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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Fireworks at Compo - The Video

Part of the fireworks show tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach. video


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One of the Best Seats Image
Some youngsters tonight had one of the best seats on Compo Beach for the fireworks. Allen Levy for


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Belting Out the National Anthem Image
Staples senior Michelle Pauker sang the national anthem from the lifeguard shack at Compo Beach tonight before the fireworks. Andrew Colabella (rear) of the Parks & Recreation Department Maintenance Division did the introduction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Glowing Ears Image
Some glowing ears brought a smile to this youngster’s face tonight as she awaited the Compo Beach fireworks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Sparkler Fun Image
Sparklers were a popular item as crowds awaited tonight’s fireworks display at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Scurrying for Cover Image
A rain shower an hour before tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks show sent people scurrying for cover. Some came prepared for bad weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Gimme Shelter Image
When the rains came to Westport’s Compo Beach tonight before the fireworks, people sought shelter wherever they could find it. This man used the time to send and read on his cell phone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Getting Into the Rhythm Image
A performance by For the Heart, a musical revue ensemble of young actors and singers from Fairfield County, before the Compo Beach fireworks had some really getting into the rhythm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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New Haven Delays

Metro-North said Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line customers traveling into and out of Grand Central Terminal may experience delays of 5 to 10 minutes due to third rail issues in the Park Avenue Tunnel.


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Staples Grad’s 32nd B-Day Gift: $50M Yahoo! Buyout

It was quite a 32nd birthday Tuesday for 1999 Staples High School graduate Doug Imbruce –- a birthday that included a reported $50 million buyout of his New York startup company, Qwiki, by Yahoo! Image
Doug Imbruce: Westport native gets Yahoo! buyout. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Imbruce, whose parents Ann and Richard still live in the house in which he grew up in Westport, developed the first prototype of Qwiki in 2009.

It is described as a technology that transforms raw data into a rich-media, interactive information experience.

“We’re excited to announce that Yahoo acquired Qwiki — a company that uses awesome technology to bring together pictures, music and video to capture the art of storytelling,” Yahoo said in a blog post.

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07/03/13 08:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Arrive Early for Fireworks; Use Caution

Westport Police today issued the following advisory for residents:

Tonight’s fireworks will bring heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic that will affect all roads south of Greens Farms Road between South Compo Road and Hillspoint Road. It is recommended that spectators arrive early as traffic delays are inevitable. The beach should reopen to ticket holders by 5 p.m. (determination will be made by Parks and Recreation staff).

Pedestrians attending the fireworks are reminded to not to walk on the roads and to use the sidewalks when going to and from Compo Beach. Wear bright clothing and parents, please keep an eye on small children at all times!

For ticket holders:

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Overflow Crowd for Maggie Feczko Funeral Image
There was an overflow crowd today at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for the funeral of Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko, a longtime Westport community volunteer. Friend and fellow parishoner Dawn Sullivan described her as"more steadfast than spontaneous”  and said en route to her last visit to the hospital, she displayed her “usual grace and determination” and “carried her fear and suffering with dignity.” “We will go forward with Maggie’s determination for a better world,” she said. Feczko, a former chair of the Westport Historic District Commission, died after battling ovarian cancer. She was 64. (See WestportNow June 30, 2013)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/03/13 06:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fireworks Set for Tonight Even If Rains Precede Them

By James Lomuscio

Despite the chance of an afternoon rain shower, the first Grucci fireworks should be launched from a barge off Westport’s Compo Beach today at 9:05 p.m., according to organizers. Image
Compo fireworks fans were out early today getting their chairs and tents in place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

All of the 2,000 tickets, which began at $35 and jumped to $40 last week, have been sold, and what remains are equally priced shuttle passes from Longshore Park to Compo, said Capt. Sam Arciola, president of he Police Athletic League (PAL) that runs the event.

Arciola took the opportunity to thank Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein, owners of the Wilton-based toy company Melissa & Doug, “tremendous supports of the Police Athletic League,” who are again sponsoring the fireworks. Like last year, the Grucci family’s fireworks barge about 1,500 feet offshore will be festooned with an illuminated Melissa & Doug logo.

“The only thing we can hope and pray for is good weather,” Arciola said.

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Holding a Good Spot Image
Westporter Rob Arnold was out early today at Compo Beach with a tent set up for tionight’s fireworks. He said he expects 30 members of his family and friends to join throughout the day. “We’ve been coming to this spot every year since we moved to Westport from New Canaan in 2006,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Early Birds Image
People were out early on Westport’s Compo Beach today getting good spots for tonight’s fireworks viewing. View is of Soundview Drive looking toward Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Flashback: When Rain Hits the Fireworks Crowd Image
With tonight’s forecast calling for chance of showers at fireworks time at Compo Beach, beachgoers will need to be prepared. In 2005, this is how some fireworks visitors at Compo handled the rain. That year, the fireworks were postponed from the original date to the rain day two days later. This year’s rain date is Friday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Compo Cupid Image
A man gave his female companion a hug and then went down on bended knee at Compo Beach Tuesday with friends nearby suddenly whipping out cameras. That caught the attention of passing WestportNow contributing photographer Dayle Brownstein. Sure enough, he was proposing. He gave his name as Logan. She said she is Whitney. They are from Oklahoma and were visiting friends—and he thought it was a beautiful place to propose. P.S. She did say yes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - Fireworks Tonight!

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Day Hospitality Committee
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”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center - Beardsley Zoo Zoomobile
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
9:05 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport PAL Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration (rain date July 5)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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24 Hours Before Fireworks Image
The sun was behind some clouds as dusk neared tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach—24 hours before the scheduled PAL fireworks show. The forecast calls for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight. Town officials said a decision on a weather postponement until Friday would be made no later than 4 p.m. today. A few car passes remain for sale at police headquarters and the Parks & Recreation Department at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for


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At tonight’s Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented RTM member Jack Klinge with the Outstanding Service to Seniors Award from the Commission for Senior Services. The award was actually made at the June 21 commission meeting but Klinge was in London at the time. Before making the award, Joseloff paid tribute to late Westporter Maggie Feczko and former RTM member John Sachs, both of whom died in recent days. He said they, along with Jack Klinge, epitomized the consummate Westport volunteer who helped make Westport a special place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Pine St. Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Pine St., near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch has 1,567 square feet and is situated on a .27-acre property. The property changed ownership this 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


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Arrest for Dogs Left in Hot Car

A Westport woman who left her two small dogs locked in a very hot car with shut windows Saturday will be arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court next week on two misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals.

Azucena Incatutipa, 26, of 2 Medwell Lane, is also charged with two counts of not having her dogs licenced.

According to police, the dogs, only identified as small dogs, were discovered in a parked car in Taylor Place, not far from the police station.

“They were looking for the owner for 25 minutes,” Capt. Vincent Penna said, adding that the dogs “were in distress and were given water” when removed from the car.

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Historic House Move Proposal to Go to P&Z

By James Lomuscio

A proposal to move an 1890-built house to a town-owned parking lot will go forward to the town’s land use bodies for approval after a generally favorable response to the idea from the Board of Finance and others Monday night, according to First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. Image
The Kemper-Gunn House would be moved from its 35 Church Lane location to a corner of the Baldwin Parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“Despite some of the complexities of getting this done, the proposal needs to be evaluated by the land use bodies in a timely manner,” he said after the meeting. “The prospect of saving this house and helping keep Westport’s history alive in downtown is an opportunity that we should not let pass.”

Under state statute before the proposal can move forward, the Planning and Zoning Commission must issue a report as to the advisability of leasing town land -– what is known as an 8-24 report –- and only the First Selectman can request such a report. The Board of Finance, which took no action Monday night, would have to approve a lease of town-owned property.

The Board of Finance Kemper-Gunn House discussion – following a lengthy discussion of the latest Baron’s South proposal for senior housing – reflected the convergence of the ongoing dilemma of seeking to deal with Westport’s growth while maintaining the town’s historic character.

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This house on Westport’s Compo Road South is all decked out in red, white and blue for the Fourth of July celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
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”
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Book Chat
6:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee
7 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion: In Harmony
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Finance Board Praises Baron’s South Committee

By James Lomuscio

What a difference a year makes. Image
Steve Daniels, co-chair of the Baron’s South Committee, addresses the Board of Finance tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

Without voting, Westport’s Board of Finance tonight heaped praise on the Baron’s South Committee for its due diligence in finding a developer for a planned senior housing facility.

It was a sharp contrast to the finance board’s criticism last year, sending the committee back to square one, after it presented the same developer.

A major reason: the reworked RFP (request for proposals) responded to by Jonathan Rose Companies, again the winning bidder, generates more income for the town.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Buggy But Not West Nile Worrisome—Yet

By James Lomuscio

With all the rainy, warm and humid weather lately, conditions are perfect for mosquito larvae to spawn in ponds, clogged gutters, birdbaths and all types of standing water.

And anyone who has been out early morning and at dusk during the past wet few weeks knows the mosquitoes are active and hungry.

But the director of the Westport Weston Health District says despite the foreboding, gray overcast, it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to getting bitten, as least as far as West Nile virus goes.

“It’s never a good time to get bitten, but if you’re going to get bitten, I guess it’s better now than later in the season,” said Mark A. R. Cooper.

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Comings & Goings: Kibberia to Open Around July 15 Image
Kibberia Mediterranean Restaurant and Cafe will open around July 15 at 361 Post Road West, the location formerly occupied by John’s Best, according to co-owner/manager Nick Iskandar (above). The restaurant, which specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine and has a restaurant with the same name in Danbury, will have a casual environment that seats 100 and offers take-out service, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Repairs Will Close Bayberry Bridge Over Aspetuck

Westport Public Works Director Steve Edwards announced today emergency repairs to the Bayberry Lane Bridge over the Aspetuck River will close the bridge for two to four weeks beginning July 10. Image
Emergency repairs will close this bridge on Bayberry Lane Extension for two to four weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

He said a recent routine state inspection discovered significant structural deficiencies due to scour from recent storm events. Scour is sediment such as sand and rocks that swiftly moving water removes from the base of bridge abutments, eventually compromising the integrity of a structure.

Edwards said an underwater inspection of the bridge confirmed that repairs needed to be made as soon as possible.

“The bridge is not unsafe to cross, but we want to get the work done as soon as possible before schools resume in the fall,” he said.

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Window on Iceland at Max’s Image
Westport-based photographer Bernard L. Perry was at Max’s Art Supply on Post Road East today overseeing window placement of his Iceland photographic works. All proceeds generated by purchases of the photos will be donated to Westport’s Homes with Hope. Parry said that the 20 framed photos were selected from more than 3,500 scenes he photographed in Iceland in June 2012.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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