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Monday, August 02, 2010

Marjorie B. Dowd, 84

Marjorie Bonar Dowd of Westport, wife of the late Victor Dowd, died July 28 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 84.WestportNow.com Image
Marjorie B. Dowd: Former Ford model. Contributed photo

Born in London, England, she was the daughter of Robert “Papa” Floyd and Ruth Adelaide (Stone) Bonar.

Dowd worked as a Ford Agency model, who was featured in fashion magazines, as well as a teacher and office manager. For many years before retiring, she worked at the Westport Public Library.

She is survived by four children, Jeffrey Dowd and his wife Maren, Gregory Dowd and his wife Ada, Eugenia LeBlanc and her husband Glen, and Peter Dowd and his wife Lynn, as well as five grandchildren, Catrin, Natalie, Gabrielle, Elliot and Emma.

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08/02/10 01:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset at the Ned Dimes Marina

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Sunset Sunday at Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Trevor Lally for WestportNow.com


08/02/10 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, August 2, 2010

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
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 - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Stop & Swap summer reading club for adults
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Frank Bruni, “Born Round”
8:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - TeenFlix: Westport Youth Film Festival Night Canceled

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Latin Guitar World Fusion Sound at the Levitt

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A large crowd took advantage of an uncommonly low humidity evening tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion to watch the Los Angeles-based band Incendio. It serenaded the audience with a “Latin guitar world fusion” repertoire that included salsa, samba, flamenco and Middle Eastern sounds. Guitarist J.P. Durand said tonight’s visit to the Levitt was its third since 2008. Jim Stubblefield, guitarist who started the band 10 years ago, was joined by Nicole Falzone on the drums, Durand and Liza Carbe also on guitars. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/02/10 01:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Hanging On

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A wind surfer enjoys the waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


08/02/10 12:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Missing Man Found with Hangover

Police said an intoxicated Bridgeport man who went missing at 2 a.m. today following a Saturday night wedding at the Inn at Longshore—and the subject of a CodeRed alert—was discovered with a bad headache at 1 p.m. as he wandered on Wilton Road.

Francisco Aguilar, 33 of 180 Loftus Circle, was spotted by a Westport couple who learned his description from the CodeRed emergency alert put out by the Police Department at noon, said Lt. Gerry Shannon.

“He said he woke up in the woods off Wilton Road and with a very bad headache,” said Shannon.

According to police, Aguilar was being driven home from the wedding when an argument broke out in the car and he left on foot on Wilton Road north of Kings Highway North.

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08/01/10 09:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Sketchbook: Main Street

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Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Main Street to people watch. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com


08/01/10 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Study: Artificial Turf Fields With Rubber Infill Are Safe

A new study of artificial turf fields containing crumb rubber infill conducted by four state agencies shows that health risks are not elevated from playing on the fields. WestportNow.com Image
Workers tug at the snythetic turf laid down on the Staples High School football field in August 2006. It was the first of four such fields created in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

However, higher contaminant levels at one indoor field indicate that ventilation of indoor fields should be considered, the report said. And storm water run off findings indicate that proper management of this run off is prudent to address possible environmental effects, it said.

The study was issued almost three years after Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department said that continued use of synthetic athletic turf fields in Westport is warranted despite concerns expressed by some that they may adversely affect the health of users. (See WestportNow Sept. 4, 2007)

Shortly afterward, the director of the Westport Weston Health District rejected a “demand” by two Westport residents that play on Westport’s synthetic turf fields be limited or eliminated while tests for health risks are conducted on the fields’ rubber infill.  (See WestportNow Sept. 27, 2007)

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08/01/10 07:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, 79

Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo age 79, of Shelton died suddenly on July 31 in Westport. WestportNow.com Image
Anthony DiMatteo: Shelton resident. Contributed photo

Born in Port Chester, N.Y. on Jan. 21, 1931, he was a son of the late John and Hilda Ciotti DiMatteo. He was married 51 years to the love of his life, Adeline “Lena” Nicoletti DiMatteo.

Anthony founded DiMatteo Insurance in 1960 and when he retired, he passed the business on to his children where they are currently celebrating their 50th year.

He attended and graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport and played on Coach Steve Miska’s 1947 Connecticut state championship football team.

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08/01/10 02:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Driver Escapes Injury in Wilton Road Rollover

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A woman driver escaped injury early today in a rollover on Westport’s Wilton Road at the southbound Exit 41 entrance to the Merritt Parkway. The 2 a.m. accident apparently was caused when the driver hit a curb, over corrected, and lost control of the vehicle, according to reports from the scene. Upon arrival, fire units found the driver uninjured and the vehicle on its roof and hood leaking fluids, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. The leaking fluids were controlled with absorbent and Westport EMS checked the driver, but no medical treatment was required, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed phooto


08/01/10 07:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying a Sail

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A catamaran heads out for a late day sail Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


08/01/10 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, August 1, 2010

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Westport Sunday Farmer’s Market
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “RENT”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Incendio

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


08/01/10 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Driver Suffers Fatal Heart Attack, Crashes Into Stone Wall

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UPDATE A 79-year-old Shelton man apparently suffered a heart attack before crashing his car into a fire hydrant and stone wall tonight in front of 69 Cross Highway, according to reports from the scene. The driver, later identified as Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest when police arrived, the reports said. He was later pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital (see obituary). Arriving firefighters found a Westport EMS EMT performing CPR on him on the ground next to the car, according to Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. Firefighters aided in performing CPR and the driver was taken to Norwalk Hospital. The man’s wife, who told police her husband complained of chest pains before losing control of the car, was also taken to the hospital in a separate ambulance. Dingee said her injuries were minor. Fire units remained on the scene for three hours to provide lighting while police conducted a detailed investigation of the scene, something usually done when a fatality is involved. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


08/01/10 03:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Washboard Slim Returns to Levitt After 20 Years

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Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, a jug band, returned to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight for the first time in 20 years, according to the band’s creator, Peter Menta (3rd r) aka Washboard Slim. Menta said his Hamden-based group has been largely influenced over the years by other jug bands, blues bands and early jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. Cynthia Fabian, the band’s spokesperson, vocalist and instrumentalist (she said she plays a “kick-ass kazoo”), described the band’s sound as “humorous music with serious overtones…similar to the Spike Jones band (of the 1940s and 1950s era)”  “We’re not just about playing the blues, but getting rid of the blues,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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