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Monday, April 20, 2015

Chopping Wood on Lyons Plains Road

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Workers chop up a tree branch that fell on Westport’s Lyons Plains Road today, one of numerous trees or branches down as heavy rains moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Vani Court

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Vani Court, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1947, the one-story cape has 864 square feet, is situated on a .21-acre property and changed ownership last month for $340,000. 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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Easton Road Blocked at Berkeley Road

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A downed tree today blocked Easton Road at Berkeley Road II. Westport police asked motorists to avoid the area between Coleytown Road and Berkeley Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gusty Winds Down Tree

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High winds and rain contributed today to a fallen tree across the road at 130 Morningside Drive South, between Clapboard Hill Road and Greens Farms Road. Winds gusted to more than 30 mph shortly after 8 a.m. , according to the weather station at Westport fire headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Signs of Spring at Earthplace

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Signs of spring at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center include birds laying eggs. Among eggs from rehabilitated birds are a turkey vulture’s egg next to an egg laid by the peregrine falcon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 20, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Almost Done

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Work is almost complete on the dredging and shoreline stabilization project at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. The $800,000 project, which had been in the planning stages for several years, began in November to address the erosion over the years of the basin’s south shore. The erosion resulted in sand and stones spilling into the basin, eventually preventing the launch of small boats there, according to Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Making for a More Stable Shoreline

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The end is near to the $800,000 dredging and shoreline stabilization project at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. The project required the installation of a boulder riprap to keep the shoreline stable. Boaters will pay 70 percent of the cost in fees charged over 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Treat at Senior Center

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Participants in today’s “Try to Remember IV” perform at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The show, produced by Doris Storm Jacoby, was another sell-out.  Performers included Keir Dullea, Mia Dillon, James Naughton, Chris Coogan, Carole Schweid, Jodie Stevens, Scott Bryce, Suzanne Sheridan, Bruce Taylor, Emily Rabon Hall, and Bill Hall with Nick Stevens as emcee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Remembering at the Senior Center


Scenes from today’s fourth annual version of “Try to Remember” performed at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Minute Man to Get a Day’s Worth of Honors

Westport’s iconic Minute Man Monument, the bronze statue of a patriot, flintlock muzzleloader in hand, ever ready to defend against invading British troops landing at Compo Beach, will be celebrated with runners, a Revolutionary War encampment, walking tours and lectures on Sunday, April 26, according to event sponsors.

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The day honoring the 105-year-old monument at the Compo Road South and Compo Beach Road traffic circle coincides with the 238th anniversary of the British invasion of Connecticut on April 25, 1977. The British landed here to begin their march toward Danbury where the revolutionaries’ armaments were stored.

Minute Man Day is being sponsored by the Westport Historical Society (WHS), Westport Library and Westport Young Woman’s League.

The day starts off at 8:30 a.m. with the 37th Annual Minute Man Race, 5K and 10K competitions that begin and end at Compo Beach.

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Helping Camp Mahackeno Get Ready for Reopening

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Volunteers from the Westport and Sunrise Rotary Clubs, Troop 39 Boys Scouts, and Westport Weston Family YMCA staff and members today helped ready the YMCA’s Camp Mahackeno for its reopening on June 22, The camp, part of the YMCA’s property off of Allen Raymond Lane near Merritt Parkway exit 41, has been closed for three years during the construction of the YMCA’s new main building. Pictured are Rotary Club members (l-r) Rick Benson, Robert Hauck, and Joe Renzulli installing a fence post. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Helping Out

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Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39 were among those helping out today at the Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Camp Mahackeno as it gets ready for reopening on June 22. Also helping out was YMCA Interim CEO Philip Dwyer who said a full-time CEO has been selected and will be announced next week. The new CEO will officially assume responsibilities in June, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Coastal Flood Statement

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Statement for the Westport area, warning of localized minor coastal flooding at times of high tide tonight and early Monday.

It said tidal departures will be around one-half foot to 1 foot above astronomical tides.

The flooding will affect the most vulnerable shore roads and/or basements, the Weather Service said.

High tide in Westport is as at 12:41 a.m. Monday.

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Spring Colors

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A brightly dressed youngster enjoys the Saugatuck River view in Westport’s center on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  April 19, 2015


1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “And Then There Were None”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ospreys in Residence Again at Longshore

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A couple of ospreys get set today to enlarge their family at Longshore Club Park. Ospreys mate for life and raise young in the same nest year after year.This nest is in the Longshore Club Park parking lot near the E. R. Strait Marina. It was constructed in 2010 as part of an Eagle Scout project by then 17-year-old Alex Nitkin. (See WestportNow March 27, 2010). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Learning Saugatuck History

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Bob Mitchell (r), president-elect of the Westport Historical Society (WHS), today led a one-hour walking tour of Westport’s historical Saugatuck section. The tour is in concert with the current WHS exhibit, “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck.” It began at the Metro-North Westport train station, where rail service was launched in 1848. Today’s event was the first of three walking tours of Saugatuck. The next two are scheduled for May 16 and June 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On Tour

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A Westport Historical Society tour of Saugatuck today made a stop at the Saugatuck Grain Building, 101 Franklin St. The tour will be repeated on May 16 and June 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Announcing the Return of Spring to Westport

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Forsythia are announcing the return of spring to Westport. These colorful bushes are on Compo Road South today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Towed Away

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A tow truck removes a car from the front of Gold’s Delicatessen, 421 Post Road East, late today after the driver smashed into the landmark restaurant’s front door.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Going for the Gold’s

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UPDATE There were no injuries and what appeared to be superficial building damage late today as a car crashed into the front door of Westport’s Gold’s Delicatessen, 421 Post Road East, in the Compo Shopping Center. The 90-year-old female driver with a cane managed to get out of the car herself, according to witnesses. A town Building Department official was summoned to inspect the damage. It was the second Gold’s front strike in almost six years, the third in seven years, and the fourth in 10 years.  (See WestportNow Aug. 9, 2009 and WestportNow Jan. 31, 2008) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shattering the Glass at Gold’s

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Glass from the shattered front door covers the entrance to Gold’s Delicatessen late today after a car crashed into the building. There were no injuries, but the car driven by an elderly woman had to be towed from the scene.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Spring in Their Step

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Today’s summer-like weather less than a month into spring—it hit 80 at the Westport Fire headquarters weather station at 3:23 p.m.—attracted many people to Compo Beach with many walking along Soundview Drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Remembering Susan Malloy at the Library

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The Westport Library has created a display in honor of Westport art patron, artist and philanthropist Susan Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91 (see WestportNow April 14, 2015). The public is invited to express remembrances of Malloy in an accompanying guest book, pointed out by staff librarian Connie Scalise. On display are three books composed by Malloy, “In the Studio,” “Recollections of Art in My Life,” and “A Young Person’s Guide to Paris.” Malloy was the benefactor of the library’s annual Malloy Lecture For The Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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