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Friday, July 25, 2014

Cannon Play

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Youngsters had fun Thursday night playing on the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Hyman for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  July 25, 2014


10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé July
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. - Staples Mainstage - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Cabaret”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Black 47

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Groovin’ in the Grove

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A couple dances to the samba music of the Brazilian group Casuarina tonight at Westport’s New Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The celebrated samba specialists from Rio were the first international band to grace the all-new stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com

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Samba Sounds at Levitt

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The Brazilian samba and choro group Casuarina performed tonight to the delight of several hundred at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The group, which earlier performed at Lincoln Center in New York, is on a tour of the United States and Canada. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sunset at Levitt

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Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts audience for a concert starring the Brazilian samba group Casuarina also enjoyed a pretty sunset following the first 8 p.m. start at the new facility since Sunday’s grand opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport WVEMS Honors Volunteers

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The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) tonight held its annual barbecue on the South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. The nonprofit service, which operates mostly on donations, honored four volunteers—Aaron Greenspun, Explorer of the Year; Mark Kaminksi,  EMT of the Year; Sandi MacPherson, Volunteer of the Year, and Pat Salvo, Crew Chief of the Year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Friends’ Mini-Golf Fundraiser Memorializes Andrew Accardi

By James Lomuscio

To hear Westporter Brett Adelglass, 21, tell it, they were a tight circle of friends, five buddies who met in seventh grade, forged friendships at Staples High School and remained friends throughout college and beyond.

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Andrew Accardi and his dad, Frank, at a Jets game. Contributed photo

One of the five was Andrew Accardi, who had battled neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer, from age 5, but never let the disease hold him back, according to Adelglass.

Andrew, who had completed his junior year at Villanova University, majoring in economics, died Oct. 31, 2013.

To celebrate their friend, who loved golf and was on the Staples golf team, Adleglass, Sam Bender, Natt Labarre and Ethan Tassel—all 2011 Staples graduates—are scheduled to host a miniature golf fundraiser Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Norwalk Cove Marina at 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road.

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Historical Society Opens Larry Silver Retrospective

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The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted a reception to mark the opening of its exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” by famed photographer Larry Silver of Westport. His retrospective features images of Westport’s favorite haunts, quiet spots and humorous encounters of everyday life since the artist first settled here 40 years ago. Joining him was his son, Bruce Silverstein,  -Bruce Silverstein, the youngest of Silver’s three sons and owner of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 535 W. 24th St, New York, N.Y. which he said has the largest body of his father’s works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sharing

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Photographer Larry Silver shares a moment and some flowers with his wife, Gloria, tonight at the Westport Historical Society reception marking the opening of its exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions.” It runs through Oct. 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Viewing the Visions

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Westport artist Naiad Einsel (r) views photographs of Larry Silver tonight at the opening of the Westport Historical Society exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Qdoba Mexican Grill to Playhouse Square

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Qdoba Mexican Grill will open soon at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, in the space formerly occupied by Pierre Deux, the french country interior design and home furnishings store which closed three years ago. (See WestportNow Aug. 16, 2011)  Described as fast, casual, fresh Mex, Colorado-based Qdoba, founded in 1995 by Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser, has 600 locations in the United States and Canada, including Norwalk and Fairfield. The chain originally opened under the name Zuma, then changed to Z-Teca and, in 1999, adopted the name Qdoba. In 2003, the company was acquired by Jack-in-the-Box. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sneak Peek at Qdoba

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A worker today gets the new Qdoba Mexican Grill ready for opening at 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Bar de Beaute to Taylor Place

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A skin care salon, Bar de Beaute, will open soon at 24 Taylor Place, the prior location of Jacadi Children’s apparel and its successor, Chic Jolie, women’s apparel. Bar de Beaute, located across from Tiffany & Co., is owned by Judith Connors, who also has the Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Clinic, 382 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Rabbi: ‘Important to Support Israel With Our Presence’

(Editor’s note: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton returned home today after a brief visit to Israel with two fellow Westporters.)

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Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn visiting with children in Ashkelon whose summer camp was moved to a bomb shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

By Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn

I joined a group of mostly rabbis from the United States and Israel on the Rabbinical Assembly/Masorti Movement Emergency Mission to Israel.

I was the only rabbi who brought congregants with me: Larry Kleinman and Orna Stern of Westport.  We were the first rabbinic mission to arrive since the conflict/war started. We arrived Monday night and returned today.

Highlights included visiting the southern towns that are targeted the most by the rocket attacks. We visited children who are spending their days in a bomb shelter instead of outside at summer camp. 

We visited with various members of the Knesset, a woman who runs a trauma organization, and Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel, the Israeli teen who was kidnapped and killed a few weeks ago.

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Westporter on the Front Lines

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Orna Stern of Westport, a native of Israel, was among three Westporters from The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton who visiited Israel this week and returned home today. She is pictured at a spot in Sderot overlooking Gaza where residents have gathered day after day to watch Israeli strikes on Gaza. Sderot is a western Negev city in the Southern District of Israel with a population of about 24,000. Less than a mile from Gaza, the town has endured more than 10,000 missile attacks over the past 13 years, according to Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn, who lead the Westporters on the visit. Contributed photo

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I-95 Crash Injures Three

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A three-car crash on I-95 southbound between exits 18 and 17 today injured three persons and tied up morning rush hour traffic. Westport firefighters had to extricate one victim from one of the cars, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  July 24, 2014


9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Intro Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Whale Rider”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception, “Larry Silver/Westport Visions”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Move Your Boundaries: Jean-Paul Desrosier on the Marathon des Sables
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Mainstage - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Cabaret”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Casuarina

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First Night of Levitt Children’s Series

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The new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight launched the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series with a free concert by Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could. Hundreds of visitors turned out to hear the band perform roots rock for kids with jaunty tunes using mandolin, accordion, guitar, piano and more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com

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At the Rope Line

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Youngsters moved to the rope line in front of the Levitt Pavilion stage tonight to dance to the sounds of Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Levitt Fun

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Kristina Hacker (l), 20, and her niece, Skylar Hacker, 7,  of Fairfield enjoy the festitivities tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s opening night for the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Bike Ride Team Meets Cancer Challenge

By James Lomuscio

Geographically, it is all downhill, admits Lucas Fortini, director of cycling for Sherpa Fitness at Westport’s 1555 Post Road East.

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In Westport, Team Sherpa members taking part in this weekend’s CT Challenge are (l to r) Lucas Fortini, Brett Jones and Jean Desrosiers, owner of Sherpa Fitness on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Still, that doesn’t mean Friday’s 85-mile trek from Lakeville in Litchfield County to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport will be a breeze. He expects a lot of pedaling, pumping and uphill climbs.

“We roll out of Lakeville at 7:30, and everybody should be reaching the Hunt Club by noon,” Fortini said about the 10th annual CT Challenge Bike Ride taking place Friday and Saturday, raising funds to support programs for cancer survivors.

On Saturday, Fortini plans to be back on his light weight, full carbon racing bike at 7:30 a.m. to complete a 100-mile loop from the Hunt Club through northern Fairfield County and back.

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Talking Transportation: We’re Already Paying Tolls

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Did it come to anyone’s surprise that Connecticut roads were recently named “worst” in the United States in a White House study conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers? 

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They told us what we already know:  41 percent of Connecticut’s 21,000 miles of highways are in “poor” condition and 30 percent of our 4,200 bridges are “structurally deficient.”

This comes as Congress could only come up with a short-term patch for the gaping pothole known as the Highway Trust Fund after Republicans rejected the president’s plan for a four-year $302 billion transportation plan financed by a gasoline tax and elimination of corporate tax breaks.

But kudos to our U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) for having the political guts to call for a gas tax increase to make up for dwindling revenue as Americans drive more fuel efficient cars. 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Debra Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Debra Lane, off Sprucewood Lane in the Fairfield County Hunt Club area, is in process. Built in 1966, the two-story colonial has 3,245 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Only 9 and New England’s No. 1 in Tennis

Nine-year-old Michael Fotin, who is entering fourth grade at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy, has been ranked New England’s top tennis player among boys 10 and under, according to the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

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Michael Fotin: hopes to be in world top 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Michael, who first held a tennis racquet at age 3 and began playing competitively at 7, has won 25 of his last 26 USTA tournament matches, according to Alex Fotin, his father.

He plays tennis regularly at the tennis club Chelsea Piers in Stamford, his father said.

“His ultimate goal is to become a tennis pro and get ranked top 10 in the world,” the proud father said.

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Changing from Green to Red on Post Road East

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Workers today changed the signage from BP to Exxon at the service station at 1510 Post Road East at Maple Avenue South. Co-owner Helen Kronberg said Exxon “offfers us a better presence and better support, especially credit card support.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Free Admission to State Parks This Weekend

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that as part of the ongoing celebration of the state parks centennial, admission will be free to all state parks this weekend, including Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

“To encourage everyone to visit a state park in this centennial year, we are waiving fees at our parks this Saturday and Sunday,” said Malloy.

He made the announcement during an event at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden – one of Connecticut’s 107 state parks. 

“Many of our parks have been at or close to capacity on nice weekend days this summer,” Malloy said. “I would urge residents to find and explore a park off the beaten path so they can take full advantage of this weekend.”

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Saugatuck River Sunset

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Tuesday night’s sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport as viewed from Imperial Avenue.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectman Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM District 3
Noon - 3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Plein Air Painting with Judith Orseck Katz
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Brady Rymer & The Little Band that Could

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kitty Rescued After 13 Days Up a Tree

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Kitty, a 2 ½-year–old male, was rescued from a tree today where he had been perched for 13 days 100 feet above ground, according to owner Christina Stuttard of Westport. She said Kitty, adopted two years ago from an animal rescue group, cried often during the ordeal but resisted coaxing—and some tuna placed at the base of the tree —to come down from her neighbor’s tree. She said the Fire Department told her they don’t rescue cats and numerous tree companies said a septic tank under the tree prevented them from making the rescue. But finally, workers from Coastal Tree Experts, Inc., of Westport figured out a way today to get to Kitty and brought him down in 10 minutes, she said. Stuttard called the rescuers “heroes” and said they did not charge for their services. As for Kitty, she said, “He is perfectly fine—eating, drinking, chilling.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staying Late

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Mimi Levitt stayed late with son, Peter (l), to watch tonight’s opening regular season Connecticut Ballet performance at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, named after her and her late husband, Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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