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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Imperial Avenue View

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A late afternoon view Monday from Imperial Avenue at Thomas Road looking acoss the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016


9:30 a.m. - 17 Edgewater Place, Norwalk - Westport Historical Society Guided Tour of Copps Island Oysters
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek! It’s a Wrap
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”

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Monday, August 29, 2016

After ‘Long Engagement,’ Palmer’s First BOE Meeting

By James Lomuscio

After what Westport Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon called “a long engagement,” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer—hired in February and appointed July 1—attended her first school board meeting tonight as the town’s education leader.

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Colleen Palmer (in her office): she has visited every school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Gordon exuded an air of enthusiasm about Palmer, former superintendent of Weston, being at the helm as the school system readied for Thursday’s start of the 2016-17 academic year for Westport’s 5,612 students.

“They represent 22 percent of our population in Westport,” Palmer said, stressing that her guiding principles put students’ needs first, making education a joy. 

Tonight’s changing of the guard for the board that had worked for the past 17 years with former Superintendent Elliott Landon, who retired in June, was also marked by another change. School board member Brett Aronow announced she will be stepping down effective Sept. 30, saying she recently sold her home.

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Towns Will Craft Their Own Plan to Regionalize, Ease Local Tax Burden

By Keith M.Phaneuf

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As state officials increase their warnings that municipal aid may be curtailed in the coming years, Connecticut’s cities and towns will craft their own plan to regionalize services and make local government more efficient.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities announced today the formation of a new “state-local partnership panel” to find ways to ease burdens on property taxpayers, diversify local options to raise revenue and deliver services regionally.

The panel, which will feature mayors, first selectmen and town managers — including leaders from some of Connecticut’s largest cities — will deliver a blueprint to legislators in December.

“We are seeking to develop a legislative action plan that can be implemented by the 2017 General Assembly and designed to change the course of events in Connecticut towns and cities” starting next July, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who is CCM president and chairman of the study group.

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Two Westport Firefighters Battling Idaho Wildfire

Two Westport firefighters are among a 20-person Connecticut interstate fire crew helping fight ongoing wildfires in Idaho.

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Assistant Chiefs Rob Yost (l) and Mike Kronick: off to Idado. Contributed photos

Assistant Chiefs Rob Yost and Michael Kronick left Saturday, joining crews from Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania who arrived in Boise, Idaho on Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury.

The Connecticut crew is currently assigned to the Black Fire in the Black Canyon drainage on the Palisades Ranger District in Idaho, he said.

Kronick has been deployed to the western United States several times, most recently to northern California in 2015, he said. This is Yost’s first deployment.

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Historical Society Hosts End of Summer Party

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The Westport Historical Society (WHS) tonight hosted a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cove home of Robin Tauck. The event celebrated the WHS summer exhibit “the beautiful POND” by artist Judith Orseck Katz and sponsored by Tauck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Welcome to Compo Mill Cove

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Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, tonight welcomes guests to a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cov home of Robin Tauck (l). Tauck was a sponsor of the WHS exhibit “the beautiful POND” based on the book of the same title by local artist and author Judith Orseck Katz. Like the book, the exhibit features watercolors of the Sherwood Mill Pond and its environs. It runs through Sept. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Enjoying Sherwood Mill Pond Oysters

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Oysters from Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond were among the offerings tonight at a Westport Historical Society benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cove home of Robin Tauck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Assault Arrest Leads to Drug Charges

Officers arrested a Fairfield man on charges of assault, risk of injury to a minor and drug sales, as they were alerted to a domestic dispute in the rear parking lot of the Westport Police Department, police said today.

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According to Lt. Eric Woods, the incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Sunday when witnesses told police that Stephen Shulman, 31, was striking a female passenger in his vehicle.

“It was also learned that a 6-week old infant was in the vehicle as well during the assault,” Woods said.

Woods said that following Shulman’s arrest, his vehicle was searched, and marijuana and butane honey oil or DAB was found along with packaging materials, scales and other paraphernalia associated with the manufacture and sale of DAB.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 82 Compo Mill Cove

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 82 Compo Mill Cove is in process. Built in 1964, the 1-1/2 story custom contemporary has 3,203-square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in June for $1,455,000. 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 WestportNow.com

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Actor Gene Wilder, Frequent Westport Visitor, 83

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Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963),  “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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George H. Marks Sr. Buried With Military Honors

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George H. Marks Sr. a veteran of World War II and 26 years with the Westport Police Department, was buried today with full military honors at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport following graveside services. Marks, who served as grand marshal of Westport’s 2010 Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr.,(c, gray jacket) a U.S Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Paying Tribute to a Colleague

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Present and past members of the Westport Police Department today paid tribute to George H. Marks Sr., who died Thursday at age 96. A 26-year veteran of the Westport Police Department who served in World War II, Marks was grand marshal of the 2010 Westport Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr., a Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Teacher of the Year Introduced

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At today’s Bedford Milldle School convocaton for teachers, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer (r) introduced Mary Elizabeth (ME) Fulco as Teacher of the Year. Fulco teaches English and journalism at Staples High School and is mentor for Inklings, the school newspaper. The annual event was held in advance of Thursday’s school opening.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Bikes on the Train (Final Column)

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Days before the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) opens public hearings on a proposed 5 percent fare increase on Metro-North, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy held a media event to promote good news about “improved service” on our highest-fares-in-the-nation railroad.

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What? A return of the bar cars? More seats on crowded trains? No, nothing that monumental:  just a new e-ticketing app and word that bike racks have been installed on our trains.

Now, the new MTA eTix smart-phone app is a big deal, but it’s not anything that CDOT or our governor had a hand in. It was designed and built by the MTA, parent of Metro-North. So far it’s functioning well.

But the other piece of news was more concerning. The governor said that “as a result of listening to our customers” 190 new bike racks (hooks, actually) have been installed on the new M8 rail cars. Great!

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Monday, August 29, 2016


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
11 a.m. - noon - King’s Highway Elementary playground - Kindergarten Play Date
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Night at Compo Movies

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Some youngsters enjoyed a movie at Compo Beach tonight—the last summer weekend before the start of school on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Football Wrecker Party

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Westport’s Staples High School Gridiron Club tonight hosted a Compo Beach party for the Wrecker football team, parents and supporters. More than 100 persons attended. Staples opens the season on Friday, Sept. 9 at home against Brien McMahon of Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Closes Out Season

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Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados closed out the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts season tonight with a large crowd in attendance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Large Crowd for Levitt Season Ender

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There were clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts closed out its season with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. Audience members joined in dancing as the concert drew to a close. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com photo

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Polo Action at Hunt Club

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Members and guests of Gold’s Dragoons, a Westport-based social and commemorative society, gathered today at the Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Rd, Westport for the seventh annual competition for the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup, a match against New York’s Squadron A Club. Gold’s Dragoons were victorious, 11-4 for the fifth time in the seven-year-old competition. The match was preceded by a tailgating party. Gold’s Dragoons, formed in the early 1930s, was selected to honor one of Connecticut’s first mounted colonial militia units, founded in 1660 by Maj. Nathan Gold of Fairfield, whose troop was chartered under the seal of King Charles II. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Champagne Party Fun

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Among attendees at today’s Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup final at the Faifield County Hunt club were tent party hosts Peggy and Tom Belden of Southport with daughters Amanda, 26 (l) and Meredith, 29. Peggy said it’s the third year in a row they’ve hosted a tent party at the Gold’s Dragoons event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Medal Winner at Junior Rowing Championships

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Westporter Harrison Burke, 16, (2nd l) was among members of the U.S. Junior National Team who won a bronze medal today at the world rowing championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Two other Westport teens were also medal winners. Kelsey McGinley and her crew won bronze in the junior women’s 4- event while her sister, Grace, placed fifth in the junior’s 8+ event. All three have trained at Saugatuck Rowing Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Sisters Rowing Standouts

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Westporter Kelsey McGinley, 15, (l), who will be a junior at Staples High School this fall, and her crew won bronze in the junior women’s 4- event today at the world rowing championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her sister, Grace McGinley, 17, who will be a Staples senior this fall, and her junior women’s 8+ placed fifth, after successfully battling to earn a spot in the A final. Also winning bronze today in the junior men’s 4+ event was Harrison Burke, 16, also a junior at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, August 28, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Kowalsky Brothers. (1141 Post Road East) - Staples High School Varsity Cheerleaders Car Wash
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
3 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club (174 Long Lots Road) - Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup final (gates open at noon, free to public)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Chris Berardo & The Desberardos w/ Andy Aledort (final concert of season)

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