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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Picnic Levitt-Style

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Some picnics were more elaborate than others at the opening night tonight of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Steam Percolating Amid Money Woes

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The coffee, bakery and sandwich shop Steam, located at the refurbished stationhouse on the eastbound side of Metro-North’s Westport station in Saugatuck, usually closed on Sundays, was open today to generate community interest amid reported money woes to save the business. According to owner, Briana Pennell (behind counter, smiling), “Today is amazing. This town is so great, the turnout is huge.”  Pennell added, “We had some obstacles when we started out, but we’ve now restructured and I am the sole owner.” She said some changes are being made and “we will relaunch in the next few weeks.”  The business had been closing at 3 p.m., but she said starting Monday, July 6 new hours will be 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. and then open again in the evening 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  Also, starting July 12, it will be open Sundays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  “We’re adding a few services for customer convenience to make it easier for grab ‘n go customers,” Pennell added. Summer intern Jeremy Mintzer, a Weston High School senior, said Steam has introduced a VIP house card that works like the gift card concept.  He encourages Steam supporters to access https://www.razoo.com/br/causes/Love-Steam where donations to help the business can be made. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chipolte Mexican Grill Open for Business

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Chipotle Mexican Grill opened today at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center in the space previously occupied by Oaxaca Asian cuisine. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has outlets in Fairfield, Darien, and Greenwich, among other Connecticut locations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Brisk Business from the Start

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As soon as its doors opened today, Chipotle Mexican Grill at 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center was doing a brisk business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making the Turn

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Runners in the Fairfield Half Marathon today make their way along Greens Farms Road in Westport and turn on to New Creek Road at the Greens Farms train station to begin the leg along Beachside Avenue back to the Fairfield starting point.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Water and Cheers

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today cheered on the Fairfield Half Marathon runners on New Creek Road at the Greens Farms train station as volunteers handed out cups of water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Morning Beach Services Debut

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Summer Sunday beach services at Westport’s Compo Beach began today. Every Sunday through August, church services are held at 8:30 am. All are welcome. Bring a beach chair. Five churches share leadership opportunities: Saugatuck Congregational Church, Greens Farms Congregational Church, Wilton Congregational Church, Norfield Congregational Church and United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ed Horne led today’s service. In good weather, services are held at the Compo cannons; in inclement weather, they are held in the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Fairfield Run to Impact Traffic Today

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The Fairfield Half Marathon will wind through part of Westport’s Greens Farms area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

The Westport Police Department advised residents and motorists that the Greens Farms area will be impacted today by the running of the Fairfield Half Marathon.

Runners will enter Westport on Greens Farms Road at the Fairfield town line, continuing to New Creek Road and on to Beachside Avenue before exiting into Southport.

Through traffic will be stopped or severely limited while runners make their way through town. Motorists should anticipate heavy delays due to road closures along the race route.

Race organizers said runners will enter town by approximately 9 a.m. and be off Westport streets by 10:15 a.m.

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Rainy Day Activity

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A fisherman tried his luck Saturday in the Saugatuck River off of Westport’s Ford Road. (aCLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  June 28, 2015


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Nine” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Library - The Usual Suspects: “Goodnight Mr. Holmes” by Carole Nelson Douglas
6:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Opening Night: Orleans

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fallen Tree Branch Closes Easton Road for Two Hours

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A large tree branch fell across Westport’s Easton Road tonight near No. 10, closing the road to traffic for about two hours during which time a Connecticut Department of Transportation worker sawed the tree into parts and removed it from the road. No power lines were affected, according to police at the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Beach for the Birds

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The lifeguards were gone from Westport’s Compo Beach as rain fell in mid-afternoon today and the beach was left to the birds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for WestportNow.com

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UN Visitors Enjoy Westport Farm Life

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Rain might have fallen in Westport today, but spirits weren’t dampened at Wakeman Town Farm. The Farm hosted dozens of families who piled out of a bus and all were eager to see the animals and gardens. Elizabeth Beller, committee member, and Charlie Colasurdo, Staples High School liaison to WTF, co-hosted a grand tour of the farm with its new gardens, livestock and structural additions, including a goat shed, Alpacas, and Indian Runner Ducks. Families from Peru, Spain, Portugal, and the Philippines, as well as other countries represented, enjoyed a guided exploration of all the farm’s offerings, including an active chicken coop, a productive beehive, and edible Marigolds that protect the borders of the gardens from insects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Arts Center Welcomes UN Visitors

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Guests attending Westport’s 50th anniversary jUNe day today made a stop at the Westport Arts Center on Riverside Avenue, which welcomed them with an outdoor sign and snacks and refreshments inside. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Double Delight

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Romanian guests on today’s Westport’s jUNe Day were delighted to see their flag on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. They were then doubly delighted when they spotted a second Romanian flag flying elsewhere on the bridge. Pictured are Simona ISpas, Cristina Stan, and Iuliana Barbulescu. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Outnumbered

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American flags usually dominate Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in warm weather months —except today when the Stars and Stripes are joined by United Nations member states for jUNe Day. Today is the 50th anniversary of the world-comes-to-Westport celebration of the United Nations.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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50th Annual jUNe Day: ‘Peace Begins in Our Hearts’

By James Lomuscio

Westport today marked its 50th jUNe Day, a world-comes-to Westport event celebrating the United Nations and providing a day of rest, relaxation, and a touch of hometown America for U.N. member families.

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U.N. official Carole Wainaina (l) hands the Oneness-Home Peace Run torch to runner Natabara Rolloson at today’s jUNe Day 50th anniversary celebration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

As many of the 193 U.N. member flags colorfully billowed under cloudy skies on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge—named after the late Westporter who organized the first jUNe Day in 1965—a welcoming ceremony was held in the nearby Saugatuck Elementary School cafeteria.

There, scores of U.N. delegates, staff and their families, many arriving on an early morning train from Grand Central Terminal, gathered for a breakfast and anniversary ceremony prior to the annual day of cultural and recreational events throughout town.

Activities included trips to downtown, Compo Beach, Longshore Club Park, and Earthplace as well as a soccer match, Westport vs. U.N.

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Honored Guest

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Among honored guests at today’s 50th anniversary jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School was William Steinkraus, 89, brother of jUNe Day founder Ruth Steinkraus Cohen. An accomplished equestrian, Steinkraus won a gold medal in individual jumping at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City. He obtained two silver medals in Team Jumping, first in 1960 and again in 1972. Steinkraus also won a bronze medal in Team Jumping at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Peace Runners Join JUNe Day Celebration

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Participants in a “Peace Run” going from state to state were among those taking part in today’s 50th annual jUNe Day at Saugatuck Elementary School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Half Century of Westport Support of the UN


Scenes from today’s 50th Westport jUNe Day in support of the United Nations. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Librarians Honor Bleiweis in San Francisco

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Maxine Bleiweis, retiring director of the Westport Library, was honored in today with the prestigious national Charlie Robinson Award at the American Library Association annual convention in San Francisco.. Several library staff members were also there. The Charlie Robinson Award honors a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Brightening a Cloudy Day

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Brightly colored flags of United Nations members brightened a cloudy day today as they welcomed guests for Westport’s 50th jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Shores View

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Friday night’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  June 27, 2015


10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - 170 Riverside Ave. - 50h annual jUNe Day kickoff
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes” (last day)
Noon - 5 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory - 182 Bayberry Lane - Westport Astronomical Society Amateur Radio Club Field Day
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Nine”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Westport Rotary Club Passes the Gavel

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Outgoing Westport Rotary Club president Steve Lewine passes the gavel to incoming president Jane Sherman tonight at the club’s annual passing the gavel lobster bake at the clubhouse at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. She will preside over the club for the 2015-2016 one-year term. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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