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Friday, August 24, 2007

Shays: Surge Working in Iraq But Withdrawal Timeline Needed

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Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, told the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today that “the surge is working” in Iraq but “what is missing is the political piece.” He said the United States needs a timeline to disengage in Iraq but one that does not “turn over” the country to the Iranians. He also predicted that “the fear of Iran is going to push the Arab community closer to Israel.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Foggy Morning

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Today’s early morning fog made for a pretty picture in the waters off of Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Coverup

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Thursday’s relatively cool temperatures in the 60s early in the day before warming up later had some visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach engaging in a coverup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 24, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Friday Fun Films
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Book Discussions for Teens
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Being Alive!”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Connecticut 9/11 Exhibit Opens in Westport

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The Connecticut Historical Society today opened its traveling, multimedia exhibition “September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects” at the HSBC Bank, 19 Post Road East, Westport. The exhibit honors the 152 Connecticut lives lost in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In addition to serving as a memorial, the exhibit examines how Connecticut’s citizens, organizations, and officials responded to and reflected on the events of 9/11. Part of the exhibit is a panel (r) on the 9/11 memorial at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Four people with Westport connections died in the 9/11 attacks. The exhibit runs through Oct. 13. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers August 13-17, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 13-17, 2007:

Janusz Chomik to Ann and Alan P. Rockwell, 82 Roseville Road, $2,397,500WN property.jpg

Stuart M. Lewis to Margret K. Peters, 25 Wright St. Unit A, $1,100,000

Stone Ridge Builders LLC to Richard and Nadine Rubin, 9 Riverfield Drive, $1,950,000

Fred and Lisa Kaseff to Thomas D. and Andrea J. Harman, 19 Sandhopper Trail, $1,747,500

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Preservation Award Winner: 44 Compo Mill Cove

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Robin Tauck and Pete Romano, owners of 44 Compo Mill Cove, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission is honoring the owners of the house known as the Gallagher Cottage, c. 1915 to recognize “the remarkable discipline displayed in conserving the historic fabric of this iconic beach house.” This is the final picture in WestportNow’s series of the commission’s 2007 Preservation Award winners. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 192 Wilton Road

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Westport officials are considering a demolition application for 192 Wilton Road at the corner of Bolton Lane. The two-story colonial consists of 2,256 square feet, was built in 1963, and sits on a one-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 23, 2007


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Buena Vista Social Club”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Being Alive!”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Fiesta Del Norte

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Committee Recommends King’s Highway Open on Schedule

By Linda Alvkall

UPDATE  The Special King’s Highway Elementary School Maintenance Committee tonight voted unanimously to recommend that the school open next week as scheduled after investigating and addressing air quality issues that some parents said made their children sick.

The vote, involving parents, town volunteers with building maintenance expertise, school officials, teacher union representatives, and health district officials, capped a three-week marathon effort to remediate mold and other air quality issues at the school.

Gavin Anderson, committee chair, said remediation of the gymnasium, where mold had been found behind the walls, would be completed this week.

He said it is likely the gym will be ready for school opening with perhaps a plywood wall closing off the infected area but that two modular classrooms still with problems should remain closed.

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World War II Vet Flies Again in Honor of 90th Birthday

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Longtime Westporter Ted Diamond, navigator on a B-17 bomber who flew 50 missions over European targets in World War II, flew his 51st mission today accompanied by a “crew” of nine—family and close Westport friends. The flight was arranged as a gift to Diamond on his 90th birthday   from Tom, Bill and Eleanore Hunter, former Westport residents. As the B-17 took off from Oxford Airport and circled Connecticut, Diamond, armed this time with his camera instead of a machine-gun, relived his many wartime experiences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 131 Sturges Highway

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Mark Iuraduri of I.K. Builders, LLC. for the rehabilitation and expansion of the property at 131 Sturges Highway known as the Abel Bradley House, c. 1800 at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission is honoring I.K. Builders “in recognition of the rehabilitation and sensitive addition to what must be the most famous farm house in Connecticut.  By skillfully designing the new construction you have not only saved, but actually managed to feature, a valuable part of Westport’s heritage. Your service to this community is noteworthy and will serve as an inspiration to others.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Tomatoes at the Senior Center

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Author Sherri Brooks Vinton demonstrated how to “Eat Well to Live Well” in a cooking demonstration today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities involving tomatoes from the Westport Farmers Market. The cooking series is sponsored by Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and made possible by a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation. Contributed photo

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Westport Police Issue Home Invasion Avoidance Tips

The Westport Police Department today issued a list of do’s and don’ts for residents concerned about home invasions.

The department said in a news release its list was prompted by the murder of three people last month in Cheshire, Conn., in a home invasion incident.

“The term ‘home invasion’ strikes fear in the hearts and minds of every police officer in the United States,” the department said.

“The officers, particularly those of whom have investigated this type of crime, will never forget the typical force and brutality exhibited by the perpetrator to accomplish his goal, whatever that might be.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Quintard Place

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Westport officials have received an application for a demolition permit for the house at 1 Quintard Place off Maple Avenue South.  The 933-square foot ranch built in 1948 is situated on a 0.3-acre corner property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Kings Highway School Special Maintenance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board of Trustees Canceled
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Circus Minimus

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Save the Children Gets $500,000 from Gates Foundation

Westport’s Save the Children announced today that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help thousands of families in Nepal and Bangladesh recovering from the recent monsoon-triggered flooding.

Save the Children said it is reaching out to tens of thousands of children and their families in the area with critical supplies and providing ongoing support in the areas of health, emergency food and nonfood supplies, and water and sanitation as the population works toward recovery.

“Besides providing badly needed resources, we hope that this decision by the Gates Foundation draws more public attention to a humanitarian crisis that is getting far too little attention in the United States but continues to imperil the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in South Asia,” said Rudy Von Bernuth, who heads emergency response operations for the charity.

“We hope that the generosity of the Gates Foundation will encourage others to support this important humanitarian effort.”

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Going Down: 87 North Ave.

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The house at 87 North Ave. came down today as new owner Terry Brannigan watched. Brannigan, and his wife Laurie and two children bought the house in June. (It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 29.) Brannigan, a native Westporter, 1979 Staples graduate, and former wrestling coach there, said their present home next door on Blue Coat Lane is “too large for us and we wanted to design our own house.” Their new home will be about 4.000 square feet and is scheduled to be completed next spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Good Day to Stay Indoors

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Rain and temperatures in the 50s kept people away from Westport’s Compo Beach today. The forecast called for mostly clouds skies on Wednesday with highs in the 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Sprucewood Lane

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The application process for a demolition permit has been initiated with Westport officials for the house at 3 Sprucewood Lane off Long Lots Road. The 1954-built ranch is 2,619 square feet and sits on a one-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 334 Wilton Road

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Among the nine properties whose owners have been selected for a Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Award for 2007 is a pump station at Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike owned by the Aquarion Water Company—the sole commercial winner. The commission, which will present the awards Saturday, Sept. 8 at Town Hall ceremony, said the “decision to use quality materials for this high visibility location speaks volumes about your concern for the community. Resembling a rural 19th century industrial building, this is a truly inspiring example of compatible new construction.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Skimming the Surface

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Winds gusted to 25 miles per hour off of Westport’s Compo Beach South Monday creating perfect conditions for the sport of kite surfing. Several surfers from Westport, Darien, and Greenwich took advantage of nearly perfect conditions to launch the colorful kites that propel them rapidly across the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners Discuss: “Remembering Laughter”
7 p.m. - Community Room, Canal Park - Westport Housing Authority Meeting of the Commissioners
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Connecticut Ballet

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Two-Car Riverside Ave. Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A two-car crash this afternoon on Westport’s Riverside Avenue in front of Saugatuck Elementary School sent one person to Norwalk Hospital. Traffic on the busy roadway was tied up as police, firefighters, and Westport EMS responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Going Down: 40 Park Lane

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The house at 40 Park Lane was demolished today. The 1960-built split-level house was 1,250 square feet and situated on a 0.7- acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 27, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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