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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Comings and Goings: Gary Frame Gallery Moving

By Dave Matlow

A little bit of Westport is changing places next week with the moving of Gary Frame Gallery from its Post Road East location to its new home in Saugatuck after 40 years.WestportNow.com Image
Gary Manne shows a portrait of himself created by son Garrison (l) as a 50th birthday gift in 1997. The Gary Frame Gallery, a Westport institution on Post Road East for 40 years, is moving to Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

To understand what this means is to understand owner Gary Manne, 62, and son, Garrison, 31. The senior Manne, an accomplished artist, is also a no-nonsense individualist.

He says he has never worn a wristwatch, doesn’t own a computer, never owned a credit card, never carried a wallet, has a black and white TV, and only upgraded from his rotary-dial phone in year 2000.

But what he has done all this years is to provide a sympathetic ear to Westporters at the shop at 611 Post Road East in the shopping center formerly anchored by Shaw’s Supermarket.

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Kiwanis Readies for Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

As preparations are under way for Monday’s Westport Memorial Day Parade, the Westport Kiwanis Club is also busy preparing for its free Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.WestportNow.com Image
The Kiwanis Club’s Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to the first 300 attendees. Contributed photo

The breakfast will be offered to the first 300 attendees at the Christ and Holy Trinity Church on Myrtle Avenue from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Conveniently located on the parade route, the church has generously offered the Kiwanis use of its kitchen and community room. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, and coffee.

The Westport Kiwanis is affiliated with Kiwanis International, providing support to youth-related activities. The club sponsors the annual Minuteman triathlon at Compo Beach in September and provides scholarships to graduating Staples seniors.

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Cloudy Day

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Picturesque cloud formations were visible Monday over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “Harlem Renaissance” by Nathan Irvin Huggins
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 6th Annual Art & Photo Show
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) - Staples High School Book Fair
6:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Slumdog Millionaire”
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Book Discussion: “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, “A Gesture Life” and “Aloft” by Chang-Rae Lee, and “The Namesake” by Jumpa Lahiri

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Board of Ed Approves Budget Revisions

The Westport Board of Education tonight approved revised budget allocations for meeting the $1.4 million reduction by town funding bodies in its requested 2009-10 budget increase.

The approved budget of just under $94.6 million is a .57 percent increase over the current year.

In two hours of discussion before their vote, board members heard that four employees had accepted the district’s separation incentive program resulting in $100,000 in savings. It was earlier told that 10 employees were eligible for the program.

They also were told that while no funds have been budgeted for salary increases for about 40 nonunion personnel, $90,000 has been set aside as an “incentive pool” for distribution to these employees.

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Getting the Levitt Ready

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A crew was hard at work today preparing the stage of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for its 36th season. The 2009 season opens on June 19 with a fund-raising gala event featuring Tom Jones that makes more than 50 nights of free performances possible. For more information on the gala and the season visit the Levitt Pavilion Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Visitor Reportedly Considering Top Afghan Post

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Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Afghanistan, and Iraq who visited Westport last year for jUNe Day, could assume a powerful, unelected position inside the Afghan government, The New York Times reported tonight. He is discussing such a plan with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, according to senior American and Afghan officials. Khalilizad, who also traveled with his family to Westport earlier in 2008 as guest of First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (l), is an American citizen who was born in Afghanistan. He had considered challenging Karzai for the presidency in elections scheduled for this summer, the Times said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Going Down: 22 Owenoke Park

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The house at 22 Owenoke Park in Westport’s Compo Beach area was demolished today. Built in 1963, the one-story contemporary had 2,280 square feet and located on a .95-acre waterfront property.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 31, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Checking for Seat Belt Use

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Westport police officers, taking part in a new “click it or ticket” seat belt safety campaign, were out in force today at Exit 17 off I-95 (above) as well as at Exit 18 off of I-95. The campaign, funded with federal highway safety dollars, runs through June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Detour

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A Westport traffic agent directs a driver to detour at Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue today as the state conducted annual maintenance work on the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge, also known as the Bridge Street Bridge.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Gridlock in Hartford

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

I’ve written many times before of failed efforts to fix our transportation mess—how the only money being spent is not on solutions but on endless studies and consultant reports whose recommendations go unheeded.

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Now we’re about to see another example as the Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) is expected to do nothing with suggestions for electronic tolling of our congested roads to mitigate congestion and raise badly need funds.

After commissioning a $1 million, 500-page study of the issue, the TSB is expected to say that the idea of “value pricing” our interstates needs, you guessed it, yet more study! 

I could tell the fix was in when, even before the consultants delivered their million dollar baby, Governor M. Jodi Rell said she was against tolling.

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William F. Cribari Bridge (AKA Bridge St. Bridge) Closed Today

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A reminder that routine mechanical and electrical maintenance work will close Westport’s William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge (aka the Bridge Street Bridge), today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The swing bridge and the roadway from Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue to Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue, about a quarter mile, will be closed intermittently with signs and markings for detour routes posted. The annual maintenance work was announced earlier this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 18, 2009


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
Noon - 2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Ca$h in Your Attic?” by Christine Downing
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 6th Annual Art & Photo Show - Opening
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) - Staples High School Book Fair
6 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 1025C – Board of Education Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – KHS Clean Air Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Eric Burns, “All the News Unfit to Print”
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Commissioning Day at Minuteman Yacht Club

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On hand today at the Ned Dimes Marina’s Compo clubhouse to launch the Minuteman Yacht Club’s new boating season were scouts from Westport’s Troop 100 who assisted in the flag raising ceremony to the sounds of a bagpipe. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) was one of the dignitaries present.  A loud bang from the cannon (c) signaled the official start to the new season. The commissioning ceremony included a blessing of the fleet and announcement of new officers and board. A reception followed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jo Shields for WestportNow.com

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Duck Dump

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Members of Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club today rehearsed the scheduled Saturday, June 20 inaugural of their The Great Duck Race, a new charity fundraising event. The club will launch 2,500 rubber ducks in a race on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. Tickets are on sale for $20 at Fairfield County Bank, 180 Post Road East, and Oscar’s Deli and may also be purchased from club members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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