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Friday, August 29, 2014

Blues, Views & BBQ Set for Weekend

(Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Aug. 17.)

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s (WDMA) seventh annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival is scheduled for the fourth year in a row for Labor Day weekend on the grounds of the Westport Library, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the Imperial Avenue parking lot, WDMA officials said. Image
Dancers enjoy the 2013 BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Last year, about 10,000 attended the WDMA event that raises funds to support local charities, and event coordinators are hoping for an even bigger turnout.

“It will be the strongest musical lineup, fiercest barbecue competition, and spiciest selection of food and drink vendors yet,” said Lee DeMonico, WDMA spokesperson. “This festival isn’t just blues or barbecue. It’s a huge downtown Westport party for all ages and tastes.”

According to DeMonico, the festival will boast an array of array of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, “funk, soul, and jam talent,” including: Spin Doctors; Rick Derringer; Bill Kirchen, Popa Chubby; Anders Osborne; Mia Borders; Big Sam’s Funky Nation; Raw Oyster Cult; Revered Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys; Rory Block; Coco Montoya Band; and Connecticut’s own Bobby Paltauf Band.

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Bicyclist Injured in Newtown Turnpike Crash Image
A female bicyclist was injured today in a collision with a car on Newtown Turnpike at Heron Lake Lane. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital, but the extent of her injuries was not known. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to police activity between Greenwich and New Rochelle.

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Feds OK Westport After-School Bus Service to Dec. 31 Image
After-school bus service has served the Westport Weston Family Y and other destinations for 30 years. Contributed photo

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said today Westport may continue its after-school bus service until Dec. 31 while the town seeks alternate transportation for the students.

The FTA said it granted a request for an exemption to its regulations after Westport demonstrated no alternate bus service providers could be found.

“This is great news for Westport’s after-school programs, parents and our participating students,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe in a statement.

“I know it will be a great relief to many working families who were worrying how they were going to get their children to the after-school programs without the bus service they have come to rely on.”

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Arrest in Bank Forgery Case

Westport police said today they arrested a Stratford woman, who, along with three other individuals, allegedly forged business checks at a local bank on June 10.

Kelly Gray, 32, was arrested in Norwalk Superior Court where she was facing other charges.

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, Gray and her cohorts have similar cases pending “in multiple jurisdictions for perpetrating similar crimes.”

Gray is being held in lieu of a $40,000 bond.

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CCDL Endorses Tom Foley, Rest of GOP ticket

By Mark Pazniokas

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a gun owners’ group whose membership blossomed in opposition to the post-Newtown gun controls, today endorsed Republican Tom Foley for governor, snubbing one of its activists, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti.

“Gov. Dannel Malloy has a proven track record of supporting anti-rights legislation and has vilified and ostracized Connecticut gun owners throughout his term. It is time for him to be to be replaced,” CCDL says in an endorsement posed on its website. We strongly believe that the team of Tom Foley and Heather Somers will take Connecticut in a new direction that is so desperately needed.”

News of the endorsement was immediately promoted by the campaign of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, evidence that the Democratic Party, at least, sees advantage in tying Foley to a group that Malloy’s backers are calling “extremist.”

Speaking after a speech to the AFL-CIO in East Hartford, Malloy said Foley’s statement that he would sign a bill repealing the Newtown law is an invitation for the legislature to act.

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 11 - 15, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 11 - 15, 2014:

SIR-16 Long Lots Lane LLC to Jeffrey Scott and Shelly Rene Ramsay, 6 Long Lots Lane, $2,000,000WNproperty.jpg

Millee and Lyndon H. Taggart-Ratcliffe to Preston and Mary Jean Koster, 71 Long Lots Road, $1,632,500

Deborah M. Reif to Gautam Bhandari and Bhavana Joneja, 22 Surf Road,  $3,425,000

Linda Heinzelman to Richard and Jennifer Ratcliffe, 5 Clifford Lane, $1,765,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Fragrant Pines Court Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Fragrant Pines Court, off Main Street, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1-1/2-story cape has 1,476 square feet and is situated on a .5-acre property. 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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New Reval Starts Next Week

Westport Assessor Paul Friia has announced that Vision Government Solutions, the firm contracted by the Town to conduct its town-wide revaluation, will begin visiting homes to collect data next week.

The inspection process for all Westport residential properties is expected to continue through next summer, Friia said.

State law requires the town to perform every 10 years a physical property revaluation, which includes physical inspections of each property. Homeowners, however, may decline to allow inspectors inside.

Friia said the purpose of the current revaluation is to develop accurate and uniform assessments based on fair market value as of Oct. 1, 2015. This, in turn, will generate an equitable tax base, he said.

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Compo Sunset Image
Thursday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for

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Friday,  August 29, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s: Tribute to Pete Seeger
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Petey Hop and The Jackrabbits w/ CT Blues Society Revue

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

With Ribbon Cutting, Y Almost in New Home

By James Lomuscio

The spirit of the late Allen Raymond was present in the hearts of many—as well as on the huge, outdoor video screen—during tonight’s ribbon cutting for the new Westport Weston Family Y. Image
The ceremonial ribbon cutting tonight at the home of the new Westport Weston Family Y will be followed by its opening to members next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Raymond, a.k.a. Mr. Westport—and who was such a devoted Y proponent the road leading to the new facility is named after him—told the approximate 400 guests in a video recorded before his death May 1 at age 91 that he probably would not live to see this day. (See video here)

“This crazy kid at the age of 91 had hoped to be the first to go down the great slide into the pool at this magnificent new Y,” Raymond said. “But that didn’t work out.

“However,  let no one doubt that I am here rejoicing and cheering with all of you today, and when you see that splash in the pool when no one’s around, you’ll know that I am finally reveling in Westport’s jewel.”

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Finally a New Home at Mahackeno

Scenes from tonight’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Westport Weston Family Y.  Dave Matlow for

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Cajun Sound at Levitt Image
The Pine Leaf Boys, a Cajun and Creole band from South Louisiana, headlined at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight.  The four-time Grammy nominees and their brand of Zydeco music brought them four U.S. State Department invitations to perform overseas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Bringing Southern Louisiana to Westport Image
The four-time Grammy nominated Pine Leaf Boys from southern Louisiana brought their Cajun brand of music to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Members include Grammy Award winner Wilson Savoy (2nd r.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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