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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Power Outage Hits Parts of Westport

UPDATE A power outage hit parts of Westport Monday night.

Eversource said 200 customers were without power as of 12:30 a.m.

Police said the outage was widespread in the east part of town, around Post Road East and Turkey Hill Road South. An Eversource crew working in the area told police a “main phase” had gone down.

Parts of the Coleytown area — North Avenue, Easton Road — experienced about a five-mile blackout shortly after 11 p.m.


05/23/17 12:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Ordinance Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Wisdom from CEOs: Brian Gaffney
7 p.m. - Town Hall Green Room - RTM Employee Compensation, Finance, Public Protection Committees
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Honoring Our Heritage: 16 Morningside Drive South Image
The owner of 16 Morningside Drive South is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to longtime Westporter Anne Beers, who has lived in the house since 1976, two years after she relocated to Westport from Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to Weingarten, the house, known as the Charles Banetz House c. 1901, was built by Banetz who, according to records, emigrated to Westport from Hungary in 1893. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Company to Build Southport Senior Living Facility

Westport-based Maplewood Senior Living announced today that it has closed on a 27-acre parcel of land in the heart of Southport where it will build a new luxury, three-story, 98-unit assisted living and memory care community. Image
Maplewood at Southport will be about a mile from the Westport border. Contributed graphic

Preparation of the site, just over a mile from the Westport-Fairfield border, will begin immediately with the intention to begin construction this summer, an announcement said.

The project, to be known as Maplewood at Southport, includes restoration of wildlife and Mill Pond dam area, location of a former Ice House. The area overlooks the scenic Mill Pond in the Mill Hill neighborhood adjacent to Mill Hill Elementary School.

The development of a 92,000-square foot senior living community will evoke the tradition of the rambling Adirondack and coastal New England grand resort hotels of the early 20th century, the announcement said.

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05/22/17 06:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Moving Morris

It was moving day today for the marble bust of Westport Library benefactor Morris Ketchum Jesup from his prominent spot at the library to a temporary home in the lobby of Westport Town Hall. The bust by sculptor William Couper is being relocated for safekeeping during the library’s transformation project. Town Curator Kathie Bennewitz gave Morris a kiss on his departure and was on the other end to welcome him to his new temporary home. Lynn U. Miller for


05/22/17 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Off to Become U.S. Senate Page

Ethan Parker, 16, of Westport is off to Washington, D.C. this summer to work as a U.S. Senate page under the sponsorship of New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader. Image
Ethan Parker: passion for politics. Contributed photo

The Greens Farms Academy honor roll sophomore is one of 30 students from across the country who will serve the 100 senators.

His passion for politics goes back to elementary school when he closely followed the 2008 presidential election won by Barack Obama over John McCain.

“I was this 8-year-old kid watching the debates, speeches and party conventions,” Ethan said. “I even had a map that I updated daily, marked with red and blue states, electoral numbers and the candidates.”

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05/22/17 05:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Time to Renew Railroad Parking Permits Image
The Westport Police Department Railroad Parking Division today began walkup annual renewals of railroad parking permits, which can also be renewed online, for a small fee, at Single vehicle permits cost $325 per year and two-vehicle permit for vehicles registered to the same family at the same address are $450. All permits expire June 30. According to Police Chief Foti Koskinas, just over two permits are sold for each of the 2,000-plus parking spots available at Westport and Green’s Farms. He said the waitlist is about 1,050 persons with a time of about two years. View is of Lot No. 1 in Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/22/17 04:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Ask Help in Finding Mailbox Vandals

Westport police today asked the public’s help in finding those responsible for recent mailbox vandalism.

Since May 12, the department has received 20 complaints of vandalized mailboxes and two reports of stolen mailboxes, said Lt. David Farrell.

“The vandalisms and thefts have occurred during the overnight hours,” he said. “These mailboxes cost between $100 and $450 to replace.” 

He said anyone with information as to the identity of the responsible parties should contact the Westport Police Detective Bureau at (203) 341-6080.


05/22/17 01:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Valley Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Valley Road, between Greens Farms Road and Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story split has 1,449-square feet, is situated on a .52-acre property and changed hands for $450,000 in March 2000, according to Town Assessor records. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/22/17 12:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Report: Malloy Near Union Concession Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

UPDATE The tentative concessions deal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and employee unions were closing in on today would double pension contributions for most workers, create a hybrid pension/defined-contribution plan for future workers, and curtail health care benefits for existing retirees.

As more details of the potential deal became available, it was disclosed that the potential deal would save $712.6 million next fiscal year and $849.4 million in 2018-19 — effectively matching the $1.57 billion, two-year savings target Malloy set in February.

The proposed plan, according to a source, would freeze wages for each of the next two fiscal years. Employees, most of whom are working this fiscal year under a contracts that expired last June, also would forfeit any retroactive pay hike.

The cumulative three-year wage freeze, would provide nearly half of the total projected savings. Workers would receive pay hikes of 3.5 percent in 2020 and in 2021.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Shellfish Commission Special Meeting
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Solitary Confinement in Connecticut, “The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, and

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Himes: Trump ‘is Not Acting Like an Innocent Party’

By Ana Radelat

Washington – Rep. Jim Himes’  job as a minority member of the House Intelligence Committee usually wasn’t a path to the political spotlight – but all that changed with the election of Donald Trump and allegations his campaign may have colluded with the Russians to influence U.S. elections. Image
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes being interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Now Himes is a regular on CNN, MSNBC and other television networks, valued because he voices Democratic concerns about the Russia probe — which Trump derides as a “witch hunt — with a minimum of partisan histrionics.

The House Intelligence Committee, along with its counterpart in the Senate, took the lead in Congress’s investigation of Russian meddling in American politics. But Congress’s involvement in the probe is spreading – the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee have begun their own investigations. Congressional investigators are seeking documents and information from Trump consultant Roger Stone, former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former NSA chief Michael Kelly and others.

The panels looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia expanded their reach this week and are now also investigating the circumstances under which Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

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05/21/17 09:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Five Saugatuck Rowing Boats Qualify for Youth Nationals Image
Five boats from Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club today qualified at USRowing’s Northeast Youth Regionals in Worcester, Massachusetts for the USRowing Youth Nationals next month in Sarasota, Florida. Of the five SRC qualifying boats, two earned first-place finishes: the women’s varsity youth 8+ (above) and women’s varsity youth 4+. Finishing second in a photo finish was the men’s varsity youth 4+. Also qualifying for nationals by placing third in their races were the women’s lightweight youth 4+ and the men’s lightweight youth 8+. Pictured are (l-r) Sophie Pendrill, Caitlin Esse, Grace McGinley (Westport), Tatiana Chermayeff, Charlotte Powers, coxswain; Willemijn ten Cate (Westport), Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport) and Noelle Amlicke (Westport). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/21/17 08:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Learning the Colonial Way Image
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) today hosted Colonial Family Fun Day, a series of demonstrations and activities that emulate children’s lives in the 17th and 18th centuries. Pictured are WHS intern/volunteers Tristan St. Germain, 18, (2nd r), a Weston High School senior, and Robert Ciamei, 18, a Staples High School senior, demonstrating how flax was converted to yarn. Watching are members of the Saperstein family (l-r)  of Westport: Sam 12, mom, Amy, Max, 10, and Myla, 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/21/17 03:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wakeman Town Farm Seeks Farm Director

The Town of Westport is seeking a new farm director for Wakeman Town Farm.

“This visionary farm educator will oversee the farm’s mission and programs, while living in a newly renovated farmhouse and enjoying full benefits, as well as the opportunity to send any children to the Westport Public Schools,” an announcement said.

Full job posting is available at


05/21/17 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off on Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour Image
Hundreds of cyclists participated today in the 40th anniversary 2017 Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour starting at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The event uses a staggered start and many cyclists would be seen on Westport roads through about 2 p.m., according to police. Cyclists chose either a 40-km (27-mile), 60-km (48-mile), or 100-km (63-mile) route. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Easy Riding Image
Riders make their way today along the Sherwood Island Connector after starting the 40th anniversary Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sunset Soccer Image
Playing late day soccer Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 2017 Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Health Districts’ Healthier for Life Project “Eat Well Program” launch party
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saugatuck Rowing Club Boathouse Restaurant - Westport Youth Commission Student Creation Market
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Colonial Family Fun Day
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - An Afternoon of Bingo
3 p.m. - Westport Library - History Book Discussion: “Destiny of the Republic” by Candice Miller

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gallery: Arts Center ‘Martini Madness’ Gala

Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center “Martini Madness” gala at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. The gala paid tribute “to the role Westport played during the creative heyday of the 1950s and 1960s, celebrating Westport’s distinctive identity as a creative center steeped in a long history of artists, illustrators and creative executives,” according to organizers. J.C. Martin for


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Staples Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score: ‘I Was Pretty Surprised’

Julia Feldman, a junior at Staples High School, has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36 on her first try. Image
Julia Feldman: she babysits, too. Contributed photo

The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions produced by ACT, a nonprofit of the same name.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.

“When I checked the scores and saw that I had gotten a 36 on the ACT, I was pretty surprised,” Julia said.

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05/20/17 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sprucing Up Compo Image
Westporters Michelle Cardello (l) and Kristin Purcell were among the board members of the Compo Beach Improvement Association today who replaced contents of the plant barrels on Soundview Drive and the surrounding area. “Every year we place fresh plants in the barrels and take care of them throughout the season as well as other flowers and plants such as the Compo Gardens at the entrance to the beach entrance,” said Cardello. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/20/17 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Water Image
Members of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today launched mascot Sunny into the Saugatuck River to promote the club’s annual Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


05/20/17 06:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Junior Prom Image
Staples High School juniors gather today at a home on Peach Lot Place before tonight’s junior prom at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for


05/20/17 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Junior Prom (2) Image
Staples High School juniors gather today at a home on Deerwood Lane before the junior prom tonight at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/20/17 05:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Junior Prom (3) Image
Another pre-prom picture taking session today at a home on Clapboard Hill Road before the Staples High School junior prom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Not a Good Beach Day Image
A day after summer-like temperatures in the 90s, today saw about a 25-degree cool off. The cooler temperatures and mostly overcast skies kept most people away from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/20/17 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Four Dads Lead Fundraising Effort Image
Four Westport dads today led an effort to raise funds to find a cure for Crohn’s and colitis. Peter Bassler, David Baker, David Popkin and David Kaplan clipped their bikes to the trainers at Total Training and Endurance, 772 Post Road East, and invited Westporters to join them until 6 p.m. The fathers are all parents of children who suffer from Crohn’s. Their event is called “12 Hours 4 $12K” with the goal to raise $12,000 each and hopefully $50,000 overall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Joined By a Common Goal Image
Four Westport fathers of children who suffer from Crohn’s Disease today were pedaling toward of goal of raising $50,000 to combat it and colitis. Their effort at Total Endurance, 772 Post Road East, continues until 6 p.m., and they invited supporters to join them. Organizers (l-r)) are David Kaplan, David Popkin, Peter Bassler and David Baker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/20/17 02:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Angel-Ade’ Stands Support Al’s Angels Charity Image
The fourth annual “Angel-Ade” charity fund drive was underway today with 30 stands offering lemonade throughout Fairfield County to support Westport-based charity Al’s Angels. Members of the Staples High School Al’s Angels Club volunteered in front of Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. They are: (front) Bridget French, president of the club, (rear - l-r) Meaghan Johnson, Camryn Radland and Erin Lynch. All are 17 and juniors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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