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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Summer Scene

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Wednesday’s temperatures in the 90s led many to linger to watch this summer sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 9, 2007


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
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: “Il Postino”
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Henry the Architect
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - King’s Highway Maintenance Review Committee (live coverage on cable channel 79 and at www.westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Department Headquarters – Public Site and Building Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jim Spinnato: Comedy Hypnosis Show
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”

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Summer Reading

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach got in some summer reading late today—a day that saw temperatures soar into the 90s after an early morning downpour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Tobacco Check Nets One Violator

Westport police and state officials today conducted an unannounced compliance check of stores selling tobacco and found one violator among the 14 visited.

The inspection, carried out in cooperation with the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program, was to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to those under 18.

Under the direction and supervision of state investigators, an underage youth entered the establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco products.

Of the 14 stores checked, only one, the Merritt Country Store, 337 Main St., was in violation and the offending clerk was issued an infraction in the amount of $200, a news release said.

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Fender Bender

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A two-car crash this afternoon at the intersection of Westport’s Post Road East and Myrtle and Imperial Avenues caused a traffic backup in the area. It was not known if there were any injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers July 30 - August 3, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 30-August 3, 2007:

Adam Kurzer to Thomas S. and Karen C. Howes, 22 Little Fox Lane, $2,250,000WN property.jpg

Jon M. and Suzanne Caruso Fech to David M. and Rebecca J. Acselrod, 12 Burr School Road, $2,075,000

Peter J. Englander to Michele and Christine Colonna, 18 Fairport Road, $625,000

Richard S. and Maryanne Shelman to Peter and Tracy Fitzpatrick, 10 Mary Jane Lane, $1,305,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 125 Post Road West

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A modular classroom with confirmed presence of mold was demolished today at Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School, 125 Post Road West. The structure, more than 20 years old, was taken down under the supervision of an air quality consultant retained by the town and school district to investigate air quality at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Police Nab Three in Bank Cash Advance Fraud

Westport police on Tuesday arrested two California men and a woman in connection with what they said was an attempt to fraudulently obtain a cash advance from a credit card at a People’s United Bank branch.

The three were stopped in a rental car as they were leaving the parking lot of the bank branch at 371 Post Road East at about 3:23 p.m., according to a news release.

In the car, detectives found drugs, $9,200 in cash, several credit cards and forms of identification in various names, police said.

The bank, which had sent an alert to its branches to be on the lookout for a cash advance scam involving credit cards, called police after a man complained his credit card would not work in the ATM and asked for assistance, according to detectives.

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Stuck in Westport

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This New York-bound train sat for at least an hour at Westport’s Saugatuck train station today as train service into and out of Grand Central Station was suspended due to flooding. A conductor could only tell passengers he did not know when trains would start running again. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Waiting

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The waiting room at Westport’s Saugatuck train station was busy today as frustrated commuters waited for train service to Grand Central Terminal to resume after it was knocked out by flooding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Flooding Suspends Metro-North Service

UPDATE Flooding forced Metro-North to suspend train service into and out of Grand Central Terminal for several hours today.

But service was resumed by mid-morning.

“All service (northbound and southbound) has been restored on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines through the Mott Haven area of the Bronx,” the railroad said in an advisory shortly after 9 a.m.

“All service is operating through the area slowly and customers will be significantly delayed.”

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It’s Supposed to be “Easy Open”

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A sea gull wrestles with a bag of chips Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Kings Highway School Maintenance Committee Technical Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Town Hall Auditorium - Connecticut Siting Council
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Chess Club
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Public Protection/Health & Human Services Committees
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Hip Pickles Drum Band

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Playhouse Joins CTheatreNow.com

If you like New York’s TKTS ticket booth, you’ll like CTheatreNow.com.

Five major Connecticut theater organizations, including the Westport Country Playhouse, have united for the first time to create a statewide system to offer reduced-priced tickets.

In addition to the Playhouse, the Hartford Stage, Long Wharf and Yale Repertory in New Haven, Goodspeed Musical’s Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam and Norma Terris theater in Chester have created CTheatreNow.com.

The Web site offers 25 percent and 50 percent discounts on tickets the day of performance only.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Back from Spain and Ecuador

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Cindy Shuck (r), 18, a 2006 Staples High School graduate and Emilie Blain (l), 18, who will enter her senior year at Staples next month, addressed the Westport Rotary Club today on their experiences of studying abroad for one year on the Rotary-sponsored Youth Exchange program. Shuck (wearing native Spanish attire) spent her year of study partly in Valencia and the rest in the Canary Islands. She starts her college studies at Georgetown University in a few weeks. Blain, who spent a year of study in Ecuador, said that unequivocally, “This was the best year of my life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Being Alive” Set to Debut at Playhouse Aug. 24

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The Westport Country Playhouse hosted a preview today of its next offering, “Being Alive.”  Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson (l) talked about the new musical revue conceived and directed by award-winning musical theater performer Billy Porter (c). The show, which opens Aug. 24, blends the songs of Stephen Sondheim with the poetry of William Shakespeare in African-American musical idioms including soul, jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel. It features songs including “Anyone Can Whistle,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Pretty Women,” “Children Will Listen,”  and “Being Alive.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Morning Stroll

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Westporter Phyllis Kurzer takes her 9-year-old dachshund Bailey and 1-year-old Yorkies Kobe and Cooper for a walk along Hillspoint Road today before the heat settled in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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RTM Votes 18-17 to Uphold Conservation OK of Y Application

After two months of meetings and debate, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Monday night voted 18-17 with one abstention to uphold the Conservation Commission’s controversial approval of a community septic system for a new Westport Weston Family Y at Camp Mahackeno.

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RTM members (foreground) listen to Monday night’s debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The dramatic vote, just before midnight, was greeted by applause and cheers from Y supporters in the auditorium, many of whom wore yellow t-shirts. Those who favored overturning sat in stunned silence. Supporters and opponents of the overturn effort had mounted vigorous campaigns to win votes for their side and neither seemed sure of the outcome until the last roll call vote was cast. Earlier in the evening, by a 29-4 vote with one abstention, the RTM voted to uphold an approval by the Flood and Erosion Control Board of the Y’s application. In both votes, Alice Shelton (District 2), the RTM moderator, abstained.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administration Review Committee
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Energy Task Force
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Ohmygodimonfire w/ Between the Bridges & The Merry Kleghorns
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 102nd Army Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”

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RTM Rejects Overturning Approvals for Y

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Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight in two votes rejected motions to overturn the Flood and Erosion Control Board and Conservation Commission approvals of the Westport Weston Family Y’s application made as part of its effort to build a new Y at its Mahackeno property. The vote on the Flood and Erosion Control Board decision was 29-4 (one abstention) and the vote on the Conservation Commission decision was 18-17 (one abstention). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Health District Thanks Physicians for Lyme Disease Reporting

The Westport Weston Health District said today it wanted to recognize and thank local physicians who have consistently reported the cases of Lyme disease they have diagnosed in their practices to the district.

“These physicians understand that it is their responsibility, under the Connecticut General Statutes and the Public Health Code, to report Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, in addition to many infectious or communicable diseases,” a news release said.

“And though inconvenient, these physicians have been willing to help WWHD monitor the trends in Lyme disease occurrence in our community.”

It said it wanted to thank Internal Medicine Associates of Westport; Dermatology Associates;Westport Family Health; Dr. Robin Oshman, dermatologist; Bay Street Pediatrics; Willows Pediatrics and Children’s Health Services (Weston).

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Rockyfield Road

16 Rockyfield Road, Westport CT
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1954 house at 16 Rockyfield Road in the Coleytown area. The 2,338-square-foot split-level house sits on a one-acre property. The property changed lands last month for $1,020,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cool Dudes

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Brothers Wayne and Tom Strolin of Westport relax on the Saugatuck River near Ford Road on Sunday afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 6, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - The Story Wagon
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming in the Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion -  TeenFlix: “Garden State”  (2006, PG-13 version)

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Animal Attraction

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Tucker Wells, 4, of Westport was fascinated by two goats at today’s Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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