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Change—Current and Future—Consumed Westport in 2014

By James Lomuscio

Every year is marked by change, but in Westport, current and planned change came at fever pitch in 2014.

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The opening of the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was one of Westport’s top stories of 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Several time-honored, mom and pop businesses integral the town’s identity either shut their doors or moved from their storied, if not legendary, locations.

Several prominent individuals whose service epitomized town spirit died, each one leaving heroic example, as well as a hole, behind.

New beginnings marked 2014, from Church Lane’s redevelopment to the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the finally relocated Westport Weston Family Y.

Gertrude G. Cooper, 93

Gertrude (Gitty) Greenberg Cooper died Dec. 29 at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. She was 93.

Born in Quincy, Mass., she led a rich and fulfilling life with her loving husband Saul Cooper who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children, Paul and Roberta Cooper of Westport, Philip and Donna Cooper of Nashua, N.H., and Gail and Mark Koren of Riverside, Calif.

She leaves a legacy of love and caring to her six grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Comings & Goings: Cake Suite Closes

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UPDATE After a five-year run, Cake Suite, 47 Saugatuck Ave., near Dunville’s Restaurant, has closed.  Owner Michelle Klem of Fairfield said today it closed on Dec. 20 and “had nothing to do with the economy or anything like that. All was going well. But I needed to change my lifestyle.” She said she needed to devote more time to her 12-year-old son. But she said she will continue to work with wholesale customers and area caterers, teach baking classes, and is researching a book on operating a bake shop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Wearable Technology Workshops
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Movies for Family Holiday Breaks: “E.T. the Extra-terrestrial”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Malloy Keeps Options Open on Tolls

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tried to give himself more flexibility today to re-establish tolls, warning he would force a Capitol debate in 2015 on the costof upgrading the state’s long-neglected transportation network.

And while the governor insisted on the campaign trail last fall that two conditions must be met for tolls to be considered, he abandoned one of them – a precipitous drop in federal transportation funding – today.

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Compo Marina Dredging Work Hours Extended

Weekday work related to dredging of the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach will be extended to 10 p.m. in order to meet a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deadline, the Westport Department of Public Works announced today.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permit for the dredging stipulates that in-water work must be completed by Feb. 1, 2015, an announcement said. 

It said the contractor, FGB Construction, requested that the weekday work hours be extended in order to complete the project within the specified time period. 

This standard permit condition is imposed to protect the fishery and shellfish resources, the announcement said.  A significant portion of the work is further limited by specific tidal cycles, according to department officials.