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Plunge Kiss Image
A New Year’s Day in-water kiss made it a day for this couple today at the Temple Israel Polar Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. The temperature was in the upper 30s with overcast skies. The event raised more than $33,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Catching the Wind Image
Two intrepid kiters look for some wind Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Hyman for

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Minute Man for Peace Image
The Minute Man statue leading to Westport’s Compo Beach has taken on a New Year peace look.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Comings & Goings: John’s Best Closing After 45 Years Image
John’s Best Pizza, 361 Post Road West, will close on Jan. 20 or 21, according to Dino Avellino, owner since 1980 of the restaurant that dates to 1967. “I’ve been on a month-to-month lease for about a year but now the landlord wants to increase the rent, and I cannot afford it,” said Avellino, who turns 62 next month. “Business is slow but I could survive if it stayed at the old rent.” Avellino said John’s Best pizza restaurant was opened on July 1, 1967 by his cousin, Ralph Sandolo who, now at 84, still owns six other John’s Best Pizza restaurants in Connecticut—Norwalk, Ridgefield, Wilton and Brookfield. “This is the only John’s Best that’s closing,” he said.  Avellino said John’s Best Pizza is one of the three oldest pizza places in Westport—the others are Westport Pizzeria and Angelina’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Through the Roof Image
Flames were breaking through the roof of a greenhouse at Daybreak Nurseries, 500 Main St., tonight when the first Westport firefighters arrived.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Moving Up the Ranks to Sergeant Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff swears in Jillian Cabana today as she was promoted from detective to sergeant. She joined the police department in May 2006 and was promoted to detective in August 2009. She and her husband Tad are expecting their first child in March.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Flappers in Training Image
As part of its WestportREADS celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” set in the 1920s, the Westport Public Library tonight held The Charleston dance lessons. Among those taking part were (l-r) Christina Wascher; Marilisa Luparia; Fausta Egar and Maria Copola.They were getting ready for the library’s Feb. 9 Gatsby-style party. The Charleston, named for the harbor city Charleston, S.C was popularized in mainstream dance music in the United States by a 1923 tune called “The Charleston” by composer/pianist James P. Johnson which originated in the Broadway show “Runnin’ Wild” and became one of the most popular hits of the decade. Flappers were a “new breed” of young women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, danced The Charleston, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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‘Kodachrome’ Leads to ‘I Love This Guy’ Image
Among the songs performed by Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy tonight was “Kodachrome,” a song written by Simon that appeared on his 1973 album, “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.” Said Brickell in introducing the song: “When I was a kid, it was a sunny day in Texas, the radio was on. I was still in school. And I heard this song, the first line of this song, and I said, ‘I love this guy.’” The first line, which brought screams from the high school audience: “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school…” Brickell, 46, and Simon, 71, were married in 1992 and have three children, including Lulu, 17, a GFA senior. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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A Wrecker Football 6th Birthday Party to Remember Image
Nathan Smith had a special sixth birthday party today. Mom Jeannie Smith, the newest member of the Westport Board of Education, invited members of the Staples High School football team over to help celebrate. “He’s such a huge fan of our amazing football team,” Smith said. Players Joey Zelkowitz (22), Will Patrick (60), Nick Kelly( 5), and Jared Levi (9) signed autographs and joined the kindergartners in a backyard scrimmage. Said Smith: “I thought this would be a great way to connect our SHS football players to some of the youngsters that look up to them as aspire to be a future Wrecker one day—a total kindergarten-SHS connection.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

90th Birthday Surprise Image
His birthday is not until Wednesday, but fellow worshippers at Westport’s Green’s Farms Congregational Church today surprised Allen Raymond with best wishes on his 90th birthday. An emotional Allen, the town’s official historian and community affairs leader, thanked the congregation and The Rev. Jeffrey Rider, senior minister, as they sang “Happy Birthday” to him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Baron’s South: the Second Round Image
UPDATE About 25 persons representing 16 firms, including developers, architects, builders, and senior housing operators, attended today’s Westport Town Hall information session on the second round of request for proposals (RFPs) for a senior affordable housing development on Baron’s South, according to Richard Kotchko, town purchasing officer. Attendees questioned Kotchko, Baron’s South Committee co-chairs Martha Hauhuth and Steve Daniels, and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff about the proposal and procedures to be followed. Proposals are due March 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Library Director Bleiweis Honored for 15 Years Service Image
Westport Library Director Maxine Bleiweis was recognized tonight at a Library Board of Trustees meeting for her 15 years of service as director. Board President Eduardo Andrade (l) and Advisory Council Chairman Joel Davis flank Bleiweis, who accepted an engraved glass-encased clock after viewing a video of appreciation that included tributes from a wide range of friends and staff members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, January 18, 2013

BB Gun at RTM Case Continued to Feb. 20 Image
Estelle Margolis, 86, of Westport entered a not guilty plea today in Norwalk Superior Court to a misdemeanor breach of peace charge stemming from her bringing a BB gun rifle and ammunition to the Jan. 8 Westport Representative Town Meeting session discussing gun control. (See WestportNow Jan. 8, 2013) Attorney Neal Rogan (l) asked for a continuance of the case and a Feb. 20 date was set by Judge William Wendel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rising Up Image
The Rev. Ed Horne, senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston since July 2001 and co-chair of the Interfaith Council of Westport Weston, addresses today’s Martin Luther King celebration at his church.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Gull Invasion Image
A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday found himself the object of much attention from the sea gulls. Maybe it was the old cracker he had in his hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul Schreiner for

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Noted Author-Artist Tracy Sugarman Dies at 91 Image
Tracy Sugarman, 91, who died Sunday, with his wife, Gloria, at the 2011 Westport Memorial Day ceremony. Sugarman was a U.S. Navy Reserve ensign who served on an amphibious boat during the D-Day invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunset Walk Image
A sunset walk at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Full Moon Rising Image
Saturday’s full moon rising as seen from Westport’s Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Looking Into History Image
Some of the Westport Historical Society historical artifacts are presented in boxes in its newest exhibit “Treasures Revealed: The WHS Archives and Collections” which opened today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Run on Great Cakes Image
There was a rush of customers today to Great Cakes, 772 Post Road East, after a local blog reported owner Rick Dickinson (behind counter) might close Thursday and needed $4,000 to stay open after 19 years as owner at the location. The business reportedly had been impacted negatively by a Westport schools ruling last year that cup cakes and sweets could not be brought to schools for birthday celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lights Out Image
The lights at Westport’s Compo Road and Post Road East were among those out today because of storm-caused power outages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Promotion to Captain Sealed With a Kiss Image
Westport Police Lt. Vincent Penna gets a kiss from wife Denise today following a swearing in ceremony promoting him to captain at Westport Police Headquarters. Penna, who joined the force in February 1994, is commander of the Detective Bureau. Police Chief Dale Call said Penna will take on expanded duties in a reorganization of his command staff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Finding the Words Image
Competition was intense at today’s 14th annual Crossword Puzzle event at the Westport Public Library. Will Shortz (l), puzzle editor of The New York Times, watches the finalists at work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

‘Gatsby’ Special: at Westport Home of Scott and Zelda Image
There was a special treat today for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of “The Great Gatsby,” and his wife Zelda—a lecture about the time they lived in Westport in the actual Compo Road South house that served as their home. Gerry Kuroghlian (r), former Staples High School English teacher, made the presentation to a select group who put their names in a box each time they attended a Westport Public Library WestportREADS event featuring the author.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Super Subs at the Ready Image
Rich Falcone, owner of Arts’s Deli,13 Post Road West, said employees have been working on today’s Super Bowl sub and other food orders since 1:30 a.m.  “This is our second Super Bowl Sunday since we’ve been in business and we got a ton of orders,” he said. “It’s as busy as last year even though the Giants aren’t playing this time.” Falcone said so far he has made 21 3-footers and four 6-footers “and, of course, a load of platters.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Chowing Down at Chowdafest Image
UPDATE Chowdafest, which has outgrown its Westport roots, moved to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Area at Harbor Yard today. Thousands attended the Connecticut chowder and soup competition which began in 2008 at Westport’s Unitarian Church. They sampled 30 different chowders and soups and voted on their favorites. Winners at the end of the day: Best New England Clam Chowder: Donovan’s of South Norwalk; Best Creative Chowder: The Ginger Man of Greenwich, Best Soup or Bisque: Crab Shell of Stamford. Created and organized by members of The Unitarian Church in Westport and presented by Stop & Shop, the annual fundraiser benefits Connecticut Food Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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A Hug for Senior Awardee Image
State Sen. Toni Boucher gives a hug to Westporter Bill Meyer at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his service to seniors and the community. The award was made at the annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party sponsored by the Friends of the Center. Meyer has served as co-chair of the event for many years. Phyllis Groner for

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Finally: Official Groundbreaking for New Family Y Image
In overcast weather with temperatures in the 20s, the Westport Weston Family Y held the official groundbreaking today for its new facility at its Camp Mahackeno Outdoor Center. Taking part were members of the Y’s volunteer governing boards and staff, major donors, public officials, representatives from local community groups, construction partners, Y members and other supporters. The new 54,000-square foot Y is expected to open in November 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Explaining Offer to Move 1890-Built House Image
Developer David Waldman tonight explained to the Westport Board of Finance an offer by Bedford Square Associates to move a Queen Anne-style house on Church Lane to a nearby town-owned municipal parking lot to preserve it as work begins on the adjacent Westport Weston Family Y. (See WestportNow Jan. 8, 2013) First Selectman Gordon Joseloff asked for Board of Finance input on the proposal as he considers whether to bring it before the Planning and Zoning Commission and other bodies for consideration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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BOF Postpones Action on School Security Funding Image
Westport Board of Education Chair Elaine Whitney addresses the Board of Finance tonight on a $50,000 request added to its earlier approved request of the same amount to fund a $100,000 school security consulting proposal by the internationally known Kroll firm. After lengthy discussion in which Police Chief Dale Call said he had no input in determining the original scope of the study, the board decided to postpone action on the request for at least a week so Call could review the proposal further. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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