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Monday, October 07, 2013

Grover C. Mills, 72

Grover C. Mills, a longtime Westport and Weston resident, died Sept. 30 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.

Mills and his sister Gail were born March 23, 1941, at Norwalk Hospital. They were the twin children of Larry and Elizabeth Mills of Westport.

After attending Staples High School, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport, married Carol (Kerrie) Eannello and headed to Chile to serve in the Peace Corps. Returning to Westport and after a brief interval teaching, Mills began his building career.

He was an avid sailor, mountain climber and runner. A music lover, he played guitar, piano and saxaphone.

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Sets Stage for ‘Room Service’

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In conjunction with the opening of the show business farce “Room Service” on Tuesday, the Westport Country Playhouse today hosted a screening of “Bullets Over Broadway,” a 1994 crime-comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. WCP artistic director Mark Lamos welcomed more than 100 people to the showing. The movie, set in 1920s New York, is about a struggling playwright forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced. Diane Wiest was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this film. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/06/13 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Beginning There Was Music in Nature

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Music on the Hill Chamber Chorus today presented its first fall production, “Music in Nature,” at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Conducted by David H. Connell, artistic co-director of Music on the Hill and artist-in-residence at Weston’s Norfield Congregational Church since 2007, the program featured Aaron Copland’s “In the Beginning.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/06/13 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Waiting for the Train in the Rain

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With gloomy, rainy weather today, passengers wait for the train at Westport’s Saugatuck station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

10/06/13 07:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Night Heron Takes Flight

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A Night Heron on Westport’s Gray’s Creek on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, October 6, 2013


11 a.m. - Various - Restaurant Week sponsored by Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (see locales here)
Noon. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”
3 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Chamber Chorus of Music on the Hill performs “Music in Nature”
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Classical Guitarist Eliot Fisk
4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse Sheffer Studio - “Bullets Over Broadway” film screening

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Sprited Bidding at Westport Historical Society Fundraiser

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Auctioneer Jennifer Wright, vice president Christie’s Old Master & 19th Century Drawings, led a spirited bidding event tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse that benefits the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Large Crowd for Historical Society Art Auction

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The Westport Historical Society tonight attracted a large crowd and enthusiastic bidders of BNY Mellon-donated 19th century art, an event held at the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center on the Westport Country Playhouse complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/06/13 01:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Art Auction Benefit for Historical Socety


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Historical Society auction of BNY Mellon-donated 19th century art at the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center on the Westport Country Playhouse complex.Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Save the Children Kicks Off World Marathon

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Today was the launch of the Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge, a global relay in which teams of children from around the world will band together throughout the month of October to complete a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles. The events kicked off in the United States when Save the Children supporters in Westport, where the organization is headquartered, raced one another at Staples High School to raise funds and awareness for programs focused on child survival and well-being. Among those participating were the Klein family of Westport. Pictured are (front) Ben Klein, 9; Elliot Klein, 7, (back) Camilla and Tom Klein.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanna Klaucke for Save the Children

   

10/05/13 09:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Metro-North Says Regular Service to Resume Monday

Metro-North announced today that regular New Haven Line service will resume Monday morning following successful initial testing of a new. electrical substation at Mount Vernon, N.Y.

For Saturday and Sunday, Metro-North will operate reduced hourly train service from all New Haven Line stations while activation and breaking in of the new substation continues. This represents approximately 70 percent of normal weekend service, the railroad said.

It said no bicycles will be allowed on New Haven Line trains this weekend. In addition, Metro-North’s direct New Haven Line service to the Jets and Giants 1 p.m. games at the Meadowlands will not operate on Sunday.

New Haven Line tickets continue to be honored on all Metro-North trains during this time period.

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Fitathlon Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Research

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Hundreds gathered at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today for the Fitathlon Challenge fundraiser in support of the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Association. Registrants of all ages participated in 5K obstacle course events that were scheduled every half hour from 9 a.m until 2:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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

Getting Fit for a Cause

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Some of the participants in today’s Fitathlon Challenge fundraiser in support of the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Association at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Disposing 50 Years Worth of Hazardous Waste

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Norwalk resident Theresa Kish gets some help unloading hazardous waste today at the household hazardous waste collection day at the Westport Weston Health District office on Bayberry Lane. Kish said she missed the Norwalk collection one week ago and today is the first time she has been to the Westport collection. “I’ve lived in my house for 50 years so you can imagine how much I cleaned out for today,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/13 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Early Lineup for Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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The turnout was busy today at the start of the annual household hazardous waste collection at the Westport Weston Health District offices at 180 Bayberry Lane. According to Public Works employee Bill Frawley, “There were about 25 cars in line when we started the collection around 9 a.m. It seems to me that there were fewer cars waiting than in other years.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/13 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coleytown El Teacher Wins $56,850 on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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Westport Coleytown Elementary School physical education teacher Chris Scholz celebrates with wife Kelly after winning $56,850 on television’s “Wheel of Fortune” in an episode aired this week.  Scholz taped the session in July and was sworn to secrecy until the show was shown. He said the money will come in handy as he hopes to move from a rented home in Fairfield and buy a house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from Wheel of Fortune

   

10/05/13 03:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Milton Development Buys 1032 PRE to Expand

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Milton Development, a Westport-based builder of residential homes, purchased the building at 1032 Post Road East for $2.4 million, according to HK Group’s Franco Fellah who brokered the transaction. The building was formerly occupied by Baker Graphics from 2009 until earlier this year when it relocated to 1753 Post Road East across from Stop and Shop. Fellah said Milton, following a complete remodeling, will open a design center and showroom in the 6,579 square feet building situated on a .43-acre lot. The main office for Milton Development is at 1046 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

10/05/13 01:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Lights

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The lights of Saugatuck Friday as seen along the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, October 5, 2013


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Hazardous Waste Collection Day
9 a.m. - noon - Community Nursery School (49 Weston Road) - Tag Sale, children’s items (earlybird: 8 a.m.)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Westport Library - Star Wars Reads Day
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Staples varsity soccer car wash
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Main St. (Banana Republic) - Westport Animal Shelter Associates Apple Cider Stand
11 a.m. - Various - Restaurant Week sponsored by Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (see locales here)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
3 - 5 p.m. - 190 Main St. - Open house at Westport Democratic party headquarters
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

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iPhone Poetry

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Eileen Flug, moderator of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) reads poetry from her iPhone tonight at the Westport Arts Center at a “poetry slam” ArtCafe Happy Hour jointly sponsored by the Arts Center and Westport Community Gardens and hosted by Helen Klisser During, WAC director of visual arts, and Louis Weinberg of Community Gardens. The tribute to fall was held in conjunction with the Arts Center’s current “Home Sweet Home” exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com

   

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Celebrating Auto Art at The Library

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Weston artist Ken Scaglia tonight thanks guests at The Westport Library at a reception marking the opening of an exhibit of 16 of his paintings entitled “Art of the Automobile.” The exhibit will remain on display for the next three months. Scaglia said his interest in cars and motorcycles began during his boyhood in Indiana. Most of all, he said, he enjoys painting pre-1970 models because their chrome, deep clear-coated paint and sculptural bodywork fascinate him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Reps to Address Suffering Rail Commuters

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, who represents Westport, and state Rep. Kim Fawcett, who serves Fairfield, are scheduled to be at the Greens Farms train station Monday at 7 a.m. to listen to commuters’ concerns in the wake of a power outage that has disrupted service over the past two weeks.

Both have stated that they support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s demand that commuters be given full refunds from Metro-North for the number of days the trains are not in service. They also want Metro-North to give an explanation as to how an outage of such magnitude could occur.

“New Haven line commuters are long-suffering, from coping with substandard rail cars and tracks to frequent delays and outages,” Steinberg said. “It’s time Connecticut’s rail customers got a fair deal from Metro-North, starting with full reimbursement for every day without regular service.”

Calling the failed service outrageous, Fawcett stressed that the rail system cannot “wait until the next major failure to open the conversation.”

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10/04/13 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lining Up to Vote (While Away)

Picking up absentee ballots
Absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 special state and municipal elections were requested by 115 people today, the first day they became available. Most requests were made online, according the Town Clerk’s office. Absentee ballots may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or can be downloaded here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/04/13 07:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 16 - 20, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 16 - 20, 2013:

Eileen Perkowski to Michael Gray, 3 George St., $475,000WNproperty.jpg

Traci Estabrook to Binh-Co Tran and January Navarro, 6 Robert Lane, $520,000

Howard and Sharon Altman to SIR-7 Old Orchard LLC, 7 Old Orchard Road, $862,500

Greg and Alissa Wood to Wendang Song, 28 Long Lots Road, $580,000

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Getting Set for Staples Soccer Car Wash Saturday

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Staples soccer varsity players practice for Saturday’s annual soccer car wash 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. Among them are Nate Argosh (front) and co-captain Jack Scott (r). The car wash is one of the team’s major fundraisers of the year. After defeating Norwalk Thursday—last year’s state champions—Staples is 8-1-1 on the season. Contributed photo

   

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Last Light

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The last light Thursday night as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, October 4, 2013


8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Visiting Nurse Services Flu Shot Clinic (in Weeks Pool Lobby)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
11 a.m. - Various - Restaurant Week sponsored by Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (see locales here)
6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Westport Inn - Connecticut Humane Society 2nd Annual Fall Gala “Passport to a Forever Home”
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - “Art of the Automobile” exhibit opening reception
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Happy Hour:Poetry Slam
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Westport Republicans Oktoberfest Candidate Meet & Greet
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

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WN on the Scene: Fall Art Exhibits NYC to Massachusetts


The fall art season is under way from New York City to Massachusetts. Offerings range from Louise Bourgeois’s “Eyes” (above)  at Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass. and Anselm Kiefer’s sculpture and paintings at the MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., to Sol LeWitt’s monumental wall drawings at Paul Cooper’s Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district and Edmund de Waal’s display of tiny white porcelain vases at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue. They are seen through the lens of Helen Klisser During, contributing WestportNow photographer and director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center. Click here for information on each picture. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/04/13 02:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Jamming Again at Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center kicked off its new Jazz Thursday series tonight. The jam sessions are a direct result of the support of Arthur and Bonnie Ashman with additional support from Lance Lundberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Norwalk

Eleven months ago, Norwalk ended the Staples boys soccer team’s season with a 1-0 defeat in the state tournament. The fact that the Bears went on to win the state championship was little solace.

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Junior Patrick Beusse has become a midfield force for the Wreckers. He and his teammates got revenge on Norwalk today, 2-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

Today, a packed hill at Loeffler Field watched as the Wreckers gained revenge. They shut out Norwalk 2-0, with a solid performance that included a spectacular volley by co-captain Jack Scott.

Staples ran its record to 8-1-1. The Wreckers are off until Wednesday, when they host Trumbull at 4 p.m.

Scott’s volley, in the 76th minute, came off a long cross from Nate Argosh, in the left corner. Scott never hesitated, banging the ball home on the fly.

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