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The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Westport’s Saugatuck section opened today at 4 p.m. for routine maintenance, causing a traffic buildup for 15 minutes. The original bridge was built in 1884 at a cost of $26,000 and is the oldest surviving movable bridge in Connecticut. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Coastal Flood Advisory in Effect

A coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area remains in effect from 9 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. 

It said it anticipated tides around 1 foot above astronomical high tide.

A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

High tide in Westport is at 10:52 p.m.

More M-8 Rail Cars Added to New Haven Line

A third set of M-8 rail cars was put into service today on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.WestportNow.com Image
One of the new M-8 rail cars. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The new cars bring to 130 the number of train runs operating with the new cars each week. A total of 26 new M-8s have now been accepted from Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc., and put into service on the New Haven Line.

Today’s new M-8 train left New Haven at 8:04 a.m. and arrived at Grand Central Terminal in New York City at 9:36 a.m.

“This is a significant milestone, said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “More and more commuters are seeing the benefits and enjoying the amenities of these new cars each week.”

Update: Westport Woman Sets Another Swim Record

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Elizabeth Fry: swimming to New Jersey and back. Nycswim.org photo
UPDATE Westporter Elizabeth Fry was back in waters around New York City today trying for another swim record—and she did it.

Fry, 52, set out shortly before 10 a.m. to swim from Battery Park in Manhattan to Sandy Hook, N.J. — then back again, a distance of 35 miles.

She finished the first leg of 17.5 miles faster than anyone to date, achieving the feat in at 4 hours, 59 minutes and 2 seconds — 7 minutes and 2 seconds faster than the record set by Australia’s Tammy van Wisse in 2006.

Fry then set out to become the first person to also swim back to Manhattan, a 35-mile round trip that has never been attempted. A NYC Swim spokesman said she succeeded, returning to Manhattan tonight. Her time was not immediately available.

Real Estate Report: Numbers Will Vary

By Judy Szablak

As we near the end of the second quarter—traditionally the strongest real estate sales season of the year—the numbers and statistics may seem to fluctuate without any rhyme or reason.WestportNow.com Image
The house at 90 Turkey Hill Road South is on the market for just under $2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group

But the numbers must be taken in perspective. For example, this week’s average sale prices reflect some recent activity in the lower range.

However, this is nothing to get concerned about town-wide, as prices have not dropped. The mid-year statistics and report will continue to show growth, just as it has shown all year. 

The weekly numbers: Homes: the average list price for a home in town is $2,135,283, and the median list price is currently $1,297,500. 

Recycling to Get Easier July 1

For meticulous sorters, it will seem like cheating. For those who find recycling burdensome, a relief. Whatever your take, single-stream recycling is effective July 1 in Westport.

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Residents will be able to put all of their recyclables—cardboard, plastic, glass, cans and newspapers—into the same bin for the trash hauler or in only one container at the Westport transfer station. They can even include juice boxes, cereal boxes, milk cartons, things not presently recycled.

The separation of different recyclables will performed by density and optical scanners using an automated process. 

“Starting July 1, Westport will be offering their residents a simplified process with an increased list of acceptable commodities,” said Stephen Edwards, director of the Department of Public Works. He noted that Westport has joined nine other communities to offer single-stream recycling.

Synagogue Will ‘Sign’ Bar Mitzvah Service

Westport’s The Conservative Synagogue on Saturday will mark a first – it will have two American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters as Max Zegers of Weston will celebrate his bar mitzvah. WestportNow.com Image
Max Zegers (c) of Weston poses with his grandparents, Iris (r) and Robert Katz (l), both hearing impaired, and his sister, Zoe and his father, Mike Zegers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Imagine watching TV with the sound off or in a foreign language; you can get some of what is going on but not really the full story,” said Melissa Katz-Zegers describing the experience of her parents, both of whom are deaf, when they do not have the benefit of an interpreter. 

“When everyone is laughing or clapping you don’t know what you just missed.”

On Saturday, ASL interpreters Naomi Brunnlehrman and EJ Cohen, will interpret the entire morning service directly from either the Hebrew or English as needed, an announcement said.

Walkers

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For generations, walking to school was routine. But times have changed so it was with some notoriety that a group students at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School from the Gault Avenue and Imperial Avenue areas decided to walk two miles to school on Monday—with parental blessing. It was “in celebration of exercise and healthy living,” said one parent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Karen Jacobs for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 – Flag Day


8:30 a.m. – Hales Court Community Room – Human Services Commission
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Planning & Zoning Downtown Initiative Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2011 Solos Exhibition
10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseekers Special: Fired at 50
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Zoning Citation Hearing
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Circle”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Urban Outfitters Eyes ‘Terrain’ at Curran Cadillac

By James Lomuscio

Talk about going green. Plans are afoot to transform a shuttered Westport car dealership into an upscale outdoor center replete with a greenhouse, an array of outdoor furniture, furnishings, plant showrooms, cafe, and myriad products for the organic gardener.WestportNow.com Image
The first Terrain store has been open near Philadelphia since 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Shopterrain.com photo

Urban Outfitters is eyeing the shuttered Curran Cadillac property at 561 Post Road East for its second Terrain store nationally. And Thursday night, attorneys for the company are scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for a pre-application.

The plan submitted by Jennifer M. Porter of the New York law firm Gibbons P.C., calls for stripping the auto showroom down to its beams and razing a two-story, dilapidated house on the corner of Post Road East and Crescent Road to garner more parking.

According to the proposal, the new buildings will total 17,108 square feet, less than the current 21,566. Curran Cadillac closed in February 2009 after 40 years in the location. (See WestportNow Feb. 27, 2009)