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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scull and Gull

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A gull takes in the scene on the Saugatuck River near Longshore Club Park as a rowing crew passes in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  July 19, 2014


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - BOOKstravaganza: The Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Parker Harding Plaza & Gorham Island - 41st Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Summer Teen Theatre: “The Wizard of Oz”
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Winslow Park - Westport Dog Day Afternoon
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora” (opening night)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Getting Ready for Westport Fine Arts Festival

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Westport’s Parker-Harding Plaza and Gorhan Island were busy tonight with artists setting up for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s Westport Fine Arts Festival opening Saturday and continuing on Sunday. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back for His Fourth Time

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Stamford artist Marc Fattahi tonight checks the fine points of his oil on canvas exhibit on display at the Westport Fine Arts Festival beginning Saturday in booths 3 and 4 in Parker Harding Plaza facing the Saugatuck River. The Persian-born Fattahi, who said he is in his fourth season at the event, moved to the United States 25 years ago after studying in Lyon, France. He said his early work was inspired by his love of Mediterranean scenes. Today, he said, he finds inspiration in New England’s coastline from Cape Cod to Fairfield County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Medal Winners at National Championships

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The USRowing Club National Championships are under way in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club has produced medal winners. Pictured (l-r) are Coach Sharon Kriz, intermediate men’s pair gold medalists Nico Merget and Fabian Bindenberger, and men’s junior single bronze medalist Christoph Bub. The event began Wednesday on Melton Hill Lake and winds up Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Smooth Sailing at 90

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Westport artist Susan Malloy enjoyed a sail today on a Lonshore Sailing School Hobie Cat. Malloy turned 90 in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Says $4.5 Million Gift to Anchor Fundraising

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Mimi Levitt (at 2011 Levitt event): still serves on Levitt board. WestportNow.com photo

The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport today announced a “lead gift” from Mimi Levitt and the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation in the amount of $4.5 million.

It said the gift, the largest single gift in the foundation’s history, serves to anchor the ongoing Campaign in Support of the New Levitt Pavilion.

“The $4.5 million represents a $2.5 million capital gift plus a dynamically structured loan that converts to a $2 million gift over a period of 20 years,” an announcement said.

“These generous funds made it possible for the Levitt Pavilion to proceed with groundbreaking, in addition to the contributions from the town, the state and other private donors.

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‘Westport Won’ with Kemper-Gunn Vote

By James Lomuscio

Westport developer David Waldman said he would have preferred a unanimous, positive report from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Thursday night on First Selectman Jim Marpe’s request to use town property to relocate the historic Kemper-Gunn House.

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A computer-generated rendering of the Kemper-Gunn House sited on the Baldwin Parking Lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

Instead, a deeply divided P&Z voted 4 to 2 with 1 abstention to move the 1885-built Victorian at 35 Elm St. to .13 acres of town-owned land in the Baldwin Parking Lot, eliminating about two dozen spaces.

“As much as you like a unanimous vote, a win is a win, and I think Westport won last night” said Waldman, who is moving the house to save it from demolition as he proceeds with the Bedford Square project on Church Lane.

Selectwoman Helen Garten, who headed the Kemper-Gunn Advisory Group, said she “definitely” agreed.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Moss Ledge Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Moss Ledge Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1966, the two-story colonial has 3,543 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers June 30 - July 4, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 30 - July 4, 2014:

Jeffrey M. and Judith M. Killeen to Donald L. Miller and Michelle Bradley, 21 Woodside Lane, $935,000WNproperty.jpg

Louise A. Castillo Estate to Tianjin Litian America LLC, 42 Newtown Turnpike, $585,000

Jack G. and Carol W. Kovatch to Robie Livingstone Spector, 34 Sasco Creek Road, $1,200,000

Paul J. and Ellen Molter Jr. to Marc J. and Jill W. Isaacs, 21 Fairfield Ave., $1,403,500

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Dark Clouds at Sunset

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There were dark storm clouds visible at sunset Thursday from South Beach at Compo Beach. But aside from some sprinkles, Westport escaped more rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Judy Renacia for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  July 18, 2014


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School Back Playground - Kindergarten Play Date
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Commission for Senior Services Canceled
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Deeply Divided P&Z OKs Kemper-Gunn Move

A deeply divided Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight gave the okay to proceed with moving the 1885-built Kemper-Gunn House to the town-owned Baldwin Parking Lot to save it from destruction.

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Plans call for the Kemper-Gunn House to be moved from its 35 Church Lane location to a corner of the Baldwin Parking Lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The vote to issue a positive report on First Selectman Jim Marpe’s request to use town property for the move was 4 in favor (Hodge, Whittle, Vebell, Lessing), 2 opposed (Walsh, Gratrix), and 1 abstention (Stephens).

“This has been the most painful thing I’ve addressed since I’ve been on the commission,” said Stephens, the commission chair. “I just don’t feel really good about this. I want to save that house, but I feel like we are being held hostage.”

The commission had asked the Kemper-Gunn Advisory Committee to seek better terms of the 98-year lease with Westport developer David Waldman and his partners. But members clearly were not satisfied with what the committee was able to achieve.

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At P&Z, Big Turnout for Senior Housing

By James Lomuscio

Proponents of a planned senior housing facility on the town-owned Baron’s South property expected the worst as they appeared en masse at the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight.

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Part of the large turnout tonight at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The fear: the P&Z could deny text amendment 677 and effectively kill the project that has been eight years in the making.

Instead, project supporters got a reprieve, as P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens, with an agreement from First Selectman Jim Marpe who put forth the amendment, decided to keep the matter open until the commission’s Sept. 4 meeting.

“I think it’s important that you as a commission have a dialogue, and that the people have dialogue,” Marpe said.

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New Family Y Home Nearing Completion

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The new home of the Westport Weston Family Y at Mahackeno is nearing completion. Y officials said today they expect to announce next week the date of the ribbon cutting and first day of opening to the public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Inside Look

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A look released today of the interior of the new Westport Weston Family Y at Mahackeno. Contributed photo

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Busy Weekend Includes Special Events for Dogs

In addition to the Westport Library summer book sale and the Westport Fine Arts Festival this weekend, there are also two weekend events for dogs in Westport.

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All dogs in attendance Sunday at the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave., will receive a Special Doggie Sundae. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

On Saturday, there will be the second annual Westport Dog Day, also known as Dog Day Afternoon, at Winslow Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Organized by the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service, the event features a number of animal rescue groups and local animal hospitals as well as other resources for animals and their owners, an announcement said.

On Sunday, Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) will hold a fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave.

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Comings & Goings: Michele’s Pies to Close

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After more than three years at 180 Post Road East, Michele’s Pies owner Michele Stewart announced today she is closing the Westport location. In an email, she said, “As we at Michele’s Pies embark on many new and exciting adventures—weekend farmers markets, wedding and event catering, cookbooks and pies being sold on QVC, and so much more—we will be refocusing our efforts and closing our Westport location, as of July 20, 2014. This was a tough decision, but one that I think in the long run will benefit my family and my business. I will forever be grateful to the people and the Town of Westport for the past three years. The Town of Westport will always hold a very special place in my heart, I grew up here and now my children are growing up here.  We intend to remain active members of the Westport community, and we sincerely hope that all our loyal Westport clients and friends will come see us in our Norwalk Bakery at 666 Main St., Route 7, near the Wilton line. We’re open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  And now on Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning July 27.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Look for Newly Planted Main Street Trees

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There is a new look on Westport’s Main Street at the base of recently planted trees. They are water bags that provide up to 20 gallons of water and can be refilled weekly to provide much needed hydration through the harsh heat of summer, according to Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay. He said initial growing years are hardest on newly planted trees, especially in difficult site conditions like Main Street due to the radiated heat from cars, asphalt and sidewalks. By providing adequate hydration now, the trees will be able to acclimate to the environmental conditions, Lindsay said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pedestrian-Car Accident Sends One to Hospital

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An accident involving a car and a pedestrian today sent one man to the hospital and closed Main Street from Elm Street to Avery Place. There was no word on the man’s condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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You Say Tomatoes, I Say…

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Tomatoes, no matter how you pronounce them, were popular items today at the Westport Farmers Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Pictured are tomatoes from Roxbury-based Riverbank Farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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July 17, 2005: Tossing the Frisbee at the Senior Center

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Today in WN History, a look back at some of the events WestportNow covered in past years, today features this 2005 photo with the caption: A Frisbee tossing contest was a highlight of today’s second annual ice cream social at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities. Here Bill Meyer, one of the organizers of the event, instructs Abby Straight, 3, (l) and her sister, Emma, 4, of Westport, on the best throwing techniques. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com

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Lighting Up the New Levitt

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The new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Artists was bathed in various colors Wednesday night as preparations were under way for the grand opening Sunday with a concert by Jose Feliciano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  July 17, 2014


9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Intro Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Transit District
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw - July
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Green Room - Board of Assessment Appeals
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Westport’s Hicks Witnesses Gaza Childrens’ Beach Deaths

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Westport award-winning photojournalist Tyler Hicks, in Gaza on assignment for The New York Times, today witnessed the deaths of four children playing on a beach caused by an Israeli attack. He filed this picture and an anguished, first-person account of what he saw. Click here.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tyler Hicks/The New York Times photo

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Long Island Sound View

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Tonight’s sunset as viewed from a boat in Long Island Sound off Saugatuck Shores in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ashley Laux for WestportNow.com

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Compo View

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Tonight’s sunset as viewed from South Beach at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck River View

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Tonight’s sunset as seen from a rowing shell on the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melissa Makris for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Shores View

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Tonight’s sunset was spectacular wherever viewed throughout Westport. This is a view from Saugatuck Shores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Hales Court View

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Tonight’s sunset as viewed from Hales Court in Westport’s Greens Farms section.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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