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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Utillty Workers Shut Down Post Road East Gas Leak

After an almost four-hour operation, utility workers early today shut down a stubborn gas leak on Westport’s Post Road East caused during laying of a new underground high voltage cable, fire officials said.WestportNow.com Image
Work on the new underground high voltage line began along Westport’s Post Road East earlier this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

Police detoured traffic around the area of 1025 Post Road East near West Parish Road, Church Street, and Cedar Road as crews worked to close down the leak.

The 2-inch gas service line was hit at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday by crews laying the new Connecticut Light and Power Co. cable that runs from Middletown to Norwalk, fire officials said.

Workers from Southern Connecticut Gas Co. shut down the line shortly after 1 a.m. today, the fire department said.

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Chilly Walk

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A dip in temperatures meant jackets and gloves for walkers Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures for the rest of the week are predicted to be in the 40s, and the forecast calls for rain on Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee

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Stepping Stones Holds Open House Dec. 1

The Westport Public Schools’ preschool program known as Stepping Stones will hold an open house for the parents of prospective students on Friday, Dec. 1 at 1:30-3 p.m. at Coleytown Elementary School.

The program is open to Westport residents, and children are welcome at the open house. 

Housed at Coleytown Elementary School, preschoolers have the opportunity to enjoy use of the school’s library, gymnasium, playground, art facilities and technology equipment.  All teachers in the program are certified.

To be eligible to enter September 2007, children must be three years old on or before Dec. 31, 2007.

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Extra Police Patrolling this Weekend

By Jennifer Connic

Westport police are stepping up patrols this weekend to ensure safety on the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon, public information officer, said there will be extra officers on the road starting Wednesday and running through early Sunday.

The officers will be overseeing selective traffic enforcement and looking out for potential drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, he said.

No driving under the influence checkpoints are set for this weekend, he said, but police are planning one for December.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Work Begins on Bradley House Restoration

Work has begun on the restoration and expansion of the historic Bradley House, located at 113 Sturges Highway on the Westport-Fairfield line.WestportNow.com Image
A protracted battle between preservationists and developers ended with the saving of Bradley House where work is now underway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The circa 1800 home drew national attention last year when it was learned that the builder who had purchased the property planned to demolish it. (See WestportNow Nov. 14, 2005)

A protracted battle between the owner and concerned citizens ended amicably last fall with a compromise that preserves the original structure but allows for a substantial addition.

The owner of the Bradley House, Mark Iuraduri of I.K. Builders LLC, along with partner George Knapp and project manager Michael Horvath worked with noted local architect Jack Franzen to design a sympathetic expansion that minimally impacts the existing structure while incorporating everything that is important to today’s home buyer.

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Police Seek Help Locating Suspects in $56,000 Book Thefts

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Peter Mason King (l) and Nora Thomson are wanted for allegedly stealing antique books from The Avenue. Both are in Canada, but Westport police hope if they return to the area someone will report it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Jennifer Connic

Westport police today asked the public to be on the lookout for a Canadian couple wanted for stealing $56,000 in antique books from a Post Road East shop.

Police have obtained first-degree larceny arrest warrants for Peter Mason King, 48, and Nora Thomson, 47, both of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, a department news release said.

The warrants are for an incident at The Avenue Ltd., 117 Post Road East, on Oct. 9 when the two suspects allegedly stole two books with a total value of $15,000 (see WestportNow Oct. 10).

The two are also implicated in an earlier larceny from the same store in August, the department said. In all, approximately $56,000 in antiques books are believed to have been stolen from The Avenue, police said.

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Almost Ready to Skate

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Tony Lantier sprays the final layer of ice on the Police Athletic League’s rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today. The rink is scheduled to open on Friday at noon, but if it rains, the rink will open on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Community Thanksgiving Feast is Thursday

The Saugatuck Congregational Church will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the church.

The feast, which is sponsored by the church’s Mission Board, attracts more than 300 people from the community each year.

The Westport Community Band and the Alan Abel Jazz Band will provide entertainment.

For more information, call (203) 227-1261.

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Starting to Look a Bit Like Christmas

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The holiday season doesn’t officially kick off until Thursday with Thanksgiving, but Gilberties Herb and Garden received a shipment of Christmas trees from Quebec on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss: Father Joe

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Residents Discuss Development Issues

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Westport residents tonight had the opportunity to comment on a number of development issues facing the town in the latest public session on the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

Working in groups, about 65 residents discussed issues facing the downtown area, the Post Road, the Saugatuck area, and the town’s housing needs.

It was the third such session in which residents had the opportunity to comment on issues to be included in the town plan update.

Glenn Chalder, head of the Avon, Conn.-based Planimetrics consultant firm hired to help the Planning and Zoning Commission complete the town plan, said many of the ideas expressed were ideas he had already.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Playhouse Announces 2007 Season Selections

The Westport Country Playhouse has announced the productions for the 2007 season, including two musicals, two comedies, a world premiere drama, a thriller and a love story, from April through October.

Artistic director Tazewell Thompson will host a preview of the seven-play subscription series on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., at the Playhouse for current and potential subscribers.

Kicking off the theater’s 77th season on April 10 through April 28 will be the new John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, “All About Us,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder, with book by Joseph Stein.

Kander and Ebb wrote the award-winning Broadway shows “Cabaret” and “Chicago” while Stein is author of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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Westport Wins State “Democracy Cup” for Voter Turnout

For the second time in six years, Westport has won the state’s “Democracy Cup” for the highest voter turnout among Connecticut medium-size communities.

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz made the announcement today in Hartford.

Joining Westport in winning the honor for the best voter turnout on Election Day were Union for small towns and West Hartford for larger-sized towns.

Union, a first-time winner, won with a voter turnout of 78.8 percent, Westport won for the second time with a turnout of 72.7 percent, and West Hartford won for the fifth time with a turnout of 69.4 percent. 

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Staples Players Receive Moss Hart Award

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Staples Players director David Roth (c) displays the 2006 Moss Hart Award Trophy after the final performance of “The Wiz” last weekend at Staples. Hours earlier, Roth and associate director Kerry Long accepted the trophy—awarded for theater excellence—at a ceremony in New Haven sponsored by the New England Theatre Conference.  The Players earned an award for secondary school production for its performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” last spring, but it also won the overall award, which includes entries from professional, community, collegiate and other school organizations throughout New England.  The engraved trophy with remain at Staples for one year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Affordable Housing Topic of Westport Conversations

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For a variety of reasons affordable housing has been a topic of conversation over the last few months in Westport.

It was a topic of great interest at the first public meeting about the update for the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, and the Planning and Zoning Commission is currently considering an affordable housing application for the Gorham Avenue Historic District.

Now in December, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff is planning a summit on affordable housing in Westport.

The summit is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall and will include experts on affordable housing.

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Cool Temperatures Set In

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After several days of warmer weather, cooler temperatures have set in. The temperature is forecast to hover around 50 degrees this week. The scene is sunset Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Nov. 20, 2006


7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development Workshop Meeting

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Bucky Dent Meets Some Admirers

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Former Yankee Bucky Dent was at Westport’s Legends of the Game in the Compo Shopping Center today signing autorgraphs, including one for Max Zimmerman, 7, of Westport.  Dent laughs in response to a comment from Max’s mom, Jennifer, that “I once had a crush on you.” Dent, who turns 55 on Saturday, is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1978 season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Preparing Thanksgiving Meals for the Needy

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Members of Al’s Angels, a longtime Westport philanthropic organization, spent much of the weekend at the Gault warehouse preparing for Thanksgiving. The group will distribute more than 500 holiday dinners to the needy in Westport and surrounding communities. Al’s Angels, headed by Al DiGuido, lights up the Saugatuck Bridge with holiday lights, supplies toys to the needy, and also distributes holiday meals during Christmas and Chanukah. More information is available at www.alsagels.org.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Creative Arts Festival Continues Through This Afternoon

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Shoppers admire fine woodworking from Sokolowski Studios from Pennsylvania at the 31st annual Creative Arts Festival at Staples High School. The show continues today until 4 p.m. with admission $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (62+). Children under 12 are free. Shuttle buses are available from Coleytown Middle School and Long Lots Elementary.The show is sponsored by the Westport Young Women’s League and all net proceeds go to charity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sixth Grade PAL Wreckers Win Football Championship

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Westport’s sixth grade Police Athletic League football team beat the New Canaan Rams Saturday night 6-0 to win the Fairfield County football championship under the lights in New Canaan. After scoring on their first possession, the Wreckers held off a late fourth quarter drive by the Rams to take control of the ball with two seconds to play.  Here, the team celebrates after the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Allen Wind for WestportNow.com

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is Tonight

The annual interfaith Thanksgiving service sponsored by the Westport-Weston Clergy Association is scheduled for tonight at 7 at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road.

The service will incorporate celebrations and prayers from the Jewish and Christian traditions. Rev. Frank Hall of the Unitarian Church is scheduled to preach.

Cantor Richard Silverman of Temple Israel will direct the service’s music.

The offering will benefit the Interfaith Housing Association.

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Staples Boys Soccer Falls in State Finals

The Staples boys soccer team scored first, but Simsbury rallied to down the Wreckers 2-1 in overtime in Saturday night’s state “LL” (extra large schools) final. WestportNow.com Image
Members of the Staples boys soccer team walk together across the field following their loss to Simsbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com

The Wreckers, who earlier earned a share of the FCIAC championship, end the season at 18-2-3. That ties them for the second highest win total in the school’s 48-year soccer history.

Staples—ranked No. 7 in the tournament—controlled much of the first half against their once-beaten, No. 4-ranked foes.

They got an early goal, just 11 minutes in, when Brendon Cristobal flicked a ball to Preston Hirten.

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Cool Kayak

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The sun was out for the second day in a row on Saturday, but there were cooler temperatures. It didn’t stop people from enjoying Compo Beach, though, even from Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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