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Packed Luncheon Crowd at Oscar’s

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There was a packed luncheon crowd at Oscar’s Deli, 159 Main St., today hours after the family announced that Sunday will be its last day. A Facebook announcement said the iconic Westport eatery will close Monday after 42 years as owner Lee Papageorge battles lung cancer.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Truck Collision, Rollover Ties Up I-95

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UPDATE A heavy duty bucket truck towing a wood chipper (orange) collided with a pickup truck (r., red) and flipped over on its side today on I-95 northbound between exits 17 and 18 in Westport. One person was transported to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, said Assistant Chef Kenneth Lombardi. He said firefighters dealt with leaking gasoline, diesel fuel, and hydraulic fluid and their quick action minimized environmental concerns. Traffic was tied up in both directions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saturday, July 30, 2016


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “the beautiful POND”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Themed Crafts for All Ages
2 p.m. – Westport Library – A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss “Persuasion”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Alpaca Gnomes
9 p.m. – Westport Library – Harry Potter Party (grades 2+)
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Westport Library – Geek the Library photo session

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Suzanne Wright, 69

Suzanne Wright of Fairfield, the co-founder of the organization Autism Speaks and honorary trustee of the Westport Country Playhouse, died July 29 at home. She was 69 and had been battling pacreatic cancer.

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Suzsnne Wright: Autism Speaks co-founder. Contributed photo

“What Suzanne Wright has done to raise awareness of autism is immeasurable,” Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board of Directors Brian Kelly and President and CEO Angela Geiger said in a statement.

“Suzanne sparked a global conversation with one question: How can we help people with autism live their best possible lives?” they said.

Wright died following a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer, the organization said.

Comings & Goings: Oscar’s Deli to Close

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Oscar’s owner Lee Papageorge (at last month’s Great Duck Race.). Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Oscar’s Deli, a Westport Main Street mainstay for 42 years, will close Monday, according to an announcement tonight on its Facebook page.

It said on Sunday morning customers will share memories and stories about the deli and its owner, Lee Papageorge, who is battling lung cancer.

The closing follows by two years the closing of another Main Street mom and pop eatery, Westport Pizzeria, after 45 years. But it moved to a new location on Post Road East.

Rumors of Oscar’s closing had circulated for months when word spread of the illness of its owner.

Oscar’s: Main Street Icon for 42 Years

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Tonight’s announced closing on Monday of Oscar’s Deli marks the end of a 42-year run for the Main Street icon and the last mom and pop store on the street. Owner Lee Papageorge, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago and is undergoing treatment at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com