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Change in Imperial Avenue Sidewalk Plans

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There is a change in the Imperial Avenue sidewalk installation plans, according to Ralph Ramos of the Public Works Department. Ramos said the sidewalk, originally to be installed on the east side of Imperial Avenue and extend from Gault Avenue toward Post Road East (see WestportNow April 7, 2016), now includes a strip of sidewalk on the west side of Imperial Avenue from Baker Avenue to Thomas Road. Ramos said the change is in response to improved pedestrian and vehicle sight lines as well as a more favorable cost analysis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matllow for WestportNow.com

Letter: Praise for ‘Incredible’ Sherwood Island Lifeguards

Editor’s note: The writer of the following letter requested anonymity and while we do not normally publish anonymous letters, the reason for making an exception in this case will be clear.

To the Editor:

I would like to take a minute to give some credit where I think it’s due. In our profession, we get to see a lot of heroic acts by fellow firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel where they are given either awards or public praise for their actions.

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Sherwood Island State Park lifeguards in the water during Sunday’s rescue operation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Sometimes though, I feel it’s the ones who maybe aren’t in the public eye as often that can be left out—specifically the lifeguards who keep watch over and protect our beaches. 

Late yesterday afternoon, we received a call for multiple drowning victims at Sherwood Island State Park. My company was the the first fire department unit to arrive on scene. Two victims had been rescued by another beach goer.

A third victim was still reported to be in the water. Needless to say, the scene was chaotic.

Talking Transportation: Don’t Blame Malloy for the Fare Hikes

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Sure, it was sleazy of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) to release news of a proposed 5 percent fare hike on Metro-North on a Friday afternoon in July, hoping nobody would notice.
But the more I dig into the proposal, the more I realize the governor and CDOT are not to blame.

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It’s the Connecticut legislature that’s really responsible for this fare hike.

Lawmakers this session left the governor with a $192 million budget shortfall and every other branch of government has taken budget cuts and layoffs as a result.  Now it’s transportation’s turn to feel the pinch.

Pols on both sides of the aisle tell me Malloy could have saved millions by facing down the state employees’ unions and their rich benefits package. Could’ve, maybe should’ve—but didn’t.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Westport Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Westport Ave. in the Compo Beach section is in process. Built in 1932, the two-story conventional has 1,400-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1,250,000. 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

Nostalgic Visit

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It was a nostalgic visit today to the now shuttered Oscar’s on Main Street for sisters (l-r) Ali Pappageorge, 44, and Melissa, 41, With them was Melissa’s daughter Taylor, 15, an 11th grade student at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. Melissa said her father, Lee, Oscar’s owner, is getting stronger every day at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he is battling lung cancer. A real estate sign saying the space is available for lease went up in the front window today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Megan O. Albright, 51

Megan O’Connell Albright of Milford, who began her broadcasting career in Westport, died July 30 after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 51.

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Megan Albright: radio career began in Westport. Contributed photo

The wife of Jeffrey Albright was born in Bridgeport on April 26, 1965, the youngest of three daughters. Her parents, Thomas and Barbara O’Connell, currently live in Stratford.

As a child, she attended St Augustine School in Bridgeport. She graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School, Fairfield, with the class of 1983. She completed her education at Southern Connecticut State University, followed by the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

Her radio career began at WMMM, Westport. She later moved on to a very successful and exciting career in radio at WICC 600AM, and WEBE 108FM. It was this career at WICC and WEBE 108, whose offices and broadcast studios were in Bridgeport, that cemented her relationship with her local community.

Cop Arrest Homeless Man for Theft, Threatening to Kill Cashier

Officers arrested a homeless man Sunday for stealing money from the tip jar at SoNo Baking Company and for threatening to kill the cashier, police said today.

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Dave Phillips: held on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, the incident at the 44 Church Lane eatery happened around 8:30 a.m.

He said that officers later found a male matching the description of the suspect, who had fled the scene on a bicycle, at the Gillespie Center, the town’s homeless shelter on Jesup Road.

Dave Phillips, 55, was charged with threatening, disorderly conduct and sixth-degree larceny, police said.

Landmark Gone Dark

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Oscar’s was almost hard to recognize late Sunday night after its Westport Main Street closing earlier in the day after 42 years. A sign on the front door gave a phone number for “any inquiries/vendor questions.”  A Facebook posting said: “Our family would like to thank all of our supportive customers. You held us up today, and we want to thank you for that.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Monday, August 1, 2016


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Non-union Supervisory Pension Board
8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “the beautiful POND”
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Tabletop Games for Adults

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar