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Friday, March 28, 2008

I’m Chorizo and I Have a Home

Shar Pei mix Chorizo needs a home
Hi, I’m Chorizo! Connecticut Humane Society

Chorizo is a 9 year old spayed Shar Pei mix. She’s an incredibly sensitive girl who, when comfortable, is just the sweetest thing! Children are too active for her preference, so Chorizo should be placed in a home with calm children, or older children. She is already housebroken and well trained! She’s a somewhat active dog who enjoys walks and may be ok with other animals. She’s part licking machine, so be prepared for lots of kisses when Chorizo is around. If you think you can give this lovely pup the TLC that she so deserves, come to meet her at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society!

Volunteer Comments about Chorizo:
“I have a special bond with Chorizo because when she came to the shelter I made a promise to her that she would improve. She seemed so shy and wary of strangers.  She has come out of her shell since then and is keen to curl up and push into you to show her appreciation and affection. Chorizo has an expressive face and is not stingy dispensing warmth and kisses. She is eager and curious and sometimes I feel that she might wish she could climb trees instead of just looking up at them! She leash-walks very nicely and has been friendly to other dogs in the shelter.”



03/28/08 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Nationals

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The Westport Weston Family Y national swim team left today for the annual YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The meet runs Monday through next Friday. The Westport/Weston Family Y joins more than 200 Y’s from across the country in the largest swim meet in the country. Pictured are (l-r, back row): Bryan Stephen, Cam Hood, Bart Platow, Alex Strittmatter, Jeff Helt, Brian Power, Andrew Grinaldsand, and Eric Trotta; (front row): Stefan Tziolis, Molly Loftus, Karen Chu, Chris Wiederecht, and Savitri Horrigan. The bunny ears donate rookie status to the national team which is a long-standing tradition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/28/08 07:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 58 Weston Road

58 Weston Road, Westport, CT 06880
An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 58 Weston Road. Built in 1954, the two-story colonial has 2,566 square feet, is situated on a two-acre property, and changed hands in February 2007 for $950,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/28/08 07:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Orson’s Shadow” Opens at Community Theatre Tonight

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Playwright Austin Pendleton’s stylish backstage comic masterpiece “Orson’s Shadow,” directed by Richard Mancini, opens at Westport Community Theatre tonight and runs until April 13.The play is an ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants—Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. Pictured are Marquerite Foster portraying Viven Leigh and Alexander Kulcsar portraying Orson Wells. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/28/08 12:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating “Music in Our Schools Month”

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The Westport public schools Thursday night celebrated “Music In Our Schools Month” with a concert at Staples High School that featured violinist Victoria Cheng, a Staples senior and concertmaster of the Staples Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras. Victoria, who has been studying the violin since she was 4, received a bouquet of flowers after her performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Friday, March 28, 2008

9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
7 p.m. - The Inn at Longshore - Project Return 13th Annual Birdhouse Auction
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Student Films: Derek Zwyer and Hugh Hagan, Ruby Dog Productions, Chunks Productions, Emma Weinstein
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Orson’s Shadow”


03/28/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

P&Z Opens Public Comment on Y Mahackeno Application

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The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight opened public comment on the application by the Westport Weston Family Y to move its headquarters to its Camp Mahackeno location. The third session on the application heard from representatives of Y Downtown which opposes the project as well as four members of the public. The next session is scheduled for April 21. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


03/28/08 02:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Going Down: 9 Woodland Drive

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The brick chimney topples as the house at 9 Woodland Drive off Westport’s Compo Road South was demolished today. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch house had 1,898 square feet, was located on a one-acre property and changed hands last month for $1,260,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 7, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/27/08 10:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters Pay Tribute to Norwalk Officer

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Police Chief Alfred Fiore led numerous Westport emergency workers today at the funeral of Norwalk Police Officer Matthew Morelli who once volunteered for Westport’s Emergency Medical Service.

They were among hundreds of police and other emergency personnel from the region and beyond who joined family, friends, and state dignitaries at Norwalk’s St. Matthew’s Church and later walked to nearby St. John’s Cemetery. Morelli, 38, a former Marine, was buried with full police and military honors.

The 11-year veteran of the Norwalk department died early Friday morning after radioing that he was investigating suspicious activity at a South Norwalk church parking lot. On Tuesday, Norwalk police said it appeared Morelli committed suicide. (See WestportNow March 25, 2008)

Joseloff and Fiore were joined by Deputy Chiefs Dale Call and Gary Golas as well as a number of Westport police officers and EMS personnel and volunteers. Morelli, who grew up in Weston, volunteered with Westport EMS from 1996 to 2001.

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03/27/08 06:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shays Addresses Y’s Men

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Congressman Christopher Shays addressed today’s meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston and discussed matters of current interest including the Iraq War. Shays, who just returned from another visit to Iraq, repeated that if he had known then what he now knows regarding the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, he would have cast his vote against going to war. He said, however, that he does not feel that the United States can now recall its troops until the government in Iraq is stabilized and its army can successfully defend the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


03/27/08 05:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shell Game

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Twins Madison and Sarah Collins, 2, had fun playing with shells on Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


03/27/08 04:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, March 27, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Reading “The Wizard of Oz” as a Political and Monetary Allegory, with Dr. Ranjit S. Dighe


03/27/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Who’s Got the Stick?

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Some visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday played some water games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Congratulations from the Chief

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Westport Police Chief Alfred Fiore congratulated a new officer and one promoted at a ceremony today at police headquarters. Officer Craig Kupson (l), 38, of Beacon Falls, was promoted to desk officer, and Sharon Russo, 31, of Milford was sworn in as a police officer. Kupson joined the department in 2001 and is a motorcycle officer, EMT, and member of the Marine Division among other accomplishments. Russo has been working as a paralegal in a Westport law office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 07:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 11 Gault Park Drive

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The house at 11 Gault Park Drive, off Cross Highway was demolished today. The one-story ranch house, built in 1954, had 2,632 square feet, was situated on a 1.13-acre property and was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 15. The property changed hands this month for $950,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 07:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Two Cars Involved in Post Road East Crash

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UPDATE A two-car collision occurred shortly after 9 a.m.  today in front of Starbucks at 925 Post Road East at Cedar Road. Police said a Bridgeport man driving a VW Passat traveling east attempted to make a left turn into the Starbucks parking lot and collided with an oncoming Volvo driven by a Fairfield man. The Passat driver was issued a summons with charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while under suspension of his license, and making an improper turn. Neither driver sustained serious injury and the driver of the Volvo refused medical treatment by Westport EMS. There were no passengers in either vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 02:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Matthew Morelli, 38

Matthew Morelli, 38, Norwalk police officer, died March 21. He was the son of Dennis and Roberta Gates Morelli, of Weston.

Born in Stamford, July 19, 1969, he grew up in Weston. Mr. Morelli was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran of the first Gulf War, and a Norwalk police officer for 11 years.

Survivors in addition to his parents include a daughter; Sydney Anne Morelli, of Australia, two brothers; Dan Morelli, of Weston, Brian Morelli and his wife Tiffany, of Bethlehem, their son Cole Morelli, and close friend Tammy Reade.

The family has this statement’ “Matthew became a Marine and police officer for all the right reasons. Duty, honor, country and community service. He had a profound sense of right and wrong; precise judgment; always there if needed. An avid outdoorsman, scuba diver and sky diver. His heart was as big as the outdoors he loved. He loved his farm and animals, but he loved his family above self; especially his precious daughter, Sydney Anne.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 9:30 a.m.. in St. Matthew Church, 219 Scribner Ave. Burial with Police Department and Marine Corps honors will be in St. John Cemetery.

Friends may call today 5 to 9 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave.

In lieu of flowers contributions are requested to Sydney Anne Morelli Trust, c/o Jacquelyn Conlon, Fitzmaurice and Siegel, 1281 E. Main Street Stamford, CT 06902.


03/26/08 11:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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Rowers had a good workout Tuesday on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 04:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria - Westport SEPTA presents “Teaching Your Child Social Skills” featuring Lynne Guilmette


03/26/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

“Meet the Next President of the United States”

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Kristan Peters-Hamlin (l) introduces Hillary Rodham Clinton tonight to her daughter Brittany, 14, at a fund-raiser her family hosted at their home on Westport’s Compo Parkway. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Yale Law School classmate of Clinton’s, listens. Peters-Hamlin said Clinton’s candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination was an inspiration for little girls and women around the nation. She recalled for the crowd a story of how when Brittany was 5 years old, she saw a “learning placemat” that had all the presidents of the United States pictured and asked why, if half the nation was female, there were no women presidents. Her mother explained why, and Brittany did not feel that was fair. Hamlin-Peters promised that in both her lifetime and Brittany’s, that would change. Tonight, 10 years later, her mother introduced Brittany to Clinton and told her daughter: “I told you so, Brittany. Meet the next president of the United States of America—a woman!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Randy Ramirez for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 03:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Family Hosts Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Rodham Clinton came to Westport tonight for a fund-raiser at the home of the Kristan Peters-Hamlin and Geoffrey Hamlin on Compo Parkway. Clinton posed with her hosts (l-r): Brittany Hamlin, 14, Geoffrey Hamlin, Kenton Hamlin, 13, Christopher Hamlin, 14, and Kristan Peters-Hamlin. Brittany and Chris attend Staples High School and Kent attends Bedford Middle School. Kristan Peters-Hamlin is an attorney with offices in New York and Connecticut and Geoffrey Hamlin runs a private equity firm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Randy Ramirez for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 03:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Board of Finance Cuts $250,000 from Education Budget

The Westport Board of Finance tonight cut $250,000 from the proposed 2008-09 school operating budget.

The 4-2 vote was on party lines with the four Democrats in favor and two Republicans, Charles Haberstroh and Ed Iannone, opposed. The third Republican member, Avi Kaner, was absent.

The cut brings the education proposal to $94 million, which is a 5.7 percent increase over the current budget. The Board of Education had proposed a $94.3 million 2008-09 operating budget, which is a 6.02 percent increase over the current budget.

The finance board cut a nominal $4,500 from the proposed municipal budget of $59.5 million to take into account a reduced computer request in the Parks and Recreation Department budget.

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03/26/08 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Introducing the Candidate

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Kristan Peters-Hamlin (l) introduces Hillary Rodham Clinton tonight at a fund-raiser her family hosted at their home on Westport’s Compo Parkway. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Yale Law School classmate of Clinton’s, listens.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Randy Ramirez for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 03:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Lights

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Lights shone brightly tonight in Westport’s center and were reflected on the Saugatuck River.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


03/26/08 02:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers March 3 - 7, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 3 - 7, 2008:

August J. Frees to Carol Berkley Living Trust, 22D Cross Highway, 20 percent, $175,000 WN property.jpg

John G. and Roseann Lambros to Gregg and Aundreena McGibney, 1 Fairview Drive, $1,344,000

Richard G. and Marion Mazzella to Michael, Bess and Maria Economos, 2 Viking Green, $1,999,000

Pamela M. Perry to Karla A. Austen, 7 Easton Road, 1/2 Interest, $375,000

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

King’s Highway Elementary Air Quality Report Released

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff today announced the receipt of the final report from the Special King’s Highway Elementary School Maintenance Committee which spent seven months investigating mold and other air quality issues at the school.WestportNow.com Image
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff meets with a special committee he appointed last July to investigate air quality issues at King’s Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow.com file photo

“Westport is very appreciative to the members of this special committee for their efforts and hard work over the past several months,” said Joseloff, who appointed the committee last July following parent complaints of nose bleeds, allergies and asthma triggered by what they said was the school’s poor air quality. (See WestportNow Aug. 9, 2007)

“The committee has worked diligently to address the air quality issues at the school, having many meetings, doing an extraordinary amount of research, holding several technical discussions and hours of deliberations,” the first selectman said. “A special thank you to Gavin Anderson who chaired the committee and has done an outstanding job.”

The entire report, including the appendixes, can be found on the Town of Westport Web site.

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03/25/08 11:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rick Benson Receives Rotary Award for Scouting

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The Cliff Dochterman Award was presented to Westporter Rick Benson today at the weekly Rotary luncheon meeting at Longshore Club Park by Jonathan Glassman representing the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. The award recognizes individual Rotarians who act as role models to youth, and render distinguished and dedicated service to Scouting. The award is named in honor of former Rotary International president, lifelong scouting leader, and Eagle Scout Cliff Dochterman of Moraga, Calif.  Glassman, a member of the Stratford (Conn) Rotary Club is the senior district executive of the Connecticut Yankee Council of Boy Scouts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Epstein for WestportNow.com


03/25/08 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hillary Clinton Heads to Westport

Hillary Rodham Clinton took time off from campaigning in Pennsylvania today to head to Westport for a fund-raiser tonight.WestportNow.com Image
Cars lined up outside a house on Westport’s Compo Parkway tonight where Hillary Rodham Clinton was the scheduled guest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

As first reported by WestportNow on March 19, the New York Democratic senator was scheduled to be a guest at the home of Kristan Peters-Hamlin and Geoffrey Hamlin on Compo Parkway. (See WestportNow March 19, 2008)

The event was closed to the press. A person familiar with the event planning said more than 100 persons had signed up to attend, paying $1,000 to $2,300.

At a news conference in Greenburg, Pa., earlier today, Clinton said she would have left the church that Barack Obama attends if her minister had talked about America the way Obama’s pastor has.

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03/25/08 10:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Chief: “High Probability” Officer’s Wound Self-Inflicted

Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling said today there was a “high degree of probability” that Officer Matthew Morelli shot himself early Friday morning in a South Norwalk parking lot, touching off an intensive manhunt.WestportNow.com Image
Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling (at podium) and Mayor Richard Moccia (r) address today’s news conference about Officer Matthew Morelli’s death. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“At this particular moment, the general consensus is that there is a high degree of probability that the fatal wound suffered by Officer Morelli was self-inflicted,” Rilling told a news conference at Norwalk police headquarters.

Rilling added: “Having said that, we are not at a point where can make a 100 percent conclusion in that regard. There are still a few things that need to happen before we can get to that point.”

Following the shooting, Norwalk police officers as well as those from surrounding towns, including Westport, responded to the South Norwalk church parking lot where Morelli, 38, had radioed he was investigating some suspicious activity. (See WestportNow March 21, 2008)

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Compo Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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