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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Restaurant Week Set for Aug. 29 - Sept. 4

A Westport-Weston Restaurant Week offering special fixed price lunches and dinners will he held Sunday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 4.

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It is the second restaurant week of the year sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. A similar one was held Feb. 28-March 6.

The week will feature lunches from $10.10 to $15.10 for one or $20.10 for two. Dinners are $20.10 to $30.10 for one.

“We had a great time with Restaurant Week over the winter,” said Janine Scotti of Da Pietro’s Restaurant. “So much so, we continued to offer our prix fixe menu for another week—and beyond.”

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Cocoa Michelle Closure: Sweet Memories But Sour Note

By James Lomuscio

Barista Jessica Kerch was busy serving up truffles and cappuccinos Friday when questions came from the curious who breezed through Cocoa Michelle at 190 Main St. in Westport.
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Coca Michelle regulars, including Jim Fine (hat) of Weston, were sad to see the Main Street store close. “We have come to rely on it,” he said. “I’m furious.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Today’s the last day?” a woman asked. Kerch nodded.

“What are you going to do with all the chocolates?” the woman continued. “Any discounts?”

Kerch confirmed that it was the last day of operation for the chocolate seller and cafe, but there would be no discounts.

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Summer Blues

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Westport’s Lissy Newman was singing the summer blues Friday night at The Dressing Room Restaurant on Post Road East behind The Westport Country Playhouse. The daughter of the late Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward performs on selected Friday nights at the restaurant founded by her father and chef Michel Nischan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 21, 2010


8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Stop & Shop - Westport Sunrise Rotary Club Food Collection (for town food pantries)
10 a.m. - noon - Westport Community Gardens (13 Hyde Lane) - Food & Funds Collection for Gillespie Center
11 a.m. - noon - Earthplace - Explore the Stream
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters and Crafts (ages 3-10)
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “I Do! I Do!”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mill River Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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A Smile After “I Do! I Do!” Rave Review

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Michael Ross, managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse, was all smiles tonight following a highly positive review in today’s Wall Street Journal of the Playhouse’s current production of “I Do! I Do!” Critic Terry Teachout called co-star Kate Baldwin “an absolute knockout” and added “This production bodes well for the reign of Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse’s new artistic director. It’s good enough to go over in one of the smaller Broadway houses.” The musical has been extended until Sept. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Tintype Exhibit

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A reception was held tonight at the Pequot Library in Southport where Westport artist N. W. Gibbons (r) is exhibiting some of his mammoth tintypes. Tintyping is a 19th-century photographic technique which involves taking photos on metal plates. With him are his sister, Axie Gibbons, and father, Maxfield Gibbons. The exhibit runs until Sept. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Reflections on a Lithuania Forest

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Westport artist Judith Orseck Katz poses with one her works at an opening reception tonight at the Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 606 Post Road East. In contrast to her well known exuberant, expressionist watercolors of the Connecticut coast and Upstate New York’s mountain scenes, these stark black and white ink drawings and prints are her emotional reaction following a trip last fall to Lithuania. There she visited the forest of Panerai, outside of Vilnius, where between 1941 and 1944, the Nazis murdered 100,000 people, including almost all of Vilnius’ large Jewish population. The exhibit runs until Sept. 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Forest Colors

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The Nylen Galley at Picture This, 606 Post Road East, tonight opened an exhibit entitled “Two Forests,” including the works by Westport artist and Dutch native Ernie Grevers (l). She is pictured with gallery owner Wendy Nylen (and her dog Gordon). Grevers’s paintings are “elemental and tactile, summoning the essence of tree and bark with heavy impasto and strong color,” according to a gallery description. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 20, 2010

All Gone: 17 High Point Road

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The house at 17 High Point Road, off Westport’s Long Lots Road was demolished today Built in 1956, the split-level had 1,916 square feet, was situated on a one-acre lot and changed ownership this month for $1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 6, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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End for Cocoa Michelle on Main Street

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Westonite Pat Kerth, a friend of Cocoa Michelle owner Michelle Weber, looks over the empty Main Street store at the end of the day today. The store and cafe at 190 Main St. closed after four years but will continue at its Saugatuck location at 54 Railroad Place. Weber, who is out of town, said the decision to close was strictly financial.“Main Street is not what it used to be,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fire in Electrical Outlet Damages Mattress

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A bedroom faulty electric outlet caused a small fire at a Greens Farms Road home today and damaged a nearby mattress, the Westport Fire Department said.

Firefighters responding to a 911 call from 285 Greens Farms Road were met by the homeowner and directed to a bedroom where the fire had started, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.

The homeowner said that flames were coming from the outlet and she went to the electrical panel and turned off the circuit breaker for that room and then called the fire department.

Firefighters checked the wall for extension of the fire and found that it was limited to the outlet and the edge of a mattress that was against the wall, Kepchar said.

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New Haven Resident Tests Positive for West Nile

The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that a New Haven resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection and has been hospitalized.

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“We wish this person a speedy recovery from this serious illness,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin. “This case reminds us of how serious West Nile virus can be and how important it is to do what we can to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.”

So far this season, positive mosquitoes have been identified in 12 towns, including Westport. In addition to this confirmed case, there has been one probable case of West Nile virus infection identified this year

The Department of Public Health said the New Haven resident between 60 -69 years of age became ill during the second week of August and is currently hospitalized.

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