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Westport Parking Tickets Get New Look

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The new look tickets will be issued beginning Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
There will be a new look to Westport parking tickets and the daily parking fee tickets at the railroad stations beginning Friday.

The Westport Police Department announced today that the present handwritten tickets with built-in envelopes are being replaced with tickets generated by handheld ticket writers.

The computer-generated violation tickets and daily parking fee tickets are part of the department’s new parking ticket and payment system, said Deputy Chief Dale Call.

He said the system by Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Complus Data Innovations, Inc., will allow three images per ticket to document violations and also can be used to electronic “chalk” tires in timed zones.

Homes With Hope Gets $50,000 Federal Grant

Westport’s Homes With Hope will receive almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it was announced today.

HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Fields said the Westport agency formerly known as Interfaith Housing Association will receive $49,693 as part of $1.2 million granted to Connecticut to support 11 homeless programs across the state.

The award to Homes with Hope was specifically targeted to its Supportive Housing Program which offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. 

Today’s announcement marks the first-ever grants to local projects that provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families, Fields said.

Police Training Today at Baron’s South

The Westport Police Department said today its members as well as those belonging to the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team are conducting a training exercise at the Baron’s South property today.

“Although training is taking place well off the roadways residents may notice officers wearing tactical uniforms and some large police vehicles entering the property,” a news release said.

“There will be no live fire or any kind and should not be any excessive noise.

“Neighboring residents were already notified by letter of the training exercise, but all town residents are being advised to alleviate any possible safety concerns caused by the increased police activity in the immediate area.”

Thunderstorm Watch, Flood Advisory Issued

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 4 p.m. today for the Westport area as well as an urban and small stream flood advisory until 2:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service said at 1:53 p.m. the heaviest rainfall was moving east into western Connecticut.

One half to one inch of rain has occurred over the region so far this afternoon.

It said the ponding and possible hydroplaning will gradually subside on area roadways along with minor flooding along small streams the remainder of the afternoon.

‘Forbidden Westport’ Set for Saturday Night

Many of Westport’s decision makers will be watching and performing in Saturday night’s “Forbidden Westport,” back after a seven-year hiatus, and sponsored by Westport Sunrise Rotary.WestportNow.com Image

There is one performance only at 7:30 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. Tickets are $55, students $20.

A talented crew of Tony-nominated writers and Broadway-seasoned performers have aided producer John Franklin in creating the show. In addition to Franklin, contributors include Bill Brown of “The Wiz” fame, columnist and author Judith Marks White, Andra Vebell, Fred Stroeppel, Jeff Wieser and David Rogers, who also stars in the show.

Performers on stage include singer and actress Cindy Vaccaro of “3 Chicks Who Sing,” along with Karen Parrella and Sue Broudy, Suzanne Tanner, Eva Raweiszer, Bill Hall and Chilton Ryan, along with Katie Sparer, Nadine Willig, Gary Betsworth and Kevin Long, with a special musical presentation by musicians Richard Epstein, and Bob Lasprogato of “Uptown Jazz.”

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Pumpkin Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Pumpkin Hill is in process. Built in 1958, the one-story split level has 2,063 square feet and is situated on a 1.01-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (Editor’s note: an earlier version of this picture showed the incorrect house. WestportNow regrets the error.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Honoring a Westport Marine

By Dave Matlow

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Members of Charles Rochlin’s family pose with nursery owner Tony Palmer before the newly dedicated flagpole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
More than 100 invited friends and relatives of the late Westport Marine Charles Rochlin gathered Wednesday at a newly opened Westport business to honor him two years after he was killed in a car crash.

There was a brief ceremony and reception at Anthony’s Nursery, 492 Main St. that included dedication of a plaque and flagpole in honor of the memory of the lance corporal, 24, who died in the accident on Westport’s Greens Farms Road on Dec. 27, 2009. (See WestportNow Dec. 28, 2011)

Tony Palmer, owner of the nursery, said he and Scott Rochlin, Charles’ father, have been close friends since they were in junior high school in the early 1970s and were then neighbors “when Charlie was just a baby.”

“Today’s dedication is one way to honor Scott’s son— what better way then to fly the American and U.S. Marine flags on a pole above a plaque that bears his name in memory,” he said.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


8 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Business Special: Profitopoly
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Baron’s South Planning Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Information Session with Miggs Burroughs: Rotary Poster Contest (Grades 6+)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM IT Committee
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Beyond Therapy”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Sol Brody, 86

Sol Brody of Norwalk, died April 25 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.

He was born on March 4, 1925 in Brooklyn of Esther and Aladar Brody. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army. In 1950 he graduated Cooper Union, New York City in metallurgist engineering.

He married Molly Joyce Zimmerman on March 12, 1952. Over the years he worked for companies such as Republic Aircraft, Norden Systems and Zell Semiconductors, and pioneered in technologies are now taken for granted.

In 1971, with Molly they opened up Molly Brody Miniatures, first in Westport, and then later in South Norwalk. After the death of his wife, he has been a companion with Joan Stern of Norwalk.