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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Public Invited to Meet Golf Maintenance Company

Westport residents will have an opportunity Monday, April 21, to meet principals of the maintenance company that aims to upgrade Longshore Club Park’s 18-hole course while saving the town $755,450 over three years, Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy has announced.

Calabasas, Calif.-based ValleyCrest Landscape Companies has a three-year contract that became effective Jan. 1 following unanimous approval in November by the Board of Selectmen in its final meeting with former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Selectman Shelly Kassen and Charles Haberstroh as members. The savings is attributed to personnel attrition, according to McCarthy.

“This is an opportunity for Longshore’s golfers to meet the team at ValleyCrest and hear its plans for Longshore,” McCarthy said. “ValleyCrest is a leader in the industry and we are excited to welcome them to Longshore.”

Scheduled to be at the meeting set for 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium are John Crowder, ValleyCrest’s vice president of business development, Terry McGuire, the company’s national director of operations, and Ryan Segrue, golf course superintendent. McCarthy added that Todd Bunnell, ValleyCrest’s director of agronomy, and Vince Gilmartin, northeast director of maintenance operations, will also be present to discuss current course conditions and future plans.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Westport 2013 Boston Runners Not Back This Year

By Dave Matlow

With the 118th running of the Boston Marathon a week away, two Westporters, who competed in last year’s event say they won’t be back this year, but not because of the 2013 terrorist bombing. Image
Blake Benke and Kathy Muro (holding 2013 Boston Marthon jacket): other reasons for not running this year. Dave Matlow for

Blake Benke, 37, who completed the Boston Marathon for the 10th time last year and was only a couple blocks away when the explosions happened, said, “It will never be the same for me.

“The day is somewhat tainted. The aftereffects are disturbing, like a pre-9/11 and a post-9/11. Life, as we know it, changed. We were pure and innocent. That changed on a dime.” 

Benke said he has many friends who are entered in this year’s event, but he cannot participate.  “My absence has nothing to do with last year’s experience,” he said. “I will not be there because I’ve run many long races and am not focused on a marathon at this point.”

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Win for Lady Softball Wreckers in Season Opener Image
The Staples Lady Wreckers took to the field for their season opener in New Fairfield today and won 16-0 behind a shared no hitter tossed by pitchers Gillian Birk and Katie Burke. Assistant Coach Dave McCartney said, “This was one of the games we had to win to be in a position to head back to the state tournament.” All of the starters; three seniors, three sophomores and three freshmen, made it on base safely in what turned out to be a lopsided victory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Dick Button: ‘I Don’t Like Secrecy of (Skating) Judges’ Image
Olympic champion figure skater Dick Button told an overflow Westport Library audience today he did not want his new book, “Push Dick’s Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century-and a Little Tomfoolery,” to be a memoir nor a history of skating. “What I wanted to accomplish is to help the reader understand what it is they are really seeing on TV when they watch competitive figure skating,” he said. Button said there are a few things about figure skating today that he does not like -– including “the secrecy of judges, the cookie cutter skating programs, and many of the rule changes that are defined in this book.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Warming Up to Baseball Season Image
The Bridgeport Bluefish mascot made a visit to Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School in a reminder that baseball season is here. The Bluefish open their season away on April 24 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The home opener is April 30 against the Sugar Land Skeeters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Ladies 9-Hole Group Gets Longshore Golf Update

The Longshore Ladies 9-Hole Golf Association got an update on the Longshore course status at it pre-season meeting at the Westport Library. Image
Updating the Ladies 9-Hole group were (l-r) John Cooper, PGA Pro; Fred Hunter, Golf Advisory Committee chair, and Ryan Segrue, Longshore Golf Course superintendent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Speakers included Ryan Segrue, golf course superintendent; John Cooper, PGA pro, and Fred Hunter, chair of the Golf Advisory Committee.

“Once the weather breaks we will begin to do a traditional spring clean up around the course,” said Segrue.“We will also be performing aeration, topdressing and over seeding of the greens which will take a few days. We are at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to this so I cannot say when the course will open at the moment.”

Cooper urged the anxious golfers to “be patient,” adding, “Longshore is and still will continue to be a fun place to play. I’m confident that ValleyCrest will turn us around.”

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Staples Swimmers in Class LL Finals Image
Staples High School junior North Woods (bottom) and senior Chris Mombello were among boys swim team members competing tonight in the Class LL finals at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The team finished fourth behind Greenwich, Fairfield Prep, and Glastonbury. The top Staples finisher was Woods in the 100-yard breaststroke event, coming in third with a time of 59:14, and Mombello, finishing fifth. The boys move on to the state open championships at Yale University on Saturday. Going into championships, the team had its best season in 20 years, posting double-digit victories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Weimer for

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Celebrating the Gymnastics Season Image
The Staples High School gymnastics team celebrated its season with a banquet at Christie’s Country Store. Honored were senior captains Deanna Baris (l, at fireplace) and Anna Violette. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

U11 Boys Winners Image
The Westport U11 Boys Blue travel soccer team won the Westport Invitational Soccer Tournament today at Staples High School in a penalty kick shoot out. This was the 34th consecutive year of the WIN Tournament, which attracted 95 boys and girls teams from throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. All proceeds benefit the Coleman Bothers’ Foundation and the Westport Soccer Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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U18 Winners, Too Image
The Westport U18 boys team won the Westport Invitation Socceer Championship today at Staples High School. It defeated the Simmons Golden Eagles in a penalty kick shoot-out. Since 1975, the Westport Soccer Association has been an all volunteer run, nonprofit youth sports organization providing a variety of soccer programs for Westport residents. This was the 34th year of the tournament. Contributed photo

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Water WRATs Excel Image
Four members of the Westport Weston Family Y’s boys 8 and under Water WRAT swim team today competed at the New England YMCA Regional Swim championships held at MIT and won first place overall. They also competed in the 8 under 100-yard freestyle relay and won first place and broke a New England record that has been in place since 1985, swimming a 57.85 vs the record of 1:01.91. Pictured are Jason Lessing, Riley Twiss, Parker Lenoce, Jude Dequeljoe with Coach Kristen Finnegan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Another Gymnastics Win for Westporter Image
Soleil Molesworth, 11, of Westport took first place today in the all around for 11- and 12-year-olds in the gold category at a statewide AAU gymnastics competition in Windsor. She finished first both on the floor routine and uneven bars and placed second on vault and beam, earning her the best in all around. Six teams from throughout the state competed. Soleil also won state competitions in January (See WestportNow Jan. 26, 2014) and last April (See WestportNow April 28, 2013). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) BethAnn Karlehag for

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Ski Champs Image
The Staples boys ski team today won the 2014 Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League (CISL) Class L championship at Mt. Southington in Plantsville. The boys team came in second overall in the state open, losing to Greenwich by a total of .13 seconds. The Staples girls ski team also placed second, losing to Fairfield by 3.81 seconds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Champs Again Image
The Greens Farms Academy boys varsity basketball team this weekend competed in the NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Council) Class C Tournament and won for the second year in a row. Today they defeated Hyde Woodstock 56-45, playing at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. GFA junior Zach Baines (above), who scored 25 points, was named game MVP for the second year in a row.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Staples Boys Hoopsters Defeat Trumbull 64-61 Image
The Staples boys basketball team tonight ended its season with a 64-61 win over Trumbull at home as the Wreckers honored four seniors—David Katz (15), Andrew Felman (20), Darryle Wiggins (23), and Todd Goldstein (30). The seniors, seen on the court with their families, finished their high school careers in style with Katz’s 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Wiggins’s 15 points and eight rebounds, Goldstein’s eight points and Felman’s five. Junior Jake Melnick also had 11 points in the win. The Wreckers ended the season with a record of 5-15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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