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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Board Finds Adelaide a “Dangerous Dog” Image
By a vote of 4-0, Westport’s Dangerous Dog Hearing Board today found that Adelaide, a 70-pound Labrador-mix owned by Delmar and Arlene Bogner of Compo Mill Cove (shown in this 2008 file photo) is a “dangerous dog.” The board was re-hearing an appeal of a determination by Police Chief Al Fiore that Adelaide was not dangerous. The more than seven hours of hearings followed a 2007 incident in which the dog was accused of attacking a nearby resident. The rehearing was agreed to by the Bogners and the town after procedural errors occurred during the initial hearing which also found the dog to be dangerous. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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BoSox Series: Yankee Specials Stop in Westport

Metro-North said today it has scheduled additional service from Westport to and from Yankee Stadium for the four-game series against the Boston Red Sox beginning Thursday night.

The railroad has been running direct service from Westport and other stops to the new stadium on weekends and direct return service on weeknights and weekends since mid-May (See WestportNow May 19, 2009)

On Thursday and Friday, Westporters going to the 7:05 p.m. games will have to change at 125th Street for the five-minute shuttle service to the stadium. The trains leave Westport at 3:31 p.m., 4:08 p.m., 4:31 p.m., 5:02 p.m., 5:28 p.m., and 6:09 p.m.

There is direct return service after all games and a shuttle to 125th Street for connecting service during all games.

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Levitt Show Moves Indoors Tonight

Tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion performance will move indoors to Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.

Show time is 7 p.m. and admission is free for the Mammoth Follies, the second show in the Children’s Series sponsored by Melissa & Doug. 

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One-Day Westport Property Transfers Most in Two Years

Those looking for signs of an improved economy have to look no further than the Westport Town Clerk’s office.

Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said today her office recorded 10 property transfers on Friday, the busiest one day in two years. 

The last time more transfers were recorded on one day was June 15, 2007, when 11 went into the books, she said.

The month of July conveyance tax receipts of $214,734 were up 19 percent over 2008, Strauss said, while the actual number of transfers (48 compared to 54) fell 11 percent during the same period.

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Hold the Line Image
A fisherman proudly shows off his porgy catch today at Westport’s Compo Mill Cove as he simultaneously conducts a phone conversation.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Thunderstorms Developing in Area

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., today issued a special weather statement for Westport and area advising of developing thunderstorms in the area.

Just before 2 p.m., it said satellite imagery and Doppler radar had indicated thunderstorms were developing near Riverdale, N.Y. and moving east at about 25 miles per hour.

It said small hail and winds up to 40 mph are expected with the storms as well as heavy rainfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour.

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Comings and Goings: Second Time Around Arriving on PRE Image
A Massachusetts-based retailer of high-end “contemporary, new and resale designer clothing” for women, Second Time Around, will open this month at 135 Post Road East in Westport, opposite the post office. The company has 20 stores including three locations in Boston and one in Greenwich.  The site has been vacant for about a year and was previously occupied by the Garden Store, according to Laura Leeds of Westport’s Simon David real estate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Eight to Move Up the Ranks in the Westport Police Department

The Westport Police Department is moving eight of its members up the ranks.

The department said today that it will promote four sergeants to the rank of lieutenant and four officers to the rank of sergeant in a ceremony next week. The promotions followed a wave of early retirements in May and June.

The event will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

Sergeants Arthur Belile, John Calka, Vincent Penna, and Jeremiah Shannon will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant.  Officers David Farrell, Michael Hayes, David Wolf and Detective Jill Ruggiero will be promoted to the rank of sergeant.

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Noted Architect Who Designed Westport Library Dies at 71

Charles Gwathmey, an architect who won wide acclaim for his love of Modernism and passion for geometrical complexity but whose Westport Public Library design drew much criticism, has died, The New York Times said today. He was 71 and lived in Image
Charles Gwathmey: Westport Library design was “problematic.” File photo

The Times said Gwathmey was part of a generation of architects who put their own aesthetic stamp on the “high Modernist” style developed in the early 20th century by Le Corbusier and others. It said many of his best buildings were houses.

The Westport Library was not one of his better designs. Library trustees hired him to design the $4.6 million, 33,000-square foot building that opened in 1986 on a former landfill site. Almost immediately, it was criticized for looking like a factory, not taking advantage properly of the river vistas, and poorly functional as a library.

A library document summed up the issues this way: “It proved to be problematic in terms of space and functionality.”

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Perfect Way to End a Summer Day Image
A couple ended the day Tuesday with a picnic at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mammoth Follies
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Pathway To Providence w/ Boys Will Be Boys, Redlight Dystrict, Last Place Victory
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and

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Father-Daughter Team Performs at Levitt Image
It was a family affair tonight as the talented father daughter team of Naomi Sommers, 30, and Phil Rosenthal, 60, both acoustical guitarists and composers performed “folk bluegrass” on a warm and humid summer evening at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Rosenthal, who said tonight that as a 12-year-old he “was mesmerized by Pete Seeger, tried to emulate his style but then eventually migrated to bluegrass while retaining the folk element.”  As composers, he said that either he and his daughter composed over half the music in their repertoire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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More Room for Ambulances at Police HQ Image
Members of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), police, and other town officials gathered tonight as First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff cut the ribbon at the expanded EMS garage at police headquarters. The $70,000 fourth ambulance bay was funded entirely by WVEMS volunteers—who include Joseloff—through donations made by Westporters. The expanded garage area was needed to provide cover for the WVEMS fleet, also purchased with donations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Yankees Broadcasters Congratulate Westport Winner

Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman tonight sent on-air congratulations to Westporter Jean Murdoch, winner of a 2009 Lexus in the WCBS Radio “Hit for the Cycle” Image
Suzyn Waldman: “I called Jean to congratulate her.”  Yankees Radio Network photo

“I called Jean yesterday to congratulate her,” said Waldman during a broadcast of the Yankees game from Toronto against the Blue Jays. “She was very excited and is a great Yankee fan.”

Murdoch, a graphics designer who lives on Sniffen Road, was the random winner in the contest that awarded a new car if a Yankees player “hit for the cycle.” The rare feat was accomplished by Melky Cabrera in Sunday’s game against the White Sox.

Murdoch was watching the game on television and only learned she had won the radio contest when informed by WestportNow. (See WestportNow Aug. 2, 2009)s

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Working on the Staples Summer Mailing Image
Volunteers from Westport’s Staples High School PTA today assembled information packets that will be mailed to parents.  Pictured (l-r) are Amy Randich, Sandra Rappaport, Lee Saveliff and Sarah Kashetta. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for

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