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Monday, September 24, 2018

Showing Support for #BelieveSurvivors Walkout

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Protesters gathered on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today as part of a national #BelieveSurvivors walkout in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford and in protest of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Joining In

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Will Haskell, Democratic candidate for the 26th state Senate District, joined women today in a demonstration on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center as part of a national #BelieveSurvivors walkout in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford and in protest of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Showing Its Fall Colors

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On the first full day of fall on Sunday, a tree on Westport’s Old Road is already showing its fall colors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 24, 2018


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibition: “Paradise”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Am I Having a Heart Attack?
4 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Westport Library Volunteer Expo for Grades 6-12
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Public Protection Committee

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

First Fall Sunset

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The first sunset of fall as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for WestportNow.com

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Attention Getters

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A pair of 1956 models — a Heinkel (l) and BMW — were attention getters today at the fourth annual Air Cooled Classic Car Show on Veterans Green to benefit Homes With Hope. The cars were restored by Celia and Tom O’Neill of New Canaan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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CMS Students Pick Up Belongings Today

Students at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School (CMS), shifting to Bedford Middle School and Staples High School on Monday, can pick up their belongings at CMS today.

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Open today for retrieving belongings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“CMS students can pick up items from lockers and their musical instruments tomorrow, Sunday, from noon to 6:00 p.m.,” Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said in a tweet Saturday night.

The school is being closed for at least a month while mold and other air-quality issues are being evaluated.

Palmer had said previously that the CMS students on Monday will have shortened schedules.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Veterans Green (across from Town Hall) - 4th Annual Air Cooled Classical Car Show benefit for Homes with Hope
2 p.m. - Westport Library - On-Camera Acting Workshop for Kids: Grades 4-7
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “London Suite”

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Harvest Fest Draws Crowds to Wakeman Town Farm

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The sixth annual farm-to-table Harvest Fest was held tonight at Wakeman Town Farm. Held on the farm grounds and under a tent draped with twinkling lights, Harvest Fest featured seasonal fare contributed by local farmers and rock star chefs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Tauck for WestportNow.com

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Mitchells: Guided 60 Years by a Mom & Pop Philosophy

By James Lomuscio

Bill Mitchell was 15 when his dad, Ed Mitchell, took a step that would alter the Westport family’s course for generations to come.

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Bob and Bill Mitchell at the store today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“He worked for Grey Advertising as an account executive, and one day he stepped off the train in Saugatuck and said, ‘I quit my job,’” Bill Mitchell said.

It was 1958, the era of Dashing Dans and Mad Men vying for lucrative advertising accounts. But Ed Mitchell’s focus was closer to home, selling tangible goods face to face in his hometown as a haberdasher.

With his wife Norma, Ed Mitchell opened a boys’ clothing store, Ed Mitchell’s, in a small building on the corner of Compo Road North and Post Road East, the current site of People’s United Bank.

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Tutors and Counselors at Toquet Hall

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Local college-bound students had the chance today to meet academic tutors and college counselors from around Fairfield County at an open house meet and greet sponsored by the Westport Library at Toquet Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Success!

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A fisherman found success along the Saugatuck River in Westport early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Westport Sunset

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A sunset this week over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. Reminder: fall officially begins at 9:54 p.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Autumn Begins


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport/Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
9 a.m. - Westport Library - Countdown to College Expo
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibition: “Paradise”
12:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Moon Festival
2 p.m. - Earthplace - Group Canoe Paddle
3 p.m. - Westbound Side of Saugatuck Train Station - Westport Historical Society: Stroll Through Saugatuck History
5 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm (134 Cross Highway) - 6th Annual Harvest Fest Fundraiser
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night: “Cool Cat Saves the Kids”
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan
8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Bill Charlap Trio
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “London Suite”
9:54 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Autumnal Equinox

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Staples Footballers Roll Over Brien McMahon 38-14

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The Staples footballers tonight rolled over Norwalk’s Brien McMahon 38-14 before a homecoming crowd. The Wreckers improved to 3-0 on the season. Pictured: Staples junior Adam Petro on a 73-yard touchdown reception from Jake Thaw. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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School Board Approves Relocation of CMS Students

By Jarret Liotta

The Board of Education tonight gave unanimous approval to Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer’s plan to move Coleytown Middle School (CMS) students to Bedford Middle and Staples High Schools for about a month while the CMS is investigated for toxicity.

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On the spot: Principals James D’Amico of Staples (l) and Adam Rosen of Bedford Middle School explained how their schools would accommodate the CMS students and staff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

A range of opinions and emotions were expressed by parents at a special meeting, the second in two days, from CMS parents who praised the plan, to Bedford parents who expressed opposition, to one CMS father who vehemently claimed the school officials had “abandoned” the children by failing to act sooner and had shattered trust.

CMS was shut down this week following extensive complaints of illness among staff and students. Questions remain whether mold growth is impacting its environment, or whether remediation practices themselves could be affecting air quality or causing symptoms that have included dizziness, nausea, itching and headaches.

“This is a trust issue,” said Harris Falk, who was declared “out of order” and cut off while he was addressing the board.

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Trumbull Edges Staples Boys Soccer

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The battle of the unbeaten came down to a first half header. Trumbull made their goal stand up, edging Staples 1-0 today in a battle of two unbeaten boys soccer teams. A save on a penalty kick with less than five minutes remaining iced the victory for the Eagles. Staples got excellent performances from Rob Diorio, Nick Ambrose, Josh DeDomenico and Nick DiMasi, plus a strong game from keeper Ry Cohen. The Wreckers – now 3-1-1 – host Central on Monday, at 4 p.m. The photo shows a Trumbull save off a Staples corner kick. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Palmer: CMS Closure Could Last Through School Year

By Jarret Liotta

UPDATE Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer told parents today that the proposed closure of Coleytown Middle School (CMS) due to mold and related air-quality concerns possibly could extend through the school year.

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More than 100 persons attended the information session at Bedford Middle School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

She made the comment in a email following Thursday’s emergency Board of Education meeting. At another emergency board meeting late today, the board approved the pupil shifting plan to move sixth and seventh grade students to Bedford Middle School, and eighth grade students to Staples High School.

“If necessary, it is possible that the students of CMS may remain at BMS and SHS for the entire year,” Palmer said in the email. She initially had said the school closure could last three to four weeks.

Palmer said in a tweet Thursday night If approved, CMS students would have partial day on Monday, and a full day Tuesday.

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Through Mark Molesworth’s Lens: Westport and the World

By James Lomuscio

With a lens for a brush and the world his palette, Westporter Mark Molesworth doesn’t settle for the prosaic or even standard artistry with his camera.

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Mark and Donna Molesworth at their Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“I like looking for impact,” says Molesworth, an award-winning cinematographer as well as an award-winning WestportNow.com contributing photographer.

“You want to take the (audience) and focus their eye,” he added. ”You want to wow them.”

As a still photographer, it is not enough for Molesworth to capture a seagull in fight at Compo Beach, “but where the angle of the wing is right, getting the water dripping off the beak.”

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 4-7, 2018

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 4-7, 2018:

Sara Burke to Barrett and Stephanie Hyde, 4 Scherer Court, $1,220,000Westport Property Transfers

Robert Satter Estate to Two Ninety Six LLC, 4 Sue Terrace, $365,000

Ugo and Diane D. Deblasi to Guillermo and Elena Coronado, 20 Sandhopper Trail $1,850,000

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Police: Suspect Sent Threatening Emails

Officers arrested a Fairfield man for threatening and harassment after he sent 54 emails to the victim over a business dispute, police said today.

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John Colavito: free on $35,000 bond. Westport Police photo

John Colavito, 58, turned himself in on an active warrant at Westport Police Headquarters Thursday.

According to the arrest report, the victim said he was being harassed by Colavito over an annuity.

Lt. Jillian Cabana said Colavito and the victim had a meeting in July regarding the issue, “and since then, the victim reported to have received multiple emails and text messages from him.”

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‘Main to Train’ Hearing Set for Oct. 1

There will be a public information session on a “Main to Train Study” for Monday, Oct 1, to identify improvements to motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian safety on Post Road East and Riverside Avenue, officials announced.

The session will be held in the Town Hall auditorium at 7 p.m.

“This will create better connections between the commercial center of town and the Saugatuck train station and promote non-motorized transportation choices,” the announcement from the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) said. WestCOG is the successor to the South Western Regional Planning Agency, then better known as SWRPA.

WestCOG described the session as an outreach to residents, businesses, commuters and local stakeholders.

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Playhouse Adds ‘Man of La Mancha’ Performance

The Westport Country Playhouse announced today that due to high ticket demand for its current production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Man of La Mancha,” an extra performance has been added on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. 

The story of Don Quixote’s quest for “The Impossible Dream” begins two and one-half weeks of performances on Tuesday. Director is Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.

“Advance sales have been phenomenal for this much-anticipated musical,” said Beth Huisking, Playhouse general manager. “Our audiences are eager to see this very moving show with an amazing company of actor-singers-dancers. Its message of hope and honor is especially relevant in today’s world.”

“Man of La Mancha” is inspired by Cervantes’ 1615 masterpiece “Don Quixote.” The 1965 Broadway treasure is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, with an enchanting score most famous for Quixote’s credo, “The Impossible Dream.”

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New Officers Graduate

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Two new Westport police recruits have graduated from the 361st session of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council Police Academy, a 24-week program that culminated with a ceremony at Central Connecticut State University. Officers Scott Aliberti and Tyler Stevens now return to the Westport Police Department to begin their field-training program. Pictured (l-r) Capt. David Farrell, Lt. Jillian Cabana, Officer Tyler Stevens, Deputy Chief Samuel Arciola and Officer Scott Aliberti. Contributed photo

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Friday, September 21, 2018


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibition: “Paradise”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Medical Hypnotist Meg Tocantins: How Hypnotism Can Serve the Patient
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria - Special Board of Education meeting on CMS (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, & www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night: “Avengers Infinity War”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “London Suite”

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