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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - UN International Hospitality Committee
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”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Reality Hackers Discussion Group
6:30 p.m. - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Deep Dish w/ The Foresters, Kiernan Edwards & Billy Stark
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Okee Dokee Brothers

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Author Jane Green: Social Media a Blessing and a Curse

Westport best-selling author Jane Green told the Westport Rotary Club today while social media is presenting time-consuming challenges for writers, it also produces rewards.

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Westport best-selling author Jane Green addresses the Westport Rotary Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Social media is a blessing and a curse for me,” she said. “It’s such a curse and such a drain and so time-consuming, but I can see how my writing is touching people.”

Green, an English-born journalist now a naturalized American citizen living in Westport’s Compo Beach area with her husband and six children, said while more and more people are using smartphones and other devices, there still is a inner desire unmet by electronics.

“We all hide behind phones and computers, but long for a human connection,” she said.

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Salman Rushdie to Deliver Malloy Lecture in the Arts

Renowned author and human rights advocate Salman Rushdie will deliver the Westport Library’s annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Staples High School auditorium, it was announced today.

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Salman Rushdie: will speak Oct. 22. Contributed photo

Widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of our time, Rushdie is the author of twelve novels including “Midnight’s Children” (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), “The Satanic Verses,” “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” and “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” which was the inspiration for a song produced by U2 with lyrics by Rushdie.

He has also published four works of nonfiction, including his acclaimed memoir J”oseph Anton.” The memoir’s title was taken from the code name he used after Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran charged him with blasphemy and issued a fatwa calling for his assassination following the publication of “The Satanic Verses.”

Rushdie has co-edited two anthologies, “Mirrorwork”, a collection of contemporary Indian writing, “Best American Short Stories 2008.” and a collection of short stories, “East and West.”

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Slow Go on Post Road East

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Two westbound lanes and one eastbound of Post Road East near Imperial Avenue were closed today as workers continue to install underground wiring and cables for new traffic lights at the intersection. According to a worker, the process will improve the operation of the traffic lights and the pedestrian crosswalk electronic automation system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Firefighter Joins Fight Against Calif. Wildfires

A Westport firefighter is leaving today for northern California to assist with the wildfires after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. 

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Westport Assistant Chief Mike Kronick fighting a Montana fire in 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Assistant Chief Michael Kronick, a 17-year veteran of the department, is joining the 20-person fire crew from the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew that is part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), according to a Westport Fire Department announcement.

The DEEP maintains a roster of staff and personnel from local fire departments who are certified to fight wildfires, which in turn allows Connecticut to participate in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service. 

Kronick was last deployed in 2013 to assist Canada with a stubborn fire in the northern province of Quebec. He has also been deployed to the western United States several times previously.

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Kenneth D. Alexander, 64, Town Controller

UPDATE Kenneth Dermott Alexander of Milford, controller for the Town of Westport, died Aug. 1 at home. He was 64.

A Westport employee since 1999, he assumed the controller position in 2008. On his watch, the town maintained its triple-A (Aaa) rating with Moody’s Investor Service and successfully offered bond issues and refunding bond issues, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a statement, First Selectman Jim Marpe said: “Among his many financial management and reporting responsibilities, Ken played a major role in managing our pension investment funds and achieving maximum return for the town’s investment portfolio.  His commitment to his job and to the financial strength of this town was admirable.

“On behalf of the Town of Westport and his fellow employees, we extend our sincerest condolences to Ken’s family and friends.  He will be sorely missed.”

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Newman’s Own Selects First Fellows

Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation today announced its first formal class of Fellows.

The innovative Newman’s Own Foundation Fellowship Program provides recent college graduates with work experience in the philanthropic sector. In addition, the program is designed to expand, enhance, and diversify the pipeline of new talent entering nonprofit careers, an announcement said.

The Fellows were selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, as well as commitment to social issues and community development. They have been placed at nonprofit organizations in roles aligned with their capabilities and career interests.

The placements were made by Newman’s Own Foundation in collaboration with the nonprofits.

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Marina Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as viewed from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
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”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Town Residential Real Estate Committee
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - CES Playground - Coleytown Elementary School Incoming Kindergarten Meet-up
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Critical Management Skills: Creating an Environment for Business Success
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mill River Band

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Westport 9-10 Softballers Win State Title

The Westport 9-10 Little League girls softball all stars defeated Waterford 3-1 today to win the state championship.

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The Westport team members celebrate their state championship today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

It was the first state title for Westport softballers since 1975.

The win at Orange came after Westport defeated Waterford 9-6 on Sunday following Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Waterford in the series opener.

Westport’s win came on the strength of pitcher Amanda Green, who stayed in for the entire game. She struck out eight and allowed six hits.

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Comings & Goings: Amenity Nail & Spa to 125 Main St.

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Amenity Nail & Spa, the most recent nail salon addition to Westport’s personal care businesses, opened today in the lower level of 125 Main St. Its entrance is located on Parker Harding Plaza below the Gap. Yi (Zack) Zhao, who co-owns the business with his wife Sandra (above), said he has been in the salon industry for 15 years and also owns the Nail Boutique, 522 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich for the past 10 years. The space was previously occupied by the CRU restaurant, which closed in February 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Monday

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded today with Monday beachgoers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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30 RTMers Seek Reelection, Six Seats Open

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that 30 of the 36 members, 83 percent, of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) plan to seek re-election this fall for the nonpartisan legislative body.

The RTM is based on population from nine districts, with four members from each district elected for two-year terms.

Strauss said that members not running for re-election are: Medha Thomas of District 3; District 5’s Paul Rossi; Paul Lebowitz, who is stepping down from District 6 to run for the Planning & Zoning Commission; Peter Knight of District 8, and District 9’s Kate Boyle Kirby and Rick Weber

Strauss said that Districts 1, 2, 4 and 7 have all four incumbents running, Districts 3, 5, 6 and 8 each have three incumbents running and District 9 has two.

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Cops Arrest Mom for Leaving Infant in Car

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Milan Kunajukr: released on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested a Westport mother Saturday for leaving her infant alone in a running vehicle while she shopped at Whole Foods, police said today.

According to Lt. Arthur Belile, officers were called to the Whole Foods parking lot at 399 Post Road West, on a report of an infant left unattended in a vehicle.

“Upon arrival the officers found the vehicle unlocked and running with the infant inside,” Belile said.

Milan Kunajukr, 30, of Compo Road North, was arrested shortly after she exited the store and returned to her vehicle, Belile said.

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87 Post Road East Sold for $16.6 Million

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The iconic property at 87 Post Road East at the intersection of Church Lane across from the Bedford Square Development project was sold Friday for $16,630,000, according to co-owner David Waldman, president of David Adam Realty. He said the buyer is a New York City-based LLC. The 14,300-square foot building houses three tenants, Patagonia, Balance Point Capital Partners, and Pink Sumo Sushi and Sake Cafe. Waldman said he owned the property since 2004 when it was purchased for $4 million and spent an additional $4 million on renovations in 2004-2005. Built in 1924, it was the longtime home of the former Westport Bank & Trust Co. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Conversation

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A couple of Compo Beach visitors Sunday night enjoy a conversation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Grace Chiang for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 3, 2015


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
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”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Brazilian Sound at Levitt

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Tonight’s entertainment at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Arts was Arthur Lipner & Brazilian Vibes. Lipner, a Weston resident, has emerged as one of the leading vibes and marimba voices in jazz today. Critics say his recordings, concerts and clinics reveal a fresh energetic approach to contemporary mallets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Mallet King

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Musician, composer and recording artist Arthur Lipner starred at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. One of the world’s leading vibes and marimba players, Lipner has traveled as a performer and educator to 25 countries where has presented at more than 300 universities and conservatories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Night Dancing

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Audience members dance tonight to Arthur Lipner & Brazilian Vibes at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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August Weekend Ender

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The first summer weekend in August ended tonight with another beautiful sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Grace Chiang for WestportNow.com

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Little League 10-Under Champs

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The Westport Under-10 Little League All-Stars won the LaMotta tournament in Stamford today with a 12-11 win over Darien in the championship game.They won the semi-final 9-4 over Stamford North and in the game before that won 7-0 versus Norwalk. Pictured (l-r, front row)  Josh Friedman, Jason Lessing, Andrew Hess, Andrew Oppenheimer. (middle row): Taylor Brundige, Jason Wolgast, Alex Oppenheimer, Brennan Herold, James McGarry, Alex Fiala. (back row): Coach Mike McGarry, Manager Walter Wolgast, Coach Eric Oppenheimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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On to State Title Game Monday for 9-10 Softballers

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The Westport 9-10 Little League girls softball all stars play for the state title on Monday after defeating Waterford 9-6 today at Orange (above). The title game was set up after Westport bounced back from Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Waterford. Supporters are asked to wear navy and white to Monday’s game at 5:30 p.m. at 116 Old Tavern Road, Orange. Contributed photo

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Open House at McLaury House

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UPDATE and CORRECT (changes deadline for bids) There was a public open house today at the town-owned 1921-built Emily McLaury House, 99 Myrtle Ave. Darcy Sledge, a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, said there were four groups outside when the door opened at noon. The town has already received sealed bids for the house following broker open houses, and anyone may submit a bid until end of business day Monday. The town, which has owned the property since 1972 and renovated it in 2007, is selling the property to raise cash and reduce its costly maintenance real estate inventory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Checking Out the Living Room

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A visitor checks out the living room of the town-owned McLaury House, 99 Myrtle Ave., at today’s open house. The town, which has owned the property since 1972, is taking bids on it until end of business day Monday. See more photos below. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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