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Comings & Goings: Desi’s Corner Closing

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The changing face of Westport’s Railroad Place opposite the Metro-North station continues with the closing Thursday of Desi’s Corner, 16 Railroad Place. Purveyor of newspapers, magazines, coffee, candy, smokes and more, Desi’s Corner has been under owner Himanshu Patel’s hand for 10 years. Employee Sudhakar Rao said Patel will continue to operate his 7-Eleven store in Hartford. As for Rao, he said he has found employment at Wall Street Wine and Liquor in Norwalk. The closing after seven decades follows the loss of Commuter Coffee, 46 Railroad Place, in June after 42 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Reviewing Proposed Site of Saugatuck Affordable Housing

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Architect David Ball of Norwalk-based Monroe Partnership today shows Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members and others plans for a 187-unit multi-family rental development in five new buildings on Hiawatha Lane and Hiawatha Lane Extension in the town’s Saugatuck area. The field trip was in advance of Thursday’s P&Z consideration of three applications considered part of a single affordable housing development proposal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt”
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – DPIC Wayfinding Public Information Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Employee Compensation Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Redistricting Scenarios Make ‘Grade 6 Academy’ Viable

By Jarret Liotta

Potential redistricting models could help encourage the creation and development of a townwide “sixth grade academy” at Coleytown Middle School (CMS), the Board of Education (BOE) heard tonight.

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Board of Education member Vik Muktavaram, who spoke in favor of creating a “grade six academy” at Coleytown Middle School, listens to consultants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

Over the next several weeks the BOE will conduct private and public research to determine if it wants to propose undertaking renovation work at now-shuttered CMS with that goal in mind.

“Determining the use of that building as part of the educational strategy is critical,” Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said.

Some possible redistricting options were heard at the BOE meeting based on the question of whether Westport’s eight school buildings — in particular the five elementary buildings — are adequate in relation to enrollment projections, or at least being used efficiently.

Board of Education Adopts 2% Budget Increase

By Jarret Liotta

The Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously tonight to accept Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer’s revised budget proposal for fiscal 2020, which is a $2.3-million increase over the current operating budget of $116.2 million.

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The Board of Education unanimously adopts the budget. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

The $118,500,464 budget, which represents an even 2.0-percent increase over the current one, will now go to the Board of Finance (BOF) for its approval.

While Palmer had initially requested a 2.68-percent increase, savings were found when the BOE decided to abandon the K-6 plan, which was projected to be more costly.

While going with the 6-8 model to house displaced Coleytown Middle School (CMS) students brought the increase down to 2.13 percent, funds were also found through $263,000 in the Cafeteria Fund, as well as an estimated savings of $300,000 in a projected decrease in health benefit costs.

Playhouse Reunion

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (l) and actor Michael Tucker reunited at a post performance reception tonight in the Westport Country Playhouse Green Room.  Tucker, who read the role of Sam in “The Cemetery Club” play reading performance, and Burroughs were college friends at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University.)  Tucker, who now lives in Easton with Jill Eikenberry (c), his wife of 46 years, graduated in 1966 and Burroughs in 1967. Eikenberry also performed in play reading as Ida. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Working Into the Night

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Eversource repair personnel worked into the night restoring power to Westport homes. Outages affected more than 170 customers at one point during the day but were down to less than 15 at nightfall. Pictured is a crew working near 150 North Ave.. Downed trees and wires continued to block 163 Cross Highway, 5 Scot Alan Lane, and 75 Compo Road North, among other streets.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo