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Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Artist Christo is all smiles tonight at a reception at the Westport Arts Center. The Center is hosting an exhibit featuring two works in progress by Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude: “Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado,” and “The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.” The exhibit includes original artworks — collages, drawings and films — created in preparation for the two projects that Christo plans to complete in the coming decade. The exhibit runs until Sept. 4. Doreen Birdsell for


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Welcoming Christo to the Westport Arts Center Image
The Westport Arts Center tonight held an opening reception for internationally known environmental artist Christo (c),who with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, is the subject of its current exhibit. Welcoming him is Helen Klisser During (r), the center’s director of visual arts, and Westport artist Ann Chernow, who is an old friend of Christo’s. Her late husband Burt Chernow authored the 2002 work “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Work in Progress Since 1977 Image
A visitor to tonight’s Westport Arts Center reception in honor of environmental artist Christo looks at his work in progress since 1977, titled “The Mastaba: Project for the United Arab Emirates,” a work of art/architecture made of approximately 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Autograph Time Image
Artist Christo signs a photo of his 2005 “The Gates” exhibit in New York’s Central Park during a reception tonight at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Parks & Rec: Only 30 Fireworks Tickets Left

Ten minutes before the Westport Parks & Recreation Department closed today there were only 30 tickets left for Friday’s fireworks at Compo Beach, said Rick Guinta, the department’s administrative Image
A sign at the entrance to Compo Beach reminds visitors of the fireworks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

“We’re going to take the remainder to the Police Department tonight, and if they don’t sell outright, I’ll take back half tomorrow, and well split the difference selling the rest,” Giunta said about the tickets costing $30 each.

A dispatcher at the the Police Department said they had some tickets left, too, but would not give a number. All of the money raised will go to the Police Athletic League, which is sponsoring the event.

“I have a feeling they may not make the night at the Police Department, and they will be sold out,” Giunta added.

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A home on Westport’s Old Mill Beach takes on a patriotic look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 42 High Point Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 42 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story colonial has 3,586 square feet and is situated on a 1.32-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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Car Fire on Bridge: The View From Below Image
A car fire today shortly before 10 a.m. on the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River sent black smoke at first and then white smoke into the sky as Westport firefighters got it under control. The smoke was visible from Westport’s downtown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Car Fire on I-95 Saugatuck Bridge Shuts Down Traffic Image
A car fire on the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport today sent thick black smoke over the area and forced the shutdown of southbound traffic. Westport firefighters brought the blaze under control shortly before 10 a.m. View is from a traffic camera. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DOT photo


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Traffic Stop Image
Southbound traffic on I-95 came to a halt today as Westport firefighters put out a car fire on the bridge over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Camp Pickup Ends with DWI, Disorderly Conduct Arrest

A 55-year-old Westport man faces drunk driving and disorderly conduct charges after he went to Camp Mahackeno to pick up his daughter and got into a shoving match with a counselor, police said today.

The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the camp operated by the Westport Weston Family Y, said Capt. Sam Arciola, and involved Gerard R. Gaspel of 15 Partrick Lane.

He was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence and two counts of breach of peace, police said. He posted $1,000 bond and was given a court date of July 8.

Police were called to Camp Mahackeno on a report of a disturbance, Arciola said. He said when camp staff would not release Gaspel’s child to him because he was not on the authorized pick up list, he became unruly, Arciola said.

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A house on Westport’s Greens Farms Road is ready for the 4th of July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
6 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - “Piping Plovers and Least Terns: Endangered Species”
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - opening reception, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 102nd Army Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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RTM Committees: ‘Control Deer Without Hunting’

By James Lomuscio

In separate straw votes, three Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) subcommittees agreed tonight to recommend to the full legislative body that the town’s deer herd needs to be controlled, but ruled out any lethal means as it voted to uphold the town’s hunting ban.

After eight months of public hearings and debate, the RTM’s Health and Human Services, Public Protection, and Environment Committees voted 9 to 5 that the deer population needed to be controlled. It also voted 13 to 1 to uphold the town’s hunting ban. Richard Lowenstein, District 5, was the only dissenting vote.

While the decision won praise from animal rights activists present, Peter Knight, the lead petitioner who had suggested culling the herd via sharpshooters, called the decisions “ridiculous.’

“I think it’s ridiculous to talk about controlling deer without some form of culling,” Knight said. “How do you reduce the population? You either starve them or you shoot them.”

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Kiwanis Awards Scholarships Image
The Westport Kiwanis Club today gave out $8,000 worth of scholarships to Staples High School graduates during a luncheon at the VFW in Westport. Pictured (l-r) are Cory Bacon, Nicole Brill, Farrel Levenson, Rose Levenson, Whitney Andrews and Mario Lisanti. Other recipients include Michael and Christopher Giunta. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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