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Friday, October 28, 2005

Property Crimes, Larcenies Up in Westport

By Jennifer Connic

Most of Westport’s crime totals in 2004 were down compared to 2003, but they were up in property crimes, rapes and larcenies, according to a recent FBI report.

The FBI recently released the 2004 crime statistics for each community in the country along with numbers for each state and urban area.

Westport saw decreases or no change in violent crimes, murders, robberies, assaults, motor vehicle thefts and arsons.

There was a 5 percent increase in property crimes and 16 percent increase in larcenies. There were no rape cases in 2003 and one in 2004.

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10/28/05 06:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Senior Center Hosts Aging Meeting Image
The Westport Center for Senior Citizens Thursday night hosted the Southwestern Connecticut’s Agency on Aging annual meeting entitled The Booming Dynamics of Aging. Fran Reynolds and Aki Ikeda enjoyed the drumming circle entertainment provided by Randy Brody of SoundDirections. The event was attended by more than 120 representatives from local agencies and boards involved with providing services to seniors throughout the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for


10/28/05 05:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town, Developer, Neighbors Close to Partrick Wetlands Deal

By Jennifer Connic

Westport town officials, a group seeking to develop the Partrick Wetlands and surrounding neighbors have been negotiating since December to resolve issues of the controversial housing proposal and now may be close to a deal that includes the town possibly acquiring part of the property, according to a legal notice that has been filed.

Two meetings, including a Planning and Zoning Commission hearing, have been scheduled over the next two weeks regarding the legal cases over developing the property in northwest Westport. It is located between Newtown Turnpike and Partrick Road on the Norwalk-Westport border.

The commission, which has already met several times in executive session to discuss the matter, is scheduled to hold another one at 2 p.m. Monday. A public hearing has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10.

According to a legal notice that has been filed, the Nov. 10 public hearing includes three applications: to approve the settlement, to approve a sewer extension down Wilton Road, and to approve the town acquiring a portion of the property if it cannot be donated to a private non-profit organzation. No public files on the proposals, however, were available today.

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10/28/05 05:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Democratic Women Host Forum on Patriot Act Sunday

The Democratic Women of Westport will host a forum Sunday on the Patriot Act.

The 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. event at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave., is open to the public.

The program, “The Patriot Act: The Library Case in our Back Yard,” will feature Roger C. Vann, executive director of the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Also on the panel will be Christine Bradley, executive director of the Connecticut Librarians Consortium and past president of the Connecticut Librarians Association, and Dale C. Fredston, former president of the Westport Library Board of Trustees.

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10/28/05 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

League Urges Reading of Voter’s Guide

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters strives to educate voters about the candidates and their views on the issues. One way to assist this process is through the annual publication of our Voters Guide.

Many voters find this an invaluable tool in making their electoral decisions. In addition to finding the Voters Guide in print, this year it can be located online at our Web site. Please visit today and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Lynn Crager and Sally Galan
Vice Presidents of Voter Services, LWV Westport


10/28/05 04:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Nature’s Art on Display Image
Westport’s fall colors were on display Thursday behind the Westport Arts Center on the west bank of the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/28/05 03:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunrise Rotary Presents Wine Tasting Tonight at Longshore

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club hosts its annual wine tasting tonight at the Longshore Inn to benefit local charities.

For the 16th consecutive year, Harvey Skolnick of Main Street’s Liquor Locker has donated more than five dozen wines from all over the world, according to a club news release.

Skolnick’s generosity has been responsible for making the event one of the most popular community events in Westport, the club said.

The evening will include gourmet carving stations with roast beef, roast turkey and international cheeses and breads. Music will be provided by an all star jazz band.

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10/28/05 03:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, Oct. 28, 2005

6 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting
7 p.m. - Stamford Boyle Stadium - Staples football vs Stamford
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
9 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Halloween Costume Party


10/28/05 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Turn-Away Crowd for Mozart Lecture Image
There was a turn-away crowd for tonight’s Westport Arts Center presentation at the Wesport Public Library by Peter Gay, Sterling Professor of History, emeritus, at Yale University on “Mozart and the Enlightenment.” Gay suggested ways the new social and political environment of his era influenced Mozart and continues to frame today’s wide-ranging debates on religion, politics and personal identity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/28/05 12:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Danbury

Keaton Cristobal’s goal with less than five minutes remaining lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory today over Danbury at the losers’ field.

The victory gave the Wreckers (now 9-3-2) an important lift in their drive for an FCIAC playoff berth. At the same time, it knocked the Hatters out of contention for the state tournament.

Cristobal slotted the ball past the keeper after Ross McGibney’s pass was deflected wide by a defender. The game’s other hero was Brad Green, the reserve goalkeeper who, in his second straight start, turned away several tough chances and earned his second consecutive shutout.

Staples’ third game in three days is set for 3:45 p.m. Friday at Ridgefield. Like the others this week, it is a must-win for the Wreckers’ league playoff hopes.


10/27/05 10:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rocking on Main Street Image
Dylan Curran, 4, of Westport, was rocking on Westport’s Main Street today during the Halloween parade sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/27/05 08:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trick or Treat Street Image
Westport’s Main Street was crowded with young trick or treaters for today’s annual Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/27/05 08:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Halloween Dilemma Image
Today’s Halloween parade on Westport’s Main Street attracted hundreds of participants, including this young lady wearing a “I Couldn’t Decide What to Be for Halloween” costume. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/27/05 07:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Halloween Best Image
Westporters Isabella, 2, and Olivia, 4, put on their Halloween best for today’s Main Street parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/27/05 07:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Homeowner Arrested for Oil Spill

The homeowner who allegedly caused an oil spill into the Saugatuck River in Westport was arrested on Wednesday.

Robbie Guimond, 35, of 471 Riverside Ave., was charged with discharge without a permit. He was arrested following investigation into Sunday’s spill.

Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said the charge is a felony, but it is unclassified so the potential penalty if Guimond is convicted is unknown at this time.

Guimond also faces federal fines that start at $25,000, Shannon said, and the U.S. Coast Guard intends to charge him for the clean-up costs.

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10/27/05 07:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Science Whizzes Image
Staples High School had six students among the national semifinalists in the Siemens Westinghouse science competition. Five of them are pictured here (l-r): Sameer Mathur, Jon Sellon, Stephen Marcinuk, Vikas Murali, and Lucas Rose. See story below with photo of Brian Jordan, the other semifinalist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/27/05 03:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Six Staples Students are Siemens Semifinalists Image
Brian Jordan: among six Staples Siemens semifinalists. Contributed photo
Westport’s Staples High School has achieved outstanding success this year in the Siemens Westinghouse science competition, placing six students among the semifinalists.

The national contest honors students for independent research in science and offers a $100,000 scholarship to the national winner.

Of only 300 semifinalists nationally, 13 were from Connecticut, including the six from Staples.

Five of the other state semifinalists were from private schools.


10/27/05 03:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

CNN/Money Cites WestportNow

CNN/Money today cited as an example of Web-based local news sites gaining increasing attention from readers and industry watchers.

A story on the CNN Web site said WestportNow and other startup local Internet sites had the potential to carve out a niche in local news coverage.

“All of this activity has been really hot for the past 12-18 months,” Rob Runette, director of electronic media communications for the Newspaper Association of America, told CNN/Money.

Runette said traditional newspapers are learning from their online cousins and tailoring their sites accordingly. “We’ve seen the numbers, we’ve seen the usage. We’re watching all the developments with digital media very carefully,” he said.


10/27/05 03:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Dusk Image
Dusk along Westport’s Saugatuck River in the town center Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/27/05 03:44 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport League of Women Voters Publishes Voting Guide

The Westport League of Women Voters today distributed its annual voters’ guide.

The listing of all candidates in the Nov. 8 municipal election was sent to all households in the Westport Minuteman newspaper and was also published on the group’s Web site at


10/27/05 03:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Showing its Colors Image
A tree outside Coleytown Elementary School shows off its fall colors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Martins for


10/27/05 03:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005

3 p.m. Main Street - Parks and Recreation Halloween Parade
7 p.m. Town Hall Auditorium Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. Town Hall Room 309 RTM Public Protection, Health and Human Services Committees
7:30 pm. Town Hall Room 201 Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Peter Gay on “Mozart and the Enlightenment”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”


10/27/05 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Warriors Advance to Semi-Finals

By Nancy Crofts

The Westport Warriors played two home games last weekend after being on the road for 14 of 16 games since Sept. 3.

Despite vertical rain and wind Saturday, the Westport team dug down deep to battle Sheltons incredibly strong midfield and won their Connecticut Cup Match 2-0.

The Shelton victory advances the girls in the Connecticut State Cup Tournament to the semi-finals Saturday in Farmington.

The 3-0 win against Stamford Sunday keeps the team tied for first place in the Southwest District CJSA league with an overall 5 1 record.


10/27/05 02:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Aided Louisiana Hurricane Katrina Victims Image
Mary Ann West points to a map of Louisiana where she worked in a shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for
By Jennifer Connic

When Westporter Mary Ann West went to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina she ultimately became an evacuee herself.

West is a volunteer with the local American Red Cross chapter, which is based on Church Lane, and spent 15 days in September helping in the aftermath of the hurricane that left much of the Gulf Coast crippled.

She spoke about her experiences during today’s Brown Bag Luncheon at Town Hall.

She worked as a shelter manager in Opelousas, La., but she made stops at the Cajundome in Lafayette and Baton Rouge before making her way to the smaller shelter.

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10/27/05 02:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Toquet Hall Hosts Halloween Costume Party Friday

Westport’s Toquet Hall teen center will host a Halloween costume party Friday.

The 9 p.m. event will feature performances by “Kid Genseg,” Brandon Mozjer, and Elvis McMan.

At midnight, there will be a screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Admission is $5 at the door.


10/27/05 01:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out McMahon

Ross McGibney’s true hat trick—three straight goals—powered the Staples boys soccer team to a 3-0 victory today over Brien McMahon at Jack Casagrande Field.

Brad Green, filling in for injured goalkeeper Dave Sharpe, earned the shutout in his first varsity start.

McGibney’s first strike—off the crossbar and in—came off a feed from Keaton Cristobal. The second began with Brendon Cristobal, and was assisted by Brian Carpenter. The third tally began with a full-field switch of direction by defender Tyler Ross.

The Wreckers, now 8-3-2, play their second match in 24 hours on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 3:45 p.m., in Ridgefield.


10/27/05 12:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

On to the Semi-Finals Image
The U12 Westport Warriors soccer team has advanced into Saturday’s semi-finals of the Connecticut State Cup Tournament in Farmington following a weekend win against Shelton. See story on sports page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nancy Crofts for


10/27/05 12:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Westport Vigil Marks 2000th U.S. Soldier Death in Iraq Image
More than 100 persons took part tonight in a candlelight vigil on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to mark the 2000th death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq. The event was part of a nationwide series of vigils organized by (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/26/05 11:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Image
Some of the participants in tonight’s Westport vigil marking the death of the 2000th U.S. serviceman killed in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/26/05 11:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 57 Owenoke Park Image
A house at 57 Owenoke Park came down today. Featured as the WestportNow teardown of the day Jan 11, 2005, the house, built in 1940, sold in April 2004 for $6 million. It was the longtime home of the late Sheila Hehmeyer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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