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Monday, September 26, 2016


9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport Weston Family YMCA – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part 1
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
8 p.m. – Westport Library – Viewing & Discussion of 1st Presidential Debate

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings & Goings: Pier 1 Imports Closing

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Home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. at Westport’s 1460 Post Road East will close at the end of October, according to a store employee. Signage at the entrance advertises discounts on inventory and reminds customers of other nearby Pier 1 stores in Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury. Pier 1 Imports has been in Westport since 1974, first at 645 Post Road East. In the following years its locations included 950 Post Road East, now Men’s Wearhouse. The company announced in April 2015 it planned to close about 100 stores over the next three years, primarily through natural lease expirations and relocations. This, it said, is part of efforts to drive growth through its online platform, reduce occupancy and payroll costs, and improve efficiency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Reception Celebrates Larry Silver N.Y. Photo Exhibit

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Westport photographer Larry Silver today addresses a reception at the New York Historical Society where his exhibit “Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949-1955,” opened July 1. The exhibit showcasing 45 photos of post-war New York City life by the Bronx-born photographer runs until Dec. 4. The Society is at 170 Central Park West (77th Street). Silver is a 43-year resident of Westport and a recipient of the Westport Arts Achievement Award in the Visual Arts in 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Reuniting With Old Friends

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Westport photographer Larry Silver (c) embraces his friends Gloria and Howard Paul of Nyack, N.Y.  today while posing for a photograph in front of his own photographic work. Silver photographed the couple at her grandmothers house in Bronx N.Y. on their way to the prom in 1955. A reception to celebrate “Photographs by Larry Silver 1949-1955” was held at the New York Historical Society 170 Central Park West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Cause Sought in Wall Fire at Positano Ristorante

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UPDATE Westport firefighters at Positano Ristorante late today after extinguishing a small fire in a wall between the main dining room and kitchen of the restaurant next to the Westport Country Playhouse. Arriving firefighters saw flames, opened the wall, and quickly knocked the fire down, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows. There were no injuries and cause of the blaze was under investigation. The restaurant was closed for the evening with reopening dependent on a health inspection Monday, according to John Cimarosa, of the Westport Weston Health District who responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Small Fire at Positano Ristorante Extinguished

UPDATE Westport firefighters today quickly extinguished a small fire in a wall of the Positano Ristorante, fire officials said.

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Firefighters used a large fan to clear smoke from the restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Firefighters responded shortly after 5 p.m. to the restaurant on Powers Court, next to the Westport Country Playhouse, on a report of smoke in the building.

On arrival, they saw flames coming from a wall between the main dining room and the kitchen, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows.

They opened the wall and quickly extinguished the fire and then checked for extension, and found none, he said.

Mike Kulich, 29

Mike Kulich, a 2004 Staples High School graduate who became a top executive in the adult entertainment industry, died late Friday or early Saturday, Adult Video News (AVN) reported. He was 29.

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MIke Kulich: 2004 Staples grad. File photo

It quoted longtime friend Rob Russell as saying that he found Kulich’s body at around 9 p.m. Saturday in his Los Angeles living room after his fiancée, Erin Clark, called Russell concerned that she had not been able to reach Kulich in about a day.

Clark and Kulich were scheduled to be married next month, and Russell was to serve as Kulich’s best man, AVN said.

“An official cause of death has not been issued, but Russell said Clark had suspected that Kulich was having a drug relapse,” the report said.