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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

“The Wiz” Author Visits Staples

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Tony Award-nominated writer Bill Brown visited with the Staples Players at Westport’s Staples High School today. He is the author of “The Wiz,” which won seven Tony Awards when it was on Broadway in 1975. Brown spoke to students for more than an hour and then answered questions. The Staples Players production of “The Wiz” opens Nov. 1, and Brown told the group he plans to attend the performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Poet Billy Collins Addresses Westporters

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Poet Billy Collins (l) was this year’s featured speaker in the Malloy Lecture in the Arts at Westport’s Bedford Middle School tonight. He was poet laureate in 2001-03. Following his talk, he signed books in the lobby.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Make a Difference Day Sets Monday Concert

A concert sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center of Norwalk and Make a Difference Day will be held at the Westport Town Hall auditorium Monday at 7 p.m. WestportNow.com Image
Cantor Deborah Katcho Gray: among concert performers. File photo

The Westport Community Band, Serendipity Chorale of Norwalk, Cantor Deborah Katcho Gray of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield, and members of Westport’s Center Stage Theatre Company will perform, organizers said. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will lead town officials at the event.

The entertainment and candlelight proceeding celebrates “Life and Remembrance.”

Following the performances, there will be a candle procession by the Westport Girl Scouts, a lighting ceremony, and the reading of names of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer by former Fairfield First Selectman Jackie Durell.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Practicing Their Roles

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Singing around the piano at a rehearsal for “Roles Women Play” are (l-r) Mary Richard,  Carole Schweid, Marsha Lanzo and Mary Munger Taylor. The performance is a musical revue celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Westport Woman’s Club. Proceeds from the event will go to the Children’s Connection, Domestic Violence Crisis Center and Positive Directions. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the Woman’s Club at 44 Imperial Ave. or by calling (203) 227-4240. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Heating Assistance Program in Full Swing

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Many people across Westport have been turning up the thermostats and turning on their furnaces for the first time this fall, but others are very concerned about how they are going to pay the oil bills this winter.

Maybeth Wirz, town special social services worker, said today that 66 clients have already visited the Westport Human Services Department seeking aid with their heating bill.

Last year, the department’s staff helped 180 families seek assistance, she said.

“People are concerned already because they went through last year with very high bills,” she said. “They don’t know if the oil prices will stay down.”

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Driver Taken to Hospital After North Avenue Accident

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A 74-year-old man was taken to Norwalk Hospital this afternoon after suffering injuries in an accident near 14 North Ave. He was attempting to turn left from his driveway when he was struck by a driver traveling on North Avenue. The 17-year-old male driver of the second car told police he could not avoid him because of the wet road surface from today’s rain. Firefighters had to extricate the man from his vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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U.N. Day Celebration Set for Oct. 24

The United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut will celebrate United Nations Day at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Westport Town Hall.

This year, the United Nations Association of the United States of America is highlighting the role that a healthy mother plays in the development of families and communities worldwide.

Under the theme, “Maternal Health and Well-Being: A Cornerstone of the Millennium Development Goals,” the association hopes to highlight the challenges that mothers face in the developing world, according to the association’s Web site.

The Oct. 24 event will include the raising of the U.N. flag, a proclamation of United Nations Day by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and a message from the secretary-general, as well as a guest speaker, organizers said.

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Former Staples Teacher Suspended from L.I. Job

A former teacher at Westport’s Staples High School has been suspended from his English teaching job at Lindenhurst (N.Y.) Senior High School after his arrest earlier this month for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old former Staples student he had taken on a date, Newsday reported today.

Quoting school officials, the Long Island newspaper said the Lindenhurst School District suspended Peter Eramo Jr., 35, of West Sayville, N.Y., shortly after he turned himself in to the Milford Police Department on Oct. 3 and was charged with second-degree sexual assault. (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2006)

Connecticut authorities say that in 2003, while Eramo was a teacher at Staples, he had sex with the student after a night of drinking in New York City.

Eramo was released on a $10,000 bond under the condition that he avoid contact with the alleged victim and with anyone under 18 years of age outside of school settings, according to a court affidavit and Connecticut officials.

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Fall Fishing

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Temperatures have cooled throughout the area, but some are still boating and fishing on Long Island Sound while it’s still warm enough to do so. This boat headed out Monday from Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
11 a.m. – Long Lots Elementary School Conference Room – Food Service Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Malloy Lecture in the Arts Presents: Poet Billy Collins (sold out)

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Residents Comment on House Size

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Westporters gathered tonight to discuss the issues surrounding larger homes in town and if zoning officials should do anything about them.

It isn’t the first time the Planning and Zoning Commission has discussed potential restrictions to curtail larger homes, but tonight’s session was not as packed with people as some of those sessions. Unlike those previous sessions, however, residents could watch tonight’s live on television and e-mail comments.

Glenn Chalder, principal in Avon-based Planimetrics that was hired to help develop regulation changes for the matter, said teardowns are common throughout the country like they are in Westport.

Sometimes there is not enough land available, he said, like in Westport where 97 percent of the land is developed.

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Staples Boys Soccer Tops Trinity Catholic

Matt Sych’s three goals and one assist powered the Westport’s Staples High School boys soccer team to an 8-1 victory today over Trinity Catholic of Stamford at Albie Loeffler Field.  WestportNow.com Image
Wrecker Mateo Gaviria tussles with a Trinity Catholic marker during today’s Staples 8-1 victory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcina Cristobal for WestportNow.com

The win ups the Wreckers’ record to 9-1-2. They are off until Saturday, when they host Greenwich at noon in an important FCIAC match. 

At 10:45 a.m. that day, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open the new terraced seating project at Loeffler Field.

Against Trinity, Staples also got goals from Russell Oost-Lievense (2), Preston Hirten, Gennadiy Gurevich and Taylor Stuart.  Assists came from Matt Lamb (2), Keaton Cristobal, Greg Bachman, Jackson Lesser and Stuart.

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Going Down: 5 Rustic Lane

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The house at 5 Rustic Lane was demolished today. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 22. Westport Building Department officials have issued 79 demolition permits this year. Last year, they issued 107 permits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Building a Better Sand Trap

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Construction activity is underway on Westport’s Longshore Club Park golf course. The renovation of tees and sand traps is in its second phase. Completion is set for next spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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LWV Candidates Forum Set for Sunday

The League of Women Voters of Westport will hold a public forum for state representative and senate candidates on Sunday at 4:30-6 p.m. at Westport Town Hall.

Incumbent Republican Judith Freedman and Democrat challenger Craig Rebecca Schiavone will debate for state senate.

For the state General Assembly 133rd District Republican incumbent Cathy Tymniak will face Democrat challenger Kim Fawcett, and Democrat incumbent Joe Mioli and Republican challenger William Harris will debate for the 136th District.

Written questions will be submitted by the audience for each of the candidates to address.

The forum will be televised live on cable channel 79 and rebroadcast on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 and 9 p.m.;  Saturday, Oct. 28 at 5 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 29 at 5 and 7 p.m.

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Westport Haunting

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Halloween is just around the corner when Westport’s ghosts and goblins will be out trick or treating. Decorations were hung off of a tree off of Weston and Easton Roads. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Parents Host Mock Special Education Meeting Oct. 25

Special education parents will have the opportunity to witness a mock special education meeting.

The Westport Special Education PTA (SEPTA) will host the mock meeting—which will show how a individualized education plan (IEP) is created—during its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7-9 p.m. at Coleytown Middle School.

Presenters will re-enact two IEP meetings for a student with a disability. One shows a “nightmare” meeting and the other shows a “dream” meeting.

The presenters will provide tips to special education parents, and the laws governing the meetings will be discussed.

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Fall Drive

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All of the leaves on the trees along Westport’s Clinton Avenue haven’t changed colors yet, but there are already many on the ground. Starting in early November and running into December, the town’s yard waste facility on Bayberry Lane will be open until 3 p.m. on Saturdays for residents to dump leaves. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Oct. 16, 2006


7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning House Size Committee (live cable coverage channel 79, e-mail questions during the meeting to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A Parks & Recreation Commission

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Overflow Crowd Watches Westport Congressional Debate

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Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (with microphone) makes a point during tonight’s Westport Temple Israel debate involving 4th Congressional District candidates. There was an overflow crowd on hand to hear Shays as well as (l-r) Democrat Diane Farrell, Green Party candidate Richard Duffee, and Libertarian Party candidate Phillip Mayamin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Temple Israel Debate Centers on Iraq

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It was an overflow crowd with many standing or sitting on the floor at tonight’s 4th Congressional District candidates debate at Temple Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
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Tonight’s debate between the candidates for the 4th Congressional District at Westport’s Temple Israel quickly turned to the subject of Iraq.

The debate included the two major party candidates—Republican incumbent Christopher Shays and Democrat challenger Diane Farrell—but also the two minor party candidates. Libertarian Philip Maymin and Green Party candidate Richard Duffee were present.

While the first question was about the economy, the discussion quickly became one about Iraq.

Farrell, Westport’s former first selectwoman, said there is a spending problem in Congress, and it is Iraq.

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Farrell: “I’m Waiting for Cocktails With Al Qaeda” GOP Mailer

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Diane Farrell, the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (r), shows the debate audience at Westport’s Temple Israel tonight a mailer sent to area homes by the National Republican Congressional Committee. It carries the headline “Diane Farrell: Coffee Talk with the Taliban” and says she is supported by a group sympathetic to the Taliban. Shays (r) denounced the mailer, called it “repugnant,” and said it would hurt him more than Farrell. Farrell said the damage was already done, adding, “This is Chris’s party, this is what his party does.” “Frankly, I’m waiting for ‘Cocktails With Al Qaeda,’” Farrell said. Green Party candidate Richard Duffee is between them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Orphenians Perform for Their Founder, George Weigle

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Geroge Weigle (r), legendary choral director at Westport’s Staples High School for 35 years and founder of the Orphenians, applauds the singing group’s performance today in his honor at the Westport Arts Awards ceremony. Weigle, who retired from Staples in 1989, was among the honorees in music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Arts Panel Honors Katherine Canning

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Katherine Canning, a viola player and pianist and 1993 Staples grad, accepts a Horizon Award today from the Westport Arts Advisory Committee at a Town Hall ceremony. Canning works with Education Through Music, a non-profit group that partners with disadvantaged schools to provide music as a core subject for every student. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Susan Malloy Honored as Patron of the Arts

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Longrtime Westport artist Susan Malloy was among those honored at today’s Westport Town Hall 13th annual Westport Arts Awards celebration. She received the Patron of the Arts Award-2006 for her support of the arts in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making Strides Walk Raises $420,000 to Fight Breast Cancer

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About 5,500 men and women walked for five miles around Sherwood Island State Park in Westport today and raised $420,000 for breast cancer research, organizers said. The Staples High School field hockey team and the Westport Woman’s Club were among participating groups from Westport. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Farrell Revives Brown Bag Lunch for Day in Westport

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Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell revived her brown bag lunch for a day today at Westport’s Kings’s Highway Elementary School. She was introduced by her former second selectman, Carl Leaman. For this lunch. she supplied the sandwiches and brown bags to take home campaign items. Farrell is in a hotly contested race to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays. They will meet later today in a debate at Westport’s Temple Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Walking to Support Breast Cancer Research

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Participants walk along the shoreline during today’s Sherwood Island State Park event to support breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Woman’s Club Walks to Fight Breast Cancer

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The Westport Woman’s Club was among grouips walking today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park as part of the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Agains Breast Cancer” fund-raiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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NY Times Endorses Mioli for Re-Election in 136th District

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Joe Mioli: “What is not ordinary is his common sense.” WN file photo
The New York Times today endorsed freshman Democrat Joe Mioli for re-election to Connecticut’s 136th General Assembly District from Westport. He is the first Democrat to hold the seat in 30 years.

The full text of the editorial in the Sunday Connecticut section:

“The Democratic incumbent, Joe Mioli, is being challenged by Bill Harris, a magazine publisher. We appreciate the fact that intelligent candidates like Mr. Harris are willing to invest the time and effort into making a run for office at a time when the Republican party needs resuscitation.

“But Mr. Mioli, who is completing his first term in office, gets our endorsement. Mr. Mioli says his story is an ordinary one — he came here as a penniless 21-year-old and built a good life running a pizza restaurant in Westport. What is not ordinary is his common sense.

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