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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter Storm Watch Does Not Include Westport

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for interior sections of southern Connecticut from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning, but the advisory does not include Westport and coastal Connecticut.

The advisory, which covers most of the rest of Connecticut, said to expect snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches.

It said a mix of rain and snow Wednesday morning will change to all snow by late Wednesday. The snow will continue into early Thursday morning before tapering off to snow showers.

Meanwhile, forecaster Jacob Meisel, a 2012 Staples graduate, tweeted: “A period of heavy snow continues to look likely even down to the coast Wednesday afternoon/evening. Significant accumulations possible.”

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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area until 11 a.m. today.

It said to expect winds south 15 to 25 mph with gusts 45 to 50 mph through late morning.

Winds will be capable of bringing down limbs and vulnerable trees and power lines, the Weather Service said.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected or occurring.

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Monday, November 24, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Public Works Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Coastal Flood Statement

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Statement for Westport and area warning of localized minor flooding during the time of high tide around mid-day Monday.

It said tidal departures of 1 to 1.5 feet above astronomical tides are likely.

It said localized minor flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties is likely due to height of storm tide or wave splash over.

There is no significant threat to life and any impact on property is minimal, the Weather Service said.

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WHS Exhibit Celebrates Saugatuck’s Proud Past

By James Lomuscio

Saugatuck, the once working class, mostly Italian-American section of Westport—the area state officials in the 1950s figured it would be easier to build the Connecticut Turnpike through rather than affluent Greens Farms—got its just deserts today.

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Sea Capt. Sereno Gould Allen (r) is portrayed in the William Lambdin mural at the center of the exhibit opened today and present for the occasion were his great-great-great-grandchildren Wm. Bradley Kellogg of Fairfield and Katherine Daught Jacob of Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

At the opening of a Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) exhibition titled “Saugatuck @ Work—Haven of Community, Commerce and Innovation,” the neighborhood was revered not only as an important area of Westport, but as its matrix.

Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, Town Curator who organized the exhibit, was quick to remind the more than 100 persons in attendance “Saugatuck was Westport’s downtown before Westport was Westport.”

Before the town was incorporated in 1835, Westport was called Saugatuck and was a part of the towns of Fairfield and Norwalk.

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Great-Great-Great Grandpa Featured in Saugatuck Mural

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The mural “Saugatuck in the 19th Century” created in 1969 by the late Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin anchors the Westport Historical Society’s “Saugatuck@Work,” which opened today. The meticulously researched wall mural depicts the area bustling with commerce and community and features Sea Capt. Sereno Gould Allen. Among those attending today’s opening reception were his great-great-great-grandchildren Wm. Bradley Kellogg of Fairfield and Katherine Daught Jacob of Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Historical Society Debuts ‘Saugatuck@Work’


Scenes from today’s reception marking the opening of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit “Saugatuck @ Work—Haven of Community, Commerce and Innovation” and companion exhibit devoted to the life of Saugatuck immigrants, “Framing Saugatuck,” in the WHS’s Mollie Donovan Gallery. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Skaters Enjoy Balmy Sunday at Longshore

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The first skating Sunday of the season today at the Longshore Club Park P.A.L. ice rink turned out to be a balmy one with temperatures in the 50s, a sharp change from Saturday’s delayed opening day when the morning started out in the teens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Family Magic at Westport Arts Center


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center “Family Art Day: Magical Moments.” The Arts Center was transformed into a workshop with multiple hands on art activities lead by local teaching artists and volunteers. Families created magic wands, shadow boxes, stained glass, and lenticular drawings together.Melissa & Doug created a play zone for younger children and sponsored the event.Marina White for WestportNow.com

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Rare Opportunity to Tour Bedford Estate

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Today was the last day of a three-day estate sale at the Westport waterfront home of the late Ruth Bedford. The daughter of Frederick T. and Lucie Thomas Bedford and the last surviving grandchild of Westport philanthropist Edward T. Bedford died in June at age 99. (See WestportNow June 19, 2014) In addition to an opportunity to buy furniture, books, and other family belongings of Bedford, the sale afforded the public a rare opportunity to tour the 7.5-acre estate on Beachside Avenue, which had been on the market until recently for $25 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sunday,  November 23, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - St. Luke Church (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Harvest Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Family Art Day: Magical Moments
Noon - 2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - opening reception: “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition Finals Concert
3 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Westport School of Music Faculty Chamber Music Concert

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saint Luke Parish Harvest Fair Under Way

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The Saint Luke Parish Harvest Fair in Westport is open today and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is great opportunity to do holiday shopping and support charities in need. The Fair features a “Shabby Chic” boutique as well as fine vendors with crafts, jewelry, food items, holiday gifts and a café. Proceeds benefit southern Fairfield County charities.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Portion of Greens Farms Road Closed For Paving

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Paving work today closed Greens Farms Road between Prospect Road and the Sherwood Island Connector. The Westport Public Works Department said the project needs to be completed earlier than anticipated due to “current and anticipated weather conditions.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Winging It

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A seagull gets a good view of a wind surfer at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  November 22, 2014


10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition Semi-finals
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - St. Luke Church (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Harvest Fair
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Curio Cottage Thrift Shop-wide Half-price Sale
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Creative Writing Workshop Series for Grades 3-5
11 a.m. - Barnes & Noble - children’s author Rosemary Wells book signing “Max & Ruby at the Warthogs’ Wedding”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
Noon - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Ian Gelman
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Fairfield County Writers Group
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players, “Hello, Dolly!”
3:30 p.m. - Barnes & Noble - Best selling author Christopher Hart talk on his how to draw title “Monstrously Funny Cartoons”
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Nylen Gallery Picture This of Westport - 772 Post Road East - Gallery warming party to celebrate move to new home
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Super Smash Brothers Tournament w/ Retro Games Plus

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Magic at the Arts Center

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Well know professional magician Michael Chaut dazzles guests at the Westport Arts Center tonight with magic tricks at the opening reception for the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” The exhibit, with magic as its theme, features 40 works, including photographs, mixed media, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and engravings. It runs until Jan. 10.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Up Close Look

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Peggy Shore of Westport (mother of exhibiting artist Jake Shore ) takes a close look at New York artist Liz Neilson’s “Cattail Electron” and “Castle Rocket,” two of 40 artworks on display at the Westport Arts Center tonight as part of the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Jurors and New Artistic Director

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Jurors Elizabeth Koehn (l) and Julia Mechtler (r) of New York’s David Zwirner Gallery get together with Helen Klisser During, newly named artistic director of the Westport Arts Center, tonight at a reception marking the opening of the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” Klisser During, director of visual arts since 2010, was honored at the event on her new appointment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Arts Center Opening Reception


Scenes from tonight’s reception marking the opening of the the Westport Arts Center’s annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Westport Unemployment Edges Up in October

A month after Westport’s unemployment rate was the lowest in six years, the rate edged up again in October to 4.7 percent, the Connecticut Department of Labor said today.

The September rate was 4.5 percent. The last time Westport’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent was in August 2008, just before the recession began to be felt.

The town’s labor force in October was 12,922, up from 12,820 in September. The number of unemployed in October was 609, up from 578 in September, the department said.

There were 12,313 employed in October, up from 12,242 in September. A year ago in October, Westport’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.

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Stolen Leaf Blowers Bust

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Jesse Perez: allegedly pawned equipment. Westport Police photo

Westport Police arrested a Stamford man Thursday following the theft of backpack type leaf blowers from the bed of a landscaping truck in town, police said today.

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, officers arrested Jesse Perez, 24, on a warrant in Bridgeport Superior Court where he was being arraigned on other unrelated charges.

Penna said that detectives had located and recovered the leaf blowers in a pawn shop, and it “was determined that Jesse Perez had sold those items directly after the reported theft.”

Held in lieu of a bond on the unrelated charges, Perez was charged with fifth-degree larceny and given a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 1.

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Longshore Ice Rink Opening Postponed a Day

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The Longshore Club Park Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) ice rink was scheduled to open today but did not. Workers on the site said it will open up Saturday at about mid-day. They said the ice was not ready yet and the see-through partitions along the border have to be installed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Sunrise Rotary Honors Student of the Month

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today honored Staples senior Ben Rogers as Student of the Month for his contributions to his school and his community. He is a math geek, an athlete, a tutor, and a member of the Staples League of Boys (SLOBs). He is also a trombonist, including in the pit for the current Staples Players production of “Hello, Dolly!” He and fellow members of Staples’ Tri-M Music Honor Society taught music in a Bridgeport elementary school. He plays baseball and also manages the basketball team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hal Levy for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Top Drawer to Close After 37 Years

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Top Drawer, a women’s boutique at 1537 Post Road East, is closing. Owner Joan Rotman (above) and manager Mickey Kleefield and their staff have delivered personalized service to Westport customers for more than 37 years. A closing sale is in progress, and Rotman said she plans to be out before the end of the year. “It’s time,” she said, adding that she and her staff will miss their many customers with whom they have developed very close ties over the years. “Thank you for all your loyalty, caring and friendship,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 3 - 7, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 3 - 7, 2014:

SAJ Ventures LLC to Christopher and Andriene Johnson, 6 Cardinal Lane, $2,499,500WNproperty.jpg

Kristin R. Harvey to SIR-14 Peaceful LLC, 14 Peaceful Lane, $670,000

7 Turtleback Lane LLC to Brian S. Mass and Felise G. Cooper, 7 Turtleback Lane, $2,350,310

Wendy P. Harris to Kevin D. and Leslie A. McNiece, 8 Cross Brook Lane, Tax paid in Norwalk, $590,000

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