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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009


8 a.m. –  Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “The Straight Story”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Get-Together
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Kings Highway Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Meet-Up
6:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Plastics pollution in the oceans by Mike Rowinsky
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Historic District Commission Special Meeting
7:15p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee Canceled
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Connecticut Chamber Orchestra

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ready for Back-to-School Shoppers

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It may look like a office supplies store, but this is actually Westport’s Toquet Hall which this week is overflowing with back-to-school supplies for needy Westport families. The Department of Human Services Back-to-School program is now underway beginning today and continues until next Wednesday. Thanks to many community donors, it is packed with ample school supplies, clothing and shoes for Westport’s families in need. Westport families who may qualify for this program are urged to contact the Department of Human Services at (203)341-1050. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Electrical Fire Forces Evacuation of J. Crew

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An electrical fire forced the evacuation of the J. Crew store on Westport’s Main Street today. Firefighters were called to 145 Main St. after a manger reported there was a smoke condition in the store. Firefighters found a licensed electrician was working on some recessed lighting when he found a faulty lamp. Assistant Chief Robert Yost said the problem was confined to the lighting fixture and after firefighters used fans to ventilate the smoke, the store reopened. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Glass on Rye: Vehicle Smashes Into Gold’s Deli

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A vehicle today crashed through the front window of Gold’s Deli in the Compo Shopping Center, smashing the glass but causing no injuries and little other damage. It was the second time in 18 months that the storefront at 421 Post Road East has been breached by a vehicle parked in front. (See WestportNow Jan. 31, 2008) Owner Nancy Eckl said the driver was a regular customer who was coming to the shop at about mid-day to purchase a loaf of rye bread. “The last time a car drove into our front door,” she said. “This time it was our front window—next time it will probably be in the back.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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View from Compo

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The sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach Tuesday night. As the summer is winding down, the sunset was around 7:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Martha Nachman for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission Work Session
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “The Good Thief” by Hannah Tinti
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Dirty Sock Funtime Band
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

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Close Call for Teen Driver

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A teenage driver escaped serious injury tonight when she lost control of her PT Cruiser after apparently careening off a curb, then crossing the road and slamming through a wooden fence and into a parked Mercedes station wagon at 165 Riverside Ave., opposite Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School. She escaped serious injury and, according to officials, had crawled out of the vehicle before police arrived. She refused medical treatment but remained at the site for evaluation by EMS personnel. No other passengers were in the vehicle which was towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘07 Staples Soccer Star Preston Hirten, 20, Dies During Practice

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Preston Hirten: “Epitomized Staples soccer.” Staplessoccer.com photo
UPDATE Preston J. Hirten, a member of Westport’s Staples High School Class of 2007 where he was a star soccer player, collapsed and died today during a practice at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He was 20.

CPR was administered immediately, but efforts to revive him failed, said Staplessoccer.com.

In a message posted on the Staples soccer Web site, the Hirten family said: “The Hirten family thanks the many Westporters, Stapleites, and soccer players and fans from around the FCIAC for their kind thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”

The family said a memorial service will be held Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, at 2 p.m. 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

North Avenue-Easton Road Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A two-vehicle accident shortly before 6 p.m. today at the intersection of Westport’s Easton Road and North Avenue resulted in an injury to one driver who was evaluated at the scene by Westport EMS personnel and then transported to Norwalk Hospital. A Honda sustained damages requiring it to be towed from the scene while a pick-up truck was damaged but was able to be driven away. There were no passengers in either vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Health District Closes Compo South Beach to Swimming

UPDATE The Westport Weston Health District today ordered closure of South Beach at Compo Beach to swimming because of high bacteria counts.WestportNow.com Image
South Beach at Compo attracts fewer swimmers than the main beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer/WN file photo

The Parks and Recreation Department said swimming at Compo Beach itself and other Westport beaches was not affected.

There was no immediate word on how long the beach might be closed.

There have been periodic beach closings in the past because of high bacteria counts, usually after heavy rains.

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Medical Writer: Prepare for Large-Scale H1N1 Flu Absences

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Medical writer Kate Kelly told the Westport Rotary Club today that Westporters need to be on heightened alert as federal, state, and local health officials develop plans to meet a possible H1N1 flu pandemic in coming weeks. “We need a spirit of cooperation,” she said. Kelly, author of numerous books on medical topics, provided a historical perspective of the 1918 pandemic that killed millions. She said schools, businesses, and local governments should have contingency plans in place as they prepare for large-scale absences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Post Office to Close Effective Saturday

UPDATE With only four days notice and after months of rumors, the U.S. Postal Service said today it is closing the Saugatuck Post Office.WestportNow.com Image
The Saugatuck Post Office today after word that it will close for good on Saturday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“The Saugatuck Post Office is in substandard condition,” said Guy Polacco, manager Post Office Operations, in a letter left in postal boxes today.

“Cost of repairs to this facility may not be warranted…Effective Aug. 22, 2009, Post Office and Retail Services will be suspended from this facility at the close of business.”

Westport Postmaster Dennis J. Kassimis said three postal employees at the Saugatuck facility will be shifted to the main Westport post office. He said he understood the sudden closure decision was related to the availability of a temporary trailer to house the Saugatuck postal boxes.

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Bird Man of Compo Cove

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High temperatures not only sent many Wetporters to the beaches Monday, but also hundreds of egrets and gulls alit in a large pool near a sand bar in Compo Cove at the afternoon low tide. The flock of birds feeding on small fish and crabs in the shallow waters seemed oblivious to the lone bather strolling along after his swim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming Tournament: Wii (ages 12+)
2:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Cooking demonstration with Jeanne Licurse
5 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten gathering
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Play Date
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Merwin Mountain Band

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Monday, August 17, 2009

So How Hot Was It?

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The Bank of America sign in Westport’s center said it got to 96 today, but the sign has been known to display temperatures several degrees warmer than elsewhere in town. Unofficial readings from several Westport weather stations at the shore and inland ranged from a high of 87 to 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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