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Thursday, October 6, 2016


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Center for Senior Activities Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport Weston Family YMCA – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
1:15 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Sherwood Island State Park – Friends of Connecticut State Parks Annual Meeting Fall 2016
5 p.m. – Westport Library – #ThrowbackThursdays
6 p.m. – Staples High School Auditorium – “Swept Away” WCI Foreign Film Series I
7 p.m. – Westport Library – College Students & Mental Health: from MTV to GPAs and STDs
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Monica Lewinsky: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Resilience and Reclaiming Your Narrative
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Camelot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

HDC Honors WestportNow’s Dave Matlow

The Westport Historic District (HDC) Commission announced today it is honoring WestportNow photographer and associate editor Dave Matlow with an award of special recognition for photojournalism.

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Dave Matlow: honored for photojournalism work. Contributed photo

An announcement said Matlow, a longtime Westport resident, was being honored “for more than a decade of photojournalism that documents the trends of Westport’s residential and commercial structures.”

It cited Matlow’s popular WestportNow Teardown of the Day series, which highlights the properties currently slated for demolition. 

“For many years, Matlow has assisted the Historic District Commission by photographing the collection of Annual Preservation Award houses which are displayed at Town Hall,” the announcement said.

Historic District Commission Names 2016 Winners

The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) today announced the winners of its 2016 Historic Preservation Awards. 

The awards will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, HDC Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the HDC at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Town the Hall Auditorium. 

Following is a list of the nine recipients and an HDC narrative explaining why these properties were selected.

25 Cavalry Road (Preservation)
Alva Finch House, c. 1837
Greek Revival
Deborah and Kevin Dorsey

Sean K. Romano, 41

UPDATE (adds services) Sean Kelly Romano of Indeo, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 18. He was 41.

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Sean Romano: golf was his passion.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on April 27, 1975, the son of Patricia (Kelly) Romano and the late Joseph “Bo” Romano. He attended Assumption School in Westport, Fairfield County Day School, and Staples High School.

He graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. Having grown up at Longshore, it easy to tell why golf became his passion in life.

His passion became his career leading him to Florida and eventually California where he was general manager at the Indian Palms Country Club and Resort.

Boys Soccer Earns 4th Straight Shutout

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Spencer Daniels’ two goals today paced the Staples boys soccer team to a 5-0 shutout of Brien McMahon at Loeffler Field. Teddy Lawrence, Thomas Nealon and Jannis Dietze added goals, while assists came from Luca Cocito (two), Matteo Broccolo, Ziggy Hallgarten and Sam Kantor. The whitewashing –- the Wreckers’ fourth in a row –- was earned by keeper Hallgarten, defenders Lawrence, Kantor, Chris Martenson and Josh Berman, and a host of others. Daniel Reid (above) contributed a strong effort at midfield. Staples is now 5-2-3. The squad travels to Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday, for a 5 p.m. match. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Former Westport Broker Jailed in $1M Swindle

A former Westport wealth management advisor today was sentenced to 41 months in prison for stealing more than $1.2 million from an elderly Weston client.

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Robert Tricarico: sentenced to 41 months.  LinkedIn photo

Robert N. Tricarico, 60, of Milford and formerly of Darien, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 41 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, said Deidre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.

Until April 2015, Tricarico, a registered securities broker, was associated with RNT Wealth Management at 181 Post Road West, prosecutors said. His LinkedIn profile said from 1992 to 2009 he had worked in Westport for Wells Fargo, Smith Barney, and Merrill Lynch.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office release said he had previously worked for or been associated with firms that included Northstar Wealth Partners, LPL Financial, and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.

Library Adds Electric Vehicle Chargers

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Two electric vehicle chargers have been installed on the upper level parking lot at the Westport Library.  According to Library Facility Manager Paul Mazzaccaro, the chargers are now operational and are funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Also, two electric vehicle chargers were installed in the parking lot of Staples High School, adjacent to the Nistico Sports Complex. According to Pippa Bell Adar, vice chair, Westport Green Task Force, the Staples chargers were also funded by a DEEP grant. The four chargers bring to 16 the number of EV stations in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

State Legislature Candidates Face Off

Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of the 136th Assembly District and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh faced off today in a forum at the Westport Library hosted by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.

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State Democratic Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh faced off at the Westport Library in a session moderated by Alan Nevas, retired senior U.S. district judge and one-time holder of the 136th Assembly District seat.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Steinberg, 60, who is seeking his fourth two-year term to represent the district that includes most of Westport, and Walsh, 61, chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), both portrayed themselves as having the experience to help the state out of its fiscal woes.

Retired senior U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas of Westport, who held the 136th seat for six years in the 1970s, served as moderator and posed questions to the candidates before a noontime McManus Room audience of about 50 persons.

Steinberg, a former member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), touted his first-time endorsement by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) and efforts on behalf of the moderate caucus among legislative Democrats to make the state more business friendly.

Comings & Goings: The Flat Opens on Railroad Place

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The Flat, a home furnishings, accessories, contemporary lighting and vintage furniture store has opened at 24 Railroad Place, opposite the Saugatuck train station, according to owner Becky Goss, a Westport resident for over 20 years. With contiguous retail neighbors Indulge by Mercene and Eleish Van Breems this segment of Railroad Place is emerging as a boutique fashion area. The space was formerly occupied by Casa Ryan and Olivette. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. or by appointment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Real Estate Report: Bustling Condo Market

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Westport’s bustling condominium market seems to come in waves, and is currently a very active segment with only 12 units available and four under the beginning stages of deposit.

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Featured Home: This home at 155 Regents Park is listed at $899,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis/Westport

Transient ownership contributes to overall complex turnover, or the rate of sales within a given period of time.

Over the past five years, the turnover rate has been highest at Lansdowne with 33 sales as reported by our Multiple Listing Service, which equates to one-third of all units within that complex.

Both Regents Park and Harvest Commons are at 20 percent, which is still considered very strong.