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Wednesday, June 3, 2015


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District Directors
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Library – “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN International Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Girls Robotics Club
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Emily Liebert, “Those Secrets We Keep”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Transit & Long-range Planning Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

At RTM, Mother Nature Reason for Most Requests

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Department of Public Works, mostly due to Mother Nature, took up the lion’s share of requests for appropriations at tonight’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), all of them unanimously approved by the legislative body.

The appropriations, all recommended by the Board of Finance, included: $117,212 to cover three emergency sewer repairs on Post Road East; $120,000 for initial designs to replace the Saugatuck Island bridge damaged by Super Storm Sandy; and $428,375 to cover this winter’s snow removal cost overruns.

The night’s biggest request by Public Works Director Stephen Edwards, however, had noting to due with bad weather, but bids that came in higher than expected.

The RTM unanimously approved Edwards’ request for an additional appropriation of $406,000 above $1,612,000 approved in October to complete construction of a sanitary sewer extension to service Bulkley Avenue North, Buttonwood Lane, Old Road, Mallard Lane, Forest Drive,  Elizabeth Drive and Shadowlawn Drive.

Westport Assists as Fairfield Battles Warehouse Fire

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A Westport engine company provided station coverage in Fairfield tonight as all on-duty Fairfield firefighters and units from Bridgeport battled a warehouse fire at the former Fairfield Lumber site at 185 Thorpe St. A resident said smoke was visible from Westport’s Stop & Shop on Post Road East near the Fairfield line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christopher Tracy/Fairfield Fire Department photo

Paying Tribute

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Members of the Westport Fire Department tonight enter St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield for the 32nd Annual Firefighter’s Memorial Service. The service honored fallen firefighters, including five from Westport who died in the line of duty. A warehouse fire that broke out at the former Fairfield Lumber site on nearby Thorpe Street somewhat interrupted the service. Westport honored Frank L. Dennert, chief, who died May 5, 1946, Francis P. Dunnigan, firefighter, May 2, 1946, John H. Gallagher, firefighter, May 2, 1946, Dominick J. Zeoli, firefighter, May 2, 1946, and George H. Cardozo, firefighter, Dec. 2, 2000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Honoring Fallen Firefighters

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The 32nd Annual Firefighter’s Memorial Service was held tonight at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the Post Road in Fairfield, Westport remembered five firefighter who died in the line of duty.  The services were somewhat interrupted by a fire that broke out at Fairfield Lumber located the next block over on Thorpe Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

New Library Trustee

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The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously approvred Adrian Hinojos, 39, to serve as a trustee of the Westport Library for a four-year term beginning July 1. Hinojos, a native of Mexico who holds dual Mexican and U.S. citizenship, is employed as a corporate development financial analyst for the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, a short line freight rail holding company, in its Darien office.  He and his wife Hillary Nordholm are the parents of a son, 3 1/2 and daughter 1 1/2.  Hinojos said he is eager to assist the library in its strategic planning as it prepares for the future. “This is an exciting time to be a part of the Westport Library,” he said. Under the Town Charter, the RTM appoints half of the library trustees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 19 Vani Court

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 19 Vani Court, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1945, the 1-1/4-story cape has 1,868 square feet, is situated on a .34-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in August 2001 for $395,000. The house incurred fire damage in June 2014 (see WestportNow June 23, 2014) Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Otto O. Weibel, 91

Otto O. Weibel of Westport died June 1 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 91.

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Otto O. Weibel: Westport resident 49 years. Contributed photo

Born in Dietikon, Switzerland on Aug. 20, 1923, he was the son of the late Robert and Sophie Weibel. He has been a Westport resident for 49 years.

He was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program, a member of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston, an avid skier, and gardener.

When he first came to the United States in 1947, he became a lifetime member of the New York City Mannerchor, and Swiss-American Club.

Bedford Square Associates: Area ‘Will Soon Be Transformed’

By James Lomuscio

As cranes and other heavy equipment worked on the north side of Church Lane today, Bedford Square Associates principals and town officials in front of the former YMCA’s historic Bedford Building held an official groundbreaking for a $100 million project set to transform Westport’s downtown.

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Today’s groundbreaking marked the official start of construction on the $100 million project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Known as the Bedford Square Project, the development when completed in early 2017 will comprise 110,000 square feet retail, restaurant and residential space.

David Waldman, principal of Bedford Square associates whose vision for the project began more 10 years ago, said the result will be a “Golden Triangle” made up of Main Street, Church Lane and Elm Street.

“Today almost feels like a birthday,” Waldman said, noting that his 11-year-old son had just been born when he began planning. 

Turning the First Shovel

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The official groundbreaking today of the new Bedford Square Development included officials of Bedford Square Associates, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and others. Prior to turning the first shovel, it was announced that Anthropologie will occupy 40,000-square feet as the anchor tenant of the retail, office, and residential complex.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com