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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Getting Rid of the Bad Stuff

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Workers sort through items today at Westport’s annual household hazardous waste collection day, 180 Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/03/15 09:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Watching

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Westporter John Washburn watch as a technician removes household hazardous waste from Washburn’s car at today’s collection day, 180 Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/03/15 09:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Long Line for Hazardous Waste Collection Day

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There was a long line of cars today as Westport’s annual household hazardous waste collection day began at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane. The collection continues until 2 p.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/03/15 09:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fishing in Rough Waters

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Rain, wind, and rough waters did not seem to bother this fisherman trying his luck Friday on a jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday,  October 3, 2015


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Clothing & Accessories Tag Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - JMKA Architects: Navigating Your Building Projects
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Talk of the Town”
Noon - Westport Library - Practice PSAT Test
3 p.m. - Meet at cemeteries across from foot of Old Hill Road - Westport Historical Society Kings Highway North Walking Tour
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Festival Woodside Bash Postponed to Oct. 17
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night Double Feature
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “They’re Playing Our Song”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Coastal Flood Advisory Remains in Effect

The National Weather Service said a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for Westport and area from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

It said to expect minor coastal flooding around the times of high tide through Saturday. High tide in Westport Saturday is at 3:48 a.m. and 4:11 p.m.

Water levels will be less than 3 feet above ground level in the most vulnerable low lying areas, the Weather Service said. Tidal departures will be 1 to 2 feet above astronomical tide levels through Saturday.

A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tide will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

   

10/02/15 11:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Tramples Warde 35-15

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Junior Thomas Moy (24) gains ground tonight in the Staples 35-15 win in the rain at home over Fairfield Warde. Ethan Burger rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns as the Wrecker ground attack was too much for the Mustangs. Staples improved to 3-0 and meets McMahon on Friday night in Norwalk. See video highlights here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 09:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

In for the TD

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Junior Ethan Burger (25) goes in for a touchdown—one of three he scored tonight—as Staples overpowered Fairfield Warde 35-15 in a homecoming game that really wasn’t. The rainy weather did not stop play but did force postponement of a pep rally and other homecoming activities for two weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 09:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Kiss for His Co-Author

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Westporter Andrew Bentley gives a kiss tonight to his co-author Eve Potts of their new “The New Yorker in Westport” book at the opening reception at the Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) “Talk of the Town” exhibit. The exhibit features large blowups of some of the 50-Westport-inspred covers from their book alongside present day photos of the same scene by Westport photographer Michael Goss. The book grew out of a popular WHS exhibit last year showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 08:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Talk of the Town’ Exhibit Draws Large Crowd


Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for the Westport Historical Society’s “Talk of the Town” exhibit. A large crowd turned out despite cool, rainy weather.Larry Untermeyer and Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 07:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 14 - 18, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 14 - 18, 2015:

Geofrey D. Stanley to Brendan Hazen and Kathleen Lawton Gibbon, 8 Riverfield Drive, $1,275,000WNproperty.jpg

Jillian Klaff to Christopher and Ester Clanton, 16 Keyser Road, $1,570,000

Jeffrey L. and Dorothy R. Baliban to Ralph J.Herbert Jr. and Michelle Ryan, 32 Washington Ave.,  $1,725,000

Diana Dilorio to Mark Robert and Kristein Cahill, 2 Pequot Drive, Taxes paid in Norwalk, $730,000

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10/02/15 07:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Stuns Fairfield Ludlowe

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Teddy Lawrence (r) today scored the game-winner, and Spencer Daniels (l) added another, as Staples’ boys soccer team shut out Fairfield Ludlowe 3-0 at a rainy Wakeman turf field. Tyler Wright added the third goal, while Daniel Perez Elorza (2) and Graham Gudis notched assists. It was a huge win for the Wreckers, who used tremendous defense from Kenji Goto, Josh Berman and keeper Noah Schwaeber to stun the defending FCIAC champs. Staples is now 6-1-1, and hosts Norwalk on Monday at 4 p.m. at Loeffler Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 07:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Helen M. Burke, 86

Helen Louise Moroni Burke of Sarasota, Fla. a former Westport resident, died July 7 after a short illness. She was 86.

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Helen Burke: former Westporter. Contributed photo

A Westport resident for almost 60 years, she was a devoted mother to her daughters, Pamela Burke Camarda and Marsha Burke Mangold, and loving wife to her husband Charles Burke, a Staples High School educator.

Born Feb. 11, 1929 in Marlborough, Mass., she was the daughter of the proprietor of a dry goods store, raised during the Great Depression and the war.  She moved to Westport in 1957 after her husband Charles began teaching at Staples High School and settled for most of her adult life in a storybook-like little stone house at 7 April Drive.

She was remembered for her Italian cooking and hosting family dinners, for which she was even written about in The New York Times in the late 1970s.

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10/02/15 05:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Le Farm Closes, New Restaurant Coming

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After an almost six-year run, owner-chef Bill Taibe has sold his pioneering farm-to-table Westport restaurant LeFarm, 256 Post Road East in Colonial Green, to Brian Lewis, former chef and owner of New Canaan’s elm restaurant, reports New Cannaanite.com. “When the opportunity presented itself to pass on LeFarm’s mantle to such an accomplished chef as Brian Lewis, someone who could seamlessly carry on the legacy that LeFarm has forged; it was a no-brainer,” Taibe said in a news release. Taiibe, who also owns the acclaimed The Whelk and Kawa Ni in Saugatuck, said he will retain the LeFarm name. The restaurant opened in November 2009 and frequently drew Martha Stewart back to Westport. Lewis said he is aiming for an early November opening for his new restaurant, according to ctbites.com.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 05:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Earthplace Postpones Weekend Events

Due to the wet and windy weather forecast for the weekend, Westport’s Earthplace has postponed its Earthplace Festival scheduled for Sunday until Sunday, Oct. 18, an announcement said.

Also postponed was the Saturday night Earthplace Woodside Bash featuring music by Miss Suzy’s Opus. It will now take place on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 11 p.m.

   

10/02/15 05:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Preparing for ‘Athens - Tale of a Bailout’ Photo Exhibit

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Westport photographer Árpád Krizsán helps out today in installation of an exhibit of his photos, “Athens – Tale of a Bailout,” in the Great Hall of the Westport Library, which opened today. Krizsán traveled to Athens in January as Greece tried to cope with its ever-worsening, never-ending economic crisis. His photographic glimpse of everyday life in the Athens was shot entirely in downtown Athens in a narrow area between the Acropolis and Syntagma Square, which houses the Greek Parliament. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Jan. 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 04:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rising Tide

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With Hurricane Joaquin apparently headed out east, tides were still above normal today with surges of 8 feet. View is along Soundview Drive at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 04:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wet Westport Welcome

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Umbrellas were out on Westport’s Main Street today as rainy weather continued throughout the day. Scene is in front of the Bedford Square construction fence on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 04:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rainy Rowing

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Rowers from the Saugatuck Rowing Club were out practicing today despite the rainy weather. Note the Saugatuck River water level is just below the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 04:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flooded

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The entry road to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach was flooded at high tide today. The National Weather Service Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for the area until 6 p.m. A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/02/15 03:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pink Maserati Police Car Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

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The Westport Police Department today unveiled a pink 2016 Maserati police decal vehicle at Town Hall to show support for October breast cancer awareness month. The vehicle, donated for the month by Maserati of Westport, 1026 Post Road East, with decal work donated by Fleet Auto Supply of West Haven, will not be used for patrol purposes, but will be visible in town to show support for the American Cancer Society national campaign, said Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas. “We feel this is a unique way to show our commitment to an issue that affects us all, personally and professionally,” he said. An Oct. 18 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Sherwood Island State Park is expected to draw 7,000 entrants, said Kristen Welton of the American Cancer Society, who was at today’s Town Hall event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/02/15 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 21 Crescent Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 21 Crescent Road, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1854, the two-story colonial has 1,620-square feet, is situated on a .53-acre property and, according to tax assessor records, last changed ownership in April 2006 for $450,000. 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

   

10/02/15 10:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Woman Arrested for Lifting Up Shirt

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Amy Gustafson: released on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

A Westport woman who was intoxicated and lifted her shirt during a July 17 picnic at the Longshore Marina turned herself into on an active warrant to the Westport Police Department Tuesday, police said today.

Amy Gustafson, 47, of 57 Grove Point Road, was charged with disorderly conduct.

She was released after posting a $500 bond.

She is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 9.

   

10/02/15 10:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sexual Assault Arrest

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Mark Connors: released on $2,500 bond.Westport Police photo

Westport officers arrested a Trumbull man Tuesday for an alleged sexual assault that that took place in town July 28, police said today.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, Mark Connors, 47, turned himself in after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.

“The victim alleges that the suspect had grabbed intimate parts of her body during the incident,” Arciola said.

Charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct, Connors was released after posting a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 9.

   

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Writer Nabbed for Fleeing Accident, DUI

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Ina Chadwick: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested Ina B. Chadwick, a Westport writer and play producer, Tuesday night after she allegedly sideswiped a car and drove away, police said today.

Chadwick, 67, of Redcoat Road, also failed a field sobriety test, according to the police report.

This is not the first time Chadwick, a WestportNow contributor, has been arrested for operating under the influence. In May 2011, she wrote an extensive piece for WestportNow titled “Busted: Failing a Field Sobriety Test” about her experience being arrested. (See WestportNow May 17, 2011)

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, a witness observed Chadwick’s vehicle “sideswipe a car on Riverside Avenue and drive away.”

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Update: Coastal Flood Advisory in Effect

The National Weather Service said a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for the Westport area from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. A Coastal Flood Watch is canceled.

It said to expect minor coastal flooding during the afternoon high tide at 3:12 p.m. in Westport with tidal departures 1 to 2 above astronomical tide levels.

Similar tidal departures are expected on Saturday and Sunday, the Weather Service said.

A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

   

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Friday,  October 2, 201


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Clothing & Accessories Tag Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Talk of the Town”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use Series: Microsoft Excel 2013
Noon - Westport Library - Control the “Autopilot of the Mind”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - History of the Westport Country Playhouse
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub: Grades K-12
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Reception for “Talk of the Town”
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night with Taylor Felt
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “They’re Playing Our Song”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘The Martian,’ ‘The Intern,’ ‘Green Inferno’

By Susan Granger

Back in 1979, Ridley Scott stunned moviegoers with “Alien.” Now the visual storyteller returns to outer space with “The Martian,” a super-suspenseful saga of an astronaut accidentally stranded on Mars.

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When a colossal dust storm forces the Ares 3 crew to abort their Mars surface exploration, Commander Lewis (Jessica Chastain) orders a hasty evacuation, believing their crewmate, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) has been killed by flying debris.

But he’s alive, as satellite photography soon reveals. So it’s up to NASA director Sanders (Jeff Daniels) and his cohorts at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to figure out how to help Watney stay alive in the habitation module and rescue him before his food supply runs out.

Fortunately, Watney is a resourceful botanist and courageous problem-solver. After removing the shrapnel lodged in his torso, he’s faced with basic survival tasks and the necessity of perseverance while facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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P&Z Candidates to Square Off Monday

Candidates for Westport’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) are set to square off Monday at a League of Women Voters (LWV) of Westport debate in the Town Hall auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m., LWV officials said.

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The vote is not until Nov. 3, but the League of Women Voters of Westport is preparing for the election by sponsoring two debates beginnning Monday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The evening will also feature interviews with candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and the Board of Assessment Appeals.

This is the first of two scheduled LWV debates, the second for Board of Finance candidates set for Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Moderated by Jean Rabinow, a member of the steering committee of the LWV of the Bridgeport Area and director of it Outreach and Education Fund, Monday’s debate will feature P&Z candidates: Republican incumbents Chip Stephens, Al Gratrix, Cathy Walsh and Jack Whittle; Democratic challenger Paul Lebowitz; and Coalition for Westport (CFW) candidates Denise Torve, Howard Lathrop and Glenn Payne. 

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday

Westport will host its annual household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.

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Rain last year did not deter residents from getting rid of household hazardous waste during Westport’s annual collection day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Public Works Department officials outlined areas of a household and the types of typical chemicals that may be found:

Garage: degreasers, gasoline, kerosene, mineral spirits, oil-based paints, paint strippers, paint thinners, solvents, stains, turpentine, varnishes, wood preservatives, etc.

Garden shed:  fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, etc

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