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Monday, August 03, 2015

Comings & Goings: Amenity Nail & Spa to 125 Main St.

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Amenity Nail & Spa, the most recent nail salon addition to Westport’s personal care businesses, opened today in the lower level of 125 Main St. Its entrance is located on Parker Harding Plaza below the Gap. Yi (Zack) Zhao, who co-owns the business with his wife Sandra (above), said he has been in the salon industry for 15 years and also owns the Nail Boutique, 522 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich for the past 10 years. The space was previously occupied by the CRU restaurant, which closed in February 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/03/15 07:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Owner Found

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This cat’s owner has been located.  We thank the lovely woman that took the time to post flyers around town about the cat - and it wasn’t even her cat. That’s how the owner was located. No social media to thank this time - just a kind person trying to help out a lost cat. Her son spotted the cat up the tree while he was doing landscaping work. The cat was rescued from the tree by Westport Chief Animal Control Officer D’Amico. We also thank the staff of Schulhof Animal Hospital for taking such good care of her until her owner was found.Do You Know Me?


08/03/15 05:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Abbott Hermann, 88

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Abbott Hermann: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Abbott Hermann, a 53-year resident of Westport, died Aug. 2 due to complications from dementia. He was 88.

Born Dec. 26, 1926 in New Brunswick, N.J., he was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y, where he graduated from Erasmus High School in 1944. He attended the University of Buffalo, where he graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in psychology.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.  In 1962, he moved with his family from Cedarhurst, L.I. to Westport, where he worked for Ethan Allen Furniture for 18 years as director of store development.

An avid golfer, he served on the board for the Longshore Men’s Golf Association.

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Robert M. Agate, 79

Robert Michael Agate of Westport, formerly of New Canaan, died July 29 after a long battle with lung and brain cancer.  He was 79.

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Robert Agate Colgate executive. Contributed photo

He was born on March 10, 1936 in Brighton, Sussex, England, to Edward Robert Henry and Eleanor Mary Agate. At 16, he left school, became an apprentice and began his career as an accountant.

In 1961, he joined Colgate-Palmolive Company in London and began his 35-year career with the company. He went on to hold many positions with Colgate in Bombay, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London, England; Sydney, Australia; Boston, (with Kendall Company, a subsidiary of Colgate); and finally New York He retired from Colgate in 1996 after serving as chief financial officer for almost 10 years.

A member of Woodway Country Club in Darien, he was an avid tennis player and golfer. In his retirement, in addition to holding positions on several corporate boards, he could be found traveling, cooking for friends, boating on the Sound and spending time with his family. He will always be remembered as a true British gentleman with a warm smile, a knack for numbers, a wicked backhand and a generous heart.

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08/03/15 04:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, Monday

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded today with Monday beachgoers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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30 RTMers Seek Reelection, Six Seats Open

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that 30 of the 36 members, 83 percent, of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) plan to seek re-election this fall for the nonpartisan legislative body.

The RTM is based on population from nine districts, with four members from each district elected for two-year terms.

Strauss said that members not running for re-election are: Medha Thomas of District 3; District 5’s Paul Rossi; Paul Lebowitz, who is stepping down from District 6 to run for the Planning & Zoning Commission; Peter Knight of District 8, and District 9’s Kate Boyle Kirby and Rick Weber

Strauss said that Districts 1, 2, 4 and 7 have all four incumbents running, Districts 3, 5, 6 and 8 each have three incumbents running and District 9 has two.

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Cops Arrest Mom for Leaving Infant in Car

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Milan Kunajukr: released on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested a Westport mother Saturday for leaving her infant alone in a running vehicle while she shopped at Whole Foods, police said today.

According to Lt. Arthur Belile, officers were called to the Whole Foods parking lot at 399 Post Road West, on a report of an infant left unattended in a vehicle.

“Upon arrival the officers found the vehicle unlocked and running with the infant inside,” Belile said.

Milan Kunajukr, 30, of Compo Road North, was arrested shortly after she exited the store and returned to her vehicle, Belile said.

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87 Post Road East Sold for $16.6 Million

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The iconic property at 87 Post Road East at the intersection of Church Lane across from the Bedford Square Development project was sold Friday for $16,630,000, according to co-owner David Waldman, president of David Adam Realty. He said the buyer is a New York City-based LLC. The 14,300-square foot building houses three tenants, Patagonia, Balance Point Capital Partners, and Pink Sumo Sushi and Sake Cafe. Waldman said he owned the property since 2004 when it was purchased for $4 million and spent an additional $4 million on renovations in 2004-2005. Built in 1924, it was the longtime home of the former Westport Bank & Trust Co. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Compo Conversation

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A couple of Compo Beach visitors Sunday night enjoy a conversation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Grace Chiang for WestportNow.com


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Monday, August 3, 2015

9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Robotics TinkerShops (Ages 5-8)
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops (Ages 9-12)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Mindstorms TinkerShops (Ages 9 & up)
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Brazilian Sound at Levitt

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Tonight’s entertainment at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Arts was Arthur Lipner & Brazilian Vibes. Lipner, a Weston resident, has emerged as one of the leading vibes and marimba voices in jazz today. Critics say his recordings, concerts and clinics reveal a fresh energetic approach to contemporary mallets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Mallet King

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Musician, composer and recording artist Arthur Lipner starred at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. One of the world’s leading vibes and marimba players, Lipner has traveled as a performer and educator to 25 countries where has presented at more than 300 universities and conservatories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Sunday Night Dancing

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Audience members dance tonight to Arthur Lipner & Brazilian Vibes at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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August Weekend Ender

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The first summer weekend in August ended tonight with another beautiful sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Grace Chiang for WestportNow.com


08/02/15 09:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Little League 10-Under Champs

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The Westport Under-10 Little League All-Stars won the LaMotta tournament in Stamford today with a 12-11 win over Darien in the championship game.They won the semi-final 9-4 over Stamford North and in the game before that won 7-0 versus Norwalk. Pictured (l-r, front row)  Josh Friedman, Jason Lessing, Andrew Hess, Andrew Oppenheimer. (middle row): Taylor Brundige, Jason Wolgast, Alex Oppenheimer, Brennan Herold, James McGarry, Alex Fiala. (back row): Coach Mike McGarry, Manager Walter Wolgast, Coach Eric Oppenheimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


08/02/15 08:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

On to State Title Game Monday for 9-10 Softballers

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The Westport 9-10 Little League girls softball all stars play for the state title on Monday after defeating Waterford 9-6 today at Orange (above). The title game was set up after Westport bounced back from Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Waterford. Supporters are asked to wear navy and white to Monday’s game at 5:30 p.m. at 116 Old Tavern Road, Orange. Contributed photo


08/02/15 08:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Open House at McLaury House

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UPDATE and CORRECT (changes deadline for bids) There was a public open house today at the town-owned 1921-built Emily McLaury House, 99 Myrtle Ave. Darcy Sledge, a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, said there were four groups outside when the door opened at noon. The town has already received sealed bids for the house following broker open houses, and anyone may submit a bid until end of business day Monday. The town, which has owned the property since 1972 and renovated it in 2007, is selling the property to raise cash and reduce its costly maintenance real estate inventory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Checking Out the Living Room

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A visitor checks out the living room of the town-owned McLaury House, 99 Myrtle Ave., at today’s open house. The town, which has owned the property since 1972, is taking bids on it until end of business day Monday. See more photos below. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/02/15 02:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Touring McLaury House

A photo tour of the town-owned McLaury House, 99 Myrtle Ave. during an open house today. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/02/15 02:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

John T. Brophy, 76

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John Thomas Brophy of Weston died July 26 at his Florida home after a long illness. He was 76.

He was born April 28, 1939, in Bergenfield, N.J., one of five children. After receiving many accommodations in the Air Force, he went on to earn a B.A. from Rutgers University.

This was followed by a long and successful career in the insurance industry. He was a partner in O’Rourke & Brophy, senior vice president of Johnson & Higgins in New York for seven years, and president and founder of Westport Management Services in Westport.

He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Connecticut Golf Club in Easton.

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08/02/15 02:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day:  29 Maple Ave. S.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 29 Maple Avenue South, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1940, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,598-square feet and is situated on a .4-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/02/15 01:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Done

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The new “Welcome to Westport” sign after completion today by artist Jermaine West on the Bedford Square construction fence at Main Street and Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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‘Welcome to Westport’ Added to Bedford Square Fence

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Artist Jermaine West paints “Welcome to Westport ” today on the construction fence at the Bedford Square Development site in Westport’s downtown. A founding member of the Westport Artists Collective,  he was part of the group that organized the “paint the town” wall art on the fence last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


08/02/15 12:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunny Sunday at Compo

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Sunshine, blue skies, and temperatures in the 80s attracted Sunday crowds to Westport’s Compo Beach at mid-day today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for WestportNow.com


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Jesup Road Color

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A garden at 60 Jesup Road added color to the Westport downtown scene today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for WestportNow.com


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Gold Finch in Sea of Black-eyed Susans

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A Gold Finch was spotted Saturday in a field of Black-eyed Susans off of Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Sunday,  August 2, 2015

1 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Landscaping with Edibles
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Arthur Lipner & Brasilian Vibes

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Packed House for Early Clover

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There was a packed house tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for Early Clover & Collateral Damage. Back again by popular demand, the former Coasters’ lead singer paid tribute to Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole and Otis Redding and more. A (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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A Few Couples at First….

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Early Clover (r) entertained at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight and early on a few couples got up to dance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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...And Then the Stage Was Packed, Too

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Dozens of fans accepted Eary Cover’s invitation to join him on stage tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as he sang familiar songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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