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Comings & Goings: Pizzeria Bravo Opens

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Pizzeria Bravo and Wine Bar has opened at 1460 Post Road East in the space formerly occupied by Munson’s Chocolates, which closed in April 2012 after 20 years in Westport. According to manager Seth Kulback (above), “Although the restaurant serves pizza, its wide ranging menu of italian cuisine includes such entrees as homemade pasta, lobster pot pie and seared tuna.”  Owner Michael Sayyed of Stratford also owns Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, 539 Riverside Ave., Westport and in Monroe. Bravo hours: Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m,. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., with happy hours drinks Monday to Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Still Communicator-in-Chief, Clinton offers Malloy a Tutorial

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

New Haven -– As always, Bill Clinton made it simple. He told Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a first-term Democrat with uncertain re-election prospects in a slowly improving economy, that he had a good story to tell: Things were bad four years ago. You made them better. Just…tell…your…story.

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President Clinton, a grandfather-to-be, practices as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal watch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Clinton offered Malloy this advice in various locales today around New Haven, starting with an unpublicized stop at Katalina’s bakery on Whitney Avenue, where the vegetarian convert examined vegan offerings, and continuing onto the stage at a modest fundraising rally downtown at the Omni Hotel.

Elections are always a choice, and Clinton told Malloy and Democrats that the choice in Connecticut is between a Democrat who did unpopular things in hard times and a Republican who bobs and weaves on what he would do on taxes, gun control, economic development and education reform.

It’s up to them to draw that contrast, sharply and vividly.

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Downtown ‘Charette Weekend’ Planned

First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that as part of the “Your Downtown” campaign, the Downtown Steering Committee (DSC) will host a charrette Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at Town Hall, with satellite events held at locations throughout downtown.

“We are incredibly pleased that so many residents have already participated in the planning process through the survey and visioning workshops,” said Melissa Kane, DSC chairwoman. “At this point the town is ready to move into the stage where our design professionals will produce and test design concepts that reflect the results of that initial community engagement.

“The charrette is that next step,” she added, noting that the ideas it generates are critical to the formulation of a downtown master plan.

DSC is providing guidance and technical assistance to the consultant team, led by the RBA Group, in developing the master plan.

Real Estate Report: Inventory Shrinking

By Judy Szablak

We are starting to see a decline in Westport’s housing inventory that has been trending for the last 30 days or so. In fact, the number of single family homes that are available has declined 10 percent in the last month alone.

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Featured Home: This home at 226 Bayberry Lane is listed at $1,799,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/ Bross Chingas Bross

The dwindling inventory is certainly not bad news for sellers. It has more of an effect on buyers who are wishing to purchase a home and close by the end of the year.

That means if and when a seller gets an offer, they should respond reasonably quickly, and maybe even more so than other times throughout the year.

This is simply because timing is everything during the fall months. 

Talking Transportation: No Blue Ribbons for Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

The long awaited MTA “Blue Ribbon Panel” of experts has issued its report on Metro-North and its sister railroads, and it isn’t pretty.

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Their 50-page report confirms much of what we already knew:  that the railroad placed too much emphasis on “on time performance” instead of safety, that there were serious repair issues unattended to for months, and that there has been an enormous “brain drain” of experienced railroad employees who have opted for retirement after 30 years.

All of those problems could have been prevented if MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast had been doing his job, which he wasn’t. That is surprising, given his almost 40 years in the industry. 

Remember, he was selected as chairman by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (just a month before the Bridgeport crash) after successfully turning around the New York City subway system. And he had also spent years at the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).

Tuesday, September 2, 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 – “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. – Westport Library – Book Chat
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Business Special: Making B2B Social Media Work
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Finance & Public Protection Committees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Things We Do For Love”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

WCT Debuts ‘I’m Not Rappaport’ on Sept. 19

Westport Community Theatre (WCT), located in the Westport Town Hall, opens its 2014–2015 season Friday, Sept. 19 with Herb Gardner’s Tony-Award-winning comedy “I’m Not Rappaport.”

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Fred Tisch (l) and David Tate star in “I’m Not Rappaport.” at the Westport Community Theatre. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Directed by Emmy-Award-winner, Lester Colodny, “I’m Not Rappaport” by Herb Gardner portrays the lives of two old men and their confrontations with each other and outsiders against the backdrop New York City’s Central Park.

The comedy focuses on the lives of Nat Moyer, a feisty Jew played by Fred Tisch, and Midge Carter, a cantankerous African-American, played by David Tate. The two men spend their days sitting on a park bench, trying to avoid life in a nursing home, while fighting off predatory muggers and solving the problems of the world.

They both mask the realities of aging, sharing tall tales that Nat spins. The play humorously touches on society’s treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what is best for their parents, and on the real dangers that lurk in urban areas.