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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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The Westport Woman’s Club luncheon today featured entertainment by The Orphenians of Staples High School under the direction of Alice Lipson, who is retiring this year after teaching at Westport schools for 35 years, 22 years at Staple. This is a very special year for the Orphenians as the group is celebrating its 50th anniversary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for


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Monday, May 03, 2010

Republican House Hopefuls’ Final Debate May 12

In their final debate before the May 21 Republican state nominating convention in Hartford, the five Republican candidates for the 4th U.S. Congressional district will square off Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall auditorium.

Each is expected to make the case that he is the best to defeat freshman Democratic Congressman Jim Himes whose seat had been held by Republicans for four decades before him.

The candidates include state Sen. Dan Debicella of Shelton, Rob Merkle of Norwalk, Easton First Selectman Tom Herrmann, Rick Torres of Bridgeport and Will Gregory of New Canaan.

“Now more than ever we need a strong Republican to represent Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District,” said Bob Zappi, chairman of the Westport Republican Town Committee, which is hosting the debate.

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Storm clouds gathered over Westport today as seen from Grace K. Salmon Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Tipster Leads to $569 Bank Robbery Suspect

Westport police said today they have arrested a 40-year-old Norwalk man for a $569 bank robbery Friday at TD Banknorth in Westport’s Saugatuck section. He told them he needed the money to pay his rent.

Bank robbery suspect
Anonymous tipster led to suspect. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Police identified the suspect as Felix Lopez whose last known address was 158 West Cedar St. in Norwalk. He was charged with robbery and larceny and held on $150,000 bond for a court appearance on Tuesday.

Police said an anonymous telephone tip from someone who saw a police-issued photo of the bank robber on television led them to the suspect. (See WestportNow April 30, 2010)

Investigation determined that Lopez was also wanted on two unrelated rearrest warrants by the Norwalk and Wilton Police Departments, police said.

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Green Talk: Generating Savings With Energy Audits

By Marty Yellin

A small investment in a home energy audit can generate significant savings over time. An audit will assess how much energy your home consumes and evaluate measures to make your home more energy Image

You can perform a simple energy audit yourself or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough audit.

If you choose to do the audit yourself, there are three main areas to address.

First, consider air leaks and drafts. Reducing drafts alone can save from 5 percent to 30 percent in energy usage.

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Talking Transportation: Bar Cars, The NYT and The Truth

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

In an earlier life I was a journalist. A pretty good one too, winning awards in my time at NBC News and local stations. 


We used to have a joke in the newsroom about sloppy reporting, commenting that a reporter “should never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

That rubric came to mind when I first read The New York Times April 20 feature on pending demise of Metro-North’s bar cars.  I had spoken with the reporter,  Michael Grynbaum, about the story. I even sent him to talk to others involved in the efforts to save the last commuter rail bar cars in the United States.

But despite our conversations, he got the story wrong. Very wrong.

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Getting Ready to Celebrate Longshore’s 50th Anniversary Image
A 50th anniversary celebration marking Westport’s 1960 purchase of Longshore Club Park will be held Thursday, May 20 at the Inn at Longshore. A town committee has put together a 1960s cocktail/dance party featuring 1960s music. What to wear?  Shown here are committee events chair Kristan Peters-Hamlin (in a 1960 dress) and committee member Gene Seidman (in 1968 outfit) getting in character for the celebration. Tickets and details are available here.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Utility crews work to restore power on Westport’s Post Road East at Rayfield Road today. Connecticut Light & Power Company said almost 400 customers were affected by the outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Power Outage Hits Post Road East Area

UPDATE A power outage hit Westport’s Post Road East in the area of Rayfield Road today.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 381 Westport customers were without power at 10 a.m. and that all had been restored by 11 a.m.

There were reports that a blown transformer was involved in the outage.


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Did You See a Circus Parade Go By? Image
A traveler just off the train at Westport on Sunday looks for a ride. It was not known why she was dressed in costume. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, May 3, 2010

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - She Loves Me Film Festival: “You’ve Got Mail” (1998)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 409 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on channel 78)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Helping a Westporter: the “Before” Picture Image
A community service event today made a difference in the lives of a number of Westporters. The Service League of Boys (SLOBs), a parent-son community service club at Staples High School, and the Westport chapter of the National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, joined together for their first annual day of service. At the home of Stascia Reitano, volunteers painted, stained, cleaned up, and did other repair work that transformed her house in one day. This is the “before” picture. See below for the “after” picture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Helping a Westporter: the “After” Picture Image
The home of Westporter Stascia Reitano is pictured after volunteers did some painting, cleaning, and repair work in an effort coordinated with Westport ’s Human Services Department. The girls of the National Charity League and the boys of the Service League of Boys (SLOBS) joined forces under organizers Kelly Copeland, Roni Goldberg and Suzanne Kalb. Parents worked alongside children, donating their free time on a summer-like, sunny day to take on strenuous and meticulous work. They also found the time to put an exclamation mark on their handiwork in the form of three potted plant displays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Volunteers Helping Their Community Image
Westporter Stascia Reitano is surrounded today by members of two volunteer organizations that did fix-up work on her home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Yellow Tide Image
Some swimmers at Westport’s Compo Beach stayed away from the water today because of an unusual yellow tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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