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Saturday, November 10, 2007

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Covlee Drive

14 Covlee Drive, Westport, CT 06880
Westport building officials received an application for a permit to demolish the home at 14 Covlee Drive near Saugatuck Shores. The one-story ranch house, constructed in 1952, has 1,634 square feet and is located on a 0.31-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lunch Time

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A visitor takes time for lunch in a tree near the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 10, 2007


9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Book Fair
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Weather Day
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Fall Craft & Jewelry Show
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery Studio - Adam and Eve
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - One World Music Show
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Westport/Weston Y - Youth Fun Night (Grades 4-7)

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Celebrating

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The Staples Wreckers celebrate after tonight’s 14-7 double overtime victory over New Canaan. Daniel Gelman for Staplesfootball.com

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All Smiles En Route to FCIAC Championship

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Staples football coach Marce Petroccio is all smiles tonight following the Wrecker double overtime 14-7 victory over New Canaan in a driving rain. “I’m so proud of our kids, ” he said. “We never gave up all night long. I’m ecstatic we’re playing for the FCIAC championship in twp weeks on Thanksgiving Day.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for Staplesfootball.com

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Staples Edges New Canaan to Advance to FCIAC Final

The Staples football Wreckers tonight defeated the New Canaan Rams 14-7 to advance to the FCIAC final against Greenwich at home on Thanksgiving Day.

The victory came in double overtime in a driving rain at New Canaan after the teams played to a 7-7 tie at the final whistle. Staples improved to 8-0 on the season.

Staples scored first in the second overtime and then stopped the Rams on the two yard line to gain victory.

The win avenged last year’s 14-13 loss to New Canaan on the Wreckers’ home field, the first defeat at home in 28 games. The loss allowed New Canaan to advance to the FCIAC championship game against Greenwich.

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Rainy Play

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Staples senior Josh Kozel gains ground tonight against New Canaan as the Wreeckers defeated the Rams 14-7 in double overtime. The game was played in heavy rain at New Canaan and avenged a Wreckeler loss to the Rams at home last year.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for Staplesfootball.com

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Wine Tasting for SpinOdyssey

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The rain did not dampen spirits with more than 100 persons attending tonight’s SpinOdyssey wine tasting at Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club as the group embarked on its ninth year of breast cancer research fund-raising efforts. Among those enjoying themselves were (l-r) Mike Berkoff, Patty Kondub, Chris O’Dowd, Donna Hardy, Amelie Babkie, and Mariann Van Zanten. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport War Vets Visit Bedford Middle School

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Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School learned first hand today about service to the country from a group of Westport war veterans who visited the school in advance of Veterans Day on Sunday. The event is organized annually by teacher Lynn Washington in conjunction with the students’ social studies curriculum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Marie Alter for WestportNow.com

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Meeting a Veteran

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Tom Feeley, a former Army captain who served in Vietnam, was among Westport war veterans who visited Bedford Middle School today to meet with students in advance of Veterans Day on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Marie Alter for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Police Arrest Three NY Men in Liquor Store Thefts

Westport police today arrested three men in connection with thefts at liquor stores, including one that was robbed six days ago.

One of the arrested men was found to be wanted in New York and was held as a fugitive from justice.

Police said they received a call at 2 p.m. from International Liquor, 732 Post Road East, next to Calise’s Food Market, saying two suspicious men had entered the store and the caller believed a larceny had occurred.

Police put out a description of the car used by the men, and Officer David Farrell stopped it a short time later on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.

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Going Down: 16 Quentin Road

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The house at 16 Quentin Road in the Compo Beach area was demolished today. The 1962 split level on a 0.25-acre property sold for $1,306,000 in August.  The 1,952 square feet house was featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 26, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Flaming Fall Foliage

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Mother Nature was showing off her fall colors on Jesup Road in Westport’s center today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Birthday Moo for the Man in Blue

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Someone wanted the world to know that today is the birthday of Westport police Sgt. Sam Arciola. Birthday greetings were posted outside his house in the Saugatuck area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com

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Staples Players’ “Beauty and the Beast” Debuts Tonight

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The Staples Players production of “Beauty and the Beast” played to an enthusiatic audience from the Westport Weston Y’s Men Thursday night in a dress rehearsal. The production debuts tonight with performances Saturday and next weekend, including matinées on Saturday and Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Another Winner

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The Staples Players production of “Beauty and the Beast” is another winner, according to audience members who attended a preview Thursday night. The show debuts tonight and continues next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 9, 2007


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Earthplace - Book Fair
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
Noon - 7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Fall Craft & Jewelry Show
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: Quirky
7 p.m. - New Canaan High School - Staples football vs New Canaan
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District

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Mulch Fire Spreads to House Siding

A small fire apparently started by outside lighting spread to the side of house on Westport’s Northfield Drive today before it was extinguished by firefighters.

A 911 call at about 7 a.m. reported electrical wires burning outside the residence. Arriving firefighters found a small electrical fire involving low-voltage lighting equipment had spread to mulch and the home’s cedar siding, said Assistant Chief Andy Kingsbury.

Firefighters disconnected the electrical equipment, removed charred siding to check for fire extension, and cleared a minor smoke condition with ventilation fans, he said.

The Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the electrical problem. 

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WN Reader Explains Westport Connection in Boat Death

A WestportNow reader said today a former Westport family sold the sailboat with “Westport, CT” on the stern to an Illinois man found dead Tuesday aboard the craft off of Old Saybrook.

In an e-mail message to WestportNow, Frances Gallogly, who moved to Trumbull several years ago after 32 years in Westport, said the Gallogly family used to own the sailboat Spring Skiing and recently sold it through a broker.

“When we moved here, we could no longer keep the boat in the Westport marina and we transferred her to Milford,” Gallogly said. “We sold her very recently through a yacht broker to the gentleman who whose body was found on board, according to your report.”

Old Saybrook police identified the man as Kenneth Close, 47, of Wood Dale, Ill. An autopsy was performed, but the medical examiner said determining cause of death required further study. (See WestportNow Nov. 7, 2007)

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rell “Encouraged” by GAO Review of FAA Airspace Project

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said today she is encouraged by a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) airspace redesign project for the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia region.

Rell and other state leaders announced last week in New Canaan that the state has joined Westport and 10 other communities in a legal battle to get the FAA to reconsider the project that will send more planes over southwest Connecticut. (See WestportNow Nov. 1, 2007)

“The GAO review is encouraging,” Rell said in a statement. “We have made it clear that we are in this fight to win. Under the FAA’s plan, more planes – as many as 150 more per day – would be flying lower and bringing noise pollution and other ill-effects to Fairfield County. We can and we will save our air space.”

Rell commended Rep. Christopher Shays for his ongoing efforts to block the FAA plan. The 4th District congressman was among members who won passage of an amendment to a bill requiring the GAO to do a cost and benefit analysis between market-based measures to reduce air delays and the FAA redesigning the airspace. 

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Former CBS News Correspondent Addresses Y’s Men

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Former CBS News Correspondent Mitchell Krauss, who spent a number of years based in Cairo, told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that U.S. foreign policy appears to be in disarray as the Bush administration attempts to deal with various challenges around the world. “We’re a little bit awkward, clumsy and klutzy,” he said. Krauss said he expects President Bush to try to “burnish his legacy” in his final year in office but that “things may have to get worse before they get better” and there is a change in policy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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In the Woods

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Fall colors surrounded Westport’s Nash’s Pond on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 8, 2007


9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Book Fair
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Ned Farrell: Finding Your Hidden Energy with Feng Shui, Part I
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Movies in the Afternoon: “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Kids Family Film Classics
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Tally Hall w/ Via Audio and A Sight For Sore Eyes

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 22-26, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 22-26, 2007:

Kenneth M. and Anja Baron to Richard A. Abrams, 14 Apple Tree Trail, $1,750,000WN property.jpg

Daniel J. Marcus and Andrew A. Bartolotta to John Brett, 2 Ivy Knoll, $960,000

5-23 West Post Road LLC to Phat Development Co. LLC, 5-23 Post Road West, $7,442,000

Westport Benenson LLC to 1595 Post Equities LLC, 1595 Post Road East, $13,149,500

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Police ID Body of Man Found on “Westport CT” Sailboat

UPDATE Police in Old Saybrook have identified the man whose body was found Tuesday on the deck of a sailboat bearing the name “Spring Skiing” and “Westport, CT” on the stern, the Hartford Courant said today.

The man found aboard the boat anchored off shore was identified as Kenneth Close, 47, of Wood Dale, Ill, the newspaper said.

A recent bill of sale was found on board, according to employees of a marina where it was towed. The employees said they were unfamiliar with the boat or the deceased man.

The chief state medical examiner’s office in Farmington said that an autopsy was performed on Close’s body but a determination of the cause of death is pending further study, the Courant said.

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