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11-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Request: Donate to WASA

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Gabby Lantier of Westport will celebrate her 11th birthday today at the PAL ice skating rink at Longshore Park (where her dad is manager) and has asked that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA). Gabby is pictured with her dog Cece, a 2010 rescue from the Bridgeport Animal Shelter by WASA, who was subsequently adopted by the Lanier family after seeing Cece’s picture on WestportNow. A few years later, another WASA foster, Jaeger, a young owner-surrender German Shepherd, was added to the Lantier family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 9 – 13, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 9 - 13, 2015:

James E. Schwartz to Frank Marini, 14 Sunset Road, $510,000WNproperty.jpg

13 Turkey Hill Drive LLC to Stuart and Courtney Stakoff, 13 Turkey Hill Road North, $1,555.000

Allan J. Schwartzman Revocable Trust to Roshni and Sunny S. Adalja, 4 Big Pines Road, $760,000

Alan P. Kassan Revocable Trust to Ian Edward and Jane Green Warburg, 16 Owenoke Park, $2,670,000

Staples Wreckers Swim to 4th Place at FCIAC Championships

The Staples Wreckers Swim Team placed fourth overall at the FCIAC Championship Thursday night at Greenwich High School.

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Senior North Woods swims to third place in the 100-yard breaststroke at Greenwich Thursday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Greenwich took the overall team title for the 44th time in the past 45 years. Despite the dominance of the Greenwich team, there were multiple strong performances by the Wreckers’ swimmers.

Team co-captain Daniel Williams dominated the field in the 500-yard freestyle winning by over seven seconds in a time of 4:37.29.

Joining Williams on the podium for the 500 race were brothers Sebastian and Nico Ortega who finished fourth (4:51.68) and sixth (4:57.79), respectively. Williams also picked up a second place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.48).

Friday,  February 27, 2015


10 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé Renaissance Lectures: Michelangelo
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

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

P&Z Mulls Permits for Same Space, Same Use

By James Lomuscio

Following complaints from two commercial landlords, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight decided to keep open, taking no action pending further review, a controversial text amendment requiring a tenant to get a zoning permit prior to occupying commercial space for the same previous use.

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Michael Calise: amendment is “undue burden.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Longtime Westport landlord Michael Calise, as he did at the P&Z’s Jan. 23 meeting, decried text amendment 685 as placing “undue burdens” on commercial landlords, jeopardizing potential leases in the process.

He also called the amendment, proposed by Planning and Zoning Department staff to prevent violations, reactionary since the P&Z has been unable to cite specific violations.

Calise has argued the proposed regulation is so draconian that a psychiatrist going into an empty psychiatrist’s office would have to go to the P&Z Department, fill out forms, pay fees, submit floor plans and be “told to wait three weeks for a hearing.”

Renewal of Saugatuck Church


Repairs to Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church are almost complete following its devastating fire in November 2011. There will be a formal rededication and worship services on March 8. (See WestportNow Feb. 20, 2015) Services have already resumed and this week the nursery school reopened. John Walsh and Larry Aasen, church members, took WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow on a tour today. They noted new additions include a sprinkler system and a generator. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Special Guest for Staples Players

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Staples Players were treated to a visit today by actress, musician, songwriter, and singer Lauren Molina who appeared as the cello-paying Johanna in the original cast of the 2005 critically acclaimed revival of “Sweeney Todd,” the Tony award-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Staples Players are presenting “Sweeney Todd School Edition — The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on March 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 3 p.m. in the Staples High School Auditorium. She is pictured with director David Roth. For further information, go to http://www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Library Hosts Robotics Club for Girls

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The Library’s two robots, Nancy and Vincent, will be used by club members.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Westport Library today announced a new robotics club for girls ages 8-12.

The club, for those who have taken the Library’s Level One robotics class, will meet beginning Wednesday, March 4, at 4 p.m., an announcement said.

Participants will learn robotics by practicing programming with the Library’s two robots.

Those joining are invited to bring programs they have created or work with others to make the robots walk, talk, dance and more, the Library said.