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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Staples Alums Add to Tuition Grants Fund

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Representatives from the Staples Class of 1966 presented checks totaling $1,500 from classmates to launch a new “All-Alumni Scholarship Fund” in support of the Staples Tuition Grants program that started in 1943. They encouraged other Staples grads to make similar contributions. Pictured (l-r) are: Jeff Wieser (past chair of the Staples Tuition Grants Committee); Donna Smirniotopoulos, current chair; John Lupton (president of the Class of 1966), Lynne Baker Betts (‘66) and Ann Sheffer (‘66). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fishing in the Surf

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A fisherman tries his luck off Westport’s Burying Hill Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Dogs Back at the Beach

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Dogs were back at Westport’s Compo Beach today as Oct. 1 marked the period that animals are permitted at town beaches. There are designated areas where dogs must be on leash and where they may be off leash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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NY Times: WestportNow Inspires New Jersey Teardown Map

Inspired by WestportNow’s “Teardown of the Day” series and interactive map, a New Jersey community Web site has launched its own map of properties being razed, The New York Times reported today.

The site is Baristanet (www.baristanetnj.com) based in Montclair, N.J., co-owned by Liz George, who is also managing editor.

“Maybe something like this will give people pause,” the newspaper quotes George, 39, as saying in her office at her gracious 100-year-old home.

“Knowing you’re having your house on the teardown map, knowing it will be part of this trend, I don’t think it has a positive implication.”

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Early Morning Holiday Bridge Work

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For many years, Westport’s Saugatuck River Bridge has been lit for the year-end holidays. To get ready for this year, members of Al’s Angels charity group were were out early this morning removing damaged lights. Soon phase two to place new lights for this season will begin. Angel Al DiGuido and John Guinta (not shown) performed the bridge work. As part of its efforts, Al’s Angels supplies Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals for the needy and gifts for youngsters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Compo Jogger

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A jogger was out early Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Oct 1, 2006


9 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Bike Tour
1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series presents “Jabberwocky,” “A Tales & Scales Musictale” appropriate for ages 5 and up
3 p.m. Westport Public Library McManus Room - Poet’s Voice featuring poet, fiction writer and critic Carol Muske-Dukes

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Staples Shuts Out Harding 33-0

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Staples shut out Harding at Bridgeport today 33-0, improving to 3-0 on the season. Senior Kenny Lozyniak carries the ball while Nick VanVlamertynghe (60), Roger Muchnik (32), and Matt Santora (78) block. Next Saturday the Wreckers take on Trumbull in the homecoming game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

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Lebow Scores Career-High Three Touchdowns

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Staples senior Alex Lebow grabs a pass in today’s 33-0 win over Harding at Bridgeport. Lebow racked up 113 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on 15 carries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Morning Accident Ties Up I-95

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Southbound traffic backed up on I-95 in Westport at about 9 a.m. today because of a two-car accident on the Saugatuck River Bridge. A Westport EMS ambulance can be seen making its way to the accident. EMS transported two persons to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Arts Center Hosts Exhibit Reception

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The Westport Arts Center Friday night held an opening reception for its “Allegories of Displacement”  exhibit. Standing in front of one of the pieces on display, “Hard Rain,”  are (l-r)) Murray Kronick, Susanna Heller, the artist, William Di Fazio and Sylvia Kronick. The evening was well attended with a wine and cheese reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006


1:30 p.m. - Bridgeport - Harding High School - Staples football vs Harding

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Staples Boys Soccer Earns Another Shutout Win

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Nicky Hoberman (blue) heads a ball out of danger in Staples’ 1-0 win over New Canaan today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
Matt Lamb’s penalty kick—his third in as many games—was the difference as the Staples boys soccer team shut out New Canaan 1-0 at the Rams’ field today.

The Wreckers’ victory—their sixth shutout in seven matches—raised their record to 6-0-1. Staples’ next test comes Wednesday (4 p.m.), against a tough Wilton team at Kristine Lilly Field.

Lamb’s penalty kick came after Brendon Cristobal drove into the box and was fouled.  Cristobal, Preston Hirten and Russell Oost-Lievense were dynamic attackers throughout the afternoon.

Defensively, they teamed with Keaton Cristobal to neutralize Jeff Leach, the Rams’ All-American player.

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Telling of Life and Death

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The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities today kicked off a new series “Know Your Neighbors” with Bill Meyer giving a talk titled “End of Life Choices.” The well known Westporter talked about his highly emotional experience and spiritual decision to help his terminally ill father end his life. He talked about his close relationship with his father and the factors that lead up to the decision. Meyer was ultimately arrested in 1994 for second degree manslaughter, which could have included a prison sentence of up to 10 years. The case attracted national media attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Getting the Meals Ready

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Michel Nischan, chef and co-owner with Paul Newman of the new restaurant The Dressing Room, prepares “preview” meals to get ready for the opening on Oct. 6. The restaurant is adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Rell Announces $50,000 Funding for Westport Firehouses

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that $50,000 in new state funding for improvements to firehouses in Westport is expected to be approved at the Oct. 6 meeting of the State Bond Commission.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Gov. M. Jodi Rell visits Westport Fire Headquarters Sept. 14 and is welcomed by Chief Christopher Ackley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow   for WestportNow.com

“This money will allow Westport to make necessary upgrades and renovations at its firehouses,” said Rell, who visited Westport fire headquarters Sept. 14 to proclaim “First Responders Day.”

“We want to do all we can to make sure our first responders have the finest facilities and equipment. They deserve it. This is good news for Westport.”

The request had been originally submitted by state Rep. Joe Mioli of Westport. “I am glad the governor has supported the request and look forward to the State Bond Commission approving it,” he said.

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Celebrating

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Westport’s newest fire recruits celebrate with gifts of sponges and scouring pads from Platoon 1 after their swearing in today at Westport Fire Headquarters. They are (l-r) David Janofsky, Kevin Dumas, Michael Scalzo, and Turker Askoy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firefighter Recruits Join Westport Department

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New firefighter recruits (l-r) Michael Scalzo, 24, of Newtown; David Janofsky, 21, of Bethel; Kevin Dumas, 24, of Milford and Turker Aksoy, 33, of Bethany take the oath of office from First Selectman Gordon Joseloff during a ceremony today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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The Westport Fire Department welcomed four new recruits today who will fill in slots as other firefighters are promoted to officer positions.

The new firefighters are Turker Aksoy, 33 of Bethany, David Janofsky, 21, of Bethel, Michael Scalzo, 24, of Newtown and Kevin Dumas, 24, of Milford. They were the top candidates out of a pool of 235 candidates, said Fire Chief Christopher Ackley.

“They are the cream of the crop,” he said.

Ackley told the recruits they were joining one of the last honorable professions and they will be their brothers’ keepers.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 West Branch Road

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Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 8 West Branch Road. The house was constructed in 1967. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Metro-North Schedule Makes Minute Change

Metro-North has announced a schedule change for its New Haven line effective Sunday that has almost all trains departing from Westport to New York one minute earlier on weekdays and weekends.

The railroad said in an announcement that the changes were made to accommodate an overhead wires construction project in the vicinity of South Norwalk.

New Haven to New York trains will depart one minute earlier from Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Southport, Green’s Farms, Westport, East Norwalk, and South Norwalk, Metro-North said.

The railroad urged riders to check for new departure times effective Sunday.

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 18-22, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 18-22, 2006:

Joseph L. Karmanosky to Pekia Construction Inc., 6 Pleasant Valley Lane, $975,000WN property.jpg

Roozbeh Akhundzadeh to Richard A. Calacci, 1 Otter Trail, $500,000

Matthew S. and Jill Eisenberg to Sean P. and Carianne Hynes, 23 Long Lots Lane, $855,000

Mitchell H. Cohen to Elizabeth C. Z. Petti, 308 Compo Road South, $2,845,000

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Parenting Presentation Slated at Staples

The Staples High School Teen Awareness Group (TAG) together with Westport and Wilton Youth Services will host parenting educator James Jones to speak on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Jones is the author of the books “Are Your Kids Driving You Crazy?: How to Avoid Devastating Parent Traps” and “Your Children Will Whistle While They Work.” He is also the founder of the Familyhood Education Foundation.

“TAG believes Dr. Jones’s presentation will benefit parents of children of all ages, people who some day want to have children, grandparents, and anyone who works with kids,” said Mia Backon, a Staples senior at Staples High School TAG president.

TAG is a Staples club that has coordinated events focusing on awareness and prevention in the Staples and Westport communities over the last six years.

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Coffee Break

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The sun came and went from behind the clouds Thursday as some found the time to take a coffee break outside the Westport Public Library along the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, Sept. 29, 2006


8:30 a.m. – Room 309 – Westport Transit District
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening: Allegories of Displacement
7 p.m. - Port Fjord in Cos Cob - IHA’s Jazz on the Sound
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Doo Wop and Oldies Spectacular
8 p.m. - Town Hall Community Theater - “Copenhagen”

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Examining Science Education

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Westporter Linda K. Froschaur, Weston middle school teacher and K-8 Science Depatrment chairwoman, is the president of the National Science Teachers Association, and she spoke at today’s Y’s Men of Westport/Weston session. Her subject was “Searching for the next Sputnik.” She said not since the the launching of the Soviet Sputnik satellite in 1957 has science education received the level of attention it is now experiencing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Riding the Wind

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It was a windy day today at Westport’s Compo Beach, and three kite riders caught some of it for a ride in Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Last Month of the Market

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Fall items are popping up at the Westport Farmers Market as it enters its final month. Pumpkins are among the items now available. The market runs each Thursday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 26 at the Westport Country Playhouse. Vendors are already planning for next year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Keefe Joins Playhouse Board of Directors

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Anne Keefe: Left associate artistic director position on Tuesday. Contributed photo
Anne Keefe, former Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director, now has a place on the playhouse’s Board of Directors.

She took the position on Wednesday.

Keefe returns to her roots where she began her affiliation with Westport Country Playhouse seven years ago when she was first appointed to the board in 1999.

She served as ex-officio member of the board for the last five years since she was appointed associate artistic director by Joanne Woodward in 2001.

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Heading South

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Westport gardeners have noticed Monarch Butterflies in recent days as they migrate to Mexico for the winter. They feed on the nectar of fall blooming flowers, such as this yellow goldenrod plant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals

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