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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Crowd Pleaser

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Muti-Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins greets fans after tonight’s summer gala concert at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saying Thank You

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Janet Plotkin, chair of the Levitt Pavilion Governing Committee, thanks supporters at a pre-concert dinner tonight beneath a tent on Jesup Green.  Looking on are (l-r) Freda Welsh, executive director and Gala Co-Chairs Patricia Schramm and Karen Parrella. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Concert Warmup

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Guests at tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Summer Gala starring Kenny Loggins had drinks and dinner beneath a large tent on Jesup Green. Pat Ryan and SAAB of Westport sponsored the concert for the ninth year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 10, 2007

No Injuries in Wilton Road Accident

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Today’s heavy rain and slippery roadways contributed to several accidents in Westport, including one this afternoon in front of 303 Wilton Road just before the Merritt Parkway Exit 41 southbound on ramp. A car driven by a Norwalk man rear-ended another car whose driver left the scene after surveying damage to his car and considering it minor. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chilly Marshmallow Roast

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Today’s wind, rain and chilly temperatures in the 50s did not dissuade some hearty souls from having a marshmallow roast at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Prepares for Gala Despite Rain

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Preparations continued today in the rain at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for tonight’s summer gala concert starring Kenny Loggins. The show will go on no matter the weather, according to organizers. The event will be preceded by a dinner under a large tent on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Reflections

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An egret searches for a tidbit in the channel at Old Mill Beach Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 10, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
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
5:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion Summer Gala
8 p.m. - Town Hall Theater - Westport Arts Center presents The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
8 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Summer Theatre: “Miss Saigon”
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - An Evening with Kenny Loggins (rain or shine)

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Dryer Fire at Health Care Facility is Fourth in Five Months

Firefighters tonight quickly doused flames in a clothes dryer at Westport Health Care—the fourth fire in five months at the elderly health care facility.

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Flashback: a Westport firefighter tends to a fire sprinkler set off by a toaster oven fire March 31 in the kitchen of Westport Health Care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The fire department said it received an automatic alarm from the 110-bed facility at 1 Burr Road on the corner of Post Road West at about 6:45 p.m. While firefighters were en route, a staff member dialed 911 to report a fire in a clothes dryer in the laundry room. First arriving firefighters found a smoke condition in the first floor hallway with a blinding cloud of smoke and dry chemical extinguishing powder in the laundry room, said Assistant Chief Gene Maloney. Firefighters shut off electric power to the dryer and used extinguishers to quench its smoldering contents, he said.

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Two Arrested in Bank Scam 48 Hours After 3 Others Caught

Maybe they didn’t read the news, but two days after Westport police arrested three California residents for trying a cash advance scam at a People’s United Bank branch, police arrested two men today for trying the same thing at another bank branch.

Police said they received a call at 12:56 p.m. from employees at the People’s United Bank at 361 Post Road West saying a customer was attempting to fraudulently withdraw money using a bank card. 

After being denied a cash advance at the ATM, the customer requested that the bank teller contact his issuing bank to get authorization for a $2,500 cash advance, a news release said.

The customer phoned for the authorization code, but when the bank employees began additional inquiries to verify the transaction, the customer fled the bank, leaving behind the bank card, police said. 

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Committee Outlines Steps Taken Toward Cleaner School Air

By James Lomuscio

From mold containment to carbon monoxide readings to the careful demolition of a mold-contaminated portable classroom, members of the Special King’s Highway Elementary School (KHS) Maintenance Committee tonight choreographed progress made over the past week toward making the school’s air quality safe for opening day Aug. 27.

Held in Room 309 of Town Hall and broadcast live on the town’s cable channel and Web site, it was the committee’s second full meeting since being appointed by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff last week in response to concerns from more than 100 parents to school administrators. 

Parents have cited child illnesses from allergies to asthma to nose bleeds triggered by what they said was the school’s poor air quality.

“I have great confidence that we will achieve the goal of getting the building open on time and healthy,” said Joseloff, ex-officio committee member, at the opening of the meeting.

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Tickets Still Available for Kenny Loggins Levitt Concert Friday

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The Levitt Pavilion will host its 34th Annual Summer Gala Friday. The concert starring multi-Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins will take place at 9 p.m., rain or shine, at the Pavilion. Tickets are $60 general admission and $85 preferred and chairs are provided for everyone. The proceeds from the event will help underwrite the Pavilion’s 57 free performances this summer. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Pavilion gate when it opens at 7:30 p.m. To charge tickets, call (203)226-8700 or for more details, visit the Pavilion’s Web site at www.levittpavilion.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Farrell Sworn In as Export Import Bank Director

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Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell was sworn in Tuesday night as a director of the Export Import Bank by James Lambright, the bank’s chairman and chief executive officer. Farrell’s husband Win held the Bible. Her term runs to Jan. 20, 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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New Police Traffic Unit Results in Ticket Surge

The new Westport police traffic unit has given out a blitz of tickets since hitting the streets this spring, resulting in hundreds of additional summonses, police said.

In the period from May 1 to June 19, the two-man unit issued 1,078 motor vehicle citations compared to 391 issued in the same period the previous year, a 176 percent increase, according to police.

The unit, made up of Officers Sean Kelley and Thomas Casimiro III, began work May 1. Their only assignment is enforcing traffic laws but they may be directed to other duties in emergency situations.

The department said it also set up 196 selective enforcement details during the same period compared to 94 a year ago. These details involve traffic enforcement by officers assigned to regular patrols.

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Playhouse Sets 2008 Season

UPDATE The 2008 Westport Country Playhouse season will include Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth,” a play to be staged by Joanne Woodward, and John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” according to a letter mailed to Playhouse subscribers.

In the letter, Tazewell Thompson, artistic director, said also set for the year are Jon Maran’s “A Strange and Separate People,” which he will direct; Craig Wright’s “The Pavilion,”; David Wiltse’s office comedy “Scramble,” and a return of Thompson’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” in December.

Of “A Strange and Separate People,” Thompson said: “I will direct this mesmerizing play about a Jewish wife and mother caught in an unexpected and unconventional love affair. This is a play and writer to watch.”

He said Playhouse veteran Anne Keefe, who is married to Wiltse, will direct “Of Mice and Men.”

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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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