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Monday, December 05, 2016

Wetlands Woodpecker

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A red-headed woodpecker spotted in Westport’s Partrick Wetlands. Facts about woodpeckers: they tap on tree trunks in order to find insects living in crevices in the bark and to excavate nest cavities. Their strong, pointed beak acts as both a chisel and a crowbar to remove bark and find hiding insects. They have bristle-like feathers over their nostrils help to keep wood particles from being inhaled. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 5, 2016


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Book Talk: “The Two Sides of You - Get to Know Both”
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Introduction to Engineering Design Using SolidWorks
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Don’t Outlive Your Money
7 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria D - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Boating Advisory Committee

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Saugatuck Island View

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Tonight’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Island. Sunset was at 4:24 p.m., and the sun will continue to set earlier until the winter solstice on Dec. 21 when winter begins. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Mayflower Parkway

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Mayflower Parkway, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1965, the one-story split level has 2,280-square feet and is situated on a .91-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 WestportNow.com

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Touring Westport History

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A visitor today checks out the history of the house at 46 Kings Highway South, one of the houses on the annual Westport Historical Society holiday house tour. The WHS said the c. 1700 John Platt House is one of Westport’s oldest and is listed on the Connecticut Register of Historic Places.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Christmas Setting

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The dining room table at 56 Sylvan Road North was Christmas meal ready today for guests on the Westport Historical Society holiday house tour. Known as the Clark Nash House c. 1750, it was the one-time home of H. Daniel Webster, who designed the Minute Man monument at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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On Tour

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Guests today tour a house a 96 Kings Highway North, one of the houses on the Westport Historical Society’s 30th annual holiday house tour. The WHS described the home as the David Judah house, c. 1760. “One of the first merchants and the first Jewish homeowner in Westport, David Judah, shared this home with his Christian wife, Esther Taylor of Taylor Town’s founding family,” the tour pamphlet said. It said Taylor Town is now commonly known as Westport’s Old Hill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) j.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Compo Area Roof Falls Kill One Worker, Injure Second

UPDATE One worker was killed and a second seriously injured today when they fell from a roof of a home under construction steps away from Westport’s Compo Beach, police said.

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The scene of the incident at 9 Norwalk Ave., near Compo Beach.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The accident occurred about 12:45 p.m. at 9 Norwalk Ave. On arrival, emergency responders found one man had died of his injuries and the second man was unresponsive, said Police Chief Foti Koskinas, who was at the scene.

The injured man, described as having life-threatening injuries, was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. Names of those involved were being withheld until families could be notified, said Lt. David Farrell.

A woman at the scene who was in tears said she heard someone calling for help and ran behind the three-story house to find the two men. The accident occurred in sunny, 43-degree weather.

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Tragedy in Compo Beach Area

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Emergency vehicles on Norwalk Avenue today after two workers fell from the roof of a home under construction at 9 Norwalk Ave. One man was killed and the second was unresponsive and taken to Norwalk Hospital, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Where Workers Fell

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Officials examine the rear of a house under construction at 9 Norwalk Ave. in Westport’s Compo Beach area where two workers fell from a roof today, killing one and seriously injuring the second.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Going Up

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Part of the Metro-North bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport was raised today. It was not clear whether it was up to allow passage of river traffic or some other reason. The bridge— built in 1905—is actually not one, but two parallel bridges, each carrying two tracks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Not Your Grandma’s…

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A dazzling display of poinsettias Saturday contributed to the festive holiday mood at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, host to the weeky Westport Winter Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 4, 2016


11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - 30th Anniversary Holiday House Tour
Noon - 3 p.m. - VFW Hall (465 Riverside Ave. - Westport P.A.L. Children’s Christmas Party
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday: Little Bits
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Mystery in White” by J. Jefferson Farjeon
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Pianist Pedja Muzijevic

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Gallery: Historical Society Holiday Soiree


Scenes from the Westport Historical Society’s 30th anniversary Holiday Soiree tonight at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Norwalk. The event was a prelude to Sunday’s annual Holiday House Tour that starts at 11 a.m. and includes six historic homes in Westport and Easton built before 1850 as well as the Adams Academy, Westport’s first one-room schoolhouse. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Opening Reception for A.S Fine Foods

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A.S Fine Foods of Westport celebrated its opening tonight at 361 Post Road West with a reception under a tent in the parking lot. Co-owner Albert Pizzirusso (r), a Westporter, greeted guests along with Jim Conte, the building owner. Pizzirusso described the range of takeout-only offerings as “prepared foods, prime and organic meats and chicken, an espresso and coffee bar, specialty olive oils, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sampling the Food

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Paul Lebowitz (r) of Westport enjoys some of the offerings at a reception tonight marking the opening of A.S Fine Foods, 361 Post Road West.  The takeout-only business offers up a variety of prepared foods, including fresh meats from Vincent Market in the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saugatuck Planning Committee Tours Saugatuck

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Members of the Saugatuck Steering Committee (formal name: the Saugatuck Transit Oriented Development Master Plan Steering Committee) toured the historic Saugatuck area today. Tour guide was Robert Mitchell (r), president of the Westport Historical Society. First Selectman Jim Marpe joined them for the tour. A second tour is being offered next Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. The committee is charged with overseeing a planning study of the Saugatuck area as part of a $440,000 state grant the town received this past summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Music for Farmers Market Shopping

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Westport Farmers Market visitors today were treated to classical music performed by four members of the Staples High School Chamber Orchestra. Pictured (l-r) are James Gikas 14, Jack Whitten 16, Paz Meyers, 14, and Michael Fording, 16. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Update on Bedford Square


A look at progress on the Bedford Square project in Westport’s center. The development around the former Westport Weston Family YMCA is mixed use retail, residential, and offices. Anthropologie is the anchor tenant, occupying 40,000 square feet on two floors in the main building. Its space will include a restaurant, Amis Trattoria, a Philadelphia-based restaurant group owned by Urban Outfitters, parent company of Anthropologie. The residential space includes apartments with views overlooking Elm Street and Church Lane. Completion is scheduled for April 2017. WestportNow.com photos

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Garden Club Gift

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Ben Palmer hangs a wreath at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, a gift from the Westport Garden Club. The club donated 30 wreaths to Westport municipal facilities and other locations as part of its annual holiday wreath making effort. Founded in 1924, the club consists of about 50 members who are united by an interest in gardening, a desire to further their gardening knowledge, and a desire to beautify the Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Sandpiper Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Sandpiper Road, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story contemporary colonial has 2,186-square feet, is situated on a .12-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in October 2015 for $1,025,000. 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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Heron Hanging Out

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A Blue Heron was spotted late Friday on Westport’s Gray’s Creek near Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 3, 2016


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
10 a.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Book Talk: “Behind the Smile - The Glamour Years of Aviation”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss “Pride & Prejudice”
6 p.m. - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion (295 West Ave., Norwalk) - 30th Anniversary Westport Historical Society Holiday Soiree
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”

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Friday, December 02, 2016

I-95 Drama in Westport

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A driver suspected of driving under the influence tonight drove his car into the center median of I-95 northbound in Westport near Exit 18 then tried to drive away. A state trooper climbed on the median to detain him while a Westport officer assisted on the other side of the car. CT DOT photos

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Getting Ready for Nationals

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The Staples Cross Country team members, New England champs and Nike Northeast Regional runners up, are in Portland, Oregon today preparing for the Nike Cross National Championship to be held Saturday at Glendover Golf Course in Portland. Coverage will be live streamed beginning at 1 p.m. EST at http://cdn.runnerspace.com/nxnlive.html. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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