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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Long Lots Lane

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 27 Long Lots Lane, off Long Lots Road. Built in 1938, the 1,829-square-foot, one-story ranch is located on a .28-acre lot.The house was also featured as WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day on Sept. 4, 2008, but the permit was never acted upon. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Stolen Car Suspects Caught After Owner Tracked It

After hearing a broadcast for a stolen car out of Stratford, alert Westport officers working a side job on Kings Highway North today arrested an Ansonia man and a Bridgeport woman.

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Artay Drinks (l) and Naima West: held on $10,000 and $5,000 bond. Westport Police photos

According to Sgt. Richard Bagley, the officers stopped the vehicle without incident.

“The two occupants were detained, and an investigation was initiated,” said Bagley.

Police were alerted to the car’s presence in Westport by its owner, who had a device which allowed him to track the vehicle’s location.

Land Swap Dropped: ‘Economics Just Didn’t Work’

By James Lomuscio

The highly touted Elm Street land swap that would have netted the town nine additional parking spaces and have been a boon to the downtown and the Bedford Square project was scrapped last week for economic reasons, developer David Waldman said today.

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Under the scrapped plan, this building housing the Villa Del Sol Restaurant at 35 Elm St. would have been razed and swapped for part of the town-owned parking lot across the street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“The economics just didn’t work for me, and as a developer I had to let it go,” said Waldman, principal of David Adam Realty who is heading up the nearby Bedford Square Project.

Waldman’s plan to put up a $7 million building on a piece of the town’s Baldwin Parking Lot at 36 Elm St. in exchange for property he had an option to buy at 35 Elm St. across the road had been supported by First Selectman Jim Marpe.

Pitched as the last leg in the revitalization of the downtown, the planned land swap received a positive report from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at its Sept. 29 meeting. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2016)

Rajinder K. Narang, 90

Rajinder K. Narang, a longtime resident of Westport, died Dec. 1 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 90.

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Rajinder K. Narang: nuclear physicist. Contributed photo

The husband of Bimla Narang, he was born Aug. 25, 1926 in Multan, India and was the son of the late Purshotam Lal and Rampyari Narang.

He received his undergraduate degree from Dayand Anglo Vedic University in India.  Following his graduation, he apprenticed at the prestigious DCM Institute, where he met and impressed an American colleague who sponsored him to come to the United States.

He traveled to New York on the Queen Mary in 1945 and worked as a nuclear physicist and chemical engineer, while concurrently earning his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.

Staples Grad Among Oakland Fire Victims

WestportNow.com ImageUPDATE A 2005 Staples High School graduate is among those missing in the Oakland warehouse fire, according to the victim’s father. The victim was identified as Feral Pines, 29, who was known as Justin Riley Fritz, when attending Staples. The Westporter later self-identified as a woman and took the Pines name. Bruce Fritz said he was en route to California to identify the body. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Facebook photo

Staples Students Build Tesla App

By Ellery Saluck

An Advanced Placement (AP) computer science project seems poised to pay off big for two Staples High School entrepreneurs.

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Neal Soni (l) and Dylan Diamond with a Tesla they can control from their too. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellery Saluck for WestportNow.com

Junior Neal Soni and senior Dylan Diamond have created their very own app called Tesla Toolbox. It allows owners of the electric car Tesla to track their speed, route and power usage.

It also lets them control features like lights, the locking and unlocking car doors, the opening and closing garage doors, even climate control.

Users can also start their Tesla or drive it forward or backward without being in it, but with the mere touch of a iPhone.

Wetlands Woodpecker

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A red-headed woodpecker spotted in Westport’s Partrick Wetlands. Facts about woodpeckers: they tap on tree trunks in order to find insects living in crevices in the bark and to excavate nest cavities. Their strong, pointed beak acts as both a chisel and a crowbar to remove bark and find hiding insects. They have bristle-like feathers over their nostrils help to keep wood particles from being inhaled. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

Monday, December 5, 2016


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – CSA Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Book Talk: “The Two Sides of You – Get to Know Both”
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Tabletop Games for Adults
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Introduction to Engineering Design Using SolidWorks
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Don’t Outlive Your Money
7 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria D – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar