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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two-Car Crash Sends One to Hospital

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UPDATE A two-car crash today in the area of Westport’s 1700 Post Road East at Westfair Drive injured one person and tied up traffic in the area. Witnesses said both vehicles, each with only a male driver, were traveling east when they both turned left into a shopping strip and collided. One man was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Freeze Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Westport and area from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

It said temperatures will be in the upper 20s to around freezing.

A freeze warning means below freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely.

These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, the Weather Service said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Roseville Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Roseville Road is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1,090 square feet, is situated on a .77-acre property and changed ownership last month for $556,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Beating the Tax Filing Deadline

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Westport’s two post offices were busy places today as Westporters filed income taxes. No special extended hours were in place for those waiting until the last minute to file. This was the scene at the Green’s Farms post office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Man Arrested for Allegedly Sending Illicit Photos

Norwalk police on Friday arrested a 27-year-old Westport man on second-degree harassment charges after authorities said he sent pictures of himself engaged in a sex act with his then girlfriend to her new husband.

Steven Krasilovsky of Lookout Lane turned himself in upon learning there was a warrant for his arrest, police said.

He was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday where Judge William Holden imposed a protective order on him, prohibiting him from contacting his ex-girlfriend, The Hour reported. A hearing on the order will be held Wednesday.

Krasilovsky’s former girlfriend said she broke up with him five years ago and got married two years ago. She said he sent the pictures to her husband via Facebook.

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Tractor-Trailer Accident Ties Up I-95 at Exit 16

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UPDATE A crash involving two tractor-trailers on I-95 at Exit 16 northbound in Norwalk early today shut down the highway before state police 90 minutes later managed to open two lanes, leaving residual backups. Some traffic detoured on to the Post Road in Westport. Westport police investigated a report a tractor-trailer had struck the railroad overpass on Saugatuck Avenue but on arrival did not find evidence of the truck. One of the truck drivers suffered minor injuries, according to the Norwalk Fire Department.  Paper from one truck in the form of 600-pound rolls was strewn over the highway. The other truck carrying fruit was intact, according to state police. The collision occurred when the truck carrying paper hit the parked truck with fruit, the Norwalk Fire Department said. DOT traffic camera

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


3:06 a.m. - Eastern Time Zone - Lunar Eclipse (totality around 4:10 a.m.)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners Discuss Paris
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Westport Assists at Fairfield Potassium Cyanide Death

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Westport firefighters trained as hazmat technicians were among units from the area who asssisted Fairfield authorities tonight at the home of a man who apparently committed suicide using vials of the highly toxic potassium cyanide. The man left a note warning first responders of the danger. The hazmat technicians, suited in yellow fully protected gear, spent five hours at 32 Clinton St. before declaring the scene safe.  Westport sent the hazmat and command trucks stationed at fire headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo

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Getting Ready for Garden Club Plant Sale

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Joni Andrews (l) and Angela Trucks of the Westport Garden Club created tuteures (garden structures) to be sold at the Mother’s Day booth at their annual plant sale on Friday, May 9 at Jesup Green from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport’s Tyler Hicks Wins Second Pulitzer

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UPDATE Westport’s Tyler Hicks today won a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for “his compelling pictures that showed skill and bravery in documenting the unfolding terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Kenya.” His coverage of the September 2013 Nairobi attack also won him second place in the World Press Photo competition in February. (See WestportNow Feb. 14, 2014) Hicks, who was in the Times newsroom in New York when the announcement was made, said: “It’s a huge honor to be recognized in this way, and it’s a reminder to me that these stories, however far away and however remote, are being noticed and that the risks that photographers all over the world take in going to dangerous places are being acknowledged and rewarded.” It was the second Pulitzer for Hicks, a 1988 Staples High School graduate. In 2009, he was part of the Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as was fellow Westporter and 1991 Staples graduate Lynsey Addario. See his Nairobi mall pictures here.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

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Another Pulitzer for a Staples High School Grad

Tyler Hicks, a 1988 Staples High School graduate who won a Pulitzer Prize today for his photographs of a Kenya mall mass shooting, is the second Staples graduate to win a solo Pulitzer Prize in 10 years.

Matt Davies, a 1985 Staples graduate, won a Pulitzer in 2004 for his political cartoons.

Hicks, as well as Lynsey Addario,  a 1991 Staples graduate, shared a Pulitzer in 2009 for The New York Times team coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Steve Doig, a 1966 Staples graduate, was part of a team of Miami Herald journalists who won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew.

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Pulitzer Winner A Westport Runner, Too

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Westport native Tyler Hicks, who won a Pulitzer Prize today in photography, returned to Westport a year ago and ran in the 10K Minute Man Race with sister Darcy Hicks of Westport. It was a last minute entry for Hicks, a1988 Staples High School graduate who had been scheduled to return to his Nairobi, Kenya base earlier, but his departure was delayed. He said he stays in shape by running eight miles a day in Nairobi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Tyler Hicks: ‘A Sense of Pride for My Hometown’


Tyler Hicks, who won a Pulitzer Prize today, was honored on Oct. 21, 2012 by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was unable to be there and from his New York Times base in Nairobi, Kenya, where he later shot his award-winning photos of an attack on a mall, recorded this video acceptance speech—along with examples of his work—which was shown at a Westport Town Hall ceremony. His mother, Julie, accepted the award on his behalf from Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. Contributed video

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Carole Schweid: Still Dancing

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Westporter Carole Schweid, co-founder and artistic director of the popular “Play with Your Food” lunchtime play series, was guest at the Y’s Women meeting today and demonstrated she has not lost her dancing touch. Schweid, whp appeared in the original “Chorus Line” and many other Broadway shows, said, “I have found that the techniques you learn you have for a lifetime.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Climbing Fun

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Balmy weather attracted many youngsters to Westport’s Compo Beach playground today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Grass Greens, Flowers Bloom, and Motorcycles Flourish

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The motorcycle parking area at the Westport Metro-North station was filled today as the warmer weather brought out motorcycle-riding commuters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Kemper-Gunn House Move Set for August

By Dave Matlow

The 1885-built Kemper-Gunn House will be relocated from Westport’s Church Lane to the Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street in August, Selectman Helen Garten, chair of the newly appointed Kemper-Gunn Advisory Group, said today. 

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First Selectman Jim Marpe (r) points out something to Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly (l) and Public Works Director Steve Edwards at today’s Kemper-Gunn Advisory Group meeting. Selectman Helen Garten, chair, is at center, end of table. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

At the inaugural meeting of the group, appointed last week by First Selectman Jim Marpe, who also attended today’s meeting, Garten also said the first draft of the lease is in progress and should be available next week.

Also attending the meeting was Public Works Director Steve Edwards who said the town will proceed with widening Elm Street by 4 feet. He said the street’s current width is 24 feet at Elm and Main but narrows to 21 feet where the house will be relocated.

“We’re not going to make Elm Street a highway,” he said.

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Wife Arrested After Chasing Husband With Knife

Police on Saturday arrested a 59-year-old Westport woman after responding to a report that a woman was chasing a man with a knife, police said today.

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Marilyn Pantchenko: charged with attempted assault.  Westport Police photo

Marilyn Pantchenko of 12 Big Pines Road was charged with attempted criminal assault second-degree, threatening second-degree, and disorderly conduct. She was held on $5,000 bail for a Tuesday court appearance, police said.

Upon arrival, officers found a male and a female in the driveway of the residence and a knife on the ground.

After detaining both parties, it was determined that Pantchenko had chased her husband out of the residence and around a parked vehicle with a large kitchen knife, police said.

 

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Talking Transportation: A Report Card for Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

If Metro-North was a student and commuters its teacher, the railroad’s winter report card would be a D+ and the comment would be “needs to improve”.

As new Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti finishes his second month on the job, he is making the rounds to meet and listen to commuters.  But his 100-Day Plan for bringing the railroad back won’t conclude until mid-June.

So I thought that now would be a great time to survey riders and get a baseline of their sentiments against which we can measure any gains in the months ahead.

Our unscientific online survey ran for seven days and got 642 responses. Clearly, those who wanted to opine were probably those with gripes, so take the results with a grain of salt.

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Westport Provides Aid at Southport Pizza Fire

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Westport firefighters early today provided mutual aid to Fairfield in the form of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) at a fire which heavily damaged Samy’s Pizza and Grill, 295 Pequot Ave. in Southport. Passing Joggers noticed smoke coming from the building at 5:45 a.m. and notified the Southport Volunteer Fire station nearby. The fire was declared under control at 8 a.m. Cause of the blaze is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo

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Monday, April 14, 2014


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Kemper-Gunn Advisory Group
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Westport 2013 Boston Runners Not Back This Year

By Dave Matlow

With the 118th running of the Boston Marathon a week away, two Westporters, who competed in last year’s event say they won’t be back this year, but not because of the 2013 terrorist bombing.

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Blake Benke and Kathy Muro (holding 2013 Boston Marthon jacket): other reasons for not running this year. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Blake Benke, 37, who completed the Boston Marathon for the 10th time last year and was only a couple blocks away when the explosions happened, said, “It will never be the same for me.

“The day is somewhat tainted. The aftereffects are disturbing, like a pre-9/11 and a post-9/11. Life, as we know it, changed. We were pure and innocent. That changed on a dime.” 

Benke said he has many friends who are entered in this year’s event, but he cannot participate.  “My absence has nothing to do with last year’s experience,” he said. “I will not be there because I’ve run many long races and am not focused on a marathon at this point.”

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Lending a Hand

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The Westport Fire Department showed its support today for the Staples High School Girls Water Polo team at their car wash at 8 Myrtle Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Arts Center Presents Orion String Quartet

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The Westport Arts Center today presented the critically acclaimed Orion String Quartet at the Seabury Center. The program included Schubert’s Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden,” along with music by Schumann and Haydn. The musicians are known as the longtime resident quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Curator Russell Platt introduced the quartet, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Almost Summer-Like

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Westport’s Compo Beach was jammed today as almost summer-like weather in the mid-60s brought out sun worshippers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Popular DNR Band Performs at Senior Center

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The popular DNR band, whose members are mostly area doctors with one lawyer, performed today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Before the program began, guests were advised to turn down their hearing aids and offered ear plugs. Musicians included attorney Fred Ury on the bass guitar; Gnorm Geiss, lead guitar; Kevin Fox, drums; Andrew Parker, ENT; Lynn Padell, flute, and husband, Robert Altman, internist, on keyboard. Dr. Rich Frank, oncologist, is part of the group but was missing today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Shores Rock Sculpture

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A rock sculpture spotted Saturday on South Beach on Westport’s Saugatuck Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  April 13, 2014


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Concert: DNR
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Opera and Musical Theater With Buffa!
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Souvenir”
2 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “The Fantasticks”
3 p.m. - Seabury Center - Westport Arts Center: Orion String Quartet

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Recalling Their New Yorker Cover Parents

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE ((adds run extended) Westport’s golden age as an arts community came to life today as the artists’ children recalled what it was like growing up with parents who created hundreds of covers for The New Yorker.

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Peter Barlow, son of artist Perry Barlow, today looks at a Dec. 23, 1939 New Yorker cover his father did, which sold out on newsstands and later inspired the 1952 hit song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The presentation at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) highlighted its exhibit “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” that has an extended run through July 5. It was co-emceed by Dianne Wildman, former News-12 Cablevision editorial director, and historian Eve Potts.

The exhibit showcases many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989.

“They were truly unheralded in their own day, and we have a special need to celebrate their creativity,” said Potts.

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Tales of New Yorker Artists’ Children


Scenes from today’s Westport Historical Society panel discussion with children of New Yorker cover artists. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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