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Senior Center to Host Super Bowl Tailgate Party

The Westport Center for Senior Activities will be the site of the fourth annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party on Sunday sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities.WestportNow.com Image
The Super Bowl party will honor Ted Simons, shown at the piano in this 2007 St. Patrick’s Day event with the Hoot Owls at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for WestportNow.com

The 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. event is open to all and is free of charge.

“Last year’s event was a tremendous success and lots of fun,” said Bill Meyer, chairman of the party, with co-chairman Jack Klinge. “We expect this year to be even better.”

Meyer said the usual food, music and drink will be supplemented this year by a “hot dog with the works” table sponsored by Oscar’s Deli.

Welcome to the Latest Westport Historical Society Exhibit

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Allen Raymond, town historian and a former Westport Historical Society president, welcomes guests today to the latest Society exhibit—“Presidents, Politicians and Popular Heroes.” It was standing room only at the opening reception for the display of 139 folk art wood carvings from the collection of Westporters Ann and Bob Levine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westport Fire and Police Assist at Fairfield House Fire

Westport firefighters and police officers assisted today at a house fire just over the Westport town line in Fairfield that heavily damaged the structure.

A family living in the house at 340 Westport Turnpike—the extension of Route 136 also known as Easton Road in Westport—escaped injury, officials said.

Westport’s Engine Co. 2 with three firefighters and the assistant chief’s vehicle responded to the fire just after 4 p.m. Westport police set up a roadblock at Sturges Highway and Easton Road to prevent traffic from passing through the area.

No injuries were reported in the blaze which required extensive overhaul efforts in which the Westport firefighters participated, officials said.

Hot Jazz on a Cold Sunday

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With heads swaying and toes tapping, about 100 persons enjoyed listening to the Ralph Lalama Jazz Quintet today at the Westport Public Library McManus Room. All four members are well known veterans in jazz circles and have played on numerous recordings over the years with well known performers. They include (l-r): John Hart, guitar; Joe Corsello, drums; Ralph Lalama, leader, tenor sax, and Rick Petrone, bass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Families Hold Weekend Reunion in Westport

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An online search led 30 female members of the O’Hanlon and Courduff families to choose Westport for their bi-annual family reunion this weekend. They stayed at the Inn at National Hall, made reservations at Westport restaurants, shopped, worked out at a special pilates class at the Y, and on Saturday had a special tour of Westport arranged by the Westport Historical Society. The tour ended with a special preview of the “Presidents, Politicians &
Popular Heroes” exhibit at the Society opening to the public today with a 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. reception. Bob Levine (with microphone), who, along with his wife Anne own the extensive folk art and wood carvings collection, provided a personal commentary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Over the Rail

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Westport firefighters wait for arrival of a wrecker after a car crashed through a guardrail early today on Canal Street and landed upside down in a canal. The 53-year-old male driver escaped serious injury. Firefighters placed absorbent booms across the waterway as a precaution if the vehicle, a Mazda 2.3, released any automotive fluids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Out of the Water

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A crew from Westport Center Service worked in 14-degree weather early today to recover a car from a canal after it crashed through a guardrail on Canal Street and flipped over. The 53-year-old Westport man driving the car managed to get out with a cut hand and other unknown injuries. Police said he appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Curtains for Curran Cadillac After Four Decades?

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE Is Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC. an auto dealership mainstay on Post Road East since 1964, closing its doors this week, putting 15 employees out of work?WestportNow.com Image
There was confusion about whether the Curran auto dealership at 561 Post Road East will close after 44 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Jim Curran, president of Curran at 561 Post Road East, messaged WestportNow late today that was not the case.  However, Sales Manager Chris Kusick said on Saturday that the dealership will close on Friday. He said it will continue to operate and do service through Wednesday.

“My dealership is NOT closing its doors as of this Wednesday,” Curran said, without explaining his sales manager’s remarks. He had been unavailable for comment on Saturday.

The Internet killed the family car business, said Kusick, a seven-year employee. “It’s become an online auction. (People) search for a price online and then have the service done locally.”