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Monday, September 26, 2016

Full House at Library for Debate

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There was a full house at the Westport Library tonight to watch the presidential debate and listen to a post-debate discussion led by journalist Eric Burns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Soccer Mars Greenwich’s Perfect Record

WestportNow.com ImageThe Staples boys soccer team today put the first blemish on Greenwich’s perfect (7-0-0) record. The Wreckers battled to a tough 0-0 draw at Cardinal Stadium, becoming the only team to get a point in the standings from the state’s top-ranked team. Staples was aided by excellent defense by Matteo Broccolo (shown above), Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor and Teddy Lawrence. Keeper Ziggy Hallgarten made two outstanding saves, while Anton Mahr, Tyler Wright and Spencer Daniels pressured well up top. The Wreckers, now 2-2-3, face St. Joseph away on Wednesday, at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Milling and Paving Underway on Sylvan Road North

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The milling and paving process began on Westport’s Sylvan Road North today, one of 19 roads identified by the Department of Public Works as part of the annual maintenance road work. (See WestportNow Sept. 25, 2016 for roads scheduled for paving.)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Holocaust Survivor: Important to Tell of Horrors

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Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann, 92, of Stamford described her experiences today at a meeting of the Y’s Women of Westport Weston at Temple Israel. It was one of numerous appearances over the years that she has said are “very, very, important” so young people in particular are aware of such horrors so they will not be repeated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Stamford Bomb Squad Displays Robots

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Robots from the Stamford Police bomb squad were among items on display today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park at a meeting of area first responders. The event was sponsored by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS).  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Emergency Responder Assets on Display

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The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) today demonstrated some of the state’s emergency assets at a “field day” at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. State and municipal representatives attended the event along with more than 400 first responders from the 14-community Region 1, which includes Westport. Regional Coordinator Robert Kenny (r, back to camera) briefed some of the guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Emergency Equipment: Helicopter to Animal Ambulances


Scenes from today’s emergency equipment on display at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport—everything from a helicopter to animal ambulances. The event, described as the region’s first “field day,” was intended to familiarlize state and municipal leaders as well as first responders with assets available to them in emergencies, according to organizers. The display was sponsored by the 14-community Region 1 of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), of which Westport is a participant. WestportNow.com photo

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Police Arrest Pennsylvania Man in Sex Assault

Westport police early today arrested a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man on sexual assault and other charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a Hale’s Court address.

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Charles Ayala: bail set at $25,000.  Westport Police photo

Charles Ayala of Upper Darby, Pa. was charged with sexual assault fourth-degree, burglary first-degree, unlawful restraint second-degree, and creating a public disturbance, police said. He was held on $25,000 bond for a court appearance today.

The incident began with a 12:30 a.m. call at a Hale’s Court address on a report of a disturbance, said Lt. David Farrell.

A woman who lives at the address told police she awoke to find her son’s friend, Ayala, standing over her while in she was in bed, unbuckling his pants, Farrell said. She pushed him away, ran to a neighbor’s home where she took refuge, as Ayala followed.

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After Fire, Positano Back to Regular Hours

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Fernando Scarpati, Positano Ristorante chef/co-owner, checks out the site of a fire in a dining room wall, which closed the restaurant Sunday night. He said Positano is now open and operating on regular hours. He said the hot stove on the opposite side of the wall built up heat to a point that it ignited a portion of the wall. “Fortunately, the construction of the wall had a fire-stopper panel that stopped the progress of the fire,” Scarpati said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Good Day for Sailing

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Sunday’s blue skies and temperatures in the 70s made for good sailing weather on Long Island Sound off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 26, 2016


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part 1
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)
8 p.m. - Westport Library - Viewing & Discussion of 1st Presidential Debate

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Comings & Goings: Pier 1 Imports Closing

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Home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. at Westport’s 1460 Post Road East will close at the end of October, according to a store employee. Signage at the entrance advertises discounts on inventory and reminds customers of other nearby Pier 1 stores in Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury. Pier 1 Imports has been in Westport since 1974, first at 645 Post Road East. In the following years its locations included 950 Post Road East, now Men’s Wearhouse. The company announced in April 2015 it planned to close about 100 stores over the next three years, primarily through natural lease expirations and relocations. This, it said, is part of efforts to drive growth through its online platform, reduce occupancy and payroll costs, and improve efficiency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cleaning Up the Saugatuck

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Members of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church as well as groups from Ridgefield, New Canaan and Greenwich participated today in the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup that included the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Hauling Marsh Trash

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Members of Saugatuck Congregational Church took part today in the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup that included the Saugatuck River. More than 500 pounds of refuse were pulled from the shores and marshes alongside the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Reception Celebrates Larry Silver N.Y. Photo Exhibit

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Westport photographer Larry Silver today addresses a reception at the New York Historical Society where his exhibit “Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949-1955,” opened July 1. The exhibit showcasing 45 photos of post-war New York City life by the Bronx-born photographer runs until Dec. 4. The Society is at 170 Central Park West (77th Street). Silver is a 43-year resident of Westport and a recipient of the Westport Arts Achievement Award in the Visual Arts in 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Reuniting With Old Friends

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Westport photographer Larry Silver (c) embraces his friends Gloria and Howard Paul of Nyack, N.Y.  today while posing for a photograph in front of his own photographic work. Silver photographed the couple at her grandmothers house in Bronx N.Y. on their way to the prom in 1955. A reception to celebrate “Photographs by Larry Silver 1949-1955” was held at the New York Historical Society 170 Central Park West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Cause Sought in Wall Fire at Positano Ristorante

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UPDATE Westport firefighters at Positano Ristorante late today after extinguishing a small fire in a wall between the main dining room and kitchen of the restaurant next to the Westport Country Playhouse. Arriving firefighters saw flames, opened the wall, and quickly knocked the fire down, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows. There were no injuries and cause of the blaze was under investigation. The restaurant was closed for the evening with reopening dependent on a health inspection Monday, according to John Cimarosa, of the Westport Weston Health District who responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Small Fire at Positano Ristorante Extinguished

UPDATE Westport firefighters today quickly extinguished a small fire in a wall of the Positano Ristorante, fire officials said.

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Firefighters used a large fan to clear smoke from the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Firefighters responded shortly after 5 p.m. to the restaurant on Powers Court, next to the Westport Country Playhouse, on a report of smoke in the building.

On arrival, they saw flames coming from a wall between the main dining room and the kitchen, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows.

They opened the wall and quickly extinguished the fire and then checked for extension, and found none, he said.

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Mike Kulich, 29

Mike Kulich, a 2004 Staples High School graduate who became a top executive in the adult entertainment industry, died late Friday or early Saturday, Adult Video News (AVN) reported. He was 29.

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MIke Kulich: 2004 Staples grad. File photo

It quoted longtime friend Rob Russell as saying that he found Kulich’s body at around 9 p.m. Saturday in his Los Angeles living room after his fiancée, Erin Clark, called Russell concerned that she had not been able to reach Kulich in about a day.

Clark and Kulich were scheduled to be married next month, and Russell was to serve as Kulich’s best man, AVN said.

“An official cause of death has not been issued, but Russell said Clark had suspected that Kulich was having a drug relapse,” the report said.

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Baseball Seniors State Champs

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The Westport Cardinals won the Major Senior Baseball League state championship today on the home field at Doubleday. Lead by manager Billy Thornton, the Cardinals won best out of three to beat the Newtown Outlaws. Co-MVP’s were Steve Anagnastou and Brendan Taylor. This is their first championship since 2001. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Paving and Milling Schedule Announced

Westport Director of Public Works Steve Edwards has announced the start of the 2016 paving program beginning Monday.

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Milling work closed one lane of Greens Farms Road last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

An announcement said the following roads will be subject to milling and paving operations in coming weeks with the work to be completed by early November, weather permitting:

Hockanum Road; Lee’s Lane’ Sylvan Road North; Woodside Avenue; Ludlow Road; Edge Hill Lane; Cavalry Road; Highland Road; Highland Road, No. 2; Apache Trail; Primrose Lane; Hyde Lane; Meadowbrook Lane; Brook Lane;  Westfair Drive (first 270 feet); Prospect Road; Signal Lane; Hillandale Road, and Old Hillandale Road.

An announcement asked residents of these roads to park off of the street during milling and paving operations so as to not impede the work crews.

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Youths Sought for New Police-Youth Club

The Westport Police Department and Westport Youth Services are looking for students in grades 8-10 for a new Westport Police-Youth Club, an announcement said.

The club’s aim is to enhance communication and foster a better understanding between the two groups, it said.

Funded through a grant award from the CT Office of Policy and Management and its Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the club will include monthly meetings, team building, and community service opportunities for youth and Westport police officers to work together.

By bringing students and police together in a nonenforcement capacity for meaningful discussion, the group hopes to continue to strengthen a healthy community with a foundation of mutual respect, the announcement said. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2016


10:30 a.m. - St. Paul Lutheran Church (41 Easton Road) - 30th Anniversary of St. Paul Christian School Celebration
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Javascript for New Programmers
9 p.m. - Training Room, Westport Police Department - Board of Finance Special Meeting

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wakeman Town Farm Hosts Harvest Fest

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An estimated 240 guests tonight attended the annual Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest fundraiser—the largest yet in its seven-year history. The organizing committee called it a “virtual roof raising” as funds will go toward getting the farmhouse roof fixed and building a community classroom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Welcome to Harvest Fest

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Liz Milwe (l) and Christy Colasurdo, co-chairs of the Wakeman Town Farm, welcome guests to the seventh annual Harvest Fest tonight. The fundraising event will help fix the farmhouse roof and build a community classroom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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