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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Securing Propane Tanks

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Westport firefighters attended to propane tanks at a Leslie Lane home this afternoon as the waters from Dead Man’s Brook pushed out of its banks. The tanks were used to heat a swimming pool. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Sasco Creek Overflows

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Today’s heavy rain caused Sasco Creek to overflow on the Westport-Fairfield line. The Old Sasco Mill is in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michael Traum for WestportNow.com

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Pushing Out of Its Banks

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Today’s rains had the normally sedate Dead Man’s Brook pushing out of its banks where it intersects Leslie Lane in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Wet Basement

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A basement of a home on Sue Terrace is covered by water as record rains hit the Westport area today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Front Yard Lake

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Today’s heavy rains created a lake in front of this house on Westport’s Sue Terrace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Moving Slowly

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Traffic along Westport’s Post Road East at Cedar Road moved slowly through flood waters today.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Brook Becomes a Flood

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Dead Man’s Brook flooded this front yard on Westport’s Lost Lodge Road during today’s heavy rains.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicholas Weiner for WestportNow.com

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Good Day for the Ducks

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A backyard on Westport’s Richmondville Avenue became a good place for ducks today as heavy rains pelted the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cross Highway Among Flooded Roadways

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Westport’s Cross Highway between Weston Road and Hockanum Road was among roadways flooded by today’s heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Trapped

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Flood waters rose swiftly today on Pumpkin Hill Road off North Avenue, trapping several vehicles as heavy rains pelted the Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Roads Flood as Flood Watch is Issued for Area

Heavy rains flooded some local roadways today as the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for portions of southern Connecticut and southeast New York, including the Westport area.

The watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

“Heavy rain continues to fall or will begin falling shortly across the watch area,” a statement said at 9:24 a.m. “Portions of Long Island and Connecticut have received anywhere from 2 to 3 inches of rainfall so far.”

The weather station at Bedford Middle School measured more than 4.5 inches of rain by 1:30 p.m. since midnight.

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Baby Dies in Merritt Accident

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A 1-year-old infant died and several persons were injured today when their car went off the southbound lane of the Merritt Parkway in Westport near the Easton Road overpass and struck a tree during heavy rain. Westport firefighters had to extricate one of the victims from the car. The baby, later identified as Mariam Geevarghese of Shelton, was transported to Norwalk Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. In addition to state police and four Westport fire vehicles on the scene, Westport EMS used two ambulances to treat and transport the injured, and a Westport police unit also carried a passenger to Norwalk Hospital. The accident shortly before 8 a.m. shut down the roadway for about an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Westport’s Changing Main Street

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Three years after it opened, Brookstone Inc. is gone from 185 Main St., Westport. The building at the corner of Parker Harding Plaza, which long had been vacant until Brookstone’s opening in 2003, will become a branch of Commerce Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com

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Rainy Backup on I-95

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Traffic backed up on I-95 tonight on the bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport due to an accident in the southbound lanes beween exit 17 and 16. It was not known if the rainy conditions contributed to the accident. CTDOT Photo

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All Gone: 45 Clapboard Hill Road

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The house and two out buildings at 45 Clapboard Hill Road, Westport, came down today. The property sold last month for $1,650,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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African Violet Society Show at Earthplace

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The Silvermine African Violet Society’s judged show opened today at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Pictured showing off some of the entries are (l-r): John Vezendy and Jean Simons of Westport, Cindy O’Brien of Norwalk, and Martha Turiano of Waterbury.  The show continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Westport’s Tavern on Main Changes Hands

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Tavern on Main: Under new ownership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tavern on Main, one of Westport’s best known restaurants, has changed hands.

Longtime Westport restaurateur Jocko Saltus, who operated the Main Street eatery for a decade, has sold it to Helen and Dimitri Zervos of Monroe. 

They are life-long restauranteurs and currently own the Andros Diner in Rocky Hill. They previously owned the Andros Diner in Fairfield.

The new owners have asked all of the staff, service and kitchen, to remain and everyone has agreed to stay, according to Saltus. They say they have intention of making any changes.

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Sunday NY Times Features Staples Math Winners

Sunday’s New York Times Connecticut section features a story about four students from Westport’s Staples High School who recently won $20,000 in a math competition to figure out how to fix Social Security.

Under the headline, “That Was Easy: Social Security Problems Solved,” the newspaper recounts how the four worked 14 hours on a Saturday in March to win the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, sponsored by the Moody’s Foundation and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, a math advocacy group.

The Times coverage included a picture of the four – Vikas Murali, 17; Miles Lubin, 16; Antrew Tschirhart, 18, and Elizabeth Marshman, 17 – as well as faculty adviser Bill Walsh and Frank Corbo, head of the math department.

The students presented their findings earlier this month to the Board of Education. (See WestportNow April 11, 2006)

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Sculpture Climbing

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Two girls made their own playground on the sculpture outside the Westport Public Library Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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“Thurgood” Extended at Playhouse

“Thurgood” has been extended at the Westport Country Playhouse until May 21, a week later than it was originally scheduled to close.

The production, which stars James Earl Jones, was originally slated to close on May 14.

It is a story about former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Tickets for “Thurgood” are priced at $45, $55, $65.

For performance schedule, information and tickets, call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.

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Westport Artist to be Honored at NY Film Festival

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Festival award: Ann Chernow’s oil “Sydney Greenlee” will be presented to a Tribeca Film Festival winner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport artist Ann Chernow has been selected as one of the artists to be honored at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City from April 27 through May 6.

Robert De Niro, actor, producer and director of the Tribeca Film Festival, will greet the artists at a luncheon April 27 in Tribeca.

Chernow’s oil,“Sydney Greenlee,”  part of a series called “Fictitious Icons” which was exhibited in several national exhibitions, will be presented to one of the film awardees of the festival.

Her recent exhibitions include features at Uptown Gallery, New York City;  Dorothy Rogers Fine Art in Santa Fe, N.M., and Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, Mass. 

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Greens Farms Academy Presents “Tommy”

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Greens Farms Academy will present “Tommy” this weekend. Performances are slated for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students. Westporter Will D’Agostino plays 10-year-old Tommy. Also from Westport, Nick Wagenseller plays Captain Walker and Bernadette Jamison plays Sally Simpson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sportsmen of Westport Sets Annual Dinner May 23

The Sportsmen of Westport group will hold its 45th annual Dinner of Champions Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at Continental Manor in Norwalk..kuroghlian10140401150.jpg
Gerry Kuroghlian: to get citizenship award. WN photo

Honorees include Matt MacVane, John Cooper, Lisa Brummel, and Dale Hollingsworth (sportsmen awards), Pat Smith (coaching award), Gerry Kuroghlian (citizenship award), and Bill Mitchell (William A.Krause, Jr. Humanitarian Award), an announcement said.

There will be a 6 pm. to 7 p.m. cocktail hour with a prime rib dinner to follow which includes an open bar. Tickets are $45 and will be available beginning April 27.

Tickets can be purchased at Settlers and Traders Real Estate, 215 Post Road West; Junior’s Hot Dog Stand, 265 Riverside Ave.; the Red Barn, 292 Wilton Road, or at Staples High School. For further information contact Karen DeFelice at (203)341-1365.

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Keir Dullea Among Headliners at Playhouse “Selected Shorts”

Keir Dullea, Patricia Kalember and Isaiah Sheffer will read short fiction in “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the National Public Radio show, on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Presented by Arts in the House, a collaboration between the Westport Arts Center and Westport Country Playhouse, the program will be taped for future NPR broadcast.

Dullea will read “Palais de Justice” by Mark Helprin, Kalember, who was raised in Westport, will bring to life “We” by Mary Grimm, and Sheffer will lend his voice to “Heart of a Champion” by T.C. Boyle.

Now in its 20th season, “Selected Shorts” is produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio.  The award-winning program is heard locally on Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WSHU (FM 91.1).

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Compo Playground Construction Volunteers Still Needed

Construction of the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach kicks off next week, and volunteers are still needed.

There will be shifts of volunteers working from Tuesday through Sunday, April 30.

Those who have not previously signed up are encouraged just to go the beach when they have time during those hours, even if it is only one hour, according to organizers.

For more information,  contact Kristin Ehrlich at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 341-0511.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cannon Climbing

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With summer-like weather at Westport’s Compo Beach Thursday, it was also the perfect day for climbing on the cannons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 21, 2006


1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Long Range Planning Committee

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Getting Ready for Puppet Parade

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Children attending the Vacation Days Workshop at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Center today created praying mantis and dragonfly costumes. They will use during the puppet parade at the Earth Festival on Saturday April 29.  Camper Katie Orlin (r) models her praying mantis costume, along with the large puppets created by Lauren Beth Stein and Steve Richardson from Waking Dream Puppets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Summer

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Westport’s Compo Beach looked more like a summer day today than an April one. The temperature reached 79 at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Bank Exhibits Photos of WestportNow Contributor

Fairfield County Bank’s Westport branch is exhibiting the photographs of Emily Hamilton Laux, a regular contributor to WestportNow. WestportNow.com Image
“Skimboarders at Compo Cove” is one of a group of photographs by Emily Hamilton Laux on exhibit at Fairfield County Bank’s Westport branch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

The exhibition, “Wishing for Summer,” is a lighthearted series of scenes on and near the water in Westport. The photographs are on view through the end of June at the bank, 180 Post Road East. Some were published on WestportNow in 2005 and early this year.

“These images celebrate the beauty of Westport’s shoreline, and those moments—playful, serene, always uplifting—we all experience when we are near the water,” said Hamilton Laux.

“My favorite is the one of the teenagers who are just crazy, happily surfing their skimboards. It was taken on Columbus Day at Compo Cove, yet it looks like an endless summer shot from Southern California.”

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