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Wednesday, March 28, 2012


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
Noon – Westport Historical Society – Lunch with Lucy, Ethel and Rod
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Deer Management Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Budget Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Arbitration Award Shows ‘Pension Reform’

By James Lomuscio

Westport officials today called last week’s arbitration award that sided with the town over the Department of Public Works’ union on pension benefits a long awaited first step toward pension reform.

Under the award granted March 21 following a year-and-a-half of arbitrations hearings, new employees of Local 1303-385 will make defined contributions, not receive defined benefits.

The other major ruling in the town’s favor is that retirement benefits will be capped at 65 percent of of the employee’s final year’s salary, not the current 82 percent, said Floyd Dugas, the town’s labor attorney.

“I think it’s good news for Westport,” said Helen Garten, vice chair of the Board of Finance who heads its labor subcommittee. “This is the first arbitration award in favor of the town regarding a pension contract. It means we got two aspects of pension reform.”

Spotted Horse Opening Night Party on Thursday

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The Spotted Horse Tavern on Church Lane across from the Family Y will open Thursday with a cocktail party offering menu samples and champagne starting at 6 p.m. The restaurant formally opens on Friday with its full menu from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located in the preserved and renovated 1802 federal-style Sherwood House, the restaurant is owned by Kevin McHugh and Tommy Febbraio, both Staples High School graduates who operate the popular Gray Goose Café in Southport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Shake Shack Hosts Arts Center Volunteers

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The Westport Arts Center today hosted a volunteer appreciation event at Shake Shack, Westport. Manager of Shake Shack, Dave Yearwood, posed with his guests. Pictured (l-r) are: Donna Reisner, Al De Lardi, Ronnie Hammer, Danielle Ogden, Dave Yearwood, Ardeth Miller, Alyssa Crouse, Izzy Spada, Erika Rohde, Cara Bertini, Catherine Beckmann, Catherine Snook, John Harris, and John Dugdale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Ladies’ Lunch

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There is a new special interest group at the Westport Woman’s Club called Ladies Who Lunch. They meet once a month at local restaurants to eat and chat and have a good time. The ladies met today for a buffet lunch at Bombay Club in Westport. Bobbie Herman organizes these monthly lunches. Seated (l-r) are: Nancy Holland, Bobbie Herman, Anne Hunt, Mary Lee Clayton (club president) and Jo Fuchs Luscombe. Also in attendance but not pictured were Susan Fox, Eva Greenwald, Elfriede Lafferty and Denise Kuendig.  For information on joining the Westport Woman’s Club, call (203) 227-4240. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Bluff Point

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at 4 Bluff Point, on Westport’s Saugatuck Shores opposite the Cedar Point Yacht Club, is in process. Built in 1966, the two-story contemporary has 2,328 square feet, is situated on a .50-acre waterfront property, and changed ownership last month at $4,525,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Republican Presidential Primary Set for April 24

The Westport Registrars of Voters have announced details of voting in the presidential preference primary for all enrolled Republican electors in Wesport.

The primary will be held on Tuesday,  April 24 with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Polling places are: District 136 -1 Saugatuck School Gym; District 143 -1 Saugatuck School Gym; District 136- 2 Coleytown Middle School Gym; District 136-3 Long Lots School Gym, and District 136 – 4 & 5 Greens Farms Gym.

The registrars also announced that an enrollment session will be held on Tuesday, April 10 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Westport Company in $23M Deal for 4 L.I. Radio Stations

Four Long Island radio stations are to be sold to a Westport-based media company.

The radio stations, WKJY 98.3 FM, WBZO 103.1 FM, WIGX 94.3 FM, and WHLI 1100 AM, are being sold by their parent company, Massachusetts-based Barnstable Broadcasting to Westport-based Connoisseur Media for $23 million.

The deal was announced Monday and is expected to close in late July. Jeffrey Warshaw, Connoisseur’s chief executive, said in a statement that he was raised on Long Island and “grew up listening to these stations.”

Connoisseur Media LLC, with corporate headquarters at 136 Main St., currently has 22 radio stations in eight markets.