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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Riding Wakeman History

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Wakeman Town Farm steward Mike Aitkenhead (r) and board member Bill Constantino, grandson of Ike and Pearl Wakeman, former owners of the property, park the original farm tractor in place, to get ready for the Harvest Fest benefit tonight at the town-owned farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Helping Out

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Staples High School varsity cheerleaders and coach cheered on walkers and runners today at the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer at Harbor Point in Stamford. Pictured (l-r): Coach Jeannie Holst, Paige Lundquist, Julieanne McGrath, Lily Wallace, Annsley Martin, Aliza Dodge and Lili Tucker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conributed photo

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Touring Historic Westport

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Edward F. Gerber, past president of the Westport Historical Society (WHS), today led a walking tour of the Kings Highway North Historic District. The tour gave history buffs an opportunity to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas with some homes dating to the mid-1700s. At one stop, Marc Lotti (l) owner of the 1760-built house at 96 Kings Highway North, provided a history of the house as well as a description of ongoing renovations that maintain its historical integrity. Gerber told the group that the house has been selected as a showplace on the WHS annual Holiday House Tour on Dec. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Oktoberfest in Westport

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Westport’s Rothbard Ale + Larder European Gastropub celebrated Oktoberfest today in the alley and front of the Old Town Hall at 90 Post Road East. The festivities continue until 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Offering a Taste

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A guest at today’s Okotberfest celebration at Rothbard Ale + Larder, 90 Post Road East, offers up some brew to a four-legged celebrant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Honoring Ancestors

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Yoko Kawai of Hamden, vice president of the Japan Society of Fairfield County, dances a traditional Japanese dance today at the group’s Bon Odori Festival on Jesup Green. Postponed from August when the weather was too hot, the festival is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Hundreds Walk for Food Allergy Research

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Hundreds today attended the Connecticut FARE Walk for Food Allergy at Sherwood Island State Park. FARE stands for Food Allergies Research & Education. Organizers urged attendees to display a teal pumpkin on Halloween to respect individuals managing food allergies by providing nonfood treats for trick-or-treaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Suzuki School Opens at New Location

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Students at the Suzuki Music School of Westport perform today at the official opening of the school’s new 7,000 square feet location at 246 Post Road East in the Colonial Green complex, former home of the Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage (MTC). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cutting the Ribbon

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Cutting the symbolic ribbon today at the new home of the Suzuki Music School of Westport were (l-r)  Sheila Ward, school board member; Sarah Smale, assistant director; Amadeo Rodriguez, board chairman; First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Andrew Smith, director, Suzuki Music Schools.  Marpe said today’s performance by the young musicians reminded him of his younger days when he performed on the clarinet. “It gives me much pleasure to see so many youths skillfully playing the violin and developing the very important music discipline at an early age,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The Big Sort

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Workers today sort through items brought to Household Hzardous Waste Collection Day at 180 Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Waiting Their Turn

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Westport Public Works Department employee Bill Frawley directs traffic today at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at 180 Bayberry Lane. The event continues until 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Keeping Hazardous Waste Out of Solid Waste Stream

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Westporter Bonnie Adler was among residents taking advantage today of the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane. The dayis is a no charge regional program designed to provide a safe option to keep household hazardous wastes out of the solid waste stream and protect land and water from potential contamination, an announcement said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 24, 2016


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport/Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
11 a.m. - Leonard Schine Preserve (1 Glendinning Place) - Aspetuck Land Trust StoryWalk
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park Pavilion - FARE CT Walk for Food Allergy (walk at 2:30 p.m.)
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - Japanese Bon Odori Festival
3 p.m. - foot of Old Hill Road on Kings Highway North - Westport Historical Society Kings Highway North Historic District Walking Tour
6 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Air Traffic Controller w/ Digisaurus, American Opera
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Not a Teardown But a Deconstruction on Juniper Road

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Jim Conboy and Michele Lamothe, owners of the house at 5 Juniper Road, off Compo Road North, decided that instead of tearing down their 1,600-square foot, 1955-built ranch, they would remodel. And instead of bulldozing the part to be remodeled, they hired a deconstruction company to take it apart piece by piece. They are pictured at the house today as pieces were taken apart. According to Lamothe, “It will be a green renovation - -solar, rain water collection system, radiant heat.” She said all the contents will be reused, repurposed or recycled with only the sheet rock ending up in the trash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preserved Piece by Piece

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Workers today remove a window from the house at 5 Juniper Road, which is undergoing a descontruction prior to a renovation. Homeowners Jim Conboy and Michele Lamothe hired North Haven-based New England ReUse for the job. This is the company that performed the deconstruction of Geiger’s Garden Center at Morningside Drive North. The rebuilt house will have 3,000 square feet and be ready in early 2017. According to Conboy, the four components remaining are the foundation, floor, walls and framing. “We are the first customer of our own dismantled components—we are reusing rafters 2 inches by 8 inches and several feet in length as the roof over our master bedroom,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Easy Does It

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Workers from North Haven-based New England ReUse remove lumber from the house at 5 Juniper Road today as part of a deconstruction and renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pink Out at Staples

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UPDATE Staples High School students wore pink tonight as part of the annual Pink Out in support of breast cancer awareness. Wrecker players stood for the national anthem at the start of the homecoming game against Wilton High School. Staples rolled over Wilton 42 to 6 to improve to 3-0 on the season.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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And They’re Off

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Staples High School students cheer as their calvalcade takes off tonight from Compo Beach headed for the Wrecker homecoming football game against Wilton High School. A student who fell off a car at Riverside Avenue and Post Road West suffered minor injuries, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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In High Spirits

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Staples High School students are in high spirits tonight as they get set to leave Compo Beach in a cavalcade for the PinkOut and homecoming game against Wilton High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Homecoming Rally at Compo

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Staples High School students rallied at Compo Beach tonight to celebrate homecoming and prepare for the traditional cavalcade to the school for the football game against Wilton. During the ride to the school, a student fell off of a car near the intersection of Post Road West and Riverside Avenue. She was treated for minor injuries by Westport EMS, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Belly Message

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A Staples High School student leaves no doubt about her loyalties during tonight’s homecoming rally at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Getting Ready for Homecoming & PinkOut Game

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Staples Football Head Coach Marce Petroccio (r) posed with team captains in advance of tonight’s homecoming and annual PinkOut game against Wilton High School at 7 p.m. PinkOut raises money to assist those fighting breast cancer. The football community creates and sells an annual shirt and hat that represent the team’s desire to find a cure. This year’s theme is: “Losing is Not an Option.” All proceeds are donated to PinkAid. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 21 Silver Brook Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 21 Silver Brook Road, off Weston Road, is in process. Built in 1949, the one-story ranch has 2,966-square feet, is situated on a 1.09-acre property and changed ownership for $1,134,000 in September 2015. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 5 - 9, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period   Sept. 2 - 5, 2016:

Anne M. and Jarvis G. Wilcox to Jennifer W. and Eric W. Sydor, 25 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,200,000WNproperty.jpg

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$3M Scratch-Off Winner at Stop & Shop

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UPDATE A Fairfield man won $3 million from $30 worth of scratch-off tickets at Westport’s Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, according to the Connecticut Lottery. Its website said Dean Buitler won the prize on Monday in the Royale game, taking home $2.3 million after taxes. Workers today described him as a regular customer who bought scratch-off tickets after making a Western Union money transfer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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