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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Telling Musical Tales

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Before tonight’s Saugatuck Congregational Church concert featuring world renown violinist Joshua Bell and Westport’s celebrated pianist Frederic Chiu, they discussed their life of music with well known broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest, a Peabody Award Winner heard on WQXR and WNYC in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo

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Pop Up Popsicle Art

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Young guests tonight enjoy Lucienne Buckner’s work, “Popsicle Igloo” at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. Guests were encouraged to take a Popsicle home. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Student Artist With ‘Challenge Yourself’

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A featured student artist at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center was Sebastian Avila. He posed with his work, “Challenge Yourself,” mixed media on paper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Featured Artist

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Featured artist Karen Kent poses next to her works “Courage” (l) (acrylic) and “Jack” (mixed media) at the Pop Up art exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Direct Waterfront Homes Are Scarce

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Available direct waterfront homes are really not aplenty in Westport. Currently, there are only 28 homes that fit that bill.

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Featured Home This home at 7 Sandpiper Road is listed at $6,989,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Halstead Property/Westport.

Don’t let an initial look fool you into thinking there are more. If one performed a search using direct waterfront as their only parameter, 45 homes would be included, however this grouping also includes lakes, ponds, brooks, rivers and/or streams.

What it truly boils down to is that in fact, there aren’t that many to choose from at this time.

These 28 homes equate to less than 8 percent of all single-family homes for sale in Westport, which are marketed through our Multiple Listing Service, and have descriptions that include Long Island Sound, harbor, ocean or frontage. The average price of these waterfront homes is just under $5.6 million.

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Sketching on the Saugatuck

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Local artist, author and illustrator Elaine Clayton today mentored a group of about 40 aspiring and accomplished artists in the sixth annual Sketching on the Saugatuck event. The class, along the banks of the Saugatuck River adjacent to the Westport Library, is in honor of the late Westport Illustrator Tracy Sugarman. Paper, easels and drawing materials were provided. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Explaining How It’s Done

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Westport artist Elaine Clayton explains the groundrules for today’s Sketching on the Saugatuck event outside the Westport Library. The annual event now honors the memory of the late Westport artist and author Tracy Sugarman, who died in Jnuary 2013.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Trying Their Hand

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Among those participating in today’s Westport Library Sketching on the Saugatuck event were Westporter Linda Gramatky Smith (l) with friend April Aubrey of Prospect. Gramatky Smith is the daughter of the late Hardie Gramatky, painter, author, illustrator of “Little Toot” fame. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Market Find

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Westporter Steve Halstead today shows off a celeriac, also called turnip-rooted celery or knob celery, he purchased at the Westport Farmers Market from the Roxbury-based Riverbank organic vegetables stand. Halstead’s wife, Rosemary, said she roasts and slices celeriac with other roasted vegetables for salads. “It’s the ugliest vegetable in the market but it’s really tasty,” she said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Showing Off Computer-Grown Lettuce at Farmers Market

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James O’Brien, 17, a senior at Staples High School and founder of Workshop Garden Technologies, shows a leaf of lettuce today at the Westport Farmers Market, which is growing in his “food computer.” O’Brien said the concept for his device came from MIT where researchers designed an automated farming system that can be used to grow crops in computer-controlled, specialized environments. O’Brien, who had demonstrated his device at the Wakeman Town Farm, was making his first appearance at the Westport Farmers Market.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Indignation’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Reminiscent of “Unforgiven” and “No Country For Old Men,” “Hell or High Water” is a gritty, contemporary Western, set in West Texas, focuses on the Howard brothers, who concoct a plan to wreak revenge on the greedy bank that swindled their dying mother out of her land.

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Divorced dad Toby (Chris Pine) is determined that his sons inherit the oil-rich family ranch which is under threat of foreclosure. So he turns to his sociopathic, ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) for help.

Toby devises a clever plan to rob several small small-town branches of the Texas Midlands Bank, then launder the money through an Indian-run casino, just over the state line in Oklahoma. With untraceable casino checks made out to Texas Midlands Bank, he can settle their debt.

Wearing hoodies and ski-masks, Toby and Tanner start the heists. Which draws the attention of about-to-retire Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) who surmises that these aren’t your usual bank robbers, not meth-heads or sociopaths, since they take small denomination bills from the cash drawers.

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Summer Winding Down

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With summer winding down and school starting next week, families Wednesday night enjoyed a Compo Beach evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicholas Hooper for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 25, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Curio Cottage sale (extended)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective 8th Pop Up Show
1 p.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Last Chance Book Expo
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Sketching on the Saugatuck
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective 8th Pop Up Show Reception
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Meeting
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing Scripts for Television
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance, Public Works, Parks & Rec, & Environment Committees
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jeff LeBlanc & Friends
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Beechwood Arts & Innovation High 5 Fundraiser

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Finance Board Says Farm Will Pay Some of Renovation Costs

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Board of Finance tonight voted 5 to 1 in favor of a $325,000 appropriation for Wakeman Town Farm renovations, with the catch that the farm absorb $86,500 of that amount via income from its programs.

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This year’s Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest “funraiser” is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. with tickets available here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The appropriation is in additiom to more than $600,000 approved last year for the more than 100-year-old farmhouse’s rehabilitation and expansion, a project that became fraught with unexpected expenses ranging from prevailing wage increases to lead paint abatement to a new septic system.

Finance board member Sheri Gordon, who participated by phone, was the only dissenter.

While the majority agreed with the appropriation, there was considerable debate over whether the town should pick up the full tab to be bonded over 20 years.

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It’s a Wrap for Levitt Children’s Series

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Steve Songs wrapped up the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts with a back to school special show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Dancing the Night Away

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A couple of guests at tonight’s closing children’s concert at the Levitt Pavilion dance the night away to the sounds of entertainer Steve Songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Earthplace Launches ‘Citizen Science Brigade’

A “Citizen Science Brigade” to gather new and different, outdoor scientific data each week is scheduled next month for fifth graders on up at Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center, officials announced today.

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Moody, a resident barred owl at Earthplace, will participants in the Citizen Science Brigade program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The project is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m.

Run by Earthplace naturalist Veronica Swain, the program will offer students the opportunity “to embark on a new mission each week, gathering information from our sanctuary for use in scientific projects,” said Sarah S. Ferrante, Earthplace spokeswoman.

She said participants will also discover birding via smartphone apps used in conjunction with the natural surroundings.

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No Injuries in Car Into a House

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A female driver drove her car into a house at 10 Westport Ave. off Soundview Drive in the Compo Beach area today. While the car’s airbags deployed, she was not injured. There was damage to her car, the house, and a truck parked in the driveway. The house was WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day last month. (See WestportNow July 29, 2016) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Crushed

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The front end of a car that drove into a house today at 10 Westport Ave. in the Compo Beach area suffered extensive front end damage. The female driver was uninjured. The house suffered minor damage as did an adjacent parked truck.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Upgrading Downtown’s Electrical System

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Eversource Energy workers today prepare to transfer power lines from a utility pole on Parker Harding Plaza on to a centralized utility pole at the corner of Main Street and Avery Place. The replacements are part of a downtown electrical upgrade, including underground replacement cables, aimed at increasing efficiency and making the streetscape more attractive, according to a worker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Concrete Truck Involved in Fatality

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A concrete truck involved in Tuesday’s fatal accident on Country Lane was parked behind Westport police headquarters today and roped off. Police said it was secured at the scene on Tuesday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Man Dies in Construction Accident

UPDATE A 69-year-old Stratford man working at a construction project on Country Lane, off of Compo Road North, was killed Tuesday when struck by the boom of a concrete truck, police said today. 

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According to sources, the accident occurred at 1 Country Lane, off of Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Google map

He was identified as Herbert S. Grant, an independent contractor who had hired Suzio-York Hill Asphalt and Concrete Suppliers of Meriden for the job, police said.

“Mr. Grant was supervising the pouring of concrete when he was fatally struck in the upper body by the boom extending off of the front of a concrete truck,” a police news release said.

Late Tuesday, Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods said Westport detectives had secured the vehicle involved and were investigating the equipment. Today it was parked behind police headquarters.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


10 a.m. 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Curio Cottage sale (extended)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Last Chance Book Expo
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: Back-to-school Special with Steve Songs
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fairfield Counts Star at Levitt

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The Fairfield Counts swing band featuring vocalist Michele Grace delighted a full Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts audience tonight. The band is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Dancing to the Big Band Sound

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Audience members dance to the big band sound of the Fairfield Counts tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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