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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Large Crowds, Heavy Traffic at Farmers Market

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Large crowds, brisk business, heavy traffic and precious parking marked today’s second week of the Westport Farmers Market. The market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Festival Italiano

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Carlo Palmer of Westport puts up some of the sponsorship signs today outside the Festival Italiano grounds at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck district. The four-day festival opens at 6 p.m. and the festival parade kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Clear Issued for Burying Hill Beach

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Health officials today lifted a ban on swimming at Westport’s Burying Hill beach after further review of a foul odor smell in the West Parish Road area. John Cimarosa of the Westport Weston Health District said “it appears that natural biological processes were responsible for the smell” first detected Wednesday evening. He said the district will continue to monitor the situation but no longer feels it necessary to close either Burying Hill or Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Board of Finance Approves New Coleytown Boilers

By Joanna Pliner

The Westport Board of Finance, after extended debate Wednesday night, approved $350,000 for new boilers at Coleytown Elementary School as well additional monies for the town attorney’s office and the fire department.

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon’s request to finance the installation of new boilers and steam traps at Coleytown generated a stir among board members.

The members supported the $350,000 requested to replace the 54-year-old boilers, but several said they were shocked by the proposed amount since it was double the 2005 capital forecast figure of $175,000.

Board of Finance member Kevin Connolly questioned the accuracy of the requested amount.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Westport’s Minuteman Takes on Patriotic Look

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A WestportNow reader photographed Westport’s Minuteman statue at Compo Road South and Compo Beach Road Tuesday night as it took on a patriotic look for the 4th of July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marisa Dabice for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 6, 2006


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Joint Workforce/Senior Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
6 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Luciano Park - Festival Italiano (parade starts 7:30 p..m. from Riverside Avenue)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Goldspiel/Provost Classical Guitar Duo
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”

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Westport’s Burying Hill Beach Ordered Closed

Health officials closed Westport’s Burying Hill Beach late today as they investigated the source of a foul smell in the West Parish Road area.

John Cimarosa of the Westport-Weston Health District ordered the closure after a resident on West Parish Road complained of a sewage-like smell in the area.

He said the beach was closed as a precaution in case a contaminant made its way along a stream to Long Island Sound waters. Public Works employees checked for a possible sewer line problem in the area.

Cimarosa said samples of water in the area as well as at Westport’s beaches would be sent to a state laboratory Thursday morning and that results would be known within 24 hours.

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Mostly Quiet

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The Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach was mostly quiet today after the 4th of July holiday. Many people returned to work and others may have been discouraged by clouds and occasional showers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Going Down:101 Cross Highway

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The house at 101 Cross Highway, Westport, came down today. The house, featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day April 6, was built in 1911. Dozens of trees were cut down on the property as part of its redevelopment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Job

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WestportNow contributing photographer Dave Matlow was out today shooting another followup to his popular WestportNow “Teardown of the Day” feature. This property is at 101 Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Breakfast Time

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WestportNow contributing photographer Ron Malone came across this Westport resident eating an early morning breakfast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Senior Center Highlights Stroke Dangers

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Every month, the Westport Center for Senior Activities highlights an organization or an individual with a special talent or interest in space on a lobby bulletin board. This month, Norwalk Hospital’s 7 West floor is featured, highlighting stroke prevention, signs and symptoms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sharon Fawcett for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 5, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - “The Magic of Lynn” magical tricks
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee - anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Board of Finance - anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Members Show 2006 Artist Talk II
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)

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Talking Transportation: “Does Anyone Care About Transportation?”

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Everybody pays lip service to improving transportation in our grid-locked state, but nobody seems to doing anything, especially the agency in charge, the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

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Concerned citizens, activist groups and even lawmakers can’t get that agency to be responsive to their concerns.  Consider the following:

Darien Station: After spending millions rehabilitating the Darien train station, we discovered that the contractor, CDOT’s Highway Department, used indoor light fixtures on the outdoor platforms.  Filling with rainwater, they short-circuit the electrical system and plunge the platform into darkness.  Calls by the First Selectman Evonne Klein for help from the CDOT went unanswered until she turned the matter over the Attorney General for help.  Suddenly, Gov. M Jodi Rell jumped in ordering CDOT Commissioner to fix the lights.

VRE Cars: Though delivered over a year ago, the dozens of used commuter rail cars bought from Virginia still haven’t been put in service to ease crowding.  When state Sen. Bob Duff of Norwalk asked CDOT why, he was stonewalled and had to file a Freedom of Information request for public documents about their repair.  Again, Gov. Rell chimed in and ordered the CDOT Commissioner to get on with repairs.  It now appears those cars will finally be in service in 2007.

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“Ice Cream Social” Set for July 16

The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities will host the third annual “Ice Cream Social” at the center on Sunday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Last year’s “Ice Cream Social” drew a large crowd to the Senior Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Residents of all ages are invited to the event featuring free ice cream, a balloon man, music, face painting, plus a free Frisbee to the first 150 youngsters who attend, an announcement said.

In addition, the Westport Fire Department will display a fire truck for viewing and climbing.

“This event marks a wonderful opportunity for the people of our community to become acquainted, or reacquainted with this outstanding facility and grounds,” the announcement said.

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Commentary: The Election Conundrum

(Editor’s note: The following commentary by award-winning Westport-based writer Jessica Bram was broadcast on Fairfield County Public Radio WSHU-FM. Click here for the audio file.)

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

Election season is upon us and already it’s getting me down. George Bush lovers and George Bush haters are going at it with a vengeance. Pundits and self-promoters are using words like “brain-damaged” and “God-less” to describe the opposing party. People are arguing over whether God is a Democrat or Republican and which, therefore, is the party of Satan. As if last year’s hurricanes weren’t enough to muck up America’s landscape, now our national airwaves are growing sooty with sniping and name calling.

And then there’s Connecticut. In what are shaping up to be some very fiercely fought local and state-wide elections, good manners -  most remarkably! - rule the day. First, there is the intense contest in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, in what I think of as “the battle of the huggers.” Both Congressman Chris Shays and his challenger Diane Farrell are just the nicest doggone people you’d ever want to meet.

When Chris Shays gives you one of those bear hugs and levels those blue eyes on you to let you know he really, really hears you, it’s hard to let a little thing like the war in Iraq bother you. And when Diane Farrell who you may have met only once before spots you in a crowd with one of her big, delighted smiles and seems really interested to know how your son is doing at Cornell and how your mother is doing after her surgery, well, let’s face it, you just melt - and write another check. 

“Going negative” in this campaign consists of recounting the opposition’s voting record - that’s it.  Nothing about anyone’s military record, or shady campaign contributors, or, Lord help us, family values. 

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Time on His Hands

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New York artist Karl Anshanslin had some time of his hands at Westport’s Compo Beach today and decided to sculpt a mermaid reading “Jaws” who encounters a not-so-friendly shark. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fireworks: Apologies from PAL Head and Grucci Family

A problem that cut short Westport’s Independence Day fireworks Monday night at Compo Beach brought an apology today from the head of the Police Athletic League which sponsored the event and the Grucci family that put on the display.WestportNow.com Image
A youngster enjoys Monday’s night’s Westport Compo Beach fireworks from atop the cannons before the display was cut short by a problem on the launching barge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

“Unfortunately toward the last half of the show there was a technical malfunction on the barge where the fireworks were being launched and the show was cut short,” Police Chief Al Fiore, who serves as PAL president, said in a statement.

“The good news is that no one was hurt and everyone, the workers and the spectators enjoyed a safe night. The bad news is that the show did not go off as planned and there were many disappointed people in the crowd.”

Fiore said that Scott Cooper of Brookhaven, N.Y. -based Fireworks by Grucci “worked feverishly with the crew launching the fireworks to solve the problem.”

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Forecasters Predict Possible Severe Thunderstorms

The National Weather Service said today that strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening in Westport and the tri-state area.

At 12:40 p.m. it upgraded its advisory to a severe thunderstom watch and said storms could bring gusts up to 70 miles per hour,  hail 1.5 inches in diameter, and dangerous lightning. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

A warm and humid air mass remains in place across the tri-state region and this air mass will become increasingly unstable as the day progresses, an advisory said.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible at any point during the day. However, an approaching cold front from the west may help to spark strong to severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours.

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The Morning After

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Westport Parks and Recreation Department workers were out early today on Soundview Drive cleaning up the trash at Compo Beach after Monday night’s fireworks. Thousands of persons converged on the beach for the annual event that was cut short by a malfunction on the fireworks barge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Cooling Off

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Visitors to Westport’s Cockenoe Island cool off in Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Festival Italiano

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Nick Saviano sets up chairs at Westport’s Luciano Park Monday in preparation for Festival Italiano, which kicks off on Thursday. The festival starts with a parade at 7:30 p.m. Saviano, a longtime festival volunteer, will be the parade’s grand marshal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Sunset Over Compo

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A sunset behind the clouds preceded the fireworks Monday at Westport’s Compo Beach. While storms hit many areas of Connecticut, they did not interfere with the annual Independence Day celebration in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 4, 2006


8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - “The Wingnuts” dance band

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Good Place for Fireworks Viewing

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The cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach made for a perfect perch for viewing tonight’s Independence Day fireworks display. The annual event by the Grucci family was cut short by a technical problem on the barge that prevented the usual grand finale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com

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Attracting Attention

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As dusk fell at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight, individual fireworks set off by beachgoers attracted attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sparkler Fun

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A family enjoys some fun with sparklers at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Smoky Compo Beach

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Smoke from sparklers and other small fireworks covers Westport’s Compo Beach tonight as the crowd awaited the start of the fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Holiday Ice Cream

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People lined up to purchase ice cream at Westport’s Compo Beach today as they got ready for tonight’s fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Fireworks Barge Readies Off of Compo Beach

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A barge loaded with fireworks from the famed Grucci family maneuvered into position today off of Westport’s Compo Beach for tonight’s fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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