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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Westport Library Selects “The Soloist” for WestportReads

“The Soloist” by Mark Salzman is the 2007 WestportReads selection of the Westport Public Library.

Known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Iron & Silk,” Ridgefield native and Yale graduate Salzman’s book takes readers into the world of a child prodigy cellist, the murder trial of a Zen Buddhist, and a life where dreams are adjusted to fit reality.

“The Soloist” is recommended for high school readers and older, the Library said.

WestportReads activities will begin in March.


09/23/06 12:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gone Fishing

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Friday’s sunny skies and warm temperatures were ideal for a little fishing near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/23/06 03:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Triumphs Over Westhill 31-6

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Westport’s Staples High School football team won its first game on the road against Stamford’s Westhill today 31-6. The defense played a vital role in the victory with senior Sean McGlynn (64) helping the cause. The Wreckers improved to 2-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com


09/23/06 01:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Girls Soccer Shuts Out Norwalk 6-0

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Westport’s Staples High School girls soccer team today defeated Norwalk High School 6-0 at home. Captain Lindsey Chandler (r) controls the midfield. The Wreckers are now 3-2-0 on the season. The next home game is Tuesday against Westhill of Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Cooperman for WestportNow.com


09/23/06 12:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, September 22, 2006

Playhouse Names New Development Director

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Barbara Bartucca: “an experienced professional.” Contributed photo
Barbara “Bobbie” M. Bartucca joined the Westport Country Playhouse as development director this week, said John A. Vaccaro, president of the Playhouse board of directors.

Bartucca joined the playhouse staff on Thursday.

“Bobbie brings her outstanding capabilities and a history of success in the not for profit theatrical development arena to our Playhouse,” said Vaccaro.  “She is an experienced professional with exceptional leadership skills in nurturing meaningful relationships in the local, regional and national philanthropic community.”

Bartucca comes to the Westport Country Playhouse from the Hartford Stage where she served as director of development for five seasons.

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09/22/06 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Rustic Lane

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A demolition permit application has been submitted for the house at 5 Rustic Lane off Westport’s Greens Farms Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/22/06 11:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 11-15, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 11-15, 2006:

Hilary E. Stevens to Kristena Geysel, 121 Compo Road North, $739,000WN property.jpg

Brian C. Kane to Christopher E. and Michelle D. North, 5 Clinton Terrace, $518,000

Ellen Harris to Vivian Rosenzweig-Edelman et al, 181 Regents Park, $975,000

Catherine Viscardi and Douglas G. Johnston to Catherine and David Devoe Jr., 108 Morningside Drive South, $3,900,000

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09/22/06 10:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

IHA to Present “Jazz on the Sound”

The Westport Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) will host its “Jazz on the Sound” benefit on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7-10 p.m.

The event will include a live and silent auction aboard the Cayah Michele leaving from Port Fjord in Cos Cob.

Those on board will have complimentary beverages, hor’d oeuvres provided by Fjord Catering and live jazz from James Daniel Entertainment. 

The event’s proceeds will go towards the programs and services provided by IHA.

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09/22/06 09:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Last Days of Summer

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Cooler temperatures have swept through Westport—overnight lows today were in the mid-40s. Fall begins Saturday. View is near Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/22/06 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, Sept. 22, 2006

3 p.m. - Stamford - Staples football vs Westhill


09/22/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples, Trumbull Tie in Boys Soccer

For the third time in three years, Westport’s Staples High School boys soccer team and Trumbull tonight battled to a 1-1 draw.

It was the third time in four games that the Wreckers scored less than one minute before halftime. Midway through the second half, however, they surrendered their first goal of the season. 

Staples, now 3-0-1, hosts Harding at Monday (4 p.m.).

Keaton Cristobal scored an early goal in the game played at Trumbull, but the officials ruled it offside. 

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09/22/06 01:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Residents Fill Auditorium for Gorham Avenue Application

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It was hard to find a seat in the Westport Town Hall auditorium tonight as the Planning and Zoning Commission took up a proposal to construct affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue neighborhood.

Commission Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein shut down public comment after the large crowd applauded one resident’s comments and then called a recess when residents shouted from the audience their opposition.

The proposal from Red Coat Development calls for 20 condominiums on 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable housing” under state statutes.

In addition to the site plan, the commission is also considering a zoning regulation change and a zoning map change for the project. Red Coat Development officials presented for approximately 90 minutes.

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09/22/06 12:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Feds Arrest Two in Westport on Prostitution Charges

Two of three persons indicted by a federal grand jury in New Haven today for allegedly operating a prostitution ring in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey were arrested in Westport, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

A news release said the two—Aleksander Dubogryzov, 44, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tatiana Conte, 39, also of Brooklyn—were picked up last Thursday in Westport but did not say where.

The release cited Norwalk, Stamford, and Stratford as the Connecticut locations where the trio allegedly operated brothels or houses of prostitution. Others were in Morristown, N.J., Dover, N.J., North Burnswick, N.J., Nanuet, N.Y., and Spring Valley, N.Y.

Dubogryzov, also known as Sasha Saposhnik, was listed as a native of the Ukraine while Conte and the third person indicted, Irina Bissell, were identified as citizens of Russia.

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09/21/06 08:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Registry for Zoning Changes Coming

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Westport residents can soon register to receive notices when the Planning and Zoning Commission is considering a number of changes that it may want to make to the town’s zoning regulations, map and plan of conservation and development.

A new state statute that goes into effect Oct. 1 requires the Planning and Zoning Department staff to maintain a registry of people interested in knowing when the commission makes zoning regulation, map and town plan of conservation and development changes.

Westport Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the notifications, however, are only for those changes that are proposed by the commission itself or the staff.

Those on the registry would not have been notified for regulation changes proposed by Red Coat Development or Interfaith Housing Association, he said.

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09/21/06 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Road Work

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Public works crews tend to a catch basin near Westport’s Old Mill Beach. The basin had flooded over during the heavy rains brought by Ernesto during Labor Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/21/06 06:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Indoor Music Festival Coming to Senior Center

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Mimi Levitt (l) is a sponsor of a new music series at the senior center. The series is also presented by the Friends of the Center for Senior Activities, which Jack Klinge (r) chairs. Contributed photo
The Levitt Foundation and Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities are teaming up to present the Westport Indoor Music Festival this fall.

The program will include a free series of popular music programs that kicks off Sunday, Oct. 29, and it was made possibly from a grant from Mimi Levitt and the Levitt Foundation.

“Members of the community will be able to enjoy wonderful music year round with the addition of the Senior Center as an entertainment facility,” said Jack Klinge, friends chairman.

Freda Welsh, Levitt Pavilion executive director and program artistic director, will oversee the selection and scheduling of talent.

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09/21/06 01:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Landing

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Cooler temperatures swept through Westport as fall quickly approaches this week, and a bird finds a place to land at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/21/06 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:15 p.m. – Toquet Hall – Youth Commission


09/21/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Citibank Opens Second Westport Branch

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Citibank opened its second Westport branch today at 880 Post Road East. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) helped cut the ribbon along with the Rev. Peter Powell (3rd l.) president of Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association. Citibank presented IHA with a check for $3,000 to mark the branch opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel do Amaral for WestportNow.com


09/21/06 01:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Former U.S. Special Forces Captain to Speak

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Eric Roitsch: served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contributed photo
Eric Roitsch, former captain with the U.S. Special Forces, will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday.

He will talk about “The War on Terror.”

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East.

Roitsch recently concluded a career in the U.S. Army, with the majority of his service being in the Fifth Special Forces Group.

He was among the first of U.S. forces to infiltrate into both Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the war on terror.


09/20/06 11:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

A former Westport Board of Finance member was indicted by a federal grand jury in New Haven today for a second time on federal fraud charges for his involvement with General Re Corporation (Gen Re), the U.S. Attorney’s office said.WestportNow.com Image
Rob Graham: Pleaded not guilty. WN file photo

Robert Graham, 58, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate federal securities laws and to commit mail fraud, seven counts of securities fraud, five counts of making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and three counts of mail fraud.

He was a senior vice president and assistant general counsel employed by Stamford-based Gen Re from about 1986 through October 2005. He also served as a Republican member of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission from 1995 to 1999 and was on the Board of Finance from 1999 to 2003.

Graham, along with others, pleaded not guilty to the charges in February in Virginia (see WestportNow Feb. 17) where he was originally indicted by a federal grand jury earlier that month. (See WestportNow Feb. 2)

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09/20/06 08:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thanking Volunteers

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Those who volunteer at the Westport Center for Senior Activities were honored with a gathering at the center today. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) addresses the crowd adding his thanks for their work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/20/06 07:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Residents Briefed on Preparing for Flooding

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Public Works Director Stephen Edwards (far right) speaks at today’s Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon on flooding issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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Over the last few months—including Labor Day weekend—Westporters have had to battle storms that potentially could have and did in many cases cause flooding in their neighborhoods.

Today, Westport officials told those who attended the Citizens Brown Bag Lunch and watched on television how they deal with flooding and what residents can do to protect their properties.

“Westporters need to be prepared for all emergencies, but weather events in particular,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said.

Storms that bring several inches of rain at a time, he said, are becoming more frequent. Those who have experienced flooding in the last few months, he said, have not been limited to shoreline residents.

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09/20/06 06:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Teeing Off

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Today was the 19th annual “We’re In This Together Golf & Tennis Classic” fund raiser for Positive Directions at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006

10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
8 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board


09/20/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Staples Boys Soccer Improves to 3-0

The Staples boys soccer team took control from the opening whistle, and beat a young Darien squad 3-0 this afternoon at Loeffler Field. 

Goals came from Matt Lamb, Brendon Cristobal, Justin Rodriguez and Taylor Stuart, with assists by Rodriguez, Preston Hirten, Keaton Cristobal and Russell Oost-Lievense. 

The Wreckers, now 3-0-0, face their toughest test of the season Thursday night, in Trumbull. Kickoff is 7 p.m.


09/19/06 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fighting the Tide

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A fisherman fights against the incoming tide at Burying Hill Beach before storm clouds and rain rolled into Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/19/06 08:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bill Meyer Kicks Off Senior Series

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Bill Meyer: to talk about life and death. Contributed photo
The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities has announced a new series, “Know Your Neighbors,” and will kick it off Friday, Sept. 29 at 1:15 p.m. with an appearance by longtime Westporter Bill Meyer whose talk is entitled “End of Life Choices.”

Meyer is known throughout the community as a tireless and honored volunteer.  However, his past experiences also include a highly emotional and spiritual decision to help his terminally ill father end his life.

His talk at the Senior Center will be about his close relationship with his father and the factors leading up to this decision, an announcement said. 

Meyer was ultimately arrested in 1994 for second-degree manslaughter, which could have included a prison sentence of up to 10 years. 

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09/19/06 08:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Land Record Index Changes Available Immediately

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It used to take 24 hours for a Westport land record change to appear in an index, but now those changes are immediately placed into the computer system that is also available on the Web.

A new computer-based cash register system allows the Town Clerk’s office staff to input land record index changes into the system before the person making the change leaves the office.

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said it is the final stage of a three-phase process to upgrade how her office handles land records.

The first phase was to convert the index to a Microsoft Word-based format, and the second phase was to convert from microfilm to computer images.

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09/19/06 07:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Puppy Play

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Warm weather brought out dog lovers to Westport’s Grace K. Salmon Park on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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