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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Longshore Ladies Golfers Hear of Course Improvements Image
The Longshore Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association held its 2015 season membership meeting today at the Westport Library. Speakers included (l-r) John Cooper, club pro; Mike Golden, ValleyCrest supervisor; Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director; and Fred Hunter, Golf Advisory Committee (GAC) chair. Kathie Bennewit (c), won a three-hybrid door prize. Golden told the meeting ValleyCrest is looking to continue the improvements on playing conditions of the course. GAC improvements this year include hole markers and new tee markers. The league plays Thursday mornings April through October. New this year are online tee times, inclusion of Westport and nonresidents, league shirts, and more prizes. It is not too late to join. Contact Susan Lloyd at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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What to do if Longshore’s fairways and greens are still covered in white? If you’re Patty Kondub, head coach of the Staples Girls Golf Team, you take the squad to the Westport Weston Family YMCA (where she works) for a pre-season workout in the Y’s cycle studio. The lady golfers finished second in the state last season, and this year, “We’re going to carry on the Staples tradition – winning and having fun,” says Kondub (back l. while Assistant Coach Liz Fry is back r.). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Magazine Includes Longshore Among Best CT Courses

Golfweek Magazine’s annual ranking of Best Courses You Can Play State by State for the first time lists Westport’s Longshore Club Park, coming in at No. 9 for the State of Connecticut.

The course, which experienced maintenance issues until the town brought in an outside company in 2013, was originally designed as a private course in the mid-1920s by Orin E. Smith and renovated by architect John Harvey.

“We are honored to know that Longshore is recognized by Golfweek Magazine as one of the best courses to play in the state of Connecticut,” said head golf professional John Cooper.

“We have always known how special this golf course is and we hope anyone in Connecticut or visiting the area will call and book a tee time and experience the uniqueness of golf at Longshore.”

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

U13 Blue Team Winner in WIN Tourney Image
Westport’s U13 Blue Team today won the Westport Soccer Association’s Westport Invitational Soccer Tournament, known as WIN, at Staples High School. The team sealed the victory by winning in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in the finals against Chelsea Piers Premiere. In all, they played four games leading up to championship game – a 1-1 tie against Norwalk; a 0-2 loss to Chelsea Piers Premiere, a 4-0 win over Fairfield, and a 7-0 win over Westport U13 White in the semifinals. Pictured are (top row, l-r) Assistant Coach Alex Anveri, Emerson Anveri, Sam Maged, Lars Djuve, Michael Lau, Drew Halpern, Chet Ellis, Tadeo Messenger, Head Coach Amar Bellara; (bottom row) Andrew Lau, Benny Feuer, Vignesh Kareddy, Matisse DeVos, Colin Corneck, Evan Siegel, Teddy O’Kane, and Josh Dedomenico. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Longshore Women’s Golf to Kick Off Season April 7

The Longshore Women’s Golf Association’s (LWGA) 18-hole league will kick-off the 2015 golf season with an opening meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m at the Westport Weston YMCA.

This marks the 55th year for the organization, which was founded in 1960. All women golfers from Westport as well as surrounding towns are invited to attend the meeting and become members of LWGA. an announcement said.

LWGA has a history of offering fun weekly tournaments and competitive matches to all women golfers.  Seasonal events are held every Tuesday and will begin in May and run through October. 

A full tournament schedule and details about membership will be discussed at the opening meeting. For more information about LWGA, visit the website at or email the membership chair Pat Kimball at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Staples Wreckers Place 8th at State Swim Meet

The six Wreckers swimmers from Staples High School today placed eighth at the state open swimming championships at the six-lane amphitheater pool at Yale University. Image
Max Wimer competes in the 200-yard freestyle event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The team was led by senior Daniel Williams who was declared the co-champ in the 500-yard freestyle after an ultra-rare dead heat in high school swimming’s longest and most grueling event.

Williams trailed Karl Bishop from Cheshire who seemed to dominate the race with a comfortable lead until the final 100 yards, when Williams, trailing by two body lengths, started to surge.

The crowd at the arena grew loud as Williams caught Bishop about 10 yards from the finish and big cheers erupted when the scoreboard reported matching times of 4:35.61.

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Staples Varsity Vogue Set for Friday, March 27

The 18th annual Staples High School Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction fundraiser will take place Friday, March 27 at the ballroom of the Westport Inn. Image
Proceeds from the Varsity Vogue event will benefit the Staples High School cheerleading squad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players will take the runway and show off fashions from South Moon Under in downtown Westport. 

The show starts at 7 p.m. and will run until 9:30 p.m.There will be “creative cuisine” and a cash bar to enjoy as attendees cast bids on auction items, an announcement said.

They include:Staples Cheerleader for a Game – Join the Staples cheerleaders on the sidelines for a home football game and will cheer alongside the team.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

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After a two-year hiatus, Staples High School Coach Jack McFarland (standing, r.) and his baseball players tonight ran a Little League clinic as a part of a fundraising effort at the Staples Field House in advance of the spring season. Participants ranged in age from 4 to 13. Many of the Staples players got their baseball start in Little League. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Westport Little League Seeks Youth Umpires

Westport Little League has announced it is seeking youth umpires.

Eligible candidates must be students in the sixth grade and up, an announcement said. Pay is $20 to $30 game.

Those interested should register at (Click “register now” and scroll down to youth umpire section.

There will be a mandatory clinic required with dates to be dates announced shortly. Questions should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Greens Farms Academy Basketball Champs Again Image
Greens Farms Academy Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Class C New England Tournament today for the third year in a row by defeating Winchendon (Mass.) 64-53 at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. The team struggled this season with injuries and “bad breaks,” according to coach Doug Scott. But it ended 13-11 after winning three games in a row in the final tournament. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, March 06, 2015

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A machine clears PJ Romano Field between Saugatuck Elementary and Kings Highway Elementary Schools to get ready for the start of lacrosse practice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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New Golf Superintendent at Longshore

Westport’s Longshore Club Park has a new golf superintendent.

ValleyCrest Golf Maintenance, which maintains the town-owned facility, has appointed Michael Golden to the post, Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director, announced today.

Prior to joining ValleyCrest, he served as assistant superintendent at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, an announcement said.

Golden was also assistant superintendent at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, N.J., Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., and Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Staples Wreckers Swim to 4th Place at FCIAC Championships

The Staples Wreckers Swim Team placed fourth overall at the FCIAC Championship Thursday night at Greenwich High School. Image
Senior North Woods swims to third place in the 100-yard breaststroke at Greenwich Thursday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Greenwich took the overall team title for the 44th time in the past 45 years. Despite the dominance of the Greenwich team, there were multiple strong performances by the Wreckers’ swimmers.

Team co-captain Daniel Williams dominated the field in the 500-yard freestyle winning by over seven seconds in a time of 4:37.29.

Joining Williams on the podium for the 500 race were brothers Sebastian and Nico Ortega who finished fourth (4:51.68) and sixth (4:57.79), respectively. Williams also picked up a second place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.48).

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

PAL Boys Lacrosse Sets Annual Meeting Sunday

The Westport PAL boys lacrosse will hold its annual parent/player meeting and equipment drive on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, organizers announced.

Parents of current players should attend as well as those of potential players, an announcement said.

The meeting will allow attendees to meet the program directors and coaches and to learn about Westport’s boys lacrosse programs.

Players in grades 5-8 should attend. Bantams and fourth graders do not need to attend.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Westport Baseball & Softball Preparing for New Season

Westport Baseball & Softball is getting ready for its new season.

It will hold a parent informational meeting on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bedford Middle School cafeteria, an announcement said.

The meeting will allow attendees to meet the board of directors, officers, commissioners and program directors to learn about Westport’s baseball and softball programs.

Parents interested in registering their child for a spring baseball or softball program are encouraged to attend, the announcement said. 

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