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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Driver Escapes Injury in Post Road East Accident

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A car lurched forward from a parking spot through bushes at 240 Post Road East today. The airbag in the car deployed and the driver was not injured. There was no damage to the building, accordng to emergency workers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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In Custody

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Westport Detective Marc Heinmiller (l) and Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas place a bank robbery suspect into custody today near the Merritt Parkway on the Westport-Norwalk line. A second suspect was found in the area a short time later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Doulas Healey for WestportNow.com ©2014 WestportNow

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Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

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Police take into custody one of two bank robbery suspects today near the Merritt Parkway on the Westport-Norwalk line. Westport Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas (r) arrested the suspect in the fenced in wooded area of the old Martha Stewart production studio off of Newtown Turnpike. A second suspect was arrested in the area a short time later. The suspects fled TD Bank, 1111 Post Road East, entered the Merritt Parkway at Exit 41 in the wrong direction, and fled on foot after crashing into an oncoming car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com ©2014 WestportNow

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Checking the Suspect Vehicle

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Westport police officers check out a vehicle used by two bank robbery suspects on the Merritt Parkway today after it crashed into an oncoming car while traveling the wrong way in the northbound lanes. There was no word on injuries. The suspects were caught a short time later in nearby woods. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com ©2014 WestportNow

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Searching for Suspects

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Westport police search for two bank robbery suspects today in a fenced in area of the old Martha Stewart peoduction facility off of Newtown Turnpike on the Westport-Norwalk line near the Merritt Parkway. Two suspects were later taken into custody. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com ©2014 WestportNow

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Former Martha Stewart Studio Center of Search

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Westport and Norwalk police converge on the old Martha Stewart production studio property today at 19 Newtown Turnpike on the Westport-Norwalk line as they search for two bank robbery suspects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com ©2014 WestportNow

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Drivers Escape Serious Injury in Three-Vehicle I-95 Crash

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The driver of a Chevy Suburban escaped serious injury today on I-95 southbound between exits 17 and 18 in Westport when the vehicle was hit from behind by a box truck and pushed into a vehicle transporter, according to Westport Fire Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar. The other drivers were not injured. Firefighters used absorbent material and booms to control a leaking fuel tank on the Suburban, Kepchar said.  All vehicles had to be towed from the scene after the 8:30 a.m. accident. Contributed photo

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Close Call

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The rear of a vehicle transporter protrudes from the windshield of a Chevy Suburban on I-95 today between exits 17 and 18 in Westort. The Chevy Suburban was pushed into the vehicle transporter by a box truck from behind, according to Westport Deputy Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. The Chevy Suburban driver escaped serious injury, he said, and the two other drivers were not injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Stemming a Fuel Spill

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Westport firefighters today work to stem a fuel spill from a Chevy Suburban on I-95 southbound between exits 17 and 18. The vehicle was struck from behind by a boxcar and pushed into a vehicle transporter in front. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Martin for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Village District Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Charette Planning Subcommittee of Downtown Steering Committee
11:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Retirement Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Virtual Vacation Matinée Series: “The Great Beauty”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kingergarten Meet-up
7 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Summer Sings with Music on the Hill
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Long-range Planning Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”
8 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory - Monthly Lecture: Bob Meadows on innovations from Stellafane
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - “Shine a Light” documentary film

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Max’s Readies for Aug. 31 Farewell

By James Lomuscio

With most of the store’s inventory gone and a closing date set for Aug. 31 after 59 years in Westport, owner Shirley Mellor sat at her desk today in the rear of Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East, and thought about the past and her future.

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Shirley Mellor (c) earlier this year with longtime employees Jay Cimbak and Nina Royce.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Well wishes, nostalgia and raw sentiment from the few customers near the the register echoed off the pressed-tin ceiling to where Mellor sat surrounded by tangible memories, most of them framed.

One was a stately painting her her late husband Max Kaplan who founded the store, once an iconic meeting place for scores of nationally known artists. Also surrounding Mellor’s office was original artwork from syndicated cartoonists who 1979 wished Kaplan a happy 65th birthday, “Max’s coming of age party,” Mellor said.

And there was the huge 1981 black and white photograph of the once famed arts community’s legends in front of the store for its 25th anniversary.

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Metro-North: Opposite Side Boarding No Longer in Effect

UPDATE Metro-North said tonight that opposite side boarding is no longer in effect between Noroton Heights and Stratford.

The change was announced in late afternoon due to extended track work in the vicinity of Green’s Farms.

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Stefan Pryor to Leave Education Post After One Term

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Stefan Pryor announced today he will not seek another term as state education commissioner and is seeking a new job—a step that could diminish some of the teacher dissatisfaction with the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as the governor seeks re-election.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“Having served for nearly three fulfilling years as Commissioner, I have decided to conclude my tenure by the end of this Administration’s current term and to pursue new professional opportunities,” Pryor said in a statement. “Because I believe it’s important to communicate my decision proactively to the Governor and the public, I am doing so now.”

Malloy, who had resisted calls for Pryor to resign, praised the commissioner.

“Commissioner Pryor has worked hard and well on behalf of Connecticut students,” Malloy said. “In the three years he’s led the department, we’ve taken tremendous steps forward to improve education, with a particular focus on the districts that have long needed the most help.”

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Westport Outdoors: Rive Bistro

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Rive Bistro, 299 Riverside Ave., is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months. The outdoor cafe, seating 45 customers features its signature cuisine such as New York strip steak with a black peppercorn sauce and french fries, according to co-owner Eric Sierra. Along with Mimi Torres, he opened the restaurant in March 2013 at the site of the former River House Tavern, which closed in January 2013 after a 10-year run. Overlooking the Saugatuck River, the restaurant hours are lunch Sunday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., dinner Monday through Friday until 9 p.m, and Saturday until 10 p.m., and dinner on Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Another Fare Hike Likely

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but chances are we will see another fare hike on Metro-North in the coming months.
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Not that any elected official would endorse such a plan (at least not before the November elections), but once again Connecticut is not totally in control of its financial destiny when it comes to our trains.

True, fare increases in Connecticut must be initiated by the state regardless of what New York does to its riders, but the financial numbers speak for themselves.

We are tied to New York’s operations by an antiquated contract going back 30 years. The cost of running “our” trains is born by both Connecticut and New York, and those costs are soaring from $70 million a year to $110 million thanks to remedial track work and expected contract settlements (with four years of retroactive pay hikes).

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Sunset Sail

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A sailor heads in at dusk Sunday as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 18, 2014


9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee Special Meeting
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - August Maker in Residence: Story Design Lab
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Technical Committee of the Downtown Steering Committee
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Storytelling Live!

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vince Giordano and Nighthawks Headline Levitt

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Grammy Award recipient Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks entertained tonight’s overflow crowd at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. It was part of the weekly Celebration Sundays event sponsored by Jewish Senior Services. Giordano, whose music evokes the height of ballroom perfection, has played in New York nightclubs and has appeared in numerous films and on television programs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dancing the Night Away at Levitt

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John and Helga Downing of Stamford dance tonight to the beat of the Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Blues, Views & BBQ Set for Labor Day Weekend

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s (WDMA) seventh annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival is scheduled for the fourth year in a row for Labor Day weekend on the grounds of the Westport Library, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the Imperial Avenue parking lot, WDMA officials said.

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Last year, about 10,000 attended the WDMA event that raises funds to support local charities, and event coordinators are hoping for an even bigger turnout.

“It will be the strongest musical lineup, fiercest barbecue competition, and spiciest selection of food and drink vendors yet,” said Lee DeMonico, WDMA spokesperson. “This festival isn’t just blues or barbecue. It’s a huge downtown Westport party for all ages and tastes.”

According to DeMonico, the festival will boast an array of array of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, “funk, soul, and jam talent,” including: Spin Doctors; Rick Derringer; Bill Kirchen, Popa Chubby; Anders Osborne; Mia Borders; Big Sam’s Funky Nation; Raw Oyster Cult; Revered Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys; Rory Block; Coco Montoya Band; and Connecticut’s own Bobby Paltauf Band.

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Sunday,  August 17, 2014


2 p.m. - Westport Library - Robin Williams Film Festival: “Mrs. Doubtfire”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Vince Giordano/Nighthawks

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Night at the Levitt

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DJ Zakhm,an electronica-genre DJ, opened at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight followed by the My Pet Dragon husband-wife duo of Todd Michaelsen and Reena Shah. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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My Pet Dragon Levitt Attraction Tonight

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My Pet Dragon was the main attraction tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Consisting of husband-wife duo Todd Michaelsen and Reena Shah, they performed a host of catchy, atmospheric Pop Rock numbers with strong melodic vocals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Peach Lot Place

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Peach Lot Place, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story contemporary has 3,403 square feet, is situated on a 1.02-acre property and, according to Assessor records, last changed ownership in June 1987 for $647,500. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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