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CT Challenge Bike Tour on Saturday

The Connecticut Challenge Bike Tour will take place Saturday, and motorists should expect to see a large volume of bicyclists on some Westport roads, police said today.

The route will take almost 1,000 participants between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Long Lots Road, North Avenue, and North Avenue extension.

Motorists traveling through these areas should expect delays and possibly brief road closures, an announcement said.

Police ask that motorists use extra caution when driving through these roads.

Voter Registration Hours Announced

Westport Registrars of Voters Marla Cowden and Kevin White announced today that the Registrars of Voters Office in Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Room 107, will be open Monday through Friday (except holidays), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for voter registration.

Thursday, Aug. 9 is the deadline for the following registrations for the Tuesday, Aug. 14 Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries:

Mail-in registration (postmarked by) new voters; mail-in party changes (received by) unaffiliated voters changing to Democrat or Republican, and online registrations or changes as above (available at: https://voterregistration.ct.gov)

Monday, Aug. 13 at noon in Town Hall is the deadline for new voter in-person registrations and unaffiliated voter in-person changes to Democrat or Republican.

Friday, July 27, 2018


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Conservation Commission Executive Session
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
1 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Westport Library Teen Writing Camp
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Marc Albertson: “Versailles Treaty & How it Affected World War II”
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Flea in Her Ear”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Low Cut Connie
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Mars Observing (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Tesla Eyes Former Dragone Motors Property

By James Lomuscio

Denied a dealership and service center in Westport’s Saugatuck area last year, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla appears to be eyeing the space recently vacated by Dragone Classic Motors at 176 Post Road West.

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The former Dragone Classic Motors property at 176 Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

At tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting Eric D. Bernheim, attorney for property owner applicant 176 Post Road West LLC, did not say Tesla by name. He referred to it as only “a company that sells exclusively electric cars, not hybrids.”

The reason Bernheim played it close to the vest during the pre-application hearing before the P&Z is that a text amendment is in the works for two options the property owner is considering to expand the existing building’s coverage.

The applicant wants to expand the building from its current 10,000 square feet to 17,000 to 20,000 square feet, Bernheim said.

Bridge Damage

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Public Works Director Peter Ratkiewich today point out truss damage to the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Saugatuck that will require six weeks of nighttime closures beginning Monday to repair the damage. Ratkiewich and police offiicials met with area business owners at the bridge today to discuss the closure impacts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Bridge Talk

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Several Saugatuck area business owners met today with representatives of the Westport Police Department and town engineering, arranged by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, to discuss nighttime closures of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge beginning Monday. Police Chief Foti Koskinas (c, white shirt) said there will be enhanced police traffic management during the closures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, July 26, 2018


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
1 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Westport Library Teen Writing Camp
3:15 p.m. – Westport Senior Center: Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Meet John Doe”
5 p.m. – Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East) – Awards Ceremony & Reception: Teen Photography Contest
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Sewing Skills Workshops: Ages 10 & Up
6:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Book Talk: Barbara Pearson-Rac on “Break Even: A Diana Jeffries Mystery”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Flea in Her Ear”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – An Evening with Jeff LeBlanc
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Mars Observing (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Granger at the Movies: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Skyscraper,’ ‘Puzzle’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Insofar as villains go in our modern world, persistent telemarketers rank alongside unscrupulous real estate developers. So hip-hop recording artist Boots Riley, frontman of the Coup, makes an ambitious debut as writer/director with “Sorry to Bother You,” his confrontational, absurdist, corporate satire.

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Set in Oakland, California, it’s about Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield), who gets caught faking credentials for a telemarketing position at RegalView but lands the job anyway.

Eager to move out of Uncle Sergio’s (Terry Crews) garage and into an apartment with his artsy, activist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), Cash struggles on the phone, respecting RegalView’s edict: “Stick to the script.”

But then, heeding the advice of his cubicle-mate Langston (Danny Glover), African-American Cash adopts a “white voice” (dubbed by David Cross), utilizing certain verbal tones, common phrases, and cultural references.