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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

It said southeast winds 20 to 30 mph can be expected with occasional gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

The advisory said scattered tree and limb damage along with scattered power outages are possible.

Journalist Tells Rotary Tale of Wealth, Scandal and Mystery

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Veteran journalist Bill Dedman told the Westport Rotary Club today about one of America’s richest women and how her mansions have been vacant for decades. His tale of wealth, scandal and mystery began when he was house hunting in New Canaan. Dedman, who writes for MSNBC.com and who recently moved from Westport to Weston, published his investigation of reclusive Huguette Clark here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Temporary Rail Station Daily Parking Extended

The Westport Police Department said today the temporary daily parking expansion in Lot 8 at the Westport Metro-North station in Saugatuck has been extended through Friday, Dec. 17.

The permit issue that began on Nov. 8 is ongoing and 150 permit applications were mailed out at that time which required a response by today, a news release said.

A new round of permit applications will be mailed out during the week of Dec. 6 and will continue until the target number of 150 new permits has been issued, it said.

Today is the expiration date for all permits bearing a November 2010 expiration. The expiration date is printed on every permit.

Julius T. Fraser, 87

Julius T. Fraser passed away at his Westport home on Saturday, Nov. 20. He was 87.WestportNow.com Image
Julius Fraser: Studied time. Contributed photo

Born in Budapest, Hungary on May 7, 1923, he fulfilled a long-held dream when he came to the United States in September 1946.

He was the founder of the International Society for the Study of Time (1965) which attracts scholars interested in the multidisciplinary study of time. This group publishes a journal and holds triennial conferences.

J.T. Fraser was the author of numerous books and articles dealing with the multidisciplinary nature of time. He taught classes on time at MIT, Mt. Holyoke, University of Maryland and Fordham University and lectured worldwide.

RTM Committee Rejects Overturning Affordable Housing Regs

By James Lomuscio

A Representative Town Meeting (RTM) committee voted 4 to 3 Monday night against overturning a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) affordable housing amendment that some property owners say will cause them financial hardship.WestportNow.com Image
Matthew Mandell, chair of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Planning and Zoning Committee, addresses Monday night’s meeting. At left is member Diane Cady. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

In recommending that the RTM not overturn Amendment No. 618—which requires 20 percent affordable housing in all new multi-family housing districts along the Post Road—the RTM Planning and Zoning Committee unanimously agreed that 618 should be rewritten to require affordable units only in General Business Districts (GBDs).

Matthew Mandell, who chairs the committee, said he would initiate action through the committee to draft a revised text amendment to that effect for submission to the P&Z.

At the same time the committee unanimously voted to take no action on Amendment No. 619 since members agreed it placed no burden on property owners in GBDs. In fact, they said, it would give GBD property owners the opportunity to establish multi-family housing, an option not previously available. The full RTM will take up the items at its Dec. 7 meeting.

Holiday Westport Seal

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Among the ornaments on a Christmas tree (inset) that went up Monday in the Westport Town Hall lobby was this one of the town seal contributed in 1979 by longtime Westporter Mollie Donovan. The tree was erected by the Westport Historical Society and includes numerous ornaments depicting Westport scenes and town history crafted by Westporters over the years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
11 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre Auditions “Mauritius”
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Jack Cavanaugh, “The Gipper”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Frederick J. Moore, 78

Frederick James Moore, longtime fire chief and fire marshal in Weston, died Friday, Nov. 26, at Wilton Meadows. He was 78.

A lifetime Weston resident, Moore first volunteered for the fire department when he was 18 and later became fire chief and fire marshal. He retired as fire chief in 2007.

He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1950 and the University of Connecticut School of Agriculture. He also managed The Nature Conservancy Devil’s Den and Katharine Ordway Preserves.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann; two sisters, Emily and Susan of Weston; four children, Jeffery of Weston, Robert of Alexandria, Va., Gregory of Salem, N.H., and a stepdaughter, Nichola of Newtown; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Lyons Plain Road, Weston, at 3 p.m.

David Pogue: Geeky Wit and Humor at the Library

By Caren Calish Gagliano

With much wit and humor, David Pogue tonight delighted an overflow Westport Public Library audience with the latest technology trends for the holidays.WestportNow.com Image
Westporter David Pogue addresses an overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight.Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The personal technology columnist for The New York Times—and Westport resident—kept the crowd entranced with information and opinions on the best gift giving or buying technology for Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanza.

He said the most requested holiday gift this year among 6- to 12-year-olds, according to Nielsen, is the Apple iPad, followed by computers in general, and then Apple’s iPod Touch.

Pogue highlighted the Line 2 app which he says turns turns an iPod Touch or iPad into a full mobile phone for $9.95 monthly as long as there is a WiFi connection. Skype can also be used, he said. He also demonstrated an iPhone app called Ocarina which allows an iPhone user to play the phone like a flute-like instrument. The phone becomes sensitive to a user’s breath, touch and movements.