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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Westport Pie Maker on Food Network’s “Throwdown”

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Westporter Michele Albano (r), owner of Michele’s Pies in Norwalk, and her family watch her tonight on the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” In the show, Flay, an acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and award-winning cookbook author, drops in unexpectedly to challenge a cook to a cook-off. The challenge for this episode was pumpkin pie. According to a show publicity release, Albano took the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie to “new heights with her newest creation, the decadent Maple Pumpkin with Pecan Streusel Pie.” Said Albano of the experience: “What an exciting time it was. It was the thrill of my life!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julie Whamond for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Staples Hosts Synergy Brass Quintet

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At Staples High School today, the Westport Cultural Arts Committee presented an emerging young brass quintet to students and faculty in the front hall entrance. The Synergy Brass Quintet has performed throughout the country and includes members in their late 20s or early 30s. One parent described the musicians as “prime examples of the classical-crossover younger generation. This is not your typical classical quintet—at all.” Pictured (l-r) are Jon Hurrell, Bobby Thorp, Jesse Chavez, Gregg Lloyd, and Jordan Witt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Bird for WestportNow.com

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Music to Go to Class By

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John Dodig, principal of Westport’s Staples High School, faculty and students paused today to listen to The Synergy Brass Quintet which played in the school’s front entrance hall. The performance was sponsored by the Westport Cultural Arts Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Bird for WestportNow.com

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Making Headway on Animal Shelter Renovation

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Workers were busy today renovating and upgrading Westport’s animal shelter. The town funding bodies approved $95,000 for the work this fall after hearing tales of unhealthy and filthy conditions at the facility off Compo Road South. A private group, Westport Animal Shelter Advocates, has raised additional funds for the makeover. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Second Annual Chowdafest Set for Nov. 27-28

Westport’s Unitarian Church will host the Second Annual Chowdafest “fun” raiser for the Connecticut Food Bank on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days.WestportNow.com Image
Guests sampled chowder at last year’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Restaurants from Stamford to Bridgeport will compete to determine who has the best chowder and soup in the county—and the public will be judges.

For a $5 donation at the door, guests are given an official spoon and ballot and sample both chowders and soups from some of the county’s best restaurants. They then vote on their favorites. Children under 12 are free and vote too. 

Last year’s competition had 10 different restaurants competing and the competition has been expanded to more than 20 this year. 

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Music to the Ears of Naval Veterans

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Ellie Hale of Westport, a Korean War Naval veteran, stands along with other Navy vets at Westport Town Hall today as the Westport Community Band played “Anchors Aweigh.” At left is Hale’s daughter, Paula Castiglia. Westport’s cable access channel 79 will rebroadacast the Town Hall Veterans Day ceremony at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Staples Senior’s Vet Day Tribute to Grandpa

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Staples senior Devin Graber, 17, today paid tribute to his Air Force veteran grandfather Ray Graber at the Westport Town Hall Veterans Day ceremony. He said his grandfather narrowly escaped death when a Nazi bomb destroyed a London pub he had just left. “Grandpa’s physical injuries were minimal, yet the emotional toll the bombing took on him was permanent,” Devin said. “To his dying day, Grandpa was extremely reluctant about discussing his service…I may never learn the full extent of Grandpa’s time in the Air Force, but Veterans Day is an opportunity for me to pay him homage nevertheless.” He added: “All veterans, from those who sit before me to those looking down on us from above, are worthy of the highest gratitude anyone can offer.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Large Turnout for Veterans Day Ceremony

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One of the largest crowds in recent years turned out today for Westport’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at Town Hall. William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, said he was very pleased that so many Westporters took time to pay tribute to veterans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Joseloff: Westport Community Members Are In Harm’s Way

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff paid tribute today to Westport veterans at a Town Hall ceremony. “Unfortunately, we are still fighting wars overseas and those of our Westport community are putting themselves in harm’s way,” he said. He noted that Westport firefighters Nick Marsan and Tom Richmond were among those called up for active duty in the military. William Vornkhal, president of the Westport Veterans Council, looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Strike Up the Band

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The Westport Community Band, led by conductor Susan Schaefer, performed military and patriotic music at today’s Westport Town Hall Veterans Day ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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At Attention

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Sue Henry of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 399 VFW and William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, stand at attention during the national anthem at today’s Veterans Day ceremony at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Salute to Vets

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Cameron Bruce, a senior at Westport’s Staples High School, plays Taps at today’s Veterans Day ceremony at Westport Town Hall. He was joined by fellow Staples trumpet player Ole Vaagen at the back of the auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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A Poppy for Larry

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Westporter Sandra Wimot pins a poppy today on veteran and WestportNow photographer Larry Untermeyer at the Veterans Day ceremony at Westport Town Hall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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All Gone: 22 Burnham Hill

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The house at 22 Burnham Hill, off Hillspoint Road in Westport’s Compo Mill Cove area, has been demolished. Built in 1976, the two-story colonial had 2,112 square feet, was situated on a .42-acre property and ownership changed hands in August at $1.1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 14, 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Big Anniversary for Westporters

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Westporters Stew Leonard Sr. (c) and Stew Leonard Jr. (r) marked the 40th anniversary Tuesday of Stew Leonard’s as a Norwalk landmark. The anniversary celebration coincided with a 5,000-square foot, $4 million expansion to the “world’s largest dairy store.” Leonard Sr. opened the store in 1969. Among those joining in the celebration was Lt. Gov Michael Fedele (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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