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Monday, August 23, 2010

Teen Driver Unhurt as Car Goes Down Embankment Image
A teen driver lost control of her car on wet pavement on Imperial Avenue today and went down an embankment a few feet into the Saugatuck River. The 18-year-old who was en route to a babysitting job managed to get out on her own and refused hospital transport. Firefighters had to cut down a tree to allow a tow truck to get the car out. Police closed off Imperial between Baker Avenue and Thomas Road for 40 minutes after the 8:20 a.m. accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Health District Orders Westport Beaches Closed to Swimmers

As a result of significant rainfall over the past 24 hours, the Westport Weston Health District today ordered Westport beaches closed to swimmers as a precaution because of anticipated high bacteria counts.

Signs notifying beach goers of the closure were posted this morning.

The District said additional water samples were being collected and reopening of the swim areas will be based on test results.

Norwalk closed two of its beaches last week for several days because of high bacteria counts.


08/23/10 01:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Update: Imperial Avenue Reopened After Car Into River

UPDATE Westport police today reopened Imperial Avenue between Baker Avenue and Thomas Road after a car went down an embankment and partially into the Saugatuck River.

Police said the 18-year-old female driver managed to get out safely.

The accident occurred on a wet roadway at about 8:20 a.m. Imperial Avenue was reopened just before 9 a.m.


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Westporter Goes Where Disaster Strikes

Westporter John Serbell, who spent some of his high school and college years as a lifeguard at Compo Beach and as assistant pool director at Longshore, is doing something radically different this summer –- he’s responding to U.S. Image
John Serbell (he’s the tall one in the center) poses with some of his team members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The 24-year-old Staples 2004 grad this week is in Florida working near Pensacola with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) helping with the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

Previously he was in Tennessee helping communities recover from flooding and before that in New Orleans supporting the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

A 2008 graduate of Boston University, Serbell said, “I was graduating from college and I had no idea where to go next. I knew I didn’t want to do anything that revolved around making money.”

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Ready to Go Image
A kayak enthusiast gets ready to set out from Westport’s Compo Beach on a recent warm afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Monday, August 23, 2010

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
5 p.m. - Patches Playground, Greens Farms Elementary School - GFS Kindergarten Summer Playdate
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Stop & Swap summer reading club for adults
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
8:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - TeenFlix: “500 Days of Summer” (2009)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Compo Road Closed at Railway Bridge Due to Flooding

UPDATE Westport police tonight closed Compo Road South at the Metro-North underpass for a brief period due to flooding.

A motorist who drove into the water-covered roadway during tonight’s heavy rains had to have the car, a Mercedes SL550, towed away.

Police put up barricades on both sides of the underpass for about half an hour before reopening the road shortly after midnight.


08/23/10 03:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Jazz Dancing Image
Maya Vazquez-Plyshevsky, 4, and her sister Anika, 2, dance to the jazz sounds of the Giacomo Gates jazz ensemble tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s indoor venue at Saugatuck Elementary School. Their mother Katya said that her New York-based family has taken up residence in Westport for the month of August for the past four years and tries to attend every Levitt performance on Wednesdays kids’ night and Sunday family nights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/23/10 02:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

All That Jazz Despite Rain Image
Jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates and his trio of instrumentalists tonight attracted a large crowd to the Saugatuck Elementary School, a Levitt Pavilion indoor venue. On a night of heavy rain, he warmed up the crowd of jazz aficionados by opening the evening with “Comes Love,” “Jazz Ain’t Nothing but Soul,” and “Pennies from Heaven.”  Gates teaches regularly at Wesleyan University, the Hartford Conservatory of Music, and New Haven’s Neighborhood Music School and is known for his interaction with a live audience. He welcomed attendees by affably reminding them that his Levitt appearance one year ago also coincided with rain and had been moved indoors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/23/10 02:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Westport and area until 10:30 p.m.


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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Westport Sketchbook: Strolling Main Street Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Main Street to people watch. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for


08/22/10 11:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Salutes From New Eagle Scouts Image
Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 36 today held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Saugatuck Congregational Church to honor new Eagle Scouts (l-r)  John S. Crosby, Jason P. Bennett, Jared M. King, Stephen E. Osseiran, and Alexander E. Nitkin. The troop, sponsored by the church, has turned out 105 Eagle Scouts since 1961. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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