Tuesday, March 05, 2024


Previously Denied, Developer Offers New Text Amendment

By James Lomuscio

With his high-rise Riverwalk project denied last March, Westport developer David Waldman has a newly proposed text amendment he hopes will pass muster when the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meets Thursday night.

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The former Save the Children building at 54 Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Elements that remain from the first proposal include a riverfront boardwalk from Bartaco to the end of the Wilton Road property and welcoming to the property a town-sponsored pedestrian bridge over the Saugatuck River from Parker Harding Plaza.

Text amendment 725 to be submitted by his attorney William J. Fitzpatrick is a reworked version of the previous Riverwalk amendment and one Waldman says will be more pleasing to the commission since it is consistent with the 2007 Plan of Conservation and development (POCD).

On March 3, the P&Z by a 5 to 2 vote denied the Riverwalk amendment. (See WestportNow March 3, 2016) It would have facilitated a two-story, 25,000-square-foot office building and a 47-foot tall residential building for between 15 to 17 condominiums at the 2.45-acre former Save the Children site at 54 Wilton Road overlooking the Saugatuck River.

First In A Series: CT Standing On Its Own Fiscal Cliff

By Keith M. Phaneuf


Connecticut stands on the cusp of an unprecedented fiscal crisis.

The budget that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will present to the legislature Feb. 8, in an attempt to close $3 billion in deficits over the next two years, is only a portent of a far greater, long-term challenge facing the state.

Simply, the bill is coming due in ever-increasing amounts for the 80-year failure of one of the richest states in the nation to adequately save for retirement benefits promised to teachers and state employees.

Hobbled by debts accumulated by generations of governors and legislators, Connecticut for at least 15 years to come is likely to face a bleak and politically dangerous menu of options that could shape the state’s economy and quality of life.

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Cops: Second Arrest for Saugatuck Car Burglar

A Norwalk woman arrested in November for burglarizing cars in the Saugatuck Elementary School parking lot was arrested today for burglarizing a car in the nearby Assumption Church parking lot around the same time, police said.

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Jessica Sullivan: another theft charge. Westport Police photo

Jessica Sullivan, 40, was arrested early today at her home after detectives connected missing items totaling $125 from the victim to items seized from Sullivan at the time of her original arrest.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the victim had read an article about the original break-ins and “thought that the thefts could be connected, which prompted her to contact the Westport Police.”

Taken into custody this morning, Sullivan was charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny and was remanded to Norwalk Superior Court today in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Monday, January 30, 2017

9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings & Goings: Anthony’s Nursery Closes

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Anthony’s Nursery and Garden Center, 492 Main St., has closed. Owner Tony Palmer said, “I can’t compete with the big box stores like Stew Leonard, Home Depot and the internet too. The days of the mom and pop nursery business are gone. This business has become a money pit to me, I can’t keep it going.” Palmer said he opened the business in April, 2010 after acquiring it from his uncle Philip who operated the business as Palmieri Nursery from 1942 to 2008. “I’m now fortifying my landscaping business, T. Palmer Landscaping Company, LLC,” Palmer said. “We won’t have a retail site, but will be able to supply all landscaping needs.” In recent years Westport’s other nurseries that closed include Geiger’s and nearby Daybreak Nursery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Afternoon of Music

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There was an afternoon of music today at a private Westport home by members of KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support) whose mission is to bring one-to-one instrument lessons and group music instruction to underserved children in Bridgeport, Pictured is Carolyn Smith, a KEYS student, with KEYS director Rob Silvan (r). Silvan, who founded KEYS in 2004, is a jazz musician and composer and has been a music educator for 40 years. For more information or to be involved, contact Silvan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

WHS Opens ‘School Days’ Exhibit

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Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer today welcomes guests to the Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit “Westport School Days 1703-Present” as Bob Mitchell (l), WHS president, and Bob Weingarten, curator, look on. The exhibit runs through March 25. Simultaneously, in the Mollie Donovan Gallery, debuting was “Katherine Ross: Artist and Art Educator.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo