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Installing Art

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Westport ceramics artist Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong installs her sculpture at the Westport Arts Center in preparation for her exhibition in the Solos Show, a group show that features the work of five artists which runs until July 15. The opening reception for the show is Friday at 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Armstrong’s neighbor, Kyle Langford, lent a hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

 

Westport’s Boys of Summer

By Ed Kiersh

To many, Westport’s Legends of the Game sports memorabilia shop is rapidly becoming known as Yankee Stadium North.

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Legends of the Game owner Michael Riccio waits on customer Spencer Burns, 14, of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com

Located in the Compo Shopping Center, the shop, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, attracts autograph enthusiasts, baseball card collectors, and assorted nostalgia seekers. But the flood of Yankee supporters puts owner Michael Riccio, 30, in “a tough bind.” He’s an avowed Boston Red Sox fan who sells a wide range of Sox-logoed waste baskets, David Ortiz jerseys and dog bowls celebrating Fenway Park.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Jesup Green – Storytime on Jesup Green
2 p.m. & 8 p.m.  – Westport Country Playhouse – “Mary’s Wedding”
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. –  Levitt Pavilion – The Hall Family
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee

Westport Man Pleads Not Guilty in Trash Probe

A 50-year-old Westport man pleaded not guilty in New Haven federal court today to charges of racketeering in connection with a federal probe of mob influence in the trash industry.

Anthony Luciano, 50, of Davenport Avenue, was indicted by a federal grand jury in New Haven earlier this month on federal charges of racketeering conspiracy and arrested June 14. He was freed on $200,000 bond. (See WestportNow June 15, 2007)

Luciano was identified as a former salesman for a company owned by James Galante, 54, of New Fairfield, who faces a series of federal charges in connection with the investigation.

Galante, who was indicted last summer along with 28 others on charges of participating in a scheme to drive up trash rates, also appeared in the New Haven court and pleaded not guilty to those and new charges.

Benefit Horse Show Features Show Jumpers

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A show jumper performs at Fairfield County Hunt Club’s Benefit Horse Show, which opened today. The Hunt Club grounds are located on Long Lots Road in Westport. The horse show is open to the public and continues through Saturday and will feature more than 750 riders and horses of all ages and levels competing in 200 classes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westport Republicans Elect Zappi to Replace Wolgast

Westport Republicans Monday night elected Bob Zappi as their new town chair, replacing Pete Wolgast who has served in the post for eight of the last 10 years.WestportNow.com ImageWestportNow.com Image
Old and New: Pete Wolgast (l) was replaced by Bob Zappi as GOP chair. Contributed photos

Zappi, 49, will serve out the remainder of the term of Wolgast, 73, which ends next March.

Wolgast cited “family, civic, and philanthropic commitments” as the reason he is unable to continue as Republican Town Committee chair. Zappi had been vice-chair.

“Bob Zappi has made outstanding contributions to the organization during the last two years,” Wolgast said in a statement.

Making Swiss Music

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Westporter Clint Goss sat on a stone bench on the Westport Library River Walk Monday playing a Hang drum, an instrument designed in Switzerland. Created in 2000, the Hang (pronounced “hung”) is one of the younger musical instruments and is the result of many years of research on the steel pan and many other resonating percussion instruments from around the world. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. –  Evan Harding Point at Longshore – Storytime at Longshore
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – MovieLine: Volver
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. –  Levitt Pavilion – Girl Authority
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Ordinance Committee
8 p.m.  – Westport Country Playhouse – “Mary’s Wedding”