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Monday, February 27, 2017

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Causes Main St. Evacuation

A carbon monoxide alarm today caused the evacuation of Chase Bank, 184 Main St., and at least one adjoining business, according to reports from the scene.

The alarm came in shortly before 8:30 a.m., and bank employees were already waiting outside for firefighters.

Using meters, the firefighters found elevated carbon monoxide levels in the bank, the neighboring Papyrus store, and other businesses.

Westport EMS responded at the request of the fire scene commander.

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02/27/17 08:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Justin Paul Caught Up in Colossal Oscar Error

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Shortly after winning an Oscar tonight for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” in “La La Land,” Westport’s Justin Paul (2nd r) made his way to the Academy Awards stage to collect a Best Picture Oscar for “La La Land.” But moments later, actor Warren Beatty announced he had made a mistake—that Best Picture was actually won by “Moonlight.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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Monday, February 27, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Susan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - A Psychotherapy Method for Healing Trauma
7 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) - Nancy Jo Sales, “Social Media & the Secret Lives of Teenagers”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Westport’s Justin Paul Wins Oscar

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Justin Paul (l), a 2003 Staples High School graduate, and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek tonight won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” from the film “La La Land.” They were also nominated in the same category for “Audition” from the film. In his acceptance speech, Paul credited his public schools that supported the arts. “I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were valued and recognized and a resource,” he said. “I am so grateful to all my teachers who taught so much and gave so much to us.” In all, “La La Land” won six Oscars out of 14 nominations. Last month, Paul and Pasek won a Golden Globes Award for “City of Stars.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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Jazz Jam at Arts Center

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Today’s annual Jazz Jam at the Westport Arts Center was a spontaneous exploration of jazz, blues and other musical styles by some of the community’s best musicians. Students and semi-professionals were encouraged to bring their instrument of choice and join for free.  The Jazz Jam also celebrated Black History Month. Brian Torff, the Westport Arts Center’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drums. The next performance in the WAC Jazz concert series is Greg Wall, “the Jazz Rabbi” on Sunday, March 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Jamming in the Afternoon

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There was a large audience today at the Westport Arts Center for its annual Jazz Jam.The event featured some of the finest jazz musicians in the area and beyond. Brian Torff, WAC’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mercedes Arensberg for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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02/26/17 06:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Former Neighbor Recalls Car Into Water Victim

With a look of disbelief, Edward Fitzgerald of Norwalk today stared at the tire tracks leading to the Saugatuck River.

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There were tire tracks today at the state boat ramp where the car went into the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) aime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

There on the breezy east bank awash in sunlight and the rhythmic sound of overhead traffic on the I-95 bridge, he couldn’t comprehend how his former neighbor might have mistaken a state boat launch for a bridge, if he did.

“It was such a shock,” said Fitzgerald upon reading that Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died in the Saturday night incident that sent his car with him and his wife into the water.

“I knew him from when we lived in Syosset.”

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Sunny But Chilly

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It was sunny but chilly—in the 40s—today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Still a number of visitors turned out to enjoy Sunday at the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Soon: ‘I Can Hear You Better Now’

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Workers for the second day today were installing a new AT&T cell tower atop the 21 Charles St. building in Westport’s Saugatuck area. Traffic was down to one lane at the intersection of Charles and Franklin Sttreets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckmanfor WestportNow.com

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02/26/17 03:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Boat Ramp Day After

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Tire tracks remain today at the edge of the boat ramp of the Saugatuck River on Elaine Road where a car was pulled from the water Saturday night. A man in the vehicle, Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman believed to be his wife was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. The couple was believed visiting family who live not far from the boat ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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All Quiet Today

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The scene today at the state boat ramp on the Saugatuck River where a car went into the water Saturday night. One man, identified as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. Police said they are investigating the cause of the incident but that no foul play is suspected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Police Remove Car From Saugatuck River

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Westport police today released this photo of a car being removed from the Saugatuck River at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. One person, identified as Richard Lamendola of Syosset, New York, died in the incident. A female companion believed to be his wife was rescued after about 20 minutes in the water, her screams heard by diners at The Whelk Restaurant across the river, who called police. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital, suffering apparent non life-threatening injuries. The couple reportedly was visiting family in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

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Fake Arrival?

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Days of warm temperatures are fooling some plants, including these spotted Saturday on Hillandale Road, that spring has arrived. Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam with Brian Torff
3 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East, Lower Level - Guitar Concert, Daniel Corr

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