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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Students Work for ‘Change’ in Syria

By James Lomuscio

Even though it’s exam time at Westport’s Staples High School, students in teacher Cathy Schager’s Contemporary World class aren’t cramming for tests. Image
Students involved in the project include (l-r) (l-r) Gavin Berger (class of ’17), Eli Debenham (‘17), Emir Beg (‘17, Sarah Maybruck (‘18), Molly Liebergall (‘17), Michael Simons (‘18), and Theo Kokoff (‘18), Absent—Eden Schumer (‘18). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

They’re tackling a different kind of final, one that puts them in touch with the world they studied — raising funds for civilians affected by ongoing violence in Syria.

So, while other students are hunkering down at desks, students like seniors Eli Debenham, Lauren Davis, Emir Beg and George Goldstein can be found outside the cafeteria asking for spare change.

Hence the program they started: Spare Change for Syria. And the coin drops are adding up.

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01/18/17 03:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lucia Nebel White, 93

Lucia Nebel White of Westport, a noted photographer and longtime member of Westport’s arts community, died Jan.14 at home following a brief illness. She was 93. Image
Lucia Nebel White: photographer, swimmer. Howard Friedman photo from “High Tide Club”

Active into her 90s, she was a member of the High Tide Club, a group of elderly residents who swim at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. She made it a point to swim there every day in all but the most inclement weather.

She was born on April 19,1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, Berthold Nebel, a Beaux-Arts sculptor, was born in Basil, Switzerland and came to the United States at age 1. Her mother Maria Lucantoni, was born in Anticoli, Italy. They met at the American Academy in Rome, where Berthold had studied on a fellowship and where Maria was a model.

Lucia lived in Pittsburgh for four years while her father taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University.

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Police No Shave Effort Raises $3,175 for Charities Image
Westport police officers recently completed a no shave month (actually two months), raising more than $3,175 for No Shave November, which promotes cancer awareness and supports funding of cancer prevention, research, and education. Monies also went to Westport’s Homes With Hope. Pictured (l-r) are Detective Marc Heinmiller, Officer James Sullivan, Officer James Loomer, Officer Ned Batlin, Officer Scott Morrison, Officer Brendan Fearon, and Officer Dave Scinto. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit” Grade 4 to Adult
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Live Music: Harvard University Din & Tonics Acapella
7 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Healthy Living: Breaking Your Sugar Addiction
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board fo Trustees

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Playhouse to Take Part in Nationwide Ghostlight Project

The Westport Country Playhouse said today on Thursday it will join more than 500 theaters and organizations nationwide in the Ghostlight Project, a shared, ongoing commitment to social justice by the theatrical community across the country. Image
The Westport Country Playhouse is one of more than 500 theaters and organizations taking part in the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

The 5:30 p.m. event will take place in the outside courtyard. The nonpartisan event is free and open to the public, an announcement said.

The ghostlight, a theatrical tradition, is the national organizers’ inspiration. When theaters go dark at the end of the night, a ghostlight is turned on, offering visibility and safety for all who might enter.

To simulate a collective ghostlight at the event, attendees are requested to bring a light source that is in the “off” position upon arrival, organizers said.  At a specific point, all lights will be turned on to create one giant blaze.  Flashlights, lanterns, and cell phone lights are suggested.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘The Founder,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

In “The Founder,” Michael Keaton (“Spotlight,” “Birdman”) plays ruthless Ray Kroc in this backstory of the ubiquitous McDonald’s franchise, an innovative, assembly-line idea that revolutionized the fast food industry. Image

In 1952, when traveling salesman Kroc is peddling milkshake machines to drive-ins in the Midwest, he gets a huge order from a roadside restaurant in San Bernardino, California, run by brothers Maurice “Mack” (John Carroll Lynch) and Richard “Dick” (Nick Offerman) McDonald.

Intrigued, Kroc marvels at their mechanized fast-food operation, learning how they transformed their kitchen into a speedy “symphony of efficiency” and persuading them to allow him to franchise their carefully managed concept.

As Kroc’s enterprise grows, he becomes increasingly alienated from his long-suffering wife (Laura Dern) and develops a relationship with the wife (Linda Cardellini) of one of his business associates (Patrick Wilson).

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Granola Bar Expanding to Stamford, Rye, N.Y.

The Granola Bar, the all-day breakfast and lunch café in Westport and Greenwich, announced today it is expanding to Stamford and Rye, New York. Image
The first Granola Bar opened in Westport’s Playhouse Square in December 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Founders Julie Mountain and Dana Noorily also announced a growth investment by and operational partnership with Trilynx Partners of Westport.

Its founders, Adam Diamond and Michael Schwartz, have more than 15 years of experience in hospitality brands such as Disney and Starwood Hotels, an announcement said. 

Mountain and Dana Noorily opened the first location in Playhouse Square in Westport in 2013

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Purple Plow Raises Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer Image
Westporter Tony Palmer (l), owner of Anthony’s Nursery & Garden Center, 492 Main St., today dedicated a newly purchased purple snowplow to raise awareness of cancer research. The plow was dedicated in memory of his cousin, Carlo Palmieri (see WestportNow Nov. 13, 2016) and the late Lt. Tim Murphy of the Norwalk Police Department, who died Jan. 29, 2016. Both succumbed to pancreatic cancer. The dedication was held on the grounds of Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, where the equipment, used to plow the lot, will remain on view as a way to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. Palmer encouraged the public to contribute to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Interviewing for Saugatuck Plan Study Image
The subcommittee of the larger Saugatuck Study Committee today began its interview process today for hiring a consulting team to create a master plan for the area. Connecticut-based Milone & MacBroom (above), were the first of five selected to be interviewed of the 13 requests for proposals submitted to the committee. Two respondents were interivewed today with interviews continuing Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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In Darien, Residents Hope Trump Will Bring Economic Growth

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of visits to Connecticut towns leading up to the inauguration.

By Kyle Constable

DARIEN — The markets are up, and that is a comfort here in the ninth-wealthiest community in the U.S., one of the usually reliable Republican towns in lower Fairfield County that chose Hillary Clinton over Donald J. Trump. Image
Downtown Darien is relatively quiet during normal working hours, as many residents commute to New York or one of its satellite cities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kyle Constable for

Some, even a few who didn’t vote for Trump, say they already are seeing a positive effect of his election on the nation’s economy. Ben Brightwell, a Darien lawyer, is one of the those people. While waiting in line at a Dunkin’ Donuts in town last week, he said he finds himself equal parts hopeful and fearful of a Trump presidency.

“Obviously, the market’s done well,” he said. “I’m hoping that we kind of stay on the upswing, but I’m scared, too.”

Brightwell is one of many Darien residents who have cast ballots for Republican candidates in past elections but could not vote for Trump last year. He wrote in Evan McMullin, an independent presidential candidate from Utah who ran as a conservative alternative to Trump.

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01/17/17 03:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Online Survey Posted for Town Plan Input

As part of updating the 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) for Westport, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has posted an online survey to gather input from the public.

The survey, available here, follows a two-hour public meeting on the plan held last week. (See WestportNow Jan. 12, 2017)

Residents are encouraged to participate and to forward the survey link to friends and colleagues who are Westport residents, an announcement said. The survey will be open until Friday.

There will be additional opportunities to participate in the future, including another survey on a different topic, the announcement said.


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Major Meth Arrest After Driver Dozes

Officers early today arrested a New York woman on drug charges after finding her asleep at the wheel and with a pound of methamphetamine tightly wrapped in a FedEx package, police said. Image
Noura Yousef: asleep at the wheel. Westport Police photo

Noura Yousef, 26, of Briarcliff, N.Y. was charged with sale of a controlled substance, operating under the influence, failure to drive in the proper lane and failure to carry a license.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers responded around midnight to Post Road East and Compo Road on the report of a disabled vehicle at the intersection.

“Officers were able to wake up Yousef, who appeared to be disoriented and possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” said Farrell.

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Cops: Arrested Again for Energy Drinks Theft

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man for stealing $111.91 worth of energy drinks in September, police said today. Image
Louis Bottone: held on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Louis Bottone, 23, was arrested on a warrant based on Stop & Shop store surveillance footage taken Sept. 6 that positively identified him as the suspect, said Lt. David Farrell.

Bottone was arrested at the Monroe Police Department where he was being held.

Westport officers had previously arrested Bottone Sept. 21 for stealing energy drinks at Stop & Shop located at 1790 Post Road East. Following that arrest, police were informed about the earlier theft captured on store video.

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Ernest I. Arnow, 92

Ernest “Ernie” I. Arnow of Westport, a World War II veteran, longtime Norwalk dentist, and former member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Jan. 15 at home. He was 92. Image
Ernie Arnow: dentist, WWII vet. Contributed photo

The husband of Elaine Walkoff Arnow was born, July 6, 1924 in Bronx, N.Y., the son of Samuel and Sadie Arnow.

He attended the Bronx High School of Science and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Medical Corps in the Pacific. He proudly participated in Westport Memorial Day parades over the years.

He attended New York University (NYU) undergraduate school and NYU Dental School. He practiced dentistry in Norwalk for more than 50 years. 

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01/17/17 01:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 268 Hillspoint Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 268 Hillspoint Road is in process. Built in 1964, the one-story contemporary has 2,514-square feet, is situated on a .49-acre waterfront property in the Compo Beach section, and changed ownership in July 2016 for $5 million. 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


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