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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Water Hazard

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The golf course at Westport’s Longshore Club Park resembled a swamp in some places today. Since midnight, more than 3 inches of rain have fallen in some parts of town, resulting in scattered flooded roadways and basements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Body of Woman Found in Saugatuck Identified

UPDATE Westport police today identified the body of a woman found in the Saugatuck River on Wednesday as that of Barbara Anne Degruchy, 65, a homeless person whose last known address was 66 Weston Road, Westport. (See WestportNow June 17, 2009)

A police statement said an autopsy conducted by the state’s chief medical examiner determined the death was caused by asphyxia due to immersion and was ruled accidental. Toxicology results are still pending. Members of the detective bureau are continuing to investigate the cause of the incident, the statement said.

While police described her as “homeless,” friends messaged WestportNow that she recently had been living in an assisted living facility in Willington, Conn., after being released from a hospital. “She came to Westport to visit friends and going to seek assistance in relocating closer to Westport, her hometown,” said one fiend.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Westport Police Detective Bureau at 341-6080.

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Shopping in the Rain

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Today’s rain did not deter determined shoppers at the Westport Thursday Farmers’ Market on Imperial Avenue. The market is adjacent to the grounds of the Yankee Doodle Fair scheduled to open later today. The Woman’s Club sponsor of the fair said they will decide later in the day whether the outdoor carnival will go on but that the indoor events will be held as scheduled. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

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UPDATE The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night approved a request for a permit and site plan for Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a fast food chain to be located at 538 Post Road East, previously occupied by Totally Kool women’s apparel. The Five Guys chain was founded in Arlington, Va. in 1986 and has expanded to 450 locations in 25 states. The Westport site, which the company hopes to open by Nov. 1, would be its eighth location in Connecticut. The others are in Newtown, Orange, Brookfield, New Haven. Avon, Wethersfield, and Mystic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Yankee Doodle Fair Opens Today

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Thw Westport Woman’s Club opens its annual Yankee Doodle Fair today. The event begins at 5 p.m. qith carnival rides starting at 6 p.m. The fair runs through Sunday at 44 Imperial Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: The Unfair Fare Hike

By Jim Cameron
Special to WestportNow

Once again, politicians who pay lip-service to improving transportation are trying to put your money where their mouths are: Governor M. Jodi Rell is proposing a 10 percent fare increase for Metro-North and a 40 percent fare hike for bus riders.

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Her arguments for raising fares are specious:

1) New York Raised Its Fares, So We Should Also: New York State is raising its fares to pay debt service on $12 billion in bonds raised to invest in subways and trains.

It had threatened 23 percent fare hikes and draconian service cuts (even in Connecticut), so the compromise 10 percent fare hike seems like a bargain. The MTA dug itself into a financial hole and wants riders to dig it back out. And Connecticut should mirror such bad public policy?

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Grace and Beauty

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The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show attracts hundreds of riders and fans to Westport for the five-day event. It continues today at 174 Long Lots Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 18, 2009


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sasco Brook Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
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 - “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “2009 Solos Show”
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Family Program: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
5 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - 2009 Yankee Doodle Fair (Carnival Rides 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Yankee Doodle Fair Face

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All kinds of creatures await visitors to the Yankee Doodle Fair in Westport which opens Thursday and runs until Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Comings and Goings: Sunny Daes Ice Cream to Open

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Fuel oil tanks were removed today at Westport’s 30 Riverside Ave. where Sunny Daes Ice Cream will open in about two months, according to Peter Wiehl, a principal of Pepper Partners, LLC of Trumbull, landlord of the property. Wiehl said this will be the fifth location for Sunny Daes which is owned by Sergio Keskin of Trumbull who also operates two shops in Fairfield and one each in Trumbull and Stamford. WestportNow first reported on the ice cream chain’s arrival in February. (See WestportNow Feb. 18, 2009)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Announces Fifth Play of 2009 Season

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Mark Lamos: Artistic director will be play’s director. Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse today announced that its fifth play of the six-play 2009 season will be “That Championship Season,” a 1972 play by Jason Miller that won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.

The play, which also won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and debuted off-Broadway and later moved to Broadway for an almost two-year run, will be directed by Mark Lamos, the Playhouse artistic director. It will be his directing debut as artistic director.

Lamos and Michael Ross, managing director, took over in January and made some revisions to the 2009 season starters announced earlier. They said at the time that the name of the fifth and sixth plays of the season would be determined later.

“That Champsionship Season” will run Aug. 25 through Sept. 12 while the sixth play still to be announced will run Sept. 29 through Oct. 17.

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Woman’s Body Pulled from Saugatuck River

UPDATE The body of a woman was pulled from the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center today, police said. 

On Thursday, police identified her as Barbara Anne Degruchy, 65, a homeless person whose last known address was 66 Weston Road, Westport

The body was spotted by someone from the Saugatuck Rowing Club near Lincoln Street about 100 feet south of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge at about 10 a.m., a police news release said.

“The body was found clothed with personal possessions on her person,” the release said. 

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Ready for the Fair

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An amusement ride sits ready on the Imperial Parking Lot in Westport for Thursday’s opening of the Yankee Doodle Fair sponsored by the Westport Woman’s Club.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study 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 - “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “2009 Solos Show”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Tracy Sugarman, “We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns”
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - “Presidential Wrongdoing” by Dr. John Orman
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Bobby Q’s rooftop - Staples Save the Children Club fundraiser with Mind on the Moon
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Crash Sends Two Teens to Hospital

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UPDATE Two teenagers were injured tonight in a one-car crash on Greens Farms Road near Morningside Drive South. The driver apparently spun out of control and smashed into a tree in a wooded area at about 10 p.m. Firefighters and police were able to free the driver from the vehicle by prying open the door, but an almost 45-minute extrication was required to free the front seat passenger. Both teens were transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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