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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Joe Schachter, 90, Picked as Memorial Day Grand Marshal

World War II Navy veteran Joseph H. Schachter, 90, has been selected to serve as grand marshal in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30.

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Joe Schacter salutes at last year’s parade.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council , made the announcement today, citing Schachter’s dedication to service, both in the military and in his hometown.

As a commissioned Navy officer, Schachter served in the Pacific aboard the Wilkes Barre in Japan’s Tokyo Bay and China’s upper Yellow Sea.

After the war, he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford and began a 30-year advertising career with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, before leaving it to launch a new career that brought him closer to his love of the sea.

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Westport’s Mapes to Bring Imagination Show to Norwalk

Westport James Mapes, to paraphrase a famous, late town resident, Rod Serling, seeks to show others how to unlock doors with the key of imagination.

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James Mapes: imaginologist. Contributed photo

And Mapes, an “imaginologist” considered a foremost authority on applied imagination, is set to bring his show “Master of the Imagination” to the Theatre Artists Workshop at 5 Gregory Boulevard in Norwalk May 20 through 22.

Mapes is the best-selling author of the “Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind” and “The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking.” His new web interactive book, “Imagine That: Igniting your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance” is scheduled for an October release.

A combination showman, motivator, peak performance coach, clinical hypnotist and actor, Mapes has had has a lifelong fascination with the subconscious, event planners say.

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Arrest for Fleeing Accident

Officers arrested a Weston man for fleeing an accident he caused on Easton Road in October of 2014, police said today.

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Laurence Shore: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Laurence Shore, 64, was arrested on Friday via an active warrant for evading responsibility and failure to grant right of way, causing the accident, police said.

“Officers located the vehicle at the train station that day and found damage confirming it was the at fault vehicle,” said Lt. David Farrell.

Released after posting a $500 bond, Shore is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, May 10.

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Intoxication Leads to Risk of Injury to Minors Charges

Officers arrested a Westport woman on charges of risk of injury to children after she was allegedly intoxicated and yelling at responding police, whom she had called to report an issue with her boyfriend, police said today.

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Lisa Gyselen: held on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Lisa Gyselen, 44, contacted the Police Department at 9 p.m. Wednesday, and dispatchers determined “she sounded intoxicated during the call,” said Lt. David Farrell. It was also determined from the call that she was home with her two young children.

“Officers responded to the Post Road West address to check on Gyselen’s welfare,” Farrell said. “Upon arrival, officers were unable to speak with Gyselen as she was uncooperative, and yelling about things officers could not understand.”

He said that officers smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Gyselen, that she was unsteady on her feet, “and need to lean on the wall to support herself.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Fire Pension Board
11:15 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Non-Union Supervisory Pension Board
11:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Police Pension Board
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series:  “The Danish Girl”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Terrain Restaurant - Rescue You, Rescue Me animal welfare benefit
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Charlotte Rogan on “Now and Again”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Red”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Monday, May 02, 2016

From Napoli With Love

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Staples High School senior Jaime Bairaktaris (c), who spent two weeks in Napoli, Italy teaching English to impoverished school children, has prepared a 13-minute video of highlights of his visit. Jaime, who is a WestportNow contributing photographer, made the trip after collecting $5,000 through a GoFundMe.com account. He messaged those who contributed to his effort: “You helped forge a relationship between Westport, Connecticut and Naples, Italy—something that will serve us all for years to come. We are becoming a household name for the children of Napoli, all while giving them an example of how they HAVE a future!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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RTM Approves $91.4 Million Town Budget

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight wrapped up hundreds of hours of work by town bodies, unanimously approving a $91,431,708 municipal budget for 2016-17 —a .57 percent increase over the current year.

The vote followed a detailed presentation by Board of Finance Chairman Brian Stern, whose board unanimously approved the town’s and the school board’s budgets on March 15.

“The town is in good financial shape,” Stern said, adding that uncertainty over state cuts to education was something already being discussed.

He cited a strong tax base, increased revenues, positive asset valuation, employee benefits shifts to health savings accounts and projected long-term debt reduction.

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CLASP’s Taste of Westport Set for Thursday

Jazz and reggae artist performances, cocktails and specialty dishes from two dozen area restaurants will highlight CLASP Homes’ 12th Annual Taste of Westport set for Thursday.

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Guests enjoyed last year’s Taste of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The event will take place at the Westport Inn from 6 to 9:30 p.m..

The benefit gala’s goal is to support CLASP Homes of Westport’s ongoing mission of providing homes and opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, CLASP officials said.

Among the area restaurants serving up dishes are: Rive Bistro, Acqua, Matsu Sushi, Washington Prime, and the new Bobby Q’s. Desert will be provided by Le Rouge Chocolates and Cakes.

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Fibre Cable Upgrade

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The installation of upgraded fiber optic cables began today and will require alternating one lane traffic on Myrtle Avenue between Avery Place and Post Road East most of the week, according to contract workers on site. The Todd Cable Construction company is performing the work for fiber optic cable owners, Lighttower, formerly known as Fibertech. A Todd worker said the cable installation project, concurrently being installed in Norwalk, extends to other communities in Fairfield County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Set for Garden Club Plant Sale Friday

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Members of the Westport Garden Club work on one-of-a-kind vintage bird feeders that will be sold at the club plant sale Friday at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Martha Siderowf for WestportNow.com

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Arts Center to Celebrate Howard Munce

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Howard Munce in the 1960s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The life of Howard Munce, the “dean of Westport artists,” is set to be celebrated Saturday, May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center (WAC), event planners announced today.

A Westport resident since 1935 and a spry, ubiquitous presence in town arts circles, Munce died at his Westport home on March 5 at 100.  (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)

He was revered as a painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer, as well as a living link to the town’s time-honored arts history.

“Howard Munce was an incredibly generous and talented man, whose guiding influence helped shape the Westport Arts Center, as well as the larger arts community of Westport,” said said Amanda Innes, WAC executive director.

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Monday, May 2, 2016


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - BOF Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Bookshare: a Resource for Children With Reading Challenges
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

‘Gumbo’ Sound at Library

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The Westport Library today hosted the Altruistic Band performing soul, jazz, gospel, R&B and pop. Altruistic is a band comprised of musicians from many different walks of life. According to the band’s website, its sound “can be described as ‘Gumbo,’ combining the musical styles of Latin, Contemporary, Fusion, and Straight-ahead Jazz with Funk, R&B and Gospel rhythms.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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SLOBS Helping Out

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Members of SLOBS, the Staples High School Service League of Boys, help out today on one of of numerous projects as part of their annual Service Sunday. On this single day, SLOBS contributed more than 500 hours of service to the community and donated about $4,000 in supplies getting the job done, according to a news release. During this school year, SLOBS have volunteered at more than 100 community events throughout Westport, Norwalk and Bridgeport, providing more than 4,000 hours of service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Robotics Team Excels at World Championship

i2robotics, a team made up of nine Staples High School students, competed last week at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Pictured are (bottom row, l-r) Annie Gao (senior), Theo Davis (freshman); (middle row) Phoebe Spear (junior), Peter Sauer (senior), Luke Sauer (sophomore), Julia Schorr (senior); (top row) Ben Davis (Jr.), Gregory Preiser,  (junior), and Joe Montuoro (senior.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization dedicated to increasing interest in science and engineering among elementary, middle, and high school students.

The championship included the top 128 teams out of approximately 4,500 from around the world.

i2robotics was recognized as one of six finalist teams for the PTC Design Award for industrial design, and for the THINK Award for best documenting the team’s design process and journey in their engineering notebook.

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Beach Emblems Required

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Cars entering Westport’s Compo Beach effective today were required to have emblems issued by the Parks and Recreation Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Electric Car Club Rally Underway

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Westport Electric Car Club President Leo Cirino (r) wave the starting flags today at the Westport Metro-North station for the start of the club’s fourth annual electric car rally. Pictured taking off is a Tesla Model X, the latest from the electric car company, owned by Suzanne and Demetri Spantidos of Weston. Cirino said he expected about 25 cars to prticipate but because of the rainy weather only seven showed up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Electric Car Club Afficianados

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Members and guests of the Westport Electric Car Club gathered in the eastbound stationhouse at the Metro-North Westport station prior to the start of today’s fourth annual club electric car rally. The rally attracted seven entrants, said Leo Cirino, club president, down from an expected 25 due to the rainy weather. The rally winded its way through Fairfield County before ending in Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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STAR Walk & Run at Sherwood Island

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Prticipants in the 11th annual STAR Walk & Run gathered at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today. Star, Inc., Lighting the Way, a Norwalk-based not-for-profit, serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Serving Up the Dogs

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Selectman Avi Kaner joined Miss Connecticut, Tiffany Teixeira, and members of the Westport Fire Department in serving up hot dogs today at the 12th annual STAR Walk and Run at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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And They’re Off

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (r) fires the starting pistol today at Compo Beach at the start of the 5K race at the 38th annual Westport Young Woman’s League Minute Man race. See race results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Run

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Participants in the 10K race of today’s 38th annual Minute Man Race make their way along Compo Road South. Meg Hines, president of sponsoring Westport Young Woman’s League, said about 1,000 persons were registered for the event, which took place in rain with temperatures in the 40s. See race results here. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Path

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A new sidewalk today greeted participants and watchers at Compo Beach for the 38th annual Westport Young Woman’s League Minute Man Race. Work on the sidewalk extending from the pavilion to the cannons will resume this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Go Fly a Kite

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Some Compo Beach visitors go kite flying Saturday. Beginning today, emblems are required on vehicles entering the beach. Morning activities include the 38th annual Westport Young Woman’s League Minute Man Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 1, 2016


8 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Young Woman’s League 38th Annual Minute Man Race
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Free Skin Cancer Screening
9 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 11th Annual STAR Walk & 5K Run
Noon - Metro-North station at Saugatuck - Westport Electric Car Club Rally begins (cars begin to gather at 10 a.m.)
Noon - 4 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Altruistic Band performs soul, jazz, & gospel
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects Book Discussion: “From Doon with Death” by Ruth Rendell
7 p.m. - Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road) - Jonathan Sarna on “Lincoln & the Jews”

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