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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sightseeing

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UPDATE A luxury yacht flying the British flag dropped anchor off Westport’s Compo Beach and the breakwater today. A couple of its passengers were seen in a small dingy motoring along Compo South Beach towards the Saugatuck River. A WestportNow reader identified the yacht as the Blue Guitar, owned by English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer Eric Clapton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Long Wharf Names Eileen Wiseman as Development Director

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Eileen Wiseman: “I’m here to help build support and excitement.” Contributed photo
New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre has named Eileen Wiseman, a longtime leader at the Westport Arts Center, its new development director, effective immediately.

Wiseman, a Weston resident who joined the Long Wharf Theatre development staff in April, had spent the past eight years as the executive/artistic director of the Westport Arts Center, overseeing 60 programs a year including exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and literature and film programs.

“All my life I’ve been coming to this theater—-it is the place I learned to love live performance, the place that shaped my sense of what theater should be,” Wiseman said.

“Long Wharf Theatre has a strong sense of mission and the artistic and organizational confidence to use this crazy time we’re in to plot an even more interesting, vital path into the future.

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New Stop Sign Installed at Woodcock Lane and Newtown Tpk.

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Less than a week after it was approved by the Westport Board of Selectmen (See WestportNow July 9, 2009), a new stop sign has gone up on the southbound side of Newtown Turnpike at the intersection of Woodcock Lane. Residents said a blind spot obscures their view of oncoming traffic as they exit Woodcock Lane and there have been accidents and near-misses. The Police Department opposed installation of the sign saying it was likely to cause rear-end accidents.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library Perch

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Harry Hlawitschka, 13, perched atop the Westport Public Library book return box at Westport’s Jesup’s Green to wait for a friend. Harry will be entering ninth grade at Staples High School in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


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
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Green’s Farms (West Parish) Colonial Church Property Special Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Princess Katie & Racer Steve

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Getting Ready for Arts Center Show

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Westport Arts Center staff members Terri C. Smith (l) and Maura Frana apply finishing touches to the Group Show: Non-Juried Members exhibition that opens on Friday with a public reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comedy at the Levitt

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Comedy reigned at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight as three stand-up comedians of the Treehouse Comedy Club entertained an audience on a clear and low humidity night.  Brad Alexrod, a former Westporter and owner of the Treehouse Café and Comedy Club in the Westport Inn from 1983 to 1989, was the producer of the program. Performing at the Levitt for the first time, the featured comedians were Chris Monty, Tom Anzalone and Quentin Heggs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hamming It Up

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Comedians Chris Monty (l) and Tom Anzalone ham it up prior to tonight’s Levitt Pavilion show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Smiles All Around

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Tonight’s comedy program at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion brought laughter and smiles from an enthusiastic audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Survey: Grandparents Giving More to Aid Grandchildren

A Westport-based research group said today almost two-thirds of America’s grandparents have provided financial support to their grandchildren during the last five years, 40 percent for general purposes and 26 percent for education.

According to the MetLife Mature Market Institute’s QuickPOLL, “Grandparents: Generous with Money, Not with Advice,” the average amount provided was $8,661, or about $370.7 billion total in the last five years.

One-quarter (25 percent) say the economic downturn has caused them to increase the help they give to their grandchildren.

The 2009 Grandparents Poll revealed that grandparents prefer to help their children and grandchildren while they are alive, rather than leaving a lump sum in a will, an interesting phenomenon, MetLife said.

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Comings and Goings: LCR Moving Up Post Road East

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The L.C.R. design and decoration retail store at 275 Post East in Playhouse Square is moving to a new location at 615 Post Road East in the space that was vacated by Gary’s Frame Gallery (WestportNow, May 19, 2009) in the shopping center formerly anchored by Shaw’s supermarket According to Dana Robbin, co-owner, L.C.R. occupied its current location for five years after 12 years at 178 Main St. currently occupied by Papyrus. “We selected the new location because of the increased visibility, high traffic and the rent and we think that Fresh Market will be an attraction” she said. “We’re doing a lot of interior renovations with major construction and hope to move by the end of July.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The Line Forms Here

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It was Monday, and the Westport Library summer book sale opens Saturday. But already there was (and is) a line at the outside door to the library’s McManus Room where some of the sale will take place. Who exactly is on this line? Boxes—with their owners’ names written on the tops. “Probably book dealers,” theorized longtime library sale volunteer Dick Lowenstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Human Services Commission
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
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Zoning Citation Hearing
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 309 (room change) – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Treehouse Comedy Club

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Laboring for the Book Sale

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Now that the the tables have been set up in the tents, volunteers were hard at work today unloading trucks full of cartons of books and other items that will be offered for sale this weekend at the 16th annual Westport Library Book Sale. With more than 2,000 cartons, the sale promises to be the largest library sale ever held in Westport. The action starts on Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs through mid-day Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Changes Announced in Railroad Parking

The Westport Police Department today announced some changes it hopes will better serve non-permit holders seeking to park at the Westport Metro-North New Haven Line station in the Saugatuck area.

The changes coincide with the department’s semi-annual issuance of parking permits at the Westport (Saugatuck) and Green’s Farms stations.

The department said it will continue a pilot program begun last year which will allow anyone after 10 a.m. to park in any open space in Lots 4 and 8 for $4 a day.

Both lots are on the south side of Saugatuck Avenue—Lot 4 is adjacent to Ferry Lane West and Lot 8 is next to the I-95 northbound ramp at Exit 17.

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