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Tuesday, August 21, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners Discuss: “Remembering Laughter”
7 p.m. - Community Room, Canal Park - Westport Housing Authority Meeting of the Commissioners
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Connecticut Ballet

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Two-Car Riverside Ave. Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A two-car crash this afternoon on Westport’s Riverside Avenue in front of Saugatuck Elementary School sent one person to Norwalk Hospital. Traffic on the busy roadway was tied up as police, firefighters, and Westport EMS responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Going Down: 40 Park Lane

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The house at 40 Park Lane was demolished today. The 1960-built split-level house was 1,250 square feet and situated on a 0.7- acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 27, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 7 Washington Ave.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Annette Coplit of 7 Washington Ave. with the Helen Muller Award which is a special award reserved “for those living in a local historic district.” This award will be presented at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8 “in recognition of the thoughtful improvements to this handsome arts and crafts bungalow c. 1900.” The award is particularly noteworthy as it is the first to a resident in the Gorham Avenue Historic District. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Arrest Driver Following Beachside Ave. Crash

A Norwalk man failed to negotiate a curve on Westport’s Beachside Avenue early today and his car crashed through a fence above the waters of Long Island Sound, police said.

Police arrested James McGarty Jr., 19, of Norwalk on charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended license and driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Richard Sloat.

He said an officer on routine patrol came across the accident at 4:10 a.m. in the southbound lane of Beachside Avenue. The car “came to rest before going over the embankment into the ocean,” Sloat said.

A police news release made no mention of injuries to the driver.

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Historical Society Sets Kayak Tour for Saturday

The Westport Historical Society will conduct its second annual Sherwood Mill Pond “Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour” on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Sunday as the rain date.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Last year’s inaugural kayak tour attracted several dozen participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Participants may bring their own kayak or canoe or borrow or rent a small number of kayaks from the Society. A staff member from Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center will provide the narrative.

The tour will set off from the former Allen’s Clam House location on Hillspoint Road and participants are asked to arrive by 9:45 a.m. as it is a tide-sensitive trip. Refreshments will be provided and families are welcome.

The cost is $15 per person with proceeds going to support the educational programs of the Society. Reservations are required—call (203)222-1424 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Long Legs, Short Legs, It’s All Exercise

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A couple of runners get in their exercise Sunday near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 20, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Wesport Public Library - Teen Gaming in the Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - The Story Wagon
8 p.m. - Staples High School Cafeteria B - Board of Education
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion -  TeenFlix: “Spaceballs”  (1987, PG)

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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. 

More "Moisture, Mold Found in King’s Highway Gym Walls"

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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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