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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Al’s Angels Attracts Crowds at Saugatuck Sweets

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The second day of a fundraiser for Al’s Angels, the Westport-based charity, attracted crowds today to Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. The goal was to raise $100,000 for children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and financial hardship, according to Westporter Al DiGuido, head of Al’s Angels and co-owner with Pete Romano of Saugatuck Sweets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com



08/24/14 04:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Washers

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With summer vacation at an end, some Compo Beach youngsters spent some time today washing neighbors’ cars. Known as the “Compo Kid Washers,” they also perform duty in the winter helping shovel snow when they take on the nickname “Compo Kid Shovelers.”  They are (top row) Felix Pullman, Mason Banks and Jamie Mann, and (bottom row) Layne Yacienda, Aidan Burchill, and Cameron Manna. They are all entering sixth grade at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Farewell for WestportNow.com


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Sunday,  August 24, 2014

Noon - 10 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave.  - Al’s Angels Fundraiser
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cynthia Sayer & Joyride Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Curtain Call for Playhouse’s ‘Things We Do for Love’

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Members of the cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Things We Do For Love” take a bow tonight after the opening night performance. They are (l-r)  Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer, Geneva Carr, and Michael Mastro.The play runs though Sept. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Post-Performance Fun

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John Tillinger, (2nd l) ,director of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Things We Do For Love,” celebrates tonight after the opening night performance with the cast (l-r) Geneva Carr, Matthew Greer, Sarah Manton and Michael Mastro.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Playhouse Opening Night

Scenes from tonight’s opening night at the Westport Country Playhouse of of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Things We Do For Love.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Le Vent du Nord Headlines at Levitt

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Le Vent du Nord, a Juno Award-winning Canadian folk music group from Quebec, headlined at the Levit Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Its music features progressive folk, with a hard-driving soulful and Celtic edge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Traditional Québécois Music at Levitt

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The Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord delighted a Levitt Pavilion audience tonight. The group, together since 2002, consists of four longtime friends who are all singers and multi-instrumentalists: Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet. Some of their songs come from traditional Quebec folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Westporter John Akers, former IBM Head, 79

UPDATE John F. Akers of Westport, chief executive of IBM for eight years during the company’s struggle to shift from the mainframe to the personal computer era, died Aug. 22 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 79.

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A spokesman for IBM said the cause was a stroke, The New York Times said. Akers was a 39-year Westport resident, making his home on Sturges Highway. The family also has a summer home in Nantucket.

He was born in Boston on Dec. 28, 1934, to the late Kenneth F. and Mary J. (Reed) Akers. Kenneth Akers headed the Boston office of the National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford. John Akers graduated from Yale University in 1956, was an All-Ivy League hockey player and received Yale University Athletics’ George H.W. Bush, Lifetime of Achievement Award in 2001.

Following Yale, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a carrier pilot from 1956 to 1960 attaining the rank of lieutenant.

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Arthur G. Burke, 93

Arthur G. Burke, formerly of Trumbull, died Aug. 15, 2014 at Masonic Health Center Hospice in Wallingford. He was 93.

He was born in New York City, March 28, 1921. He enjoyed a lifetime of following his bliss as an artist, working as a professional in the field of interior design for 40 years, and as a member of The Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan and the Westport Arts Center.

His work was shown in many galleries throughout Connecticut, New York City, Provincetown, Mass., and Nantucket. Inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, he became well known as a creator of “Kinetic Assemblage” or the art of gathering found objects into a theme and assembling them into a framed box with moveable parts. He called himself a “Boxist.”

He was predeceased by his wife, Maddie, who died in August 2005. Survivors include his twin daughters, Geraldine Burke of West Hartford and Denny Burke of Wallingford, Denny’s spouse, Nancy Davis; the Burke, Ostrowski and Allard families; his cadre of “Boxists” friends; and many longtime friends.

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08/23/14 01:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Outdoors: Granola Bar

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The Granola Bar in Playhouse Square 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. Co-owners Julie Levitt, who said she has a history in the music business, and Dana Noorily, who has a degree in nutrition followed by 12 years of trading stocks, also co-founded Oats Granola, distributed in retail stores. The Granola Bar, which opened in December 2013, offers coffee, eggs, oatmeal, fresh yogurt, and salads. Hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Drawing on the Saugatuck

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Westport artist Elaine Clayton (r) led guests in a Westport Library Drawing on the Saugatuck event on the riverwalk overlooking the Saugatuck River. It was the third year Clayton has participated in the event. This year, she paid tribute to the late Westport illustrator and author Tracy Sugarman “for his enormous and important contribution to history and art through drawing as reportage.” Sugarman, also a noted civil rights activist, died in January 2013 at age 91.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


08/23/14 08:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘Cones for Kids’ Fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets

The Westport-based Al’s Angels charity is holding a “Cones for Kids” fundraiser today and Sunday at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Saugatuck Ave., from noon to 10 p.m.

The goal is to raise $100,000 for children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and financial hardship, according to Westporter Al DiGuido, head of Al’s Angels and co-owner with Pete Romano of Saugatuck Sweets.

The event will feature live music, games, crafts, food and treats, and glitter tattoos.  Guests are asked to purchase a cone, shake, or sundae and donate the value of a cone to Al’s Angels.

The charity said it hopes to provide 3,200 families and almost 6,000 children with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah meals.


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Enjoying the Ride

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Sailors enjoy the ride Friday in Long Island Sound off of the Longshore Sailing School in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser Duuring for WestportNow.com


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Saturday,  August 23, 2014

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
Noon - 10 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave.  - Al’s Angels Fundraiser
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Le Vent du Nord
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love” (opening night)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Sweet Remains and Guests at Levitt

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The folk rock group The Sweet Remains —Greg Naughton (l), Rich Price (2nd l.), and Brian Chartrand (2nd r.)—performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight, joined by special guests Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award winner James Naughton of Weston. O’Hara is Greg Naughton’s wife and James is his father. Greg Naughton told the audience he and his wife and three children are becoming Westporters, having purchased a home in the Imperial Avenue neighborhood with plans to move in next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Singing Family

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Actor James Naughton of Weston poses tonight with fellow actor Kelli O’Hara after they both joined Greg Naughton, James’s son and Kelli’s husband, as he performed with his two fellow musicians in The Sweet Remains folk rock group at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.  Naughton won his first Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1990 for “City of Angels.” In 1997 he won a second Tony Award with his portrayal of lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago. O’Hara recently created the role of Francesca Johnson in the new musical “The Bridges of Madison County,” for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J. C. Martin for WestportNow.com


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Sailing Student Wins Doug Sheffer Cup

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Alex Zarikos, 14, of New Canaan is presented with the Doug Sheffer Cup today at the Longshore Sailing School by school head John Kantor. He won 11 out of 12 races in a Longshore competition. The newly inaugurated Doug Sheffer Cup is emblematic of the junior program"s “Top Gun,” according to Kantor. It is named in memory of Doug Sheffer, one of the original instructors at the sailing school (1975-78).  Joining in the presentation were Sheffer’s sister, Ann Sheffer, and aunt, Susan Malloy, both of Westport. Sheffer died in January in a Colorado helicopter crash at age 63. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/22/14 06:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Special Guests Join Levitt Performance Tonight

The Sweet Remains folk rock group performing at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight will be joined for a couple of numbers by special guests Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and Tony Award winner James Naughton of Weston, organizers announced.

The Sweet Remains includes Greg Naughton, who is O’Hara’s husband and James Naughton’s son. Other members are Rich Price and Brian Chartrand.

Show time is 8 p.m.


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Police Issue Back to School Safety Tips

With the Westport Public Schools opening Monday, the Westport Police Department has issued some safety tips for students and their parents.

Additionally, it has stepped up its traffic enforcement in recent weeks around Westport schools, including targeting individuals who are using cell phones and speeding in school zones.

“The goal of the Westport Police Department is to protect children from motorists who disregard the law, especially around the school zones,” said Capt. Sam Arciola.

“However, we must continue to educate motorists, parents and children on the importance of safe pedestrian movement and accident prevention in order to ensure traffic safety. We all have a responsibility to make sure children travel to and from school safely.”

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 4 - 8, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 4 - 8, 2014:

Roger L. and Lisa K. Krakoff to Joseph B. and Karen Kleine, 64 Old Hill Road, $2,075,000WNproperty.jpg

Vanbrodt Estates LLC to Daniel and Hilary Cummings, 95 Valley Road, $1,461,500

James Richard and Erin Bormann Wilkinson to Darin L. and Stefanie B. Buchalter, 9 Sugar Maple Lane, $2,225,000

Phyllis L. and Leslie M. Madorsky to Edward and Laura Thomas, 5 Blind Brook Road South, $1,344,000

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CLASP Resident Throws Out First Pitch at Bluefish Game

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CLASP Westport resident Jeff Van Zant (l, holding baseball) threw out the first pitch at a Bridgeport Bluefish game in Harbor Yard surrounded by his housemates and other CLASP residents. CLASP is a nonprofit serving adults with autism and related developmental disabilities in group home and apartment settings in Fairfield County. CLASP has four group homes in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Young Tennis Champs

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Four Westport youngsters were on Team Trumbull, which won the 12 and under Intermediate Division JTT New England State Championship title in a USTA tournament in New Haven. Pictured (l-r) are Jackson Slattery, 10 (not a Westport resident); Amelia Galin, 10; Alexander Visser, 10; Luke Brodsky, 10, and Tighe Brunetti, 10. Coach Mike Slattery, who has been coaching the young players since the age of 6, is in the back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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CT Mirror Names New Editor

G. Claude Albert has been named editor of The Connecticut Mirror and The Connecticut News Project, Inc.

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Albert is a former managing editor of The Hartford Courant, where he held a variety of leadership posts overseeing most aspects of the newsroom.

He also took a leading role in adapting the skills and culture of the newsroom to digital publishing. He has extensive experience editing in-depth journalism and leading initiatives focused on strategic planning, diversity and staff development.

“Claude’s commitment to journalism excellence is unparalleled in this state, and we’re thrilled to have him join us as we enter the next phase of growth,” Mirror CEO/Publisher Brett Orzechowski said. “His journalism career has always been mission-driven, which makes him a perfect fit for our organization.”

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Friday,  August 22, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Sweet Remains
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sultans of String at Levitt

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Sultans of String, SiriusXM Indie Awards 2014 World Artist Group of the Year, performed at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Among the group was Chris McKhool, who also appeared Wednesday night with the FiddleFire! children’s show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Resident, Blight Board Reach Agreement

By James Lomuscio

Lifelong Westport resident Will Birnie said after tonight’s Blight Control Board meeting that “the Town of Westport has been very tolerant of me,“and he welcomed a Sept. 5 deadline to begin cleaning up his property.

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The house at 11 Edgemarth Hill Road and the items piled up outside were discussed at tonight’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I know I don’t fit the Westport mold today,” said Birnie, 65, sporting a long, backwoods beard right out of the television’s “Duck Dynasty” series.

He admits that a lot of new residents do not understand him, nor appreciate his two-acre residence at 11 Edgemarth Hill Road in the Greens Farms area. The private road off Greens Farms Road is dotted with numerous homes with well-kept lawns.

They don’t like the refrigerator in the driveway, one that is visible from the road. Nor the three unregistered vehicles in the driveway, not to mention seven other vehicles in the woods.

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Maria A. Calandriello, 48

Maria Angelica Calandriello of Westport died Aug. 20 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 48.

Born in Norwalk, she was raised in Westport and was a graduate of Staples High School Class of 1984. She received her certification in massage therapy from Healing Hands Institute in New Jersey.

Talented in her skill, she had been caring for the clients of Noelle’s Wellness and Day Spa in Stamford for 15 years.

She loved spending time with her daughter, Giana, boyfriend, family, and friends. She enjoyed visiting the local beaches and trips to Disney. She served as a former member of the Purchase, N.Y. Volunteer Fire Department. She also volunteered her time to several animal and canine care organizations.

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Real Estate Report: Coleytown and Compo Most Active

By Judy Szablak

The most active markets for new construction in Westport are in the Coleytown and Compo Beach neighborhoods. Currently, 22 of the 57 newly built homes are in these two areas.

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Featured Home: This home at 12 Silent Grove in the Coleytown area is listed at $2,250,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside.

Interestingly, though, the Hunt Club area has had a highest turnover rate in the last year for new home sales, which may very well be a product of the available land in that area, or the number of opportunities for builders to tear down and rebuild.

Combined, the Greens Farms, Coleytown and Compo Beach areas comprised almost 40 percent of all new construction sales in the last year, and together with the Hunt Club, made up nearly two-thirds of all new construction sales in town.

Does that indicate that one area, or that these few specific areas are that much in demand? Certainly, a newly built home in Westport has a great amount of appeal, however there is only so much property.

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Qdoba Mexican to Open Monday; All Proceeds to ALS

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Qdoba Mexican Grill will open Monday at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, according to Qdoba Regional Manager Chris Pace (above). He said the restaurant, with seating for 55, will be open only from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the ALS Foundation. He said employees have already conducted their own bucket-of-cold-water ceremony on behalf of the ALS campaign.  Founded in 1995, the company was acquired in 2003 by Jack In the Box. Westport is the third location in Connecticut with the others in Norwalk and Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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