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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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UPDATE Traffic was jammed today around the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane as residents turned out to get their seasonal flu shot. So many people turned up that the clinic had to shut down earlier than planned. The vaccination total was so high that District officials said they had to cancel clinics set for Monday and Tuesday because they had exhausted their immediate supply of seasonal flu vaccine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Staples Principal “Pleased” With Underage Drinking Forum

The principal of Westport’s Staples High School said today he was “extremely pleased” with a discussion Wednesday night that focused on underage Image
John Dodig: will now confer with students. WN file photo

John Dodig, who had asked for parental input into the subject following drinking incidents at this year’s homecoming celebration, sent an e-mail to parents about the event co-hosted by the Westport Public Library and TEAM Westport.

“I was extremely pleased with last night’s Community Conversation at the Westport Public Library,” he said.

“Thanks to the skills of Nick Rudd, all of the more than 200 attendees had an opportunity to be actively involved and to share ideas on the topic chosen for the evening.”

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A Westport dog has made its debut on the new Draw the Dog Web site featured on WestportNow earlier this month. (See WestportNow Oct..20, 2009) In response to the WestportNow story, Westporter Elizabeth Vagnoni, directed the site’s editors to a video of her dog, Saba, playing with a deer, according to Bruce Kasanoff of Westport, a veteran of interactive and direct marketing who helped launched the site. The result is a cartoon appearing today which Kasanoff said is likely to be viewed by visitors from 47 countries. In an e-mail message, Kasanoff said hundreds of WestportNow readers visited the site after its mention here, adding: “By the way, if you ever need a testimonial about the power and reach of WestportNow, just let me know. Seldom have I seen a local site generate this kind of response to anything.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

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Jury Acquits Former Staples Teacher of Sex Charges

UPDATE A jury in Milford has acquitted a former teacher at Westport’s Staples High School of charges he had sex with a teenage student in his Milford apartment six years ago.

Peter Eramo Jr. was found not guilty Wednesday of second-degree sexual assault. He had denied having sexual relations with the girl, who was 17 at the time and came forward with the allegations in 2006. Jury selection in the case began in May. (See WestportNow May 23, 2009)

Eramo, 38, was a second-year teacher at Staples in 2003 when he took the student to dinner and a concert in New York City. The former student, now 23, testified that Eramo wined and dined her before taking her back to his apartment to have sex.

In an e-mail message to WestportNow today, Eramo said: “Now, over three painfully long years later, I am finally able to write to you in the hopes that you will give this story the rightful conclusion that it has so deserved since day one.”

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Colorful wet leaves are pictured along Westport’s Sturges Highway on Wednesday. The rains cleared in late afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic

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Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Central

An explosive Bridgeport Central High School team handed the Staples High School boys soccer team its only FCIAC regular season loss today on the final day of the regular season. The score was Image
Brendan Lesch and Alan Reiter contend with both Central and a very wet field today in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Reco McLaren’s two goals—one early in the first half, the other late—spelled the difference on the wet Kennedy Stadium surface. Staples outshot the Hilltoppers 16-11, and led in corner kicks 11-1, but could not find the back of the net.

Despite the loss, the Wreckers—4-1 in the FCIAC, 14-2 overall—have the first seed in the FCIAC tournament.  hat means they’ll host Friday’s quarterfinals (3 p.m., vs. Westhill, at Loeffler Field).

Staples also won its second consecutive Ralph King Cup, awarded to the team with the best record in the league. This is also Staples’ third Ralph King Cup in four years, and fourth since the award was inaugurated in 2000.

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Celebrating an Opening Image
Agabhumi, a retail store that specializes in jewelry and accessories crafted by Bali, Indonesia artisans, celebrated its opening tonight at 165 Post Road East opposite the Westport Post Office. Checking out some of the merchandise were (l-r) JIll Stern, store manager; Mary Young, an employee in Westport’s Planning and Zoning Department, and Regina Kirshbaum, co-owner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dru Nadler for

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Witches were a favorite costume at today’s Halloween celebration at Westport Town Hall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff greeted trick or treaters at the main entrance to Westport Town Hall today after Halloween festivities were moved inside there because of the rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Westport Police Sergeant Richard Frazier visited with some young first responders at today’s Halloween festivities at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Rockets were all set for launching at the Halloween celebration at Westport Town Hall today for Westporters Whitman Teplica, 4, and his brother Carter, 7. The event took place after rain forced cancellation of the Halloween Parade on Main Street.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Westport’s Annual Leaf Collection Begins Monday

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town will conduct its annual curbside leaf collection program beginning Monday through Dec. Image
Bagged leaves await pick up on Westport’s North Avenue at Kensington Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department,” said Edwards.  “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up. The compost process cannot handle plastic bags.”

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.

Public Works crew will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period.  A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 7 and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 7 will be collected, Edwards said.

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There’s no doubt who Westport’s Bill Mitchell is backing in the World Series opening tonight at Yankee Stadium. Mitchell will be there with many other Westporters rooting for the Bombers. Dave Matlow for

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Westport Halloween Parade Canceled; Events Moved Indoors

UPDATE Today’s scheduled Halloween Parade on Westport’s Main Street has been canceled and all activities have been moved indoors to Westport Town Hall because of the rain, the Parks and Recreation Department announced.

Inside Town Hall, young guests will be able to go from office to office to collect candy and goodies and participate in Halloween entertainment by Music Mania! in the auditorium, organizers said. Activities begin at 3 p.m.

The Main Street parade was to be a joint effort Parks & Rec along with the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport PAL.

Political parties and candidates who planned to set up on Main Street will be accommodated in the Town Hall lobby, a spokesman said.

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