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Monday, July 25, 2016

Thunderstorm Then Rainbow

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Tonight’s thunderstorm over Westport, the second of the day, left a rainbow in its wake. View is over the Post Plaza shopping complex anchored by Barnes & Noble on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joel Treisman for WestportNow.com

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Double Rainbow

WestportNow.com ImageA double rainbow was seen over Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club on Saugatuck Shores tonight after the early evening thunderstorm.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cindy Zuckerbrod for WestportNow.com

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Another View

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Tonight’s rainbow over Westport brought out many cameras and resulting photos posted on Instagram, including this one by Westporter Stacy Bass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stacy Bass/Instagram photo

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays caused by signal power issues between New Haven and Cos Cob.

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Storm Clouds Over Compo

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Storm clouds over Compo Beach late today as the second thunderstorm of the day moved through the Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Learning about Life on the Other Side of the Badge

Westporters will be able to see what life is like on the other side of the badge as the Westport Police Department launches its next edition of the Citizens Police Academy beginning Thursday, Sept. 8.

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The members of the 2009 Westport Citizens Police Academy posed for a graduation picture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Participants will establish a better understanding of the role of the police department in the community,” said Lt. Jillian Cabana, detective commander.

She said the academy can accommodate 24 community members who will participate in classes run by officers and are designed to take them through the various aspects of law enforcement.

In addition to the classes, Cabana said, participants will have the opportunity to ride with an officer from the patrol division and to receive CPR/AED certification.

More "Learning about Life on the Other Side of the Badge"

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Caught in the Rain

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Two Westport Main Street visitors today were caught in an afternoon downpour accompanying a severe thnderstorm that moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Unscheduled Stop

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A Metro-North New Haven Line train is stopped above Westport’s Compo Road South ust before 4 p.m. today as a thunderstorm moved through the area. Metro-North said trains were experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes due to earlier signal power issues between New Haven and Cos Cob. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Stop & Shop Parking Lot Surprise

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A forced main sewer line break today at 1790 Post Road East sent some of the overflow into the Stop & Shop parking lot. Town crews were on scene to repair the break. Sewer force mains are necessary when gravity flow is not sufficient to move water runoff and sewage through a gravity line. Force mains move wastewater under pressure by using pumps or compressors.. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Checking Out Sewer Line Break

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Westport Public Works Department employees today check out a forced sewer line break in front of Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East. The rupture caused effluent to flow into the supermarket parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck River Sunset

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Sunday’s sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 25, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Hebrew Conversation Group
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES Program: Celestial Viewing

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cracked Ice at Levitt

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Crispin Cioe on sax led his Cracked Ice band at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Fun

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The Cracked Ice band at the Levitt Pavilion tonight provided some dancing music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Dining

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Visitiors to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight enjoy a pre-concert supper before the perfomance by Cracked Ice. The New York City-based retro-nouveau soul/R&B band is led by saxophonist Crispin Cioe (Uptown Horns, J. Geils Band, Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels” tour.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Well Done at Shake Shack

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A small fire behind a grill at Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, brought a full response late today from the Westport Fire Department. The fire was quickly put out and it was quickly back to business as usual.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Packing Up

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Westport firefighters pack up their gear after responding late today to a fire behind a gas grill at Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East. The fire was quickly extinguished. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Comings & Goings: Pet Supplies Plus Closes

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Pet Supplies Plus, 1870 Post Road East near the Fairfield town line, has closed. A sign in the window says: “Hey Neigbors: We would like to inform you that our time is up. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the last 20 years of your loyalty and support.” It said to watch for a new location “coming soon.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Compo’s Coney Island Look

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Westport’s Compo Beach took on a Coney Island look today as temperatures soared into the mid-90s.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Riding the Cannons

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Youngsters play on the Compo Beach cannons today as people headed to the beach in 90-plus degree weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Seeking Heat Relief

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with those seeking relief from the 90-plus degree heat.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 22 Crooked Mile Road

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The owners of the house at 22 Crooked Mile Road are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Robert G. Shaw, who has lived in the house with wife Katerina since 2005. According to Weingarten, the 1930-built house, was built for the renowned artist, Charles Prendergast (1863-1948). According to Shaw, Prendergast’s widow donated her husband’s art to the Williams College Museum of Art, which now houses the largest collection of Prendergast’s work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Volunteer EMS Candidates Graduate

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Saturday was graduation day for the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service spring EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course. Pictured are four of the graduating students, who are now eligible to become state-certified EMTs, running a mock cardiac arrest call under the supervision of lead instructor Pasquale Salvo. WVEMS has annouunced its fall EMT/EMR class with details at www.westportems.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Close Call in Roseville Rollover

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A Westport youth escaped serious injury early today when he lost control of his BMW and rolled over on to the driveway of 60 Roseville Road. Homeowner Linda Gramatky Smith, who has experienced numerous crashes at the sharp curve in front of her house over the years, called police when she heard the car hit a stonewall. She also called the parents of the youth, who was examined at the scene by medical personnel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Damaged in Rollover

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A stonewall and pillar in front of 60 Roseville Road were damaged early today as a Westport youth failed to make a curve and rolled over his BMW. He escaped serious injury.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, July 24, 2016


11:15 a.m. - Captain’s Cove Marina, Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport - Westport Historical Society Captain’s Cove Tour
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cracked Ice

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

‘The Invisible Hand’ Opens at Playhouse

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“The Invisible Hand,” a tense drama of a financial futures trader kidnapped and held hostage for ransom in Pakistan, opened tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. Taking a bow after the performance were (l-r): Jameal Ali, Fajer Kaisi, Eric Bryant and Rajesh Bose— an internationally diverse cast playing the roles of Pakistanis, Kaisi was born in Iraq, Ali in London and Bose in Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Crash Shuts Down Sturges Highway

UPDATE A one-car crash into a utility pole tonight caused no injuries but brought down wires, shutting down Sturges Highway near Cross Highway.

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Emergency vehicles on Sturges Highway tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The incident at about 10:30 p.m. damaged the utility pole, and fire units on the scene said it had to be replaced. The task was not completed until shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday when the road was reopened.

The downed wires were not electrical, only cable television and telephone wires, according to reports from the scene.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area of Sturges HIghway from Cross Highway to Pilgrim Trail.

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Belated Reception

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Katie and Barrett Ward belatedly celebrate their wedding tonight with family and friends at Westport’s Vespa Restaurant. The couple was married in the former Katie DeKraker’s childhood Westport Old Hill Farms Road backyard on May 2, 2015 before her husband, an Army major from Plano, Texas, was deployed unaccompanied to South Korea for a year. Katie, a 2005 Staples High School graduate (who made a WestportNow appearance that year), is an instructor at the New York Center for Autism Charter School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Bayou Music at Levitt

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River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. They brought the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of southwestern Louisiana to the hills of New England to the dancing audience.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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