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Sunday, January 31, 2016


1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Family Festivities Series: “Chicken Dance”
2 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Sunday Indoor Music Series: Galvanized Jazz Band
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Engaging Those with Dementia
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Let’s Knit!
2 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Annual Meeting

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WestportREADS Author at Playhouse

WestportNow.com Image WestportREADS 2016 keynote speaker James McBride, author of “Miracle at St. Anna,” spoke about his book to a packed audience tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. He said he lived in Italy for six months researching his book about an extraordinary experience of black American soldiers fighting in a village in Tuscany during World War II. McBride is a National Book Award winner and accomplished musician. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westporters Help Japanese Flag Go Home

By Phyllis Groner

The Japanese rising sun flag, a loathed symbol of an enemy power in the 1940s, became the nexus at a Westport meeting Friday for healing the wounds of war that have spanned generations and continents.

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Posing before the found Japanese flag were (l-r) Hiroshi Asada, Barbara O’Hare (holding photo of her father), and Harold Gross. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The meeting took place at the Westport Library where its Japanese Conversational Language group gets together regularly.

One of the group’s members, Harold Gross, 89, is a World War II veteran who served in the 11th Airborne Division.

Gross, the story goes, a year ago attended the annual Los Banos Prison Rescue Dinner in New York City. It honors servicemen and the 2,147 Allied and civilian internees they saved in 1945 at a Phillippine agricultural school campus turned Japanese internment camp.

Online Petition Protests Housing Development

A Westport resident has started an online petition drive protesting plans for a four-story, 48-unit apartment building with affordable units at 122 Wilton Road.

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The 1.16-acre parcel at 122 Wilton Road sits at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The change.org petition launched by Adrian Little is addressed to the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z). It is hearing the 8-30g application allowing the developer of the 1.16-acre pacel to override local zoning regulations because of its affordable housing component. (See WestportNow Jan. 28, 2016)

“Imagine the negative impact on this busy corner,” Little says, referring to Wilton Road and Kings Highway North. “There is great concern about traffic density, access for fire and emergency services.”

Little says the fire department has already demonstrated the difficulty it would have responding to a fire and evacuating residents.

Patrick C. Haggerty Jr., 46

Patrick C. Haggerty Jr., a lifelong Westport resident, died Jan. 28 at home. He was 46.

Born in Norwalk on April 23, 1969, he was the son of Karen A. Haggerty and the late Patrick C. Haggerty Sr.

He was a well decorated Go Kart Racer. He raced in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and South Carolina and was a member of the Nutmeg Go-Kart Association.

He was an avid fisherman, collector of music art and music. He was a loving father to his son Patrick.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Keyser Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Keyser Road, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1940, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,721-square feet, is situated on a .27-acre property and, according to town assessor records, last changed ownership in January 2013 for $975,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (Editor’s note: An earlier posting of this address pictured an incorrect house.)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com