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Monday, February 27, 2017

Still Winter for Another Three Weeks

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Despite recent above normal temperatures, there are still unmelted snow mounds around Westport. A man shovels snow today off Jesup Road, adjacent to the Homes With Hope Gillespie Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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02/27/17 03:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Calling All Innovators — Sixth Annual Maker Faire Set

Inventors and creative types of all stripes are being solicited for the sixth annual Maker Faire Westport scheduled for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at the Westport Library, organizers announced.

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The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library and Jesup Green, is being co-sponsored by the Westport Library and Remarkable STEAM, a Connecticut organization promoting innovation in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The event is free and open to the public.

“Every year, we see the best, most creative people in the area at Maker Faire Westport,” says Mark Mathias, event founder and co-chairman and a Westport Board of Education member.

“With this year’s event theme of Earth, we expect to see even more amazing makers and their creations.”

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Out in the Cold

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UPDATE Employees of Chase Bank, 184 Main St., and other nearby businesses were out in the cold today as firefighters checked out elevated carbon monoxide levels. Firefighters zeroed on a faulty rooftop unit as the cause of the problem, according to fire officials. Employees were permitted back inside shortly before 11 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Carbon Monoxide Alarm Causes Main St. Evacuation

UPDATE A carbon monoxide alarm today caused the evacuation of Chase Bank, 184 Main St., and several adjoining businesses.

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Firefighters on Main Street today checking out elevated carbon monoxide levels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The alarm came in shortly before 8:30 a.m., and bank employees were already waiting outside for firefighters. They and other employees were permitted to return inside about two and a half hours later.

Using meters, the firefighters found elevated carbon monoxide levels in the bank, the neighboring Papyrus store, and other businesses.

Westport EMS responded at the request of the fire scene commander, but departed when no one reported any ill effects.

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Justin Paul Caught Up in Colossal Oscar Error

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Shortly after winning an Oscar tonight for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” in “La La Land,” Westport’s Justin Paul (2nd r) made his way to the Academy Awards stage to collect a Best Picture Oscar for “La La Land.” But moments later, actor Warren Beatty announced he had made a mistake—that Best Picture was actually won by “Moonlight.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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Monday, February 27, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Susan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - A Psychotherapy Method for Healing Trauma
7 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) - Nancy Jo Sales, “Social Media & the Secret Lives of Teenagers”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Westport’s Justin Paul Wins Oscar

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Justin Paul (l), a 2003 Staples High School graduate, and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek tonight won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” from the film “La La Land.” They were also nominated in the same category for “Audition” from the film. In his acceptance speech, Paul credited his public schools that supported the arts. “I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were valued and recognized and a resource,” he said. “I am so grateful to all my teachers who taught so much and gave so much to us.” In all, “La La Land” won six Oscars out of 14 nominations. Last month, Paul and Pasek won a Golden Globes Award for “City of Stars.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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02/26/17 11:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Jazz Jam at Arts Center

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Today’s annual Jazz Jam at the Westport Arts Center was a spontaneous exploration of jazz, blues and other musical styles by some of the community’s best musicians. Students and semi-professionals were encouraged to bring their instrument of choice and join for free.  The Jazz Jam also celebrated Black History Month. Brian Torff, the Westport Arts Center’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drums. The next performance in the WAC Jazz concert series is Greg Wall, “the Jazz Rabbi” on Sunday, March 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Jamming in the Afternoon

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There was a large audience today at the Westport Arts Center for its annual Jazz Jam.The event featured some of the finest jazz musicians in the area and beyond. Brian Torff, WAC’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mercedes Arensberg for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Former Neighbor Recalls Car Into Water Victim

With a look of disbelief, Edward Fitzgerald of Norwalk today stared at the tire tracks leading to the Saugatuck River.

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There were tire tracks today at the state boat ramp where the car went into the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) aime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

There on the breezy east bank awash in sunlight and the rhythmic sound of overhead traffic on the I-95 bridge, he couldn’t comprehend how his former neighbor might have mistaken a state boat launch for a bridge, if he did.

“It was such a shock,” said Fitzgerald upon reading that Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died in the Saturday night incident that sent his car with him and his wife into the water.

“I knew him from when we lived in Syosset.”

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02/26/17 05:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunny But Chilly

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It was sunny but chilly—in the 40s—today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Still a number of visitors turned out to enjoy Sunday at the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Soon: ‘I Can Hear You Better Now’

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Workers for the second day today were installing a new AT&T cell tower atop the 21 Charles St. building in Westport’s Saugatuck area. Traffic was down to one lane at the intersection of Charles and Franklin Sttreets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckmanfor WestportNow.com

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02/26/17 03:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Boat Ramp Day After

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Tire tracks remain today at the edge of the boat ramp of the Saugatuck River on Elaine Road where a car was pulled from the water Saturday night. A man in the vehicle, Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman believed to be his wife was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. The couple was believed visiting family who live not far from the boat ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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All Quiet Today

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The scene today at the state boat ramp on the Saugatuck River where a car went into the water Saturday night. One man, identified as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. Police said they are investigating the cause of the incident but that no foul play is suspected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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