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Monday, September 24, 2007

Water Wedding

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Among those taking advantage of the glorious weather Sunday on the first day of autumn, were Westporter Sean Portier and his bride, Natalia Kebalko, from the Ukarine. The sunset ceremory was a performed in the water off Westport’s Compo Beach by Manny Margolis, a Westport attorney and Justice of the Peace. The groom read a selection from First Corinthians and Mr. Margolis read an Apache wedding prayer. The couple exchanged necklaces instead of rings and kissed in the water after being pronounced husband and wife. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/24/07 10:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Designing the New M8 Cars

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Some people say I’m a curmudgeon with never a nice thing to say about Metro-North or the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT),  always complaining, too negative. 


Well, this column will change your mind. I have seen the designs for our new M8 cars on Metro-North and I’m ecstatic.

Much of the credit goes to renowned designer Cesar Vergara, who has commuted for years from Connecticut and recently spent many months riding the Harlem and Hudson line cars to learn from their successes and mistakes.

From the outside, our new cars will look much like those M7 cars running in Westchester and on the Long Island Rail Road. But on the inside, it’s all first class, though it’s still two and three seating. 

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09/24/07 04:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wading at Compo

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Sunday’s brilliant summer-like weather on the first day of fall attracted some waders at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/24/07 04:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, September 24, 2007

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia + Looking Inward, Looking Out
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Michael White on “Soul Catcher”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming In The Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
6 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - A Tribute to John Kander Benefit
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education Teacher Recognition Award Ceremony
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Religion Series Explores Hinduism: Mukesh Parikh, coordinator, Fairfield Chapter of Swadhyay Pariwar
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education


09/24/07 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Multi-Vehicle Accident Backs Up I-95 Traffic

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Southbound traffic on I-95 was backed up tonight through Westport because of a multi-vehicle accident between Exits 17 and 16 in Norwalk. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera near Exit 17. Department of Transportation photo


09/24/07 01:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Colors Showing on First Day of Fall

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Mother Nature was showing off her fall colors today on Westport’s Compo Road South as fall officially began in the early morning hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/24/07 12:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I’m Quinton and I Have a New Family

Terrier mix Quinton needs a new family
Hi, I’m Quinton! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society
Quinton is a 10-year-young terrier mix. He’s not sure sure how he ended up here in Connecticut at the Humane Society, but he’s have come a long way since he arrived here. He doesn’t let much bother him but he’s really sad he doesn’t have a forever home or someone to love him. He is a sweet guy looking for an adult home, which he would be happy to share with another dog as long as he’s not too big or scary because Quinton is quiet and gentle. Quinton promise he will bring a smile to your face and happiness to your heart. His favorite thing is just hanging out and being loved. He loves walks but he does not need hour-long power walks to keep him happy. He’s just an easy little guy looking for LOVE. (455 Post Road E., 203-227-4137)



09/23/07 10:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Historical Society Hosts Cartoonist Tribute

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.A large crowd turned out at the Westport Historical Society today to pay tribute to cartoonists (l-r) Brian Walker, Chance Browne, Mort Walker and Greg Walker. This unique exhibition features about 100 examples of the cartoonist’s art, some dating to the 1950s. Among the attendees were many children who were delighted to receive personal cartoons with signatures of the artists.  The show, which features the cartoons “Beetle Bailey,” “Hagar the Horrible,” and “Hi and Lois,” runs until Jan. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/23/07 10:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pumpkin Boy

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John Oliver, 3, of Westport sorts though a basket of large and small pumpkins today at the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/23/07 08:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rell Announces Pandemic Flu Education Campaign

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced the start of a public education campaign to encourage Connecticut residents to be prepared for pandemic influenza.

“September is National Preparedness Month, and we need to make certain we are prepared for any type of disaster, whether it is natural or manmade,” Rell said in a statement.

“While no one knows for sure when a pandemic will strike, we know that pandemics do happen. Fortunately, we can take steps now to prepare for this potential public health crisis.”

Westport officials announced in June that they were refining the town’s pandemic flu preparedness plans. (See WestportNow June 29, 2007)

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09/23/07 08:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying First Day of Fall

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John Grossman and Mary Kinsey, both of Westport, took advantage of today’s first day of fall beautiful weather to enjoy their favorite sport near Westport’s Old Mill Beach. Grossman has been kayaking for about 12 years for recreation and in competition and Kinsey also is an experienced kayaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/23/07 03:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Line Up

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Egrets line up on Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/23/07 04:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, September 23, 2007

10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
11:30 a.m. - 8 Tiffany Lane - Westport League of Women Voters fall brunch
Noon to 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia + Looking Inward, Looking Out
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Reception marking opening of Cartoon Legacy exhibit
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Wildlife Art Show


09/23/07 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Helping the Needy

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As the Jewish High Holy days came to an end with the observance of Yom Kipper, members of Westport’s Temple Israel brought bags of food today to replenish the many food pantries in the area. Sarah Cohen of Weston drops off a bag of food at one of the trucks before attending services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/23/07 02:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Westport Property Transfers September 10-14, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 10-14, 2007:

Joann Rogers to Eugene W. and Michelle R. Byrne, 65 Colony Road, $1,600,000WN property.jpg

Zack C. Helms to Mark H. and Nicole Bates, 6 Canal Road, $1,565,000

Rosalie Larthe Est. to Jacques M. Desmarteau, 104 Hillspoint Road, $1,145,000

Harry G. Schaffer to Claire M. Ford, 51 Whitney Glen Drive, $350,000

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09/22/07 06:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fog Bound

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An early morning jogger get in some running time before the fog lifts today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/22/07 01:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Nap Time

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Riley Miller, 2,and Jacob Miller, 4, share a stroller and a nap Friday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/22/07 04:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, September 22, 2007

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - Wildlife Art Show
Noon to 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia + Looking Inward, Looking Out
7 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Kid Ginseng w/ Midi and the Modern Dance, Too Busy Being Bored, Russian Verb for Cough and Ethan Rothstein


09/22/07 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, September 21, 2007

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Darien 3-0

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Wrecker Liam Bohonnon shows the fierceness today that makes him a feared midfielder as Staples beat Darien 3-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
After a slow start, the Staples boys soccer team came alive in the second half today, shutting out Darient 3-0 at Darien.

The final goal was scored with one second remaining. 

Staples, now 4-1, hosts 5-0 Trumbull on Tuesday in a key matchup (4 p.m., Loeffler Field behind Staples). The two teams tied twice last year, the second time for the FCIAC championship.

Jake Blauvelt fed Mike White for the first goal in Darien.  Russell Oost-Lievense followed with a blast from 40 yards that skimmed in off the inside of the left post. Liam Bohonnon took a pass from Frankie Bergonzi to round out the scoring, at the 79:59 mark.

“There are many ways to win a soccer match,” said head coach Dan Woog. “This wasn’t the prettiest game, but we figured out what we had to do and we did it.”


09/21/07 11:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Crushes Harding 48-14

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Staples senior quarterback Mike Samela gets some help from senior Ryan Sedlacek as the Wreckers crushed Harding of Bridgeport 48-14 today at home to improve to 2-0 on the season. Staples led 34-0 at half time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com


09/21/07 09:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Police Promote Four

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The top ranks of Westport’s Police Department got some new faces today. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff swore in (-r) Sgt. Vincent Penna; Deputy Chief Dale E. Call; Lt. John Croffy, and Sgt. John Calka. The promotions resulted from the retirement earlier this month of Deputy Chief Don Brown, who was among those at the police classroom ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/21/07 08:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Honors Young Woman’s League

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today presented the Westport Young Woman’s League with the Service to Older Adults Award in a ceremony at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The organization was honored for its dedicated effective and generous service, “particularly its devotion to improving the quality of life for older adults in our community.” Accepting on behalf of the League was its president, Sandy Morrison (at microphone). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/21/07 07:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Colonial Road

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 10 Colonial Road between Post Road East and the Green’s Farms Congregational Church. The 1955-built one-story ranch is 1,298 square feet and is on a 0.28-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/21/07 06:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Worker Rescued from Rooftop

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A worker who collapsed on the roof of Westport’s Green’s Farms Academy today was brought down by Westport firefighters and later hospitalized. Westport firefighters responding to the 10:18 a.m. incident lowered the worker in a basket and turned him over to Westport EMS for transport. Other workers said the man had collapsed and was not very responsive prior to the Fire Department’s arrival. There was no word on his condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/21/07 05:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rell to Veto State Bonding Package

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said today she will veto the $3.2 billion bond package passed Thursday over her objections. The package included $1.85 million for Westport projects. (See WestportNow story earlier today)

“The bonding bill passed by the legislature is well-intentioned, but taken together it is simply unaffordable for the people of Connecticut,” Rell said. “Connecticut is already deeply in debt.”

The governor called a special session of the General Assembly for Wednesday to pass bond authorizations necessary to local school construction projects, which are heavily reimbursed by the state.

“We have the third-highest bonded debt, per person, of any American state,” Rell said. “We have the third-highest debt – yet we live in the nation’s third-smallest state. We are on the wrong end of this seesaw, and we have to get off.”

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09/21/07 04:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winslow Park Scene

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A visitor to Westport’s Winslow Park Thursday found a tennis ball to be plenty of amusement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


09/21/07 04:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bonding Package Includes $1.85 Million for Westport

State lawmakers Thursday night approved a controversial $3.2 billion bond package that includes $1.85 million for Westport projects.

The bill authorizes $1 million for the Levitt Pavilion, $600,000 for the Westport Historical Society, and $250,000 for The Saugatuck senior housing project, according to Rep. Joe Mioli of Westport, a Democrat.

The Senate approved the bonding package on a 21-12 vote that fell along party lines. The House passed the bill on a mostly party-line 84-38 vote shortly before midnight.

Opponents, mostly Republicans, spent much of the night criticizing the bonding package for making too many financial promises that the state can’t keep or afford.

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09/21/07 04:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

River View

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The view across the Saugatuck River Thursday near the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/21/07 04:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, September 21, 2007

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia + Looking Inward, Looking Out
10 a.m. – Center for Senior Activities – Commission for Senior Services
2:30 p.m. - Westport Police Headquarters - Promotion Ceremony
3 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs. Harding


09/21/07 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Hoot Owls Help Mark Y’s Men 30th Anniversary

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The Hoot Owls, a song group of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston, performed before an audience of 400 members and invited family members at the group’s 30th anniversary celebration today at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The bash was held both indoors and outdoors at the church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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