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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Board Votes to Declare Compo Mill Dog Dangerous Image
Three members of Westport’s Dangerous Dog Hearing Board—(l-r) Dr. Joan Poster, Susan Smith, and Ann Marie Flynn—today surveyed the Compo Mill Home of a dog neighbors petitioned to be declared dangerous because of involvement in fights with neighboring dogs and biting of an owner. The board later voted 2-1 to declare the dog dangerous, making it subject to strict restrictions, including that it be muzzled outside of its home or secure enclosure, and that a sign be erected warning of the presence of a dangerous dog. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/08 11:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Charlie and I Have a New Home

Long-hair dachshund Charlie needs a new home
Hi, I’m Charlie! Westport Animal Control

Charlie is an adorable male long-haired dachshund who is approximately one year old. He is currently residing at Westport Animal Control (203-341-5076 ). He’s a swell little fellow that is very affectionate and full of energy. He will not be content to sit around all day because he has places to go and people to meet. He gets along well with other dogs too. He has a great big doggie heart in a little doggie body. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with a pet, then Charlie is not the dog for you. If, however, you are looking for a real companion dog, have lots of time to share with a new addition, and are familiar with the dachshund breed, then please contact Westport Animal Control to meet Charlie.


07/31/08 11:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Man Pleads Guilty in $1.5 Million Embezzlement

A Westport accountant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford today to embezzling $1.5 million from two firms over a two-year period for his personal use.

Noel D. Lara, 40, of 25 Saugatuck Ave., who was arrested by Westport police in May, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. (See WestportNow May 13, 2008)

Lara, who worked for two Connecticut companies, admitted that he used company money to fund personal expenses including the purchase of designer watches and clothing, finance payments to motor vehicle companies and investments in stocks

U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant ordered Lara to be sentenced on Oct.17 at which time he faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a fine of $3.1 million, as well as an order of restitution to his victims.

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07/31/08 10:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Freed After Half Hour Trapped in Elevator Image
Westport Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Maloney welcomes Eduardo Evangelista, a construction worker from Danbury, upon his release from an elevator in which he was trapped for approximately a half hour today at 274 Riverside Ave. following a power failure in the Saugatuck area. A woman trapped in a second elevator was also rescued after half an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/08 08:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Power Outage Hits Saugatuck Area

UPDATE A power outage hit parts of Westport’s Saugatuck area today, affecting at its peak about 750 customers, a utility spokesman Image
The traffic light at Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street was among those affected by today’s power outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Some customers were restored within an hour of the 1:15 p.m. outage, but it took almost six hours for full restoration, the spokesman said.

Areas affected included Riverside Avenue, Saugatuck Avenue, the Bridge Street area and parts of Saugatuck Shores, according to the Connecticut Light and Power Company official.

Cause of the outage appeared to be a cable failure involving the Compo substation at Compo Road South near the railroad underpass, the CL&P spokesman said.

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07/31/08 05:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Tonight’s Levitt Gala Image
Westport’s Taylor Place was closed today as preparations were under way for tonight’s Levitt Pavilion fund-raising gala. In late afternoon, organizers said the concert was a sell-out and no tickets would be available at the gate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/08 02:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tiger Girl Image
Lindsey Baldwin, 5, of Westport shows off her tiger face Wednesday night at the Levitt Pavilion. Chrys Dawid of Connecticut Face Art paints faces every Wednesday at the Levitt before and during the performance. Numbers are handed out and each child selects the desired effect from a face chart. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Thursday, July 31, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Rally ‘Round The Flag, Boys!” (1958)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Be a Myth (grades 3 & up)
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Pre-Concert Gala Cocktail Party and Dinner
6 p.m. – 35 Old Mill Road – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board Field Trip
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 - Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Sidewalk Dave w/ Aeroplane 1929, Hugo, Extra Parachutes & Midi, and the Modern Dance
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - SOLD OUT: NO GATE TICKETS AVAILABLE - Summer Gala Concert Levitt Pavilion fund-raiser: Michael McDonald


07/31/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Hot Peas ‘N Butter Cook Up Bi-Lingual Sound at Levitt Image
Performing at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the first time tonight, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a multi-cultural bilingual five-piece band and dancer, entertained a large audience of all ages. Their entertaining lyrics comprised of interchangeable Spanish and English encourage youngsters to become familiar with bilingual sounds and vocabulary. The group, which appears regularly on the Noggin TV network catering to preschoolers, was founded in 2000 by the Latino duo of Bronx-raised Frank Cotto (l) and Brooklynite Danny Lapidus (c). They met at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/31/08 03:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Hello Dolly Doggie Image
Dolly, named for Dolly Parton, proudly shows off her Dolly Parton hair-do today while strolling near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/31/08 01:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Women Power Image
Seen from the Westport’s Kings Highway Bridge, two women paddle their gentleman passenger down the Saugatuck River today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/31/08 12:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Residents Urged to Check Swimming Pool Drain Outlets Image
Town of Westport Building Department Director Steve Smith today urged swimming pool owners to make sure a drain cover is installed in all swimming pool suction outlets to avoid entrapment of swimmers, especially children whose smaller bodies can be sucked toward the system.  Smith referred to a tragic incident in Greenwich in July 2007 in which a 6-year-old boy drowned when he became trapped in a suction outlet.  Smith said residents with questions about suction outlet drain covers should call the Building Department at (203) 341-5025. “Keep an eye on your kid in the pool,” Smith said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/30/08 09:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Kayak Class Image
Learning to kayak was a popular activity today at Westport’s Longshore Sailing School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/30/08 08:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Drawing the Line Image
Now that many of Westport’s downtown streets have been repaved, Curtis Cocco and Chuck Corners of the Westport Highway Department were busy today measuring, marking and painting new lines and crosswalks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/30/08 07:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Patricia Lucci Giannuzzi, 66

Patricia Lucci Giannuzzi of Westport died Monday, July 28, 2008, after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. Image
Patricia L. Giannuzzi: life-long Westporter. Contributed photo

A life-long Westport resident and 1960 Staples High School graduate, she is survived by her daughter, Kathy Pinkham, and son-in-law, Seth Johnson, of Shelton; her father, Patrick Lucci, of Westport; and her brother, Sal Lucci, and sister-in-law, Martha, of Westport.

She was pre-deceased by her mother, Marguerite Nappa Lucci

While her daughter was growing up, she was an instructor at the town’s Beach School.  A tag sale devotee, she later worked for many years for “Those Two Girls.” She was an avid gardener especially fond of ornamental grasses.

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07/30/08 07:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monarchs are Back Image
A Monarch butterfly was spotted on some flowers at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Thomsen for


07/30/08 04:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Hot Peas ‘n Butter


07/30/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Rush Limbaugh Recalls 20 Years Ago With Westporter Image
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh marked his 20th anniversary on the air today by recalling a 1988 interview with Westporter Miggs Burroughs on a public access channel. “Back then I was willing to appear anywhere to promote the program.” Limbaugh told his audience. “There was a TV show on Connecticut public access TV called Miggs B on TV, and the host was Miggs Burroughs, and he interviewed me, and he said, ‘You have a segment called ‘The Homeless Update.’ You’re misunderstood. I mean, that segment’s misunderstood. Your whole point of it is misunderstood a lot.’” photo


07/30/08 02:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Westport Beaches Fare Well in Cleanliness Study

Westport’s beaches fared well in a new report issued today that says Connecticut’s beaches were cleaner in 2007 than in 2006 but that more work needs to be done.

The 18th annual beach water quality report issued by the National Resources Defense Council said there were 108 closings and water advisory days in Connecticut in 2007 compared to 224 in 2006.

Fairfield County had the most closing and water advisories in 2007 in the state, mostly due to contamination from storm water, the report said. Storm water carries pollution from the streets to the beach without treatment whenever it rains.

Of beaches which exceeded Connecticut’s daily maximum bacterial standards, Compo Beach exceeded them 2 percent of the monitored period in 2007 and Burying Hill Beach zero percent, the report said. No data was available for Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

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07/29/08 11:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Open Letter to Westport Teens

Open Letter to Westport Teens:

I, 7 months pregnant, was strolling down Main Street with my husband the other evening. A few small packs of teenagers were hanging around the area. We slowly neared one gang of teens whose scooters were blocking the sidewalk. One of them spotted us, told his buddies, “We have to get these off the sidewalk” and promptly moved his gear out of the way to let us through.

We walked through. I didn’t say “thank you.” I’m not sure why. Possibly because I was too busy being impressed that a bunch of adolescents would notice a random pregnant woman and her husband out for a quiet evening walk.

So thank you. Not just to the boy who moved his and his friend’s scooters, but to every young person in this town who steps out of their way to let me through, who smiles at my children, opens a door for us, or performs some other act of grace and kindness.

There are many of you in this town, and I notice every single one of you. I may not verbalize it (fine example I’m setting), but it’s young people like you who make me happy we moved here, and who make me hope our children grow up with the same courtesy and thoughtfulness.

Robin Chung


07/29/08 09:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Officer Down Image
A 24-year-old female Bridgeport police officer biking on a charity ride with 20 other Bridgeport officers on Westport’s Post Road East today was injured when she apparently hit a bump and flew over the handlebars. Westport EMS transported her to St. Vincent’s Hospital following the 11 a.m. accident in front of 1351 Post Road East near Morningside Drive. There was no word on her condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/29/08 03:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Scooter Savings Image
Bicycles and scooters are becoming more plentiful on Westport roadways as the price of fuel has soared.  Westporter Julie Cochran says her Yamaha motor scooter gets about 60 miles to the gallon when she uses it for errands to the library and around town.  She always wears her helmet. “My 2-year-old son tells me ‘to wear my helmet’ when I go out,” she says. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/29/08 01:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

John C. Gage Jr., 81

John C. Gage, Jr., formerly of Westport,  died Thursday, July 24, 2008, due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Born Feb. 23, 1927, in Manchester, N.H., Mr. Gage was the son of the late John and Mary (Glady’s) Gage.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Gage attended the University of New Hampshire and was a star football player, breaking the school rushing record in 1949 and holding it until 1973. Upon graduation, he moved to Connecticut working for the Connecticut Light and Power Company in Norwalk for 16 years and the Perkin Elmer Corporation in Wilton for 25 years.

During his tenure at Perkin Elmer, he managed the facilities department and a real estate portfolio of more than two million square feet.  As a corporate real estate professional, he was involved with many international organizations including SIOR, NACORE, and IDRC while serving as officer of many of the local chapters.

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Saugatuck Lights Image
Lights at dusk along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/29/08 04:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Abaca Duo


07/29/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Beach Lifeguards Win Lifeguard Triathlon Image
Westport’s Compo Beach lifeguards celebrate tonight after winning first place in both the men’s and women’s divisions of the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter American Red Cross Lifeguard Triathlon at Compo. The relay event included a half-mile swim, a 1.5 mile run, and a half-mile rescue board race. Other lifeguard squads competing included Norwalk, New Fairfield and Springfield, Mass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jack Harder for


07/29/08 03:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Enthusiastic Library Audience for Author Andre Dubus III Image
Author Andre Dubus III signs copies of his latest novel, “The Garden of Last Days,” at the Westport Public Library tonight following a talk to an enthusiastic audience. Dubus, whose previous novel “House of Sand and Fog” later became a movie, talked about his life and work. His new book focuses on one of the Sept. 11 hijackers, a dancer and a regular customer at the Florida strip club visited by the terrorists in the days before they committed their catastrophic crime. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/29/08 02:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, July 28, 2008

Keeping Cool Image
This golfer didn’t seem daunted as she found herself under the cool spray from an automatic sprinkler system today on the putting green at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/28/08 08:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Aftermath of Heavy Rains Image
A tree fell onto power lines on Sturges Highway near Meeker Road today resulting in a closure of Sturges Highway starting at the nearby Catamount Road intersection until the tree could be removed by a utility crew. Heavy rains over the weekend resulted in a number of trees on wires and trees down in Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/28/08 05:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Clouds Part and Sunset Comes Through Image
The clouds parted for a little while Sunday night so the sunset came through at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/28/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

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