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The temperature was pushing 90 but it got hotter in Westport’s Parker Haring Plaza behind Oscar’e Deli today as the passenger compartment of a parked 1994 Volkswagen Jetta burst into flames. Before Westport firefighters could douse the flames, a nearby 2007 Lexus RX350 sustained some damage, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. He said a small amount of gasoline entered a storm drain and the Department of Environmental Protection and Coast Guard were notified. Firefighters used absorbent and boom material to absorb the gasoline spill, Conklin said. There were no injuries. No cause of the blaze was given. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nistico Field House Gets New Sign Image
Members of the Staples class of 1966 and others announced a gift today to the 2010 graduating class—a new sign which will soon be displayed above the entrances to the Nistico Field House. Pictured (l-r) are Anne Harding and John Lupton, class of ‘66, Staples Principal John Dodig, Lee Saveliff and Sandy Rappaport, co-presidents of Staples PTA, and Tom Nistico, nephew of Lou Nistico, They point to the future location of the new signage above the south entrance of the Nistico Field House. A group of alumni including members of the Nistico family and the Staples PTA are raising funds for three improvement projects: lighting for the current entrance sign on North Avenue by the tennis courts, replacing the letters identifying the north and south entrances to the Lou Nistico athletic complex, and sprucing up the two field house entryways with plants and flowers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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A Grad’s Salute to Mom Image
Lucas Hammerman posted a greeting to his mother atop his mortar board at today’s Staples graduation. Pictured: Leah, Lucas’s older sister, mom, Beverly, and Lucas, who is currently working as an intern for the New York Daily News. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Baloon Souvenir Image
Balloons added to the festive post-ceremony atmosphere at Staples High School today where the PTA hosted a reception in the courtyard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Family Photo Image
Staples graduate Raechel Alaimo poses today after the field house ceremony with her proud parents, Peter and Nancy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Traditional Graduation Toss Image
The mortar boards went flying at the conclusion of today’s Class of 2010 graduation ceremony at Westport’s Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Staples Class of 2010 Graduation - The Video

The Staples High School Class of 2010 graduated today in an afternoon ceremony at the school’s field house. There were 405 students who received diplomas. video by Jeff Kasanoff


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Music With a Message Image
Alice Lipson, who is retiring after 35 years in the Westport schools, directs the senior Orphenians at today’s graduation ceremony while delivering a message on her head. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Staples Graduates Told to ‘Live a Good Life’

By James Lomuscio

Cheers from more than 3,000 well wishers and family members resounded off the rafters of Westport’s Staples High School Field House today as 405 graduates marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance” for the school’s 123rd commencement Image
Staples Principal John Dodig gives valedictorian Naveen Murali a hug today after he picked up his diploma. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

With cameras flashing and attendees fanning themselves with programs in 90-degree heat, the graduates in the bleachers remained upbeat from the opening senior Orphenians rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” to the recessional march.

“It’s very exciting,” said Susan Colasurdo as she watched her son Casey James, who will be attending Fordham University, walk in with the class.

Despite the Field House being uncomfortably hot as it was filled to standing-room-only capacity, a spirit of optimism prevailed, underscored by the quote from Theodore Roosevelt on a banner hanging from the ceiling.

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Smiles of Relief? Image
This group of Staples Class of 2010 members was all smiles at today’s graduation ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Photo Op Image
Many in the crowd at today’s Staples graduation could not resist moving forward to get a picture of the diploma delivery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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