The Downtown Merchants Association is planning to unveil a $15 million plan to upgrade Westport’s downtown area, including an increase in parking through a deck on the Elm Street lot. David Waldman, president of the downtown merchants group, is seen in front of the one-time Westport Bank & Trust Co. building after announcing he had purchased it in November 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
David Waldman, association president, said the group will unveil its plan on Dec. 13, and it includes 150 new parking spaces and changes to Parker-Harding Plaza that includes beautification and better access to the Saugatuck River.
There would additionally be new sidewalks and improvements to the streetscape, he said.
The lack of parking was one of the main reasons that drove the merchants to craft the plan, Waldman said.
A federal judge in New Haven today rejected all remaining land claims filed by the Golden Hill Paugussett Indians who have used the claims to try to force approval of plans to build a gambling casino in Bridgeport.
The land claims, repeatedly rebuffed by state and federal courts, involved tens of thousands of acres in southwestern Connecticut. At one point the claims made over a decade included some in Westport. The town has opposed a Bridgeport casino.
U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton, in dismissing three remaining federal land claim cases brought by the tribe, said the Golden Hill group lacks standing to take possession of so-called ancestral lands.
She said the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has concluded that the group ceased being a viable Indian tribe more than 100 years ago.
Hardie Gramatky: Among the top American watercolorists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo The late Westport artist Hardie Gramatky has been named one of American’s all-time great watercolorists by artist Andrew Wyeth.
Wyeth was asked to choose the top 20 American watercolorists in an interview with Watercolor magazine for its 20th anniversary issue this fall, and Gramatky was named on that list.
He was internationally known for both his fine art watercolors and his fourteen children’s books, which included “Little Toot.”
Gramatky’s grandson Andew Smith said the selection was like asking Mick Jagger to name the two all-time greatest rock bands.
“A Christmas Carol” opens tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse, and it features Westporter Luke Sauer as Tiny Tim. The production runs through Dec. 23. It is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens novel. Nick Cordileone, who is in the background, plays Bob Cratchit. For information and tickets, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee 7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Christmas Carol” 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Public Works/Environment Committees 7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Community Conversation: The Future of Longevity 9 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
Junior Michael Samela hauls in a 30-yard touchdown pass from R. J. Marsilio in tonight’s 24-7 Staples win over West Haven in the Class L semifinal played at Fairfield Warde. Staples will meet Bunnell Saturday in the state championship game at a site to be determined. It will be the fifth straight state championship appearance for the Wreckers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples players celebrate on the field following tonight’s 24-7 semifinal win over West Haven at Fairfield Warde. Coach Marce Petroccio is a center, rear. “It wasn’t pretty but we can’t play any harder,” Petroccio said. “I’m so proud of my team. We’re going back to the show for the fifth straight year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo