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Thursday, August 06, 2009

TeenFlix Set for Levitt This Month

TeenFlix return this month to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. The weekly outdoor film showings are sponsored by the Westport Youth Commission, Toquet Hall, and new this year, the Westport Public Image
The Levitt summer movie series kicks off Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) file photo

It is the fourth season for the Monday Levitt showings. The Westport Youth Film Festival will again contribute student-selected short clips prior to each feature film highlighting some of the best youth-made films from around the world.

The schedule includes: Aug. 10 “Slum Dog Millionaire;”  Aug. 17, “Forest Gump;” Aug. 24, “Zoolander,” and Aug. 31, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” All movies are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. Snacks will be available for purchase. 

The rain location is Toquet Hall for Aug. 10 and 31; and the Library’s McManus Room for Aug. 17 and 24.  Call Toquet Hall at 341-1155 for weather-related updates. 

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Tickets Still Available for Don McLean Friday at the Levitt Image
Don McLean: His “American Pie” is one of the top songs of the 20th century. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tickets are still available for “An Evening with Don McLean” at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion on Friday at 8 p.m. 

The rock-folk-pop music icon has achieved 40 platinum and gold records worldwide and a place in the Grammy and Songwriter’s Halls of Fame for such hits as “And I Love You So,” “Castles in the Air,” “Crying, Since I Don’t Have You,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and “American Pie.”

“American Pie” has been ranked as one of the top five songs of the 20th century on a list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Proceeds from the concert, which is sponsored by TD Bank, will help to underwrite the 58 free performances at the Pavilion this summer. For more information, or to charge tickets, visit the Pavilion’s Web site 

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Town of Westport Completes $19.6 Million in Refunding Image
Gordon F. Joseloff: sale saves taxpayers $775,000. File photo
The Town of Westport today completed the sale of $19.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds rated Aaa by Moody’s Investors Service.

“Market conditions made today’s sale better than we expected,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

He said the refunding, conducted through Piper Jaffray & Co., will result in savings of approximately $775,000 to Westport taxpayers.

The refunding included maturities from 2010 to 2023 at yields ranging from .35 percent to 3.52 percent.

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UPDATE Fumes from a leaking underground propane tank ignited early today outside a home at Westport’s 28 Pequot Trail. Family members inside—including a mother and father, two children, and four dogs—managed to escape as the flames spread to the exterior of the house. Westport firefighters quickly extinguished the flames before they caused damage to the interior. They stayed on scene through the night and into the afternoon to monitor the burning propane gas as it burned off. The incident occurred shortly after 3 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Leaking propane from an underground tank ignited and touched off a house fire early today at 28 Pequot Trail in Westport. Four familiy members sleeping inside as well as four dogs escaped without injury. Firefighters kept the damage limited to the exterior of the house. The propane continued to burn above ground after being discovered shortly after 3 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Summer Gathering Image
Elvira’s on Hillspoint Road in Westport’s Compo Mill Cove area Wednesday was a gathering spot for locals and their dogs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “The Day of the Jackal”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Get-Together
6:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - “The Basics of Bird Photography,” A.J. Hand
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Abaca String Band

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Board of Finance Approves $95,000 for Animal Shelter

After hearing tales of unhealthy and filthy conditions at the town’s animal shelter, the Westport Board of Finance tonight approved a $95,000 appropriation request to renovate and upgrade the Image
The Westport Animal Shelter off Compo Road South will undergo a renovation and upgrade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The board’s unanimous vote came after Deputy Police Chief Dale Call said the request was scaled back from the $750,000 which had been in the town’s capital forecast.

“We think this will achieve a workable and improved shelter that will serve the town well for many years to come,” he said.

A small crowd of volunteers from the animal shelter, many members of a group called Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA), told the board the renovations were long overdue.

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Kids’ Night at the Levitt Image
Enormous puppets populated Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School stage tonight, including Willie Mammoth and the 11-foot tall T. Rex in a musical trip through pre-history in the Levitt Pavilion presentation of the Mammoth Follies. This was the second of four Wednesday night kids entertainment programs sponsored by the Wilton-based Melissa and Doug educational toy company owned by Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein. The indoor venue was selected because of more of the recent rainy weather forecasts that have characterized this summer in the Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Boston Globe: Confusing Westport, Mass. and Westport, Conn.

Today’s Boston Globe, in a travel article about Westport, Mass., said, “When you tell people you plan to visit Westport, prepare for their inevitable response: ‘Westport, Connecticut?’”

It added: “For some reason, people often forget there’s a Westport in our own Bay State. Locals in Westport, Mass., have theories about why.”

The newspaper quoted Chris Barnes, who works in the Westport Rivers Winery, as saying: “I think it’s because Westport, Conn., is where Paul Newman lived.”

But Barnes is puzzled about why the town’s Connecticut counterpart gets all the attention, the Globe said.

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Trailblazing on Partrick Wetlands Image
Teenage volunteers Dillon Gannon, Rachel Myers and Gabe Block, under the direction of Earthplace Director Dr. John Horkel (not pictured), worked on one of three interlocking loop trails being constructed this week on the 22-acre Partrick Wetlands off of Westport’s Partrick Road. The trails on the wetlands and the main Earthplace sanctuary on Woodside lane are open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for

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Board Finds Adelaide a “Dangerous Dog” Image
By a vote of 4-0, Westport’s Dangerous Dog Hearing Board today found that Adelaide, a 70-pound Labrador-mix owned by Delmar and Arlene Bogner of Compo Mill Cove (shown in this 2008 file photo) is a “dangerous dog.” The board was re-hearing an appeal of a determination by Police Chief Al Fiore that Adelaide was not dangerous. The more than seven hours of hearings followed a 2007 incident in which the dog was accused of attacking a nearby resident. The rehearing was agreed to by the Bogners and the town after procedural errors occurred during the initial hearing which also found the dog to be dangerous. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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BoSox Series: Yankee Specials Stop in Westport

Metro-North said today it has scheduled additional service from Westport to and from Yankee Stadium for the four-game series against the Boston Red Sox beginning Thursday night.

The railroad has been running direct service from Westport and other stops to the new stadium on weekends and direct return service on weeknights and weekends since mid-May (See WestportNow May 19, 2009)

On Thursday and Friday, Westporters going to the 7:05 p.m. games will have to change at 125th Street for the five-minute shuttle service to the stadium. The trains leave Westport at 3:31 p.m., 4:08 p.m., 4:31 p.m., 5:02 p.m., 5:28 p.m., and 6:09 p.m.

There is direct return service after all games and a shuttle to 125th Street for connecting service during all games.

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Levitt Show Moves Indoors Tonight

Tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion performance will move indoors to Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.

Show time is 7 p.m. and admission is free for the Mammoth Follies, the second show in the Children’s Series sponsored by Melissa & Doug. 

Visit for additional details.

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One-Day Westport Property Transfers Most in Two Years

Those looking for signs of an improved economy have to look no further than the Westport Town Clerk’s office.

Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said today her office recorded 10 property transfers on Friday, the busiest one day in two years. 

The last time more transfers were recorded on one day was June 15, 2007, when 11 went into the books, she said.

The month of July conveyance tax receipts of $214,734 were up 19 percent over 2008, Strauss said, while the actual number of transfers (48 compared to 54) fell 11 percent during the same period.

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