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Westport Police Arrest 3 Accused Shoplifters, Commotion Shuts Main Street

Westport police arrested three women on shoplifting charges Thursday, one of whom resisted arrest in a commotion that caused a brief closure of Main Street.

Police spokesman Michael Guman said the three all from the Hartford area—were observed trying to return stolen merchandise at Gap Kids, 35 Main St., at about 6 p.m.

When police moved in to arrest the trio, one of them, later identified as Doretha Trice, 20, of East Hartford, fell to the ground next to a police car, crying and complaining she was in pain, according to witnesses.

As passersby watched from the sidewalks, police handcuffed her and summoned an ambulance to take her to Norwalk Hospital where she was later released.

Water Main Break Disrupts Traffic on Post Road West

A water main break on Post Road West near Sylvan Road today undermined part of the roadway, disrupting traffic in the area, police said.

The break was not related to nearby roadway construction work, according to Vincent Penna of A. J. Penna & Son construction. His crews assisted in the repair.

The break, in the area of 222 Post Road West, caused part of the roadway to buckle and also affected at least one utility pole. Water service to nearby offices and homes was also affected.

Traffic in both directions was moving but only one lane was open westbound.

Westport Arts Awards Announced; Ceremony Set for Oct. 3

Westport will honor 10 artists next month in the 11th annual Westport Arts Award celebration.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at Westport Town Hall. The ceremony is free and open to all, as is a reception following the celebration that will be held at the Westport Historical Society.

The future of the arts rests with the next generation,Ӕ said David Rubinstein, Westport Arts Advisory Committee co-chairman,

The nurturing of creative talent, and our commitment to education in the arts in our public schools will continue to enrich not only our townӒs arts heritage, but the culture of our nation in the future.

Westport Fire Log Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004

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5 a.m.  Spicer Court, EMS call
7:21 a.m. ֖ 55 Greens Farms Road, fire alarm
9:24 a.m.  142 Hillspoint Road, fire alarm
10:28 a.m. ֖ 9 Ivy Terrace, odor
12:19 p.m.  Tamarac Road, EMS call
4:52 p.m. ֖ 1655 Post Road East, smoldering mulch
5:27 p.m.  170 Riverside Ave., Saugatuck Elementary School playing field, child’s hand stuck
9:50 p.m. – 57 Colony Road, odor
10:48 p.m. ֖ 35 Bridge St., appliance fire

They’ve Got the Blues

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The Westport Historical Society opens its “Giants of the Blues 1920 to 1950” exhibit Sept. 12 featuring works by Westport artist Eric Von Schmidt chronicling the roots of Black American folk and blues music. Shown (l to r) are exhibition curator Howard Munce, Von Schmidt, and WHS exhibit co-chair Mollie Donovan. They are pictured with Von Schmidt’s painting “Blues Piano Players.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Metro-North Adding Trains for Labor Day Holiday

Metro-North will have extra trains and additional service to make getting around this Labor Day holiday easier and more enjoyable, the railroad announced today.

It said on Friday, there will be 11 extra outbound trains departing Grand Central Terminal from noon through 4 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, trains will operate on a normal weekend schedule.

On Labor Day Monday, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule, with additional New York City-bound service starting at 3 p.m. 

Off-peak fares will be in effect all day Labor Day.

AARP Sets Congressional Candidates Forum Sept. 21

The Westport-Weston chapter of AARP will host a candidates forum Tuesday, Sept. 21 for incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays and challenger Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell of Westport.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., an announcement said.

Well-known Westport resident Tom Hunter will moderate the forum. 

Each candidate will appear separately, take the floor alone and respond to identical questions as to how each would deal with the important problems facing seniors, the announcement said.