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Gas Line Struck, Main Street Buildings Evacuated

UPDATE Workers at a small park at Westport’s Post Road East and Main Street struck a gas main today, forcing evacuation of two buildings at 9 and 17 Main St.WestportNow.com Image
Utility crews work to shut down a gas leak today on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Police blocked off Main Street at Post Road East after the incident which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. At 2:17 p.m. the line was shut down, said Assistant Chief Rob Yost.

A crew from Southern Connecticut Gas Co. was on the scene working in the small park adjacent to the old library. Main Street was reopened to traffic at 2:40 p.m.

A supervisor from the utility said a inch and a quarter line had been severed. There were no injuries.

Playhouse Celebrates 80-Year Run

By James Lomuscio

With a colorful cake that looked like an architect’s rendering of the place, the Westport Country Playhouse today celebrated its 80th anniversary in an outdoor ceremony that looked at its past and to its future. WestportNow.com Image
Champagne, a Playhouse model cake, and proclamations made up today’s 80th birthday celebration for the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Replete with music, proclamations from First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and champagne toasts, the event piqued the memories of playhouse alumni and supporters.

“It was a wonderful place,” said Dr. Warren Pitsey of Fairfield, who had worked as a summer stock production assistant from 1949 to 1951.

The retired pathologist recalled working alongside Claudette Colbert when she starred there in “Island Fling.”

Happy 80th Birthday Westport Country Playhouse

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The Westport Country Playhouse today marked its 80th birthday with a cake and champagne reception on its outside patio. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented a proclamation to Artistic Director Mark Lamos while state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (r) read a proclamation from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Both documents proclaimed today Westport Country Playhouse Day in Westport and Connecticut. Playhouse Managing Director Michael Ross looks on. And yes, that is a cake model of the Playhouse courtesy of CakeSuite of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Powers Up First Electric Charging Station

By James Lomuscio

They threw the switch today on Westport’s first electric vehicle charging station, powering up a Chevrolet Volt with electricity produced by 109 photovoltaic panels atop the roof of the office building at 495 Post Road East.WestportNow.com Image
Leo Karl plugs in his Chevrolet Volt today as David Friezo, building owner at 495 Post Road East, and Tony Eason of ElektronSolar look on. The charging station, Westport’s first, is powered by solar panels on the roof. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“They’ve been working on this for the past thee months,” David Friezo, the building’s owner, said of Westport-based ElektronSolar that designed the system and charging station in the parking lot.

“It’s truly green because you’re not taking power from the grid. You get the energy off the roof, and you plug your car in here. It’s the real deal.”

Tony Eason, owner of ElektronSolar, noted that the charging station is one of only a handful in the state, “and I’m sure the only solar powered one.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Ordinance Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
11 a.m. – Westport Country Playhouse garden – Celebration of WCP 80th Birthday
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Hall Family
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Health & Human Services, Public Protection & Environment Committees
8 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Board of Trustees, Westport Library Association

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Raymond E. Bowne, 83

Raymond E. Bowne of Westport died June 14 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.

Born Nov. 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry and Grace (Bassett) Bowne and had been a lifelong resident of Westport. 

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Korea from 1946 to 1947, obtaining the rank of tech corporal and working as a mechanic with the military police.

He was an employee of the Westport Board of Education for almost 25 years, beginning in the 1960s and was a volunteer firefighter with Vigilant Engine Co. No. 3. 

Real Estate Report: Time on Market Dropping

By Judy Szablak

Westport’s real estate market remains healthy due in part to educated sellers. Over the past year or so, we have seen a lot of home sales with three digit market times. WestportNow.com Image
This enchanting custom-built home on 27 Morningside Drive South is listed for $2,050,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Riverside/KMS Partners LLC

However the last seven days have shown single family and condominium closings that reflect an average of just over two months time on the market. This surpasses our surrounding towns’ statistics by a wide margin.

While we see the market somewhat stabilizing, sellers perception of value has also become more realistic. When a home is priced correctly, it will sell faster and not linger on the market, and that is evidenced very well by this week’s report.

Homes: There are 379 single family homes on the market and their average list price is $2,101,113. The median list price is steady at $1,289,950. These homes have been listed for sale an average of 106 days.

Striking Up the Band Not at Levitt

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The second night of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion season moved indoors tonight to Saugatuck Elementary School for a performance by the Westport Community Band. Directed by Fairfield resident Sal LaRusso, the band’s conductor for 23 years, the 60-piece group offered a range of pop music including musical themes from “Cabaret” and “Gone with the Wind,” mixed in with classical selections as well as marches. LaRusso said that the Westport Community Band has been featured on the Levitt schedule every year since 1978—a 33-year run. He said the Community Band was formed in 1977, four years after the Levitt’s first season in 1973. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Investment Banker: Financial Terrorism Not Just Fiction

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Investment banker and first time thriller author H.T. Narea told the Westport Rotary Club today that financial terrorism – the subject of his new novel “The Fund”—is a possibility. The Greenwich resident, addressing the group’s weekly meeting at the VFW Post, said that in spite of the financial collapse of 2008 and the rhetoric about fixing the financial system, market fundamentals today have the same risk as in 2007. Speaking about the current financial fragility in Greece, Narea said, “They don’t know who holds the debt—that’s the plot of my novel.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com