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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Young Soccer Players Watch Wrecker Victory

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Today was Westport Soccer Association Day at Loeffler Field at Stapes High School, and hundreds of young soccer players watched the Staples boys team shut out a strong Greenwich squad 2-0. The Wreckers, now 12-1 on the year, are playing well as they head toward the league and state playoffs.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

AARP Sets Energy Symposium for Wednesday

“The Confusing Home Heating Crisis” will be the subject of a symposium Wednesday at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

The 1 p.m. event is sponsored by the Westport-Weston chapter of AARP.

Representatives of Santa Fuel, Connecticut Light and Power Company and Southern Connecticut Gas Company will be present.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

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Golf Lesson

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A young golfer got a lesson today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. Mild October temperatures in the 60s allowed for many outdoor activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Warns of Flu Dangers

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Dr. Stephen Baum of Westport, an infectious disease specialist at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in New York, urged Westporters today to get flu shots and said the flu season, which starts in October and peaks in mid-winter, can be extremely lethal.  Addressing the Westport RotaryClub, Baum recounted the history of deadly flu outbreaks in the world and said another is overdue. He said the next pandemic flu is likely to arrive in the United States carried by migrating sea birds.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Autumn Blend

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Cool nights and mild days seem to hasten the brilliant colors of autumn in and around Westport, north of Parker Harding Plaza along a narrow creek and marsh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Wastewater Management Committee
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Waitress”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Barnes & Noble (Westport) - Shoreline Arts Alliance Workshop for Writers and Illustrators of Children’s Books
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Of Mice and Men”

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Mother’s Helper

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Hunter Trials, a show that provides riders with an opportunity to compete over various jumps on an open field course, were held todayat Westport’s Fairfield Hunt Club. After Ellika Shilling, a competitor from Brewster, N.Y., finished for the day, her son Benjamin, 4, helped prepare Milla, a Quarter Cross, for the journey home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Talking Transportation: Bus Wars

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

You see them every day zooming along I-95. Buses, crammed with folks heading from New York City to Boston and back. They carry exotic names like Fung Wah and BoltBus. And they’re the hottest thing in interstate transportation these days because they’re also the cheapest.

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(Full disclosure: you couldn’t pay me enough money to take a bus for more than 10 minutes. Buses make Southwest Airlines look commodious.)

The New York-to-Boston corridor is one of the most heavily traveled in the nation. The air shuttles alone carry 700,000+ passengers a year at a one-way fare of $300 (first class seats coming in December will be $100 - $250 additional) for the seldom on-time half-hour flight.

Amtrak carried 613,00 passengers between the Big Apple and Beantown in 2007, up from 460,800 a year earlier. Mind you, their journey runs four hours and 15 minutes (three and a half hours on Acela) and costs $89 one way ($105 on Acela). But hey, it’s a train—immune to the weather and traffic.

More "Talking Transportation: Bus Wars"

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Part of Evergreen Avenue Closed

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Westport’s Evergreen Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Washington Avenue is closed today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for resurfacing work. The closure will continue through Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Red October at Compo

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A spectacular sunset capped a summer-like day at Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Monday, October 13, 2008


Columbus Day observed: Westport Town Hall closed; schools open; post offices closed—no mail deliveries except Express Mail
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”

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Bloomberg Stumps for Shays at Westport Fundraiser

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With three weeks to go before the election, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Westport tonight for a fundraiser for Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (r. with wife Betsi) at a private residence in the Saugatuck area. Bloomberg said the next president must be able to work well with both sides of the aisle and that Shays will be an asset to whomever is elected to the presidency because of Shays’s proven ability to work in that manner.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bathed in Fall Colors

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The lower level entrance to the Westport Public Library was bathed in fall colors today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Aerial Search at Compo

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The Fairfield Police Department’s “Eagle One” helicopter late today joined the search at Westport’s Compo Beach after a swimmer was reportedly spotted in distress. The almost six-hour search was negative, according to the Westport Police Department. Police said they had received no reports of a missing person. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Dusk Search

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A Fairfield Police Department helicopter hovers over Westport police and fire members of the joint police-fire dive team as they searched the waters off Compo Beach today after a swimmer was reportedly spotted in distress. The almost six-hour search produced no results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sounds of Rock, Country and Blues at Library

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Toes were tapping and heads were swaying to the beat of Professor “Louie” and The Cromatix at the Westport Library today in a program sponsored by The Friends of the Westport Library. Professor “Louis” & The Cromatix have been recording and touring nationally for seven years. With Aron Hurwitz, aka Professor “Louie” on keyboard, accordion, and vocals; Marie Spinsosa on vocals and percussion; Gary Burke on drums; Frank Campbell on bass; and Josh Colow on guitar. The group has recorded six CDs on Woodstock Records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Waiting

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A dog waits patiently while the leash holder gets in a few rays today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Search Launched Off Compo for Swimmer

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Westport police and fire units participated in a search off Compo Beach today after the U.S. Coast Guard said it had received a call of a swimmer in distress. Despite a search by the combined dive team, aided by boats from the Coast Guard, Fairfield and Norwalk as well as state police aircraft and a Fairfield police helicopter, nothing was found. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Watch the Doggies

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The dogs at Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday provided some entertainment for a couple of visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 12, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Best Man”
3 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre (Colonial Green, 246 Post Road East) - “john & jen”
3 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Music@the Library: Professor “Louie” & The Cromatix
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “18 in ‘08” by David Burstein screening and voter registration
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Of Mice and Men” symposium

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Paul Newman Tribute at “Of Mice and Men” Opening

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Tonight’s opening night audience for the Westport Country Playhouse production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” gave a standing ovation to Paul Newman before the curtain went up. Newman, who died Sept. 26, had been set to direct the play before he pulled out for health reasons last May. Anne Keefe, artistic director with Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward, who was not present, paid tribute to the actor and then, in a breaking voice, asked for the audience to rise and give Newman a standing ovation. Afterward she said, “He would have hated that.” Pictured in a scene from the production are Mark Mineart and Betsy Morgan. The audience also gave the actors a standing ovation at the end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson photo

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Curtain Call for “john & jen”

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Tommy Foster and Catherine Porter take a bow following tonight’s sold out performance of “john & jen” at Westport’s MTC Mainstage Theatre. There will be a 3 p.m. performance Sunday followed by shows Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct 18. at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

On Tour

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The Westport Historical Society today sponsored a walking tour of the Kings Highway Historic District and area. Among the stops was this circa 1840 home on Wright Street owned by Tricia Fagan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Staples Defeats Danbury 21-14 in Homecoming Game

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Staples quarterback Brandon Pacilio scores a 45-yard touchdown with 3:52 left in the fourth quarter to put Staples ahead in a 21-14 victory over Danbury in today’s homecoming game. The Wreckers improved to 4-1 and next take on North Andover Friday night in North Andover, Mass., the longest road trip ever for the team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Eluding a Tackler

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Brandon Pacilio eludes a Danbury tackler as he scores on a 45-yard run to seal today’s Staples 21-14 homecoming victory over Danbury. Pacilio ran the option to the left on first down, cut up inside, and broke several arm tackles with 3:52 to play. Joe Stopper’s extra-point kick created the final score. The Wreckers led 14-0 at the half. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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