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Friday, July 24, 2015

Westport & Norwalk Fire Test New Rescue Technology

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Westport and Norwalk firefighters jointly performed training exercises today at a house on Covlee Drive,in the Saugatuck Shores area that is scheduled for demolition soon. According to Westport Assistant Fire Chief Rob Yost, the “May Day” exercises are intended to prepare firefighters for rescuing a fellow firefighter who may be trapped inside a burning structure. Yost demonstrated new technology rescue equipment, called Pak-Tracker Firefighter Locator System, acquired by the Westport Fire Department in December. It allows a trapped firefighter to send a signal for help and the system reliably identifies the location of the endangered firefighter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Testing the New Rescue Device

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Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy today tries out a new rescue device during a joint Westport-Norwalk fire training exercise at a house soon to be demolished on Covlee Drive in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. With him is Westport Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar. The device, acquired by Westport in December, enables better location of a firefighter in distress. McCarthy retired as Westport fire chief in 2005 after a 26-year career here before taking the Norwalk position. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 07:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Catching Their Breath

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Westport and Norwalk firefighters today catch their breath after a training exercise on Covlee Drive in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. The exercise was to make all firefighters familiar with a new rescue device acquired by Westport which improves locating a firefighter in distress. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 07:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Butterflies Return

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A yellow swallowtail butterfly enjoys some butterfly bush nectar today in a garden on Westport’s Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Conservation Commission Tours Bridgewater Campus

Members of he Westport Conservation Commission today got a preview of major changes hedge fund giant Bridgewater Associates wants to make to its 21.7-acre Glendinning and Ford Road corporate campus.

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Members of the Westport Conservation Commission today at the Bridgewater campus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

They toured the site with Wesley Stout of the New Canaan-based landscape architectural firm, Wesley Stout Associates, who pointed out specific spots to undergo improvements.

Bridgewater, Westport’s largest employer, had threatened to leave Westport for Stamford in 2012 only to change its mind a year ago. (See WestportNow June 27, 2014)

Its plans were first detailed in a pre-application before the Planning and Zoning Commission in April. (See WestportNow April 9, 2015)

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07/24/15 02:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Board for Friends of Senior Center

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The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities nonprofit today welcomed its new board for 2015-16 at its annual meeting held at the Center. The group’s mission is to augment and enhance programs beyond the scope or financial means of the Center.  Pictured are: (seated, l-r)  Susan Kane; Stuart Rogan, treasurer; Jack Klinge, chairman; Fran Reynolds, secretary; Leslie Wolf, vice chairman; (standing) Neil and Judy Hardy; John Thompson; Thelma Gordon; Al Balas;  Jo Fuchs Luscombe; Betty Lou Cummings; Gloria Stashower; Jean McGurk; Carol Gluckman, and Sue Pfister,  executive director of the Center. Missing from the photo: Stan Nayer; Paula Leonard and Carol Fisher. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 02:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arrest Made in 21-Month-Old Credit Card Theft

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Allison O’Leary: posted $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport Police arrested a Trumbull woman Tuesday for the theft and use of a credit card in October of 2013, police said today.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, Allison Oleary, 41, was arrested on a warrant at the Newtown Police Department where she was being detained on another matter.

“From the investigation, the officer was able to establish that Oleary was in possession of the victim’s credit card and had used it multiple times,” Arciola said.

Oleary was charged with the sixth-degree larceny, illegal use of a credit card and possession of a stolen credit card. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, July 31.

   

07/24/15 02:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

TV Show Taped at Westport Store Airs Tonight

“What Would You Do?,” the hidden camera ABC-TV show featuring ethical dilemmas, tonight will air an episode taped at Westport’s Groove, a popular children’s clothing and gift store at 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods.

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Host John Quinones of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” posed with those involved in the episode taped at Groove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The show, taped last October,  airs at 9 p.m.  The TV show used actors to set up scenarios to see what bystanders would do or say when faced with an ethical dilemma.

The scenarios involved a mother and her daughter (both actors) shopping for clothes, during which the daughter acted disrespectfully to the salesperson (another actor), threw clothes on the ground and displayed entitled, obnoxious behavior.

In several scenarios, the mother was also rude and disrespectful, while in other cases, she was consumed with a cell phone call and ignored her daughter’s behavior altogether.

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07/24/15 12:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Landscape Photog Guests at the Westport Arts Center

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Westport landscape and architectural photographer Stacy Bass was the special guest at today’s ArtCafé at the Westport Arts Center. She participated in a book signing and discussion about her “Gardens at First Light” collection. She is pictured with Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 12:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers July 6 - 10, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 6 - 10, 2015:

Caroline Petisi to Jason C. and Grace Q. Brennan, 199 Hillspoint Road, $1,440,000WNproperty.jpg

Jennifer Balin Laska to Diane Hill, 34 Cross Highway, $2, 020,000

Harold J. Daw Estate to Bluewater Buena Vista LLC, 15 Buena Vista Drive, $1,660,000

Michael Wan-Hong Szeto Trust to Richard Russo Revocable Trust, Margaret Rita Russo Revocable Trust, 70 Sylvan Road North, $940,000

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07/24/15 11:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Narrow Escape

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A male driver suffered minor injuries today when his car struck a utility pole on Westport’s Beachside Avenue, bringing down the pole and wires. He was able to get out of the car on his own. Emergency workers had to wait for Eversource Energy to shut off power before they could approach the car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 09:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Untangling the Wires

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A utility worker untangles power lines today on Beachside Avenue near No. 129 after a car hit a utility pole, bringing down the pole, wires, and a transformer. The male driver escaped the car on his own with minor injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 09:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Police Issue Black Bear Advisory

Westport Police today issued this advisory about black bears following sightings in the Coleytown area:

This morning the Westport Police Department received two separate reports of a black bear in the Charcoal Hill Road and Easton Road sections of town. In both sightings the bear was moving through the area.

While these animals are not common to our area, the Westport Police Department is again providing the following information from the CT DEEP website regarding the handling of bears near your home:

All sightings should be reported to both the police Department and CT DEEP at the below listed number:

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07/24/15 09:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bear Closeup

WestportNow.com ImageUPDATE A black bear gets a closeup as he/she investigates a bird feeder today on a back deck of a home on Westport’s Charcoal Hill Commons. Westport police also reported a second and third sighting of a bear in the area of nearby Easton Road, possibly the same animal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barbara Ross-Innamorati for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 08:52 AM Comments () • Permalink

Checking Out the Chimes and Backyard View

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A black bear checks out some chimes and the backyard view today on Westport’s Charcoal Hill Commons. Said resident Barbara Ross-Innamorati: “It’s the first time we saw a bear here. I was a tour guide in Yellowstone when I was in college so I know my bears. He was on our deck for about five minutes. He left when he was done eating our bird seed ” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barbara Ross-Innamorati for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 08:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Early Morning Visitor

WestportNow.com ImageA resident of Westport’s Charcoal Hill Commons was startled to see this early morning visitor on her back porch today.  Said resident Barbara Ross-Innamorati: ” I will tell you that if our door was opened, the bear would have probably walked in.  People need to keep their doors closed in Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barbara Ross-Innamorati for WestportNow.com

   

07/24/15 08:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Accident Closes Beachside Avenue

A car into a pole in the area of 129 Beachside Ave. has closed the immediate area of Beachside to traffic, police said.

The road is closed from Sasco Creek Road to New Creek Road.

A pole is down with wires involved, according to reports from the scene.

The driver apparently was not seriously injured.

   

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Friday,  July 24, 2015


9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - TinkerSHOP: Take it Apart—INVENT!
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé: photographer Stacy Bass
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Art
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Girls Coding Camp
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Godspell”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Best Selling Author Amy Bloom Draws Library Crowd

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Best selling author Amy Bloom (r) was interviewed tonight at the Westport Library by Westporter Sybil Steinberg, Publisher’s Weekly editor-at-large, before a packed audience. She discussed her acclaimed novel “Lucky Us,” published last year and just issued in paperback. Bloom, who lives in Durham, Conn., a rural community located about halfway between Hartford and New Haven, taught at Yale University for the last decade and is now Wesleyan University’s Distinguished University Writer in Residence. “I learned to write by being an avid reader,” she told the audience, adding, “My children say that I write about four things: family, sex, death and love.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/15 09:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Long Island Woman Gifts 1906 Fire Medal to Westport

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A Long Island woman whose grandfather was chief of the Georgetown (Conn.) Fire Department from 1930-32 today presented the Westport Fire Department with a 109-year-old family heirloom –- a medal commemorating “Firemen’s Day” in Westport on Oct. 17, 1906. Nancy King of Massapequa told Chief Andrew Kingsbury (c) and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar that she recently found the medal in a box kept by her mother, who died in 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/15 06:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

A 1906 Westport Fire Medal Returns to Westport

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A medal, ribbon, and drawing commemorating “Firemen’s Day” in Westport on Oct. 17, 1906 was presented to the Westport Fire Department today by Nancy King of Massapequa, L.I. She said she recently came across it after her mother died in 2012. She said it belonged to her grandfather, Arthur Albin Smith, who went on to become chief of the Georgetown (Conn.) Fire Department from 1930-1932.  He died in 1936. Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury said it apparently commemorated an annual gathering of firefighters in Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/15 05:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Church Lane Closed to Traffic Tuesday

UPDATE (date change) Westport’s Church Lane from its intersection at Elm Street to Post Road East will be closed Tuesday through Wednesday due to town-approved concrete pouring at Bedford Square under construction, town officials said today.

The road is being closed in the interest of public safety, as well as to avoid vehicle congestion and neighborhood disruption during peak traffic times, according to Public Works Director Stephen Edwards.

The only traffic allowed will be construction vehicles.

The date was changed from the earlier announced Monday/Tuesday timeframe. For further information, contact Edwards at (203) 341-1120.

   

07/23/15 05:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Now the East Side of the Street

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Workers were busy today getting ready to install a brick sidewalk on the east side of Westport’s Main Street as work is completed on the west side. A worker estimated it will be another six to eight weeks to get the job done.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/15 04:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Out to Lunch at Farmers Market

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First Selectman Jim Marpe decided to take his office staff to the Westport Farmers Market today for lunch. Pictured with him are Administrative Assistant Janet Suchsland (l) and office manager Eileen Francis. Town Operations Manager Dewey Loselle also made the trip. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/15 02:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Music to Shop By at Farmers Market

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Melissa Wasserman, 19, a 2014 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School and a rising sophomore at Berklee College of Music, entertained at the Westport Farmers Market today. Wasserman, who majors in song writing, was photographed while singing one of her favorites, “Rather Be,” recorded by Clean Bandit which was a Grammy winner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/15 02:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Slow Go on Imperial Avenue at Post Road East

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Traffic on Westport’s Imperial Avenue at Post Road East was reduced to one lane today while work progressed on underground electrical requirements for new traffic lights. Traffic approaching the intersection from Myrtle Avenue was directed to turn on Post Road East in either direction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

07/23/15 01:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fun at Camp Compo

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It was Carnival Day today at Camp Compo at Westport’s Compo Beach, courtesy of the Westport Parks and Recreation Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

07/23/15 01:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sherwood Island View

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Sherwood Island State Parkin Westport Wednesday attracted beachgoers even though the run of 90-degree days came to an end, for the moment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, July 23, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - EPC Program Implementation Committee
9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - TinkerSHOP: Take it Apart—INVENT!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Girls Coding Camp
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Health care forum presented by Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzing Summer Film Series: “My Man Godfrey”
3:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Creative Coders: Javascript
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Amy Bloom on “Lucky Us”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Godspell”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Wendy May Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Library Teen Photo Contest Winner

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Emily DeMaso, 16, of Fairfield, a rising junior at Ludlowe High School, was named Best Overall Winner in the Westport Library’s third annual Teen Photography Contest and accepted a $500 savings account prize today from sponsor Bankwell Bank. The competition, judged by Westport photographers Larry Silver and Phyllis Groner, a contributing WestportNow photographer, was open to all Connecticut residents in grades 6-12. Emily, holding certificate, posed with her family in front of her winning photo, a portrait of her sister, Claire, standing next to her. Mom, Joann, said, “When I saw the photo, I never realized it was Claire.” Other family members are brother, Patrick (l), and dad, Nick. Emily’s picture as well as winners in various categories are featured in a display in the library’s first floor Riverwalk Hallway through Aug. 31. See winning photos here and all entries here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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