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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Look at Another Sunset as Summer Days Going Fast

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Visitors to South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach enjoy Wednesday’s sunset. Summer is fast coming to a close with Westport students returning to school two weeks from today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Otocast Subcommittee
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Annual Lobster Clambake
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Film Screening: “Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World”
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters- Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Blight Prevention Board
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Anthem Reggae
8:15 p.m. - Compo Beach - Parks & Recreation Movie Night: “Boss Baby”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fun at the Levitt

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Steve Roslonek (r) of SteveSongs delighted youngsters tonight as part of the Levitt Pavilion’s Melissa & Doug weekly children series.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Up Close

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Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs gets up close and personal tonight with youngsters at the Levitt Pavilion childrens series. He is recognized by the young set as “Mr. Steve,” co-host of the “PBS KIDS” preschool destination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Letter: Summer Noise Makes Resident ‘Pray for Winter’

To the Editor:

The noise in my neighborhood between Long Lots and Cross Highway over the past few years has become unbearable. Being outside during the summer before 7 p.m. is pretty much a no-hoper, at least where I live.

It is either a chain saw, a huge tree shredder, the reverse alarm on a large truck, a leaf blower, a lawn mower or somebody getting their septic drained. It never seems to stop and has me eager to get out of town or praying for winter, which is weird.

Maybe we have just had some bad luck and it will change. Maybe it is not so bad in other parts of Westport. But it seems a helluva way to live, particularly given the price of living here.

I am curious if others have a similar experience and if there is anything that might be done.

Gerard MacDonell,
Westport

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Granger at the Movies: ‘The Glass Castle,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘Detroit’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“The Glass Castle” is a dysfunctional childhood recollection that makes the anti-Establishment patriarch “Captain Fantastic” (2016) look like a candidate for Father-of-the-Year. At least he never starved or tortured his children.

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In Destin Daniel Cretton’s screen adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir, Walls’ abusive, alcoholic father Rex is seen all-too-often through rose-colored glasses, or perhaps that’s Woody Harrelson’s colorful, manipulatively roguish interpretation.

Working as a Manhattan gossip columnist in the 1980s, riding in a taxi after a posh restaurant dinner with her financier fiancé (Max Greenfield), Jeanette Walls (Brie Larsen) spots her grubby, itinerant parents dumpster-diving on the Lower East Side. Which ignites a series of flashbacks.

Nomadic Rex and Rose Mary Walls were free spirits. An intelligent but self-destructive bohemian, Rex (Harrelson) was unable to hold a job or cope with authority, while self-centered Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) would rather paint than cook for her hungry kids. Which is why, as a 3-year-old, Jeannette suffered serious burns trying to boil hot dogs.

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No Weekday Lifeguards at Burying Hill Beach

Effective immediately, there will be no lifeguards on duty weekdays at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach, the Parks and Recreation Department announced today.

Lifeguards only will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, according to Dan Devito, Parks and Recreation operations supervisor.

Devito added that Compo Beach will continue to have lifeguards daily through Sept. 4, and that beach emblems for vehicle admission are required through Saturday, Sept. 30.

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Honoring Tax Collector Peggy Klein on Her Retirement

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Town of Westport department heads gathered at Town Hall today to honor Tax Collector Peggy Klein (c, holding flowers) on her retirement after 30 years of service to the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sealing the Cracks

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The crack seal project is underway on Westport roadways. Workers from Seal Coating Inc of Braintree, Massachusetts apply slant to broken road surfaces on Maple Avenue South today near the intersection of Greens Farms Road. According to Dan Fletcher, foreman, the roads in the Greens Farms area will be completed today. He said Thursday’s work locations will be either North Avenue or Roseville Road. He said the project will require seven or eight days to complete. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Woman’s Club Food Pantry Filling Up

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The shelves of the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) food pantry were steadily being restocked today, thanks to donations prompted by Tuesday’s announcement of pantry needs, according to Dorothy Packer, WWC member. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Trying His Luck

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A fisherman tries out his luck for bluefish early today at Pasacreta Park on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Hazy Sunset

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Tuesday’s hazy sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Diane Bosch for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - SteveSongs
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Marpe: Pros and Cons to State’s Cribari Bridge Proposal

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said it would be premature for him to make any decision on the offer Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials made to him today concerning the historic William F. Cribari Bridge.

He said a decision whether to accept it would require a lot of town meetings and public input.

CDOT Commissioner James Redeker met with Marpe today, offering a restoration plan for the 1884-built swing bridge currently on the National Register of Historic Places — and a proposal for rerouting Route 136. Marpe said it was similar to a state offer in the late 1980s on which no action was taken.

Redeker’s pitch presented by CDOT Chief Engineer Mark Rolfe was for the state to repair and to restore its bridge and to give it to the town — as well as the stretch of state-owned Route 136 over the bridge to Compo Road South all the way north to Post Road East.

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Pink Brass

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The brass section of The Fairfield Counts was in the pink tonight as the Big Band sound filled the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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