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Friday, December 21, 2007

Feeding time

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A man took some time to feed the gulls in Westport’s center today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Longtime Westporter Michael Horelick Dies at 95

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Longtime Westporter Michael Horelick died Thursday after a brief illness at the age of 95. In April 2006, he celebrated his 94th birthday at the Westport Center for Senior Activities with his daughter, Mary Gail Gristina (c), and Sue Pfister, center director. Funeral services are set for Saturday. See full obituary on WestportNow’s new obituaries page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dana Johnson for WestportNow.com

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The Color of Fire

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A brilliant recent sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 21, 2007


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
1:30 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - MTC MainStage: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
3 p.m. – Town Hall Lobby – Town Hall Christmas Party
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Stereo Skyline, On the Victrola, Trillit, Picked on Sally, and Tick Tock Boom
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

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Crunch

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A car on the left carrying two Westport 17-year-olds collided tonight with one driven by a Shelton woman at the Merritt Parkway Exit 41 ramp. The teens refused medical treatment, but the woman driving the other car was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Two Westport Teens Escape Serious Injury in Exit 41 Crash

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Two Westport teenagers escaped serious injury tonight when their car collided with another at the Exit 41 ramp of the Merritt Parkway at Sunny Lane. The male and female 17-year-olds were returning from a school event, according to one of their mothers. They refused medical treatment, but a Shelton woman driving the other car was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The teens were in the Subaru on the right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Two-Car Collision Injures One

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A two-car head-on collision on Greens Farms Road near Center Street tonight left a Westport woman who was a front seat passenger in a late model VW Jetta with a hand injury. Three people were in that car which collided with a Mercedes 300 with only the driver inside. Airbags deployed in both cars which were towed from the scene.  Assistant Chief Gene Maloney said that slippery conditions may have contributed to the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Dec. 10-14, 2007.

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec 10-14, 2007:

45 Gorham LLC to Kristine and Kevin Jandora, 45 Gorham Ave., $2,275,000WN property.jpg

Charles S. Munson Jr. Trust to Robin J. Welling, 1630 Post Road East Unit 307, $895,500

Helen J. Betts to Able Construction Inc., 57 Crescent Road, $520,000

Jose Bonilla to Antonio and Grace Fama, 44 Sniffen Road, $707,500

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Cartoon Gift

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The Westport Historical Society today presented First Selectman Gordon Joseloff with a framed comic strip to commemorate the current exhibit at the Society called “A Cartoon Legacy.” The Hi and Lois cartoon done in 1999 by Brian and Greg Walked and illustrated by Chance Browne celebrates the fact that a newspaper “requires no hardware, no software, no download time.” The Society thought Joseloff, a longtime journalist and technology buff, would enjoy the panel. Presenting the gift were Susan Gold (l), WHS executive director, and Ellen Naftalin, a member of the WHS Exhibit Committee. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tax Collector Issues 2007 Payments Reminder

Westport Tax Collector George Underhill today reminded taxpayers that those wishing to make tax payments in 2007 should do so on or before Friday Dec. 28 as Town Hall will be closed the last business day in 2007.

However, he said, the tax office will honor any payments with a U.S. postmark of Dec. 31, 2007. Town Hall hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the tax office is in room 109.

Online payments and tax information can be accessed by visiting the town Web site.

Telephone payments can be made by calling (toll free) 888-272-9829; Selection 3; Enter Westport Jurisdiction Code 1766.

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Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 2 Clapboard Hill Road

2 Clapboard Hill Road, Westport, CT 06880
An application has been filed for a permit to demolish the house at 2 Clapboard Hill Road at Greens Farms Road. The 1964-built house is located on a 1.94-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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King of the Mountain

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A youngster couldn’t resist climbing a large snow pile outside the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 20, 2007


7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
7:15 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Youth Commission

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Enjoying a Lighter Moment at Green’s Farms Elementary

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Today’s fifth grade holiday concert at Green’s Farms Elementary School delighted the audience.  Ellen Hardy and Suzanne Propp shared a lighter moment following the performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lawrence J. Zlatkin for WestportNow.com

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Pajama Singers at Coleytown Elementary

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Fourth and fifth graders at Coelytown Elementary School performed “It’s a Snow Day” in their pajamas during today’s winter concert. They were accompanied by Anne Hadden. The show was directed by Jim Andrews, Cheryl Buck and Kerri Kohlun. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ariane Stiegler for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Seniors Sing Along With Middle Schoolers

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Visitors to the Westport Center for Senior Activities today were entertained by the Camerata choir from Coleytown Middle School. The seniors later joined in for a festive sing-along. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sue Pfister for WestportNow.com

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DUI Checkpoint Yields Seven Arrests

UPDATE Last Friday’s Westport police DUI checkpoint on Post Road East resulted in seven arrests, police said today.WestportNow.com Image
One of those arrested at last week’s DUI checkpoint was charged with driving under the influence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

In all, the checkpoint, which began about 8:15 p.m. and ended at about 12:30 a.m. stopped 563 vehicles, said Lt. Thomas P. Casimiro II.

Those arrested at the intersection with the Sherwood Island Connector were charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, failure to pay or plea, illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension, and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

A news release said one motorist was arrested for DUI, three for operating under suspension, two for operating without a license, and one for failure to pay. The checkpoint had been announced in advance.

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Holiday Look

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The lights on Westport’s Main Street give a holiday look to the town center. A banner advertises First Night Westport/Weston 2008 on New Year’s Eve. Buttons are on sale now for $15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Rell Announces Grants to Two Westport Arts Nonprofits

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that more than $1.97 million in matching grants has been awarded to 132 nonprofit arts organizations throughout Connecticut, including the Westport Country Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center.

The grants augment general operating support grants awarded to these organizations in July. 

The Westport Country Playhouse received a supplemental grant of $62,506 for a total of $90,895 in fiscal year 2008. The Westport Arts Center received a supplemental grant of $11,562, bringing its total for the fiscal year to $38,246.

Funds for the grants are a result of the $4 million Rell and the General Assembly allocated to the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism in the 2007-2008 budget as part of the governor’s Cultural Treasures initiative.

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Before and After: 8 Guyer Road

WestportNow presents another in its new series of before and after looks at transformed Westport properties. The former house at 8 Guyer Road off Valley Road was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Feb. 27, 2005. It was demolished on March 7, 2005. The new two-story colonial assumed new ownership in January 2006 for $1,525,000 and sold again in November 2006 for $1.4 million. Click on the photos or arrows to see the transformation. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Scene

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Westport’s center is bathed in early morning sunlight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 57 Crescent Road

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An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 57 Crescent Road off Westport’s Post Road East near Roseville Road. The house, situated on a 0.57-acre property, sold this month for $520,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Westporter Leonhardt W. Scheffler Dies at 97

Westporter Leonhardt William Scheffler, a World War II veteran, former oil company executive and father of well known Westport attorney William Scheffler, died at home Saturday, two months shy of his 98th birthday.WestportNow.com Image
Leonhardt W. Scheffler: area resident for 50 years.  Contributed photo

Until a year ago, Leonhardt Scheffler regularly worked out at the Westport Weston Family Y where he was the Y’s oldest active member. (See WestportNow Feb. 11, 2005)

The son of Max and Mary, Scheffler was born on Feb. 13, 1910, in Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1935, magna cum laude in economics, having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He was proud of being the first in his family to attend college, and prouder yet of his ability to support Bucknell his entire life.

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Investigators Seek Cause of Sherwood Island Lane Fire

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Westport fire investigators are seeking the cause of today’s fire on Sherwood Island Lane which heavily damaged a two-story house. Firefighters had difficulty reaching some of the flames in the attic and roof area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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