Sunday, March 01, 2015
NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory, 3 to 5 Inches
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and freezing rain. It is in effect from 10 a.m. today to 7 a.m. Monday.
It said to expect snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches along with up to around a trace of ice. Visibilities will be one-quarter to one-half mile at times.
The Weather Service said snow will develop beginning late this morning over the western portions of the tri-state, then expand over the remainder of the advisory area this afternoon.
The snow will mix with or change to freezing rain across New York City, and other areas including coastal portions of Fairfield County this evening. The precipitation will taper off from west to east after midnight.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series: “Dog Loves Books”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Concert: Eight to the Bar
4 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Anonymous 4: “1865: Songs of Hope & Home from the American Civil War”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Sam Gault Shows Off His Dancing Energy
Sam Gault of Westport, president of Gault Energy & Stone, shows off his dancing energy tonight with partner Anastasia Zhitova, dance inctructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Norwalk, at the Dancing With the Stars gala benefit at Westport’s Inn at Longshore for Norwalk’s ElderHouse, a not-for-profit adult day center. Gault won the Best Friend to ElderHouse as the most successful fundraiser. Other star dancers included Tony Aitoro, owner of Aitoro Appliance & Electronics, Norwalk; Andrea Coreau, senior vice president, head of retail banking, Fairfield County Bank, Westport; Tina Dragone, owner Tina Dragone, Westport; Terri Polley, president and CEO, Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk; Steve Simmons, founding partner, Sideris Capital Partners, Stamford, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Dancing With the Stars Gala Benefit for ElderHouse
Scenes from tonight’s Inn at Longshore Dancing With the Stars gala benefit for ElderHouse of Norwalk. The not-for-profit adult day center serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. For more information, visit www.elderhouse.org. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Mimi Sheraton: Today’s Critics Focus More on Writing Than Food
An overflow, standing room only crowd gathered today at the Westport Library McManus Room to hear Mimi Sheraton, 89, award-winning author, grande dame of food journalism and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, discuss her newest book, “1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List.” She was in a conversation with Westport-born Matt Storch, partner and chef of both Match Restaurant in Norwalk’s SoNo District and The Chelsea in Fairfield. Sheraton said in 1983, her last year with the Times, she had dinner at home only five times that entire year. Her opinion of today’s food critics? Many of them focus too much on the writing than the food, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Full Plate for Mimi Sheraton Talk
It was a standing room only crowd today at the Westport Library for a talk by renowned food critic Mimi Sheraton. Asked about her favorite comfort food, she replied “fried eggs—I’ve been making my own since age 7.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Raising Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe took part today in a purple ribbon-tying ceremony outside David’s Tea, 135 Main St.. to kick off Westport’s first “Paint the Town Purple Awareness Blitz.” The purple ribbon bows around the trees lining Main Street are to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease. The weekend marks the two-week countdown to the Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser event March 13 at the Fairfield Theater Company. Joining Marpe in the ribbon-tying were Westporter Jeff Ruden, a board member of the Norwalk-based Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Eleanor Tornatore-Mikesh, CEO of the organization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Winter Weather Advisory, 2-6 Inches
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and freezing rain. It is in effect from 10 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.
It said to expect snow accumulation of 2 to 6 inches along with up to around a tenth of an inch of ice. Visibilities will be one-quarter to one-half mile at times.
The Weather Service said snow will develop beginning late Sunday morning over the western portions of the tri-state, then expand over the remainder of the advisory area Sunday afternoon.
The snow will mix with or change to freezing rain across New York City, and other areas including coastal portions of Fairfield County Sunday evening. The precipitation will taper off from west to east after midnight Sunday night.
Honoring Our Heritage: 111 Kings Highway North
The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of the 1915-built house at 111 Kings Highway North, John Koren and his partner Patti McGovern, who acquired the house in 2012. The plaque was presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS house, plaque historian. In 2014, the Historic District Commission (HDC) awarded Koren and McGovern a preservation award for the house in recognition of “the meticulous restoration of this previously abandoned house.” Pictured are (l-r) Weingarten; Koren’s son Jonathan; Koren; John’s partner Patti McGovern; Koren’s daughter, Georgia, and Jonathan’s wife, Anna, holding their daughter Olivia, eight months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Assists at Wilton House Fire
Westport firefighters today assisted at a house fire in Wilton. Engine 2 and Car 3 with five personnel responded to 266 Range Road where the unoccupied house was fully ablaze. The Westport units were on scene for approximately four hours until the fire was brought under control, said Assistant Chief John Plofkin, Jr. He assisted Wilton Capt Kevin Czarnecki with accountability and incident command while Lt. Brett Kirby supervised the Westport firefighters. New Canaan, Weston, Georgetown, West Redding and Norwalk also provided help. Cause of the fire is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Capt. John Lynch/Wilton Police Department photo
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
Noon -3 p.m. - Westport Library - Learn Hands-only CPR from Westport Volunteer Emergency Services
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Mimi Sheraton in Conversation w/ Chef Matt Storch
6:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - ElderHouse Dancing With the Stars benefit
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, February 27, 2015
Real Estate Report: Sense of Normalcy Returns to Market
By Judy Szablak
Some semblance of real estate normalcy and rising homeowner equity has returned to Westport. It appears that there are only a few remnants that still exist of the so-called real estate meltdown from the last couple of years.
According to the Greater Fairfield County CMLS, which includes information on recorded liens and public notices, there were no initial filings this year.
In fact, initial filings were down 35 percent in 2014 from the 75 lis pendens (from the Latin, meaning suit pending) recorded in 2013, and last year’s figure is the lowest it has been for the last five years.
There are no upcoming court-ordered foreclosure sales in town, only two bank-owned homes available for sale, and two others that have been disclosed to need short sale approval.
Blight Board Issues First Violation Penalty
The Westport Blight Prevention Board, formed last year, has issued its first citation to the owner of the house at 1 Strathmore Lane near the intersection of Kings Highway South. According to Steve Smith, Westport blight enforcement officer, the offense incurs a penalty of $100 per day until the identified violation items are abated. Board records show violations include a collapsing or missing roof. The owner may contest the citation within 10 days of issuance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport artist Susan Malloy, who celebrates her 91st birthday on Saturday, was surprised with a cake today at the Westport Art Center’s ArtCafé. It featured a Renaissance lecture on Michelangelo by Westport art historian Fiona Garland. WAC’s Jill Sarver served up the cake. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
National Merit Scholarship Finalists Announced
Ten Staples High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Each will have a chance to earn one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarship awards, together worth more than $35 million. Final scholarship winners, chosen from a group of more than 15,000 finalists, may be notified as early as March. “Having 10 National Merit Finalists and the fact that all nine semi-finalists became finalists is a visible sign that we have an outstanding student body,” said Staples Principal John Dodig. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Shelby E. Cataldo and Zachary N. Effman; (back row) Abigail G. Lustig, Megan R. Root, Everett W. Sussman, Kelly W. Pogue, Nicholas D. Massoud, Ian Cole Palmer, and Jake A. Atlas. Missing from the picture: Claudia Frances Landowne. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Removing the YMCA Walkway
As part of the transformation of the former Westport Weston Family YMCA to a retail and residential complex, workers today began removing the front walkway from the 1923-built building at 59 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
11-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Request: Donate to WASA
Gabby Lantier of Westport will celebrate her 11th birthday today at the PAL ice skating rink at Longshore Park (where her dad is manager) and has asked that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA). Gabby is pictured with her dog Cece, a 2010 rescue from the Bridgeport Animal Shelter by WASA, who was subsequently adopted by the Lanier family after seeing Cece’s picture on WestportNow. A few years later, another WASA foster, Jaeger, a young owner-surrender German Shepherd, was added to the Lantier family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Property Transfers Feb. 9 - 13, 2015
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 9 - 13, 2015:
James E. Schwartz to Frank Marini, 14 Sunset Road, $510,000
13 Turkey Hill Drive LLC to Stuart and Courtney Stakoff, 13 Turkey Hill Road North, $1,555.000
Allan J. Schwartzman Revocable Trust to Roshni and Sunny S. Adalja, 4 Big Pines Road, $760,000
Alan P. Kassan Revocable Trust to Ian Edward and Jane Green Warburg, 16 Owenoke Park, $2,670,000
Staples Wreckers Swim to 4th Place at FCIAC Championships
The Staples Wreckers Swim Team placed fourth overall at the FCIAC Championship Thursday night at Greenwich High School.
Senior North Woods swims to third place in the 100-yard breaststroke at Greenwich Thursday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Greenwich took the overall team title for the 44th time in the past 45 years. Despite the dominance of the Greenwich team, there were multiple strong performances by the Wreckers’ swimmers.
Team co-captain Daniel Williams dominated the field in the 500-yard freestyle winning by over seven seconds in a time of 4:37.29.
Joining Williams on the podium for the 500 race were brothers Sebastian and Nico Ortega who finished fourth (4:51.68) and sixth (4:57.79), respectively. Williams also picked up a second place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.48).
Friday, February 27, 2015
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Renaissance Lectures: Michelangelo
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Robotics Users Group
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, February 26, 2015
P&Z Mulls Permits for Same Space, Same Use
By James Lomuscio
Following complaints from two commercial landlords, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight decided to keep open, taking no action pending further review, a controversial text amendment requiring a tenant to get a zoning permit prior to occupying commercial space for the same previous use.
Michael Calise: amendment is “undue burden.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Longtime Westport landlord Michael Calise, as he did at the P&Z’s Jan. 23 meeting, decried text amendment 685 as placing “undue burdens” on commercial landlords, jeopardizing potential leases in the process.
He also called the amendment, proposed by Planning and Zoning Department staff to prevent violations, reactionary since the P&Z has been unable to cite specific violations.
Calise has argued the proposed regulation is so draconian that a psychiatrist going into an empty psychiatrist’s office would have to go to the P&Z Department, fill out forms, pay fees, submit floor plans and be “told to wait three weeks for a hearing.”
Renewal of Saugatuck Church
Repairs to Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church are almost complete following its devastating fire in November 2011. There will be a formal rededication and worship services on March 8. (See WestportNow Feb. 20, 2015) Services have already resumed and this week the nursery school reopened. John Walsh and Larry Aasen, church members, took WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow on a tour today. They noted new additions include a sprinkler system and a generator. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Special Guest for Staples Players
Staples Players were treated to a visit today by actress, musician, songwriter, and singer Lauren Molina who appeared as the cello-paying Johanna in the original cast of the 2005 critically acclaimed revival of “Sweeney Todd," the Tony award-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Staples Players are presenting “Sweeney Todd School Edition -- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on March 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 3 p.m. in the Staples High School Auditorium. She is pictured with director David Roth. For further information, go to http://www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Library Hosts Robotics Club for Girls
The Library’s two robots, Nancy and Vincent, will be used by club members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Library today announced a new robotics club for girls ages 8-12.
The club, for those who have taken the Library’s Level One robotics class, will meet beginning Wednesday, March 4, at 4 p.m., an announcement said.
Participants will learn robotics by practicing programming with the Library’s two robots.
Those joining are invited to bring programs they have created or work with others to make the robots walk, talk, dance and more, the Library said.Page 1 of 1696 pages
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