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Four-Car Crash Ties Up I-95 Southbound

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A four-car crash on I-95 southbound a half mile before Exit 18 at about 12:30 p.m. today injured one person and tied up traffic in both directions. Westport Fire Department units as well as Westport EMS responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Cablevision Could End Carriage of WFSB Channel 3

Westport customers of Cablevision will lose Hartford’s WFSB Channel 3 from their system on Tuesday night, New Year’s Eve, unless an agreement is reached between the companies.

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“Cablevision’s contract to carry WFSB on its cable system will expire at midnight on December 31, 2013, and by law, Cablevision OptimumTV will no longer have the right to carry our copyrighted programming,” WFSB said on its website.

It added: “The fact is that we are only asking Cablevision OptimumTV for pennies a day from your cable bill for our programming. Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you.”

In a statement, Cablevision said: “The overwhelming majority of our Connecticut customers will continue to have access to CBS programming on WCBS Channel 2.

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 9 – 13, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 9 - 13, 2013:

Jennifer G. Vynerib to Scott and Susan H. Klau, 21 Burnham Hill, $2,650,000WNproperty.jpg

Kris and Erin Palestrini to Jacob A. and Alexis S. Gettier, 8 Peaceful Lane, $865,000

Helen A. Swalina to Sean and Jill Curran, 17 Lone Pine Lane, $1,010,000

Harriet Manning Estate to Stephanie Nickse and Adam Swanson, 42 Whitney St., $615,000

WSJ: Westport Playhouse ‘Company of Year’

In a year-end review of the 2013 theater season, The Wall Street Journal today singled out the Westport Country Playhouse as the theater “Company of the Year.”

Drama critic Terry Teachout wrote: “Mark Lamos, who gave up the freelance life to take the helm of Connecticut’s Westport Country Playhouse, has turned a spotty suburban troupe into an artistic powerhouse.

“He led off the season with his own superior staging of Mr. Gurney’s ‘The Dining Room,’ then followed it up with strong revivals of George Kelly’s ‘The Show-Off’(directed by Nicholas Martin ) and Joe Orton’s anarchic farce ‘Loot’ (directed by David Kennedy ).

“Few regional companies are striking so satisfying a balance between familiarity and adventurousness.”

Police, Fire Recover Woman’s Body Found in Water

UPDATE Westport police and fire units today recovered the body of a 45-year-old Maine woman found by a kayaker in waters off of Saugatuck Shores, police said.

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Westport firefighters pack up their gear today at the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club after assisting in recovery of a body found in the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The body was taken ashore by a fire department boat at about 10:15 a.m., witnesses said. Tonight, police identified her as Annette L. White of Maine, no hometown given, who recently had been staying at a Westport home.

A police news release said the kayaker was a duck hunter who spotted the body floating in the mouth of the Saugatuck River shortly after 9 a.m.

“The hunter who was in a kayak stayed with the body until detectives assisted by the Westport Fire Department launched a boat and responded to retrieve the body,” the news release said.

Friday, December 27, 2013


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Chuck Close: About Face”
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Open Mic & Movie Night w/ “Pitch Perfect”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Real Estate Report: Schedule Closings Carefully

By Judy Szablak

The last week of any given month usually brings about many closings, and this month is no different except we can expect a bit of a spike for this month in particular due to its year-end timing.

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This home at 6 Cardinal Lane is listed at $2,595,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside/KMS Partners

There have already been 37 closings in December, and another nine homes were entered into pending status in the month of November that should probably close in the next week as well, at a minimum, which would make it a banner month.

Scheduling a closing to avoid tax ramifications, or to obtain tax benefits can make the whole transaction that much more beneficial to either seller or buyer. But unfortunately, some sales that are scheduled for December may end up spilling over into the first week of January, and that is not without costs to the homebuyers.

What many people, buyers in particular, do not realize, is the amount of money paid at the closing table in per diem charges is greatly diminished when the closing occurs at the end of the month.

Westporter Wields Closing NYSE Gavel

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Johanna Rossi, a Westport resident, was honored at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today as she brought down the gavel at the closing bell. The honor was a result of her winning Trader’s Magazine 2013 Wall Street Women “Industry Trailblazer” award. Rossi is senior trader at Alden Global Capital. Photo from NYSE video

CT’s Top Cop Retiring

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Reuben F. Bradford, a former state trooper and NFL security director who is Connecticut’s first black public-safety chief, will retire Feb. 1 as commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the agency that includes the Connecticut State Police.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Reuben Bradford. Ctmirror.org photo

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced Bradford’s plans today.

Bradford, 67, returned to a demanding job in state service at the outset of the Malloy administration in early 2011, despite a neurological disorder, ataxia, that affects motor control and sometimes leaves him unsteady on his feet, especially when fatigued.

“Commissioner Bradford did an exceptional job of leading the state’s first responders through a period where they were tested time and time again,” Malloy said. “Through five presidential emergency declarations and unspeakable tragedy, he worked with the dedicated men and women at the department to make sure that residents received assistance often during their darkest hours. He also led the department through administrative changes that were both necessary and long overdue. I want to thank him for his service, and wish him well on his retirement.”

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Aiming to End Bias Against CT’s Older Unemployed

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Ending a longtime discriminatory practice against the unemployed topped a list of recommendations from the state legislature’s chief investigative panel to help more of Connecticut’s older residents find work.

The Program Review and Investigations Committee also recommended expanding education and training opportunities for seniors, increasing access to small business subsidies and promoting the state’s apprenticeship programs.

“It’s still legal in Connecticut to discriminate in want ads, until we fix it,” said Rep. Mary Mushinsky, D-Wallingford, co-chairwoman of the Program Review panel.

Nora Duncan, state director for AARP Connecticut, called the recommendation of job posting “one of the highlights” of the committee report.

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