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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - Independence Day

Westport Town Hall, Board of Education, & Library are closed.
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Green Eyed Lady

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Gallery: Compo Beach Fireworks

Scenes from the Compo Beach fireworks tonight. Dave Matlow and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com, WestportNow.com photos, and Contributed photos


07/03/17 11:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

61st PAL Fireworks Draws Record Crowd

By James Lomuscio

Sporting a funky hat and oversized red, white and blue glasses trimmed with blinking lights, Gaelle Dudley of Fairfield said tonight she never saw Compo Beach so crowded for the annual Police Athletic League (PAL) fireworks.

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Gaelle Dudley of Fairfield: “It’s a perfect storm—long weekend and perfect weather.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

“We’re calling it a perfect storm; it’s a long weekend and perfect weather,” said the former Westport resident.

High tide, too, made every square foot of sand from East Beach to South Beach spoken for with blankets, beach chairs, tents, canopies, coolers and beach games.

“It’s a huge party,” Dudley said.

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Thousands Watch Compo Fireworks

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Tonight’s Compo Beach Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) fireworks display drew throusands, possibly as many as 12,000 according to police. Many who have attended past fireworks events said the crowd was perhaps the largest ever. The cannons made an ideal place to watch.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Watching the Fireworks

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Some of the Compo Beach crowd illuminated by the fireworks tonight. Due to the high tide, there was less beachfront for those attending the 61st annual display with Melissa & Doug, the Wilton-based toy manufacturing company as the sponsor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Hillspoint Road View

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People watching the Compo Beach fireworks tonight from Hiillspoint Road.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Aerial View of Compo Fireworks Crowd

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A drone view tonight of the Westport Compo Beach fireworks crowd taken about 45 minutes before the start of the fireworks at 9:16 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/03/17 09:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Party Time on Compo Beach Road

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Among the largest parties tonight was the one at the Compo Beach Road home of software entrepreneur Peter Armstrong, which included a performance by recording artist The English Beat, currently on tour in the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com


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Keeping Close Watch

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Westport’s command center vehicle was put into action tonight to coordinate emergency services at the Compo Beach fireworks. Pictured (l-r) Deputy Police Chief Vincent Penna, Westport Police Desk Officer Sean Kelley, Fire Chief Rob Yost, and Assistant Fire Chief Matt Cohen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Party Time Ahead of Fireworks

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By shortly after 6 p.m. today, the Compo Beach crowd was sizable with many saying the drive to the beach took an extended time, a half an hour or more just to travel from Post Road East to Greens Farms Road via Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Fireworks Traffic Jam

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The view along Westport’s Compo Road South at about 5 p.m. today as cars headed to Compo Beach for the fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/03/17 05:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Plug Pulled on Tesla Saugatuck Dealership

Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Chairwoman Catherine Walsh said today that she would welcome representatives of electric car superstar Tesla to come back with an application for a dealership in Westport — but not at 20 Saugatuck Ave.

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The property at 20 Saugatuck Ave. that was targeted by Tesla. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“We want Tesla to come back, but it has to be a different spot,” Walsh said.

Her comments came on the heels of Melvin Barr, Tesla’s land use consultant, asking Planning and Zoning Director Mary Young on Friday to remove his proposed text amendment from Thursday’s P&Z agenda.

The amendment would have allowed electric automotive establishments or service centers in a restricted office-retail districts (RORD).

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Already Crowded

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UPDATE Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded just before mid-day today with thousands more expected for tonight’s 61st annual Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) fireworks display. PAL officials said fireworks vehicle passes were sold out as of this morning. Shuttle bus passes are available for purchase at Parks and Recreation at Longshore Club Park as well as the Police Department on Jesup Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Among Early Arrivals

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Michael O’Brien, a cabin resident at Longshore Club Park, and his daughter Ella, 5, were early arrivals today at Compo Beach for tonight’s fireworks display. “It’s our seventh consecutive year that we’ve set up on this very spot,” he said. “We even know our neighbors who set up every year just a few feet away. We expect about 12 friends to join us later today.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/03/17 11:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staking Out a Spot

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People were out early today staking out favorite spots for tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Bridge Talk

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A group stopped to chat Sunday night on the Ruth Steininkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center as American flags fluttered around them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Westport Library closes at 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
9 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport PAL 61st Annual Fireworks (rain date July 5)

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Soul and Funk Sound at Levitt

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Fresh from Lincoln Center Saturday night, Binky Griptite (2nd r), former guitarist of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Amy Winehouse, performed with his orchestra tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. His sound as described in a press release: “Binky does Soul and Funk music the way it’s supposed to be done: dirty, gritty and nasty!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Now With His Own Orchestra

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Jump Blues, rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, and producer Binky Griptite is best known as the guitarist and emcee for the late great Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Tonight he led his own rhythm and blues orchestra at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and had many in the audience up and dancing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunday Night Dancing

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Binky Griptite (c) and his orchestra tonight had Levitt Pavilion guests up and dancing to his funk and soul music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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‘Net Zero by 2050’ Petition Underway

Westport’s Green Task Force (GTF) today urged residents to sign a petition asking the town to commit its best efforts to becoming a “net zero” energy and waste community by 2050.

Net zero energy is a concept in which the community as a whole creates more energy through renewable sources than it uses. 

The organization also asked residents to sign it soon since it is on the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) agenda for Tuesday, July 11.

The petition, which can be found HERE, has already been signed by members of the Board of Selectmen, town boards and commissions.

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Pavilion Perch

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With the roof gone from the Compo Beach Pavilion, an early evening visitor tonight decided the top of the wall made for a perfect pavilion perch to people watch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Compo Souvenir

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Many stayed late tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach, including a family posing for a souvenir photo. In 24 hours, thousands are expected for fill the beach for the 61st annual Westport Police Athletic League fireworks display, set to go off at 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Man Robs Bank, Police Ask Public’s Help in Identifying Him

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Westport police asked the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed the TD Bank, 1111 Post Road East, today at about 12:57 p.m. The man, described as a black male, approximately 6-foot-1 with a heavy build and scruffy beard and wearing a Chicago Bulls baseball cap, handed a note to a teller demanding money and implying he was armed although no weapon was displayed, police said. He made off with an undetermined amount of cash. Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information is urged to call the Westport Detective Bureau at (203)341-6080. Contributed photos


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Kenneth W. Osterberg, 83

Kenneth W. Osterberg of Niantic and formerly Fairfield, died July 1 at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 83.

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Kenneth W. Osterberg: co-owner of DeMattia Fuel. Contributed photo

The husband of Gloria DeMattia Osterberg for over 58 years was born April 26, 1934 in Fairfield. He was a lifelong Fairfield resident prior to moving to Niantic 14 years ago. 

He attended Roger Ludlowe High School, class of 1954 where he was a member of Ludlowe’s football team. He also was proud to have served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne. He was co-owner of DeMattia Fuel in Westport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Kenneth Osterberg and his wife, Margie of Newington and Kurt Osterberg and his wife, Allison of Trumbull; five grandchildren, Joseph, Sarah, Ashley, Adam and Kyle Osterberg; his two sisters-in-law, Delores Carter of Essex and Fran Osterberg of Trumbull; his special, lifelong friend, Virginia Mullady of Niantic and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Duffy. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Charles and Jack Osterberg and his three sisters, Helen Vroom, Betty Sutay and Ruth Shutt.

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Betty M. Bradshaw, 95

Betty Millington Bradshaw of Southport, a former Westport school system employee, died July 1 at the Carolton Chronic & Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. She was 95.

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Betty Bradshaw: former Westport educator. Contributed photo

She was born in Nottingham, England on Christmas Day 1921 to Thomas and Elsie Mary Blanche Millington.  She was the youngest of three children.

A graduate of Nottingham University, Cambridge University and Yale University, she was mentioned in “Who’s Who in America” for her work in the educational field.

She started her career as a teacher in Yorkshire, England.  Later, she taught U.S. history and English at Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms. Then she became the librarian at Saugatuck Elementary School in Westport.

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Beach Services Begin

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Today was the start of Sunday services at Compo Beach. A cooperative effort among five local churches provides services every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. through Sept. 3.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com


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Old Mill Scene

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Egrets and some visitors off of Westport’s Old Mill Beach on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Binky Griptite Orchestra

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Early Clover Headlines at Levitt

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Early Clover was the headliner tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The former Coasters’ lead singer and Apollo favorite paid tribute to Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Otis Redding and more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aaron Samuels for WestportNow.com


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