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Friday, June 17, 2005

Saturday, June 18, 2005


noon - 11 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Finian’s Rainbow”

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Report: Tazewell Thompson Has Inside Track as Playhouse Artistic Director

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Tazewell Thompson: may be next Playhouse artistic director. Syracuse Stage photo
Tazewell Thompson may become the next artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse succeeding Joanne Woodward, the Hartford Courant reported today.

The Playhouse board is set to meet Monday. A Playhouse spokesperson could not confirm the report by Courant writer Frank Rizzo. However, a source close to the Playhouse said the report was accurate.

Thompson, a director who has worked extensively in a variety of regional houses, directed “The Old Settler” at Westport in 2003, and his own play “Constant Star” at Hartford Stage in 2001.

His work has also appeared at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater and Classic Stage Company. Thompson was artistic director of Syracuse Stage in the early ‘90s.

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Noted Westport Tennis Player Dies of Injuries in Vermont Accident

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Steve Ogilvy: nationally-ranked senior tennis player.Contributed photo
Stephen H. Ogilvy, a Westporter who was a nationally-ranked senior tennis player, has died of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Ludlow, Vt., authorities said.

Ogilvy, 88, who lived on Valley Road in Westport, died Thursday in Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., according to the Rutland Herald. He had been returning home from a tennis tournament in Killlington, Vt.

A longtime member of Saugatuck Congregational church where he was active in the men’s group, Ogilvy competed in many senior tennis tournaments. In 2004, he was ranked No. 13 nationally among men’s 85 singles. He had held the No. 1 spot in New England in every age division beginning at 55.

Ogilvy was driving a newer model Cadillac into opposing traffic Wednesday in Ludlow and collided with a tractor-trailer truck driven by Michael W. Maxwell of Plymouth, Ind., police said.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Chater Oak Foundation Seeks Bikers and Walkers

The Charter Oak Challenge Foundation, a Westport-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families in greater Bridgeport, still has spaces available in its Bike Tour and Walkathon.

The Fifth Annual Charter Oak Classic Bike Tour will be held Sept. 9-11. The Bike Tour covers 240 miles from Westport to northwest Connecticut and back.

Lodging and meals will be provided and riders will have access to trained medical personnel, bike mechanics, complimentary massages and professional support staff. Riders are expected to raise or contribute at least $2,500 to Charter Oak.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, walkers will meet near the Bike Tour�s route, walk a scenic and well-marked path for 5 to 6 miles and join the riders for lunch. Walkers are expected to raise or contribute at least $500 to Charter Oak.

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Friday, June 17, 2005

9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
5 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening reception “Summer Shorts” members’ exhibition
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Finian’s Rainbow”

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Moment of Silence at Coleytown Middle Graduation

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Guests at Coleytown Middle School’s graduation ceremony tonight observed a moment of silence for Douglas Dauz, a Coleytown Middle physical education teacher who died Wednesday night after a brief illness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com

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Walking the Midway in Westport

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The 98th annual Yankee Doodle Fair opened tonight under cloudy skies that later gave way to a downpour. The fair, sponsored by the Westport Woman’s Club, runs through Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Popular Coleytown Middle Teacher Douglas Dauz Dies After Brief Illness

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Doug Dauz: “will be sorely missed by all.” CMS photo
Grief counselors went to Westport’s Coleytown Middle School today following announcement of the death of Douglas P. Dauz, a popular physical education teacher who had been ill only a short time.

Dauz, 52, was diagnosed with lung cancer only six weeks ago and died Wednesday night at Norwalk Hospital, according to school staff members. He had been associated with Coleytown Middle for almost 30 years.

“Several children went home crying,” said one teacher, who added that the news was especially crushing coming only hours before tonight’s Coleytown Middle School graduation ceremony. Three grief counselors were on hand at the school during the day.

“The entire school community mourns the loss of Doug Dauz,” said Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon. “Beloved by colleagues, students and parents, he will be sorely missed by all.”

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Court Rules Public Has Right to GIS Information in Greenwich

In a case watched closely by Westport and other towns upgrading technology, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the public has a right to see aerial photos and other records of Greenwich despite concerns about privacy, crime and terrorism.

The high court ruled unanimously Wednesday that Greenwich must release its computer database of aerial photographs and maps known as a geographic information system. The court said the town failed to show the records are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act because of security concerns.

“Such generalized claims of a possible safety risk do not satisfy the plaintiff’s burden of proving the applicability of an exemption from disclosure under the act,” the high court said.

Attorneys involved in the case said the ruling sets a precedent.

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Westport Organ Finds New Home in Maine

A 115-year-old organ from Westport’s Church of the Assumption has found a new home in Maine.

Over the past year, the pipe organ was moved from Westport to its present home in St. Patrick�s Catholic Church, Newcastle, where it is currently residing comfortably in the balcony of the new sanctuary, the Lincoln County News reported.

The organ was built in about 1890 by the Boston organ building firm of Cole and Woodberry. Although it may have been built for another church originally, it has spent the past several decades in the Church of the Assumption in Westport, the newspaper said.

The instrument was located with the help of the Organ Clearing House, and has been reassembled, with help from volunteers, under the guidance of Jay Zoller of Newcastle.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

New Board of Finance Leadership

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The Westport Board of Finance Wednesday night elected Shelly Kassen (4th l) its chair and Jeffrey Mayer (3rd l) its vice chair. Both are Democrats. The leadership change followed the resignation last month of Steven Ezzes, board chair. Other members include (l-r) Rick Benson, Allyson Stollenwerck, Kevin Connolly, and Gavin Anderson. Charles Haberstroh was absent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestrportNow.com

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Thursday, June 16, 2005


5 p.m. Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave. - 98th Yankee Doodle Fair opens
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission

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Board of Finance Okays $1.55 Million for Synthetic Turf Fields

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Four new synthetic turf athletic fields for Westport took a step closer tonight with Board of Finance approval of a $1,550,000 appropriation. Parks and Recereation Department official Dan Devito (at podium) and Stuart McCarthy, department director, explained to the board that the town would advance the money, which would be repaid, except for interest costs, by private donations. The appropriaton now goes to the Representative Town Meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Schools Raised $4.7 Million for Save the Children Tsunami Relief

Westport-based Save the Children said today that more than 3,000 schools across the country raised more than $4.7 million for its tsunami relief and recovery efforts.

Community groups, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, raised an additional $2.3 million, the charity said.

“Taken together these contributions represent the single largest amount of money ever raised by children to help other children struggling to survive a natural disaster,” said Charles MacCormack, president and chief executive officer of Save the Children.

“About $1 in every $10 we received in private donations for tsunami relief has come from children. That’s an incredible response.”

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Yankee Doodle Preparations Underway

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Work was underway today in preparation for Thursday’s opening of the 98th annual Yankee Doodle Fair at the Westport Woman’s Club. The rides and booths are being supplied for the first time this year by Dreamland Amusements, which also does the Italian Festival in July in Westport’s Saugatuck area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo

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Westport Woman Proposes Montana Land Swap to Benefit U.S. Forest Service

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Bennett Creek Cabin: involved in Westporter’s Montana land swap. U.S. Forest Service photo
A Westport woman has offered a Montana land swap and donation to the U.S. Forest Service that would increase public holdings by 250 acres, according to an AP report.

In return, Muffie B. Murray, who lives in the Greens Farms area, would receive other land and a rental cabin about 40 miles north Livingston, Mont., the report said. 

Murray owns most of the land surrounding the existing Bennett Creek Cabin, which sits on a 160-acre national forest parcel near the headwaters of the Shields River.

Murray and Gallatin National Forest officials have worked out a proposal in which Murray would get the 160 acres and the cabin in exchange for 408 acres, the report said. She would also pay $72,000 toward building a replacement cabin about a mile away.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Finance

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Assistant Greenwich Planner Named New Westport P&Z Director

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Laurence Bradley: new P&Z director. Contributed photo
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today announced the appointment of Laurence Bradley, assistant town planner in Greenwich, as Westport’s new Planning and Zoning Department director.

He replaces Katherine Barnard who is retiring after 18 years service to the town. His appointment is effective June 21.

In a news release, Farrell said Bradley’s professional and academic career closely mirrors Westport’s requirements for the position. He has been assistant town planner in Greenwich since 1999 and previously served as a planner and associate planner in Westchester County’s government.

His background includes extensive reviews in local planning, including site plan and subdivision reviews, coastal area management and zoning regulation development and enforcement, the announcement said.

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Allyson Stollenwerck Sworn In as New Board of Finance Member

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Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss (r) swears in Allyson S. Stollenwerck Monday as a new member of the Board of Finance. Stollenwerck, an attorney with Save the Children, was appointed to her post June 14 by the board to replace Steven Ezzes, the panel’s chairman, who resigned because he is moving out of town. She will serve until November 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Here’s to You Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson played a role in Monday’‘s annual meeting of the Westport/Weston YMCA. Bob Knoebel of the Y presented the meeting with a copy of a program for the 34th annual Y meeting held May 19, 1958, which had been signed by the Brooklyn Dodger great. Robinson had attended the meeting as a vice president of the Chock Full o’ Nuts Co. and signed it for Charlie Moffat, a longtime Y employee. Knoebel found the program when going through Moffat’s apartment following his death in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Flag Day Spruce Up

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Joseph Kowalsky III, 17, spruces up the newly planted traffic island at Post Road East and the Sherwood Island Connector in advance of today’s Flag Day observance. Kowalsky Bros. Construction of Westport maintains the island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Special Board of Selectmen Public Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals

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Westport Young Woman’s League Names Executive Board

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The Westport Young Woman’s League announced its 2005-06 Executive Board at its annual June dinner at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Shown standing (l-r) are: Ann-Marie Grey, Sponsors; Ann Marie Fox, Ways and Means; Joanne Heller, past president; Josephine Raimondi, president; Julie Uman, vice president; Kristin LaFleur, Long-Range Planning; Michele Albano, Minuteman; Seated (l-r): Michele Ippolito, secretary; Holly Hellman, Creative Arts Festival; Georgiana Platt, treasurer, and Meg Himes, Internal Communications. Missing: Ria Freydl, Public Relations, and Fran Rackson, Community Service.The League’s membership drive is underway until Sept. 9. Visit http://www.wywl.com for information and an application. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Picnic in the Park

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Members of the Y’s Women, aided by a cool breeze from Long Island Sound, held their annual meeting and picnic at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today. Entertainment was provided by the �Grandmas and the Grandpas”  barbershop quartet and there was a catered lunch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sherwood Singing

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The �Grandmas and the Grandpas” barbershop quartet provided entertainment at today’s Y’s Women annual meeting and picnic at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Brown Bag Lunches Take Summer Break After June 22

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell announced today that the weekly citizens’ brown bag lunch will take a summer break after the Wednesday, June 22 meeting and resume again Sept. 7.

“Mrs. Farrell wishes all residents a safe and enjoyable summer season,” said an announcement. It urged residents to contact her office during the summer if they have any concerns, suggestions or questions.

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Mark Smith Resigns as Chair of Parks and Rec Commission

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Mark Smith: moving to Fairfield.WN photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today announced the resignation of Mark A. Smith as chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission. He has served since January 1998.

Under his tenure, the panel had considered a range of controversial issues including dogs on the beach, recreational fees, and renovations to town facilities.

Farrell said Smith, 60, was planning to move to Fairfield. She did not announce a replacement as chair but a meeting notice posted last week identified Frank Kniesel as chairman.

Farrell asked members of the public to contact her if they desired to fill the vacancy on the commission.

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Going Down: 44 Pumpkin Hill Road

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Within hours of posting as today’s WestportNow teardown, the house at 44 Pumpkin Hill Road came down. See below. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Today’s Westport Teardown: 44 Pumpkin Hill Road

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Today’s WestportNow teardown is 44 Pumpkin Hill Road off Terhune Drive in the Staples High School area. The house, built in 1961, changed hands last month for $1,181,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 13, 2005

7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks and Recreation Commission
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Democratic Town Committee

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