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Saturday, July 22, 2017

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Westport Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach section, is in process. Built in 1932, the two-story conventional has 1,400-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership in July 2016 for $1,250,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Investigating Bicycle Accident That Seriously Injures One

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UPDATE Police investigate today following a collision between a pickup truck and a bicyclist at the Roseville Road entrance to McDonald’s, 701 Post Road East. The bicyclist was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital in serious condition. The driver of the pickup, who was not injured, remained on the scene and was cooperating with police, according to Sgt. Dave Wolf. Roseville Road between Colony Road and Post Road East was closed while the accident investigation unit worked the scene, he said. It was reopened at 1:38 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Roseville Road Collision

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UPDATE A collision between a pickup truck and a bicyclist today at the Roseville Road entrance to McDonald’s, 701 Post Road, East seriously injured the bicyclist. He was reportedly unconscious at the scene and was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The accident occurred at about 10:35 a.m., and police closed Roseville Road between Colony Road and Post Road while the accident investigation unit did its work. The road was reopened at 1:38 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Early Compo Arrivals; Pop Up Beach Tents Are In

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Compo Beach visitors were out early today, several with pop up beach tents, for a hot day in the sun. Temperatures were in the upper 80s with highs expected in the 90s.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Compo Scene

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A scene at Compo Beach on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, July 22, 2017


Noon - 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. - Westport Senior Center - Book Talk: Janet Barrett, “They Called her Reckless”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Multigenerational Mind & Muscle Hour
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Grounded”
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Working”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Tim Warren of The Alternate Routes & Friends
8 p.m. - July 23 7 a.m. - Westport Library - Maker Madness 2017: “The Escape”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Low Cut Connie Rocks the Levitt

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The high-energy Philadelphia-based rock band Low Cut Connie entertained at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. The band’s name refers to a waitress who often wore low-cut tops at a restaurant near where frontman Adam Weiner grew up. Contributed photo

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GOP Leader Decries House Push for a Monday Vote on Union Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

While legislative voting on the proposed union concessions deal could begin Monday, the top Republican in the Senate said the House Democratic leadership was irresponsibly rushing action on a crucial agreement.

Legislators must be at the Capitol on Monday for a constitutionally mandated, one-day session to consider overriding measures vetoed this year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“We will finalize decisions on any potential veto override votes at our caucus meeting Monday, as well as discuss the labor concession agreement, which we expect to vote on later that day,” House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, wrote in a statement.

But while Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, also scheduled a vote, he’s waiting until July 31 to accommodate lawmakers awaiting more information on the deal.

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Westport Property Transfers July 3 - 7, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 3 - 7, 2017:

Lynn Wisch Trust to Moon Methta, 5 Ivy Knoll, $880,000WNproperty.jpg

Richard A. and Judith L. Small to Timothy C. Roof, 117 Weston Road, $1,325,000

Craig R. and Stephanie D. Willis to Erik H. and Stacie Waldman, 33 Washington Ave., $1,599,000

Gregory M. and Dawn M. Lester to Craig R. and Stephanie D. Willis, 334 Compo Road South, $1,675,000

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Conducting the Investigation

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A state police officer photographs the scene at the I-95 bridge over the commuter parking lot at Riverside Avenue late today after a 24-year-old man jumped from the highway and landed in the commuter lot. He survived the fall and was being treated for his injuries at Norwalk Hospital, where he was taken by Westport EMS, said Trooper First Class Kelly Grant. A person familiar with the investigation said the victim was a Westport man with a history of mental health issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Man Jumps Off I-95 Bridge in Saugatuck

UPDATE A 24-year-old man jumped off the I-95 bridge over Westport’s Riverside Avenue late today, state police said. 

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The scene late today at Riverside Avenue and the I-95 bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

He survived the fall into a commuter parking lot and was being treated for his injuries at Norwalk Hospital, where he was taken by Westport EMS, said Trooper First Class Kelly Grant.

Westport police closed off roads in the immediate area for a period but reopened them a short time later.

State and Westport police were checking the northbound vehicle the man was driving. One report said the car was at a Westport home where a domestic dispute occurred earlier in the day.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 101 Valley Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 101 Valley Road, between Green Farms Road and Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1924, the 1-3/4 story conventional has 1,355-square feet, is situated on a .35-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, most recently changed ownership in April 2007 for $525,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Expensive Office Furniture Gets Crushed

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UPDATE Workers at 320 Post Road West today destroy expensive office furniture removed from the offices of Morgan Stanley in connection with the company’s move to 500 Post Road East. Westport attorney Ken Bernhard, who snapped this photo, said he was told by the workers they needed to have the offices “broom clean” by day’s end. Bernhard sent an email to Morgan Stanley saying he understood a similar furniture disposal operation would take place at its Nyala Farms office complex next week and urging the company instead to donate to nonprofits. He also made available a copy of an email from a consultant to Morgan Stanley Administration which said: “We already have all furniture scheduled to be liquidated/sold. We cannot stop what’s scheduled and being performed now. Movers will continue with their work as planned.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ken Bernhard for WestportNow.com

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Senior Center Friends Honored

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Members of the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA) today were presented with the Service to Older Adults Award during the Commission for Senior Services (CSS) annual meeting. First Selectman Jim Marpe did the honors along with Bob Fatherly, CSS chair. Pictured (l-r, seated) Judy Hardy, Sue Kane, Stu Rogan, Jo Fuchs Luscombe, Gloria Stashower, Carol Gluckman;(standing) Neil Hardy, Sue Pfister, Virginia Ferrari, Betty Lou Cummings, Lois Schine, Leslie Wolf, Jim Marpe, Stan Nayer, Molly Alger, Fran Reynolds, Jack Klinge, Janet Filling, Bob Fox and Wilma Bieler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Summer

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Boats lined up at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 21, 2017


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

Awash in Concerns, Water Tanks Decision Moved to September

By James Lomuscio

The Aquarion Water Company’s plan to replace a failing 1.5 million gallon North Avenue water tank with two 2.5 million gallon ones drew concerns from neighbors and commissioners at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) hearing.

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Work was recently completed on a new pump station at the North Avenue Aquarion site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Neighbors argued that Aquarion had not given them adequate notice, just three weeks, about a project that could negatively affect their home values and quality of life.

“I do want you to know that we feel as though we’ve been hit in the gut a little bit, and I want you to be aware,” Jodi Hardin of 58 North Ave. told Aquarion officials.

She and others said North Avenue already is busy because of Staples High School, which sits across from the current, 1956-built tank, and nearby Bedford Middle School.

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Young Bridgeport Jazz Musicians Join Westport Performance

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Young jazz players from the Neighborhood Studios in Bridgeport entertained tonight for the first set at Westport’s own Jazz Club at Restaurant 323. The opportunity to play was sponsored by the Jazz Society of Fairfield County. FC Jazz director and saxophonist Rabbi Greg Wall (pictured in back row), and Executive Director of Neighborhood Studios Rita Appel joined the students for a hearty round of applause before two more sets of live jazz regularly presented every Thursday night at the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conributed photo

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Connecticut’s Private Sector Jobs Finally Rebound From ’08

By Mark Pazniokas

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Connecticut’s private sector appears to have completed its painfully slow recovery from the Great Recession of 2008, as the state added 7,100 private-sector jobs last month on top of more than 5,000 in May, the state Department of Labor reported today. Unemployment, however, still rose a tenth of a point to 5 percent.

With private employment reaching 1,460,400, the state has regained 102 percent of its lost non-government jobs and entered an expansion for the first time in 88 months. With losses in the public-sector, which includes the state’s two tribal casinos, Connecticut still needs to gain 19,100 jobs for non-farm employment to return to overall pre-recession levels.

“June showed another sharp increase in payroll jobs over May, and private sector jobs have now completely recovered from the 2008 – 2010 employment recession, although these numbers are preliminary and subject to revision,” said Andy Condon, the DOL’s research director.

“Our unemployment data continues to show growth in the labor force and employment, indicating that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and most are finding jobs.”

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‘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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New Playhouse Entrance Sign Dedicated

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Present at an unveiling ceremony today to mark the new entrance sign at the Westport Country Playhouse, prior to the evening performance of “Grounded,” were board members, staff and community officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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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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