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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Clear Sailing

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It was clear sailing Sunday in waters off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Aug. 14, 2006


7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School, Room 130 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks and Recreation Commission
8 p.m. - Bedford Middle School cafeteria - Board of Education
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Teen Movie Night presents “Robin Hood Men in Tights,” a Mel Brooks film (1993)

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Sunday Crowd at Compo

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Westport’s Compo Beach had one of its biggest crowds of the summer season today as visitors took advantage of sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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On Tour

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Participants in a Westport Historical Society Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour make their way across the Old Mill/Sherwood Pond today. Twenty-five kayakers and canoeists took part in the afternoon event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

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Getting a Close-Up View of Nature

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Wildlife enthusiasts in 25 kayaks and canoes took part today in the Westport Historical Society’s Sherwood Mill Pond Salt Marsh Water Tour, part of the group’s Destination Westport series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 162 Greens Farms Road

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Jill and Stephen O’Shea, owners of the house at 162 Greens Farm Road, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. Known as the Jesup Wakeman House/Wakeman Vineyard – 1785/1845/1895 this Federal/Greek Revival has earned its owners the award because “the historic and cultural significance of this property combined with its prominent location and previous uncertain future make this project especially noteworthy,” according to the commission. It said the owners’ efforts should serve as an inspiration to others. The house was featured in a 2005 WestportNow photograph when the O’Sheas posted a sign telling neighbors the work they were doing on the house was not part of tearing it down. This is the seventh in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rockin’ Docs

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With many of their patients cheering and dancing, the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) musical group had BobbyQ’s on Westport’s Main Street rocking Saturdfay night.  The musicians are mostly doctors who love to play music together. They also perform for many benefits to raise funds to combat disease. Two doctors who practice in Westport are Dr. Robert Altbaum on the keyboard and Dr. Fred Kaplan on drums. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006


2:30 p.m. - Mill Pond - Westport Historical Society Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Doc Wallace Trio

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Walking the Rocks

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These visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach spent part of today walking the rocks. The temperature reached only into the mid-70s during the day with an overnight low in the 50s, more like fall than mid-summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 9 Evergreen Ave.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Carol Buffington and Peter Felsenthal, owners of the house at 9 Evergreen Ave., at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. Known as the Frederick Kemper Duplex this 1895 Queen Anne has earned its owners the award in recognition for the “thoughtful and restrained approach you took in conserving the historic fabric of this Queen Anne home.” “The flanking one-car garages are also worth noting,” the commission said. “All too often outbuildings which lend historical context are lost, neglected, or inappropriately altered.”  This is the sixth in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006


4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams

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Rell Announces $459 Million for Rail Cars

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that the largest purchase of rail cars in the state’s history – for $459 million – is expected to be approved by the State Bond Commission at its meeting Aug. 18.

The new generation of up to 300 rail cars will be used on the New Haven and Shore Line East lines.

The Bond Commission is also expected to approve an additional $25 million for rail car updating and refurbishing.

“I am serious about updating and rebuilding our public transportation system,” Rell said in a statement.

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Harlem Kids Make First Beach Visit at Compo

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Seven toddlers aged 2-4 from Harlem’s Hale House residential childcare program visited Westport’s Compo Beach today. It was the first time any of them had been to a beach, according to the visit organizers. The day at the shore was sponsored by Westporter Peter Drasher and his wife Michele, longtime Hale House supporters. Peter Drasher is co-founder/CEO of Bridgeport-based AltruShare Securities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying Westport

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One of the youngsters from Harlem’s Hale House gets a chance to look though the lens of WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeyer’s camera at Westport’s Compo Beach today as others play in the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Barefoot at Compo

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Walking barefoot at Westport’s Compo Beach today, seven toddlers from Harlem’s Hale House residential childcare program were delighted with their first beach visit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 81 Compo Road South

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Daniel and Julie Krulewitch, the owners of the house at 81 Compo Road South, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  Known as the Ozias Bennett/William Thomas House, this 1786/1894 Federal/Queen Anne has earned its owners the award in recognition of their significant efforts to restore the house to the Queen Anne style of 1894.  According to the Historic District Commission, “it took courage to remove the inappropriate 20th century additions.” It added, “the respect for its architectural integrity and period detail gives this historic house the prominence it deserves.”  This is the fifth in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Webb Road

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An application has been made to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Webb Road, off Whitney Street. The property changed hands in June for $790,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Friday, Aug. 11, 2006


8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Miss Babs & the Kickin’ Boogie Band

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Going Down: 1 Lincoln St.

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The 1940 house at Westport’s 1 Lincoln St. at the corner of Post Road West came down today. The property, featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 25, 2006, was damaged by fire on Christmas Day in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Cats” Opens Friday

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Westport’s Staples Players summer production of “Cats” opens Friday and continues this weekend and next weekend. Mark Banik stars with Leah Holleran, Nora Kennedy, Allison Frank, Nina Demeter, Elise Tardiff and Katherine Mara. For information, call (203)341-1310. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanne Sheridan for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Fishing

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It was a good day for fishing today along the Saugatuck River in Westport. There were sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Officials Focus on Energy

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Westport officials are planning a day for residents to learn about energy conservation as the town inches closer to securing free solar panels.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said town officials are planning an Energy Day on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Town Hall so residents can learn how to conserve energy.

Residents will also have the opportunity to purchase energy-efficient light bulbs at a discount.

“The activities are tentative at this point,” he said.

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Preservation Award Winner: 15 Bradley St.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Thomas Seligson and Susan Farewell, the owners of the house at 15 Bradley St., at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  The owners of the 1930 Colonial Revival have earned the award in recognition of the sensitive rehabilitation of this early 20th century home.  According to the Historic District Commission “the efforts made to preserve its scale and historic character are especially important in light of the redevelopment pressures that exist in this neighborhood.” This is the fourth of a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Moon Rise

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The moon was bright and settled in over Westport’s Mill Pond. Nights have been giving people breaks from the heat with much cooler temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - film@the library: “Little Voice”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - I Squared: Irish & Italian Song

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Dredging Permits Approved

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received all the necessary permits to dredge Westport’s Saugatuck River, but funding still needs to be secured.

Town officials received word last week the state Department of Environmental Protection had approved the project.

“Now we need to have the funding put in place,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Congress did so for projects in Norwalk, Fairfield and Bridgeport.”

Town officials will need to enlist the help of its U.S. representative and senators to help secure the funding, he said.

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Going Down: 7 Keyser Road

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Construction crews today demolished the house at 7 Keyser Road. The 1945 house, which sold in June for $676,500, was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Arts Center Unveils New Season

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band will play at the Westport Arts Center’s annual gala on Oct. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Arts Center 2006-07 season will feature singers, art work, jazz and new programs. Tickets go on sale Thursday.

“The Westport Arts Center is committed to creating arts experiences that contribute to individual growth and enrich the community,” said director Eileen Wiseman.

“Each year the Arts Center brings artists and audiences together with more than 60 programs in the visual and performing arts, including chamber music, jazz, singer-songwriters, lit­erature, film, and contemporary art.

Opening the center’s “Singers & Songwriters” series this year are Marc Cohn, 1991 Grammy Award-winner, on Oct. 7 and the Janis Ian, a multiple Grammy Award winner, on Oct. 21.

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Preservation Award Winner: 24 Bridge St.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Ronald (Chip) and Teresa Stephens, the owners of the house at 24 Bridge St., at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  Known as the Orlando Allen House, the 1886 Queen Anne earned the award for the rehabilitation and the creative addition on the right side of the house.  According to the Historic District Commission “the prominent location of the property, combined with its cultural significance contributes to both the character of the streetscape and the architectural heritage of Westport”. This is the third feature in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

High Tide Squeeze

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Kayakers along the Saugatuck River found themselves on Tuesday squeezing under the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Bridge when high tide brought the waters near the bottom of the bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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