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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Maureen M. Gartlan, 72

Maureen Rose Mattson Gartlan of New Canaan, a former Westport resident, died July 5 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She was 72. Image
Maureen Gartlan: former Westport resident. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Eugene Gartlan was born and raised in Sunnyside, New York, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Rose McNulty Mattson of Sunnyside. 

She attended Saint Theresa Catholic School in Woodside, followed by Saint Jean Baptist Catholic High School in Manhattan. The Mattson family was devoted members of Queen of Angels Church, where they enjoyed time with their neighborhood friends.

Maureen met her husband on a blind date at a dance at Saint Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan and were married in Queen of Angels in 1967.

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07/06/17 04:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Oystering on Mill Pond: Reclaiming a Family Legacy

By James Lomuscio

As Jeff H. Northrop’s motorized raft leaves the shore of Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond, it heads out into an 83-acre expanse of tidal waters that while shallow, runs deep in Northrop family history. Image
Jeff H. Northrop surveys Sherwood Mill Pond from Hummock Island: “More fun than hedge fund trading.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

It also heads into a seemingly different time and an alternate Westport — one that’s sun-drenched, breezy and redolent with the scents of a simple New England fishing village, one that belies the modern mansions that surround it.

“It’s a totally different world out here,” said Northrup, 32, on a recent visit.

In a short while, he lands at Hummock Island, a rock that props up a restored 1741-built cottage brought there centuries ago by oxen to house a man who guarded the oyster beds.

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Comings & Goings: Ulta Beauty to Post Road East Image
Ulta Beauty, a full service salon, will open in 2018 at 1365 Post Road East in the former site of Anthropologie, according to Norwalk store manager Jennifer McIntosh. She said the business offers “all things beauty, all in one place” and includes a full service salon as well as drug store and department store brand cosmetics.  She added the Westport store is an addition to its 15 Connecticut locations. The NASDAQ Exchange-listed company (symbol: ULTA), headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois was founded in 1990 by Dick George and Terry Hanson and has grown to 1,000 locations. Anthropologie relocated to Bedford Square in downtown Westport in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Burglaries Hit Bonnie Brook Road

A Westport homeowner awoke early today to the sound of a front door screen window being cut, but managed to scare off the would-be burglar, police said. Image
The incidents early today occurred on Bonnie Brook Road in Westport’s Coleytown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Google map

The incident at 1:09 a.m. on Bonnie Brook Road touched off a widespread manhunt for the culprit, including use of a K-9 tracking dog, but failed to find the suspect.

Later, at about 6:45 a.m., a nearby homeowner called police to say someone had entered the home overnight while they were sleeping and made off with approximately $4,000 in cash and electronics.

“Entry was made through an unlocked door,” said Lt. David Farrell.

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Promoting Net Zero by 2050 at the Farmers Market Image
At the Westport Farmers Market today, Westporter Pippa Bell Ader explains Net Zero by 2050, an initiative of the Westport Green Task Force, with Westport resident Hope Hageman. Ader was gathering signatures for a petition to be presented to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) when it takes up the matter on Tuesday, July 11. Net zero energy is a concept in which the community as a whole creates more energy through renewable sources than it uses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Tavern on Main Sampler Image
A Westport Farmers Market shopper today samples chilled beet soup prepared by Westport Tavern on Main chef Polo Ramirez and owner Helen Zervos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “L.A. Confidential”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group..
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School (88 North Ave.) - U.S. Rep, Jim Himes Town Hall meeting
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Reception for “A Day in the Life of Westport” Exhibit
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Green Task Force
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance and Parks & Recreation Committees
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Last Fair Deal

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Finance Board OKs $400K Compo Pavilion Renovation

The Westport Board of Finance tonight approved a $400,000 appropriation for a roof replacement for the Compo Beach pavilion and an upgrade to nearby restrooms. Image
The pavilion roof at Compo Beach was removed beginning June 23 because of possible safety concerns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

The unanimous vote, coming after a series of questions and concerns about the pavilion’s condition, also included hurricane ties.

These are designed to help counter the effect of high winds and seismic events on a structure.

The pavilion, whose brick walls date to at least 1929, had its roof removed last month because of possible safety concerns.

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Gallery: Children’s Fun at Levitt

Scenes from tonight’s children’s series at the Levitt Pavilion featuring Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets. J.C. Martin for


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Levitt Children’s Series Draws Large Crowd Image
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight hosted Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets as part of the weekly children’s series sponsored by Melissa & Doug, LLC. The group was the 2016 Grammy Award winner for best children’s album. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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In the Swing Image
Sam Joseloff, 4, of Washington, D.C., visiting relatives in Westport, tonight got into the swing of things at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts as Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets entertained at the weekly children’s series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Bringing Home Medals Image
Two Westport Coleytown Middle School students won medals at the National Taekwondo Championship in Detroit. EJ Herrmann (l) and Alex Turut (r), both 11, won medals for board breaking. Each had to break 30 boards in two minutes in their respective belt/age classes. They both train at World Champion Taekwondo on Franklin Street in Westport with Master Donghyun Jang (c) and have been studying Taekwondo since they were in kindergarten at Kings Highway Elementary School. In preparation for the national tournament, they practiced five days a week for about 10 months, according to EJ’s mom, Susan Herrmann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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E. ‘Mary Byrne, 87

E. “Mary” Byrne of Westport died July 4 at home following a long illness. She was 87.

The wife of 61 years of Anthony W. Byrne was born on Aug. 18, 1929 in Victoria, British Columbia to the late Stanley and Edith Gill. She was a Westport resident for more than 40 years.

She met Tony in Montreal in 1953 while working as a legal secretary. They married in 1955 in Victoria, British Columbia. 

She was an avid gardener, artist and enjoyed Ikebana flower arranging, which she had a teaching certificate.

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07/05/17 03:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Effi’s Salon to Riverside Avenue Image
Effi’s Salon, 719 Post Road East, near the intersection of Roseville Road, will relocate to 484 Riverside Ave., near the intersection of Saugatuck Avenue, in the fall. Owned by Effi Andriotis, the salon has been at its current location for 17 years, according to staff members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/05/17 02:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Players Present ‘Working’ Image
Staples Players are in rehearsals for its production of the musical “Working.”  The musical is based on the Studs Terkel book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974),” which has interviews with people from different regions and occupations. Performances are Thursday,  July 20, Friday, July 21, and Saturday July 22 at 7:30 p.m. Also July 22 at 3 p.m. at the Staples High School Auditorium, 70 North Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.  Senior citizen tickets are $10 at the July 22 3 p.m. show only. Tickets may be purchased online at, 30 minutes before showtime subject to availability, and at a special pop up box office at the Westport Senior Center on Thursday, July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long


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‘Story Time on the Green’ Debuts Image
About 30 youngsters and adults today attended the opening day of the Westport Library’s “Story Time on the Green.” Staff member Deborah White, who has led the series for 12 years, said the children most like a variety of finger plays, nursery rhymes and especially Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The 30-minute program is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. until Aug. 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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District Champs Image
Crowded out by Monday’s fireworks coverage was word that the Westport 12U All-Star softball team won the District 2 championship, defeating Monroe 4-2 at Meyer Field. They went 5-0 during the tournament, beating Fairfield, Trumbull and Monroe. The team starts sectional round playing Darien on Thursday and Saturday against East Haven in Orange. Since 2013, the 10U to 12U All-Star teams in Westport have claimed six district titles, two divisional titles, three sectional titles and four state titles. Pictured: (l-r) back row) Coach Jeffrey Schwartz, Katie Mcgillion-moore, Allison Schwartz, Ava Vincini, Grace Alfero, Dylan Halky, Head Coach Louis Alfero, Natasha Taubenheim, Elle Desmarteau, and Coach Steve Vincini; (front row) Hannah Ceisler, Allyson Currier, Katie Gabriele, Lauren Hassell, and Niamh Dougherty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Granger at the Movies: ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Okja,’ ‘The Journey’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

In “Baby Driver,” writer/director Edgar Wright puts the pedal to the metal for a propulsive, music-driven crime caper. Image

The titular Baby (Ansel Elgort) is paying off a debt to crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) by working as his rubber-burning getaway driver. Doc is the ruthless, short-tempered mastermind behind a series of robberies in Atlanta.

Baby’s backstory involves a tragic automobile accident in which his parents were killed, leaving him with chronic tinnitus, a “hum in the drum,” as Doc calls it – meaning that Baby functions best when rock music is blaring from one of his many iPods directly into his earbuds.

While Doc employs different thugs for each robbery, his most trusted crew includes coked-up Buddy (Jon Hamm), his wife Darling (Eliza Gonzales), and menacing, trigger-happy Bats (Jamie Foxx).

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Hoo’s Watching Image
A Great Horned Owl spotted along the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Drum Circle with Randy Brody
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6:30 - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: Tim Kubart & the Space Cadets
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Winding Up 4th of July at the Levitt Image
A large audience tonight closed out the July 4th holiday at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts watching a performance by Green Eyed Lady, a popular band playing classic rock and soul hits of the 1970s, ‘80, and 90s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Green Eyed Lady Sound Image
Jenn Eckart enertains tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion as one of the trio making up the popular Fairfield County band Green Eyed Lady. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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In Concert Image
The popular Farifield County band Green Eyed Lady peformed tonight for a 4th of July audience at the Wetport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The band plays classic rock and soul hits.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/04/17 09:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heading Home at End of 4th of July Image
After what was a long 4th of July beach day today for many, visitors tonight headed home from the grills and picnic tables on Compo Beach’s South Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/04/17 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

You Could Call It a ‘Bun Run’ Image
Shoppers at Westport’s Stop & Shop late today looking for hot dog and hamburger buns for a cookout found slim pickings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Perfect 4th of July Image
Blue skies, temperatures in the 80s, and Compo Beach—a perfect 4th of July in Westport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/04/17 04:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Umbrella Alleys Image
Thousands of 4th of July visitors today packed Westport’s Compo Beach, creating numerous umbrella alleys along the beachfront. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Compo Mill Cove Jump Image
A group of visitors from New York found a 4th of July way to cool off today by simultaneously jumping from the Compo Mill Cove Bridge. Matt Weldon, Conrad Lenski, Iskander Buoto and Viggo Clausen are visiting a nearby resident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Compo 4th of July Traffic Backup Image
By mid-day today, there was a traffic backup to enter Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Early Start for 4th of July Compo Visitors; Sherwood Island Closed Image
With the beach cleaned up and Monday night’s fireworks a memory, Compo Beach today welcomed hundreds of early visitors making a 4th of July holiday at the beach. State authorities closed Sherwood Island State Park at 11:15 a.m., saying it was at capacity. Past holidays there have seen upwards of 20,000 visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Joseloff for


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