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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Latin Sound at Levitt

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The Goza Latin Jazz Band, specializing in Latin America rhythms on violin, guitar, horns, percussion and vocals, entertained tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back Home

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Guitarist David Giardina, a 1970 Staples High School graduate, was back home tonight leading the Goza Latin Jazz Band in a performance at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Latin Jazz Moves

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Guests at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Pereforming Arts dance tonight to the Goza Latin Jazz Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Wineberry Foraging and Cocktails

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Veronica Swain. a naturalist educator at Westport’s Earthplace, tonight leads a group on a foraging expedition to look for wineberries and other edibles found on Earthplace trails. The event was followed by a sampling of Swain’s wineberry cocktails. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Our Heritage: 79 Myrtle Ave.

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The owner of the house at 79 Myrtle Ave. is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Nick Visconti who acquired the house in March and is the process of renovating the five-apartment dwelling. According to Weingarten, the 1913-built house, known as the Berrell-Borden House, was built by Rose B. Berrell for Hope Lewis Borden. Visconti said he is also the owner of two historic properties, built in the 1700s, at 85-87 and 104 East Ave., Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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After Three Hours, No Decision on Saugatuck Sewer

By James Lomuscio

After more than three contentious hours—including conflict of interest accusations—Westport’s Board of Selectmen today postponed a vote on a controversial Saugatuck sewer extension.

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Developer Felix Charney addressing today’s meeting: “I know what it means to need housing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Acting in its capacity as the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), the board, meeting in an unusual and sparsely attended 8:30 a.m. Town Hall auditorium session, postponed to next week a vote on an application to build the 1,500-foot extension.

Opponents have said approval of the extension,  the needed first step in developer Felix Charney’s plan to construct 155 rental housing units on Hiawatha Lane Extension in the Saugatuck section, would destroy the character of old Saugatuck.

At issue for the WPCA was the status of the area’s sewage pump station, which Public Works Director Steve Edwards says cannot handle the flow. Even more critical, says Edwards, is the failing sewage line that runs under the Saugatuck River.

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Lifeguarding: A Dream Job That’s ‘Very Serious’

By Emily Weyrauch

For Steve Siecienski, it’s the ultimate dream job, one likely to outshine all other future employment—lifeguarding at Westport’s Compo Beach.

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Steve Siecienski, 23, says being a Westport lifeguard “probably the best job I’ll ever have,” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Weyrauch for WestportNow.com

Following in the footsteps of generations of Westport lifeguards, he started working at Compo, which is just down the road from his home, at age 15.

Now, the 23-year-old recent Southern Connecticut State University graduate with a degree in graphic design works as one of the town’s assistant waterfront directors.

“I was a kid when I started working here,” said Siecienski, a member of the Staples High School class of 2011. “I feel like I’ve gone through a lot of experiences that have changed my perspective on a lot of things.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Water Pollution Control Authority (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Center for Senior Activities Enhancement Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Shane”
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Wineberry Foraging & Cocktails
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Goza Latin jazz band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Interviewed at Playhouse

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In conjunction with the Westport Country Playhouse production of “The Invisible Hand,” engineer, writer, academic and Staples High School graduate Haris Durrani was interviewed tonight at the Playhouse by Staples teacher Cathy Schager about his new novel “Technologies of Self.” The book is about a young Muslim man finding his way in New York City after 9/11. Durrani, who is attending Columbia Law School, holds a master’s in history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s in applied physics from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcia Logan for WestportNow.com

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Painting Penguins at Le Penguin

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Antoine Bleth today paints a mural at the entrance of his new restaurant, Le Penguin, a French bistro that opens late next month at 15 Myrtle Ave., Sconset Square, in space formerly occupied by Blue Lemon. “I’m an artist and musician primarily but have been in the restaurant business for 35 years,” he said.  Co-owner of other prominent restaurants with business partner Anshu Vidyarthi, Blech said he sometimes plays piano in his jazz band named Antoine Bleck. “I’m a crooner too in the style of Charles Aznavour and other popular French singers,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Melania’s Speechwriter: A Westport Connection

UPDATE Meredith McIver, who today acknowledged she wrote Melania Trump’s Cleveland GOP convention speech that included passages from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama, has a Westport connection—her sister lives here.

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Meredith McIver: says she wrote speech. File photo

Although there is no record of her owning property here or having registered to vote here, several internet record searches show she used her sister’s Westport Beachside Avenue address in the past.

Several reports today said McIver currently lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and that she is a registered Democrat.

Town records show Karen McIver, 69, also a registered Democrat, owns the Westport property used in the past by Meredith McIver, 65. The New York Times reported that Karen McIver is Meredith’s sister.

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Not So Wise Owl

WestportNow.com ImageAn owl was found entangled today in a net at the Westport Wakeman Fields off Cross Highway. A call to Earthplace brought Christine Peyreigne, a raptor specialist and wildlife rehabilitator in Weston at Christine’s Critters. She took the bird back to Earthplace for food, water, and rest. Peyreigne said she would release the bird, a juvenile most likely hatched in January, at Wakeman tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

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RTM OKs Senior Center Expansion Design Funds

The planned expansion of the 12-year-old Westport Center for Senior Activities got a significant boost Tuesday night.

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The lobby of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, which opened in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) unanimously approved a $57,375 appropriation request for schematic designs to the expand the center’s footprint.

The design aims to address the need for more classroom space, fitness rooms, locker and shower facilities and other additions to the complex on the 22-acre, town-owned Baron’s South property.

The design is the first phase of a capital expenditure estimated to cost about $3.9 million.

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Rehearsing Playhouse’s ‘The Invisible Hand’

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The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “The Invisible Hand,” a riveting and relevant new thriller by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, author of Broadway’s “Disgraced,” rehearses for Tuesday night’s first preview performance. The play, a recent off-Broadway production, is based on an American futures trader who finds himself kidnapped and held hostage in Pakistan, knowing the only way to get home is to do what he does best: play the market like his life depends on it. “The Invisible Hand” opens on Saturday and runs through Aug. 6. Pictured (l-r):  Eric Bryant, Jameal Ali and Fajer Kaisi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Captain Fantastic,’ ‘The Infiltrator,’ ‘Ghostbusters’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Taking ‘helicopter parenting’ to a new extreme in “Captain Fantastic,” Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his six children off-the-grid in the Pacific Northwest forest.

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Ten years ago, Ben and his Buddhist wife, Leslie (Trin Miller), became survivalists, teaching their kids to be self-sufficient, stalking and killing game and homeschooling them in philosophy, history, literature, science and five languages.

Subjected to strenuous exercise, they sleep in a yurt, do chores in adjacent tree houses and teepees, and play musical instruments around a campfire at night. Unconventionally counter-cultured, they ignore Christmas, celebrating Noam Chomsky Day, honoring the leftist ‘60s icon.

Each child has a unique name: Bodevan (George MacKay), Kielyr (Samantha Isler), Vespyr (Annalise Basso), Rellian (Nicholas Hamilton), Nai (Charlie Shotwell), and Zaja (Shree Crooks).

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Library - Ethnobotanist Hayden Stebbins: Eat Your Weeds!
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Haris Durrani, “The Technologies of Self”
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. - Levitt Pavilion - Josh & the Jamtones
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
8 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES Program: Celestial Viewing

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nike Historic Status Put on Hold

Historic landmark designation for the former Nike Missile Radar Site on Bayberry Lane has been put on hold until the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) comes up with a revised plan for the former Cold War relic.

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The HDC/Golden Shadows and Nike Missile Radar Site Study Subcommittee visited the Nike site last fall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

That was the consensus of a 13 to 10 vote by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight after the HDC met resistance from RTM members concerned that historic status would hamstring the town from using the 8.25-acre property for future community needs.

The site at 180 Bayberry Lane currently is home to the Westport Weston Health District, the Westport Astronomical Society, and the town’s brush dump. In the 1950s it housed a Nike missile complex protecting munitions-related factories in Bridgeport.

Selectwoman Helen Garten put forth the motion for historic designation calling the Nike site “an iconic Cold War symbol,” despite the fact the cinder block buildings are not considered “beautiful historic monuments.”

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Making History, RTM Approves Disabilities Commission

By James Lomuscio

To a round of applause, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously approved an ordinance establishing a new Westport Commission on People with Disabilities.

Sarah Heath, the town’s new human services director, made the proposal, saying such a commission had been “almost 10 years in the making.”

The idea for a disabilities commission took root in 2007 when the Community Inclusion Task Force, which had been appointed by the Health & Human Services Commission and the Westport Weston United Way, issued its final report.

Heath said that creating the new town body would demonstrate “that Westport is a community where people with disabilities are valued,” and that they contribute to the town.

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Car Into Front of Lux Bond & Green

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A car went into the front of Lux Bond & Green jewelers, 136 Main St., late today. There were no injuries and only what fire officials descibed as “cosmetic” damage to the building with no structural issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Now the Cleanup

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A female driver was uninjured today when her car smashed into the front of the Lux Bond & Green jewelry store, 136 Main St. The front window was shattered, as was part of the window frame, and a planter overturned. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marina Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as seen over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julie Conti for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - Annual Summer Book Sale (Contribution Day)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10:30 a.m. - Longshore Club Park - Westport Library Storytime at Longshore
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “American Dervish” by Ayad Akhtar
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Fanfiction Club
7 p.m. - 323 Main St. - Wesport Library Pub Trivia Night (Age 21+)
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Last Fair Deal
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Tree on Wires Causes Detour; Power Outages Reported

UPDATE A tree on wires today forced the detour of traffic in the vicinity of the Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St.

Eversource Energy reported late tonight that 421 Westport customers were without power. But it was not known if the outages were related to the Main Street incident.

Police said the Main Street detour was in effect from Compo Road North to Cross Highway.

Northbound traffic on Main Street was being diverted up Cross Highway and southbound traffic to Compo Road North and/or Clinton Avenue.

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Launching New Books

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Mitchells of Westport tonight hosted a reception for New York Times best-selling Westport authors Jane Green (l) and Lauren Weisberger to celebrate publication of their new books—Green’s “Falling: A Love Story” and Weisberger’s “The Singles Game.”  Weisberger is best known for her 2003 debut novel “The Devil Wears Prada,” later made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Green has had 16 New York Times bestsellers and her books have been published in more than 25 languages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Nile Rodgers to Headline Levitt Gala

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Nile Rodgers was honored in 2014 by the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcia Logan for WestportNow.com

The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts has announced that its annual fundraising gala this year will headline CHIC featuring Westporter Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, arranger, producer, philanthropist, and writer.

The Summer Gala Concert on Thursday, Aug. 11 helps underwrite the Pavilion’s 50 nights of free concerts.

CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers was organized during 1976 by Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards.

Its commercially successful disco songs include “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979).

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