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Sunday, February 19, 2017

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The P.A.L. Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park was shut down today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. because of melting ice causing wet surfaces. According to staff member Connor Murray, 15, a Fairfield Prep School sophomore, “There were a good amount of skaters when we opened at 11 o’clock, but then the water started to build up.”  Tempratures were in the 60s in mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/19/17 03:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Summer-Like Parking in Winter Image
Beachfront parking spaces were at a premium today as hundreds headed to Westport’s Compo Beach to enjoy the brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo



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Chilling Out Image
As temperatures soared into the 60s, Westport’s Compo Beach was thronged with visitors today. Some dogs romped in the sand and water, but this pooch was satisfied just chilling out in the brilliant sunshine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Saturday Sunset Image
Saturday’s sunset over Gray’s Creek in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Warm Winter Day: No. Golf, No Cross-Country Skiing Image
The temperature reached into the mid-50s during the afternoon today, but there was no golf and no cross-country skiing at Longshore Club Park. But there was ice skating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Firefighters Pay Tribute to One of Their Own Image
Under an American flag held aloft by the Westport (r) and Wilton Fire Department ladder trucks, the Connecticut Firefighters Pipes and Drums today joined firefighters from Westport, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Wilton to pay tribute to Philip Reeves, a former Westport, Wilton, and Bridgeport firefighter and U.S. Army veteran who died Feb. 7 at age 57. (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2017) The funeral service at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wilton, was followed by a burial ceremony with a 21-gun salute and presentation of the folded casket flag to his wife, Robyn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Comings & Goings: Orangetheory Fitness to PRE Image
Orangetheory Fitness opens at 645 Post Road East sometime before May, according to the manager of its Norwalk studio. The Florida-based franchise business has more than 500 locations nationwide. Wilton residents Mark and Fred Molina are the franchise owners of locations in Fairfield, which opened in 2014, Norwalk, which opened last year, and the Westport location. The Fitness center offers one-hour group classes tailored to the individual participant.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

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/As We Are”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”
8 p.m. - Voices Café at Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Abbie Gardner

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Comings & Goings: Stanton Miles to 1803 Post Road East Image
Stanton Miles, a Westport mainstay for 65 years as purveyor of home decorating and power vacuum service and sales, has relocated to 1803 Post Road East across from Stop & Shop. It was formerly located at 1620 Post Road East. Current co-owner Mike Roland said, “In our type of business, our customers might visit us only once a year or even less than that. So far, we’re happy to say, most customers are finding us here at our new location.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Hazy Sunset Image
It was a hazy sunset late today as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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At 95, a New Career — Poet

Irene Backalenick, a former longtime Westport resident, has entered a new career at 95 — poet. Image
Irene Backalenick with her new book of poetry, “Rueful Reflections.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Cynthia Mcguire

A former freelance journalist (New York Times, etc.) and noted 30-year theater critic, she calls herself a “beginner poet” and has just published her first book, “Rueful Reflections,” available at

Now a resident of Bridgeport’s Watermark senior living facility, Backalenick said, “I’d never written a poem in my life until I moved here.”

Her profile on the back on the book elaborates: “It proved to be the perfect genre for retrospection.

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02/17/17 01:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2016:

Laura Lee Simon to James O. and Laura W. Hourican, 3 Hawthorne Lane, $915,000WNproperty.jpg

Paul Kirsh to Gary G. Lynch and Katharine A. Hall, 79 Richmondville Ave., $2,200,000

Clair A. and Charles M. Mason to Matthew O’Hara, 6 Oxbow Road, $1,800,000

Bonnie J. Hanna to Drew and Jade Dewitt, 15 Woods Grove Road, $755,000

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Comings & Goings: Skin Care & Laser Spa to PRE Image
Greenwich Skin Care and Laser Spa will open in March at 645 Post Road East, next door to Free People women’s trendy clothing, which also opens in March. According to a staff person at its Greenwich location, the Westport location is the first expansion of the business, which opened in Greenwich 11 years ago. The spa services include laser treatments, skin and body care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Pink Sky Image
The post-sunset sky Thursday as seen from the entrance road to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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