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Sunday, April 28, 2013 – Greenday


8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Longshore Club Park – Greenday: “Hurricane Sandy” Beach Clean-up
8:30 a.m. – Compo Beach – Westport Young Woman’s League 2013 Minute Man 5K & 10K Race (registration: 7 a.m.)
10 a.m. – noon – Wakeman Town Farm – Greenday: Spring Fun at the Farm
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2013”
Noon – 2 p.m. – Earthplace – Greenday: Nature Walks, Pond Science, & Green Technology
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Music: The Kerry Boys
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Center for Senior Activities – Trivia Time
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Greenday: “The Lorax” and childrens’ activities
2 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre – “Mr. Pim Passes By” (last day)
3 p.m. – MTC Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East) – “Cole”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Town Hall – Greenday: Westport Cinema Initiative & Saugatuck Congregational Church: “A Place at the Table”
5 p.m. – Staples Black Box Theatre – 13th Annual One Act Play Festival

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Thomas M. McGannon, 85

Thomas M. McGannon of Holmes Beach, Fla. and Ocean Beach, N.Y., died April 25 at the Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Fla. after a short illness. He was 85.

He and his wife have been homeowners in Holmes Beach since 1986. A lifelong boater and fisherman, McGannon was a founding member and former Commodore of the Minuteman Yacht Club in Westport, and the Ocean Beach Yacht Club in New York.

Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport, where he later served on the board for many years and was given the status of Life Trustee.

Following college, he joined Clopay Corporation, rising to the position of VP Sales & Marketing. He later assumed the same position with the General Hardware Manufacturing Co. Inc. in New York.

Westport Launches First Challenger Division Team

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Westport Little League Baseball and Softball today launched Westport’s first Challenger Division team.The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith Stein for WestportNow.com

Getting a Little Help at the Plate

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Part of the Challenger Division in Westport Little League and Softball which debuted today is that it encourages the use of “buddies” for the Challenger players. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith Stein for WestportNow.com

An 84th Birthday Cupcake

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Westport softball players from the Chargers and Foxes celebrate Bill Meyer’s 84th birthday after he umpired their game today at Westport Town Hall. The veteran Westport volunteer was honored .by several hundred persons last month at an event at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (See WestportNow March 10, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Doran for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Brandy Melville Opens on Main Street

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Brandy Melville. an Italian-based chain of young women’s clothing and accessories, has opened at Westport’s 142 Main St. in the street level formerly occupied by Oddz which moved to 139 Post Road East in March. Brandy Melville’s other locations in the northeast include New York City (SoHo), Greenwich, Boston and soon to open in Paramus, N.J. Other locations include San Francisco, Hawaii, Paris, London, Barcelona and Munich (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Maker Faire Takes Creativity to New Heights

By James Lomuscio

From a model plane made out of yard signs and household foam insulation soaring high over Jesup Green to a 3-D printer inside the Westport Public Library making a wind turbine to a revolutionary mirror that lets individuals see themselves as they truly are for the first time, the second Annual Mini Maker Faire celebrated innovation today, drawing creators and the curious en masse to the downtown.

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Westport Library Director Maxine Bleiweis (l) helps a youngster at one of the displays today at the Mini Maker Faire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Mark Mathias, a school board member who founded the event last year and now serves as its co-chair, said he expected attendance to be double that of last year.

“So far, we’re expecting 3,000 to 4,000 people,” he said he about the event with displays ranging from robotics demonstrations to comic book art and to violin making to showcasing old computers and amateur radio Morse Code.

Mathias credited a close working relationship with the library for making the event a success. He said that after last year’s inaugural Mini Maker Maire, Library Director Maxine Bleiweis set aside a section for “Maker Space,” an area creative minds can work on hands-on projects throughout the year.

‘Witness’ Turns Suspect in Overnight Burglary

A 28-year-old Westport man who originally told police he was a “witness” to an overnight burglary of a residence off of Hillspoint Road while the homeowners were asleep ended up being charged today with the crime, police said.

Nicholas Thomas of Drumlin Road was taken into custody following a call at 6:57 a.m. to police from homeowners at a Hideaway Lane residence reporting a burglary.

Police said responding officers checked the home and determined a suspect had entered during the overnight hours through an unlocked rear door. The suspect went through drawers on the first floor while the residents of the home were upstairs asleep, police said. 

After determining the suspect was no longer on scene, the house was secured for detectives to arrive. The homeowner subsequently advised officers that a white male returned a purse taken in the burglary to the house, He said he witnessed another male drop the purse on Hales Road near Hillspoint Road, according to police.

Electric Car Rally Winner

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presengts the top prize in today’s Westport Electric Vehicle Car Rally to Bruce Becker of Westport. Becker and his navaigator Dennis Andrews in a BMW ActiveE, finished the course in 37.5 miles, the closest to the event’s prescribed distance.  Leo Cirrino (r), president of the Westport Electric Car Club, announces the results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com