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Another Garden Gift to Bridgeport from Westport

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Westport-based GVI (Green Village Initiative) planted another garden in Bridgeport today for the opening day of the Neighborhood Studios new home at 391 East Washington St. Helping out were students from Westport’s Staples High School including Jonah Aelyon, Taylor McNair, Molly Loftus and Elena Adams who worked alongside Westport GVI members. Sal Gilbertie from Gilbertie’s Herb Garden in Westport donated flowers for the planting. The new facility will provide arts education for children at risk and those with special needs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Search on for Missing Westport Real Estate Broker

UPDATE A Westport real estate broker has disappeared, according to family members.WestportNow.com Image
Art Reinhart: not seen since March 22. Contributed photo

Arthur “Art” Dean Reinhart, 50, was last seen March 22 in Lexington, N.C., where he departed to return to his home in Fairfield, said his brother Bob, according to published reports. Earlier, it had been reported he was living in Westport, but in fact he most recently has been a resident in Fairfield, according to friends.

His family last heard from him April 2 in an email sent from Provincetown, Mass., the same day records show he stayed at a Provincetown hotel.

On Wednesday, a Jeep owned by the man was found locked and parked in a commuter lot in Portsmouth, N.H.

Getting Ready for STAR’s Walk, Roll & Stroll

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Supporters of the Sixth Annual STAR Walk, Roll & Stroll were on Westport’s Main Street today calling attention to the May 1 event at Sherwood Island State Park. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:30 a.m. with two walking routes to choose from—5k (3.1 miles) and 1.6k (one mile).The event benefits STAR’s services and programs for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout mid-Fairfield County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Michele’s Pies Westport Officially Open

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Michele’s Pies officially opened its Westport store today at 180 Post Road East. State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff were on hand to help co-owners Michele Albano and Kelly Stuart with the ribbon cutting. Albano is just back from the national pie competition in Florida where she had nine first place finishes. The store is celebrating its opening with free giveaways today and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Michele’s Book about Michele’s Pies

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Michele Albano—soon to be Michele Stuart when she marries in July—shows off the cover of her new book “Perfect Pies” to be published in the fall. She gave a preview of the book during today’s festivities marking the official opening of Michele’s Pies at 180 Post Road East in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Coastal Flood Warning, Wind Advisory in Effect

The National Weather Service today upgraded its severe weather advisories for Westport and area to a Coastal Flood Warning, Flood Watch, and Wind Advisory.

It said widespread minor coastal flooding is expected with moderate flooding possible. The warning is in effect from 6 p.m. to midnight with the wind advisory in effect from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The flood warning is centered around high tide which occurs in Westport at 10:35 p.m.

Winds are expected out of the southeast increasing to 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 mph, the Weather Service said.

Staples Girl’s Gift of a Thousand Cranes

By James Lomuscio

Anya Kostenko, a sophomore at Westport’s Staples High School, says she had never done charitable work before, not on her own as part of an organized group.WestportNow.com Image
Anya Kostenko (2nd l) and her friends pose with the paper cranes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

But two weeks ago she became inspired to do something after hearing about the nuclear power plant radiation leak in Japan—and recalling a book she had read when she was 6. 

And tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at Toquet Hall, Anya is launching her own charity—the Sadako Project—to raise money for Save the Children’s Japan Relief Fund.

For a $5 donation, those who attend can expect to hear live performances from local singers and view 1,000 origami paper cranes that Anya and 10 of her friends made, along with photographs documenting the process.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


9 a.m. – noon – Westport Weston Family Y – Healthy Kids Day
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
2:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Snakes with Andy (ages 3+)
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – MTC MainStage Theatre (246 Post Road East) – “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall – Anya Kostenko and friends present Sadako Project Japan earthquake fund-raiser
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Mixed Couples”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar