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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Now It’s Official

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With the formal dedication today of the Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, there’s a new name for the stretch of roadway from the intersection of Routes 136 and 33 in Westport (Saugatuck Avenue) through Riverside Avenue and Wilton Road to the Ridgefield town line. This sign is at the bottom of the Exit 17 northbound ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bagpipe Honors

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Ralph Nathanson of the Wilton Fire Department representing the Connecticut Firefighter Pipes and Drums played a medley of armed forces music at today’s Westport dedication of the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joseloff: “We Must Remember Our Living Heroes as Well”

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In his remarks at today’s dedication of the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said military personnel as well as first responders who continue to serve must be remembered as well. He noted that 24 hours ago on the roadway in front of the VFW Post, site of the dedication ceremony, Westport police pursued “a crazed man” who eventually ended up dead on a roadway in Weston after several carjackings. “It is right and fitting to renew our public thanks to all of them—those who have fallen as well as those living—in this way.” Joseloff said. “Westport welcomes a new name on its roadways and an opportunity to say thanks.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cool Read

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach Tuesday found just the right combination for a cool read. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


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
11 a.m. - Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post #399 (465 Riverside Avenue) - Dedication Ceremony for “Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Conductor Jack & the Zinghoppers
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” preview

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“That Championship Season” Begins Playhouse Previews

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The cast takes a bow tonight following the debut preview performance of “That Championship Season,” the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play at the Westport Country Playhouse. Pictured (l-r) are Skipp Sudduth, Robert Clohessy, John Doman (who plays the role of coach),  Lou Liberatore and Tom Nelis. The play runs through Sept. 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Westport Carjacking Suspect Dies in Weston Crash

UPDATE A fast-moving police chase that began with a knifepoint carjacking in Norwalk and involved several crashes and another carjacking in Westport ended today with the suspect being killed after smashing into several utility poles in Weston, police said.WestportNow.com Image
Police investigate today’s carjacking crime spree after the suspect’s crashed in Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The suspect was the only casualty in the incident, according to Westport police. State police identified him as Samuel Marino, 26, who they said had a last known address as Miry Brook Road in Danbury.

However, a Westport police source said Marino was known to local law enforcement agencies, spent time in Westport and had threatened suicide on several occasions.

Westport police last arrested him on May 18 on a charge of violation of probation after he was stopped on Post Road East for a routine traffic violation. A license check revealed that there was an outstanding arrest warrant by state police stemming from a violation of his probation requirements.

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Westport Carjacking Leads to Weston Crash

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UPDATE A man wanted for a carjacking in Norwalk, caused several accidents in Westport today while being pursued by police, carjacked another vehicle in Westport and eventually crashed into several utility poles in Weston. He died in the crash near Weston’s center after being ejected from the vehicle, police said.  Only the suspect, described as a white male about 20 years old, was injured in the fast-moving crime spree.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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H1N1 Flu Task Force Meets at Health District

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Municipal, school, and health officials from Westport, Weston, and Wilton met as an H1N1 Flu Task Force today at the Westport Weston Health District to review preparations pior to school openings. Representatives from Westport included First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, as well as Health Director Mark Cooper (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Station Parking Closed for Repaving

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Westport commuters today found portions of the New Haven-bound parking lot at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck closed in preparation for repaving work that will last through Friday. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, frustrated with the state’s inattention to the “crater-like” conditions of the lot, said he ordered the repaving using funds from the town’s portion of railroad parking fees collected from commuters. The timing coincided with the time of year the lot historically is least used, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 41 Old Road

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WestportNow presents the first installment in a series of photos of the eight winners of the Historic District Commission 2009 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The house at 41 Old Road is owned by Allan and Robin Hoving and is known as the Backiel House, c. 1910. The HDC said “this simple vernacular house has had many additions over the years, some of which were appropriate and some which were not. The Historic District Commission is thankful that the most recent work is respectful of the origins of the house and was done with restraint. In a neighborhood that has seen a number of demolitions of older homes, the Backiel House now serves as an example of how an older house can regain its charm by returning the architecture to its beginnings.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Late Summer Beach Play

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Some teen visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach had some late afternoon fun over the weekend. It’s back to college and school for many Westporters over the next few days and next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


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
5 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten gathering
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” preview
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Harmony on the Sound Chorus

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Weeds and Unhappiness Grow Around Former Three Bears

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Neighbors on Westport’s Newtown Turnpike are become increasingly unhappy with what’s become of the former Three Bears Restaurant which had a brief run as Tiburon before the successor restaurant suddenly closed last month (See WestportNow July 27, 2009). In addition to weeds growing around the building and notices plastered on the front door, someone left a note to the former Three Bears owner, telling him “Shame on you.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Historic District Commission Announces 2009 Awards

The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) today announced its 2009 Historic Preservation Awards. Recipients will be honored at a Town Hall ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.

This year’s recipients include owners of eight residential properties: 13 Hillandale Road, 4 Burritt’s Landing, 81 Clapboard Hill Road, 187 Long Lots Road, 41 Old Road, 109 Wilton Road, 48 Turkey Hill Road South and 24 Compo Parkway.

Starting Tuesday, WestportNow begins publishing its annual series of photographs of each award-winning house.

Members of the public sent the commission nominations that included recent restoration, preservation, or rehabilitation projects displaying sensitivity to the scale, character, and architectural style of the structure. The commission gave special attention to the project’s impact on the surrounding streetscape.

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