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Friday, August 15, 2008

Aye Aye Thant Honored

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presents The Harmony Run Torch to Westporter Aye Aye Thant, president of the U Thant Institute, who was honored today with the Harmony Run’s Torch Bearer Award for her service to both the local and international communities. She is the daughter of the late United Nations Secretary-General U Thant. The 10,000-mile World Harmony Run, which arrived in Westport today, promotes global harmony. Bill Hass, executive director of the U Thant Institute, is on the far left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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World Harmony Run Arrives in Westport

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Participants in The World Harmony Run, an around-the-world torch relay to promote global harmony, arrived in Westport today. There was a brief welcoming ceremony at the riverwalk outside the Westport Public Library. The 10,000-mile U.S. segment began April 15 in New York City and has passed through more than 1,000 cities and towns before heading back to New York today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Viveka Kjellgren for WestportNow.com

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Historical Society Again Offers Salt Marsh Water Tour

Back by popular demand, the Westport Historical Society will offer its third annual Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour on Saturday.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Past tours have attracted several dozen participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Meet-and-launch begins at 9:30 a.m. with push-off at 10 a.m. from the site of the former Allen’s Clam House on Hillspoint Road near Old Mill Beach.

This is a relaxing paddle in a beautiful salt marsh with plenty of wildlife, according to organizers.

Participants can use their own kayaks and canoes or rent kayaks from the Longshore Sailing School—call (203)226-4646 to reserve your kayak and for fee information.

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Feet Off the Ground

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A jogger had both feet off the ground today as she made the rounds at Westport’s Compo Beach. The sunny weather gave way later in the day to thunderstorms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Sunset

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The clouds cleared just in time Thursday for another pretty sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 15, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
1 p.m. - Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge - Westport welcomes Harmony Run participants
7:30 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Arts Center presents Antares
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Earthplace - Friday Family Campfire: Night Hike
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Tryst” prologue series
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Early Clover

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Three Chicks Who Sing

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Threatening rainstorms moved tonight’s Levitt Pavilion program indoors to the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium where three vocalists known as Three Chicks Who Sing—Karen Parrella, Sue Broudy, and Cindy Vaccaro, all from Weston—performed “The Power of Love.” The program of love songs was supported musically by noted jazz and gospel musician Chris Coogan on keyboards and Funkamus Maximus, a newly formed rock band. The vocalists presented a range of music styles from jazz standards and Broadway to rock’n’roll. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Arrest NY Man in Bank Cash Advance Fraud

Quick thinking by a bank teller and a quick response by Westport police led to the arrest today of a New York man for attempting to fraudulently withdraw cash from a Main Street bank, police said.WestportNow.com Image
Police arrested a New York man as he was exiting the Chase Bank, 184 Main St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow file photo by Dave Matlow

At about 4 p.m., police said they received a call from employees at Chase Bank, 184 Main St., that a customer was attempting to withdraw $4,900 using a bank card and a New York license, said Sgt. Foti Koskinas.

The teller became suspicious due to recent similar attempts, he said. Upon confirming that the documents were fraudulent, bank employees advised the man that approval was necessary from corporate headquarters and they called police.

Responding officers located the man as he was exiting the bank at the corner of Avery Place, Koskinas said.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Levitt Show Moves Indoors Tonight

Due to the forecast for more thunderstorms, the Levitt Pavilion’s scheduled presentation tonight of “The Power of Love” will move indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School’s air-conditioned auditorium, organizers announced.

Food and beverages are not allowed to be brought inside the school at 170 Riverside Ave. 

Show time is 8 p.m. and admission is free.

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Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton N.Y. has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas in Westport and nearby areas until 6:15 p.m.

A thunderstorm moving across the area is capable of producing rainfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour, resulting in flooding of urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots, an advisory said.

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Mushrooms 101 at Farmers Market

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One of the newest vendors at the Thursday Westport Farmer’s market at the Westport Country Playhouse today drew a lot of interested shoppers. Terri Stoleson (l), president of the Connecticut Mycological Society, answered questions and demonstrated the types of wild mushrooms available in the state’s woods. Several types of edible mushrooms she collected on local forays, such as boletes, black trumpets and maitakes, were available for sale.  Many shoppers were intrigued by the idea of foraging in the woods for wild mushrooms. Stoleson and members of the Mycological Society share their knowledge of wild mushrooms on forays each Sunday in different state parks. For information on joining the group, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Words by Juliet Balian, photo by Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Mill Pond Photo Donated to Historical Society

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Renowned Westport photographer David Kalman (l) generously donated a photograph of the Mill Pond to the Westport Historical Society collection.  Westport Town Historian and WHS Board Member Allen Raymond accepted the gift. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Fifth Anniversary of Northeast Blackout

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This was the scene five years ago today in the center of Westport as a massive blackout hit the northeast. Only a television news light provided illumination in Westport’s downtown. A spokesman for Connecticut Light and Power Company said major improvements have been made since 2003 when 50 million people in eight U.S. states and Ontario, Canada were left in the dark, some for as long as four days. WestportNow.com file photo

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Shell Game

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Finding sea shells was the objective for tese youngsters Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 14, 2008


7:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - 15th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!” (1966)
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Kids Family Film Classics: “The Black Cauldron”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Power of Love
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Tryst”

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Marisa Tomei Joins Reading of “Golden Boy” at Playhouse

Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei and other actors to be announced will read the classic play “Golden Boy” written by Clifford Odets and directed by Joanne Woodward, on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Westport Country Playhouse.WestportNow.com Image
Marisa Tomei: to be directed by Joanne Woodward. Contributed photo

The reading is part of “The Classical Series,” bringing together professional actors to read works by master playwrights. 

Tomei has appeared on Broadway in “Top Girls,” “Salome,” and “Wait Until Dark”. She won the Academy Award for her performance in “My Cousin Vinny” and was Oscar-nominated for her work in “In the Bedroom.” Tomei is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company.

Tickets, priced $15, are available by calling (203) 227-4177 or (888) 927-7529. For more information visit the Playhouse Web site.

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One Sent to Hospital in I-95 Accident

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A three-vehicle accident southbound on I-95 between Exits 18 and 17 in Westport shortly before 11:30 a.m. today sent one woman to Norwalk Hospital. One lane was closed to traffic for about 45 minutes, according to Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Dingee. He said a fourth vehicle was involved but left the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Mosquitoes in Westport Test Positive for West Nile

A state testing program has found the West Nile virus in Westport, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Westport was among four communities cited by the state Mosquito Management Program as having mosquitoes test positive that were trapped in the latest week. The others were New Canaan, Shelton, and Wilton.

The mosquitoes were collected Aug. 4 on North Avenue near Charcoal Hill Road, the state said. The species were culix pipiens, which is a bird biting mosquito, it said.

It was the second time in three years that mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in Westport. However the discovery was not unexpected since the virus has been found this year in nearby communities, including Norwalk and Fairfield, according to health officials.

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Face to Face

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Which is real? Caught peeking around a bush early Tuesday morning on Westport’s River Lane, this buck wasn’t quite sure what to make of the weather vane cow staring at him. Finally, he took flight into the woods. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Pension Investment Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission Grants Committee
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Tryst”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Town Hall South Field Playground - Coleytown Elementary School Playground Gathering
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Papillion

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Himes Easily Sweeps to Victory in Democratic Primary

UPDATE Democrat Jim Himes swept to victory today in a light voter turnout primary that set him up for a November showdown against Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in the 4th Congressional District.WestportNow.com Image
Jim Himes: ready to take on Shays. Contributed photo

In Westport, Himes, the party-endorsed candidate, defeated Lee Whitnum 588 to 26, or 95 percent to 5 percent. With more than 6,000 Democrats registered, turnout was a paltry 10.12 percent.

Across the district, The Associated Press reported that with 100 percent of the vote counted, Himes had 12,177 votes or 87 percent to Whitnum’s 1,826 votes or 13 percent.

Himes is a former banker and now vice president of a community affordable housing organization Whitnum is a substitute teacher. Both are residents of Greenwich.

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Westport EMS Adds Oxygen Unit, Cuts Costs

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Westport Emergency Medical Services has installed an oxygen generation unit in an effort to reduce rising fuel and associated delivery costs for its oxygen supplies. EMS Coordinator Alan Yoder, pointing to the control panel on the new equipment, said EMS becomes more self-sufficient, more economical, and better prepared for major incidents by generating its own oxygen supply rather than buying it and having it delivered. The new unit cost about $17,000 and was paid for by volunteer fund-raising in addition to a grant from Newman’s Own. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On Mill Pond

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Kayakers enjoyed the summer afternoon today on Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Extremely Light Turnout for Democratic Primary

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There was an extremely light turnout for today’s Democratic primary to determine a candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in the 4th Congressional District. Election officials reported in late afternoon that out of more than 6,000 registered Democrats in Westport, just under 400 had voted at the polls with another 55 filing absentee ballots. Greenwich residents Jim Himes, the party-endorsed candidate, is facing off against Lee Whitnum. Scene is Green’s Farms Elementary School in mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pjhyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Historic District Commission to Discuss Design Guidelines

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The agenda for tonight’s Historic District Commission’s meeting includes a discussion on design guidelines for the structures on the property of the 1868-built house at 24 Ludlow Road adjacent to the Kings Highway North Historic District. The main house on the property was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 4, 2007, and then purchased in November 2007 by the Beit Chaverim Synagogue for $1.4 million. According to an Historic District Commission official, the discussion at tonight’s meeting will focus on “design guidelines that would enhance and blend with the streetscape of the historic neighborhood.” A spokesman for the new owners said plans called for the 2,956-square foot home and on 1.19 acres to be restored in a manner that is consistent with its current “Italian farmhouse” style.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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