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Comings & Goings: Henry Lehr Closes on Main Street

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UPDATE and CORRECT Henry Lehr, the iconic, high end women’s apparel store at Westport’s 21 Main St., has closed. The closure follows the death in July of owner Camilla Lehr of Westport who died at Norwalk Hospital at age 44. Other Lehr outlets, including those on Long Island, remain in business, according to Camilla Lehr’s husband. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “So Where do I Begin?” Workshop
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – Prospective Member Social
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Library, Museum & Arts, IT, Finance Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Tide of Opposition to Proposed Compo Beach Plan

By James Lomuscio

One after another, they came to the podium at Westport Town Hall tonight to tell the Parks and Recreation Commission that a plan to improve Compo Beach would not polish the town’s jewel but shatter it.

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Andy Moss, chair of the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee, tonight explains the master plan process. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The opposing sentiment was shared by many of the hundreds who for almost four hours jammed the auditorium to protest the proposed Compo Beach Site Improvement Plan. The top reason: Plan A calls for the removal of waterfront parking in the South Beach and East beach areas, making seniors and parents with small children walk more than 120 feet from distant lot to find a place on the sand.

Other concerns were that the plan would eliminate more than 300 parking spaces, cause traffic problems on nearby Bradley Street and eliminate the skateboard park.

Stephen Temlock of 8 Appletree Trail went so far as to suggest First Selectman Jim Marpe, who was present, consider putting the planned beach improvements to a referendum.

Overflow Crowd for Compo Master Plan Meeting

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An overflow crowd turned out tonight for a Westport Parks and Recreation Commission hearing in the Town Hall auditorium to consider a master plan for Compo Beach. Consultants offered several variations of a plan that they said could cost $8 million or more to renovate or construct a new bathhouse and reconfigure parking and install new landscaping. A number of youngsters asked to retain the Compo Skate Park, which is not in the recommendations, For most of the public speakers, retention of parking along the beaches was a priority. The commisson took no acton and said it would begin consideration on the plan, available at www.compobeach2.com at future meetings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Pleas to Keep Compo Skate Park

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A number of young people pleaded with the Parks and Recreation Commission tonight at a Town Hall meeting to restore the Compo Beach Skate Park which has been eliminated from the proposed Compo Beach master plan. Among them were (l-r) Theo Koskoff (partially hidden), 14, Staples High School; James Bowles, 14, Staples; Gabriel Dick, 13, Coleytown Middle, and Alex Walton, 14, Staples. Koskoff said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and asked, “So why are we spending so much money trying to fix it?” He then quoted what he said was a “horrible stereotype” about Westport from the Urban Dictionary, which said, “A gorgeous town ridden with filthy rich people that have so much money that they have nothing better to do than to drive around in their luxury cars and spoil their children rotten.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Artist in Amazon Art Collection at Grand Central

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Westport artist Nina Bentley of the Westport Arts Center is among artists represented in the Amazon Art Collectors installation at Grand Central Terminal which opened tonight for one night only with a gala reception in Vanderbilt Hall. Amazon Art recently launched a beta guest curator program called Amazon Art Collections, in which independent curators, bloggers, and designers curate small collections of artworks listed on Amazon Art. Bentley’s work “Corporate Executives Climbing Shoe, 2014,” is in the collection of Linda Kaplan Thaler and is available online at Amazon as part of an edition of 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com

WSJ Features New Westport Library Robots

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The Wall Street Journal today featured two new robots being introduced at the Westport Library to teach the kind of coding and computer-programming skills required to animate such machines. The robots, made in France qnd costing $8,000 each (privately funded) were demonstrated at the library in July (see WestportNow July 7, 2014) and will be formally introduced next week. “They have blinking eyes and an unnerving way of looking quizzically in the direction of whoever is speaking,” The Wall Street Journal said.. “They walk, dance and can talk in 19 different languages.” The online story also includes a video demonstration.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from wsj.com

Comings & Goings: The Shade Store to Main Street

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The Shade Store, featuring custom shades, blinds and drapery, will open soon at 115 Main St. in the walkway behind Vince. womens’ apparel store. The third-generation family-run business started in 1946 as a fabric store in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., according to the company website. Although the Shade Store has 18 showrooms in 10 states, the Westport location will be its first in Connecticut with additional openings planned in Brooklyn, Houston, Miami and Washington, D.C. The nearest existing location is in Port Chester, N.Y as well as four stores in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com