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Monday, June 28, 2010

Zydeco Master

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Terrance Simien leads his Zydeco Experience Band tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. He and his band won the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for 2007—the first year such music was eligible—which was presented in 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Delighting the Crowd

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Some Mardi Gras beads tossed by Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience Band delighted the crowd aat the Levitt Pavilion as the 37th season got under way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying the Show

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Westporter Doug Bernstein, co-owner with his wife Melissa of Melissa and Doug—sponsors of the Levitt Pavilion’s opening night show tonight—joins in the fun in the front of the stage with his son Nate, 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt Pavilion Opens 37th Season

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Janet Plotkin, chair of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion board, welcomes guests to tonight’s opening night of the 37th season. There will be more than 50 free nights of entertainment before the Levitt season concludes in August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Dancing the Night Away

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The Creole music at the Levitt Pavilion tonight had many people dancing to the rhythm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Comparing Their Beads

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Two guests at the Levitt Pavilion tonight compare their Mardi Gras beads tossed from the stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:23 AM Comments () • Permalink

Mother-Daughter Dance

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Amy Frances dances with her mother, Ethel Yudkin, at the Levitt Pavilion tonight. Amy, a Staples High School graduate, lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., and was visiting her mom who lives in Hamden, Conn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Having Fun

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Danny Williams, who plays keyboard and is a vocalist with Terrance Simien & Zydeco Experience Band, the feature performer at tonight’s Levitt Pavilion season opener, has some fun before the show. The six-member band, a Grammy Award-winner, played at the Levitt for the first time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

06/28/10 01:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Two Dog Night

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The crowd at tonight’s Levitt Pavilion season opener included a number of canines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Democratic Gathering

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Today’s Westport fund-raiser for George Jepsen, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, drew a number of other candidates for state offices and a large turnout of supporters. Pictured (l-r) are Kevin Lembo, candidate for State Comptroller, Martha Aasen, co-host; John Hartwell, candidate for State Senate 32nd District; Ann Sheffer, co-host; George Jepsen; Denise Merrill, candidate for Secretary of the State; Jim Ezzes, Westport Democratic Town Chair; Jonathan Steinberg, candidate for State Assembly 136th District; Don Williams, President Pro-Tempore of the State Senate; Patricia Russo, co-host; and Bill Scheffler, co-host. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

06/27/10 11:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Sketchbook: School’s Out

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Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Compo Beach to observe students just out of school. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com

   

06/27/10 08:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Blumenthal: “It’s the Least We Can Do”

By Lynn U. Miller

The bells at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church tolled 19 times today in a sad tribute to the 19 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq since its Field of Flags went on display nine days ago.WestportNow.com Image
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal stopped in Westport today to help add flags to the Field of Flags display at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Invited by the church, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal joined other dignitaries in planting the additional flags added to the 5, 516 flags planted on June 18.

He said he was honored to be asked to participate. “It’s the least we can do,” he said.

According to co-chairmen Mary Ann West and Randy Christophersen, a similar ceremony will take place next Sunday, on the Fourth of July.

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Blumenthal Joins in Adding New Casualties to Field of Flags

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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal took part in today’s ceremony as the Saugatuck Congregational Church added 19 new flags to the 5,516 installed on June 18 when the initial Field of Flags planting representing Iraq and Afghanistan casualties took place. Co-chairs Randy Christophersen (l) and Mary Ann West (c) said at least one more casualty has been reported so there will be another ceremony on Sunday, July 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

06/27/10 08:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

New War Casualties

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Members of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church checked a list today of 19 new casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan to be represented by new flags planted in its Field of Flags display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

06/27/10 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gaining Attention

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The Field of Flags at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East has gotten increasing attention from visitors since it was installed on June 18. The flags will remain in place through July 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

06/27/10 08:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Levitt Season Opener Tonight

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Brian Welsh applies some final touches to the entrance way of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion in preparation for tonight’s season opener, the Levitt’s 37th season of free entertainment. The performance will feature the musician, vocalist and songwriter Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for 2008. The program, which organizers said is “designed for kids 2 to 92,” starts at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

06/27/10 05:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Downtown Stroll

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The low tide afforded a stroll downtown for this four-legged visitor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Doreen Birdsell for WestportNow.com

   

06/27/10 04:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Catching Clara

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Westport native Mercedes Verina, daughter of native Westporter Kathy (Alward) Verina, was at Compo Beach Saturday with her brother Eric Verina and his family—wife, Jen, Alex, 6, and Clara, 2, who was the object of a little game of catch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

06/27/10 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, June 27, 2010


11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Westport Sunday Farmer’s Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Kevin J. Lally, Former Westport News CEO, Dies at 53

UPDATE Kevin J. Lally, former president, CEO, and publisher of the Brooks Community Newspapers (BCN), which included the Westport News, died Friday at his Westport home. He was 53.WestportNow.com Image
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Born in New Jersey on Dec. 7, 1956, a son of the late Harry and Gail Lally, he was a resident of Westport for 35 years.

A 1974 graduate of Staples High School, he later attended Skidmore College where he graduated with a degree in art in 1979. He also did graduate work at Fairfield University in the accounting and business program.

He began his newspaper career at BCN as a paste up artist summers while in college. Lally’s father had been partners with Westporter B.V. Brooks, owner of the newspaper chain.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Compo Crowd

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Part of the crowd at Westport’s Compo Beach today as the temperatures soared into the mid-80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

06/26/10 09:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Pink

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A young swimmer at Westport’s Compo Beach today was in the pink as she tried to beat the heat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

06/26/10 09:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Olympic Champ Takes $25,000 Grand Prix

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Two-time Olympic champion McLain Ward,  riding Vocas of Louisburg Farm, today won the $25,000 Grand Prix at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. The event capped the five-day June Benefit Horse Show at the Westport venue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

06/26/10 09:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Horse Show Luminaries

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Some of those involved in the June Benefit Horse Show which concluded today at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club posed for a group picture. They are (l-r) Jonathan Moffly, president of Moffly Media; George N. Venizelos, managing director - investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; Alison Ashman, co-chair; Catherine Herman, co-chair; Lynn Coakley, executive committee member, and John E. Franzreb III, ringmaster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

06/26/10 08:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Horse Show Fashions

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A mother and daughter sported elegant hats at the final day today of the June Benefit Horse Show at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermyer for WestportNow.com

   

06/26/10 08:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

New EMS Members Learn About Fire Rescue Skills

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The Westport Fire Department today participated in the orientation for new members of Westport Emergency Medical Services. The program, supervised by EMS Crew Chief Mark Blake, included a demonstration of the importance of having a Fire Department presence at a motor vehicle accident. New members were given a demonstration of an air bag being detonated with a rescue manikin lying on it. Air bags and other supplemental restraint devices can detonate up to 30 minutes after a crash even with the battery disconnected, according to Assistant Chief Robert Yost. He said there have been documented injuries to first responders who have gotten in the way of an airbag when it deployed late in the emergency. Westport’s rescue company carries equipment that will lessen the danger of late-deploying air bags, Yost said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Storm Aftermath

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A large tree awaits removal on Westport’s Sturges Highway today following the severe thunderstorm Thursday that tore through the Westport area and touched down as a tornado in downtown Bridgeport. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

06/26/10 07:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport 10-Year-Old Can Name All U.N. Flags

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Westporter Nick Billotti, 10, loves jUNe Day because he gets to look at all the United Nations flags flying and can identify each one by country. Nick, a triplet, rode on his bicycle today to the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge with his father, Frank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

06/26/10 06:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Looking at the Figures of War

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Youngsters among U.N. guests in Westport today for jUNe Day look at war figurines at the Westport Arts Center that are part of Harriet Diamond’s “The Induction” entry in the WAC’s current Solos 2010 exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Catherine Sippin for WestportNow.com

   

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U.N. Guests Visit Westport Arts Center

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Among Westport stops for U.N. visitors today was the Westport Arts Center where Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts, gave them a tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Catherine Sippin for WestportNow.com

   

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