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Friday,  February 13, 2015


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen Robotics Users Group
4 p.m. – Westport Library – ChessClub (grades k-12)
4 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Westport Animal Shelter Associates (WASA) Top Dog Ribbon Ceremony
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Kiernan McMullan w/ Riley Lynch, & Alec Chambers
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Watch On The Rhine”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Senior Housing Poised for a Comeback

By James Lomuscio

Despite a knock out blow from the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) last September with a text amendment denial, proponents of a planned senior housing complex on the town-owned Baron’s South property seem poised for a comeback.

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Second Selectman Avi Kaner (l) and First Selectman Jim Marpe (2nd l) discuss the latest proposal with members of the Baron’s South Committee today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Today, in front of a crowd of 25 at Town Hall, members of the Baron’s South Committee (BSC) heard plans from their selected developer for a scaled-down version that does not require a text amendment, uses less land, gives preference to Westport residents, and gives the P&Z what it wanted from the start—60 percent affordable rental units.

“What I think is miraculous is the proposal itself because it really solves a lot the problems the P&Z had,” said Martha Hauhuth, co-chair of the Baron’s South Committee (BSC) with Stephen Daniels. “And as far as I understand it, it does not need a text amendment because of the 60 percent.”

The BSC was formed five years ago by former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff when establishing a senior housing facility on the 22 acres of town-owned land known became key initiative of his and Second Selectwoman Shelly Kassen’s administration.

Community Theatre’s ‘Watch on the Rhine’ This Weekend

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The Westport Community Theatre production of Lillian Hellman’s “Watch on the Rhine” continues this weekend. The cast includes Cindy Hartog of Westport as well as Mili Green, a fourth grade student at Saugatuck Elementary School, Ben Hamer, a junior at Staples High School, and his brother James, an eighth grade student at Bedford Middle School, as well as Tom Petrone of Norwalk, a graduate of Staples High School. Performances go through Feb. 26 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. The theater is located at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Pictured are (seated, l-r) Ben Hamer and Mili Green, and (standing, (l-r) David Victor, Carin Friedag and April Lichtman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Sandy Hook Panel: Further Tighten Gun Laws, Improve Mental Health Care

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Arielle Levin Becker

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The commission Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School will consider a draft report Friday recommending a further tightening of Connecticut’s gun laws, a prospect unlikely to find traction in the General Assembly.

Like many previous reports, the commission’s draft also describes a need for better integrating mental and physical health care, reducing fragmentation, providing more holistic services and reducing the stigma that many people with mental illness face.

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Himes, Blumenthal Press for ‘Darwin Day’

By Ann Radelat

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Washington – Americans observe Feb. 12 as President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, but Rep. Jim Himes and Sen. Richard Blumenthal want that date also celebrated as the birthday of Charles Darwin.

The Connecticut lawmakers have introduced resolutions in the House of Representatives and Senate that would “recognize Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.”

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Considering Blight-Threatened Properties

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Westport’s Blight Prevention Board tonight discusses blight-threatened properties on Edgemarth Hill Road, Maple Avenue North, Hillspoint Road, Strathmore Lane, Compo Road North, Marsh Road, and Hale Street. Board officials voted to send a notice of violation to the owner of 156 Compo Road North, where multiple unregistered vehicles and inoperable machinery clutter the property to the consternation of neighbors. The owner did not attend the hearing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Beverly Travers, 88

Beverly Travers of Wilton, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 9 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 88.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, on Nov. 24, 1926, the daughter of Thelma Elcan and George Benton Herring. She graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1948, and then moved to New York City, finding employment at Outdoor Life magazine as an editorial assistant.

At Outdoor Life she met her future husband, the novelist Robert Travers. They married in 1952. Their son John was born while they lived in New Orleans before settling in Westport. Robert Travers’ daughter from a previous marriage was Mary Travers of the folk singing trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. The couple also provided a home for several foster children.

Beverly Travers was a longtime member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, and enjoyed singing in the choir.