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Saturday, July 26, 2014

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Sachem Trail

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Sachem Trail, off Indian Hill Road in the Saugatuck section, is in process. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch has 1,436 square feet, is situated on a .47-acre property and, according to assessor records, the last change of ownership was in December 2005 for $750,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making the CT Challenge Ride

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More than 1,000 bicyclists took part today in the 10th annual CT Challenge charity bike ride to raise funds for its cancer survivorship center in Southport. The ride began and finishes at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Last year, the ride raised a record $1.65 million. View is of bicyclists on North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday,  July 26, 2014


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples Mainstage - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Cabaret”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Movie Special: “Grease” (Rockin’ Rydell Sing-a-long Edition)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DJ Rekha

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Packed in at the Levitt

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There was a large Friday night crowd tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pvilion for the Performing Arts for the New York City Irish rock band Black 47. Early in the concert, the band invited several audience members on stage to dance.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com

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Black 47 Entertains at Levitt

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The New York City-based celtic rock band Black 47 drew a large crowd tonight to Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. One of the group’s last concers, it was the first rock concert at the new Levitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Pony Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Pony Lane, offEaston Road in the Coleytown section, is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-3/4-story contemporary has 2,386 square feet, is situated on a 1.05-acre property and, according to the assessor records, ownership last changed hands in August, 1990. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Motor Vehicle Stop Nets Wanted Man

A Bridgeport man stopped for motor vehicle violations turned out to be wanted for four separate probation warrants from previous arrests in other jurisdictions, Westport Police said today.

Police stopped Antonio Funicello, 30, of 143 Ruth St. Monday morning for operating an unregistered vehicle, misuse of plates, no insurance and a suspended license.

It was then discovered that Funicello had outstanding warrants, police said.

He is being held in lieu of a $200,000 court-ordered bond plus $500 for the motor vehicle charges. He is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Tuesday, July 29, police said.

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Arrest Made in 2013 Credit Card Theft

Westport Police detectives served an arrest warrant on a Bridgeport man in Norwalk Superior Court Wednesday morning in connection with a 2013 larceny case involving a stolen credit card.

Angel Torres, 32, of 252 Cedar St. was being held in lieu of non-related charges at the time of the arrest, police said, and is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday, Aug. 1.

According to police, Torres is charged with violating a protective order, credit card theft, illegal use of credit card, risk of injury to a child and sixth-degree larceny.

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Westport Property Transfers July 7 - 11, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 7 - 11, 2014:

54 Weston Road LLC to Arnoldo Pardo and Daniella Lopez, 54 Weston Road, $765,000WNproperty.jpg

Virginia Ferrari to Glenn A. Ferrari, 7 Island Way, 1/2 Interest, $350,000

Virginia Jean Ferrari Trust to Glenn A. Ferrari, 7 Island Way, 1/2 Interest, $50,000

Daniel and Doria Blank to Stephen and Anne Bernier, 16 Marion Road, $1,200,000

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Cannon Play

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Youngsters had fun Thursday night playing on the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Hyman for WestportNow.com

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Groovin’ in the Grove

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A couple dances to the samba music of the Brazilian group Casuarina tonight at Westport’s New Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The celebrated samba specialists from Rio were the first international band to grace the all-new stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com

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Samba Sounds at Levitt

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The Brazilian samba and choro group Casuarina performed tonight to the delight of several hundred at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The group, which earlier performed at Lincoln Center in New York, is on a tour of the United States and Canada. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sunset at Levitt

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Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts audience for a concert starring the Brazilian samba group Casuarina also enjoyed a pretty sunset following the first 8 p.m. start at the new facility since Sunday’s grand opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport WVEMS Honors Volunteers

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The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) tonight held its annual barbecue on the South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. The nonprofit service, which operates mostly on donations, honored four volunteers—Aaron Greenspun, Explorer of the Year; Mark Kaminksi,  EMT of the Year; Sandi MacPherson, Volunteer of the Year, and Pat Salvo, Crew Chief of the Year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Friends’ Mini-Golf Fundraiser Memorializes Andrew Accardi

By James Lomuscio

To hear Westporter Brett Adelglass, 21, tell it, they were a tight circle of friends, five buddies who met in seventh grade, forged friendships at Staples High School and remained friends throughout college and beyond.

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Andrew Accardi and his dad, Frank, at a Jets game. Contributed photo

One of the five was Andrew Accardi, who had battled neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer, from age 5, but never let the disease hold him back, according to Adelglass.

Andrew, who had completed his junior year at Villanova University, majoring in finance, died Oct. 31, 2013.

To celebrate their friend, who loved golf and was on the Staples golf team, Adleglass, Sam Bender, Matt Labarre and Ethan Tassel—all 2011 Staples graduates—are scheduled to host a miniature golf fundraiser Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Norwalk Cove Marina at 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road.

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Historical Society Opens Larry Silver Retrospective

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The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted a reception to mark the opening of its exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” by famed photographer Larry Silver of Westport. His retrospective features images of Westport’s favorite haunts, quiet spots and humorous encounters of everyday life since the artist first settled here 40 years ago. Joining him was his son, Bruce Silverstein,  -Bruce Silverstein, the youngest of Silver’s three sons and owner of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 535 W. 24th St, New York, N.Y. which he said has the largest body of his father’s works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sharing

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Photographer Larry Silver shares a moment and some flowers with his wife, Gloria, tonight at the Westport Historical Society reception marking the opening of its exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions.” It runs through Oct. 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Viewing the Visions

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Westport artist Naiad Einsel (r) views photographs of Larry Silver tonight at the opening of the Westport Historical Society exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  July 25, 2014


10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé July
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. - Staples Mainstage - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Cabaret”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Black 47

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Comings & Goings: Qdoba Mexican Grill to Playhouse Square

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Qdoba Mexican Grill will open soon at Playhouse Square, 275 Post Road East, in the space formerly occupied by Pierre Deux, the french country interior design and home furnishings store which closed three years ago. (See WestportNow Aug. 16, 2011)  Described as fast, casual, fresh Mex, Colorado-based Qdoba, founded in 1995 by Anthony Miller and Robert Hauser, has 600 locations in the United States and Canada, including Norwalk and Fairfield. The chain originally opened under the name Zuma, then changed to Z-Teca and, in 1999, adopted the name Qdoba. In 2003, the company was acquired by Jack-in-the-Box. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sneak Peek at Qdoba

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A worker today gets the new Qdoba Mexican Grill ready for opening at 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Bar de Beaute to Taylor Place

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A skin care salon, Bar de Beaute, will open soon at 24 Taylor Place, the prior location of Jacadi Children’s apparel and its successor, Chic Jolie, women’s apparel. Bar de Beaute, located across from Tiffany & Co., is owned by Judith Connors, who also has the Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Clinic, 382 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Rabbi: ‘Important to Support Israel With Our Presence’

(Editor’s note: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton returned home today after a brief visit to Israel with two fellow Westporters.)

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Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn visiting with children in Ashkelon whose summer camp was moved to a bomb shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

By Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn

I joined a group of mostly rabbis from the United States and Israel on the Rabbinical Assembly/Masorti Movement Emergency Mission to Israel.

I was the only rabbi who brought congregants with me: Larry Kleinman and Orna Stern of Westport.  We were the first rabbinic mission to arrive since the conflict/war started. We arrived Monday night and returned today.

Highlights included visiting the southern towns that are targeted the most by the rocket attacks. We visited children who are spending their days in a bomb shelter instead of outside at summer camp. 

We visited with various members of the Knesset, a woman who runs a trauma organization, and Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel, the Israeli teen who was kidnapped and killed a few weeks ago.

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Westporter on the Front Lines

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Orna Stern of Westport, a native of Israel, was among three Westporters from The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton who visiited Israel this week and returned home today. She is pictured at a spot in Sderot overlooking Gaza where residents have gathered day after day to watch Israeli strikes on Gaza. Sderot is a western Negev city in the Southern District of Israel with a population of about 24,000. Less than a mile from Gaza, the town has endured more than 10,000 missile attacks over the past 13 years, according to Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn, who lead the Westporters on the visit. Contributed photo

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I-95 Crash Injures Three

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A three-car crash on I-95 southbound between exits 18 and 17 today injured three persons and tied up morning rush hour traffic. Westport firefighters had to extricate one victim from one of the cars, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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First Night of Levitt Children’s Series

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The new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight launched the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series with a free concert by Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could. Hundreds of visitors turned out to hear the band perform roots rock for kids with jaunty tunes using mandolin, accordion, guitar, piano and more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com

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At the Rope Line

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Youngsters moved to the rope line in front of the Levitt Pavilion stage tonight to dance to the sounds of Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Levitt Fun

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Kristina Hacker (l), 20, and her niece, Skylar Hacker, 7,  of Fairfield enjoy the festitivities tonight at the Levitt Pavilion’s opening night for the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday,  July 24, 2014


9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Library - Writing 101: Intro Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Whale Rider”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception, “Larry Silver/Westport Visions”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Move Your Boundaries: Jean-Paul Desrosier on the Marathon des Sables
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Mainstage - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Cabaret”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Casuarina

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Westport Bike Ride Team Meets Cancer Challenge

By James Lomuscio

Geographically, it is all downhill, admits Lucas Fortini, director of cycling for Sherpa Fitness at Westport’s 1555 Post Road East.

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In Westport, Team Sherpa members taking part in this weekend’s CT Challenge are (l to r) Lucas Fortini, Brett Jones and Jean Desrosiers, owner of Sherpa Fitness on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Still, that doesn’t mean Friday’s 85-mile trek from Lakeville in Litchfield County to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport will be a breeze. He expects a lot of pedaling, pumping and uphill climbs.

“We roll out of Lakeville at 7:30, and everybody should be reaching the Hunt Club by noon,” Fortini said about the 10th annual CT Challenge Bike Ride taking place Friday and Saturday, raising funds to support programs for cancer survivors.

On Saturday, Fortini plans to be back on his light weight, full carbon racing bike at 7:30 a.m. to complete a 100-mile loop from the Hunt Club through northern Fairfield County and back.

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