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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Library Marks Opening of George Wright Exhibit

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The Westport Public Library tonight hosted a reception marking the opening of the exhibit, “A Retrospective on the Work of George Hand Wright (1872-1951): Dean of Westport Artists. ” A master of many media, Wright was gifted in the use of watercolor, pastels, and etching, which became in his later years his most favored medium of expression. He left a treasure trove of art for generations to come and provided a visual history of what was, during his lifetime, the rural, small town of Westport.  Edward F. Gerber, a distant relative, took those attending on a tour of the paintings on display, including one depicting Wright’s Cross Highway home of more than 50 years. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 14 - 18, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 14 - 18, 2009:

Sandeep S. and Rozelle A. Bhasin to Prudential Relocation Inc., 25 Sniffen Road, $640,000 WN property.jpg

Prudential Relocation Inc. to Jeffrey A. Gershowitz, 25 Sniffen Road, $640,000

US Realty Inc. to Ires Nemni, 4 Baker Ave., $650,000

Leo J. and Barbara W. Sametz Trs. to Robert E. and Kathryn Hill, 11 Stonybrook Road, $840,500

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Dogs Back at Compo

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Dogs and their owners were out on Westport’s Compo Beach early today. The seasonal ban on animals at the beach ended Thursday. Dogs will be permitted on designated areas of the beach until April 1.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Tie to Letterman Sex Bombshell

There is a Westport connection to the television news producer reportedly behind a $2 million extortion plot David Letterman revealed Thursday night involving the late night television host admitting he had sexual relationships with his female employees.WestportNow.com Image
Joe Halderman: lives a little bit in Westport. File photo

Robert J. Halderman, 51, a CBS News “48 Hours” producer known professionally as Joe Halderman, identified by police sources as the alleged extortionist, owns a property mostly in Norwalk with a sliver in Westport.

According to the Westport Town Clerk’s Office, Halderman purchased a property at 6 Renzulli Road in Norwalk in June 2004 for $420,000 with 8.54 percent of the property in Westport. His last annual Westport tax payment was $69.

Police said the producer, who was arrested Thursday afternoon outside the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan, has been charged with attempted grand larceny. He was held overnight without bail, according to police sources.

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Blue Sail

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A group of seven Westport Y’s Men went cruising on Long Island Sound Thursday and while rounding Cockenoe Island, they passed this J33 racing sailboat with its colorful blue and white spinnaker flying in the brisk autumn wind. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 2, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Monica Wheeler, Westport-Weston Health District, latest flu updates
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception, exhibit of George Hand Wright
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Barefoot in the Park”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Breath of Life” preview

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Westporter Heidi Armitage Dies at 43

Westporter Heidi Armitage, wife, mother, daughter, sister and great friend to all who knew her, especially those in the Coleytown Elementary School community, died peacefully Wednesday at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 43 and had fought a six-month battle with breast cancer.WestportNow.com Image
Heidi Armitage: Had “unique ability to light up any room she walked into.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Heidi’s father Bob said his daughter, born Nov. 19, 1965 in Toronto, Canada, always had the “unique ability to light up any room she walked into.”

She lit up the room when she first met her husband, Adam, 23 years ago at camp. In her 20s, she lit up the world as she traveled its length and breadth, looking for—and finding—adventure. And she lit up Westport, her home since December 2000, in her 30s and beyond.

With a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Heidi lived life to the fullest. She always saw the good in everyone and everything, and she sparkled with fun wherever she went.

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Staples Boys Soccer Comes From Behind to Beat Stamford

The Staples boys soccer team fell behind for the first time all year today in Stamford. But the Wreckers rallied for three second-half goals to down the Black Knights 3-1.WestportNow.com Image
Greg Gudis concentrates on a shot against Stamford today. The junior is a key component on Staples’ 7-0-0 team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for WestportNow.com

Staples, now 7-0-0, travels to Norwalk Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for their toughest test yet.

The Wreckers shook off a subpar first half, exploding for a trio of tallies in a seven-minute span in the second half. 

First, Sean Gallagher laced a cross that Mikey Fitzgerald headed home. Then Mike White’s stellar work in the corner freed up Brendan Lesch for the go-ahead goal. Alan Reiter got the insurance tally, knocking in Lesch’s rebound.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ticket Sales Reported Brisk for “The Breath of Life”

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Oscar-nominated Stockard Channing (l) and four times Oscar-nominated Jane Alexander are attracting “brisk ticket sales” at the Westport Country Playhouse for its latest production, “The Breath of Life,” which has its opening night performance on Saturday. Public Relations Manager Patricia Blaufuss said that tickets are selling “extremely well” and while no show is completely sold out, some performances have only seats remaining with a limited view. The show runs through Oct. 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Clouds on the Saugatuck

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A picturesque cloud formation was seen above the Saugatuck River in Westport on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 1, 2009


Dogs allowed back at Compo Beach
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance/RTM Finance & Employee Compensation Committees anticipated executive session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseeker Special: “The Elevator Speech,” Ron Drew
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Barefoot in the Park”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Breath of Life” preview

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Howard Munce: “Inclined to Learn”

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Westport artist Howard Munce gazes at his painting “Inclined to Learn,” one of almost 50 “Treasures Of The Westport Schools Permanant Art Collection” to be shown at the Westport Historical Society. The exhibit opens with a reception on Sunday from 3 - 5 p.m. and runs through Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Staples Principal: Homecoming “Very Negative Experience”

At least five students at Westport’s Staples High School became intoxicated during Saturday’s homecoming celebration, prompting a plea from the school’s principal to parents to help him do something about it.WestportNow.com Image
John Dodig: makes plea to parents. WN file photo

“We can’t ignore…that portions of Homecoming have evolved into something very negative and potentially dangerous to our students,” John Dodig wrote in an e-mail Tuesday to all Staples parents.

“That is the part I cannot ignore or accept. Let’s make something positive out of a very negative experience.”

Officers tended to at least five intoxicated students—all females—in the Staples and adjacent Bedford Middle School parking lots prior to Saturday’s football game against Norwalk High School, according to police.

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Comings and Goings: Fresh Market to Open Oct. 14

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The Fresh Market opens its first store in Connecticut on Oct. 14 at 605 Post Road East in the space formerly occupied by Shaw’s. According to an official at the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters, the Westport store will be its 92nd and in its 18th state. Workers today were putting the final touches on the renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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U.S. Postal Service Sets Westport Hearing for Oct. 22

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today that the U.S. Postal Service has notified his office that it will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall auditorium to discuss the move of the Westport Post Office.

“I encourage all interested Westport residents to attend this forum,” said Joseloff. 

“This is an opportunity for residents to express their concerns regarding not only the main post office, but also the closure of the Saugatuck station.”

The Postal Service “suspended service” at the Saugatuck station on Sept. 5 and said it was seeking another location.

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