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Sunday, September 21, 2008

En Garde

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Today’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival in downtown Westport included games for children in the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Thousands attended the two-day event sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner WestportNow.com

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Shake and Bake

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Team “Shake and Bake” won first place in the amateur ribs category and third place in chicken in this weekend’s first annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. Red-shirted members included Westporters (l-r) Pat Beranek, Mike Miller and friend from New Jersey, Dan Kowalewski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gina Beranek for WestportNow.com

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Westporters Compete in BBQ Contest

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This weekend at the first annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, (l-r) Bob Colgan, Ted Sullivan and Alex Jinishian were smoking up as they competed in the amateur division of the barbeque contest. They were hoping to donate their winnings to Staples High School Tuition Grants Committee, Inc., a not for profit group that provides college tuition assistance to Staples students with financial need. For more information, visit the group’s Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Motorcycle Ride to Fight Cancer

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About 2,000 bikers made their way through Westport today as part of a 60-mile ride from Danbury to Shelton to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Hammer for WestportNow.com

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Westporters Join Charity Motorcycle Ride

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Lori and Steve Hammer were among Westporters participating in today’s 60-mile motorcycle ride to fight cancer. They are show crossing the Ruth Steinkrause Cohen Bridge in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Hammer for WestportNow.com

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Swinging and Swaying at the Playhouse

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The Westport Arts Center presented Mavis Staples, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, with Chris Coogan and the Good News Gospel Choir Saturday night at the Westport Country Playhouse. It was a night of swinging and swaying and clapping of hands as the evening opened with the Good News Gospel Singers belting out lively gospel music. Then Mavis Staples captivated the audience with some of her “Golden Oldies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 21, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club - Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion and various Westport venues - Blues Views & BBQ Festival
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Mystery Reading Group: “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit Opening Reception: “Unique Perspectives - Photography by Six Westport Artists” and “WestportNow Photographers: the Best from the Best”

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Dining for a Good Cause

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More than 200 attendees partied at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance gala reception and celebrity dinner tonight at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. The event benefited The Drive to Treat Autism Fund for AIND/Giant Steps School in Southport and Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services in Westport, a subsidiary of St. Vincent’s Health Services in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Celebrity Lineup

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Attendees at tonight’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance reception and celebrity dinner at the Fairfield County Hunt Club included (l-r) Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, state Rep. Kim Fawcett, Westporter Ann Sheffer, and the keynote speaker, sportswriter Frank Deford of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Helping Save the Sound and River Watch

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UPDATE AND CORRECT Westporter Dan Levinson poses with son Adam and friends Jamie and Stevie Klein tonight at Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club where he organized a fundraiser for Save the Sound and Harbor River Watch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanne Sheridan for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Staples Rolls Over Harding 34-0

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Junior Jack Ambrose (45) gains ground in today’s 34-0 Staples victory over Harding High School in Bridgeport. The Wreckers improved to 2-0 on the season and now get set for Saturday’s homecoming game against Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for Staplesfootball.com

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Gault Family Honored for Barn Preservation

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Sam Gault and Ginger Danaher, representing the Gault family, today received a 2008 Preservation Award for the historic barn at 124 Compo Road South. The barn has been in the Gault family since 1913. The award was one of 10 Preservation Awards presented by the Westport Historic District Commission at a Town Hall ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honored for Cross Highway Garage Restoration

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Kim (2nd l) and Michael Ronemus (c), the owners of the property at 113 Cross Highway, the former Cross Highway Garage, were among 10 recipients honored today at a Town Hall ceremony presenting the 2008 Preservation Awards. The awards were presented by Maggie Fezcko (2nd r), acting chair of the the Historic District Commission, and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r). Michael Glynn (l), architect, observes the award presentation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Long Lines for BBQ

Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, Westport CT
People lined up for the food at the Westport Downtown Merchants Association Blues, Views and BBQ Festival today. Besides eating and listening to music, activities today and Sunday include a BBQ cook-off, pony rides, a guitar hero competition, chef demonstrations, a chance to win a Steaz Gibson guitar, and more. Events are taking place at the Levitt Pavilion and other venues around Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Perfect Day for Music at the Blues, Views and BBQ Festival

Westport Downtown Merchant Association 'Blues, Views and BBQ Festival'
Music, music, and more music is just part of the fun at the Westport Downtown Merchants Association Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, which got under way today at the Levitt Pavilion and Imperial Avenue parking lot. The event continues Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Classics on Parade

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In preparation for Sunday’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, about 40 antique classic cars took part in the Nutmeg Tour for Autism, a grand circle tour from Westport to Danbury over approximately 50 miles of back roads. They returned to Westport for a display on the Hall-Brooke lawn on Long Lots Road where the drivers were welcomed with refreshments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Bill Scheffler Outlines Nutmeg Tour Guidelines

Bill Scheffler Outlines Nutmeg Tour Guidelines for Participants in Westport, CT
Bill Scheffler, co-director of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance antique auto show which opens Sunday at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, announces guidelines to participants in today’s Nutmeg Tour for Autism. About 40 antique cars paraded through lower Fairfield County communities to raise money to benefit autism programs at Hall-Brooke and Giant Steps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Ceiling and Roof Fire

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Westport firefighters today quickly extinguished a fire in a living area over a garage at 6 Fraser Road. Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said the fire’s cause was traced to the electrical system in an exhaust fan. Firefighters removed the adjacent ceiling area and part of the roof to extinguish the hidden fire, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Al’s Angels Raise Money for Needy Fairfield County Kids

Al's Angels Raises Money for Needy Fairfield County Kids September 20, 2008
Al DiGuido (white T-shirt and blue cap) served hot dogs and beverages today at a tag sale on Ketchum Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area to raise funds to help Fairfield County children in need. The mission of Al’s Angels, founded in 2004 by Westport resident DiGuido, is to provide moments of joy and comfort to families challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, or domestic violence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Jazz Historian Todd Bryant Weeks on Oran “Hot Lips” Page

Jazz Historian Todd Bryant Weeks Presents Oran Hot Lips Page at Westport Public Library September 20, 2008
Staples 1982 graduate Todd Bryant Weeks spoke today about his new book, “Luck’s in My Corner: The Life and Music of Hot Lips Page” at the Westport Public Library. Weeks, a writer, educator/lecturer, trade unionist, and jazz historian, showed slides and played music to better illustrate the talent and life of famed musician Hot Lips (Oran) Page. The lecture was presented in conjunction with the Downtown Merchants Association Blues, Views and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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On the Rocks

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Assembled by a local artist with nature contributing a dramatic background, this stone sculpture graced the shore along Westport’s Hillspoint Road near Compo Cove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 20, 2008


8:30 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Discovery to Cure Walk: Shout it Out! Yale Cancer Center benefit (walk begins at 10 a.m.)
10 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium & Lower Lobby – Historic District Commission Annual Awards Ceremony
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion and various Westport venues - Blues Views & BBQ Festival
11 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Feel the Rhythm: lecture about Oran “Hot Lips” Page by Todd Bryant Weeks
1 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club - Nutmeg Tour for Autism, part of The Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters and Crafts (Ages 3-10)
8 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - with Westport Public Library: “Harold & Maude”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Mavis Staples (opening: Chris Coogan and the Good News Gospel Choir)

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Westport Employees Mourn Death of Henry Z. Steinway

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Barbara Oligino, manager of the Steinway store on Post Road East in Westport, was among Steinway employees today mourning the death of Henry Z. Steinway (inset), a great-grandson of the founder of the legendary piano-making company. He died Thursday in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 93. Oligino, who knew Steinway for more than 30 years, said, “He had more integrity than anyone I’ve ever known, had wonderful business acumen, was the same whether he spoke to princes or workers and was very affectionate.” She said he often visited the Westport store—one of only four in the United States directly owned by the company—with his wife Polly on his many trips to their home in Vermont. Steinway was actively involved with the company up to the time of his death, maintaining an office at Steinway Hall in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and courtesy of Steinway & Sons

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Wreckers Edge McMahon 1-0

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Rem Woodhull (r) made the most of his first varsity start for Staples. The senior attacker helped spark the Wreckers against Norwalk’s Brien McMahon. Greg Gudis (l) got the only goal in a 1-0 victory. It was the Wreckers’ fourth straight win. They host Danbury Monday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 1 - 5, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 1 - 5, 2008:

Jay and Alison Bernstein to Leslie Eisen and Jay M. Kirkorsky, 30 Cross Highway, $2,150,000 WN property.jpg

Gregory F. and Amy Sargeant Lang to Kipp and Alice Marie Marcus, 26 Maple Ave. North, $745,000

Sandra R. Sears to Coastal 31 Webb LLC, 31 Webb Road, $925,000

Miriam Bakker to Aaron T. Pisacane and Sharon Levin, 37 Imperial Ave., $920,000

More "Westport Property Transfers Sept. 1 - 5, 2008"

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