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Thursday, July 02, 2009

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A banner at Westport’s Compo Beach reminds visitors of the PAL fireworks on Friday. Tickets are available at the Westport Police Department and at the Westport Parks and Recreation offices at Longshore Club Park. Tickets are $30 per car and must be purchased in advance. The rain date is Monday. On Friday, Compo Beach will be closed at 4 p.m. and reopened at 5 p.m. for fireworks ticket holders. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. See a video of last year’s fireworks here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/02/09 12:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Surfing the Sound Image
Wind surfers and kite surfers were in the waters of Long Island Sound Wednesday off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
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”
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Crazy Hair Day (Grades 2-4)
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Family Program: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “tick, tick ... Boom!”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Paul King Big Band Orchestra


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There was some minor flooding at the former Allen’s Clam House property on Sherwood Mill Pond today after the thunderstorm at high tide.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Fireworks to Feature For The Heart Musical Revue

Westport’s Independence Day fireworks this year will have a new feature—the Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) will present the musical revue ensemble For The Image
The For the Heart ensemble from the Connecticut Music Theatre will perform before the fireworks on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The group will perform from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday by the cannons at Compo Beach. The fireworks will go off at 9:15 p.m. Car passes at $30 are available at Westport police headquarters and the Parls & Rec Department office at Longshore.

Founded in 2005 by MTC student Caley Beretta, For The Heart is a community service group that has been performing classic Broadway show tunes at elderly assisted living facilities as well as special performances for events, including Westport/Weston First Night.

The group started with eight friends and has grown to feature more than 40 performers. Friday’s performance will mark For The Heart’s 25th show.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Westport Wash & Wax Aids IHA for Ninth Year Image
For the ninth year, Westport Wash & Wax has turned over Good Neighbor Day receipts to Interfaith Housing Association (IHA)/Homes with Hope.The day-long fund-raiser was held last week. Pictured at the check presentation are (l-r) Kirsten Allen, IHA community relations assistant; The Rev. Peter Powell, IHA president and CEO, and Westport Wash & Wax owners Scott Tiefenthaler and Craig Tiefenthaler. “Thanks to their support, we are able to provide the best of services to our clients and especially to continue to provide supportive housing and emergency shelter,” said Powell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Karen Mahar for


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Westport’s Jesup Road was partially closed to traffic today as the town’s paving program included the busy roadway in its repaving program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Levitt Program Moves Indoors

The Levitt Pavilion’s children’s series will open tonight with the Hall family, but the show will be moved indoors to Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave., due to the threat of thunderstorms. 

Show time is 7 p.m. and admission is free.


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Tractor-Trailer Takes Down Wires on Riverside Avenue

UPDATE A tractor-trailer today took down wires in Bridge Square at the intersection of Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue—the second such accident there in three weeks.

Police initially closed off the intersection as they awaited utility crews to respond to the scene. But after assessing the situation, they reopened the roadway to traffic as the downed wires were off the roadway. There were no injuries.

The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. as the evening rush hour train traffic was about to begin. The tractor-trailer was able to move across the street to the parking lot of the former Conte’s Restaurant.

In the early morning hours of June 13, another tractor-trailer brought down wires at the same intersection. (See WestportNow June 13, 2009)


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Flash Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flash flood watch for Westport and area from midnight tonight through Thursday evening.

Recent heavy rainfall has left saturated soil conditions across the area, a late afternoon advisory said.

Weak low pressure and an associated warm front moving up toward the area from the south will spark numerous showers and thunderstorms from late tonight into Thursday evening, some of which may produce torrential rainfall, it said.

Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts of 2 to 4 inches could lead to flash flooding of small streams, urban and poor drainage areas, the advisory said.


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Himes Announces Funding for Westport Fire Department

Congressman Jim Himes has secured $265,000 in federal funds for the Westport Fire Department to replace an aging emergency generator at fire Image
Jim Himes:“This funding…will improve the safety of our entire region.”Contributed photo

“Maintaining our ability to respond to disasters and terrorist attacks is critical to our personal and economic security,” said Himes in supporting the appropriation, part of a Homeland Security appropriations bill. “This funding for the Westport generator will improve the safety of our entire region.”

The Westport Fire Headquarters houses Westport’s Emergency Operations Center as well as units from the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Response Team and the Regional Communications and Command Response Unit.

The funding will allow the purchase of a new generator that will supply emergency standby power for the entire headquarters complex. Without the new generator, the ability to maintain and receive communications from other agencies during an emergency could be significantly compromised, Himes said.

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Wind gusts of about 20 miles per hour, much less than the 60 mph forecasters said was possible, accompanied the thunderstorm that moved through the Westport area shortly before 1 p.m. today. Scene is Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untemeyer for


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This was the view from Westport’s Compo Beach as a severe thunderstorm hit the Westport area shortly before 1 p.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Severe Thunderstorm Moves Through Area

UPDATE A severe thunderstorm moved through the Westport area shortly before 1 p.m. today, dropping about a half inch of rain before moving off to the Image
Westport firefighters today investigated a possible lightning strike at this house on Victoria Lane off Cross Highway.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

A National Weather Service advisory said a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area at 12:22 p.m. and the storm hit the Westport area about 20 minutes later.

While the advisory said the storm was capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, unofficial readings said gusts reached no more than 18-20 mph.

Westport firefighters responded to a reported lightning strike on Victoria Lane off Cross Highway.

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Train Delays Reported

UPDATE All trains into and out of Grand Central Terminal are experiencing up to 15 minute delays due to track conditions, Metro-North Railroad said.

By 10 a..m, the railroad reported near normal service had been resumed.


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Manitou Court Image
Westport regulators are reviewing an application to acquire a demolition permit for a house at 8 Manitou Court in the Compo Road South area.  The 1965-built, two-story brick colonial has 2,772 square feet and is situated on a 2.76-acre waterfront property. Ownership changed hands in February at $3.125 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Some hanging baskets add color at Christie’s Country Store on Westport’s Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – UN Hospitality Committee
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”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “tick, tick ... Boom!”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family (pre-show festivities at 6:30 p.m.)—Show moved to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., due to threat of thunderstorms.
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board


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Joseph A. Milici, 82

Joseph Anthony Milici of Fort Myers, Fla., longtime owner of Oscar’s Delicatessen on Westport’s Main Street, died June 26. He was 82.

He bought the iconic eatery from founder Oscar Siskin in 1968 after coming to Westport seven years earlier to manage a beauty salon. Later he brought in Fairfielder Lee Papageorge, who had worked at Oscar’s while in high school, as a business partner.

In 1974, they moved into a larger space on Main Street and bought the building to protect from rent increases. Milici later sold out to Papageorge, who runs the business today.

Born April 26, 1927, of Italian immigrants in the Bronx, N.Y., Milici grew up during the Depression. He served in the U.S. Army and afterwards worked for a bartender for a while and then became a hairdresser.

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Joseph J. Phillips Jr., 68

Joseph J. Phillips Jr., a former Cincinnati Enquirer education reporter and amateur radio columnist, died June 20 of a pulmonary embolism at his home in Fairfield, Ohio.

He was 68.

Mr. Phillips retired from a 28-year career as an English teacher for the Princeton Schools in 1999.

He reported on education for The Enquirer in 1970-1971. During the 1980s, he wrote a twice-monthly column for the paper called “Ham call.”

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Judge Douglas Mintz and Roberta Palmer of the judicial branch of the Stamford Superior Court told the Westport Rotary Club today that Connecticut offers the most advanced in the nation foreclosure mediation program to help homeowners who are at risk of foreclosures. Palmer, director of the state’s program, said that only 35 percent of those eligible for foreclosure mediation have applied for the benefits of the program. According to Mintz and Palmer, in the period from July 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009, the program has succeeded in modifying the loans for 948 houses and mediated arrangements for 1,313 families to remain in their houses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Harry Zeimer, 88

Harry Zeimer, 88, of Westport, husband of the late Isabell Colon Zeimer, passed away Monday, June 29 in Norwalk Hospital

Mr. Zeimer was born in New York City, Oct. 16, 1920, son of the late Max and Kate (Karnel) Zeimer and has been a resident of Westport for the past four years.

Prior to moving to Westport, Mr. Zeimer had been a longtime resident of Bronxville, N.Y.  Before retiring, Mr. Zeimer was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Knights of Pythians. 

Survivors include four grandchildren, Melisa C. Didio and her husband Mark of Westport, Marysol Donaldson and her husband Frank of Westport, Andrew Castro and his wife Lynne of Beechwood, N.J., and Keith Castro of Yonkers, N.Y.; eight great grandchildren, Isabella, Mark, McKenzie and Mia Didio, Liam and Gavin Donaldson, and Nicholas and Andrew Castro. Mr. Zeimer was also predeceased by one son, Andres Castro.

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