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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Foggy New Creek

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The morning fog today softened the view of New Creek at high tide in Westport’s Greens Farms area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alexandria Donovan for WestportNow.com


12/23/15 01:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Yard Waste Site Winter Schedule Set

Westport Director of Public Works Stephen Edwards announced today that effective Jan. 11, the Yard Waste Site at 180 Bayberry Lane will operate under winter hours.

These are Tuesday and Thursday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to noon.

These hours will be in effect until March 7 when regular hours will be resumed.

Christmas trees will be accepted from Westport residents at the Yard Waste Site during its hours of operation, the announcement said.


12/23/15 01:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Youth,’ ‘Joy’

By Susan Granger

In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” writer/director J.J. Abrams has successfully revived George Lucas’s original sci-fi concept, a space Western that captivated global audiences some 30-plus years ago, bringing back Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).

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It opens with John Williams’ familiar musical fanfare, along with that rolling scroll, explaining that Luke Skywalker has disappeared and the evil First Order has taken power.

Enter Stormtroopers, led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), whose black mask and cape make him look just like Darth Vader. They’re searching for a map that can lead them to where Luke is hiding; it is hidden within spherical droid BB-8 that belongs to hotshot pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

When conscience-stricken Stormtrooper FN-3182, nicknamed Finn (John Boyega), defects, he joins up with Poe and Rey (Daisy Ridley), the feisty Jakku desert ‘scavenger’ who is protecting BB-8, as they steal an aged freighter, the Millennium Falcon, belonging to legendary smuggler Han Solo. 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Westport Travel Professional Leads Trump Boycott

A Westport travel designer is spearheading a boycott of Donald Trump’s owned and operated hotels around the world.

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Westporter Susan Farewell (in front of Old City of Istanbul, Turkey): “We are outraged by Trump’s denigration of women.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The boycott is in response to the presidential candidate’s controversial comments about Hillary Clinton being “schlonged.”

“We are outraged by Trump’s denigration of women,” said Susan Farewell, founder and owner of Farewell Travels. “We are demonstrating our disapproval in the language Trump knows best: through his wallet.”

The anti-Trump campaign is building through social media and is receiving support from travel professionals around the world, from Hawaii to Turkey, Farewell said.

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12/22/15 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Greens Farms Area Performing Well

By Judy Szablak

The real estate market in Westport’s Greens Farms neighborhood continues to perform well, whether it be reflective of either the resale or new construction segment.

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Featured Home: This home at 3 Hillandale Road is listed at $2,249,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Higgins Group/Westport

Separate reviews and analyses of newly built and existing homes place Greens Farms in the top three active neighborhoods, along with the Hunt Club, and Compo Beach.

All three neighborhoods have their own appeal, and if we are talking about new construction, there really aren’t that many homes available in these top areas.

Although the Hunt Club continues to enjoy a slightly healthier market, new construction pricing in Greens Farms is the most reasonable of the three at just $2,366,395 on average for the 10 homes currently available here.

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12/22/15 05:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Police Seek Owners of Stolen Delivered Packages

Westport police said today they have identified the person responsible for stealing delivered packages from residences and asked the public’s help in identifying some of the stolen goods’ owners.

Capt. Sam Arciola said detectives arrested the suspect, not identified, on Friday.

“Seized during the investigation were a number of stolen items that people were expecting to receive from delivery services,” he said.

“Presently the Westport Police Department is attempting to identify the victims within our community who may have had the expected packages stolen.”

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12/22/15 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sparse Turnout for Final Farmers Market of Year

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The turnout was light today on the final day of the year for the Westport Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, Sylvan Lane. The Tuesday session was held in lieu of one on Saturday, Dec. 26. The market reopens on Saturday, Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/22/15 11:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Holiday Look

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A lighted tower crane with red light atop at the Bedford Square development site in Westport’s downtown Monday night provides the centerpiece for the holiday skyline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market (closed Saturday, Dec. 26)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. - Westport Library - New Movie Releases: “Clouds of Sils Maria”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Parks & Recreation Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, December 21, 2015

Michael Moore: Trump Will be Republican Nominee

By Gordon Joseloff

Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning director, tonight told an audience attending the only Connecticut screening of his latest film before its wide release in February that Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.

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Michael Moore chats with guests tonight at Westport’s Vespa restaurant following the screening of his latest film, “Where to Invade Next” at Bowtie Cinemas Royale 6 in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Chris Greer

“He (Trump) will be the Republican nominee, there is absolutely no doubt about that,” said Moore at a screening of his film “Where to Invade Next” at Bowtie Cinemas Royale 6 in Norwalk. “And don’t, don’t, don’t think that he can’t win. It’s really important to pay attention to this and not just dismiss it any more.”

Moore added: “It was funny for a while. He did performance art. I was enjoying it. But I think now it’s time to pay some serious attention to it because he really knows what he is doing. And he’s really good at it. He’s really pushing a lot of the right buttons for the angry white guys that are out there.”

Moore said 81 percent of the people voting next year are either going to be women, people of color or young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. And they could be the difference in the election.

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12/21/15 10:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Education

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Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore gets together tonight with former Staples High School Principal John Dodig at Westport’s Vespa restaurant following the screening of Moore’s new film “Where to Invade Next” at at Bowtie Cinemas Royale 6 in Norwalk. The film is an expansive, subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the United States could improve its own prospects. In France, Moore marvels at the exceptional quality of the cuisine served in its public schools and in Finland he spotlights its education measures, including doing away with homework and seeking to educate the whole person, rather than merely training students to pass a standardized test. Dodig said he told Moore his entire career has been devoted to promoting similar goals for his students. Also in the audience and at the reception was Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


12/21/15 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Helps Bring Moore Project to Screen

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Academy Award-wnning director Michael Moore talks with Westporters Kimberly and Mark Shapiro tonight at the Vespa restaurant in Westport following the screening of Moore’s film “Where to Invade Next.” Shapiro, chief content officer of the IMG unit of talent and event management specialist WME/IMG, said he was so impressed with Moore’s script that not only did his company back the project but he signed on as an executive producer. Shapiro, best known for his turn running programming at ESPN, joined the firm in September 2014 in the newly created role aimed at identifying new revenue opportunities across IMG’s businesses, which encompass sports, fashion, model representation and events. He was most recently CEO and an executive producer at Dick Clark Productions and prior to that was CEO at Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Chris Greer


12/21/15 09:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Michael Moore Invades Westport Scene

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Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore and WME | IMG hosted a special screening tonight of Moore’s latest documentary “Where To Invade Next” at Bowtie Cinemas Royale 6 in Norwalk. Westporter Mark Shapiro, an executive producer of the film, welcomed the audience of many fellow Westporters to the event. Afterward, Moore and Shapiro hosted the audience to drinks and food at Westport’s Vespa restaurant. The film opens in limited release Wednesday for a week to qualify for the Academy Awards and goes into wide release in February. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


12/21/15 09:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Countdown on for First Night 2016

This year’s Frist Night Westport/Weston 2016 on Thursday, Dec. 31 includes some old and some new.

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First Night buttons priced at $15 are on sale at various Westport and Weston locations. Contributed photo

New is the time of the fireworks – 7:30 p.m.—to accommodate the tide in the river. The fireworks will be set off on a boat, which has to avoid the low tide later in the evening.

For the price of the $15 button (children under 2 are free), there will be 29 performances/events to choose from, including the return this year of the popular Dennis the Train Man at the Westport Library from 4 to 6 p.m. in the McManus Room.

Other venues include the Saugatuck Elementary School, Westport Town Hall, the Seabury Center, Branson Hall (Christ & Holy Trinity Church), Toquet Hall, and the Westport Historical Society.

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12/21/15 04:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Some Last Minute Shipments

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New Canaan resident Alexandra Underhill today balances packages on her way to the UPS Store, 606 Post Road East.  Underhill who works in Westport said,“I’m getting my last minute Christmas errands done over lunch hour.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/21/15 03:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Library Offers Family Films During School Vacation

The Westport Library has announced it is offering a film festival during the school vacation days—Saturday, Dec. 26, to Thursday, Dec.31.

The films, free and open to the public, will be shown at 2 p.m. in either the Children’s Department or the McManus Room. Here is the schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 26: “Frozen Sing-a-Long.” To kick off the festival, join members of the Music Theater of Connecticut in the McManus Room and sing along to the songs of the Academy Award-winning Disney film “Frozen.”

A mountain climber and a young girl named Anna journey through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom.

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12/21/15 01:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday Beach Walk

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Despite winter-like weather, there were plenty of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach for a Sunday walk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Monday, December 21, 2015 - Winter Begins

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM IT Committee
11:49 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Winter Solstice

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Honoring Our Heritage: 10 & 11 Maplewood Ave.

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The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of two homes on Maplewood Avenue. The Ackerman family, George, Emily and their daughter, Sophie, 1, owners of the house at 10 Maplewood Ave., now known as the Walsh House, built circa 1927, and Fiona Hodgson, owner of the house across the street at 11 Maplewood Ave., now known as the Mary Walsh House, built circa 1911. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented a plaque to owners. According to Weingarten’s historical research, the land on which the two houses were built was, prior to 1910, part of a 24-acre farmland owned by the Morehouse family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/20/15 08:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Santa Spreading Cheer

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Santa was out in front of Saugatuck Sweets today spreading cheer among passing motorists on Westport’s Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/20/15 05:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Elizabeth Engler, 88

Elizabeth Engler of Southport died Dec. 19 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 88.

Born in Hungary on March 20, 1927, she was the daughter of the late John and Theresia (Polcz) Kleinhans. She lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. for 50 years and in Southport for the past nine years.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devoted sister, enjoyed cooking, and was a devout Catholic. Her memories of her childhood in Hungary were always present, providing countless hours of storytelling. In her later years, the thing she enjoyed most was seeing her grandchildren.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Henry Engler, include one son, Henry Engler and his wife Regina of Westport, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Marina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

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12/20/15 04:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saint Luke Hosts Christmas Concert

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A Christmas concert, entitled “Behold the Child,” was presented today by the choirs and friends of Saint Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North. The program included children’s choir selections. organ-piano duets and a children’s pageant. A reception followed in the church’s Community Room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


12/20/15 04:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Heron Lake Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Heron Lake Lane, off Newtown Turnpike, is in process. Built in 1958, the one-story ranch has 1,931 square feet, is situated on a .93-acre property and changed ownership last month for $686,750. 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


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Blustery Saturday

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There were rough waters at Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday with high winds and, finally, at least for the moment, winter-like temperatures in the 30s.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com


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Sunday,  December 20, 2015

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse: Family Festivities Series: “Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas”
Noon - 3 p.m. - Main Street - Sleigh Rides, Santa, and Carolers
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets - Santa Claus
3 p.m. - St. Luke Church - (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - “Joyful Expectation” concert
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects Mystery Book Discussion: “The Man with a Load of Mischief”
4 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - “Blue Christmas” worship service

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gallery: Final 75th Anniversary Candlelight Concert

Scenes from tonight’s final 75th anniversary Candlelight Concert at Staples High School. The evening began with a video produced by Staples ‘61 graduate John Brandt reviewing the history of the concerts. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


12/19/15 11:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Candlelight Alums at 75th Anniversary Reception

Prior to tonight’s final performance of the 75th anniversary Candlelight Concert at Staples High School, some Candlelight alumni and guests gathered at the Inn at Westport for a reception. Here are some scenes from the event. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


12/19/15 09:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Singing With Their Supper

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The Fairfield County Carolers, a subset of the Fairfield Country Chorale, tonight sang for diners at the 10 Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce member restaurants in Saugatuck. They started at Tuttis and made their way around the neighborhood. They are pictured during their stop at Tarrantino’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


12/19/15 08:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gift Wrapping for a Cause

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Robin Hammond, CLASP Homes executive director, today wraps a gift at Barnes & Noble, 1086 Post Road East, for Westport residents Catherine Feeley and son, Eliot, 5, a kindergarten student at Greens Farms Elementary School. Each day various nonprofits serve as volunteers who gift wrap purchases for donations that go to the volunteering charity organization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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