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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dusk on the Saugatuck

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Friday’s dusk as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  May 30, 2015


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players, “Part 1 The Laramie Project Cycle: The Laramie Project”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Staples Falls to Wilton 1-0 in FCIAC Final

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Members of the Staples varsity baseball team watch in disappointment tonight as Wilton players celebrate their 1-0 FCIAC extra innings victory over the No. 2 Wreckers at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. The teams were scoreless until the top of the eighth and the No. 5 Warriors held on to capture their first FCIAC baseball title in 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cheering on the Wreckers

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Staples supporters cheer for their team following the Wrecker 1-0 loss to Wilton tonight in the FCIAC baseball final at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.  Hours earlier, Staples defeated Trinity Catholic 8-2 in the twice-postponed semifinal. Staples Coach Jack McFarland was not pleased with having to win two games in one day to gain the championship. “I’ve been around long enough to know that I’ve never seen a team have to win twice in the same day to win an FCIAC championship and we almost pulled it off,” he said. “I’m proud of my kids. One team had to win two games, one team had to win one. We were asked to do a lot today to win a championship. That’s my only comment about the way things turned out.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fist Bumps from the Victors

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Wilton High School varsity baseball co-captain Alex Jacobson (25) fist bumps with Staples players tonight after the No. 5 warriors defeated the No. 2 Wreckers 1-0 in eight innings at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. It was the first FCIAC baseball title for Wilton in 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Staples Defeats Trinity Catholic 8-2 in FCIAC Semifinal

The Staples varsity baseball team today defeated Trinity Catholic 8-2 in the FCIAC semifinal at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.

The Wreckers will meet Wilton in the FCIAC final at 7 p.m. at Harbor Yard.

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WWPT–FM to Air Tribute to Kevin Gray on Saturday

Westporter Dodie Pettit, wife of Broadway performer Kevin Gray, who died in February 2013 at age 54 of a heart attack, has produced a CD entitled “Kevin Gray, Broadway’s Tribute CD, Forever Always.”

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Two-CD set features 35 songs and more than 170 performers. Contributed photo

Pettit will guest Saturday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the WWPT-FM Staples radio program “Adam and George on Saturday” to share music and talk about the making of the CD.

As an extra attraction, several performers on the CD will call in to the show to chat with the hosts to share thoughts and stories.

The two-CD set of 35 songs features more than170 performers of the Broadway community, including five performers from Westport: Pettit, Gray, Terry Eldh, Adam Riegler, and Paul McKibbins.

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A Gold’s Delicatessen Tribute

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Customers at Gold’s Delicatessen, 421 Post Road East, today were greeted at the cash register with a photo of Kenneth F. Spigarolo, Sr. of Fairfield, manager of the iconic eatery for 40 years before his retirement, who died Tuesday at age 91. Gold’s opened in 1958 and Spigarolo started there in 1962. Current owner Jim Eclk is behind the counter.(See obituary here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Drug Arrest Following Improper Turn

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Abimelech Perez: free on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport Police said today a vehicle stop after an improper turn on the Sherwood Island Connector led to a narcotics arrest Tuesday.

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, subsequent to the stop police discovered cocaine and marijuana with the intent to sell inside the vehicle driven by Abimelech Perez, 22, of Bridgeport.

Perez was charged with possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics and possession of marijuana.

He was released after posting a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, June 5.

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Failure to Stop Nets Arrest for Failures to Appear

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Jose Jimenez:  $34,000 bond. Westport Polce photo

Failure to obey a stop sign on Compo Road South led to the arrest of a Norwalk man Wednesday for whom there were three active arrest warrants for failure to appear, Westport Police said today.

Jose Jimenez, 56, of 57 War St., was pulled over around 11:50 a.m. for running a stop sign, and it was then discovered he was wanted for two counts of second-degree failure to appear and one count of first-degree failure to appear, said Capt. Vincent Penna.

Held in lieu of a court-set $34,000 bond, Jimenez is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, June 4.

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Nighttime Bridge Maintenance on I-95 in Westport

The Connecticut Department of Transportation said today that a nighttime bridge maintenance project is under way on I-95 in Westport and will continue through the morning of June 19.

The project consists of structural steel repairs to I-95, north and southbound on the bridge under Hales Road.

The project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2015 bridge maintenance program to support state forces with bridge repairs and is being performed by Hammonasset Construction, an announcement said.

Motorists can expect lane closures between exits 17 and 18. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone.

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Westport Property Transfers May 11 - 15, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 11 - 15, 2015:

Jed Horwitt to Cynthia O’Brien, 66 Harbor Road, $960,000WNproperty.jpg

Mattera Construction 9 Harding Lane LLC to John G. McAuley and May Wong, 9 Harding Lane, $3,728,102

Marshall and Johanna Kiev to Aaron and Amy Shapiro, 81 Easton Road, $1,262,500

Ruth T. Bedford Revokable Trust to Michael and Stephanie Ferdman, 66 Beachside Ave., $16,000,000

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Dog Licenses Up for Renewal Beginning June 1

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that beginning June 1 dog licenses for 2015-2016 may be obtained from her office.

All dogs over six months must be licensed. Last year, 2,776 dog tags were issued.

“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.

“Wearing its license will help identify your dog if it becomes lost or runs away so it can be returned home.”

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Dodig Honored

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Retiring Staples High School Principal John Dodig was honored today in a Staples courtyard ceremony by students, parents, and friends. Dodig announced in December he will be retiring at the end of this school year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Added to Schools’ Permanent Art Collection

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs today displays a lenticular photograph of Staples High School Principal John Dodig at a retirement ceremony in the Staples courtyard. Commissioned by the PTA and Westport School Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC), one copy went to Dodig, the other will be made part of the WSPAC. Joining Burroughs in the presentation were (l-r) First Selectman Jim Marpe, Kathie Bennewitz, WSPAC curator, and Susan Rubin, PTA co-president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dodig Daily Meet and Greet Memorialized

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Retiring Staples High School Principal John Dodig made it a habit during his 11-year tenure of greeting students daily at the school’s entrance. Today a lenticular photograph of him in action by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs was presented to him in a retirement ceremony in the Staples courtyard. A gift from the PTA and the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC), the photo will be added to the WSPAC in addition to the copy presented to Dodig. Photo by Miggs Burroughs

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Staples Farewell


Scenes from today’s Staples High School retirement ceremony for Principal John Dodig. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘San Andreas,’ ‘The 110-Year-Old Man…,’ ‘Saint Laurent’

By Susan Granger

Like cautionary fables, disaster movies enthrall us with a horrible fascination - as we watch with morbid curiosity from the safety of wherever we happen to be. It’s pure escapism.

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The terrifying action thriller “San Andreas” follows LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter Ray Gaines (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and his estranged wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), as they make their way from Los Angeles to San Francisco to find their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) in the aftermath of the largest magnitude earthquake in recorded history.

Also caught in the ensuing chaos are an eminent Caltech seismologist (Paul Giamatti), who believes he’s found a way to track the quake, along with a TV journalist (Archie Panjabi), Emma’s architect boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd) and two British tourists (Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson).

Scripted by Carlton Cuse from a story by Andre Fabrizio & Jeremy Passmore, it’s directed by Brad Peyton and produced by Beau Flynn, collaborators on “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” incorporating more than 1300 visual effects, as Hoover Dam crumbles, freeways collapse, bridges break, and a tsunami engulfs San Francisco’s cityscape.

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Post-Storm Sunset

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Thursday’s sunset as seen over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach after a thunderstorm moved trough. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  May 29, 2015


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players, “Part 1 The Laramie Project Cycle: The Laramie Project”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Staples Boys Tennis Repeats as FCIAC Champs

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It took a while, including a late match change of venue from outside to inside because of a thunderstorm, but the Staples boys tennis team today prevailed over Greenwich 4-0 to win its second consecutive FCIAC championship and continue its undefeated win streak to 42 matches. The match began outside at Wilton and after a 90-minute storm-caused delay resumed indoors at Intensity Tennis Club in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon

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Storm clouds on the horizon tonight as a thunderstorm moved through the Westport area. The storm dumped about half an inch of rain before clearing. View is from Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport and area until 6 p.m.

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Compo Scene

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A Compo Beach family enjoys the late spring sunshine today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Making Farmer’s Market Debut

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King’s Kitchen, owned by Westporter Hunter King, a 2004 Staples graduate, was a big attraction today at the Westport Farmer’s Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. King, who also owns King’s Kitchen-Southport Beach and formerly owned the Red Hen restaurant at the Westport Inn, said this is the first time King’s Kitchen has participated in the Farmer’s Market. King said his business also caters private party lobster bakes and pig roasts for graduations, weddings and bereavements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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