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Friday, November 14, 2008

How to Succeed as Principal

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Staples Principal John Dodig (l) plays Mr. Womper in the Staples Players production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” which had a dress rehearsal Thursday night. With him in the front row are Zoe Apoian (Hedy) and Max Stampa-Brown (Finch). The show opens tonight and runs this weekend and next. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 14, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Know Your Neighbors Series: John Franklin, “My Life in Showbiz”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Battle of the Bands to benefit “Peaceworks” (sold out)
7 p.m. - The Inn at Longshore - Earthplace 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Duncan Sheik & Friends in Concert
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall Auditorium - GOPIO-CT Film Festival: “Lions of Punjab”

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Gourmet Delights at Chamber Social Event

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Chef Pietro Scotti of Westport’s Zest Restaurant contributed gourmet delights in support of the combined Westport and Fairfield Chambers of Commerce social networking event tonight at Aitoro’s Appliance store in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Flu Shots: No Pain at the Train

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The Westport Weston Health District offered flu shots at the Westport (Saugatuck) train station tonight. The mobile clinic also served as a drill—joined by other area health districts at other Metro-North stations—to test the ability to rapidly inoculate large numbers of train travelers in a health emergency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Police to Launch Another “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

The Westport Police Department today announced another “Click It or Ticket” campaign for the Thanksgiving holiday period to remind residents to use their seat belts.WestportNow.com Image
Westport police officers carry out an earlier “Click It or Ticket” checkpoint. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The campaign, using funding for overtime provided by the state’s Department of Transportation, will be conducted beginning Monday and continue through Nov. 30, the department said.

Checkpoints throughout town will also be used to enforce all other motor vehicle laws, including driving under the influence, said Lt. Thomas P. Casimiro II, public safety officer.

“It will be the mission of the Westport Police Department to make this holiday season safer through this heightened enforcement effort, and we urge all motorists to always use good highway safety sense,” he said.

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Seagull Break

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A seagull surveys the Saugatuck River scene near the Westport Public Library. Today’s forecast calls for rain developing later in the day with a high in the lower 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Town to Remove Illegal Commercial Signage

Westport Planning & Zoning Director Larry Bradley today announced that effective immediately the Planning & Zoning Department will begin removing illegal commercial signage from town roads. 

“The Planning and Zoning Department is now taking a proactive role in ensuring that the town’s roads are not littered with excess commercial signage,” said Bradley. “Many complaints received concern excessive and/or illegal commercial signage, and business owners should be aware of the new policies that will be used for enforcement.”

Illegal signs removed from roadways will be taken to the town’s transfer station on the Sherwood Island Connector. P&Z staff members will notify the owner of the signs that he/she has 30 days to retrieve them. If not collected, they will be destroyed. 

Bradley reminded residents that commercial signage regulations prohibit off site advertising signs and only allow temporary signs for public/charitable events and political purposes.

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Tour de Nerdfighting at Bedford Middle School

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Almost 300 awesome teens crowded Bedford Middle School auditorium Wednesday night as the Westport Library brought John and Hank Green to town on one of their stops for “The Great American Tour De Nerdfighting 2008.”  After hearing the Greens sing, talk, and discuss all things awesome, the students stood in line for two hours waiting to have John Green’s latest book “Paper Towns” signed along with sneakers, CDs and t-shirts. The Greens created the videoblog Brotherhood 2.0, one of the most popular channels in the history of YouTube with a fan base of 20,000 viewers. See YouTube video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joan Hume for WestportNow.com

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Another Spectacular Sunset

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Another spectacular sunset greeted visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 13, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
12 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Special Conservation Commission
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport (Saugatuck) Metro-North station (New Haven-bound side) - Westport Weston Health District flu shot clinic
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Peter Godwin, “When a Crocodile Eats the Sun”

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Police Arrest Four Shoplifting Suspects

Sharp eyes of a Westport patrol officer today resulted in the arrest of four shoplifting suspects in Westport’s downtown area, police said.

The officer came upon a suspicious vehicle in Parker-Harding Plaza later found to contain about $7,500 in merchandise stolen from local retailers, said Lt. Gorden Hiltz.

At the same time, he saw two men in the vicinity of the car who scurried away when they spotted the police vehicle, Hiltz said.

The officer alerted other officers and at about 6:20 p.m. they were able to identify and apprehend the four suspects who allegedly had been involved in shoplifting from stores in the center.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: Hales Court

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The Westport Housing Authority has initiated an application process for permits to demolish 40 houses at Hales Court which will be replaced with 78 affordable housing structures. The house at 29 Hales Court typifies most of the existing houses which each are 744 to 761 square feet except for one house that is 1.014 square feet. All houses were built in 1950. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Three Times the Fun

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Triplets (l-r) Casey, Morgan, and Nikki Styranovski, 17 months old, were excited to go to today’s Mother Goose Hour at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Westport Receives “All Around the Town” Rail Posters

The Town of Westport today received copies of a poster designed by award-winning artist Roy Doty depicting Westport landmarks and important buildings for display in its Westport (Saugatuck) and Green’s Farms Metro-North railroad stations.WestportNow.com Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (l) today accepted an “All Around the Town” poster illustrated by award-winning artist Roy Doty (r) at a Norwalk Transit District ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport’s “All Around the Town” poster was one of three unveiled at a ceremony at the Norwalk Transit District headquarters. The other posters depict landmarks and buildings in Norwalk and Wilton and will be placed in their stations.

Funding for the posters came from the Federal Transit Administration’s enhancement program—intended to provide public works of art for railroad station—and the Norwalk Transit District.

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, who accepted the Westport poster on behalf of the town, said he was delighted with the project.

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Housing Proposal Set for Public Presentations

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that there will be two public presentations on Nov. 18 and 24 to explain plans for senior and workforce housing units on the town-owned Baron’s South property in Westport’s center.

The Nov. 18 presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Nov. 24 presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

The “Baron’s South: An Opportunity for Senior & Workforce Housing” presentations will be held in advance of applying to the Planning and Zoning Commission for conceptual approval of the proposal.

“As most Westporters know, the Baron’s South property was purchased almost 10 years ago by the town to be used for municipal purposes,” Joseloff said. “Since then, we have built a wonderful Senior Center but we’ve stalled on making use of the balance of the 22-acre property, most already zoned residential.”

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Gershwin Lunchtime Music

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There was another sell out performance today of “A Taste of the American Musical” at Westport’s Toquet Hall featuring the music and stories about George and Ira Gershwin. The program by the successful “Play With Your Food” producers featured Art Gang at the piano with songs by Marsha Lanzo and Edward Pleasant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Learning Life-Saving Techniques

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Isabel Blair and Nancy Toll, Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service members, conducted an infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class today at Westport police headquarters. Pictured is Toll (r. foreground) as she gave instructions to class participants. The next classes are scheduled for Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon for adult CPR training and on Dec. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for child and infant CPR training. The classes are free to Westport residents while nonresidents are welcome at a fee of $20. Call 341-6030 for information or to register. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sun Plays Peekaboo

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Thw sun was in and out Tuesday over Westport as the temperature reached only into the upper 40s. Scene is Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – PIC Subcommittee on Environmental Issues
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
10 a.m. - noon - Police/EMS Classroom (50 Jesup Road) - Infant and Child Family and Friends CPR Class
Noon - Toquet Hall - Play with Your Food: A “Taste” of the American Musical, The Gershwins (sold out)
2:30 p.m. – Westport Center for Senior Activities – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
6:15 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Appalachian Mountain Club presents “Adventures in Nature, Costa Rica” by Daryl Hawk (slide show begins at 8 p.m.)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Auditorium - John and Hank Green: Great American Tour de Nerdfighting 2008
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Technology Talk: “Donors Choose,” Micro-Philanthropy In Action with Andy Kaplan
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Gallery Talk with Danielle Cavanna (about the Optimism exhibit)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Staples Girls Swimming & Diving Take Third at Class LL

The Staples girls swimming and diving team took third place tonight at the 2008 Class LL championship at Wesleyan University in Middletown. WestportNow.com Image
Molly Loftus pushes Staples Girls Swimming to third place finish tonight in the Class LL championship in Middletown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ronald Wimer for WestportNow.com

The Staples team, which finished behind Greenwich and Cheshire, was led by tri-captain Savitri Horrigan, who won fifth place in the 100- yard breaststroke and sixth place in the 200-yard individual medley.

Sophomore Molly Loftus took second place in the 200-yard freestyle and third place in the 500-yard freestyle.

The Staples championship swimming team included senior Savitri Horrigan;  juniors Natalie LeBlanc, Catherine Friel, Charlotte Katter and Helen Neuhaus; sophomores Louise Fonteyne, Molly Loftus and Julie Valgren; and freshman Gabrielle Wimer. The championship diving team included senior Ariel Steinglass; junior Megan Kratky; and sophomore Schaefer Andrews.

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Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Glastonbury 2-1

UPDATE The Staples Boys Soccer team fell to Glastonbury 2-1 today in their Class LL semifinal match played at New Britain.

A goal by Glastonbury’s Guisuppee Panijia with 1:03 left in regulation play sealed the win.

The Wreckers took a lead in the 53rd minute on a goal by Brendan Lesch. But the Tomahawks retaliated with two goals in the final 8:51. Staples surrendered only seven goals all year. 

“Our guys were devastated,” said head coach Dan Woog. “But soon they’ll realize all they’ve accomplished—and all the hearts and souls they touched in Staples and around Westport—and they’ll start to feel better.

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Red, White and Blue for Veterans Day

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American flags flew from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today in honor of Veterans Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Author: Obama Will Help Race Relations

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Author Bliss Broyard spoke at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy today about how racism in America was aided by different laws throughout U.S. history. Broyard grew up in Fairfield and learned at 21 that she was part black. It lead to her book “One Drop, A Story of Race and Family Secrets.” Of the recent election, Broyard said, “Obama’s ideals, which encourage us to see past our affiliations and default positions to our common values and concerns, will certainly help race relations in this country.” Contributed photo

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One-Time Westporter to Enter Prison in 9/11 Fraud Case

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A one-time Westporter who claimed he and his dog helped recover bodies at the World Trade Center after 9/11 will enter prison Wednesday to begin serving an eight-month sentence after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars in government relief funds. Scott Shields, shown in a 2005 photo addressing a Westport Historical Society children’s event with his dog Theodore, also addressed the Westport Representative Town Meeting in 2004. He said that his previous dog Bear was a regular dog who became a hero because of his upbringing in Westport where he could run on the beach and in Winslow Park off leash. More on Shields can be found here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

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Frustration With Shaw’s Led to Talks With New Tenant

By Dave Matlow
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Jay Kowalsky: “Shaw’s is rundown.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Frustration with the repeated failure by supermarket tenant Shaw’s to upgrade its Westport store led to a decision not to renew its lease and negotiate with a new tenant,The Fresh Market, a specialty grocer, according to the owners of the Post Road East shopping plaza.

Jay Kowalsky, president and treasurer of Kowalsky Real Estate owned by the longtime Westport Kowalsky family, said he had been talking with Shaw’s and prior owner Grand Union for 10 years about updating and modernizing the store.

“Shaw’s is rundown,” he said. “The current and prior owners have been talking about remodeling for around 10 years and nothing is happening.”

Kowalsky said he had been in talks with The Fresh Market, an 84-store chain based in Greensboro, N.C., for about three months.

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