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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cedar Point Yacht Club Hosts Annual Regatta

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The waters off of Westport’s shoreline were filled with sailboats today as the Cedar Point Yacht Club (CPYC) hosted its annual One-Design Regatta, which continues on Sunday. Called the fastest-growing regatta on Long Island Sound by its sponsor, the event includes about 100 sailboats, ranging from 19 to 37 feet long. Seven series of races were run simultaneously under alternating sunny and cloudy skies. Pictured is Rush, 51, as it lead the J109 fleet at the windward mark. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/31/14 11:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Lead

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Fat City, 22715 out of Waterbury with skipper Carl Sherter lead the J30 fleet today in the Cedar Point Yacht Club’s annual One-Design Regatta. The event, which attracted about 100 entrants, continues Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/31/14 11:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking Home Saturday Dinner

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A fox was spotted in the Hale’s Court area today taking home a Saturday dinner. Residents say the fox is seen several times per week in the area. Experts warn people to stay away from the animals, which are wild and unpredictable. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

   

05/31/14 10:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Well Known Buddies

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Two Little League World Series stars –- Drew Rogers (l, green cap) and Chad Knight -– today were buddies for the Westport Little League’s Winners Challenger team in its game against Stamford. The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, to enjoy the game of baseball too. Westport established its first Challenger team last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stacie Curran for WestportNow.com

   

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‘Lemonaid’ Stands Help NYC’s Robin Hood

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“Lemonaid” stands popped up around Westport and Weston today as more than 180 families joined to help New Yorkers living in poverty. The program is sponsored by Robin Hood, New York City’s largest poverty fighting organization. “We are thrilled to bring the power of Robin Hood’s Lemonaid program to Westport and Weston for the first time,” said Amy Sinclair, Lemonaid captain. “Lemonaid is a great way for parents to introduce their children to philanthropy at a young age. It demonstrates how the smallest of efforts can make a huge difference in someone’s life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/31/14 07:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cool But Patriotic

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Cool weather kept many people away from Westport’s Compo Beach today. But among those who did show up was at least one flag-bearing beachgoer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

05/31/14 06:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Reminder: Prepare as Hurricane Season Begins Sunday

Westport Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury reminds Westport residents and businesses that the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season begins Sunday and runs through Nov. 30.

“With a near miss of Hurricane Earl in 2010, a direct hit from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, and Super Storm Sandy in 2012, now is the time to prepare,” said Kingsbury, who is also the town’s emergency management director.

“We urge every home and business to have an Emergency Plan and Basic Supply Kit in place now, before a severe weather event occurs.”

The Westport Office of Emergency Management suggested these preparedness tips as a minimum:

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05/31/14 03:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fireworks Tickets Go on Sale Sunday

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The symbolic first Independence Day Fireworks ticket is handed over by Police Capt. Sam Arciola, Police Athletic League (PAL) president, to Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein whose toy company, Melissa & Doug, are sponsoring the annual event to be held on Thursday, July 3 (rain date Monday, July 7). PAL and the Westport Parks and Recreation Department put on the display. Ticket sales—$35 per vehicle—begin Sunday at Westport Police Headquarters and the Parks & Recreation Office at Longshore Club Park. Pictured (l-r) are Howard Friedman, PAL;  Melissa Bernstein; Capt. Sam Arciola; Doug Bernstein; Dan DeVito, Westport Parks and Recreation; Officer Ned Batlin, and Bill Chappa, PAL. Contributed photo

   

05/31/14 02:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sherwood Dusk

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Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond at dusk on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michael Friedland for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday,  May 31, 2014


10 a.m. - noon - 180 Bayberry Lane - Westport Weston Health District Rabies Vaccination Clinic
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Screening & Discussion of “12 Years a Slave”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “Infinite Black Suitcase”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Staples Boys Volleyballers FCIAC Champs

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The Staples Boys Volleyball team repeated as FCIAC champions tonight as they beat Ridgefield 3-1 (25-15, 16-25. 25-22, 25-15) at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. It was the second straight FCIAC title and 10 in 12 years for the Wreckers. Ian Grimes, with 14 kills, was selected as FCIAC tournament MVP. The team will play in the state championship next week. They have a bye, and then play at Staples on Friday, June 6, with semifinals and finals scheduled for the following week in Shelton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/31/14 01:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Garden Variety Poetry

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Lou Weinberg of the Westport Community Gardens reads a poem tonght at the Westport Art Center’s Happy Hour “Poetry Slam.” Members of the Community Gardens as well as the public read poetry as a slideshow was shown of the area’s local garden bounty. It was co-hosted by Weinberg and Helen Klisser During, WAC’s director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Poetry in Motion WAC-Style


Scenes from tonight’s “Poetry Slam” Happy Hour at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

   

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Comings & Goings: Tierra to Old Town Hall

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A worker places finishing touches today on the patio stonework in preparation for the opening of Tierra, 90 Post Road East on the lower level of Wesport’s old Town Hall.  According to Rob Haroun, the owner of the building, Tierrra owners Laura Luce and Chad Whited plan to open the eating and drinking establishment in about a week. He said Tierra will first open with dinner only but will soon extend hours to lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone will feature “a seasonal Latin-inspired menu with hand-crafted cocktails by Rob Fuentevilla,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Frosty Bear Back for Fifth Season

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Layla and Jack Bloomingdale, 9-year-old twins from Westport, have their first treat of the season today at the Frosty Bear ice cream stand at Christie’s Country Store, 161 Cross Highway, which is beginning its fifth season. Owner John Martin’s daughter, Allison, 18, was on duty today. She said the spring hours are Sunday through Thursday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. “When school is out, we’ll start our summer hours which are longer,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Practicing Gaining Entry

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Westport firefighters today conducted training exercises at an unoccupied house at 10 Pond Edge Road which will be demolished soon. Firefighters James Branson (standing) and Sean Kelly performed forced entry training. According to Lt. Brian Meadows, additional training exercises on the property will include creation of horizontal and vertical ventilation on the roof to remove smoke and heat during a fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/30/14 06:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Way Cleared for Sasco Creek Makeover

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Meeting in a special session today, the Westport Board of Selectmen approved a resolution to clear the way for state financing of the $22 million makeover of the Westport Housing Authority’s Sasco Creek Village at 1655 Post Road East. Demolition of 33 mobile homes on the site will begin in mid-June, said Carol Martin, WHA executive director. They will be replaced with 54 new units. The existing 39 townhouse-style residences that were built in 2003 in the rear of Sasco Creek will remain. There will also be a new community building. In the 1950s, the mobile home park was privately owned and was later acquired by the WHA in 1981, Martin said completion of the redevelopment is projected for November 2015. Pictured are Town Attorney Ira Bloom (l) and attorney Steven L. Elbaum of the Stamford-based Robinson & Cole, representing the WHA, briefing the selectmen. Eileen Francis, manager, Selectman’s Office, is at center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Winding Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Winding Lane, in the Old Hill area, is in process. Built in 1948, the two-story colonial has 3,602 square feet and is situated on a 1.35-acre property. The property changed hands this month for $1,450,000. 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 WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Property Transfers May 12 - 16, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 12 - 16, 2014:

Noel B. and Jennifer B. Velasco to Matthew C. and Michelle Lee-Farlow, 8 Wakeman Road, $2,270,000WNproperty.jpg

Urs Leo and Penny Sokotch Kaestli to Sue and David Yim, 118 Morningside Drive South, $1,525,000

Brendan T. and Jenna A. Baker to Anthony D. and Cynthia L. Bowers, 12 Rayfield Road, $1,700,000

Sholes Real Estate LLC to John D. and Regina L. Mello, 53 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,800,000

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Police Seek Suspect in Westport Subway Robbery

UPDATE Westport police today were seeking a suspect who robbed the Subway sandwich store on Post Road East at gunpoint and fled on foot.

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Today’s robbery at the Subway sandwich store, 903 Post Road East, was the first there since 2005.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The robbery occurred at about 10:10 a.m. at the store at 903 Post Road East, said Capt. Vincent Penna.

Employees of the store described the suspect as a black male, 6-feet, muscular build, wearing a dark blue hoodie, dark gray or black pants, a black ski-type mask with only his eyes exposed, and black gloves. They said he displayed a silver-colored handgun.

The employees retreated to the rear of the store at the sight of the armed man and he then went behind the counter and removed the cash box from the register, Penna said.

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Early Riser

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A Black-crowned Night-Heron was spotted Thursday morning on the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday,  May 30, 2014


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectmen Special Public Hearing
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen LEGO Robotics Club
6 p.m. - Westport Art Center - ArtCafé Happy Hour: Poetry Slam
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “Infinite Black Suitcase”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Himes Calls for Shinseki to Quit as VA Secretary

By Ann Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington –  Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, today became the first member of Connecticut’s congressional delegation to call for the resignation of Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“I am outraged by reports of delayed care and falsified records at VA facilities in Arizona,” Himes said in a statement. “I am equally appalled that dozens of other VA clinics are now under investigation for the same. Anyone at the VA who participated in or was aware of this gross mismanagement must be held accountable, without exception.”

Himes said Shinseki was not responsible for the scandal at the VA, “but when something goes wrong, the commander is responsible.”

Himes joins a growing list of lawmakers asking for Shinseki’s resignation for the fall campaign. Most of the Democratic lawmakers on that list are facing tough re-election races this year.

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‘Hey Bartender’ Screened in Westport

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The Westport Cinema Initiative tonight screened the award-winning film “Hey Bartender” at Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church before a packed audience. Featuring Stephen “Carpi” Carpentieri (l), an owner of Westport’s Dunville’s, the film was made by Westport and Weston filmmakers Doug Tirola (director/producer) (2nd l), Susan Bedusa (producer) (r), and Danielle Rosen (co-producer). The film tells the story of how the renaissance of the bartender comes to be in the era of the craft cocktail. Westport film critic Susan Granger (l) took part in a talkback with the audience following the screening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

05/30/14 01:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Tennis Takes FCIAC Crown

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The Staples Boys Tennis Team celebrates today after defeating Ridgefield 4-3 in the FCIAC finals at Wilton High School. It was the team’s first conference championship and first undefeated season (21-0) since 2001 As was the case in the semis on Tuesday against Greenwich, with the match tied 3-3 Staples secured the victory as the first doubles team of seniors Baxter Stein and Connor Mitnick came from behind to win in three sets 6-7, 6-4, 6-0. Staples moves on to the Class LL championships at Yale on Saturday. The Wreckers last won the team championship at states in 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Art About Town Street Party Draws Hundreds

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The Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s Art About Town Opening Night Street Party drew hundreds to Main Street late today. Postponed from last week because of bad weather, the event featured the unveiling of art work in the Main Street tunnel to Parker Harding Plaza called Tunnel Vision by artist Miggs Burroughs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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Unveiling of Tunnel Vision

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Stephen R. Desloge, president of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, tonight introduces Westport artist Miggs Burroughs before the official unveiling of Tunnel Vision, the art installation Burroughs created for the tunnel linking Main Street to Parker Harding Plaza. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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‘There’s No Place Like Home’

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs poses tonight in front of his lenticular image of his hands and those of Westporter Liz Beeby (l). Explaining the “Goldfingers” work on the website www.tunnelvisionart.com, Beeby wrote: “I sat in this tunnel with my friends on rainy days after Bedford Jr. High School, dreaming of being a rock star; Being immortalized HERE with my trusted mentor, best friend and partner in life exploration, Miggs B, makes me click the heels of my ruby slippers together and scream at the top of my lungs: “THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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First Glimpse

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Crowds tonight get their first glimpse of Tunnel Vision on Westport’s Main Steet at Art About Town. The art installation features 16 lenticular images (Images that change when viewed from different angles) of the hands of Westporters. A website, www.tunnelvisionart.com, shows the images along with portraits of those whose hands are featured along with brief biographies. Said Burroughs:“A year in the making, Tunnel Vision is one of the most ambitious and rewarding art projects of my career. It is an honor and privilege to have been asked to transform this unique Westport space from a practical passageway into a highly immersive and meaningful experience for tunnel-travellers of all ages and persuasions.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

05/30/14 12:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Dancing in the Street

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Tonight’s Art About Town Street Pary on Westport’s Main Street featured street dancing by varous groups. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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