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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Perservering for a Good Cause Image
Dennis Corsalini of the Westport Masonic Lodge was among those completing the 100Km (62-mile) bike ride today to raise money in support the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Participants began and ended at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Corsalini’s journey actually began earlier—five months and 65 pounds ago as a suggestion from David Feliciano, his fellow Mason and brother-in-law, that they ride in the tour. Feliciano was unable to ride due to a bicycling accident over the Labor day weekend, but Corsalini perservered and completed the ride, raising more than $700 for the charity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/25/05 12:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Scarecrow Ready to Go Image
Westport residents AnnMarie Breschard and her son Andrew, 5, are looking forward to decorating their yard with the scarecrow they crafted today at at the “Scarecrow-Making Party” at Westport’s Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


09/24/05 11:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Canaan Tops Westport North 8th 32-20 in PAL Football Image
Brandon Pacilio (23) runs for a good yardage in the Westport North 8th grade vs. New Canaan game today at Westport which New Canaan won 32-20. Westport led 14-8 at the half but three New Canaan touchdowns in the fourth turned the game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gendelman for


09/24/05 10:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Opening TD in Home Opener Image
Senior Ryan Bohling scores the opening Staples touchdown on a 20-yard run in the opening quarter of today’s 55-13 win over Stamford Westhill. He later scored another TD on a 5-yard run. Today was the Wrecker home opener. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/24/05 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down Image
Sophomore Josh Kozel gets tackled during today’s 51-13 Staples romp over Westhill of Stamford at home. The Wreckers are now 2-0 and meet Bridgeport Harding at home next Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/24/05 07:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Rolls Over Westhill 55-13 Image
Senior Lonson Becker moves the ball forward during today’s 55-13 Wrecker win over Westhill of Stzamford in the home opener. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/24/05 07:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

I-95 Bus Accident Triggers Westport Emergency Response

Two buses carrying 106 persons from Rhode Island to Yankee Stadium were involved in a rear-end collision today on I-95. Both exited in Westport where about 15 of them were treated for injuries, fire officials said. Image
Close call: Rhode Island passengers await transportation in a Westport commuter parking lot today after their bus was rear-ended by a second bus on I-95. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Westport EMS transported nine persons to Norwalk Hospital, according to Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried. Emergency personnel on the scene said their injuries did not appear serious.

“It happened so fast. It was weird,” said Susan Florio, 46, of Johnston, R.I., who suffered a leg injury in the accident.

One of two buses owned by Peter Pan Bus Line of Warwick, R.I. came to a stop at the bottom of the southbound exit 17 ramp after the 10:26 a.m. accident. It had rear-ended the other bus a short distance before the exit and its front windshield was shattered.

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09/24/05 07:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples, Greenwich in Nail-Biting Boys Soccer Tie

The first half belonged to Greenwich, the second to Staples, and the final result was a well-deserved 0-0 boys soccer tie today at Cardinal Stadium in Greenwich.

The match, pitting two of the top teams in the FCIAC, lived up to its billing, with both teams hitting the crossbar once, both keepers making excellent saves, and both midfields battling on even terms.

Wrecker coach Dan Woog singled out his goalie, Dave Sharpe, and defenders Craig Wolgast, Ben King, Brian Carpenter and Nicky Hoberman—the latter playing in his first varsity game ever—for special praise.

“We’ll take a tie on their field—not many teams are going to accomplish that this year,” Woog said. “We played only three seniors today. They provided great leadership, and the 10 juniors who played are really stepping up.” Staples, now 2-0-2, hosts St. Joseph Monday, at 3:45 p.m.


09/24/05 03:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Two Buses Collide on I-95 in Westport Image
Two buses carrying 106 persons from Rhode Island to Yankee Stadium were involved in a rear-end accident today on I-95 in Westport. They managed to get off the highway where Westport firefighters and EMS personnel treated more than a dozen for minor injuries. At least nine persons were transported to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/24/05 02:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Accident Aftermath Image
Passengers from one of two buses involved in a rear-end accident today on I-95 wait for a replacement bus in the commuter parking lot just off of I-95 in Westport. This bus was rear-ended by another and more than a dozen persons were injured. The buses were en route from Providence, R.I. to Yankee Stadium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/24/05 02:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

“I Ran Out of Room” Image
The windshield of one of two buses involved in a rear-end accident on I-95 in Westport shows evidence of the impact. Bus driver John Parillo said the bus in front of him stopped short and he thought he he could stop in time “but I ran out of room.” He was not seriously injured but was among those transported to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)


09/24/05 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Awaiting Transport Image
Passengers await transportation after two buses carrying about 100 persons from Rhode Island to Yankee Stadium were involved in a rear-end accident today on I-95 in Westport. Westport EMS transported at least nine persons to Norwalk Hospital. More than a dozen others were treated at the scene by Westport firefighters and EMS for minor injuries. Some passengers decided to continue to New York on another bus while others headed back home after the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/24/05 02:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Riding into the Sunset Image
Don Nazzaro Jr. watches a recent Compo Beach sunset from his bike. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for


09/24/05 03:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005

1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - football home opener vs Westhill
5 p.m. – Compo Beach - Compo playground fund-raising clambake


09/24/05 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, September 23, 2005

Sunday Music Event to Benefit Hurricane Victims

Two Westport 16-year-olds have put together a local music fest Sunday at the Levitt Pavilion to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Called “JAMbolia,” the 1 p.m. event will feature local bands as well as a raffle of items donated by local stores, and food. Donations will be accepted at the entrance.

“The way this whole thing came about was when my friend, Jillian Rothman, was thinking of a way to help out (Hurricane Katrina victims) besides just giving money,” said Stefania Urist. “Because we are 16, we don’t have that much money.”

She said Jillian, like her, a junior at Staples High School, brainstormed and came up with the idea of a concert with local bands. Jillian then called Stefania and asked if she would be interested in helping.

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09/23/05 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridgeport School Gets Used Westport Instruments Image
Back in Tune: Staples students Nick DiBerardino (l) and Austin Siegert (r) pose with Westport Music Center Director Stephen Sasloe and some of the used Westport instruments they helped find a new home in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A needy Bridgeport school has some musical instruments thanks to two Westport students, a Westport music store owner and generous Westporters, many of them WestportNow readers.

Dubbing their effort “Back in Tune,” two 16-year-old Staples students, Austin Siegert and Nick DiBerardino, last May collected used musical instruments from Westporters, put them in working order, and donated them to the Waltersville School, a K-6 designated performing arts facility. (See WestportNow May 25, 2005)

They enlisted the help of Westport Music Center Director Stephen Sasloe who supervised repair of the instruments before their delivery to the school.

“I’m so pleased that these instruments will now be played rather than stored in someone’s basement or attic,” Sasloe said.

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09/23/05 04:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse and Gallery Form Alliance Image
An alliance has been formed between the Westport Country Playhouse and the Rockwell Gallery of Westport, Norwalk and Wilton. Beginning with the Monday, Oct 17 “Funny Mondays” reading of a new comedy, “A Marriage Minuet” by David Wiltse, ticket holders will be treated to an hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception at Rockwell Gallery in Sconset Square where an art exhibit by local artists Clauida Mengel, Erin McAndrew and Mary Maning will be featured. Then again on Monday, Nov 21 prededing the reading of the new comedy “Big Important Issues” by Deborah Grace Winer, Rockwell Gallery will again host a reception for ticket holders to the Winer reading. Pictured at the Playhouse are (l-r): Joyce Laitman and Robin Scarella of Connections, a business to business service, who brought the two groups together; Chance Farrago, Playhouse communications director; Claudia Mengel; Mary Manning; Steve Desloge, the principal of Rockwell Gallery, and Erin McAndrew. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/23/05 07:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Firefighters Continue Collecting for Pascagoula

Westport firefighters remind residents that they are still collecting cleaning supplies for residents of Pascagoula, Miss., hard hit by Hurricane Katrina.

The collection will continue until Tuesday. The greatest need, according to Assistant Chief Larry Conklin, is for mops, buckets, Clorox, Windex, ammonia, disinfectant, etc.

The Fire Department will arrange for delivery of the supplies to Pascagoula. (See Dan Goodgame’s account of life in post-hurricane Pascagoula WestportNow Sept. 17, 2005).


09/23/05 03:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Arrives at Compo Image
Westport’s Compo Marina at sunset Thursday, the first day of fall. Adrian Dixon for


09/23/05 03:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Works by Hardie Gramatky on Sale at Historical Society Image
Prints of works by Westport’s Hardie Gramatky, commercial and premier watercolorist best known for “Little Toot, ” are now on sale at the Westport Historical Society. Daughter Linda Gramatky Smith has had archival full color giclee prints of Westport—including Old Mill Pond above—reprinted from her father’s original work. They are available at the Society, 25 Avery Place, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. For information call (203)222-1424. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/23/05 01:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Lady Wreckers Triumph Over Norwalk 5-0 Image
Senior Sam Katz throws the ball into play during tonight’s Staples girls varsity soccer match against Norwalk HIgh at Norwalk. The Lady Wreckers won 5-0 to improve their season record to 1-0-2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Blumenthal for


09/23/05 01:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Todays WestportNow Teardown: 4 Jennings Court Image
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 4 Jennings Court off of Bayberry Lane. A demolition application is pending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/23/05 12:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Hall-Brooke Offers Free Depression Screening Oct. 6

As a community service, Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services will do free screening for depression from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6 at 47 Long Lots Road.

The screening is also available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at The Center, operated by Hall-Brooke, at 2400 Main St., Bridgeport, and is provided by both English and Spanish speakers.

Hall-Brooke’s services are part of the National Depression Screening Day which makes available the free opportunity for diagnosis to persons throughout the United States who may be suffering from depression or bipolar disease, an announcement said.


09/22/05 09:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fire Department Offers Babysitting Safety Course

The Westport Fire Department is offering a babysitting safety course to be held at Westport Fire Headquarters. The course will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and continue on Oct, 12, Oct. 26, and Nov. 2 from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Applicants will be chosen on a first-come/first-serve basis. The maximum number of participants for the program is 15. Applicants must be age 11 or over.

Course content will include responsibilities of the babysitter, handling babysitting emergencies, first aid, rescue breathing, a demonstration of the use of fire extinguishers, and kitchen safety. Cost is $20. To enroll or for further information, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (203)341-5020.


09/22/05 08:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Senior Achieves State’s Only Perfect ACT Score Image
Daniel Fein: Staples senior gets perfect ACT score. Contributed photo
Daniel Fein, a Staples High School senior, was the only college-bound student in Connecticut to have received a perfect score on the ACT college admissions test, the Westport school district announced.

Only 32 students of the 405,000 in the nation who took the test in April achieved a perfect score, according to ACT Inc., an Iowa City, Iowa company which administers the test.

About 1,000 Connecticut students took the test in April – about 10 percent of the state’s graduates, according to the ACT Web site.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36 and the composite score is the average of the four. To achieve a 36 composite as Daniel did, a student has to attain a perfect score in all four sections.


09/22/05 03:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing


09/22/05 03:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Longtime Special Officer Honored Image
Westport today honored Bruce Allen, (l),a special police officer, who is retiring after 46 years of service to the town. At today’s brown bag lunch at Town Hall, First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell presented Allen with a plaque and Police Chief Al Fiore gave him a retirement badge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for


09/22/05 02:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

New Artistic Director Reviews Upcoming Season

By Jennifer Connic Image
New Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson shares a smile with First Selectwoman Diane Farrel.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for
The new Westport Country Playhouse artistic director emphasized the need for the arts in everyone’s life during a talk at today’s Citizens Brown Bag Lunch.

Tazewell Thompson, who officially becomes artistic director in January, said people need to focus on the neediest first, but they also need to support the arts.

“Man can’t live on bread alone,” he said. “Man’s soul also needs to be nourished.”

When everyone is gone, he said, the arts are what remains with architecture, music and books.

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09/22/05 01:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Save the Children Thanks the Children Image
Charles F. MacCormack, president and CEO of Westport’s Save the Children, tonight thanked area students for their help in raising funds for victims of the Asian tsunami. The charity held a reception at its Wilton Road headquarters to describe its efforts following the tsunami and ongoing operations in the Gulf Coast area after Hurricane Katrina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/22/05 12:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Players Win Moss Hart Award With “Cabaret”

The Staples Players’ production of “Cabaret” has been named as the New England Theatre Conference’s winner of the 2005 Moss Hart Award for Best Secondary School Production in New England, the school district announced Image
Staples sophomore Brandon Floch played master of ceremonies in the November 2004 Staples Players production of “Cabaret.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for

This is the third time in the last four years that the Staples High School drama group has been honored with this award. It last won in 2003 with “Merrily We Roll Along.” It is the ninth time that the Staples Players have been recognized in the 42-year history of the prestigious award.

Moss Hart, who died in 1961, was a renowned playwright and director with a long Broadway career. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1936.

The award in his name is designed “to recognize and encourage outstanding theatrical productions throughout New England of play scripts that present affirmative views of human courage and dignity, which have strong literary and artistic merit, and which, in their productions, exemplify creative treatment within the intent of the playwright.”


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