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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Granger at the Movies: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin,’ ‘LBJ,’ ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” is the intriguing ‘back story’ about the creation of one of literature’s most beloved children’s tales.

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Alan Alexander Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) was best known as a successful British playwright, churning out witty West End comedies. But, in 1919, after he returned from fighting on the Western Front during World War I, he was shellshocked and depressed, suffering from what we now know as PTSD.

Impatient with her husband’s inability to write, Milne’s self-centered, socialite wife, Daphne (Margot Robbie), reluctantly agrees to move to Sussex with him and their son, Christopher Robin (Will Tilston).

Morose Milne rarely spends time with the cherubic boy until Daphne takes off for London and Christopher’s devoted nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald) leaves to tend her dying mother.

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High Winds Cause Scattered Power Outages

UPDATE High winds gusting to 40 miles per hour caused scattered power outages around Westport today.

At 7:25 p.m., Eversource said seven Westport customers were without power. More than 70 were without power earlier in the day.

Police closed off Weston Road at Lyons Plains Road because of a tree resting on wires. It was reopened shortly before 2 p.m.

A wind advisory remained in effect until 6 p.m.

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Longshore Sunset

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Today’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galina Babkin for WestportNow.com

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Surf’s Up

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High winds today kicked up the surf at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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High Winds Make for Good Windsurfing

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Today’s high winds made for good windsurfing in waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Tree Down Closes Weston Road at Lyons Plains Road

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UPDATE A pine tree leaning across the roadway with wires involved forced the closure today of Weston Road at Lyons Plains Road. It was reopened shortly before 2 p.m. It was one of numerous trees down or leaning that brought scattered power outages around Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Caught in Wires

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Utility wires fell on a mail truck today in front of 11 Half Mile Common as high winds buffeted the Westport area. The U.S. Postal employee managed to leave the vehicle unharmed, but he had to await arrival of utility workers to free the truck of the wires. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saugatuck River Morning

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A recent morning on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 19, 2017


2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Galvanized Jazz Band
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Introduction to Home Automation
3 p.m. - United Methodist Church - Westport School of Music Faculty Chamber Music Concert
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Romeo & Juliet” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Staples Girls Swim Third in State Open

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The Staples High School girls swim team came in third tonight in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) open at Yale University. It was the highest Wrecker finish in more than 30 years. Greenwich won its third straight title (18th overall) with Cheshire second. For Staples, success came behind first place performances by Marissa Healy (50 free) and Esme Hunter (100 free).  Also contributing points in individual events were Michelle Kennedy, Willow Woods, Annie Bowens, and Mia Fraas. The Medley Relay (Hunter, Woods, Healy, Bowens), the 400 Free Relay (Healy, Kennedy, Fraas, Hunter) and the 200 Free Relay (Woods, Bowens, Olivia Utter, & Kennedy) all placed in the top eight. Pictured: (front row) Michelle Kennedy, Mia Fraas, and Annie Bowens: (back row) Marissa Healy, Willow Woods, Esme Hunter, and Olivia Utter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday.

It said to expect winds outhwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts 45 to 50 mph, becoming west to northwest on Sunday.

The Weather Service said winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines.

Scattered power outages are expected.

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Staples Girls Soccer Falls to Ridgefield 2-1 in Class LL Final

The Staples girls soccer team fell to Ridgefield 2-1 today in the Class LL championship played at West Haven.

The Wreckers were making their first trip to the finals since 1995. They last won the title in 1989.

Ridgefield was up 2-0 until the closing minutes when Arianna Gerig scored Staples’ only goal. It was the first state title for Ridgefield.

The Wreckers advanced to the finals with a 3-2 win over Darien on Wednesday.

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Staples Field Hockey State Champs

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Members of the Staples field hockey team show off their medals and trophy today after winning the Class L state championship with a 1-0 victory over Darien. The Wreckers clinched with a goal by Abby Najarian assisted by Christine Taylor. The game at Wethersfield was a rematch from last year’s co-championship game that ended in a tie. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Field Hockey Takes State L Championship

The Staples High School field hockey team today edged rival Darien 1-0 to win the state L championship.

Staples senior Abby Najarian redirected a shot off the stick of Christine Taylor for the lone goal with 5:55 left in the second half.

It was the second straight year that the Wreckers faced the Blue Wave for the title. Last year’s final ended in a tie with both teams being named co-champions.

Today’s game was played in Wethersfield.

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Firefighters Douse Main Street Grease Truck Fire

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Westport firefighters today quickly extinguished a fire in the cab of a grease truck parked outside of 190 Main St. No one was injured in the blaze. Cause of the fire was under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Grease Truck Cab Damaged by Flames

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The interior of the cab of a grease truck which caught fire today outside of 190 Main St. The fire was contained to the cab, but not before numerous 911 calls that the entire truck was ablaze, some callers saying it was a tanker truck. Cause of the fire was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: Opening Day of Winter Farmers Market


Scenes from today’s opening day of the Westport Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Large Turnout for Winter Farmers Market Debut

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Pre-Thanksgiving Day shoppers were out in full force today on the opening day of the Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane. Lori Cochran-Dougall, market executive director, reminded customers that there will be a special Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thanksgiving Egg Rolls Offered at Winter Farmers Market

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Among the Thanskgiving-themed offerings today at the opening of the Westport Winter Farmers Market were Thanksgiving egg rolls from Simply Delicious of Norwalk. Ingredients include turkey meat and stuffing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Friday Night Lights

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Friday’s sunset as seen over Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galina Babkin for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 18, 2017


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Library - Encounter Shakespeare!
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
Noon - Westport Senior Center - Lunch & Learn Lecture: Daniel Heaphy, The Pequot War
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of Fairfield County Writers Group
2 p.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demonstration
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists Collective Pop Up Artists Talk
3 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Romeo & Juliet”
3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “Newsies” (last day)
5 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Teen Board Game Night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Town Advises of Bayberry Lane Extension Bridge Replacement

Town officials sent out a public notice today that they are contemplating replacing the town-owned Bayberry Lane Extension Bridge over the Aspetuck River, which the state says has suffered serious deterioration.

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In 2013, temporary repairs to the Bayberry Lane Extension Bridge over the Aspetuck River shut it down for a month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The notice followed a lengthy discussion Wednesday at the Board of Selectmen meeting with members ultimately approving a plan to implement a temporary alternating one-way traffic pattern on the bridge with associated safety signage.

“It’s a pre-emptive strike,” Town Engineer Peter A. Ratkiewich told the board of the plan. He added that by implementing the one-way traffic pattern, the town hopes to avoid a state-ordered shutdown of the bridge until it can be replaced.

After design work and permitting approvals, replacement of the bridge would likely occur in 2019 or 2020, the notice said. Ratkiewich said this was a “fast track” timetable compared to similar projects.

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Creating a Honey Buzz

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Savannah Bee, a craft store with artisan honey and products at 43 Church Lane, part of Bedford Square, hosted a pre-holiday open house tonight with honey tastings, wine, food, music and book signings. On Saturday the open house continues all day with kids crafts from 1 to 3 p.m. The store is offering 15 percent off all products during the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Police: Arrest Follows DUI and Phony Story About Being Kidnapped

Officers arrested a Trumbull man for operating under the influence, making a false report, interfering with an officer and evading responsibility, police said today.

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Stephen Moran: free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Stephen Moran, 51, turned himself in on an active warrant at Police Headquarters on Tuesday and was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the case dates back to June 16 when officers were dispatched at 3:15 a.m. on the report of an accident with serious injuries on Cross Highway.

“Upon arrival, officers located an unoccupied, upside down vehicle,” Cabana said.

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Narcotics Arrest Follows Speeding Stop

Officers arrested a Fairfield man on drug charges early today following a traffic stop for speeding on Wilton Road, police said.

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Andrew Merritt: unable to post $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Andrew Merritt, 26, was charged with narcotics possession after an officer conducting stationary radar observed his vehicle traveling at 52 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to Lt. Jillian Cabana.

“A back up officer observed a prescription pill container in the vehicle that was later found to contain a plastic bag with brown powder and unknown pills,” Cabana said, adding that Merritt said the powder was heroin.

Cabana added that the pills were later identified as a controlled substance, which did not match the label on the prescription bottle. The powder later tested positive for heroin.

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