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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Consultant Outlines Making a Downtown Master Plan

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Peter J. Smith & Company, Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y. was the first of three planning consultant groups to make a public presentation tonight to Downtown 2020 Committee and the public in the Town Hall Auditorium. Making the presentation were (l-r) Eve Holberg, Bob Gomez, an engineer for North Haven-based VN Engineers that works with the company, and Peter J. Smith. Other sessions are scheduled Wednesday and July 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/13 01:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, July 22, 2013

State Begins Courting New U.S. Transportation Secretary

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

New Haven –- Connecticut today began its courtship of new U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, on whom the state is relying to help expedite a $360 million project to upgrade rail service in the waning years of the Obama administration.

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Anthony Foxx, the new U.S. transportation secretary, at New Haven’s Union Station today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

The state is awaiting approval to begin spending federal grants totaling $190.1 million on improvements that will allow expanded service from New Haven to Hartford to Springfield by late 2016.

“I heard the message loud and clear about how much of a priority this is for this state,” said Foxx, 42, who took office as secretary July 2 after four years as mayor of Charlotte, N.C., host city of the 2012 Democratic nomination convention.

Foxx met privately with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the congressional delegation and others, then staged a press event at Union Station, a stop for Amtrak and a terminus for the Metro-North commuter system.

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07/22/13 10:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bayberry Bridge Repair on Schedule

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The emergency repair of the Bayberry Lane Extension bridge is on schedule to be completed by the end of next week, according to Rafael Ramos (r), a Town of Westport engineering department project overseer. The work that began two weeks ago includes the construction of temporary dams, built to divert the flow of the Aspetuck River from the work area. Ramos said over time a severe erosion of the bridge abutment was caused and Storm Sandy added to the problem. He indicated that in a few years the entire bridge will be replaced but the work that’s being done will protect it from further erosion. Bayberry Lane is closed to traffic until the project completion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/22/13 09:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Art Show Assault Leads to Tasering, Arrest

By James Lomuscio

A Trumbull man tasered by police after becoming belligerent and assaulting an officer at the Westport Arts Festival was arrested Sunday night after his release from Norwalk Hospital. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond, Westport police said. 

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Eric Rogers: “aggressive toward officers.” Westport Police photo

Eric Rogers, 39, of Linley Street in Trumbull is charged with assault on an officer, breach of peace and interfering with an officer. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on July 31.

It was only the third time a Taser has been used by Westport police to subdue a suspect since the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved their purchase in a controversial vote in 2008.

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, the incident occurred about 3 p.m. in Parker Harding Plaza, where scores of visitors were attending the second day of the weekend show. One of the officers observed Rogers, described as visibly intoxicated acting in a belligerently toward a food vendor, he said.

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07/22/13 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Around the Rosy Open for Business

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Around the Rosy, a store that buys and sells used clothing and accessories for newborns to 14-year-olds, opened today at 222 Post Road West. (see WestportNow July 17, 2013.) Owner Taryn Bolotin, a Westport resident and mother of 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 year-old daughters, said, “there’s so much wastefulness in children’s clothing because the kids grow so fast - I saw a need for quality used clothing - and there’s nothing between Westport and Danbury with the broad range of our inventory.” The daughter of songwriter and entertainer Michael Bolton of Westport, Bolotin said she just completed her Master’s in education at the University of Bridgeport in May. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/22/13 07:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Jules Has A Forever Family

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Hi, I’m Jules. Connecticut Humane Society

Hi, my name is Jules! I am an active 9 month old Patterdale Terrier mix looking for a family who can keep up. I will require a lot of time, patience, training, and love so please ensure you have the time, patience, and love to work with me. I can live in single family homes, condos, and possibly apartments. I would enjoy the company of children of all ages and would likely enjoy the company of other dogs. I am an active dog who will require daily exercise to keep me on my toes and in shape. I would love to go home with a family that will teach me a dog sport like agility! I’ve shown my friends at CHS that I know sit, down and give paw. I am also spayed, microchipped, and current on all of my vaccinations. If you would like to meet me, please come down to the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society today!

   

07/22/13 05:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Roosevelt Has Been Adopted

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Meet Roosevelt. Connecticut Humane Society

Hi there, my name is Roosevelt and I am almost 2 years old. I enjoy long walks and afterwards, relaxing on a warm lap. I can live in apartments, single family homes, and condos and would prefer to be the only man in your life. Though my experience with other pets is limited, I am willing to consider sharing my home with other pets. I am a relatively active and require some form of daily exercise to remain in shape. Lastly, I am housebroken, neutered, and microchipped. I am also current on all of my vaccinations. I’m currently relaxing in a foster home. If you’d like to meet me, please call the Connecticut Humane Society’s Westport Shelter at 203-227-4137 to set up an appointment to ensure that I am here at the shelter when you come.

   

07/22/13 05:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Low Bridge

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A paddle board enthusuast had to duck low Sunday to get under the Ruth Steinkraus Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, July 22, 2013


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Friends of the Library Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Bridge Street Bridge closed to traffic
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Downtown 2020 Committee public meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Police Use Taser to Arrest Man at Arts Festival

UPDATE Westport police today used a taser to arrest a Trumbull man at the Westport Fine Arts Festival who they said was “visibly intoxicated and acting in a belligerent manner towards a food vendor.” He was hospitalized as a result of the incident and one officer sustained minor injuries.

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Eric Rogers: court date July 31. Westport Police photo

Police Monday identified the man as Eric Rogers, 39, of 60 Linley St., Trumbull, who underwent treatment at Norwalk Hospital and upon his release was charged with interfering with an officer, assault on an officer, and breach of peace. He was released on $10,000 bond for a Norwalk Superior Court date of July 31, police said.

Police said an officer advised Rogers that he would have to leave the art show based on his condition and behavior. Rogers refused to leave and became increasingly aggressive towards the officers.

“Officers attempted to arrest Rogers who struggled with them, swinging a handcuff on one arm.” a police news release said. “Rogers was eventually subdued by multiple officers and a taser deployment.”

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Compo Sea of Umbrellas

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There was a sea of umbrellas at Westport’s Compo Beach today as multiple days of 90-degree temperatures finally broke with a high in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

07/21/13 10:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying A Book at Arts Festival

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Sarah Himes, 7, enjoyed looking at artist Greg Stones’s book today at the Westport Fine Arts Festival. Sarah was at the festival with her mother, Meg Himes. Sarah will be entering the second grade at Saugatuck Elementary this fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/21/13 09:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Balloon Art

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Magician Gene Silberman produces his own form of art—a balloon dog—for a deighted young visitor to today’s second and final day of the Westport Fine Arts Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/21/13 09:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday at the Fine Arts Festival


Scenes from today’s second and final day of the 40th Westport Fine Arts Festival. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Shared Moment

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Mimi Greenlee and Dick Lowenstein, who have been putting together the annual library book sales for years, shared a moment today on the second day of the annual summer book sale.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/21/13 08:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking a Dancing Break

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A couple of artists take a dancing break at today’s second and final day of the 40th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/21/13 07:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arts Festival Second Day Still Busy

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Temperatures in the 80s and lower humidity helped draw crowds to the second day today of the Westport Fine Arts Festival. Saturday’s opening day saw temperatures in the upper 90s with high humidity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/21/13 07:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Slower Day at Book Sale

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Today’s second day of the Westport Public Library summer book sale drew fewer visitors than Saturday’s opening. “It’s slower but steady,” said Mimi Greenlee, who is in charge of the sale.  The sale continues until mid-day Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/21/13 06:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Seeking Relief from the Heat

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Another day of temperatures in the 90s brought some to Westport’s Compo Beach Saturday seeking relief from the heat. But the extreme heat also kept many away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, July 21, 2013


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Friends of the Library Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Parker Harding Plaza/Gorham Island - WDMA 40th Annual Fine Arts Festival
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Loot”
7 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Ave.) - Levitt Pavilion presents Mystery Tour tribute to the Beatles

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Heat Causes Technical Glitch as ‘Loot’ Opens

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The cast of “Loot,” a farce by the late British playwright Joe Orton, takes a bow tonight following the opening night performance at the Westport Country Playhouse. Directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director David Kennedy, the play runs through Aug. 3.  A technical malfunction affecting the lighting just minutes into Act I caused an interruption and 15 minute delay of the performance. According to Playhouse personnel, an air conditioner failed because of the recent high humidity and heat which caused a lighting mechanism to fail. During the delay, the supportive audience applauded both the technical staff who corrected the outage and the actors who, once lighting and power were restored, resumed by reverting to a restart of the play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/21/13 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Opening Night Celebration

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At the opening night post-performance celebration of “Loot” at the Westport Country Playhouse tonight, the play’s director, David Kennedy (2nd r), poses with cast members (l-r)  John Horton, Liv Rooth, William Peden, Devin Norik, and David Manis. Zach Wegner is missing from the photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/21/13 03:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying Opening Night

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Among those attending tonight’s opening night performance of “Loot” at the Westport Country Playhouse were Mark Lamos (r), Playhouse artistic director, playwright A. R. Gurney (2nd l), author of “The Dining Room,” which opened this 83rd Playhouse season, his wife Molly and their friends, Keith Halstead and Joe Gottfried, residents of Roxbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Compo Sleuthing

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Pete Fraboni, a naturalist from Earthplace, helped identify crabs, molluscs and other seashore life in the tidepools at Compo Beach today.  Most of the crabs found were Japanese shore crabs, an invasive species that has crowded out many native crabs in Long Island Sound.  Other creatures found included hermit crabs, snails, slipper shells, mussels, oysters, clams and killifish. The next free walk will be on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

07/20/13 11:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Invasive Specie

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A Japanese shore crab, one of an invasive species that has crowded out many native crabs in Long Island Sound. The crab was spotted today during a shoreline walk led by Pete Fraboni, a naturalist from Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

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Little Leaguers Defeat Orange 5-3 to Advance

Westport Little League 12-year-old all stars defeated Orange 5-3 today in the Connecticut Little League Section I semifinal in Stamford.

The Westport youngsters advanced to the sectional final on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Scalzi Park in Stamford. The opponent will be determined on Sunday when Orange meets Edgewood of Bristol.

If Westport is successful on Tuesday, it will be the first time Westport has reached the state finals on the 12-year-old level.

Three Westport pitchers—Harry Azadian, Max Popken and Charlie Roof—combined for 13 strikeouts in today’s game. Ricky Offenberg hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

   

07/20/13 11:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fine Arts Festival Opening Day


More scenes from today’s opening day of the Westport Fine Arts Festival Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Fine Arts Festival Marks 40th Anniversary


Scenes from today’s opening day of the 40th annual Westport Fine Arts Festival. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Relaxing With Books


More scenes from today’s Westport Public Library opening day of its annual summer book sale. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

07/20/13 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

McManus Room Attracts Many Buyers

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Part of today’s Westport Public Library annual summer book sale took place inside in the McManus Room. Sale organizer Dick Lowenstein said it offered specials, pricey books, art and photography. He said an old bible sold in the first 20 minutes and a Warhol signed book shortly thereafter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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