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Marpe to State: Show Us Cribari Bridge Proposal

First Selectman Jim Marpe today said he’s not comfortable with accepting $40 million from the state for the rehabilitation of the historic William F. Cribari Bridge until he’s certain what the recommended proposal is.

Marpe’s comments were in keeping with his 2017 rejection of the same amount from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) allocation for the Transportation Improvement Program’s (TIP) rehabilitation/replacement of the state-owned bridge. He has repeatedly stressed the bridge is integral to the town’s history and character.

“Without seeing the recommended proposal for the Cribari Bridge, I am not comfortable supporting the allocation of $40M over a solution that could be problematic for a significant portion of our population,” Marpe said.

He added that he has yet receive a draft of the Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE), which would identify the recommended proposal for the Bridge.

“The development of the EA/EIE has taken longer than originally anticipated and is not anticipated until at least the spring of 2021,” Marpe said.

Marpe submitted his comments to the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) in response to its request for comments to the CT DOT draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in anticipation of a vote by the members of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (SWRMPO).

“The time to consider the final design and construction costs should be after the Environmental Assessment is completed, and we can assess how the real project reflects local needs and safety requirements,” he said. “I would entertain a TIP amendment once Westport has a solution and an opportunity for the community to weigh in on the specific plans. “

Marpe also released comments to Westporters who offered comments on the bridge that had been solicited through today.

“Thank you to those who took the time to write me with your concerns regarding the 2021-24 State Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and your interest the Cribari Bridge,” he said. “I have heard both from those who wish to preserve the bridge and those who wish to see it replaced.

“This public feedback has been important to my voting decision and the decisions of my SWRMPO colleagues related to the draft TIP,” he added.

No Swimming Advisory Lifted

Westport today lifted a no swimming advisory because of a generally reduced risk for contracting Vibrio illness.

The announcement was made by Mark A.R. Cooper, Director of Health for the Westport Weston Health District and Jennifer A. Fava, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Westport.

They said the water temp in Long Island Sound is less than 68F, which is now being reported and that the State of Connecticut has not seen any additional reported Vibrio vulnificus illnesses since the summer.

Additional Flu Clinics Set

Mark A.R. Cooper, Director of Health for the Westport Weston Health District announced today the District has a limited supply of influenza (flu) vaccine and has scheduled additional flu clinics.

They will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday Nov.16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, walk-in appointments cannot be accepted.  All appointments must be scheduled in advance using the self-scheduling appointment program that can be found on the WWHD website.

To schedule an appointment please go to http://www.WWHD.org  and follow the appoint link : https://westportwestonhealthdistrict.setmore.com/resourcebookingpage/rfb241568034464603/bookappointment.

A dose of regular vaccine costs $50 the High Dose (recommended for ages 65+) costs $90.

The WWHD accepts the following insurance:

Medicare, ConnectiCare, Cigna, Aetna, and HUSKY.

We also will accept pre-payments via credit card, check, or cash.

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 21-25, 2020

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 21-25, 2020:

John S. Oppenhimer, Jr. to Mathew C. & Suzanna Crosby Joseph, 30 Kings Highway South, $945,000Westport Property Transfers

Ephraim J. Levine & Jill McGrath-Levine to Kathleen Keenoy & Michael Yurkerwich, 9 Lone Pine Lane, $1,217,000

Mark & Elaine B. Perlman to Mattera Construction 19 Sturges Commons, 19 Sturges Commons, $1,224,900

Beth-Ann Eason to Jennifer & James McGeehan, Jr., 12 Brookside Drive, $1,585,000

Catherine D. Fleming Est. to George V. Tsionis, 107 Old Road, $1,100,000

Jane Petersen Uschold Revocable Trust to Brendon & Sara Fields, 9 Hunt Club Lane, $740,000

Daniel DeFazio to James Patrick & Linda J. Hussey, 33 Woods Grove Road, $979,000

John C. Barnet to Daniel & Melissa Glassman, 24 Eno Lane, $1,437,500

Nancy Shenouda-Awad to Jason & Jennifer White, 1 Melwood Lane, $1,100,000

Michael & Kathryn Corbally to James H. & Elizabeth H. Canner, 21 Cob Drive, $1,520,000

Scott D. & Lauren J. Rownin to Christopher & Kelly Thompson, 16 Warnock Drive, $595,000

Kenneth & Sheryl Sonenclar to Bayin & Joshua Shvartsman, 6 North Sasco Commons, $1,517,500

Helen Charney to Andrew Michael Parsons, 5 Cypress Pond Road, $1762,500

William F. & Hilary Wechsler Gibson to Paul & Anne Burmeister, 22 Wedgewood Road, $1,400,000

Daniel Arutt to Jonathan Greenfield & Iris Netzer-Greenfield, 10 Pine Tree Drive, $956,000

Sonia Y. Zurita to Sandra Esther Colon, 6 Underhill Parkway, $510,000

US Bank Trust NA-Tr. to Katherine Perez Camacho, 9 Hales Road, $338,000

Chien-Lung Chien & Seulkee Park to Gerard Murali & Michelle Daniel, 9 Hills Lane, $329,000

Anne H. Seymour Est. to Julie H. Walsh, 511 Harvest Commons $555,000

Pamela V. Koger & Lawrence T. Purcell to Westport CMS 1 LLC, 19 Soundview Drive, $2,700,000

Kevin & Ryan LaForce to Robert & Janice Hopen, 26 Appletree Trail $1,585,000

Laura M. & Paul T. Luther, Jr. to Dennis O’Connell & Dale Pescatore, 15 Lone Pine Lane $1,225,000

8 Keller LLC to Anthony & Jennifer Chun Kim, 8 Keller Lane, $1,560,000

Edward L. & Debra A. Kowalsky to Babak Benjamin & Stephanie Nicole Navi, 110B Imperial Ave., $1,299,000

Stanley C. Rottell Revocable Trust to 4 Maplegrove Avenue LLC, 4 Maplegrove Ave., $625,000

Westport 500 Main St. Developments LP to Charles M. Urbain Revocable Trust, 3 Daybreak Commons, $1,240,000

41 Bermuda Road LLC to Patrick H. & Gina O. Beranek, 41 Bermuda Road, $1,650,000

New Door-to-Train Shuttle Starts Monday

The Westport Transit District has announced the launch Monday of “Wheels2U Westport,” a new on-demand door-to-train platform shuttle service.

According to Transit District Co-Director Marty Fox, the shared-ride service will operate between locations in the service area, which includes the vast majority of Westport and the Saugatuck and Greens Farms train stations. 

The new service will operate during peak commuting hours on Monday through Friday. The schedule offers morning pickups to or from train stations: between 5:45 and 9:45 a,m,  Evening pickups for rides to or from train stations are between 4 and 8 p.m., the announcement said.

According to transit officials, commuters may schedule rides shortly before their desired pick-up time using the Wheels2U app, which can be downloaded by searching “Wheels2U” at the Apple App store or Google Play store.  Riders will pay a $2 are with the app or may utilize a Metro-North Uniticket.

Wheels2U Westport uses Norwalk Transit’s blue Wheels2U vehicles and white shuttle buses, which replace the district’s seven commuter shuttles routes and the temporary on-demand commuter service implemented in March due to the COVID-19 virus.
For additional information, visit Wheels2Uwestport.com or call 203-852-0000 and choose option 3.

“We are very excited about the new Wheels2U Westport service, which leverages Norwalk Transit’s innovative and successful Norwalk Wheels2U service that was introduced in 2018,” said Fox. “This new service will also utilize the technology platform and expertise of Norwalk Transit’s consultant.

“Wheels2U Westport is very well-suited to the current environment,” added Patsy Cimarosa, Westport Transit co-director “We will be able to tailor the number of Wheels2U vehicles serving our riders as commuting ramps up in the coming months.”

The Westport Transit District provides public transportation in the Town of Westport with vehicles operated by the Norwalk Transit District.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed.
Noon – 4 p.m. – 925 Post Road East – Earth Animal Market
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – MoCA Westport – “World Peace” exhibit
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 44 Imperial Ave. – Westport Woman’s Club Outdoor Jazz Concert benefit: Chris Coogan Trio
7:45 p.m. – Imperial Parking Lot – Remarkable Drive-In Theater benefit for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities: “The Greatest Showman”

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings & Goings: Spooky Town Returns

Spooky Town returns to Westport, CT for the sixth consecutive year
Spooky Town, a Halloween superstore pop-up, returns to Westport for the sixth consecutive year. This year it is located 403 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center in the space previously occupied by Olympia Sports, which closed in January. Spooky Town, a New Haven-based business, is owned by Bobby Levine. He said his enterprise also operates at pop-up locations in Orange and Stamford. The Westport shop is open every day, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

First Selectman Update

First Selectman Jim Marpe today issued the following statement and update to Westport residents.

Halloween

Halloween is a special holiday for many of our children and families.  Due to COVID-19 however, Halloween in Westport will look different from prior years. I am urging residents to be considerate and judicious in how they plan to partake in seasonal activities. It is incumbent upon all of us to insure a safe Halloween and upcoming holiday season.

Please follow the guidelines put forth by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Halloween this year.

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Communications/Guidance/Connecticut-Halloween-Guidance

Because the annual Halloween Parade and trick-or-treating in Town Hall has typically drawn increased foot traffic and crowding, the town regrets that it will not host the event this year.

Instead, the Westport Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Halloween House Decorating Contest to promote family involvement and community spirit during the holiday.  I encourage everyone – young and old alike – to demonstrate their creativity and decorate their homes in the spirit of the season. For more information about the event, visit http://www.westportrecreation.com.

The Westport DMA, in collaboration with the town, is exploring a family-friendly Halloween event on October 25. More information on this proposal will be available in the coming week.

The CDC considers traditional trick-or-treating to be a high-risk activity and should be avoided. Rather, it recommends alternatives for celebrating the holiday with lower risk activities and small events that allow for reduced exposure and ease of contact tracing.

Consider candy hunts, small “trunk or treats” with friends and family, crafts, virtual contests and other outdoor activities where social distance can be achieved. The CDC advises against wearing decorative masks over surgical masks. This year consider a costume that does not require a decorative mask so that a surgical or CDC-approved mask can be worn instead.

The State of Connecticut is entering Phase III of its reopening plan today. Be advised, however, that Phase III continues to cap the number of attendees at all private indoor gatherings at 25. Trick-or-treating and gatherings at locations where Halloween has traditionally prompted increased crowds, either indoors or on town roadways such as Gault Avenue and the Compo Beach area, are strongly discouraged.

If you do decide to participate in trick-or-treating on October 31, we recommend that it is done with increased precautions. Again, follow the CT Halloween Guidance and the recommendations from the CDC. Trick or treaters should be aware that if a home is darkened, it is likely not partaking in Halloween festivities and that decision should be respected.

Limit the amount of homes visited. Town officials advise parents to not drop off children in certain neighborhoods. Instead, it is advisable to keep all trick-or-treaters in their own neighborhoods. We also request that residents not arrange for food trucks or other food, drink or entertainment that promotes gathering in neighborhoods.

In addition to Halloween, the CDC site also has guidance for the upcoming holiday season. Please consider reviewing the guidance from the State and the CDC before making plans for your holidays.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

Reopen Strategy for Town Hall

Since March, town departments and staff have developed and utilized effective and efficient strategies that allowed municipal services to be provided to the public under the conditions imposed by COVID. With the continued risk of the virus and its potential for transmission, especially in the colder months, the town will continue to offer remote services as they are currently provided. Staff will continue to focus on phone and email communication to transact town business.

For business that must be conducted in-person, plans are underway to transition these appointments from the exterior tent to a controlled and sanitized environment within Town Hall. For the foreseeable future, to allow for contact tracing and to protect the health of staff and visitors, Town Hall will be open for in-person business by appointment only.

These decisions are for the protection of all residents and staff.  Furthermore, if there were to be a transmission in Town Hall, an entire department risks closure. Such a closure would have significant ramifications on the ability to provide necessary services. We are confident that the current procedures in our buildings have been successful because there has been no evidence of transmissions from within town facilities.  The safety and health of both the public and town employees remains paramount.

We call upon members of the public to participate in our virtual public meetings, by watching them live streaming on Optimum Channel 79, Frontier 6020 or the Town’s website (westportct.gov/watch).  Public comment instructions are in each meeting agenda, which are found on the town’s online meeting calendar at westportct.gov/calendar.

If you have any questions for town staff, please use the staff directory at westportct.gov/directory.  The search feature on the town’s website is the best way to find immediate answers to your questions during non-business hours.  We also welcome feedback on the usefulness of information on our website.

Other reminders

Flu shots are recommended and may be administered by your personal physician or at various area pharmacies.

The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) remains an invaluable resource for those residents seeking daily information and guidance related to COVID-19, the upcoming flu season, and other health-related issues that affect our community. Visit their site at http://www.wwhd.org for daily updates and case numbers

Visit the Town of Westport’s COVID page for links to both private and town reopening statuses, as well as resources and information for residents and businesses.  Westportct.gov/covid19

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Town Clerk Strauss Retiring Dec. 31

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, whose 22-year tenure saw the digitization of data and improved access to all town documents, will retire effective Dec. 31, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

Patricia Strauss sworn in as Town Clerk by First Selectman Jim Marpe in 2014
In 2014, First Selectman Jim Marpe swore in Patricia H. Strauss to her fifth term as Westport Town Clerk as her staff and son, Greg, looked on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It is with regret that I accept Patty’s retirement letter,” Marpe said. “The Town of Westport and its residents have been extremely fortunate to be the beneficiaries of Patty’s expertise and historical knowledge for over 22 years.

“In addition to successfully managing all the intricacies of Town Clerk business, during Patty’s tenure, the town has digitized and improved the data and access to town documents and land records,” Marpe added. “The State of Connecticut has also benefited from her statewide leadership of fellow town clerks.”

Strauss has served as president of the Connecticut Town Clerks Association (CTCA), as well as on its executive board

Marpe said the town will begin a search process for her replacement.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work side-by-side with a group of such dedicated, hardworking fellow employees and volunteers who have supported my vision to move the town records from paper documents housed in the town vault, now accessible today in the digital world,” Strauss said. “I am proud to have held the position and title of Town Clerk serving the Town of Westport.

“I am grateful for the personal and professional support of this administration, and to have met so many wonderful Westport citizens assisting with their personal needs and interactions with the town clerk’s office over the years,” she added. “I will truly miss this part of each day.”

She added that she and her husband Ed look forward” to traveling new roads and sharing quality time with family and friends.”

On a personal level, Patty has provided me and my predecessors unwavering support and advice,” Marpe said. “I am thankful for her positive demeanor and unprecedented professional knowledge and skill. I wish her all the best as she enters this new chapter in her life. She will be truly missed.”