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Monday, June 23, 2014

Chamber to Host ‘Legislative Wrap Up’ Talk Friday

A legislative wrap up on the recently finished 2014 state General Assembly session will be the focus of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce meeting scheduled in association with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) for Friday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, Rep. Gail Lavielle and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg are scheduled to participate, said Matthew Mandell, the chamber’s executive director.

“This is a great opportunity to hear directly from your state representatives,” he said. “It will be an informal discussion, so attendees will be able to participate.”

He noted that state legislators considered “many bills impacting business and company bottom lines in this year’s session in Hartford.”

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06/23/14 03:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

June 23, 2004 - Dogs at the Beach Image Image
WestportNow today launches a new feature, Today in WN History, a look back at some of the events WestportNow covered in past years. The caption on this picture from June 23, 2004: The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight voted 2-1 (Izzo opposed) to endorse Parks and Recreation Dept. regulations that delete a “sunset clause” from controversial rules governing dogs at Compo Beach. The issue is now likely to go before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) which has inserted the clause two years in a row so it could review the regulations governing dogs off leash in the non-summer months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Enjoying the Sunset Image
A couple of seagulls enjoy the sunset at South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Monday, June 23, 2014

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
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
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Arduino Workshops
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Sonny Fox: Profiles from the Golden Age of Musicals

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

First Summer Sunday Image
Crowds at Westport’s Compo Beach today enjoy the first summer Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


06/22/14 10:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Music and Money at Compo Image
Weekend activities at Westport’s Compo Beach included making music (and money) outside Joey’s By the Shore.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/22/14 09:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating Undefeated Season Image
Westport’s U12 Blue soccer team today finished its season undefeated with a 4-0 win over Newtown at the upper Long Lots field. Pictured are (l-r, bottom row) Nick Heim, Evan Seigal, Joseph Crise, Vignesh Kareddy, Benny Feuer, Drew Halperin; (top row) Coach Amar Bellara, Lars Djuve, Chet Ellis, David Basich, Teddy O’Kane, Avi Shein, Tadeo Messenger, and Assistant Coach Neil O’Kane. Not pictured: Emerson Anvari, Assistant Coach Alex Anvari, Joshua Dedomenico, Mathis De Vos, Andrew Lau, and Michael Lau. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/22/14 07:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Great Day for a Run Image
UPDATE The Fairfield Half Marathon returned to Westport roadways today for the second consecutive year after an absence of several years. Almost 4,000 persons took part. The runners are seen on Greens Farms Road about to turn on to New Creek Road at the Green’s Farms Metro-North station. Wegi Habtamu Arga of Ethiopia finished first in 1:05:31. See complete results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/22/14 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Giving a High Five Image
Westport Fire Deputy Chief Bob Kepchar gives a high five to a runner in today’s Fairfield Half Marathon. The race began in Fairfield and included portions of Westport’s Greens Farms area including Greens Farms Road and Beachside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/22/14 02:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Providing Relief Along the Way Image
Volunteers, including Westport firefighters and EMS personnel, were among those providing water and Gatorade on New Creek Road today for runners in the Fairfield Half Marathon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/22/14 02:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cheering Them On Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Westporter Dan Kail cheer on the Fairfield Half Marathon runners today.  Kail said he has been a volunteer for the Hole in the Wall nonprofit for 14 years and has served on its board for the past seven years. Hole in the Wall is the signature charity for the event. In 1988, the late Westporter Paul Newman opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut so that children coping with serious illnesses could have a special hideout where they could simply be kids. The Camp, which served 288 campers its first year,now has 25,000 children and family members experiencing “a different kind of healing” annually. Each year, 2,500 are served onsite and 20,000 visits by the Hospital Outreach Program bring the fun and friendship of Camp into more than 25 sites throughout the Northeast, all free of charge (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/22/14 02:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pumped Up Image
Westport Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury (l) and Deputy Chief Bob Kepchar encourage runners today in the Fairfield Half Marathon as they made their way along New Creek Road near the Green’s Farms Metro-North station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/22/14 02:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

On the Run

Scenes from today’s Fairfield Half Marathon as it made its way through Westport’s Greens Farms area. Dave Matlow for


06/22/14 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Power Outage Hits Compo Beach Area

UPDATE A two-hour power outage affected more than 100 customers in Westport’s Compo Beach area today.

Residents reported hearing a loud bang as apparently two breakers on transformers in the area “popped” shortly before 8 a.m., according to fire officials.

The transformers were located on Compo Beach Road in the areas of Owenoke Park and Apple Tree Trail.

Connecticut Light and Power Company said shortly after 8 a.m. that 113 customers in the area were without power. Two hours later it said power had been restored.


06/22/14 02:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

First Summer Sunset Image
Sunset Saturday as seen from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. Summer officially began at 6:15 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for


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Sunday,  June 22, 2014

8:45 a.m. - Greens Farms area - Fairfield Half Marathon
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - June Maker-in-Residence: Makey Makey with Josh Burker
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Documentary: “Married & Counting”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Arcadia” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sing for Your Shakespeare”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Samba-Inspired Fun at Voices Café Image
There was dancing and fun at tonight’s “Summer Solstice Samba” at Westport’s Unitarian Church. Westporter Richard Epstein produced the event for Voices Café in collaboration with WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM and . A Brazilian jazz sextet played samba–inspired jazz and the vocalist and piano player Isabella Mendes taught the crowd how to dance the Samba. The guitarist was Joe Carter, a well-known Connecticut musician. It was the third time that Voices Café and WPKN have joined forces. Last year a similar event featured the saxophonist and environmental advocate Paul Winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/22/14 02:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Rotary Club Leadership Changes Hands Image
Former Rotary District Governor Rick Benson tonight swears in Steve Lewine as incoming president of the Westport Rotary Club for the 2014-2015 term at the traditional Pass the Gavel ceremony at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. Outgoing president Tony Riggio watches. About 55 members and guests attended the celebration lobster bake party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

$25,000 Winning Form Image
McLain Ward aboard HH Fleur of Double H Farm of Ridgefield and Wellington, Fla. today won the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix at the June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Ward, 38, of Brewster, N.Y., is one of the top riders on on the show jumping circuit, winning a host of first place ribbons to add to his two Olympic gold medals—one won in Athens in 2004 and the other in Beijing in 2008. He has been a standout since the age of 14 when he won the United States Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Derby. Sponsor of the event was Wells Fargo and George N. Venizelos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


06/21/14 09:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Presenting the Blue Ribbon and Winner’s Cup Image
Mclain Ward aboard HH Fleur collects his first place ribbon and winner’s cup today after winning the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix horse jumping competition at the June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Pictured (l-r) are ringmaster John E. Franzreb III, winner Mclain Ward, Lynn Coakley, president of the Equus Foundation, George Venizelos of Wells Fargo who sponsored the event, co-chairs Sean Hogan and Catherine Herman, Robert Green, chief financial officer, GE Capital, and Michele Ippolito, co-chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


06/21/14 09:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday at the Hunt Club

Scenes from today’s Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show featuring the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix. Helen Klisser During for


06/21/14 08:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Determining a Winner Image
Members of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club check the ducks in today’s Great Duck Race fundraiser to determine a winner. It was a difficult day for the race because of the tide and winds (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/21/14 08:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday Fun on the Saugatuck River

Scenes from today’s Great Duck Race on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club. Dave Matlow and Phyllis Groner for


06/21/14 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Cocktails and Clams Image
Westport’s Harbor Watch is at Norm Bloom & Son in Norwalk today setting up for Cocktails & Clams event from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening is a celebration of clean water and the work done to protect Long Island Sound and its watershed. Tickets are available at the door for $50 each. All proceeds go to support the Earthplace Harbor Watch water quality monitoring program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/21/14 08:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Merritt Three-Car Crash Sends Two to Hospital Image
A three-vehicle crash on the Merritt Parkway southbound at Exit 41 in Westport sent two persons to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Assistant Fire Chief Bill Dingee.  A three-car crash at about the same time nearby southbound at the Newtown Turnpike overpass caused no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/14 05:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Set for Great Duck Race Image
Crowds gathered along the Saugatuck River near Westport’s Taylor Place parking lot today for the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Great Duck Race fundraiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/14 04:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sitting Duck Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was a sitting duck at the dunking booth today at the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Great Duck Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/14 04:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Wet Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe climbs back on his perch after getting dunked at the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/14 04:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Outdoors: Westport Pizzeria Image
Westport Pizzeria, 143 Post Road East, is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series, Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months. Westport Pizzeria opened in February at its new location after closing its 107 Main St. location after 45 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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June Benefit Horse Show Winds Up Today Image
The five-day June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport winds up today with the $25,000 Grand Prix at 1:30 p.m. Free pony rides take place 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Pictured is last year’s winner Sydney Shulman of Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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