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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Balloons Blamed for Parker-Harding Crash

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A pickup driver who said his vision was restricted by birthday balloons in his vehicle clipped two cars late today in Westport’s Parker-Harding Plaza, sending one of the cars into the front window of the Washing Well. A female driver in one of the cars was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS for minor injuries. The pickup driver told police he was taking balloons from his father’s house where there was a birthday celebration to his home for his children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 06:03 PM
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Vision Restricted by Birthday Balloons

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A pickup driver who said his vision was restricted by birthday balloons in his vehicle clipped two vehicles late today in Westport’s Parker-Harding Plaza. One vehicle went into the window of the Washing Well, breaking the window. A woman in a second vehicle complained of neck pain and was taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 05:58 PM
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Brooklawn Drive Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power

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A transformer fire today on Brooklawn Drive off Easton Road in Westport’s Coleytown area knocked out power to the area. Firefighter Ben Racho looks at the transformer near 8 Brooklawn Drive. Eversource Energy said 60 Westport customers were affected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 04:46 PM
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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 39 Compo Parkway

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 39 Compo Parkway, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1920, the two-story colonial has 2,308-square feet, is situated on a .65-acre property and last changed ownership in August 1990 for $615,000, according to the Town Assessor database. 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

Posted 04:19 PM
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Online Survey Aids in Schools Super Search

A community survey to help discern what Westporters want in a new school superintendent is now available at www.ecrasurvey.com/westport or can be linked to from the Westport Public Schools’ home page, Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon said today. The survey will remain open until Sept. 18.

Gordon also said that the first community forum on the search to replace Superintendent Elliott Landon, who is retiring after 17 years at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, is scheduled for Tuesda, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. 

A second second forum is set for Thursday, Sept. 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

Finding a replacement for Landon will also be the first item at tonight’s Board of Education meeting, as the search firm Hazard, Young & Attea offers a presentation of the superintendent search process.

More "Online Survey Aids in Schools Super Search"

Posted 02:34 PM
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In Its New Home

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Work was completed today on the installation of a donated sculpture to Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The 1991 work, “The Couple (Adam & Eve),” by William King (1925-2015), was a gift by the late artist Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91. The man is 12-feet tall, the woman, 10-feet. Looking over the work are (l-r) Tony McDowell, Earthplace executive director, Ann Sheffer, Malloy’s niece, Mark Hawes and Susan Holcombe of Bethany-based Hawes & Holcombe Conservation, and Kathie Bennewitz, curator, Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 12:25 PM
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New Artwork Installed at Earthplace

WestportNow.com ImageMark Hawes, of Bethany-based Hawes & Holcombe Conservation, today puts the final touches on installation of the 1991 artwork “The Couple (Adam & Eve)” by William King at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The work was a gift from the estate of Westport artist Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, who died April 14 at age 91. (See WestportNow April 14, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kathie Bennewitz for WestportNow.com
Posted 12:06 PM
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Joy of Summer—Being a Scooter Commuter

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It was standing room only today at the designated motorcycle and scooter parking “lot” at Westport’s Saugatuck train station. Sixteen of these two-wheeled vehicles (and one three-wheeler) fit neatly in an area that would barely accommodate three or so cars—one of the joys and benefits of scooter commuting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joshua Prince for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:14 AM
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Waiting

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Today starts the first full week of school for Westport students after Thursday’s opening. This gang waited for the school bus on Saugatuck Shores.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larysa Bemko for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:01 AM
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Breach of Peace, Child Endangerment Arrest

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Ariel Aparicio-Jarro: held on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested a Westport man at 1:30 a.m. today for breach of peace and two counts of risk of injury to a child after he left his children alone while banging on a neighbor’s door to get inside, police said.

“Westport officers responded to a Sniffen Road residence on a report by the homeowner that someone was banging on his door and yelling to let them in,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola. “Officers located the suspect walking around the exterior of the house.”

Arciola said investigating officers reported that Ariel Aparicio-Jarro, 49, of 1 Sniffen Road, seemed to be intoxicated and that it was later learned he had left his 9- and 3-year-old children at home and unattended.

Aparicio-Jarro was remanded after being unable to post a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 10

Posted 08:31 AM
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Owenoke View

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The view of Sunday’s dusk from Westport’s Owenoke Park between Compo and Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

Posted 12:15 AM
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Monday, August 31, 2015


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
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”
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)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Posted 12:05 AM
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Levitt Closes Out Summer Season

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Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos tonight closed out the Westport Levitt Pavillon for the Performing Arts summer season.  More entertainment, however, will utilize the Levitt stage in September, including the eighth annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:45 PM
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Large Crowd for Levitt Finale

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The closing act of this year’s Levitt Pavilion season in its new home tonight featured Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. The Levitt opened the season of 50 nights of free entertainment on June 28 with Orleans. Ticketed events include “Don Felder – An Evening at the Hotel California” and the Little Rivrer Band.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:40 PM
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Levitt Last Dance

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The last dance of this summer’s Levitt Pavilion season tonight was to the sounds of Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:35 PM
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