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Thursday, August 10, 2017

On the Job With: Todd Salamone, Golf Course Superintendent

By James Lomuscio

Shortly after he came on board in March as Longshore Club Park’s golf course superintendent, Todd Salamone got a visit and a special request from a longtime golfer. Image
Todd Salamone checks out the Longshore course early in his morning rounds.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“He said there’s a bench on the eighth hole dedicated to his father who made a hole in one there, and he asked me to make sure that I clean it, and wipe it down,” Salamone recalled.

“For me, that represents the relationship that this course has with the people of Westport,” he added.

Salamone, 31, is employed by Bright View Golf Maintenance, the California-based contractor hired in 2014 to restore the 100-acre course that had fallen into disrepair, especially after Superstorms Sandy and Irene.

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Heading Home Image
Boaters head into the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach Wednesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Town Hall - Career Coach: Social Networking for Job Research
6 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Osteoporosis & Yoga Workshop
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Matuto

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Large Crowd for Levitt Children’s Performance Image
There was a packed crowd tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for three-time children’s Grammy-nominated Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Pop and Rock Sound for Children at Levitt Image
Brady Rymer (l) and the Little Band That Could entertained tonight at the Wednesday night children’s series at the Levitt Pavilion sponsored by Melissa & Doug educational toymakers. Three-time children’s Grammy-nominated, the band’s accordion-laced pop and rock music has won fans across the country. Its gigs include the Easter egg hunt at the White House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Parents Had Fun, Too Image
Parents had fun, too, at tonight’s Levitt Pavilion children’s series featuring Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Comings & Goings: New Locations for Sports Attic & The Flat Image
Two businesses, Sports Attic and The Flat, which opened on Railroad Place less than one year ago, are relocating to new spaces on the same block. Sports Attic, 26 Railroad Place, is relocating to 24 Railroad Place, currently occupied by The Flat. The Flat will relocate to 40-42 Railroad Place previously occupied by Saugatuck Grain and Grape, which has moved to Post Road West. Sports Attic features new and used sporting goods and gear while The Flat offers home furnishings, accessories, contemporary lighting and vintage furniture. Pictured are Becky Goss (l), owner of The Flat, and Greg Dilenge, owner of Sports Attic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Comings & Goings: Bar Bucha Closes Image
Bar Bucha, at 597 Riverside Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck area, has closed, according to a neighboring business owner. Bucha was owned and operated by the entrepreneurial former Staples High School student Aishah Avidu who was honored as a young entrepreneur at the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce 1st Citizen Citizen award dinner in June (see WestportNow, June 13, 2017.)  Bucha, which opened in November 2016, featured nonalcoholic kombucha-based beverages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Frank H. Ambrose, 69

Frank H. Ambrose of Norwalk, a longtime resident of Westport, died Dec. 27, 2016 at the VA Hospital in West Haven. He was 69. Image
Frank Ambrose: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on Sept. 10, 1947 and was the son of the late Franklin and Adele (Stulas) Ambrose. He was a U.S .Army veteran and served proudly during Vietnam.

He was a longtime member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399, the Vietnam Veterans of America No. 251 and the 1st Calvary Division of Connecticut.

He is survived by one daughter, Paula Kawal of Washington, and two grandchildren, Sebastian and Chloe. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Charles S. Ambrose.

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Seven Juveniles Arrested for Car Theft

UPDATE Seven New Haven juveniles were arrested in Norwalk early today after stealing a car from a Westport home on Chapel Hill Road, engaging police in a high speed pursuit, and attempting to ram two police vehicles, police said.

Crossing into Norwalk, the suspect vehicle was pursued by Norwalk police, and the chase ended when the vehicle was found on its side along the shoulder of Grist Mill Road, Norwalk Police Lt. Terrence Blake said.

“Due to their age, all were transported to the Norwalk Hospital for evaluation; however, none of them sustained injuries,” Blake said.

“Three of the males arrested had active ‘Take into Custody’ orders in New Haven. Another male had an active arrest warrant in New Haven and another male had been reported missing out of New Haven. ”

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Marpe: Responding Cautiously to State Request for Budget Information

First Selectman Jim Marpe said today Westport is responding cautiously to a state request for town budget information for fear it may be part of a “picking our pockets” effort to help solve state budget woes.

He told a Board of Selectman meeting that he had received a letter on Monday from Ben Barnes, secretary of the state Office of Policy Management, requesting the information.

Barnes asked about the general fund total balance and unassigned fund balance as well as supplemental information on the potential impact of the state budget problems and Westport’s contingency plans to deal with them, Marpe said.

Specifically, Barnes wanted information about Westport’s possible plans to utilize the fund balance and any plans to issue supplemental tax notices.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - “All Ears” Diana Jeffries Mystery by Barbara Pearson-Rac
Noon - Westport Library - Bee a Good Neighbor: Making Gardens Safe for Pollinators
12:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Domestic Violence Task Force
2 p.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Brady Rymer
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, August 08, 2017

Westporter Emma Charleston Headlines at Levitt Image
Folk pop singer-songwriter and Westport native (Staples ’15) Emma Charleston performed at the Levitt Pavilion tonight with a full band. The multi-instrumentalist Charleston is about to begin her third year at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has recently garnered significant media attention with several song premieres of tracks taken from her debut EP “Enjoy the Ride.” The most recent member of a musical family spanning multiple generations, she is influenced by her mother, the award-winning jazz singer, lyricist, and songwriter Rondi Charleston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Just Off the Train in Time for Tuesdays @ The Train Image
A commuter just off the train makes his way today through the Tuesdays @ The Train crowd at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck area. This was the third and final edition of the new Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce summer effort intended to draw families to the Metro-North station area for an evening of fun, food, and games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Not Just For Kids Image
The games at today’s Tuesdays @ The Train event at Luciano Park sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce were not just for kids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Candidates @ The Train Image
It’s August, but the campaign for Westport first selectman is underway and three of the candidates mingled with crowds today at the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce’s Tuesdays @ The Train at Luciano Park. Pictured (l-r) Melissa Kane, Democratic nominee, incumbent Republican Jim Marpe, Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Chamber, and John Suggs, independent candidate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Pizza @ The Train Image
Tarry Lodge served up pizza and other foods at today’s Tuesdays @ The Train at Luciano Park. Enjoying a slice was Tallulah Nixon, 20 months, of Hollywood, Florida, who is visiting relatives in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Granger at the Movies: ‘The Dark Tower,’ ‘Atomic Blonde,’ ‘The Emoji Movie’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you read Stephen King’s sprawling eight-novel saga, “The Dark Tower,” which reportedly took more than 30 years to assemble, you may understand what’s happening on-screen. If not, it’s an epic hit-or-miss proposition. Image

The story begins in earthquake-plagued Manhattan, where teenage Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is suffering horrific nightmares following the death of his firefighter father. When his mother (Katheryn Winnick) sends him to an asylum for psychiatric evaluation, he escapes, literally running for his life.

Apparently, Jake has vaguely defined but formidable psychic powers. He feels compelled to document his terrifying, apocalyptic visions in spooky sketches which include a mysterious Man in Black and an impassive hero known as the Gunslinger.

Finding his way to an abandoned house in Brooklyn, Jake stumbles through a portal into a surreal dimension known as Mid-World, where he not only encounters the trench coat-wearing Gunslinger (Idris Elba) but also the demonic Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey).

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
Noon - Town Hall Room 102 - Arts Advisory Committee
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Luciano Park - Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Tuesdays @ the Train
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Emma Charleston
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, August 07, 2017

Edward C. Ripp, 86

Edward Conrad Ripp of Westport died Aug. 4 at home following a short illness.  He was 86. Image
Edward C. Ripp: golf enthusiast. Contributed photo

He was born Feb. 20, 1931 in Sand Brook, New Jersey, the son of Karl Ripp and Helen Anderson Ripp. He moved with his family as a toddler to a farm in New Hampshire, but the family moved once again to Staten Island when he was still a young boy.

He spent the rest of his boyhood in Staten Island, growing up as one of eight brothers and sisters, first generation Americans whose parents and older brother had emigrated from Estonia.

Following graduation from Curtis High School in Staten Island in 1948, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service, he attended Ohio State University on the GI Bill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

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Extras Sought for Indie Feature Film

Independent filmmaker Jonathan Smith is seeking extras for an independent feature film that is shooting in and around Westport. 

‘It’s a really funny wedding comedy and the producers and I are trying to find extras for wedding, reception, party, and restaurant scenes,” said Smith, who lives in Stamford. He said he chose to shoot around Westport because he secured a wedding venue here.

“Since the film is so micro-budget, we can’t pay extras, but they will receive an IMDb credit if they’d like one,” Smith said. “Plus, it’ll be fun.”

He said the film is about a bride who, on April Fool’s Day, pranks her fiancé right before their wedding by telling him that she thinks that they “have lost that spark.”

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Imagining at the Westport Library Image
Brian Reich, a former Westport resident, addressed an overflow Westport Library Large Reading Room audience tonight on the topic of imagination as crafted in his newly released book, “The Imagination Gap.”  Reich, the son of Westport art patron Ann Sheffer, said, “Imagination is our greatest natural resource. It’s what differentiates us from one another. We’re capable of imagining anything.” Citing entrepreneur Elon Musk as the one person most people refer to when asked to name an imaginative person, he said Musk exhibits the profile of successfully imaginative people—“They do not care about the rules”  He added: “Imagination happens when you let it happen.” He encouraged attendees to “unleash your imagination, capture and share ideas, ask questions” and offered this advice: “Stop shutting down other people’s imaginations.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Comings & Goings: Match Burger Lobster to Saugatuck Image
The red and white signs in the window are kind of hard to read sideways, but they say “Burger Lobster,” heralding the opening of Match Burger Lobster at 580 Riverside Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck area. Offering a new fast casual concept, the new restaurant is in space formerly occupied by Fleishers Craft Kitchen, companion to Fleishers Craft Butchery, which remains. According to Fleishers manager Guy Sealey, the new eatery will open in weeks, will have a few tables for indoor dining, and an outdoor patio in addition to the takeout option. The menu will feature lobster rolls, whole lobsters, a variety of burgers, local Copps Island oysters, Fleishers hot dogs, onion rings, donut milk shakes, wine and beer. Sealey said the new eatery is designed so that patrons can walk through the connection between Match and Fleishers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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RTM’s Suggs Running as Independent for First Selectman

By James Lomuscio

The race for Westport’s first selectman in November got narrower today with John F. Suggs, a 10-year member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) announcing his run as an Independent and filing his candidacy with the Office of the Town Clerk. Image
John F. Suggs: wants to get above “partisan bickering and finger-pointing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Others vying for the top post are Republican incumbent Jim Marpe and Democratic challenger Melissa Kane, also an RTM member.

“I was approached by people from both parties to consider it, people whom I respect who asked if I would consider running as an Independent,” said Suggs “I respect them, and I gave it serious consideration. I talked to my family, and I decided I would do it.”

Suggs, who changed his voter registration from Democrat to unaffiliated, said the main reason he is running is to “get above the partisan bickering and finger-pointing” at a time when of fiscal challenges.

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Stew’s Pulls Imitation Crab Meat From Shelves

Stew Leonard’s has pulled all imitation crab meat from its shelves after a customer reportedly found shards of metal in one of the containers, the company said.

The customer shared images of the contaminated crab meat on FaceBook. The customer purchased the product on Sunday at Stew Leonard’s in Danbury.

The company said in a statement it immediately pulled all of the imitation crab meat from the shelves and checked these packages for metal as well as for any other foreign objects. “Nothing was found and this appears to be an isolated incident,” it said.

The company added: “Stew Leonard’s is working with the outside supplier who provides the imitation crab meat to determine how the product was contaminated as all of their product goes through a detailed inspection process. The supplier additionally inspected 60 cases of imitation crab meat from the same lot and nothing was found.

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Driver Who Fled Stop Arrested

A Norwalk man who drove away at dangerous speeds after admitting he had marijuana and handing the baggie to the officer turned himself in Saturday, police said today. Image
Kyle Cichowicz: free on $15,000 bond. Westport Police photo

In addition to being charged with possession, Kyle Cichowicz, 25, faces the charges of disobeying an officer, reckless driving, stop sign violation, interfering with and officer and improper rear lamps.

Released after posting a $15,000 surety bond, he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 14.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the incident occurred May 24 at 10 p.m. when an officer spotted Cichowicz’s red Ford Explorer run through a stop sign at the intersection of Old Hill Road and Partrick Road.

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Erratic Driving Leads to DUI Arrest Image
Matthew Wemple: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Officers arrested a Wallingford man for driving under the influence of alcohol following calls about a vehicle operating erratically on Post Road East, police said today.

Matthew Wemple, 58, was arrested Sunday around 7:15 p.m. after he failed a standard field sobriety test.

“The vehicle was followed by one of the callers, who watched it pull into the parking lot of 605 Post Road East, Fresh Market,” Lt. David Farrell said.

Officers quickly located the vehicle, he added.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 34 Oak St. Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 34 Oak St., off Clinton Avenue, is in process. Built in 1940, the two-story colonial has 1,827-square feet, is situated on a .3-acre property and, according to assessor records, last changed ownership in January 2003. 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


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Bennett Saltus, 27

Bennett Saltus, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 3 in Hartford. She was 27. Image
Bennett Saltus: former Westporter.. Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 16, 1990. She was a beautiful and free-spirited woman who lit up any room she entered. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her father, Duke Saltus, of Westport, and mother, Julie Sinclair of Portland Maine, as well as three brothers and a sister, Tucker Saltus, Samantha Killmeyer, Jack and Jed Saltus. She was predeceased by her brother Jake.

She is also survived by her partner, Derek Hohmann, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins.

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Fishing for a Meal Image
An egret fishes for a meal late Sunday at low tide in the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J. C. Martin for


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