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Friday, July 21, 2017

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Boats lined up at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Friday, July 21, 2017

10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Services Commission Annual Meeting
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Choosing Senior Living Options in Fairfield County
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Family Campfire
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Working”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Low Cut Connie
8:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Movie Under the Stars: “Hometown Habitats: Stories of Bringing Nature Home”

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Awash in Concerns, Water Tanks Decision Moved to September

By James Lomuscio

The Aquarion Water Company’s plan to replace a failing 1.5 million gallon North Avenue water tank with two 2.5 million gallon ones drew concerns from neighbors and commissioners at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) hearing. Image
Work was recently completed on a new pump station at the North Avenue Aquarion site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Neighbors argued that Aquarion had not given them adequate notice, just three weeks, about a project that could negatively affect their home values and quality of life.

“I do want you to know that we feel as though we’ve been hit in the gut a little bit, and I want you to be aware,” Jodi Hardin of 58 North Ave. told Aquarion officials.

She and others said North Avenue already is busy because of Staples High School, which sits across from the current, 1956-built tank, and nearby Bedford Middle School.

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Young Bridgeport Jazz Musicians Join Westport Performance Image
Young jazz players from the Neighborhood Studios in Bridgeport entertained tonight for the first set at Westport’s own Jazz Club at Restaurant 323. The opportunity to play was sponsored by the Jazz Society of Fairfield County. FC Jazz director and saxophonist Rabbi Greg Wall (pictured in back row), and Executive Director of Neighborhood Studios Rita Appel joined the students for a hearty round of applause before two more sets of live jazz regularly presented every Thursday night at the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conributed photo


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Connecticut’s Private Sector Jobs Finally Rebound From ’08

By Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut’s private sector appears to have completed its painfully slow recovery from the Great Recession of 2008, as the state added 7,100 private-sector jobs last month on top of more than 5,000 in May, the state Department of Labor reported today. Unemployment, however, still rose a tenth of a point to 5 percent.

With private employment reaching 1,460,400, the state has regained 102 percent of its lost non-government jobs and entered an expansion for the first time in 88 months. With losses in the public-sector, which includes the state’s two tribal casinos, Connecticut still needs to gain 19,100 jobs for non-farm employment to return to overall pre-recession levels.

“June showed another sharp increase in payroll jobs over May, and private sector jobs have now completely recovered from the 2008 – 2010 employment recession, although these numbers are preliminary and subject to revision,” said Andy Condon, the DOL’s research director.

“Our unemployment data continues to show growth in the labor force and employment, indicating that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and most are finding jobs.”

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‘American Idol’ Winner at Levitt Image
Connecticut native Nick Fradiani entertained at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. The singer/musician found fame as the winner of the 14th season of “American Idol” in May 2015. After his victory with his winning song, “Beautiful Life,” he headlined the “American Idol” U.S. tour that summer while beginning work on his debut album, “Hurricane.” It was released by Dot Records in August 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Westporter Plays to Hometown Crowd Image
Jake Bernard (Jake Yarmoff) , a Staples High School 2010 graduate. was the opening act tonight at the Levitt Pavilion sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. He was followed by another Connecticut native, Nick Fradiani of Gilford, winner of the Connecticut Battle of the Bands and the 2015 “American Idol” winner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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New Playhouse Entrance Sign Dedicated Image
Present at an unveiling ceremony today to mark the new entrance sign at the Westport Country Playhouse, prior to the evening performance of “Grounded,” were board members, staff and community officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Comings & Goings: Vine Wine Room Closes Image
The Vine Wine Room, 190 Main St., has closed after less than a year in business.  The cafe opened last August in the space formerly occupied by Luxe Wine Bar, which closed in April, 2016. According to an employee at its next door neighbor, Joe’s Pizza, the location is under new ownership but plans are undetermined. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Shelton Man Gets 15 Years for Westport Bank Robbery, Others

A federal judge in Hartford today sentenced a 47-year-old former Shelton man to 188 months, or just over 15 years, in prison for robbing four Chase Bank branches last year, including one in Westport. Image
Westport police issued these photos following the June 2, 2016 Chase Bank robbery in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly said Judge Vanessa Bryant sentenced Scott Taylor for robbing the Chase Bank at 184 Main St. in Westport on June 2 as well as Chase branches in Milford, Norwalk, and Stratford in subsequent weeks. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

During each of the robberies, Taylor handed a teller a note demanding cash, and told the teller that he had a gun.

The Westport robbery was reported shortly after 11 a.m. with the suspect described as a middle-aged white male, about 5-foot-2, heavy-set, wearing glasses, black hooded sweatshirt, light-colored baggy pants, white baseball hat, and carrying a black backpack. (See WestportNow June 2, 2016)

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Unusual Sight at Farmers Market Image
An unusual sight today at the Westport Farmers Market was a 1959 Chevrolet Viking bus serving as the traveling store for Maine-based Stillwater Vintage clothing and accessories. Owned by sisters Rein, 20, (2nd r) and her sister Starling, 22, the business travels to various open markets, having just shown their wares in New York and Boston.  Rein, an entering sophomore student at Scripps College in California, said their father purchased the bus for $50 so the sisters could use for their traveling business. Starling graduated from Bowdoin, class of 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Senior Center is ‘Cooling Center’

Human Services Director Elaine Daignault announced today that the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., is open to the public today as an officially designated “cooling center.”

The Center will be open until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any questions, please contact the Center at (203)341-5099. 

The air-conditioned Westport Public Library welcomes visitors as usual until 9 p.m. today, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., an announcement said.

Heat waves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors, and people with special needs.

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Hearing Sybil’s Choices Image
Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly, attracted a full house today at the Westport Library for her talk on the best of summer reading. Steinberg, who said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016, today summarized 31 fiction, four short fiction and eight nonfiction books which included Westporter Nina Sankovitch’s nonfiction book, “The Lowells of Massachusetts.” Steinberg’s list of summer reading books may be found on the library website. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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She Speed Reads Through Books So You Don’t Have to Image
When Westporter Sybil Steinberg talks books, people listen. The contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publisher’s Weekly brought out a full crowd today at the Westport Library to hear her summer favorites. In all, she said she read 74 books since addressing the library in October 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Heat Advisory, Air Quality Alert Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Westport area, which is in effect until 6 p.m. today.

It said to expect heat index values in the mid-90s to around 100 degrees into the early evening.

The highest heat index values will occur mainly during the afternoon.

The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool.

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