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Friday, July 21, 2017

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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”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

‘American Idol’ Winner at Levitt

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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

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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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Comings & Goings: Vine Wine Room Closes

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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 WestportNow.com

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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.

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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

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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 WestportNow.com

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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

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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 WestportNow.com

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She Speed Reads Through Books So You Don’t Have to

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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 WestportNow.com

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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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Staples Players ‘Working’ Opens Tonight

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The Staples Players cast of the musical “Working” takes its curtain call at its final dress rehearsal of the show on Wednesday. The show opens tonight and runs this weekend only at the air-conditioned Staples High School auditorium. The musical is based on the Studs Terkel book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974),” which has interviews with people from different regions and occupations. Tickets are available at www.Staplesplayers.com or 30 minutes prior to show time subject to availability. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

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Thursday, July 20, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission of People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
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 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - Westport Library - Sybil Steinberg’s New Book Picks
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Z”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM District 9
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Working”
7:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Nick Fradiani with opening guest artist Jake Bernard of Westport
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Band Brings Kindle Rock Movement to Levitt

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The Not-Its! entertained a packed lawn tonight at the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion. The Seattle-based band plays original rock/pop music for young children. The band is recognized as part of the kindie rock family music movement nationally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aaron Samuels for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 188 Cross Highway

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The owners of 188 Cross Highway are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Wendy Van Wie and Mark Yurkiw, who bought the house in 2003 when it was in foreclosure and abandoned, according to Van Wei. The couple meticulously restored the house while also saving the two original fireplaces. According to Weingarten, the house, known as the Meeker House c. 1728, is the oldest of the many Meeker houses in the Cross Highway area. It was built in c. 1728 by Samuel Meeker and remained in the Meeker family for five generations until 1917. Its front door has an indentation caused by a British-fired musket ball, according to historic records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The British Were Here

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Wendy Van Wie, who owns the house at 188 Cross Highway with Mark Yurkiw, points to an indentation in the front door that records say was caused by a British-fired musket ball. The house, which received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historic plaque, was built c.1728 by Samuel Meeker and remained in the Meeker family for five generations until 1917, according to Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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