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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Playhouse Names New Managing Director

The Westport Country Playhouse today announced it has hired Michael Barker, a California theater professional with roots at Yale University, as its new managing director.

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Michael Barker: Yale alumnus. Contributed photo

Barker, 36, comes to Westport from Mill Valley, Calif., where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company.  He will assume the Playhouse post in early September, an announcement from the board of trustees said.

He succeeds Michael Ross who left in June after seven years to return to Baltimore and Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland. The six-month search reviewed more than a dozen candidates, the Playhouse said.

Barker will partner with Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, to lead the not-for-profit, professional theater, currently in its 86th season. 

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08/09/16 02:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

For Zika, West Nile, Health District Urges‘Bug Smarts’

By James Lomuscio

You don’t have to have a pond, large water feature or even a bird bath to spawn mosquitoes prone to harbor the Zika virus, says Mark A. R. Cooper, director of health for the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD).  WestportNow.com Image
Mark A. R. Cooper: take precautions. File photo

Even a bottle cap that fills with water is enough, he says.

“When you walk around your garden and see and standing water, even in bottle caps, get rid of them,” Cooper said, adding that residents insistent on water features use mosquito larvae killing, nematode donuts.

“Zika mosquitoes are going for the smaller things to leave their larvae, the smaller things, the bottle caps, soda, old coffee cups,” he added. “So, as you’re enjoying the outdoors, get rid of standing water. That will address West Nile. That will address Zika.”

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08/09/16 09:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10:30 a.m. - Longshore Club Park - Westport Library Storytime at Longshore
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission Public Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, August 08, 2016

Sunflower Tribute to Lee Papageorge

WestportNow.com ImageA lone sunflower lies in the doorway of the shuttered Oscar’s Deli on Main Street tonight to honor owner Lee Papageorge, who died today at 65. The iconic Westport eatery closed a week ago today as its owner battled lung cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/08/16 11:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Lee Papageorge

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A sunflower lies in the doorway of the closed Oscar’s Deli on Westport’s Main Street tonight in tribute to owner Lee Papageorge, who died today at age 65. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/08/16 11:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joshua Bell & Frederic Chiu in Aug. 25 Beechwood Arts Fundraiser

There will be a Westport reunion on Thursday, Aug. 25 with internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and renowned Westport pianist Frederic Chiu.

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Joshua Bell (l) and longtime friend, Frederic Chiu of Westport, rehearse together. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The occasion is a fundraiser marking the fifth anniversary of Chiu’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation, a Westport-based nonprofit that fosters innovation and collaboration across all of the arts and across generations.

The two, who are longtime friends, will perform in an 8 p.m. concert at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Click here for information.

Bell helped kick off Beechwood’s first year and is returning to give a “high 5” for Beechwood’s fifth year, according to an announcement.


08/08/16 10:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sponsors Needed to Complete RR Tunnel Project

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The art project honoring Westport’s past and present in the railroad tunnel at the Metro-North Westport station is seeking sponsors to complete the initiative. The project features lightbox lenticular views combining past and present images of Westport landmarks by Westport artist Miggs Burrough (r). He viewed one of the images today with Police Chief Foti Koskinas and Deputy Chief Sam Arciola. Anyone interested should contact any of the three. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/08/16 05:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lee Papageorge, ‘Mayor of Main Street,’ 65

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Lee Papageorge, the unofficial Mayor of Main Street, who held court for 42 years at Oscar’s Deli amid the bustle of pastrami on rye, Hebrew National hot dogs, matzo ball and chicken soup, and Reubens, died today, family members announced. He was 65.

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Lee Papageorge: lost battle with lung cancer.. Contributed photo

Papageorge, a nonsmoker who had been battling stage 4 lung cancer for months, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he had been receiving treatment. Family members including his wife Mary Jo, were present.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dad—and Westport’s greatest hero, Lee—earlier this morning,” the Oscar’s deli Facebook page said. “He was not only a part of our family, but he was part of yours.”

The posting was accompanied by Papageorge’s mild mannered visage replete with his signature, ever present smile and framed by a straw hat.

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08/08/16 03:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Remembering Lee Papageorge

Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s Deli, who died today at 65, was the unofficial mayor of Main Street. Some scenes from the WestportNow files. Dave Matlow, Helen Klisser During, Phyllis Groner, Lynn U. Miller, and Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


08/08/16 03:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lee Papageorge, Oscar’s Owner, Dies at 65

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Lee Papageorge, longtime owner of the now shuttered Oscar’s Deli on Main Street, died today, his family announced on Facebook. He was 65 and had been battling lung cancer. He died at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment, according to a family member. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dad—and Westport’s greatest hero—Lee—earlier this morning,” the posting said. “He was not only a part of our family but he was also a part of yours.” His death came one week after the iconic Main Street eatery closed after 42 years. To celebrate his 65th birthday in February, his family presented him with a life-size replica Oscar as his Oscar’s hosted the fifth annual n’Oscars event presented by the Westport Cinema Initiative.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/08/16 03:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cops Nab October Burglary Suspect

Officers arrested a New Haven man at Westport’s Gillespie Center homeless shelter for burglarizing a home via smashing a window and making off with $4,000 worth of jewelry and electronics, police said today.

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Sherman Miles: held on $175,000 bond.Westport Police photo

Sherman Miles, 58, was arrested Tuesday for the crime that took place in October, after Det. George Taylor “spotted Miles walking towards the homeless shelter on Jesup Road,” Lt. David Farrell said.

After the burglary, Taylor followed up with area pawn shops and determined that Miles sold the items he stole from the home the very next day at a Stratford pawn shop, Farrell said.

“Detective Taylor positively identified Miles through the pawn shop video surveillance, as well as his identification given at the sale,” said Farrell.

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08/08/16 11:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Arrest for Sex Assault at Hall-Brooke Hospital

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man for sexual assaults at Hall-Brooke in May, police said today.

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Mark Dipietro: held on $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Mark Dipietro, 22, was charged with first- and fourth-degree sexual assault at the hospital located at 47 Long Lots Road.

Lt. David Farrell said Dipietro turned himself in on an active warrant and was held in lieu of a a $50,000 bond.

Dipietro is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 15.


08/08/16 11:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Arrest After Overdose

Officers arrested a Westport man who sold a hallucinogenic drug to a man who overdosed, police said today.

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Josh Rauh: held on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Josh Rauh, 22 of 245 Wilton Road, turned himself in on an active warrant Thursday in connection with the drug overdose that occurred in May at a Compo Road South address.

The male victim was treated on scene and taken to the Norwalk Hospital and has since recovered, said Lt. David Farrell.

Farrel said that Det. George Taylor investigated the incident, determining that the overdose victim obtained the hallucinogen DMT from Rauh, who admitted to obtaining the drug via the internet and providing it to the victim. 

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08/08/16 11:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Alleged Vehicle Burglar Arrested

Officers arrested a New Haven man Thursday in connection with October vehicle burglaries in the Valley Road area, police said today.

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Trevor Dixon, 29, was arrested in Norwalk Superior Court where he was being held on other charges and charged with third-degree burglary and fifth-degree larceny.

“Credit cards were taken from unlocked vehicles and subsequently used at Target stores in the Hartford area,” Lt. David Farrell said.

Sgt. Anthony Prezioso’s investigation revealed Dixon would steal the credit cards and give them to an accomplice to purchase merchandise fraudulently, Farrell said.

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08/08/16 11:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Patricia J. Uydess, 70

Patricia Joan (Hutchinson) Uydess of Westport died Aug. 6 following a battle with cancer. She was 70.

She was active in Westport sports and, with her lovely greyhounds, was a long time pet therapy volunteer at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Her family said: “Beloved by all, Pat brought laughter into the lives of all who knew her. She leaves a void in our hearts that only the memory of her gentle love can fill. Go with God.”

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Wednesday Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St.

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08/08/16 10:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Sunset

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Sunday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com


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Monday, August 8, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Protect Yourself from Scams
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Website Redevelopment Steering Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Russion Language Conversation Group
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Hebrew Conversation Group

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Hot Sardines Entertain at Levitt

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The Hot Sardines enterained tonight at Westport;s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Fusing musical influences from New York, Paris, and New Orleans, the group transformed songs from another era into pop music for this century. There was hot, foot-stomping jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Fats Waller used to make. Bandleader and pianist Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol were joined by a blustery brass lineup, a powerhouse rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso, and their very own tap dancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Marin for WestportNow.com


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On Tap at the Levitt

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Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance by The Hot Sardines included some tap dancing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com


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Getting the Word Out

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Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) worker Todd Tracy hangs a banner at the intersection of Post Road East and Riverside Avenue today, reminding passersby of the ninth annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival on Sept. 3 and 4 at the Levitt Pavilion and the Westport Library parking lot. Tracy said additional banners will be displayed on all 21 lampposts on Main Street and 20 utility poles in the downtown Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Mill Pond Clouds

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A cloud formation Saturday over Wetport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alexandria Donovan for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects Mystery Book Discussion: “Death in August” by Marco Vichi
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hot Sardines

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Soul Sounds at the Levitt

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The Mighty Soul Drivers entertained tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. They brought the classic soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and points South, taking their inspiration from the giants of Southern Soul—O.V. Wright, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding and more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Moving to Soul

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Levitt Pavilion guests tonight danced to the soul sounds of the Mighty Soul Drivers.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/06/16 09:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Artist Tom Kretsch ‘Harbor Moods’ Exhibit Opens Aug. 11

“Harbor Moods,” images by Westport artist Tom Kretsch, opens Thursday, Aug. 11 at Rockwell Art and Framing, 236 Post Road East.

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One of the images of Tom Kretsch going on display beginning Aug. 11.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

There will be a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with the exhibit continuing until Oct 7.

From the colorful boats in Nice Harbor, to the hard scrabble shores of Newfoundland, to the rugged coast of Maine, and docks along the shores of Connecticut, Kretsch has followed his passion for observing life by the harbor.

The photographic exhibition is a collection of images created over many years of observing life near the edge of the harbor.

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DOJ, Connecticut Settle ‘Motor-Voter’ Registration Complaint

By Mark Pazniokas


The U.S. Department of Justice and Connecticut announced Friday that an enhanced online voter registration system will launch Monday at the Department of Motor Vehicles in response to a civil rights investigation that concluded the state was in violation of the so-called “motor-voter” provisions of the National Voting Rights Act of 1993.

Under a settlement negotiated by the Justice Department, the secretary of the state’s office and the DMV, a voter registration system will be electronically integrated into the licensing system so that every application for a license, renewal or photo ID “shall function as an application to register to vote, unless the customer chooses to opt out.”

“This is a major step toward ensuring that every eligible citizen is registered to vote. It also just represents good customer service to the people of Connecticut, who will be able to register to vote or update their registrations while conducting business with the DMV. It will help them carry out two tasks in a single transaction, removing the need to go to town hall or mail in updated information,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said.

“A robust, inclusive democracy requires ensuring that eligible voters can easily and conveniently register to vote,” said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “State officials worked cooperatively with the Justice Department to quickly provide eligible Connecticut voters an integrated one-stop opportunity to register through the DMV, as the law requires.”

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08/06/16 06:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Morning

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A morning scene at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, August 6, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Themed Craft for All Ages
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand” (last day)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Mighty Soul Drivers

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, August 05, 2016

Palmer: State Mandated SAT Results Not Full Picture

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said today that the scores from this spring’s state mandated SATs for juniors are not accurate indicators of future student success. She said she puts more stock in official College Board reports to come.

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Colleen Palmer,: “I would put more stock in College Board report.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Palmer made this comment despite the fact Westport’s scores released in a state report Wednesday are in line with other school systems in the district reference group (DIRG).

Of the 431 graded tests, the average score for English and language arts in Westport was 598, 599 in math.

Palmer said the College Board report expected in mid-September for the Class of 2016 would offer a better assessment of student achievement.

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Sub $2 Gas Draws Crowd

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Westport Sunoco, 322 Post Road East, was jammed today as gas prices felll below the $2 level—- $1.97/cash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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