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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Collecting for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

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Today’s Farmers Market at the Westport Center for Senior Activities was the focus of a canned and fresh food drive to assist the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and its Hunger Outreach Network. The network is comprised of 39 food pantries and soup kitchens which are experiencing an extreme food shortage. John Cottrell (l), chief executive officer of the council, was on hand along with Mary Ann West, of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, administrator of today’s drive, and her daughter, Amelia, home from college helping out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 108 Hillandale Road

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Karen and Bob Weingarten, owners of 108 Hillandale Road, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission is honoring the Weingartens, owners of the house known as the Simon Couch House, c. 1805, “to recognize the adaptive reuse of a historic barn. The repurposing of existing structures is an appropriate means of conservation – and barns, by their very nature are well suited for this purpose.” It cited the couple’s “meticulous documentation” of the building’s history and said it will serve to educate and orient future stewards of the property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Water Fun

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There was plenty of water fun Saturday off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, August 19, 2007


10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Westport Farmers Market - Canned and fresh food drive for area food banks
noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group II Show
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Discuss: “The Chatham School Affair”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion -  Jerry Weldon Trio

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

On the Beach

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A father and son make a mud creation today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Scrabble Champs Visit Senior Center

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Westport’s Center for Senior Activities today welcomed national school Scrabble champions Matthew Silver, 13, of Westport and Aune Mitchell, 14, of Ridgefield as it hosted intergenerational Scrabble matches. The oldest attendee was 91 and the youngest was 11. The Senior Center plans to have monthly Scrabble sessions beginning in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Stephen Sondheim Visits Playhouse

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Composer Stephen Sondheim visited the Westport Country Playhouse Friday and posed with the company of “Being Alive,” a world premiere musical revue with music and lyrics by Sondheim, conceived and directed by Billy Porter and additional text by William Shakespeare. It opens Aug. 24 and runs through Sept. 9. Sondheim was an apprentice at the Playhouse in 1950. Contributed photo

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Playground Morning After

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This was the scene at 7:30 a.m. today at Westport’s Compo Beach playground—the morning after perhaps some sort of wild and colorful bash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Twin Falls Lane

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A demolition application is in process for the house at 7 Twin Falls Lane off Wilton Road in Westport. The 1,406 square feet ranch house, built in 1954 sits on a one-acre property. It changed hands last month for $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 150 Compo Road North

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Pamela and Dimitri Vlahakis, owners of 150 Compo Road North (at the corner of Cross Highway), at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission is honoring the owners of the house known as the Maj. Allen Chapman/John Marchand House c. 1799 “in recognition of the sensitive and high quality restoration of this 18th century home. The effort to preserve the scale and historic character of this well known landmark is especially important in light of the redevelopment pressures that exist in Westport. At a time when several nearby historic homes have been lost, the Vlahakis’s decision to preserve an important aspect of our heritage is especially praiseworthy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 18, 2007


noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group II Show
2 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Music Theatre of Connecticut “Guys and Dolls”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Anthem
8 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Summer Theatre: “Miss Saigon”

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Low Tide Fun

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A visitor has some fun today at Westport’s Compo Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Stroller Talk

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Two youngsters seem engaged in conversation as mom does her morning walk Thursday along Westport’s Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 17, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Friday Fun Films
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Book Discussions for Teens
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II Opening Reception
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Music Theatre of Connecticut “Guys and Dolls”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs
8 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Summer Theatre: “Miss Saigon”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”

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Preservation Award Winner: 225 Compo Road South

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Elizabeth Hiltz and Kevin Thomas, owners of 225 Compo Road South, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commissioned honored the owners of the house known as the Mary Anne Allen House c. 1892 “in recognition of the careful restoration of this wonderful Queen Anne home.” It said it is unusual “to see such a high quality effort extended to a more modest residential structure. The textured gable, graceful spindle work and wraparound porch all contribute to the historic character of this significant home. Of perhaps greatest note is the fact that the owners chose to preserve the original scale of the building. As a result, it has a remarkable feeling of authenticity.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Moisture, Mold Found in King’s Highway Gym Walls

UPDATE The special committee investigating air quality at Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School was told today that moisture and mold have been found behind the gymnasium walls.

“We’re facing remediation,” said Gavin Anderson, committee chair, adding that remediation efforts will begin next week.

Timing is critical, Anderson told a Town Hall meeting, because he wants to be able to give the school board by Wednesday a recommendation on whether to open the school on schedule Aug. 27.

Assistant Superintendent Nancy Harris, a member of the committee appointed July 30 by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, said a Norwalk firm has already been contacted and is scheduled to carry out the remediation work over three days next week. 

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Poland Spring Moment

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Karen and Kevin Clark take a moment from their walk today at Westport’s Compo Mill Beach to give Finnegan and Blitzi, both 2, a drink. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Police ID Bicycle Victim: 42-Year-Old Stamford Man

UPDATE Westport police today identified the bicyclist killed Wednesday on Post Road East in front of the Compo Shopping Center as James V. Imperioli, 42, of Stamford.WestportNow.com Image
A bicycle belonging to James V. Imperioli, 42, of Stamford lies in the roadway after Wednesday’s accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The driver of a truck involved in the accident was Steven Kuczynski, 32, of Beacon Falls, police said. He said he passed Imperioli before stopping at a traffic light but did not see the bicyclist at the time of the accident, detectives said.

The truck driver heard something but didn’t know what it was, the police report said. That is when he discovered the bicyclist on the ground and stopped to render assistance.

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Smart Stepping

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A participant in Westport Police Athletic League football gets some smart stepping pointers Wednesday as hundreds of future Staples Wreckers readied for the fall season at Westport’s Doubleday Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 16, 2007


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Breaking Away”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Kings Highway School Maintenance Committee Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Youth Commission Canceled
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion -  Abaca String Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”

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Preservation Award Winner: 173 Roseville Road

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Leigh Overland, owner of the house at 173 Roseville Road, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  The award for this property according to the Historic District Commission is in recognition of the “rehabilitation of this vernacular antique farm house that was once the home of noted sculptor Berthold Nebel and for retaining this vital part of Westport’s rich cultural history.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers August 6-10, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 6-10, 2007:

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Christopher V. Maxtone Graham and Stephanie O. Von Tempske to Kevin E. and Patricia M. Lord, 4 Beachside Common, $2,150,000 Gary J. and Lawrence M. Romano to Laurie A. Nelson Austin, 2 Vani Court, $684,300 Rubanara Holdings LLC to Ketchum 15 Holdings LLC, 15 Ketchum St., $2,975,000 Robert D. and Roslyne P. Stern to Janine Bassin and Clayton J. Hughes, 2 Imperial Ave., $1,275,000

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Westport Man Pleads Guilty in Trash Probe

A Westport man pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to participating in a scheme to inflate the prices that customers paid for garbage service in Connecticut and New York.

Anthony Luciano, 50, of 8 Davenport Road, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns to one count of conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Luciano was a salesman at Automated Waste Disposal of Danbury. Prosecutors say he participated in a conspiracy to deny three Danbury businesses fair pricing for garbage removal.

Luciano was arrested June 14 and initially pleaded not guilty to the charges. (See WestportNow June 26, 2007)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bicyclist Killed on Post Road East

UPDATE A bicyclist was killed today in a collision with a truck on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.

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Westport detectives examine a bicycle hit by a dump truck today on Post Road East in front of the Compo Shopping Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Witnesses said the man, who was not immediately identified, was riding in the area of the Compo Shopping Center near Compo Road North at about 2:25 p.m. when he collided with the dump truck. A police news release said:“Preliminary investigation determined that a male bicyclist made contact with a dump truck traveling westbound.” Police, fire and Westport EMS units responded within minutes. The man was later pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, according to police Lt. Dale Call. Police closed off a portion of the roadway while they conducted their investigation.

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Going Down (Up in Flames): 76 Clapboard Hill Road

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The Westport and Wilton Fire Departments today participated in a “live burn” exercise in demolishing a house at 76 Clapboard Hill Road. The 1947-built house containing 2,846 square feet and sitting on a 4.44-acre property sold in May for $2.3 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 28, 2007.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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