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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008


11 a.m. - noon - Earthplace - Pond and Stream Explorations
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
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
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Tryst”
6 p.m. - Commerce Bank (185 Main Street) - Dave Mason Band pre-concert Cocktail Party
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Dave Mason Band special benefits concert

   

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Westport Police Arrest Larceny Suspect

UPDATE Westport police tonight announced the arrest of an owner of a New York design company on larceny charges in connection with using more than $75,000 in clients’ funds for personal use.

A police announcement said Shawn Mazzuca, 48, who gave home addresses in Stamford and Saugerties, N.Y., was charged with larceny first degree and was held on $250,000 bond pending arraignment Monday in Norwalk Superior Court.

The announcement said Mazzuca was the owner of Park Studios in Saugerties, N.Y.

Muzzaca was arrested at the 59 Morningside Drive South home of a woman who reported Muzzaca had stolen her money, police said.

   

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 1 - 8, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 1 - 8, 2008:

Branegan Holdings LLC to Richard S. and Abby W. Sorota Trs., 7 Sugar Maple Lane, $2,200,000 WN property.jpg

17 Turkey Hill Rd S LLC to Lori A. and Michael J. Tansley, 17 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,995,000

Eric J. and Paige T. Strauss to Roy N. and Natalie S. Levitt, 15 St Johns Place, $1,010,000

Steven J. and Donna A. Bandrowczak to Prudential Relocation Inc., 28 Darbrook Road, $4,125,000

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08/22/08 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Oops

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When you try to drive a 13-foot-3 truck through a railroad underpass with a height restriction of 11-feet-4, something has to give. And it did on Westport’s Compo Road South this morning, shearing off the truck’s top but causing no injuries. The truck was making a delivery to Narrow Rocks Road. Traffic had to detour for more than five hours after the accident about 10:30 a.m. The accident ripped out telephone and cable wires as well as the town’s new fiber optic circuit to Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/22/08 06:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Accident Shuts Down Compo Road South

UPDATE A moving truck too tall for the railroad underpass on Westport’s Compo Road South sheared off the top of the truck today, causing closure of the busy roadway for more than five hours.WestportNow.com Image
A moving truck carrying household goods had its top sheared off today by the railroad underpass on Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

No one was injured in the mishap at about 10:15 a.m. and there was no structural damage to the Metro-North rail line, but the truck was heavily damaged and possibly some of its contents, fire officials said. The roadway was reopened at 3:42 p.m.

The truck took out some cable and telephone wires as well as a Town of Westport fiber optic circuit that go under the underpass in the southbound lane but did not touch a high voltage line on the opposite side of the roadway.

Police called a heavy duty wrecker to remove the truck, which was registered in New York. The underpass has large signs showing clearance of just over 11 feet. The truck was more than 13 feet in height.

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08/22/08 02:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Teen Mother Pleads Guilty, Gives Up Baby

A teenage mother arrested by Westport police last month in a baby-shaking case has taken a plea bargain and agreed to give up parental rights to her 13-week-old daughter, who was severely injured in the incident.

Samantha Carr, 17, of Lyndonville, Vt., pleaded guilty Thursday in Stamford Superior Court to risk of injury to a minor. A judge is expected to sentence her to five years of probation in October.

Westport police arrested Carr on July 2. They say she watched as her boyfriend, James Lane, 19, shook the girl when she wouldn’t stop crying during a visit to Lane’s great-grandmother’s home. (See WestportNow July 3, 2008)

Charges remain pending against Lane, also of Lyndonville, who is the baby’s father. Officials say the baby suffered four fractured ribs and bleeding in her brain, and may have brain damage.

   

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Beach Colors

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Bright blue skies mixed with some colorful beach umbrellas Thursday at Westport’s Compo Beach. The umbrellas provided not only shade but with discretely placed chairs, towels and a bag also a measure of privacy for sunbathing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, August 22, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
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
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie opening reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II opening reception and awards ceremony
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Forward, Forward w/ The Files and Fires,The Fighting Polygon Team, Clay Garner, and Surviving Kenny
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Tryst”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Celebration

   

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Watermelon Delight

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Under the watchful eye of a sea gull, a young visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach today enjoys some watermelon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Shoppers Flock to Crate & Barrel on Opening Day

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The nation’s economy and housing market might be soft, but you wouldn’t know it from the opening day turnout today at Westport’s new Crate & Barrel store at 1200 Post Road East in the former Carriage Hill South complex. A sales associate said crowds and sales “exceeded expectations.” The two-story, 37,000-square foot facility also boosts Westport’s economy by employing more than 60 full and part-time workers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/21/08 11:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Smiles as Crate & Barrel Debuts Westport Store

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Crate & Barrel executives said they have been seeking a Westport location for 12 years and today the quest became reality with the opening of a 37,000-square foot facility at 1200 Post Road East.  Co-manager Raul Montero (l) and sales associate Drew Foster, a Westport resident, celebrated a successful opening day for the national retailer of contemporary furniture and housewares. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/21/08 11:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

I-95 Accident Sends One Woman to Hospital

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A three-vehicle accident tied up traffic today at about 2:30 p.m. on Interstate-95 southbound between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport near the Elaine Road overpass. A woman suffered a hand injury when her airbag deployed and was transferred to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS, according to Assistant Fire Chief Bill Dingee. As a result of the accident, traffic on Greens Farms Road and Bridge Street became backed up as well. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/21/08 08:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Window

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Visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach Wednesday view the many activities on the beach and on Long Island Sound as well as the passing parade through the open windows of the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, August 21, 2008


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. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Practice SAT Test w/ Kaplan
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Batteries Not Included” (1987)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jodi Keogan & Company
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Tryst”

   

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In Gear

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Eric Hebert (l), a paramedic with the EMS Division of the Westport Police Department, gets a hand with his diving gear today from Sgt. Sam Arciola at the pool at Longshore Club Park. Hebert and Peter Nicchio of the Westport Fire Department, new recruits to the combined police and fire dive team, underwent rescue training under the supervision of Arciola and Sgt. Foti Koskinas. Both Hebert and Nicchio will soon be attending an extensive rescue dive training program in Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

08/21/08 02:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bradley House Set for Open House

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Almost four years after WestportNow first spotlighted the planned teardown of the circa 1800 Abel Bradley House at 131 Sturges Highway on the Westport-Fairfield line, the renovated structure is on the market for $3,695,000. Workers today were putting final touches on the 7,168-square foot colonial on a 2.7-acre plot in advance of a broker’s open house Thursday. A protracted battle between preservationists and developers that drew national attention ended with the saving of the house and incorporating it in the new home. The developers received a Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Award for their efforts to preserve the structure. (See WestportNow Aug. 22, 2007) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Police Urge Caution as Students Head Back to School

Westport police have urged motorists to be especially cautious as students head back to school next week and reminded them that the fine for passing a stopped school bus is $460.

Police units are already operating radar and selective enforcement details in school zones and along school bus routes, said John Parisi, public safety officer.

In addition to the extra patrols, officers will be assigned to follow school buses for violations and to position themselves to observe violations at certain bus stops, he said.

Parisi urged residents to allow extra time for travel in the morning.

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Westport’s Crate & Barrel Opens Thursday

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Westport’s new Crate & Barrel store opens at 10 a.m. Thursday at 1200 Post Road East, the former Carriage Hill South. The national retailer of contemporary furniture and housewares occupies 37,000 square feet and will employ about 60 full and part-time people. An advertisement on a bag wrapper for some home-delivered copies of today’s New York Times mistakenly said the store was open. Employees had to be deployed outside to tell would-be shoppers they had to wait a day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Donald P. Laraja, 58

Donald P. Laraja, 58, artist and graphic designer, of Burgaw, N.C., formerly of Westport,  passed away Aug. 9, 2008, of acute Lymphoma in the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington, N.C.

Survivors include his mother, Ann P. Laraja of Westport, one sister, Dianne Gilmore of Norwalk, two nieces, Mika and Emma Gilmore, and cousins Judith Cromer of Willard, N.C., and Richard Dupre of Weston. Donald was predeceased by his father, Frank D. Laraja.

At the request of the family, all services were private. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, assisted the family with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physician’s Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401  

   

08/20/08 08:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers July 28 - Aug. 1, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 28 - Aug. 1, 2008:

Rory J. and Karen J. Nichols to Nils and Alexandra Boenicke, 14 Lamp Light Lane, $1,245,000 WN property.jpg

Heritage Building Group LLC to Richard N. Glaser and Mary E Brumbaugh, 2 Half Mile Common, $1,970,900

William D. Hutchinson Est. to Melody S. Ware, 47 Whitney Glen, $509,000

William M. and Beverly S. Stenson to Larry M. and Georgia S. Wasserman, 9 McMahon Lane, $1,775,000

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08/20/08 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Winner

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Today was another winner of a beach day at Westport’s Compo Beach—sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s and low humidity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Wanda Knoebel, 75

Wanda Knoebel, 75, of Bridgeport formerly of Westport, wife of the late Robert D. Knoebel, passed away July 14, 2008, in Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport.

Mrs. Knoebel was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Jefferson County, Ind., on the family tobacco farm, daughter of the late Russell and Estel (Hutsell) Nighbert and had resided in Westport for many years prior to moving to The Watermark in Bridgeport.

A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Knoebel was an avid tennis player and an active fund-raiser in town for various Republican Party activities.

Survivors include one son, Robert Knoebel of Ketchum, Idaho,; two daughters, Cindy Knoebel of New York City, and Peggy Knoebel of Portland, Ore.; one sister, Zelma Schirmer and her husband George of Madison, Ind., and one brother, Bill Nighbert and his wife June of Madison, Ind. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Knoebel was also predeceased by one son, Jeffrey Knoebel and one sister Ruth Comingore.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial mass at 10 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2008, at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport. The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Knoebel may be made to the Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880

   

08/20/08 03:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Riding the Waves

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Tuesday’s sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s made for good water skiing off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008


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
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Tryst”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Town Hall South Field Playground - Coleytown Elementary School Playground Gathering
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Dirty Sock Funtime Band
7:45 p.m. – Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee

   

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Ballet at the Levitt

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The Connecticut Ballet entertained at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. The 16-member troupe performed a mixed repertory described by Artistic Director and CEO Brett Raphael as a “pop program that has something for everyone—light and entertaining without a 20-minute aria to expose a variety of ballet including classic, contemporary and musical theater for general audiences.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/20/08 02:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Connecticut’s Only Year-Round Professional Ballet Company

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The Connecticut Ballet performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight for the third successive year. The 16-member troupe was founded in 1981 by choreographers Brett Raphael and Luk de Layress. Its official debut took place (under the company’s former title, Ballet Today) at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Shortly thereafter, the company made its Connecticut debut at the Stamford Center for the Arts, where it became a resident performing company in 1986. It is the only year-round professional ballet company in the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/20/08 02:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Careful Balance

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Tonight’s Connecticut Ballet performance at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion had a little of everything to please a general audience. Kimberly Levesque, company manager, said “the Levitt gives us a chance to introduce kids to ballet and hopefully light a spark.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/20/08 02:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Perhaps a Future Ballerina

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Taking in the finer points of the Connecticut Ballet performance tonight at the Levitt Pavilion were Anna Moody, 3, of Westport and her mother, Perry. Anna, who wore her ballerina costume, will start ballet lessons soon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

iPod Mom

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A mother rolls along Westport’s Hillspoint Road, iPod and stroller in hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Arthur M. Mikesell, 76

Arthur M. Mikesell, husband of Carol Butler Mikesell, died Friday, Aug. 8 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 76.

Born in Ovid, Mich., July 3, 1932, son of the late Arthur L. and Sheila (Cronin) Mikesell, he was a Westport resident for the past 46 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Mikesell had a successful career in publishing and public relations.

Known to most of his friends as Mike, Mr. Mikesell began his career as a humorist, but after a brief stint with Army Intelligence following the Korean War, he found himself in the world of publishing.

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