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Changing Saugatuck Landscape

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Work is under way on the second phase of the Saugatuck Center development in Westport’s Saugatuck section. View is looking west across Riverside Avenue where most recently Doc’s Cafe and an adjacent building were located. The development owned by the Gault family includes a mix of retail space and residences.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Digging for Staples Lights

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The privately-funded project to add permanent lights to the football field at Westport’s Staples High School is in high gear with the first game scheduled barely two months from now. Working on one of the light pole installations today were Ray Gagnon (top), owner of Gagnon Electric of Newington, Conn. and worker Bryant Catlin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Aquatic Summer Exercises for Seniors

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Energetic Westporter Ruth Sherman leads today’s “aquasize” class at the Longshore Park Club pool. Sponsored by the Westport Center for Senior Activities in cooperation with the Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the classes take place Tuesday and Thursday from 11:35 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and run until mid-August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Ice Cream Entrepreneurs

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It is a busy summer for young Westporters in the ice cream business.  Staples High School 2011 graduates Ricky Snyder, 19, (l) and Jon Camche (r) are making their mark in the business world in their Everbody Scream! Ice Cream truck. It is making the rounds of cookouts, children’s and adult birthday parties, and other celebrations in the second summer in a row for the entrepreneurs. Snyder is attending Miami University of Ohio while Camche is at the University of Miami. With them is friend Sam Cadan, 17, Staples ‘13. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Team Westport Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Downtown 2020 Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Administrative Review Committee
8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Municipal Employees Pension Board
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Non-Union Non-Supervisory Pension Board
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Cloud Computing Demystified
7 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Dick Harris, “Water Quality: a Fish’s Eye View”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Deer Management Subcommittee C
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Citizens Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Treehouse Comedy Night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

New Haven Line Makes Heat-Related Changes

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Metro-North said late today that due to extremely high temperatures and the potential impact on its catenary system, passengers were using bridge plates to board trains between East Norwalk and Green’s Farms. This was the scene as passengers boarded a New York-bound train shortly after 6 p.m. at the Westport station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Arrest in New Year’s Day I-95 Double Fatal Crash

A Bridgeport man remains jailed tonight in lieu a $500,000 bond set by a Norwalk judge today for the deaths of two passengers in a crash on I-95 in Westport Jan. 1. Prosecutors charged at the time he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

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State police said the vehicle rolled over multiple times before ending up in the embankment. Two died and two were injured. Contributed photo

Jamain Jerry Allen, 32, appeared before Judge Bruce Hudock in Norwalk Superior Court following his arrest at home Sunday night for the 3:30 a.m. New Year’s Day car crash that seriously injured Allen’s fiance Jennifer Shaver and killed her father Terrance Bernard, 46, and her sister, Savanah Wakely, 25, both of Woonsocket, R.I. The car went down a 70-foot embankment between Exits 18 and 19. (See WestportNow Jan. 1, 2012)

Allen’s charges, cited in a five-page warrant, include two counts of second-degree manslaughter, excessive speed, driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, operating under suspension and failure to drive in the proper lane, according to reports.

The accident occurred northbound as the group was returning from Norwalk to Bridgeport. The Advocate reports that Allen told police someone grabbed his shoulder when Shaver screamed because she saw a car racing up in a lane into which Allen was merging. Allen stated that he then swerved, flipping the Nissan Altima owned by Shaver. Allen is scheduled to return to court on July 23.

New Haven Line Service Change

Metro-North said at 4:51 p.m. that New Haven Line customers please be advised that opposite side boarding is in effect between East Norwalk and Green’s Farm due to extremely high temperatures and the potential impact on its catenary system.

Customers should listen for announcements at their station and use caution when crossing bridge plates, Metro-North said.