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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Westport Rotary Club Awards Annual Grants

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The Westport Rotary Club today hosted representatives of local charities who received Rotary grants at its weekly luncheon at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. The representatives posed for a group portrait with club leaders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Honored for Saving a Life

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The Westport Rotary Club today presented its annual Public Service Award to Westport Firefighter Nicholas Marsan (3rd l), Lt. Brett Kirby (3rd r) and Firefighter Paul Spennato (2nd r) for saving the life of Westporter Caroline de Lasa (c) when she collapsed last November at the Saugatuck Rowing Club. Joining them in making the presentation were First Selectman Jim Marpe (l), Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury (2nd l), and Deputy Chief Bob Kepchar (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Rotary Honors Police Officers for Community Service

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The Westport Rotary Club today presented its Community Service Award for 2015 to Westport Police Officers Ashley Del Vecchio and Officer Craig Bergamo. Bergamo has been a head football coach within the Westport PAL football program since 2007and serves on the Westport PAL executive board and as a police liaison for the PAL Football Board. Del Vecchio has been the varsity field hockey coach at Staples High School almost since graduating from the Police Academy in 2011. A star student athlete in both the Fairfield school system and then again at Eastern Connecticut State University, she guided the team to the FCIAC semifinals in 2014. They were joined by Rotary President Steve Lewine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Landon to Retire Next Year

By James Lomuscio

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, who has headed the Westport Public Schools for 16 years, announced today that he will retire at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. WestportNow.com Image
Elliott Landon: “... that (retirement) time has come for me.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It was a very difficult decision to make,” said Landon, 75, who has spent 39 years at the helm of school districts in New York and Connecticut.

In a letter to the community today, Landon said that there comes “a time in the life of every successful superintendent ...to let someone else take the reins of leadership, and that time has come for me.”

“I invested a incredible amount of time to trying to making this the best school system any place,” he said in an interview following the announcement. “I hired every administrator who’s in the district, and I have an incredible amount of respect for them and really a love for them. You can’t do this kind of work alone.

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Gallery to Celebrate Senior Shutterbugs

More than 100 matted and framed photos shot by members of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston Camera Club will be showcased in a Westport Center for Senior Activities gallery beginning Thursday with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Camera Club gallery will be a permanent fixture at the Senior Center, and exhibits will be updated several times a year, said Roy Fuchs, Y’s Men spokesman.

He said that the inaugural exhibit was gleaned from more than 1,000 images entered in the Camera Club’s annual EXPO Contest over the last 10 years.  The show features the work of 30 Camera Club and Senior Center photographers.

Fuchs said that those interested in purchasing copies of any of the works can make individual arrangements with the artists.

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Rough Winter a Distant Memory

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With Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer two weeks away, and the rough winter a distant memory, Westport’s Compo Beach Monday attracted sun worshippers as temperatures reached 85. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Women Entrepreneurs Group: Expand Your Business w/ Government Contracts
11:45 a.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church Branson Room - Arts Advisory Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Films: “The Imitation Game”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Money Smart: Workshops for Women—What’s Your Money Story?
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Pantry Summer Stocked After Postal Food Drive

By James Lomuscio

Jeff Wieser, president and CEO of Homes With Hope, was high on postal workers today for delivering a whopping 15,000 pounds of bagged food—the most successful food drive to date—to the Gillespie Center, the Westport Woman’s Club Food Pantry and the Weston Food Closet on Saturday.

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Homes With Hope had to rent a pod storage unit to store the donated food. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

He also extended thanks to the Westporters who had donated the food, filling about 3,000 of the10,000 paper bags stapled with Homes With Hope that the Post Office had delivered for free to every Westport household.

The postal food drive is part of a national effort held each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.

“It’s really a hard day for postal workers, having to lift all those bags,” Wieser said. “It’s a labor of love, and they really helped the neediest.”

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All Gone: Geiger’s Garden Center

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Demolition of Geiger’s Garden Center, 1135 Post Road East, was virtually complete today. A landmark, family-owned business at the 2.5-acre property since 1953, Geiger’s has been sold to make way for redevelopment to include 12 housing units, including two affordable, as well as a bank in the front. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Sunday: Cars, Caffeine and a Concours

Car buffs are gearing up for the first Concours d’Caffeine classic car show in Westport’s Saugatuck area on Sunday.

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Winners lined up at the 2011 Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The 8 to 11 a.m event is a mini-version of the Concours d’Elegance returning to Westport after a four-year absence. It is co-sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) and Fairfield-based Concours Consulting Partners.

Held on Railroad Place, the gathering of classic and modern day vehicles will underscore Connecticut’s role in automotive history, as well as Saugatuck’s, according to event organizers. The Board of Selectmen approved the plans on April 8. (See WestportNow April 8, 2015)

Following the event, participants are set to head out on a rally around Fairfield County, ending up in Redding.

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Musical Dinosaur

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Westport artist Sooo-z Mastropietro shows off her work to be displayed in Stamford’s downtown as part of its annual outdoor sculptor show. Also a talented musician playing the bass, Mastropietro named her work Dino the Dinosaur and said he is a Philhamonichaurus. The exhibits will be on display from June 1 through August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying the Company of the Y’s Women

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) today enjoys the company of the Y’s Women of Westport Weston at the group’s weekly meeting at Temple Israel. Himes later said the United States will stand behind Israel but added, “There are never good answers in the Middle East.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Police Get Goods on HomeGoods Suspects

Westport Police Saturday arrested two out-of-town women who had caused a ruckus at Home Goods after employees found boosted items in an ottoman the women had purchased, police said today.

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Arrested: Shenice Green (l) and Mierieke Blackwood. Westport Police photos

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, officers responded to HomeGoods at 1850 Post Road East Saturday on the report of a disturbance.

“Investigating officers learned from HomeGood employees that two ladies had attempted to steal merchandise from the store by concealing it in an ottoman they had purchased,” Arciola said.

“When confronted by store employees about the theft, the two ladies started an argument and created a disturbance in the store.”

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Fired Up at Longshore

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There was a large turnout today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park for the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation annual golf fundraiser. Proceeds go to support charities.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) irene Penny for WestportNow.com

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Great Day for Golf

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Among those on hand today at Longshore Club Park for the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation annual golf fundraiser were (l-r) Jane Costello, Firefighter Robert Lenois, Audrey Hertzel of Sterling Investment Partners, an event sponsor, Fire Inspector Terry Dunn, and Firefighter Pete Chila. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for WestportNow.com

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Clean and Green

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Fresh water fishing Sunday along the Saugatuck River off of Ford Road helped some keep cool in summer-like temperatures that reached 85. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 11, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Weston Health District Live Well Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Tips for an Effective College Visit

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Playhouse Talk: Iambic Pentameter and Puns

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Tony Award-nominated playwright David Ives (r) was the guest today at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium following a 3 p.m. performance of his comedy, “The Liar.” They discussed his adaptation of the play from the 17th century comedy by Pierre Cornelle. “My main character in ‘The Liar’ makes up his life as he goes along which is the way I live,” Ives said. He added, “There was a period of time when I fell in love with iambic pentameter. I would translate everything I saw in to iambic pentameter.” Ives said he likes to use puns in his work. “I can tell if the audience is listening if they don’t groan,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Gone Fishing

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Some anglers enjoy Mother’Day fishing Sunday off of Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Electric Rates Headed Lower Effective July 1

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

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Electric rates charged by Connecticut’s two utilities are headed for major reductions for the six months beginning July 1.

Eversource Energy (formerly Connecticut Light and Power) standard offer rates for residential customers will drop by more than one-third, to 8.228 cents per kilowatt-hour from 12.629 cents. United Illuminating rates will drop nearly one-third to 9.1241 cents from 13.3108 cents.

“This is very, very positive news,” said Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross. The last time rates were this low was July 2013 when Eversource rates were 7.573 cents per kilowatt-hour and UI’s were 7.70 cents.

The new rates, approved Friday by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, reflect a competitive bidding process run by the state for companies that generate electricity. This is conducted every six months, with new rates posted each January and July.

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Sunday,  May 10, 2015 - Mother’s Day


1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Library Honors Addario’s Bravery, Commitment

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Lynsey Addario, the 1991 Staples High School graduate whose passion for photography began at age 8 with a hand-me-down camera, later becoming an award-winning combat zone photojournalist in the Middle East and Africa—even surviving a 2011 Libyan capture and sustained beatings—was honored tonight at the Westport Library’s BOOKED for the Evening gala.

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Lynsey Addario acccepts her BOOKED for the Evening award tonight from Maxine Bleiweis, Library executive director, and Michael Guthman, board president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Family, friends and colleagues were among the hundreds who packed the library’s main floor to celebrate the local woman who donned a burka after the Sept. 11 attacks to penetrate the closed world of Taliban women, photographing and interviewing them, and later oppressed women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dafur and Iraq.

Ivan Watson, CNN senior international correspondent who grew up locally, was one of the many who praised Addario’s courage and commitment to exposing human rights violations and the horrors of war.

“In Baghdad and other conflict zones, during the day we would witness carnage that continues to leave deep emotional scars,” Watson said in a tribute video by Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola.

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All Smiles

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Lynsey Addario was all smiles tonight as she received and gave applause at the Westportt Library’s BOOKED for the Evening event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Gala Evening Honoring Lynsey Addario


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library BOOKED for the Evening gala honoring Westport award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Night to Honor a Hometown Girl


More scenes from tonight’s BOOKED for the Evening honoring Lynsey Addario. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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