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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Portrait of an Artist

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Artist Christo is all smiles tonight at a reception at the Westport Arts Center. The Center is hosting an exhibit featuring two works in progress by Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude: “Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado,” and “The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.” The exhibit includes original artworks — collages, drawings and films — created in preparation for the two projects that Christo plans to complete in the coming decade. The exhibit runs until Sept. 4. Doreen Birdsell for WestportNow.com


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Welcoming Christo to the Westport Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center tonight held an opening reception for internationally known environmental artist Christo (c),who with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, is the subject of its current exhibit. Welcoming him is Helen Klisser During (r), the center’s director of visual arts, and Westport artist Ann Chernow, who is an old friend of Christo’s. Her late husband Burt Chernow authored the 2002 work “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Work in Progress Since 1977

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A visitor to tonight’s Westport Arts Center reception in honor of environmental artist Christo looks at his work in progress since 1977, titled “The Mastaba: Project for the United Arab Emirates,” a work of art/architecture made of approximately 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Autograph Time

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Artist Christo signs a photo of his 2005 “The Gates” exhibit in New York’s Central Park during a reception tonight at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Parks & Rec: Only 30 Fireworks Tickets Left

Ten minutes before the Westport Parks & Recreation Department closed today there were only 30 tickets left for Friday’s fireworks at Compo Beach, said Rick Guinta, the department’s administrative manager.WestportNow.com Image
A sign at the entrance to Compo Beach reminds visitors of the fireworks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“We’re going to take the remainder to the Police Department tonight, and if they don’t sell outright, I’ll take back half tomorrow, and well split the difference selling the rest,” Giunta said about the tickets costing $30 each.

A dispatcher at the the Police Department said they had some tickets left, too, but would not give a number. All of the money raised will go to the Police Athletic League, which is sponsoring the event.

“I have a feeling they may not make the night at the Police Department, and they will be sold out,” Giunta added.

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Old Mill Beauty

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A home on Westport’s Old Mill Beach takes on a patriotic look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Gary S. Ozar, 64

Gary Steven Ozar,  husband of Chery Ozar, died June 29 at his home in Westport. He was 64.

Born May 26, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Chester and Sophie Ozarowski. He had a great love for his immediate and extended family. Gary was known for his crazy one of a kind sense of humor, his family said.

Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Jesse, Evan and Daniel two nieces, Brett and Sofia, two nephews Corey and Keith and one brother, Bruce Ozar and his wife Randy.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at his home, 229 Bayberry Lane, on Saturday, July 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 42 High Point Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 42 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story colonial has 3,586 square feet and is situated on a 1.32-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Car Fire on Bridge: The View From Below

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A car fire today shortly before 10 a.m. on the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River sent black smoke at first and then white smoke into the sky as Westport firefighters got it under control. The smoke was visible from Westport’s downtown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Car Fire on I-95 Saugatuck Bridge Shuts Down Traffic

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A car fire on the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport today sent thick black smoke over the area and forced the shutdown of southbound traffic. Westport firefighters brought the blaze under control shortly before 10 a.m. View is from a traffic camera. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DOT photo


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Traffic Stop

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Southbound traffic on I-95 came to a halt today as Westport firefighters put out a car fire on the bridge over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Camp Pickup Ends with DWI, Disorderly Conduct Arrest

A 55-year-old Westport man faces drunk driving and disorderly conduct charges after he went to Camp Mahackeno to pick up his daughter and got into a shoving match with a counselor, police said today.

The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the camp operated by the Westport Weston Family Y, said Capt. Sam Arciola, and involved Gerard R. Gaspel of 15 Partrick Lane.

He was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence and two counts of breach of peace, police said. He posted $1,000 bond and was given a court date of July 8.

Police were called to Camp Mahackeno on a report of a disturbance, Arciola said. He said when camp staff would not release Gaspel’s child to him because he was not on the authorized pick up list, he became unruly, Arciola said.

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House of Flags

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A house on Westport’s Greens Farms Road is ready for the 4th of July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
6 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - “Piping Plovers and Least Terns: Endangered Species”
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - opening reception, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 102nd Army Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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RTM Committees: ‘Control Deer Without Hunting’

By James Lomuscio

In separate straw votes, three Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) subcommittees agreed tonight to recommend to the full legislative body that the town’s deer herd needs to be controlled, but ruled out any lethal means as it voted to uphold the town’s hunting ban.

After eight months of public hearings and debate, the RTM’s Health and Human Services, Public Protection, and Environment Committees voted 9 to 5 that the deer population needed to be controlled. It also voted 13 to 1 to uphold the town’s hunting ban. Richard Lowenstein, District 5, was the only dissenting vote.

While the decision won praise from animal rights activists present, Peter Knight, the lead petitioner who had suggested culling the herd via sharpshooters, called the decisions “ridiculous.’

“I think it’s ridiculous to talk about controlling deer without some form of culling,” Knight said. “How do you reduce the population? You either starve them or you shoot them.”

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Kiwanis Awards Scholarships

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The Westport Kiwanis Club today gave out $8,000 worth of scholarships to Staples High School graduates during a luncheon at the VFW in Westport. Pictured (l-r) are Cory Bacon, Nicole Brill, Farrel Levenson, Rose Levenson, Whitney Andrews and Mario Lisanti. Other recipients include Michael and Christopher Giunta. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Adam Slez, Former Staples Footballer, is Now Dr. Slez

Call him Dr. now—Adam Slez, a 1999 Staples graduate where he was a captain of the football team, has been awarded a doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. WestportNow.com Image
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Winner of the John H. Kolb Award for outstanding academic achievement, Slez is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and a Phi Beta Kappa member.

He has accepted a two-year post doctoral fellowship at Princeton University where he will pursue his own research agenda in The Center for the Study of Social Organization and teach “The Sociology of American Political History” in the Sociology Department.

His wife, Jennifer Huck, who holds a Master of Sociology degree, earned a second Master in Library and Information Sciences also from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She has accepted the position as the new Systems and Emerging Technology Librarian at the Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Board of LWV of Westport Get Together

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The new and old board of the League of Women Voters of Westport got together today at the home of Jill Greenberg. Pictured are members of the new board (front row l-r) Barbara Licker; Lois Green; Jackie Gordon; Andi Turner, and Celestine LaCroix; (back row) Becky Ruthven; Marilyn Smith; Jan Fraser; Joyce Netherton; Yvonne Senturia and Doris Skutch. Missing: photographer Phyllis Groner; Nancy Bloom; Sarah Menchaca, Nita Cohen; Elaine Weinstein, and Carol Stein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Catherine F. Gallagher, 57

Catherine Farrington Gallagher, 57, of Westport, died June 26 at home.

Born Sept. 8, 1953, in Forest Hills, N.Y., she attended Forest Hills High School; received a BA in elementary education in 1975 from Emerson College in Boston and a master’s in applied linguistics from Columbia University School of Education in 1984.

She began her career in 1975 as a teacher in local schools in Monrovia, Liberia, following her future husband, Steve Glovinsky, who worked there for the United Nations. They were married in June 1979 and moved to Westport in 1993.

She also had taught at schools in Nepal, U.S. Virgin Islands and Ghana. Returning to the United States in 1987, she was one of the original educational sales representatives, kindergarten through sixth grade, for Wright Group Publishing.

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Gas Main Leak Forces Main Street Closure

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Westport’s Main Street was blocked by emergency vehicles and shut down shortly before 2 p.m. today because of a leak in a 1 and 1/4-inch gas pipeline that had been struck by a work crew. Firefighters evacuated two buildings on Main Street while utility crews shut down the line. Main Street was closed for about 45 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Gas Line Struck, Main Street Buildings Evacuated

UPDATE Workers at a small park at Westport’s Post Road East and Main Street struck a gas main today, forcing evacuation of two buildings at 9 and 17 Main St.WestportNow.com Image
Utility crews work to shut down a gas leak today on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Police blocked off Main Street at Post Road East after the incident which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. At 2:17 p.m. the line was shut down, said Assistant Chief Rob Yost.

A crew from Southern Connecticut Gas Co. was on the scene working in the small park adjacent to the old library. Main Street was reopened to traffic at 2:40 p.m.

A supervisor from the utility said a inch and a quarter line had been severed. There were no injuries.


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Playhouse Celebrates 80-Year Run

By James Lomuscio

With a colorful cake that looked like an architect’s rendering of the place, the Westport Country Playhouse today celebrated its 80th anniversary in an outdoor ceremony that looked at its past and to its future. WestportNow.com Image
Champagne, a Playhouse model cake, and proclamations made up today’s 80th birthday celebration for the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Replete with music, proclamations from First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and champagne toasts, the event piqued the memories of playhouse alumni and supporters.

“It was a wonderful place,” said Dr. Warren Pitsey of Fairfield, who had worked as a summer stock production assistant from 1949 to 1951.

The retired pathologist recalled working alongside Claudette Colbert when she starred there in “Island Fling.”

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Happy 80th Birthday Westport Country Playhouse

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The Westport Country Playhouse today marked its 80th birthday with a cake and champagne reception on its outside patio. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented a proclamation to Artistic Director Mark Lamos while state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (r) read a proclamation from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Both documents proclaimed today Westport Country Playhouse Day in Westport and Connecticut. Playhouse Managing Director Michael Ross looks on. And yes, that is a cake model of the Playhouse courtesy of CakeSuite of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Westport Powers Up First Electric Charging Station

By James Lomuscio

They threw the switch today on Westport’s first electric vehicle charging station, powering up a Chevrolet Volt with electricity produced by 109 photovoltaic panels atop the roof of the office building at 495 Post Road East.WestportNow.com Image
Leo Karl plugs in his Chevrolet Volt today as David Friezo, building owner at 495 Post Road East, and Tony Eason of ElektronSolar look on. The charging station, Westport’s first, is powered by solar panels on the roof. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“They’ve been working on this for the past thee months,” David Friezo, the building’s owner, said of Westport-based ElektronSolar that designed the system and charging station in the parking lot.

“It’s truly green because you’re not taking power from the grid. You get the energy off the roof, and you plug your car in here. It’s the real deal.”

Tony Eason, owner of ElektronSolar, noted that the charging station is one of only a handful in the state, “and I’m sure the only solar powered one.”

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Summer Night

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Lights along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center on Tuesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Ordinance Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
11 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse garden - Celebration of WCP 80th Birthday
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Health & Human Services, Public Protection & Environment Committees
8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Board of Trustees, Westport Library Association

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Raymond E. Bowne, 83

Raymond E. Bowne of Westport died June 14 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.

Born Nov. 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Grace (Bassett) Bowne and had been a lifelong resident of Westport. 

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Korea from 1946 to 1947, obtaining the rank of tech corporal and working as a mechanic with the military police.

He was an employee of the Westport Board of Education for almost 25 years, beginning in the 1960s and was a volunteer firefighter with Vigilant Engine Co. No. 3. 

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Real Estate Report: Time on Market Dropping

By Judy Szablak

Westport’s real estate market remains healthy due in part to educated sellers. Over the past year or so, we have seen a lot of home sales with three digit market times. WestportNow.com Image
This enchanting custom-built home on 27 Morningside Drive South is listed for $2,050,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Riverside/KMS Partners LLC

However the last seven days have shown single family and condominium closings that reflect an average of just over two months time on the market. This surpasses our surrounding towns’ statistics by a wide margin.

While we see the market somewhat stabilizing, sellers perception of value has also become more realistic. When a home is priced correctly, it will sell faster and not linger on the market, and that is evidenced very well by this week’s report.

Homes: There are 379 single family homes on the market and their average list price is $2,101,113. The median list price is steady at $1,289,950. These homes have been listed for sale an average of 106 days.

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Striking Up the Band Not at Levitt

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The second night of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion season moved indoors tonight to Saugatuck Elementary School for a performance by the Westport Community Band. Directed by Fairfield resident Sal LaRusso, the band’s conductor for 23 years, the 60-piece group offered a range of pop music including musical themes from “Cabaret” and “Gone with the Wind,” mixed in with classical selections as well as marches. LaRusso said that the Westport Community Band has been featured on the Levitt schedule every year since 1978—a 33-year run. He said the Community Band was formed in 1977, four years after the Levitt’s first season in 1973. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Investment Banker: Financial Terrorism Not Just Fiction

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Investment banker and first time thriller author H.T. Narea told the Westport Rotary Club today that financial terrorism – the subject of his new novel “The Fund”—is a possibility. The Greenwich resident, addressing the group’s weekly meeting at the VFW Post, said that in spite of the financial collapse of 2008 and the rhetoric about fixing the financial system, market fundamentals today have the same risk as in 2007. Speaking about the current financial fragility in Greece, Narea said, “They don’t know who holds the debt—that’s the plot of my novel.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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