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The Dog Days Of Summer?

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Look at it one way, and we’re in good shape: Just 1/3 of the way through summer.

Look at it another, and uh oh: We’re already in the backstretch of July. August is breathing down our necks.

But whether the glass is half full or half empty, one thing is sure: Westporters are not just sitting around, um, drinking margaritas.

Politically, we’re deep in debate. Last night, for example, the Planning and Zoning Commission discussed 2 contentious issues. They voted — barely — to approve the move of the 1890-era Kemper-Gunn House, from Church Lane across Elm Street to the Baldwin parking lot. And — after hearing from 20 speakers — they agreed to delay a decision on senior housing at the Baron’s South property until September 4.

Culturally, this weekend Westporters celebrate the Fine Arts Festival (Parker Harding Plaza and Gorham Island), with over 130 artists of all kinds plus street performers and food. A few feet away, the Westport Library holds its 21st annual Summer Book Sale, an event so large it takes over all of Jesup Green.

Next weekend, Staples Players’ production of “Cabaret” — that darkly decadent and very risque show about Nazi Germany — takes center stage at the high school auditorium.

And, of course, beautiful weather beckons. But while some of us just sit and bake at the beach, others will be swimming, biking, running, sailing, playing golf and tennis, and doing scads of other outdoor activity.

The dog days of summer?

Not here.

A great message, from the 2012 Westport Fine Arts Festival.

A great message, from the 2012 Westport Fine Arts Festival.

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