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Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Staples’ Superfans were out in force tonight at West Haven High. They saw a great game as Westport’s Wreckers defeated Glastonbury 2-1 to reach the state boys soccer finals for the second time in four years. Staples takes on New Milford for the state championship on Friday or Saturday at a time and location to be announced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for


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Staples Defeats Glastonbury 3-2 in Class LL Semifinal

UPDATE Revenge is sweet. Last year, Glastonbury scored twice in the final eight minutes, ousting Westport’s Staples High School in the Class LL semifinals of the state boys soccer Image
A jubilant Wreckers team celebrates Greg Gudis’s goal—the first of the night against Glastonbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for

This year the two teams met again in the semifinal round with the Wreckers ending victorious in a wild, 3-2 affair in front of a large, boisterous crowd at West Haven High School. 

Staples earned the right to play for the 12th state championship in its 51-year history—and first since 1993. Staples meets New Milford Saturday at a time and site to be determined. It is the first state championship game for New Milford.

This will be Staples’ second championship appearance in four years. In 2006, they lost 2-1 to Simsbury in sudden-death overtime.

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Longshore Ice Rink Almost Ready

By Larry Untermeyer

The Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) ice skating rink at Longshore Club Park is on target for its day after Thanksgiving Day Image
Workers today readied the Longshore Ice Rink, which is slightly larger than last year’s rink. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Tony Lantier and his staff at Thin Ice Management have been hard at work over the past few weeks preparing to transform the Longshore tennis courts into a super ice skating rink. 

This year skaters will enjoy a 15 percent larger glass-enclosed rink surrounded by new boards.

The new rink is 10 feet wider and 5 feet longer to provide more space for this winter activity which has grown in popularity each year since its inception in 1996.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Feds: Appraiser Falsified Westport Mortgage Application

A Norwalk real estate professional today entered a not guilty plea on federal charges he falsified information on a mortgage application for a Westport home he appraised at $2.7 million.

Prosecutors said Thomas Preston, 49, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

A grand jury had returned an indictment on Oct. 7 charging Preston with one count of making a false statement on a mortgage loan application, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Following the arraignment, he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

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The house at 35 Charcoal Hill Road off North Avenue in Westport’s Coleytown area was demolished today. Built in 1933, the 1-1/2-story cape had 3,615 square feet, was situated on a 2.84-acre property and changed ownership in February 2008 for $1.4 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 17, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Former Restaurant Critic Serves Up NYC Culinary History

By Phyllis Groner

For years, William Grimes ate on the company’s tab. But no Image
William Grimes: His photo was posted in a kitchen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

The former restaurant critic for The New York Times told a Westport Public Library audience today he’s turned into a dinner-at-home guy.

“I don’t go out to dinner very much any more since I have to pay for my own meals,” he said.

Grimes, in Westport to talk about his book “Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York, ” has been at the Times 20 years.

In addition to restaurant critic, he has worked as a magazine writer, culture reporter, theater columnist, book reviewer, and lately obituary writer.

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Health District Schedules New H1N1 Clinics

The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it has scheduled additional H1N1 vaccination clinics on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Monday, Nov. 30.

To schedule an appointment, visit WWHD’s Web site and follow the link to the H1N1 Vaccine information page.

The clinics are only for those residents who are eligible to receive the inactivated, injectable formulation of the H1N1 vaccine, the District said.

The supply of injectable vaccine remains limited, so those eligible must have an appointment; no walk-ins will be accepted, according to an announcement.

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The entrance to Westport’s Gorham Island office building is ablaze with fall colors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
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”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: William Grimes, “Appetite City”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Gail Rentsch, “Smart Women Don’t Retire—They Break Free”


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There was “Off the Wall Storytelling” tonight at the Fairfield Theater Company as a number of Westporters joined neighbors for the Fourth Wall Down production hosted by Westporter Ina Chadwick, WestportNow Insider Arts columnist, (front center) and Fairfield resident Simon Billig (seated) The six programmed volunteer storytellers regaled the audience with eight-minute stories of coincidences and were joined by three members of the audience. Pictured with Chadwick and Billig are (l-r) Steve Knowles, Karen Knowles, Joe Limone, Pumfey Silverglide, Rebecca Jarit, Stephen Siegel, Marjorie Kass; (back row) John Lamb, musician, and Rozanne Gates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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A Westport audience tonight heard a presentation from a Congo female journalist and activist who has borne witness to the systematic rape and violence against women in her country. Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson (l), 31, has been described as “a pioneering, fearless voice for justice and accountability” in the African nation wracked by a relentless war in which various armed groups often vent their rage against women. Before her talk at the Westport Arts Center, she chatted with Francis Kalangala (c), a former top Congo military leader before he joined a rebel group and eventually sought asylum in the United States, and his wife, Evelyne Mukasonga, who now live in Bridgeport. The event was co-sponsored by The Connecticut Council of Vital Voices Global Partnership. The Partnership is an international nonprofit organization that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and entrepreneurs around the globe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Members of the Connecticut Council of Vital Voices Steering Committee posed tonight with guest Congo journalist Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson at the Westport Arts Center. Pictured are (seated, l-r) Roberta Cooper of Westport, Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson, Joyce Thompson (Weston), and Thuy Tranthi (Westport). Standing: Avonne Seideman (Westport), Joanne Krantz (Fairfield), Helah Robinson, program assistant for Africa in the Washington, D.C. office of Vital Voices, Amy Kalafa (Weston), Sheila Weiss (Westport), Nancy Wergeles (Weston), Leslie Greene (Westport), Nancy Heller, director of the Westport Arts Center, Jill Mays (Ridgefield), Tracy Day (Ridgefield), Sue Glendinning (Ridgefield), Elizabeth Strick (Westport), Gita Rajan (Fairfield), Lisa Teixeira (Westport).  Not pictured: Amanda Glendinning (Norwalk). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nell Mednick for


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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal addresses Westport’s oath of office ceremony Monday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, in a legal battle initially funded by Westport and neighboring communities, today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling upholding new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight paths.

In a formal petition, Blumenthal argued that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia wrongly upheld new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight paths.

The new flight paths will route more large planes over southwestern Connecticut, damaging the region’s environment, according to opponents.

Blumenthal said the new flight paths will unnecessarily increase noise and pollution and the FAA failed to follow its own rules and procedures by ignoring vital data and public input.

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Eliza Yass and Ruby Steinberg, eighth graders at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School, have been named junior volunteers of the year by STAR of Norwalk. STAR, Inc. is a not-for profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. They are pictured with Jill Schreckengost of STAR. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saugatuck Church’s Danner to Leave in January

The Rev. John H. Danner, senior pastor of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church since 2001, has informed church members that he will be leaving in January for a Florida post to be near his four Image
The Rev. John H. Danner is shown presiding over last year’s Thanksgiving Day feast at Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

The 56-year-old Maine native and a pastor’s son who went into the restaurant business before taking up the ministry said in an e-mail message that he was leaving “with very mixed emotions.”

“I will be completing my tenure here at Saugatuck on Jan. 24, 2010 so that I might accept the call to serve as Senior Pastor of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ in Florida,” he said.

“This move will make it possible for Linda and me to be there as our four grandchildren grow up.

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