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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Busy Waters

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Kayakers participating in today’s Westport Historical Society annual tour to Cockenoe Island return home to the Longshore Sailing School amid the school’s boats. The tour was led by David Park, board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of the guidebook “Kayaking in and Around the Norwalk Islands.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Fellows for WestportNow.com

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Heading Home

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Kayakers head home to the Longshore Sailing School today after taking part in the Westport Historical Society’s annual kayak tour to Cockenoe Island. The group took part in a stroll of the town-owned 28-acre island and heard about how the Saugatuck River watershed affects the water quality of Long Island Sound and wildlife of the Norwalk Islands. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Fellows for WestportNow.com

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Perfect Day for a Kayak Trip

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Kayaks line the shore of Westport’s Cockenoe Island today as the Westport Historical Society hosted its annual kayak trip and tour of the town-owned island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Cockenoe Briefing

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David Park, board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of the guidebook “Kayaking in and Around the Norwalk Islands,” today briefs participants in the Westport Historical Society’s annual kayak trip to Cockenoe Island, the 28-acre, town-owned island, which sits near the Norwalk line. Joining him were Sue Gold (back to camera), WHS executive director, and Peter Jennings, WHS vice president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Heading for a Cockenoe Adventure

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More than 40 persons registered for today’s Westport Historical Society’s annual trip and tour of Cockenoe Island today, the town-owned island off of the Westport coast.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Cooling Off at Wakeman Town Farm

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Alpacas cool off today at Wakeman Town Farm with help from Mike Aitkenhead, steward of the farm. The forecast called for sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  August 29, 2015


10 a.m. - meet at Lonshore Sailing School - Westport Historical Society Kayak to Cockenoe Island
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Unusual Instruments
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - A PechaKucha Workshop
3 p.m. - Westport Library - “Go Set a Watchman” book discussion
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Back to School Social
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Luke Wade
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Brightside Band Headlines at Levitt

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Brightside, a Venice, California-based band originally known as the Clayton Joseph Scott Band was headline performer tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Music in Luciano Park

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Music in Westport’s Luciano Park in Saugatuck tonight sponsored by charity Al’s Angels included Jam Theory (above) and Miss Suzy’s Opus. Donations went to help children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Makeup Call at Dunkin’ Donuts

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The Dunkin’ Donuts outlet at Bridge Square in Westport’s Saugatuck section served as a makeup room tonight as a New York-based Pakistani film crew, ARY Digital USA, filmed scenes in Westport in which a vintage Cadillac is driven across the William F. Cribari Bridge, also known as the Bridge Street Bridge. The scene will appear in the film “Dobara Phir Se” (“And Then Again”), which will be released in Pakistan in 2016, according to the film director Mehreen Jabbar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Vintage Cadillac Stars in Pakistani Film Scene in Westport

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A vintage Cadillac tonight starred in a scene for a Pakistani feature film, “Dobara Phir Se” (“And Then Again”), filmed on the William F. Cribari Bridge in Westport. Director Mehreen Jabbar said Westport was selected for a scene in the film in which a divorced Pakistani woman, living in New York, visits her estranged mother-in-law who lives in an upscale Connecticut suburb. She said the bridge was selected because of its uniqueness “It’s quaint and small and surrounded by water,” she said. “It provides an ideal backdrop in the film for an entrance to a beautiful town.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police: Expect Delays With Sunday Motorcycle Ride

The Westport Police Department today advised residents to expect temporary road closures Sunday as thousands of motorcyclists across the state pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11.

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Area police motorcyclists escort last year’s CT United Ride on Westport’s Saugatuck Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The CT United Ride is a charity motorcycle ride in which thousands of bikers ride a 60-mile route from Norwalk to Bridgeport.  The ride starts in Norwalk travels through Wilton, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull and ends in Bridgeport.

The event begins in Norwalk and the ride begins at 11:30 a.m., an announcement said.  The ride is expected to enter Westport via Saugatuck Avenue (Route 136) at approximately 11:35 a.m., continuing on Riverside Avenue (Route 33) to the Wilton town line. 

“Expect temporary road closures along the event route for approximately 30-45 minutes as the motorcyclists ride through with a police escort and do not stop for lights,” an advisory said.

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Full House for ‘Katie’ Chase Service

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There was a full house today at the Greens Farms Congregational Church for services for Kathryn “Katie” Dudley Chase of Westport, who died Aug. 9 at age 76. A lifelong community volunteer, she served as president of the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Young Woman’s League, the Y’s Women of Westport, and Staples High School PTA as well as working with the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. Sister Ann Dudley recalled that “by age 12, Katie held a fundraiser in our back yard and raised $12 for the local hospital. As far back as I can remember, she would help others.” (See obituary here)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Fire Alarm Traced to Burnt Popcorn

Westport’s Staples High School was evacuated today after a fire alarm sounded.

The alarm was traced to burnt popcorn in the cafeteria, where there was a slight haze, according to reports from the scene.

Students and staff were allowed back in at about 11:25 a.m.

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 10 - 14, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug 10 - 14, 2015:

5 Fragrant Pines LLC to Howard and Janet Zev, 5 Fragrant Pines Court, $1,969,875WNproperty.jpg

Scott A. and Michelle U. Shapiro to Richard J. Harvey and Thrusha Agravat, 23 Rayfield Road, $1,550,000

Heather M. Bliss to Citimorgage Inc, 87 Saugatuck Ave., $384,000

Scott Hovhannissian Estate to 62 PRW LLC, 62 Post Road West, $765,000

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Crowded Saugatuck

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Scullers were out in force Thursday on the Saugatuck River near the Saugatuck Rowing Club.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  August 28, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Luciano Park - Jam Theory & Miss Suzy’s Opus
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Stand-Up Comedy w/ Ryan Conner, Nick Ribolla, & Justin Cheng
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Brightside
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOE to Review $21.2M Staples Expansion Study

By James Lomuscio

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A Westport Board of Education commissioned feasibility study to expand Staples High School by 36,000-square feet to the tune of $21.2 million to accommodate a swelling student population will go to the school board Monday night, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today.

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An artist’s rendition of a recommended Staples High School expansion module. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fuller D’Angelo P.C. graphic

He said the $20,000 study was commissioned by the board in May and was done by Elmsford, N.Y.-based architects Fuller D’Angelo P.C., the same firm hired for the expansion of the 1958-built school transformed to 465,000 square feet in 2005 at a cost of $73 million. The feasibility study was presented to school board members today, Landon said.

The current building was designed for 1,800 students even though the administration had pushed for a building with a 2,000 capacity but had to cut back for budgetary reasons, Landon said. He had said earlier that this year’s Staples enrollment was about 1,900 and that the school has been overcapacity for several years. (See WestportNow Aug. 24, 2015)

According to the report, Landon and school administrators favored the architects’ Concept B, which would add 36,320-square feet to the current building. It includes 15 new classrooms for math, languages, computer engineering, robotics, health and physical education, lectures, dance, conference rooms, teacher work rooms, special education and cafeteria expansion, as well as infrastructure upgrades.

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Country Music Salute at Levitt

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Tonight’s country music performance by Gunsmoke at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts included a tribute to the Grand Ole Opry artists in Nashville. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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A Touch of Fall in the Air

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There was a touch of fall in the air tonight with jackets and some sweaters in order in the mid-60s temperature as the country music band Gunsmoke performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Entertaining at the Playhouse

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A cross-dress impersonator of Joan Crawford, Hollywood screen legend, entertained a “Bedroom Farce” pre-show audience tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) night. The impersonator recently filmed with Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” has performed her original parody songs on The Bushnell and the Shubert Theater stages, and regularly appears with the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Picks Landon for State Committee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, who is retiring after 17 years at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, to the state Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), Landon learned in a letter today. His term runs though August 2017.

The ACIR is a 24-member agency created in 1985 to study the state and local government issues “and to recommend solutions as appropriate,” according to the state website. Its membership represents state legislative and executive branches, municipalities and other local interests, as well the public.

“I’m very excited, and I hope I can contribute,” said Landon, who added that he was recommended by members of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents (CAPSS).

According to state statute,  the ACIR, which is supported by the Office of Policy and Management has four charges: to serve as a forum for consultation between state and local officials; to conduct research on intergovernmental issues; to encourage and coordinate studies of intergovernmental issues by universities and others; and to initiate policy development and make recommendations to all levels of government.

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Looking Good

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The Kemper-Gunn House was getting a new coat of paint today at its new home on Elm Street. One tenant has so far been announced for the house—Serena & Lily, which describes itself as “a home and lifestyle brand with a fresh, California point of view.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Former State GOP Chair Gets Year in Kickback Case

By Mark Pazniokas

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Connecticut’s former Republican state chairman, George Gallo, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Hartford to a year and a day in prison for taking kickbacks on campaign mailings he arranged as chief of staff to the state legislature’s House GOP caucus.

Judge Vanessa L. Bryant told Gallo he abused his state employment by accepting $117,000 from a Florida direct mail company, a sum equal to 10 percent of the business Gallo sent the company in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaign cycles.

“It siphoned public resources for personal gain, and it is a betrayal of the public trust,” Bryant said.

The mailings all were provided to candidates who accepted public financing under the Citizens Election Program, a reform passed in 2005 in response to the bid-rigging scandal that forced Gov. John G. Rowland from office in July 2004.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘The End of the Tour,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Hitman: Agent 47’

By Susan Granger

“The End of the Tour” documents the final five days of David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book tour for his epic 1,079-page novel “Infinite Jest” by ambitious Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.

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Jason Segel is Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg is Lipsky. They chat about a variety of subjects, the most interesting of which is how reclusive Wallace has tried to adjust to his sudden fame and celebrity.

Not so coincidentally, Lipsky’s own first novel, “The Art Fair,” was just published when he convinced his Rolling Stone editor (Ron Livingston) that he felt a genuine kinship with Wallace, although what comes across in his profile is a curiously intoxicating combination of envy and adulation.

Lipskey journeyed to Bloomington, Indiana, to meet Wallace in his ranch-style home. They go to a bookstore and do a Minneapolis-based publicity jaunt, where Joan Cusack is their no-nonsense driver.

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