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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Earth Day


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Jesup Green, Church Lane - Maker Faire Westport
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Saint Luke Church (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Tailgate Tag Sale
10 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Fairfield County Heart Walk (check in at 8:30 a.m.)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 145 Main St. - Bake sale by Team No Pause for the Cause, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Moon Over the Brewery”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Gallery: Celebrating Week of the Young Child


Scenes from today’s seventh annual Westport preschool self-portrait reception in the Higgins Room in the Westport Library’s Children’s Department. The event marking the Week of the Young Child is part of the early literacy outreach program with Westport preschoolers. The preschool artists were very proud of their self-portraits and happily showed their artistic endeavors to their families and friends. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Special Guest

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A special guest tonight at the Starry Night gala event at Westport’s Inn at Longshore to benefit Bridgeport-based Caroline House was Sister Maureen Fleming, founder of Caroline House in 1995.  She currently is coordinator of pastoral outreach activities at Westport’s Saint Luke Parish. Caroline House, a sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, is a comprehensive nondenominational education center teaching literacy and life skills to economically-disadvantaged women and children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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High School Art Winner

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Sophia Livecchi, 17, a Staples High School senior, tonight was named winner of the annual Tracy Sugarman Award, named in honor the late Westport artist and illustrator. Jurors Ann Chernow and Leonard Everett Fisher selected her entry, “Woven Terrains,” as best in the third annual High School Student Art Exhibition at the Westport Arts Center. Sophia, who will attend Swarthmore College majoring in art, credited Staples art teacher Camille Eskell for inspiring her work and urging her to enter. The award, sponsored by retired Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas and Janet Nevas, was presented at the opening reception for the Center’s “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Congrats to Tracy Sugarman Award Winner

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Retired Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas (l) congratulates High School Art Exhibit winner Sophia Livecchi, 17, a Staples High School senior, tonight upon her being named winner of the annual Tracy Sugarman Award, which honors the late Westport artist and illustrator. Nevas and wife Janet established the award to honor their longtime friend. Jurors Ann Chernow (seated) and Leonard Everett Fisher (2nd r) selected her entry, “Woven Terrains,” as best in the third annual High School Student Art Exhibition at the Westport Arts Center. The ceremony took place at the opening reception for the Center’s “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Closeup Look

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Westport Arts Center guests get a closeup look tonight of some of the entries in its “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibit. It examines the history of interplay between art and advertising and the lasting impact in pop culture and fine arts by Westport’s own illustrators of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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9-Year-Old Dies of Injuries From I-95 Crash

UPDATE A 9-year-old Maine boy died today of injuries suffered in a three-vehicle crash Thursday night that closed a portion of I-95 northbound between Norwalk and Westport for more than four hours, state police said.

Casey Savage, of Kittery, Maine, initially reported as unresponsive, was taken to by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with a serious head injury and later transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he died today, state police said. He was wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Cars exited at Exit 16 in Norwalk and were allowed back on the highway at Exit 17 in Westport.

The accident occurred about 9:15 p.m. and state police opened the highway northbound at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

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Comings & Goings: Julian’s Pizza Opens Another Location

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Julian’s Pizza Bar & Kitchen, 1460 Post Road East, will open in May, according to owner Mike Sayed who also owns Julian’s Pizza, 539 Riverside Ave. He said the eat-in and takeout eatery offers wood-fired oven pizza, burgers made with beef supplied by Fleisher Craft Butchery, vegeburgers, free range chicken appetizers, pasta and a full service bar. Pizza slices are available during daytime hours. “We were the first Westport pizza shop to offer wood-fired oven pizza and we’re expanding that offering in our new location,” he said. The space was previously occupied by Bravo, an Italian cuisine restaurant, also owned by Sayed and, before that, until April 2012, by Munson’s Chocolates for 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cops: Hard Sell Crossed the Line

Talk about a hard sell, an aggressive cleaning product salesman took his pitch too far, eventually cursing at the restaurant owner and throwing rocks at Junior’s at 265 Riverside Ave., police said today.

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Michael Hicks: sprayed cleaning product.  Westport Police photo

Michael Hicks, 23 of Ansonia, reportedly entered Junior’s Thursday at 1 p.m., and in attempting to sell his cleaning product began “moving around the restaurant, ‘spraying’ the cleaning product on multiple surfaces including the grill area,” said Lt. David Farrell.

“The owner asked Hicks to leave multiple times and stated that he’d take a business card,” Farrell said. “Hicks then began swearing at him and his workers. Hicks finally left, then threw rocks at the store.”

After a description of Hicks and his vehicle was sent to patrol units, Hicks was stopped in Norwalk a short time later and taken into custody, Farrell said. Charged with breach of peace, he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, May 3.

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Westport Property Transfers April 3 - 7, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 3 - 7, 2017:

1555 PRE LLC to BAO Partners LLC, 1555 Post Road East, $2,200,000WNproperty.jpg

Jeffrey R. Kornfield Estate to Lisa Hamm Kammert, 121 Lansdowne,1/2 Interest, $312,500

Sue E. Joustra to Lisa Hamm Kammert, 121 Lansdowne,1/2 Interest, $312,500

Green Gables House LLC to 34 Jennie Lane LLC, 34 Jennie Lane, $1,205,000

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Maker Faire Traffic Advisory for Saturday

The Westport Police Department today cautioned residents about heavy pedestrian traffic and road closures downtown Saturday because of the Westport Maker Faire.

An advisory said the the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. would cover the area of Jesup Green and the new Bedford Square.

According to Lt. Eric Woods, organizers are expecting about 10,000 attendees.

“People attending the event will be crossing Post Road East to visit different activities and exhibits,” Woods said.

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More Westport Blooming

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A home on Westport’s Park Lane is framed by a weeping cherry tree. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elisabeth Keane for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 21, 2017


9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Etsy
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Fiona Garland: Art Fit for a King
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
6:30 p.m. - The Inn at Longshore - Starry Night Gala to benefit Caroline House
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Moon Over the Brewery”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Playhouse Sneak Peek of 2017 Season

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Mark Lamos (r), artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, tonight hosted a sneak peek program of the Playhouse’s 2017 season. Seated next to him is actor Paxton Whitehead, a familar Playhouse stage presence who will appear in “Lettice and Lovage,” a 1990 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, written by Peter Shaffer, author of “Amadeus.” It is the season opener, playing May 30 through June 17, with Lamos directing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Maker Faire Ready to Go

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The tent is up and tonight was the last meeting of the Maker Faire Westport 2017 Organizing Committee, which met on Jesup Green. Organizer Mark Mathias (front, prone) said Saturday’s sixth annual event will take place on the Green, at the Westport Library, the Taylor parking lot, along Church Lane, and in Bedford Square. Attractions include a virtual reality safari, robots, drones, a flight simulator, and the Nerdy Derby. Opening ceremonies are at 9:45 a.m. and Maker Faire Westport runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to westport.makerfaire.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Chamber Hosts After Hours at Historical Society

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Ed Hynes, a board member of the Westport Historical Society (WHS), today addresses the monthly Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce business after hours networking gathering hosted by the WHS. Hynes curated the current exhibit, “The British Are Coming,” part of American Revolution Month commemorating the 240th anniversary of the 1777 British raid on Danbury that began with a Compo Beach landing. “This was a great and informative venue to hold our get together,” said Matthew Mandell, Chamber executive director. “Next month we’ll celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Halsted property.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Malloy Warns CT Employee Unions of Layoffs

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration notified state employee unions this week that nearly 1,100 workers could face layoffs in May — the first stage in an alternative cost-cutting plan if ongoing concessions talks aren’t successful.

This marks the second time in the past week that Malloy has hinted time is running out for unions to accept major concessions to help balance the next budget.

The governor, who expressed disappointment publicly last week that months of informal talks hadn’t produced a deal yet, this week took the first in a series of procedural steps to begin another round of state worker layoffs.

The administration specifically notified bargaining units that 11 departments and agencies had crafted plans that could affect close to 1,100 workers and also lead to elimination of about 120 unionized positions that currently are vacant.

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Putting Out the Flames

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Westport firefighters today extinguish flames in the engine compartment of a Peter Pan bus in the northbound side of I-95 just north of the Hales Road overpass in Westport. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which backed traffic up past Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Arriving on Scene

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Westport’s Engine Co. 4 arrives on scene today of a bus fire just north of Hales Road overpass in Westport. All passengers managed to escape without injury. Traffic northbound was backed up for miles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Greenberg for WestportNow.com

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Passengers Flee Bus Fire on I-95

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UPDATE Passengers on a northbound I-95 Peter Pan bus watch today as the engine compartment is engulfed in flames. The bus pulled over just north of the Hales Road overpass. No injuries were reported, but traffic quickly backed up northbound and southbound slowed to watch. Passengers had to wait about two hours for a replacement bus to arrive. Their bus was en route from New York to Springfield, Massachusetts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Greenberg for WestportNow.com

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Public Input Sought in Police Department Accreditation

A team of assessors is set to examine the Westport Police Department’s policies and procedures on Wednesday, May 10, as part of state accreditation — and public input is welcome, Deputy Chief Vincent Penna announced today.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement officials from throughout Connecticut. Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed, Penna said.

The accreditation manager for the Westport Police Department is Staff Cpl. Ashley Delvecchio.

The department’s policies and procedures will be examined to see how they conform to Tier I liability of the state accreditation standards, Penna said.

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Himes: Trump Driven by Ego

WestportNow.com ImageU.S. Rep. Jim Himes told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that President Trump has no discernible ideology, and what defines him is “a huge ego.” It is his ego “that helps fuel my tiny bit of optimism because you can work with someone who simply wants to have his name on stuff,” said Himes, whose 4th District includes Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Stars Shine at Saugatuck El

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Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School second graders were in for a treat today as renowned actors (and Saugatuck parents and grandparent) (l-r) Greg Naughton, Kelli O’Hara, and James Naughton visited the school (pictured with student Owen Naughton). James Naughton narrated the Weston Woods animated adaption of Peter Brown’s “Creepy Carrots!” and his son and daughter-in-law read several of Brown’s books. Award-winning author and illustrator Brown will visit all Westport elementary schools next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Rae Anne Locke for WestportNow.com

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Art Center’s ‘Main Street to Madison Avenue’ Opens Friday

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Final preparations are underway today for the installation of the Westport Arts Center’s “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibition, opening Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The exhibition highlights many of the most significant illustrators, photographers and designers who lived and worked in Westport in the 1950s – 1970s. Simultaneous with the exhibition, the third annual High School Student Art Exhibition will be on view. The exhibition was juried by Ann Chernow and Leonard Everett Fisher. The recipient of the Tracy Sugarman Award will be announced Friday at the reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Westport’s Kelli O’Hara in Concert Staging of ‘Brigadoon’

Westport’s Tony-winning actress Kelli O’Hara will appear in a concert staging of “Brigadoon” at New York City’s City Center, the theater announced today.

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Westporter Kelli O’Hara in 2015 when she was honored by the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The production of the 1947 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe musical will run from Nov. 15 to 19, beginning with a Nov. 15 gala performance in honor of the theater producer Stacey Mindich.

Christopher Wheeldon, who won a Tony for choreographing “An American in Paris,” which he also directed, will direct and choreograph the concert staging. Steven Pasquale and Robert Fairchild will co-star with O’Hara.

“Brigadoon” centers on a pair of Americans in Scotland who discover a mystical village that appears for only one day every century.

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Staples Musician Honored

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Samantha Atlas, a Staples High School junior trumpet player, recently participated in the National Association of Music Educators All-Eastern Honor Ensembles held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event represents the top performing high school musicians from the eastern United States and is held every two years. Samantha performed in the All-Eastern Band. She is pictured with conductor Dennis Fisher. Recently, for the fifth consecutive year, Westport was honored with the designation among the Best Communities for Music Education from the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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SLOBS to Hold ‘Service Sunday’

The Staples High School Service League of Boys (SLOBS) will hold its eighth annual Service Sunday next weekend, April 30, bringing boys and their parents together for large scale, community service projects, organizers said.

From spreading compost at Wakeman Town farm to clearing trails at Earthplace to an array of projects at Camp Mahackeno and Staples to Bridgeport’s Community Garden and Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach, total volunteer hours on this day are expected to total 600, said Fritz Schemel, Staples senior who serves on SLOBS executive board.

The group is also donating about $5,000 in supplies to get the jobs done, he said.

Throughout the school year, SLOBS has volunteered at more 74 community events in Westport, Norwalk and Bridgeport, providing over 3,800 hours of service, Schemel said.

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Westport in Bloom

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The building at 250 Main St. at the corner of St. Johns Place, is ablaze with spring colors.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
Noon - Westport Historical Society - The Minute Man & Battle of Compo
Noon - Westport Library - Elizabeth Kostova, “The Shadow Land”
5:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Throwback Thurdsday—Build a Diorama
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - P&Z and ZBA Legal Seminar
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Teens & the Law: What Parents & Students Need to Know
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Public Protection Committee
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
8:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Education

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Preschool Director at Christ & Holy Trinity

Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity (CHT) Church has announced the appointment of Marianne Keith as director of its preschool.

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Marianne Keith: deep ties to community. Contributed photo

She replaces Moira O’Connor who will retire in June after 19 years in the role, an announcement said.

Located in the historic Seabury Center on Church Lane, the preschool has a long tradition of offering play-based educational excellence and bringing together an active community of families. 

Keith is a well-respected early childhood educator and has deep ties to the Westport/Weston community. She currently serves as director of the St. Francis of Assisi Preschool in Weston.  Before that, she was a program coordinator and teacher at St. Paul Christian School in Westport.

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