and traveling.

He was a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley and Ruth taught for decades in the Wilton Public Schools. She predeceased him in 2015.

He is survived by his sisters, Bunny and Jo and their families.


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Donald E. Day II

Donald Edward Day II of Westport died Feb. 23 at home.

Born in Bridgeport, he had been a Westport resident for many years.

He will be remembered for his many years of volunteer work at the East End Community Food Bank.

He is survived by: his father, Donald Day Sr., his mother, Jocelyn Reese, his step-mother, Jeanette Day; three brothers, Anthony (Natalie Pryce) Day of Bridgeport, Antoine Brown and Tre Day of Ansonia, one sister, Erica Day of Bridgeport; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4 at 12 noon at Mt. Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank St., Bridgeport, with Rev. Anthony L. Bennett, D. Min. officiating. Interment will be private. Friends may pay their respects from 11 a.m.-noon at the church.


03/02/17 11:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

View from Newtown Turnpike Overpass

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UPDATE A view lookng south from the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport of traffic halted northbound because of wires from a downed tree across the roadway at the Clinton Avenue overpass. State Police said the Merritt was reopened northbound at 11:15 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Merritt Blocked

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UPDATE Traffic northbound on the Merritt Parkway was halted today between Exits 41 and 42 in Westport for more than an hour because of a tree down on the Clinton Avenue overpass which dangled wires across the roadway. State Police said the roadway was reopened at 11:15 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/02/17 10:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tree Down Closes Clinton Ave., Halts Parkway Northbound

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UPDATE A tree down today on Clinton Avenue at the Merritt Parkway overpass closed the roadway and shut down northbound parkway traffic for more than an hour, according to police. State police closed the parkway at Exit 41 in Westport and traffic was backed up to Exit 40A in Norwalk. It was reopened at 11:15 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/02/17 10:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

High Wind Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Westport and area until 1 p.m.

It said winds are from the west 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 to 60 mph.


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Westport Castles in the Air

WestportNow.com ImageThey looked like castles in the air, but they were actually buildings along the Saugatuck River Wednesday in the early mornng fog.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 212C - Commission on People with Disabilities Executive Session
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”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Sewing with Machines 101
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - P&Z Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & Public Protection Committees
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Forum on “The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

BOF Chair: State ‘Ineptitude’ Likely to Cause ‘Modest’ Tax Hike

By James Lomuscio

Westport Board of Finance Chairman Brian Stern said tonight that a “modest” tax increase is likely despite the fiscally responsible proposed town and school budgets.

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There was a full house for tonight’s Board of Finance meeting with some town employees and others forced to watch on TV in the Town Hall lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I do think we will have a modest tax increase in the fall,” he said after hearing details of the budgets tonight.

The reason? Stern only had to point to Hartford, and harsh words flowed.

“Hartford should quit asking us to fill the gap for their own ineptitude,” Stern said about Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan for towns to pay one-third of teacher pensions.

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After 40 Years, Combined Police-Fire Dispatch Closer to Reality

It has been talked about for at least 40 years, but at last the prospect of a Westport combined police-fire dispatch took a step closer to reality tonight.

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The Westport fire dispatch (above) would be combined with police dispatch at police headquarters,. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Board of Finance approved a $1.42 million appropriation for the project after hearing that it likely would have prevented some police-fire confusion Saturday night in which a Long Island man drowned in the Saugatuck River.

Police Chief Foti Koskinas, explaining the financial and operational benefits of the project, said the combined dispatch would eliminate the kind of communication problems emergency responders have dealt with since they were highlighted on 9/11.

On Saturday, he said, police were unaware that fire had asked for additional resources from Norwalk and Fairfield after screams from help by a woman in the Saugatuck River. She was rescued, but her 76-year-old husband drowned when their car went into the water.

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Finance Board Gives Nod to Land Swap Deal

Having won a $750,000 one-time upfront payment, the Westport Board of Finance tonight gave its approval to a land swap with developer David Waldman on Elm Street.

Selectman Avi Kaner outlined the deal to the board, calling it a “triple win” for the town.

In addition to the one-time payment, the town will receive approximately $38,000 in annual taxes and gain nine parking spaces, he said.

More importantly, Kaner said, the town will benefit by the beautification of Elm Street as part of its overall downtown renewal.

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