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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Westporter in Afghanistan Disputes U.S. Official Who Resigned

In a letter to the Washington Post today, a Westporter overseeing a legal education program in Kabul, Afghanistan disputed a top U.S. Foreign Service officer who resigned in protest over the Afghan war.

“I agree with many of former Foreign Service officer Matthew Hoh’s criticisms of the international effort in Afghanistan, particularly our failures to demand that the Afghan government address corruption and, relatedly, to give non-ideological insurgents incentives to stop planting roadside bombs,” wrote Benjamin Joseloff, 27.

“That said, I don’t agree with Mr. Hoh that there is nothing here worth fighting for.”

Joseloff, son of Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, is a 2000 Staples High School graduate and 2008 graduate of Stanford Law School. After completing a one-year federal clerkship, he has been in the Afghan capital since September as a fellow at the Afghanistan Legal Education Project.

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Witch Crash

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This witch may have failed to use her on-broom navigation system and collided with a tree on Westport’s Long Lots Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westport Artist’s “Special Eye” Spots Missing Woman

As a Westport artist, illustrator (and Mom) Elaine Clayton has a special eye. It came in handy Friday as she noticed an elderly woman walking along Compo Road South. WestportNow.com Image
Elaine Clayton’s illustration of the missing woman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

Moments later, Clayton received a CodeRed automatic notification call from police informing her that a 74-year-old woman with dementia had been missing for more than five hours from her Post Road East condominium.

She called police and told them about the woman. Moments later, police called back and said the woman she had spotted indeed was the missing woman. Someone else called in as well. (See WestportNow Oct. 30, 2009)

“I was gushingly thrilled and started whooping and hollering,” Clayton wrote on her Illuminara blog in an entry she titled “Westport Police Bulletin and Vision Angels” where she also posted a sketch of the woman. “I felt like I had just won the lottery!

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Pumpkin Smile

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A painted pumpkin face beckons passersby to A & J Farm Stand on Westport’s Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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It’s That Time of Year

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Many of the hundreds of holiday lights in the trees along Westport’s Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza were getting their annual maintenance on Friday. Workers checked connections, replaced burned out bulbs, and added new strings of lights where needed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - Halloween


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night

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Staples Footballers Roll Over Ludlowe 38-0

Backup quarterback Keith Gelman fumbled three times in the first half but great defense helped drive the Staples High School varsity football team to a 38-0 win tonight over Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School at Fairfield.

The victory improved the Wreckers to 7-0 on the season while Ludlow slipped to 3-4.

Gelman was starting in place of the injured Brandon Pacilio. “In the beginning of the game, he needed to settle down and he did,” said Staples coach Marce Petroccio.

Staples meets Wilton next Saturday, Nov. 7 at home, leaving only two games after that—the following Saturday in Trumbull and then Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 at home against perennial rival Greenwich High School.

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Supporting Our Troops

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The Staples High School Student Assembly is sponsoring a drive to collect donations for an infantry platoon in Mosul, Iraq. The soldiers, about 35 men and women based in Ft. Bragg, N.C., are part of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Donations (suggested items can be found here.) should be placed in boxes at the high school in the main lobby or cafeteria, or delivered to 222 Compo Road South in Westport. Checks are also welcome (payable to Staples High School and mailed to the cited address). The deadline is Nov. 6, as it takes up to six weeks to deliver packages to Iraq. For more information, contact Michael Goodgame, 454-3461.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Sunrise Rotary Hosts Fundraiser

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About 200 guests attended tonight’s 20th annual Westport Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, the club’s largest charity fundraiser, at the Inn at Longshore. The Sunrise Club, chartered in 1988, contributes thousands of dollars annually to local and international charities. It also supports projects in nations such as Guatemala, Egypt and Zimbabwe to promote literacy, vocational training and the discovery of potable water sources. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Staples Trounces Westhill in FCIAC Boys Soccer Quarterfinals

Strong attacking, smart midfield play and stellar defense powered Westport’s Staples High School boys soccer team to a 5-0 win today over Stamford’s Westhill High School in the FCIAC quarterfinals.WestportNow.com Image
Mike White celebrates Mikey Fitzgerald’s goal against Westill in the FCIAC quarterfinals. Mikey Scott races over to join in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

The solid victory advances the Wreckers to the league semifinals. They will face Greenwich—3-1 winners over Trumbullon Monday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.  Match time is 5 p.m.

The first goal, 13 minutes in, began with Sean Gallagher in the back. Mikey Scott then raced into the corner, and laced a cross through the box that Brendan Lesch power-headed in.

In the 33rd minutem Scott’s cross and Alan Reiter’s shot—saved off the line-initiated a goalmouth scramble.  Mikey Fitzgerald emerged with the ball, and fed Mike White for a tap-in goal.

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Best in Show

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The Best in Show award in the Sixth Annual Westport/Weston Y’s Men Camera Club competition today went to to Lenny Messman for his amazing snake picture, “Watch Your Tongue.” Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff presented the award to Messman during a ceremony at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Messman said he took more than 1,000 pictures trying to capture the “tongue moment” at the Bronx Zoo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Winners All

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The Sixth Annual Westport/Weston Y’s Men Camera Club show opened today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to a packed house. Ribbons and certificates were awarded to eight first place winners in the designated categories and ribbons were given to those earning honorable mention. The exhibit of winners and entries runs until Jan. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Additional Flu Clinics Canceled as Vaccine Supply Exhausted

So many people turned out for Thursday’s seasonal flu vaccination clinic at the Westport Weston Health District that vaccine supplies have been exhausted and additional clinics canceled, a District official said today.WestportNow.com Image
Lines formed early Thursday outside the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane for seasonal flu shots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

“The size of the turnout was unexpected,” said Ken Kellogg, director of emergency preparedness.

He said more than 100 persons were on line before the scheduled 1 p.m. start and by 2:10 p.m. it was clear there was not enough vaccine on hand and the clinic closed 50 minutes ahead of schedule.

“We no longer have sufficient vaccine to conduct walk-in clinics so we are canceling the walk-in clinics that were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday,” he said.

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 12 - 16, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 12 - 16, 2009:

Dianne R. Caporale and Gary B. Roberts to Seth Sholes and Suzanne Fitzmaurice, 53 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,575,000WN property.jpg

Bank of America NA c/o Edelheit and Assoc. to Dean Kardamis, 140 Newtown Turnpike, $227,000

Daniel P. Weiner to Countrywide Home Loans Inc - FBO Goldman Sachs Mtg. Co., 17 Jennie Lane,  $556,302

Robert J. Giunta to Yvonne Bokhour, 220 Riverside Ave. C-11, $575,000

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CodeRed Alert Helps Find Missing Elderly Woman

UPDATE A CodeRed automatic telephone call about a missing 74-year-old Westport woman helped locate her today several miles from her home, police said.

The woman who is suffering from dementia wandered away from her condominium home on Post Road East at about 10 a.m., according to police.

After police received a call from relatives, they called in a State Police tracking dog and issued a town-wide CodeRed telephone alert shortly before 3 p.m.

A short time later, two residents who received the call said they saw someone matching her description walking along Compo Road South.

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