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Children’s Series Performance Moved Indoors Image
Lard Dog and his six-piece Band of Shy entertained to an enthusiastic audience tonight in a Levitt Pavilion children’s series performance moved to the Saugatuck Elementary School because of the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Cribari Bridge Closures Start Monday Night

As announced earlier, beginning Monday at 8 p.m., Westport’s historic William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Saugatuck will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic through 5 a.m. Tuesday and today the Police Department outlined suggested detours.

The evening closures due to Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) construction repairs will continue Mondays through Thursdays until Friday, Sept. 7.

Marine traffic requiring bridge openings may be limited during the work periods, according to CDOT officials.

“Appropriate detours around the bridge work will be posted using portable detour signs,” said Lt. Jillian Cabana.

Levitt Concert Moved Indoors

Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance of Lard Dog & the Band of Shy, part of the Children’s Series sponsored by Melissa & Doug, will be moved indoors due to the weather. 

The show will take place in the air-conditioned auditorium at Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

Note: With the exception of water, food and beverages are not permitted in the school.

Comings & Goings: Haus of Pretty to Railroad Place Image
Haus of Pretty, a beauty salon, has opened at 24 Railroad Place across from the Metro-North westbound platform at Saugatuck. The space was previously occupied by The Flat, home design store, which relocated to 40-42 Railroad Place one year ago. It is owned by Kelsey Morey, a Connecticut native who received her degree in cosmetology from Brio Academy of Fairfield in 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Jonathan Greenwald, 82

Jonathan “Pal” Greenwald of Westport, internist, cardiologist, clarinetist, bagpiper, banjo player, guitar player, handball player, and dog lover, died July 25. He was 82. Image
Jonathan Greenwald: well-known doctor. Contributed photo

A longtime resident of Westport, he was a graduate of Hamilton College and the Albert Einstein School Of Medicine, and had a solo practice in Norwalk for nearly 50 years.

His many patients loved him for his intelligence, compassion, sense of humor, and willingness to accept many forms of payment, including oranges and paintings.

He also played in a myriad of musical ensembles, from the Oriskany Rhythm Kings to the Norfield Wind Quintet to the Fairfield Pipe and Drum Corps to the Westport Community Band. And in recent years he relished his time teaching music to children at The Roosevelt School in Bridgeport.

Bond Commission OKs $10M for Electronic Tolls Study

By Keith M. Phaneuf

The State Bond Commission today approved $10 million in financing for an analysis of establishing electronic tolling on most Connecticut highways.

After a nearly hourlong debate, the 10-member commission voted 6-3, with one abstention, to approve the funding proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“I worry that some in modern-day Connecticut are subscribing to their own know-nothing philosophy,” said the governor, who said his successor and the 2019 legislature will need all available data about tolls to avert a looming transportation crisis.

“They’re choosing to reject new information, to decide proactively to know less, to limit the scope of their options before even fully understanding what those options truly are.”

Selectmen Approve Seven Solar Installations

By James Lomuscio

After more than an hour of discussions, Westport’s Board of Selectmen today approved five agreements between the town and Greenskies Renewable Energy, LLC for seven solar panel installations throughout town. Image
The town of Southington put solar installations on five schools. Photo from Greenskies

The installations, which do not require a town appropriation and will be performed by Greenskies, include: three at Staples High School, one at Bedford Middle School, one at Coleytown Elementary School, one at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, and one at the Westport Library.

According to David Mann, chairman of the Green Task Force, which, with the Board of Education, initiated the request for proposals (RFP) and chose Middletown-based Greenskies, the three at Staples will comprise one photovoltaic installation on the Staples roof over the pool and two solar-shaded parking areas.

Mann said Coleytown’s would be a rooftop system and Bedford’s, a ground-mounted system on a grassy area, the Senior Center would have a solar-shaded system in its north parking lot, and the Westport Library’s would be a rooftop one.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Arts Advisory Otocast Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
1 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Westport Library Teen Writing Camp
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Flea in Her Ear”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Tree Board
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Children’s Series: Lard Dog & the Band of Shy
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Mars Observing (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Real Estate Report: Decor Makes All the Difference

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Decor makes all the difference when selling your Westport home. Image
Featured Home: This waterfront home at 391 Riverside Ave. is listed at $1,738,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport

As much as one would like to think that it doesn’t, or shouldn’t matter, it does; and affects the ultimate purchase price.

When a home has too many furnishings and/or excessive tchotchke or personal effects, rooms can be hard to visualize for buyers. Room sizes appear smaller, and visitors can get caught up noticing the items that are “in” the house, as opposed to the home itself.

If a home has outdated décor, not only does that also make a home difficult to envision as one’s own, it can also send a subliminal message that the home may not have been well maintained.