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Brian Petronella: cause of death not announced. File photo
UPDATE Brian Petronella, the longtime president of the Westport-based United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 371 food workers union and a leading figure in Connecticut labor and politics, died suddenly Friday night at his Norwalk home, the union’s Web site said today. He was 54.

“A tragic loss has been suffered by the officers, staff, executive board, and members of the UFCW Local 371,” the Web site said. “President Brian A. Petronella passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening, August 6th at his home. Please join with us in our prayers for the Petronella family.”

The cause of the death was not announced. (See obituary)

As union president since 1999, Petronella had been involved in a number of high profile union issues involving food workers. Earlier this year, Petronella was involved in talks that averted a strike and led to a new contract between Stop & Shop and its unionized workers.

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Going Down: 5 Side Hill Road Image
The house at 5 Side Hill Road, off Old Hill Road, was demolished today. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch had 2,596 square feet, was situated on a 1.12-acre property and changed ownership last month at $1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 25, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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It was a busy morning at the Westport Town Clerk’s Office today as about two dozen Westporters picked up absentee ballots for Tuesday’s primary election. The Saturday session was arranged by Town Clerk Patty Strauss who said that 347 absentee ballots were issued from July 23 through Friday and of those, 260 have been completed and returned. “This is weak for a double (Republican and Democrat Party) primary,” she said. “It’s less than what we expected.” However, she said in the 2006 state primary that included the highly competitive Lamont vs Lieberman Democratic senatorial race, there were 319 absentee ballots returned. The Westport turnout at that election was 56 percent.  “We expect about a 50 percent turnout this year,” Strauss said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Burnham Hill Image
UPDATE and CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Burnham Hill, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1966, the one-story ranch has 1,493 square feet and is situated on a .52-acre property. (An earlier version of this caption said in error that it would be reviewed by the Historic District Commission.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Ice Cream Time Image
A line quickly formed at ice cream time at Compo Beach’s beach camp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Saturday, August 7, 2010

9 a.m. - noon - Westport Town Hall - Town Clerk’s office open to pick up absentee ballots
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - E-book Reader Rally
11 a.m. - noon - Earthplace - Meadow Explorations
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
1 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School (255 North Avenue) - MTC School of Performing Arts, “High School Musical 2”
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters & Crafts (ages 3-10)
5 p.m. - Patches Playground, Greens Farms Elementary School - GFS Kindergarten Summer Playdate
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs
9 p.m. - BobbyQs Restaurant Rooftop - Lost in the Flood performs to benefit Westport Fire Department/Connecticut Burn Center

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Welcome to “Summer” Image
Guests attending the Westport Arts Center’s “Summer” exhibit opening tonight were welcomed by Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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“Song of Summer, 2002” Image
Artist Eric Chiang of Westport poses next to his acrylic on canvas painting “Song of Summer, 2002,” which is among 71 works on exhibit at the Westport Arts Center “Summer” which opened tonight. A former wall street denizen, Chiang is now a full-time artist. His work depicts the artist’s view of the coast of Maine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Full Deck Image
The outside deck of the Westport Arts Center on Riverside Avenue was crowded with guests tonight as hundreds attended an opening reception for WAC’s “Summer” show of 71 works by artist members selected by curator Alexandra Monroe, senior curator of Asian art at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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“Summer” Friday Night

A gallery of photos from tonight’s Westport Arts Center opening reception for its “Summer” exhibit. Helen Klisser During, Larry Untermeyer, Alyssa Crouse, and contributing photographers for


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Chas. Addams Exhibit Opens at Library Image
An exhibit entitled “Chas Addams:  Favorite Haunts” opened tonight in the Great Hall of the Westport Public Library.  The exhibit, which will remain on view for two months, features a collection of 40 drawings and paintings created by the legendary cartoonist Charles Addams (1912-1988). The selections, ranging in subject matter from skewed relationships and architectural fantasies to his unique take on the arts and his special Addams Family characters, elicited appreciative smiles from the opening night visitors.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Insight Into the Life of Charles Addams Image
An insight into the life and times of The New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams was offered tonight by H. Kevin Miserocchi, executive director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, and curator of an exhibit of Addams’ work which opened at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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