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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Westport Property Transfers Oct. 16-20, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 16-20, 2006:

Edwin W. Thomas Jr. to Joshua and Emily G. Prince, 151 Long Lots Road, $825,000 WN property.jpg

Sundri Alim Tr to M. H. Associates LLC, 19 Terra Nova Circle, $1,147,500

21 Main Street LLC to Haja 21 LLC, 21 Main St., $3,060,000

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Bridgeport Central 8-0

The Staples boys soccer team continued to score in bunches today at Albie Loeffler Field, shutting out Bridgeport Central 8-0. 

The Wreckers got four goals in each half and are now 11-1-2 with just two games left in the regular season. They host Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School Thursday at 4 p.m.

Staples enjoyed balanced scoring once again. Matt Lamb and Justin Rodriguez tallied twice while Preston Hirten, Russell Oost-Lievense, Brendon Cristobal and Greg Bachman netted one each. Assists came from Oost-Lievense, Lamb and Jackson Lesser (two apiece), and Hirten.

Head coach Dan Woog cited Ben King, Craig Wolgast, Alex Gendell and Liam Bohonnon for their fine defensive work on the Hilltoppers’ talented scorer, Lee Martins. Goalkeepers Dave Sharpe and Sanders McNair combined for the shutout.

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Westport Firefighters Back Farrell and Mioli

Westport’s firefighters today endorsed Democratic former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell for the 4th Congressional District and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Joe Mioli for re-election in the 136th District.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Two years ago the executive board of the Westport firefighters union endorsed Farrell in her first bid to unseat Christopher Shays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

“We are pleased and proud to offer Diane and Joe our unqualified endorsement for the upcoming election,” said Gary Marks, president of Westport Professional Firefighters, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1081, in a statement.

“Our members have worked closely with Diane during her two terms as Westport’s first selectwoman on both labor matters and on goals to improve our service to the public.”

Marks said dealings firefighters had with Farrell were always fair and truthful and that when she made a promise to its members, it was kept.

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Westporters Mark United Nations 61st Anniversary

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Staples High School students Rebecca Gould and Sam Goodgame raise the United Nations flag during a ceremony today marking the 61st anniversary of the U.N. charter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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The need for the United Nations was emphasized during a ceremony at Town Hall this morning honoring the formation of the international organization’s 61st anniversary.

The annual ceremony included remarks, the raising of the United Nations flag and music from Suzuki Music School of Westport students.

Sam Goodgame, a Staples High School student, said many in his generation know that the United Nations is an organization working to bring peace.

“It’s proven instrumental in keeping our world safe,” he said. “But the job is getting harder.”

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Flags Over the Saugatuck

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The flags representing the United Nations member countries flew over the Saugatuck River today on the Ruth Steinkrauss Cohen Memorial Bridge. The flags are to honor the United Nations 61st anniversary today. A ceremony was held at Westport Town Hall to honor Charter Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Ballot Reprinting May Be Necessary

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Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said today she may have to reprint ballots for the November election and make other changes because Green Party candidate Richard Duffee dropped out of the race for the 4th Congressional District.

The reprinting and other associated costs could tally around $1,000, she said.

Strauss said normally the clerks can place stickers on the ballots covering the change, but the absentee ballots this year are yellow.

“The clerks can’t find any canary yellow stickers,” she said.

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Poll Shows 4th CD Race Even; Green Party Backs Farrell

A new Hartford Courant poll shows the 4th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Christopher Shays and Democratic challenger Diane Farrell a dead heat.

The Hartford Courant/UConn poll released Monday night shows each candidate has 43 percent support among likely voters with the war in Iraq as the driving issue.

According to the poll, unaffiliated voters are shifting toward Farrell, who has erased a 16-point deficit in the last three weeks. The Courant/UConn poll surveyed 805 voters Oct. 16-22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Meanwhile, the Green Party announced it is withdrawing its candidate, Richard Duffee, and throwing its support to Farrell.  Duffee and Farrell, a former Westport first selectwoman, made the announcement Monday at a Norwalk news conference.

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Showing Some Color

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The leaves along the Saugatuck River near Save the Children are slowly showing their colors. Leaves are falling off the trees throughout Westport with recent rainy and windy weather, but the sun was out on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006


10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss: “Triangle: A Novel”
11 a.m. – Westport Town Hall Front Steps and Lobby – UN Day Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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School Board Waiting on Compliance Review

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The Westport Board of Education will wait until a study of the special education survey is completed before possibly moving forward with a compliance review of the special education program.

The board has been discussing hiring an outside firm to conduct a review of special education cases to ensure they comply with state and federal laws.

Board members, however, said tonight they want to wait until a committee reports on the results of a survey of special education parents survey before moving forward with a Request for Proposals. The committee is slated to give a progress report in December.

“I have a hard time determining what we need without the report from the committee looking at the survey,” said Marge Cion, a board member.

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Teachers, School Officials Strike Deal

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The Westport Education Association and the Board of Education avoided arbitration by striking a tentative deal on a new labor contract, but details are not yet available.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced the tentative deal during tonight’s Board of Education meeting.

“The terms are confidential at this time,” he said.

The teachers union’s membership needs to ratify the deal, he said, before details are released.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Gallery Director Connects Local Artists to New York

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Helen Klisser During, gallery director at Silvermine Arts Center, spoke about connecting local and New York City artists today at the Y’s Women meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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Helen Klisser During is working to bring artists and their work from New York City to work with regional artists at the Silvermine Arts Center in Norwalk.

During, gallery director at Silvermine, spoke to the Westport-Weston Y’s Women this morning about her work.

She said as a private art dealer she meets artists and is sometimes able to have them be a part of a show at Silvermine.

She has been trying to incorporate the best of New York City artists with the best ones from Fairfield County, she said.

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Make a Difference Week in Full Swing

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Hundreds of Westporters will be participating in nearly 30 Make a Difference projects this week that will help thousands of people throughout the region.

The projects range from painting STAR homes to cleaning up parks and there are opportunities for all Westporters to participate.

Make a Difference Day is sponsored by USA Weekend, and is held on the last Saturday in October. Westport, however, works on projects for the entire week proceeding Make a Difference Day, which is Saturday.

The Make a Difference Day Committee has sought little publicity this year, but the community has rallied again, said Barbara Pearson-Rac, committee chairwoman.

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Actress Jane Wyatt Appeared at Playhouse in 1932 and 1963

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Actress Jane Wyatt, who died Friday at age 96, was in the 1932 repertory company at Westport Country Playhouse. She is pictured at far left on one of the Playhouse’s outside staircases. Armina Marshall Langner, the Playhouse’s co-founder, is on the next step. Wyatt was the season’s ingénue, appearing in several productions during the summer of 1932. She returned to the Playhouse in 1963 in “The Strangers” with Cornelia Otis Skinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Country Playhouse photo

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Fall Fishing

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The sun was out most of the day on Sunday in Westport, although a few rain drops fell during the afternoon. Some took advantage of the day to fish off of the jetty at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Oct. 23, 2006


7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - “Life and Remembrance”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)

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Chatting with a Ghost

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Staples Senior Jacob Henkoff portrayed Robert Gault during tonight’s third annual Westport Historical Society Lantern Tour at Willowbrook Cemetery. Gault emigrated to Connecticut in the 1880s from Northern Ireland. More than 100 persons attended the event, which was a tour of the graveyard and its historical residents. The Staples Players were among those playing the parts of historical Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playing Dead

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Eighth grader Jamie Crane-Mauzy portrayed Armina Marshall, wife of Westport Country Playhouse founder Lawrence Langner, at her gravestone during today’s Westport Historical Society Lantern Tour of Willowbrook Cemetery on Main Street. Marshall, an actress, a playwright and a co-administrator of the Theater Guild whose career on Broadway spanned more than half a century, died in 1991 at the age of 96. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Halloween Painting

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Kids who attended today’s Fall Festival at Long Lots Elementary School were able to have their faces painted just in time for Halloween. They also got to play games and check out a fire engine from the Westport Fire Department. It was a fund-raiser for the school’s PTA. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Club Members Score in Massachusetts Regatta

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Several members of Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club won their events or placed extremely well at the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend in Boston/Cambridge, Mass. The banks of the river were packed with more than 300,000 spectators who came to see 7,500 athletes compete in what is considered the world’s largest rowing event. Among the Westport club’s first-place finishers were Pam Raila and Sue Padilla in a double and the club’s women’s four. The club’s commodore, Saman Majd, and his partner, Mark Alloway, came in second in a double and the women’s eight placed third. Pictured are rower Kit Huber (rear) with partner Kathy L’Hommedieu who placed fifth out of 15 boats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Capacity Crowd for Westport Arts Center’s “Guitar Summit”

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An enthusiastic crowd of jazz lovers filled the Southport Pequot Library auditorium to capacity today to hear a “Guitar Summit” concert sponsored by the Westport Arts Center. The concert featured the versatile and accomplished Bucky Pizzarelli (3rd l.) who brought with him three talented musicians (l-r): Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden, and Frank Vignola. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Candidates Face Off on Housing and Transportation

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Affordable housing and transportation were among the issues that dominated today’s forum for state representative and senator candidates at Westport Town Hall.WestportNow.com Image
Today’s Westport Town Hall state candidates forum was telecast live on the town’s cable channel and will be rebroadcast next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com

The Westport League of Women Voters hosted the forum which included Republican incumbent Sen. Judith Freedman and Democrat challenger Craig Rebecca Schiavone in the 26th District, incumbent Republican state Rep. Cathy Tymniak and Democrat challenger Kim Fawcett in the 133rd District, and Democrat incumbent state Rep. Joe Mioli and Republican challenger William Harris in the 136th District.

All of the candidates mentioned the pending affordable housing application in the Gorham Avenue neighborhood when talking about the issues with the state law, which seeks to have 10 percent of a community’s housing stock deemed “affordable.”

The forum will be rebroadcast on cable channel 79 on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m., and Sunday, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Getting in the Halloween Spirit

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This home on Warnock Drive is one of many in Westport that have put out decorations in readiness for Halloween. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fairstein Addresses Issues of Domestic Violence

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A former New York City prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist told a Westport forum on domestic violence today that changes in laws in the last 30 years have made it easier to prosecute domestic violence crimes and so have changes in public perception of the problem.WestportNow.com Image
Linda Fairstein signs copies of her book “Death Dance” following her talk on domestic violence today at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Linda Fairstein spent 25 years as bureau chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She also has penned several books since stepping down in 2002.

She spoke before a small crowd in the Town Hall Auditorium in a forum sponsored by the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the community.

“People think that domestic violence is only an issue of the underclass or in the ghetto,” she said. “It happens in the darkest corners of every community across the country.”

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 9-13, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 9-13, 2006:

Doreen Kelly to Marc and Megan E. Morelli, 15 Maplewood Ave., $780,000WN property.jpg

Treadwell Avenue LLC to Deane and Maryanne Martire, 27 Treadwell Ave., $1,625,000

Keith Q. Chen and Helen H. Wang to National Residential Nominee Services Inc., 2 Bonnie Brook Road, $1,270,000

National Residential Nominee Services Inc., to David D. and Ellen A. Brown, 2 Bonnie Brook Road, $1,270,000

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