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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Almost Gone

With winter only weeks away, almost all the boats at the Compo Basin have been taken out for storage. Thom Burrows for


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Westport Sunday Scene A leisurely

A leisurely Sunday stroll through the Holiday Antique Show at Bedford Middle School was just right for this couple. photo


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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Sunday, November 30, 2003

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bedford Middle School—Holiday antique show


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Saturday, November 29, 2003

Compo Beach Spectacular The cannons

The cannons at Compo Beach are silhouetted against the late afternoon sky today as blustery winds hit the region. Gusts up to 46 miles per hour were recorded at the Longshore weather station, making it feel like 30 degrees along the shoreline. photo


11/29/03 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Watching Warily

Westport firefighters watch warily as high winds push trees up against power lines today on North Avenue near Reimer Road. Traffic was diverted around the spot awaiting the arrival of utility and tree crews. photo


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High Winds Down Trees

High winds downed trees and power lines around Westport today, including this one at a residence on Wilton Road. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory until 6 p.m., saying gusts up to 50 miles per hour were possible. Judy Burrows for


11/29/03 01:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Police Seek Bank Robber

The HUBCO branch at 420 Post Road West. photo
Westport Police Seek Bank Robber A man who robbed a Westport bank Friday morning is still at large, a police spokesman said today The man walked into the Hudson United Bank branch at 420 Post Road West Friday at about 8:20 a.m., handed over a note demanding money and after scooping up some cash, fled on foot, police said. The man was wearing a mask and a hood, a police statement said. Westport and Norwalk police responded to the bank near the Norwalk line and began seeking the suspect using a bloodhound. No trail was picked up. Bank auditors were still determining the amount of money taken, police said.


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Friday, November 28, 2003

Rainy, Foggy Weather Cuts into Main Street Sales

The hearty shoppers were out there, but Westport’s Main Street definitely suffered a slowdown in traffic today due to rainy, foggy weather on what normally is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. photo


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Some (Like Me) Like it Hot



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It doesnt get any better than a Hot Stone Massage with Frank at Dream. photo
I donҒt know about you but its only the day after Thanksgiving and IҒm already exhausted from holiday shopping and could use a great massage. Being no amateur in the treat-myself-well department, I skip the basics and go right for a Hot Stone Massage or as they say at Derma Clinic, ֓LaStone Therapy.  If youԒve never had a massage involving heated, smooth river stones expertly glided over those sore spots, now is the time.  Oh-so-serious Frank at Dream Day Spa is my own personal favorite and worth every cent.   Cost of a Hot Stone Massage (Length varies from one to one and a half hour):  Derma Clinic $90 Born of Earth $100 Body Mind & Spirit $110 Holly Grunsell $120 Dream Spa   $120 Westport Therapeutic   $140 Coco Spa   $145   But if you want to stick to the basics, heres a rundown: Starting price of a one-hour massage: Born of Earth $75 Derma Clinic $75 Soma Therapeutic $75 Holly Grunsell $75 Body Mind & Spirit $80 Coco Spa   $85 Westport Therapeutic   $90 Dream Spa   $95


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Friday, November 28, 2003

Friday, November 28, 2003

Town Hall government offices closed


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Church Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Westports Saugatuck Congregational Church hosted its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner today with about 175 area residents sitting down to a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

Ricki Letowt, a Norwalk resident who oversaw the dinner preparations, said 32 turkeys were used along with 100 pounds of potatoes.  The Westport Community Band was on hand to provide entertainment.

The church will host another dinner for area residents on Christmas Day.


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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Main Street Decked Out in

Westport’s Main Street is decked out in holiday lights Thanksgiving night without a car or shopper around. Friday will be one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Thom Burrows for


11/27/03 11:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Hug from the Coach Says it All

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio gives senior Jimmy Hughes a big hug following today’s 55-28 win over Fairfield. The Wreckers meet Windsor Tuesday night at McMahon in Norwalk in the state semi-finals. photo


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Paying Honor to Jimmy Hughes

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio pays tribute to senior Jimmy Hughes as the all-time FCIAC scoring champion following today’s 55-28 win over Fairfield. Hughes scored six touchdowns in the game, bringing his career total to 73, one more than Greenwich’s Jim Henry. Leonard Samela/


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AP Spotlights Staples Whiz Rob Sobelman

The Associated Press has told the world about Staples whiz Rob Sobelman.

In a Westport-datelined story, it said: Rob Sobleman thought researching the technique of creating carbon nanotubes would be boring. He ended up making a major scientific discovery.

ӔIt began when the Staples High School senior landed a plum summer internship working with a researcher credited with helping discover carbon nanotubes - microscopic structures whose unique electrical properties are advancing the field of miniaturization.

Working in a lab of graduate and doctorate students, the 17-year-old was asked to study the 20-year-old process of making nanotubes. He was disappointed.

ԔI felt like I was put back in first grade and told to learn how to read again,Ғ Rob said. I had already studied the process, I wanted to work on the application.ђ

But Rob capitalized on the perceived step backward. In a four-week stint at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he discovered how to improve that process dramatically - a finding that recently won him second place in the regional finals of the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Nearly 1,000 students from New England submitted reports for the competition, which, with two Intel-sponsored contests, attracts the toughest competition. Rob came in second to a Massachusetts student who discovered a cancer treatment that affects only bad cells, unlike chemotherapy.

“‘I don’t feel bad losing to the guy who cured cancer,’ he said.”


11/27/03 05:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Looking for a Receiver

Staples quarterback D. J. Stefkovich looks for an open receiver during today’s Staples 55-28 win over Fairfield at Fairfield. photo


11/27/03 05:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Perfect Thanksgiving Day Football Weather

The weather was picture perfect for today’s Thanksgiving Day Staples vs Fairfield football game at Fairfield. That’s a turkey balloon flying over the stands. photo


11/27/03 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coach’s View

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio watches today as his Wreckers defeated the Fairfield Mustangs 55-28 at Fairfield to extend their season record to 12-0. photo


11/27/03 05:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friends and Colleagues Praise Retiring Police Chief

Friends and Colleagues Praise Retiring Police Chief
As news spread of Westport Police Chief William J. Chiarenzellis planned retirement, friends and colleagues praised the 38-year veteran and said he would be missed.

ғHe was always innovative and forward-thinking, said Irwin Donenfeld, who retired this year after 22 years on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), most of them as head of the bodyԒs Public Protection Committee.

Donenfeld is a longtime friend of Chiarenzellis and worked closely with him on public safety initiatives as well as steering the police and fire budgets through the RTM.

ғHe had a cooperative spirit with our surrounding communities and was always aware of our citizen and town needs, Donenfeld said. ԓHe will be missed.

Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said, ԓAs chief, he has been proactive and creative in leading his department and the community to deal with significant challenges of a changing society.

Because of his efforts, Chief Chiarenzelli has created a safer, more secure community.

ӓIf the test of a good department head is that you leave the organization better than you find it, Chief Chiarenzelli has been a great public safety official.

In an Order of the Day to his officers, Chiarenzelli wrote: ԓI wish each of you the best in the future. I ask that you continue to pursue your professional duties with vigor and excellence, which will enhance our proud tradition.


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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Banks, government offices closed due to Thanksgiving Day holiday
10:30 a.m. - Farfield HIgh—Staples football vs Fairfield


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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Westport’s Police Chief Announces His Retirement

Westport’s Police Chief Announces His Retirement William J. Chiarenzelli, Westports highly respected police chief for the past 13 years, announced his retirement today effective Jan. 1 after 38 years of service to the town. “I think 38 years is enough,” Chiarenzelli told WestportNow. “But there’s still plenty to do and there are good people here who can do it.” No immediate successor to the 59-year-old Chiarenzelli was named, although First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell is expected to choose a new chief from among department ranks, according to a Town Hall source. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with Bill in his capacity as Westport chief of police,” Farrell said in a statement. “His dedication to the protection of Westport’s citizens has resulted in nearly 38 years of superior and highly professional service. “He holds the respect of his peers as one of Connecticut’s pre-eminent chiefs of police.  Westport will miss Bill’s caring compassionate leadership.  We wish him well in what we expect will be a very active retirement.” Earlier this year, Farrell promoted three veteran officers to Deputy Chief Җ Don Brown, Al Fiore, and David Heinmiller when Chiarenzelli was temporarily sidelined for health reasons.
Police Chief William J. Chiarenzelli poses with First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell Nov. 20 during a group picture for graduates of the Citizens Police Academy. photo
All are highly regarded in the police community and are the leading candidates to succeed to the top post, the source said. Chiarenzelli, who joined the force in 1966, was said by friends to be hoping for a low-key retirement ֖ thus the announcement on the day before Thanksgiving. When the time comes, I just prefer to go out quietly,Ӕ he told a reporter recently when asked about a career-reviewing interview. Following his retirement, Chiarenzelli is expected to continue his long association with state and county police organizations as well as the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL). After a period of rest—some of it spent gardening at his Easton home—he will consult in the private sector on matters of corporate security and crisis management. Chiarenzellis tenure as WestportҒs top cop coincided with a tumultuous time in the towns history as it moved from the 90s into the 21st century and the age of heightened security concerns. His list of accomplishments ranged from creating the ғAre U Okay program for senior adults to initiating WestportԒs weapons of mass destruction protective equipment program. Chiarenzelli was sworn in as police chief in July 1990, succeeding Ron Malone, now a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). He was appointed by former First Selectman Douglas Wood. Eight years after joining the force, in 1974, he was promoted to sergeant. In 1976, he became a lieutenant, and moved up to inspector in 1985. Chiarenzelli attended Housatonic Community College and Babson College in Massachusetts. He holds a Master Training Certificate granted by the State of Connecticut. He is a past president of the Fairfield County Training Officers Association, the Fairfield County Chiefs of Police Association, and the Westport PAL. During his career, he has served in line and staff functions in the Westport department and has been honored with numerous departmental commendations. A resident of Easton, he is married to Susan Solomon Chiarenzelli. They have three children and six grandchildren.


11/26/03 01:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chiarenzelli: A Tough Cop With

Chiarenzelli: A Tough Cop With a Smile William J. Chiarenzelli, Westports retiring police chief, has long been known as a tough cop but at the same time someone with a smile. When he was sworn in as chief in 1990, Chiarenzelli recalled in an interview the day he joined the force in 1966 as a rookie patrolman. The chief of police took him into his office, sat him down, and gave him some advice.
William J. Chiarenzelli in 1990 shortly after being named police chief. File photo
ғNo matter what you do and how you do your job, always leave em smiling,є Chief Samuel Luciano told him. Chiarenzelli said for him, that creed meant that officers should take time to be courteous to the public but still firm in their convictions. I have found that guidance has worked most of the time for me,Ӕ Chiarenzelli said. Even today, his officers are on notice to respond promptly and politely to the public, even its a phone call to a busy dispatch center asking what time the library closes or where a pharmacy is open. During times of crisis or calm, the chief could often be seen on the road, directing traffic himself at a major incident before reinforcements arrived, or helping a stranded motorist. When downed power lines prevented one resident recently from getting out of his driveway to go to work, Chiarenzelli gave the man a lift to Darien. In the 1990 interview, he recalled that when he started, there were only three or four officers out on patrol at any one time. None of the officers had portable radios. So when officers went out in their cars, they kept their eyes on beacons, which were situated throughout the town. If a beacon lit up, they would rush to the nearest phone and call headquarters. But police work even then was dangerous at times. In 1970, a robbery took place at a home near Hillspoint Road. Chiarenzelli tracked the suspects to an area off of I-95. As he was about to make an arrest, one of the suspects lunged at him and swung the end of a shotgun at ChiarenzelliҒs forehead. He still has scars.


11/26/03 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

NY Times: Staples Exposes the Cheat Sheet, with the Students Aid

Todays New York Times, in a front-page story, takes a look at an effort by WestportҒs Staples High School to cut down on student cheating, something it says exists all over the country.

Excerpt: A Crystal Rock water bottle is Exhibit A in a campaign to reduce cheating here at Staples High School, a bastion of affluence, academic achievement and unrelenting pressure to succeed.

ӓThe label of the bottle had been peeled off, the history of atomic theory printed on the back and the label restored in preparation for a chemistry test. The test taker hoped for a handy crib sheet indeed, it was even magnified by the water.

דBut it also turned out to be easily visible to the teacher, who was more alert than he was at this time last year and gave the student a failing grade.

Cheating was not often discussed here until last spring, when two incidents forced Westport to confront a problem that exists all over the country and is growing worse every year.Ӕ


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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

10 a.m. - Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee


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Come On-A My House

First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell’s 1754 farmhouse home is among six homes featured in this year’s Westport Historical Society 17th Annual Holiday House Tour. Tickets for the Sunday, Dec. 7 event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. are $45 in advance and $50 on the day of the tour from the society at 222-1424 or its Web site. Contributed photo


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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Now That’s a Load of

Now That’s a Load of Pies

Volunteers from the Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) and the Conservative Synagogue unload pies today at St. Luke Roman Catholic Church. Stew Leonard’s donated a refrigerated truck and bakeries from Westport and the surrounding area donated the pies which were sold for $20 each to benefit the IHA. More than 1,000 were sold. photo


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Staples Making Strong Push for No. 2 in New London Day Coaches Poll

The Day of New London says Staples is gaining increased recognition in its poll of state football coaches.

Staples of Westport (11-0) is making a strong push toward the No. 2 ranking in The Day state coaches poll, and understandably so,Ӕ the newspaper reported today.

The Wreckers, who trail No. 2 Ansonia (10-0) by just two points, picked up a second first-place vote after a convincing 35-0 win over Danbury in the 38th Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship game Friday.

ӓThe Hatters (9-2) were No. 9 headed into the FCIAC final, and it was the Wreckers’ second straight shutout in six days as they beat No. 7 Greenwich (9-1) 28-0 on Nov. 15.

Staples tailback Jimmy Hughes rushed 15 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns (1, 15 and 78 yards) against Danbury while safety Scott Damassa added three interceptions ӗ all in the first half.


11/25/03 06:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Newman on Letterman: I Burned My Tuxedo in My Driveway

Westports Paul Newman appeared on the David Letterman Show Monday night to promote his new book about NewmanҒs Own and talked about life at the age of 78. Among his disclosures: he burned his tuxedo in the driveway of his Westport home much to the horror of wife Joanne Woodward ֖ because at his age he figured he did not need it any more.
Paul Newman visits with David Letterman Monday night. CBS-Worldwide Pants/ photo
He said he had attended enough awards events and such and decided it was time to get rid of it. His favorite alcoholic beverage continues to be beer. ItӒs the drink of the common man, he said, to the applause of the studio audience. Letterman asked about NewmanԒs racing exploits and showed some recent pictures of him in action on the race track. Asked how fast he was going in one race, Newman replied, Oh, about 170 miles per hourӔ and said he did it for about an hour. Letterman wondered whether Newmans wife was concerned about his racing at his age. ғShe takes out a new life insurance policy every year, the actor replied. Newman said as long as he can get out on the track and not look terrible,  he plans to continue racing. ԓIm not worried about racing,Ҕ he said. IӒm worried about getting in and out of the car. Its a tight squeeze.Ҕ Newman was on the program to promote his new book, Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good.Ӕ Written with fellow Westporter A. E. Hotchner, it tells how the two became accidental entrepreneurs and launched a company that now sells dressing, pasta sauce, popcorn and more in eight countries, all to the benefit of charities.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Westport Transit
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board


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Monday, November 24, 2003

Smith & Hawken Set for Westport Debut


Workers busily prepare for Tuesday’s 10 a.m. opening of Smith & Hawken, the newest arrival to Westports commercial scene. The California-based chain will open its 55th garden and home accessories store in the building formerly occupied by KidsҒ Wear at 1045 Post Road East. The Westport store will be the third in Connecticut, in addition to one in New Canaan opened in 1995, and Glastonbury in 1999. photos


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