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Senior Housing and Healthcare Proposal Heads to P&Z

A proposed zoning amendment that would allow assisted living, full-care living and independent living facilities (ALFCIL) within Westport’s inclusionary housing overlay zone (IHZ) is scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday, Oct. 5, officials said today.

According to Planning & Zoning Director Mary Young, text amendment 739, if adopted, “will offer another tool in the toolbox for developers to choose from when seeking to create senior housing and associated healthcare facilities on privately-owned property.”

She also said it will supplement a P&Z initiative establishing age-restricted housing regulations. Rick Redniss of Redniss and Mead submitted amendment 739.

“A text amendment is not site-specific; instead it creates standards by which future site specific applications are measured,” Young said. “A text amendment must be adopted before any development can occur.”

Letter: Thank You Westport Police

To the Editor:

I work a few hours per week at Sweet Frog here in town. Last Wednesday I locked the store up at 1:30 p.m. for the owner Jennifer to reopen around 2 p.m. 

Leaving a note on the door stating this, customers became concerned when at 3:30 p.m. she still was not there. They started contacting the Police Department thinking something was terribly wrong. 

Now our Police Department is very busy and could have just told these customers not to worry and she was probably just running late, but they didn’t do that. Instead they contacted her alarm company and asked them to page her.

When she did she was told to contact the Westport Police and let them know she was alright so they could reassure all her customers when they called in.

Malloy Vetoes Budget, Seeks ‘Honest Dialogue’

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today delivered on his vow to veto the Republican budget unexpectedly passed with a handful of Democratic votes.

He called it a gimmick-laden measure that would consign Hartford to bankruptcy, devastate public higher education, invite certain lawsuits from state employees and add to Connecticut’s pension liabilities.

“In sum, this budget is unbalanced, unsustainable and unwise,” Malloy wrote in his message.

The veto came as the state was wrapping its 13th week without a budget, continuing an impasse that Malloy says could continue indefinitely if not resolved in the next two weeks.

Nonprofit Releases Proposed High-Speed Rail Detailed Maps


Maps provided by nonprofit SECoast illustrate thje Federal Railroad Administration’s proposed placement of high-speed rail through Westport and an explanation of the color coding. Contributed graphics

A nonprofit group today released detailed maps showing how the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) proposed significant expansion of high-speed rail infrastructure through Connecticut will impact Westport and other communities.

The maps were released by the preservation nonprofit SECoast, which earlier partnered with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to lead opposition to similar proposals in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.

In a news release, the group said the previously undisclosed high-resolution maps of the proposal were withheld from the public, and omitted from a Freedom of Information request submitted by the group to the FRA on April 6, 2016. However, it said the maps have been freely shared among state and federal agencies for months.

“We have always suspected that state agencies in Connecticut have had access to these high-quality maps,” SECoast Executive Director Gregory Stroud said.

Comings & Goings: HSBC Bank to Bedford Square

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HSBC Bank, 19 Post Road East, will relocate one block away to the recently built Bedford Square.  According to David Waldman, a Bedford Square principal, the bank will occupy a segment of the upper level facing Elm Street in early 2018. Richard Barnes, HSBC branch manager, said a 10-year lease at its current 5,500-square foot location expires soon. The Westport, Darien and Stamford locations are among 235 HSBC branches throughout the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, September 28, 2017


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Tom Schachtman: “How the French Saved America”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Westport Transit District
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Fire Department Strategic Planning Steering Committee
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Sex with Strangers”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Selectman Candidates Talk Taxes, Traffic, Affordable Housing, and State’s Woes

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Candidates (l-r)  Timothy Elgin, Melissa Kane, Jim Marpe and John Suggs at tonight’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

By James Lomuscio

The four candidates for Westport first selectman – incumbent Republican First Selectman Jim Marpe, Democratic challenger Melissa Kane, Independent John Suggs and unaffiliated Timothy J. Elgin – didn’t square off tonight at Temple Israel.

Instead, they introduced themselves, trying to convince the approximate 60 persons in attendance at the forum how they would navigate the town through the challenging times ahead—fiscal uncertainty from Hartford, promoting the town’s business vitality, solving traffic congestion, the need for affordable housing, maintaining a stellar school system and keeping taxes down.

The event was cosponsored by the Saugatuck Congregational Church, the Conservative Synagogue and the United Methodist, as well as Temple Israel.

“I think it’s important for religious institutions in town to play a role in the political process, to have people of faith come together to hear the candidates and be part of the conversation during this election process,” Temple Israel’s Rabbi Michael Friedman said before the forum started. “Absolutely we should be involved in the principles that define our community and the nation.”

Comings & Goings: Match Burger Lobster Opens

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Match Burger Lobster opened tonight at 580 Riverside Ave. It is the latest offering from Chef Matt Storch, a 1995 Staples High School graduate who also owns Match in Norwalk and Nom Eez in Bridgeport. Located in the space next to Fleishers Craft Butchery, it offers fresh seafood from Norm Bloom and Sons, and Northeast pasture-raised and humanely-handled beef, ground daily at Fleishers. In addition to whole lobsters and burgers, the menu is an eclectic one, even featuring Storch’s mother’s matzo ball soup, his grandmother’s thin onion rings, and a donut milk slushy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com