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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Town Hall to Host ‘TEA Talk’ on Sunday

Westport Town Hall on Sunday will host the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC)  second “TEA Talk” (Thinkers, Educators, Artists).

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Both the 2 p.m. event and a reception to follow at the Westport Historical Society are free and open to the public.

Entitled “Healing through the Arts,” TEA Talk will feature professionals in the visual and performing arts who utilize music and art therapy for veterans, cancer patients, and prison inmates and their families.

“As we thought about why the arts are so important to our community, we were struck by the psychological, physiological, and spiritual roles that visual and performing arts play in the healing process,” said Richard Epstein, a Westport dentist who is WAAC co-chair and local musician and radio host.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Town Hall Auditorium - Arts Advisory Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Whiplash”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Special Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East - Discover the art of intuitive drawing with Westport author/artist Elaine Clayton
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - Charles M. Sennott, foreign correspondent & GroundTruth Project

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Brainstorming the Library at the Library

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About 25 persons tonight attended the second of two Community Conversation forums at the Westport Library’s McManus Room about the Library. The forum, which followed a similar one March 29, explored strategies and gathered feedback on how the Library can enhance its facilities, services and programs to meet the community’s needs, now and in the future. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Taking Down Geiger’s Barn Piece-By-Piece

By Dave Matlow

The 1840s barn at the former Geiger’s Garden Center, 1135 Post Road East, is coming down piece-by-piece, much of it to be preserved in a process called deconstruction.

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Joe DeRisi, owner of Hamden-based Urban Miners, works on the Geiger’s barn, 1135 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A landmark, family-owned business at the 2.5-acre property since 1953, Geiger’s has been sold to make way for redevelopment to include 12 housing units, including two affordable, as well as a bank in the front. It was WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day on Oct. 31, 2013.

Joe DeRisi, owner of Hamden-based Urban Miners, a deconstruction, salvage and reclaimed goods business, is performing the work.

“We expect the entire barn will be deconstructed and removed by May 5,” he said, adding, “We’re saving historic materials such as roof sheeting, rafters, timber frames and siding that would usually be destroyed in a demolition.” 

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Preserving a Bit of Westport History


Scenes from the deconstruction of the Geiger’s Barn, 1135 Post Road East, to make way for apartments, retail, and a bank.v Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ridership Up, Traditional Commutes Down On Metro-North

Ridership is up on Metro-North’s New Haven and Harlem and Hudson Lines and most train trips now are not traditional commutes to Grand Central Terminal.

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Traditional commutes to Grand Central Terminal are no longer the majority of New Haven Line riders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said today 2014 ridership figures show Metro-North is the second-busiest passenger railroad in the country behind MTA’s Long Island Rail Road.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy broke down the figures for the New Haven Line, saying it reached record highs in 2014, with 39.6 million passenger trips –- a 1.6 percent increase over 2013. He said that the data demonstrates the state’s need to focus on a continued commitment to its transportation system, including rail.

Both Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road saw their strongest growth during non-rush hours, on non-Manhattan commutes and for non-work trips, as customers increasingly rely on the railroads for transportation outside of traditional Manhattan commutes, the MTA said.

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Crash Ties Up Post Road West Traffic

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A two-car crash on Post Road West at Cross Street late today reduced traffic to alternating one lane. Both drivers, a male and a female, escaped injury but the damage to the vehicles required both to be towed away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Former Top CT House GOP Aide Pleads to Mail Fraud

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George Gallo, the former chief of staff to the House Republican minority in Hartford, pleaded guilty today to one count of mail fraud related to his steering GOP candidates to a direct mail company that paid him $117,000, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Gallo, 46, resigned as the top aide to then-House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. in February 2014 as FBI agents questioned legislators and reviewed records relating to campaign mailings he oversaw as the GOP caucus’ political strategist.

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Westport Police Arrest Two Gun-Carrying Suspects

Two Westport police officers Sunday arrested two men on I-95 in Fairfield who were allegedly involved in a shooting incident in Norwalk, police said.

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Held on bond: Jermaine Smalls (l) and Derik McCoy. Norwalk Police photos

Norwalk police identified them as Derik McCoy, 26, of 13 Third St., Norwalk and Jermaine Smalls, 26, of 349 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

Westport police said Officers Kevin Smith and James Loomer made the arrests after receiving a radio alert from Norwalk.  Smith spotted the car northbound on I-95 and guided them off the ramp at exit 19 where Loomer was waiting.

With guns drawn, the officers ordered the men out of the car and they were taken into custody without incident, police said. After the vehicle stop, the Westport officers were joined by officers from Fairfield.

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Police: Arrest Follows Kitchen Knife Threat

Westport Police arrested a Norwalk man for disorderly conduct Sunday upon discovering he was intoxicated, holding a kitchen knife and threatening his girlfriend.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, officers responded to a Wilton Road residence following the report of a disturbance, and an investigation led to the arrest of Matthew McGuiness of 304 Main Ave.

McGuiness was held by police in lieu of a $500 bond and was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court today.

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All Clear for Sunset Viewing

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The construction equipment has been cleared and the barriers removed to allow full access to South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach, just in time for this almost cloud-covered Sunday sunset view. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 27, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Community Forum on the Future of the Library
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Public Protection Committee
7 p.m. - Staples Room 333 - Board of Education Executive Session
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, April 26, 2015

Classical Guitar at Arts Center

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Croatian virtuosa classical guitarist Ana Vidovic performed today before an enthusiastic audience at the Westport Arts Center. A child prodigy, she started playing guitar at the age of 5. She has given more than 1,000 public performances since first taking the stage in 1988 at age 8. At the age of 11, she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb, Croatia. Vidovic, 34, frequently tours internationally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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In Just a Minute, Town Steps Back 238 Years

By James Lomuscio

As David Perkins, outfitted in Colonial garb and holding a Brown Bess, flintlock musket, spoke, his story made the time since April 25, 1777 seem the illusion, not his costumed presence. It was as if the invading British ships had just anchored a mile off Westport’s Compo Beach, and longboats filled with Redcoats were being lowered.

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A flash, a crack and a boom precedes billowing black powder smoke as Todd Gerlander, dressed as a Minute Man, shows his prowess today with a Brown Bess flintlock minus the lead ball. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“Imagine seeing longboats full of Redcoats going over the side,” Perkins, a Bethel resident and a member of the 11th Connecticut Regiment Militia, said during an encampment redaction on Jesup Green today. “It’s going to take several minutes for these boats to come ashore.

“So, you’d run to ring a church bell, a meeting hall bell, or fire off a cannon two times to indicate it was a foe,” Perkins added.

And all able bodied men ages 16 to 60 would scurry like today’s first responders, having to show up at the village green. They were the Minute Men patriots who took up their arms in a minute’s notice, he said.

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Camping Out on Jesup Green

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Among the day-long activities of Westport’s first Minute Man Day today was an enactment of a Revolutionary militia encampment at Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Proud New Eagle Scouts

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Westport Boy Scout Troop 100’s Eagle Court of Honor today celebrated three Eagle scouts at a ceremony at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Each scout (l-r) Aaron J. Samuels, Cole T. Moyer and John G. Foley is a junior at Staples High School. For Samuels’ Eagle Scout project, he built a shed for Earthplace’s pond studies program, Moyer worked with the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport to improve the safety and functionality of the parking lot surrounding its 1,400-seat historic theater built in the 1930s, and Foley led a team of 19 youths and seven adults in the demolition of the asphalt courtyard outside Gillespie Center, the Homes With Hope food pantry and homeless shelter, to prepare for the installation of a new patio and paved walkway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Paying Tribute to the Minute Man

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Westport’s first Minute Man Day activities today included a Revolutionary War era visitor at Westport’s Minute Man Monument. Russell Wirtalla of Somers is a member of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marking the 238th Anniversary of the British Compo Landing

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Kathie Benewitz, town curator, today joined First Selectman Jim Marpe in welcoming Russell Wirtalla of Somers as he visited Westport’s Minute Man Monument as part of the Westport Historical Society-sponosred Minute Man Day. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The day also included the 37th Annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach, tours of the beach area, a talk at the Westport Library, and a Revolutionary War militia encampment at Jesup Green. The day commemorates the April 25, 1777 landing of the British at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Book Sale

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A book sale at the Saugatuck Plaza today attracted many buyers in support of Bridgeport-based Mercy Learning Center. According to Westporter Amy Saperstein, co-founder of the volunteer organization A.W.A.R.E.  (Assisting Women with Action, Resources and Education) the book sale is one of many events that are dedicated to raise funds for Mercy Learning Center. “In this 2014-2015 term, A.W.A.R.E. volunteers are dedicated to raise funds to benefit one specific charity. This year it is Mercy Learning Center.” The organization provides basic literacy and life skills training to low income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment.  Westporter Al DiGuido, founder of Al’s Angels and well-known for his own organization’s support of the less-privileged, provided the space for the book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Lady in Gold’ Author Draws Overflow Crowd

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There was an overflow audience at Westport’s Temple Israel today to hear best-selling author Anne-Marie O’Connor. Her “The Lady in Gold: The Story of Gustav Klimt, Jewish Vienna, and the Restitution of his Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” is her true account of the masterpiece gold portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the beautiful Muse who Gustav Klimt painted into history as a sensual Mona Lisa of turn-of-the-century Vienna. It tells the story of Jewish Vienna’s patronage of Klimt; the painting’s bizarre fate under Nazi rule; and the restitution battle that secured the painting, which now hangs in the Neue Galerie in New York. The letters and journals written by Gustav Klimt and his enigmatic intellectual portrait models shed new light on the artist, whose erotic drawings and notorious love life scandalized turn-of-the-century Vienna—but is now considered Austria’s finest painter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Day at the Races


Scenes from today’s 37th Annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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First Female in 5K

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Westport resident, Kate Pfeffer, 36, was the first female finisher and third overall in the 5K race today at the 37th Annual Minute Man Race. Pfeffer, pictured with husband Russell and children, Caroline, 3, and Cecily, 9 months, said the family moved from New York to nearby Roosevelt Road last September. “I used to run in a lot of races in Central Park, so great to have this in our own backyard,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Another Win

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Timothy Milenkevich, 33, of Ansonia today wins the 10K race in the 37th Annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach in 33:46. (See all race results here) He said this is the third time he has run in the event and has earned a first place finish each time. He won the 10K in 2013 and the 5K in 2012.  “I’m 3 and 0,” said Milenkevich, who is a personal trainer at Westport’s Total Training and Endurance, 772 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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And They’re Off

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Runners set out today on the 5k run as part of the 37th Annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. The event, in which almost 1,400 runners participated, is a major fundraiser for sponsor the Westport Young Woman’s League. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  April 26, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Young Woman’s League 37th Annual Minute Man Race
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Jesup Green - recreated Revolutionary War militia encampment
Noon - 2 p.m. - Ned Dimes Marina - Minute Man Walking Tours
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “And Then There Were None” (last day)
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Minuteman Lectures
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “The Neruda Case” by Robert Ampuero
4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Ana Vidovic

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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