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Friday, July 21, 2017

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Boats lined up at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 21, 2017


10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Services Commission Annual Meeting
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Choosing Senior Living Options in Fairfield County
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Family Campfire
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Working”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Low Cut Connie
8:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Movie Under the Stars: “Hometown Habitats: Stories of Bringing Nature Home”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Awash in Concerns, Water Tanks Decision Moved to September

By James Lomuscio

The Aquarion Water Company’s plan to replace a failing 1.5 million gallon North Avenue water tank with two 2.5 million gallon ones drew concerns from neighbors and commissioners at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) hearing.

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Work was recently completed on a new pump station at the North Avenue Aquarion site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Neighbors argued that Aquarion had not given them adequate notice, just three weeks, about a project that could negatively affect their home values and quality of life.

“I do want you to know that we feel as though we’ve been hit in the gut a little bit, and I want you to be aware,” Jodi Hardin of 58 North Ave. told Aquarion officials.

She and others said North Avenue already is busy because of Staples High School, which sits across from the current, 1956-built tank, and nearby Bedford Middle School.

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Young Bridgeport Jazz Musicians Join Westport Performance

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Young jazz players from the Neighborhood Studios in Bridgeport entertained tonight for the first set at Westport’s own Jazz Club at Restaurant 323. The opportunity to play was sponsored by the Jazz Society of Fairfield County. FC Jazz director and saxophonist Rabbi Greg Wall (pictured in back row), and Executive Director of Neighborhood Studios Rita Appel joined the students for a hearty round of applause before two more sets of live jazz regularly presented every Thursday night at the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conributed photo

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‘American Idol’ Winner at Levitt

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Connecticut native Nick Fradiani entertained at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. The singer/musician found fame as the winner of the 14th season of “American Idol” in May 2015. After his victory with his winning song, “Beautiful Life,” he headlined the “American Idol” U.S. tour that summer while beginning work on his debut album, “Hurricane.” It was released by Dot Records in August 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westporter Plays to Hometown Crowd

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Jake Bernard (Jake Yarmoff) , a Staples High School 2010 graduate. was the opening act tonight at the Levitt Pavilion sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. He was followed by another Connecticut native, Nick Fradiani of Gilford, winner of the Connecticut Battle of the Bands and the 2015 “American Idol” winner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Comings & Goings: Vine Wine Room Closes

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The Vine Wine Room, 190 Main St., has closed after less than a year in business.  The cafe opened last August in the space formerly occupied by Luxe Wine Bar, which closed in April, 2016. According to an employee at its next door neighbor, Joe’s Pizza, the location is under new ownership but plans are undetermined. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shelton Man Gets 15 Years for Westport Bank Robbery, Others

A federal judge in Hartford today sentenced a 47-year-old former Shelton man to 188 months, or just over 15 years, in prison for robbing four Chase Bank branches last year, including one in Westport.

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Westport police issued these photos following the June 2, 2016 Chase Bank robbery in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly said Judge Vanessa Bryant sentenced Scott Taylor for robbing the Chase Bank at 184 Main St. in Westport on June 2 as well as Chase branches in Milford, Norwalk, and Stratford in subsequent weeks. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

During each of the robberies, Taylor handed a teller a note demanding cash, and told the teller that he had a gun.

The Westport robbery was reported shortly after 11 a.m. with the suspect described as a middle-aged white male, about 5-foot-2, heavy-set, wearing glasses, black hooded sweatshirt, light-colored baggy pants, white baseball hat, and carrying a black backpack. (See WestportNow June 2, 2016)

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Unusual Sight at Farmers Market

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An unusual sight today at the Westport Farmers Market was a 1959 Chevrolet Viking bus serving as the traveling store for Maine-based Stillwater Vintage clothing and accessories. Owned by sisters Rein, 20, (2nd r) and her sister Starling, 22, the business travels to various open markets, having just shown their wares in New York and Boston.  Rein, an entering sophomore student at Scripps College in California, said their father purchased the bus for $50 so the sisters could use for their traveling business. Starling graduated from Bowdoin, class of 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Senior Center is ‘Cooling Center’

Human Services Director Elaine Daignault announced today that the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., is open to the public today as an officially designated “cooling center.”

The Center will be open until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any questions, please contact the Center at (203)341-5099. 

The air-conditioned Westport Public Library welcomes visitors as usual until 9 p.m. today, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., an announcement said.

Heat waves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors, and people with special needs.

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Hearing Sybil’s Choices

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly, attracted a full house today at the Westport Library for her talk on the best of summer reading. Steinberg, who said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016, today summarized 31 fiction, four short fiction and eight nonfiction books which included Westporter Nina Sankovitch’s nonfiction book, “The Lowells of Massachusetts.” Steinberg’s list of summer reading books may be found on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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She Speed Reads Through Books So You Don’t Have to

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When Westporter Sybil Steinberg talks books, people listen. The contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly brought out a full crowd today at the Westport Library to hear her summer favorites. In all, she said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Heat Advisory, Air Quality Alert Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Westport area, which is in effect until 6 p.m. today.

It said to expect heat index values in the mid-90s to around 100 degrees into the early evening.

The highest heat index values will occur mainly during the afternoon.

The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool.

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Staples Players ‘Working’ Opens Tonight

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The Staples Players cast of the musical “Working” takes its curtain call at its final dress rehearsal of the show on Wednesday. The show opens tonight and runs this weekend only at the air-conditioned Staples High School auditorium. The musical is based on the Studs Terkel book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974),” which has interviews with people from different regions and occupations. Tickets are available at www.Staplesplayers.com or 30 minutes prior to show time subject to availability. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

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Thursday, July 20, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission of People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - Westport Library - Sybil Steinberg’s New Book Picks
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Z”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM District 9
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Working”
7:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Nick Fradiani with opening guest artist Jake Bernard of Westport
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Band Brings Kindle Rock Movement to Levitt

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The Not-Its! entertained a packed lawn tonight at the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion. The Seattle-based band plays original rock/pop music for young children. The band is recognized as part of the kindie rock family music movement nationally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aaron Samuels for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 188 Cross Highway

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The owners of 188 Cross Highway are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Wendy Van Wie and Mark Yurkiw, who bought the house in 2003 when it was in foreclosure and abandoned, according to Van Wei. The couple meticulously restored the house while also saving the two original fireplaces. According to Weingarten, the house, known as the Meeker House c. 1728, is the oldest of the many Meeker houses in the Cross Highway area. It was built in c. 1728 by Samuel Meeker and remained in the Meeker family for five generations until 1917. Its front door has an indentation caused by a British-fired musket ball, according to historic records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The British Were Here

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Wendy Van Wie, who owns the house at 188 Cross Highway with Mark Yurkiw, points to an indentation in the front door that records say was caused by a British-fired musket ball. The house, which received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historic plaque, was built c.1728 by Samuel Meeker and remained in the Meeker family for five generations until 1917, according to Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Facelift for Former Save the Children Home

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The building at 54 Wilton Road, former home of Save the Children, is getting a facelift, according to developer David Waldman, one of the owners. He said workers are removing the “exterior skins” from the center section. A new middle section will then be created that will house the lobby of the new building. He said the construction is an “adaptive re-use” since the internal support structure remains. Future regulatory hearings will address the disposition of the remainder of the existing structure, Waldman said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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All Gone: 282 Compo Road South

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The house at 282 Compo Road South, near the Minute Man Monument, was demolished today. Built in 1965, the two-story colonial had 3,261-square feet on a .53-acre property. It changed ownership in April for $1.4 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 12, 2017.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Increased Price Reductions Do Not Signal Buyer’s Market

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There have been a noticeably high amount of price reductions in Westport over the last 45 days. However, that does not signal a buyer’s market.

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Featured Home This home at 10 Stonybrook Road is listed at $5,299,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/ M & D Properties

Contrary to what some buyers may think, a price reduction does not necessarily signal distress on the seller’s part.

It is more of an acknowledgment that the suggested asking price was not in line with the market.

Price adjustments are indicated whenever a property has received little or no showings. Additionally, when there have been a number of showings with no offers, it suggests that the home is priced slightly above where it should be in order to effect an offer and sale.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

22 Oakview Circle           $439,000->$429,000
102 Greens Farms Road     $648,000->$623,000
29 Silent Grove             $659,000->$625,000
19 Easton Road             $649,000->$625,000
15 Rayfield Road           $699,000->$649,000
17 High Gate Road         $729,000->$699,000
41 Regents Park             $735,000->$715,000
33 Hillandale Road           $749,000->$729,000
2 Ruta Court                 $760,000->$735,000
19 Bulkley Ave. South       $849,000->$839,000
242 Bayberry Lane           $869,000->$849,000
23 Meeker Road             $945,000->$899,000
15 Birch St.                  $959,000->$939,000
27 Drumlin Road             $998,000->$958,000
10 Burr Farms Road       $1,025,000->$995,000
4 Christmas Lake Lane   $1,099,000->$1,065,000
12 Wedgewood Road     $1,199,000->$1,099,000
27 Fairfield Ave.          $1,250,000->$1,200,000
80 Easton Road           $1,294,000->$1,250,000
222 Compo Road South   $1,490,000->$1,290,000
166 Roseville Road       $1,400,000->$1,300,000
3 Indian Point Lane       $1,499,000->$1,399,000
188 Cross Highway       $1,499,000->$1,475,000
5 Nash Lane               $1,695,000->$1,595,000
67 West Parish Road       $1,649,000->$1,599,000
11 Meeker Road           $1,699,000->$1,599,000  
11 Old Hill Road           $1,649,000->$1,599,000
17 Fairfield Ave.          $1,669,000->$1,625,000
54 Long Lots Road       $1,899,000->$1,799,000
5 High Point Road         $2,539,000->$2,399,000
4 Silver Brook Road       $2,599,000->$2,495,000
41 Jennie Lane           $2,799,000->$2,699,000
21 Juniper Road           $2,899,000->$2,849,000
133 North Ave.          $3,195,000->$2,995,000
42 Owenoke Park         $3,595,000->$3,295,000
5 Judy Point Lane         $8,250,000->$7,295,000
—Judy Szablak

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Maudie,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

World War II’s Miracle of Dunkirk has never been addressed in American cinema. “Dunkirk” details the epic rescue of 338,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France: the biggest evacuation in military history.

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From May 27 to June 4, 1940, the Allies were surrounded on all sides by German forces (never named, just referred to as “the enemy”), while the Luftwaffe repeatedly buzzed and bombarded the beaches.

Since the water was too shallow for destroyers to get close to the beach, brave British civilians volunteered to cross the English Channel in everything from fishing boats to barges to retrieve the troops—while under constant bombardment.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan (the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception,” “Interstellar”) tells the suspenseful survival story from three meticulously interwoven perspectives, based on fictional characters.

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Water Level View

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A water level view of Tueday’s sunset as seem from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway = Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: The Not-Its!
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
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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