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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tuesday, June 6, 2006


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – P&Z Commission Excavation & Fill Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
11:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Food Services Advisory Committee
7 p.m. Assumption Church - Bridgeport Area Retired Firefighters memorial service
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Jam & Spice

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Going Down: 9 Ferry Lane East

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The house at 9 Ferry Lane East in Westport was demolished today. The 1943 house was sold in March for $1.4 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 13. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Red Cross Merge Means Stronger Services

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Local American Red Cross officials today said the merge between two of the region’s chapters will only strengthen services.

The Mid-Fairfield County Chapter officially today announced its merger with the Southeastern Fairfield County Chapter effective on July 1. Letters to supporters were sent about the merger last week (See WestportNow June 2, 2006).

The new chapter—which will retain the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter title—will serve about 446,000 people in Westport, Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston and Wilton

The chapter main offices will move from downtown Westport to Bridgeport with a new service center located in Norwalk on Westport Avenue near the Westport border.

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Historical Society Hosts Hidden Garden Tour

Five private Connecticut gardens are on view Sunday as part of the Westport Historical Society’s 15th Annual Hidden Garden Tour.

Advance tickets are $25 for Society members and $35 for non-members. They are $45 on the day of the tour.

Tickets with a map and directions to the gardens must be picked up on the day of the tour at the Society on Avery Place starting at 9 a.m. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., an announcement said.

New this year are two “Dine and Design!” seminars scheduled for 10:15-11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Society with a buffet luncheon.

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Connecticut Friends School Races to Raise Funds

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Connecticut Friends School officials are trying to raise enough money by the end of the month to show they are serious about purchasing the former White Barn Theatre property, which is on the Westport-Norwalk border.

Mark Dansereau, co-head of the school, said today they are trying to raise enough money in a short amount of time to convince the developer—The Fieber Group—they are serious about purchasing the property.

The developer—Wilton’s James Fieber—is a friend of a board member for the school, he said, and he has said he would be willing to listen to potential offers from the school if they came quickly.

Fieber said today he does not have any comment on the sale or the potential for the school to purchase the property.

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Morning Crash Ties Up Bridge Street Traffic

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A three-car accident at about 8 a.m. today tied up traffic on Westport’s Bridge Street. The driver of a Mercury Villager said he did not apply his brakes quickly enough and slammed into a Honda Civic. In a chain reaction, the driver of the Civic then rear-ended a Gault van. The drivers of the Civic and the Gault van were taken to Norwalk Hospital. Each car only had a driver and no passengers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Honor Kaye May for DARE Support

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The Westport Police Department honored retiring Coleytown Elementary School Principal Kaye May (3rd l) with a certificate for her support of its DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program during a recent DARE graduation ceremony for fifth graders at the school. Officer Chris Proudfoot (l) makes the presentation as (l-r) Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Police Chief Al Fiore, Detective Walter Broadhurst, and Staples football coach Marce Petroccio look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Maria Brad for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 5, 2006


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Police Pension Committee
6 p.m. – 180 Bayberry Lane – Westport/Weston Health District Board anticipated executive session
7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education
7:30 p.m. – 180 Bayberry Lane – Westport/Weston Health District Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 Historic District Commission

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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Westport Property Transfers May 22-26, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 22-26, 2006:

Kathleen G. McHugh to Robert M. Wengel, 11-14 St. John Place, $907,500WN property.jpg

Norma K. Black to John and Deborah Hammarskjold, 7 Nappa Drive, $675,000

Lucille Lortel Foundation Inc. to 78 Cranberry LLC, 18 percent 90 Partrick Road, $4,800,000

Richard Howard and Mary Gordon P. Webber to Elizabeth F. McCance, 7 Winding Lane, $1,545,000

Stephen and Joanne P. Stefkovich to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 31 Sturges Common, $1,330,000

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Dr. K Gets a “Block S” Award

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Staples teacher Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian shows off his “Block S” award—usually awarded to top athletes—which was presented to him tonight at the Staples Scholar-Athlete banquet at Continental Manor in Norwalk. The 39-year veteran of the Westport school system told the audience there is a definite correlation between succeeding in high school athletics and attaining later academic and business success. The dinner, which began five years ago at the urging of Bill Mitchell of Mitchells of Westport, honored 31 Staples scholar-athletes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Talking Westport History

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff talked about Westport history today at a new members’ reception at the Westport Historical Society. Joseloff showed items from his personal collection of Westport memorabilia, including this bound volume of The Westporter newspaper from 1883.  He said one of the reasons he founded WestportNow in 2003 was to create a digital daily history of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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This is the Way We Wash Our Cars

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The Staples Model U.N. Club held a fund-raising car wash today at BP/Amoco on Westport’s Post Road East. Among those doing the washing were ((l-r) Jess Sochol, Katrina Leo, one of the club’s presidents, and Ryan Milligan. The event, which raised more than $500, was supervised by Maggie Williams, Staples social studies teacher and club advisor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Brian Jordan for WestportNow.com

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Max’s Marks 50th Recreating Photo of 25 Years Ago

By Emily Hamilton Laux

With police barricades blocking traffic, about 90 artists gathered in front of Max’s Art Supplies today for a group portrait celebrating Westport’s arts community. WestportNow.com Image
Shirley Mellor (c), owner of Max’s Art Supplies, smiles during the taking of a group portrait today in front of her Post Road East store which celebrates its 50th anniversary next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

The photo commemorated a group portrait of 96 artists that was taken 25 years ago on the same spot.

Max’s owner, Shirley Mellor, commissioned the photograph as part of the 50th anniversary of her store on July 2.

Mellor, who has long championed local artists by exhibiting their work in her shop windows, last year received the annual “Patron of the Arts” award at the 12th annual Westport Arts Awards.

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Say Cheese

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More than 100 artists gathered in front of Max’s Art Supplies on Post Road East today for a group photo to mark this year’s 50th anniversary of the Westport landmark. The photo recreates a 1981 photograph taken to mark the store’s 25th anniversary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Making the Shot

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After much preparation, photographer Rob Zuckerman snaps his shot in front of Westport’s Max’s Art Supplies today to mark the 50th anniversary of the store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Getting Ready to Shoot

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Photographer Rob Zuckeman checks his camera prior to snapping his photo of today’s gathering in front of Westport’s Max’s Art Supplies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Max’s Art Supplies: 1981 Version

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Today’s photo shoot in front of Max’s Art Supplies on Westport’s Post Road East was a recreation of this photo taken in 1981 to mark the store’s 25th anniversary. Store owner Shirley Mellor and her late husband, Max Kaplan, are at center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Former Westport Priest to Take Over Troubled Darien Church

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The Rev. Frank McGrath:former Westport clergyman takes on new assignment. Bridgeport Diocese photo
The Rev. Frank C. McGrath, former pastor of Westport’s Assumption Church and Catholic chaplain to the Westport police and fire departments, will take over as new pastor at a troubled church in Darien.

Bishop William E. Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport announced appointment of McGrath to St. John Church Saturday. He will take over beginning Monday.

McGrath, 61, who was at Assumption Church from 1993 to 1999, has been director of clergy personnel for the diocese while serving as pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church in Stratford.

St. John Church has been rocked by allegations that its former pastor used church money to support a lavish lifestyle with another man. The Rev. Michael Jude Fay resigned last month but has not been charged.

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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Saturday’s rainy weather made the waters off Westport’s Longshore Club Park a lonely place except for ths individual rowing a mooring-hauler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, June 4, 2006


3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Playing at Natureplace

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The Natureplace exhibit hall opened today at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. These youngsters took part in some of the opening day activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Congratulating Congressional Arts Competition Winner

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U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays (l) and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) congratulate Staples senior Alexandra Heine, 17, on winning the 4th Congressional District Arts Competition today at the Westport Arts Center. The competition attracted 54 entries from high schools in the district. Alexandra’s pastel work, “Still Life With Green Pitcher,” will hang for a year beside works from other congressional districts in the passageway between the House office building and the U.S. Capitol. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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A Winner!

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WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner won a third prize Friday with this entry in the Norwalk Camera Club Open Photographic Competition and Exhibit. The scene of Westport’s Compo Mill Pond was first published on WestportNow March 9, 2006. There were more than 400 entries in the competition. They can be seen at Westport’s Eathplace, The Nature Discovery Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Picking Up

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Today’s Westport Volunteer Fire Department training exercise at Compo Beach ended with the usual chores of picking up the hose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Practice, Practice, Practice

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Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department practiced their skills today during a training exercise at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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ParentConnect to Meet Wednesday

Westport’s Positive Youth Development Initiative’s first session of ParentConnect5 will be held Wednesday at noon at Christ and Holy Trinity Church.

ParentConnect is a parent networking group.

Now entering its eighth year in Westport, the sessions have proven to be very effective tools in improving parenting skills and developing new strategies for dealing with our children in the challenging middle and high school years, according to organizers.

ParentConnect meetings are scheduled during the lunch hour so that parents who work locally might take their lunch hour at the meeting.

For more information, email Patty Haberstroh at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Celebrating

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Members of the Staples boys varsity volleyball team celebrate Friday’s victory over Glastonbury in the quarterfinals of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The Westport team now moves on to the semifinals Wednesday at 5 p.m. against either Trumbull or Amity at Fairfield’s Warde High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, June 3, 2006

11 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Congressional Arts Competition winners announced
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”
2 p.m. - Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center - Natureplace grand opening
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Center Stage Theatre Company presents “Middle School Madness”

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Natureplace Opens Saturday

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Joan Irvine examines different types of animal fur at the donor preview reception for the new Natureplace exhibit hall at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center tonight. The new exhibit hall opens to the public Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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It’s been about six years in planning and construction, but Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center will officially open its new Natureplace exhibit hall Saturday.

An opening celebration is planned for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We wanted to make a place where everyone could have some fun with a little bit of education,” said John Horkel, executive director of Earthplace.

The planning committee wanted to take the existing dioramas and renovate them and restore them, he said.

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Connecticut Friends School May Be Interested in White Barn

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The Wilton-based Connecticut Friends School may be interested in purchasing the former White Barn Theatre property, which was sold last week for $4.8 million to a private developer.

A New Canaan-based company called 78 Cranberry Road LLC—which shares the same address as The Fieber Group, a luxury home developer—purchased the property on the Westport-Norwalk border from the Lucille Lortel Foundation (See WestportNow May 30, 2006).

Several people, however, say Connecticut Friends School officials are actively trying to raise money to purchase the property.

“They were given an opportunity to raise money and talk to the developer,” said one source close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They have a race against time.”

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