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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
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
5 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten gathering
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” preview
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Harmony on the Sound Chorus


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Monday, August 24, 2009

Anne Coleman Eyes, 80

Anne Coleman Eyes, loving wife and caring mother and grandmother, died Aug. 20, 2009 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. She was Image
Anne Coleman Eyes: Westporter for 45 years. Contributed photo

Born in Stamford, on Nov. 30, 1928, she was the daughter of Wilgar and Patty Coleman of Darien. She attended Cherry Lawn School in Darien, prior to attending the University of Connecticut, where she graduated in 1950. She married Raymond Eyes in December of 1947.

She and her husband moved their family to Westport in 1959, where they raised their four children and lived for 45 years.

She pursued her graduate degrees at Southern Connecticut State University and Fairfield University prior to working at both Silver Hill and Hall- Brooke Hospitals as a researcher.

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08/24/09 11:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Weeds and Unhappiness Grow Around Former Three Bears Image
Neighbors on Westport’s Newtown Turnpike are become increasingly unhappy with what’s become of the former Three Bears Restaurant which had a brief run as Tiburon before the successor restaurant suddenly closed last month (See WestportNow July 27, 2009). In addition to weeds growing around the building and notices plastered on the front door, someone left a note to the former Three Bears owner, telling him “Shame on you.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for


08/24/09 11:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Historic District Commission Announces 2009 Awards

The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) today announced its 2009 Historic Preservation Awards. Recipients will be honored at a Town Hall ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.

This year’s recipients include owners of eight residential properties: 13 Hillandale Road, 4 Burritt’s Landing, 81 Clapboard Hill Road, 187 Long Lots Road, 41 Old Road, 109 Wilton Road, 48 Turkey Hill Road South and 24 Compo Parkway.

Starting Tuesday, WestportNow begins publishing its annual series of photographs of each award-winning house.

Members of the public sent the commission nominations that included recent restoration, preservation, or rehabilitation projects displaying sensitivity to the scale, character, and architectural style of the structure. The commission gave special attention to the project’s impact on the surrounding streetscape.

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08/24/09 10:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport, Weston, Wilton Join in H1N1 Task Force

The towns of Westport, Weston, and Wilton, acting with the Westport Weston Health District, have formed an H1N1 Task Force to deal with issues related to a possible H1N1 outbreak, Health District Director Mark A. R. Cooper announced Image
Mark A. R. Cooper: “Doing all that is possible…”. File photo

He said details of the work of the group will be announced Tuesday at a news conference involving municipal leaders, as well as school and public health officials of the three towns.

“We are working together to do all that is possible to prepare for the uncertain flu season ahead of us and to make sure our citizens understand how best to minimize the spread of influenza in our schools and communities,” Cooper said.

He said the towns of Westport, Weston and Wilton have reviewed and are prepared to implement their Public Health Preparedness and Response Plan should the severity of the H1N1 flu increase in the coming weeks or months.

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08/24/09 08:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Health District Sets Seasonal Flu Clinics

The Westport Weston Health District today announced the dates of its seasonal flu clinics and said it is important that Westporters get seasonal flu shots in addition to possible H1N1 flu shots.

“While the H1N1 influenza virus has been the focus of attention since the spring, it is important that we do not forget the risks posed by seasonal influenza viruses,” the District said in a news release.

It said every year in the United States, on average 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious complications from seasonal influenza, the District said.

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08/24/09 08:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: New Rail Cars Delayed, Fare Promises Broken

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

I have bad news and worse news. The bad news is our new M8 rail cars are late in delivery. The worse news is that we’ll still be hit with a fare increase to pay for them despite promises to the contrary.


Back in February of 2005, Governor M. Jodi Rell told the legislature she wanted to invest in 300 new rail cars for Metro-North. To help pay for the cars, she proposed a $1 per ticket fare surcharge—to take effect after the cars were in service. 

Her promise was that (commuters) “should not be asked to pay for improvements until they actually see them, sit in them or park in them.” Those are her actual words. Remember that.

While the surcharge seemed fair, it wasn’t. A $1 surcharge on a $2 ticket would cost much more than on an $18.50 ticket. So the surcharge proposed was replaced with a series of fare hikes to take effect starting Jan. 1, 2010—1.25 percent that date and an additional 1 percent each January first until 2015.

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08/24/09 07:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Construction to Disrupt Saugatuck RR Parking This Week

Construction on the New Haven-bound side of the Metro-North Railroad Westport station in Saugatuck will disrupt parking in the area from Tuesday to Friday of this week, the Westport Police Department announced today.

The Railroad Parking Division said repair and renovation work will be performed on portions of lot No. 3 from the area near the elevator house eastwards to the railroad overpass on Ferry Lane.

“This work will necessitate the closing of that section of the parking lot to all cars on Tuesday, Aug. 25,” a statement said. “Parking attendants will be present to help direct commuters to other parking lots during the morning hours.”

The statement said notices informing commuters of the work were posted at the train station last week. It said the work was being performed “during the time of the lowest historical usage” at the station and that “sufficient parking space is available for all commuter parking in other lots in Saugatuck.”


08/24/09 02:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Waiting for the Storm Image
Most visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach headed for the pavilion Sunday as a thunderstorm approached. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Monday, August 24, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
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
8:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Teen Flix: “Zoolander”


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After a Summer Thunderstorm Image
A view of Westport’s Nyala Farm in the Greens Farms area shortly after this evening’s thunderstorm moved through. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ned Hardy for


08/24/09 02:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Beauty of the Storm Clouds Image
The storm clouds that passed through Westport late today had many Westporters looking to the skies watching Mother Nature’s summer fury. View is from Bulkley Avenue North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rushing the Season Image
Dogs are not permitted at Westport’s Compo Beach until Oct. 1, but these canine visitors today apparently couldn’t resist a late day dip. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/23/09 11:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flash Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Westport and area until 8:30 p.m.


08/23/09 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and area until 6:45 p.m.


08/23/09 10:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Unusual View of Minuteman Image
Participants in Saturday’s Westport Historical Society kayak tour of Grays Creek had an unusual view of Westport’s Minuteman statue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

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 - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Giacomo Gates


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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Westport Fire Volunteers Get Flash Over Training Image
Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department today attended a day-long flash over training exercise at the Fairfield Regional Fire School. Deputy Chief Kenneth Gilbertie (on truck) oversaw preparations for the classroom and practical drill designed to teach volunteers how to recognize signs of a flash over in a structure fire.  A flash over is the most terrifying fire situation for firefighters and occurs when the gases present in smoke from a fire reach ignition temperature and catch fire, resulting in a unsurvivable environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michelle Reiner/WVFD for


08/22/09 11:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fire Cooker Image
It looks like a smoking tractor-trailer, but it’s actually the flash over simulator at the Fairfield Regional Fire Training facility where members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department today underwent flash over training. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michelle Reiner/WVFD for


08/22/09 11:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Simulating a Firefighter’s Worst Nightmare Image
Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department get set to find out today what it’s like to encounter a flash over situation during a structure fire. Inside a simulator, a live fire was started and the students, under supervision of state-certified instructors, were able to experience actual flash over fires while in a safe area of the simulator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michelle Reiner/WVFD for


08/22/09 11:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Insider’s View Image
The view during one flash over training evolution today for members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department at the Regional Fire Training facility in Fairfield. The Westport volunteers, who supplement Westport’s paid fire department,  welcome new recruits willing to undergo the rigorous training or those who might want to help in non-firefighting support roles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michelle Reiner/WVFD for


08/22/09 11:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Up Close View of Seldom Explored Area Image
Despite distant circling thunder, kayakers taaking paart in today’s Westport Historical Society tour of Grays Creek enjoyed an unusual Saturday outing on the water in a seldom explored area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/22/09 10:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Watching the Visitors Image
Among the numerous species of wildlife sighted on today’s kayak tour of Westport’s Grays Creek organized by the Westport Historical Society were egrets, ospreys, comorants, mallards and Canada geese. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/22/09 10:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Perfect Day for a Kayak Cruise Image
Today’s 90-minute Westport Historical Society kayak tour in the calm and secluded Grays Creek area taught the 28 participants about the remarkable ecosystem and local lore of the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/22/09 10:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Briefing Image
The Westport Historical Society and Longshore Sailing School today hosted an environmental and historical kayak adventure tour of Grays Creek between Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach. Before setting out, they got a briefing from Margaret Ardwin, a naturalist with Westport’s Earthplace, The Naure Discovery Center, and municipal historian Allen Raymond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/22/09 10:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Overflow Crowd for Soccer Player Memorial Service Image
There was an overflow crowd at Westport’s Unitarian Church today for the memorial service for soccer player Preston J. Hirten, a 2007 Staples High School graduate who collapsed and died Tuesday while practicing with his University of Mary Washington teammates in Fredericksburg, Va. He was 20. Family, friends and coaches remembered him as a kind, caring and very competitive youngster. An aunt brought laughter when she recalled that Preston at an early age had trouble with words beginning with “s,” leading him to recount his dog Skippy’s encounter with a skunk as, “Kippy melled a kunk and it was tinky.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/22/09 10:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Remembering a Friend and Teammate Image
Tyler Ross, a member of Staples High School Class of 2006 and varsity soccer team player, was among those at today’s memorial service for Preston Hirten at Westport’s Unitarian Church. In addition to a large contingent of Staples soccer players, there were many University of Mary Washington soccer teammates who traveled here from Fredericksburg, Va. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/22/09 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Disney Star, Former Westport Resident, Dies at 90 Image
Virginia Davis McGhee: bread ad led to fame. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Walt Disney Co. photo
Virginia Davis McGhee, a curly-haired Disney child star at the age of 4 who later lived in Westport with her husband and daughters for many years, died last Saturday at her home in Corona, Calif. She was 90.

“I grew up with the girls and spent many hours car pooling and figure skating with them,” said Westporter Ann Karrick in an e-mail message to WestportNow.

“The girls went to public school here They lived at the end of Primose Lane—the house still is there. I’m still in touch with both daughters, but they now live in California and Idaho.”

The Walt Disney Co. announced her death.

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08/22/09 08:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Connection in Ansonia Alderman Attack on Fiancee

It turns out there’s a Westport connection to the case of an Ansonia alderman who police say admitted that, while wearing a mask, he attacked his fiancee with a baseball bat inside their home four days before their wedding.

Keith Maynard, 42, who has since resigned his public position, was employed as a transportation general supervisor at the Department of Transportation’s District 3 maintenance office on Post Road East in Westport, according to DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick.

He said Maynard, who has been charged with second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and first-degree reckless endangerment, was placed on paid administrative leave. Maynard has worked for the DOT since 1987, Nursick said.

Police said Maynard admitted throwing a blanket over his now wife, Ida, hitting her with a baseball bat and running out the back door. She was treated for minor abrasions after the July 1 attack. He is free on $50,000 bond.


08/22/09 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

For a Worthy Cause Image
Westport Rotary Club members Steve Halstead and Carlton Cleveland were on Westport’s Main Street today to show off the Mini Cooper that Rotary is raffling off at the Concours d’Elegance on Sept. 13 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club grounds. Proceeds from the raffle go to support the many charitable causes for which the club members work. Tickets for the raffle cost $20 each and may be purchased at Stop & Shop, The Farmers’ Market, the Levitt Pavilion, or from individual club members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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