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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

No Pool Like An Old Pool

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The showers, the final recognizable remnants of the old pool in the the former Weeks Pavilion of the former Westport Weston Family YMCA on Church Lane, were visible briefly late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Last Glimpse

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George Infante, 21, of Bridgeport,  does a tightrope walk of sorts today atop the newly installed concrete barriers in front of the original Westport Weston Family YMCA building on Westport’s Post Road East. A wooden construction fence is going up around the building that will hide a view of the ground level until near completion of the new Bedford Square development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Same Outside But New Inside

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The 1923-built former landmark Westport Weston Family YMCA as seen from Post Road East late today as a new construction fence is erected. The Bedford Square complex will house 60,000-square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space as well as 26 one- and two-bedroom apartments, and underground parking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westporters Dish Out Meals for Needy in Atlanta

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A group of 11 Westport students, accompanied by two staff members, is on a spring break trip this week to Atlanta sponsored by Westport’s Temple Israel. They are participating in a community service experience lead by Temple Israel Director of Member Engagement Bryan Bierman. One of the volunteer activities was helping serve up meals at nonprofit Project Open Hand, which says it prepares and delivers almost 4,500 meals daily to the needy in in the Atlanta area. Helpers included (l-r) Cassie Cohen, Sevie Brown, and Julianna Shramuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Slow Go On Merritt

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A two-vehicle accident in the Merritt Parkway northbound lane, just past Exit 42 in Westport, slowed rush hour traffic late today. Details on any injuries was not known. View is from the North Avenue bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Missing Boater’s Death Ruled a Suicide

UPDATE The death of a missing Fairfield boater found in the mudflats of Cockenoe Island off of Westport early today was a suicide apparently due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Westport police said.

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Boating victim:  William J. Sapone. File photo

Capt. Sam Arciola said officers recovered a handgun later in daylight near where William J. Sapone, 61, was found shortly after midnight. He said the suicide ruling was made by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington after an an autopsy.

Sapone, initially misidentified by Westport police as William Supone, was reported missing to Westport’s headquarters at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday. A short time later his car was located at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach off of Beachside Avenue.

Sapone, of 143 Hulls Highway, was a prominent intellectual property law attorney and one-time town board member, who, Fairfield police said, was rescued almost a year ago in Southport Harbor after his kayak overturned. An online biography listed him as a member of Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club.

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Police Change Window Hours for Records Room

The Westport Police Department said effective Monday, its window hours for its Records Room, including railroad parking, will change to Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Records Room personnel are still available by telephone Monday through Friday (holidays excluded) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., an announcement said.

“The change in window hours is necessary in order for records staff to complete required police-only functions with as little impact on our customers as possible,” the department said.

“Releasable motor vehicle accident reports are available for purchase and immediate download through links on the Police Department website at www.westportctpd.org  and most Railroad Parking permits are also renewable online (instructions are on the renewal form).”

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Filing On Line

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With today’s midnight deadline for filing income taxes, lines formed early today at the main Westport Post Office in Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Library - The Refinery: Entrepreneur Accelerator Program for Women-led Companies
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drawing 102
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Women Entrepreneurs Group: The Power of Strategic Alliances
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Girls Robotics Club
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Valley Crest Golf

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Break Sweets

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A group of young girls was enjoying some spring break sweets tonight at Westport’s Sunny Daes ice cream at 30 Riverside Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Steak House Replaces Clam House

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The former Mansion Clam House restaurant site at 541 Riverside Ave., vacant since last October, will reopen as Parker Steaks, according to a company employee. Owner Patrick Fahy owns Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull and Parker Eatery & Bar in Stratford. No date for the opening was given. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chamber Announces Photo Winner

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce today announced that photographer and Westport resident Marc Litvinoff is the winner of its photo contest for the cover of its 2015-16 Visitors Guide/Membership Directory and map.  “We had a great response to the contest and received well over 600 photos from scores of residents,” said Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Chamber. “We had to make some tough choices, there were so many we could have used, but in the end we felt this one said ‘Westport.’” The guide will be released in early May, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Marc Litvinoff

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Low Tide Fun

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School vacation week had many youngsters enjoying the day today at Westport’s Compo Beach. A number took advantage of low tide to climb on rocks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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With a Little Help

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach today gets a little help navigating the water at low tide. Despite overcast skies, mild temperatures in the mid-60s brought out many eager to test the waters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Noted Westport Artist Susan Malloy, 91

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Susan R. Malloy, noted Westport artist and philanthropist, died today in Norwalk Hospital. She was 91. An avid supporter of the arts, she was honored a year ago on her 90th birthday with an exhibit at the Westport Arts Center, “Susan Malloy: In the Studio.” Malloy was also sponsor of the Westport Library’s annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts. Services will be held Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at New York’s Temple Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St. Calling hours are Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Ave. (at 81st St.). The family will receive Shiva visitors on Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8 Dogwood Lane, Westport. (See obituary here)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Susan R. Malloy 1924-2015


Scenes from the life of noted Westport artist and philnathropist Susan R. Malloy, who died today at age 91. WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Students Win Writing Awards

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CMS Winners: Charles Effman and Samantha Gefen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Three Westport students have earned recognition in the annual Connecticut Student Writers contest, sponsored by the University of Connecticut Department of English.

This contest, which is open to all students K-12 in the state, features categories of poetry, fiction, essay and drama.

The Westport winners are Charles Effman, Coleytown Middle School (CMS) seventh grade, (published) for his poem “Trees,” Samantha Gefen, CMS seventh grade grade (honorable mention) for her poem “Evidence Eater,” and Staples Hight School senior Julian Garrison (honorable mention) for his poem “You, Etched in Silver.”

The students will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the UCONN campus in Storrs.

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Annual Shred Day Set for Saturday, May 9

First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that Westport will hold the seventh annual community shred day on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 180 Bayberry Lane (Westport/Weston Health District). 

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First Selectman Jim Marpe was among those helping out at last year’s Shed Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Residents may shred up to eight paper bags (bags recycle too), or three boxes (12 inches by 18 inches), per household.  Each car will be charged $5.

“This is an opportunity for Westporters to dispose of personal, confidential and sensitive papers, such as bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements, tax papers, and medical records by watching their papers shredded on site” said Marpe. 

“Document shredding is safe, secure, and confidential.  This event helps insure protection against identity theft, in addition to spring cleaning file cabinets.  Our environment also benefits since all material will be recycled.”

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Spring Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
8:45 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Municipal Pension Plan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Women Entrepreneurs Group: Power of Strategic Alliances
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Big Hero 6”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: WordPress as a Web Development Tool
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission Work Session & Public Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Citizens Transit Committee Canceled

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, April 13, 2015

All in the Family

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The cast of tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse script in hand play reading of the “Painting Churches” took part in a post performance talk back with director Anne Keefe (l). Performed by the real-life actor family of Jack Gilpin, his wife Ann McDonough and their daughter Betty Gilpin, they said it is the first time the family has ever performed together in a professional venue. Ann McDonough said 30 years ago she appeared in a production of “Painting Churches” at the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven and played the role of Margaret Church, the character played by her daughter at tonight’s reading. Keefe said she has known the Gilpin-McDonough family since Betty was a child. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Found in the Rubble

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Workers demolishing the Weeks Pavilion of the former Westport Weston Family YMCA on Church Lane today unexpectedly unearthed a long forgotten old cement YMCA medallion beneath all the rubble.The workers immediately contacted Y officials and assured the preservation of the sign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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The Way It Was

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With the Weeks Pavilion of the former Westport Weston Family YMCA coming down, the original 1923-built building is revealed to onlookers on Church Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Just Another Westport Library Offering

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Enjoying today’s warmer weather in the 60s, Susan Lewis and Tom Dougherty, both of Westport, battled it out on the Westport Library’s outdoor ping pong table. The stakes were high. Actually the stakes were low so to speak, as the loser of the match was to reward the winner with a foot massage. Lewis was the happy victor and looked forward to enjoying a soothing foot massage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sandy Hook Woman Arrested for Harassment

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Katherine Sullivan: allegedly harassed attorney. Westport Police photo

Westport Police arrested a Sandy Hook woman Saturday for allegedly harassing a local attorney with whom she had been ordered not to have any further contact, police said today.

Katherine Sullivan, 50, of 9 Canterbury Lane in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the Newtown Police Department, following an investigation, according to Capt. Samuel Arciola.

Arciola said the attorney had once represented her, and she had been warned by a Westport Police officer not to have any further contact with that lawyer.

“Sullivan continued to harass the attorney which resulted in an arrest warrant,” Arciola said.

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