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Friday, April 30, 2010

Robber Holds Up Saugatuck TD Banknorth

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Bank surveillance photo of the suspect. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

UPDATE: A lone male robbed the TD BankNorth branch in Westport’s Saugatuck area today, police said.

The robbery occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at the branch at 50 Charles St., detectives said.

The man, described as a heavy set white or Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall, was wearing a dark knit hat, gray hooded sweatshirt with dark hood and sleeves, and denim pants, police said.

They said he passed a note indicating he had a weapon but did not show one. The teller turned over an undetermined amount of cash and the suspect then fled the scene, according to police.

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Westport Property Transfers April 12 - 16, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 12 - 16, 2010:

Mary Denise Petrakis Tr. to 17 Danbury Ave LLC, 17 Danbury Ave., $1,040,000WN property.jpg

Beverly K. Grushkin to 54 Weston Road LLC, 54 Weston Road, $650,000

Robert F. Meyer and James W. Irwin to FPW Harbor Rd LLC, 70 Harbor Road, $1,150,000

Christian E. and Susan L. Brandonisio to Dana Carney, 33 High Point Road, $735,000


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Copies of “Years in the Making” Archives Gifted Image
Filmmakers Martin West and Ann Chernow share a laugh with the audience today at a ceremony at Greens Farms Elementary School turning over copies of original interviews that made up their “Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity” documentary. The film project features 50 Westport and Weston artists ages 70 and older and took four years to produce. Copies went to schools in Westport and Weston as well as to their libraries and historical societies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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A Gift for Generations to Come Image
John Bayers, principal of Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School, and two of his students today accept 50 DVDs containing copies of the original interviews that went into producing the “Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity” documentary that features 50 Westport and Weston artists ages 70 and older. Filmmaker Martin West (l) and his team presented copies of the archive interviews to Westport and Weston schools and their libraries and historical societies in a ceremony at Greens Farms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Going Down: Westport Florist, 553 Riverside Ave. Image
UPDATE Members of the Gault family watched the demolition today of Westport Florist, 553 Riverside Ave., to make way for the Saugatuck Center development. The building was the location of the Gault coal and oil offices when it moved there in 1923 from its prior location at 15 Riverside Ave., according to Bill Gault. Westport Florist moved across the street to 580 Riverside Ave. where it continues to be operated by Paul and Sheila Hefferan as it has been for 21 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Bill Gault and Judy Sterling view the demolition today of the building at 553 Riverside Ave. that holds many memories for the Gault family. According to Bill, it was the location of the Gault coal and oil offices when it moved there in 1923 from its prior location at 15 Riverside Ave. Later, it became a First National supermarket, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Celebrating Earth Day Belatedly by Walking to School Image
Earth Day was last week while Westport schools were on the spring break, so today some students and parents at Saugatuck Elementary School decided to have a “walk to school day.”  About 20 students and 10 moms are shown on the William F. Cribari Bridge over the Saugatuck River on the way to school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Plans for a Sweeping Energy Overhaul Emerge in Hartford

By Mark Pazniokas

A thaw in one of the General Assembly's chilliest relationships has produced a sweeping, 11th-hour proposal to overhaul Connecticut's electric regulatory structure and subsidize solar energy. Image

Setting aside three years of conflict, Sen. John W. Fonfara, D-Hartford, and Rep. Vickie O. Nardello, D-Prospect, are collaborating on what could be the biggest energy bill since deregulation in 1998.

The two co-chairs of the Energy and Technology Committee circulated drafts of their legislation this week, setting off a scramble by industry and environmental groups.

“It’s getting everyone in this building in a frenzy,” said Sen. Kevin D. Witkos, R-Canton, the ranking Republican on the committee. “This is huge, and it never had a public hearing.”

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Staples Students Learn Hatch and Release

By James Lomuscio

They are called fingerlings, trout that are just 3 to 4 inches Image
About 35 Staples High School juniors and seniors released 140 fingerling trout in the Saugatuck River at Keene Park in Weston on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christine Lomuscio for

Still, they caused a huge splash of excitement—and sentiment—for the 35 Staples High School students who released about 140 of them into the Saugatuck River at Keene Park in Weston on Thursday afternoon.

Many of the juniors and seniors who nurtured the trout since they hatched from eggs in November seemed sad to let them go. Farewells of, “Bye fish,” and “Have a nice life,” punctuated the ceremony of students acclimating the fish in cups of water to the river.

“I guess some kids were a bit nostalgic, but they’re teenagers,” said Mike Aitkenhead, Staples environmental science teacher who oversaw the project with Staples’ teacher Heather Morley.

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Adding to a Colorful Westport Image
Lilacs are in bloom throughout Westport, including these on Old Mill Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Friday, April 30, 2010

9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Poetry Night
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Crumb” screening
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “She Loves Me”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Winds Down Trees, Power Lines Image
This tree came down across power lines on Cross Highway near the Fairfield line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kelly Gipson for
UPDATE Winds gusting up to 43 miles per hour downed trees and power lines in Westport today, including a tree that fell on a car on the Merritt Parkway.

Connecticut Light & Power Company said 20 customers were without power as of 11 p.m. As many as 84 were in the dark earlier in the day.

Westport firefighters and EMS units responded to a report of a tree on a car at Exit 42 of the Merritt Parkway in Westport shortly before 4 p.m. The driver managed to escape with only minor injuries, according to fire officials.

At about the same time, a serious two-car accident occurred on Greens Farms Road near Hales Road, injuring two persons and causing closure of the road.

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A black lab lends a hand carrying a bag lunch for his owner today on Westport’s Post Road East at Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Presenting Readings and Poetry from Ancient Rome Image
Tonight the second in the Spoken Word Series at the Westport Public Library featured Edward Pleasant, an opera and musical theater performing artist, who presented “Sinners, Saints and Sages,” a program of readings and poety Ancient Rome. He explored the works of Sappho, the poet from the Isle of Lesbos, Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor who devoted his life to the study of philosophy and wise governmental leadership, and Catullus, the Roman poet from the first century BC. The next program is on Tuesday—“Art and Architecture of Rome” at 7:30 p.m.—and the last is on Thursday when the Theatre Artists Workshop performs “Metamorphoses” at 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Making Way for Saugatuck Center Image
Crews working on the Saugatuck Center development today cleaned up debris following the demolition of the buildings that housed DeRosa’s Restaurant, Riverside Barber Shop, and the Giunta storage workshop. Next phase will involve demolition of the building formerly occupied by Westport Florist (l) on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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