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Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday, July 28, 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: Last names 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 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Andre Dubus III, “The Garden of Last Days”


07/28/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Brooks Jones, Producer, Dies at 73

David Brooks Jones, a producer and director who rejected Broadway to devote himself to regional theater, including starting and directing Pepsico Summerfare at the State University of New York at Purchase, died on July 15 at his Compo Mill home in Westport, The New York Times reported in its Monday edition. He was 73.

The cause was heart failure, his sister, Gloria Jones Borden, said, according to the newspaper.

The university provided 500 acres of lawns and gardens and four indoor theaters to Summerfare, and Pepsico contributed money (ultimately millions of dollars). But it was Jones who provided vision and direction for a 1980s summertime cultural happening that lasted a decade — and considerably longer in the memory of many visitors, the Times said.

He attracted major acts, from Henny Youngman to the Royal Hanneford Circus to the Feld Ballet, but it was his exuberant mix-and-match, something-for-everyone sensibility that defined the festival, the newspaper said.


07/28/08 03:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Catching Up Image
Doug Sheffer and Vera Zavoico Cole, members of the Staples High School class of 1968, do some catching up today during 40th reunion festivities at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ann Sheffer for


07/27/08 11:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Class of ‘68 Reunion: It Doesn’t Seem Like 40 Years Image
Memebers of the Staples High School class of 1968 gathered at Westport’s Compo Beach today under threatening skies as part of their 40th anniversary weekend festiivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ann Sheffer for


07/27/08 11:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Democrat Jim Himes: “Education is the Whole Ballgame” Image
Democrat Jim Himes, who is seeking to unseat Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in the 4th Congressional District, brought his campaign to Westport today in a 90-minute town meeting at the Westport Public Library. Himes, a Greenwich businessman, said he is emphasizing energy, health care, and education in his campaign. Calling for better schooling especially in the nation’s cities, he said: “Education is the whole ballgame—it’s national security.” Himes, who faces a primary challenge Aug. 12, said he expects to begin debates with Shays after Labor Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/27/08 09:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Packing Up Before the Storm Image
Visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach hurriedly packed up this afternoon as thunderstorms moved into the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/27/08 08:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued a thunderstorm warning for Westport and nearby areas.

It said National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing nickel-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour was in the area shortly before 4 p.m.


07/27/08 07:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt Pavilion Performance Moved to Saugatuck School

Tonight’s show at the Levitt Pavilion featuring the musical dance group, Mikata Salsa, will be moved indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., due to the threat of thunderstorms and the muddy condition of the Pavilion field, organizers announced.

Show time is 7 p.m. with pre-show festivities beginning at 6:15 p.m. They will include a mini-dance exhibition by students of Bridgeport’s Music and Arts Center for Humanity and a complimentary dance lesson.

Organizers reminded attendees that food and beverages are not allowed in the school auditorium.


07/27/08 07:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Severe Thurderstorm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Westport and portion of the tri-state area until 8 p.m.


07/27/08 05:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Family Outing Image
This family threesome enjoyed a lovely day Saturday in their kayak cutting across the bay from the marina at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/27/08 04:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: Last names A-K
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Cinderella’s Mice”
2 p.m. Westport Public Library McManus Room—Town meeting by Jim Himes, Democratic candidate for 4th Congressional District
7 p.m. - UPDATE Levitt Pavilion - Mikata Salsa (dance lesson at 6:15 p.m.) - performance moved to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., due to weather


07/27/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Returning to Westport Image
Former Westporter and 1983 Staples graduate Heather Hardy, an electronic violinist and vocalist and leader of the four-piece Lil’ Mama Band, entertained at the Levitt Pavilion tonight accompanied by three other instrumentalists, including another former Westporter, Josh Margolis, on the drums. Hardy, now residing in Tucson, is the daughter of Westporters Neil and Judy Hardy. Margolis, a resident of New York City, is the son of Westporters Emanuel and Estelle Margolis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/27/08 03:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Playing for a Good Cause Image
Bobby Q’s rooftop entertainment area on Westport’s Main Street was packed tonight as Lost in the Flood, the Bruce Springsteen cover band led by Westport’s Frank Bergonzi, performed with proceeds going to the Westport Fire Department firefighters’ union. The group in turn donates the proceeds to the Bridgeport Burn Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/27/08 02:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Talking History Image
Today’s Westport Historical Society tour of Saugatuck set out from the Saugatuck train station. Greeting participants were (l-r) Susan Gold, Society executive director, Ron Malone, co-tour guide and former Westport police chief, and Allen Raymond, co-tour guide and town historian. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/26/08 11:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Touring Historic Saugatuck Image
The Westport Historical Society took more than 20 people today on a walking tour of the Saugatuck area, once heavily Irish then Italian. The tour, led by Allen Raymond (with microphone), town historian, and Ron Malone, former Westport police chief, weaved stories about the area and the people in it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/26/08 11:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 31 Reichert Circle

31 Reichert Circle, Westport, CT 06880
An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 31 Reichert Circle off Cross Highway. Built in 1950, the 1242-square-foot, one-story ranch is located on a one-third-acre lot.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/26/08 11:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Welcoming Back the Spirits Image
Visitors join in some Japanese folk dancing today on Westport’s Jesup Green. The event marked Bon Odori, or Obon, and derives from a traditional Buddhist belief that deceased family members return for a visit once a year in the summer. The festival welcomes the spirits back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/26/08 09:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Hosts Japanese Folk Fest Image
For the fourth consecutive year, the Japan Society of Fairfield County today chose Westport’s Jesup Green for its annual Bon Odori celebration featuring drum playing and dancing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/26/08 09:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

How Does Your Garden Grow? Image
Gardens containing flowers and vegetables of all kinds were on display today as the Westport Community Gardens held its annual “open garden” at Hyde Lane near Long Lots Elementary School. With all gardens taken, there is a waiting list stretching into next year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/26/08 07:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Community Gardens on Display Image
Members of Westport’s Community Gardens held their annual “open garden” event today at the gardens at 13 Hyde Lane. Giant sunflowers grown by Westporter Ken Smith greeted visitors at the gardens’ entrance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/26/08 07:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Searching for Evidence Image
Westport police and firefighters today searched for a magazine from a .9-mm gun tossed out of a car by a suspect arrested in connection with a dispute at a Westport bank. Police recovered the pistol but were still looking for the magazine in waters of Sasco Creek on the Westport-Fairfield town line.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/26/08 05:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Arrest Man After Bank Dispute, Chase

UPDATE A 24-year-old former Westport man who got into a dispute with a bank on Post Road East took off on police today, tossing a gun out a window while fleeing at a high rate of speed. He later turned himself in at police Image
Westport police today searched for a magazine from a .9-mm gun tossed out of a car at the Westport-Fairfield town line by a man involved in a dispute at a Westport bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

The man, identified as Reed M. Benson of West Haven, became involved in a dispute on Friday at Westport National Bank, 1495 Post Road East near Maple Avenue North, investigators said. He vowed to return today. When he did before the bank’s opening, bank employees called police.

As an officer sought to question him, he took off in his car at a high rate of speed toward Fairfield. A few moments later, state police received calls that his car was spotted traveling erratically at a high rate of speed on I-95 southbound.

Meantime, Westport police received a call from someone saying that the driver of a car matching the description of the wanted vehicle had tossed what appeared to be a handgun out a window near Sasco Creek at the Westport-Fairfield town line.

More "Police Arrest Man After Bank Dispute, Chase"


07/26/08 02:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Busy as a Bee Image
A honey bee collects pollen Friday on a flower at Westport’s Colonial Green complex on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/26/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 26, 2008

9 a.m. - noon - Westport Community Gardens (13 Hyde Lane) - Annual Open Garden (rain date July 27)
10 a.m. - noon - Westport Senior Center - “Cooking Light in the Summertime” with Cecily Gans
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: Last names A-K
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Casual Knit & K’nosh
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - Bon Odori Japanese Summer Festival (rain date July 27)
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - New York-bound Saugatuck Train Station - Westport Historical Society’s Walking Tour of Historic Saugatuck
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Scramble”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Heather Hardy & the Lil’Mama Band


07/26/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Newlyweds Image
Newlyweds Julie and Tom McNamee of Westport, married on July 12 and just back from their honeymoon in Cancun, danced the night away tonight to the beat of the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) rock band at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/26/08 03:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt’s Biggest Draw of the Season is DNR Band Image
The perennially popular DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) eight-piece rock band—including four physicians and one attorney from Fairfield County—performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight before the largest audience of the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/26/08 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Summer Sail Image
Some sailors got in some early morning racing today off Westport’s Compo Beach South.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/26/08 01:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers July 7 - 11, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 7 - 11, 2008:

Pamela Camarda to Leslie Cohen, 248 Hillspoint Road, $3,360,000 WN property.jpg

David J. Schofield Jr. to Jeff S. and Brianne D. Ehrenkranz, 14 Treadwell Ave., $1,020,000

Jean S. Pierson to Julius and Esther Poliner, 35 Bridge St. Unit 207, $207,319

Corina B. Doebeli c/o Heinrich Baumann to Ari and Aliza Cohen, 16 Lone Pine Lane, $952,000

More "Westport Property Transfers July 7 - 11, 2008"


07/26/08 12:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Chadwick and I Have a Forever Family

husky/boxer/shepherd mix Chadwick needs a home
Hi, I’m Chadwick! Westport Animal Control Image
Chadwick. Westport Animal Control

Chadwick is a mix of many breeds (husky/boxer/shepherd) but they all have come together in a lovely combination. Whatever his lineage, Chadwick is one swell dog and is approximately four years old. The gray on his face is part of his handsome merle coloring. He has a wonderful calm and gentle temperament. He walks very well on a leash, knows his basic commands, and gives paw on both the left and right side. The Westport Animal Control officers made quite a few calls to Animal Controls in the area to make sure nobody was missing this fine fellow. How he ended up roaming in Westport is a mystery, but what is not a mystery is how much you will love him at your first meeting. He is a buddy dog, one that will walk with you with a clink of the leash, keep your feet warm at night, and give you a paw of support when you need it. Please call Westport Animal Control at (203)341-5076 to set up a time to meet Chadwick and get ready to lose your heart.


07/26/08 12:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, July 25, 2008

Tire Fun Image
These youngsters found fun on tires today at the playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


07/25/08 11:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

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