Wednesday, July 24, 2024


P&Z Hears Plan to Move House, Build Pedestrian River Bridge Image
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight heard a plan for development of 54 Wilton Road—the former Save the Children headquarters—that would include relocating a house on the National Historic Registry at the intersection of Wilton Road and Post Road West (above) to 54 Wilton Road and construction of a pedestrian bridge across the Saugatuck River to Gorham Island. Representatives of the developers said moving the house would allow for a dedicated left turn lane, relieving a bottleneck at the town’s most congested intersection. The current office building would be turned into three buildings that would be mostly residential but also include commercial elements, possibly including a restaurant, retail, and offices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Staples Girls Soccer Advances to State Quarterfinals Image
Staples Girls Soccer members celebrate today at the end of a very muddy 110 minutes of play at home after beating Wilton 1-0 in the second round of the Class LL state tournament. Sophomore standout Lydia Shaw scored the only goal in the first of two overtime periods. Staples advances to the quarterfinals where it will play Glastonbury (No. 1) on Saturday in Glastonbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stacy Jagerson Fowle for

Klarides Elected as First Woman to Lead State House GOP

By Mark Pazniokas

UPDATE Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly held their traditional post-election caucuses today, selecting new Democratic leadership in the Senate and new Republican minority leaders in both chambers.

Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, was elected House minority leader, becoming the first woman to lead the GOP in the House. She was chosen by acclamation after a rival, Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, withdrew.

The new Senate leaders will be: Sen. Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, president pro tem; Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, majority leader; and Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, minority leader.

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, House Majority Leader Joseph Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, will retain their posts.

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Bedford Associates Closes on Old Y Building Sale

By James Lomuscio

For Westport real estate developer David Waldman, today marked the realization of dream rooted in his boyhood. Image
David Waldman (l) and partner Dan Zelson of Bedford Square Associates share a laugh at today’s ceremony closing on the sale and handing over the keys. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Bedford Square Associates, of which he is a principal, took ownership of the iconic, Church Lane, 1923-built Tudor-style building and its additions that had formerly housed the Westport Weston Family Y in the heart of the downtown.

“We closed today at 10 in the morning, we finally took title, they gave us the keys and we’re very excited to begin what has been eight years in the making,” said Waldman.

According to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, the formal recording of the $19.5 million sale took place at mid-afternoon.

Family Y Leaders Hand Downtown Keys to New Owners Image
UPDATE There was a formal handing over of the keys today as Bedford Square Associates took possession of the building in downtown Westport that has been the home of the Westport Weston Family Y since 1923. Later, the $19.5 million sale was formally recorded in the Town Clerk’s Office. Pictured are (l-r)  Libby McKinney Tritschler, Y board member and great-great-great granddaughter of the Y’s founder, Edward. T. Bedford; Dan Zelson of Bedford Square Associates; Rob Reeves, former Y CEO; Pete Wolgast, chairman of the Y’s board of trustees; Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, a former chair of the Y’s board of trustees; David Waldman of Bedford Square Associates; Bonnie Strittmatter, president of the Y’s board of directors, and Philip Dwyer, Interim Y CEO. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Olga B. Spencer

Olga Brom Spencer of Southport, a former Westport resident active in issues related to seniors and a former president of the Westport-Weston AARP, died Oct. 29 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a long illness. Image
Olga Spencer: former AARP president. WN photo

She had been a Westport resident since 1994, recently moving to Southport. Prior to that, she resided in Bronxville, N.Y. and Douglaston Manor, N.Y.

She was first married to the filmmaker, author and explorer, Dr. John L. Brom with whom she had two children, Isabelle and Clarence-John. They emigrated from Austria in 1964, after having lived in France, Germany, and Africa.

After his untimely death, she dedicated her life to her work and family and later married Edward H. Spencer, to whom she was married 20 years, before his death.

High Schoolers Cook Up a Treat Image
Today’s Westport Farmers Market featured members of the Staples High School Culinary Club who prepared some gastronomical treats, including brussels sprouts with a honey vinaigrette. Pictured are Cecily Gans (wearing chef’s cap), Staples culinary arts teacher,Amelia Taranesi, 17, a senior, and Greg Dusenbury, 14, a freshman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Rainy Culinary Book Signing Image
Westporter Ramin Ganeshram (r), author of “FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World,” was on hand today for a book signing at the last outdoor Westport Farmers Market of the season. Pictured with her is Sophia Hampton, a member of the Staples culinary team who was Ganeshram’s editorial intern and a contributor to the book, published this month by Rodale Books. The book features a curated collection of 150 recipes drawn from the experience and kitchens of young cooks from across the nation and the world. It also includes one by Sarah Rountree, a recent Staples graduate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo