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On the Wireless Mark

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About 60 persons turned out Thursday night to hear technology consultant Mark Mathias speak at the Westport Public Library about home automation and wireless technologies. Using a table lamp and other props, he demonstrated how anyone can set up a home system that can turn lights on or off, view each room in the house, and open and close gates from wireless remote controls. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Old Westport Library Sold for $11.95 Million

One of Westports best known landmarks, the former Westport Public Library building, was sold today for $11.95 million, according to a filing in the Town ClerkҒs office.oldlibrary060304260.jpg
The old library: pricetag $11.95 million. WestportNow.com photo

A Westport-based partnership, whose principals include real estate investors David Waldman and Drew Friedman, sold the building at the intersection of Post Road East and Main Street to Winwest Library LLC of Greenwich.

The Winwest group also owns the former Eddie Bauer building diagonally across the street where a new Tiffany store will open in the fall.

The old library building tenants include Starbucks, a furniture store and a clothing store.

Steam from Roof Sends Firefighters Scurrying

A report of smoke coming from a roof which turned out to be steam—sent Westport firefighters scurrying today to a home near the Fairfield line when the caller said there was a wheelchair-bound person in the house.

The call came in shortly after 9 a.m. to a home on Pheasant Lane, off of Meeker Road. As with all calls of a possible structure fire, off-duty personnel were summoned as well.

The call took on added urgency when the caller said there was a person in a wheelchair on the second floor of the home who was unable to get out.

Police and firefighters were on the scene within a few moments. They quickly discovered that what appeared to be smoke was actually steam coming from the roof, fire officials said.

Community Theatre Debuts “Laramie Project”

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The Westport Community Theatre Friday debuts its final production of the season, “The Laramie Project.” The work by Moiss Kaufman and members of The Tectonic Theatre Project is directed by David Roth, artistic director and theatre teacher of Staples Players at Staples High School. The play is about the savage murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. in 1998. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Sundays June 6, 13, and 20 at 2 p.m, and Thursday June 10 at 8 p.m. More information is available at the company’s Web site. Contributed photo

Fairfield County Preservationists Hold Planning Session

The newly-formed Fairfield County Preservation Trust (FCPT) held the first of three planning sessions Wednesday at the Westport Public Library.fcpt06030403260.jpg
Preservationists met at the library. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Representatives of 11 of the 23 towns and cities in Fairfield County met to discuss preserving the architectural heritage of the communities. Jim Leahy, a strategic planning consultant, led the session.

Additional meetings will be held June 16 and July 7.

The FCPT’s primary mission is to educate and advocate the preservation of historically significant houses, buildings and landscapes and to preserve the unique New England character of these communities that are threatened by sprawl.

John Lupton, former executive director of the Westport Historical Society, is the founding president of FCPT.