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Friday, September 29, 2006

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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Stem Cell Research Topic of Community Conversation

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A Connecticut Health Center chair said tonight she believes the country’s debate on stem cell research needs to move beyond the status of an embryo.

Audrey R. Chapman is the first holder of the Healey Endowed chair in Medical Humanities, Law and Ethics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and she led a community conversation at the Westport Public Library tonight on the issues surrounding stem cell research.

She said the controversy over embryotic stem cell research is because embryos are needed.

Many believe life begins at conception, she said, and feel the embryos should not be destroyed.

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Staples Boys Soccer Earns Another Shutout

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Wrecker Greg Bachman moves upfield against Fairfield Warde. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team played its patented short-passing game well today, earning a 4-0 victory at Fairfield Warde.

Now 5-0-1, the Wreckers travel to New Canaan (Friday, 4 p.m.) for a showdown with the defending state champions.

Preston Hirten scored the middle two goals, both off assists from Eric Meyer. One was a clever chip over the goalkeeper’s; the other was a hard, low rocket. Matt Lamb started things off with a penalty kick, while Greg Bachman blasted in the final tally.

“This was a nice effort,” said head coach Dan Woog. “We knocked the ball around; we found people’s feet; we went forward with numbers, and we created some nice chances. Week by week, we want to add different elements to our game.”

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Westport Y Trustees Approve Building Sale

The Westport Weston Family Y Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to proceed with the sale of their downtown building complex, the Y said today.

The unanimous approval of the sale, recommended by the organization’s board of directors, enables authorized representatives of the Y to conduct negotiations with finalists in a bidding process that began last spring, according to a news release.

The Y is proceeding with plans to construct a new 100,000-square foot facility at its Camp Mahackeno site off Wilton Road, a project that has drawn opposition from neighbors and other Westporters.

“The Family Y will continue to operate in its current Post Road location for a number of years to come as our new facilities plan moves forward,” the announcement said.

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Broadway Talk

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Actors Brian Murray and Marian Seldes, two of Broadway’s leading artists, took part Monday night in the Westport Arts Center “Artists in Conversation” series at the Seabury Center. The two, who have played together in some of the 20th century’s most daring plays, talked about their careers, their friendship and their process of creation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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County Assembly and Red and White Ball Signups Saturday

The 69th County Assembly Charity Ball and Red and White Charity Ball Committees are holding information sessions and signups Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Westport’s Toquet Hall.

The committees will be collecting names and addresses of Westport junior and senior girls who wish to receive an invitation to subscribe to these dances, an announcement said. 

Due to liability issues, the invitations to these dances can no longer be mailed directly to the junior and senior girls from an official Staples’ class list, organizers said.

The names generated from signups at Toquet Hall will determine this year’s list. Formal invitations will be mailed on Nov. 9.

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Westport to Receive $166,489 CL&P Refund

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has announced that his office has a won a court case that requires Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) to pay 81 towns and cities about $8 million in refunds for overcharging them for streetlights.

Westport will receive $166,489 as part of the settlement.

Blumenthal’s office successfully defended a June 2005 Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) decision ordering CL&P to pay the refunds plus interest, reduce its streetlamp rates and provide municipalities with more information so they could better decide whether to buy or lease streetlights.

The DPUC found that CL&P had overcharged towns and cities since 1986.

CL&P appealed the ruling to Superior Court. On Aug. 29, a Superior Court judge upheld DPUC’s ruling. CL&P has decided not to appeal, according to a news release Tuesday from the Attorney General’s office.

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Shady Walk

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It’s been cool times for those walking in the shade at Westport’s Winslow Park with temperatures dropping as fall has set in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: Stem Cell Research

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Westhill Edges Staples 2-0 in Girls Soccer

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Allie Walsh (r) pressures her opponent in today’s Staples girls soccer game against Stamford’s Westhill High School. Staples gave up two goals and lost 2.0.  The girls are now 3-3-0 on the season. Their next game is away at Greenwich High School on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Cooperman for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Start Time Issues Brought to School Board

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West Hartford high school students will have the opportunity to start school later, but Westport students already have a similar luxury.

During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Hadley Rose, RTM District 3, said the board should examine the West Hartford plan.

Under the plan, he said, school would still run 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and there would be no impact on extra curricular programs, including sports.

In West Hartford, he said, juniors and seniors are being given the opportunity to schedule a study hall during first period.

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Well Known Westporter Ralph Sheffer Dies at 93

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Ralph Sheffer, a key figure in the arts, politics, education, and business of Westport in a career that spanned 60 years—including a record 10 years as moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1959 to 1969—died today at his Westport home, his daughter, Ann Sheffer said.

Sheffer, who turned 93 last week, had been in declining health for some time.

“Westport has lost a leader and a treasure,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who ordered town flags flown at half-staff in Sheffer’s honor. “He truly was one of the ‘town fathers.’ We are deeply saddened by the news and extend our sincere condolences to the Sheffer family.”

Ann Sheffer said the family will be sitting shiva Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at her home at 19 Stony Point Road. A memorial service has been scheduled for Westport Town Hall on Monday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m.

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Library to Hold Community Conversation

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Audrey Chapman: Discussing stem cell research. Contributed photo
With the debate about stem-cell research a continuing headline in the news, the Westport Public Library is presenting a Community Conversation on the topic on Wednesday at 7:30 pm, in the McManus Room.

Audrey R. Chapman will lead the discussion on the ethics of research on human stem cells.  She is the first holder of the Healey Endowed chair in Medical Humanities, Law and Ethics at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 203-291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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Side by Side With Sondheim

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Composer Stephen Sondheim (c) poses before Monday’s night Westport Country Playhouse tribute to him with (l-r) Judd Burstein, Laurie Lister, Suzanne and Bob Wright. Burstein and Lister of Westport were co-chairs of “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” fund-raiser. The Wrights of Fairfield were honorary co-chairs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Taking a Bow

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Taking a curtain call Monday night at “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” fund-raiser at Westport Country Playhouse were (1st row, l-r) Barbara Cook, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, and John Doyle; (2nd row) Donna Lynne Champlin, Diana DiMarzio, Angel Desai, and Lauren Molina.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributing Photo

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Westport Schools Add 64 New Teachers

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Westport school officials added 64 new teachers this fall, and of those almost 38 percent had no experience.

The Board of Education discussed a staffing report during its meeting Monday night.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the vast majority had experience before coming to Westport, and nine of the teachers had earned tenure elsewhere in Connecticut.

The number of new teachers added to the district, however, is down from previous years by at least 36 percent, he said.

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