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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Staples Drunk Driving Simulation Set for Saturday

A drunk driving simulation for teens is set for Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Staples High School football field, the Westport Police Collaborative (WPYC) and the Teen Awareness Group (TAG) announced.

The one-day program presented by the Westport Police Department in collaboration with the WPYC and TAG is designed to educate students about the risks of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or being otherwise distracted, event coordinators said.

The effects of substances on depth perception and coordination, in addition to decreased reaction time, as well as how the use of drugs or alcohol can lead to poor judgment and impaired decision making, will be stressed, and a distracted driving component will also be provided. 

Coordinators said several Westport Police officers will be on hand, and that the presentation will include an instructional portion plus practical exercises using specially designed goggles that simulate impairment.

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Storm Brings Power Outages

UPDATE Strong winds brought down trees and power lines Wednesday night and early today, causing widespread power outages in Westport.

Connecticut Light and Power Company said 743 Westport customers were in the dark from late Wednesday until about 4:15 a.m. today.

Then the number dropped to 66, and they were restored a short time later, the utility said.

Many of those affected appeared to be in the Imperial Avenue area, according to police.

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Rain did not deter determined fishermen Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Thursday,  October 23, 2014

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM District 7
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Annual Historic District Preservation Awards
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Environmental Debate (State Representative Candidates)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - William J. Mann, “Tinseltown”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boys Soccer Wins, Moves on to FCIAC Tourney Image
The seven senior Staples High School soccer players were honored before today’s final regular season match. Pictured are (l-r) Gabe Pensak, Matt Bateman, Nate Argosh, Denzel Robinson, Andrew Puchala, Michael Reid and Patrick Beusse). The Wreckers then went out and beat Harding 4-1, on two goals by Graham Gudis, and solo strikes by Daniel Reid and Josh Berman. Staples finished the regular season 9-5-2, and advances into the FCIAC tournament. They start play Friday, with a 5:30 p.m. match in Danbury. The teams tied 1-1, earlier this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for

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Nine Under Quarantine After West Africa Travel

In the first test of the state’s tough Ebola protocols, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said today that it has placed under quarantine nine individuals who have traveled to West Africa but are symptom-free.

“The people under quarantine are not sick and do not present a risk to public health,” said DPH spokesman William Gerrish. “The individuals will be in quarantine for 21 days, during which time they will be actively monitored by public health officials.”

The nine quarantined individuals, who were not identified, had traveled to Africa, Gerrish said.

The Department of Public Health said federal authorities will notify the agency of travelers from affected West African countries—Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia—that have been subject to an enhanced screening process established at New York’s Kennedy Airport and four other major U. S. airports.

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of the second annual Halloween Window Painting Contest. Judges Kathie Bennewitz (town curator), Peter Van Heerden (executive director, Westport Arts Center), and Betsy Pollack (publisher, Our Town Crier) had to vote a few times to break a tie in a very close competition. The winners (clockwise from top left): Danielle Spadacenta of Bedford Middle School painted Calise’s Food Market;  Danielle King, Heather LaPalme and Kayleigh Levent of Weston Middle School painted Westport Yarns; Kaitlyn Comerford of Hurlbutt Elementary School, Weston, painted Brooks Brothers, and Shealeigh and Courtlyn Crombie and Molly Liles of Greens Farms Elementary School painted Matsu Sushi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for

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Real Estate Report: Knowledgeable Agent is Key

By Judy Szablak

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Westport, a knowledgeable agent who also maintains an open and expeditious line of communication is key to your real estate transaction. Image
Featured Home This home at 6 Pond Edge Road is listed at $5,375,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport/ Leslie Clarke Homes

All too often, an agent who is not adept at both can cost you valuable time, money or the transaction itself.

The first step is to choose the right agent, and you should certainly exercise due diligence in that respect. Before you hire anyone to represent you in buying or selling a home, look for signs as to what their overall style of communication is, and their level of market expertise.

An agent who is timely in their initial response to you, and can answer your questions at the drop of a hat, is also one that will follow up very quickly when its needed or required. That should also hold true for buyer inquiries on your home. Additionally, this demonstrates their ability to act fast on your behalf when a great deal comes on the market.

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Sign on Splash door. Dave Matlow for

Splash Restaurant & Bar, which has been closed for two weeks for plumbing and electrical repairs, had been scheduled to reopen Tuesday but was still closed today.

A closed sign still greets customers who stop at the waterfront restaurant located in the Inn at Longshore.

“We still haven’t reopened,” said Teresa De Caro, sister of the owner. “The electrical repairs are taking longer that we expected.”

She did not say when she expects the work to be completed.

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As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Westport Arts Center today held an Art Bra workshop today at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven as part of their WAC Gives Back outreach initiative. Patients and hospital staff worked together to design creative and whimsical bras which featured dreams and wishes from the participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Staples Group Seeks Support in Distracted Driving Campaign

The Teen Awareness Group (TAG) at Staples High School is seeking support for its entry in a national competition to reduce teen distracted driving.

The Celebrate My Drive competition is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and seeks to get new drivers to pledge to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

“It’s a simple habit that can reduce distracted driving and help new drivers build confidence on the road,” an announcement said.

State Farm Insurance is offering 100 grants to the high schools that recruit the most students in their communities to sign an online petition to Make A Commitment to keep two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.

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Marpe: Westport Prepared for Ebola

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today Westport is well prepared for any outbreak of Ebola.

He spoke at a Board of Selectmen meeting hours before state health officials said nine persons are being quarantined in the state so they can be monitored for possible exposure to Ebola, the Hartford Courant reported.

Marpe told a meeting of the Board of Selectman he has met regularly on the subject with the town’s emergency management director, Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury, Police Chief Dale Call, EMS Deputy Director Marc Hartog, and Health Director Mark Cooper.

In addition, he said first responders have undergone training, including 911 dispatchers.

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Quinnipiac’s CT Cliffhanger: Malloy 43%, Foley 42%

By Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut’s race for governor remained tight today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened a one-point lead over Republican Tom Foley in a new Quinnipiac University poll, 43 percent to 42 percent. Petitioning candidate Joe Visconti remained at 9 percent.

The tiny lead is Malloy’s first in more than a year of polling by Quinnipiac. With the exception of a September poll showing Foley with a 6-point lead, the university has consistently pegged the replay of the close 2010 race as a dead heat in 2014.

“The race for Connecticut governor looks very much like it will go down to the wire – again,” said Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac poll.  “Republican Tom Foley has to be concerned that this is the first likely voter poll in which Gov. Dannel Malloy has a numerical edge, even though it’s razor-thin.”

In its previous poll of likely voters Oct. 8, the first-term Democratic governor and his Republican challenger each had 43 percent.

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A seagull at Westport’s Compo Beach watches as storm clouds move through the area Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee Special Meeting
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-residence: The Refinery
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Society - Drawing 101
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Education Special Meeting
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Imagination Foundation Workshops (grades 6-8)
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Women & Finance Series: Financial Literacy

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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