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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Enjoying Last Day for Dogs at Beach

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Today is the last day for the season that dogs are permitted at Westport beaches. Some gathered at Compo Beach. Dogs will be able to return to the beaches on Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dusting of Snow

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There was a light dusting of snow on the ground for Westporters Monday, adding a bit of white to emerging spring colors on Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play With Your Food Lunchtime Theater
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Foxcatcher”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Technology & Security Trends that are Changing Small Business
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Leonard Everett Fisher
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting on proposed Como Beach improvements (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Orphenians Perform in San Francisco

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The Staples Orphenians performed today in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall as part of the National Youth Choral Festival. They were among 10 high school choral groups from across the country selected to participate by the Grammy award-winning choir Chanticleer. They appeared with an orchestra conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Smoking Light Switch Forces Long Lots Evacuation

Students and staff at Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School were evacuated briefly today because of smoke coming from a light switch, the Fire Department said.

The problem was isolated and a school electrician replaced the faulty switch, according to reports from the scene.

All students and staff were allowed to return to the school a short time later.

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Driver Injured in Sherwood Island Connector Crash

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A male driver was injured today after losing control of his vehicle and slamming into a utility pole on the Sherwood Island Connector just north of Greens Farms Road. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known. His car was heavily damaged and the utility pole was cracked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter’s Cookbook Wins National Award

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Winner in Children, Youth, and Family category. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westporter Ramin Ganeshram’s “FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World” was named Children, Youth, and Family best cookbook of the year Sunday by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

The award to the Westport journalist, author, and trained chef was announced at the group’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Considered the gold standard among cookbook awards, IACP’s Cookbook Awards have been presented for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing and to expand the public’s awareness of culinary literature.

The book, with editors Dervla Kelly and Elissa Altman and photographs by Ganeshram’s husband, Jean Paul Velotti, was published last October by Rodale Books.

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Autism Awareness Day Set for April 2

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe has announced he will proclaim Thursday, April 2 Autism Awareness Day and the month of April Autism Awareness Month in Westport.

There will be a ceremony at Town Hall on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Marpe will be joined by organizer Allison Ziering Walmark and Westport families affected by autism, an announcement said.

“Declaring April 2 as Autism Awareness Day and the month of April as Autism Awareness Month provides a forum for citizens to discuss acceptance of all children with challenges, and in particular those affected by autism,” Marpe said.

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Greens Farms Easter Egg Hunt April 4

The Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 64th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 on the grounds of Long Lots Elementary School, Hyde Lane, at 2 p.m.

Children will hunt for the eggs in age groups through age 10, organizers said.

Children finding special marked eggs will receive Easter baskets. 

The Easter bunny will be there to meet and greet the children.

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Saugatuck Rowers Victorious in San Diego

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Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club varsity girls eight bested a talented field from across the country Sunday in San Diego, Calif. in the San Diego Crew Classic, bringing home the gold in the two-kilometer race. The team of Willemijn ten Cate, Nica Wardell, Amra Sabovic, Genevieve Esse, coxswain Lexi Bralver, Lelia Boley, Margaret Manley, Katherine Ratcliffe and Alison Morrison also won the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston last fall.  Pictured with the team is Coach Chase Graham.  In San Diego, Saugatuck also placed second in the JV girls eight and fourth in the JV boys eight categories.  Six members of the winning crew live in Westport: Boley, Bralver, Morrison, Ratcliffe, ten Cate and Wardell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eugenie ten Cate for WestportNow.com

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New Parking Pattern on Railroad Place

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There is a new morning parking pattern on Westport’s Railroad Place effective today. All passenger drop-offs are on the left side and the commercial delivery vehicles are on the right side of the street. Signs on the right say delivery vehicles only from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Mario’s Not Only Railroad Place Change

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Effective today, morning drop-offs on Westport’s Railroad Place are on the left and delivery truck parking is on the right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 30, 2015


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Letter Box”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 104 - Board of Assessment Appeals Adjudication
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Ordinance Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to police activity in the vicinity of Fairfield where a woman was struck and killed by a train.

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Getting Ready for Golf Season

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Some golfers were out on the practice green at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today getting some shots in as they awaited the course opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Compo Catch

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A young girl leaps into her father’s arms today at the children’s playground at Compo Beach. Despite the temperature in the 40s, there were clear blue skies and plenty of visitors wishing for more spring-like warmth. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Into the Swing at Compo

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The Compo Beach playground was a busy place today as visitors enjoyed themselves under bright blue skies with temperatures in the mid-40s.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Another Sign of Spring

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In another sign that warm weather is coming, Joey’s By the Shore was open for business at Westport’s Compo Beach today, but there were few customers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Last Dog Day Afternoon Weekend for a While

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors today as dogs and their masters enjoyed the last weekend before dogs are banned from beaches beginning Wednesday, April 1 until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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‘Community Conversation’ at the Library

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About 40 persons today attended the first of two “Community Conversation” forums at the Westport Library’s McManus Room to explore strategies and gather feedback on how the Library can enhance its facilities, services and programs to meet the community’s needs, now and in the future A second forum will be held on April 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Kelle Ruden, community relations manager, welcomed the attendees.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Full House for a Cantor Playing a Cantor

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There was a full house at Westport Town Hall today for a performance sponsored by Temple Israel of Westport and Temple Shalom of Norwalk for “Cantor Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher.” Luck, a cantor in Evanston, Ill, starred in the production about the life of Oysher, an unorthodox cantor of the 1930s and ‘40s who played in Yiddish theater and films. He died in 1958 at age 51. Luck appeared with his sister-in-law, Sari Greenberg, who played Oysher’s wife and performance partner. Cantor Dan Sklar of Temple Israel led the accompanying band and marveled at the turnout. “Can you believe we are in Westport Town Hall?,” he asked at the outset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Young Actors in the Making

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Children attending today’s Westport Country Playhouse Family Festivities series production of “Curious George” were entertained in a preshow acting workshop conducted by Norwalk resident Jennifer Katona, director of the graduate program on educational theater at The City College of New York. They await the rise of an imaginary stage curtain before acting out their roles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Lot Off the Top and Sides

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Father and son team Joe Rainis, Sr, a Fairfield firefighter and son Joey, 9, a third grade student at Fairfield’s Roger Sherman Elementary school, were among those taking part today at the Westport Weston YMCA in the 11th annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s benefit to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. Joey’s mother said her son has participated in the event every year since he was 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shaving Their Heads to Fight Childhood Cancer

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More than 300 men, women and children had their hair shaved today at the Westport Weston Family Y, which hosted the 11th annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s benefit to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shaved Look

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Westport Firefighters (l-r) Sean McGuire with son Matthew, 4, Larry Conklin and Todd Demke sport their shaved look after taking part today in the 11th annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s benefit at the Westport Weston YMCA to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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