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Monday, August 25, 2014

Off to Coleytown Middle

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Coleytown Middle School students—and friend—wait for the school bus today on Half Mile Common on the first day of school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dawn Shmaruk for WestportNow.com

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Students, Buses Back

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School buses line up outside Saugatuck Elementary school today as students return from summer vacation for the first day of school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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School Bus Schedules

With Westport public schools opening today, the school office released the following bus schedules and memo for parents:

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Greens Farms Elementary
Kings Highway Elementary
Long Lots Elementary
Saugatuck Elementary
Coleytown Elementary
Bedford Middle School
Coleytown Middle School
Staples High School

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Last Sunset of Summer Vacation

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With school starting today for Westport public school students, many flocked to the waterfront Sunday night for the last sunset of summer vacation. Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach were full with sunset watchers as the ball of orange made its descent on the skyline. Cars lined the roadway along Compo Beach to get a glimpse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 25, 2014


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 - “Scents & Soles”
5:30 p.m. - Staples Room 1020A - Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - James Mapes on Mind Over Body
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, August 24, 2014

Banjo Sounds at the Levitt

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Internationally acclaimed banjoist and vocalist Cynthia Sayer is celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world and praised for her “drive and virtuosity by the New York Times.  Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band with whom she played and toured for more than 10 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Night at the Levitt

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Presented as part of the Celebration Sundays Series sponsored by Jewish Senior Services, Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Band entertained an overflow crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Swing, Hot Jazz, and More at Levitt

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Cynthia Sawyer and her Joyride Band delighted a Levitt Pavilion audience tonight. Performers with her included Dennis Lichtman, clarinet; Charles Giordano, accordion; Larry Eagle, drums, and Jim Whitney, bass. Accordionist Giordano also plays the keyboard in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitts at the Levitt

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Among the crowd attending tonight’s performance at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts were Mimi Levitt (r) with her niece Helen Johnson from Sherman Oaks, Calif., and her son, Peter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Fun

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It was a pefect day today for kayaking off of Compo Beach.  Enjoying the ride are (;-r)  are Eliza Barr, 10,  basset hound Dewey, and Jennifer Johnson, whose other transportation interests include being co-director of the Westport Transit District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Evan Barr for WestportNow.com

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Al’s Angels Attracts Crowds at Saugatuck Sweets

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The second day of a fundraiser for Al’s Angels, the Westport-based charity, attracted crowds today to Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. The goal was to raise $100,000 for children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and financial hardship, according to Westporter Al DiGuido, head of Al’s Angels and co-owner with Pete Romano of Saugatuck Sweets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Compo Washers

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With summer vacation at an end, some Compo Beach youngsters spent some time today washing neighbors’ cars. Known as the “Compo Kid Washers,” they also perform duty in the winter helping shovel snow when they take on the nickname “Compo Kid Shovelers.”  They are (top row) Felix Pullman, Mason Banks and Jamie Mann, and (bottom row) Layne Yacienda, Aidan Burchill, and Cameron Manna. They are all entering sixth grade at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Farewell for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  August 24, 2014


Noon - 10 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave.  - Al’s Angels Fundraiser
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cynthia Sayer & Joyride Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Curtain Call for Playhouse’s ‘Things We Do for Love’

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Members of the cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Things We Do For Love” take a bow tonight after the opening night performance. They are (l-r)  Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer, Geneva Carr, and Michael Mastro.The play runs though Sept. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Post-Performance Fun

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John Tillinger, (2nd l) ,director of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Things We Do For Love,” celebrates tonight after the opening night performance with the cast (l-r) Geneva Carr, Matthew Greer, Sarah Manton and Michael Mastro.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Opening Night


Scenes from tonight’s opening night at the Westport Country Playhouse of of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Things We Do For Love.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Le Vent du Nord Headlines at Levitt

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Le Vent du Nord, a Juno Award-winning Canadian folk music group from Quebec, headlined at the Levit Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Its music features progressive folk, with a hard-driving soulful and Celtic edge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Traditional Québécois Music at Levitt

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The Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord delighted a Levitt Pavilion audience tonight. The group, together since 2002, consists of four longtime friends who are all singers and multi-instrumentalists: Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet. Some of their songs come from traditional Quebec folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westporter John Akers, former IBM Head, 79

UPDATE John F. Akers of Westport, chief executive of IBM for eight years during the company’s struggle to shift from the mainframe to the personal computer era, died Aug. 22 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 79.

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A spokesman for IBM said the cause was a stroke, The New York Times said. Akers was a 39-year Westport resident, making his home on Sturges Highway. The family also has a summer home in Nantucket.

He was born in Boston on Dec. 28, 1934, to the late Kenneth F. and Mary J. (Reed) Akers. Kenneth Akers headed the Boston office of the National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford. John Akers graduated from Yale University in 1956, was an All-Ivy League hockey player and received Yale University Athletics’ George H.W. Bush, Lifetime of Achievement Award in 2001.

Following Yale, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a carrier pilot from 1956 to 1960 attaining the rank of lieutenant.

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Westport Outdoors: Granola Bar

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The Granola Bar in Playhouse Square is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months. Co-owners Julie Levitt, who said she has a history in the music business, and Dana Noorily, who has a degree in nutrition followed by 12 years of trading stocks, also co-founded Oats Granola, distributed in retail stores. The Granola Bar, which opened in December 2013, offers coffee, eggs, oatmeal, fresh yogurt, and salads. Hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Drawing on the Saugatuck

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Westport artist Elaine Clayton (r) led guests in a Westport Library Drawing on the Saugatuck event on the riverwalk overlooking the Saugatuck River. It was the third year Clayton has participated in the event. This year, she paid tribute to the late Westport illustrator and author Tracy Sugarman “for his enormous and important contribution to history and art through drawing as reportage.” Sugarman, also a noted civil rights activist, died in January 2013 at age 91.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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‘Cones for Kids’ Fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets

The Westport-based Al’s Angels charity is holding a “Cones for Kids” fundraiser today and Sunday at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Saugatuck Ave., from noon to 10 p.m.

The goal is to raise $100,000 for children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and financial hardship, according to Westporter Al DiGuido, head of Al’s Angels and co-owner with Pete Romano of Saugatuck Sweets.

The event will feature live music, games, crafts, food and treats, and glitter tattoos.  Guests are asked to purchase a cone, shake, or sundae and donate the value of a cone to Al’s Angels.

The charity said it hopes to provide 3,200 families and almost 6,000 children with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah meals.

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Enjoying the Ride

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Sailors enjoy the ride Friday in Long Island Sound off of the Longshore Sailing School in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser Duuring for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  August 23, 2014


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
Noon - 10 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave.  - Al’s Angels Fundraiser
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Le Vent du Nord
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love” (opening night)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Sweet Remains and Guests at Levitt

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The folk rock group The Sweet Remains —Greg Naughton (l), Rich Price (2nd l.), and Brian Chartrand (2nd r.)—performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight, joined by special guests Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award winner James Naughton of Weston. O’Hara is Greg Naughton’s wife and James is his father. Greg Naughton told the audience he and his wife and three children are becoming Westporters, having purchased a home in the Imperial Avenue neighborhood with plans to move in next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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