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Friday, October 02, 2009

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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Author Kate Walbert Traces Five Generations of Women

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Author Kate Walbert discussed her latest book, “A Short History of Women,” at a Westport Public Library appearance today. The novel follows five generations of women from the British suffrage movement through 1970s consciousness-raising to the age of Facebook as they struggle against oppression. “Unlike most authors who research and research and research and write detailed outlines before writing a book, I do not do that,” she said. “When I start I usually don’t have a clue.  Instead, I write and write and let my characters emerge.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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State and Town to Honor World War II Vets on Saturday

The State of Connecticut and the Town of Westport will honor Westport World War II veterans Saturday in a ceremony at Bedford Middle School.

The 11 a.m. event in the school auditorium is part of Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s Public Service Awards program. It honors vets “for their exemplary service and unwavering courage.”

The state and town compiled the invitation list after researching state and local archives. More than 275 invitations have been sent to individuals, families, relatives, and friends, said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

The Office of the Secretary of the State Public Service Awards Program began in 2001. Since then, the office has honored thousands of Connecticut residents for their commitment to public service.

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Playhouse Sets Community Open House Oct. 24

The Westport Country Playhouse will present a special community open house, “Our Town, Your Playhouse,” on Saturday, Oct. 24, offering activities for children, families, teens and adults.WestportNow.com Image
“Our Town” aired on Showtime and PBS. Contributed photo

The 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. event will include a screening of the Playhouse’s 2002 production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” with Paul Newman in the role of the Stage Manager, at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.  Reservations are necessary for workshops and the “Our Town” film by calling 203-227-4177.

Children’s events, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will feature storytelling with books from the Playhouse’s 2010 Family Festivities series, including “Laura Ingalls Wilder” and “Charlotte’s Web”; bean-bag toss; face-painting; and “Design Your Own Set” coloring table.  An artist will draw caricatures from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

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Saturday is Household Hazardous Waste Day

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards today reminded residents that Westport has scheduled a household hazardous waste collection day for Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.

“This is an opportunity for residents to clean out their basements and garages of general household hazardous materials,” said Edwards.

The department issued a list of common items found in households that can be disposed of on Saturday:

Garage: degreasers, gasoline, kerosene, mineral spirits, oil-based paints, paint strippers, paint thinners, solvents, stains, turpentine, varnishes, wood preservatives, etc.

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All Gone: 7 Otter Trail

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A workman was on site today following the demolition of 7 Otter Trail off Imperial Avenue. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch had 1,308 square feet and was situated on a one-third-acre lot. The owners plan to rebuild on the site. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 30, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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