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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Westport and area until 11 p.m.

   

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

Comings and Goings: Amy Simon Fine Art Relocates

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Amy Simon Fine Art, formerly at Westport’s Playhouse Square, has relocated to the Old Sasco Mill,1869 Post Road East. Phone (203)259-1500, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), http://www.amysimonfineart.com. The gallery hours are 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and by appointment.  The gallery specializes in contemporary art by established and emerging artists in all mediums. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

07/26/09 05:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tonight’s Levitt Program Moved Indoors

Tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion performance starring multiple Grammy Award-winners Roomful of Blues will move indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., based on the weather forecast, organizers announced.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and admission is free. 

   

07/26/09 02:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flash Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flash flood watch for Westport and area from noon today until late tonight.

An advisory said areas of heavy rainfall the last couple of days have left the ground saturated.

Additional showers and thunderstorms today and tonight could produce locally significant rainfall in a short period of time.

Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour are possible, the advisory said. Local rainfall totals could be 2 or more inches.

   

07/26/09 12:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trying to Hold the Line

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A view along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/26/09 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Roomful of Blues

   

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Taking in the View

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A couple took in the view of Long Island Sound waters today from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

07/26/09 12:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Suits Filed in 2008 Longshore Sailing Drowning

The father of a 3-year-old girl who drowned in a Longshore Sailing School accident last summer is seeking at least $5 million in damages from the Westport school and its teenage instructor, according to court documents.

A suit filed June 27 in Stamford Superior Court and transferred this month to federal court alleges that the school assigned an inexperienced instructor to the boat, failed to equip it with proper safety equipment, and failed to ensure Alexandra Vitale’s personal flotation device was properly fitted.

The 18-year-old sailing instructor, Katherine Durie, took Alexandra on the Hobie Cat on Aug. 26, 2008, along with Alexandra’s cousins William Howell, 3, and Andrew Howell, 6. They were sailing near Cockenoe Island, when a gust of wind blew over their catamaran. The others were rescued safely. (See WestportNow Aug. 29, 2008)

Michael Vitale’s lawsuit was met with a countersuit by the sailing school against Daniela Howell, a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident and Alexandra’s aunt.

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07/25/09 08:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Kayaking for a Good Cause

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Westporter June Eichbaum completed a 14-mile Long Island Sound kayak crossing today in the ninth annual Kayak for a Cause fund-raiser.The event featured more than 200 individuals who participated on behalf of a half dozen local charities. Eichbaum paddled in a pod of Norwalk Maritime Center volunteers. The kayakers departed from Huntington, Long Island and came ashore at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

07/25/09 07:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Community Gardens Welcomes Visitors

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Members of he Westport Community Gardens on Hyde Lane held an open house for the community today to show off their efforts. Despite recent heavy rains, the gardeners said they were managing to grow a variety of vegetables and flowers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

07/25/09 06:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Working the Garden

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Some gardeners at the Westport Community Gardens on Hyde Lane were busy today working their plots during a garden open house for the community. Organizers said there is a waiting list for garden plots and they are seeking to expand their project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

07/25/09 06:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Planting Under Way at Staples Edible Garden

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Planting got under way today at the new Staples Edible Garden at Westport’s Staples High School. The project was funded by the nonprofit Green Village Initiative, a Westport grass roots organization established to support people and organizations passionate about creating local environmental and community change. It is intended to serve as a teaching tool for Staples students with the produce grown to be served in the high school cafeteria. The newly installed protected planting area behind the school adjacent to the playing fields includes raised beds and built in watering and hoses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 04:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lending a Hand

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Kate Greenberg and her daughter Hannah, a Staples junior, work together today as planting began at the new Staples Edible Garden at Westport’s Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 04:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Kicking Off the Staples Edible Garden

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (wearing tie) stopped by to congratulate and pose for a picture with volunteers planting the Staples Edible Garden at Staples High School today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

07/25/09 04:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Rotary Centennial House a Reality

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After five years of efforts, Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association/Homes of Hope finally was able today to dedicate its new supportive housing facility at 10 West End Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck area. The six units will soon house four single adults and two single parents with each with a child. The facility will be known as the Westport Rotary Centennial House because of the initial support for the project by Westport’s two Rotary clubs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 04:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Dream Come True

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Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association (IHA)/Homes of Hope cut the ribbon today for its new supportive housing facility at 10 West End Ave. Started with $50,000 in donations from Westport’s two Rotary Clubs, the project eventually won state and federal funding after overcoming initial neighbor opposition and lengthy red tape. The first tenants will move in next month.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 04:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Rotarians View Centennial House

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Members of Westport’s two Rotary clubs posed for a picture today in front of the new Westport Rotary Centennial House at 10 West End Ave. which the clubs helped finance for Interfaith Housing Association/Homes of Hope. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 04:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Severe Thunderstorm Moves Through Westport Area

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A severe thunderstorm moved through the Westport area late Friday night and early today. The storm knocked out power to about a dozen homes and kept firefighters busy responding to automatic alarms and possible lightning strikes. This view was taken by a WestportNow reader in the vicinity of 118 Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Greenberg for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 05:44 AM Comments () • Permalink

Mother Nature’s Fury

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A WestportNow reader took this picture with his cell phone early today as a severe thunderstorm moved through the Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Thomas Kolkoski for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 04:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Stranded

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Riders on a Metro-North New Haven Line train carrying Connecticut residents home from Yankee Stadium late Friday night found themselves stranded at the South Norwalk station after a lightning strike knocked out signals on the railroad bridge spanning South Norwalk and East Norwalk. Conductors said the train could not move until the signals were restored. Many Westporters took cabs to the Westport station instead of waiting for the signals to be repaired. Train service was delayed at least 45 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/25/09 04:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 25, 2009


11 a.m. - Earthplace - Pond & Stream Explorations (wear footwear that can get wet)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke

   

07/25/09 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Police Issue Warrant in Westport Bank Robbery

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Anthony Hall: sought in July 10 bank robbery. Contributed photo
Westport police said today they have issued a warrant for the arrest of Anthony Hall, 38, of Uncasville, Conn., in connection with the July 10 robbery of the Hudson Valley Bank on Post Road West.

A police statement said Westport police and East Haven police developed information about Hall and that East Haven and Waterford police had also obtained arrest warrants for him.

Police said Hall is considered armed and dangerous and anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts are asked to call Westport police at (203) 341-6000.

No one was injured in the Hudson Valley Bank robbery in which the suspect escaped with an undetermined amount of cash. (See WestportNow July 10, 2009)

   

07/25/09 02:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Pastel Scene

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Resembling a colorful summer tableau that an artist might appreciate, a group of visitors enjoyed their ice cream treats by the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center on . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/25/09 12:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pedestrian Injured in Post Road East Accident

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A man crossing Westport’s Post Road East at Maple Avenue South was struck by a car late this afternoon. The man, whose injuries were not believed to be life threatening, was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The female driver of the car which struck the man was shaken up but uninjured. Westport police took measurements and photographs as part of their report on the incident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/09 09:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rell Announces $1.7 Million Energy Grant to Westport

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that Westport has been awarded a $1.7 million grant aimed at improving energy reliability at key emergency centers during times of peak demand through on-site power generating systems.

The grant was among $10.8 million in such grants awarded to southwest Connecticut communities.

The on-site generation systems would operate during emergencies and peak periods, relieving main power grids of excess demands and ultimately reduce electric costs, Rell said.

The governor’s announcement said the Westport funds will be allocated to projects at Westport EMS and the Police Department; Long Lots Elementary School, site of an emergency shelter, and the Westport Public Works garage.

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07/24/09 07:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Crab Lunch

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The Saugatuck River in Westport’s center today provided a crab lunch for a feathered visitor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/09 06:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers July 6 - 10, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 6 - 10, 2009:

Q. Todd Dickinson to Leon A. and Gabrielle Chautin, 17 Greenbriar Road, $1,750,000WN property.jpg

Debera D. Prosek to James C. Delorey, 3 Drumlin Road, $540,000

   

07/24/09 05:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Market Colors

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A rainbow of tent canopies made for a pretty skyline on an otherwise gray and gloomy day at the Westport Thursday Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/09 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, July 24, 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 - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DNR

   

07/24/09 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

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