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Monday, February 27, 2017

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Causes Main St. Evacuation

A carbon monoxide alarm today caused the evacuation of Chase Bank, 184 Main St., and at least one adjoining business, according to reports from the scene.

The alarm came in shortly before 8:30 a.m., and bank employees were already waiting outside for firefighters.

Using meters, the firefighters found elevated carbon monoxide levels in the bank, the neighboring Papyrus store, and other businesses.

Westport EMS responded at the request of the fire scene commander.

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Justin Paul Caught Up in Colossal Oscar Error

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Shortly after winning an Oscar tonight for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” in “La La Land,” Westport’s Justin Paul (2nd r) made his way to the Academy Awards stage to collect a Best Picture Oscar for “La La Land.” But moments later, actor Warren Beatty announced he had made a mistake—that Best Picture was actually won by “Moonlight.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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Monday, February 27, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Susan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - A Psychotherapy Method for Healing Trauma
7 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) - Nancy Jo Sales, “Social Media & the Secret Lives of Teenagers”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Westport’s Justin Paul Wins Oscar

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Justin Paul (l), a 2003 Staples High School graduate, and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek tonight won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” from the film “La La Land.” They were also nominated in the same category for “Audition” from the film. In his acceptance speech, Paul credited his public schools that supported the arts. “I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were valued and recognized and a resource,” he said. “I am so grateful to all my teachers who taught so much and gave so much to us.” In all, “La La Land” won six Oscars out of 14 nominations. Last month, Paul and Pasek won a Golden Globes Award for “City of Stars.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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Jazz Jam at Arts Center

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Today’s annual Jazz Jam at the Westport Arts Center was a spontaneous exploration of jazz, blues and other musical styles by some of the community’s best musicians. Students and semi-professionals were encouraged to bring their instrument of choice and join for free.  The Jazz Jam also celebrated Black History Month. Brian Torff, the Westport Arts Center’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drums. The next performance in the WAC Jazz concert series is Greg Wall, “the Jazz Rabbi” on Sunday, March 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Jamming in the Afternoon

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There was a large audience today at the Westport Arts Center for its annual Jazz Jam.The event featured some of the finest jazz musicians in the area and beyond. Brian Torff, WAC’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mercedes Arensberg for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Former Neighbor Recalls Car Into Water Victim

With a look of disbelief, Edward Fitzgerald of Norwalk today stared at the tire tracks leading to the Saugatuck River.

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There were tire tracks today at the state boat ramp where the car went into the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) aime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

There on the breezy east bank awash in sunlight and the rhythmic sound of overhead traffic on the I-95 bridge, he couldn’t comprehend how his former neighbor might have mistaken a state boat launch for a bridge, if he did.

“It was such a shock,” said Fitzgerald upon reading that Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died in the Saturday night incident that sent his car with him and his wife into the water.

“I knew him from when we lived in Syosset.”

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Sunny But Chilly

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It was sunny but chilly—in the 40s—today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Still a number of visitors turned out to enjoy Sunday at the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Soon: ‘I Can Hear You Better Now’

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Workers for the second day today were installing a new AT&T cell tower atop the 21 Charles St. building in Westport’s Saugatuck area. Traffic was down to one lane at the intersection of Charles and Franklin Sttreets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckmanfor WestportNow.com

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Boat Ramp Day After

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Tire tracks remain today at the edge of the boat ramp of the Saugatuck River on Elaine Road where a car was pulled from the water Saturday night. A man in the vehicle, Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman believed to be his wife was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. The couple was believed visiting family who live not far from the boat ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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All Quiet Today

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The scene today at the state boat ramp on the Saugatuck River where a car went into the water Saturday night. One man, identified as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. Police said they are investigating the cause of the incident but that no foul play is suspected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Police Remove Car From Saugatuck River

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Westport police today released this photo of a car being removed from the Saugatuck River at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. One person, identified as Richard Lamendola of Syosset, New York, died in the incident. A female companion believed to be his wife was rescued after about 20 minutes in the water, her screams heard by diners at The Whelk Restaurant across the river, who called police. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital, suffering apparent non life-threatening injuries. The couple reportedly was visiting family in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

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Fake Arrival?

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Days of warm temperatures are fooling some plants, including these spotted Saturday on Hillandale Road, that spring has arrived. Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam with Brian Torff
3 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East, Lower Level - Guitar Concert, Daniel Corr

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Car Into Water, One Dead, One Rescued

UPDATE Screams from a woman in the Saugatuck River touched off a massive search and rescue operation tonight after a car went into the water in Westport’s Saugatuck section.

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Emergency responders in the Saugatuck River tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

Firefighters pulled her from the water, and a search was launched for her husband, according to emergency workers at the scene and a later police statement.

He was found floating in the river about an hour and five minutes after the first 911 call and was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. Police Sunday morning identified him as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York.

The incident began when diners from The Whelk Restaurant, 575 Riverside Ave., overlooking the water heard the woman’s screams and alerted police at 7:39 p.m. 

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Police Pull Man From Saugatuck River

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UPDATE Westport police units tonight pull a man from the Saugatuck River near the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge and Imperial Avenue after his car went into the water near the I-95 Bridge. Firefighters rescued his wife from the water earlier. He was spotted about an hour and 20 minutes later floating in the water. EMS personnel performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. His identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. David Farrell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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One Dead, One Rescued After Car Goes in Saugatuck River

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UPDATE Westport police and fire units converge tonight on a boat ramp near near the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River after a car went into the water. Firefighters managed to rescue a woman from the water and found her husband floating in the river about an hour and 20 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. Her condition was not released. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Dexter Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Dexter Road, off of Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 672-square feet and is situated on a .25-acre property. 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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Seed Sharers

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The Westport Winter Farmers Market today inaugurated a seed exchange program. Lori Cochran-Dougall (r), market director, helped Tynne Love (l) of Fairfield, and Katie Braja of Norwalk as they looked over the seeds. Said Cochran-Dougall: “It is estimated that up to 90 percent of our food derives from, or is dependent upon, seeds and that 80 percent of the world’s seeds are controlled by multinational corporations. We’ve launched the new seed-saving program to take back control of our food system.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Seeds Galore

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Some of the seeds available today at the Westport Winter Farmers Market as it inaugurated a seed exchange program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fog on Main

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Headlights were needed as fog covered the Westport area early today, including Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Bridge View

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The early morning fog today as seen from the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s Saugatuck section. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Foggy Saugatuck

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It was all fog early today on the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Winter Bloom

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UPDATE With summer-like temperatures near 70 on Friday, some saw a sure sign of premature spring in the Westport Historical Society parking lot. Alas, it was Witch Hazel, which blooms in winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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