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Friday, September 23, 2011


5:04 a.m. – Northern Hemisphere – Autumnal Equinox
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Baron’s South Committee
9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Downunder Kayaking (575 Riverside Ave.) – Earthplace Sunset Paddle for Harbor Watch Canceled
6 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teen Wii Tournament
8 p.m. – Saugatuck School (170 Riverside Ave.) – Blues, Views & BBQ Festival: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes benefit [location change due to weather]
8 p.m. – Town Hall Theatre – Westport Community Theatre: “Moonlight and Magnolias”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – St. Vincent’s Emergency & Trauma Care Unit benefit: “The Midtown Men”
8:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Autumn Music Campfire Canceled

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Neighbors Prefer Temporary to Permanent Field Lights

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight modified and unanimously approved a text amendment allowing permanent and temporary lighting for sporting events on town-owned, school properties.

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Parks & Rec Commission Chair Janis Collins told the P&Z tonight “concern for the safety of the kids” motivated the change now. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Submitted by the Parks and Recreation Department and predicated on the need for improved safety, text amendment 640 allows no more than one permanent or two temporary lighted fields on two school properties of 20 acres and with 200 parking spaces.

The P&Z also heard a “companion application” tonight to install temporary lighting for football practices at Saugatuck Elementary School at 170 Riverside Ave. on the P.J. Romano and Doubleday fields, a site plan application that was continued to Oct. 6.

Janis Collins, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, noted that the town had approved permanent lights at the Romano and Doubleday fields in 2009, but their installation had been fought by neighbors, with a lawsuit still pending.

Jamming at the Westport Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center kicked off a new season of its popular Jazz Jam series tonight with Artistic Director for Jazz, Brian Torff, leading a toe-tapping jam session with some of the area’s most active musicians. The sessions are intended to be a spontaneous exploration of Jazz, Blues, and other music styles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Soccer Edges Wilton 1-0

Terence Gibbons’ side-volley goal with just 5:36 lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Wilton today.

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Dylan Hoy gives it his best shot, but Wilton goalkeeper James Erario saves. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

It was Staples’ third win in three matches—and Gibbons’ 2nd game-winner.  He also netted the lone goal in the opening day victory over St. Joseph.

The match at Kristine Lilly Field was a nail biter.  Action flowed back and forth, with both teams having excellent opportunities.  Wrecker goalkeeper James Hickok, and defenders Ben Root, Jake Malowitz, Alex Tonsberg, Harry Birch and Taylor McNair, kept the shutout intact in the waning minutes.

Gibbons’ goal began with a long ball from Steve Smith.  Malowitz raced forward and one-touched it to the senior, who struck home.

Police Arrest Trio in Sham Bank Withdrawal Attempt

Westport police arrested three New York men today after one of them tried to withdraw $3,600 from the Chase Bank on Main Street using false identification.

Police said Ramon Morales, 48, was arrested at the bank and the others were taken into custody nearby. They were identified as Isiah Walker, 24, and Wayne Cintron, 25.

All were charged with forgery, identity theft, possession of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit larceny, police said.

All three suspects drove to Westport in Walker’s vehicle and have been linked to crime, police said. Morales and Walker were held on $25,000 bond while Cintron was held on $10,000 bond.

Truck Knocks Down Phone Cable on Post Road East

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A box truck pulled down a large phone cable today in front of the Westport Center Service Mobil station, 302 Post Road East. The force of the falling cable also pulled down a light pole. According to firefighters on the scene, the fallen line was an AT&T cable that interrupted landline and Internet services in the area. This was the second fallen utility cable on Post Road within an hour, the other incident occurring at 1655 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com