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Thursday, April 28, 2016

All Smiles

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Westporters Kate and John Procaccini are all smiles with daughter Mila today at Norwalk Hospital, a day after she was delivered at their Westport home by first responding fire, EMS, and police personnel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Making Saugatuck Site Visit

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The Westport Historic District Commission, with the assistance of Jenny Scofield, National Register Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office, paid a site visit today to the area of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Saugatuck. The visit was to conduct a field investigation of the preliminary district boundary for the proposed National Register of Historic Places Nomination form for a historic district in the vicinity of Bridge Street. Town official submitted an application to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) in January (see WestportNow Jan. 11, 2016) requesting the state’s Scenic Road Advisory Committee review the Westport scenic road application for a 1.2-mile portion of Route 136—from Compo Road South to Bridge Street and over the Bridge Street Bridge to Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Official Handing Over of Ambulances

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Representatives of the Westport Police Department and Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) were present today as WVEMS presented First Selectman Jim Marpe with the keys to two new state of the art ambulances at Westport Town Hall. The two ambulances replace 2002 and 2009 models, according to Marc Hartog, deputy director, WEMS. The new ambulances are valued at more than $200,000 each and were paid for with funds raised by WVEMS. Pictured are (l-r) Deputy Police Chief Vincent Penna, Marc Hartog, deputy director, WEMS, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Yves Cantin, president, WVEMS, WVEMS Crew Chief Martin Iselin, and Police Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Serena & Lily to Open at Kemper-Gunn House

Though not exactly the Mom & Pop shop that the town had hoped to woo to the restored and relocated Kemper-Gunn house at 35 Elm St., town officials are nonetheless bullish about Serena & Lily, the national home furnishings, bedding and decor outlet opening there on Friday.

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The Serena & Lily store in the Kemper-Gunn house on Elm Street officially opens Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

In fact, the town is so pleased that First Selectman Jim Marpe will be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony set for Friday at 9:30 a.m.

“We are very excited that Serena & Lily found a home in Westport,” said Marpe. “We welcome them and wish them much success.

“Serena and Lily’s presence in the downtown location, coupled with the unique circumstances surrounding the move and restoration of the Kemper-Gunn House, can be attributed to the dedication of many Westporters,” he added. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to all the people who helped make this happen.”

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Getting Ready for Opening

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Jill John, director, brand marketing/communication. Serena & Lily, shows off the store opening Friday at 35 Elm St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ready for Customers

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One of the rooms ready for customers at the Serena & Lily store opening Friday at 35 Elm St. in the relocated Kemper-Gunn house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Woman Rings Opening Bell

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Westporter Johanna Rossi (blonde Hair, black dress with pearls) rings the opening bell today at the New York Stock Exchangel. She is part of Security Traders Association - Women in Finance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Marking a 239th Anniversary

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The Minute Man Monument at Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday, the eve of today’s 239th anniversary of the departure of British forces from Compo Beach after a raid on Danbury led by Maj. Gen. William Tryon during the American Revolutionary War. As the British marched back to their ships off Compo, the local militia, operating from behind stone walls, trees, and buildings, constantly fired on them. Today at 7 p.m., the Westport Historical Society will present a talk about Tryon’s 1777 raid by history buff Ed Hynes. (See WestportNow April 14, 2016). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


1 p.m. - Saugatuck Swing Bridge - Historic District Commission Site Visit
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Town Website Redevelopment Steering Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Events
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 & RTM Public Works Committees
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Danbury Raid & the Battle of Compo

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Night Bridge Work

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Contractors for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) work tonight on repairs to the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway in Westport. (VIew is looking north from the southbound lane.) CDOT had announced the bridge would be closed tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, but it was still open to one-way traffic just before midnight. CDOT officials now say completion of the work is set for September, more than a year past the original deadline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matliow for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 82 Compo Road S.

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The owner of 82 Compo Road South, Judi Koffsky (l), is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian.  The circa 1875 house, known as the William Thomas House, is situated on a .9-acre property that borders on Thomas Road. Koffsky bought it in 1983 when she and her late husband moved to Westport from Westchester County. Also taking part in the presentation ceremony was Dunkin Doodle, Koffsky’s 10-year-old golden retriever. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Special Delivery on Crescent Road

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE Westport emergency responders, including firefighters, EMS personnel and police officers, worked together today to deliver a baby girl on Crescent Road.

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Baby helpers: (l-r) Firefighter Chris Carroll, Lt. Peter Janulis, and Firefighter Justin Harelik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Baby Mila and mom, Kate Procaccini, were reported doing fine at Norwalk Hospital following the 8:45 a.m. birth. Kate and John Procaccini have one other child.

According to Fire Lt. Peter Janulis, a Fairfield resident and 29-year member of the fire department, when Westport Engine 2 departed headquarters for an administrative errand, a dispatcher redirected them, saying a pregnant woman was in distress, her water had broken and immediate assistance was needed. 

“When we arrived at the house, the woman was in a second floor bedroom, standing but hunched over, the floor was wet,” said Janulis.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Elvis & Nixon,’ ‘A Hologram for the King,’ ‘The Huntsman:...’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Chronicling an amusing historical anecdote, Liza Johnson’s droll reminiscence “Elvis & Nixon” shows how Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) met President Richard M. Nixon (Kevin Spacey) one afternoon.

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In late 1970, watching the news at Graceland, Presley becomes so infuriated with the growing drug problem and moral decline in the United States that he shoots out the TV set with a .45. That’s his first reaction.

His second is to become an undercover federal agent. But – for that – he’ll need a badge from J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Narcotics. And the only way to get one is from the president of the United States.

So it falls it Presley’s long-time confidante, Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), along with Memphis crony Sonny West (Johnny Knoxville), to deliver a rambling, hand-written letter to the White House and convince Nixon aides Egil “Bud” Krough (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters) to arrange an appointment.

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Blooming

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Despite Tuesday’s gray skies and the inclement weather, a pink rhododendron bush provided a beautiful display of spring along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - MoneySmart Week: Financial & Legal Planning for Your Aging Parents
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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