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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen from South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meghan Lally for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  July 31, 2014


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Pension Investment Committee
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - Javascript Camp (Ages 9+)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Intro Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
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: “Don Juan de Marco”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - A Play Reading: “Leo Teller”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Incendio

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Another Children’s Night at Levitt

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Jason Pharr and Ray Bryant, known as Jay and Ray, performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight in the second night of the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. While the music may have been a tad loud for at least one guest, most seemed to enjoy the songs and games of the entertainers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Freeze!

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Upon instruction to “freeze!” from performers Jay and Ray at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight, some youngsters ended up in some unusual positions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:31 PM
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Jay and Ray Play the Levitt

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Children’s entertainers Jason Pharr and Ray Bryant, known as Jay and Ray, delighted youngsters and adults at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. The duo also offer music lessons to area youngsters with information available on their website www.frogrockmusic.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Preferred Seating

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Parents and youngsters enjoyed the children’s entertainment tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Posted 09:21 PM
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Final TD Bank Robbery Suspect Extradited

The final suspect in the July 2 armed robbery of TD Bank on Post Road East was extradited from Brooklyn, N.Y. and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Thursday, Westport Police Capt. Vincent Penna said today.

Penna said detectives took Derrick D. Gilliam, 27, of 144 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport into custody in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Gilliam had been held in Brooklyn since his July 4 arrest as a fugitive from justice pending extradition, which Gilliam did not oppose.

Charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, Gilliam is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, July 31. Another court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Two other suspects were arrested earlier this month – Anthony Santiago, 20, and Lancelot Supersad, 19, both of Bridgeport.

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Compo Vacation

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With many Westporters taking the last week in July off, Compo Beach was crowded today with visitors enjoyed the sunny skies, low humidity, and tempertures inthe 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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June Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.7 Percent

Westport’s unemployment rate in June was 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent in May, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.

The town’s labor force increased to 12,977 in June, up from 12,870 in May. The number of unemployed in June was 604, down from 655 in May.

There were 12,373 employed in June, up from 12,215 employed in May, the department said.

A year ago in June, Westport’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.

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RTM Picks Thomas to Fill Bill Meyer’s Seat

Medha Thomas, a Westport resident for six years and a Fairfield County parenting blogger, has been selected to replace veteran Representative Town Meeting (RTM)  member William F. Meyer III, who died earlier this month, RTM Moderator Eileen Flug announced today.

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Medha Thomas: will be sworn in Aug. 5. Contributed photo

“I’m pleased to announce that in accordance with the Town Charter, the three remaining District 3 members have selected Medha Thomas to replace Bill Meyer on the RTM,” Flug said.

She noted that Thomas ran for the RTM last November, receiving the next highest number of votes in the district. 

“We are fortunate that Medha has agreed to serve,” said Flug. “Like Bill, she devotes herself to public service and is involved with numerous nonprofits.”

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Final Goodbye to Longtime PAL Supporter

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Members of the Westport Police Athletic League, including Capt. Sam Arciola (bottom, 2nd l.), president, paid tribute today to Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone of Westport, a 61-year supporter of PAL, at a funeral service at Assumption Church. Iannacone died Friday in Norwalk Hospital at age 88. A World War II veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal, Iannacone served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: Sasco Creek Village, 1655 Post Road East

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Demolition began today of 33 mobile homes at 1655 Post Road East owned by the Westport Housing Authority. Part of a $22 million makeover, they will be replaced with 54 new units. The existing 39 townhouse-style residences known as Hidden Brook that were built in 2003 in the rear of Sasco Creek will remain. Completion of the redevelopment is projected for November 2015. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 21, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Posing

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A visitor to Westport’s Old Mill Beach on Tuesday gets shots of some egrets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - Javascript Camp (Ages 9+)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
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”
Noon - 3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Plein Air Painting with Judith Orseck Katz
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Screening and Discussion: “Trashed”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jay and Ray!

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Moroccan Nightingale’ Performs at Levitt

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Known as “the Moroccan nightingale,” Morocco-born, Israel-based Emil Zrihan tonight performs the musical traditions from Morocco to Israel at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Accompanied by instrumentalists playing oud (in the lute family), violin, kanoun, and darbouka, Zrihan used his multi-octave countertenor vocals to inject new life into a rich mixture of Moroccan and Judeo-Andalusian folk music, Sephardic and North African songs, improvisational mawals, and tunes from the Mediterranean and the Orient. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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