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Saturday, May 9, 2009


9 a.m. – noon – 180 Bayberry Lane (Westport Weston Health District) – Westport Public Shred Day
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – 62 Cross Highway (corner of Roseville Road) – Westport League of Women Voters Annual Tag Sale (rain or shine)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Earthplace – Animal Babies Family Day
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Westport Youth Film Festival ‘09
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Navigating the Economic Storm, discussion and lunch
Noon – 8 p.m. – Hall-Brooke (47 Long Lots Road) – 7th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show and Sale
Noon – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Westport Youth Film Festival Screening & Round Table
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Home”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
Noon – Boat Launch Ramp (off Compo Road South) – Westport Historical Society, “Paddle to the Pass” canoe and kayak tour
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Around the World in 80 Days” (last day)

Bank Robber Hits Westport’s First County Bank

A bank robber made off with an undetermined amount of cash today from a bank on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.WestportNow.com Image
Police said the First County Bank at 1260 Post Road East was robbed by a lone male at 4:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The robbery occurred about 4:45 p.m. at the First County Bank, 1260 Post Road East, said Sergeant Sam Arciola.

The suspect passed a noted to a bank employee demanding money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and ran east behind buildings on Post Road East, he said.

A K-9 unit responded to the scene and conducted a track which ended behind the Post Road buildings adjacent to the bank, Arciola said.

Westport to Honor Paul Newman With Nature Preserve

UPDATE The Town of Westport is proposing zoning changes that would create a 37-acre nature preserve honoring Paul Newman on town-owned land adjacent to the late actor’s Westport home. WestportNow.com Image
Paul Newman appeared with wife Joanne Woodward in February 2007 at the Westport Country Playhouse for readings of love poems for Valentine’s Day. Kerry Long/Westport Country Playhouse photo

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said the changes would affect a 7.5-acre parcel the Newman family donated to the town in 1997 and a 29.9-acre adjacent parcel the town acquired at the same time from the Poses family for $3.75 million.

“The preservation of this property as the ‘Newman/Poses Preserve’ is in keeping with his family’s wishes and will serve as a tribute to honor his memory,” Joseloff said in a letter to the Planning & Zoning Commission.

The commission originally scheduled a review of the requested zoning changes at its May 14 meeting but later postponed it until June 4, said Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley.

A Protest in Art

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The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities presented Westport artist Estelle Margolis today in another in its “Conversations with the Artists” series. Among her works Margolis showed was one done in the late 1980s when she used her voice and paints in protest. “This painting was my message to Jesse Helms when he was going to destroy the National Endowment for the Arts,” she said. The next and last program in the series will feature Westport sculptor Steffi Friedman on May 15 at 1:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers April 20 – 24, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 20 - 24, 2009:

Gregory Smith to Kevin B. and Elaine L. Russell Trs., 14 Covelee Drive, $2,075,000 WN property.jpg

Ruth Berler to Linda and Stephen Couturas, 3 Bruce Lane, $505,088

Fannie Gilbertie Est. to Leo and Jane D. Cirino, 6 Stone Drive, $500,000

Amy Formato to Jennifer McCarthy, 16 Wassell Lane, $168,570