Wednesday, November 16, 2005
PJ Romano Field Dedication Saturday
Honored: Field to be named after PJ Romano. Contributed photoLongtime community volunteer Peter “PJ” Romano, who was associated with the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) for almost 50 years, will be honored Saturday with dedication of a football field named after him.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will take place at the field behind Saugatuck Elementary School. Romano, who died in 2003 at the age of 71, spent time there as a high school athlete and as an adult seeing to it that the youth of Westport enjoyed their athletic experience.
Romano, who was PAL director for more than 30 years, led a group of dedicated volunteers whose efforts continue today in such events as the 4th of July Fireworks, the PAL Christmas party at Longshore, the Special Olympics each April and, most recently, the ice rink at Longshore.
Among those participating in the ceremony will be Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell, who initiated the idea of dedicating the field, along with Police Chief Al Fiore and Parks and Recreation Department Director Stuart McCarthy. Friends, past and present PAL players and volunteers, and the public are invited to attend.
“Art Factory” at Westport Arts Center
Westport artist Nina Bentley (brown apron) led a children’s workshop on the design process at the Westport Arts Center Tuesday. Part of the center’s new “Art Factory” after school program, each weekly workshop is taught by a different working artist from the local area. The bold photographs on view in the background are part of the current exhibition “Face & Figure,” which features work by some of the art world’s best known photographers (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Rotary Club family dinner
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7 p.m.- Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board
7:45 p.m . - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Finance Committee
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Goodbye to the RTM
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) concluded its 2003-2005 session tonight by honoring departing members. Deputy Moderator Alice Shelton (l), who won re-election Nov. 8, led tributes to those leaving. They included (l-r): Gordon Joseloff, the first selectman-elect who served 14 years on the RTM, 10 as moderator; Joe Mioli, who served a year before being elected a state representative, and Ann Sheffer and husband Bill Scheffler, who both served 12 years. (Editor’s note: Gordon Joseloff is editor of WestportNow.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Westport Soccer Blue Demons U-11 Girls Win Division Tourney
The Westport Soccer Blue Demons U-11 girls are the new division champs.
Blue Demons celebrate their victory. Contributed photo
The team defeated the Monroe Mustangs 1-0 Sunday with Siri Andrews scoring the lone goal on a carefully threaded pass from Carlie Schwaeber. Goalkeeper Meghan Coyne heroically defended the Westport nets.
The Blue Demon team is comprised of Adrian Allen, Siri Andrews, Courtney Barry, Sydney Bibicoff, Turner Block, Sarah Cooperman, Meghan Coyne, Abby Fagan, Amanda Giannitti, Taylor Hawes, Ryan Kirshner, Danielle Kosinski, Karolina Laredo, Rachel McDermott, Carlie Schwaeber, Annie Shoup and Gabrielle Wimer.
The team was coached by Kevin O’Hara and Gabriel Stan from Mickey Kydes Soccer Enterprises, and parent assistants Andrew Laredo and Wayne Schwaeber.
(Editor’s note: WestportNow inadvertently posted an incorrect photo with this article earlier. We regret the error.)
Share the Pie
With nonprofits facing a tough year for gift giving, the Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) is trying to get its share of the pie by selling pies—1,000 of them—as Thanksgiving approaches.
Working in conjunction with the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton, Inc., IHA is hawking apple, pumpkin and pecan pies at $20 each, with all of the proceeds going to its emergency shelters for men, women and families.
But even this sweet pitch hasn’t been an easy sell for the IHA’s fourth annual Share the Pie program as individual donations have been stretched for myriad relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters worldwide this year.
“We’ve been trying to sell pies for a couple of weeks now, but it’s been going very slowly,” said Heather Cavanagh, IHA’s community relations director. “This is our last week to sell pies. Our deadline is this Friday for orders.”
Filling Thanksgiving Bins
Westport’s Al�s Angels charity group has been forced outdoors to fill Thanksgiving bins given annually to the needy. The charity this year will serve 300 families in the Westport area. The Angels hope to repeat the effort at Christmas time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – School Building Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Tree Board
7 p.m. – Green Room – RTM New Member Orientation
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
Monday, November 14, 2005
Loselle Maintains RTM Win In Recount
In a recount of the District 8 Westport Representative Town Meeting race, Dewey Loselle maintained his win over Suzanne Sheridan, according to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.
The recount was held this morning at Coleytown Middle School. Both were write-in candidates for the district.
The top vote-getters in District 8—Jonathan Steinberg, Michael Rea and Lois Schine—did not see a change in their votes in the election, according to Strauss. Loselle also did not see a change in his 161 votes, according to Strauss.
Sheridan, however, lost two votes in the machine write-in count, but gained one absentee vote for a total loss of one vote, according to Strauss. She received a total of 154 votes after the recount.
Bradley House to Be Preserved
The 200-year-old Abel Bradley House on Sturges Highway on the Westport-Fairfield line—the subject of a protracted battle between developers and preservationists—will be preserved and become part of new structure on the property, it was announced today.
131 Sturges Highway: to be preserved in deal worked out with developers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Eleanor Dickey, a Fairfield resident and neighbor who led the fight to save the house, said the structure will be saved under the terms of a deal brokered by Don Miro, chairman of the Westport Historic District Commission.
She said a local architect with an interest in historic preservation, J. P. Franzen, became a key player in the Bradley House preservation process when he offered to design a structure that would meet owner Mark Iuraduri’s specifications for a new building while incorporating rather than demolishing the historic house.
�Though the proposal still needs planning permission, no further difficulties are anticipated now that the concerns of the community have been met,� Dickey said in a news release.
Monday, Nov. 14, 2005
4:30 p.m. - Westport Inn - Business After Hours Expo sponsored by the Westport and Fairfield Chambers of Commerce
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Westport Country Playhouse Essay Winners
In association with the Westport Country Playhouse’s musical production, “The Immigrant,” Fairfield County middle and high school students participated in “The Immigrant: Where Do I Come From? Writing Contest,” sharing their ancestors’ stories. Contest winners are: 1st row (l-r) Melanie Rubin, Westport; Dominique Arsenault, Stratford; Jesse Lunde, Westport; Alexia Williams, Stratford; (2nd row) Jonathan Cruz, Stratford; Matthew Labarre, Westport; Suz Amedi, Westport; Lisa Feudo, Stratford; Ashley Pallathra, Fairfield. The winners and their families were invited to a performance of “The Immigrant” and a pizza party and their essays were on display in the Playhouse lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005
2 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players present “Children of Eden”
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Looking for a Receiver
Perfect Football Weather
Staples Football Edges Ridgefield 27-23
The No. 1-ranked Staples Wreckers edged Ridgefield 27-23 today at home to keep their undefeated record intact.
It was the season’s first loss for the Ridgefield Tigers who led 23-20 in the game with 3:59 left. But for the second week in a row, Staples came from behind to gain the victory.
The Wreckers improved to 9-0 on the season and are now headed to their second appearance in the FCIAC championship in three years. It will be a rematch between Trumbull and Staples Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Boyle Stadium in Stamford.
Trumbull (8-1), which suffered a 13-0 loss against Staples in Week 4, earned its way in by virtue of its 17-13 victory over New Canaan Friday night.
End of Boating Season Nearing
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2005
Leonardo H. Dicosola to Jeffrey A. Brill and Aileen A. Dowd, 159 Imperial Ave., $835,000
Robert J. and Joan K. Eigen to Patrick and Patricia Gentemann, 45 Burr Farms Road, $1,150,000
Eric J. and Laura W. Schuppenhauer to Karen and Jonathan M. York Trust, 23 Dover Road, $1,840,000
Robert H. and Marilyn Bernard to Erin Powell, 3 Guard Hill Road, $999,000
Saturday, November 12, 2005
1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs Ridgefield
8 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players present “Children of Eden”
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Westport Arts Center annual gala “Jazz it Up”
Friday, November 11, 2005
Staples Field Hockey Falls to Simsbury
The Staples field hockey season ended today with a 2-0 loss to Simsbury, ranked No. 3, in the state tourney at Simsbury.
No. 11-ranked Staples dominated the play throughout the entire game but players could not convert their hard work into scoring opportunities.
Abby Healy and Johanna Lou scored for Simsbury which ended the season with a 12-1-2 record. Staples ended with a 11-7 record.
Residents Gather to Honor Veterans
By Jennifer Connic
Westport residents gathered at Town Hall to honor veterans—those who have passed on and those who remain—during the annual Veterans Day ceremony today.
Giving her final Veterans Day address as first selectwoman, Diane Farrell said before she took office she never had anyone touch her life who had been a veteran.
“Most Americans are probably like I was,” she said. “It was extraordinary learning about how you veterans have contributed to our country.”
In her final days in office, she said, she is thanking many people, but she especially wants to thank the veterans for the stories they shared.
Sgt. First Class Brian O’Toole was one of many veterans who spoke to eighth grade students today at Westport’s Bedford Middle School during Veterans Day activities. O’Toole has served more than 14 years in the Connecticut National Guard, and recently spent one year on duty in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Taps for Veterans
Gregg Winters, a teacher at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, directed student trumpeters in playing “Taps” in honor of veterans who visited the school today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com.
First Night Fashion: Talking Trash
They say fashion goes in cycles. But recyclables? First Night of Westport-Weston 2006 plans to do just that this New Year’s Eve as fashion gurus put on new spin on “out with the old.” A First Night fashion show using recycled trash to create trendy apparel is in the works.
The scheduled show is idea of Westporter Daniel Lanzilotta and Irina Simeonova, head of the fashion design and merchandising program at Gibbs College in Norwalk.
They approached Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon and Lynne Pierson, Weston’s superintendent, who both agreed that students in their respective schools could join with the students at Gibbs College to create trash fashion.
According to Rozanne Gates, First Night’s executive director, the student teams which will create trash fashion are now forming at Bedford Middle School, Coleytown Middle School, Staples High School, Weston Middle School and Weston High School.
Ceremony at Veterans Green
Today’s Veterans Day activities in Westport included a wreath-laying ceremony at Veterans Green in front of Town Hall. William Vornkahl did the honors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adrian Dixon for WestportNow.com
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