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Monday, May 05, 2014

I-95 Crash Backs Up Traffic Near Exit 18

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Traffic on I-95 southbound was backed up for miles near Exit 18 in Westport today after a three-car crash that sent one vehicle down an embankment on its roof. Westport firefighters took 15 minutes to extricate two men. A state trooper described their injuries as minor. View is looking north from the Hillspoint Road overpasss. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Three-Car I-95 Crash Sends Vehicle Down Embankment

A three-car crash on I-95 southbound in Westport today sent one vehicle down an embankment on its roof and two persons inside had to be extricated by Westport firefighters, according to reports from the scene.

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Westport firefighters work on extricating two victims from a car that went down an embankment on I-95 early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The accident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. between Exit 18 and 17, about three-tenths of a mile past Exit 18 and the Sherwood Island Connector.

The vehicle down the embankment was surrounded by heavy trees and was near some water although water was not involved, the reports said.

Both victims had been extricated by 6:15 a.m. with what one state policeman said were minor injuries. Traffic was backed up to Exit 27 in Bridgeport.


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Howard R. Sandler, 84

Howard R. Sandler of Eastham, Mass., a former Westport, resident, died April 30 after a period of declining health. He was 84.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 1, 1930, attended Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and left college to commission as an infantry officer through the Army’s Officer Candidate School following the outbreak of the Korean War.

After a combat tour in Korea, where he served on the front lines, he returned to the United States in 1953 and joined the family firm, Lysander Tufted Products in New York, working in both sales and management until 1987.

He was later employed by Kraft Foods. He and his wife were residents of Westport prior to their permanent move to Eastham in 1995.

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Levitt Making Progress for July Opening

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Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is on schedule for a July opening. This aerial photo (and ones below) were taken Sunday and show the sail-like stage roof in place and substantial progress made in the box office, concession, and restroom facility in the foreground. A wrap-around path allows for viewing of the Saugatuck River from all sides of the project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Bird’s Eye View of Levitt

Aerial photos taken Sunday of Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts under construction on a town-owned former landfill behind the Westport Public Library. The $6.8 million project is on schedule for completion in July. Contributed photos


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Monday, May 5, 2014

10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - WCSA Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club 3rd Annual May Flower Sale
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. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6:45 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Let’s Talk: Seniors to Seniors
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 -  Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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SLOBs Service Sunday Spruces Up Westport

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Today almost 150 Westport boys and their parents participated in this year’s SLOBs Service Sunday, a major project of the Staples High School SLOBs (Service League of Boys). It was the fifth — and largest — Service Sunday in the club’s history, with volunteers completing upwards of 750 community service hours at nine locations throughout Westport. One of the projects was cleaning up and adding a touch of paint to the bathhouses at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Climate Change Film Screening Wraps Up GreenDay

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Westport Cinema Initiative today wrapped up a weekend of GreenDay activities coordinated by the Staples Green Club with a Town Hall screening of “Chasing Ice,” a 2012 documentary about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey to publicize the effects of climate change. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Discussing Climate Change

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A panel discussion followed today’s Westport Cinema Initiative’s screening of “Chasing Ice” at Westport Town Hall. Panel participants included (l-r) Doug Tirola, moderator; David Mann, chair of Westport’s Green Task Force; Robby Gershowitz and Sarah Fox, co-presidents of Staples High School’s Club Green, and Marty Yellen, a local expert in global warming and conservation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Discussing Noël Coward

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The Westport Country Playhouse today hosted a Sunday Symposium Series following the matinee performance of Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight.” Chad Kinsman (l) interviewed Barry Day (c ), a former Weston resident and author of multiple books about Coward, and Brian Murray, lead actor in the Playhouse’s current production of the 1966 play. Murray noted that Coward always insisted that the actors in his plays come to rehearsals knowing their lines word perfect. He added: “However, when Coward played the lead role that I played in ‘A Song at Twilight,’ I’ve been told he messed up his own lines.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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World War II Vets, Need a Ride in Memorial Day Parade?

Westport holds its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26 and any World War II veterans who wish to walk or ride in the parade are asked to contact Ted Diamond at (203)227-7680 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and he will make the arrangements.


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Westport Challenger Team Enjoys Weekend of Baseball

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Westport Little League Baseball and Softball this weekend opened the season for its Westport Winners team, part of Little League’s Challenger Division. The team played a team from Norwalk in Westport and Norwalk. Today’s game was with the participation of the Westport Travel Baseball 12U Blue and 11U White teams as buddies supporting the Westport Winners in Norwalk at Broad River Field. 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 along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Saturday’s Westport Little League Baseball and Softball Challenger Division game involving the Westport Winners included player Dylan Curran, 13, (l) and “Buddy” AJ Konstanty, 12. It was the Westport season opener for the team. Contributed photo


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Car Buffs Find Rally Electrifying

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Brian Strong has had a long, thrilling relationship with fossil fuel cars. For one, he’s raced them on the track.

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Leo Cirino (l), president of the Westport Electric Car Club, today presents the winning trophy to the winners of the second annual Electric Car Rally Brian Strong (c) and Noah Levine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

“And my daily driver is a 1961 Corvette,” he notes. 

Strong also owns several other classic cars, including a 1921 Brewster.

But today, as he waited for the results of the Second Annual EV Road Rally at the eastbound Saugatuck train station, Strong admitted he has become quite smitten by electric powered vehicles.

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Driving Green

Scenes from today’s Westport Electric Car Club’s second annual Electric Car Rally which set out from the Metro-North Westport station as part of the weekend GreenDay activities. Dave Matlow and Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com


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Getting Ready for Woman’s Club Plant Sale

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Westport Woman’s Club members and volunteers today prepare for the club’s third annual flower sale at 44 Imperial Ave. The sale runs today from noon-3 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m - 3 p.m.  The club, organized in 1907, is a nonprofit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the charitable, educational, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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And They’re Off

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Leo Cirino, president of the Westport Electric Car Club, wave the starting flags today for the club’s second annual Electric Car Rally. The 40-mile event set off from the Westport Metro-North station at Saugatuck and will end there about 1 p.m. when the public will have an opportunity to speak with EV owners, learn about EV technology, visit sponsor tents, and enjoy snacks and drinks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Getting Briefed for Electric Car Rally

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Leo Cirino (l, black hat), president of the Westport Electric Car Club, and John Shuck (red cap) give a pre-rally briefing today inside the eastbound station house at the Metro-North Westport station. Cirino said there were 30 entrants in the club’s 40-mile, second annual Electric Car Rally today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Legislature Adopts New CT Budget Built on Risky Assumptions

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, and Arielle Levin Becker


UPDATE The General Assembly early today adopted a $19 billion budget that, to stay in balance, relies on about $200 million in fund sweeps, risky savings and revenue assumptions -– including the last-minute discovery of $75 million in “miscellaneous” tax receipts.

The package for 2014-15, negotiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and majority Democratic legislators, boosts spending by 2.5 percent while delaying planned tax cuts for teachers and consumers and canceling the launch of keno gaming.

It also expands municipal aid by almost $82 million, provides special relief for public colleges and universities while adding 1,020 pre-kindergarten program slots.

And while majority Democratic legislators insisted the plan is lean, balanced and reflects their top priorities, Republicans charged that gimmicks threaten the state’s future.

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Sunday,  May 4, 2014

9 a.m. - Saugatuck train station - Electric car rally
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
Noon - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club 3rd Annual May Flower Sale
2 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “The Fantasticks” (last day)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Nina Sankovitch on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Song at Twilight”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “A Beautiful Blue Death” by Charles Finch
4 p.m. - Pequot Library (720 Pequot Ave., Southport) - Westport Arts Center Young Artist Showcase: pianist Michael Brown
4 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Westport Cinema Initiative: “Chasing Ice” screening and talkback
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Protecting Your Child on Social Media

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Opening the 84th Playhouse Season

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The Westport Country Playhouse kicked off its 84th season tonight with the opening night performance of Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight,” directed by the Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos and a co-production with Hartford Stage. The cast takes a bow (l-r) Nicholas Carriere, Gordana Rashovich, Brian Murray and Mia Dillon. The play runs through May 17. For more information and tickets, call the box office,at (203) 227-4177, or visit http://www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Celebrating opening night tonight of Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight,” at the Westport Counry Playhouse are the four actors in the play: (l-r) Gordana Rashovich, Mia Dillon, Brian Muray, and Nicholas Carriere. Set in a luxury hotel in Switzerland, the play, first produced in London in 1966, depicts an elderly writer confronted by his former mistress with facts about his past life that he would prefer to forget. Coward’s witty and bittersweet comedy was the final play of his illustrious career. Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos and first presented in February at Hartford Stage, the play runs through May 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Opening Night Excitement

Scenes from tonight’s season opening night at the Westport Country Playhouse. Backstage visitors included actor Keir Dullea, whose wife, Mia Dillon, is featured in the role of Hilde in “A Song at Twilight,” Weston-based actress Maureen Anderman, Chilton Ryan, a Westport Country Playhouse production director in the 1950s, and Jim Noble, award-winning Norwalk-based actor. They were hosted by “A Song at Twilight” director Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, and Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Staples Junior Wins Rotary District Speech Competition

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Staples High School junior Everett Sussman today was named first place winner in Rotary Club’s Four-Way Speech Contest district finals held in Mystic. He began his journey to the championship with a win on March 27 (above) at the Westport competition sponsored by the Westport Rotary Club and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, May 03, 2014

For GreenDay, Shear Excitement at Town Farm

By James Lomuscio

It didn’t take much coaxing for the more than 100 persons at Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm today to rally around the corral where the black sheep Cookie was about to get a buzz cut.

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Sheep shearing was one of the GreenDay attractions today at Westport’s Wakeman Town farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“I recently saw a movie about sheep shearing, so I was interested in seeing it first hand,” said Jo Fuchs-Luscombe as she looked for a spot along the rustic fence, every inch of it taken.

Inside, Christina Wickson, a sixth-generation sheep shearer from Monroe, used one knee and one hand to hold Cookie down. In her other hand was a buzzing electric clipper twice the size of the ones found in barbershops.

“She’s just getting a haircut,” one mother comforted her young girl amid sighs of “poor thing” coming from others.

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Sheep Get a Spring Trim for GreenDay

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Sheep were sheared during the GreenDay celebration at Wakeman Town Farm today. The wool from this sheep is enough to make two sweaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Decorating the Maypole at Wakeman Town Farm

Getting the Maypole ready at Wakeman Town Farm
Visitors to Wakeman Town Farm’s GreenDay celebration today add flowers and ribbons to help prepare the Maypole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Down on the Farm for GreenDay

>Scenes from today’s Westport Wakeman Town Farm GreenDay. Phyllis Groner, Christy Colasurdo, and Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com


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Ever Hear a Cockroach Hiss?

Veronica Swain with Madgascar cockroach at Earthplace
Animal caretaker Veronica Swain helps visitors listen to the sounds of the Madagascar hissing cockroach at Earthplace today, part of the weekend GreenDay activities coordinated by the Staples High School Green Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Malley for WestportNow.com


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Saugatuck Sweets Officially Open

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Saugatuck Sweets officially opened at Westport’s Saugatuck Center today with a balloon release instead of a ribboncutting. Co-owners Al DiGuido and Pete Romano welcomed guests to the sweet shop which occupies space initially leased by Saugatuck Craft Butchery, which moved across the street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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