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Monday, March 10, 2008

Costa Rica Photos on Display at Senior Center

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Photos taken on a recent trip to Costa Rica by Stan Groner, president of the camera club at the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston, are on display at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The exhibit runs through the end of March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 11 Hunting Lane

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 11 Hunting Lane near Bulkley Avenue North. The one-story ranch house has 1,040 square feet, was built in 1953, and is located on a .29-acre corner lot. It changed hands in November 2005 for $670,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Scene

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Sunday’s bright sunlight reflected off the waters at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 10, 2008


9 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Annual Winter Book Sale (everything half price)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - The Paradox of Water
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission

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Residents Unhurt as Fireplace Flames Spread

By Dave Matlow

An attempt to dispose of a Christmas wreath in a fireplace caused flames to spread to the underside of the fireplace mantle tonight, forcing a Compo Beach area family to flee their house and summon Westport firefighters.WestportNow.com Image
Firefighters work at 43 Burnham Hill in Westport’s Compo Beach area tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Fire Department Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney said firefighters quickly doused the flames at 43 Burnham Hill but not before they damaged the mantle, personal items placed on it, some wood panel walls, and caused a heavy smoke condition.

He said the fire started when the homeowners tried to dispose of a Christmas wreath by placing it in the fireplace. 

When the flames rose to the underside of the mantle, the male resident tried to control the fire by transporting water from the kitchen. But the conditions worsened. and his wife scooped up their 21-month-old son from his crib in a rear bedroom, called 911 and went outside as did her husband, the fire official said.

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Al’s Angels Prepare Holiday Goodies

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Westport’s Al’s Angels charity group this weekend assembled more than 1,200 Easter/Passover baskets to be distributed next weekend to those less fortunate. More then 65 volunteers showed up early today at the old Gault Building in Saugatuck for this annual ritual. Children living with rare blood disorders, cancer and child abuse will have joy added to their lives with these holiday gifts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Back Home Again

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A woman who lived at Westport’s 99 Myrtle Ave. 40 years ago returned today to tour the recently renovated town-owned home known as the Emily McLaury House. Esta Sands, 70, of Armonk, N.Y., said her nephew recently found a reference to the home on the Internet and alerted her. She contacted Wendy Crowther, a member of the 99 Myrtle Ave. restoration committee who arranged for her tour of the home. She said her parents purchased the house in 1956 as a summer and weekend home, and she lived there with her daughters from 1962 to 1969. Her parents owned the home until 1972. She posed with a photo of herself in a bathing suit in front of the home which she said was taken about 50 years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Longshore Ice Rink Closes for Season

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Brittainie Mooney (l), a ninth grader at Staples High School, and Annie Rosenberg, a Staples junior, today went for their final spin of the 2007-2008 skating season at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. The rink closed today but will reopen in an expanded form next season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Doggie Plunge

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A day after Compo Beach was full of people doing a penguin plunge, this visitor today had plenty of room for a doggie plunge. Today was decidedly cooler than Saturday, howerver, with temperatures in the 30s.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Midnight Wait for “Super Smash Bros. Brawl”

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Crowds lined up Saturday night outside GameStop, 877 Post Road East, Westport, for the midnight release of “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” the third installment of the popular fighting game for the Nintendo Wii game system. The store experienced its largest pre-release line for any video game to date, and the event’s atmosphere was similar to the excitement felt for the release of the last Harry Potter book. Only hours earlier the area suffered a blackout due to downed power lines.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Wii Tournament Play

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Adam Mally (c) and Chris Sledge (r) of Westport were the first two entrants in the “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” tournament Saturday night at Westport’s GameStop. The tournament preceded the midnight release of the popular video game for the Nintendo Wii system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Lowlyn Road

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An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 5 Lowlyn Road off Partrick Road. Built in 1952, the two-story colonial house has 2,357 square feet and is located on a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sap Tap

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Visitors to Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center braved the strong rains Saturday to learn how Earthplace naturalist Margaret Ardwin (l) taps sugar maple trees to collect sap for making maple syrup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 9, 2008


11:30 am. - 5 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Annual Winter Book Sale
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Vigil”
4 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center presents Jazz to the Max: Derek Smith and Warren Vache

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New Exposure for Old Photographic Method

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Braving winds and rain, guests attended a second reception tonight at The Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 606 Post Road East. Westport, held to commemorate its inaugural exhibit featuring nine local artists. (See WestportNow Feb. 16, 2008) Jean Lawlor of Westport studied the antique tintype method used by Nate Gibbons in his photographic creations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Injuries in Partrick Road Crash

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A young driver lost control and crashed into a stone wall on Westport’s Partrick Road at about 7:30 p.m. today. There were no injuries, but the car was severely damaged and had to be taken from the scene on a flatbed truck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sean Timmins for WestportNow.com

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Sherwood Diner Darkened

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Westport’s Sherwood Diner was among the businesses darkened tonight by a blackout on Post Road East. High winds up to 50 miles per hour downed trees and power lines. Power was restored to this area at about 7:30 p.m. View is looking east on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Blackout on Post Road East

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A portion of Westport’s Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector was in the dark tonight for several hours after trees downed power lines in the area. Police placed portable stop signs at the intersection. Power came back at about 7:30 p.m. View is looking west at the Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Replacing Batteries for Daylight Saving Time

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The Westport Fire Department today offered free 9-volt batteries for home alarm systems. Martin Crouse of Westport (l) told Lt. Ken Lombardi (r) and Firefighter Terry Dunn that he has taken advantage of the battery exchange offer “ever since it started.”  The Fire Department tries to raise awareness of the battery exchange offer by coordinating it with the change to Daylight Savings Time which takes place at 2 a.m. Sunday. It also serves as a reminder to residents to turn their clocks ahead by one hour before going to bed tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines

UPDATE High winds downed trees and power lines today leaving hundreds of Westport customers in the dark.

A stretch of Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector was without power from late in the afternoon until after dark.

CL&P reported 694 Westport customers were without power at 8 p.m.

Crews worked on downed trees and power lines at several locations, including near the intersection of North Avenue and Long Lots Road. North Avenue was closed to traffic in that area until about 8:40 p.m.

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High Winds Warning Issued

The National Weather Service today issued a high wind warning for Westport and area until 7 a.m. Sunday.

Strong southerly winds out ahead of a vigorous storm system will develop this afternoon, an advisory said. The strongest winds will be across Long
Island, New York City and coastal Connecticut.

Winds will be especially strong at higher elevations and in tall buildings. Winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph are possible.

These winds will become more westerly after a cold front moves through this evening with strong winds across the entire region.

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“We Did It!”

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Exhilaration was on the faces of these participants in today’s Special Olympic Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Plunging for a Good Cause

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Several hundred persons took part in today’s Peguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach for the Special Olympics. The annual event took place in fog and rain but the air temperature was relatively balmy in the 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Everyone Into the Water

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Members of the Westport Police Department and Fire Department were among those taking part in today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach. Among them were Deputy Police Chief Gary Golas (l) and Firefighter Jeff Thompson (2nd l.). CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Swim

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Young and the not-so-young took part in today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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