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Friday, August 01, 2008

Warm Reception

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A large and appreciative crowd attended a reception at the Westport Public Library tonight for the opening of Larry Untermeyer’s photo exhibit, “In My View.” The show of more than 70 photographs will be on display in the main hall of the library for the next two months. After being introduced by good friend Neil Hardy, Untermeyer, a WestportNow contributing photographer, opened his remarks by thanking his wife of 56 years, Nikki, for all her support and encouragement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westport Police Seek New Recruits

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The Westport Police Department said today it is accepting applications for the position of police officer. 

Applications can be filled out and submitted online at www.policeapp.com. The closing date to submit the application is Monday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m., an announcement said. 

Candidates must be 21 by Nov. 1 and must have graduated from an accredited high school or must have completed a formal certificate equivalence program. 

A Connecticut driver’s license is required at the time of the candidate’s appointment. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and will be required to reside within a reasonable distance from the Town of Westport prior to the completion of the candidate’s field training program. 

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Doing as the Sign Says

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Some youngsters get in some reading time today at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers July 14 - 18, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 14 - 18, 2008:

Norma E. Perlman to Amy Sargeant Lang, 6 Crestwood Road, $1,350,000 WN property.jpg

Heritage 152 North LLC to Ann Reilly Tr., 152 North Ave., $2,050,000

Geoffrey M. and Dana Beringer to Bruce R. Becker, 3 Quentin Road, $3,000,000

Joshua W. and Nichole J. Witkin to Abby Safirstein, 4 Ivanhoe Lane, $1,060,000

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Going Down: 130 Hillandale Road

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The house at Westport’s 130 Hillandale Road near Turkey Hill Road South has been demolished. Built in 1948, the two-story colonial was 2,424 square feet in size, located on a 1.33-acre lot and changed ownership last month for $1,350,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 9, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Larry Untermeyer: Getting Ready for “In My View”

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Larry Untermeyer of Westport, a WestportNow contributing photographer, gets ready for today’s opening of “In My View” at the Westport Public Library featuring his images shot locally and around the world. Set to run for two months, the show kicks off with an opening reception at 6 p.m. today with the public welcome to attend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Escaping the Heat

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Sailing off of Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Thursday was an ideal way to escape the 90-degree heat and humidity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 1, 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: A-K
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
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Thelma Gordon Film Series presents “Teresa Stratus-Stratosphere”
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception for “In My View,” photographs by Laurence S. Untermeyer
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Alice in Wonderland”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Scratch

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Michael McDonald stars in Levitt Fund-Raiser

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A sell-out crowd heard singer and songwriter Michael McDonald tonight at the Levitt Pavilion annual summer fund-raiser. He is perhaps best known for his work as a member of the Doobie Brothers, performing and recording with Steely Dan, and for several hits as a solo artist and collaboration with others.He performed renditions of his hits from the Doobies such as “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Little Darling,” “It Keeps You Runnin,’” “Minute by Minute,” and “What a Fool Believes,” which became a No. 1 single and earned him a 1980 Grammy Award for song of the year. Proceeds from the fund-raiser help pay for more than 50 free nights of Levitt entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dining on Jesup Green

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A gala cocktail reception and dinner under a tent on Jesup Green preceded tonight’s Levitt Pavilion fund-raiser featuring Michael McDonald. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Woody Lane Accident Sends One to Hospital

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A resident of Westport’s Woody Lane suffered an arm injury today in an accident involving his car and a landscaper’s vehicle on his street. The man was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Goodman for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Board Votes to Declare Compo Mill Dog Dangerous

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Three members of Westport’s Dangerous Dog Hearing Board—(l-r) Dr. Joan Poster, Susan Smith, and Ann Marie Flynn—today surveyed the Compo Mill Home of a dog neighbors petitioned to be declared dangerous because of involvement in fights with neighboring dogs and biting of an owner. The board later voted 2-1 to declare the dog dangerous, making it subject to strict restrictions, including that it be muzzled outside of its home or secure enclosure, and that a sign be erected warning of the presence of a dangerous dog. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Man Pleads Guilty in $1.5 Million Embezzlement

A Westport accountant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford today to embezzling $1.5 million from two firms over a two-year period for his personal use.

Noel D. Lara, 40, of 25 Saugatuck Ave., who was arrested by Westport police in May, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. (See WestportNow May 13, 2008)

Lara, who worked for two Connecticut companies, admitted that he used company money to fund personal expenses including the purchase of designer watches and clothing, finance payments to motor vehicle companies and investments in stocks

U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant ordered Lara to be sentenced on Oct.17 at which time he faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a fine of $3.1 million, as well as an order of restitution to his victims.

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Freed After Half Hour Trapped in Elevator

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Westport Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Maloney welcomes Eduardo Evangelista, a construction worker from Danbury, upon his release from an elevator in which he was trapped for approximately a half hour today at 274 Riverside Ave. following a power failure in the Saugatuck area. A woman trapped in a second elevator was also rescued after half an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Power Outage Hits Saugatuck Area

UPDATE A power outage hit parts of Westport’s Saugatuck area today, affecting at its peak about 750 customers, a utility spokesman said.WestportNow.com Image
The traffic light at Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street was among those affected by today’s power outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Some customers were restored within an hour of the 1:15 p.m. outage, but it took almost six hours for full restoration, the spokesman said.

Areas affected included Riverside Avenue, Saugatuck Avenue, the Bridge Street area and parts of Saugatuck Shores, according to the Connecticut Light and Power Company official.

Cause of the outage appeared to be a cable failure involving the Compo substation at Compo Road South near the railroad underpass, the CL&P spokesman said.

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Getting Ready for Tonight’s Levitt Gala

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Westport’s Taylor Place was closed today as preparations were under way for tonight’s Levitt Pavilion fund-raising gala. In late afternoon, organizers said the concert was a sell-out and no tickets would be available at the gate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tiger Girl

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Lindsey Baldwin, 5, of Westport shows off her tiger face Wednesday night at the Levitt Pavilion. Chrys Dawid of Connecticut Face Art paints faces every Wednesday at the Levitt before and during the performance. Numbers are handed out and each child selects the desired effect from a face chart. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 31, 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: A-K
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: “Rally ‘Round The Flag, Boys!” (1958)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Be a Myth (grades 3 & up)
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Pre-Concert Gala Cocktail Party and Dinner
6 p.m. – 35 Old Mill Road – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board Field Trip
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 - Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Sidewalk Dave w/ Aeroplane 1929, Hugo, Extra Parachutes & Midi, and the Modern Dance
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - SOLD OUT: NO GATE TICKETS AVAILABLE - Summer Gala Concert Levitt Pavilion fund-raiser: Michael McDonald

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Hot Peas ‘N Butter Cook Up Bi-Lingual Sound at Levitt

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Performing at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the first time tonight, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a multi-cultural bilingual five-piece band and dancer, entertained a large audience of all ages. Their entertaining lyrics comprised of interchangeable Spanish and English encourage youngsters to become familiar with bilingual sounds and vocabulary. The group, which appears regularly on the Noggin TV network catering to preschoolers, was founded in 2000 by the Latino duo of Bronx-raised Frank Cotto (l) and Brooklynite Danny Lapidus (c). They met at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hello Dolly Doggie

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Dolly, named for Dolly Parton, proudly shows off her Dolly Parton hair-do today while strolling near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Women Power

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Seen from the Westport’s Kings Highway Bridge, two women paddle their gentleman passenger down the Saugatuck River today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Residents Urged to Check Swimming Pool Drain Outlets

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Town of Westport Building Department Director Steve Smith today urged swimming pool owners to make sure a drain cover is installed in all swimming pool suction outlets to avoid entrapment of swimmers, especially children whose smaller bodies can be sucked toward the system.  Smith referred to a tragic incident in Greenwich in July 2007 in which a 6-year-old boy drowned when he became trapped in a suction outlet.  Smith said residents with questions about suction outlet drain covers should call the Building Department at (203) 341-5025. “Keep an eye on your kid in the pool,” Smith said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Kayak Class

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Learning to kayak was a popular activity today at Westport’s Longshore Sailing School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Drawing the Line

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Now that many of Westport’s downtown streets have been repaved, Curtis Cocco and Chuck Corners of the Westport Highway Department were busy today measuring, marking and painting new lines and crosswalks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monarchs are Back

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A Monarch butterfly was spotted on some flowers at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Thomsen for WestportNow.com

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