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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Game Difference

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A 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds left by Xavier senior kicker Andrew Verre resulted in a 3-0 loss tonight for the Staples Wreckers. Staples next meets Wilton Sept. 19 at Wilton.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Breaking a Tackle

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Staples quarterback Teddy Coogan, a senior, breaks a tackle tonight in the tight contest with Xavier. The Falcons won 3-0 on a last-second field goal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Xavier Shuts Out Staples Football 3-0

Xavier High School of Middletown tonght shut out Staples High School 3-0 in the season home opener for the Wreckers.

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The Wreckers take the field tonight in the third season opener under permanent lights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

The difference in the Friday night under the lights contest was a game-winning 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds left by senior kicker Andrew Verre.

The Wreckers knew going in it was going to be tough. The Falcons won three straight Class LL state championships from 2010-2012.

It was perfect football weather as Staples played its third season home opener under permanent lights. Next up for Staples is Wilton at Wilton on Sept. 19.

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Keeping Up the Presssure

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The Staples defense tonight kept up pressure on Xavier throughout the game. But the Falcons managed a field goal at the last second, defeating the Wreckers 3-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Looking for a Receiver

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Staples quarterback Teddy Coogan looks for a receiver in tonight’s game action against Xavier in the Wrecker season opener at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Himes, Debicella to Debate Three Times Next Month

Washington – The campaign of Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District announced today that three debates have been scheduled in October between the lawmaker and his opponent, Republican businessman Dan Debicella.

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Republican Dan Debicella (l) will debate Democrat Jim Himes three times. Contributed photos

According to the campaign, the first public debate will occur on Oct. 19 in Wilton, It will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The World Affairs Forum will sponsor a debate the next day, Oct. 20, in Stamford.

The final debate will be held in Norwalk on Oct. 28. The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and Cable vision will sponsor that event.

“I look forward to engaging in a vibrant exchange of ideas on issues residents of the Fourth District care about,” Himes said in a statement.

—Ctmirror.org

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Town to Unveil New Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that the town will unveil its newest electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the parking lot at Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, members of Westport’s Green Task Force and the Electric Car Club are expected to join Marpe during the event which takes place during National Electric Drive Week Sept. 15 through 21. 

The new charging station comes at no cost to the Town of Westport, paid for by a Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Program grant from the Federal Department of Energy, an announcement said. The installation was paid by a Clean Energy Community grant from Connecticut Light and Power.

According to Marpe, the charging station, the third in the downtown area, is available 24/7, and there is no charge to plug in.

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Westport Minuteman Owner May Sell Some or All of Company

Digital First Media, which operates the Westport Minuteman newspaper and website, announced today that it had retained an adviser to help it explore “strategic alternatives,” including a sale of some or all of the company.

Chief Executive John Paton said UBS Securities will help Digital First Media review alternatives that include selling the entire company, selling regional clusters, doing nothing or expanding the company. The company said there is no guarantee the process will result in any deals.

Digital First Media, based in New York, was formed in December 2013 with the merger of MediaNews Group and the former Journal Register Company.

It is the nation’s second-largest newspaper company, based on circulation, operating in 15 states, with 800 multi-platform news and information products, including 76 daily and Sunday newspapers—among them the New Haven Register—and 160 weeklies, including the Westport Minuteman and Fairfield Minuteman.

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Driver Cell Phone Crackdown Continues

Westport police said today 47 more drivers were cited for cell phone violations in a distracted driver crackdown, bringing the total to 87 since the campaign began.

Of the 47 tickets issued from Monday through Thursday, 11 went to Westport residents, bringing to 23 the number of Westporters cited since last Wednesday, police said.

Most were first offenses; however, a Westport woman and a Norwalk man were ticketed for second cell phone offenses and a Stratford man for a third.

The Westport Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Safety Office, announced the kickoff of the Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign on Aug. 29.

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Trespassing Complaint Leads to Heroin, Pot Bust

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Arrested: Mitchell Gurevich (l) and Christopher Pralle. Westport Police photos

A trespassing complaint netted the arrest Tuesday of two Westport men for heroin and marijuana possession, police said today.

According to Lt. Arthur Belile, police responded to the complaint on Post Office Lane, where the property owner had blocked the offending vehicle.

While officers were talking to the property owner, one of the suspects, Mitchell Gurevich, 25, of 17 Charcoal Hill Road, walked to his vehicle “and began concealing items behind the passenger seat.”

“A search of the vehicle was made for officer safety, and a syringe was located with what appeared to be heroin in it,” Belile said.

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Sunday’s Slice to be the Biggest to Date

By James Lomuscio

Matthew Mandell, president of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, said today that Sunday’s third annual Slice of Saugatuck will be “a bigger festival than its ever been both in the number of participants and the activities, especially for children.”

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The Westport Volunteer Fire Department’s antique engine will again be on display at the Saugatuck fire station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The event that runs from 1 to 4 p.m. was started in 2011 by Mandell, a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member serving Saugatuck. The aim was to showcase this section of Westporter in the midst of a renaissance while raising funds for the needy.

As president of the Chamber, now the event’s sponsor, Mandell urges all “to walk the Slice,” a geographic stretch that resembles a pizza slice from where it starts at the intersection of Riverside and Saugatuck avenues all the way to Railraoad Place, which will be closed to traffic for the event.

The stroll offers free restaurant and caterer food samples along the way.

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Special Gift to Westport Firefighter and Family

Westport Firefighter Dan Mascolo, wife Norell and baby Ben today received a special gift—financial support from the nonprofit organization The Umbrella Club.

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Umbrella Club representatives today present a check to Dan and Norell Mascolo at a Fire Headquarters ceremony as Dave Librandi and Brett Kirby look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Kirby for WestportNow.com

The Stamford-based Umbrella Club provides assistance to special needs children and their families through numerous local fund-raising activities.

“My family is incredibly humbled by the generosity of the Umbrella Club and was humbled to have been chosen for their support,” said Mascolo, 34, who joined the Westport department in 2008.

The donation came about when Westport Police Department Cpl. Dave Librandi, a supporter of the Umbrella Club, saw a fund-raising flyer about the Mascolo family’s needs, an announcement said.

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Learning About 15th Century Art

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For the second consecutive week, today’s Westport Arts Center ArtCafé, meeting in a private home, featured Westporter Fiona Garland, art historian. Among the works she discussed was the Adam and Eve detail from “The Ghent Altarpiece,” an early 15th century Early Flemish polyptych panel painting. They are said to be the earliest treatment in art of the human nude with Early Netherlandish naturalism. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 25 - 29, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 25 - 29, 2014:

Leonard M. and Ruth L. Baker to Hasan Cengiz and Deborah B. Bayzit, 60 Lyons Plains Road, $1,232,500WNproperty.jpg

MMO Properties LLC to Joseph Mark Valeski, 16 Danbury Ave., $1,100,000

James E. and Leslie Wolf to Thomas C. III and Julie K. Gentile, 178 Hillspoint Road,  $4,610,000

Scott and Jennifer Chottiner to Joseph H. and Elizabeth R. Heyer, 57 Maple Ave. North, $1,750,000

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Friday,  September 12, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Playhouse Pre-Gala Reception

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted a reception for donors in advance of its annual gala on Sept. 22. It will honor playwright A. R. (“Pete”) Gurney, who has had 14 of his plays staged at the Playhouse, and Westport’s Arthur Levitt, a valued trustee and longtime Playhouse supporter who will receive the Playhouse Leadership Award.  Welcoming guests at the Steinway Piano Store, 501 Post Road East, were Steinway manager Josh Tuckman (l) and Playhouse managing director Michael Ross . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Warming Up for Playhouse Gala


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse reception at the Steinway Piano store for about 50 guests in advance of its Sept. 22 gala. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wilton Edges Staples 1-0 in Boys Soccer

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Kenji Goto played stellar defense for Staples today. But Wilton edged out a 1-0 victory in a hard-fought, close contest. The Wreckers travel to Danbury on Tuesday, for a 6 p.m. match. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Crestwood Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Crestwood Road, off Easton Road, is in process. Built in 1960, the two-story contemporary has 5,424 square feet and is situated on a 2.03-acre property. \ Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honoring a Colleague Lost on 9/11

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Janet Gold of Old Greenwich, a retired American Airlines flight attendant, was at the Connecticut 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park today. She said she comes to the 9/11 memorial every year to honor the memory of her friend Michele Heidenberger who was a flight attendant and perished on American Airlines Flight 11 that departed from Boston’s Logan Airport on the fateful day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Kemper-Gunn House Lease Signed

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Documents were signed today making official the ground lease between the Town of Westport and DC Kemper-Gunn, LLC, the tenant of the 1835-built Kemper-Gunn House to be relocated from 35 Church Lane to the Baldwin Parking Lot in early November. Taking part were (l-r) l-r) Dan Zelson, a principal in Charter Realty, David Waldman, president, David Adam Realty, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Selectman Helen Garten. “This moment has been two years in the making,” said Marpe. “It’s an historic step in a public-private partnership that will have a look and feel of historic downtown Westport.  It’s an opportunity for emerging local businesses to be a part of the downtown environment.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Flags Back on 13th Anniversary of 9/11

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After taking a blow from a powerful thunderstorm on Saturday that left many of them fallen, the American flags were back on display today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center—just in time for the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thirteen Staples Students Named Merit Semifinalists

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Thirteen Staples seniors have earned semifinalist status, in the 60th National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationwide, 16,000 semifinalists –- fewer than 1 percent of all high school seniors—will compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million. Pictured are (back row l-r): Jake Atlas, Ian Palmer, Kelly Pogue, Nicholas Massoud, Kyle Baer, and Everett Sussman; (middle row) Zachary Effman, Megan Root, and Claudia Landowne; (front row) William Vester, Emma Lupoff, and Abigail Lustig; missing from picture is Shelby Cataldo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Picture Perfect: Westport Postcards, Past and Present

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In a simulation of the lenticular imagery that will be installed in the tunnel at the Metro-North Westport station this fall, Westport artist Miggs Burroughs is shown taking a photo of Ann Sheffer’s Chevy Volt in the same location as the Model T Ford depicted in a postcard of Westport from the early 1900s. Bill Scheffler and Ann Sheffer have sponsored this first of 16 images to be installed in the train tunnel. Each changing image, measuring 42 inches-by-26 inches, will depict a different iconic Westport location (without Miggs in the photos) combined with its older counterpart as captured in early postcards from the extensive collections of Gordon Joseloff and Bill Scheffler. The project was initiated by Westport Police Chief Dale Call, and is being supervised by Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center. The project is privately funded and anyone interested in funding a lightbox Lenticular postcard for the tunnel should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Clouds or Mountains?

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The clouds off of Westport’s Compo Beach looked like mountains, prompting photographer Richard Wiese, who produces his world-hopping “Born to Explore with Richard Wiese” TV show from Westport, to ask, “Table Mountain South Africa or Westport?” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Wiese for WestportNow.com

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