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Compo Beach, as Usual, Draws Halloween Crowds Image
Westport’s Compo Beach area, as usual, drew large crowds of Halloween trick or treaters late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Splash Restaurant Appears to Have Closed

Westport’s Splash Restaurant & Bar appears to have closed. Image
Splash Restaurant & Bar has been a Westport waterside favorite since 1995.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The shorefront haunt at Westport’s Longshore Park since 1995 has shut its doors for good, according to a woman who answered the phone there this week.

Three weeks ago, Teresa De Caro, whose brother owns the business, insisted that the restaurant had not shut down but was closed for maintenance, plumbing and electrical repairs. (See WestportNow Oct. 22, 2014)  She also said that it would reopen Oct. 21.

When it did not reopen, she said the electrical repairs “are taking longer than expected.” She did not say when the work would be completed. Efforts to reach her today or anyone else at the De Caro group headquarters were unsuccessful.

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Levitt Billy Joel Tribute Concert Saturday Moved Indoors

The forecast of bad weather has forced the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to move Saturday’s benefit concert featuring Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot celebrating the music of Billy Joel indoors to the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, organizers announced today.

The special ticketed benefit event will take place at 2 p.m. at the school, 170 Riverside Ave., with doors opening at 1 p.m.

Big Shot is the only authorized Billy Joel tribute band and lead singer/pianist Mike DelGuidice, along with other Big Shot band mates, are members of Billy Joel’s touring band.

Advance-price tickets will remain on sale online and by phone (866-811-4111) until noon Saturday while supplies last with a limited number of tickets on sale at the door, organizers said.

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Saugatuck Sweets Ready for Trick or Treaters Image
Saugatuck Sweets in Westport’s Saugatuck Center was ready today for Halloween trick or treaters. Al DiGuido co-owner, said there will be a Halloween party and steel band concert on the plaza from 7-10 p.m. today with all band members in costume. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Halloween Look at Staples Image
Showing off their Halloween look at Westport’s Staples High School today were Morgan Whelan (tigger), Aliza Gross (angel), and Jessica Greenwald (devil). Students were also preparing for tonight’s home football game against Trumbull. Most of the costume-wearing students were seniors, as is tradition to dress up your last year. Costumes ranged from cats, hamburgers, celebrities and beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 13 - 17, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 13 - 17, 2014:

Grassy Plains Development LLC to Thomas R. and Marcie Gow Pajolek, 31 Grassy Plains Road, $1,430,100WNproperty.jpg

N. Nicoll and Lori Ann Meehan Snow to Rose Mary Cordaro, 230 Saugatuck Ave. Unit 4, $544,000

Joseph M. and Robin G. Scarella to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 18 Moss Ledge Road, $1,250,000

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Fall Look on the Saugatuck Image
Fall foliage Thursday along the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Halloween at Staples: Don’t Hide Your Face Image
John Dodig:“It’s a safety issue.” WN file photo
Guidelines issued to Staples High School students wishing to wear Halloween costumes to class today include a warning not to hide their faces.

A memo from Principal John Dodig outlined the costume do’s and don’t for students and emphasized “nothing completely covering the face.”

He explained: “There have been far too many shootings in our country in the last few years. We must know who every student is. Please understand that it is a safety issue.”

Other guidelines:

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Compo Reflections Image
Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Friday,  October 31, 2014 - Halloween

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skate Park Supported, Beachfront Parking to be Determined

By James Lomuscio

Though it was only a straw vote tonight in favor of keeping, even upgrading, Westport’s Compo Beach skate park, 14-year-old James Bowles saw it as a vote of confidence in his favorite sport. Image
James Bowles, 14, (l) and Gabriel Dick, 13, were not allowed to speak tonight, but their sign spoke for them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

“I’m excited to hear what they had to say, and that more people were in favor,” the Staples High School freshman said as he walked out of the joint work session meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee at Town Hall. “I look forward to seeing the outcome.”

“It’s nice that the kids voices were heard,” Jeanne Bowles, his mother, chimed in.

Though the public was not permitted to speak during the work session, it did not deter James and his friend Gabriel Dick, 13, from displaying a sign “Save Compo Skate Park.”

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Susan Granger at the Movies: Halloween Offerings

By Susan Granger

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the gruesome, sadistic horror thriller “Saw” is back in theaters for a week, and the only other scary stories are “Nightcrawler,” “Dracula Untold” and “Ouija.” Image

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir crime thriller “Nightcrawler” as a sociopath who prowls Los Angeles at night with a video camera, doing accident and crime-reporting and selling his footage to a TV news director (Rene Russo), who’s hungry for ratings.

Problem is: instead of remaining a passive bystander, he brazenly begins to stage his own roadside carnage -– until he stumbles onto an apparent home invasion.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Nightcrawler” is a dark, cynical 7, filled with savage, scathing commentary about our media’s relentless exploitation of violence.

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Eerie Critters Image
Eerie critters have descended on the Dennis Nash House, c. 1812, at Westport’s 57 Kings Highway North in advance of Halloween. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Michelle Obama Attends Raucous Malloy Rally

By Mark Pazniokas

New Haven –- Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor drew First Lady Michelle Obama to a raucous rally today in the city whose turnout next week probably will be the rock on which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election founders or finds safe harbor. Image
First Lady Michelle Obama in New Haven today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

“We’re in New Haven for a reason,” Malloy told a capacity crowd of 1,600 from a stage in the gym of Wilbur Cross High School, whose teams are nicknamed the Governors.  “If you want to know why I’m on this stage, it’s because people like you never stopped. You never gave up.”

The last votes for Malloy in 2010 may have been counted in Bridgeport, the scene of a chaotic Election Day, but more of them came from New Haven, the city whose voting list were double-checked for days by Republicans astonished at the turnout that gave Malloy a narrow win.

“New Haven is the linchpin,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat elected to his first term that same day, albeit by a comfortable margin.

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Westport Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month Image
First Selectman Jim Marpe today read a proclamation on the steps of Town Hall commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender and income levels,” he said. Marpe pointed out “coincidentally, and not ironically, just last week, when WestportNow ran the press release announcing this very ceremony and the activities devoted to raising awareness, the post just below the announcement recounted an incident of domestic violence here in Westport.”  He added, “As first selectman, I have the ability to peruse the weekly police blotters, and I am well aware of the fact that our police officers are on the front line dealing with this problem.” Residents interested in becoming involved in the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force should contact the chairperson, Elizabeth Marks Juviler, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for

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