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Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

Crowded Compo Hours Before Fireworks

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors in early afternoon today hours ahead of the scheduled 9:15 Independence Day fireworks display. All 2,000 vehicle passes have been sold out for the event.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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South Beach Stake (Steak?) Out

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Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach had tables, grills, and spots staked out today hours ahead of the fireworks tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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An Early Fireworks Arrival Every Year

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Westporter Rob Arnold was at Compo Beach at about 6 a.m. today to secure his picnic spot near the cannons— a ritual he says he and his wife Sherlyn Celone-Arnold have done every Compo fireworks day of their 11-year marriage. “We expect over 35 friends and family members to join us later in the day,” he said. “Sherlyn buys about 15 fireworks parking tickets and hands them out. The number of tickets she buys seems to get progressively larger each year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

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Another Westport Icon Added to Fence

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Westport artist Tammy Winser shows off her drawing of the Compo Beach cannons added today to the Bedford Square development fence surrounding the downtown project.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Great Day to Fly the Stars and Stripes

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In advance of Westport’s Independence Day fireworks tonight, the flags on the Ruth Stdeinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center looked especially vibrant today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Info Sought on Woods Grove Road Visitor

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This bird appeared in a yard at Westport’s 9 Woods Grove Road Thursday evening, and resident Janet Beasley wants to know if anyone recognizes it. She said it allowed her to approach it and talk to it. It was gone this morning but then appeared in a tree as the discovery was made of a newly laid egg near her front door. She said Peter Fraboni at Earthplace thinks it is a chukar partridge, a domesticated species, which is why it let her approach it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Janet Beasley for WestportNow.com

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Storm Clouds Over Old Mill

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Storm clouds over Westport’s Old Mill area early Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zack Altschuler for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  July 3, 2015 - Independence Day (observed)


Westport Town Hall is closed.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
9:15 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport PAL/Parks & Recreation Independence Day Fireworks Celebration (rain date July 6)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Installing Eric Fischl Show at Westport Arts Center

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Installation of the new Westport Arts Center exhibition of photographs and paintings by the renowned artist Eric Fischl was completed today. The show, curated by WAC Artistic Drector Helen Klisser During (l), opens Friday, July 10 with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception. Fischl is considered one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The showcased works are a unique aggregation of his early photographs and paintings from 1982-2008, representing his distinct figurative style. The exhibited works come from the Hall Collection and the Eric Fischl Studio and are a rare opportunity to see the works outside of these collections. The exhibit runs through Sept. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Air National Guard Band of Northeast Makes Levitt Debut

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The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast made its Levitt Pavilion debut tonight. Under the direction of Capt. Joseph R. Denti, the bands, which includes members of the 553rd Air Force Band and Pennsylvania Air National Guard, played a selection of well known tunes ranging from variations on “America: to “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Rise

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Guests at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts stand tonight for the National Anthem played by the The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. The band is making its first tour of Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Judge Rejects Latest Gupta Bid to Nullify Conviction

A federal judge in Manhattan has rejected Westporter Rajat Gupa’s latest bid to nullify his insider-trader conviction which landed him in prison a year ago to begin a two-year sentence.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled today that Gupta’s request to piggyback on a court’s ruling in another case was “both too late and too little.”

The ruling wiped out the insider-trading convictions of two financiers in December.

Gupta, 66, is serving a two-year prison term after his 2012 conviction on conspiracy and securities fraud charges.

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Making an Attack

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Firefighters attack flames today in the roof and attic area of a home at 10 Bluff Point Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Neighbors Gather at Fire Scene

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Saugatuck Shores neighbors gather near today’s house fire at 10 Bluff Point. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Mutual Aid from Norwalk, Fairfield, and Wilton

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Fire units staged at the Cedar Point Yacht Club on Saugatuck Shores today as firefighters battled flames at 10 Bluff Point. Westport received assistance from Norwalk, Fairfield, and Wilton in the two-hour battle to control the flames. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Battle Saugatuck Shores House Fire

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UPDATE Westport firefighters, aided by units from Norwalk, Fairfield and Wilton, today extinguished a house fire at 10 Bluff Point on Saugatuck Shores two hours after it was reported. Reports from the scene said a grill fire extended to a wall, then to the attic. All occupants were reported out of the house. The 7,410-square foot, nine-room home was built in 1999, according to town records.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Extinguish Saugatuck Shores House Fire

UPDATE Firefighters today put out in a fire in waterfront home in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area after a two-hour battle.

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Firefighters at the scene of the 10 Bluff Point house fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

The fire was reported knocked down at about 5:20 p.m., an hour after it was first reported, and declared under control at 6:17 p.m.. All occupants were out of the house, reports said.

The reports said a fire in an outdoor grill extended to a wall and then the attic of the 7,410-square foot, nine-room, home at 10 Bluff Point.

First arriving fire units reported heavy smoke coming from the house. Westport firefighters received mutual aid from Norwalk, Fairfield, and Wilton.

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Purple Martin Banding Day at Sherwood Island

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Volunteers from Friends of Sherwood Island gathered at the Westport state park today to take part in the annual banding of purple martins nesting there in specially made gourd housing. The housing was moved two years ago from the nearby home of Phil Donahue when he sold his Beachside Avenue residence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Retrieving the Birds

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Patty Hein and Tina Green of Westport today lower the purple martin housing gourds at Sherwood Island State Park in preparation for banding the young birds. “I brought the Martins here and monitor them,” said Green. She said last year volunteers banded 105 martins and 24 returned to Sherwood Island after winter journeys that can take them as far as Brazil.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Red Band on Purple Martin Means Home is Westport

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A young purple martin gets a red band today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park with help from volunteers and a representative from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sherwood Island Attraction

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An operation to band purple martins at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today attracted a crowd of onlookers.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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All Decked Out

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A home on Westport’s Soundview Drive facing Compo Beach is all decked out for the 4th of July celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Lining Up at the Farmers Market

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Tammy Winser of Westport makes a purchase today at the Westport Farmers Market from the Fort Hill Farm stand from New Milford. The market was extra busy with visitors stocking up for the 4th of July weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Enjoying a Snap Pea

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Eloise, 2 1/2, of Wilton enjoys a snap pea today at the Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Free BLT Sandwiches at Farmers Market

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To promote their pork products, Walden Hill Farm of Newtown was offering up free BLT sandwiches today at the Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photos

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