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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Celebrating ‘Sex With Strangers’

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight opened its latest production, “Sex With Strangers,” about the ways modern relationships are influenced by the internet. Getting together afterward to celebrate were stars Chris Ghaffari (l) a Yale School of Drama graduate and former Greenwich resident who plays the role of Ethan, and Juilliard-trained Jessica Love (r), a Broadway and off-Broadway performer, who plays Olivia. With them is director Katherine M. Carter. Written by Laura Eason, best known for her writing for TV’s “House of Cards,” the play runs through Oct. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/30/17 10:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Forest Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Forest Drive, off Maple Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1946, the one-story ranch has 2,754-square feet and is situated on a .98-acre property. 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 WestportNow.com

   

09/30/17 07:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Cannon Canoodle

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A wedding day couple posed for pictures today atop the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/30/17 04:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, September 30, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
Noon. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
3 p.m. - NY-bound Saugatuck Train Station - Westport Historical Society Walk through Saugatuck History
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - 5 Ridgewood Lane - William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty artist reception to benefit Tiny Miracles
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sex with Strangers” opening night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

09/30/17 12:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Look at 30-Year Crime Trends in Westport

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The FBI this week released 2016 crime data that includes municipal-level counts. The Connecticut Mirror combined those figures with data going back to 1985 to illustrate long-term crime trends in communities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CTMirror.org graphic

   

09/29/17 08:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Woman Arrested for Fraudulent Card Charges

Officers arrested Hartford woman for identity theft and conspiracy for making fraudulent purchases with a credit card obtained by a vehicle break-in on Sterling Drive, police said today.

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Dana Vincent: held on $7,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Dana Vincent, 41, was arrested on a bond at Norwalk Superior Court Tuesday where she had appeared on another matter, and she was arraigned the same day in lieu of a $7,500 bond, according to Lt. Jillian Cabana.

Cabana said the matter dates back to July 16 when the Sterling Drive resident had his vehicle broken into, his wallet and credit cards stolen.

“The credit cards were later used at eight different locations,” Cabana.

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09/29/17 06:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Westport Fire Department Promotion Ceremony


Scenes from today’s Westpport Fire Department ceremony promoting three firefighters and honoring Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar on his retirement after 39 years. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/17 05:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Retirement Hug

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Robert Kepchar (r), deputy chief who retired today after 39 years service in the Westport Fire Department, gets a hug from Chief Rob Yost at a headquarters ceremony in which three firefighters received promotions.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/17 05:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Order at Fire Department

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With the retirement today of Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar after 39 years, the Westport Fire Depatment promoted three veterans to new positions. They are (l-r) Ben Racho to lieutenant, Phil Hessberger to assistant chief, and Mike Kronick to deputy chief. Chief Rob Yost (r) presided over the ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/17 05:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: Heart Lightened by Kindness of a Stranger

To the Editor:

Yesterday I was saddened by the loss of the cement owl that sat at my husband’s grave, and today I must report that my heart has been lightened by the kindness of a stranger (who is now a friend). 

I received a call last night, right after I sent my letter to the editor at WestportNow, from a lovely lady who read my note and without hesitation, ordered an owl online to replace Stan’s little friend.

It was a gesture that renewed my faith in people when I thought it was lost, at a time when everyone seems to be completely self absorbed.

We, and I include myself, should never forget that good will ALWAYS outweigh the bad.  I am so lucky to live in a town that has people that still care about their neighbors. Thank you Jena, for renewing that faith.

Mimi Roth
Westport

   

09/29/17 03:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 11 - 15, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period   Sept. 11 - 15, 2017:

Coastal Construction Group LLC to Christopher J. Austin and Tracy J. Mungeam, 7 Country Road, $855,000WNproperty.jpg

Howard J and Tracey S. Steinberg to Meredith G. Anand, 11 Stony Point Road, $4,425,000

Michael Gaffney Trust, Brenda Marie Gaffney Trust to Ashesh Bakshi and Yamini Menon, 1 Pleasant Valley Lane, $1,300,000

Franklin R. Weissberg Trust, Franklin R. Weissberg Pourover Trust to Christopher and Nicole Neil, 8 Rockyfield Road, $735,000

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09/29/17 01:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Roosevelt Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Roosevelt Road, in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1925, the 2-1/4 story conventional has 2,479-square feet and is situated on a .22-acre property. 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 WestportNow.com

   

09/29/17 12:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Palm Compo Sunset

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Thursday’s sunset as seen with the Compo Beach palm tree in the foreground. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, September 29, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Cloud Computing
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Stand-Up Comedy & Open Mic Night
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sex with Strangers”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

09/29/17 12:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Unusual Cloud Formations at Sunset

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Unusual cloud formations had many Westporters snapping tonight’s sunset, including at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/17 07:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fiery Sky

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Tonght’s sunset as seen over the pavilion at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/17 07:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another View

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Another view of tonight’s sunset with unusual cloud formations as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galina Babkin for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/17 07:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Help Available for Medicare Open Enrollment

Help is available for Medicare’s open enrollment period for eligible residents that starts Sunday, Oct. 15, and runs through Friday, Dec. 15, town officials announced today.

Westport Human Services Director Elaine Daignault said that during this timeframe beneficiaries can review their prescription drug plans and make changes based on their individual needs.

To help residents navigate their Medicare options, volunteer counselors trained through the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging will be available by appointment only, she added.

Daignault said anyone interested can scheduled an appointment with a CHOICES volunteer by calling Department of Human Services at (203) 341-1050 or the Westport Center for Senior Activities at (203) 341-5099 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information, visit http://www.medicare.gov.

   

09/28/17 06:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: ‘Pained’ by Missing Owl

To the Editor:

It pained me greatly today when I visited my husband’s grave in Willowbrook Cemetery to find his little cement owl, who sat on his tombstone, had been taken. How and why anyone would do such a thing s beyond me. It was not expensive, just a little “friend” to watch over him.

I am heartbroken at the loss. If whoever took it reads this and would like to put him back where he belongs, I would be very appreciative. 

What does this say about our society that nothing is sacred anymore.

Mimi Roth
Westport

   

09/28/17 06:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Amendment Would Allow Healthcare in Corporate Parks

A zoning amendment to allow healthcare professional, medical and dental offices within the Corporate Park District (CPD) is scheduled to be heard by Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

Planning and Zoning Director Mary Young said today that if adopted, the amendment will expand the list of uses permitted within the CPD.

According to Young, land use consultant Melvin Barr discussed the proposal during a pre-application hearing in July.

“Members of the commission were receptive to the proposal that will result in providing commercial property owners with more options to fill vacancies in their building, and simultaneously provide Westport residents with greater access to healthcare providers,” Young said.

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09/28/17 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Senior Housing and Healthcare Proposal Heads to P&Z

A proposed zoning amendment that would allow assisted living, full-care living and independent living facilities (ALFCIL) within Westport’s inclusionary housing overlay zone (IHZ) is scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday, Oct. 5, officials said today.

According to Planning & Zoning Director Mary Young, text amendment 739, if adopted, “will offer another tool in the toolbox for developers to choose from when seeking to create senior housing and associated healthcare facilities on privately-owned property.”

She also said it will supplement a P&Z initiative establishing age-restricted housing regulations. Rick Redniss of Redniss and Mead submitted amendment 739.

“A text amendment is not site-specific; instead it creates standards by which future site specific applications are measured,” Young said. “A text amendment must be adopted before any development can occur.”

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09/28/17 05:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Crash Impact

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One of the cars involved in a multi-car crash today on I-95 southbound at Exit 18 in Westport. Westport EMS transported four persons to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

09/28/17 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

I-95 Crash Shuts Down Several Lanes of Roadway Southbound at Exit 18

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UPDATE A multi-vehicle accident late today on I-95 southbound near Exit 18 in Westport injured four persons and forced shutdown of several southbound lanes at Exit 18, according to reports from the scene.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DOT photo

   

09/28/17 04:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: Thank You Westport Police

To the Editor:

I work a few hours per week at Sweet Frog here in town. Last Wednesday I locked the store up at 1:30 p.m. for the owner Jennifer to reopen around 2 p.m. 

Leaving a note on the door stating this, customers became concerned when at 3:30 p.m. she still was not there. They started contacting the Police Department thinking something was terribly wrong. 

Now our Police Department is very busy and could have just told these customers not to worry and she was probably just running late, but they didn’t do that. Instead they contacted her alarm company and asked them to page her.

When she did she was told to contact the Westport Police and let them know she was alright so they could reassure all her customers when they called in.

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09/28/17 03:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Vetoes Budget, Seeks ‘Honest Dialogue’

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today delivered on his vow to veto the Republican budget unexpectedly passed with a handful of Democratic votes.

He called it a gimmick-laden measure that would consign Hartford to bankruptcy, devastate public higher education, invite certain lawsuits from state employees and add to Connecticut’s pension liabilities.

“In sum, this budget is unbalanced, unsustainable and unwise,” Malloy wrote in his message.

The veto came as the state was wrapping its 13th week without a budget, continuing an impasse that Malloy says could continue indefinitely if not resolved in the next two weeks.

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09/28/17 12:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Nonprofit Releases Proposed High-Speed Rail Detailed Maps


Maps provided by nonprofit SECoast illustrate thje Federal Railroad Administration’s proposed placement of high-speed rail through Westport and an explanation of the color coding. Contributed graphics

A nonprofit group today released detailed maps showing how the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) proposed significant expansion of high-speed rail infrastructure through Connecticut will impact Westport and other communities.

The maps were released by the preservation nonprofit SECoast, which earlier partnered with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to lead opposition to similar proposals in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.

In a news release, the group said the previously undisclosed high-resolution maps of the proposal were withheld from the public, and omitted from a Freedom of Information request submitted by the group to the FRA on April 6, 2016. However, it said the maps have been freely shared among state and federal agencies for months.

“We have always suspected that state agencies in Connecticut have had access to these high-quality maps,” SECoast Executive Director Gregory Stroud said.

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09/28/17 10:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: HSBC Bank to Bedford Square

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HSBC Bank, 19 Post Road East, will relocate one block away to the recently built Bedford Square.  According to David Waldman, a Bedford Square principal, the bank will occupy a segment of the upper level facing Elm Street in early 2018. Richard Barnes, HSBC branch manager, said a 10-year lease at its current 5,500-square foot location expires soon. The Westport, Darien and Stamford locations are among 235 HSBC branches throughout the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/17 09:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, September 28, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Tom Schachtman: “How the French Saved America”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Transit District
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Green Room - Fire Department Strategic Planning Steering Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sex with Strangers”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Selectman Candidates Talk Taxes, Traffic, Affordable Housing, and State’s Woes

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Candidates (l-r)  Timothy Elgin, Melissa Kane, Jim Marpe and John Suggs at tonight’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

By James Lomuscio

The four candidates for Westport first selectman – incumbent Republican First Selectman Jim Marpe, Democratic challenger Melissa Kane, Independent John Suggs and unaffiliated Timothy J. Elgin – didn’t square off tonight at Temple Israel.

Instead, they introduced themselves, trying to convince the approximate 60 persons in attendance at the forum how they would navigate the town through the challenging times ahead—fiscal uncertainty from Hartford, promoting the town’s business vitality, solving traffic congestion, the need for affordable housing, maintaining a stellar school system and keeping taxes down.

The event was cosponsored by the Saugatuck Congregational Church, the Conservative Synagogue and the United Methodist, as well as Temple Israel.

“I think it’s important for religious institutions in town to play a role in the political process, to have people of faith come together to hear the candidates and be part of the conversation during this election process,” Temple Israel’s Rabbi Michael Friedman said before the forum started. “Absolutely we should be involved in the principles that define our community and the nation.”

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09/27/17 10:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Match Burger Lobster Opens

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Match Burger Lobster opened tonight at 580 Riverside Ave. It is the latest offering from Chef Matt Storch, a 1995 Staples High School graduate who also owns Match in Norwalk and Nom Eez in Bridgeport. Located in the space next to Fleishers Craft Butchery, it offers fresh seafood from Norm Bloom and Sons, and Northeast pasture-raised and humanely-handled beef, ground daily at Fleishers. In addition to whole lobsters and burgers, the menu is an eclectic one, even featuring Storch’s mother’s matzo ball soup, his grandmother’s thin onion rings, and a donut milk slushy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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