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Sunday, September 30, 2012

WACky Family Day Draws Crowd Image
A large crowd of children and their parents turned out out today for the Westport Arts Center’s WACky Family Day. The theme was food art to coincide with the Center’s current “Foodies” exhibit. Among parents attending was Doug Bernstein (l, baseball cap) of the Melissa & Doug toy company which sponsored a play area at the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


09/30/12 09:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Double Rainbow Over Longshore

Double Rainbow over Longshore by Caroline Kavetas
A fast-moving storm swept through Westport today leaving behind a double rainbow to enjoy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Kavetas for


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Another View: Double Rainbow Image
The view of today’s late afternoon double rainbow as seen over Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jordan Gal for


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A Feminist Look at ‘Raisin in the Sun’ Image
Sharon Friedman, professor of literature and drama at New York University, appeared at the Westport Public Library today with David Kennedy, associate director at the Westport Country Playhouse, to discuss Loraine Hansbery’s “Raisin in the Sun,” the next Playhouse production. In her talk “A Feminist Lens: Race, Class, and Gender in ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ she examined Hansberry’s drama in the context of her exploration of racial, economic, and political oppression in mid-century America. “When Lorraine Hansbery died at an early age, the entire theater community mourned,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Antiques and More

Scenes from today’s Westport Antique & Vintage Emporium Outdoor Market at Luciano Park. Lynn U. Miller for


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Taking Home a Treasure Image
A couple take home a table from the Westport Antique & Vintage Emporium Outdoor Market today at Westport’s Luciano Park in the Saugatuck section. The market is open until 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Fall Look at Christie’s Market

Scenes from today’s Christie’s Country Store Sunday Farmers Market. Lynn U. Miller for


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 61 Old Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house and detached garage at Westport’s 61 Old Road, off Maple Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1945, the one-story ranch has 714-square feet and the garage has 528-square feet. Both are on a .61-acre property which changed ownership last month for $550,000. 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


09/30/12 06:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: The Groove to PRW Image
The Groove, a children’s apparel and gift store, will open around Oct.15 at 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods, according to Westport co-owners Corri Neckritz (l) and Erin Berk.  Berk describes the store as “a hip destination with a boutique-y feel.”  Neckritz said in addition to kids apparel, “we’ll have overnight bags, fun jewelry, purses, toys and other things.” The 1,284-square foot space was formerly occupied by Coppola Marble and Granite. Groove can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and at (203)557-8111. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/30/12 01:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Restaurant Week, Doodle Contest Begin Today

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week begins today through 5 p.m. on Friday. Image
Participating restaurant Pane e Bene, 1620 Post Road East, offered up appetizer samples at a preview party at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

This year in addition to lunch and dinner prix fixed menus, the week includes a Dinner Doodle contest encouraging diners to doodle on special napkins provided by the Westport Arts Center.

The entries will be featured at a Dinner Doodle Party on Oct. 17 at the Center.

Westport’s Home with Hope will be sponsoring its “Have a Meal, Give a Meal” food drive at all participating restaurants and diners are asked to bring nonperishable food items when dining out.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Westport Chamber of Commerce Resturant Week begins - Click here for information
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Christie’s Country Store (161 Cross Highway) - Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Luciano Park - Westport Antiques & Vintage Emporium Outdoor Market (benefit for Homes with Hope)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Foodies”
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Small Boat Shop, Rex Marina (144 Water St., Norwalk) - Westport Historical Society Kayak Tour to Norwalk’s Chimon Island
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - WACky Family Day - Food Art
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Lorraine Hansberry’s Feminism: Race, Class, and Gender in “A Raisin in the Sun”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” (last day)
5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Choral Evensong and Organ Recital

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Hunting Lane Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Hunting Lane, off Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-1/2-story cape has 1,183 square feet and is situated on a .25-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


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Police: Meeker Road Open

UPDATE Westport police today said Meeker Road was reopened to traffic shortly before 3 p.m. after being closed since mid-morning because of a branch on wires and subsequent utility work.


09/29/12 07:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Detour Image
Westporter Hal Zeidman, a resident of Lansdowne, and his titanium 20-speed bike were turned away from proceeding on Sturges Highway today because of a tree branch on wires.  Zeidman, 57, said he was on his usual weekend 60-70 mile ride and had gone only about five miles before reaching the closed road. The cyclist said he has ridden about 4,200 miles this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/29/12 05:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cause of Power Outage in Sturges Highway Area Image
UPDATE A tree branch fell on primary power lines today at the intersection of Westport’s Meeker Road and Sturges Highway causing closure of sections of both streets and knocking out power to the neighborhood. CL&P said more than 100 customers were affected. Power was restored and the road reopened shortly before 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/29/12 05:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tree on Wires Causes Outages

UPDATE A tree on wires on Meeker Road at Sturges Highway left more than 100 Westport customers in the dark for more than four hours today.

Connecticut Light & Power Company said 113 customers were affected by the outage which occurred at mid-morning.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area and said Meeker Road was closed at Sturges Highway.

It was reopened shortly before 3 p.m.


09/29/12 05:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Hall Drug Drop Image
The Westport Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), today collected potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in what has become known as “Take Back Day” on the steps of Westport’s Town Hall. The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event at 110 Myrtle Ave. was different than prior collections which took place in the Town Hall rear parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/29/12 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dealing Drugs at Town Hall Image
Westporter Joe Tucci hands Police officer Rich Frazier a bag of unused drugs today at “Take Back Day” at Westport Town Hall. “This is the first time we’ve done this,” he said. ““My wife heard about it online—I think it was WestportNow.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Drug Duty Image
Helping out at today’s “Take Back Day” at Westport Town Hall promoting the return of unused prescription drugs were (l-r) Westport police officers Richard Frazier, John Parisi, Ned Batlin, and John Calka. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/29/12 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to Maker Faire New York Image
A school bus carrying Westporters and guests left today for the World Maker Faire New York. According to Westporter Mark Mathias, who led the effort, among them were about 20 students from Bridge Academy in Bridgeport as well as students and adults from Westport and surrounding areas, including two students from the Westport ABC program. The trip is a follow up to the Westport Mini Maker Faire that occurred earlier this year. The trip was sponsored by the Bridge Academy, Maker Faire, Westport Sunrise Rotary Club and CLASP Homes. The two-day event at the New York Hall of Science in Queens is described by organizers as a “family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Comings & Goings: Soleil Toile Relocating Image
Soleil Toile, the women’s lingerie, bathing suit and accessories shop at 24 Post Road East, at the corner of Taylor Place, will move to 14 Post Road East by the end of November. Employee Dorita Castro said Soleil Toile was located on Main Street for about 10 years when it sold only lingerie but moved to its current location 12 years ago and expanded its offerings to include bathing suits and accessories. The new location, formerly occupied by Westport Workout Wear, will be smaller “but we’ll carry the same inventory,” she said. “We just want to use our space more wisely.”  She said the store will remain open during its relocation. Soleil Toile also owns a shop under the same name on Elm Street in New Canaan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/29/12 01:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Foliage Starting to Appear Image
With fall barely a week old, the early signs of fall foliage are apparent in trees along Westport’s Riverside Avenue on the west bank of the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Police & Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Takeback Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Foodies”
7 p.m. - St. Luke Church (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - “Senior Prom” Night 1950s-60s dance featuring Yesteryear
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Staples Rides Over McMahon 55-14 Image
The scoreboard tells the tale of tonight’s Staples 55-14 lopsided win over Brien McMahon of Norwalk. The Wreckers led 49-0 at halftime. “It was our night,” said Staples Head Coach Marce Petroccio. “After a great first half, our kids were very focused.” He added, “I know they are young, but they are going to be good down the road…We wanted a complete game, no sacks, no turnovers.”  Staples (3-0), which played its third home game under the lights, heads away for another Friday night game against Danbury on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Another Friday Night Under the Lights

Scenes from tonight’s Staples 55-10 win over Brien McMahon of Norwalk. Lynn U. Miller for


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John J. Fratino, 92

John J. Fratino, husband of the late Marian Renzuella Fratino, died Sept. 27 at his home in Westport. He was 92.

Born June 9, 1920 in Norwalk, he was son of the late Pasquale and Rose Valiante Fratino. He worked as a butcher and was co-owner of P. Fratino & Sons Grocery Market in South Norwalk.

He worked hard his whole life and enjoyed hunting, his family said.

He is survived by his son Pat Fratino and his wife Joan of Redding, and two grandchildren, John Fratino of Middletown, N.Y., and Kelly Miller and her husband Cory of Washington D. C. He is also survived by his two sisters Katherine Cianciullo of Westport and Phyllis Ragosa of Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Richard A. Lindwall, Sr., 74

Richard A. Lindwall, Sr. of Stratford, a former Westport and Fairfield police officer, died Sept. 26 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 74. Image
Richard A. Lindwall, Sr.: former Westport police officer. Contributed photo

Born in Westport, the son of the late Morris and Fannie Lindwall he had been a Fairfield resident for most of his life prior to moving to Stratford seven years ago. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a former police officer for both Westport and Fairfield.

He retired as assistant vice president at Peoples United Bank, and later worked for more than 25 years as a Realtor on the national level.

Survivors in addition to his wife Patricia include seven children, Richard Lindwall, Jr. and his wife Linda of Bridgeport, Lauren Pappas and her husband John of Deltona, Fla., Michael Lindwall of New Haven, Shirley Chu and her husband Francis of Easton, Erik Lindwall-Thomas and his husband Brian of Monroe, Jennifer Lindsey and her husband Brian of Milford and Joshua Lindwall of Stratford; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Miro of Monroe; a brother-in-law, John Krozier of Milford; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Lindwall of Melbourne, Fla.; a mother-in-law, Ida Barron of Stratford, and many nieces and nephews.

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09/28/12 11:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wet Going Image
A motorist finds it wet going today on Bradley Street in Westport’s Compo Beach area. More than two inches of rain flooded roadways as a storm system passed through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Viveka Kjellgren for


09/28/12 08:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Longshore Water Hazards Image
Westport’s Longshore Golf Course got some new water hazards after today’s heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Flood Waters Close Compo Road South Image
Flood waters today closed off Westport’s Compo Road South between Bradley Street and Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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