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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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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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Applications Open for Bedford Fund Grants

The Westport Weston Family YMCA announced today that the first Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund (BFSRF) grants aimed at closing educational acheivement gaps will be distributed in December.

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Ruth Bedford: left $40 million to Y. Contributed photo

Y officials said that 501 (c)(3) organizations located in Westport, Weston, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk or Wilton can apply by completing the grant application by Sept. 23.

Those interested in applying should visit http://westporty.org/our-focus/bedford-family-social-responsibility-fund/.

The Bedford Fund was established in 2015 with an initial endowment of $5 million as part of a gift from the estate of Ruth T. Bedford, a YMCA trustee emeritus, a philanthropist, and a strong advocate for the YMCA.

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Pokémon Go Coffee Break

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Westporters Stephen Salle, 16, Nate Snyder, who is celebrating his 14th birthday today, and Jack Lewis, 15, take time out from their Pokémon Go location-based augmented reality mobile game to get some coffee from Westport’s downtown Starbucks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Arrest for $80,000 in Bad Checks

Officers arrested a Stamford man for issuing more than $80,000 in bad checks to Lux, Bond and Green in Brooks Corner on Westport’s Main Street, police said today.

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Hakan Basaran: free on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Hakan Basaran, 44, turned himself in on an active warrant on Wednesday for seven counts of issuing bad checks from August 2014 to October 2015.

“Detective George Taylor conducted a lengthy investigation into Basaran, culminating in the warrant which was served,” Farrell said.

Basaran was released after posting a $25,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, July 25.

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DUI Charge After Hitting Parked Car

Officers arrested a Westport man for operating under the influence after he struck a parked car, police said today.

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Faid Sarfaraz: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers were dispatched to Franklin Street at 1 a.m. Friday on the report a a motor vehicle accident.

“Officers determined the at fault vehicle struck a parked car,” Farrell said.

Officers then located the driver, Faid Sarfaraz, 24, of Riverside Avenue, who failed all standard field sobriety tests, he said.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Westport and area until 8 p.m.

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Monday, July 18, 2016


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Annual Summer Book Sale (Half-price Day)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
5 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. lot - Westport Bike Rental Twilight Ride to benefit WASA
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES Program: Celestial Viewing

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ballroom Sounds at Levitt Pavilion

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts was filled tonight for a performance by Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks. Grammy Winner Giordano’s music evokes the height of ballroom perfection, combining jazz elegance and swingin’ (or rumba-in’ or cha-cha-cha-in’) style, along with renditions of 1920s and 1930s chestnuts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cha-Cha Time

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In response to an audience request, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks performed the “Tea for Two” cha-cha tonight as the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Barefoot Dancing at Levitt

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It was a kick off your shoes and go dancing night at the Levitt Pavilion tonight with Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Full House for Cinema Initiative Screening

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There was a full house tonight for the Westport Cinema Initiative screening of the 2005 film “The War Within” at the Westport Country Playhouse Barn. Written by Ayad Akhtar, a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, the film provides insights into the Muslim experience in the United States. It was held in conjunction with the Playhouse production of “The Invisible Hand” by the same author and included a talkback with its director, David Kennedy, and Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Basketball Action

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The newly refurbished basketball courts at Compo Beach saw some action tonight despite temperatures hovering above 80. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Arby’s Out, Starbucks In On Post Road East

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Arby’s, Westport’s only drive-up fast food restaurant, is out at 1000 Post Road East and soon will be replaced by Starbucks, which is relocating from nearby 925 Post Road East. Arby’s took over the site in 2006 from Burger King, which had been there since at least 1995. The drive-through capability is especially important for Starbucks, which also has a standalone store a 1 Parker Harding Plaza. Arby’s closed on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Best in Show at Fine Arts Festival

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Evan Reinheimer, a photographer who specializes in kite aerial photography, today was named Best in Show winner at the 43rd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. Reinheimer, of Long Island, N.Y., said business was good for him at the show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Second Day of Fine Arts Festival

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Today’s second and final day of the Westport Fine Arts Festival drew hundreds of visitors despite temperatures in the 90s. A number of artists queried said they were pleased with sales at the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J. C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Israeli Art at Fine Arts Festival

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Jerusalem-born artist Yoram Gel, a resident of Old Jaffa, Israel, shows his artistic creation of Adam and Eve today at the second and final day of thr Westport Fine Arts Festival. Gal and his son, Nimrod, 16, are in the United States for three weeks to participate in art shows in Westport, Stamford, and Geneva, Ill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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