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Thursday, July 5, 2007


10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
3:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Fables & Foibles: A Storytelling Workshop
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Harry Potter@the movies
6 p.m.-11 p.m. - Luciano Park - Festival Italiano
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission work session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Riverside Ave. - Festival Italiano Parade
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Sommers Rosenthal Family Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”

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Car Stop Results in Marijuana Arrest

A car stopped because its driver did not have headlights on during a rain storm resulted in an 18-year-old Westport youth’s arrest today on a marijuana charge, police said.

Timothy Wormser was pulled over on Weston Road and an officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, police said.

A police dog trained to detect drugs was utilized at the vehicle and alerted officers to the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched, and a bag containing suspected marijuana was located under the seat. A half a pound of marijuana was seized from within the vehicle, police said.

Wormser was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to detectives. He was being a held on a $10,000 bond and will be arraigned at Superior Court in Norwalk, police said.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

All Dressed Up for the 4th of July

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Many Westport homes marked today’s 4th of July holiday by showing the flag, among them this 1914-built home at 76 Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Showing the Flag

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Some cyclists crossing Westport’s Post Road East at Compo Road South showed the flag today to mark the 4th of July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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End Near for Italian Festival?

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Joe Caruso and Roberta Troy, (with friend Flip Flop) are concerned about the Italian Festival’s future. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com
By Ed Kiersh

Festival Italiano, Westport’s 24th annual “Kiss Me, I’m Italian” summer fun fest opening Thursday night, won’t be all scungilli, fried pizza fritta, and dunk-a-cop games this year.

The four days of merriment for adults and youngsters at Luciano Park next to the Saugatuck train station will have a bittersweet edge—a sense of loss that might just lead to the end of this amusement park-like party.

“It’s sad, very sad that this staple of summer life in Westport could be ending after next year,” said Roberta Troy, the organizer of the Westport Sons of Italy-sponsored event.

“Club members are getting up in age, passing on, and the younger generation doesn’t have the time or interest to volunteer. I’m proud of my Italian heritage. I’m sorry to say it, but festivals like this could be a dying element of our culture.”

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Reflections

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This Egret was fishing at low tide on the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport just south of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Red, White, and Blue

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Tuesday night’s fireworks at Westport’s Compo Beach included a number of red, white and blue displays. The legendary Grucci fireworks family put on the show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Independence Day - no town meetings scheduled
2 p.m. & 8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
8 p.m. -  Levitt Pavilion - The Wingnuts

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Fireworks Glow

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The glow of fireworks lit up Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fireworks Light Up Compo Beach

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Tonight’s 4th of July fireworks at Compo Beach went off almost without a hitch, making up for last year’s finale fizzle. This year about 35 fireworks failed to explode during the show and were set off as an encore performance for those staying late on the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cannon Seats

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Seats atop the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach were at a premium for tonight’s fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Awaiting the Fireworks

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A sellout crowd packed Westport’s Compo Beach tonight awaiting the annual 4th of July fireworks. The event was coordinated by the Westport Police Athletic League and the Westport Parks and Recreation Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Showing Their Colors

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There was plenty of red, white, and blue at Westport’s Compo Bach tonight as people gathered for the annual 4th of July fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Italian Festival Opening Thursday

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Work was underway today preparing for Thursday’s opening of Westport’s Italian Festival at Luciano Park in the Saugatuck area. The festival kicks off with a parade and runs through Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tonight’s Fireworks Set to Make Up for Last Year’s Finale Fizzle

By Ali Hamburger

Last year’s 4th of July Westport fireworks show experienced a finale fizzle because of a technical glitch, but the legendary Grucci fireworks family promises to make up for it tonight with a show to remember at Compo Beach.WestportNow.com Image
Guests enjoy an earlier 4th of July fireworks display at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

Grucci is “known for its grand finales,” according to Pat Buffalino, chief pyrotechnician for Grucci. “We start slow and build up to the final push.”

Buffalino has been working for Grucci for 14 years, a mini-burst in time for the Brookhaven, N.Y.-based company whose booming extravaganzas have lit up skies around the world for 157 years.

The fireworks will get underway at 9:15 p.m. when the forecast calls for cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 60s. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.

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Feeding the Fireworks Frenzy: Ice Creams and Hot Dogs

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Joey Romeo: “We prepare to be busy, very busy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com
By Grace Shay

Tonight’s Westport 4th of July celebration at Compo Beach offers more than fireworks, surfside games, and patriotic fervor. It’s also an orgy of all-American treats like hot dogs, popcorn and Snoopy ice creams.

“We expect to sell about 1,000 ice creams, chocolate éclairs for the adults and Snoopy (ice cream bars) for the kids,” said Joey Romeo, owner and founder of Joey’s By The Shore snack shack.

“Every crowd is different,” according to Romeo, a Westport resident who has been serving tasty delights at these July 4th festivities for 20 years.

Increasing his workforce from the usual six servers to 15 for the night, he expects to sell 400 hot dogs, and 200 orders of his “famous” French fries, plus countless sodas and cotton candy.

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End of the Day

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A boater makes his way to the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Hy Zaret, Tin Pan Alley Lyricist, Dies at 99

Westporter Hy Zaret, one of the last of the Tin Pan Alley lyricists, whose most indelible work was the oft-recorded 1955 hit “Unchained Melody,” died Monday at his Saugatuck Shores home, The New York Times said today. He was 99.WestportNow.com Image
Hy Zaret: Wrote “Unchained Melody” lyrics.File photo

His son, Robert, announced the death, the newspaper said. Zaret would have turned 100 on Aug. 21.

Zaret liked to tell about the time the composer Alex North called him to say he had written a song for a movie and needed words, the Times said.

Zaret replied that he was busy painting his house. But he found time to write the lyrics for “Unchained Melody.” The movie itself, “Unchained,” a low-budget prison film, turned out to be a lot less memorable than the song.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007


9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Energy Task Force
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
5 p.m.-10 p.m. - Compo Beach - 4th of July Fireworks
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Wedding Ring Lost and Found at Compo Beach

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A gold band similar to this one was found at Compo Beach Sunday. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Ed Kiersh

A gold bit of history was lost—and found—at Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday.

Amid the sun and innocent frolicking on a glorious summer’s day, someone lost a golden men’s wedding band with two inscriptions, one of them dating back to the 1960s.

“I don’t know what the story is with this ring, I just know a lot of things, toys, towels, shoes are lost at the beach,” said Brendon Kelley, Westport’s waterfront director.

“We also have a box for more valuable things, cellphones, sunglasses, wallets. If we find a wallet we’ll announce it over the PA.”

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Fire Department Shuts Down Main Street Office Water Leak

Westport firefighters today shut down a water leak in a Main Street office building after it touched off an automatic fire alarm.

Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said the department responded to a 5:07 a.m. alarm at 225 Main St. and upon arrival, firefighters found water coming from a second floor office and two first floor offices.

They immediately accessed the first floor office and found water pouring from the ceiling tiles in the rear of the office space. The domestic water supply was shut down and firefighters gained access to the affected office spaces with the help of the building owner.

The source of the problem was determined to be a broken water line to a sink in a second floor office.

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Talking Transportation: Bridge Inspections

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

In June of 1983, a 100-foot section of the Mianus River Bridge in Greenwich collapsed. Three people were killed, three others injured and a major stretch of I-95 was left in turmoil for six months during reconstruction.

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The engineering reasons for the collapse were simple—rust and corrosion.  But the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the collapse also blamed inadequate inspections by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT).

In the early 1980s, the state was in financial difficulty. Budgets for state agencies were being cut, and so were corners. CDOT had only 12 inspectors on staff for more than 5.000 bridges. Had Mianus been inspected more often and more diligently, perhaps that tragedy would have been averted.

Fast forward to 2007. State coffers are flush with cash. In fact, we have a surplus of more than a $900 million. And transportation is a top priority for Hartford. Or so we thought.

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Compo Fun

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Sunday was a perfect day for running along the water at Westport’s Compo Beach. Today’s forecast is for sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 2, 2007


10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Rhythm & Rhyme
4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - The Story Wagon
4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Wesport Public Library - Teen Gaming In The Afternoon (ages 12+)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - RTM Environment Committee

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Legend at the Levitt

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The legendary Jay Geils (l) and Gerry Beaudoin (r) appeared at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight with the King of Strings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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