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Monday, September 01, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014 - Labor Day


Westport Town Hall and Library are closed for Labor Day

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tree Branch Down Closes Newtown Turnpike

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A tree branch fell on Newtown Turnpike tonight in the area of No. 135, pulling away power lines,. It caused closure of the busy road, but there were no reports of power outages in the area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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BBQ Fest Second Day—Rains Did Not Stop the Music


Scenes from the second day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. The rains came but the show went on. Dave Matlow, Tony Riggio, J.C. Martin and WestportNow photos

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Closing Out the BBQ Fest

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Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer closed out the seventh annual Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival tonight. He was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit “Hang On Sloopy” in the summer of 1965, knocking “Yesterday” by The Beatles out of the top spot. His performance of the hit song brought cheers from the audience, many of whom danced below the stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Young Fan Up Late

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A young fan enjoys the music of Rick Derringer, guitarist, vocalist, Grammy Award winning producer and entertainer, as the last act tonight at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. Derringer came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of The McCoys, who had a No. 1 hit single with “Hang on Sloopy.” Derringer then turned to blues rock, scoring a 1974 hit with “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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They Came Prepared

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UPDATE Many attendees at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport came prepared for showers and stuck out an afternoon thunderstorm. Just before 6 p.m., the rain had stopped and the sun broke through the clouds. However. the rain returned briefly at about 8:15 p.m., just before the 8:30 p.m. closing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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The Show Goes On

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The show went on at the Levitt Pavilion in late afternoon today as a thunderstorm moved through. Some left but many remained. The sun broke through again just before 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Dancing in the Rain

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An afternoon thunderstorm did not stop some fans from dancing to the music at the closing day today of the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport and area until 5:45 p.m.

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Gimme Shelter

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Many at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival took shelter under the Levitt Pavilion canopy at the rear of the facility today as an afternoon rain moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Chased Away by the Rain

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Mid-afternoon rain chased many away today from the second day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport, but many others stayed as the show went on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Rockabilly Veteran

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Bill Kirchen, Grammy-nominated rockabilly guitarist, singer and songwriter, delighted crowds at the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Bird’s Eye View of Festival

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A mid-afternoon aerial view of today’s Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Last Goodbye

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Dozens of persons, many of them artists, stopped by to say goodbye today to Max’s Art Supplies as it shut its doors for good at 68 Post Road East after 59 years in the same location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Party to Say Goodbye

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Shirley Mellor, owner of Max’s Art Supplies, shows off one of her gifts today as the store held a closing down party to make the end of its run at 68 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Max’s Closing - Part 1


Scenes from today’s closing party for Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East, after 59 years in the same location. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Max’s Closing - Part 2


More scenes from today’s closing party for Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East, after 59 years. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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First Look at Levitt

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gets his first view of the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today as he visited the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. He was escorted by former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and John Hartwell, chair, Westport Democratic Town Committee.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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In Election Mode, Malloy Presses Flesh at BBQ Festival

By James Lomuscio

Today was the first time in its seven-year history that Westport’s Blues, Views & BBQ Festival run by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) hosted a governor.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy chats with Bob LeRose, owner of Westport’s Bobby Q’s, in front of the Bobby Q booth at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com photo

“There’s barbecue, beer and blues; that’s not a bad combination,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as he arrived at the entry way alongside the Westport Library.

Malloy is also running for reelection, and the festival offered him a chance to press the flesh at what was essentially a campaign stop in a town with a strong Democratic base.

“Every vote counts,” said John Hartwell, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC), who had invited Malloy.

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Still Has the Moves

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Susan Leczinski of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. demonstrates she still has the moves today at the second and closing day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Hold Still

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Molly Spencer, 4 of Westport helps sister Morgan, 3, stay still for the face painter today at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Getting the Second Day of the Festival Under Way

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The New Canaan School of Rock early performers today at the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival included Rodrigo Galavis, 11, drums; Ben Teolis, 14, vocals/guitar, and Melissa Calabro, 17, bass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Morning Service

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The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein (foreground) leadsThe Unitarian Church of Westport’s service at Compo Beach today as Jenna Dick (l) and Steve Axthelm (r) perform the classic Beach Boys tune “Sail On Sailor.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Labor Day Weekend Off to Sunny Start

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The first day Saturday of the Labor Day weekend brought sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s and attracted beach goers to Westport’s Compo Beach as well as sailors to Long Island Sound. Today’s forecast is for slightly warmer temperatures but a chance of thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  August 31, 2014


11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Library/Levitt Pavilion - 7th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spin Doctors Close Out BBQ Fest First Day

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The Spin Doctors tonight closed out the first day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. A sell-out crowd heard them perform a track from their critically acclaimed blues/rock album ‘If The River Was Whiskey’ (Ruf Records) as well as other numbers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Up Close

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Fans of the band Spin Doctors pressed up against the Levitt Pavilion stage tonight as the first day of the festival came to an end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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New Levitt Smokin’ with Barbecue, Blues and Views

By James Lomuscio

The crowd was warming up, swaying on the grass to the bluesy tunes of Raw Oyster Cult at the Levitt Pavilion today. But the real heat was down below in the Imperial Avenue parking lot.

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Wesporter Mike Miller’s team How You Q’ing won d best overall barbecue in today’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

There, 19 pit masters worked smokers and cookers to square off in today’s cooking competition, one of the highlights of the seventh annual Blues,Views & BBQ Festival sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA).

“So far so good,” said Wesporter Mike Miller of the team dubbed How You Q’ing. “We turned in all our meals, ribs, chicken, chef’s choice and dessert.”

Lifting the lid of one of his team’s Big Green Egg cookers, a ceramic insulated smoker-cooker, Miller noted that this was the seventh year he and his team had participated, “ever since Bob LeRose and the Downtown Merchants started this.”

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BBQ Fest Sold Out

The Blues, Views & BBQ Festival was declared sold out tonight about two hours before the event’s closing, according to Lee De Monico of sponsoring Westport Downtown Merchants Association.

The festival resumes on Sunday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to signal problems between Stamford and New Haven.

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Rescued

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A Westport police marine unit late today rescued a kayaker in distress off of Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adam Goldberg for WestportNow.com

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Music Fans

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Crowds at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today listen to the New Orleans-based band Raw Oyster Cult, one of many entertaining at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Raw Oyster Cult Entertains at BBQ Fest

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Raw Oyster Cult, a New Orleans band, entertains today at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. The band features members of the Radiators, Papa Grows Funk, and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Fun


Scenes from the first day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport today. Dave Matlow, Phyllis Groner, and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying the Blues

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A cavalcade of musicians entertained today at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. It continues until 9: 30 p.m. today and resumes Sunday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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