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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween Window Painters and Storefronts Sought

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is seeking storefronts and window painters for its annual townwide Halloween window painting contest.

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Staples student Ben Roland works on last year’s entry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21. Children of all ages are invited to put their artistic skills to work on merchant storefront windows to create the spookiest and/or best Halloween themed painting, an announcement said.

“This is a fun event to bring the community together, culminating with the great Halloween parade down Main Street,” said Matthew Mandell Executive Director of the WWCC. “What better way to get people in the spooky mood, than to have our kids decorate our town.”

There will be three age groups participating; elementary school, middle school and high school within the categories of Scariest Art Work, Best Halloween Theme and Most Original.

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Night Fishing

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Some fishermen try their luck Tuesday night in the Saugatuck River near Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sex with Strangers”
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - P&Z & ZBA Beach Rezoning Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Reading Aloud to Children Early Literacy Workshop
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Obamas Denounce Weinstein; Weinstein’s Wife Leaving Him

Barack and Michelle Obama today broke their silence on the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who hosted Obama as president when he visited his Westport home five years ago for a fundraiser.

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Harvey Weinstein (l) at his Westport home in 2012 with Clea Newman, her mother, Joanne Woodward, and President Obama. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein,” they wrote in a statement.

“Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories.

“And we all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”

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Woman Injured in Hillspoint Road Rollover

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A female Westport driver lost control of her Jeep Compass on Hillspoint Road tonight while driving in the direction of the Green Farms Road intersection. The vehicle knocked over a mailbox at 111 Hillspoint Road on the opposite side of the direction she was traveling, then rolled over. Firefighters had to extricate her from the vehicle. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Darien Edges Staples in Boys Soccer

WestportNow.com ImageA goal with 3:12 remaining gave Darien a 1-0 victory over the Staples boys soccer team today at Loeffler Field. The Wreckers face Ridgefield on Thursday, away at 4 p.m. The photo shows defender Nick Ambrose. He, with Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher and Gabe Baltierra, make up Staples’ strong defensive corps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Cross Country Undefeated in FCIAC Dual Meets for Fourth Year in a Row

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The Staples Boys Cross Country team today completed its dual meet season undefeated, beating Trumbull, Fairfield Warde, and McMahon at Trumbull to finish with a 14-0 record. The seniors led the way for the team with Ben Seiple finishing second and Will Landowne a second behind him in third place over the 2.9-mile course.  Christian Myers finished in sixth, Sunil Green seventh, and Junior Ryan Smith rounded out the top five in ninth place. Now the team will begin to prepare for the championship part of the season, hoping to repeat as FCIAC and state open champions. Pictured are seniors Ben Seiple (l) and Will Landowne (r) leading the pack at today’s meet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contrbuted photo

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Bridge Street Area Seeks National Register Status

A proposed Bridge Street National Register Historic District will be the focus of a public information hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Town Hall in Room 307-309 at 7 p.m., officials announced today.

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The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge is part of a proposed Bridge Street National Register Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Historic District Commission (HDC) meeting will explore the proposed district, which includes 12-35 Bridge St., 190 and 192 Compo Road South, 169,179 and 184-189 Imperial Ave., 1 Saxon Lane and the historic William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge spanning the Saugatuck River.

According to HDC Chairman Randy Henkels, the meeting aims to inform the property owners within the proposed boundary of the honorary designation and to provide a forum for discussion and questions.

The State Historic Preservation Review Board is scheduled to nominate the area to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 1.

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Woman Injured in Merritt Rollover

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A one-car rollover on the Merritt Parkway late today sent the female driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Norwalk Deputy Chief Edward Prescott. He said the Volvo station wagon landed upright down a slight embankment at the edge of the woods after rolling several times northbound between Exits 40 in Norwalk and 41 in Westport. Norwalk Fire Department photo

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Speeding Stop Leads to Drug, Evading Responsibility Arrest

Officers arrested a Shelton woman on a narcotics possession charge after she was stopped for speeding on Main Street, police said today.

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Nathalia Eskandari: held on $5,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Nathalia Eskandari, 27, also was charged with evading responsibility upon her arrest Saturday due to an active warrant in place for the Sept. 13 hit and run of a vehicle in the Brooks Corner parking lot.

“A witness to the accident left a note on the victim’s vehicle,” Lt. David Farrell said, adding that the witness provided the license plate number of the suspect vehicle.

“The officer interviewed Eskandari who denied causing the accident,” Farrell said. “However, there was damage to Eskandari’s vehicle consistent with contacting the victim vehicle.”

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Police: 75-Year-Old Westport Man Charged With DUI, Speeding

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Thomas Constantino: held on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Police arrested a 75-year-old Westport man on charges of speeding and operating under the influence, police said today.

Thomas Constantino was stopped on Bayberry Lane and the officer observed that he had the odor of alcohol on his breath and his eyes were bloodshot.

At headquarters, he submitted to a breath test, which indicated he was over the legal limit to drive, Farrell said.

He was held on a $500 bond and was issued a court date of Monday, Oct. 16 at Norwalk Court, he said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 24 Ludlow Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 24 Ludlow Road, between Kings Highway North and Post Road West, is in process. Built in 1868, the three-story multi-family residential style, has 2,956-square feet, is situated on a 1.19-acre property and, according to assessor records, last changed ownership in October, 2007 for $1.4 million. The demolition is required by the town Building Department, which designated it as “an unsafe structure.” The new home of the Beit Chaverim Synagogue will be constructed on the site as noted on prominent signage at the property entrance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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