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Curious Ruby

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At Westport’s Longshore Club Park Saturday, Ruby, a 3-month-old German Shepherd, was clearly curious about the camera of WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, July 29, 2007


10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group 1 Show
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Narrating Audio Books: Johnny Heller
3 p.m. & 8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mikata Salsa

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saturday School

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Adults taking a beginning sailing class at the Longshore Sailing School get set to take to the water today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Longtime Westporter Lorna B. Christophersen Dies at 76

Lorna B. Christophersen, a former member of Westport’s Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died today in a Wilton health care center, a funeral home spokesman said. She was 76.

Christophersen served on the RTM twice—from 1971 to 1977 and from 1982 to 1995, making her among the longest serving members on the legislative body. She was on the Board of Education from 1977 to 1981.

A longtime member of the Republican Town Committee, Christophersen was often brash and outspoken in her quest to make Westport a better place to live.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Westport Town Hall, according to the Harding Funeral Home.

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Milford Man Wins 29th Annual Compo Point to Point Swim

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Frisk Driscoll, 20, of Milford, was first across the finish line today in the 29th annual Compo Beach Point to Point swim sponsored by the Westport Weston Family Y. He finished in 17:23.04 seconds, just ahead of Andrew Grinalds, 16, of Fairfield, who crossed the line at 17:23.06. It was the third win of the event for Driscoll, a former Westporter and Staples High School graduate. The swim attracted 145 entrants of all ages. Click here for full results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 76 Clapboard Hill Road

76 Clapboard Hill Road, Westport, CT
Westport building officials have received an application for a permit to demolish a 1947 house located at 76 Clapboard Hill Road. The 2,846-square-foot living area and surrounding structures sit on a 4.44-acre property that sold in May for $2,300,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Historical Society Hosts Saugatuck Walk Today

The Westport Historical Society today hosts a walking tour of the town’s historic Saugatuck district.

The tour, followed by a wine tasting and appetizers (with nonalcoholic beverages served as well), will be led by Allen Raymond, town historian, Ron Malone, a native Westporter, former police chief and member of the Representative Town Meeing, and Cherly Eldh, a Westport Realtor.

The tour, which begins at 4 p.m., will take participants from the New York-bound side of the train station, where the group will meet, to local historical sites, including former mattress and button factories as well as the old firehouse bell tower.

The tour ends at the popular Depot Liquor store on Railroad Place, with appetizers by Tutti’s Restaurant. The cost is $5 to members and $8 to nonmembers. Reservations can be made by calling (203) 222-1424.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007


9 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Weston Family Y’s annual point to point swim competition
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Wild Oats - Alex’s lemonade stand (fight childhood cancer fund-raiser)
noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group 1 Show
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Gaming day for everyone
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Saugatuck train station, New York-bound side - Westport Historical Society presents historic Saugatuck walking tour and wine tasting
4 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Tri-State Conspiracy
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Crawdaddies

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Doctors in the (Full) House at the Levitt

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The local (almost) all-doctor band DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) was the attraction tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion, and there was a full house for the performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Dancing in the Aisles

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They were dancing in the aisles at Westport’s Levitt Pavlion tonight as the popular local (almost) all-doctor band DNR performed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Friday, July 27, 2007

River Scene

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The banks of the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport today attracted a few curious onlookers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Goes Solar

By Ed Kiersh

It barely matters to Westport’s David Yarmoff that his Stone Drive neighbors think he’s a “kook.”WestportNow.com Image
The house on Westport’s Stone Drive has become known as the “solar house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The 43-year-old carbonated juice salesman saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” and after discussing the earth’s countless environmental challenges with his teenaged son, he installed solar panels on his house.

“I drank the left-wing Kool Aid, and ultimately felt it was time to make another sort of switch to renewable energy,” said Yarmoff, admiring the “optimum” conditions for such a change outside his colonial-style home built in 1998.

“I have the best setting for solar panels. We face almost due south, we are at 176 degrees.The pitch of my roof is 36 degrees, and there are no trees blocking the house. Al Gore’s movie was scary, so I believe in helping save the planet.”

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Tommy John Addresses Sunrise Rotary

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club was talking baseball today as it hosted Tommy John, the former Major League pitcher who now manages the Bridgeport Bluefish team. John, perhaps best known for the corrective surgery on his arm named after him, said children should not be seriously playing team baseball year round. He said this will lead to injury requiring surgery. He added that he despairs of the fact that people are getting the surgery before injury thinking it will improve the pitching arm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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“So Where’s the Siren?”

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A youngster enjoys time behind the wheel of the Westport Fire Department’s ladder truck Thursday at a “touch-a-truck” event involving emergency vehicles at the Westport Public Library. Firefighter Brett Kirby assists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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On the Rocks

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The rocks at Westport’s Compo Beach were a cool place to play Thursday as temperatures soared into the upper 80s under sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 27, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Revenue Enhancement Subcommittee
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Summer Fun Films
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Book Discussions for Teens: “Pride and Prejudice” (book and movie)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DNR
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Westport Property Transfers July 16-20, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 16-20, 2007:

Axis Point Cross Highway Assoc. LLC to Timothy D. and Kathleen McCarthy, 142 Cross Highway, $2,935,000WN property.jpg

Peter and Michelle Drasher to Thomas D. and Lisa Edenholm Murray, 5 Mayflower Parkway, $3,150,000

Robert F. and Linda A. Schoff to Daniel C. Fisher and Carla A. Cohen, 51 Ludlow Road, $1,599,000

John E. and Lynn M. Fisher to Seth D. and Marjorie L. Almansi, 24 Pequot Trail, $1,905,000

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“Miss Saigon” Star Visits Staples

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Broadway stars Kevin Gray (front row 3rd l.) and Dodie Pettit (behind Gray) were at Westport’s Staples High School working with the Staples Summer Theatre production of “Miss Saigon.” Gray is famed for playing the Engineer in more than 1,000 performances of “Miss Saigon.” The production runs Aug. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Cargo Saved in I-95 Truck Fire

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Westport firefighters joined with the Norwalk Fire Department today to extinguish flames in a tractor-trailer on I-95 at the Westport-Norwalk border between exits 17 and 16. Westport firefighters in the southbound lane shot water from a high-powered rooftop nozzle across the roadway to the fire in the northbound lanes before Norwalk firefighters got to the scene. The truck’s cargo of furniture was not damaged. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Planning for Emergencies on Long Island Sound

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Representatives of the Westport Fire Department (r) were among regional firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard participating in a meeting of Fairfield County coastal fire chiefs at a Norwalk marina today devoted to discussing cooperation during emergency incidents on Long Island Sound. According to Westport Deputy Chief Jon Gottfried, the meeting took particular note of Westport’s combined police and fire dive team, a joint agency effort that has been in operation for more than 10 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Bottoms Up

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Two visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach took time out for an afternoon nap today as temperatures in the upper 80s and sunny skies made for a perfect beach day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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DOT Details Tree Removal Program for Merritt Parkway

Representatives of the state Department of Transportation, meeting at Westport police headquarters today, detailed for area officials their plans for improved tree safety on the Merritt Parkway.

The discussion about planned tree removals was one of a number of subjects covered at the quarterly meeting of the Merritt Parkway Advisory Committee, made up of DOT officials, representatives of towns traversed by the parkway, the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, regional planners, the State Historic Preservation Office, and others.

Among those in attendance was Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. He had met with a delegation of DOT officials at Town Hall on tree safety on the Merritt on June 29 following the June 9 tree accident on the parkway in Westport which killed two people. (See WestportNow June 29, 2007)

“Essentially, they explained in detail their aggressive tree removal program,” Joseloff said. “They certainly recognize the heightened public concern about trees on the parkway and are taking steps to make the highway safer for the traveling public.”

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Saugatuck Scene

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A quiet summer scene on the Saugatuck River today, viewed from the walkway behind Oscar’s Delicatessen in Parker Harding Plaza, just steps away from the bustle of downtown Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Off-Duty Westport Officer Pulled Over by Cop Impersonator

Westport police officer Robert Lopiano, who has pulled over a few motorists in his time, Tuesday night was himself pulled over in Monroe

And that was the misfortune of Nicholas Ferrigno, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter in Stepney, who identified himself as a police officer, according to Monroe police.

Police charged him with impersonating a police officer and released him after posting $250 bond.

According to police, Ferrigno told Lopiano, who was off duty at the time, that he had failed to stop at a stop sign.

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Heated Meeting on King’s Highway Mold at Town Hall

By Linda Alvkall

It was a heated meeting Wednesday night at Westport Town Hall as many parents expressed anger and concern about the air quality at King’s Highway Elementary School.WestportNow.com Image
State health experts addressed mold issues at Wednesday night’s Town Hall meeting on air quality at King’s Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

So many Westporters showed up that the meeting first scheduled for room 309 had to be moved to the Town Hall auditorium.

Brendan Reilly, a concerned parent who has two children at the school, was upset that his son’s asthma has worsened due to what he said was mold in his classroom.

“Fourteen out of 19 children in one classroom have symptoms,” Reilly said. “The sickness of these children is the most important thing.”

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