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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Making Progress

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Workers today were finishing up the stonework on the restoration of the Minute Man monument on Compo Beach Road at Compo Road South. They said next up is the installation of the restored black iron fence surrounding the statue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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State Rep Candidates Square Off at Library

By James Lomuscio

Partisan rancor was tempered by civility at today’s state representative debate at the Westport Library.

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Republican challenger Brandi Briggs listens as incumbent Democrat Jonathan Steinberg makes a point. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

It featured 136th Assembly District candidates Jonathan Steinberg, a two-term incumbent Democrat, and Republican newcomer Brandi Briggs, facing off in their second debate.

About 45 persons attended the event in the library’s McManus Room sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce.

Central themes were Connecticut’s lagging job growth compared to other states, a tenuous economy, and an ailing transportation system. Moderator was Eric W. Gjede, associate counsel for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

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Health District Makes Changes in Flu Clinics

Due to a delay in shipment of flu vaccine, the Westport Weston Health District said today it has initiated restrictions to its flu clinics, eliminating walk-in appointments.

An announcement said for those who have already scheduled an appointment using the WWHD online appointment scheduler, vaccine has been reserved.

“WWHD expects to receive additional vaccine in mid -to-late November and additional clinics will be scheduled,” it said. “Since the flu season typically peaks from late December through March, this will not be too late to get your vaccination.”

For more information call Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (203) 227-9571 or visit www.wwhd.org.

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Fall Brilliance

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Brilliant fall colors seen Monday on Westport’s Old Hill Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
8:45 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Pension Board
9:15 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Village District Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
11:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
Noon - Town Hall Auditorium - Arts Advisory Committee
Noon - Westport Library - Women Entrepreneurs Group: Nola Beldegreen
Noon - Westport Library - Debate: Candidates for State Representative House District 136
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing From Life: A Memoir Writing Workshop
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - Dr. Ashley Stroupe, “Exploring Mars with Rovers”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Trinity Catholic 2-0

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Sam Kantor was one of several sophomores who showed well, as the Staples boys soccer team shut out Trinity Catholic 2-0 today. Sophomores Josh Berman and Jerrett Rende scored, with assists from Spencer Daniels and Daniel Perez Elorza. The Wreckers, now 5-4-2, host Greenwich on Wednesday at 4 p.m., in a key FCIAC matchup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Restaurant ‘Week’ in Second Week

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Westport’s Da Pietro Restaurant, 36 Riverside Ave., offered its usual fine cuisine to diners tonight at the start of the second week of the annual Restaurant Week celebration sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. Chef Pietro Scotti reviews the menu and its restaurant week specials with Weston residents John Lang and Suzanne Novik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: W Salon Moves to 1391 Post Road East

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W Hair & Color Salon, after eight years at 1869 Post Road East, has relocated to 1391 Post Road East, next to Balducci’s, in the space previously occupied by Fovama Rugs, which closed in July 2013. Owner Letisha “Tish” Blanckaert said business, which now includes 10 stylists, “has grown so much we had to move for functionality reasons—much bigger space and more parking.”  She said the new space has 3,000 square feet compared to 1,800 at her former location.  Blanckaert said the public is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Three-Car PRE Crash Ties Up Traffic

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A three-car accident today on Post Road East in front of Trader Joe’s caused no serious injuries but backed up traffic as firefighters cleaned up a fluid spill and police investigated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Release Photo of Longshore Wedding Theft Suspect

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Westport police today released this photo of a man suspected of stealing dozens of gift envelopes in a silver-colored birdcage Saturday night from a wedding at the Inn at Longshore. They also have video of him carrying the birdcage through the lobby. He fled on foot, leaving the empty birdcage in his wake. Police described him as white male 25 to 35 years of age, clean shaven, with light brown, close cropped hair. At the time of the incident he was dressed in gray slacks, a white or light gray shirt, and white undershirt. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call (203)341-6000. (See WestportNow Oct. 12, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

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Westport Provides Help as Fallen Firefighter Mourned

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Westport’s Engine 2 with four firefighters today covered Hartford’s Blue Hills fire station, home to firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, who was killed in a house fire last week as his fellow firefighters attended his funeral. Thousands of mourners paid tribute to Bell as about 100 firefighters and their engines from around the state provided coverage at Hartford area stations.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Suspected Shoplifter Arrested After Foot Chase

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William Ambrose: allegedly stole from Stop & Shop.Westport Police photo

Police arrested a suspected shoplifter at Westport’s Stop & Shop after a brief foot pursuit, police said today.

Officers were called to the store on Saturday on a reported shoplifting, said Capt. Vince Penna. Upon arrival, they learned the suspect had fled the store into a nearby wooded area.

Police surrounded the wood lot and after a brief foot chase arrested William Ambrose, 34, of Bridgeport, Penna said.

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer. Police did not say whether he was released on bond or provide a court date.

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Local Dancers Compete in Fundraiser

Westport and Fairfield community leaders will join together for a “Dancing With The Stars”-type fundraiser Saturday for Westport-based nonprofit Positive Directions.

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Miggs Burroughs practices with Anastasia Zhitova. Contributed photo

The “Chance to Dance” event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at The Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield.

Competitors will include Westport artist Miggs Burroughs, event designer Moshe Aelyon, and dance enthusiast Julie Mombello.

Each will be performing on the dance floor with a professional partner to compete for The Mirrorball Trophy and The People’s Choice Award. Participants have been practicing for months, a news release said.

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State Rep Candidates to Meet in Chamber Forum

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136th District candidates: Jonathan Steinberg and Brandi Briggs. Contributed photos

Candidates for the state’s 136th Assembly District, covering most of Westport, will take part in a forum Tuesday sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC).

The noon event at the Westport Library’s McManus Room will feature incumbent Jonathan Steinberg, a Democrat seeking a third two-year term, and Republican challenger Brandi Briggs.

They will field questions submitted from the Chamber board, members of the Chamber, and the public, an announcement said.

“This is a great opportunity for the business community and others to hear what their current and potential representatives have to say about the economy, jobs, transportation and taxation,” said Matthew Mandell, executive director of the WWCC.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ... Halloween

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A Ludlow Street residence, in Westport;s Kings Highway North historic district, is decked out in the decorative spirit of the Halloween season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Busy Sunday on the Sound

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It was a busy Sunday on Long Island Sound off of Compo Beach, plenty of sailing, boating, and fishing.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Monday, October 13, 2014 - Columbus Day


Westport Town Hall is closed. Westport Library and public schools are open.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Police Search for Wedding Gift Envelopes Thief

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Police released this photo of the suspected thief.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

UPDATE Westport police are searching for a man who made off with dozens of gift envelopes in a silver-colored birdcage Saturday night from a wedding at the Inn at Longshore.

Police said the suspect, who posed as a wedding or hotel guest, was observed loitering in the lobby area, talking on a phone, before he eventually grabbed the birdcage containing the cards and fleeing.

He was described as a white male 25 to 35 years of age, clean shaven, with light brown, close cropped hair and dressed in gray slacks, a white or light gray shirt, and white undershirt.

Police Monday released photos of him in the hotel lobby talking, or pretending to talk, on a phone. They also have a video of him running through the lobby, carrying the birdcage.

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Comings & Goings: Rebar Fitness to Saugatuck West Bank

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Rebar Engineered Fitness will open next week on Wilton Road in the rear of National Hall, 8 Post Road West. Husband and wife co-owners Danny Clark, 30, and Abby, 29, of Wilton said they relocated from Idaho, where they sold their fitness business earlier this year to be closer to their East Coast families. An accomplished competitive fitness athlete, Danny Clark earned a bronze medal in the 2012 FILA World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Krakow, Poland. Rebar, not a franchise or chain but a privately owned business, invites the public to an open house introductory event on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Earthplace Fall Festival

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More than 100 students and adults affiliated with Norwalk-based nonprofit Builders Beyond Borders today performed a community service project with Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, to prepare for its Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct 19. Participants freshened trails, installed a stage, and spread tons of mulch and chips in the new picnic area that will be the center piece of next week’s event. Tony McDowell, Earthplace executive director, supervised the mulch loading. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Spanish Afternoon at Library

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The Westport Library Music Committee in coordination with the Westport Library today presented a flamenco program of guitar music played by Paul Jared Newman, flamenco songs sung by Jose Moreno, and flamenco dancing by dancer-choreographer Deirdre Towers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday on the Water

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The waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach seemed ideal for these paddle boarders today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Harbor Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Harbor Road, in the Saugatuck Shores area, is in process. Built in 1972, the one-story raised ranch has 2,882 square feet, is situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in September 1998 for $690,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Mansion Clam House Closes

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The Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., is closed. Multiple phone calls to the restaurant are answered with a recording that the mailbox is full and cannot take messages. The sign over the front door is gone and the shades are drawn. The ownership of the iconic restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck section attracted notoriety in 2012 when a now former owner, Soozie Folsom, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from three charitable foundations when working as a financial manager of a Westport-based accounting firm. (See WestportNow Aug. 1. 2013) According to the restaurant website, which makes no mention of it being closed, the restaurant has been there since 1958 on the site of a former “fried clam shack.” The property, which includes the adjoining Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, changed hands in April for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  October 12, 2014


2 p.m. - Westport Library - Music: Flamenco & Spanish Guitar
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”
5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Choral Evensong & Organ Recital

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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