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Monday, August 15, 2016

Letter: Longshore Assistant Golf Pro Says Goodbye

To the Editor:

After 17 great seasons at Longshore Club Park, my wife and I have decided it’s time to move out of state.  I want to thank all my dedicated golf students for their loyal support.

I would publicly thank the longtime head and new PGA Master Professional, John Cooper, for his faith in me.  John, I learned so much from you about teaching and the golf business I never would have received elsewhere.

The staff John has assembled to represent Longshore, the cashiers, starters, and rangers are the best and most professional I have ever worked with and do a thankless job cheerfully.  A round of golf at Longshore flows so well due to a team effort.

Longshore golfers,  John and the staff have your best interests at heart. Trust in them today and down the road.

Best wishes.

Christopher Carriero
Longshore Golf Professional
Westport

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sweet Taste of Victory

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Members of the Westport U10 softball team today celebrate their state title win over Seymour with some ice cream at Saugatuck Sweets in Westport. It was the second consecutive state title for the U10 team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Another State Title for Westport Softballers

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The Westport U10 Little League softball team today clinched its second consecutive state title with a 4-0 win over Seymourl at Unity Park in Trumbull. Morgan Carnahan went the distance, helped by a spectacular catch by outfielder Olivia Stubbs and third inning hits from Grace Alfero – a triple – as well as Stubbs, Kate McDonald, and herself. The U10 team joined the U11 club as state champions this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Three Westporters Among U.S. Rowing Nominees

Three Westport rowers are among 46 athletes nominated to represent the United States at the 2016 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 and Junior Championships next month.

Those selected, pending final approval from the organization’s High Performance Committee, will compete Aug. 21 to 28 at the event in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The Westporters, all affiliated with the Saugatuck Rowing Club, are sisters Grace McGinley, 17, and Kelsey McGinley, 15, and Harry Burke, 16.

The men’s and women’s four, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, men’s and women’s eight and men’s four with coxswain lineups will be selected from the list of 46 athletes. The complete 2016 U.S. Junior National Team will be named on Aug. 4.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Off on Another Summer Run

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Runners set out from Compo Beach toady for the fourth in a series of 10 progressively longer distance races known as the Saturday Westport Road Runners Summer Series. Today’s race was 4.1 miles. The races, now in their 54th year, wind up on Sept. 3 with a 10-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Compo Basketball Action

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The newly refurbished basketball courts at Compo Beach saw some action tonight despite temperatures hovering above 80. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Westport U10 Softballers Win District Title

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It took an extra inning, but Westport’s U10 District Team topped Fairfield 6-3 tonight to win the District 2 championship at Dougiello Field in Fairfield.  Westport now goes to the state championship, which opens Tuesday in Darien. Pictured (l-r, back row) Coach Bryon Stevens, Manager Louis Alfero, and coach Todd Halky; (middle row) Delaney McGee, Morgan Carnahan, Sophie Hill, Chloe Hackett, Grace Alfero, Dylan Halky, Kate McDonald, Grace Burg, and Amelia Gura; (bottom row) Carley McGarry, Francine Stevens, Olivia Stubbs, and Ava HarveyWes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Hoops Up

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Installation of the hoops on the two outdoor basketball courts at Compo Beach were completed today ,according to Parks and Recreation staff member Dee Hychko, Camp Compo director. Both courts were completely refurbished including repaving, widening, restriping and upgraded lighting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Malow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Celebrating a State Championship

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UPDATE The Westport U11 softball team tonight won the state championship with a come from behind 7-6 victory over Union City Little League at Mcauliffe Park in East Hartford. Westport had also defeated Union City on Saturday to set up tonight’s championship game. Pictured after their victory are (l-r) Ally Currier, Abbie Millman, Mishael Gill, Lauren Hassell, Annie Gabriele, Natasha Taubenheim, Elle Desmarteau, Ava Vincini, Maddie Hill, Lucy Zuckerman, and Tori Emmert. (Not pictured: Katie Gabriele.)  Coaches (back row) Neil Gabriele, Eric Emmert and Steve Vincini. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Winners

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The Westport-Weston team defeated Fairfield 9-3 to win the Trumbull 8U All-Star tournament. Seven teams from Fairfield County participated. Pictured: (front row l-r) Annabel Tabacchi, Ava Aspen, Sadie Vincini, Riley Grogan, Kayla Desser, Victoria Barker (back row) Melissa Pappas, Mina Goldberg, Dani Schwartz, Alex Hackett, Sophia Novello Coaches: Andrew Aspen, Jason Desser, Jeff Schwartz, Steve Vincini. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Honored

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Kristin Butler and Megan Brown, members of the Class state champion Staples High School Girls Tennis varsity team, were presented with All-State honors at the annual banquet at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Yankees Honor for Orphenians

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For the second consecutive year, the Staples High School Orphenians tonight sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium. The appearance followed a moment of silence for the Orlando massacre victims. See video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for WestportNow.com

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On the Field

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Members of the Staples High School Orphenians take to the field tonight at Yankee Stadium to sing the National Anthem. Pictured (l-r) Colin McKecknie, Oliver Smith, Daniel Pauker, Keenan Pucci, and Wells Baumann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Rugby Enthusiasts

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Rugby has been a varsity sport at Staples High School since 2004 and is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States today. Now, Westport PAL (Police Athletic League) is revving up its fifth through eighth grade boys to get them interested in the sport. It recently hosted its first youth rugby clinic at P.J. Romano Field. Helping out were the Staples staff and team as well as the Fairfield Rugby Club. In the middle of the front row are (l-r) Westport Police Officer Ned Batlin, Steve Perkins, Grant Heller, and David Lyme. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Goodbye for Both

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Staples salutatorian and nationally ranked track star Hannah DeBalsi today receives congratulations from assistant principal Karyn Morgan, who is retiring this year. DeBalsi, who will attend Stanford University, at Thursday night’s baccalaureate ceremony compared life to a final race. “The first lap goes by really quickly with all the adrenaline ... on the last lap some people peter out and die,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Softball Champs

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The Bobcats defeated the Leopards 13-7 at Meyer Field today to claim the Westport Little League Majors Division softball championship. Pictured are (l-r, front row)  Lucy Zuckerman, 11; Mary Kessler, 12;, Romy Nussbaum, 11; Katie Davitt, 12. (back row) Coach Craig Carnahan; Leah Fisher, 12;, Coach Jim Westphal; Caroline Coffey, 12; Olivia Bernard,12; Kaytlyn Carnahan, 12; Jennifer Westphal, 12; Neah Navrange, 12, and Coach Richard Bernard. Team sponsor was MLB.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Little League Majors Champs

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The Angels beat the Royals 3-2 today at White Field to win the Westport Little League Majors championship. Pictured are (l-r, bottom row) Assistant Coach Don Turner, Jack Oakley, Charlotte Turner, Sam Haskel, Max Goldenberg (top row) Aidan Keaveney, Jasper Cahn, Coach Jim Haskel, Finn Popken, Jake Holmes, Coach Alfred Popken, and Evan Trock. Missing from photo:  Jeffrey Shapiro, Ethan Moskowitz and Monty Goldberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Winners

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The Saugatuck Rowing Club juniors today achieved impressive repeat victories at the USRowing Youth National Championships in West Windsor, N.J, They won national championships for the second year in a row in the women’s lightweight 8+ and women’s 8+ events, capping off undefeated seasons for both crews. Bringing home the bronze in the men’s pair event were Oliver Bub and Lucas Manning, both of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Westport Team Participates in Special Olympics

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The Westport YMCA Special Olympics Swim Team competed today at the 2016 Summer Games at the Special Olympics of Connecticut held in Hamden where over 2,500 athletes, 500 coaches and 2,900 volunteers participated. It was the team’s first time participation in the games, according to Westport resident Marshal Kiev, whose daughter Chloe, 10, a Coleytown Elementary School student participated and won two gold and one silver medal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Triple Winner

WestportNow.com ImageWestport resident Chloe Kiev, 10, a student at Coleytown Elementary School, won two gold and one silver medal today in the Special Olympics Connecticut competition at Hamden. She was part of the Westport YMCA Special Olympics Swim Team participating in the event for the first time.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Frank Deford on the NFL and Coach Molesters

By Phyllis Groner

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Fank Deford addresses a Westport Library audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Sports writing legend Frank Deford returned to his former longtime hometown tonight to promote his latest book, opining on a wide range of subjects ranging from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to coach molesters.

Addressing a Westport Library audience, the popular NPR commentator and Sports Illustrated columnist read excerpts from his latest tome, “I’d Know That Voice Anywhere,” one of 19 books he has authored, and took questions.

Of the NFL and Goodell, he said: ‘He is an ordinary man in an very important position. He looks like a slick selling 76 trombones.”

As to the Super Bowl: “I can’t understand why 16,000 people are recruited to help at the Super Bowl as volunteer,” he said.

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Monday, June 06, 2016

CPYC Presents Best Overall Racing Trophy

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John Cooke, (l) chair of the Cedar Point Yacht Club OneDesign Regatta, held in Westport over the weekend, presents the coveted Rex Marine Trophy for best overall racing performance to William Purdy of New York City and his boat, Whirlwind. Almost 500 sailors and 83 boats competed in the regatta, Long Island Sound’s largest. Sailing teams from Westport finished at or near the top across eight classes of boats competing. Sailors for the Sea certified the event a “Clean Regatta” for following environmental responsibility. See complete results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Gordon for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Staples Girls Tennis Wins Class L Championship

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The Staples High School Varsity Girls Tennis Team today won the CIAC Class L state championship,  defeating Greenwich High School 5-2 in an indoor match played in Trumbull. It is the first time they have won the Class L championship and 13 years since they have won the Class McChampionship. Pictured (l-r, front row) :Claire Parry, Chloe Palumbo, Hannah Bjorkman, Gabriela Vega, Luiza Cocito, Vanessa Mauricio; (back row) Paco Fabian (coach), Grace Connell, Olivia Foster, Sarah Holmes, Olivia Daytz, Annie Haroun, Mackenzie Wood, Manon Devos, Tess Rubin, Megan Brown, Kristin Butler, Lindy Sinclair, Kim Harizman (assistant coach.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Staples Girls Tennis Advance to State Finals

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The Staples High School Girls Varsity Tennis Team today defeated Glastonbury 4-3 in the semi-final round of the CIAC tournament at Glastonbury. Staples plays Greenwich in the finals on Friday at 3 p.m. indoors in Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Tennis Boys Co-Champs in Class LL

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The Staples High School Boys Tennis team is 2016 CIAC Class LL co-champion with Greenwich High School. Will Andrews was named CT All State Singles Player by reaching the singles semi-finals where he lost to Greenwich’s Will Blumberg. Brenden Price and Kion Bruno reached the doubles semi-finals and lost to Henry and Jack Johnson of Fairfield Warde. Staples also is 2016 FCIAC champions, defeating Greenwich 4-3 to make it a three-peat FCIAC champion, having won in 2014 and 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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FCIAC Champs

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The top-seeded Staples HIgh School Girls’ Golf Team brought home the FCIAC championship today held at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Bridgeport. The Wreckers last won the championship in 2007, and have been runner-ups nine times, including in the past four years to Greenwich. “It was exciting and vey close until our final golfer, Anelise Browne, handed her scorecard to the officials with a 78,” said Coach Patty Kondub. “Her Staples’ record-setting FCIAC round pushed the team to victory. Every player did their part with solid scores to contribute to our win.”  Pictured are (l-r)) Co-Captain Alex McMahon, Erkia MacDonald, Co-Captain Anelise Browne, Sophie Carozza, Olivia Wood, Abigail Miller and Coach Kondub. The Wreckers next compete for the state title on Tuesday, June 6 at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull. The team is seeded fourth in the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Winners

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The Westport 10u Travel softball team won the Danbury Memorial Day tournament in Danbury with a 15-7 win over Darien in the championship game. They won the semi-final 6-2 over Fairfield and went 6-0 during the weekend. Pictured (l-r, front row)  Lily Klau, Chloe Hackett, Kate McDonald, Francine Stevens, Olivia Stubbs, Delaney McGee. (middle row): Grace Alfero, Grace Burg, Dylan Halky, Jessica Mysel, Morgan Carnahan, Amelia Gura. (back row): Coaches Lou Alfero, Todd Halky, Bryon Stevens, Bill Hackett. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Champs

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The Staples High School Girls’ Golf Team won the FCIAC Western Division Tuesday with a decisive 181-204 victory at The Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich.  Co-Captain Anelise Browne shot a par 37, the lowest score a Staples girl has ever carded on Greenwich’s home course. The Greenwich Cardinals only two losses this season are both at the hands of the Wreckers. “It has been five years since Staples has beaten Greenwich twice in one year. The entire team played well, and again Anelise was in the zone leading the way,” said Head Coach Patty Kondub.  Pictured (l to r) are Olivia Wood, Abigail Miller, Browne, Sophie Carozza, Co-Captain Alex McMahon, and Erika MacDonald. Next up for the Wreckers, now 12-2, are the FCIAC Championships on Thursday, June 2 at Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield/Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mets Welcome for Staples Freshman Team

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Staples High School Freshman baseball coach James Jordan took his team to Citifield today where they got a scoreboard greeting and watched the Mets defeat the Brewers 3-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Teen Records a Record Golf Score at Longshore

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A Staples High School senior is the holder of a record for the lowest score for a round of golf by a girl in a high school match at Westport’s Longshore Park. Co-Captain Anelise Browne, 17, Thursday shot a 35 on the front nine from the men’s tees. She broke the lowest score record for a round at Longshore for any girl in a high school match since a girl from Danbury shot 36 about 15 years ago.  She chipped in on the final hole (one of her three birdies) to secure the record, as she led the team to victories over Ludlowe and Ridgefield in a tri-match. The FCIAC East first place Wreckers look to extend their eight-match winning streak Tuesday at home against Danbury, the only team to beat Staples. “I broke her golf bag right before the match after taping her injured toe on her pivot foot, and she’s also nursing a shoulder injury,” said Head Coach Patty Kondub. “But nothing phased her as she was in the zone.” Contributed photo

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