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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CDOT Hopes to Reopen One Lane of North Ave. Bridge Monday

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is aiming to to reopen Westport’s North Avenue bridge to alternating, one-way traffic on Monday, three days before school starts, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

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The North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway as it looked on July 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Marpe said Westport officials met Monday with CDOT engineers and received an update on the $2.8 million restoration project, which has lagged behind schedule due to unanticipated deterioration of the bridge structure, he said. It had originally been scheduled to be completed by Monday.

Marpe said he asked CDOT Commissioner James Redeker in letter on Thursday to try to have the bridge open to one lane of traffic by Aug. 24 so school bus drivers have “the opportunity to practice their routes and potentially minimize problems on the first day of classes.”

In a response letter to Marpe on Friday,  Redeker said CDOT and the town have jointly developed a schedule “with a commitment to establish alternating, one-way traffic on North Avenue prior to the start of classes, no later than August 26, 2015.”

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Part 2: Seniors Who Have Reluctantly Left Westport


(Editor’s note: WestportNow’s special series on seniors and housing today focuses on seniors who have left Westport but wish they could have stayed.)
By James Lomuscio

Like many Westport residents, they came to town for the schools, but they stayed for the community and all it offered. And they wanted to spend the rest of their lives here surrounded by friends, familiarity, and a love of place.


Westport seniors have taken up new lives at The Watermark in Bridgeport and Meadow Ridge in Redding. (Click upper right corner arrows to enlarge) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But now in their 70s through 90s, they live elsewhere—Redding, Bridgeport, Darien, even as far as Charleston, S.C.—to name a few.

They say they did not want to leave Westport, but the lack of adequate senior housing, whether affordable or not, was a driving force.

Some say they had hoped Westport would join the ranks of many other Fairfield County towns with its own senior housing complex, 60 percent of the units affordable, near the downtown on Baron’s South. Such a complex had been on the drawing boards for seven years, the subject of many meetings of town boards and commissions.

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Exercise on the Green

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Members of a workout class from Nike Running Westport flex their muscles Monday night on Westport’s Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Employees Pension Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
Noon - Westport Library - Books with Buzz Group: “Being Mortal,” Atul Gawande
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Graphic Novel Scriptwriters Workshop
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Last Chance Book Expo
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - CES Playground - Coleytown Elementary School Incoming Kindergarten Meet-up
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Treehouse Comedy Club II

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Talking Transportation: The Fairest (and Least Popular) Way To Pay for Roads

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Back in April, I wrote about the challenge we face to pay for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s $100 billion transportation plan.

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And I expressed sympathy for his bipartisan, blue-ribbon panel tasked with coming up with funding alternatives, the Transportation Finance Panel.

To be honest, I think that panel may be on a fool’s errand. They’re trying to pay for a wish list of projects not of their making and many of which may not be necessary let alone affordable. 

Maybe we only need $50 billion. But it’s not their mandate to question our “transportation governor.” Someone else will have to do the “vetting.”

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Nail Salon Crackdown Hits Westport Businesses

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

One salon paid its workers $4 an hour, less than half the Connecticut minimum wage of $9.15. Others failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage, pay overtime or keep payroll records.

In the state’s first systematic examination of the nail salon business, investigators fanned out to 25 salons and day spas, finding wage and hour violations at all but two – a 92 percent failure rate. [Two of the businesses were in Westport.]

The investigation was prompted by a New York Times expose in May of the exploitation of salon workers in Manhattan, where immigrant workers were routinely cheated of wages.

“We definitely wanted to find out what the industry was like in Connecticut,” said Gary Pechie, director of the wage and workplace standards division of the Department of Labor.

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Sign of Summer

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A bank temperature sign on Westport’s Post Road East in the downtown area today told everyone what they already knew—it was a hot Monday in August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Cooling Off

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Julia Norris of Westport plays with her yellow lab Moose in the water off of Old Mill Beach. The weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters reported a reading of 97 shortly after 3 p.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Fellows for WestportNow.com

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Low Tide = Sandbar Party

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Low tide at Westport’s Compo Mill was good reason to have a sandbar party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Fellows for WestportNow.com

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Police: Worker at Home Showed Porn to Children

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Luis Guevara: unable to post $30,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport Police Friday arrested a Stamford man who, while working for a contractor at a residence, allegedly entered a children’s room and showed a pornographic video on his cell phone to children ages 6 and 8, police said today.

“The children immediately reported the incident to their mother,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola. “Prior to our arrival the contractor, who had been notified of the incident by the mother, had called all of his employees together, and the suspect was identified.”

Luis Guevara, 37, of Stamford was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child and one count of disorderly conduct.

Unable to post a $30,000 bond, Guevara was remanded to the Bridgeport Correctional Center and was issued a court date of Monday, Aug. 24.

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Two Separate, Same Day Arrests for Bad Checks

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David Reichard: posted $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport Police made two, unrelated bad check arrests Friday, one involving a Stamford man, the other a Branford woman, police said today.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, David Reichard, 26, turned himself in on a warrant stemming from a bad check complaint by First County Bank in May.

Reichard allegedly deposited a forged $3,960 check into his bank account.

“The investigation by the Westport Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that the victim, Monroe Muffler of Monroe, Connecticut, had reported its business account compromised months earlier and that the suspect, who is not known to them, had forged the check and attempted to receive money from their account. ”

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Local Woman Arrested for Crack

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Karen Davidson: police dog detected narcotics in her car. Westport Police photo

Westport Police arrested a local woman on narcotics charges Sunday, following a motor vehicle stop, police said today.

“Subsequent to a motor vehicle stop, the officer’s interactions with the occupants lead him to believe that they were not being truthful about narcotics being present in the vehicle,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola.

He said a police service dog from the Norwalk Police Department later arrived on scene, indicating the presence of a narcotic odor.

“A subsequent search revealed that the passenger was in possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia,” Arciola said.

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Part 1: Seniors Feel ‘Pushed to the Side’


(Editor’s note: WestportNow today begins a special series on seniors and housing in Westport. Future installments will cover those who have left Westport and the current state of senior housing in town.)

By James Lomuscio

Nick Berardi, 83, and his wife Josephine, 84, have lived in Westport for 51 years. They raised their children here, made a number of longtime friends and enjoyed the community’s many offerings. They couldn’t think of a better place to spend the rest of their lives.

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Westport seniors in housing dilemma: (l-r)  Nick Berardi, 83, Neil Hardy, 86, and wife, Judy, 80. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Denise Puskas for WestportNow.com

But now, their home is on the market. And memories of relaxing days at Compo Beach and starlit evenings at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will be just that, memories.

“It’s the cost,” said Berardi, a retired accountant. “The taxes, the utilities, the repairs, the maintenance. It’s the upkeep of your house.

“My wife especially wants to stay in Westport,” he added. “We figured we’d sell our house and look for rentals with two bedrooms, $1,500 a month, but you can’t find anything for $1,500. As a last resort, we’d move to Florida, but it’s too hot for 12 months of the year, and we like the amenities here.”

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Compo Low Tide

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Low tide Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach looked more like the moon surface. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 17, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Graphic Novel Scriptwriters Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jazz at the Levitt

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The Tizer Quartet performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. The group was a 2011 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Group. With a multi-genre, multi-national appeal that expands beyond just jazz enthusiasts, Tizer has a diverse resume – including performance slots alongside musicians Jethro Tull, Isaac Hayes, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby and Robin Thicke. Sponsor of the performance was The Nevas Law Group of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michael Mathis for WestportNow.com

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Pickleball Comes to Compo

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Pickleball, the latest trend to hit Westport’s Compo Beach, is generating attention with two courts that were installed by the Parks & Recreation Department this summer. According to Tom Lowrie, Westport’s official ambassador of the USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) the courts opened last weekend and are open to the public as long as players have all the equipment, primarily a ball and paddles. Lowrie said Parks & Rec provides the net. Pickleball, invented in Bainbridge Island, Washington in 1965 is a paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The USAPA says pickleball is now America’s fastest growing sport, “especially among the chronologically endowed.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fence Building for Eagle Scout Project

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A Westport Boy Scout Troop 100 volunteer team, led by Staples rising junior Kyle Fenstermacher, 16, (green shirt) today work on replacement of the fence at Christ & Holy Trinity Church Cemetery, Kings Highway North. The fence replacement project, a component of Fenstermacher’s goal to attain Eagle Scout rank, started on Saturday with ground breaking and he says will be completed by the end of this month. A Court of Honor ceremony will be held by the end of the year at Christ & Holy Trinity Church for Fenstermacher two other Scouts seeking Eagle status. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples 2012 Grad Issues First Full-Length Album

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Singer-songwriter Ellen Kempner, 21, Staples High School class of 2012, has released her first full-length album. She is known as Palehound and her “Dry Food” album was given four stars in Rolling Stone Magazine. NPR also favorably reviewed it, noting, “Kempner took to the guitar early, looking for an outlet as a precocious, self-described shy kid who felt like she didn’t quite fit in growing up in a socially claustrophobic New York suburb.” Kempner, who started playing the guitar at 7, had her earliest performances at Coleytown Middle School and performed locally at Toquet Hall throughout high school. The album is available on iTunes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Chad Kamenshine

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Gas Prices Slowly Coming Down

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Gas prices are slowly falling back with Westport Sunoco, 322 Post Road East, among the lowest in the area today at $2.67/ gallon regular cash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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‘Hamilton’ Author Welcomed

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Westporters Ann Chernow (bottom row, c.) and Martin West (top, r.) hosted a dinner party at their home Saturday night to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow (top, c.), whose Broadway musical adaption by Lin-Manuel Miranda of his 2004 “Alexander Hamilton” biography is a smash hit. Ron Chernow, a cousin of Ann Chernow’s late husband, Burt, said he was looking forward to attending the upcoming original cast recording session of “Hamilton.” Among other guests were actors Keir Dullea (top, l.) and wife, Mia Dillon (bottom, r.), and Alison Vanderbilt (bottom, l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Picnic at the Pond

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Members of the Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve Committee enjoy a picnic at the Sherwood Mill Pond.  They are (clockwise back row from left) Steve Gustafson, Katherine Kamen, Alicia Mozian, Robin Tauck, Sherry Jagerson, and Chris Swan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  August 16, 2015


1 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Owls & Raptors
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Lao Tizer Quartet

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pete Molinari Band Headlines at Levitt

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The Pete Molinari Band entertained tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The British-born Molinari (r) has won fans here and abroad with his special sound influenced by American blues and rock. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Welcoming the Spirits

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Today’s Japanese summer festival on Westport’s Jesup Green included ceremonial dancing. Held annually all over Japan since 657 A.D., Bon Odori is Japan’s main summer festival with Buddhist folk dances performed outdoors. It is derived from a traditional Buddhist belief that deceased family members return for a visit once a year in the summer. The festival welcomes the spirits back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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