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Old Mill Lightning

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Thunderstorms brought numerous lightning flashes late today as the storms moved through Westport. At least one lightning strike was reported, setting off a roof and attic fire at Sleigh Ridge. View is over Sherwood Mill Pond at Old Mill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

Lightning Strike Touches Off Fire

UPDATE A lightning strike during today’s afternoon thunderstorms touched off an attic and roof fire on Sleigh Ridge off Baker Avenue.

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Frefighters at the scene of the fire at 6 Sleigh Ridge Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Homeowner Karen Jacobs was at home with son Mac, 18, and escaped without injury after the 4:45 p.m. strike.

“We heard an explosion on top of the house and we ran outside,” she said. “The top of the roof was on fire.”

Deputy Fire Chief Michael Kronick said firefighters from the ladder truck doused the flames with an extinguisher. 

Comings & Goings: Lovesac to Post Road East

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Lovesac, a furniture retailer, specializing in a “designed for life” patented modular furniture system called “sactionals” will open a showroom at 68 Post Road East in the space previously occupied by Max’s Art Supplies, adjacent to Restoration Hardware. Headquartered in Stamford, Lovesac has showrooms in 32 states and, in addition to its Connecticut presence in the 2,500-square foot space in Westport, LoveSac showrooms will open soon in Greenwich and West Hartford. The Danbury Mall is its only currently operating showroom in the state. Max’s, a Westport mainstay, was an unofficial headquarters for Westport artists since it opened in 1956 until it closed in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Second to Last Day for Tax Payments Without Penalty

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UPDATE and CORRECT Westport residents line up today at the Tax Collector office in Town Hall for the second to last day payment of first fiscal quarter real estate tax. Although the quarterly tax payment is due on July 1, residents may pay by Aug. 1 without incurring a penalty fee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Driver Escapes Serious Injury in North Avenue Crash

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The 74-year-old Westport driver of a Mercedes SUV escaped serious injury today when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a utility pole, deploying protective air bags, on North Avenue near Tulip Lane. She was evaluated by Westport Emergency Medical Services personnel and transported to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


8:30 a.m. – Sherwood Island State Park – Friends’ Garden Team Work & Learn Meetup
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: Italian
2 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Irving Berlin”
4:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: German
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Pattern Sewing Workshops: Ages 10-Adult
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Children’s Series: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Irving Berlin”

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Sharon R. Boroskey, 76

Sharon R. (Burke) (Giglio) Boroskey of Stratford, a former Westport resident, died July 27 at Bridgeport Hospital. She was 76.

She was born in Norwalk, March 19, 1943, a daughter of the late, John R. and Marie (Swetts) Burke and, was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport. She had worked at the Westport Public Library and retired in 2018 from the Connecticut Post, where she had worked for over 25 years.

She is survived by her life companion, Richard Biscoe of Stratford; one son, William Boroskey and his wife Kirsten of Sandy Hook; three sisters, Patricia Biehl of Boynton Beach, Florida, Elizabeth Cachetto of Webster, New York, and Maryann Callahan of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Madison and William Boroskey and Amanda, and Justin Baxter. She was predeceased by her daughter Karen Baxter and a sister, Jackie Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug.2 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family R. C. Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Friends are asked to meet directly at the church prior to Mass. Burial will be in Assumption- Green Farm Cemetery, 73 Green Farms Road,, Westport. There are no calling hours.