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Friday, July 27, 2007

“So Where’s the Siren?”

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A youngster enjoys time behind the wheel of the Westport Fire Department’s ladder truck Thursday at a “touch-a-truck” event involving emergency vehicles at the Westport Public Library. Firefighter Brett Kirby assists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/27/07 10:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

On the Rocks

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The rocks at Westport’s Compo Beach were a cool place to play Thursday as temperatures soared into the upper 80s under sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Friday, July 27, 2007

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Revenue Enhancement Subcommittee
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Summer Fun Films
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Book Discussions for Teens: “Pride and Prejudice” (book and movie)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DNR
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Westport Property Transfers July 16-20, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 16-20, 2007:

Axis Point Cross Highway Assoc. LLC to Timothy D. and Kathleen McCarthy, 142 Cross Highway, $2,935,000WN property.jpg

Peter and Michelle Drasher to Thomas D. and Lisa Edenholm Murray, 5 Mayflower Parkway, $3,150,000

Robert F. and Linda A. Schoff to Daniel C. Fisher and Carla A. Cohen, 51 Ludlow Road, $1,599,000

John E. and Lynn M. Fisher to Seth D. and Marjorie L. Almansi, 24 Pequot Trail, $1,905,000

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07/26/07 11:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Miss Saigon” Star Visits Staples

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Broadway stars Kevin Gray (front row 3rd l.) and Dodie Pettit (behind Gray) were at Westport’s Staples High School working with the Staples Summer Theatre production of “Miss Saigon.” Gray is famed for playing the Engineer in more than 1,000 performances of “Miss Saigon.” The production runs Aug. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/26/07 10:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cargo Saved in I-95 Truck Fire

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Westport firefighters joined with the Norwalk Fire Department today to extinguish flames in a tractor-trailer on I-95 at the Westport-Norwalk border between exits 17 and 16. Westport firefighters in the southbound lane shot water from a high-powered rooftop nozzle across the roadway to the fire in the northbound lanes before Norwalk firefighters got to the scene. The truck’s cargo of furniture was not damaged. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/26/07 10:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Planning for Emergencies on Long Island Sound

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Representatives of the Westport Fire Department (r) were among regional firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard participating in a meeting of Fairfield County coastal fire chiefs at a Norwalk marina today devoted to discussing cooperation during emergency incidents on Long Island Sound. According to Westport Deputy Chief Jon Gottfried, the meeting took particular note of Westport’s combined police and fire dive team, a joint agency effort that has been in operation for more than 10 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/26/07 10:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bottoms Up

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Two visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach took time out for an afternoon nap today as temperatures in the upper 80s and sunny skies made for a perfect beach day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


07/26/07 10:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

DOT Details Tree Removal Program for Merritt Parkway

Representatives of the state Department of Transportation, meeting at Westport police headquarters today, detailed for area officials their plans for improved tree safety on the Merritt Parkway.

The discussion about planned tree removals was one of a number of subjects covered at the quarterly meeting of the Merritt Parkway Advisory Committee, made up of DOT officials, representatives of towns traversed by the parkway, the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, regional planners, the State Historic Preservation Office, and others.

Among those in attendance was Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. He had met with a delegation of DOT officials at Town Hall on tree safety on the Merritt on June 29 following the June 9 tree accident on the parkway in Westport which killed two people. (See WestportNow June 29, 2007)

“Essentially, they explained in detail their aggressive tree removal program,” Joseloff said. “They certainly recognize the heightened public concern about trees on the parkway and are taking steps to make the highway safer for the traveling public.”


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Saugatuck Scene

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A quiet summer scene on the Saugatuck River today, viewed from the walkway behind Oscar’s Delicatessen in Parker Harding Plaza, just steps away from the bustle of downtown Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


07/26/07 05:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off-Duty Westport Officer Pulled Over by Cop Impersonator

Westport police officer Robert Lopiano, who has pulled over a few motorists in his time, Tuesday night was himself pulled over in Monroe

And that was the misfortune of Nicholas Ferrigno, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter in Stepney, who identified himself as a police officer, according to Monroe police.

Police charged him with impersonating a police officer and released him after posting $250 bond.

According to police, Ferrigno told Lopiano, who was off duty at the time, that he had failed to stop at a stop sign.


07/26/07 10:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Heated Meeting on King’s Highway Mold at Town Hall

By Linda Alvkall

It was a heated meeting Wednesday night at Westport Town Hall as many parents expressed anger and concern about the air quality at King’s Highway Elementary School.WestportNow.com Image
State health experts addressed mold issues at Wednesday night’s Town Hall meeting on air quality at King’s Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

So many Westporters showed up that the meeting first scheduled for room 309 had to be moved to the Town Hall auditorium.

Brendan Reilly, a concerned parent who has two children at the school, was upset that his son’s asthma has worsened due to what he said was mold in his classroom.

“Fourteen out of 19 children in one classroom have symptoms,” Reilly said. “The sickness of these children is the most important thing.”

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07/26/07 05:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Studying Sea Creatures at Compo

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Jeff Simon (white hat), shoreline director of Camp Compo run by the Westport Parks and Recreation Department, shows a group of young campers Wednesday how to net small fish such as Atlantic Silver Siders, shrimp and minnow. Under Simon’s direction, the youngsters examined their catch and then released the creatures. The popular summer program runs for two-week sessions until Labor Day. In the fall, Simon takes small groups on field trips to explore the marshes in the Compo area, Mill Pond and Burying Hill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library Upper Parking Lot - Big Wheels are Back
5:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Teen Theater “Little Shop of Horrors”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - First Company Governor’s Footguard Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”


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King’s Highway School Mold Issue Focus of Town Hall Meeting

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Two state Department of Health officials were among speakers tonight at a Westport Town Hall meeting discussing mold and other air quality issues at King’s Highway Elementary School. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he would work with concerned parents to ensure that the school is environmentally safe for children when school reopens next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No Serious Injuries in Boat Collision in Fog

Two boats collided in Long Island Sound early today about two miles south of Westport’s Cockenoe Island, police said. There were no serious injuries.

Police said they received a call about the accident at 7:45 a.m. and dispatched members of its Marine Division along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The boats were located and Marine Officer Stephen Pritchard reported that the first boat had one occupant and the second had three occupants, a news release said.

Pritchard said there were injuries, but they were minor and no one was transported to the hospital.

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07/25/07 08:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Golf Shower

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A golfer at Westport’s Longshore Club Park ignores the sprinklers today as temperatures pushed into the 80s under sunny skies.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


07/25/07 05:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday Bike Ride to Raise Money and Hope

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Westport’s John Ragland hopes Saturday’s Connecticut Challenge bike ride will be another inspirig success. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com
By Nina Zipkin

The 400 Connecticut Challenge cyclists pedaling through Westport and 15 other towns Saturday will be raising more than money to support cancer survivors at the Yale Cancer Center’s Hero’s Clinic

Participants in this third annual event, which can mean grueling 100-mile treks for more ambitious riders, are also hoping to raise the hopes of cancer survivors, and to provide them with an opportunity to come together in communities throughout Connecticut.

“Even after getting treatment for their cancers, survivors still have issues, nutrition, mental health, drug side effects, that need to be addressed,” said Westport resident and avid cyclist John Ragland.

A marketing consultant with Affinity Partners, he founded the Challenge with cancer amputee Jeff Keith in 2005.

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07/25/07 05:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Foggy Morning

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Overnight fog lingered for a while this morning at Westport’s Compo Beach before burning off later in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


07/25/07 05:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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A rower along the Saugatuck River in Westport takes advantage of Tuesday’s sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
2 p.m. & 8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Chess Club
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Zucchini Brothers
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Download Demonstration
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Teen Theater “Little Shop of Horrors”


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Newfoundland Rotary Greets Westport Visitor

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Dave Matlow, president of Westport’s Rotary Club and a contributing WestportNow photographer, was in St. John’s, Newfoundland, today where Gail Gosse, president of the St. John’s Rotary Club, presented him with a club flag. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/25/07 03:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thomas Danbury, Former Westporter, Dies at 71

Thomas Danbury, a former Westporter who served on the Representative Town Meeting for several terms in the 1970s, died July 11 in Kansas City, Mo., his family said. He was 71.

Since 1992, Danbury had lived in Kilauea, Hawaii, and Venice, Fla. Memorial services were held July 14 in Kansas City, where his mother-in-law lives.

Danbury was born on April 29, 1936, in King City, Mo., where he grew up. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and did post-graduate studies there, and at Michigan State in communications research.

He married Rosalie A. John in 1959 in Grandview, Mo. In 1977, Danbury founded Survey Sampling, Inc. in Westport with Beverly Weiman. Now based in Fairfield, with offices worldwide, SSI was the first commercial sampling company. Danbury was considered a pioneer in his field. He retired in 1992.

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07/25/07 03:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

(Stuffed) Animal Rescue 1

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Westport firefighters came to the rescue today when 6-year-old Max threw his Webkin stuffed animal Kiko into the air on Westport’s Bay Street and it became stuck (circle) atop the Fairfield County Bank sign.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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(Stuffed) Animal Rescue 2

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Westport Firefighter Pete Nichio snags a stuffed animal atop a bank sign today on Westport’s Bay Street as partner Mike Kronick steadies the ladder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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(Stuffed) Animal Rescue 3

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Westport Firefighter Pete Nichio hands Kiko, a Webkin stuffed animal, to his owner, Max, 6, on Westport’s Bay Street today as mom, Karen Hube, and his brothers and sister look on. Firefighter Michael Kronick assisted in the rescue operation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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(Stuffed) Animal Rescue 4

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Firefighter Michael Kronick receives a big thank you from Max, a 6-year-old Westporter, after he and firefighter Pete Nichio (rear) rescued the youngster’s Webkin stuffed animal from atop a bank sign late today on Westport’s Bay Steet. Max will have plenty to tell his fellow second graders when he returns to Saugatuck Elementary School next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Peppermill Grinds to Close Sunday

By Ed Kiersh

A gala goodbye party will be held Sunday at Westport’s Peppermill Steak and Fish House on the Post Road East, marking another change in the town’s ever-evolving landscape.WestportNow.com Image
Joe and Jeff Sepot: closing the Peppermill eatery after 40 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com

The family style restaurant known for its candy cane wallpaper, cavernous dining rooms and reasonably priced sirloins is closing its doors after almost 40 years, and owners Joe and Jeffrey Sepot want to leave on a festive note.

“Our loyal customers have been crying, asking us to relocate, but this goodbye will be a party, not a wake,” said Joe Sepot, who has owned this incarnation of the Peppermill for 20 years.

“It’s not a question of profitability; we still serve 1,200 to 1,500 people a week. The building is old, not very fuel efficient, and we can’t compete with the chains which can buy great quantities cheaper than us.

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Town Plan Ready for Community Review

The long-awaited final draft of the Westport 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development is ready for review by the community, the Planning and Zoning Commission announced today.

Following four community workshops last fall and winter, Planimetrics, an Avon-based planning firm, worked with the commission to develop a plan that reflects community needs.

State statutes require that a new or updated plan be developed at least every 10 years. This plan will help guide town activities through 2017. 

The commission said it will will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Town Hall auditorium on adoption of the plan.

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Staples Grad Makes his NY Conducting Debut Tonight

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Alexander Platt, a 1983 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, will make his New York debut tonight conducting the renowned Brooklyn Philharmonic in the first of two concerts.

The first takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Asser Levy State Park on Coney Island, the second Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.

Platt, 42, a graduate of Yale College and Cambridge University, is resident conductor of Chicago Opera Theater.

He is also music director of Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, N.Y., the Waukesha Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, and music advisor of the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia.


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