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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting Ready for Playhouse Salute to Hirschfeld

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Westport Country Playhouse staff and volunteers today put finishing touches on a display of the artistry of legendary theater line artist Al Hirschfeld in preparation for tonight’s celebration, “Hirschfeld at the Playhouse,” The event includes an exhibition of his works and a screening of the documentary about his life and career, “The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story.” Pictured (l-r)  are Kathryn Gloor, Playhouse director of development, Jeff Savarine of Darien, and Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 25 Westfair Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 25 Westfair Drive, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,366-square feet and is situated on a .29-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Legislative Wrap Up Set for July 7

Area legislators will discuss the recently finished 2015 Connecticut General Assembly session at a “Legislative Wrap Up” set for Friday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

Sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) in association with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the event which runs to noon, will feature state Sen. Toni Boucher, Sen. Tony Hwang, Rep. Gail Lavielle and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg.

“This is a great opportunity to hear directly from your state representatives,” said Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director. “It will be an informal discussion, so attendees will be able to participate.”

Mandell stressed the relevance of the forum to the business community, noting that state legislators considered many bills “impacting business and company bottom lines in this year’s session in Hartford, including the budget.”

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Violent Sex Offender Arrested for Not Registering

Westport Police arrested a Westport man convicted in 1995 of assaulting a youth over a two and a half year period for failing to register with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry, police said today.

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David Page: convicted in 1995 assault on youth. Westport Police photo

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, David Page, 52, of 36 Westfair Drive, turned himself in Friday on an arrest warrant and was charged with failure to register for the conviction listed as a “sexually violent offense.”

Arciola said that on June 9 the Detective Bureau received notification from the state registry that Page “was in non-compliance with the mandated verification process for a convicted sex offender.”

“The investigation into the violations confirmed that Page had failed his mandated reporting and an arrest warrant was issued,” Arciola said.

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Monday, June 29, 2015


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Creative Coders: Scratch!
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hirschfeld at the Playhouse”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dancing at the Levitt on Opening Night

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its second season in its new home tonight. Orleans a pop-rock band best known for its 1975 hit “Dance with Me” (1975) headlined the event and had guests dancing near the stage. Intermittent light rain fell during the performance but most people seemed to have come prepared.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Turning the Clock Back

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Orleans, formed in Woodstock, N.Y. in 1972 headlined the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Lance Hoppen (r, guitar) was one of the original founders with his brother, Larry, who died in 2012. So was John Hall (l, guitar), who took time off to serve two terms as a congressman from New York. Others on tour include Lane Hoppen (keyboard), Dennis “Fly” Amero (guitar), and Charlie Morgan (drums). The band is best known for its 1975 hit “Dance with Me.” Other hits included “Still the One” (1976), “Love Takes Time” (1979) and the band’s cover of King Harvest’s “Dancin’ in the Moonlight.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Umbrella Music

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Umbrellas were in order for many tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its second season in its $9 million home with the band Orleans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com photo

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VIP Guest

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Among the VIP guests at the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was Mimi Levitt, 94. The The arts facility is named for her and her late husband Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Epstein Stage Dedicated at Levitt

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Before tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts performance by Orleans, there was a dedication ceremony of the new Geri and David Epstein Stage, in recognition of a $500,000 gift from the longtime Westporters. Those taking part included (l-r). Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe; Janet Plotkin, Levitt board chair; Karen Hess, niece of the Epsteins; Carleigh Welsh, Levitt marketing and development director; Sheldon Kahan, president and CEO of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber, sponsor of tonight’s concert, and Dan Aron, Levitt board president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Opens New Season


Scenes from today’s season opener at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Picnic Levitt-Style

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Some picnics were more elaborate than others at the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Steam Percolating Amid Money Woes

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The coffee, bakery and sandwich shop Steam, located at the refurbished stationhouse on the eastbound side of Metro-North’s Westport station in Saugatuck, usually closed on Sundays, was open today to generate community interest amid reported money woes to save the business. According to owner, Briana Pennell (behind counter, smiling), “Today is amazing. This town is so great, the turnout is huge.”  Pennell added, “We had some obstacles when we started out, but we’ve now restructured and I am the sole owner.” She said some changes are being made and “we will relaunch in the next few weeks.”  The business had been closing at 3 p.m., but she said starting Monday, July 6 new hours will be 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. and then open again in the evening 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  Also, starting July 12, it will be open Sundays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  “We’re adding a few services for customer convenience to make it easier for grab ‘n go customers,” Pennell added. Summer intern Jeremy Mintzer, a Weston High School senior, said Steam has introduced a VIP house card that works like the gift card concept.  He encourages Steam supporters to access https://www.razoo.com/br/causes/Love-Steam where donations to help the business can be made. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chipolte Mexican Grill Open for Business

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Chipotle Mexican Grill opened today at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center in the space previously occupied by Oaxaca Asian cuisine. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has outlets in Fairfield, Darien, and Greenwich, among other Connecticut locations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Brisk Business from the Start

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As soon as its doors opened today, Chipotle Mexican Grill at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center was doing a brisk business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making the Turn

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Runners in the Fairfield Half Marathon today make their way along Greens Farms Road in Westport and turn on to New Creek Road at the Greens Farms train station to begin the leg along Beachside Avenue back to the Fairfield starting point.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Water and Cheers

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today cheered on the Fairfield Half Marathon runners on New Creek Road at the Greens Farms train station as volunteers handed out cups of water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Morning Beach Services Debut

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Summer Sunday beach services at Westport’s Compo Beach began today. Every Sunday through August, church services are held at 8:30 am. All are welcome. Bring a beach chair. Five churches share leadership opportunities: Saugatuck Congregational Church, Greens Farms Congregational Church, Wilton Congregational Church, Norfield Congregational Church and United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ed Horne led today’s service. In good weather, services are held at the Compo cannons; in inclement weather, they are held in the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Fairfield Run to Impact Traffic Today

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The Fairfield Half Marathon will wind through part of Westport’s Greens Farms area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

The Westport Police Department advised residents and motorists that the Greens Farms area will be impacted today by the running of the Fairfield Half Marathon.

Runners will enter Westport on Greens Farms Road at the Fairfield town line, continuing to New Creek Road and on to Beachside Avenue before exiting into Southport.

Through traffic will be stopped or severely limited while runners make their way through town. Motorists should anticipate heavy delays due to road closures along the race route.

Race organizers said runners will enter town by approximately 9 a.m. and be off Westport streets by 10:15 a.m.

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Rainy Day Activity

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A fisherman tried his luck Saturday in the Saugatuck River off of Westport’s Ford Road. (aCLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  June 28, 2015


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Nine” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Library - The Usual Suspects: “Goodnight Mr. Holmes” by Carole Nelson Douglas
6:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Opening Night: Orleans

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fallen Tree Branch Closes Easton Road for Two Hours

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A large tree branch fell across Westport’s Easton Road tonight near No. 10, closing the road to traffic for about two hours during which time a Connecticut Department of Transportation worker sawed the tree into parts and removed it from the road. No power lines were affected, according to police at the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Beach for the Birds

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The lifeguards were gone from Westport’s Compo Beach as rain fell in mid-afternoon today and the beach was left to the birds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for WestportNow.com

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UN Visitors Enjoy Westport Farm Life

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Rain might have fallen in Westport today, but spirits weren’t dampened at Wakeman Town Farm. The Farm hosted dozens of families who piled out of a bus and all were eager to see the animals and gardens. Elizabeth Beller, committee member, and Charlie Colasurdo, Staples High School liaison to WTF, co-hosted a grand tour of the farm with its new gardens, livestock and structural additions, including a goat shed, Alpacas, and Indian Runner Ducks. Families from Peru, Spain, Portugal, and the Philippines, as well as other countries represented, enjoyed a guided exploration of all the farm’s offerings, including an active chicken coop, a productive beehive, and edible Marigolds that protect the borders of the gardens from insects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Arts Center Welcomes UN Visitors

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Guests attending Westport’s 50th anniversary jUNe day today made a stop at the Westport Arts Center on Riverside Avenue, which welcomed them with an outdoor sign and snacks and refreshments inside. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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