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Officer Down

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A 24-year-old female Bridgeport police officer biking on a charity ride with 20 other Bridgeport officers on Westport’s Post Road East today was injured when she apparently hit a bump and flew over the handlebars. Westport EMS transported her to St. Vincent’s Hospital following the 11 a.m. accident in front of 1351 Post Road East near Morningside Drive. There was no word on her condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Scooter Savings

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Bicycles and scooters are becoming more plentiful on Westport roadways as the price of fuel has soared.  Westporter Julie Cochran says her Yamaha motor scooter gets about 60 miles to the gallon when she uses it for errands to the library and around town.  She always wears her helmet. “My 2-year-old son tells me ‘to wear my helmet’ when I go out,” she says. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

John C. Gage Jr., 81

John C. Gage, Jr., formerly of Westport,  died Thursday, July 24, 2008, due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Born Feb. 23, 1927, in Manchester, N.H., Mr. Gage was the son of the late John and Mary (Glady’s) Gage.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Gage attended the University of New Hampshire and was a star football player, breaking the school rushing record in 1949 and holding it until 1973. Upon graduation, he moved to Connecticut working for the Connecticut Light and Power Company in Norwalk for 16 years and the Perkin Elmer Corporation in Wilton for 25 years.

During his tenure at Perkin Elmer, he managed the facilities department and a real estate portfolio of more than two million square feet.  As a corporate real estate professional, he was involved with many international organizations including SIOR, NACORE, and IDRC while serving as officer of many of the local chapters.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Abaca Duo

Compo Beach Lifeguards Win Lifeguard Triathlon

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Westport’s Compo Beach lifeguards celebrate tonight after winning first place in both the men’s and women’s divisions of the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter American Red Cross Lifeguard Triathlon at Compo. The relay event included a half-mile swim, a 1.5 mile run, and a half-mile rescue board race. Other lifeguard squads competing included Norwalk, New Fairfield and Springfield, Mass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jack Harder for WestportNow.com

Enthusiastic Library Audience for Author Andre Dubus III

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Author Andre Dubus III signs copies of his latest novel, “The Garden of Last Days,” at the Westport Public Library tonight following a talk to an enthusiastic audience. Dubus, whose previous novel “House of Sand and Fog” later became a movie, talked about his life and work. His new book focuses on one of the Sept. 11 hijackers, a dancer and a regular customer at the Florida strip club visited by the terrorists in the days before they committed their catastrophic crime. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Aftermath of Heavy Rains

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A tree fell onto power lines on Sturges Highway near Meeker Road today resulting in a closure of Sturges Highway starting at the nearby Catamount Road intersection until the tree could be removed by a utility crew. Heavy rains over the weekend resulted in a number of trees on wires and trees down in Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com