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Monday, October 31, 2005

Staples Boys Soccer Lashes Ludlowe 3-0

A superb team effort lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a 3-0 win over Fairfield Ludlowe today at Albie Loeffler Field. WestportNow.com Image
Preston Hirten dribbles upfield in Staples’ 3-0 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melanie Nangle for WestportNow.com

The victory—the Wreckers’ sixth straight, and fifth consecutive shutout—gave them an 11-3-2 mark as they closed out regular season play.

But at the same time, Trumbull shocked New Canaan 3-0, giving the Golden Eagles the fourth and final berth in the FCIAC playoffs. Staples now sets its sights on the state LL tournament, which begins next Tuesday (seedings will be released Friday).

The Wreckers goal is to win their 12th state championship—and first since 1993.

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Canal Road to Close Nov. 8 for Culvert Repairs

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell announced today that the town will temporarily close Canal Road in the Saugatuck Shores area on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for repair of a drainage culvert located at the south side of the intersection of Canal Road and Marsh Court.

The culvert conveys tidal flow between the Saugatuck Canal and the tidal marsh on the opposite side of the road.

Due to the constricted site conditions resulting from the limited roadway width and the location of regulated wetlands on both sides of the roadbed, the maintenance of alternate one-way passage through the project site is not a viable alternative, she said.

In order to expedite the work while maintaining public safety, the Westport Department of Public Works has recommended that the public roadway be closed to through traffic, Farrell said.

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Martha Stewart: Her Westport Home is for Sale

Almost five months after rumors started flying that Martha Stewart was putting her Westport home on the market, the one-time Westport caterer has confirmed it.

“I hardly ever go there anymore. I don’t miss it,” Stewart told Fortune magazine.

Stewart now spends most of her time at her home in Katonah, N.Y., a 153-acre estate in the rolling horse country 40 miles north of midtown Manhattan. She bought the property in 2000 for $16 million.

Stewart had been a fixture in Westport since 1971, when she and her former husband, Andrew, purchased the nine-room, 19th-century colonial house on Turkey Hill Road South for $50,000.

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Welcoming Crew

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A house along Westport’s Hillspoint Road has its crew of greeters ready for Halloween visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tree Face

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Even a tree takes on a personality for Halloween at this Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Hanging Pumpkins

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This Westport house has pumpkins and spiders ready to greet Halloween visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Ready for Trick or Treaters

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A house along Westport’s Silverbrook Road awaits trick or treaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Postcard Sunset

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Sunday’s unusually warm weather ended with a picutre postcard sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Scene

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A Sunday scene along the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Monday, Oct. 31, 2005


2 p.m. – Room 309 – Planning and Zoning Commission anticipated executive session
4:15 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Playmaking/One on One” for Grades 6-8

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Heading for the Mark

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A fleet of sailboats heads for the racing mark off of Westport’s Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Soccer Ladies

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U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kristine Lilly of Wilton held a soccer clinic today at Wilton’s Allen Meadows for soccer players from Fairfield County. Among them were Westporters Kelly Harris (l), 9, a fifth grader at Coleytown Elementary School, and Kerry Manion, 9, a fifth grader at Greens Farms Elementary School, They are teammates on the Westport Soccer Association U10 Blue Wave soccer team. The clinic was sponsored by Wilton Motors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)Kevin Manion for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Pumpkin Time

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Pumpkins are out all over Westport in readiness for Halloween Monday. This is the scene outside a home on Northfield Drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Friedman for WestportNow.com

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Gone Fishing

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A fisherman tries his luck on Westport’s Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005


9 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - American Heart Association Fairfield County Heart Walk
2 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Democratic Women of Westport present panel discussion on “The Patriot Act: The Library Case in our Back Yard”
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
5:45 p.m. (approx.) - Westport Country Playhouse - Symposium on “Immigration Past to Present”

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8th Grade North Winds Up Season

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In the final regular season game tonight, Westport PAL football 8th grade North battled to a 0-0 tie against Wilton at Wilton High School. Lining up for a play were Devin Graber (71), Alex Mullen (33), Jason Gandelman (76), and Alex Schmerzler (15). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Yuck

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Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, today hosted “Yuck Day” for visitors to become familiar with creepy creatures. David Mally, a junior staffer, shows off a Madagascar hissing cockroach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

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Westport’s Unitarian Church Hosts Civil Union Ceremony

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Westport’s Unitarian Church today was the site of a civil union ceremony for Westporters Rozanne Gates (l) and Suzanne Sheridan. They took out a civil union license at the Westport Town Clerk’s office Oct. 1, the first day a new Connecticut law authorizing them went into effect. It was the first civil union ceremony at the church since passage of the law. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Y’s Men Camera Club Gets Grant

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Bill Meyer (l), vice president of Friends of Westport Center for Senior Activities and president of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston, hands Stan Groner, Camera Club president, a grant from the Friends as financial sponsor of the Camera Club’s second annual photo contest and exhibition. The exhibition will be displayed at the Westport Center for Senior Activities from Dec. 9 through Jan. 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting Raises $22,000

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s 16th annual wine tasting event and silent auction at the Longshore Inn Friday night raised more than $22,000 for local charities. Harvey’s Liquor Locker on Main Street provided the wines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Don O’Guin for WestportNow.com

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More Than 100 Items Up for Bid in Silent Auction

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Local merchants and individuals donated more than 100 items for Friday night’s Sunrise Rotary Club annual wine tasting and silent auction at the Longshore Inn. Judy Cannon was winner of the raffle for two tickets on Jet Blue Airways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Don O’Guin for WestportNow.com

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“The Immigrant” Opens Tonight

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The Westport Country Playhouse’s production of “The Immigrant” has its official opening tonight. The play is the heartwarming tale of a Russian Jewish immigrant to the United States in 1909. Pictured are (l-r): Beth Fowler, Tally Sessions, Kyra Miller and Dale Hensley. The production runs through Nov.12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson/Westport Country Playhouse photo

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Playhouse Presents Sunday Symposium on Immigration

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On stage:Tally Sessions and Dale Hensley in Westport Country Playhouse’s musical production of “The Immigrant.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson/WCP Photo
“Immigration Past to Present,” a Sunday symposium, will be presented by the Westport Country Playhouse in conjunction with the musical, “The Immigrant,” on Sunday at approximately 5:45 p.m.

The symposium will follow the 3 p.m. performance, and precede the 7:30 p.m. performance, of the heartwarming tale of a Russian Jewish immigrant to the United States in 1909.

Guest speakers will be Ellen Schiff, preeminent expert dramaturg and scholar on Jewish dramatic literature, Nora Rubel, professor, department of religious studies at Connecticut College, and Rabbi Robert L. Tobin of the Conservative Synagogue in Westport.

Schiff will provide the audience with insights on the historical and dramatic context of the story. Rubel will place the work in its historical context with regard to Jewish immigration.Tobin will consider contemporary Jewish identity in Westport as a parallel to the themes in the play.

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Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005


7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhoiuse - “The Immigrant”

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Staples Girls Volleyball Triumphs in FCIAC Tourney

By FCIAC.net

In the most thrilling match of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference playoff quarterfinals, the second-seeded Staples High School girls volleyball team today overcame a 2-1 deficit in games and a 12-7 deficit in the fifth and final game to pull out a 25-20, 13-25, 25-21, 17-15 victory.

Kelly Wall had 10 kills and seven service points, including six service points after she took the ball when the Wreckers trailed, 12-7, in the final game.

Libby DeFeo had seven kills while Katrina Ellison tallied 13 kills and two blocks for second-seeded Staples (17-2), which plays third-seeded St. Joseph at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the opening game of the FCIAC semifinals at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

Diana Delva racked up 42 kills, 39 digs and eight service points to lead the seventh-seeded Vikings (12-7), who dealt Staples one of its only two losses this season. Margret Ann Crone contributed 40 assists and nine digs while Nicole Vartuli had 29 digs for Westhill.

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