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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

All Gone: 9 Ambler Road Image
Within hours of today’s posting as WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day, the house at 9 Ambler Road was demolished.The property sold this month for $690,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/31/06 10:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Clerk’s Office Open Saturday for Absentee Ballots

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that her office will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the Nov. 7 election. 

Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. They will be available through Monday, Nov. 6 until 4:30 p.m. 

The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave., Room 105. 

Applications for absentee ballots and other important Election Day information can be downloaded from the Town of Westport Web site under News & Happenings located on the front page at .


10/31/06 06:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Ambler Road Image
Westport officials issued a demolition permit on Monday for the house at 9 Ambler Road. The house sold this month for $690,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/31/06 11:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Looks Almost Like Summer Image
With a break in the chilly weather, sailors took to the water off of Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday at sunset. The warmer weather is expected to continue today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/31/06 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006

8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”


10/31/06 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Playing Prisoner Image
King’s Highway Elementary second graders took a walking tour of downtown Westport recently, including police headquarters, a Bank of America branch, and the Westport-Weston Family Y. The focus of the exercise was to learn about the meaning of commerce and the difference between goods and services. The students took turns in a holding cell at police headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) C. Malkin for


10/31/06 02:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

New Poll Gives Farrell Edge

A new poll published today gives Democrat Diane Farrell a 4 point advantage over Rep. Christopher Shays in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District race.

But because the latest poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, it also suggests that the closely watched contest remains a statistical dead heat.

Sponsored by the Manchester Journal Inquirer and The Day of New London, the poll by Research 2000, an Olney, Md., polling firm, of 600 likely voters in the 4th Congressional District was conducted by telephone between Thursday and Saturday.

It shows the former Westport first selectwoman leading Shays by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin, with 10 percent undecided.

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10/31/06 02:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Regional Cooperation Image
Westport Police Sgt. Foti Koskinas suits up for participation in the multi-town diving and rescue training operation in the Cavalry Road area this morning. Twelve Westport firefighters and police officers participated in the training in a group that totaled 30 from Westport, Norwalk and Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/31/06 01:52 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Finishes Top of FCIAC Image
Defender Greg Bachman tussles with a Danbury foe.  Staples won 1-0, and is the top seed in the FCIAC tournament. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for
The Staples boys soccer team held off a determined Danbury squad 1-0 today at Albie Loeffler Field.

The win—earned with just 10 minutes left in the game—gave the Wreckers a final regular season record of 13-1-2, tops in the FCIAC.

As the first seed in the FCIAC tournament, Staples plays the fourth-place team at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

The winning goal was scored by defender Craig Wolgast, off a Matt Lamb corner kick.

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10/31/06 01:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, October 30, 2006

Board’s Y Decision Appealed

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A resident living near Camp Mahackeno has filed a law suit to overturn the Flood and Erosion Control Board’s approval of the Westport-Weston Family Y’s plan to construct a new facility at the camp.

Attorney Edward Lerner filed an appeal in Stamford Superior Court on Friday on behalf of his client Arthur Cohen, who lives on Old Hill Road. It was served to various Westport officials on Saturday.

The suit cites the Flood and Erosion Control Board, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Westport-Weston Family Y.

The suit states that the board acted “illegally arbitrarily and in abuse of the discretion vested in it and in violation of its own regulations and state law” for 10 reasons.

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10/30/06 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

CLASP Hosts Fashion Show Wednesday

A fashion show and luncheon supporting CLASP Homes programs will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Westport Woman’s Club.

CLASP Homes provides supports and opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.

The show features clothing from J. Jill and will be modeled by people who are supported by CLASP programs.

“We have worked hard to raise awareness in our community about who we are and what important work we do,” said Tracy Flood, CLASP president. “Last year was a tremendous success and the models are very excited about the upcoming show.”

In addition to the luncheon and the fashion show, there will be a silent auction. Tickets for the luncheon are $60 and can be purchased by calling (203) 226-7895 ext. 144.


10/30/06 09:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Cleanup Image
Westport residents are pulling out their leaf blowers and rakes to clean up leaves on their lawns. The town’s yard waste facility on Bayberry Lane is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. On Saturday it is open 7 a.m. to noon. In early November through December, the facility is open until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/30/06 08:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Edwards Named to State Committee

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards will serve as an ad hoc member of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority to vote on issues concerning the Bridgeport project, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today.

The Bridgeport Project provides solid waste disposal and recycling services to 20 Connecticut municipalities in Fairfield and New Haven counties. The project consists of a 2,250 ton-per-day mass-burn trash-to-energy facility, eight transfer stations, two landfills, a regional recycling center and the Children’s Garbage Museum.

“Steve brings a wealth of experience to this position and his dedication to the community is a logical extension of the service he has provided to the citizens of Connecticut for more than 20 years,” Rell said in a statement.

“His concern for the well-being of our state, combined with his professional background, makes him well-qualified to serve on the authority as an ad hoc member.”

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10/30/06 06:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Treasure Hunting Image
The high winds brought windsurfers to Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday, but the low tides brought treasure hunters too. The temperatures are forecasted to rise today compared to Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/30/06 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Ray Charles, and I’ve Been Adopted

I'm Ray Charles and I need a home
Hi, I’m Ray Charles! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Hi. I’m Ray Charles, a 3 1/2-year-old spaniel mix. You can find me at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road East, (203) 227-4137. No, I can’t sing or play the piano but I can be a wonderful pet. I’m an active boy (it’s in the genes) but do stop routinely for belly rubs. I love those belly rubs. The good thing is that here in Connecticut there are lots of beaches and parks for me to get the exercise I need. And, come on, aren’t you tired of sitting around on your sofa? Please come by and say hello. Make sure you give yourself enough time to give me belly rubs and a jaunt around the grounds. Maybe, if the mood hits me, I just may bark a few notes for you.


10/30/06 05:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, Oct. 30, 2006

7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Transit Committee


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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Broadway at the Senior Center Image
It was just about standing room only as the Center for Senior Activities filled to overflowing today for “Broadway Moments,” a fast-paced revue featuring some of the best loved music from Broadway musicals from the 1940s to the present. The show was presented by The Friends of the Center for Senior Activities thanks to a grant from the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/29/06 09:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heart Walk at Sherwood Island Image
Thousnds of persons took part in today’s American Heart Association-sponsored Fairfield County Heart Walk at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for


10/29/06 03:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Connecticut Post Endorses Shays

The Connecticut Post, which endorsed Democrat Diane Farrell two years ago, today endorsed incumbent Republican Christopher Shays for re-election. The newspaper is published in Bridgeport, where Shays lives.

The text of the editorial: “Even more so than two years ago, voters in Fairfield County’s 4th Congressional District face a gut-wrenching decision at the polls on Nov. 7 in a campaign that is being viewed nationally as a bellwether of American politics in 2006.

“The race pits a rematch between 19-year Republican incumbent Christopher Shays of Bridgeport and his challenger; Democrat Diane Farrell, the former first selectwoman of Westport. 

“Both are articulate, progressive politicians who are well versed on the issues, the district and its citizens.  They are more alike on issues than apart.  Shays’ experience aside, either candidate would make a fine congressperson for the district, which covers lower Fairfield County and swings northward from Bridgeport into the lower Naugatuck Valley.

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10/29/06 12:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flying High Image
Saturday’s stormy weather off Westport’s Compo Beach was perfect for some kite surfing/boarding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/29/06 03:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Storm Image
Saturday’s storm left Westport’s Compo Beach with few visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/29/06 03:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006

10 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Fairfield County Heart Walk
1:30 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - “Broadway Moments”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”


10/29/06 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Playhouse “Spooktacular” Image
The Westport Country Playhouse staged its first annual “Halloween Spooktacular” today with Tazewell Thompson (l), Playhouse artistic director, reading Halloween stories to youngsters followed by a costume parade across the stage. The free event was the Playhouse’s Halloween treat to the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/28/06 11:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shays Gets a Boost from Sen. McCain Image
Sen John McCain (l) of Arizona was in Westport today to give a boost to incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in his battle against Democratic candidate Diane Farrell. The two are shown at a Stamford rally following the Westport event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sean Timmins for


10/28/06 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Surf’‘s Up Image
Today’s high winds and storm conditions were just right for some kite surfing/boarding at Westport’s Compo Beach. The kite surfers are mostlyfrom Westport and Norwalk and been participating in the sport for about four years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/28/06 10:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Legendary Advice Image
Hall of Famer Bob Feller, a 20-year veteran of the Cleveland Indians (1936-56) visited Westport’s Legends of the Game on Post Road East today for an autograph session. Feller, who turns 78 next Friday, pitched three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters in his career. He is seen offering advice to Peter Bradshaw (l), 10, of Westport, with his grandfather, Nicholas Accuso, of Brooklyn. N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


10/28/06 09:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sorry, This One’s Mine Image
Staples junior Colin O’Shea intercepts a Stamford pass in the second quarter in today’s 42-12 Wrecker victory over Stamford at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/28/06 07:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hauling One In Image
Staples senior Andrew Kennedy gets set to haul in a pass from R. J. Marsilio in today’s home game against Stamford. The Wreckers easily overpowered the Black Knights 42-12 to improve to 7-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/28/06 06:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Brought Down Image
A Stamford tackler brings down Staples senior Kenny Lozyniak during today’s Wrecker 42-12 home win over the Black Knights. Staples meets New Canaan at home next Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/28/06 06:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wrecker Defense in Action Image
The Staples defense causes a Stamford player to lose control of the ball during today’s game against Stamford. Stamford managed to recover the ball on the play but the Black Knights fell to the Wreckers 42-12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


10/28/06 06:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

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