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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Freshman Chorus and Sophomore Chorale

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The Freshman Chorus and Sophomore Chorale performed at Westport’s Staples High School tonight under the direction of Alice Lipson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Heavenly Sounds

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Soloists David Ressler, Becca Loeser and Mikey McGovern and the Staples High School combined Chorus, Chorale, Choir and Symphonic Orchestra perfomed Haydn’s “The Heavens Are Telling” from The Creation at tonight’s concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Strings Attached

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Part of the cello and bass sections of the Staples High School Symphonic Orchestra in concert tonight. The Spring Concert featuring the bands and choir is currently showing on Cablevision Channel 78 at 8:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Post Road East Duck Rescue Drama

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Westport firefighters tonight rescued ducklings who fell through a grating on Post Road East at Bay Street in front of the Baskin Robbins ice cream store. They fell moments after a good Samaritan, Westporter Dennis Corsalini, stopped traffic so that the mother duck and her ducklings could safely cross the busy street. However, his good intentions went awry as he saw eight ducklings fall through the grating. He called the Fire Department whose members rescued the ducklings and relocated them in the nearby brook. Pictured are Firefighters David Janofsky and Todd Hall (standing in drainage area) and Michael Sornatale, chef and owner of nearby La Villa Restaurant, and an unidentified girl. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Resuming a Family Outing

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A mother duck leads away some of her ducklings tonight after they were rescued by Westport firefighters from a storm drain on Post Road East at Bay Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Students Oraganize “Eco-Fest” at Levitt on May 30

Students at Westport’s Staples High School have organized an “Eco Fest,” an outdoor music festival to promote green initiatives, on Saturday, May 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion.WestportNow.com Image

Sponsored by Green Village Initiative, a Westport-based private environmental group, the event features free food, music, and information about environmental issues.

“We hope to raise environment awareness and teach Westport about the new ‘green’ strides we have been making,” said Melanie Yemma, a Staples student and one of the organizers.

She said scheduled bands iinclude Headliners Barefoot Truth and Taber Onthank (a Staples grad), and 10 other local high school and middle school bands.

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Honored

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State Senator Toni Boucher (l) and Representative Joe Mioli (r) congratulate Westporter Jay Paretsky today on receiving the A.E. Hertzler Knox Award at the State Capitol in recognition of his excellence and a lifetime of EMS service in Connecticut by the Emergency Medical Services Education Seminar Foundation. Paretsky began his EMS career in 1980 as a member of Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service. Gretchen Marcroft of Westport joins in the celebration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Make Quick Work of Pickup Truck Fire

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Westport firefighters made quick work today of a pickup truck fire at Imperial Avenue and Bridge Streetl. Flames damaged the engine department and spread into the passenger compartment, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Wins State High School Geography Challenge

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE AND CORRECT Westport’s Staples High School has won first place in the 18th annual Connecticut High School Geography Challenge at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.WestportNow.com Image
Celebrating the win are (l-r) James D’Amico, Social Studies Department chair and Geography team coach, Eric Wessan, Victor Hollenberg, and Scott Grundei. Missing from the photo are Jeff Loselle and Alex Nitkin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The competition Tuesday saw juniors Scott Grundei, Victor Hollenberg, Jeff Loselle, Alex Nitkin and Eric Wessan, beat out 14 other teams from 10 schools around the state. It was the second time Staples had entered the competition, placing second last year. (An earlier version of this story said it was the first time.)

However, according to principal John Dodig, the students that entered the contest last year did so on their own entrepreneurial initiative. 

“I didn’t know what geography award they were talking about last year when I heard about it the next day,” Dodig said. 

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Autopsy: Marilyn Chambers Died of Heart Disease

An autopsy has revealed that adult film star and ex-Westporter Marilyn Chambers died of the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage and aneurysm related to heart disease.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office released the results of toxicology tests Monday.

The tests also indicated the presence of two prescription drugs in Chambers’ system, but not in excess amounts.

An autopsy was performed on Chambers April 14, two days after she was found dead at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country. She was 56. (See WestportNow April 13, 2009)

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Honoring Our Heritage: 61 Compo Road North

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Tracy Mendez Eager and Ron Eagar are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 61 Compo Road North as the Daniel Andrews house which was built in c.1830. The house was originally built at Post Road East and East Main Street in c.1830 by Daniel Andrews, a shoemaker, and was moved to its current location by Lucy R. Gorman Gorham about 1953. The Eagars moved from San Jose, Calif. to Westport in 2002 and bought this house since they “loved the six-inch pine plank floors, the double veranda, the enclosed sleeping porches and great stone work.”  They were told that the house was part of the Underground Railroad and has nifty hidden entrances to what might have been the hideout. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Spring Scene

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An area adjacent to the Westport Public Library along the Saugatuck River provided a quiet place to rest and enjoy the spring beauty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Jessica Bram, “Happily Ever After Divorce”
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 6th Annual Art & Photo Show
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) - Staples High School Book Fair
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - WYWL (44 Imperial Avenue) - Wine & Cheese Open House for prospective Westport Young Woman’s League members
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Westport Rotary Club Honors Nonprofits

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In its annual Charitable Giving Day, the Westport Rotary Club today honored 39 local charitable organizations with grant award checks totaling about $40,000. The funds were raised by the club primarily through two annual fund-raisers—its June Golf & Tennis Classic and in the autumn its silent auction and raffle program in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance antiques auto show. This year’s Golf & Tennis Classic, conducted at the Longshore Club Park, is scheduled for June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Westport to Yankee Stadium Train Service Debuts Saturday

Metro-North’s direct Westport to Yankee Stadium service will begin Saturday—not soon enough for some Yankee fans who have endured traffic-challenged and extended and inconvenient train-subway journeys for years.WestportNow.com Image
The new Yankee Stadium/153rd Street Station will allow Westport Yankee fans to get to and from the stadium in an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Metro-North photo

The new service comes two years after construction began of a new $91 million Yankee Stadium/153rd Street station. Metro-North expects up to 10,000 fans to pass through the station on game days.

For 1:05 p.m. weekend games, trains will leave Westport at 10:20 a.m., 10:50 a.m., and 11:20 a.m. and arrive about an hour later. 

For weekend 4:10 p.m. games,  trains will leave at 1:17 p.m., 1:50 p.m. and 2:17 p.m. 

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