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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Westport’s Annual Running of the Books

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As Mimi Greenlee (r), chair of the Westport Public Library annual summer book sale, opened the gate at 9 a.m. sharp today, dealers rushed into the main tent to scoop up their bargains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Family Affair

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Sorting out bargains today at the opening of the Westport Public Library annual book summer sale was a family affair for some.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Carrying a Load

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Book dealers had special sorting areas set aside for them today at the opening of the Westport Public Library’s annual summer book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Going for a Record

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Today’s Westport Public Library annual summer book sale also included records, CDs, DVDs, and videotapes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Lining Up for the Book Sale

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About 250 book enthusiasts were on line today as the 9 a.m. opening approached for the Westport Public Library’s annual summer book sale on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Setting Up for the Main Street Art Festival

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Westport’s Main Street was a busy scene early today as dealers set up for the two-day 34th annual Downtown Merchants Association Fine Art Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Energizer Buys Westport’s Playtex Products for $1.16 Billion

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The 200 Westport employees of Playtex Products Inc. are seeing visions of the Energizer bunny.

Energizer Holdings Inc. has announced it will buy Playtex for about $1.16 billion. But the fate of the Westport headquarters of the personal products company at the Nyala Farms office complex on Greens Farms Road is not known.

Playtex products include Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boad sun screen, and Wet One wipes. St. Louis-based Energizer makes batteries, flashlights and shaving products. It will fold the company into its Schick Wilkinson Sword division later this year.

Neil DeFeo, chairman and chief executive officer of Playtex, said in a statement that Energizer offered a good premium over the company’s share price. “For our employees, it means becoming a part of a much larger consumer products business with the scale and resources to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment,” he said.

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Summer Library Book Sale Begins Today

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The Westport Public Library’s annual summer book sale begins at 9 a.m. today and continues until Tuesday. Helping put last minute touches on a sign outside a tent on Jesup Green are Sara and Lauren Casey, both juniors at Staple High School, flanking Emma Ward, a junior at Sacred Heart. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 14, 2007


9 a.m.-6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Annual summer book sale
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Main Street - Fine Art Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking” opening night
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mill River Band

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Newest Resident of Westport’s Earthplace

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Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, has acquired this Barn Owl with permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it has been added to its outdoor Birds of Prey display. Originally found stuck in a pipe in Ogden, Utah, in 2004, the female barn owl with a damaged wing was transferred to the Raptor Center at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science for rehabilitation and training. Known as the “ghost owl” with their distinctive facial disk and silent flight, Barn Owls may consume as many as 1,000 rodents each during breeding season. Although they are found on almost every continent, they are listed as an endangered species in Connecticut. Earthplace is holding a contest to name its newest resident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Westport Property Transfers July 2-6, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 2-6, 2007:

Joseph E. & Loubna M. Bonin to Alison Dris & Seth Bienstock, 46 Rayfield Road, $1,850,000WN property.jpg

Howard & Andrea Fine to Deborah A. Fritz & Peter S. Bradeen, 4 Cross Highway, $717,000

Eloise R. Johnson to Steven M. & Stacey W. Landowne, 21 Dogwood Lane, $1,430,000

John W. & Constance W. Kiermaier to John P. & Amy G. Chaple, 7 Canal St., $930,000

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Downtown Art Festival to Attract 40,000 This Weekend

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Mary Ann Neilson: “Most Westport artists don’t display at the festival anymore.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com

By Ed Kiersh

An inviting combination of carefully chosen art works, food, free entertainment and sunny, less humid weather is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors to Westport’s 34th annual downtown Fine Art Festival this weekend.

The convergence of art lovers, 137 pre-screened artists, and the simultaneous book sale at the library will predictably clog Westport streets and cause innumerable parking headaches.

But the art festival still promises to raise more than $25,000 for Main Street’s continued beautification from the fees paid by exhibitors and corporate sponsors.

“Besides promoting Main Street, and all it offers, this festival is wonderful for the community,” said Rober Hertzel, the director of the event, which is organized by the Downtown Merchants Association.

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River Scene

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A couple of members of the Saugatuck Rowing Club get some pointers from a club instructor Thursday while an interested observer from the shore looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 13, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavillion - Silver Streaks
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Arts Center presents pianists Frederic Chiu & Bob James
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking” Preview

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RTM Debate on Y Gets Heated

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Tonight’s special Westport Representative Town Meeting session reviewing an application to construct a new Westport Weston Family Y at the Y’s Mahackeno property erupted into a shouting match about two and a half hours into the debate. When member Richard Lowenstein (back to camera) attempted to take the podium to make a point of order, Edward Lerner (rear, pointing finger), an attorney for an intervenor, accused Lowenstein of pushing him out of the way. Lerner had just said an objection made by Town Attorney Ira Bloom to Lerner’s questioning of two town Conservation Department officials was an attempt to “cover up” information. The disruption resulted in a 15-minute recess. John Kennedy (l) is another intervenor in the RTM review. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo from Westport Town Television.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Farmers Market Debuts at Winslow Park

By Linda Alvkall

The Thursday Westport Farmers Market made its debut today at Winslow Park as organizers and participants said the now twice-a-week summertime event has become even more of a winner for both customers and vendors.

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The one-day test of the Westport Farmers Market at Winslow Park delighted many. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“It is a pleasant environment to be in, and there are extra parking spaces now, so this is a win-win situation for everyone,” said Katherine Dyer, market manager. She made clear, however, that this was a one-day test for the new location and a decision has yet to be made to use the park on a regular basis. As the 10 a.m. opening hour arrived, a steady stream of customers made their way to the dozen or so white and blue tents dotting a lush green area of the sprawling park which up to now has been known mostly for its canine visitors.

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Westport Property Transfers June 25-29, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 25-29, 2007:

Paul A. & Marie G. Larocca to Matthew Hoebermann, 7 Meadow Brook Lane, $1,500,000WN property.jpg

Ismo & Monica Eva Maria Haka to Hewitt Assoc. LLC, 18 Sandy Hill Terrace, $1,475,000

Hewitt Assoc. LLC to Robert D. Starr & Ming Hua Yong, 18 Sandy Hill Terrace, $1,475,000

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Going Down: 5 Devon Road

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The house at 5 Devon Road, off Clapboard Hill Road in Westport was demolished today. The 3,550-square-feet house built in 1940 was situated on a 0.88 acre property.  It sold last month for $1,650,000 and was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 26, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Woodside Ave.

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Westport building officials have received an application for a permit to demolish a 1970 house located at 9 Woodside Ave. off Kings Highway North. The 1,800-square-foot raised ranch sits a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Farrell Appears Headed for Easy Senate Confirmation

Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell appears headed for easy Senate confirmation as a member of the Export-Import Bank’s board of directors, the Connecticut Post reported today.

At her confirmation hearing Wednesday, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., warmly greeted Farrell, whom he counts among his friends, the newspaper said.

“I have known Diane for many years and I am impressed obviously with her intelligence and tenacity,” he said.

Farrell, a Democrat, twice challenged Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, for his seat in Congress, losing by close margins in 2004 and 2006.

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Artists’ Talk

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Westport photographer Pam Einarsen discusses her diptych photographs at the Westport Art Center’s Artists Talk gallery event Wednesday night which featured five artists from the current “Solos Shows” exhibit. Einarsen, a well-known Fairfield County portrait photographer, is exploring new themes of story-telling with her fine art color photography work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 12, 2007


10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Winslow Park - Farmers Market (park in the Westport Country Playhouse lot)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  - Westport Public Library - My Book Box
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing
7 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Special RTM meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavillion -  Night & Day: The Best of Cole Porter
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking” preview

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Board of Finance Rejects $30,000 Tree Safety Request

By Linda Alvkall

The Westport Board of Finance tonight rejected First Selectman Gordon Joseloff’s request for $30,000 to improve tree safety on town streets.

He said the appropriation was prompted by the June 9 accident on the Merritt Parkway in Westport in which two persons were killed by a falling tree. (See WestportNow June 10, 2007)

“Let me tell you, I am very disappointed,” Joseloff said after the six members present failed to introduce a motion to support the request. “I think you are defying the wishes of the Town of Westport residents to improve their safety.”

Kevin Connolly, a Democrat and board vice chair, said he was sympathetic to the safety issues but said the request showed “(a) real glaring lack of budgetary discipline.”

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Winslow Park Territorial War: Market vs Dogs

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Westporters Anne and Rick Dlinn are worried that their Welsh Corgi Lucky will have less space to frolic with the Farmers Market moving into Winslow Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com
By Grace Shay and Ed Kiersh

UPDATED
Thursday’s planned “experimental move” by the Westport Farmers Market from the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot into the far more bucolic adjacent Winslow Park has upset some dog owners who regularly use the park. But others say it’s fine with them.

“The anti-dog contingent is encroaching on our territory more and more,” complained Westporter Ann Dlinn, who’s been coming to Winslow for 18 years.

“They are constantly cutting into the dogs’ space bit by bit, and doing everything possible to the (off-leash) area.

Market Manager Katherine Dyer called the move a “test,” and said there “will be little to no impact on dogs who wish to run free in the off-leash area.” She noted that the new market location in fact is actually farther away from the off-leash area.

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Heavy Lifting for Library Book Sale

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There was some heavy lifting to do as preparations continued for Saturday’s opening of the Westport Public Library annual summer book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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