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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cooling at the Cannons

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This youngster found the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach a perfect place to get cool as afternoon tempertures soared close to 90 in some areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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“Max’s Art Supplies Day” Marks 50th Anniversary

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff proclaimed today “Max’s Art Supplies Day” in Westport to mark the 50th anniversry of the Post Road East shop. Joseloff, shown with owner Shirley Mellor, told guests at an anniversary reception that he had a special relationship to Max’s. He said his father, Stanley, sold the building to Shirley Mellor’s late husband, Max Kaplan, in the late 1960s when it was known as Fine Arts Stationery. The store is adjacent to the former Fine Arts Theatre, built by Joseloff’s grandfather, Robert, in 1915, and now occupied by Restoration Hardware. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Forecasters Issue Thuderstom Watch for Area

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstom watch for Westport and the tri-state area until 11 p.m.

The 4:05 p.m. advisory followed a special weather statement in which forecasters said a cold front will approach the Westport and the tri-state region this evening and trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Due to the high heat and humidity, there will be enough instability for some storms to become quite strong and possibly severe, a mid-afternoon advisory said. 

The main threat from thunderstorms will be strong and gusty winds along with dangerous cloud to ground lightning and possibly some hail. In addition,  thunderstorms will be capable of torrential downpours, possibly producing localized flash flooding, the advisory said.

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Showing the Flag

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Westporters showed the flag this weekend as they celebrated Independence Day. This house is on Riverside Avenue. The town’s fireworks will be held at Compo Beach Monday night with Wednesday night as the rain date. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, July 2, 2006


3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Vince Giordano and “The Nighthawks,” big band selection

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Wading Through the Inlet

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Early morning visitors to Westport’s Compo Mill Pond today found the low tide made for good walking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Crowded Compo

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded today as people took advantage of the warm, sunny weather during the July 4 weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Putting the Plants in the Ground

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Westport community gardener Chris Singer (l) gets some help replanting tomato plants in her garden. Her garden was one of the plots hardest hit by vandalism earlier this week. Several of her tomato plants were whacked down and pulled up. Today gardeners gathered to replant the six plots that were vandalized. Gilbertie’s Herb and Garden donated a large number of plants to help with the work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready to Replant

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Plants are lined up outside the Westport Community Gardens this morning. The plants were donated by Gilbertie’s Herb and Garden to replace plants that were destroyed earlier this week. Six plots were vandalized. The plants donated included tomatoes, squash, pumpkins and peppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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P&Z to Review High-Voltage Line Final Details

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United Illuminating officials are nailing down the final details of a project to lay a high-voltage electrical line under Route 1 in Westport.

The parent company of Connecticut Light and Power is asking to lease a portion of the Imperial Avenue parking lot as a staging area for 30 months.

It is part of a plan to stretch a 345-kilovolt electrical line 69 miles from Middletown to Norwalk, 5.5 miles of which will be in Westport. The Connecticut Siting Council approved the plan—which is the second part of a two-phase project—a year ago (See WestportNow April 7, 2005).

Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the Planning and Zoning Commission will review using the lot during its July 20 hearing.

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Summer Sailing

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A couple adjusts the sails on a boat before setting sail from Compo Beach’s boat launch on Friday. Many people headed down to Compo Beach on Friday to get an early start to the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 1, 2006


2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters & Crafts
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Flashback

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Senior Center Saturday Hours Kick Off

By Joanna Pliner

Busy Westport senior citizens will have the opportunity to use the Center for Senior Activities on weekends starting Saturday.

The center will be open Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. after seniors expressed an interest in the expanded hours.

Saturday activities will include fitness classes such as Yoga and Pilates.

Alexandra Oudheusden, who oversees Thursday night and Saturday programs, said Saturday hours are part of an effort to include working seniors in center activities and for all seniors to be able to bring their families.

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Kicking Off a Holiday Weekend

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With July 4 on Tuesday, many people turned this weekend into a four-day holiday weekend and were hitting the beach and the local roads this afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Gardeners Get Ready to Replant

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Community gardeners will gather with hoes, shovels and donated plants on Saturday to help replant the plots that were vandalized earlier this week.

Gilbertie’s Herb Garden has donated about 20 tomato plants and several more squash plants to the Westport Community Gardens to help replant what was lots, said Mary Ann West, one of the gardeners.

Parks and Recreation Department officials have also donated a lock and chain for the garden, she said.

The gardeners will gather Saturday at 10 a.m. at the garden adjacent to Long Lots Elementary on Hyde Lane, and volunteers are welcome to help, she said.

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Town Plan Meeting On Air This Weekend

A tape of the public meeting on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development update will air the next two weekends on the Westport cable access channel.

The tape will air at 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday and again July 7, 8 and 9 on cable channel 79.

The public meeting was held last Monday, and the broadcast runs about 90 minutes.

No date has been set for the next public meeting on the plan.

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Gorham Neighborhood Votes for Historic District

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Residents in the proposed Gorham Avenue Historic District voted in favor of the district.

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said the residents voted 17-3. The votes were due Thursday by 4:30 p.m., and were counted that afternoon.

There were 23 total votes for the 24 properties in the proposed district, Strauss said, and 13.5 votes were needed in favor of the district.

The Westport Representative Town Meeting will vote on implementing the district at its next meeting on July 11.

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Cloudy Skies

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Ned Dimes Marina was full with cloudy, uncertain skies over head. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fire Promotions Planned, Money Needed

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Promotions are planned at the Westport Fire Department this summer, but department officials need more than $93,000 before they move forward.

Department officials will seek $93,625 from the Board of Finance during its meeting on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Town Hall.

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the money would cover the vacancies created by the promotions.

Several of the promotions were supposed to be made during the 2005-06 fiscal year, which ends today, but it didn’t happen, he said.

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Low Tide

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A boat sits in the sand at low tide at Westport’s Old Mill Beach on Thursday. It was a foggy start to the day, but the fog soon gave way to sunshine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 30, 2006


6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Members Show 2006: Solo Show II opening
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Bone Dry

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Emergency Preparedness Training Coming

Westport will host a collaborative volunteer training opportunity in emergency preparedness on Tuesday, July 11 at 4 p.m. at the Center for Senior Activities.

The two-hour event will include volunteers from the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Westport-Weston Health District, Westport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Westport-Weston United Way, Westport Volunteer EMS and the Westport Department of Human Services Mental Health Network.

“One purpose of this collaborative effort is to maximize the training resources of the community emergency preparedness team,” said Human Services Director Barbara Butler.  “More importantly, this provides an opportunity to build relationships among the many volunteers who will be assisting in a community response.”

The meeting is the first of what will be quarterly meetings and will focus on personal preparedness.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

No One Injured in Saugatuck Accident

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No one was injured in an accident just before 1 p.m. today at the intersection of Ferry Lane and Saugatuck Avenue in Westport. The driver of the Honda rear-ended the Acura. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Farmers Market Opens at Playhouse

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People flocked to the new farmers market at the Westport Country Playhouse today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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People browsed through a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in Westport’s center today, but they weren’t making a stop at the local supermarket.

Instead they were buying produce directly from the farmers at the first day of the new Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The market kicked off today and will run every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October.

There were 14 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads, baked goods, honey and molded soaps.

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Buying Farmed Goods

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A large number of people visited Westport’s new Farmers Market today. It was the market’s first day and will run every Thursday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse through October. Vendors from various Connecticut farms sold vegetables and fruits. Some also sold baked goods, honey, flowers and soap. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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