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Thursday,  June 11, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Energy Performance Contracting Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - Town Hall - American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach: beginning Access 2007
11 a.m. - Nature Center, Sherwood Island State Park - Snakes & Reptiles with the Beardsley Zoo
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market, 10-year anniversary celebration at noon
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
10 a.m. - 68 Compo Road South - Golden Shadows & Nike Missile Radar Site Study Subcommittee Site Visit
1 p.m. - St. Luke Church (84 Long Lots Road) - Westport Garden Club Open Meeting
1 p.m. - Town Hall - American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach: intermediate Access 2007
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Creative Coders: Javascript
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) - Blight Prevention Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Nine”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Spy,’ ‘Love and Mercy,’ ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

By Susan Granger

In “Spy,” Paul Feig’s globe-trotting parody of espionage action-thrillers, Melissa McCarthy has finally found a film that showcases her versatility and comedic prowess.

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After the sexy, satirical James Bond-style opening sequence, there’s seemingly timid Susan Cooper (McCarthy), a CIA agent, working as an analyst in Langley, Va., using high-tech surveillance to serve as the eyes and ears of an urbane operative, Bradley Fine (Jude Law). She’s obviously in love with him, and he uses her devotion for his personal advantage.

When a terrorist poses a nuclear bomb threat and the other field agents’ identities are compromised, Susan’s boss (Alison Janney) dispatches her overseas, because her face is unknown to the enemy. Besides, Susan’s had years of successful field training and this is the opportunity she’s been waiting for.

While her flustered colleague (Miranda Hart) serves as Susan’s liaison in the dingy, vermin-infested basement of CIA headquarters, her presence in Paris/Rome/Budapest enrages a chauvinistic veteran operative (Jason Statham), intrigues an overly-amorous Italian associate (Peter Serafinowicz) and bewilders a ruthless Bulgarian arms dealer (Rose Byrne).

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Making Progress

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Ten days after the official groundbreaking, work was making progress today on the Bedford Square development in Westport’s downtown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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WASA to Host Silent Auction in Saugatuck Saturday

Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) is set to host a “Sizzling Summer Silent Auction” of signed sports memorabilia and local merchant gift certificates on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave.

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Riko (c), a guest at Westport Animal Control, is pictured with two friends donated to WASA’s silent auction Saturday by by Melissa & Doug toymakers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Topping the list of items will be a signed Derek Jeter baseball and restaurant and local merchant gift certificates for items ranging from jewelry to spa and beauty packages, an announcement said.

“Covering all the bases, WASA will be offering Red Sox, New York Yankees and New York Mets baseball tickets for auction,” said Julie Loparo, WASA president. “If soccer is your sport, stop by to purchase 10 tickets to a New York City Football Club soccer match.”

Also available are tickets for the Westport Country Playhouse, Levitt Pavilion, the Westport Historical Society’s Hidden Garden Tour on Sunday, and the newly opened One World Observatory in Manhattan.

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Staples Baseball in State Finals for First Time Since 2001

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The Staples varsity baseball team celebrates today after clobbering Norwalk 11-0 in the state Class LL semifinal at Muzzy Field in Bristol, advancing to the state final for the first time since 2001. The Wreckers got seven runs in the fourth inning and four pitchers contributed to a one-hitter. Staples will face defending champion Amity at noon Saturday at Palmer Field in Middletown for the final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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5K, Great Duck Race Set for Saturday

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its seventh annual Great Duck Race fundraiser on Saturday along with a new event, a 5K Fun Run coordinated with Staples High School’s Interact Rotary Club.

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Rubber ducks are dumped into the Saugatuck River in an earlier Great Duck Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

There will also be a chance to dunk the town officials at Jesup Green.

The 5K Fun Run will start at 9 a.m. at the Imperial Avenue Parking Lot, with runners arriving at Jesup Green about 9:30 a.m., event planners say. The run is being organized by Hannah Malowitz, whom the Sunrise Rotary named Student of the Month in March.

According to Sunrise Rotary officials, a Fife & Drum Corps will begin playing on Jesup Green at 10 a.m., and at 10:30 a.m., the Rotary will award $30,000 to two dozen area nonprofits.

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Great Beach Day

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It was a great day for spending some time today at Westport’s Compo Beach. The temperature was in the 80s with sunny skies. The forecast called for even warmer weather on Thursday. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Ripple Effect

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Tuesday’s sunset over the Saugatuck River in Westport as seen from Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Jobseeker Special: Resumes, Interviewing & Networking Strategies for Millennials
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Ordinance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Chamber Honors Inaugural First Citizen Award Recipients

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight honored retiring Westport Library director Maxine Bleiweis (2nd l) and Westport businessman Sam Gault (r) with its inaugural First Citizen Award at a dinner at the Westport Inn. Ron DeFeo (2nd r), CEO of Westport-based Terex Corporation, was keynote speaker. They were joined by Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Matthew Mandell (3rd l), Chamber CEO. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chamber Honors Young Entrepreneurs

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight honored five young entrepreneurs who are high school students in Westport and Weston. They are (l-r)  Rebecca Mark, Nick Massoud, Harry Epstein, Scott Pecoriello and Michael Sitver. Rebecca, a Weston student, will attend Washington University in St. Louis. Nick, a Staples student, will attend Yale University. Harry, a Staples student, will attend the University of Michigan, Scott, a Staples student, will attend the University of Delaware, and Michael, a Weston student, will attend the University of Chicago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Historic District Commission Officers

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The Westport Historic Commission tonight elected its new officers—(l-r) Francis Henkels, chair, Edward F. Gerber, vice chair, and Bob Weingarten, clerk. The HDC meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Tuition Grants Awards $320,000 to 113 Students

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The Staples Tuition Grants Committee tonight awarded $320,000 in grants to 113 students, including eight new named awards. Retiring Staples Principal John Dodig presented the awards for the final time in his 11-year Staples career, including a newly named Dodig Award to Luis Cruz (above), who will attend Boston College. A Dodig tuition grant also went to Sophia Hampton, who will attend New York University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honoring a Staples Player

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At the Staples Tuition Grants award ceremony tonight, Ann Sheffer, Staples class of 1966, presented the Doug Sheffer Memorial Award to Staples senior Jack Baylis, who will study musical theater at Point Park University, Pittsburgh. The award is named for the 1968 Staples graduate who died in January 2014 in a Colorado helicopter crash at age 63. Sheffer said her brother held a backstage role with Staples Players and the family requested that the recipient of the grant be one who had a similar role at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Previews of ‘And a Nightingale Sang’ Open Tonight

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The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse play, “And A Nightingale Sang” rehearses for its performance debut tonight. The play, a love story surrounding a working class British family during World War II, written by C.P. Taylor and directed by David Kennedy, runs through June 27.  The title is based on the 1940s popular song, “And a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” which, among other music of the war years, is included in the play. Pictured (l-r) are Deirdre Madigan, Sean Cullen, John Skelley, Brenda Meaney, Matthew Greer and Richard Kline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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First Dog Receives His License

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Madison, a Bernese Mountain dog belonging to First Selectman Jim Marpe, received his license today in the Westport Town Clerk’s Office from Staples senior Jeffrey Adelglass, who is an intern in the office. All dogs over six months must be licensed. There will be a $1 penalty per month for renewal licenses issued after June 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Marpe: Senior Housing Need, Pension Costs Keep Him Awake

By James Lomuscio

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today the need for senior housing, the fear of state-imposed high density multi-family housing, and the needs to cut pension and other benefits costs in three upcoming contract negotiations “keep me awake at night.”

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First Selectman Jim Marpe addresses today’s meeting of the Westport Rotary Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Addressing the Westport Rotary Club, he asked, “What allows me to fall asleep?”  And then answered: “The town’s strong financial position, the continuing growth of the grand list at $10 billion, our reserves and a triple-A bond rating.”

Marpe, who took office in November 2013, also said he finds comfort in the quality of town employees, “and what really makes it work so well, is that so many Westporters are committed to service on behalf of their fellow citizens.”

“I am constantly reminded that there are so many good things that happen here, not because the government makes it happen, but because so many of our citizens volunteer to make things happen,” Marpe said.

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Awarded a Silver Donkey

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The Democratic Women of Westport today gave its annual Silver Donkey Award to Selectman Helen Garten (r), the 2013 unsuccessful Democratic candidate for first selectman and former board of finance member. At left is Bobbie Herman, outgoing president of the group. Introduced were incoming co-presidents Jenifer Goren and Beckie Martin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Bedford Middle Schoolers Win Prestigious Science Award

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It happened last month, but the Westport schools just got around to announcing it today—that the Bedford Middle School Science Olympiad Team won the Lockheed Martin Spirit Award and a $2,000 check at the Science Olympiad National Tournament at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln on May 15. The award is bestowed on only one middle school and one high school team each year and is considered the most important award aside from the first place award. One of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, the Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions held this spring. Pictured are (l-r) Art Ellis, Sirina Prasad, Nishika Navrange, Asina Prasad, Genevieve Domenico, Zach Katz, Swami Parimal, Maria Maisonet, Angela Ji, Aniruddha Muralis, Charlie Kleeger, Derek Ye, Tyler Edwards, Alex Tsang, Jory Teltser, Ethan Chin, and teacher Rebecca Kaplan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 91 Clapboard Hill Road (2)

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An application for a permit to demolish a second structure at Westport’s 91 Clapboard Hill Road in the Green’s Farms area is in process. Built in 1900, the one-story studio has 950-square feet and is situated on a 1.89-acre property. Because the secondary structure was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. The primary structure, previously demolished, was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 21, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Women Entrepreneurs Group: Powerful Social Media Strategies
Noon - Town Hall Room 201 - Arts Advisory Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Library - More Oscar-worthy Films: “Begin Again”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Long-term Care Insurance
6:30 p.m. - Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East - Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce First Citizens Award gala
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Citizens Transit Committee Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - RTM Finance & RTM Environment Committees
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Large Turnout for F. Scott Fitzgerald Film

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There was a capacity crowd at the Fairfield Theatre Company tonight for a screening of an almost complete documentary by Westport filmmakers Robert Steven Williams (l) and Richard “Deej” Webb about F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda’s 1920 stay in Westport. The film, “Boats Against the Current,” bolsters the belief that the Westport house the couple rented at 244 Compo Road South inspired the author’s iconic novel, “The Great Gatsby.” The filmmakers want the house to gain landmark status so it cannot be torn down. (See WestportNow June 4, 2015)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Her New Yorker Article Inspired Fitzgerald Documentary

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Among those in the audience tonight for a Fairfield screening of “Boats Against the Current,” a documentary about F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda’s stay in Westport in 1920, was Barbara Probst Solomon, a former Westporter and author, essayist and journalist whose 1996 article in The New Yorker inspired the film. She posed with filmmakers Robert Steven Williams (l) and Richard “Deej” Webb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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PAL Closing Picnic

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Staples Lacrosse captain Ted Coogan and Head Coach Paul McNulty address the 400 Westport PAL program participants at Compo Beach closing picnic tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Scot Alan Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Scot Alan Lane, off Park Lane, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story split has 1,510-square feet, is situated on a .30-acre property and last changed ownership, according to Town Assessor records, in 1998 for $436,000. The owner said, “We are the parents of two children, in fifth and ninth grade. We’ve outgrown the house after living here for 17 years and will rebuild our new house on this same site. It will not be a McMansion.” 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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