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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Competition Opens for Sprouting Digital Artists

Submissions are being sought for “Young Shoots,” a digital photography competition for children 8 through 18, organizers announced today.

Sponsored by the Westport Arts Center (WAC) and the Westport Farmers Market, the competition is designed “to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market,” said Leslie LaSala, WAC spokeswoman.

The submission deadline in Aug. 14, and winners will be announced Aug. 25. All photographs must be or have been taken at the Westport Farmers Market.

Among the jurors are: Lillie Fortino, WAC’s director of education for the Westport Arts Center; Stephanie Webster, editor-in-Chief of CTbites.com; and Eileen Sawyer, local photographer and Farmers Market board member.

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180 Post Road East Sold for $18 Million

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The combined retail/office building at Westport’s 180 Post Road East has changed hands for $18 million, according to a filing recorded in the Town Clerk’s Office on Monday. The town reaped $45,000 in conveyance taxes for the sale while $225,000 went to the state. The building, which recently underwent extensive renovations, last changed hands in 2013 for $11 million (see WestportNow Aug. 30, 2013). The seller this time was 180 Westport Partners LLC and the buyer JPM Westport LLC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Kings Highway North Down to One Lane

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UPDATE Traffic across the Kings Highway North Bridge over the Saugatuck River was down to alternating one lane of traffic today on the second day of a two-day installation of bridge expansion joints, according to a state Department of Transportation foreman on the scene. The project was completed in early afternoon and two-way traffic resumed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners Discuss “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser Ken Gloss on Old & Rare Books
7 p.m. - 323 Main Street Bar - Let’s Get Quizzical: Pub Trivia Night
8:30 p.m. - Staples Room 1025c - Board of Education

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Wakeman Town Farm Honors Volunteers

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It was volunteer awards day today for the town-owned Wakeman Town Farm. In a ceremony moved from the farm to Town Hall because of threatening weather, Staples High School students Isabelle Amlicke, Ashley Constantino, and Charlie Colasurdo were awarded with Wakeman Town Farm Young Scholars - Green Teen award for their years of service on the farm. The ceremony, emceed by First Selectman Jim Marpe and Farm Steward Mike Aitkenhead, celebrated an array of key volunteers who have made substantial contributions of their time and talents to the farm, including architect Peter Wormser and civil engineer Peter Romano who have provided endless hours of expertise to create the farm’s new classroom facility; as well as graphic designer Miggs Burroughs, landscape designer Oliver Gaffney, and animal care expert Lee Feldman. Additional awards went to the Greenlee family for donating a lifesaving AED to the farm and an award to Sophia Jaramillo who won a “goat-naming” contest sponsored by the farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Severe Thunderstorms Move Through Westport Area

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As predicted, a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the Westport area late today, bringing torrential rains, lightning, and strong winds. This was Main Street shortly after 6 p.m. Winds knocked down trees around town, including one that partially hit a house on Washington Avenue. No injuries were reported. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rough Going on Main Street

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It was rough going on Westport’s Main Street late today as a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tree Down Closes Roadway

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A fallen branch in front of Westport’s 21 Gault Drive during the late day thunderstorms today forced closure of the road. It was among a number of downed trees from the storm, but no power outages were reported. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bicyclist Injured in Post Road East Collision

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A Westport police officer tends to a bicyclist late today at Post Road East and Maple Avenue South after he was in collision with a car. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be serious. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cities, Towns Ask State Leaders in TV Ad, ‘Are You Listening?’

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is pressing state officials to deliver a budget that protects cities and towns, unveiling a television commercial today that suggests the legislature’s inaction could cost people their homes.

The 30-second spot, which will air through the rest of the month on network affiliates and Cable News 12 in Fairfield County, urges officials to revisit a state budget stabilization plan local leaders developed back in January.

The ad mingles concerns raised by unnamed home and business owners with responses from municipal leaders, who drew contrasts of responsive local officials with deadlocked legislators.

“High property taxes are going to cause me to lose my home,” one woman says as the ad opens. A second asks “Why can’t government be more efficient?”

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Passed Out Driver Hit with Drug, Other Charges

Officers arrested a New London man on various drug and motor vehicle offenses after he was discovered passed out in his car on Post Road West, police said today.

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Allan Jones: held on $12,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Allan Jones, 45, was also charged on active warrants for his failures to appear in court, police said.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers responded Friday to the report of an unresponsive male in a Geo Prizm in the eastbound of the Post Road near Cross Street. He said the male “appeared to be breathing.”

“The first arriving officers identified the operator as Allan Jones and found him passed out behind the wheel, with the vehicle running and his foot on the brake pedal,” Farrell said.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Cars 3,’ ‘The Women’s Balcony,’ ‘The Book of Henry’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you thought it was weird seeing a young Carrie Fisher and resurrected Peter Cushing in “Star Wars: Rogue One,” wait ‘till you hear Paul Newman’s gruff voice as Doc Hudson in outtakes from the first “Cars” outing in 2006.

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“Cars 3” begins as the current champion, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), is trounced by a new, sleek, black-with-purple headlights “tech” car, Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer), who gloats, “I can’t believe I get to race Lightning McQueen in his farewell season.”

Realizing “the racing world is changing,” following a fiery crash, discouraged Lightning discovers that his Rust-eze sponsorship is now owned by smarmy Sterling (voiced by Nathan Fillion), who wants him to become a racing brand.

Eager to race in the Florida 500, Lightning reports for training at the high-octane site where Jackson Storm toned up. That’s where he meets Cruz Ramirex (voiced by Cristela Alonzo), a peppy performance coach who refocuses his angry outbursts with “Use that!” endeavoring to increase his speed from 198 mph to 210 mph.

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One Injured in Post Road East Crash

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One male driver was injured and taken to Norwalk Hospital today after his car crashed into a utility pole at Post Road East and Hillspoint Road. Cause of the crash was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ted Diamond Still Going Strong As He Nears 100

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Ted Diamond, who turns 100 on July 3, could have been a prototype for George Bailey in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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Ted Diamond: “I hope to keep going.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Patriotism, devotion to his lifelong sweetheart Carol, his wife for almost 71 years, as well as his love of family, friends, the house they bought in 1955 and his hometown comprise a rich story. It is so rich it is nearly impossible to know where to begin.

It could begin with Diamond, a 1941 graduate of Columbia University’s School of Law, forgoing a desk job to serve as a U.S. Army Air Corps navigator. He led 50 bombing missions against the Nazis, cheating death each time while others did not.

Or perhaps it is Diamond in the late 1960s. He rallied support with local editor Jo Fox to stop a planned nuclear power plant on Cockenoe Island accessible via a planned causeway from Westport’s Saugatuck Shores.

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So How Sunny Was It? So Sunny, I Needed Two Umbrellas

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A Compo Beach visitor used two umbrellas to shade herself on Sunday at the entrance to the Ned Dimes Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 19, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission Work Session
4 p.m. - Westport Town Hall Auditorium - Wakeman Town Farm Scholar & Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Gallery: Final Day of the Yankee Doodle Fair


Scenes from the final day today of the Westport Woman’s Club Yankee Doodle Fair. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Now the Takedown

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Within moments of today’s closing of the Yankee Doodle Fair in Westport, employees of Trumbull-based Stewart Amusement Co. were taking down the rides in preparation for a move to Newtown where the company will open Tuesday at St. Rose Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Watching the Fair in Comfort

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A Yankee Doodle Fair visitor today takes in all the sights on the last day of the fair from a comfortable beach ball-supported position near the bridge leading to the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: Summer Solstice Star Party


Scenes from today’s Summer Solstice Star Party hosted by the Westport Astronomical Society on Jesup Green celebrating Wednesday’s start of summer. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Solstice Star Party on Jesup Green

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Amateur astronomers from the Westport Astronomical society today welcomed the public to Jesup Green to view the sun through solar telescopes as part of a Solstice Star Party in celebration of the beginning of summer, which officially starts Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Closeup View

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Stella Kowalski, 5, of Newtown gets a good look today at a solar prominence courtesy of a telescope owned by Franco Fellah of the Westport Astronomical Society during a Solstice Star Party on Jesup Green ahead of Wednesday’s start of summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Here’s Looking at You, Sun

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Emili Kelner of Bridgeport, a Westport Library employee, looks through a solar telescope today on Jesup Green. Franco Fellah, a member of the Westport Astronomical Society (WAS), who owns the telescope, supervises. The WAS hosted a Solstice Star Party as part of the lead-up to the summer solstice on Wednesday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Ticket Sales Brisk on Final Fair Day

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Ticket sales were brisk today at the Yankee Doodle Fair on its final day after three days marred by rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hoop Hopes

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Davis Goldblat, 8, a second grade student at Coleytown Elementary School, today tests his skills with a basketball on the final day of the Yankee Doodle Fair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Woodstock Revisited, John Fogerty on Tap at Levitt

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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts has announced highlights of its 44th summer season.

It will open Sunday, June 25 with a celebration of the music and spirit of the Woodstock Music Festival, “Back to the Garden 1969.”

On Thursday, Aug. 24, the annual summer gala will feature musician and singer-songwriter, John Fogerty.

As previously announced, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason returns to the Levitt for the fourth time on Friday, July 14 as part of his new “Alone Together Again” limited engagement U.S. tour.

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Opening a 50-Year-Old Time Capsule

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The Rev. Ed Horne, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, today opened a time capsule above the cornerstone, which was dedicated 50 years ago when the church opened on Weston Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Showing Off Time Capsule Contents

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The Rev. Ed Horne of the United Methodist Church of Westport Weston today shows off some of the contents of a 1967 time capsule sealed in place when the church was dedicated in 1967.  The ceremony concluded with placement of new items in the time capsule to be opened in 2067. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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1967 Time Capsule Contents

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The contents of the 1967 time capsule opened today at the United Methodist Church of Westport Weston included a message to future generations from the pastor, a Holy Bible, a list of church members, a church newsletter, and various 1967 coins. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman photo

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Recalling Her Father on Father’s Day

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Kim Weigle, a parishioner at the United Methodist Church of Westport Weston, tells attendees at today’s time capsule opening from 1967 that her father, George, was the church’s choir leader and one of the items in the time capsule was a reel-to-reel audio of a concert performed at the church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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