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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Bad Weather Cast Clouds Over Businesses, Too

By Zoe Brown

Despite sunshine the past couple of days, Westport’s summer weather, ranging from rain to pop-up storms to searing temperatures throughout June, has hurt the bottom line for local businesses dependent on sunny summers. Image
It was a busy day today for Longshore Sailing School, but recent bad weather heavily impacted its business and others in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

“This year’s weather has been the worst we’ve seen in 26 years,” said Joey Romeo, owner of Joey’s by the Shore, the food concession at Compo Beach. “June, for example, has been the wettest in history.

“As a business that is almost entirely dependent on the weather, we’ve been significantly impacted,” added Romeo.

John Kantor, owner of Longshore Sailing School, agreed that the weather has put a damper on things.

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Busy Friday at Sherwood Island State Park Image
With many people taking today off after the Juy 4th holiday, Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park was packed with visitors. More than 20,000 visited the park on the 4th of July, prompting its closure before 10 a.m. because it was filled to capacity.  View is from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Deford to Receive Humanities Medal from Obama

By James Lomuscio

Celebrated author and sportswriter Frank Deford, a 39-year Westport resident who moved with his wife Carol to Manhattan just a month ago, is scheduled to receive the National Humanities Medal from President Obama in the White House’s East Room on Wednesday. Image
Frank Deford addresses the 2010 Arts Advisory Committee award ceremony in Westport Town Hall where he was among honorees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

“I was stunned when I found out in April I would be receiving it,” Deford said today, two days after the White House announced the award. “I was still living in Westport at the time.

“I was naturally thrilled and pretty humbled by it, looking at the others being honored,” he added. “It’s not the sort of thing you imagine at all, and I have no idea how the nominating process works.”

DeFord is one of 12 of the 2012 National Humanities Award winners, including author Joan Didion, William G. Bowen, president of Princeton, DeFord’s alma mater, Class of 1962, former Poet Laureate Marilynne Robinson and author Robert Putnam, best known for his work “Bowling Alone.”

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In Bloom Image
Sunshine after a brief shower recently brought this vivid hibiscus on Westport’s River Lane into full bloom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Sewer Line Blockage Closes Main Street

A sewer line blockage that affected a number of stores closed Westport’s Main Street late today as fire apparatus responded to the scene.

The street was reopened shortly after 5 p.m. as the blockage was traced to a line in Parker Harding Plaza, according to fire officials on the scene.

Representatives of the town’s Public Works Department and Building Department were assisting firefighters in dealing with the problem, the officials said.

The problem was initially reported at L’Occitane, 47 Main St., but also impacted several nearby businesses, they said.


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William G. Bulakites, 91

William G. Bulakites of Ashlar Village, Wallingford, and formerly of Westport and Stamford, died July 2. He was 91.

Born in Waterbury on Nov. 16, 1921, he was the eldest of four children born to the late William G. and Genevieve Phillips Bulakites. He was a 1939 graduate of Stamford High School and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. 

Following the war, he went on to graduate from New York University under the G.I. Bill.  He was employed as a buyer for Bonwit Teller until his retirement in 1987. 

He was a member of the Stamford Senior Men’s Club, Masonic Ashlar Lodge No. 332, Westwood Court No. 8, Order of the Amaranth, and Ashlar Chapter No. 116, Order of the Eastern Star.

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Former Champ is George Buck Winner

Phyllis Trefz, a former club champion, won medalist honors over Linda Clair, former Longshore Women’s Golf Association (LWGA) president, in the recent LWGA George Buck Tournament. Image
Winner Phyllis Trefz (l) is congratulated by Linda Clair. Contributed photo

After a qualifying round, the top 16 players advanced to match play competition over a three-week stretch.

The final match was decided at 3-and-2.

The tournament, which began in 1962 and is one of the marquee events of the LWGA, is named after the club’s longtime professional, who died in 1991.



07/05/13 05:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Katie Has Found A Home

Katie. Westport Animal Control

Katie is a lovely and gentle bully breed mix of approximately 10 to 12 months of age that is at Westport Animal Control (Elaine Road, Westport, CT, 203-341-5076).  Katie walks well on a leash and loves to play with the other dogs in the play area at animal control.  We do believe she would do quite well in a home with other dogs as would her other friends Logan, Sparkie, Bobby and WASA foster Mason.  Katie is a special and affectionate girl with a very sweet personality that will be a wonderful pet and companion for a lucky individual or family.  Katie is spayed and up-to-date on her vet care courtesy of WASA (Westport Animal Shelter Advocates).  Please call soon to meet cuddly Katie.


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Douglas Has Been Adopted

Douglas. Westport Animal Control

It didn’t take us long to fall in love with divine Douglas.  He’s the new guy at Westport Animal Control (Elaine Road, Westport, CT, 203-341-5076).  He’s a mellow and affectionate staffie mix that enjoys laying right by your feet but is always up for a walk.  When you pet this fine fellow you can’t help but be moved by his gentle nature.  We do believe that Douglas gets along well with other dogs.  Douglas will be neutered and brought up-to-date on his vet care courtesy of WASA.  Please call soon to meet dashing Douglas.


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Westport Property Transfers June 17 - 21, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 17 - 21, 2013:

Tomas Brothers LLC to Volker and Lori J. Fabian, 66 Hillandale Road, $2,575,000WN property.jpg

Peoples United Bank to Post Road NB Co-invest LLC, 41 Jennie Lane, $955,000

Ernie and Francis Grevers to Christopher J. and Katherine J. Frascella, 40 Rayfield Road, $1,295,000

Elizabeth W. Love to Chandler L. and Kimberly Glaser Paris, 15 Pumpkin Hill Road, 50% Interest, $414,950

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Morning Read Image
Some Compo Beach visitors were out early today after the Juy 4th holiday. The forecast called for sunny skies with a high of 88. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Morning Walk Image
An elderly Compo Beach walker was out early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


07/05/13 02:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Street Bridge Open to Traffic

UPDATE Westport police advise the Bridge Street Bridge, whose formal name is the William F. Cribari Bridge, has been reopened to traffic after closure to allow passage of a vessel.


07/05/13 01:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

Metro-North said trains are operating at reduced speeds and customers should anticipate scattered delays due to the high temperatures and the potential impact on its catenary system.


07/05/13 01:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cocoa Has Been Found!

We are very happy to report that Cocoa was found at 2 Catamount in Westport. She was found the morning of July 6th. The animal control officer of the Police Dept returned her home. Cocoa was lost the evening of July 3rd near Bayberry Ridge Road, Westport, CT.

Cocoa in now back home.


07/05/13 01:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, July 5, 2013

10 a.m. - 2 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”
8 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion: The Grand Slambovians

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Francis B. Palmer, 84

Francis Bernard Palmer of Guilford, formerly of Westport and Constableville, N.Y., died July 3. He was 84.

A veteran of the Marine Corps, he served in the Korean War. He was an avid outdoorsman, former vice president of the Constableville Fish & Game. He was also a retired semi-pro baseball player.

He is survived by his wife Viola and his children, Frank (Cindy), Vincent (Beth) and step-children Tom MacGregor (Denise), Debbie MacGregor, three granddaughters and seven grandsons. Also his sister, Angela Chiaia, several brother and sister in-laws and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his first wife, Josephine Mangone Palmer and his brother Emanuel (Red) Palmer.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport.


07/05/13 03:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating the 4th of July at Compo

Scenes of Westport’s Compo Beach at the end of the 4th of July hoiday today. Helen Klisser During for


07/05/13 02:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Holiday Chat Image
Visitors engaged in a sunset conversation late today at Westport’s Compo Beach. The steamy 4th of July weather saw temperatures climb to 89 along the shoreline, according to a local wether station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Late Day 4th of July Crowds Image
Late day 4th of July crowds at Westport’s Compo Beach today had almost ideal conditions for beachgoing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Thursday, July 04, 2013

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line trains are operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to Fire Department activity in the vicinity of Tremont in the Bronx.


07/04/13 07:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Early Start for Compo 4th of July Crowds Image
After an overnight clean up of Compo Beach from the fireworks crowds, the beach was ready today for 4th of July visitors. Some arrived early to get a table and grill at South Beach. This was the scene at 9 a.m. today. The state shut down Sherwood Island State Park by 10 a.m., saying it was filled to capacity.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/04/13 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sherwood Island State Park Closed, Filled to Capacity

Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park is closed because it is filled to a capacity, according to the Departmenrt of Transportation.

Past 4th of July holidays at the park have attracted more than 20,000 visitors.


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Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Independence Day

Westport Public Library, Town Hall are closed. No Farmers Market today.
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. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion: River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Compo Spectacular Image
Tonight’s PAL fireworks show at Westport’s Compo Beach sponsored by Melissa & Doug was a sell out, according to PAL officials. A brief rain shower an hour before the show failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd of thousands. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Pogue for


07/04/13 02:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Colorful Sky at Compo Image
The fireworks display at Compo Beach tonight drew loud applause at th end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for


07/04/13 01:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Rain Fails to Dampen Fireworks Image
A brief rain shower about an hour before tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd of several thousand. The show went off as scheduled shortly after 9 p.m. . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/04/13 01:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Lighting Up the Sky at Compo

More scenes from tonight’s fireworks at Westport’s Compo Beach.  Tony Riggio for


07/04/13 01:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

USA Salute Image
The fireworks at Compo Beach tonight included several USA salutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for


07/04/13 01:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating Independence Day

Scenes from tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks. photos


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