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Great Hall Unmasked

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This is the Westport Library’s Great Hall today as work continues of the Transformation Project, scheduled for completion in summer 2019. Site Superintendent Scott Marlow of Stamford-based AP Construction said a total demolition of the first and second floors has been completed and electrical installation is in progress. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Domestic Violence Task Force Seeks Supplies for Safe Houses

Westport’s Domestic Violence Task Force (WDVTF) is holding a supply drive for two of its safe houses, beginning Monday and running through Aug. 16, it was announced today.

The two, undisclosed residences run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) are designed to ensure residents’ safety and equip them for an independent and self-reliant existence after they leave the safe house, according to Police Lt. Jillian Cabana, WDVTF co-chairwoman.

“Whether for a few days or a few weeks, DVCC residences offer a safe haven in which to get help, heal and take the next steps,” Cabana said.

“Besides providing a safe and confidential shelter for victims of intimate partner violence and their children, the DVCC provides assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing and personal items,” she added.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 492 Main St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 492 Main St. is in process. Built in 1942, the 1-1/2 story cape has 2,074-square feet, is situated on a 1.1-acre property and changed ownership in November 2010 for $1.1 million. 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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Maintenance Study Committee
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Municipal Pension Board
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
6 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Committee
7 p.m. – 5 Canal St. – Westport Housing Authority
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Children’s Series: Hopalong Andrew
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Flea in Her Ear”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Two DUI Arrests Lead to Catering a Westport Police Spread

By Dave Matlow

This is more than a story about giving back.

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Pictured (l-r) Lt. Matt Gouveia, Chef Michel Martinez, and Cpl. Kevin Smith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It’s one that easily is a head shaker, one that culminated today with a sumptuous food spread outside Westport Police Headquarters.

And it’s all because of Michel Martinez, 43, now owner of Bridgeport-based Festive Food Catering.

It goes back to January 2009 when Martinez was picked up on the Sherwood Island Connector by now Lt. Matt Gouveia on a driving while intoxicated charge.

RTM Approves $350,000 for Land Use Software

It seems pretty obvious, but in several decades at Town Hall an integrated electronic permit software system has repeatedly eluded the technology gurus.

That seems about to change with unanimous approval tonight by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) of a $350,000 appropriation for townwide land use permitting software.

The cloud-based system is designed to improve efficiencies and permit turnaround times and, if authorized, allow residents to electronically follow the progress of their applications.

According to Sarah Harris, town operations director who made the request, the software would be provided by Acella, a worldwide government software company, and it will be implemented by zedIT,
Harris said the software is expected to be in place by April.

‘A Flea in Her Ear’ Previews at Playhouse Tonight

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“A Flea in Her Ear,” a bedroom comedy about a Parisian wife who gets “a flea in her ear” that her husband is having an affair, previews tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse (WCP). Adapted by David Ives from the original by Georges Feydeau, and directed by Mark Lamos, WCP artistic director, the comedy written in 1907 runs through Saturday, July 28, and is a co-production with Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players (REP). Pictured: Antoinette Robinson (l) and Elizabeth Heflin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Peloton to Open on Main Street

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Peloton indoor exercise bikes and apparel accessories will open at 56 Main St. in the space previously occupied by Sperry, which closed in December 2016 after less than three years at that location. According to the Peloton website, the company operates 34 stores in 15 states and the District of Columbia. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Weston Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 16 Weston Road, near Easton Road, is in process. Built in 1953, the two-story colonial has 1,591-square feet, is situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership last month for $600,000. 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