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Film Screening at Toquet Hall

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“Making of The Boys” produced by local filmmakers Doug Tirola and Susan Bedusa, was screened tonight at Westport’s Toquet Hall. The film, which opened in New York in March to highly positive reviews, tells the story of the making of the 1970 groundbreaking film “The Boys in the Band” which brought gay characters and situations to a mainstream audience. The event was organized by the Westport Cinema Inititive which seeks to bring a movie theater to Westport. Pictured are (l-r) Crayton Robey, director, Susan Granger, film critic and local film supporter, Doug Tirola and Susan Bedusa. Larry Lefkowitz for WestportNow.com

Biking to Australia—Via Westport

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Ari Gold arrived in Westport today on his bike trip to Australia. He said he began his journey in September 2009 in Las Vegas, will head for Canada after New England, go by boat to Ireland, and eventually hopes to be on the north side of Australia in New Guinea. “I was unemployed for a long time,” he said. “I’d gotten a divorce.” He said he had become increasingly aware of what he perceived as an unsustainable lifestyle in the United States. He said he planned to spend the night in Westport’s homeless shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Christie’s to Launch Sunday Farmers Market

Westport is getting another Farmers Market – this one on Sunday mornings at Christie’s Country Store on Cross Highway.WestportNow.com Image

An announcement said the market – which will compete with a Sunday Farmers Market at Saugatuck Congregational Church – will begin June 12 and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Thursday Farmers Market takes place during the same hours at the Imperial Avenue parking lot

“In celebration of its 85th year in business, Christie’s Country Store is going back to its roots,” an announcement said. “Started in 1926 as a farm stand, Christie’s will now be host of a Farmers Market on Sundays featuring products from local growers and businesses.”

Renee Hooper said a dozen local growers are lined up and there will also be other products to purchase as well. Frosty Bear Ice Cream is also located at Christie’s.

Going Down: 7 Blue Coat Lane

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The house at Westport’s 7 Blue Coat Lane, off North Avenue, was demolished today. Built in 1956, the one-story ranch had 1,162 square feet, was situated on a .95-acre property and changed ownership in April for $649,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 3, 2011. Neighbor Jay Meagher, 87, who has lived on the street for 48 years, recalled that it formerly was named Scotland Yard. He said the name was changed to Blue Coat Lane when several policeman bought houses on the street and thought the name should no longer be called Scotland Yard. Town records confirm that the street was called Scotland Yard and that prior to 1963 Andrew Chapo purchased the entire area and then subdivided it into lots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

SpinOdyssey Benefits in Café Manolo Fund-Raiser

Fine wine and dining at Westport’s Café Manolo will help SpinOdyssey raise funds for breast cancer research next week.

Café Manolo is partnering with Grapes of Norwalk wine shop and Gathering Harvests, LLC for the June 8 event at 7 p.m. at the restaurant at 8 Church Lane.

Wines served during the evening will also be available for purchase from Grapes of Norwalk (located at 10 Cross St.), with 10 percent of all wine orders and dining proceeds donated to the cause, said Patty Kondub, SpinOdyssey co-chair.

Event tickets are $70 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required, and seating is limited.  To make a reservation, call (203) 227-0703.

For a Good Cause

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Students and staff at Westport’s Bedford Middle School shaved their heads or dyed their hair in support of their team entered in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on Saturday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. The Fighting Bedford Bears team so far has raised more than $17,000. The Relay will take place starting at 7 p.m. and last through the night. For more information about the Relay for Life, or to make a donation, go to http://www.relayforlife.org/fairfieldct. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Report: Accused Rapist Arrested at Westport Restaurant

A Bridgeport man was arrested today at a Westport restaurant where he worked after police said he raped an 8-year-old girl at least 50 times on numerous occasions, the Connecticut Post reported.

Roger Williams, 43, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force, the newspaper said. It did not identify the restaurant.

He was charged with 50 counts of first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and first-degree unlawful restraint, the report said. He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bond pending arraignment in Superior Court on Friday.

The newspaper quoted Detective Joseph Badolato as saying Williams was a friend of the girl’s family and was accused of raping her repeatedly over several months.