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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Board Votes to Declare Compo Mill Dog Dangerous Image
Three members of Westport’s Dangerous Dog Hearing Board—(l-r) Dr. Joan Poster, Susan Smith, and Ann Marie Flynn—today surveyed the Compo Mill Home of a dog neighbors petitioned to be declared dangerous because of involvement in fights with neighboring dogs and biting of an owner. The board later voted 2-1 to declare the dog dangerous, making it subject to strict restrictions, including that it be muzzled outside of its home or secure enclosure, and that a sign be erected warning of the presence of a dangerous dog. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Man Pleads Guilty in $1.5 Million Embezzlement

A Westport accountant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford today to embezzling $1.5 million from two firms over a two-year period for his personal use.

Noel D. Lara, 40, of 25 Saugatuck Ave., who was arrested by Westport police in May, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. (See WestportNow May 13, 2008)

Lara, who worked for two Connecticut companies, admitted that he used company money to fund personal expenses including the purchase of designer watches and clothing, finance payments to motor vehicle companies and investments in stocks

U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant ordered Lara to be sentenced on Oct.17 at which time he faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a fine of $3.1 million, as well as an order of restitution to his victims.

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Freed After Half Hour Trapped in Elevator Image
Westport Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Maloney welcomes Eduardo Evangelista, a construction worker from Danbury, upon his release from an elevator in which he was trapped for approximately a half hour today at 274 Riverside Ave. following a power failure in the Saugatuck area. A woman trapped in a second elevator was also rescued after half an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Power Outage Hits Saugatuck Area

UPDATE A power outage hit parts of Westport’s Saugatuck area today, affecting at its peak about 750 customers, a utility spokesman Image
The traffic light at Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street was among those affected by today’s power outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Some customers were restored within an hour of the 1:15 p.m. outage, but it took almost six hours for full restoration, the spokesman said.

Areas affected included Riverside Avenue, Saugatuck Avenue, the Bridge Street area and parts of Saugatuck Shores, according to the Connecticut Light and Power Company official.

Cause of the outage appeared to be a cable failure involving the Compo substation at Compo Road South near the railroad underpass, the CL&P spokesman said.

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Getting Ready for Tonight’s Levitt Gala Image
Westport’s Taylor Place was closed today as preparations were under way for tonight’s Levitt Pavilion fund-raising gala. In late afternoon, organizers said the concert was a sell-out and no tickets would be available at the gate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Tiger Girl Image
Lindsey Baldwin, 5, of Westport shows off her tiger face Wednesday night at the Levitt Pavilion. Chrys Dawid of Connecticut Face Art paints faces every Wednesday at the Levitt before and during the performance. Numbers are handed out and each child selects the desired effect from a face chart. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Thursday, July 31, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Rally ‘Round The Flag, Boys!” (1958)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Be a Myth (grades 3 & up)
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Pre-Concert Gala Cocktail Party and Dinner
6 p.m. – 35 Old Mill Road – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board Field Trip
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 - Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Sidewalk Dave w/ Aeroplane 1929, Hugo, Extra Parachutes & Midi, and the Modern Dance
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - SOLD OUT: NO GATE TICKETS AVAILABLE - Summer Gala Concert Levitt Pavilion fund-raiser: Michael McDonald


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Hot Peas ‘N Butter Cook Up Bi-Lingual Sound at Levitt Image
Performing at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the first time tonight, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a multi-cultural bilingual five-piece band and dancer, entertained a large audience of all ages. Their entertaining lyrics comprised of interchangeable Spanish and English encourage youngsters to become familiar with bilingual sounds and vocabulary. The group, which appears regularly on the Noggin TV network catering to preschoolers, was founded in 2000 by the Latino duo of Bronx-raised Frank Cotto (l) and Brooklynite Danny Lapidus (c). They met at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/08 03:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Hello Dolly Doggie Image
Dolly, named for Dolly Parton, proudly shows off her Dolly Parton hair-do today while strolling near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/31/08 01:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Women Power Image
Seen from the Westport’s Kings Highway Bridge, two women paddle their gentleman passenger down the Saugatuck River today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Residents Urged to Check Swimming Pool Drain Outlets Image
Town of Westport Building Department Director Steve Smith today urged swimming pool owners to make sure a drain cover is installed in all swimming pool suction outlets to avoid entrapment of swimmers, especially children whose smaller bodies can be sucked toward the system.  Smith referred to a tragic incident in Greenwich in July 2007 in which a 6-year-old boy drowned when he became trapped in a suction outlet.  Smith said residents with questions about suction outlet drain covers should call the Building Department at (203) 341-5025. “Keep an eye on your kid in the pool,” Smith said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Kayak Class Image
Learning to kayak was a popular activity today at Westport’s Longshore Sailing School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/30/08 08:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Drawing the Line Image
Now that many of Westport’s downtown streets have been repaved, Curtis Cocco and Chuck Corners of the Westport Highway Department were busy today measuring, marking and painting new lines and crosswalks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/30/08 07:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monarchs are Back Image
A Monarch butterfly was spotted on some flowers at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Thomsen for


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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Hot Peas ‘n Butter


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