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Sunday, July 05, 2015

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Sunday,  July 5, 2015


7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Kahulanui

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Louisiana Dance Party at Levitt

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight turned into a 4th of July Louisiana dance party with the popular River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs providing the music . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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In the Groove

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A large crowd turned out tonight for a 4th of July performance by River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The group from the Hartford area first came together in 1999 and have performed at music festivals up and down the East Coast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:16 PM
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Volunteer Performers

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When River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs asked for volunteers tonight to joint their performance at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, two cousins answered the call. Eliana Rosner, 8, of New York shared the washboard duties with her cousin Jake Rosner, 10, of Stamford. Both are visiting relatives in Westport. Eliana has had voice lessons and Jake has studied piano, according to their parents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:11 PM
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Artist’s View of Westport on 4th of July

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Newtown artist Jim Chillington posted this view of Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge on Instagram as a 4th of July momento. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Painting by Jim Chillington

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Holiday Sail

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Waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach were busy today with 4th of July sailors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Free Hot Dogs Celebrating the 4th of July

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Westport’s Saugatuck Sweets served up free hot dogs from noon to 4 p.m. today in celebration of the 4th of July. Joe and Roseann Caruso did the honors from a cart in front of the store at 575 Riverside Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 02:50 PM
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Few 4th of July Visitors to Compo Beach

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Overcast skies and temperatures in the 60s at mid-day today resulted in a meager 4th of July crowd at Westport’s Compo Beach. (The sun came out later in the day.) This was in contrast to the thousands who descended on the beach Friday when sun was bright and at night when the annual fireworks festivities drew a sellout crowd.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 02:13 PM
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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 223 Hillspoint Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house and cottage at Westport’s 223 Hillspoint Road, opposite Elvira’s in the Old Mill section, is in process. The house, built in 1910, is a 2-1/4 story colonial and has 2,606-square feet.  Built in 1920, the one-story cottage has 504 square feet. The structures are situated on a .24-acre waterfront property that changed ownership in September 2014 for $2.9 million. Because the house and cottage were built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. View is of the rear of the house which faces the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  July 4, 2015 - Independence Day


Westport Library closed.
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - River City Zlim & the Zydeco Hogs

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Fireworks: ‘The Largest Party in Westport’

By James Lomuscio

From rosettes to streamers to colorful explosions that included smiley faces and little green men, Westport’s annual fireworks display at Compo Beach tonight did not disappoint the estimated 10,000 persons who seemed to fill every square foot of sand.

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A line of boats surrounded the fireworks barge off Compo Beach tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie Schine for WestportNow.com

The Fireworks by Grucci show launched from a barge a half-mile off shore was sponsored by Westport’s Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Parks and Recreation Department and underwritten by Melissa & Doug, the Wilton-based educational toy company owned by Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein.

And with Fairfield and Norwalk having shorefront fireworks the same night, some said they were hoping for a fireworks viewing trifecta.

“That would be great,” said Morgan Brodie, a Westport volunteer firefighter stationed with other first responders near the lifeguard building.

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Compo Fireworks Draws Thousands

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A crowd estimated by police at 10,000 watched the annual Independence Day fireworks tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach. The weather was clear and in the upper 60s as pyrotechnics—for the first time—lit the skies during the singing of the national anthem at the line “and the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,”  and continued moments later for about 20 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

Posted 10:05 PM
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Compo Fireworks Crowd

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There were few spaces left to watch the Compo Beach fireworks tonight. The annual event went off in good weather courtesy of Westport PAL, the Parks and Recreation Department and sponsor Melissa & Doug toy company. The Fireworks by Grucci show was launched from a barge a half-mile off shore as dozens of boats anchored nearby created a ring of lights around it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:55 PM
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All Eyes to the Sky

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Fireworks watchers on Compo Beach and the offshore waters had a great spot to watch tonight’s Fireworks by Grucci show.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:52 PM
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A Night to Celebrate


Scenes from tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks display.Dave Matlow, James Lomuscio, Douglas Healey and Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

Posted 09:45 PM
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