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Thursday, July 19, 2012


10 a.m. – noon – Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: beginning PowerPoint 2007
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Public Library – 3D Printer in Operation
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: intermediate PowerPoint 2007
3:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Starship Design (grades k-2)
6 p.m. – Sherwood Island Nature Center – Sunset Lecture Series: Marilyn Bakker: History of Sherwood Island
6 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “A Night of Nurturing Nature” presented with The Nature Conservancy
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School (88 North Ave.) – Westport Summer Teen Theater: “Little Shop of Horrors”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Molière’s “Tartuffe”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Stax Celebration: Soulsville Jazz Ensemble

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport’s GVI Hosts Film on Reinventing U.S. Economy

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Westport’s GVI (Green Village Initiative) tonight hosted the only Connecticut showing along with theaters across the country of the PBS film “Fixing the Future: Building Local Jobs, Income, & Sustainability.”  Among those on hand at the Bow Tie Royale Cinema in Norwalk were Westporters Deidre Price (l), acting executive director GVI, and Melissa Kane, a member of the Westport Representative Town Meeting. The film hosted by David Brancaccio of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits people and organizations across the United States using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. The film points the way toward grassroots solutions such as local business alliances in response to the national economic downturn, in effect attempting a revolution— the reinvention of the American economy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Book Thieves Hit Barnes & Noble, Two Arrested

UPDATE Two Brooklyn, N.Y. men reportedly producing a hip-hop musical were arrested today accused of stealing books from Westport’s Barnes & Noble, police said. Among them were sets of the best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Charged: Raheim Pope (l) and Alfred Green. Westport Police photos

Police received a call from the store at 1076 Post Road East at about 3 p.m. that a larceny was in progress with two suspects stealing “a large quantity of books” and fleeing the area on foot, said Lt. Arthur Belile.

Responding officers were able to locate and detain the two suspects, he said, and investigation determined that they allegedly stole $868 worth of books from the store.

Police later said an inventory of the stolen books included nine sets of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, three copies of “Soula Coaster, The Diary of Me,” by rapper R. Kelly, and a single copy of “Murder Mamas,” a best-seller by young African-American authors Ashley Antoinette Snell and JaQuavis Coleman.

McMahon, Shays Clash for Final Time Before Primary

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Chris Shays mocked her as little more than an actress with a script, not a real candidate. Linda McMahon ignored him, sticking to tested talking points on the economy.

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Linda McMahon and Christopher Shays go over their notes before tonight’s debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Despite efforts by Shays to provoke tonight, the second and final televised debate of the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate resembled a summer rerun.

McMahon reflexively referred to herself as job creator, not a career politician. Shays insisted that his 21 years in Congress – the last two as New England’s only Republican—was a qualification, not a liability.

“Career politician, that’s who you are,” McMahon said.

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Study Shows State Housing Market Stabilizing

By Aroosa Masroor

www.ctmirror.org

A study released today finds signs of stabilizing housing prices in Connecticut after more than a year of declines.

Over the past year, prices have stabilized or increased throughout most of the state market, and areas with declines also showed improvement with smaller drops, according to a study by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Strongest in the second quarter of 2012 were in the Enfield and Norwich-New London areas, where single-family house prices gained about 7 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and 15 percent in the second quarter.

The UConn analysis also found that prices in the Danbury area remained unchanged, while the Bridgeport-Stamford market had a relatively modest 2.8 percent decline compared with 2011 figures. In Greater Hartford, however, prices continued to decline by 5 percent, the research found.

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Richmondville Ave. Closure Set for Culvert Replacement

UPDATE The Westport Board of Selectmen, acting as the town’s Traffic Authority, today approved closing Richmondville Avenue from Main Street to Carlisle Court for one month beginning Monday for replacement of a culvert to reduce flooding in the area.

Stephen Edwards, director of Public Works, said he hope the work, which has long been in the planning stage, will not take a full month but sought the period just in case. Residents and visitors will be able to access the area from Oak Street and Clinton Avenue.

The project, which Edwards estimated to cost approximately $200,000, is part of the Willow Brook Stream improvement program and is designed to reduce flooding in the area.

During this time, the roadway will be removed in its entirety which necessitates a 24-hour closure, Edwards said in a later announcement.

Frankie Valli Headlines Levitt Aug. 24 Benefit Concert

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Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, will headline the Friday, Aug. 24 Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts benefit gala, the Board of Selectmen was told today. The board approved use of town-owned Jesup Green and the RiverWalk for the event. The performer and his legendary group are known for such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The group and the songs gained new fame in the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys,” now in its third year. Contributed photo

Fresh Air Fund Families Sought

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Fresh Air Fund host families from Westport and surrounding towns gathered at the Weston home of Arthur and Martha Mintzer for a pool party. About 60 families hosted the youngsters last week. There are still many children who have not been placed this summer. Anyone wanting to be a potential host family can get further information from Martha Mintzer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or (203) 226-6627. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Police Arrest Two in Bank Larceny Investigation

UPDATE After a two-hour search involving state troopers and a state police K-9 unit, Westport police today arrested a 28-year-old Norwalk man they said was involved in an attempted larceny at a bank on Post Road West. A 22-year-old West Haven woman was also arrested.

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Canadace Zulawaski and Eric Christian. Westport Police photos

Eric Christian was charged with attempted larceny as well as numerous other charges and was found also to be wanted for violation of probation and by Darien police for felony identity theft and forgery charges, police said. He was held on a total $175,000 bond for a court appearance July 26.

Canadace Zulawaski of West Haven was also charged with attempted larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny and was held on $10,000 bond for a July 27 court apparence, police said.

“The men and women did a very good job,” said Capt. Sam Arciola about the suspects’ apprehension. “Immediately, the police officers, the detective bureau and the K-9 unit with the assistance of the state police set up a perimeter and kept the suspects in the area.”