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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Westport Man Gets 12 Years in Burglary Spree

The second suspect in a spree of almost two dozen burglaries that caused more than $200,000 in property damage has been sentenced in Stamford Superior Court to 12 years in prison, The Advocate reported today.

Police initially charged Anthony Barbera, 23, of 18 Eno Lane, Westport, in break-ins in Westport, New Canaan and Greenwich. Police said the burglaries were unusual because the suspects seemed more interested in vandalizing homes than stealing valuables.

Barbera and his partner, Randall Weis, 27, of Bridgeport, smashed plasma televisions, dumped milk on a table, stuck a samurai sword into a wall and shoved women’s shoes into a toilet, court records show. Weis was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. (See WestportNow March 8, 2008)

Judge Richard Comerford—who also sentenced Weis—said in court Monday that Barbera’s case is “terribly sad” because, unlike Weis, Barbera comes from a financially stable and close-knit family in Westport, the newspaper said.

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Mother’s Helper

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Spring is just around the corner, and some residents on Westport’s Myrtle Avenue have already begun planting daffodils. Peter Moody, 4, spent the afternoon Monday helping his mother, Perry Moody, work in the garden, preparing the soil for planting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9 a.m. - noon - Westport Public Library - Annual Winter Book Sale (everything free)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - The Paradox of Water
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - American Architecture 101: What Makes it Great? with architect Carter Wiseman
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS 2008 Book Discussion, “The Wonderful World of Oz”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Vigil”

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Project Return Birdhouses on Display

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Birdhouses appeared in store windows in Westport’s center today in advance of the 13th annual Project Return Art of the Birdhouse Auction on Friday, March 28 at the Inn at Longshore. Weston artist Nga Nguyen’s “Yawning Cat” entry is on display at Jane & Jack children’s apparel shop. Westport-based Project Return was established in 1986 to meet the specialized needs of adolescent girls in crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Broadcast Journalist Worries About the Future of News

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Former NBC News journalist John Seigenthaler spoke to a full house at today’s meeting of the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston. He told the audience he worries that one day there will not be paper newspapers, just news on the Internet, television. and radio. He said he also worries that people will get their news from comedy programs instead of hard news from newspapers. Seigenthaler hosted the weekend edition of “NBC Nightlly News” until last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Feb. 18 - 22, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 18 - 22, 2008:

EMC Mortgage Corp. to Joseph W. Rose and Francisco J. Perez,300 Greens Farms Road, $600,000 WN property.jpg

Ralph I. Reis Revocable Trust to Robert Kelley, 35 Charcoal Hill Road, $1,400,000

Craig J. and Stacy C. Marton to Jonathan Clark Farber, 44 Shorehaven Road (68% in Westport), $6,235,100

John Mitola to Carmella K. and Matias A. Vega, 6 Woodrush Lane, $2,750,000

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Costa Rica Photos on Display at Senior Center

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Photos taken on a recent trip to Costa Rica by Stan Groner, president of the camera club at the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston, are on display at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The exhibit runs through the end of March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 11 Hunting Lane

11 Hunting Lane, Westport, CT 06880
An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 11 Hunting Lane near Bulkley Avenue North. The one-story ranch house has 1,040 square feet, was built in 1953, and is located on a .29-acre corner lot. It changed hands in November 2005 for $670,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Scene

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Sunday’s bright sunlight reflected off the waters at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 10, 2008


9 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Annual Winter Book Sale (everything half price)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - The Paradox of Water
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission

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Residents Unhurt as Fireplace Flames Spread

By Dave Matlow

An attempt to dispose of a Christmas wreath in a fireplace caused flames to spread to the underside of the fireplace mantle tonight, forcing a Compo Beach area family to flee their house and summon Westport firefighters.WestportNow.com Image
Firefighters work at 43 Burnham Hill in Westport’s Compo Beach area tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Fire Department Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney said firefighters quickly doused the flames at 43 Burnham Hill but not before they damaged the mantle, personal items placed on it, some wood panel walls, and caused a heavy smoke condition.

He said the fire started when the homeowners tried to dispose of a Christmas wreath by placing it in the fireplace. 

When the flames rose to the underside of the mantle, the male resident tried to control the fire by transporting water from the kitchen. But the conditions worsened. and his wife scooped up their 21-month-old son from his crib in a rear bedroom, called 911 and went outside as did her husband, the fire official said.

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Al’s Angels Prepare Holiday Goodies

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Westport’s Al’s Angels charity group this weekend assembled more than 1,200 Easter/Passover baskets to be distributed next weekend to those less fortunate. More then 65 volunteers showed up early today at the old Gault Building in Saugatuck for this annual ritual. Children living with rare blood disorders, cancer and child abuse will have joy added to their lives with these holiday gifts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Back Home Again

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A woman who lived at Westport’s 99 Myrtle Ave. 40 years ago returned today to tour the recently renovated town-owned home known as the Emily McLaury House. Esta Sands, 70, of Armonk, N.Y., said her nephew recently found a reference to the home on the Internet and alerted her. She contacted Wendy Crowther, a member of the 99 Myrtle Ave. restoration committee who arranged for her tour of the home. She said her parents purchased the house in 1956 as a summer and weekend home, and she lived there with her daughters from 1962 to 1969. Her parents owned the home until 1972. She posed with a photo of herself in a bathing suit in front of the home which she said was taken about 50 years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Longshore Ice Rink Closes for Season

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Brittainie Mooney (l), a ninth grader at Staples High School, and Annie Rosenberg, a Staples junior, today went for their final spin of the 2007-2008 skating season at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. The rink closed today but will reopen in an expanded form next season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Doggie Plunge

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A day after Compo Beach was full of people doing a penguin plunge, this visitor today had plenty of room for a doggie plunge. Today was decidedly cooler than Saturday, howerver, with temperatures in the 30s.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Midnight Wait for “Super Smash Bros. Brawl”

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Crowds lined up Saturday night outside GameStop, 877 Post Road East, Westport, for the midnight release of “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” the third installment of the popular fighting game for the Nintendo Wii game system. The store experienced its largest pre-release line for any video game to date, and the event’s atmosphere was similar to the excitement felt for the release of the last Harry Potter book. Only hours earlier the area suffered a blackout due to downed power lines.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Wii Tournament Play

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Adam Mally (c) and Chris Sledge (r) of Westport were the first two entrants in the “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” tournament Saturday night at Westport’s GameStop. The tournament preceded the midnight release of the popular video game for the Nintendo Wii system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Lowlyn Road

5 Lowlyn Road, Westport, CT 06880
An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 5 Lowlyn Road off Partrick Road. Built in 1952, the two-story colonial house has 2,357 square feet and is located on a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sap Tap

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Visitors to Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center braved the strong rains Saturday to learn how Earthplace naturalist Margaret Ardwin (l) taps sugar maple trees to collect sap for making maple syrup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 9, 2008


11:30 am. - 5 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Annual Winter Book Sale
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Vigil”
4 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center presents Jazz to the Max: Derek Smith and Warren Vache

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New Exposure for Old Photographic Method

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Braving winds and rain, guests attended a second reception tonight at The Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 606 Post Road East. Westport, held to commemorate its inaugural exhibit featuring nine local artists. (See WestportNow Feb. 16, 2008) Jean Lawlor of Westport studied the antique tintype method used by Nate Gibbons in his photographic creations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Injuries in Partrick Road Crash

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A young driver lost control and crashed into a stone wall on Westport’s Partrick Road at about 7:30 p.m. today. There were no injuries, but the car was severely damaged and had to be taken from the scene on a flatbed truck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sean Timmins for WestportNow.com

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Sherwood Diner Darkened

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Westport’s Sherwood Diner was among the businesses darkened tonight by a blackout on Post Road East. High winds up to 50 miles per hour downed trees and power lines. Power was restored to this area at about 7:30 p.m. View is looking east on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Blackout on Post Road East

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A portion of Westport’s Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector was in the dark tonight for several hours after trees downed power lines in the area. Police placed portable stop signs at the intersection. Power came back at about 7:30 p.m. View is looking west at the Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Replacing Batteries for Daylight Saving Time

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The Westport Fire Department today offered free 9-volt batteries for home alarm systems. Martin Crouse of Westport (l) told Lt. Ken Lombardi (r) and Firefighter Terry Dunn that he has taken advantage of the battery exchange offer “ever since it started.”  The Fire Department tries to raise awareness of the battery exchange offer by coordinating it with the change to Daylight Savings Time which takes place at 2 a.m. Sunday. It also serves as a reminder to residents to turn their clocks ahead by one hour before going to bed tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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