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Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer River Fun

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Earthplace summer camp’s Hawks and Owls groups, made up of first to fourth graders, went on their first Saugatuck River canoeing trip of the season today. The trips happen every Friday and focus on fun while educating about the preservation of waterways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Aid Sought for Town Employee

An online funding campaign has been started for Yoshi Mori, a dietitian with the Town of Westport Department of Human Services.

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Shigemune and Yoshi Mori. Contributed photo

Her husband, Shigemune Mori, 32, died in a boating accident in Bridgeport. The accident occurred off of Seaside Park on June 12.

Yoshi Mori, who works at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, is responsible for both the congregate and home-delivered meal programs. She is the mother of two daughters, 4 and 7, and is expecting a third child.

Contributions can be made here or checks can be dropped off at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave. A service is being planned for Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at Lester Gee Funeral Home, 1390 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport.

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Arrest for Stop & Shop Cart Exit and Not Paying

Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman for placing beer and energy drinks into her cart and leaving Stop & Shop at 1790 Post Road East without paying, police said today.

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Nickie Thompson: held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Nickie Thompson, 36, was arrested on an active warrant Tuesday at the Milford Police Department, where she was being held on other charges, according to the arrest report.

Lt. David Farrell said that the theft that took place in April was captured by store video surveillance.

“Officers were able to identify the female as Nickie Thompson because she committed the same crime in Bridgeport,” Farrell said.

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Stop for Speeding Leads to Heroin Bust

A Westport man stopped for speeding on the Sherwood Island Connector was arrested for heroin possession and drug paraphernalia, police said today.

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Remington Woodhull: bond set at $1,000. Westport Police photo

Remington Woodhull, 25, of Roseville Road, was spotted traveling at high speed on Tuesday, and when stopped, officers said it was observed that he “had track marks on his arm, and he was acting strange,” said Lt. David Farrell.

“Officers asked Woodhull to open his wallet, and he complied,” Farrell said, adding that that inside were two bags, which tested positive for heroin.

Held on a $1,000 bond, Woodhull is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 28.

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Westport Property Transfers June 6 -10, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 6 - 10, 2016:

Barend J. and Tony J. Vandenbrink to Thomas Foley Martin and Taran Gulliksen, 5 River Oaks Road, $705,000WNproperty.jpg

David Soriano ansd Laura S. Bard to David W. and Maura K. Hirschler, 19 Gorham Ave., $995,000

950 Post LLC to Ewkai 950 Post Road East LLC, 950 Post Road East, $5,000,000

Christopher W. Smith and Danielle Dobin Trusts to Mark and Allison Peffer, 6 Norfield Drive, $1,399,000

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Morning Lines

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Crews were out early today at Westport’s Compo Beach spraying new crosswalk and parking lines after a post-walkway construction repaving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Another Beauty

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There was another summer beauty sunset viewed Thursday night from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 24, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks—Insects
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Password Security
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016” Exhibition Opening Reception
6:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets - Acoustic Concert: Charlie Scopoletti
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Abby & The Roadsters
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Godspell”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

NY Historical Society Features Westport Photographer Photos

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“Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949-1955,” black and white photographs by Westport photographer Larry Silver opens July 1 at the New York Historical Society. The exhibit showcases 45 photos of post-war New York City life, including this scene of two boys playing in the debris of a construction site with the new United Nations building towering in the background. Silver is a 43 -year resident of Westport and a recipient of the Westport Arts Achievement Award in the Visual Arts 2006. He has exhibited recently throughout Connecticut, including the Westport Arts Center, Westport Historical Society, Westport Library and The Housatonic Museum of Art.The works by the Bronx-born photographer will be on display until Dec. 4 at the Society, 170 Central Park West (77th Street). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Larry Silver

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Official Ribbon Cuttings on Jesup Road

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There were two ribbon cuttings on Westport’s Jesup Road tonight, one at Green & Tonic (top), the health food cafe at 17 Jesup Road, which opened last week (see WestportNow June 15, 2016), and Lucy’s, a high-end women’s boutique at 23 Jesup Road, which opened in April (see WestportNow April 26, 2016). Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among those making the cuts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos

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Architects Tour Bedford Square

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Forty-seven members of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today toured the Bedford Square Development project as part of the AIA Hard Hat Tour series, according to AIA member Peter Cornell. He is a staff member of Centerbrook Architects & Planners, project architects. The mixed-use project in the 1923-built former home of the Westport Weston Family YMCA, which will include retail, offices, and residential, is scheduled for completion in 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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First Summer Farmers’ Market: Something for All

By Emily Weyrauch

Today was the first official day of summer at the Westport Farmers’ Market. Families populated the Imperial Avenue Parking Lot, many especially drawn to the roasting garlic and bright colors at the demo tent.

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Chef Susana Trilling shows off her just-prepared stuffed Swiss chard from her new Oaxacan cookbook at today’s Westport Farmers’ Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Weyrauch for WestportNow.com

Susana Trilling, a chef who has lived in Oaxaca ,Mexico for 28 years, was doing a demonstration cooking fried stuffed chard, a recipe from her non-GMO and vegetarian focused cookbook “Milpa: From Seed to Salsa.”

The book, her fourth self-published book, supports a women’s working collective, CEDICAM, in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca.

Said Westport Farmer’s Market Executive Director Lori Cochran-Dougall, “Susana is a world-renowned chef. The fact that she’s here is unbelievable.”

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Police Arrest 3, 4th Sought After I-95 Chase

UPDATE Westport police early today arrested three persons and sought a fourth following a chase on I-95 and Fairfield crash that began after a suspicious vehicle was observed in a Westport residential area, police said.

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Arrested: Tyler Carey (l) and Denise Marquez. Westport Police photos

The incident began at about 3:21 a.m. when K-9 Officer James Loomer spotted a black BMW in a northwest Westport neighborhood where there had been an increase in overnight car burglaries and stolen vehicles, police said.  The car had been reported stolen the night before.

Loomer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it drove out of the area at a high rate of speed, said Lt. David Farrell. A short time later, Officer David Perez spotted the vehicle on Post Road West near Lincoln Street, he said.

Police units attempted to stop the vehicle as it traveled on Saugatuck Avenue, but it again fled and entered I-95 northbound with police in pursuit, he said.

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GOP Cuts Off Dems Revolt

By Ana Radalet

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UPDATE Washington — House Republicans early today pulled the plug on a revolt by Democrats led by Connecticut Rep. John Larson and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis by adjourning in the middle of the night for the long July 4th break.

Larson and a group of about 20 Democrats, including all of Connecticut’s House lawmakers, seized control of the chamber Wednesday morning and said they would not relinquish it until GOP House leaders allowed votes on gun safety legislation.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called the Democratic sit-in on the House floor “a publicity stunt,” was not moved. He scheduled key votes on bills that would fund the U.S. response to the Zika virus and military construction next year for 2:30 a.m., then adjourned the House for the holiday two days before it was scheduled.

The move to adjourn the House until July 5 angered the protesting Democrats, who cried out “coward,” “shame, shame,” and continued their chant of “No Bill, No Break.”

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Getting His Shot

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Westport photographer Ted Horowitz snaps a shot of Wednesday night’s sunset at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 23, 2016


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Real Estate Report: Repeat Buyers Moving Market

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There is an interesting sales trend occurring in Westport this year, and it reflects a unique similarity with some of what the National Association of Realtors is reporting on a coast-to-coast basis.

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Featured Home: This home at 25 Flower Farm Circle is $3,795,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s- Westport

Over the last six months in Westport, there have been four price ranges that have enjoyed the most activity. Those ranges are between $700-$750,000, $1.2- $1.3 million, $1.6-$1.7 million, and lastly, $2.25- $2.5 million.

What is striking about these ranges is that first time Westport homeowners begin the trend at the first level, and each subsequent tier could easily be considered a move-up range from the previous one.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors said, “This spring’s sustained period of ultra-low mortgage rates has certainly been a worthy incentive to buy a home, but the primary driver in the increase in sales is more homeowners realizing the equity they’ve accumulated in recent years and finally deciding to trade-up or downsize.

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Road Works

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Workers and machines disrupt traffic tonight at Main Street and Canal Street as milling work began. The Connecticut Department of Transportation said a 1.2-mile stretch of Route 57 is undergoing milling this week in preparation for paving July 11-13. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Summer Fun

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As a beautiful summer day came to an end today, many Compo Beach visitors lingered, playing in the shallow water of the outgoing tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Central Intelligence,’ ‘Now You See Me 2,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja…’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you’re really desperate for yet another odd-couple caper, consider “Central Intelligence,” a fast-paced froth that’s almost immediately forgettable.

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Mild-mannered Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is a disgruntled accountant who married his teenage sweetheart (Danielle Nicolet) yet yearns for the glory jock days when he was Senior Class President.

As his 20th high school anniversary looms, Calvin re-connects with Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne “The Rock”  Johnson), a shy, sensitive soul who remains grateful to Calvin for a singular act of kindness when he was the once-obese victim of cruel shower-room bullies – shown in flashback with inventive CGI.

When now-grown Calvin and Robbie - now known as Bob Stone - meet for a drink, they bond again. But then a CIA bigwig (Amy Ryan) shows up at Calvin’s house, informing him that Bob is actually a former undercover agent gone rogue after killing his partner.

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Rescued After Two-Hour Firefighter Effort

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UPDATE A kitty is safe and sound after a more than two-hour rescue effort by Westport firefighters at the Fairfield County Hunt Club today. Assistant Chief Rob Yost said the animal apparently entered the car when it stopped in Norwalk. Crews removed various car parts to access the area where the kitten was hiding in a space between the front bumper and the radiator, he said. The kitty, who appeared none the worse for the experience, will be kept by Hunt Club staff, who reportedly named it Bumper, Yost said later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Two Hour Rescue Effort Saves Kitty in Engine Compartment

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It took two hours, but Westport firefighters today successfully rescued a kitty who had found its way inside an engine compartment of a car headed to the Fairfield County Hunt Club for the June Benefit Horse Show. The kitty apparently entered the car when the driver, a Hunt Club employee, stopped at a Dunkin’  Donuts in Norwalk, said Assistant Fire Chief Rob Yost. A passerby told the employee she saw a kitty go under the car while the driver was inside the store. Finding nothing at the store, she continued to the Hunt Club where she heard meowing from the enginge compartment. A Westport fire crew on standby duty summoned the rescue truck. The stow-a- way kitten had crawled up into a space between the front bumper and the radiator. Crews worked for over two hours raising up the vehicle and removing various car parts to access the area where the kitten was hiding, Yost said. Westport Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino was called to the scene to assist in the rescue and take care of the cat after it was extricated. Gambino and horse show staff took the kitten to a veterinarian who was already on the premises. Yost said later Hunt Club staff intended to keep the kitty, who they reportedly named Bumper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Munce Sale: From Pen and Inks to Boxing Gloves

By James Lomuscio

Treasure hunters who happen upon the estate sale at Westport’s 5 Rockyfield Road this weekend can expect more than the usual high-end furnishings and assorted tchotchkes, but a unique window into Westport’s artistic past.

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Some of Howard Munce’s drawings up for sale on Saturday and Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

For 61 years the house was home to Howard Munce, the Westport artist whose career as illustrator, art director, teacher, sculptor and author spanned generations earning him the sobriquet “dean of Westport artists.” Munce, 100, died here March 5, leaving behind a treasure trove of paintings, illustrations and other items detailing the life of the tall, thin, spry, seemingly ageless and energetic presence ubiquitous in town arts circles. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)

Among the inventory are: a couple of Munce’s paintings; numerous pen and ink drawings of all sizes that appeared in national and local magazines and newspapers; wooden flat files; “and an incredible architectural table,” says Mary Brewster, Munce’s daughter who lives in Redding and is organizing the sale.

“I didn’t realize what this table was,” Brewster said. “It’s been in this house 61 years, and my father always had it covered with things. It’s a very large table, and you can tip the top; it’s made of solid wood.”

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A Chance to Own a Piece of a Westport Artistic Legend

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Items from legendary Westport artist Howard Munce’s home up for sale include those from his studio. The estate sale at 5 Rockyfield Road runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Munce died at age 100 in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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June Benefit Horse Show Underway

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The June Benefit Horse Show is underway at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. It winds up Saturday with the $30,000 Grand Prix at 1 p.m. preceded by Family Day activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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