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Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Flood Advisory

UPDATE The National Weather Service tonight issued a new Flood Advisory for Westport and area until 1:30 a.m. Monday.

It said Doppler radar indicated bands of heavy rain tracking slowly to the north.

Rainfall rates of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour have been detected in the heaviest of the showers.

Some areas experienced between 2 and 3 inches of rain through this evening with additional rainfall expected to cause additional minor flooding of roadways and rises on small creeks and streams.


05/31/15 10:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Circle of Friends Honors Volunteers

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More than 300 persons gathered tonight at Westport’s Inn at Longshore in support of the 11th anniversary celebration fundraiser gala for the Circle of Friends organization which offers programs and support for children and young adults with special needs in mid and upper Fairfield County. The program involves 130 teen volunteers, more than 90 from Westport, who work with children with special needs. Dinner chairs were Andrea and Bill Pecoriello of Westport. Among those pictured are Westporter Susan Robison (l), teen volunteer coordinator, together with many of the teen volunteers. In the center are Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Weston First Selectman Gail Weinstein, Freida Hecht, director and founder of the Circle of Friends, and Chanie Stone (r), of the Schneerson Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/31/15 09:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Conservation Issues Focus of Westport Gathering

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More than 50 persons met today at the Westport Woods Grove home of G. Kenneth Bernhard to get an update from state legislators on conservation issues. Bernhard, a former state representative, is co-chair of the board of the nonpartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV). State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport and state Sen. Tony Hwang of Fairfield were among those addressing the gathering. The group was founded in 1999 by Westporter Julie Belaga who told the gathering in 2000 she initiated the procedure of scoring and monitoring legislators on their record of voting on conservation issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alice Mulligan for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 08:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘A Deafening Boom’

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Smoke comes from a power transformer on Whippoorwill Lane late today after lightning strikes in the area. Resident David Pogue said, “We were looking out our window and saw a huge brilliant spherical flash and heard a deafening boom. The power box on Whippoorwill Lane, behind our house on Woody, took a direct lightning hit. All the power went out and the street’s generators kicked in.” Eversource Energy, which used to be Connecticut Light & Power, said 16 Westport customers were without power at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Pogue for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 06:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Picnic Washout

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Today’s late afternoon thunderstorms washed out a number of picnics and cookouts at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 06:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Firefighters Investigate Smoke in Basement

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Westport firefighters late today responded to a report of smoke in the house and possible lightning strike at 294 Saugatuck Ave. After investigating smoke in the basement, the smell abated and some personnel were released for other calls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 05:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lightning Strike

WestportNow.com ImageWestport resident Doug Bowen captured this shot of a lightning strike in the Saugatuck area late today. Westport firefighters responded to two reports of homes struck by lightning in the area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Doug Bowen for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Storm Scene

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Lifeguards were on duty but took shelter during the late afternoon thunderstorms at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 05:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Revolutionary Weather

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Storm clouds moved over Westport’s Compo Beach today as late afternoon thunderstorms passed through the area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 05:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

View From Owenoke

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The view from Westport’s Owenoke Park as today’s late afternoon thunderstorms moved though the area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 05:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

View From Burritts Landing North

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The view from Westport’s Burritts Landing North off of Saugatuck Avenue late today as storm clouds moved into the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Bowen for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled

UPDATE The National Weather Service said the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport and area has been canceled.

The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits and no longer poses an immediate threat to life or property, the NWS said.

However, heavy rain is still possible with this thunderstorm.


05/31/15 04:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fun at Challenger Recognition Day

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The Westport Winners Challengers team for disabled players today participated in Challenger Recognition Day at Broad River Field in Norwalk. Radio announcers introduced each youngster. There was an all-star medal ceremony, and B.B. from the Bridgeport Bluefish was on hand to greet the players, parents, and officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/31/15 04:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Westport and area until 6:15 p.m.


05/31/15 03:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cowbell Attention Getter

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Lori Cochran-Dougall, director of the Westport Farmers’ Market, uses a cowbell to get attention of diners today at the Fork It Over fundraiser brunch at The Whelk in Westport. The market is in its 10th season and will have a special 10th anniversary ceremony at the market on Thursday, June 11 at noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Yamini Lal for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 01:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Fashion Talks!’ Fundraiser at Westport Arts Center

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The Ellen Gang Studio held its “Fashion Talks!” fundraiser at the Westport Arts Center (WAC) today. The Ellen Gang Design Studio teaches teens and young adults to experience the joy of design. As students plan, construct, and model their own garments, they learn to harness their creativity, build confidence, and develop critical thinking skills. Pictured is Gang thanking the crowd for attending today’s event. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit the WAC’s new Teen Advisory Council, which will hold its kickoff event, Art Slam, on June 20 at 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marni Smith Katz for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 12:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Modeling Her Creation

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Rachel Yules of Westport models a dress she created at the Ellen Gang Studio fundraising event today at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marni Smith Katz for WestportNow.com


05/31/15 12:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Administration, Legislators Shake on Tax Deal

By Mark Pazniokas


Legislative leaders struck a tax deal with the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy moments before midnight Saturday, setting the stage for action Monday on a biennium budget that would raise taxes on the wealthy and business.

The income tax would increase to 6.99 percent on households earning $1 million, but a proposed surcharge on capital gains was discarded. A legislative plan to extend the sales tax to a wide array of business services was largely shelved, but the tax on data-processing services would triple to three percent.

The total sales tax would remain at 6.35 percent, but a half-percent would be dedicated to the governor’s transportation infrastructure program and a half-percent would be used for a property-tax relief program championed by legislative leaders.

The Connecticut Lottery would be authorized to offer keno, an electronic drawing game in restaurants, bars and some retail outlets.

Click here for more of story


05/31/15 12:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Bikers

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The flags were flying in a stiff wind as a group of motorcylists crossed the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westpoer’s center early Saturday evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Sunday,  May 31, 2015

7 a.m.- Sherwood Island State Park - Sign-in for 38th annual Bloomin Metric bicycle ride
11 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Ellen Gang Design Studio: “Fashion Talks!”
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Bruno, Chief of Police” by Martin Walker
3 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players, “Part 1 The Laramie Project Cycle: The Laramie Project”
5 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Circle of Friends Evening of Recognition, Dinner & Fundraiser

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Raising Funds for Mercy Learning Center

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Bridgeport-based Mercy Learning Center, a nonprofit that provides basic literacy and life skills training to low income women, was the beneficiary of a fundraising gathering tonight at a West Branch Road home in Westport. Sponsored by the Westport-based volunteer organization AWARE, (Assisting Women with Action, Resources and Education), the event attracted more than 130 persons, according to Nicole Cassidy, Mercy Learning Center development director. Co-founder Johanna Kiev of Westport said AWARE volunteers are dedicated to raise funds to benefit one specific charity for a 12-month cycle. This year it is Mercy Learning Center. Mercy Learning staff members attending included (l-r) Westporter Nora Jinishian, volunteer coordinator, Jane Ferreira, CEO, and Rosa Navarro, a Mercy Learning center graduate and now manager of the Mercy Learning food pantry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 08:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pretty As A Picture

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Newtown artist Jim Chillington is becoming a familiar sight around Westport as he enjoys the “en plein air” technique of painting outdoor local scenes. Today he was in town painting a portrait of Fernanda Bittencourt of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Riding the Waves

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The second of the two-weekend OneDesign Regatta was under way today at Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club. OneDesign Regatta Chairman Halsey Bullen said 41 boats, in the over-26 feet long class, and more than 300 crew members are competing for awards. Bullen said most participants are from Southern New England, New York and New Jersey as well as three midshipman from the Long Island-based Merchant Marine Academy. Westport entrants include George Wilbanks sailing his Revelation, a J/105, and Peter Hurley whose Blazn’ Star is a Beneteau. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Gordon for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 07:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sailing the Sound

Scenes from the Cedar Point Yacht Club’s annual OneDesign Regatta which for the first time is taking place over two weekends this month. Boats under 26-feet overall raced May 16-17, and boats 26-feet and longer are racing this weekend. The regatta, one of the largest on Long Island Sound, is a joint effort by Cedar Point’s Cruising Class, Lightning, and J/70 racing fleets, and has become a regional and national showcase for top-level Westport sailboat racing. Richard Gordon for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 07:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Max’s Sign Removal Marks End of Era

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Friends and longtime supporters of Max’s Art Supplies were on hand late today as the sign came down on the store which had been a Westport center mainstay for 59 years before its closing last August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 06:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Final Portrait

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The removal of the Max’s Art Supplies sign late today from the Post Road East store which served artists for almost six decades before its closing last summer was the occasion for a formal portrait of friends and supporters with owner Shirley Mellor front and center. The picture was a re-creation of a 1981 picture taken on the store’s 25th anniversary (see WestportNow June 4, 2006) and again on its 50th anniversary in 2006 (see WestportNow June 4, 2006). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 06:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Easy Does It

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The Max’s sign is gently moved through the crowd late today as friends and supporters of Max’s Art Supplies gathered on Post Road East today to mark the final chapter since its closing last summer after serving Westport artists for 59 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 06:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking Possession

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Sven Selander (r) of the Westport Historical Society (WHS), assisted by Max’s Art Supplies former owner Shirley Mellor (c) and his wife, Lucille, takes possession of the Max’s sign after its removal from the storefront on Post Road East today. The WHS will mount a special exhibit next year to celebrate the store’s significance in the town’s art history. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


05/30/15 06:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Behind the Photo

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The Westport Fire Department provided its rescue vehicle as a photo platform and the Westport Police Department stopped traffic on Post Road East late today at the request of the Westport Historical Society so WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow (l), assisted by Gordon Joseloff, WestportNow editor and publisher (and former first selectman), could photograph the removal of the Max’s Art Supplies sign from its home for 59 years and a final portrait of friends and supporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com


05/30/15 05:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sign Off

Scenes from the removal today of the Max’s Art Supplies sign from the storefront that served as the mecca for Westport artists for almost six decades before its closing last August. Lynn U.Miller for WestportNow.com


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