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Friday, September 30, 2005

Staples Field Hockey Edges Trumbull 2-0

After a second loss to Wilton, the Staples field hockey team today won 2-0 in a home game against Trumbull. Image
Junior Lauren Mlynski (14) carries the ball down the field along with junior Libby Meyers (6) in today’s 2-0 home win over Trumhull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for

The first Wrecker score occurred within the first three minutes—an assisted goal by junior Blake Orban to senior tri-captain Katie Baxter. For the remainder of the first half, Staples was very active offensively and defensively.

Staples scored in the second half with an assist by freshman Brooke Donovan to junior Libby Meyers.

Staples is now 5-2 on the season, including an undefeated home record with opponents failing to score or to tie. The next home game is Monday at 3 p.m. against Fairfield Ludlowe at Ginny Parker field.


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Traffic Tieup on Post Road East Image
The normally heavy Friday afternoon traffic was made more difficult today as work resumed on the installation of a right hand turn lane from Compo Road North onto Post Road East. The state project had been stalled for several months before today’s resumption. According to a worker at the site, the new lane will not be ready for several weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for


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Long Lots Students Walk for Hurricane Victims Image
Students at Westport’s Long Lots Elementay School today staged a walkathon for victims of the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes. Proceeds went to Westport’s Save the Children. Jane Mastrianni for


09/30/05 04:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunrise Rotary Hears Ways to Out-Think the Competition Image
Westporter Gene Seidman, a freelance brand strategist and creative director, addressed the Sunrise Rotary today on ways to use “the power of ideas to out-innovate, out-compete and cut-perform your competition.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jerry Kuyper for


09/30/05 03:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Arts Awards Sunday to Honor Area Residents Image
Shirley Mellor: Honored as a “Patron of the Arts.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for
The 12th annual Westport Arts Awards Celebration Sunday at Westport Town Hall will honor area residents for their contributions to the arts.

The 2 p.m. ceremony is sponsored by the Town of Westport and its Arts Advisory Committee.

Since 1994, the committee has presented awards to area residents who have contributed significantly to the arts in four disciplines - music, theater, visual arts and literature.

Four members of the Westport-Weston communities—Gerald Levinson, David Wiltse, Stanley Bleifeld and James Naughton—will be presented Arts Achievement Awards in music, literature, the visual arts and theater, respectively.

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His World’s a Stage Image
Tazewell Thompson, the incoming artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, invited Playhouse subscribers to join him at the theater Thursday night. Thompson spoke to more than 200 audience members about his plans for the future and direction of the Playhouse. Attendees were given an opportunity to ask him questions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday, Sept. 30, 2005

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District Directors


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Thursday, September 29, 2005

CLASP Homes Hurricane Relief Drive a Success Image
Residents of Westport’s CLASP Homes collected relief supplies this week for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Among those taking part were (l-r) Bill O’Callaghan, Annabelle Aponte, and Allyson Portnoy. Together, they collected two truckloads. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Roll-Over Ties Up Post Road West Traffic Image
A roll-over accident on Westport’s Post Road West at Sylvan Road tied up traffic in the area this afternoon. It was not immediately known if there were any injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nate Gibbons/Westport Fire Department photo


09/29/05 09:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Commentary: Ricardo

(Editor’s note: The following commentary by Westport-based writer Jessica Bram was broadcast today on WSHU-FM. Click here for the audio version.)

By Jessica Bram

The name was familiar, but I couldn’t quite place the face. Then my son David reminded me that his high school classmate Ricardo, the boy who died a week ago Saturday night falling off a Quinnipiac University third floor balcony, had been a frequent poker player at our house these last few years. Only then did I remember the dark-eyed, sweet-faced boy.

I always loved it when my sons’ high school friends gathered here for poker. They would crowd our small dining room and kitchen tables, often spilling onto the patio and back yard. When a recent New York Times article decried the dangerous rise of gambling among Westport’s privileged youth, I scoffed. Where else would I rather find my sons and their friends than safely under my own roof, with never a beer can? Heck, there was never even a girl in sight.

But best of all was the overheard repartee, the rough guffaws and the incomprehensive jabs and jokes that rattled and flew as fast as poker chips over the polished wood table. Eavesdropping from my room upstairs, it was hard not to notice how my own son’s voice would lower by about three registers, when undergoing this very male ritual. Finding Oreo crumbs and empty Gatorade bottles under the table the next morning was a small price to pay for this priceless glimpse into this wonderfully male rite of passage.

But those days of having my teenagers safely under my roof suddenly seem long in the past, now that my sons, like their friend Ricardo, have left for college. I’m frequently congratulated at having two sons smart enough to have gotten into very fine universities. But not so smart, I well know, to realize that they are not the indestructible beings that they think they are. That no matter how many times it may happen to a classmate, their car will never smack up. They can handle the beer and the rum-and-Cokes that their dorm counselors turn a blind eye to, despite their below-drinking age status. Just as I turned a blind eye to how David and his friends celebrated this summer when he turned 20 just a year short of drinking age, but oh, so adult.

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09/29/05 05:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Pleads Guilty in Hedge Fund Fraud

A Westport man who is the chief financial officer of the Bayou Group, the Stamford-based hedge fund involved in what federal prosecutors have described as a $300 million fraud, pleaded guilty today to four federal felony fraud charges.

Daniel E. Marino, 46, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, investment adviser fraud and a conspiracy to commit those crimes in Federal District Court in White Plains, N.Y. The maximum penalty of the most serious is 20 years in prison. (See WestportNow Aug. 29, 2005)

A short time later, the fund’s founder and chief executive, Samuel Israel III, also 46, entered a similar plea to federal charges. He admitted sending out false financial information to current and prospective investors ‘‘which made it appear that Bayou was doing better than it really was.’‘

Prosecutor Margery Feinzig said Marino helped make it appear that Bayou was earning profits on trading when it was not, and created ‘‘fictitious’’ quarterly and annual reports. Prosecutors say the fraud occurred from 1996 to 2005.

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09/29/05 04:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge at sunset Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Blumenthal for


09/29/05 03:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 19-23, 2005

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 19-23, 2005

Michael S. and Pamela C. Bass to Walter C. and Paige K. Somol, 11 Sniffen Road, $799,000
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Steven Lewis to Peter J. and Jaclyn K. Flatow, Unit 64 Regents Park, $980,000

Michael F. and Mary McGee Lesch to Nicholas M. Shields and Leila C. Jones, 168 Imperial Ave., $749,000

Westport East Real Estate LLC to Lemle Westport LLC, 500 Post Road East, $11,575,000

Vesta Development Corporation to Mark S. and Sheryl Balfan, 38 Arlen Road, $1,976,000

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Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005

10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
8:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Ordinance Committee


09/29/05 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Aids Pascagoula, Miss. Image
A truck carrying relief supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims left Westport today for Pascagoula, Miss. Among those posing for a picture before its departure from Westport Fire Headquarters were Gordon Joseloff, editor of WestportNow and moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (5th from right), First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (4th r), Chief Chris Ackley (3rd r), Audrey Demetres (2nd r), and Marcia Goodgame (1st r). Westporters Goodgame and Demetres initiated the aid mission and enlisted the help of Joseloff, who, in turn, put Farrell in touch with the city manager of Pascagoula. Goodgame’s husband, Dan, traveled to his native Pascagoula and arranged for city officials to coordinate the aid from Westport. Westport firefighters, led by Ackley and working through Local 1081 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, collected the supplies and donated manpower and funds for their transport. Two Westport police officers are escorting the truck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jean Tighe for


09/29/05 01:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Packing Up for Hurricane Victims Image
Westport firefighters packed up cleaning supplies and school items today at Westport fire headquarters destined for hurricane-stricken residents of Pascagoula, Miss. A truck driven by two Westport firefighters and escorted by two Westport police officers left later for the Gulf Coast. Westport residents donated the cleaning supplies while Bedford Middle School students donated backpacks and school supplies to the effort. Norwalk elementary schoolchildren, working with the Fairfield County Labor Council, added 2,000 individual “hygiene” kits, each with a personal message of hope and support. Also contributing toys were representatives of Westport’s A Child’s Place day care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nate Gibbons/Westport Fire Department for


09/29/05 01:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bedford Middle Schoolers Aid Hurricane Effort Image
Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School lined up today to donate backpacks and supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nate Gibbons/Westport Fire Department for


09/29/05 01:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

For a Good Cause Image
Bedford Middle School students and their families collected enough suppplies to fill more than 340 backpacks and bags to be delivered to middle school students in Pascagoula, Miss. Westport Fire Department members pose with Marcia Goodgame (3rd l), whose husband, Dan, is from Pascagoula, and Bedford Principal Angela Wormser (5th l.). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


09/29/05 01:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Stamford Stuns Staples in Soccer

The Staples boys soccer team missed several golden scoring opportunities early, then Stamford took advantage of a series of defensive miscues to forge a 5-2 victory today at the Black Knights’ new turf field.

Staples narrowed the 4-0 gap with two quick second half goals, by Eric Meyer and Keaton Cristobal (both off Colin Nangle feeds), but the hosts added an insurance tally to regain the momentum.

“We win as a team, and today we lost as a team,” said head coach Dan Woog. “Now Saturday’s match—and every one from here on in—is huge.”

The Wreckers host New Canaan Saturday at 10 a.m., at Albie Loeffler Field.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Going Down: 15 Rice’s Lane Image
A house at 15 Rice’s Lane off Wilton Road came down today. Built in 1965, the ranch on 1.58 acres sold this month for $950,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Honoring Volunteers at the Senior Center Image
The Westport Center for Senior Activities held a reception today for those who offer their services either volunteering to run a program, deliver home-delivered meals, serve lunch in the congregate meal program or volunteer at the reception desk. More than 40 persons attended the gathering and were greeting by Second Selectman Carl Leaman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for


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Familar Face Returns to Westport Arts Center Image
Anne Lanford:Back at Westport Arts Center. Emily Laux for
By Emily Laux

A familiar face returned this week to the Westport Arts Center as gallery director and education coordinator.

Anne Lanford took up the post Monday after a year at Harvard University’s Graduate School Education, where she earned a Masters in Education in the school’s Arts in Education program.

Before beginning her studies, Lanford had spent two years at the Center as gallery coordinator.

In her newly-defined role, Lanford is in charge of the Center’s art exhibitions and artists’ programs. She will also focus on developing its growing arts education and community outreach programs.


09/28/05 08:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Debuts “Movie Tuesdays” Series Image
The Westport Country Playhouse Tuesday night inaugurated its “Movie Tuesdays” series with a screening of “The Verdict.” Afterwards, a panel discussed the film, including (l-r) moderator Steve Lawson, executive director of the Williamstown Film Festival; Milo O’Shea, actor; Sidney Lumet, director; and Paul Newman, actor. The “Movie Tuesdays” series continues next week with “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” with John Farr as moderator and special guests Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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CTWorks Career Coach To Visit Town Hall

The CTWorks Career Coach will be at Westport Town Hall for the third time on Friday at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Career Coach is a vehicle equipped with state of the art telecommunications, offering area residents a full array of employment, career upgrading and computer training services.

Westport residents and in the surrounding area are invited to take classes in job searching, resume building and e-mail and the Internet.

The Career Coach is scheduled for future classes at Westport Town Hall on Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Jan. 25.

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09/28/05 06:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Expect a Ticket If You Don’t Hang Up

By Jennifer Connic

Westport police are preparing to enforce a new state law banning drivers from using hand-held cellular phones that goes into effect on Saturday, and Chief Al Fiore believes there will be a lot of tickets.

“This will be monumental,” Fiore said. “I sit at a light and almost everyone who drives by is on the phone. I anticipate a lot of tickets.”

Patrol officers have been instructed on the new law, he said, and they will initially hand out warnings.

“Like with any other new law, officers will lean towards warnings in the beginning,” he said. “It will be left to the discretion of the officer.”

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09/28/05 06:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo to Welcome Back Dogs to the Beach With Fund-Raiser

A “Welcome Back to the Beach Day” Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach will support the Connecticut Humane Society’s disaster relief campaign to rescue pets affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. event sponsored by Southport’s County Veterinary Hospital marks the first day that dogs are permitted back on Westport beaches after the summer season.

The pet-friendly fund-raiser includes giveaways, dog treats, and raffles for free pet physical exams and one-on-one or group training sessions and books, an announcement said.

Sponsors expressed appreciation to the Westport Parks and Recreation Department for its support of the event. For more information, contact County Veterinary Hospital at (203)259-5295.


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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday

Just in time for a fall cleanup, the Westport Fire Department Saturday will hold its annual household hazardous waste collection day.

The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. event at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane, is open to residents seeking to get rid of items that cannot be disposed of in every day trash, according to Fire Marshall Fred S. Baker.

These include household cleaning products, paints, gardening supplies, propane tanks (empty or full), automotive supplies, mercury thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, NiCad batteries, and many other items, he said.

Baker said among products that will not be accepted are used motor oil, car batteries and tires. He said paints that have turned to a solid can be disposed with every day trash.

If residents are unable to attend, there are other collection dates in the future, he said. Call the Westport Fire Marshall’s Office at (203)341-5020 for times and locations.


09/28/05 01:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Runners Make Strong Showing Image
Staples Boys’ Cross Country team provided a strong showing Tuesday by running a team-oriented race as a tight pack. They defeated Norwalk, Brien McMahon, Ludlowe, Bassick, and Harding. Although the overall winner of the race was Kibbe of Norwalk, the Wreckers took the next 13 places. Pictured are the top five finishers for Staples (l-r): Prince (4th), Ray (5th), Hanrahan( 6th), Kaplan (3rd), Caffery (2nd). Their next race will be at Darien on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005

10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – School Building Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen


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Readying Westport’s Gift to Pascagoula Image
Westport firefighters today readied a shipment of supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims in Pascagoula, Miss. Firefighters, escorted by Westport police officers, will leave for the Gulf Coast city Wednesday. Westporters responded to a call for help from Pascagooula after Westporter Dan Goodgame, a Pascagoula native, arranged for city officials to contact Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell through WestportNow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nate Gibbons/Westport Fire Department for


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