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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Staples Girls Golf Team Wins First FCIAC Title

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After finishing second four times in nine years, the Staples girls golf team Wednesday finally gained its first Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) title in the program’s 12-year history. Staples was favored going into the tourney at Norwalk’s Shorehaven Golf Club. Coach Bob Byiteck congratulated team members (l-r) Erika Kretschmann, Ashley Borom, Alessandra Sarin, Jackie O’Connell, Elizabeth McKenna, and Laura Sousa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jack Farrell for WestportNow.com

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Compo Shadows

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WestportNow contributing photographer Stephen Rubin caught his shadow in the setting sunlight at Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Traffic Light Funding Delayed

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The Westport Board of Finance Wednesday night put off a vote on funding for a traffic light at Sylvan Lane and Riverside Avenue until it receives further information.

The state Department of Transportation would pay for 90 percent of the cost leaving local taxpayers to pay $7,900 of the installation.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said businesses in the area asked for help because an office building’s parking lot is on the opposite side of Riverside Avenue. Pedestrians, he said, have a hard time crossing the road.

The plan for the traffic light, however, has been in process for so many years many people had forgotten about it until state officials recently approved it.

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A Peaceful Channel

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It was quiet and peaceful on Wednesday along the channel near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 25, 2006


7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7 p.m. - Allen’s Clamhouse site – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Poetry and Pizza
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Mozart Requiem”

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Staples Volleyball Wins FCIAC Title

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The Staples Boys Volleyball Team celebrates its 3-2 victory over Trumbull High School tonight to win its fourth consecutive Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) title. Team members hoisted senior Brian Parmelee, one of three captains, on their shoulders after he was named MVP following the game at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. Westport’s Wreckers only had one loss on the season, and it was to Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Cheering on the Wreckers

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There was a noisy crowd of Staples fans on hand tonight to cheer Westport’s Wreckers as the men’s volleyball team defeated Trumbull 3-2 to gain their fourth consecutive FCIAC title. The match took place at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Taxes Increasing by 3.8 Percent

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Westport taxpayers will see a 3.8 percent increase in their tax bills beginning in July.

The Board of Finance tonight approved a new tax rate of 12.97 mills. Members voted to use $3 million from the town’s general fund to keep the rate down.

The board, however, debated if less money from the fund should be used. Motions to use $2 million and $2.5 million were defeated.

Charlie Haberstroh, a finance board member, said he felt the use of $3 million was too liberal given the potential for litigation settlement and other issues potentially facing the town.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

All Smiles on the Slide

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Lina Groner-David, 3, visiting Westport from Los Angeles, takes a trip down the slide at Compo Beach’s new playground today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Poplar Plain Road

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Westport Building Department officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 11 Poplar Plain Road. The house is in the northwest corner of Westport off of Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Jam & Spice” Opens June 1 at Playhouse

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Mark Berman, musical director, (l) rehearses with “Jam & Spice” cast members (l-r) Christianne Tisdale, Mary Testa, JD Webster, Carey Brown, Kurt Zischke and Jason Ma. The Westport Country Playhouse presents “Jam & Spice” June 1-18. The song and dance production offers a repertoire of over 30 musical numbers composed by Kurt Weill. The performance schedule is Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Single tickets start at $30. For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or for out-of-town callers at 1-888-927-7529. Tickets are also available at the playhouse’s box office, and more information is available at www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Historical Society Opens New Exhibit Monday

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Mollie Donovan and Wally Woods, historical society curators, pose with a display depicting the Westport Young Women’s League cupcake project. Denise McLaughlin for WestportNow.com
Starting on Memorial Day, the Westport Historical Society will be presenting the exhibit “Westport Women: Celebrating 50 Years of the Westport Young Women’s League.”

The grand opening is slated for Monday following the annual Memorial Day parade. It will be on display through Sept. 3.

The exhibit is a retrospective that chronicles the history of the league and details its major accomplishments including spearheading the massive town-wide rebuilding of the Compo Beach playground and creating the Minuteman Race and the Creative Arts Festival.

Also displayed is the league’s efforts to organize lesser-known charitable endeavors including the “cupcake project,” which has league members baking more than 100 cupcakes every month for the past 10 years —10,000 to date—so no child at Bridgeport’s McGivney Center goes without a birthday celebration.

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Flags Flying as Memorial Day Nears

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With Memorial Day and Westport’s traditional parade marking the event five days away, the American flags have gone up on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Bridge Street Bridge closed for maintenance
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Westport Library Board of Trustees
8 p .m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)

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June is Dog Licensing Month

Westport Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss reminded residents today that June is dog licensing month and that all dogs over the age of 6 months must be licensed.

“Licensing your dog verifies that rabies immunization is up to date, as the dog owner must present a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate when obtaining a license,” said Strauss.  “A $60 infraction will be issued for any non-licensed dog.”

The annual cost of licensing a spayed or neutered dog is $8. To issue a license, a dog owner must present a current rabies certificate signed by a veterinarian, and a certificate for spaying/neutering for first time registrations.

The annual cost of licensing an unsprayed or un-neutered dog is $19, of which $6 is deposited in the state-regulated Animal Population Control Fund.

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Westport Sportsmen Honor Champions

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The Sportsmen of Westport tonight honored seven persons at the group’s 45th annual “Dinner of Champions” at Continental Manor in Norwalk. Among them was Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian (at podium), a 39-year veteran of the Westport school system who received the Citizenship Award. Also honored were (l-r on dias) John Cooper, an outstanding golfer at Staples who is now head professional and director of golf at Westport’s Longshore Club Park; Lisa Brummel, arguably the best female athlete ever to come out of Staples, excelling in four different sports from 1974-77; Dale Hollingsworth, a key member of the Wreckers’ 1969 and 1970 champsionship soccer teams; (not shown) Matt McVane, a quarterback on the 1964 Wrecker football team; Pat Smith, former Staples football coach; and Bill Mitchell, longtime supporter of Staples athletics who received the William A. Krause, Jr., Humanitarian Award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Photo Op

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Honorees at tonight’s Sportsmen of Westport 45th annual awards dinner in Norwalk got together for a photo. Back row: Dale Hollingsworth (Sportsmen Award), Lisa Brummel (Sportsmen Award), Gerry Kuroghlian (Citizenship Award), Matt MacVane (Sportsmen Award), John Cooper (Sportsmen Award) , Pat Smith (Coaching Award), Bill Mitchell (William A. Krause, Jr. Humanitarian Award) Front row: Scholarship Recipients: Christian Pantazonis, Ryan DeMaria, Drew Myers. Andrew Klein, Missing from photo Ashlee Benway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

R&B and Jazz Guitarist Performs with Students

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R&B and jazz guitarist George Baker (l) performed and worked with Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School’s fourth and fifth graders today. Jim Andrews invited Baker to perform and teach the two orchestras in a workshop. Baker was Marvin Gaye’s musical director for a number of years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joyce Eldh for WestportNow.com

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Base Commander Says Subs Essential to War on Terrorism

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Capt. Sean P. Sullivan: Bridgeport native commands Groton base. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The commander of Connecticut’s New London submarine base told the Westport Rotary Club today that submarines are essential for the war on terrorism.

“The global war on terrorism is being fought with subs,” said Capt. Sean P. Sullivan. “We contribute every day to the war on terrorism. We can get in and get out where no one else can because no one knows we’re there.”

Sullivan, a native of Bridgeport whose mother worked for 10 years as a nurse at Westport’s Hall-Brooke Hospital, said last year’s attempt to close his base in a cost-cutting move would have been disastrous had it been successful.

A closing would have been a blow to a Navy that is shrinking every year because Congress won’t provide the funds to build new ships as old ones are retired, he said.

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Emergency Preparedness Subject of June 14 Brown Bag

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that preparing for a pandemic influenza and other emergencies will be discussed at a citizens’ brown bag luncheon to be held Wednesday, June 14, at noon in Rooms 309/307 of Westport Town Hall. 

Director of Health Services Susan Jacozzi and Westport/Weston Health District Medical Advisor Dr. Stuart Steinman will speak on pandemic influenza, Avian flu, and preparedness by citizens for other emergencies such as hurricanes and winter storms.

“It is imperative that residents have first-hand knowledge as to what they can do to pepare for emergencies,” said Joseloff. 

“Whether it’s pandemic influenza or a hurricane, advance preparation will greatly increase our community’s ability to handle an emergency successfully.  I encourage residents to attend the June 14 luncheon.”

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New London Sub Base Commander Addresses Rotary

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Capt Sean P. Sullivan, commanding officer of the New London Naval Submarine Base, today addressed the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club at the Inn at Longshore. Sullivan, who grew up in Bridgeport and whose mother worked for many years in Westport, has been commanding officer of the base since June 2004. He said the U.S. Navy’s budget is dwindling because defense funding is going to other branches of the military. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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All Quiet on the Bridge

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All was quiet except for state workers on the Bridge Street Bridge in Westport today. The bridge is closed until 3 p.m. today and again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. State Department of Transportation workers are completing electrical repairs on the swing bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Artistic Director Featured in PBS Program

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Playhouse’s Tazewell Thompson’s work on PBS Thursday. Contributed photo
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson’s work will be part of “A Lincoln Center Special: Thirty Years of Live from Lincoln Center” on Thursday at 8-10 p.m. on PBS.

The television special features some of the major performance moments drawn from the vaults of “Live from Lincoln Center.”

An excerpt from the New York City Opera telecast of “Porgy and Bess,” directed by Thompson, will be included in the kaleidoscope of clips.

The production received Emmy nominations for best director and best production.

Thompson joined the Westport Country Playhouse officially in January as its artistic director.

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Police: Protect GPS Systems

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Westporters are not experiencing thefts of satellite global positioning systems in their cars yet, but police say motorists should protect them from potential thieves.

The systems that give motorists driving directions have been subjected to thefts in other areas of the country, but Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said Westport has not seen the systems as a target.

The systems—if they are an add-on feature mounted on the dashboard—would be a good target for thieves, though, because they are easy to grab and worth over $800, Shannon said.

“It’s a matter of time before we see the thefts,” he said. “People should put them out of sight if they are going to be away from their cars for any significant amount of time.”

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Reminder: Bridge Street Bridge Closed Today and Wednesday

Westport’s Bridge Street Bridge will be closed today and Wednesday so state Department of Transportation workers can complete maintenance on the swing bridge.

As announced last week, Bridge Street will be closed from Riverside Avenue to Imperial Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Detour routes will be posted on signs.

Workers will be completing electrical maintenance on the bridge.

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