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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Insider Arts: How Big Did You Dream?

By Ina B. Chadwick

Special to WestportNow

Native Westporter Tommy Greenwald, now 47, acknowledges that at age 31 he was as close to winning the fame and fortune lottery as any Broadway musician/writer ever gets. 

Back then, he was a copywriter moonlighting in theater when his critically acclaimed musical, “John & Jen,” co-written with Andrew Lippa, debuted in 1993 at Goodspeed Opera House. It moved to the off-Broadway Lambs Theater two years later.

“It was a long shot on the money end,” he says. “In movies, you can sell something and make a bundle, but not in live theater.”

“I’m still a creative,” says Greenwald, now a superstar at Spotco, the preeminent advertising agency for productions such as “Billy Elliot” and “August Osage County,” to name just a few.

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Having Fun at Fishing Camp Image
Even though it was raining lightly, nine youngsters participating in Westport’s Greens Farms Academy Fishing Camp were busy today at the Burying Hill Channel casting and reeling in trying to land the big one. Anthony Cochran (red shirt), 9, of Westport got some help from eighth grade teacher Seth Pianka in landing his 26 ½ inch striped sea bass. After measuring the fish, they decided it was not long enough to keep so it was thrown back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/24/09 09:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Presenting Fireworks Ticket No. 1 Image
The Westport Police Athletic League will once again be sponsoring Westport’s Independence Day fireworks celebration at Compo Beach on Friday, July 3 with the famed Grucci fireworks family in charge. Tickets at $30 per car are on sale at the Police Department and the Parks & Recreation Offices at Longshore Club Park. Westport’s Lydian Asset Management once again is sponsoring the event. Pictured is Police Chief Al Fiore presenting ticket No. 1 to Dave Friezo of Lydian while Lydian staff members look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunrise Road Closed Image
Westport’s Sunrise Road in the Saugatuck area was closed for a period today as town paving work took place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Property Transfers June 1 - 5, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 1 - 5, 2009:

Cornelia R. O’Neil Est. to 3 Turkey Hill Circle LLC, 3 Turkey Hill Circle, $1,187,500WN property.jpg

Helen Paulsen to Kenneth T. Hickey, 47 Strathmore Lane, $405,000

Kenneth S. and Lucine A. King to Keith A. and Jessica E. Larit, 3 Raphael Way, $950,350

Suzanne P. Hiatt to Dominick J. and Annette J. Fiorenza, 58 Strathmore Lane, $365,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Rockland Place Image
A request is in process for an application to demolish the house at 5 Rockland Place off Compo Road South. Built in 1900, the one-story ranch has 1,018 square feet and is situated on a 0.2-acre lot. The current residents intend to rebuild on the site. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission at its August meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Jetty Fun Image
Some visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach on Tuesday had some fun along the jetty. Cloudy skies, rain, and occasional sunshine continued to be the weather order of the day. Today’s forecast is not much better, calling for cloudy skies and scattered showers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission Handbook Project
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “2009 Solos Show”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “tick, tick ... Boom!” (preview)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Government Efficiency Committee


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Warm Reception for Playhouse’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” Image
There was a warm reception tonight for the first preview performance of the Westport Country Playhouse’s “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” The cast includes (l-r) Pearl Sun, Colin Hanlon and Wilson Cruz. The director, Scott Schwartz, directed the original off-Broadway production as well as the national tour, London and Los Angeles productions.  The play runs through July 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/24/09 03:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Police Nab Three for Using Fraudulent ID at Bank

Westport police arrested three New York men today they said were involved in an attempt to use fraudulent identification to make a withdrawal from a Westport bank.

The department said it received a call from Bank of America at 126 Post Road East at about 3:30 p.m. reporting that a male had just attempted to withdraw $4,000 from an account using a fraudulent identification.

When he realized he was not getting the money, he made a hasty exit, said Sergeant Jerry Shannon. Police broadcast a description of the car to all units and a few minutes later, Officer Thomas Casimiro spotted the suspect car turning on the Sherwood Island Connector.

The car was stopped entering the north-bound ramp at Exit 18 with three males inside, Shannon said. The passenger in the rear seat matched the description of the male who attempted the fraudulent transaction at Bank of America.

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Westporter Says State Found No Evidence of Customer Abuse

The Westporter who heads a Stamford-based energy company which has agreed to refund $2.1 million in credits and cash for overcharging customers last summer said today the state found no evidence of intentional customer abuse. Image
Jeffrey Mayer “Customers were compensated for any mistakes.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo

“After an investigation of our retail electricity business, the state bodies made no finding of intentional customer protection abuse,” said MXenergy CEO Jeffrey Mayer in a statement. Mayer is the Democratic chair of Westport’s Board of Finance.

“In fact, they confirmed what we ourselves discovered after an internal investigation,” he said. “We have taken several steps to make sure that all customers were compensated for any mistakes we may have made.”

The Department of Utility Control (DPUC) began its investigation in August 2008, and was joined by the Office of the Attorney General and Office of Consumer Counsel.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Andrew B. Chapo, 83

Andrew “Ande” B. Chapo of Johnson City, Tenn., a former Westport police officer wounded in a July 4, 1961 shootout, died June 13. He was 83.

He was born March 12, 1926, in Riley, W.Va.,, the son of Andrew Chapo and Mary Lusckay. He grew up in the coal mining region of western Pennsylvania, and later moved to Norwalk.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, served in the Atlantic and Pacific as a gunner in the armed guard on board the USS Thomas Meagher, and was honorably discharged.

After the war, he returned to Connecticut and worked for several machine shops and the Pedersen Golf Company, before beginning his career as a police officer in Westport.

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06/23/09 11:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sand Blasting Image
.A player at Westport’s Longshore Golf Club today drove his ball into a sand trap and was able to blast it out and on to the green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/23/09 09:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Rotary Honors Police Chief, Others Image
Westport Police Chief Al Fiore was one of eight persons honored with a Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Westport Rotary Club today at a recognition luncheon at the Inn at Longshore. Club member John Shuck presented the award to Fiore. Others honored included Rick Benson, Tom Granger, Johanna Kilbourn, Bunny Mostad, Janice Perna-Nicholas, Marty Resnick and Sandra Urist. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is earned by individuals who contribute, or in whose honor or memory is contributed, $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation or Rotary International. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/23/09 09:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

First County Bank Aids Westport Nonprofits

The First County Bank Foundation announced today it has awarded three Westport organizations grants totaling $17,500 in its efforts to help older citizens, children and families of lower Fairfield County.

The foundation awarded $2,500 to the Home Delivered Meals Program, operated by the Westport Department of Human Services. It was the first time the foundation has awarded Home Delivered Meals of Westport grant money.

A $10,000 grant went to the Interfaith Housing Association (IHA)—the sixth year in a row the foundation contributed money to the organization which aids the homeless.

The foundation made a $5,000 grant to Project Return, a therapeutic, residential home for teenage girls aged 14 to 18 in crisis

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06/23/09 02:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Sailing School Scholarships Available

The Friends of Longshore Sailing School, recognizing the difficult economy, has decided to increase its scholarship support for youngsters wanting to enroll at the Westport-based school this summer.

The private foundation, created in 2000 to provide, protect and preserve public sailing and boating safety education facilities, will increase its support from six to eight scholarships for those wanting to enroll in Longshore’s junior boating and sailing programs, an announcement said. 

The Friends fund the scholarships through a cash contribution to the Town of Westport Department of Social Services, which then screens eligible applicants and disburses program fees accordingly, the announcement said.

For more information, contact Patty Haberstroh in the Town of Westport Youth Services Department at (203)341-1069 or Longshore Sailing School at (203)226-4646.


06/23/09 02:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Back to School Image
Despite the weather, the Longshore Sailing School opened the first day of the first session Monday. With intermittent rain showers and gusty winds, the students stayed close to shore as their instructors taught or reviewed some basic sailing skills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “2009 Solos Show”
10 a.m. – Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Gran Torino” (2008)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “tick, tick ... Boom!” (preview)


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Cannon Play Image
Today’s intermittent rain kept many people away from the beaches, but this youngster found playing on the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach a good way to pass the time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


06/22/09 11:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coastal Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a coastal flood warning for Westport and area which is in effect from 8 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Tidal departures of 1 to 2 feet above normal will produce moderate coastal flooding at the times of high tide tonight, mainly west of Bridgeport and west of Smithtown, Long Island, an advisory said.

A coastal flood warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent, the advisory said.

Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property, the advisory said.


06/22/09 07:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to Texas Image
Seventeen girls on the Westport Weston Family Y exhibition gymnastic team are traveling to Fort Worth, Texas, and the United States Gymnastic Federation International Festival for seven days. They will compete in a “Gymnastics for All Challenge” against teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Denmark and Alaska. The Westport Weston Family Y team has also been chosen as the USA delegation team to perform at a special evening performance sponsored by the Pan American Union and the International Federation of Gymnastics as well as other performances. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/22/09 01:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

First Day of Summer Brings Changing Weather Image
Threatening skies did not make for ideal beach weather Sunday, but many Westporters took advantage of the intermittent sunshine and warm temperatures to enjoy relaxing and /or picnics at Compo Beach. The changing weather produced a dramatic cloud formation and vivid light effects on the first day of summer and Father’s Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Monday, June 22, 2009

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “2009 Solos Show”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Nero w/ Bluebird Handwriting
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

At Least it Wasn’t a Rainout Image
The first day of summer and Father’s Day today saw changing weather with occasional sunshine and dramatic cloud formations that kept many people from making it a boating Sunday. View is the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Fair Sunday at the Fair Image
The Yankee Doodle Fair closed out its 2009 run today with enthusiastic visitors despite changing weather that saw sunny and overcast skies but no rain. Bad weather hit the Westport Woman Club’s annual event on Thursday and Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for


06/21/09 11:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Break in the Weather Image
Visitors to the Westport Woman’s Club closing day of its annual Yankee Doodle Fair had to dodge a few puddles but the weather did not repeat the rains of recent days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for


06/21/09 11:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Conte’s Opens at Westport Inn Image
Conte’s Restaurant, formerly at 540 Riverside Ave. (see WestportNow March 26, 2009 and April 11, 2009) has opened for business at the Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East. The restaurant will be open six days a week, closed Mondays. It will serve a Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lunch Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. After 11 p.m., there will be a bar menu. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/09 05:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Reflections Along Longshore Channel Image
Reflections along the channel near Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Sunday, June 21, 2009 - Father’s Day

1:45 a.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Summer Solstice
11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “2009 Solos Show”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - 2009 Yankee Doodle Fair (Carnival Rides 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Mystery Reading Group: “Father Brown: The Essential Tales”


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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pontiac—the Search is On

As part of the latest GM bankruptcy proceedings, the Pontiac brand, founded in 1926, will cease to exist in 2010.

“We are saddened to learn of the demise of an American icon,” said Chairman and Founder of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Bill Scheffler of Westport.

“But rather than look at it passively, we have decided to address the significance of this event for the American car enthusiast by bringing together a unique collection of Pontiac automobiles, among them America’s oldest Pontiac as well as the oldest Pontiac still with its original owner.”

“But we are going even further,” said fellow Westporter John Shuck, co-founder of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance and its director of operations.

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