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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Soaking Up Some Halloween Rays at Compo

Today was more like summer than Halloween temperature in the low 70s and sunny skies, a perfect day for soaking up a few rays at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/31/04 09:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Best Trick-or-Treat Streets

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Isnt it ironic and somewhat poignant that when it comes to trick-or-treating neighborhoods, what kids really want is Westport in its pre-teardown state: small houses in cozy neighborhoods, densely packed, short front walks, with porches sporting cheery (or scary) jack-o-lanterns?franhallow002260.jpg
Gault Avenue: one of Westport’s best trick-or-treat streets. photo

Fortunately, Westport has a few of those neighborhoods left, and on Halloween night these treasured places become wildly popular.

(Surprisingly, one of our town֒s newest and least New England-style developments is also highly sought by trick-or-treaters.)

The good-hearted residents of these neighborhoods return the compliment by going all out for the towns ghosts, goblins, grim reapers, and Little Mermaids.

For the new to town or uninitiated, here are some of the best spots to score the biggest cache of Halloween loot.

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10/31/04 03:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Remembers Westporter George Silk

Part of ABC News tribute: WestportNow’s photo of George Silk taken last year at a Westport Arts Center exhibition. 2004
The ABC News program “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” today remembered Westporter George Silk, a famed Life magazine photographer who died Oct. 23 at the age of 87. (See WestportNow Oct. 26, 2004)

The brief tribute came in the program’s “In Memoriam”—Lives of Note” section.

It included a number of photographs Silk took during his lifetime as well as a brief soundbite of him talking about his work: “I just instinctively worked with light. I didn’t know ɖ you know, I have no schooling but I had that already in me very strongly.”

The closing photo of the tribute was a WestportNow photograph of him taken last year at a Westport Arts Center exhibition that included several of his works.


10/31/04 03:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Fire Department Marks End of Daylight Savings with Battery Exchange

If you are reading this Sunday morning and did not set your clocks back an hour before you went to bed, you’re up an hour early.

Daylight savings ended at 2 a.m. today (spring ahead, fall back, etc) and to mark the occasion, the Westport Fire Department, the Westport Rotary Club, and the Westport Firefighters Golf Tournament have launched a free battery program.

Consistent with the theme “change your clock, change your batteries,” the groups are offering up to three nine-volt batteries free per household. Residents are asked to bring their old batteries for exchange to fire headquarters, 515 Post Road East.

If residents need assistance, they can call 342-5010 to arrange for someone to come to their home, at no charge.


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Saturday, October 30, 2004

Scary Doings at Mitchells

Mitchells of Westport hosted a Halloween party today and all sorts of gremlins and goblins showed up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/30/04 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Time for Celebrating

As the clock ran out, the smiles broke out among Wrecker players today as they beat Norwalk’s Brien McMahon 14-13. Staples was scoreless in the first half but came back strong in the second. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 07:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Edges McMahon 14-13

Staples senior Nick Corona runs the ball for 45 yards and a Staples touchdown in the fourth quarter of today’s come-from-behind 14-13 win over Norwalk’s Brien McMahon at home. He had 99 yards on 16 carries for the day. The Wreckers improved to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the FCIAC East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 07:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Interception Gets Wreckers Back in Game

A third quarter interception and 47-yard touchdown run by Staples senior Mike Bruno—despite wearing a heavy cast over his right hand to protect a broken wrist—got the Wreckers on the scoreboard to tie the game 7-7 (with a successful extra point kick by Bryan Wrapp) in the third quarter of today’s 14-13 win over Norwalk’s Brien McMahon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 07:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gaining Ground

Staples junior Ryan Bohling gets knocked out of bounds after picking up a Staples first down with a 32-yard run to set up the winning Wrecker fourth quarter touchdown in today’s 14-13 victory over McMahon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 07:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fancy Footwork

shsmcmahon10300403a.jpg Staples junior Bryan Wrapp does some fancy foot work to pick up a four-yard gain in today’s 14-13 victory over McMahon that had Staples losing 7-0 at the half. Wrapp also contributed with successful all-important extra point kicks despite suffering from leg cramps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 07:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making A Recovery

Brien McMahon’s David Dustin manages to recover a loose ball in today’s 14-13 loss to Staples in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 07:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fairfield Warde Nips Staples in Boys Soccer

Fairfield Warde’s Chris Lane scored four minutes into the first sudden death overtime period today, giving the Mustangs a 1-0 victory over Staples in the first round of FCIAC boys soccer action.

The goal, a blast from the right side, came after a Wrecker defender slipped on the wet surface of Albie Loeffler Field. 

It was an evenly played match, with both teams having several excellent opportunities. In the final minute of regulation time, either side nearly netted the winner.

“We wanted to spread the field out, work the flanks and dictate the tempo,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog.

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10/30/04 05:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fairfield Nips Staples 1-0 in Boys Soccer

Derek Kennedy leaps for Staples and gets backup from Ross McGibney in the Wreckers’ 1-0 loss in overtime against Fairfield Warde today in their quest for another FCIAC championship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Loses to Fairfield Warde in FCIAC Champsionship Quest Nail-biter

Derek Kennedy goes after the ball for Staples as the Wreckers lost 1-0 in overtime to Fairfield Warde today at home. Warde now faces Bridgeport Central on Tuesday in Norwalk in the FCIAC semifinals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 03:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Sherwood Diner on Shays-McCain Campaign Trail

Westport’s Sherwood Diner was on the campaign trail today for incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays and Arizona Sen. John McCain. They stopped by en route to a Stamford rally for Shays on the last weekend before election day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 11:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Mom, He’s Almost Here!

Arizona Sen. John McCain makes the rounds at Westport’s Shewood Diner today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 11:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Morning Chat

Arizona Sen. John McCain and Rep. Christopher Shays chat with patrons today at Westport’s Sherwood Diner. McCain told the crowd it was critical they get out to vote Tuesday so Shays can return to Congress. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 11:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

McCain Greets Emergency Personnel During Westport Stop

Arizona Sen. John McCain says hello to emergency personnel during a stop today at Westport’s Sherwood Diner while campaigning for Republican Rep. Christopher Shays. With him are (l to r) Westport Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar, Firefighter Brendan McHugh and Norwalk Hospital Paramedic Mike Rickard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/30/04 11:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Today’s Westport Teardown: 11 West Branch Road

This house at 11 West Branch Road is the teardown of the day. Approval for demolition was given Oct. 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/30/04 03:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004

11 a.m. Staples High School Albie Loeffler Field - Staples boys soccer vs.  Fairfield Warde
Noon - Coleytown Middle School front field - Travel soccer Westport Blue Devils U11 Boys vs Simsbury
2 p.m. Staples High School - Staples football vs Norwalk Brien McMahon
2 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Travel soccer Westport Warriors U11 Girls vs Glastonbury
2:30 p.m. - Wakeman Field B- Travel soccer Westport Wave U14 Girls vs West Haven


10/30/04 03:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, October 29, 2004

Former White House Press Secretary Addresses Westport Audience

Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (r) greets former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer at the Westport Public Library tonight. Fleischer addressed the event organized in support of the Bush-Cheney ticket. He said he has fond memories of Westport, sometimes sneaking off to Sherwood Island State Park while a high school student in nearby Pound Ridge, N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/29/04 11:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Farrell Gets Campaign Help from California Congresswoman

Democratic California Rep. Zoe Lofgren speaks at a Bridgeport news conference today in support of Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell. Lofgren, who represents the San Jose area, brought with her word of an endorsement of Farrell by Ret. Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the first and only woman to ever receive this flag rank in the United States Army. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/29/04 09:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Winslow Park a Little Smaller

Westport’s Winslow Park is a little smaller these days, thanks to a state project to straighten Compo Road North and install a right-hand turn lane for southbound traffic. Workers today smoothed out a portion of the park adjoining the roadway where the expansion will occur. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/29/04 08:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Reduces Taxes on Backlogged Permit Bills by $300,000

Westport has written off about $300,000 of the $2.6 million it had hoped to collect as a result of processing of backlogged building permits dating from 1998, town officials said today.

Tax Collector George Underhill said of about 1,000 bills mailed out last month, 152 had adjustments made that resulted in reduced revenue of about $300,000.

Assessor William Gaffney said in a few cases there were errors on the bill regarding the way it was computed, but he said most of the adjustments had to do with taxpayers challenging the date of completion of their building projects.

“If they tell me they did not finish a project until a certain date, I just have take their word for it,” Gaffney said. “There’s no way of verifying it.”

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10/29/04 08:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Last-Minute Surge in Voter Registration in Westport

Westport voter registrations jumped almost 10 percent in the last four months with more than half the new registrants declining to affiliate with any political party, voter registrars said today.

Of the 1,492 new voters added to the rolls since the June primary, 838 (56.2 percent) registered as unaffiliated, 461 (30.8 percent) registered as Democrats, and 193 (12.9 percent), registered as Republicans. There was no change in the number on minor party affiliations 19.

The town registration list of 17,288 voters as of today breaks down this way: unaffiliated 6,377 (36.9 percent); Republicans 5,483 (31.7 percent), Democrats 5,409 (31.3 percent),and minor parties 19.

Republican Registrar Judith Raines and Democratic Registrar Nita Cohen said registrations have gone smoothly despite the large numbers, but Cohen added, “This is not a normal election.”

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10/29/04 07:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

New UConn Poll Shows Shays Lead Over Farrell Cut to 5 Percent

A new Unversity of Connecticut poll out today shows incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays has a narrow 5 percent lead over Democratic challenger Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.

With only four days to go until the election,  Shays leads 47 percent to 42 percent among likely voters in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District race, the poll found. However, 10 percent of likely voters are still undecided.

A UConn Poll conducted two weeks ago found that Shays held a 44 percent to 37 percent lead over Farrell among likely voters.

When “leaners”— undecided voters who say they “lean” more toward Shays or more toward Farrell—are added in to the mix, 49 percent of likely voters say they will support Shays and 43 percent pick Farrell, with 7 percent saying they don’t lean in one direction or another, the poll found.

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Karen Scott Named Partner in Westport Real Estate Group

Karen Scott: new partner at KMS. Contributed photo
A Westport real estate partnership is getting a new partner.

KMS Partners, LLC, Wade Shavell of Westport, Sheila Keenan of Westport, Laurie Morris of Weston, and Dorita Barrett of Westport today announced that Karen Scott will become a partner in the group effective in January.

A full-time agent in residential real estate, Scott has been affiliated with KMS Partners—of Coldwell Banker Riverside Shavell—since June 2003. 

“During that time, she has demonstrated the highest professional standards and a dedication to satisfying the needs of clients by providing them with the utmost level of support available,” an announcement said.

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10/29/04 12:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport News Endorses Farrell

The Westport News, one of two non-daily newspapers in Westport, today endorsed Democratic Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell over Republican incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays for Congress.

The newspaper also endorsed Republican incumbents state Sen.Judith Freedman in the 26th District, G. Kenneth Bernhard in the 136th House District, and Cathy Tymniak in the 133rd House District.

The text of the editorial on the Shays-Farrell race:

Democrat Diane Farrell will bring fresh eyes to old problems in the 4th Congressional District. She is poised to renew the focus on the district’s day-to-day issues and problems and to listen to the concerns of her constituents. Those are the reasons why we endorse her.

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Fairfield County Weekly Endorses Farrell

The Fairlfield County Weekly Thursday endorsed Democratic Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell for Congress over incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays.

The text of the editorial:

Christopher Shays can’t be used to this. According to a University of Connecticut poll, he leads his opponent, Diane Farrell, by about 7 percent. Some candidates would give a kidney for that kind of margin. Not Shays.

Since he joined the U.S. House of Representatives 17 years ago, he’s more used to giving his challenger a 20-point behind-the-woodshed whipping. People like him. He’s considered honest, independent, thoughtful.

Diane Farrell, Westport’s first selectwoman, has taken on the Fourth District fixture that is Shays. In her tenure there, she’s become deeply involved with regional issues. She’s helped build a fancy senior center. She’s spearheaded a rebuilding of Westport’s schools. She’s also, thanks to that project and revaluation, raised taxes considerably.

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10/29/04 08:45 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

An “Ordinary” Moon Over Compo

One night after the spectacular lunar eclipse seen around the world, including at Westport’s Compo Beach, the moon was back to being just the moon Thursday night— but it still was a pretty sight over Compo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for


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