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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Meeting a Veteran

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Tom Feeley, a former Army captain who served in Vietnam, was among Westport war veterans who visited Bedford Middle School today to meet with students in advance of Veterans Day on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Marie Alter for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Police Arrest Three NY Men in Liquor Store Thefts

Westport police today arrested three men in connection with thefts at liquor stores, including one that was robbed six days ago.

One of the arrested men was found to be wanted in New York and was held as a fugitive from justice.

Police said they received a call at 2 p.m. from International Liquor, 732 Post Road East, next to Calise’s Food Market, saying two suspicious men had entered the store and the caller believed a larceny had occurred.

Police put out a description of the car used by the men, and Officer David Farrell stopped it a short time later on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.

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Going Down: 16 Quentin Road

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The house at 16 Quentin Road in the Compo Beach area was demolished today. The 1962 split level on a 0.25-acre property sold for $1,306,000 in August.  The 1,952 square feet house was featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 26, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Flaming Fall Foliage

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Mother Nature was showing off her fall colors on Jesup Road in Westport’s center today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Birthday Moo for the Man in Blue

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Someone wanted the world to know that today is the birthday of Westport police Sgt. Sam Arciola. Birthday greetings were posted outside his house in the Saugatuck area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com

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Staples Players’ “Beauty and the Beast” Debuts Tonight

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The Staples Players production of “Beauty and the Beast” played to an enthusiatic audience from the Westport Weston Y’s Men Thursday night in a dress rehearsal. The production debuts tonight with performances Saturday and next weekend, including matinées on Saturday and Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Another Winner

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The Staples Players production of “Beauty and the Beast” is another winner, according to audience members who attended a preview Thursday night. The show debuts tonight and continues next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 9, 2007


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Earthplace - Book Fair
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
Noon - 7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Fall Craft & Jewelry Show
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: Quirky
7 p.m. - New Canaan High School - Staples football vs New Canaan
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District

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Mulch Fire Spreads to House Siding

A small fire apparently started by outside lighting spread to the side of house on Westport’s Northfield Drive today before it was extinguished by firefighters.

A 911 call at about 7 a.m. reported electrical wires burning outside the residence. Arriving firefighters found a small electrical fire involving low-voltage lighting equipment had spread to mulch and the home’s cedar siding, said Assistant Chief Andy Kingsbury.

Firefighters disconnected the electrical equipment, removed charred siding to check for fire extension, and cleared a minor smoke condition with ventilation fans, he said.

The Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the electrical problem. 

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WN Reader Explains Westport Connection in Boat Death

A WestportNow reader said today a former Westport family sold the sailboat with “Westport, CT” on the stern to an Illinois man found dead Tuesday aboard the craft off of Old Saybrook.

In an e-mail message to WestportNow, Frances Gallogly, who moved to Trumbull several years ago after 32 years in Westport, said the Gallogly family used to own the sailboat Spring Skiing and recently sold it through a broker.

“When we moved here, we could no longer keep the boat in the Westport marina and we transferred her to Milford,” Gallogly said. “We sold her very recently through a yacht broker to the gentleman who whose body was found on board, according to your report.”

Old Saybrook police identified the man as Kenneth Close, 47, of Wood Dale, Ill. An autopsy was performed, but the medical examiner said determining cause of death required further study. (See WestportNow Nov. 7, 2007)

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rell “Encouraged” by GAO Review of FAA Airspace Project

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said today she is encouraged by a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) airspace redesign project for the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia region.

Rell and other state leaders announced last week in New Canaan that the state has joined Westport and 10 other communities in a legal battle to get the FAA to reconsider the project that will send more planes over southwest Connecticut. (See WestportNow Nov. 1, 2007)

“The GAO review is encouraging,” Rell said in a statement. “We have made it clear that we are in this fight to win. Under the FAA’s plan, more planes – as many as 150 more per day – would be flying lower and bringing noise pollution and other ill-effects to Fairfield County. We can and we will save our air space.”

Rell commended Rep. Christopher Shays for his ongoing efforts to block the FAA plan. The 4th District congressman was among members who won passage of an amendment to a bill requiring the GAO to do a cost and benefit analysis between market-based measures to reduce air delays and the FAA redesigning the airspace. 

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Former CBS News Correspondent Addresses Y’s Men

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Former CBS News Correspondent Mitchell Krauss, who spent a number of years based in Cairo, told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that U.S. foreign policy appears to be in disarray as the Bush administration attempts to deal with various challenges around the world. “We’re a little bit awkward, clumsy and klutzy,” he said. Krauss said he expects President Bush to try to “burnish his legacy” in his final year in office but that “things may have to get worse before they get better” and there is a change in policy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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In the Woods

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Fall colors surrounded Westport’s Nash’s Pond on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 8, 2007


9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Book Fair
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Ned Farrell: Finding Your Hidden Energy with Feng Shui, Part I
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Movies in the Afternoon: “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Kids Family Film Classics
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Tally Hall w/ Via Audio and A Sight For Sore Eyes

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 22-26, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 22-26, 2007:

Kenneth M. and Anja Baron to Richard A. Abrams, 14 Apple Tree Trail, $1,750,000WN property.jpg

Daniel J. Marcus and Andrew A. Bartolotta to John Brett, 2 Ivy Knoll, $960,000

5-23 West Post Road LLC to Phat Development Co. LLC, 5-23 Post Road West, $7,442,000

Westport Benenson LLC to 1595 Post Equities LLC, 1595 Post Road East, $13,149,500

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Police ID Body of Man Found on “Westport CT” Sailboat

UPDATE Police in Old Saybrook have identified the man whose body was found Tuesday on the deck of a sailboat bearing the name “Spring Skiing” and “Westport, CT” on the stern, the Hartford Courant said today.

The man found aboard the boat anchored off shore was identified as Kenneth Close, 47, of Wood Dale, Ill, the newspaper said.

A recent bill of sale was found on board, according to employees of a marina where it was towed. The employees said they were unfamiliar with the boat or the deceased man.

The chief state medical examiner’s office in Farmington said that an autopsy was performed on Close’s body but a determination of the cause of death is pending further study, the Courant said.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Cousins Meet

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Author Barbara Quick (r) met a cousin for the first time on her visit to Westport this week. Westporter Jessica Bram heard from her mother that Barbara Quick and she had the same great grandmother (their grandmothers were daughters of their great grandmother.) Quick, whose historical novel “Vivaldi’s Virgins” was recently published, began a book tour in Westport with talks before the Westport Rotary Club Tuesday and the Westport Public Library today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fall at Sherwood Island

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Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park was bathed in fall colors today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Claudia Loup for WestportNow.com

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CLASP Honors its Volunteer of the Year

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CLASP Homes today honored Westporter Toni Rubin (l) as its volunteer of the year. CLASP President Tracy Flood presented Rubin with flowers and a gift at the group’s fashion show fund-raiser at the Westport Woman’s Club. Said Rubin: “I am more comfortable giving than receiving.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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In Fashion

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Westport’s CLASP Homes conducted its annual fashion show fund-raiser today at the Westport Woman’s Club. CLASP residents modeled fashionable clothing apparel provided by local merchants. CLASP Homes is a not-for-profit organization that provides homes and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Paws at the Beach

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A couple and friend relax at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007


9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Book Fair
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – International Hospitality Committee
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - CLASP Fashion Show benefit
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Barbara Quick, “Vivaldi’s Virgins”
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Talking About Music: Dr. Richard Epstein on “The Sounds Around Us”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Jed Rubenfeld, “An Interpretation of Murder”
7:30 p.m. - Intermediate School Cafetorium (Weston) - Westport Weston Health District education forum: MRSA “Methicillin-resistant Stapylococcus aureus”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Education & Finance Committees

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2007 Official Westport Election Results

Includes Absentees   -  35.3% turnout
Click here for detailed results (PDF)

Board of Finance – vote for any four

3420 Charlie Haberstroh
2655 Stewart Reifler
3139 Edward John Iannone
2920 Alan S. Phillips
3287 Allyson Stollenwerck
3054 Kenneth I. Wirfel

Board of Education – vote for any three

3061 Sandy DeFelice
3023 Michael J. McGovern
3541 Faith H. Taylor
3548 Mark H. Mathias

Board of Assessment Appeals – vote for any one

3293 Garson F. Heller, Jr.


Planning & Zoning Commission – vote for any four

2862 Timothy William Wetmore
3120 David B.Press
3031 Michael Krawiec
3224 Helen Martin Block
3661 Eleanor S. Lowenstein

Zoning Board of Appeals – vote for any three

3318 Elizabeth Wong
3304 William R. Harris, Jr.
3865 James C. Ezzes

Representative Town Meeting District 1 – vote for any four

0367 Diane D. Cady
0224 Rose Anne Preston
0371 Matthew I.Mandell
0183 Brock Hotaling
0289 Peter E. Chelico
0387 Judith K. Starr


Representative Town Meeting District 2 – vote for any four

0366 Jay Keenan
0354 Michael A.Guthman
0349 Dorothy S. Harris
0418 Linda L. Bruce
0409 Sean M. Timmins

Representative Town Meeting District 3 – vote for any four

0401 Amy Ancel
0439 Robert Galan
0307 Peter A. Gold
0422 Hadley C. Rose
0342 William F. Meyer, III

Representative Town Meeting District 4 – vote for any four

0331 Elizabeth Pamela Milwe
0319 Jeffrey N. Wieser
0333 Gene Paul Seidman

Representative Town Meeting District 5 – vote for any four

0299 Chris Grimm
0362 Richard A. Lowenstein
0352 John W. Booth
0096 Barbara Levy
0050 Helmuth W. Krause

Representative Town Meeting District 6 – vote for any four

0191 Thomas C. Van Riper
0318 Jo Ann W. Davidson
0363 Joyce Colburn
0305 Ronald F. Malone
0314 Catherine C. Talmadge
0348 Ann M. Flynn

Representative Town Meeting District 7 – vote for any four

0430 Stephen M. Rubin
0464 Lisa S. Rome
0445 John G. Klinge
0430 Allen S. Bomes

Representative Town Meeting District 8 – vote for any four

0403 Jonathan Philip Steinberg
0417 Michael A. Rea
0391 Lois G. Schine
0430 Wendy Goldwyn Batteau
0124 Dewey J. Loselle

Representative Town Meeting District 9 – vote for any four

0288 Kevin Davis Green
0333 Eileen L. Flug
0221 Michael A. Gilbertie
0157 Eugene R. Burgess, Jr.
0204 Maria J. Petti
0347 Velma Heller
0413 John D. McCarthy

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Westport Democrats Retain Control of Finance, Ed Boards

Westport Democrats retained control of the Board of Finance and the Board of Education, according to unofficial returns tonight.WestportNow.com Image
Westport Democrats count the returns tonight at their headquarters on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicole Mathias for WestportNow.com

Democrats re-elected incumbent Allyson Stollenwerck and newcomer Ken Wirfel while Republicans elected two of their four candidates—incumbent Charles Haberstroh and newcomer Ed Iannone, according to unofficial returns. Only three of the four Republicans could have been elected.

In the Board of Education race, victory went to Democrats Mark Mathias, an incumbent, and newcomer Faith Taylor as well as Republican newcomer Sandy DeFelice. The loser was Republican incumbent Michael McGovern who was appointed to the board two years ago to fill a vacancy.

In the Planning and Zoning Commission contest, incumbent Democrat Ellie Lowenstein, the panel’s co-chair, easily won re-election while Republican incumbents David Press and Helen Martin Block retained their seats, according to unofficial returns.

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Trumbull Edges Staples 2-1 in Boys Soccer State Tournament

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Mike Smith and Alex Gendell react to the end of their senior soccer season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team fought to the finish but fell 2-1 to Trumbull today in Trumbull.

The loss, in the first round of the state “LL” (extra large schools), eliminates the 28th-ranked Wreckers, who finish the season 7-7-2. The Golden Eagles, ranked fifth, are now 14-1-2.

Trumbull started 10 seniors, Staples only four (along with two juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen). But the Wreckers battled their hosts strongly throughout the match. 

The Eagles scored two minutes before halftime, and four minutes after intermission, but Staples countered almost immediately when Liam Bohonnon stuffed home a rebound of Alex Gendell’s shot. The action was end-to-end until the final buzzer.

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