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Friday, June 24, 2005

Getting Ready

Today was a day of preparation for entrants in the 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship which begins Monday at Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club. This is the first time that the club, founded in 1887, has hosted the event since the tourney’s inception in 1973. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo


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Going Down: 68 North Ave.

The house at 68 North Ave. came down today. Built in 1946, it was featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day March 14, 2005. The property, near Staples High School, sold last October for $755,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Westport Hosting 2005 U.S, Youth Sailing Championship Beginning Today

Kevin Burnham: Olympic Gold Medalist will speak at dinner tonight. USOC photo
The waters of Long Island Sound off Westport will be crowded with young sailors beginning today as 160 of the nation’s top youth sailors compete in the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship 2005.

The event is organized by the U.S. Sailing Association (US SAILING) and is hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club.

The young sailors, who are all under the age of 20, will race on Long Island Sound in Lasers, Laser Radials, and Club 420s to compete for the coveted National Champion title.

The list of competitors in the event reads like a ‘Who�s Who’ in American youth sailing and includes several current and past U.S. Youth World Team members, organizers said.

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Getting Her Ducks in a Row

This family took up residence this week in a pool on Westport’s North Avenue (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Friday, June 24, 2005

8:30 a.m. - Cedar Point Yacht Club - 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship preliminary activities
6 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Rotary Club Clam Bake
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse “Finian’s Rainbow”


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Sobriety Checkpoints from June 30 through July 4

In an effort to target impaired drivers and prevent alcohol-related crashes, Westport police today announced they will be conducting sobriety checkpoints from June 30 through July 4.

They plan to conduct stops between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Weston Road and South Compo Road, Lt. Dale Call said. He added that motorists passing through the checkpoints will be briefly interviewed by the officer to see if the driver is operating under the influence.

If a violation is detected, or if a further interview is warranted, Call said, motorists will be directed to a secondary interview area. He added that while driving-under-the-influence violations are the primary focus, police will look for other violations, too.

“Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else,” Call said, “but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant.

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The Unpuffables: Police Nab One in Tobacco Inspection

In a move reminiscent of Elliot Ness, the Westport Police Department and state employees conducted 15 unannounced inspections of stores selling tobacco products last week. They nabbed one employee, underaged himself, selling tobacco to an underaged and undercover buyer, police announced today.

“The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of 18,” said Sgt. David Kassay.

The inspections were conducted with the assistance of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program.

Under the direction and supervision of state investigators, Kassay said, an underage youth employed by the state entered each establishment to purchase tobacco.

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School is Out

With Westport schools closed for the first day of the summer break, Compo Beach was full of teens today enjoying the sun.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Annual Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show Underway

The annual June Benefit Horse Show got underway Wednesday at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. It will continue through Saturday when the final silver trophies will be awarded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Soaring Land Costs Turn Home Renovator into Demolisher

By Dave Matlow

Westport’s skyrocketing land costs are making even home renovators consider the wrecking ball. Take John Dumke, for example.

Since he moved to Westport in 2000 following a career writing and producing corporate films, he has been a Bob Vila of sorts, purchasing, restoring and reselling homes in town for profit. 56comporoadnorthgone06230501.jpg
Westporter John Dumke photographs the demolishing of a home at 56 Compo Road North Wednesday. He purchased the property in April for $1 million. It was WestportNow’s teardown of the day March 24, 2005.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But Dumke’s latest home purchased for resale—56 Compo Road North—did not have the same good fortune. Purchased in April for $1 million, the house was demolished Wednesday and Dumke said he plans to build another much larger one.

“When a Westport lot cost what it does cost today, it doesn’t make economic sense to build around the existing facility,” he said. “Today it’s a lot tougher. Now it makes more sense to just tear it down and start ove

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Playhouse Author’s Dramatic History

Richard Somerset-Ward, author of"An American Theatre: The Story of Westport Country Playhouse, 1931-2005 “spoke at the Westport Public Library Wednesday night where he showed slides and choreographed the history of what he termed “a gem of a theater.” Here he was greeted by Laura Feder, chairman of the Authors at the Library Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com


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Farrell Renews Westport’s Sister City Relationship With Yangzhou, China

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell earlier this month visited Yangzhou, China, to renew Westport’s sister city relationship. At a state dinner in her honor, she presented the Yangzhou Municipal People’s Government with a silver tray to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sister city relationship. The tray was donated by Tiffany & Co. as part of its community gift-giving program. Yangzhou presented Farrell with several gifts which are now on display on the third floor of Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Thursday, June 23, 2005

7:30 p.m. - Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission


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Westport AA Division Little League Champs

The Twins have won the AA (third grade) division of the Westport Little League. The team staged a vigorous comeback to beat the Devil Rays 11-5.  Pictured (l-r) are: William Mennie, Christoph Bub, Matthew Weisgerber, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Felman,  Jordan Fishbach, Charlie Leonard, Evan Angelastro, Ethan Weinberger, Robert Giannone and Wyatt Cook. Kneeling is Spencer Warner.  Standing in the back row are coaches Don Warner, Ted Cook and Marc Felman.  Missing is Twins player Andreas Refvik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Attendees at tonight’s senior bash at Longshore Club Park snap a photo. Several hundred youths attended the event following today’s Staples High School graduation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Longshore Hosts Senior Bash

Staples graduates headed to Westport’s Longshore Club Park tonight for a post-graduation senior bash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Calling All Water Rats

The Westport Weston Family Y�s Water Rat swim team is looking for family and teammate addresses in advance of its November celebration of 55 years of competitive swimming.

The event will be held Friday, Nov. 25 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.

With a rallying cry of �55 in 2005,�  past and present team members, along with coaches, parents, and longtime Water Rat supporters, will be invited to share memories and look ahead to the team�s future successes, an announcement said.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the YMCA�s Ann Atkinson Fund which helps defray travel and apparel expenses for swimmers so that no child is denied the opportunity to be on the team.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Westport Property Transfers June 13-17, 2005

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period June 13-17, 2005

Carolynn J. Olsen to John A. and Catherine E. Rotondo, 2 Deletta Lane, $590,000WN property.jpg

Melissa W. Hill to Alan and Josephine Kaye, 11 Oak View Circle, $420,000

Paul M. and Elaine D. Meyrial to James W. and Susan M. Westphal, 89 Cavalry Road, $1,495,000

Katherine G. Smith to Igor and Elena Krichevsky, 5 The Mews, $989,000

Meredith M. Johnson to Rhodie A. and David P. Lorenz, 1 Nutmeg Lane, $1,365,000

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Staples High School Site Closed to the Public During Summer Recess

The Staples High School campus will be completely closed this summer for construction activities beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday until the beginning of school in the fall, the district announced today.

The swimming pool will be closed. Field access will be on foot directly from Bedford Middle School, not through any Staples lots. Continuing Education offices have been relocated to trailers at Bedford Middle School, an announcement said.

New registrations for Staples High School will be at Bedford Middle School Aug. 2, 9, 10, 23 and 24 at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 12:30 p.m. The district asks those interested to please call ahead for an appointment at (203) 341-1225.

The main office at Bedford Middle School will be the location for students in need of working papers.  Office hours at Bedford Middle School will be 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the summer months.


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Staples Graduation Draws Crowd

The Staples High School field house was packed as Francis “Frisk” Driscoll, master of ceremonies for today’s Staples graduation, welcomed the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Smiles and Waves

There were smiles and waves as the Staples Class of 2005 marched into today’s graduation ceremony in the Staples field house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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The Staples Class of 2005 celebrated at the conclusion of today’s commencement exercises by tossing their caps into the air. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Staples Valedictorian: Don’t Fast Forward

Valedictorian Kelley Ty Fong addresses today’s Staples High School commencement exercises. She urged her classmates to savor today’s event, adding: “Don’t fast forward. Pause. Enjoy it.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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It’s Finally Over!

Members of the Staples Class of 2005 celebrate following today’s graduation ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Getting Up Close

Parents and family members took positions up front to get good pictures of today’s Staples High School graduation ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Leading the Parade

Staples Principal John Dodig (l) and Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon lead Board of Education members, faculty, and the 343 Class of 2005 graduates into today’s commencement ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Turning of the Tassels

The ceremonial turning of the tassels was a highlight of today’s Staples High School graduation exercise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Longest Day

Tuesday was the summer solstice and brought the longest day of the year to the Northern Hemisphere. The scene is near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jerry Kuyper for WestportNow.com


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Sand Play

Jane Lukens, 3, of Westport enjoys the first day of summer Tuesday at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
2 p.m. - Staples High School - commencement exercises
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Historic District Commission
4:30 p.m. - Turner Trailer/Staples - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee


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