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Friday, May 05, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017 - Cinco de Mayo

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Giant Church Tag Sale (Early Bird $10 8 a.m.-9 a.m.)
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”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Digital Library
Noon - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Education Special Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Andrew Wilk of “Live From Lincoln Center”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Opening Reception: “The Flower Art Show”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Second Annual Dog Festival Set for Sunday

From lap dogs to rescue dogs, from guide dogs to hunting dogs, canines of all breeds, sizes and barks are set to converge on Winslow Park Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the second annual Dog Festival, organizers announced.

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Nelly Vasquez of Greenwich and her dog, Bagel, a 7-year-old beagle, was judged best kisser at last year’s Westport Dog Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) is coordinating the event produced in association with TAILS, a local organization that promotes spay-neutering.

It will feature demonstrations and contests ranging from best tail wagger to best dressed, best tricks and the “dog that looks most like its owner,” said Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director.

“After a fantastic debut last year, there was no doubt we were bringing it back,” said Mandell. “This year it will be an even bigger and better family-fun day, a three-ring circus of activities that will celebrate everything dog, so bring yours.”

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Gallery: Taste of Westport Benefits CLASP Homes

Scenes from tonight’s 13th annual Taste of Westport event to benefit CLASP Homes at the Westport Inn. More than 20 Westport area restaurants offered samplings of their specialties, accompanied by a selection of wines and cocktails, and finished with tasty desserts. Green Eyed Lady entertained. CLASP Homes creates and supports family environments for people with autism and other intellectual disabilities. WestportNow.com photos


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Enjoying a Taste of Westport

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and wife Mary Ellen tonight stop by the table of Pietro Scotti, owner of Westport’s DaPietro’s on Riverside Avenue, at the 13th annual Taste of Westport at the Westport Inn. More than 20 Westport area restaurants participated in the benefit event for CLASP Homes of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


05/04/17 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dark Matter: Fact or Fantasy?

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Roughly 80 percent of the mass of the universe apparently consists of dark matter (above in NASA illustration) — a hidden material that emits no light or energy, yet exerts an enormous influence over stars and galaxies. UCONN physicist Philip Mannheim will explain all this and more on Tuesday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at the Westport Astronomical Society. His talk will focus on the nature of dark matter and gravity as he explores one of the biggest mysteries in the cosmos. Admission is free at 182 Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NASA photo


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Eversource: Slight Rate increase Effective July 1

Eversource customers in Connecticut who are signed up for the company’s Standard Service generation rate will see a slight increase on their electric bill beginning July 1, the company said today.

It said the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) today approved the new residential Generation Service Charge (GSC) of 8.01 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), up from the current 7.87 cents per kilowatt-hour. 

The increase is primarily due to higher energy prices being driven by a reduction in the number of electric generation facilities available in the region, Eversource said.

“This slight increase is a direct reflection of the energy price volatility we’re seeing in New England and more proof of the need for new energy infrastructure in the region,” said Penni Conner, senior vice president and chief customer officer.

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Jay E. Disbrow, 91

Jay E. Disbrow, artist, illustrator, writer, speaker and author, died May 2 at Willow Springs in Brick, New Jersey. He was 91.

Born on March 16, 1926 in Neptune, New Jersey where he was also raised he most recently resided in Brick.

Jay was graduate of Famous Artists Schools in Westport in 1963 in commercial art and illustration. He was a comic book illustrator and writer of the 1950s and then went on to become a government technical illustrator for approximately 27 years.

Surviving are his wife Amelia Stumpf Disbrow; his son, Alex Disbrow; his daughter, Valerie Trigili and her husband Michael; his brother, Warren Disbrow; his niece Eleanor Prevete and nephew Warren Disbrow Jr. Funeral Services were private.


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Letter: BOE Says RTM Vote Investment in Future

To the Editor:

This week’s vote by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) is an investment in the future of our town, our schools, and our children It also sends a strong signal of support to Dr. Palmer, our outstanding new superintendent, and her vision for an academically-thriving, fiscally-disciplined, and kind organization.

We’d like to thank the many, many members of the Westport community, including our wonderful students, who were engaged and effective throughout this budget process.

We also would like to thank all of the hard-working, thoughtful volunteers on the PTA, RTM, and Board of Finance who help keep our schools on a track of continuous improvement.  Most importantly, we’d like to thank the truly excellent staff of the Westport Public Schools who meet the mission for our children every day.

Westport Board of Education

Michael Gordon, Chair
Jeannie Smith, Vice Chair
Elaine Whitney, Secretary
Karen Kleine
Mark Mathias
Vik Muktavaram
Candice Savin



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Thursday, May 4, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Downtown Plan Implementation 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”
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Chapter of Hadassah Spring Fundraiser
Noon - 1 p.m. - Veterans Green (110 Myrtle Ave.) - National Day of Prayer
6 p.m. - Westport Inn - “Taste of Westport” benefit for CLASP Homes
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Green Task Force
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Nina Sankovitch on “The Lowells of Massachusetts”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Palmer: School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike

Westport school bus drivers have voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike if needed, Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said tonight.

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School buses at the Dattco lot on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But, in tweets and an email to parents, she said such authorization does not mean they will strike.

A contract with the drivers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371, expired at midnight Wednesday, April 26.. Negotiations resumed on Monday.

“This vote does not mean they will strike,” Palmer said. “Dattco assures us drivers do not plan to strike now as negotiations continue.”

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Real Estate Report: Market Remains Brisk

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

The spring selling season is almost half over, and the Westport real estate market remains brisk.

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Featured Home: This home at 88 Morningside Drive South is listed at $2,999,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Higgins Group/Westport

In order to maximize the rest of the season, it is imperative that sellers show your home at its very best. That includes pricing as well as appearance.

Proper pricing of your home remains key at this time, and it is certainly not advisable to “test the waters” with a higher than suggested asking price.

This will only deter buyers and hurt your chances of obtaining the best price possible at a later date.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

10 Davenport Ave.      $549,000->$524,900
17 Hiawatha Lane           $599,999->$589,900
238 Wilton Road             $759,000->$700,000
33 Pumpkin Hill Road       $769,000->$719,000
154 Regents Park           $798,900->$725,000
6 Saint George Place       $765,000->$729,500
6 Berkeley Hill         $840,000->$820,000
19 Bulkley Ave. South   $889,000->$875,000
382 Main St.         $915,000->$899,000
5 Evergreen Parkway   $1,049,000->$990,000
7 Riverfield Drive         $1,199,000->$1,174,000
299 North Ave.       $1,249,000->$1,199,000
58 Weston Road         $1,250,000->$1,225,000
22 Silver Brook Road     $1,449,000->$1,399,000
8 Side Hill Road         $1,650,000->$1,399,000
2 Pequot Trail       $1,499,000->$1,399,000
93 Roseville Road       $1,424,900->$1,399,900
99 Cross Highway       $1,459,500->$1,425,000
37 Center St.        $1,410,000->$1,499,000
6 Weathervane Hill       $1,629,000->$1,599,000
35 Tamarac Road         $1,649,000->$1,599,000
78 Cross Highway       $1,749,000->$1,649,000
22 Pumpkin Hill Road     $1,950,000->$1,899,000
2 Hyatt Lane             $1,975,000->$1,925,000
315 North Ave.        $2,049,000->$1,989,000
20 Minute Man Hill       $2,250,000->$1,995,000
8 Harbor Road       $2,150,000->$1,999,000
9 Old Hill Road           $2,299,000->$2,199,000
7 Side Hill Road           $2,595,000->$2,475,000
104 Easton Road         $2,585,000->$2,492,000
—Judy Szablak


05/03/17 09:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to an overhead wire condition between South Norwalk and East Norwalk.


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Honoring Our Heritage: 2 Turkey Hill Circle

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The owners of the house at 2 Turkey Hill Circle are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten (c), WHS plaque historian, presented two plaques, one for each of two separate structures on the property, to Grace Ann Hennemuth (l) and her mother, Roxie, whose husband Bruce was not available for the photo. The Hennemuths own and have resided in the house since 1987. According to Weingarten, the unique house was constructed by joining two garden cottages together in c. 1935 by Clarissa Mills. The first cottage was built in c.1893 by Charles Rapallo adjacent to his house at 41 Turkey Hill Road South. The second cottage was built by Clarissa Mills in c. 1920. Clarissa Mills built an artist studio (not shown in photo) in c.1926. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/03/17 06:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coalition Meets on Planning Issues

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Members of the Coalition For Westport, a minority party that touts responsible growth as its goal, meet at Westport’s VFW Post to discuss and formulate policy on forthcoming land use issues, according to a news release. The Planning and Zoning Commission is planning to give an update on the 2017 Plan of Conservation & Development at its next meeting — one of the issues the Coalition considers to be of significant importance to the future of Westport, it said. Coalition members pictured include (l-r) Howard Lathrop, Glenn Payne, Roger Leifer, Jo Ann Davidson, Ron Corwin, Lawrence Weisman, Ken Bernhard, Julie Belaga, Gloria Stashower, and Denise Torve. The party unsuccessfully ran candidates in the last P&Z election in 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/03/17 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: Thank You for Restoration of Educational Funds

To the Editor:

I want to send out two massive thank you messages to our town. All of our town.

First, thank you to the RTM for delivering this rare supermajority vote to restore more money back to our great schools than the Board of Finance was willing to do. Secondly, a big heartfelt shout out to all the parents, PTA, and especially the students for engaging in this process.

I am proud that our petition, just one month old, gave people a voice. In that short time to secure over 1,700 online signatures and more than 500 written signatures is an achievement for the community — not for me.

To have more than 500 written comments from the public in one document was more than we expected or asked for. To see our students stand up to speak, one after another last night, made me proud for all of our town and its future.

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Ruth Goldschmidt, 59

Ruth Goldschmidt of Westport died April 29. She was 59.

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Ruth Goldschmidt: Nursing graduate. Contributed photo

She was born May 8, 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from Boston College with a BSN in nursing, and from Fairfield University as an APRN with an MSN in family nursing.

As a young woman living in Boston, she loved to travel to Europe and used every opportunity and vacation days to do.

For some time she also lived in Panama, Germany, and Belgium

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Westport Fire Salute for Mini Vietnam Memorial

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The Westport Fire Department provided a ladder truck flag salute today on the Sherwood Island Connector as a tractor-trailer carrying The Wall That Heals, a mobile half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., passed by en route from Sherwood Island State Park to Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Hundreds of motorcyclists, including uniformed police officers from Westport and nearby departments, escorted the truck from an interim stop at the park to Bridgeport, where it will be on display from Thursday at 6 p.m. through noon on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Awaiting the Escort

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Members of the CT Patriot Guard Riders motorycycle group wait at Sherwood Island State Park today to escort a truck carrying The Wall That Heals, a mobile half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., from an interim stop at the park to Seaside Park in Bridgeport. It will be on display there from Thursday through Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


05/03/17 10:23 AM Comments () • Permalink

Precious Cargo

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A truck carrying The Wall That Heals, a mobile half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., stands ready today to make a journey from an interim stop at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park to Seaside Park in Bridgeport. The original wall was built by the nonprofit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in 1980. The mobile replica has traveled around the world. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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RTM Restores $390,000 to School Budget

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE After four-and-a-half hours of discussions, debates and comments from parents, PTA members, students, and Board of Finance members, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) voted narrowly early today to restore $390,000 to the 2017-18 school operating budget.

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Staples sophomore Arthur Shapiro told the meeting, “The reason we moved to this town was because of the schools.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The 12:10 a.m. vote — coming after two-thirds of the exhausted members backed a motion to cut off debate — was 26 to 7.

Voting no were: Catherine Calise, Sylina Levy, Kristan Hamlin, Seth Braunstein, Peter Gold, Dee Chapman, and Carla Rea. The 26 yes votes were 2 more than the 70 percent of those present needed to restore what the Board of Finance had rejected at its April 5 meeting.

At that session, finance members restored $310,000 of the $700,000 requested by the Board of Education. (See WestportNow April 6, 2017)

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Compo Sand Storm

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Gusty winds late Tuesday caused a sand storm at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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”
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN Hospitality Committee
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Dr. Isil G. Akbulut Gok Speaks on the Middle East
4 p.m. - Earthplace - Citizen Science Brigade
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4-Adult
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Countdown to College: Get Your 9th & 10th Grader College-admissions Ready
7 p.m. - 5 Canal Park - Westport Housing Authority
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

David S. Dusenbury, 50

David Scot Dusenbury of Westport died May 1 in Bridgeport Hospital. He was 50.

The husband of Karen Dusenbury was born in Bronxville, New York, son of Joseph and Elaine Dusenbury.

He was raised in Eastchester, New York and graduated from Eastchester High School. He went on to obtain a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts and MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

He was a dedicated and respected professional in the finance industry, where he built a career over almost three decades.

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05/02/17 11:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

An Educational Plea from a 7-Year-Old

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Among those addressing the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight as it considered restoration of $390,000 to the education budget was Nakul Sethi, 7, a Long Lots Elementary School first grader. “Please restore the budget so I can have a good education in Westport,” he said. Nakul and his family arrived in Westport this year from Singapore. Even though RTM members could not see him behind the podium, they could hear his loud and clear voice.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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1. Struggling for Control

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Winds gusting in excess of 30 mph made for good wind surfing at Westport’s Compo Beach today.  In fact, at times it was too windy for Greg Bachman, 28, of Stamford to stay afloat. Bachman, a former Westport resident and 2007 Staples High School graduate who has been wind surfing since age 8, said, “It was a bit windy out there today, but it was fun.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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2. Down in the Water

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Wind surfer Greg Bachman, 28, of Stamford is down in the water today off of Compo Beach as winds gusting in excess of 30 mph proved too much to handle. But he was not down for long.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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3. Getting Back Up Again

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After capsizing while wind surfing off of Compo Beach today, Greg Bachman, 28, of Stamford gets back up to resume his action sport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Gallery @ Pearl Opens

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The Pearl at Longshore Restaurant tonight launched the Gallery @ Pearl to showcase local artists. It is curated by Cathy Colgan, who has spent the past decade organizing assorted cultural and art-related events in the downtown Westport area. The first featured artist is local photographer Janet Samuels (l), pictured at the opening reception with First Selectman Jim Marpe and Lois Backon, Pearl co-owner.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Pounding Waves

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High winds created heavy surf at the jetty on South Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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