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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Senior Center is ‘Cooling Center’

Human Services Director Elaine Daignault announced today that the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., is open to the public today as an officially designated “cooling center.”

The Center will be open until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any questions, please contact the Center at (203)341-5099. 

The air-conditioned Westport Public Library welcomes visitors as usual until 9 p.m. today, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., an announcement said.

Heat waves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors, and people with special needs.

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07/20/17 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hearing Sybil’s Choices

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly, attracted a full house today at the Westport Library for her talk on the best of summer reading. Steinberg, who said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016, today summarized 31 fiction, four short fiction and eight nonfiction books which included Westporter Nina Sankovitch’s nonfiction book, “The Lowells of Massachusetts.” Steinberg’s list of summer reading books may be found on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/20/17 02:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

She Speed Reads Through Books So You Don’t Have to

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When Westporter Sybil Steinberg talks books, people listen. The contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly brought out a full crowd today at the Westport Library to hear her summer favorites. In all, she said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/20/17 02:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heat Advisory, Air Quality Alert Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Westport area, which is in effect until 6 p.m. today.

It said to expect heat index values in the mid-90s to around 100 degrees into the early evening.

The highest heat index values will occur mainly during the afternoon.

The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool.

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07/20/17 03:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Players ‘Working’ Opens Tonight

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The Staples Players cast of the musical “Working” takes its curtain call at its final dress rehearsal of the show on Wednesday. The show opens tonight and runs this weekend only at the air-conditioned Staples High School auditorium. The musical is based on the Studs Terkel book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974),” which has interviews with people from different regions and occupations. Tickets are available at www.Staplesplayers.com or 30 minutes prior to show time subject to availability. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission of People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
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 Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - Westport Library - Sybil Steinberg’s New Book Picks
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Z”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM District 9
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Working”
7:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Nick Fradiani with opening guest artist Jake Bernard of Westport
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Band Brings Kindle Rock Movement to Levitt

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The Not-Its! entertained a packed lawn tonight at the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion. The Seattle-based band plays original rock/pop music for young children. The band is recognized as part of the kindie rock family music movement nationally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aaron Samuels for WestportNow.com


07/19/17 08:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Our Heritage: 188 Cross Highway

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The owners of 188 Cross Highway are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Wendy Van Wie and Mark Yurkiw, who bought the house in 2003 when it was in foreclosure and abandoned, according to Van Wei. The couple meticulously restored the house while also saving the two original fireplaces. According to Weingarten, the house, known as the Meeker House c. 1728, is the oldest of the many Meeker houses in the Cross Highway area. It was built in c. 1728 by Samuel Meeker and remained in the Meeker family for five generations until 1917. Its front door has an indentation caused by a British-fired musket ball, according to historic records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/19/17 07:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

The British Were Here

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Wendy Van Wie, who owns the house at 188 Cross Highway with Mark Yurkiw, points to an indentation in the front door that records say was caused by a British-fired musket ball. The house, which received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historic plaque, was built c.1728 by Samuel Meeker and remained in the Meeker family for five generations until 1917, according to Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/19/17 07:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Facelift for Former Save the Children Home

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The building at 54 Wilton Road, former home of Save the Children, is getting a facelift, according to developer David Waldman, one of the owners. He said workers are removing the “exterior skins” from the center section. A new middle section will then be created that will house the lobby of the new building. He said the construction is an “adaptive re-use” since the internal support structure remains. Future regulatory hearings will address the disposition of the remainder of the existing structure, Waldman said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/19/17 03:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Gone: 282 Compo Road South

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The house at 282 Compo Road South, near the Minute Man Monument, was demolished today. Built in 1965, the two-story colonial had 3,261-square feet on a .53-acre property. It changed ownership in April for $1.4 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 12, 2017.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com


07/19/17 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lawrence J. Silfen, 63

Lawrence “Larry” J. Silfen of Stratford, a former longtime Westport resident, died July 16. He was 63.

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Lawrence J. Silfen: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts on Dec. 21, 1953, he was the son of Ruth Cohen Silfen and the late Murray Silfen. He attended Wilbraham and Monson Academy and the University of North Carolina.

He started his career as a foreign currency trader at Irving Trust and for many years was a member of the New York Stock Exchange working on the trading floor.

He loved life, his fast cars, reggae music, his dog Ziggy Marley, a steak at Sparks, a see-through drink at Mario’s, and nothing but the finest suits and ties. But more than anything else he loved his wife, Diane Haehl Silfen.

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07/19/17 12:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Increased Price Reductions Do Not Signal Buyer’s Market

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There have been a noticeably high amount of price reductions in Westport over the last 45 days. However, that does not signal a buyer’s market.

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Featured Home This home at 10 Stonybrook Road is listed at $5,299,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/ M & D Properties

Contrary to what some buyers may think, a price reduction does not necessarily signal distress on the seller’s part.

It is more of an acknowledgment that the suggested asking price was not in line with the market.

Price adjustments are indicated whenever a property has received little or no showings. Additionally, when there have been a number of showings with no offers, it suggests that the home is priced slightly above where it should be in order to effect an offer and sale.

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07/19/17 10:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

22 Oakview Circle           $439,000->$429,000
102 Greens Farms Road     $648,000->$623,000
29 Silent Grove             $659,000->$625,000
19 Easton Road             $649,000->$625,000
15 Rayfield Road           $699,000->$649,000
17 High Gate Road         $729,000->$699,000
41 Regents Park             $735,000->$715,000
33 Hillandale Road           $749,000->$729,000
2 Ruta Court                 $760,000->$735,000
19 Bulkley Ave. South       $849,000->$839,000
242 Bayberry Lane           $869,000->$849,000
23 Meeker Road             $945,000->$899,000
15 Birch St.                  $959,000->$939,000
27 Drumlin Road             $998,000->$958,000
10 Burr Farms Road       $1,025,000->$995,000
4 Christmas Lake Lane   $1,099,000->$1,065,000
12 Wedgewood Road     $1,199,000->$1,099,000
27 Fairfield Ave.          $1,250,000->$1,200,000
80 Easton Road           $1,294,000->$1,250,000
222 Compo Road South   $1,490,000->$1,290,000
166 Roseville Road       $1,400,000->$1,300,000
3 Indian Point Lane       $1,499,000->$1,399,000
188 Cross Highway       $1,499,000->$1,475,000
5 Nash Lane               $1,695,000->$1,595,000
67 West Parish Road       $1,649,000->$1,599,000
11 Meeker Road           $1,699,000->$1,599,000  
11 Old Hill Road           $1,649,000->$1,599,000
17 Fairfield Ave.          $1,669,000->$1,625,000
54 Long Lots Road       $1,899,000->$1,799,000
5 High Point Road         $2,539,000->$2,399,000
4 Silver Brook Road       $2,599,000->$2,495,000
41 Jennie Lane           $2,799,000->$2,699,000
21 Juniper Road           $2,899,000->$2,849,000
133 North Ave.          $3,195,000->$2,995,000
42 Owenoke Park         $3,595,000->$3,295,000
5 Judy Point Lane         $8,250,000->$7,295,000
—Judy Szablak


07/19/17 10:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Marian M. Arciola, 76

Marian M. Arciola of Spring Hill, Florida, a former Westport resident, died July 17 at her daughter’s home in Southport after battling cancer. She was 76.

She was the fifth child of the late Alfonso and Rose (DeRosa) Mola. She was born Feb. 5, 1941 in Norwalk, graduating from Norwalk High School in 1959.

She spent most of her years raising her family in Westport before moving to Florida and spending her summers in Connecticut.

She was a member of the Red Hats Society, a former member of the Westport Garden Club, Catholic Daughters, and Westport PAL. 

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07/19/17 09:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Granger at the Movies: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Maudie,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

World War II’s Miracle of Dunkirk has never been addressed in American cinema. “Dunkirk” details the epic rescue of 338,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France: the biggest evacuation in military history.

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From May 27 to June 4, 1940, the Allies were surrounded on all sides by German forces (never named, just referred to as “the enemy”), while the Luftwaffe repeatedly buzzed and bombarded the beaches.

Since the water was too shallow for destroyers to get close to the beach, brave British civilians volunteered to cross the English Channel in everything from fishing boats to barges to retrieve the troops—while under constant bombardment.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan (the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception,” “Interstellar”) tells the suspenseful survival story from three meticulously interwoven perspectives, based on fictional characters.

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07/19/17 08:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Water Level View

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A water level view of Tueday’s sunset as seem from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway = Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: The Not-Its!
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Honoring Ted Diamond at 100

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Westport Democrats tonight honored former selectman Ted Diamond on the occasion of his 100th birthday on July 3. Lee Arthurs, secretary of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) served up a cake and candles at the end of the DTC meetng in the Westport Town Hall auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Democrats Nominate Candidates

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The Westport Democratic Town Committee tonight officially endorsed its candidates for the November municipal election. Pictured (l-r, top row) Victoria Gouletas, candidate for Zoning Board of Appeals; Brian Stern, candidate for re-election to the Board of Finance; Bernard Deverin, canddiate for re-election to the Zoning Board of Appeals; Danielle Dobin, candidate for re-election to the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission;  Jill Saluck, candidate for the P&Z Commission; David Keisman, candidate for re-election to the Board of Assessment Appeals; (front row) Elaine Whitney and Candice Savin, candidates for re-election to the Board of Education; Mellissa Kane, candidate for first selectman; Rob Simmelkjaer, candidate for second selectman; Elaine Arnow, candidate for re-election ot the Board of Assessment Appeals. Not pictured: Lee Caney, candidate for re-election to the Board of Finance, and Michael Cammeyer, candidate for re-election to the P&Z.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/18/17 10:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Melissa Kane: ‘We Need To Be Able To Do Better’

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In accepting the Democratic nomination for first selectman tonight, Melissa Kane told a meeting of the Democratic Town Committee that she has always loved how expressive Westporters are in promoting causes such as protecting open space and working to stop hate. She added, however: “We need to be able to do a better job of making Westport work for all Westporters. And we need to attract future generations to Westport because of what we stand for and because of who we are.” See text of Kane’s speech HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/18/17 10:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Republicans Nominate Candidates

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The Westport Republican Town Committe tonight officially endorsed candidates for municipal office. Pictured (l-r) Board of Finance candidates Andrea Moore and Vik Muktavaram; First Selectman Jim Marpe, who is running for re-election; Second Selectman candidate Jen Tooker; Board of Education members Jeannie Smith and Karen Kleine, who are running for re-election; and Tom Hood, candidate for Zoning Board of Appeals. Not pictured is Jon Olefson, candidate for the Planning and Zoning Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/18/17 10:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marpe & Tooker: Their Message is ‘Continued Leadership, Experience and Results’

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First Selectman Jim Marpe and running mate Jen Tooker are all smiles tonight after their formal nomination by the Republican Town Committee. A RTC statement said their message is one of “continued leadership, experience, and results” and “it is resonating with voters because it is truly what distinguishes our team.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/18/17 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying Second Tuesdays at the Train

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Youngsters play Jenga, a building block game, today at the second Tuesdays @ The Train event at Lucano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck section. It was the second installment of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce event intended to attract commuters, their families, and others to a summer evening of music, food, and games. The third and last Tuesdays @ The Train will be held on Aug. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Hot Work Awaiting a Cool Brew

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The Black Duck Cafe, 605 Riverside Ave., gets a paint job today on a hot day with temperatures hitting 90. Bill Schiebe Painting of Monroe is the contractor. The foreman on the job said all of the outside will be done plus the docks out back on the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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State Employees Ratify Concessions by Wide Margin

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas


Unionized state employees have overwhelmingly approved a $1.57 billion package of concessions over two years, providing major savings to help close the state budget gap.

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Union representatives at a news conference announcing ratification of a concessions agreement with the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Pazniokas for CtMirror.org

The focus now shifts to a closely divided General Assembly, where Republicans say they will attempt to reject the agreement.

The State Employees Bargain Agent Coalition announced that more than 80 percent of the votes cast were in favor of accepting concessions that will freeze wages and increase contributions for health and pensions.

Bargaining units representing state police troopers and assistant attorneys general did not vote on the wage concessions.

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WHS Hosts Historic Black Rock Harbor Cruise

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Sunday, July 30 is hosting activities at Captain’s Cove Marina in Bridgeport, including a cruise along some of Black Rock Harbor’s historic sites.

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The event sets off at 11:15 a.m. from 1 Bostwick Ave., an announcement said. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register, visit www.westporthistory.org.

In the 18th century, Black Rock Harbor, now known as Captain’s Cove, was used as a trade port and shipbuilding center.

The WHS tour will begin with a visit to the Maritime Museum, a Queen Anne-style Victorian house built by coal dealer Richard Dundon in 1893. 

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07/18/17 10:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Committee Hears Suggested Saugatuck Improvements

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There was a large turnout today as a consultant presented initial concept ideas to the Saugatuck Study Committee. The discussion included bike routes, railroad and street parking changes, modification of Ferry Lane traffic, an overall more pedestrian-friendly area, Franklin Street traffic patterns, and many related issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale (contribution day)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Pageturners: “The Scarlet Letter”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Luciano Park - Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Tuesdays @ the Train
6 p.m. - The Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road) - Joshua Cohen on “Moving Kings”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Treehouse Comedy Night II
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society - Dr. Katherine Whitaker: Observational galaxy formation and evolution

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Learning About Historic Integrity of Cribari Bridge

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The Westport Historic District Commission tonight heard a presentation by Mark McMillan, a Connecticut Department of Transportation National Register specialist, about the historic integrity assessment for the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Preservation Act. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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