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Monday, June 27, 2016

Sconset Square Special Delivery

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Westport’s Sconset Square was overflowing today with artifacts, antiques, and European goods as another 40-foot container was unloaded for the Bungalow store. The store gets a container a few times a year and empties the store’s contents to make room. The goods are selected by Bungalow owner Wende Cohen who makes frequent buying trips to Europe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Despite Mill Rate Drop, Most Westporters’ Taxes Are Up

By James Lomuscio

Westport taxpayers this week are receiving their new tax bills and despite a slightly lower mill rate, more than half will find their taxes have gone up, Tax Assessor Paul Friia said today.

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Westport taxpayers are receiving their new tax bills in the mail this week. WestportNow.com photo

He said 59 percent of the 10,300 residential and 508 commercial property owners will find their taxes have increased from a few dollars to several thousand—even if they made no changes to their property.

The remaining 41 percent will see no change or reductions in their taxes, Friia said. The reason: properties where the values are higher than average usually see a higher tax bill.

Taxpayers have until the end of July to pay without incurring a late fee.

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Sherwood Island Lifeguard Coverage Reduced

Due to budget cuts, beginning after July 4, lifeguards only will protect the Sherwood Island State Park beaches in Westport from Wednesday through Sunday.

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After July 4, there will be no lifeguards on Mondays and Tuesdays at Sherwood Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The beaches will remain open without guards on Mondays and Tuesdays, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

It also announced lifeguard reductions at other Long Island Sound beaches and said it will close three campgrounds and slash operations at other attractions, such as Gillette Castle.

Days and hours at museums and nature centers also will change after July 4.

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Monday, June 27, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
6:30 p.m. -  Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & P&Z Committees
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Planning & Zoning Commission Senior Housing Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Script in Hand Playreading: “The Late Christopher Bean”
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES Program: Celestial Viewing

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gallery: Opening Night of the Levitt Pavilion


Scenes from tonight’s opening of the 43rd summer season of the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts with Desert Highway – A Tribute to the Eagles. Dave Matlow and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Levitt Opens 43rd Summer Season

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It was a packed crowd tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts launched its 43rd summer season with Desert Highway – A Tribute to the Eagles. Freda Welsh, executive director, said although tickets were free, they quickly sold out as the band made its second appearance in two years at the venue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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In the Swing

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A couple dances to the sounds of Desert Highway – A Tribute to the Eagles tonight as the Westport Levition Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its 43rd summer season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt at the Levitt

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Mimi Levitt waves as she was introduced tonight at the opening night of the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the performing Arts. The facility was named for her and her husband Mortimer. CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Audience Participation

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Many in the audience at tonight’s opening night of the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts felt the urge to dance to the music of Desert Highway – A Tribute to the Eagles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Tight Picnicking

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Tonight’s opening night audience at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was so packed that every space was taken and picnicking was tight even at the very back of the facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Pianist Performs Beethoven

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Celebrated Westport pianist, Dalia Lazar acknowledges applause today at a concert at the Pequot Library in Southport. The Croatia-born musician performed three Beethoven sonatas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Conservation Voters Honor Westporters

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More than 50 persons gathered today at the Westport home of G. Kenneth Bernhard to honor Westporter Julie Belaga and former Westporter Russ Brenneman for their work in conservation issues in the state. Bernhard, a former state representative, is co-chair of the board of the nonpartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV). The group was founded in 1999 by Belaga, who initiated the procedure of scoring and monitoring legislators on their record of voting on conservation issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Faces in the Crowd

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Among attendees at today’s reception by the nonpartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTCLV) honoring Westporter Julie Belaga and former Westporter Russ Brenneman were former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays (l) and former Senior U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas of Westport. Both are former members of the Connecticut House as is Belaga and G. Kenneth Bernhard, at whose home the reception was held. Bernhard is co-chair of the board of the CTCLV. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Run

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Runners in the Fairfield Half Marathon today get some water en route from Westport Fire Department members on New Creek Road. The event, which began and ended in Fairfield, covered about three miles in Westport’s Greens Farms area. Westport police and EMS units also provided support for the run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Course Refresher

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The Westport Fire Department today set up a water spray along the Fairfield Half Marathon route in Westport’s Greens Farms area to provide some relief for runners. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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