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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Board of Education Candidates Debate

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The League of Women Voters of Westport held its second in a series of debates among town-wide candidates at Westport Town Hall tonight. Participating in the Board of Education debate were (l-r) Elaine Whitney (D); Michael J. McGovern (R); Moderator Jean Rabinow; Donald G. O’Day (D) and Jim Marpe (R). Voters will choose four. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Soccer Downs Wilton 3-0

Alan Reiter, Mike White and Nick Cion all scored, as the Staples High School boys soccer team won its 10th game of the year today.  The Wreckers shut out Wilton 3-0, at Loeffler Field.WestportNow.com Image
Steven Denowitz concentrates completely as he races upfield against Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for WestportNow.com

Mikey Scott, Matteo Marzoli and Court Lake assisted on the goals.

The Warriors had just knocked off previously undefeated Ridgefield, but Staples was in control for much of the match.

The Wreckers – now 10-0-0 in FCIAC play (10-1-0 overall) face their toughest test of the year on Friday. They travel to Ridgefield, for a 6 p.m. match against the always tough, 2nd-place Tigers.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Comings and Goings: Room Latest Sconset Square Addition

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Room, a custom furniture and design store, has opened at 10 Sconset Square, off Westport’s Myrtle Avenue. Owners Amy Crain and Shawn Miller have operated their flagship shop at 182 Duane St. in Manhattan’s Tribeca section for 11 years. The couple, along with their 5-year-old son, found a home in Wilton and chose Westport for their business because, Miller said, they “liked the casual vibe of Westport.” Pictured is Alexis Presley, a 2004 Staples High School graduate, who manages the Westport Room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Burnham Hill

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An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 22 Burnham Hill, off Hillspoint Road in Westport’s Compo Mill Cove area.  Built in 1976, the two-story colonial has 2,112 square feet and is situated on a .42-acre property. Ownership changed hands in August at $1.1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Coastal Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a coastal Flood Watch for Westport and area which is in effect from late Thursday night through Friday morning.

Sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour Thursday night and Friday will result in building seas and surge along the coast, an advisory said.

This coupled with astronomically high tides likely will produce moderate coastal flooding near the time of high tide Friday morning.

Areas along the southwestern coast of Long Island Sound appear most susceptible to significant impacts at this time, the advisory said.

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Food Workers Union Welcomes Fresh Market to Westport

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Not everyone was pleased to see the arrival of The Fresh Market in Westport. Members of Westport-based Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union greeted today’s opening with picketers and a giant rat. The Fresh Market store is a non-union operation, and Local 371 contends it does not pay area standard wages and benefits. Shaw’s Supermarket, the former tenant, did employ union workers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Walter for WestportNow.com

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Fresh Market Opens in Former Shaw’s Supermarket Space

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Chefs served up French toast and bacon today at a VIP breakfast before the grand opening of The Fresh Market at 605 Post Road East. The specialty grocer is in the space formerly occupied by Shaw’s Supermarket. The Westport store is the first in the Northeast for the Greensboro, N.C- based company. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Big Cheese

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Instead of a ribbon-cutting, The Fresh Market had a “Cracking of the Parmesan” at the opening today of its new Westport store on Post Road East. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) said it would be a boon to Westport’s economy and praised the Kowalsky family, owners of the property, for bringing in a store that would be an asset to the community. “If only Martha Stewart knew what she was missing,” he said. With him are (l-r) Sean Crane, Fresh Market vice president, operations; Mike Stetka, working on the parmesan, and Michael Black, store manager. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Practice Makes Perfect

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The undefeated football team at Westport’s Staples High School took to the field for practice after school Tuesday. The Wreckers, 4-0 on the season, take on Norwalk’s McMahon High School (2-2) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at home. Staples rates No. 6 on the statewide media poll compiled by the New Haven Register and No. 4 in the coaches’ poll as compiled by The Day of New London. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 14, 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”
2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters debates: Board of Finance & Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Breath of Life”

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“Off the Wall” Storytelling Debuts in Fairfield

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“Off the Wall” storytelling debuted at the Fairfield Theatre Company tonight to a nearly full house. The event, involving audience members engaged in spontaneous storytelling, was created by Westporter Ina Chadwick (c), “Insider Arts’” columnist for WestportNow, and Fairfield resident Simon Billig. With Chadwick are Michael Ross, managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse, who helped introduce the idea to Chadwick and Billig, and in the background, former Westporter, now Fairfield resident, Keir Dullea. More information is available at www.fourthwalldown.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanne Sheridan for WestportNow.com

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Westport Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

A Westport man who is a former president and chief financial officer of Greenwich-based United Rentals Inc. pleaded guilty today to conspiring to falsify the company’s records, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.WestportNow.com Image
John N. Milne: Westporter also agrees to disgorge $6.25 million. File photo

John N. Milne, 50, a Canadian citizen living on Maple Avenue South, entered the plea before Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven a day before he was scheduled to go on trial.

He faces a recommended sentence of 27 months in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 11, prosecutors said. He remains free on $1 million bond.

To resolve a separate civil action involving financial fraud charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Milne has agreed to disgorge $6.25 million, the commission said.

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No Shortages of Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Mark Cooper, director of health for the Westport Weston Health District, today assured residents that despite reports of shortages of seasonal flu vaccine, the District still has seasonal flu vaccine available and strongly encourages the citizens of Westport and Weston to get immunized.

The vaccine for the regular seasonal flu and the novel H1N1 (Swine) flu are different. Both inoculations are needed for full protection, Cooper said.

“While the H1N1 flu virus has been the focus of attention since spring, it is important that we do not forget the risks posed by the seasonal flu,” he said.

Every year, on average 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu, Cooper said. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications, and about 36,000 die from flu related causes.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Going Down: 15 Clover Lane

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The house at 15 Clover Lane, off Joann Circle was demolished today.  Built in 1966, the two-story colonial had 2,808 square feet and was situated on a one-acre cul-de-sac property. The last time ownership changed hands was in 2005 at $1,060,000. The current owners plan to rebuild on the same site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Lady Wreckers Edge Darien 3-2

The Staples High School Lady Wreckers soccer team today won a 3-2 thriller against the Darien Blue Wave at Loeffler Field.

The win puts Staples one game over .500 for the season as the stretch run for the FCIAC tournament and state tournament begins. 

Staples goals were by Jaclyn Katz (2) and Kate Burke.

Interim Head Coach Chris Meinke was thrilled with the result. “I’m looking forward to a great week of practice as we prepare for New Canaan next Monday,” he said.

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