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Monday, August 31, 2015

Brooklawn Drive Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power Image
A transformer fire today on Brooklawn Drive off Easton Road in Westport’s Coleytown area knocked out power to the area. Firefighter Ben Racho looks at the transformer near 8 Brooklawn Drive. Eversource Energy said 60 Westport customers were affected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 39 Compo Parkway Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 39 Compo Parkway, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1920, the two-story colonial has 2,308-square feet, is situated on a .65-acre property and last changed ownership in August 1990 for $615,000, according to the Town Assessor database. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Online Survey Aids in Schools Super Search

A community survey to help discern what Westporters want in a new school superintendent is now available at or can be linked to from the Westport Public Schools’ home page, Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon said today. The survey will remain open until Sept. 18.

Gordon also said that the first community forum on the search to replace Superintendent Elliott Landon, who is retiring after 17 years at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, is scheduled for Tuesda, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. 

A second second forum is set for Thursday, Sept. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

Finding a replacement for Landon will also be the first item at tonight’s Board of Education meeting, as the search firm Hazard, Young & Attea offers a presentation of the superintendent search process.

More "Online Survey Aids in Schools Super Search"

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In Its New Home Image
Work was completed today on the installation of a donated sculpture to Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The 1991 work, “The Couple (Adam & Eve),” by William King (1925-2015), was a gift by the late artist Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91. The man is 12-feet tall, the woman, 10-feet. Looking over the work are (l-r) Tony McDowell, Earthplace executive director, Ann Sheffer, Malloy’s niece, Mark Hawes and Susan Holcombe of Bethany-based Hawes & Holcombe Conservation, and Kathie Bennewitz, curator, Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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New Artwork Installed at Earthplace ImageMark Hawes, of Bethany-based Hawes & Holcombe Conservation, today puts the final touches on installation of the 1991 artwork “The Couple (Adam & Eve)” by William King at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The work was a gift from the estate of Westport artist Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91. (See WestportNow April 14, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kathie Bennewitz for
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Joy of Summer—Being a Scooter Commuter Image
It was standing room only today at the designated motorcycle and scooter parking “lot” at Westport’s Saugatuck train station. Sixteen of these two-wheeled vehicles (and one three-wheeler) fit neatly in an area that would barely accommodate three or so cars—one of the joys and benefits of scooter commuting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joshua Prince for

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Waiting Image
Today starts the first full week of school for Westport students after Thursday’s opening. This gang waited for the school bus on Saugatuck Shores.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larysa Bemko for

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Breach of Peace, Child Endangerment Arrest Image
Ariel Aparicio-Jarro: held on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested a Westport man at 1:30 a.m. today for breach of peace and two counts of risk of injury to a child after he left his children alone while banging on a neighbor’s door to get inside, police said.

“Westport officers responded to a Sniffen Road residence on a report by the homeowner that someone was banging on his door and yelling to let them in,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola. “Officers located the suspect walking around the exterior of the house.”

Arciola said investigating officers reported that Ariel Aparicio-Jarro, 49, of 1 Sniffen Road, seemed to be intoxicated and that it was later learned he had left his 9- and 3-year-old children at home and unattended.

Aparicio-Jarro was remanded after being unable to post a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 10

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Owenoke View Image
The view of Sunday’s dusk from Westport’s Owenoke Park between Compo and Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for

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Monday, August 31, 2015

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Levitt Closes Out Summer Season Image
Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos tonight closed out the Westport Levitt Pavillon for the Performing Arts summer season.  More entertainment, however, will utilize the Levitt stage in September, including the eighth annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

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Large Crowd for Levitt Finale Image
The closing act of this year’s Levitt Pavilion season in its new home tonight featured Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. The Levitt opened the season of 50 nights of free entertainment on June 28 with Orleans. Ticketed events include “Don Felder – An Evening at the Hotel California” and the Little Rivrer Band.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

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Levitt Last Dance Image
The last dance of this summer’s Levitt Pavilion season tonight was to the sounds of Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

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‘Bedroom Farce’ Actor: ‘I Admit I Dozed Off’ Image
Actors in the Westport Country Playhouse current production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy “Bedroom Face” took part today in a post-matinee symposium with audience members led by David Kennedy (l), associate artistic director. In response to Kennedy’s question about whether the actors feel exhilarated or exhausted after performing the physically demanding play, Claire Karpen (r) said, “I’m in bed for most of the second act with the lights out and I admit that I dozed off. So I guess you could say the play is exhausting.” Others taking part included (l-r) Carson Elrod, Sarah Manton, Nicole Lowrance, and Cecilia Hart. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tailgating Before Hunt Club Polo Match Image
Members and guests of Gold’s Dragoons, a Westport-based social and commemorative society, gathered at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport today for a tailgating party prior to the annual competition for the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup, a match against New York’s Squadron A Club. Gold’s Dragoons, formed in the early 1930s, was selected to honor one of Connecticut’s first mounted colonial militia units, founded in 1660 by Maj. Nathan Gold of Fairfield, whose troop was chartered under the seal of King Charles II. Gold’s Dragoons was victorious against Squadron A with a 6-3 victory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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