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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 38 Burnham Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 38 Burnham Hill, off Compo Mill section, is in process. Built in 1953, the 1 3/4-story split has 1,746 square feet and is situated on a .76-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Pastor Joins Saugatuck Church on Tuesday

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The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton will join Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church Tuesday as its new pastor, the church announced today. She was selected by a unanimous vote by the congregation and will preside over her first service on Sunday at Temple Israel, the announcement said. Since 2007, she has been at the First Church Simsbury as associate minister for parish life and outreach. She will move to Westport with husband Craig and sons Tobey, 9, and Ian, 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

William M. Beyea, 79

UPDATE (add memorial service details) William (Bill) Minner Beyea of Weston died April 25 in Danbury Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Jan. 3, 1933, he attended grade school and high school in Pleasantville, N.Y. and graduated from Colgate University in 1955.

He was an accomplished jazz musician, playing numerous reed and woodwind instruments throughout college and traveling to Europe with the Nassau Jazz Band.

For more than 10 years, he played clarinet and saxophone in the Finger Lake Five, a jazz and Dixieland band that opened for Billie Holiday at her final New York City performance, played to an audience of more than 24,000 at the 1958 New York Jazz Festival, performed on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and recorded a number of records.

Rose R. Gleason, 64

Rose Riccio Gleason of Trumbull, a former Westport hairdresser, died April 29 at her home. She was 64.

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Rose Gleason: Westport hairdresser. Contributed photo

Wife of Howard Gleason, she was born on April 8, 1948 in Castelfranco, Province of Miscano, Italy, a daughter of the late Matteo and Giovannina Riccio.

A graduate of the National Academy of Hair in Bridgeport, she was formerly employed by Act One of Westport, with 40 years of dedicated service. She truly enjoyed her trade and the many lasting friendships she gained through her work.

She was an avid gardener and traveler and thoroughly enjoyed her trips to the casino. Above all however, she was a devoted wife and loving mother who put the care and love of her family first.

Police Interrupt Burglary in Progress

An alert Westport police officer interrupted an attempted burglary in progress early today on Post Road East, police said.

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Police check out a minivan after two suspects fled from it in Port Chester, N.Y.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo

Westport police pursued two suspects in a 22-mile chase that involved five other agencies, damaged two Westport police cars, and ended with the suspects escaping in Port Chester, N.Y., according to Capt. Sam Arciola.

He said detectives are looking into a link between these suspects and two burglaries at nearby Mitchells of Westport in February.

Arciola gave this account: at about 12:27 a.m., Officer Steve Pritchard on routine patrol spotted two males wearing hooded sweat shirts walking in front of the stores at 877 Post Road East.

Comings and Goings: Papadum Opens in Saugatuck

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Papadum Indian Restaurant has opened in Bridge Square in Westport’s Saugatuck area. The owner, Prakash Nath, a native of Nepal and now a resident of Norwalk, owns three other restaurants in Connecticut—in Fairfield, Stamford and Guilford.  Nath said that he changed the name of his Bridge Square restaurant from Indian Rasol (see WestportNow, March 19, 2012 ) to Papadum because there is a restaurant in Norwalk with a similar name and wanted to avoid confusion. Papadum seats about 32-34, has a full service bar, and serves cuisine of India that is influenced by both the north (“richer in flavor and milder”) and south (“more spicy.”) The site formerly was Henry’s Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, April 30, 2012


9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Conservation Commission Show Cause Hearing
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard” (last day)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – SOLOS Exhibition and “Guide to Paris: Sketches by Susan Malloy”
6 p.m. – Staples Conference Room 1025C – Board of Education Executive Session [Addition]
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – David Satter. “It Was a Long Time Ago, and it Never Happened”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Earthplace – RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee [Addition]
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

‘Music for Your Heart and Your Soul’

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The Good News Gospel Choir, led by Chris Coogan, teamed up with the Westport Community Band today for a free public annual concert entitled “Music for Your Heart and Your Soul” at the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium in honor of Homes with Hope, the Westport-based charity that provides havens for homeless single men, women and families. Pictured is Barbara Zichichi, a lead singer with Good News Gospel Choir. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com