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Parker Harding Road Reconstruction Next Week

Westport’s Department of Public Works announced today that the reconstruction of Parker Harding Road in the area adjoining the Saugtuck River in Westport’s center will begin Monday with the removal of curbing along the roadway. 

The work, part of the town’s annual paving project, will continued through the rest of the week and a portion of the following week. Parker Harding Road will be entirely reconstructed from the Main Street intersection to its intersection with Post Road East, the department said.

During this construction period, traffic will access the Parker Harding parking lot from either the Post Road East entrance or the Main Street entrance depending upon the progress of the operation.

Signage will indicate which entrance to use and detour signs will direct traffic through the parking lot, an announcement said.

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 22 – 26, 2011

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 22 - 26, 2011:

SIR-20 Long Lots Lane LLC to Michael and Lisa Alpsten Aldridge, 20 Long Lots Lane, $1,800,000WN property.jpg

Ninette Silver to Jonathan and Sara Deren, 4 Lone Pine Land, $1,075,000

Michael Aldridge to SIR-48 Long Lots LLC, 48 Long Lots Road, $650,000

Steven Lewis to Kristin L. Montanaro, 8 Gorman Ave., $550,000

Saying Goodbye to Bogey’s

By James Lomuscio

Bogey’s Grille and Tap room owner Jim Stablein says the confluence of hurricane floodwaters and no flood insurance, a tough economy and new restaurants poised to dilute his customer base led him to shut down his 17-year Westport restaurant institution.

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James Stablein: “time to move on.” File photo

The restaurant at 323 Main St. and the corner of Canal Street officially shut its doors Aug. 28, the day Hurricane Irene slammed the town, overflowing streams that poured into Bogey’s basement. (See WestportNow Aug. 31, 2011)

“The floodwaters crested in the parking lot and went right into the basement, and we lost a tremendous amount of food, equipment, refrigerators and ice makers,” Stablein said.

“Typically, restaurants, unless they’re near the shoreline, don’t have flood insurance,” he added, noting that he did not. “I haven’t taken on water in 17 years here.”

9/11 Painting Goes on Display at Town Hall

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A painting by the late Westport artist Eric von Schmidt of the aftermath of the 9/11 attack went on display today at Westport Town Hall with First Selectman Gordon Joseloff welcoming the loan from the Westport Historical Society and Caitlin von Schmidt, the artist’s daughter. Von Schmidt used photos taken by former Westport Assistant Fire Chief Joe Valiante (r), who volunteered at the World Trade Center site, to help create the painting. Additional help came from former Westport Fire Chief Harry Audley, von Schmidt’s neighbor, who loaned him uniforms and equipment and offered additional fire service expertise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Theft Leaves Waiting Room Without Television

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Only a wall mount for a television remains today in the westbound waiting room at Metro-North’s Westport station after a Bridgeport man allegedly made off with it early today. Westport police arrested him a short time later sitting on the station platform with the television wrapped in garbage bags next to him.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

RR Station TV Theft Solved Quickly

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Keith Bondurant appeared in Norwalk Superior Court today. WestportNow photo from Cablevision News-12

UPDATE A 48-year-old Bridgeport man stole a television from the wall of the Metro-North Westport station early today but was arrested a short time later sitting on the station platform with the TV wrapped in garbage bags next to him, police said.

Keith Bondurant was charged with burglary and larceny and held on $5,000 bond, police said.

Police said “a concerned citizen” notified them at 3:51 a.m.that a bald black male wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt was stealing a television off of the wall in the station’s New York-bound waiting room.

Officer Howard Simpson responded to the area, confirmed the television was missing, and immediately began a search of the area for any suspects, police said. He located Bondurant sitting nearby on the platform with the television.

Now Showing: Invasion of the 60-Foot Movie House?

By James Lomuscio

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Sandy Lefkowitz: “We definitely do not want polarization of our community.” Contributed photo

Opposition to a Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) proposed text amendment that would allow a movie theater as tall at 60 feet nearly filled the Town Hall auditorium at a P&Z meeting Thursday night.

Proposed Text Amendment 637 was crafted over the summer by a P&Z subcommittee to assist the Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) in its goal to bring a movie theater back to Westport to revitalize the downtown.

It would allow a theater to be as high a 60 feet, explained Laurence Bradley, director of the Planning and Zoning Department, if the land were not wide enough to accommodate two 25-foot-high screens on the same level, and they had to be stacked one on top the other, while allowing a 10-foot high first floor for retail space.

That provision, however, sent up a red flag for those worried it would usher in an era of tall buildings downtown, taking away the town’s quaint, historic character.