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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Residents Discuss Development Issues

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Westport residents tonight had the opportunity to comment on a number of development issues facing the town in the latest public session on the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

Working in groups, about 65 residents discussed issues facing the downtown area, the Post Road, the Saugatuck area, and the town’s housing needs.

It was the third such session in which residents had the opportunity to comment on issues to be included in the town plan update.

Glenn Chalder, head of the Avon, Conn.-based Planimetrics consultant firm hired to help the Planning and Zoning Commission complete the town plan, said many of the ideas expressed were ideas he had already.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Playhouse Announces 2007 Season Selections

The Westport Country Playhouse has announced the productions for the 2007 season, including two musicals, two comedies, a world premiere drama, a thriller and a love story, from April through October.

Artistic director Tazewell Thompson will host a preview of the seven-play subscription series on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., at the Playhouse for current and potential subscribers.

Kicking off the theater’s 77th season on April 10 through April 28 will be the new John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, “All About Us,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder, with book by Joseph Stein.

Kander and Ebb wrote the award-winning Broadway shows “Cabaret” and “Chicago” while Stein is author of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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Westport Wins State “Democracy Cup” for Voter Turnout

For the second time in six years, Westport has won the state’s “Democracy Cup” for the highest voter turnout among Connecticut medium-size communities.

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz made the announcement today in Hartford.

Joining Westport in winning the honor for the best voter turnout on Election Day were Union for small towns and West Hartford for larger-sized towns.

Union, a first-time winner, won with a voter turnout of 78.8 percent, Westport won for the second time with a turnout of 72.7 percent, and West Hartford won for the fifth time with a turnout of 69.4 percent. 

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Staples Players Receive Moss Hart Award

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Staples Players director David Roth (c) displays the 2006 Moss Hart Award Trophy after the final performance of “The Wiz” last weekend at Staples. Hours earlier, Roth and associate director Kerry Long accepted the trophy—awarded for theater excellence—at a ceremony in New Haven sponsored by the New England Theatre Conference.  The Players earned an award for secondary school production for its performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” last spring, but it also won the overall award, which includes entries from professional, community, collegiate and other school organizations throughout New England.  The engraved trophy with remain at Staples for one year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Affordable Housing Topic of Westport Conversations

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For a variety of reasons affordable housing has been a topic of conversation over the last few months in Westport.

It was a topic of great interest at the first public meeting about the update for the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, and the Planning and Zoning Commission is currently considering an affordable housing application for the Gorham Avenue Historic District.

Now in December, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff is planning a summit on affordable housing in Westport.

The summit is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall and will include experts on affordable housing.

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Cool Temperatures Set In

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After several days of warmer weather, cooler temperatures have set in. The temperature is forecast to hover around 50 degrees this week. The scene is sunset Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Nov. 20, 2006


7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development Workshop Meeting

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Bucky Dent Meets Some Admirers

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Former Yankee Bucky Dent was at Westport’s Legends of the Game in the Compo Shopping Center today signing autorgraphs, including one for Max Zimmerman, 7, of Westport.  Dent laughs in response to a comment from Max’s mom, Jennifer, that “I once had a crush on you.” Dent, who turns 55 on Saturday, is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1978 season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Preparing Thanksgiving Meals for the Needy

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Members of Al’s Angels, a longtime Westport philanthropic organization, spent much of the weekend at the Gault warehouse preparing for Thanksgiving. The group will distribute more than 500 holiday dinners to the needy in Westport and surrounding communities. Al’s Angels, headed by Al DiGuido, lights up the Saugatuck Bridge with holiday lights, supplies toys to the needy, and also distributes holiday meals during Christmas and Chanukah. More information is available at www.alsagels.org.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Creative Arts Festival Continues Through This Afternoon

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Shoppers admire fine woodworking from Sokolowski Studios from Pennsylvania at the 31st annual Creative Arts Festival at Staples High School. The show continues today until 4 p.m. with admission $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (62+). Children under 12 are free. Shuttle buses are available from Coleytown Middle School and Long Lots Elementary.The show is sponsored by the Westport Young Women’s League and all net proceeds go to charity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sixth Grade PAL Wreckers Win Football Championship

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Westport’s sixth grade Police Athletic League football team beat the New Canaan Rams Saturday night 6-0 to win the Fairfield County football championship under the lights in New Canaan. After scoring on their first possession, the Wreckers held off a late fourth quarter drive by the Rams to take control of the ball with two seconds to play.  Here, the team celebrates after the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Allen Wind for WestportNow.com

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is Tonight

The annual interfaith Thanksgiving service sponsored by the Westport-Weston Clergy Association is scheduled for tonight at 7 at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road.

The service will incorporate celebrations and prayers from the Jewish and Christian traditions. Rev. Frank Hall of the Unitarian Church is scheduled to preach.

Cantor Richard Silverman of Temple Israel will direct the service’s music.

The offering will benefit the Interfaith Housing Association.

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Staples Boys Soccer Falls in State Finals

The Staples boys soccer team scored first, but Simsbury rallied to down the Wreckers 2-1 in overtime in Saturday night’s state “LL” (extra large schools) final. WestportNow.com Image
Members of the Staples boys soccer team walk together across the field following their loss to Simsbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com

The Wreckers, who earlier earned a share of the FCIAC championship, end the season at 18-2-3. That ties them for the second highest win total in the school’s 48-year soccer history.

Staples—ranked No. 7 in the tournament—controlled much of the first half against their once-beaten, No. 4-ranked foes.

They got an early goal, just 11 minutes in, when Brendon Cristobal flicked a ball to Preston Hirten.

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Cool Kayak

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The sun was out for the second day in a row on Saturday, but there were cooler temperatures. It didn’t stop people from enjoying Compo Beach, though, even from Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006


10 a.m. - 4 p.m - Staples High School - Creative Arts Festival
1 p.m.- 3 p.m. - Legends of the Game, 381 Post Road East - Autograph session by former Yankee Bucky Dent
2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Bobby Doowah
4 p.m. - Steinway Piano Gallery - Mozart and Friends series
7 p.m. - Temple Israel - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Singers & Songwriters: Robert Earl Keen

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Compo Stroll

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Today’s overcast skies with temperatures in the 40s made for good walking weather near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

More Charges Filed Against Westport Detective

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New charges were filed against Westport police detective Walter Broadhurst today.

Broadhurst, 37, of Shelton, was arrested on a warrant for fifth-degree larceny and was held on a court-ordered $5,000 bond.

The warrant, according to police, was issued after an investigation determined that Broadhurst, while investigating a burglary at a Westport residence in October, had stolen additional property from the home.

Police Lt. Dale Call said the charges are not related to ones filed earlier this week against Broadhurst. He would not say what items were taken from the Westport home because of other ongoing investigations.

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Two Men Rob Riverside Sunoco

Two men who displayed a gun and robbed Westport’s Riverside Sunoco gas station today were later apprehended, police said.

The men made off with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured in the mid-afternoon incident at 240 Riverside Ave.

Police Lt. Dale Call said the two men were arrested in Greenwich and a gun was recovered, but he did not have further information.

A radio alert to police in neighboring communities described the robbers as two black men who left the scene in a tan Acura.

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Westport Marketing Executive Robert S. Shulman Dies at 55

Robert S. Shulman, a Westport marketing executive, author, and adjunct professor at Columbia University Business School, died Thursday at home. He was 55.WestportNow.com Image
Robert Shulman: formerly served on Westport Arts Center board. File photo

Cause of death was liver cancer, according to an e-mail to members of the Westport Arts Center where Shulman formerly served on the board of directors.

Shulman was chairman and CEO of Norwalk-based Markitecture, Inc., a leading marketing research and strategy firm

He formerly was CEO of Westport-based Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, Inc., and co-founder and CEO of Copernicus, both marketing firms.

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All Gone: 12 Blind Brook Road

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Workers completed the demolition of 12 Blind Brook Road in Westport today. The home was demolished on Friday. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 28. The house sold in October for $720,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Electronic Recycling Day Today at Bayberry Site

Have some old TVs, computers, hard drives, answering machines, telephones, copiers, microwave ovens, printers, stereos, etc., stashed around the house?

Today is the day to get rid of them at an electronic recycling day in Westport.

The collection runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.

The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, which is sponsoring the collection, began electronic recycling in 1999. Since then it has collected more than one million pounds of unwanted, obsolete electronic equipment.

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Not Yet Out of Water

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There are still several boats in the water at Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach, but that soon will change. The Parks and Recreation staff has posted signs stating the boats need to be removed by the end of the month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006


9 am. - 1 p.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Electronic recycling collection day
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Staples High School - Creative Arts Festival
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Wiz”

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Westport Police Apprehend Bank Robbery Suspect

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Caught:: Police say this suspect in several bank robberies was arrested today. Contributeed photo
Westport police today arrested a 53-year-old Bridgeport man they say is a suspect in at least two Westport bank robberies and several others in the area.

Kenneth M. Charlton was apprehended outside the Webster Bank, 244 Post Road East, in the Colonial Green shopping plaza late this afternoon after Officer Adam McLarin spotted him leaving the building, a news release said.

As the man exited the bank, which had been robbed by a man fitting his description in March and who had made a second robbery attempt there several weeks ago, bank employees followed him out, said Lt. Leonard D. Rummo.

The employees yelled to McLarin that the man was the one who had previously robbed the bank, Rummo said. The officer called for backup and as he followed him on foot, other officers helped surround the suspect and take him in to custody.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

P&Z Closes Gorham Hearing

After five sessions, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission closed its public hearing on the proposal to construct affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue Historic District, but it won’t begin deliberating until the end of the month.

It was just days before a deadline for the hearing to be closed per state statutes.

Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the commission most likely will start its dialogue on the application at its Nov. 30 session, which is the next scheduled work session.

Red Coat Development has proposed to construct 20 units of cluster housing—which includes six deemed as “affordable”—on the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. The property is located in the Gorham Avenue Historic District, which was formed last summer.

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