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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Promoting Concours d’Elegance

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Classic car owners were out in Westport today promoting the Concours d’Elegance, which is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Green,  which is across from Town Hall. Close to 100 cars will be on display at the event, and nine of them traveled 40 miles in Westport and the surrounding area today to promote the event. Admission to the event is $15 for one and $30 for a family of four. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Historic Property Owners Honored

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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff called the Historic Preservation Award winners “heroes” today during a ceremony at Town Hall.WestportNow.com Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) presents an Historic District Commission award to Bradley Street homeowners Tom Seligson and Susan Farewell during today’s ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“You’re the heroes because you’re preserving Westport,” he said. “This is the fabric of Westport, and no one asked you to do what you did. You did it on your own.”

Ten property owners were honored by the Historic District Commission for preserving historic properties throughout Westport.

This year’s recipients—who were featured in a series on WestportNow—are owners of 1 Beachside Ave., 15 Bradley St., 24 Bridge St., 81 Compo Road South, 9-11 Evergreen Ave., 19 Evergreen Ave., 162 Greens Farms Road, 42 Myrtle Ave., 6 Old Hill Road, and 87 Post Road East

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Getting Ready for Opening

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Curator Howard Munce (l) and exhibit co-director Wally Woods prepare for today’s opening reception to the new exhibit “Artists and Their Models” at the Westport Historical Society.  A reception will be held 4-6 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 2, features the work of the 160 illustrators who lived in Westport in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Their work appeared on the covers of popular magazines, in magazine ads and throughout the print media. Many of their subject models were residents of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006


8 a.m. - Compo Beach - Kiwanis Triathalon
10 a.m. - Town Hall - Historic Preservation Awards
4-6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Artists and Their Models” exhibit opening

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Elementary Enrollment Not as Large as First Announced

Westport’s public elementary schools had 66 more students enroll this fall than anticipated, not more than 100 as first announced.

The Westport School District issued a correction to figures announced at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

At the meeting, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said Westport elementary schools have more than 100 students than originally anticipated. (See WestportNow Sept. 12, 2006)

The correction issued by the district said 2,487 students were budgeted in the elementary schools while 2,553 showed up, or 66 more.

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Staples Boys Soccer Team Mucks Out a Win

Wet, muddy but happy, the Westport’s Staples High School boys soccer team defeated St. Joseph 3-0 this afternoon.

The Cadets’ field was nearly unplayable, with numerous lakes and ruts, but the Wreckers adapted well to the conditions. Now 2-0-0, they entertain Darien in their home opener on Tuesday. Kickoff is 4 p.m.

The first goal came a minute before the end of the first half. Nicky Hoberman blasted a shot through a crowd, and Brendon Cristobal ran on to finish.

Staples wore down their hosts in the second half, and tallied twice midway through. Matt Lamb’s long cross was headed in by Matt Sych; then Brendon Cristobal rebounded in Lamb’s direct kick.

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Friends of Sherwood Island

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Friends of Sherwood Island, a suportive group of Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park celebrated its seventh annual lobster dinner/silent aution tonight at the park pavilion. Pictured (l-r) are Walter Schlenker, Winifred Keane and Winifred Balboni. Notables among the sellout crowd were First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, State Rep. Joe Mioli, State Sen. Judith Friedman and U.S. Rep Christopher Shays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Westport Animal Group Receives State Grant

Westport-based The Alliance In Limiting Strays (TAILS) is among 11 organizations to receive a total of $40,000 in state funding under the state’s new Feral Cat Grant Program.

“Feral cats are wild by nature–-many have never known a human touch or received veterinary care,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. “Meanwhile, we are seeing an explosion in their populations which presents us with a major animal welfare challenge.”

The governor said the state wants to get to the root of the problem so it is doing all it can to help local groups address the health of these animals in a humane fashion.

“The nonprofit organizations who are receiving these grants are made up of dedicated volunteers who will help us make steady progress in this area, and I commend them on the fine work they are doing,” Rell said.

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P&Z Closes IHA Hearing

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The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission may start its deliberations on allowing Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) to construct supportive housing on West End Avenue next week.

The commission closed the hearing on the proposal and two zoning regulation amendments during its meeting Thursday night. The proposed supportive housing would be a six-unit house, which Interfaith Housing Association would run.

Save Old Saugatuck, however, has proposed a different regulation amendment that would make it more difficult for IHA to construct the six units.

Save Old Saugatuck representatives do not want supportive housing concentrated in one area of Westport (see WestportNow July 21).

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Abel Raising Cain

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Westporter Alan Abel, a self-described “professional hoaxer,” addressed today’s Westport Sunrise Rotary Club meeting on “Using Your Wits to Win.”  A writer, lecturer, actor, filmmaker, jazz musician and comedian, Abel has written eight books, including “Abel Raises Cain.”  In his presentation, he explained how to solve problems with offbeat creative ideas, the common denominator being humor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gorham Neighbors Plan Second Open House

Residents in Westport’s Gorham Avenue neighborhood are planning a second open house on Sunday at 1-3 p.m. at 290 Main St.

The neighbors held a open house in August before hearings start on a proposed condominium development in the area (See WestportNow Aug. 26).

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold its first hearing on the application on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The proposal, which also includes a zoning regulation amendment, calls for 20 condominiums to be built on 5 Gorham Ave. and 296 Main St. A portion of the condos would be labeled “affordable” under state statutes.

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Gas Line Leak Forces Preschool Evacuation

A construction crew hit a gas line near a Westport preschool today causing the school to be evacuated.WestportNow.com Image
A Westport fire truck sits outside the Pumpkin Preschool/.Landmark Academy building on Burr Road today following shutdown of a gas leak. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

About 300 students from the Pumpkin Preschool and Landmark Academy at 15 Burr Road were evacuated to the nearby Assumption Church until gas company workers could shut down the line.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin said a crew renovating a playground for Landmark Academy behind the building punctured the gas line at about noon.

Police shut down Burr Road which runs from Riverside Avenue to Post Road West and firefighters deployed hose lines as a precaution.

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Former Real Estate Exec Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

Former Westport real estate executive Wade Shavell and his mother, Patricia Shavell, 74, have pleaded guilty to tax evasion and related charges and face sentencing in December.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said they pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 6 before U.S. District Judge Mark R.. Kravitz in New Haven.

Shavell, 45, now a resident of Palm Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.  Sentencing was set for Dec. 4. He faces a maximum term of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

His mother, also a Palm Beach resident, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the filing of a false and fraudulent document with the Internal Revenue Service, a news release said.

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Scouts Recruit New Scouts

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Westport Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Thursday night held a “Scouting Recruiting Night” at the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room. Those seeking information about joining Cub Scouts (first through fifth grades) or Boy Scouts (sixth through 12th grades) should contact Alyson Angus at (203)221-9104. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Jackson for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sunrise at Old Mill

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Before the rains came, there was this sunrise this week at Westport’s Old Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

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Friday, Sept. 15, 2006


No public events scheduled

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Residents Air Concerns on Y Septic System

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State Department of Environmental Protection officials were in Westport tonight to gather comments from the public on the septic system that would go with the proposed new Westport-Weston Family Y facility at Camp Mahackeno.

Because of the size of the proposed septic system—it would process 34,000 gallons of effluent per day—the state agency needs to issue a permit.

The hearing in Westport tonight was to gather public input, but it will be continued with testimony from the applicant and intervening groups like Y Downtown at a later date.

A large number of residents expressed concerns about the size of the septic system and its location near the Saugatuck River.

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Driver Escapes Serious Injury in Rollover

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A driver escaped serious injury tonight when his car rolled over on Westport’s Old Hill Road near King’s Highway North. He told police he lost control on the wet surface, bounced off a tree, and rolled over. He declined medical treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rell Honors First Responders

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell was in Westport at Fire Headquarters today in a three-town tour in proclaiming today as “First Responders Day.” Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (r) said it was the first time in his 29-year career with the department that he can recall a sitting governor visiting the Westport FIre Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The Governor Says Thanks

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell poses with Westport emergency responders during her visit today to Westport Fire Headquarters. The governor visited Westport and two other communities in connection with her proclamation of today as “First Responders Day” to honor the state’s emergency responders.  Showing off copies of the proclamation are (l-r) Fire Chief Christopher Ackely, Deputy Police Chief Donald Brown and EMS Coordinator Alan Yoder.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Westport’s Bravest

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell poses with Westport firefighters today during her stop at Westport Fire Headquarters where she proclaimed “First Responders Day.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting the Governor’s Ear

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell chats with Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff during her visit today to Westport Fire Headquarters. Joseloff, who is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, said he urged the governor to look into the delay in state approval of paperwork for a “reverse-911” system which Westport intends to purchase to alert residents in times of emergency.  Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Words of Praise

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell put away her prepared remarks and instead spoke off the cuff words of praise today for Westport emergency responders and their colleagues throughout the state. Rell’s visit to Westport Fire Headquarters followed visits to fire departments in Naugatuck and Trumbull in honor of “First Responders Day.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sports Talk at the Y’s Men

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Westporter Jim Nantz, a veteran of CBS Sports, addressed the Westport/Weston Y’s Men today about heroes in sports. He showed off a couple of his CBS Sports hats worn in his 21-year career with the network. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Going to Market in the Rain

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Despite today’s rain, the Westport Farmers Market attracted many visitors. The weekly market runs through October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Watching

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A visitor to the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach surveys the scene Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006


5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection hearing on Y community septic application
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Boy Scouts recruiting fair
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission public hearing
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site and Building Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

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Staples Boys Soccer Team Beats Ludlowe in Season Opener

After a run-and-gun start, the Staples boys soccer team settled down Wednesday night on Fairfield Ludlowe’s fast surface. The Wreckers used a strong second half to beat the host Falcons 3-0 in the season opener for both squads.

Staples is in action again on Friday at St. Joseph (4 p.m.).

Just when it appeared the first half would end scoreless, the Westporters struck. Goalkeeper Dave Sharpe outletted a ball to Preston Hirten.

The speedy midfielder raced 70 yards up the right side, drove the endline, then dumped a ball into the penalty area. Matt Sych ran on and headed it in off the left post.

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Riding the Waves and Wind

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The waters off Westport’s Compo Beach proved a good place for kiteboarding today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 4-8, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 4-8, 2006:

Walter C. and Paige K. Somol to William E. and Kristin R. Gordon, 11 Sniffen Road, $750,000WN property.jpg

KKJ Properties LLC to David and Amanda Sarno, 462 Riverside Ave., $910,000

Joyce J. Clark to Conservative Synagogue Inc., 18 Hillspoint Road, $825,000

Brian Rivel to Richard D. Robbins, 18 Cross Highway, $959,000

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