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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Westport Begins Leaf Collections

The Westport Public Works Department today began its annual curbside leaf collection program. It runs through Dec. 3. 

Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process cannot handle plastic bags.

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway. 

Public Works crews will pick up throughout the town several times during the collection period.  A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 3 and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 3 will be collected.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Stony Point Road

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A permit has been issued by the Westport Building Dept to demolish the house at 17 Stony Point Road. The 1957-built two-story contemporary is on a 1-acre waterfront property. The owner said that “we’re keeping the foundation and rebuilding it as an up-to-date house with many ‘green’ features that fit in beautifully with its site on the river.” The home was the longtime home of the late Ralph Sheffer, a well known Westporter and former moderator of the Representative Town Meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Author Barbara Quick Makes Westport Appearances

Barbara Quick, author of the newly released historical novel “Vivaldi’s Virgins” (HarperCollins 2007) will be making several appearances in Westport this week to promote her book.  WestportNow.com Image
Barbara Quick: writes about 18th century Venice. Contributed photo

They will include a talk to the Westport Rotary Club on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore, and a talk and book signing at the Westport Public Library on Wednesday at noon. She will also conduct a workshop on writing an historical novel for the Westport Writers’ Workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Released by HarperCollins in July 2007 and being translated into 11 languages, “Vivaldi’s Virgins” is historical fiction that recreates 18th century Venice at the height of its splendor and decadence. 

Quick, who is the author of five other books, lives in Berkeley, Calif., with her teenage son

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Westport Scene

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The field at Nyala Farms in Westport’s Greens Farms section was ablaze with color today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Plastic Surgeon Offers “Westport Face Lift”

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Joel Singer: new procedure reduces recovery time. Contributed photo
In one of the more bizarre attempts to commercialize Westport’s notoriety and cachet, a Westport plastic surgeon said today he has begun to offer what he calls the “Westport Face Lift.”

The minimally invasive face lift offers women and men the opportunity to make lasting improvements in their facial appearance without a long recovery period, according to Dr. Joel Singer, founder of Imperial Plastic Surgery on Imperial Avenue.

Unlike “weekend face lifts” that usually involve tightening and sculpting the jaw line, the Westport Face Lift instead focuses on tightening the skin on the cheeks, he said.

“Most local residents considering cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of their mid face area are only given the option of a full face lift or temporary improvement with injectable fillers,” Singer said. “With Westport Face Lift, I offer a better choice for many patients.”

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Sunset Rock Climb

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With the end of daylight saving time, sunset is a little earlier now—4:44 p.m. today. But that just provided a neat backdrop for this youngster climbing on the jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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New York Man Pleads Guilty in Westport Shooting

A Staten Island, N.Y., man has pleaded guilty in connection with a 2004 shooting at a Westport home and faces a minimum of eight and a half years in prison.

Brian Minicieli, 25, entered the plea Friday in Norwalk Superior Court and is scheduled to appear for sentencing Nov. 28, according to Robert Hall, chief state’s attorney.

The last time Mincieli was set to be sentenced, in February 2006, he jumped bail and was on the lam for almost four months before being arrested. He is currently free on $100,000 bail.

The charges against Mincieli stem from a Nov. 13, 2004, incident in which a 20-year-old Wilton man was shot and wounded as he tried to break up a robbery at a birthday party on Franklin Street attended by about a dozen guests. (See WestportNow Nov. 14, 2004)

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Fire Truck Strikes Deer

Westport firefighters frequently respond to incidents involving vehicles striking a deer. Sunday night it happened to them.

Engine Co. 2 responding to an alarm struck and killed a deer Sunday night in front of Volvo of Westport at 556 Post Road East, just down the street from fire headquarters at 515 Post Road East.

The truck was not damaged and there were no injuries to the firefighters, according to fire officials. Other fire apparatus responded to the call.

Deer strikes on Westport roads have occurred with increasing frequency, including on busy Post Road East earlier this year in front of Mitchells of Westport not far from Sunday’s incident. (See WestportNow Feb. 20, 2007)

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Morning Commute With Color

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Travelers along I-95 near Exit 17 in Westport today were treated to spectacular fall colors along the roadway. View is of southbound traffic on the right. Merritt Parkway drivers are enjoying similar scenes. DOT photo

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Turkey Time

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A giant turkey outside the BP gas station on Post Road East reminds passersby that Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 5, 2007


4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen gaming in the afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Eric Booth: “Habits of the Mind:  Refocusing the Path of Learning”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Mike Krysiuk - “Why Me Why Now”
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)

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Crab Snack

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A sea gull enjoyed a crab snack at Westport’s Compo Beach today.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

On the Beach

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A day after stormy weather, Westport’s Compo Beach welcomed many Sunday visitors today who enjoyed mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Back Deck View

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Saturday’s brilliant sunset as seen from a back deck on Westport’s North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 4, 2007


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series: “Pinkalicious”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Elliot Aronson on “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts”

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Gunman Robs Westport Liquor Store

A man with a handgun robbed a Westport liquor store today and fled with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.

The robbery occurred at International Liquor, 732 Post Road East, next to Calise’s Food Market, near the intersection of Hillspoint Road.

The robber entered the store shortly after 7 p.m., showed his weapon, and told the employee to give him all the money, which he did, said Lt. Leonard Rummo.

The robber fled the store on foot heading westbound, and a K-9 unit was unable to pick up a trail, he said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Detective Bureau at (203)341-6000.

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Whipping Through the Fall Foliage

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Today’s high winds whipped through the fall foliage throughout Westport, including at Compo Mill Cove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Beaver Deceiver: Leveling a Westport Pond

Westporters took action today to thwart some busy beavers, sometimes called the planet’s second-best engineers.WestportNow.com Image
Installing the pond leveling system today in the Partrick Wetlands were (l-r) Skip Hilliker a wildlife technician;  John Horkel, Earthplace director; Sean Guinan, wildlife assistant, and Matthew Mandell, an Earthplace trustee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adam Stolpen for WestportNow.com

A team from Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, installed a pond leveling system at a beaver dam on Poplar Plains Brook inside the sprawling Partrick Wetlands in northwest Westport.

The system was needed because the beavers had built a dam that had grown to 80 feet wide and 4 feet tall, creating a pond well over 5 acres in size.

“There was a need to reduce the size of the pond,” said John Horkel, Earthplace director.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Staples Wins Seventh Straight

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The Staples Wreckers improved to 7-0 on the season today with a 28-7 victory over Darien at Darien. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Pacilio (1) started in place of the injured Mike Samela. Staplesfootball.com photo

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Gaining Ground

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Staples senior Josh Kozel rushed for a team-high 83 yards today and was a key man on the defense as Staples defeated Darien 28-7. The Wreckers go up against New Canaan Friday night at New Canaan and try to avenge last year’s 14-13 loss. The winner of the contest will face Greenwich in the FCIAC champsionship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for Staplesfootball.com

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Storm Fun

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach has some fun today as waves kick up from the remnants of Hurricane Noel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Winds Pick Up, Scattered Power Outages Reported

Winds generated by the remnants of Hurricane Noel picked up along Westport’s coast today as Connecticut Light and Power Company reported brief scattered power outages in town.

The National Weather Service issued a high winds advisory and a coastal flood advisory for Westport and portions of the tri-state area. Eastern Connecticut and Cape Cod were expected to see the highest winds.

Local weather stations reported winds gusting to 39 miles per hour this afternoon and forecasters predicted gusts may reach 45-55 later in the day. They said winds could be strong enough to whip up tides along Long Island Sound by as much as 2-1/2 feet above normal, causing minor flooding.

At 9 a.m., CL&P reported 19 Westport customers were without power, but an hour later it said all power had been restored.

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Town Clerk’s Office Open for Absentee Ballots

The Westport Town Clerk’s office is open until noon today to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Absentee ballots will also be available at the Town Clerk’s office Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., according to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.

Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday when the polls officially close.

The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave. in Room 105.  Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town Web site at www.westportct.gov

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Enjoying the View

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Some geese enjoy the view Friday at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 3, 2007


9 a.m. - noon - Westport Town Hall - Town Clerk’s office open for absentee ballot distribution
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series:  “Pinkalicious”
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - The Prevailing Winds woodwind quintet performs
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Kings Highway Walking Tour
2:30 p.m. - Darien High School - Staples football vs Darien
7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Family Chamber Music Concerts: Jorge Caballero, classical guitar
7 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - African Children’s Choir

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