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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Outdoor Art

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Westport’s Grace Salmon Park on Imperial Avenue was the scene today for an art class on landscape portraiture for member artists of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center.  According to Fairfield resident Julie Brown, who has been registered in the Silvermine art classes for 15 years, the summer curriculum includes scenic locations in Fairfield County communities. She said the artistic emphasis is on plein air—a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.  The course instructor, David Dunlop, artist, lecturer and teacher, has been the host and Emmy Award-winning writer of a PBS television series beginning in 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/31/12 10:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Back to School Program Set

The Town of Westport’s Back to School program offering school supplies to income-eligible families gets under way next week.

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Some of the school supplies to be distributed to income-eligible Westport families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Barbara Butler, director of the Department of Human Services, said the program begins Monday, Aug. 6 and runs through the following Monday.

“This program offers new backpacks and school supplies as well as Athletic Shoe Factory and Payless gift cards to income-eligible families with children in Westport,” said Butler.

“The Back to School Program depends solely upon the generosity of community individuals and organizations,” she said

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07/31/12 07:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Preparing for the Worst

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Westport’s Emergency Operations Center at Fire Headquarters was busy again today as Westport participated in the second day of a two-day statewide hurricane disaster drill that simulated the deadly 1938 hurricane that devastated Connecticut. All of the state’s 169 municipalities participated over the past four days in the drill designed to improve on the collective response to weather disasters that twice struck the state last year. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Command and Control Vehicle Part of Drill

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The Westport Fire Department’s emergency command and control mobile truck was put into use today during Westport’s participation in a statewide hurricane preparedness drill. The truck, part of the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Unit, contains sophisticated radio and satellite links that will operate in a complete power shutdown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/31/12 04:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Beach Scene

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Strolling or sailing, Monday’s weather was perfect for both at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Downtown 2020 Committee
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Maker in Residence
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Citizens Transit Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Molière’s “Tartuffe”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Miko & The Musket

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


07/31/12 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

A Movie and Star Gazing at Levitt

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More than 300 persons tonight attended Westport Cinema Initiative’s sneak preview screening of “Saving Hubble” at the Levitt Pavilion. The 70-minute independent documentary film examines NASA’s decision in 2004 to cancel the famed Hubble Space Telescope and introduces people who united to save it. The telescope was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990 and remains in operation. The Levitt audience heard from an esteemed panel including the filmmaker, David Gaynes, about the impact of Hubble on humanity. They also listened to the sound of the trio Red Lotus and they viewed the stars through telescopes provided by the Westport Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Perlstein for WestportNow.com


07/31/12 03:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Hubble Huddle

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Among those at tonight’s Westport Cinema Initiative sneak preview screening of “Saving Hubble” at the Levitt Pavilion were (l-r) Sandy Lefkowitz, WCI director, Dr. Martin Yellin of Westport. an optical engineer who worked on the telescope when employed by its manufacturer, PerkinElmer Corp. in Danbury, and film director David Gaynes, The 70-minute independent documentary film examines NASA’s decision in 2004 to cancel the famed Hubble Space Telescope and introduces people who united to save it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Perlstein for WestportNow.com


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At Final Debate, Bysiewicz Stands by Discredited Attacks

By Mark Pazniokas


The series of four Democratic debates for U.S. Senate concluded in New London tonight with Susan Bysiewicz repeating a discredited line of attack on Chris Murphy that he is the top Democratic congressional recipient of Wall Street cash.

Murphy said Bysiewicz’s inaccuracies are the defining issue of the race, not any difference over their positions on issues ranging from the Bush tax cuts to the preservation of Social Security and Medicare.

“I’ve never seen a candidate intentionally and willfully lie over and over again after she’s been called to the carpet for it. She knows empirically I am not the top recipient of Wall Street money among members of Congress,” Murphy said.

Their televised debate at the Garde Theater was sparsely attended, with plenty of empty seats even in the small VIP section reserved for Bysiewicz and, to a less noticeable degree, for Murphy.

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07/31/12 02:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Good Day for Sailing

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It was a good day for sailing at the Longshore Sailing School today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Monday, July 30, 2012

Absentee Ballots Available

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that absentee ballots for the Democratic and Republican Primaries,  to be held Aug. 14, are now available at the Town Clerk’s office.

The office in room 105 of Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Those electors registered with the Democratic or Republican Party may qualify for one of the following reasons: active service in the armed forces of the United State, illness or physical disability, religious tenets, which forbid secular activity on the day of the election, duties as an election official at the polling place other than their own during all of the hours of voting, and absence from the town during all of the hours of voting.

Application for a ballot can be requested in person at the Town Clerk’s office or by calling (203)341-1110. The application form is also available online by downloading the form at http://www.westportct.gov/townclerk. Absentee ballots will be available now through Monday, Aug. 13, the day before the primaries.


07/30/12 09:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Lobster Fest

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The banner installed above Westport’s Main Street today reminds passersby of the inaugural Lobster Fest Westport Rotary Club fundraiser event at Compo Beach on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will be limited to 750 in its first year. Tickets, available at westportrotary.org and from members of the Westport Rotary Club, are $40 for adults, and $10 for children 3 to 12 with a separate kid-friendly menu. Proceeds go to Westport Rotary Foundation to support local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com


07/30/12 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Jo-Anne G. Tallcouch, 73

Jo-Anne R. Graziani Tallcouch of Easton, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Westport for more than three decades, died July 28. She was 73.

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Jo-Anne Tallcouch: longtime Westport postal employee. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on Aug. 28, 1938, she was daughter to the late Joseph and Anna Somen Graziani, A graduate of Bassick High School, Class of 1956, she had been a Fairfield resident for 35 years before moving to Easton 10 years ago.

She had worked in admissions for Long Island College and Norwalk Hospital. She later worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Westport for more than 32 years until retirement. While there, her likeness was used for a commemorative stamp honoring the U.S. postal worker.

She had also been a waitress in several area restaurants. She enjoyed traveling, especially her monthly trips to the Atlantic City casinos. She also loved her shopping trips with her sister Lorraine, which were always filled with fun and laughter.

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07/30/12 05:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Final Farewell to Restaurateur

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There was a large turnout today at Westport’s Assumption Church for services for Westport restaurateur Frank S. DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s Restaurant, who died Tuesday at the age of 78.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/30/12 04:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Site of Planned New Movie Theater in Westport

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Today’s announcement of plans for a 6,500-square-foot independent art movie theater in Westport took place at the planned site— space behind Tavern on Main on Main Street. Organizers hope construction can be completed by next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/30/12 01:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coming Attraction: Theater on Main

By James Lomuscio

In what was called a milestone in the more than two-year drive to bring a movie theater back to town, Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) Director Sandra Lefkowitz today signed a letter of intent to lease space behind Tavern on Main to construct a 6,500-square-foot independent art house theater.

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Taking part in today’s signing agreement ceremony were (l-r) property owner Philip Teuscher, Sandy Lefkowitz, WCI director, and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, WCI president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Today is a milestone for bringing a movie theater back to Westport,” said state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, president of the WCI board, at the signing in the parking lot accessible through a narrow driveway off Main Street. “Now we have a location, a great location, one of the last undeveloped lots in downtown Westport.”

Philip Teuscher, whose family owns the tavern as well as the lot behind it, signed on behalf of his family, agreeing to grant the WCI a favorable, undisclosed lease in memory of his mother Marjorie Thorneycroft Booth Teuscher, Lefkowitz said.

“I remember going to the Fine Arts theaters in the 1950s for 50 cents,” said Teuscher, whose father bought the property in 1944. “This will be the locus for a theater Westport hasn’t had for 12 years.”

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07/30/12 01:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Partly Cloudy Reflection

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Westport’s Saugatuck River on Sunday reflected dark clouds and brighter skies as the weather quickly shifted, bringing a brief torrential downpour in mid-afternoon which quickly gave way to sunshine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Monday, July 30, 2012

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Maker in Residence
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Task Force
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Nancy Shulins: “Falling for Eli”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westport Cinema Initiative: “Saving Hubble”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


07/30/12 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Travel Writer Suzy Gershman, Ex-Westporter, Dies at 64

Suzy Kalter Gershman, a former Westport resident best known for her “Born to Shop” travel series, died July 25 in her native San Antonio, Texas, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 64.

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Suzy Gershman: known for her “Born to Shop” series. Contributed photo

An author, journalist and television personality, she brought her international expertise to readers, television viewers, travelers and shoppers the world over with her magazine articles, shopping tours, and the “Born to Shop” travel guides.

Gershman was also the author of “C’est la Vie,” a bestselling memoir about her first year of widowhood during which time she moved from her Compo Road South home in Westport to Paris and began a new life. On the book’s cover was a dog rescued from the Westport animal shelter.

In an effort to learn more about the dog’s Westport background, she penned a plea for information in the dog’s name that appeared on WestportNow on Jan. 15, 2004.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Paying Tribute to a Legendary Restaurateur

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There were long lines today as friends attended services at the Harding Funeral Home for legendary Westport restaurateur Frank S. DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s Restaurant, who died Tuesday at the age of 78. There will be a service Monday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Paul E. Conway, 89

Paul Emmanuel Conway, a longtime Westport resident who moved to New Canaan a year ago, died July 27 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. He was 89.

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Born on Feb. 24, 1923 in Cologne, Germany, he was the son of the late Hedwig and Albert Conway of New York City.

At a young age, he and his family moved to Berlin and in 1936 they fled Berlin for the safety of London. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the British Army and served as a member of the Royal Fusiliers. He was stationed in India and Burma during World War II and was recruited to the Prisoner of War Interrogation Section under the command of Lt. Co. Alexander Scotland which later became the War Crimes Investigation Unit.

He interrogated German war criminals under the command of Scotland. After the war, he emigrated to the United States. He had a successful career in the textile Industry, most recently co-owning C&L Sales. 

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07/29/12 08:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Blu Parrot Getting Wings

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Westporter Adam Lubarsky today shows off the newly installed sign on his Blu Parrot restaurant at 60 Charles St. in the former location of the Jasmine Restaurant. ‘The stage platform and sound installation are in place as well as the bar framing and its raised dining counters,” he said.  “We’ll be ready for food and dancing by the first Wednesday in October.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/29/12 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mourning ‘Tiger’

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Mario’s Place on Westport’s Railroad Place is draped in black bunting today for Frank S. DeMace, known to friends as Tiger. The co-founder of the restaurant died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 78. Services are being held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East, and on Monday at 10 a.m. directly at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/29/12 06:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt Performance Tonight Moves Indoors

Due to the weather forecast for tonight, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts has moved the Dave Samuels & the Caribbean Jazz Project performance indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave.

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

With the exception of water, food and beverages are not allowed inside the school. For more details, visit http://www.levittpavilion.com.


07/29/12 06:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Two Nabbed in Copper Gutter Theft

An alert neighbor led to the arrest Saturday night of a Norwalk man and woman accused of stealing copper gutters from a new home under construction in Westport’s Old Hill area, police said.

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Arrested: Christopher Rodia and Cassandre Scire. Westport Police photos

The neighbor called police at about 9:50 p.m. after seeing lights, hearing loud banging and spotting people acting suspiciously at the site at 10 Stony Brook Road, police said.

Just as officers arrived, they saw a vehicle exiting the driveway, stopped it, and saw a large amount of copper in the rear seat area, police said. They also had a stolen power saw worth about $1,200, according to police.

The occupants were detained while other officers checked the property. It was determined that the copper in the vehicle was part of a gutter system taken from the construction site, police said.

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Summer Rain Storm

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A late day thunderstorm made for a pretty picture at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Christie’s Country Store (161 Cross Highway) - Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Willy Wonka”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Molière’s “Tartuffe”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Ave.) - Dave Samuels & Caribbean Jazz Project

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Robert A. Carusone, 68

Robert A. Carusone of Fairfield, formerly of Westport and a Westport police officer for almost 34 years, died July 27 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 68.

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Born Oct. 16, 1943 in Bridgeport, he was son of the late Constantine A. and Sophie (Jarocki) Carusone. He retired to Westerly, R.I. in 2004, then moved to Fairfield five years ago. A Westport resident for 60 years, he most recently served as a crossing guard at Green’s Farms Elementary School.

He was appointed to the Westport Police Department on Aug. 1, 1965, appointed a desk officer Jan. 1, 1969 and became a detective April 1, 1976. he also served on the Westport Police Scuba Team. He retired from the police force on June 1, 1999.

He was a member of the Westport PBA, past president of the Westport PAL and a former member of the Staples Gridiron Club. He was honored by the Westport Sportsman.

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Smart Peers Thrust of New Tutoring Service

By James Lomuscio

What if your child’s tutor not only knew the subject well, but but had taken the very same class with the same teacher and knew the classroom and school dynamic to boot?

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Greg Lewis (c) and Gabe Schindler (r), both 19 and Staples 2011 grads, show U.S. Rep. Jim Himes their Pencil Warriors website outside Oscar’s Delicatessen on Westport’s Main Street today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Those ideas came to Greg Lewis, a 2011 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, during his senior year. This past year at Amherst College, the 19-year-old economics major thought about it long and hard.

Driven by the entrepreneurial spirit, Lewis and close friend Gabe Schindler, also a 2011 Staples graduate, teamed up this summer to launch a business that does just that, linking high school students who do well with those who could benefit from their expertise. Their venture is called Pencil Warrior, their website http://www.pencilwarrior.com.

“The page is still completely under-construction and in ‘beta’, although the aesthetics and programming will be complete within the next few days,” says Schindler.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Westporters Lend a Hand in Milford

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Westporter Rick Benson of the Westport Rotary Club carries pitchers of beer and soda as he volunteered at the 36th annual Milford Rotary Lobster Bake today. Despite a drenching rain, the event attracted an estimated 2,000 persons. The event is a precursor to the Westport Rotary Lobster Fest fundraiser to be held at Compo Beach on Sept. 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. which will be limited to 750 attendees in its inaugural year. Also volunteering in Milford were club members Totney Benson, Scott and Julia Broder, John Shuck, Denise McLaughlin, Jeff Wieser,Tony Riggio, and Rhonda Bake. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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