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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Music to Shop By at Farmers Market Image
Visitors to Westport’s Farmers Market today were entertained by the bluegrass and country blues duo Crying Wolf from Augusta, Ga. Mike Wheeler, guitar, and Aubrey Cohen, bass, said they plan to marry in May 2015. Cohen, who grew up in New Canaan, said her parents are Westport residents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/07/14 12:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 2 Pine Drive Image
The house at Westport’s 2 Pine Drive at the corner of Park Lane was demolished today. Built in 1960, the one-story split had 1,428 square feet, was situated on a .3-acre property and changed ownership in May for $680,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 5, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/07/14 11:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Wins CT Fan-Favorite Town Competition Image
Westport today was named winner of the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s Connecticut Still Revolutionary Fan-Favorite Town of the Year competition and Compo Beach as the favorite destination within the town. The announcement was made on FOX CT by Randy Fiveash (c), director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. He said more than 40,000 persons voted online in the competition. First Selectman Jim Marpe accepted the award and praised the work of three Westport youngsters—Clara Holleman, 11, Sutton Lindau, 10, and Sydney Newman, 11—who, with help from their moms and a recent Staples High School graduate, Claudine Brantley, produced a YouTube video as part of their effort to win votes for Westport. (See WestportNow June 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo from


08/07/14 10:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

All in a Day’s Work Image
Westport firefighters attack a car fire today on I-95 southbound between exits 18 and 19. The driver managed to escape without injury. See video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Weinberg for


08/07/14 09:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Commuter View Image
Westport commuters at the Greens Farms station today had this view of a car fire on I-95, which tied up morning rush hour traffic. No one was injured.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ann Karrick for


08/07/14 09:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Post-Storm Rainbow Image
A rainbow was visible at Westport’s Compo Beach Wednesday night following a brief but violent thunderstorm that downed trees and power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alexandria Donovan for


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Thursday,  August 7, 2014

9 a.m. - noon - Westport Library - SCRATCH Coding Camp (Ages 9+)
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Intro Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “A Fish Called Wanda”
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Kings Highway School Playground - Kindergarten Play Date
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Christopher Robin Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Honors for Fire Chief as Emergency Manager Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe tonight used a Board of Finance meeting to publicly acknowledge and congratulate Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury on his nomination for Emergency Manager of the Year from the Northeast States Emergency Consortium. “We know Andy Kingsbury best as the fire chief but he is also the head of Westport’s emergency management team as well,” said Marpe. Marpe cited Kingsbury’s perseverance earlier this year in getting a state panel overseeing allocation of federal hazard mitigation funds to reverse its decision and allocate some funds to shoreline homeowners seeking to raise their homes above floodwaters. In turn, Kingsbury thanked Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar and Assistant Chief Robert Yost for handling many of his day-to-day duties while he concentrated on the funding issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/06/14 10:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Anjel found in New Canaan!

Anjel was found in New Canaan at Waveny after he was missing for ten days. He is a 5 - 6 year old silver / grey neutered male cat with a white diamond patch on his chest and white between his rear legs.  He has a distinctive overbite and two front teeth like fangs.  He is very affectionate but skittish.  He is an indoor cat and has no collar or microchip.  He was lost on Green Farms Road in Westport on August 4th.  For the story go here.


08/06/14 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Blocked Image
Nash Lane, off Pioneer Road in the North Sylvan Lane area was one of several Westport streets that were closed tonight as a result of downed trees falling on power lines following a late afternoon flash storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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DSC Gets Update on Bedford Square Project Image
The Downtown Steering Committee (DSC) tonight heard an update on the Bedford Square project from developer David Waldman (r) as well as the Kemper-Gunn House move.  Construction on the Bedford Square project will follow the move of the Westport Weston Family Y from its home since 1923 to its new facility at its Mahackeno property. The DSC will hold its final visioning workshop on Monday on the Westport Cinema Initiative and the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Hail on Hales Court Image
Hail fell on Westport’s Hales Court during today’s afternoon thunderstorm.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


08/06/14 07:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Brief But Strong Storm Downs Trees, Power Lines

UPDATE A fast moving thunderstorm moved through the Westport area late today, bringing torrential rains, high winds, and hail that downed trees and power lines. Image
Late afternoon storm clouds as viewed from Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for

Connecticut Light and Power Company said power went out to almost 50 customers as a result of the storm. Many of the outages were in the Saugatuck Avenue area and extended past midnight.

CL&P said almost 500 customers were impacted briefly as circuits were shut down as repairs were made.

Police, fire, and public works crews responded to downed trees or power lines on branches on Hillspoint Road, Saugatuck Avenue, Wright Street, Prospect Road, Imperial Avenue, Sylvan Road North, Nash Lane, Brookside Drive, and others, according to dispatchers.

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08/06/14 07:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt Children’s Series a Hit Despite Rain, Puddles Image
Despite the late afternoon thunderstorm, a sizable crowd was attracted tonight to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Melissa & Doug Children’s Series performance of Dre Towey & Sugar on Top. Youngsters seemed equally enthralled by both the featured performers as well as the deep puddles in front of the stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/06/14 07:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying Children’s Night Image
With puddles and clearing skies following the thunderstorm, there was a sizable crowd tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for the weekly Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/06/14 07:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt Children’s Show on Tonight Outdoors

A later afternoon thunderstorm will not change tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Arts Children’s show, organizers announced.

The 7 p.m. performance by Dre Towey with Sugar on Top as part of the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series will go on as scheduled.

Described as a “modern pied piper with a Sheryl Crow vibe,” “KindieRock” artist Dre performs intelligent, fun, slyly educational songs that inspire children and parents alike, a Levitt announcement said.


08/06/14 06:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

August Food Drive at Westport National Bank Image
The Homes with Home board of directors and staff gathered today at the Westport National Bank, 1495 Post Road East, to join Branch Manager Robin Clark (center, black jacket) in the joint kickoff of the Community Food Drive which benefits Homes With Hope homeless shelter residents. The bank is offering its lobby as a food collection point for nonperishable items such as canned foods. Jeff Wieser (2nd r), president of Homes with Hope, said, “Many Westporters in August are away on vacation with their families ,but our Homes with Hope residents continue to consume meals every day and our food shelves are at its lowest levels this month.”  The drive runs through Aug. 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/06/14 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Named to FEMA Advisory Council

Westporter Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais, senior director for U.S Emergencies, Save the Children, has been named to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC). Image
Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais: works for Save the Children. Contributed photo

The appointment was announced by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate who named 12 new members and reappointed two members. The NAC is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities. 

Members include representatives from a wide array of backgrounds and communities involved or affected by the emergency management profession. The NAC consists of up to 35 members.

De Marrais was instrumental in establishing Save the Children’s domestic emergencies unit in 2006, helping to develop the strategic plan, build response capacity, and lead preparedness, response and recovery program planning and implementation, according to a biography on the charity’s website.

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08/06/14 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport and area until 5:45 p.m.


08/06/14 05:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Laura K. Plimpton, 59

Laura Kostrya Plimpton of Weston, a former Westport resident and younger sister of former Westport resident Martha Stewart, died Aug. 6 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 59. Image
Laura Plimpton: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

Stewart announced her sister’s death on her blog. She was born on March 4, 1955.

She said the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings had worked for her and her company for more than 25 years. Most recently, she edited, researched and often wrote, captioned and photographed content on her blogs, Stewart said.

Stewart said her sister woke up at 5 a.m. Monday to do her daily one hour of elliptical and weight training and felt ill after taking a shower.

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08/06/14 04:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Doc Surrenders License to Operate Surgical Center

A Westport plastic surgery center that state health officials placed on a two-year probation last summer has closed, ending a string of disciplinary actions taken against the facility, according to the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT), Image
The Center for Ambulatory Surgery at 32 Imperial Ave. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Dr. Joel Singer, the sole owner and operator of the Center for Ambulatory Surgery (CAS), has voluntarily surrendered the facility’s license to operate its outpatient center at 32 Imperial Ave., according to an affidavit filed with the state Department of Public Health, the nonprofit health reporting website said.

The decision to surrender the license cannot be reversed and “constitutes disciplinary action,” the affidavit says.

Singer has agreed that he will not seek to reinstate the center’s license at any time in the future, according to the filing. He also agreed not to seek a new outpatient facility license, neither as an individual nor as part of a different corporate entity.

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08/06/14 04:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honored for Their Service Image
Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield honored long-time volunteers at their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Dolly Wolf (r) of Westport has been a volunteer at The Jewish Home for 17 years. She is part of the Friendly Visitor Group, in which she offers meaningful socialization and companionship to the residents. Also pictured are Darlene Miakos (rear), volunteer coordinator at Jewish Senior Services, and (l-r) Patricia Casazza of Fairfield, a 20-year volunteer, and Adele Witt of Fairfield, a 13-year volunteer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


08/06/14 02:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Katherine G. MacGregor, 67

Katherine Gregory MacGregor, a former Westport resident, died July 24in Burlington, Vt. She was 67. Image
Katherine MacGregor: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born in Providence R.I. on April 21, 1947 to the late Allen Gregory and Lisa Gregory of Westport and now Fairfield, she was a graduate of Staples High School and Vernon Court of Newport R.I.

She married Ross Kitrell, had two sons and, after living a few years in Westport, moved to West Mystic where she was a paralegal in that area.

She used to complain about lifting the heavy volumes she did research in, but it was always with a smile. She loved her work, all the people she met in the Town Halls and the other paralegals

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08/06/14 01:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dorothy Ann Bernstein, 82

Dorothy Ann Bernstein of Bridgeport died at home. She was 82.

A former Easton resident for 43 years, she worked in Westport for several years, first at Peggy Kahn’s and later at The Cat’s Meow.

Born to Harry and Minnie Snyderman of Philadelphia, she attended Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now University of the Arts) on a full talent scholarship, receiving a degree in textile design. She went on to become fabric designer for such companies as F. Schumacher and Co. in New York City.

She also pursued the fine arts, exhibiting her drawings, painting and sculptures at such venues as the Westport Arts Center and Easton Public Library.

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Patricia T. Byrne, 87

Patricia Tierney Byrne, a former Westport resident, died July 3 in Delray Beach, Fla. She was 87

Born in Greens Farms on July 23, 1926, she was the third child of Howard S. Tierney and Belle T. Tierney. She grew up happily with her brother, the late Howard S. Tierney, Jr. of Fairfield, and her sister, the late Gene T. Lee of Houston.

She attended Greens Farms School and Bedford School in Westport before attending St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va., Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., and Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Md.

Following graduation, she attended Barnard College and Finch College in New York, N.Y. In October, 1947, she married Elliott W. Reed of Savannah, Ga.

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Sherwood Mill Pond Morning Image
Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond at dawn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

9 a.m. - noon - Westport Library - SCRATCH Coding Camp (Ages 9+)
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road East) - Little Black Dog Rescue Adoption Event
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - August Maker in Residence: Story Design Lab
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tax Abatement Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Dre Towey & Sugar on Top
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Downtown Steering Committee Presentation: Bedford Square Project
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Family Y Postpones Opening Due to ‘Unforeseen Delays’

The Westport Weston Family Y today announced a delay in the opening of its new Mahackeno home due to unforeseen construction delays and the uncertainty of receiving the necessary permits and certifications required for the public use of the facility. Image
The new Westport Weston Family Y as it appears in a photo taken today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Y announced on July 22 that the opening had been set for Friday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 a.m. (See WestportNow July 22, 2014)

A statement said Y leaders will reschedule the official opening of the facility but will go ahead with the scheduled ribbon cutting on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

“Unfortunately, we’re unable to confirm exactly when we will receive the necessary sign-offs from local and state officials, which would allow us to open our pools,” said Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO. “We don’t want to open our new Y until the entire facility is ready for use by our members and guests.

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Comings & Goings: Ron’s Barber Shop to Main Street Image
After more than five years on Railroad Place in Saugatuck, Ron’s Barber Shop has moved to 190 Main St. in space formerly occupied by Sally’s Palace. Ron Provenzano, a Bridgeport native, opened the shop in Saugatuck in March 2009 and said at the time,  “it’s always been a dream of mine to open a shop in Westport.” (See WestportNow March 23, 2009). The shop is open seven days a week: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sound of Music is Now Sound of Clippers Image
Where once music reigned, the sound is now that of clippers as Ron’s Barber Shop moved from Saugatuck to 190 Main St. in space formerly occupied by longtime music purveyor Sally’s Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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