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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Real Estate Report: Repeat Buyers Moving Market

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There is an interesting sales trend occurring in Westport this year, and it reflects a unique similarity with some of what the National Association of Realtors is reporting on a coast-to-coast basis. Image
Featured Home: This home at 25 Flower Farm Circle is $3,795,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s- Westport

Over the last six months in Westport, there have been four price ranges that have enjoyed the most activity. Those ranges are between $700-$750,000, $1.2- $1.3 million, $1.6-$1.7 million, and lastly, $2.25- $2.5 million.

What is striking about these ranges is that first time Westport homeowners begin the trend at the first level, and each subsequent tier could easily be considered a move-up range from the previous one.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors said, “This spring’s sustained period of ultra-low mortgage rates has certainly been a worthy incentive to buy a home, but the primary driver in the increase in sales is more homeowners realizing the equity they’ve accumulated in recent years and finally deciding to trade-up or downsize.

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Workers and machines disrupt traffic tonight at Main Street and Canal Street as milling work began. The Connecticut Department of Transportation said a 1.2-mile stretch of Route 57 is undergoing milling this week in preparation for paving July 11-13. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Summer Fun Image
As a beautiful summer day came to an end today, many Compo Beach visitors lingered, playing in the shallow water of the outgoing tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Central Intelligence,’ ‘Now You See Me 2,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja…’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you’re really desperate for yet another odd-couple caper, consider “Central Intelligence,” a fast-paced froth that’s almost immediately forgettable. Image

Mild-mannered Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is a disgruntled accountant who married his teenage sweetheart (Danielle Nicolet) yet yearns for the glory jock days when he was Senior Class President.

As his 20th high school anniversary looms, Calvin re-connects with Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne “The Rock”  Johnson), a shy, sensitive soul who remains grateful to Calvin for a singular act of kindness when he was the once-obese victim of cruel shower-room bullies – shown in flashback with inventive CGI.

When now-grown Calvin and Robbie - now known as Bob Stone - meet for a drink, they bond again. But then a CIA bigwig (Amy Ryan) shows up at Calvin’s house, informing him that Bob is actually a former undercover agent gone rogue after killing his partner.

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UPDATE A kitty is safe and sound after a more than two-hour rescue effort by Westport firefighters at the Fairfield County Hunt Club today. Assistant Chief Rob Yost said the animal apparently entered the car when it stopped in Norwalk. Crews removed various car parts to access the area where the kitten was hiding in a space between the front bumper and the radiator, he said. The kitty, who appeared none the worse for the experience, will be kept by Hunt Club staff, who reportedly named it Bumper, Yost said later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Two Hour Rescue Effort Saves Kitty in Engine Compartment Image
It took two hours, but Westport firefighters today successfully rescued a kitty who had found its way inside an engine compartment of a car headed to the Fairfield County Hunt Club for the June Benefit Horse Show. The kitty apparently entered the car when the driver, a Hunt Club employee, stopped at a Dunkin’  Donuts in Norwalk, said Assistant Fire Chief Rob Yost. A passerby told the employee she saw a kitty go under the car while the driver was inside the store. Finding nothing at the store, she continued to the Hunt Club where she heard meowing from the enginge compartment. A Westport fire crew on standby duty summoned the rescue truck. The stow-a- way kitten had crawled up into a space between the front bumper and the radiator. Crews worked for over two hours raising up the vehicle and removing various car parts to access the area where the kitten was hiding, Yost said. Westport Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino was called to the scene to assist in the rescue and take care of the cat after it was extricated. Gambino and horse show staff took the kitten to a veterinarian who was already on the premises. Yost said later Hunt Club staff intended to keep the kitty, who they reportedly named Bumper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Munce Sale: From Pen and Inks to Boxing Gloves

By James Lomuscio

Treasure hunters who happen upon the estate sale at Westport’s 5 Rockyfield Road this weekend can expect more than the usual high-end furnishings and assorted tchotchkes, but a unique window into Westport’s artistic past. Image
Some of Howard Munce’s drawings up for sale on Saturday and Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

For 61 years the house was home to Howard Munce, the Westport artist whose career as illustrator, art director, teacher, sculptor and author spanned generations earning him the sobriquet “dean of Westport artists.” Munce, 100, died here March 5, leaving behind a treasure trove of paintings, illustrations and other items detailing the life of the tall, thin, spry, seemingly ageless and energetic presence ubiquitous in town arts circles. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)

Among the inventory are: a couple of Munce’s paintings; numerous pen and ink drawings of all sizes that appeared in national and local magazines and newspapers; wooden flat files; “and an incredible architectural table,” says Mary Brewster, Munce’s daughter who lives in Redding and is organizing the sale.

“I didn’t realize what this table was,” Brewster said. “It’s been in this house 61 years, and my father always had it covered with things. It’s a very large table, and you can tip the top; it’s made of solid wood.”

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06/22/16 01:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Chance to Own a Piece of a Westport Artistic Legend Image
Items from legendary Westport artist Howard Munce’s home up for sale include those from his studio. The estate sale at 5 Rockyfield Road runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Munce died at age 100 in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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June Benefit Horse Show Underway Image
The June Benefit Horse Show is underway at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. It winds up Saturday with the $30,000 Grand Prix at 1 p.m. preceded by Family Day activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
Noon - Westport Arts Center - Plein Air Painting with Judy Katz
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marguerite F. Porter, 93

Marguerite F. (Peggy) Porter. a longtime Westport resident, an interior architectural designer, died June 20.  She was 93. Image
Peggy Porter: interior architectural designer. Contributed photo

Born March 21, 1923 in New York City to Thomas and Marguerite Flynn, she spent many childhood summers in Westport. 

She studied at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a major in interior architectural design. While at RISD she was winner of the Grand Rapids Furniture Design Industry Award, her work appearing in The New York Times.

After graduation, she was hired by General Electric at age 20 as a radio and television cabinet designer, the first woman in the nation to hold the position.

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06/21/16 10:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

RTM Approves $8.2 Million Energy Savings Initiative

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously approved an appropriation that First Selectman Jim Marpe said would have a positive impact on budgets and on the town’s carbon footprint—$8,245,000 to implement an energy savings initiative. Image
Iain Bruce, head of the town’s Energy Performance Committee: “This is a sweet spot.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The total cost of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Westborough, Mass.-based NORESCO, LLC, which targets Westport’s eight schools and four municipal buildings, would be $6,715,000 after utility incentives, Marpe said.

Marpe has touted the contract as a perfect example of the school system and town government working together to reduce energy costs.

The investment grade audit report was prepared by NORESCO, a firm that the year-old Energy Performance Committee (EPC) hired after a competitive bid.

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For the second consecutive year, the Staples High School Orphenians tonight sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium. The appearance followed a moment of silence for the Orlando massacre victims. See video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for


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On the Field Image
Members of the Staples High School Orphenians take to the field tonight at Yankee Stadium to sing the National Anthem. Pictured (l-r) Colin McKecknie, Oliver Smith, Daniel Pauker, Keenan Pucci, and Wells Baumann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for


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Staples Fans on Big Screen, Too Image
The large video screen at Yankee Stadium tonight showed some Staples fans as it featured the Orphenians singing the National Anthem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joe Pucci for


06/21/16 07:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Post 154 Auction: Everything Goes Image
Everything was up for sale today at a crowded auction at the shuttered Post 154 Restaurant at 154 Post Road East. As reported by WestportNow earlier this month (see WestportNow June 8, 2016), a real estate source said the former Westport main post office, occupied until January by the restaurant, will be the new Westport home of furniture retailer Design Within Reach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Up for Auction Image
Dinner plates await the auctioneer’s gavel today at the Post 154 auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Including the Kitchen Sinks Image
Items up for sale today at the Post 154 Restaurant auction included kitchen sinks as well as other kitchen equipment, furniture and fixings. Furniture retailer Design Within Reach is expected to open here in the next six months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Peter Pastorelli Sr., 76

Peter Pastorelli Sr. of Westport died June 15 at the Regional Hospice of Danbury. He was 76. Image
Peter Pastorelli: artist, production manager. Larry Untermeyer for

He was born in Worcester, Mass. on Feb. 19, 1940, the son of the late Francis and Anne (Murphy) Pastorelli.

As an artist, he was passionate of both his collection of short stories and extensive photography. He was very career oriented, working as a production manger on many films including “Midnight Run,” “The Stand,” and “The Bad Lt.”

He was an active member of the Directors Guild of America. He was loved by many and proud of his personal dedication of 38 years to a 12-step program. He was also a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

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Thelma S. Gordon, 93 Image
At age 89 in 2012, Thelma Gordon walked the entire Westport Memorial Day parade route. Contributed photo

Thelma Stone Gordon of Westport and Sarasota, Fla., died June 21 at home. She was 93.

She was born in Boston on Nov. 18, 1922. She graduated from Brookline High School and attended Boston University before enlisting in the U.S. Army where she served from July 1944 to July 1946, as the assistant to the chief clerk in both Fort Meade, Md. and Westover Field, Mass.

When she was discharged from the army her title was staff sargeant.

She married in Boston in September 1947. In 1957, her family moved to Tampa where she studied art and painting at the University of Tampa. She became an accomplished artist and had showings at many galleries and juried art shows. She was a member of an all woman’s investment club and the League of Woman Voters.

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Drivers heading southbound today on the Merritt Parkway in Westport had this view of work on the problem-plagued North Avenue Bridge. The bridge closed Monday to all traffic, and Connecticut Department of Transportation officials say they are aiming for an Aug. 25 completion date for the $2.85 million repair project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Staying Late for Summer Solstice Image
Crowds stayed late at Westport’s Compo Beach Monday night for the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Summer officially began at 6:34 p.m. and sunset was at 8:29 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “Nora Webster” by Colm Tóibín
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series:  “45 Years”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - How to Grow Your Email List & Expand Your Reach
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Supplemental Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Westport Connection in Powerful Story of ALS-Stricken Footballer

Many Westporters tonight attended an invitation-only Norwalk Bow Tie Royale 6 Cinema screening of “Gleason,” the emotionally powerful story of former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Image
Michel Gleason addresses an audience tonight at an invitation-only screening of “Gleason,” a feature-length documentary about her football husband’s battle with ALS.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

After debuting to standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the hit feature-length documentary was sold to Amazon Studios and Open Road Films in a unique partnership for a wide theatrical release beginning July 29.

Special guest for tonight’s screening was Gleason’s wife, Michel, who weeks after her husband’s 2011 diagnosis revealed that she was expecting their first child.  Now no longer the sole caretaker of her husband, she appeared relaxed but a bit bewildered by all the attention now focused on her family’s very painful but gripping story.

“To see us on the big screen, it’s weird, strange,” she told the audience at the screening. At a reception afterwards at Westport’s Vespa Restaurant, she repeated “strange” and “weird” to describe her feelings about being involved in the Hollywood whirlwind of activities in advance of the film’s wide release.

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A Video Journal For An Unborn Son Image
An invitation-only audience at the Bow Tie Royale 6 Cinema in Norwalk tonight watches a screening of “Gleason,” the Sundance Film Fetival hit documentary about the battle waged against ALS by former New Orleans Saints defense back Steve Gleason. Most of the footage came from 1,300 hours of a video journal made by Gleason. An executive producer of the film, set for wide release on July 29, is Westporter Mark Shapiro, who tonight hosted Gleason’s wife, Michel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


06/20/16 10:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Strawberry Moon’ Viewing Image
The full moon rising on the summer solstice, often callled a “starwberry moon,” delighted visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. It last occurred in 1967 and won’t happen again until 2062.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Hyman for


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‘Strawberry Moon’ Over Westport Image
Today’s summer solstice coincided with a full moon tonight, seen here over Westport. It is sometimes referred to as a “strawberry moon,” a rare occurrence last seen almost half a century ago. The solstice, which is the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of summer, occurred at 6:34 p.m. Astronomers said this is the first time since 1967 that a full moon has risen on the summer solstice and that it will not happen again until June 21, 2062. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for


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Westport Thanks to U.S. Congressional Delegation Image
A group of Westporters, organized by Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Democratic Town Committee, gathered for a photo at Compo Beach today to thank U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for their action and leadership on gun violence prevention. Kane said the photos will be sent to the representatives on behalf of Westport families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Pam Einarsen


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Honoring Shirley Mellor Image
The Westport Woman’s Club today honored longtime Westport patron of the arts Shirley Mellor (l), owner of former Max’s Arts Supplies. Club president Dorothy Curran, presented her with a red rose in appreciation for her financial support for the framing of three Bedford family portraits hanging in the club’s recently renovated Bedford Hall. Behind them is one of them, a portrait of Mary Ann Dingee Bedford, wife of Edward T. Bedford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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