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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday,  August 22, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Sweet Remains
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sultans of String at Levitt

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Sultans of String, SiriusXM Indie Awards 2014 World Artist Group of the Year, performed at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Among the group was Chris McKhool, who also appeared Wednesday night with the FiddleFire! children’s show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Resident, Blight Board Reach Agreement

By James Lomuscio

Lifelong Westport resident Will Birnie said after tonight’s Blight Control Board meeting that “the Town of Westport has been very tolerant of me,“and he welcomed a Sept. 5 deadline to begin cleaning up his property.

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The house at 11 Edgemarth Hill Road and the items piled up outside were discussed at tonight’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I know I don’t fit the Westport mold today,” said Birnie, 65, sporting a long, backwoods beard right out of the television’s “Duck Dynasty” series.

He admits that a lot of new residents do not understand him, nor appreciate his two-acre residence at 11 Edgemarth Hill Road in the Greens Farms area. The private road off Greens Farms Road is dotted with numerous homes with well-kept lawns.

They don’t like the refrigerator in the driveway, one that is visible from the road. Nor the three unregistered vehicles in the driveway, not to mention seven other vehicles in the woods.

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Real Estate Report: Coleytown and Compo Most Active

By Judy Szablak

The most active markets for new construction in Westport are in the Coleytown and Compo Beach neighborhoods. Currently, 22 of the 57 newly built homes are in these two areas.

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Featured Home: This home at 12 Silent Grove in the Coleytown area is listed at $2,250,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside.

Interestingly, though, the Hunt Club area has had a highest turnover rate in the last year for new home sales, which may very well be a product of the available land in that area, or the number of opportunities for builders to tear down and rebuild.

Combined, the Greens Farms, Coleytown and Compo Beach areas comprised almost 40 percent of all new construction sales in the last year, and together with the Hunt Club, made up nearly two-thirds of all new construction sales in town.

Does that indicate that one area, or that these few specific areas are that much in demand? Certainly, a newly built home in Westport has a great amount of appeal, however there is only so much property.

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Qdoba Mexican to Open Monday; All Proceeds to ALS

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Qdoba Mexican Grill will open Monday at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, according to Qdoba Regional Manager Chris Pace (above). He said the restaurant, with seating for 55, will be open only from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the ALS Foundation. He said employees have already conducted their own bucket-of-cold-water ceremony on behalf of the ALS campaign.  Founded in 1995, the company was acquired in 2003 by Jack In the Box. Westport is the third location in Connecticut with the others in Norwalk and Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Brushes with the Law

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Theft suspect Robert Ortowski, 38, of Bridgeport is put into a Westport police car following his arrest on Post Road East today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Turns out a Bridgeport man nabbed today for allegedly stealing $125 worth of paint brushes from Westport Hardware has had other brushes with the law, police said.

Robert Ortowski, 38, was wanted in three other towns and had four warrants out for him.

Officers arrested and cuffed Ortowski outside of the former Great Cakes store, 722 Post Road East, shortly after the reported theft at Westport Hardware, 616 Post Road East, police said.

They said Westport Hardware employees provided a thorough description of the suspect.

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Horseshoe Crab Attracts Attention at Farmers Market

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A horseshoe crab was a big attraction today at the Friends of Sherwood Island booth at the Westport Farmers Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Bridgeport resident Kia Erazo, a Sherwood Island Nature Center intern, shows off the juvenile female marine arthropod that is known to live primarily in and around shallow ocean waters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Sunrise Rotary Join ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club joined the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a gathering at Compo Beach. YouTube.com video

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All in the Family: Tennis Champ at Age 7

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Maria Fotin, 7, of Westport was among the Chelsea Tigers from Stamford’s Chelsea Piers Tennis Club who won the Connecticut State Championship title in the 8 and under category. Maria, a rising second grader at Greens Farms Academy, is sister of Michael Fotin, 9, who was ranked New England’s top tennis player among boys 10 and under in July, according to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He is entering fourth grade at Greens Farms Academy. (See WestportNow July 23, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Passersby Witness Arrest

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UPDATE Westport police today detained a man in front of the former Great Cakes, 722 Post Road East, as passersby and patrons of a car wash across the street gawked. Police later identified him as Robert Ortowski, 38, of Bridgeport and said he allegedly stole $125 worth of paint brushes from Westport Hardware, 616 Post Road East, and was wanted in three other towns and had four warrants out for him. He was held in lieu of a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Friday on charges of sixth-degree larceny, criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  August 21, 2014


9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Intro Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “The Conversation”
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Play Date
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Kids: Sketching on the Saugatuck (grades 3+)
6:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Blight Prevention Board Public Hearing
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw August
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Sultans of String
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Westport’s Jim Blake Back on Tennis Court at Yale

WestportNow.com ImageJames Blake, a Fairfield native and since 2012, a Westport resident, hits a serve to Jim Courier in an exhibition match tonight at the Connecticut Open at Yale University. Blake, 34, defeated the retired Courier, 44, a former world No. 1 player, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Blake retired after last year’s U..S. Open after 14 years as a professional tennis player, which included a career-high No. 4 world ranking and 10 singles titles. Courier retired in 2000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
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Still Has the Magic

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James Blake of Westport hits a back hand stroke to Jim Courier tonight at the Connecticut Open in New Haven at an exhibition match. Blake, 34, a former world No 4, defeated Courier, 44, a former world No. 1, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Although retired, Blake plays on the PowerShares Series tour with other former stars like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick. Blake will play Roddick in another Connecticut Open exhibition match on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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‘Go Westport!’

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A spectator shouted “Go Westport!” before the start of tonight’s exhibition match between Westport’s James Blake and Jim Courier at the Connecticut Open in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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FiddleFire! Delights Youngsters at Levitt

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Canadian entertainer Chris McKhool’s FiddleFire! delighted youngsters tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The program has long received rave reviews as an introduction for world music to young audiences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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