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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008


7:45 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Young Woman’s League’s 30th Annual Westport Minute Man Race
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Fair
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
2 p.m. - Staples High School Black Box Theater - “Romeo and Juliet”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - An Afternoon with George Guidall

   

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

Getting Friendly With Water Creatures

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The Green Earth Fair opened a two-day run today at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Among the exhibits was the water resources tent sponsored by Norm Bloom & Son which offered a touch tank with creatures found in local harbors, oyster farming display, local water quality information and activities. The fair continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

04/27/08 02:58 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Blossoms

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Last November, Westport’s Compo Beach Improvement Association planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs along Compo Beach Road. (See WestportNow Nov. 17, 2007) The payoff is visible now as the yellow and white blossoms brighten the beach area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/27/08 12:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Going With the Wind

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Kite surfers had good windy weather today as they soared off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 10:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Lifetime of Love and Fun”

To the Editor:

Seeing photos of those adorable dogs needing a home on Westportnow.com prompted me to write about our wonderful 16-year experience with Thor, a mixed breed (probably partially Border collie) adopted as a puppy from the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society.

Thor was healthy and had been given his shots when we took him home, and for the rest of his life received loving care from Westport veterinarian Dr. Christian Benyei. With all the dogs available and waiting at the Humane Society I don’t know why anyone who isn’t interested in “showing” dogs would buy one, or even want a purebred; mutts are known to be healthier and smarter.

Thor looked after us with total dedication. He alerted us to snakes in the grass, and to people arriving at our house, had a great bark but never bit or even snapped at a human, or hurt an animal or bird he found - merely brought the creature to our attention.

Thor did, unfortunately, have a couple of tiffs with Boo-Boo, a dog he played with as a puppy, after the two matured and the testosterone, or whatever male dogs have, kicked in.

He also fell in love - with Beuli Getts, Lise Connell’s dog, also obtained from the Humane Society, who looked enough like him to have been a sister, but Beuli was cool to his advances, and the tender letters he wrote to Beuli’s column in the Westport News didn’t alter her indifference. 

(Adoptions at the Humane Society then - and perhaps now - were not “open” so we never found out anything about Thor’s original family.) What a blessing Thor was; he truly enhanced our lives.

For anyone thinking about getting a dog, I strongly recommend visiting the Humane Society on the Post Road to find the right dog for a lifetime of love and fun.

Nina Streitfeld
Westport  

   

04/26/08 10:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honored for Greening Westport

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Westport’s Green Energy Task Force presented the first annual We Green Westport Award today to two Westport individuals and two businesses in recognition of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. The ceremony took place at the Green Earth Fair at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Pictured (l-r) are: First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, John Lupton of Patagonia (corporate winner), Matthew Silver, 14, (individual winner), Louis Pietig, Nate Paulson and John Baken of Patagonia, Westport resident Kevin Green (individual winner) and his son Sunil, Carl Leaman, chairman of the Green Energy Task Force, Scott, Craig and Laila Tiefenthaler of Westport Wash & Wax (corporate winner), and Kimberly Lake, vice chairman of the Task Force. See WestportNow April 22, 2008 for background on award winners. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 08:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tracing Westport’s History

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Rachel Carley (r), a Westport-born author and historic preservationist. addressed more than 40 attendees today at the Westport Historical Society on the history of Westport and its buildings. The talk was held in conjunction with the Society’s current exhibit, “Westport Preserved – Westport Lost.” Carley, a resident of Litchfield, traced Westport’s evolution from a colonial settlement and seaport to an artists’ colony, country retreat and a 20th century suburb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Vineyard Vines by Mitchells Makes Official Westport Debut

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Upscale clothier Vineyard Vines by Mitchells made its official debut on Westport’s Main Street today. The store occupies the former site of Talbots Mens and years ago was a Mobil gas station.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 05:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Here Come the Clouds

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After days of brilliant sunshine, cloudless skies and summer-like temperatures, clouds moved into Westport and the tri-state area late Friday. Scene is Compo Beach. Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies in the morning with a slight chance of showers followed by partly sunny in the afternoon with highs in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 04:58 AM Comments () • Permalink

Soundview Stroll

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A man takes his companions for a stroll along Westport’s Soundview Drive at Compo Beach on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, April 26, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - United Methodist Church - Tag Sale to benefit charities for women and children
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) - Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Substance of Style” by historic preservationist Rachel Carley
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Fair
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Black Box Theater - “Romeo and Juliet”

   

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

Westport Photojournalist Addario Addresses NYC Audience

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Westporter Lynsey Addario (r), a 1991 Staples High School graduate and now an award-winning, Istanbul, Turkey-based photojournalist, was a featured guest at a New York City lecture tonight. The event, “In Conversation: Lynsey Addario and Elizabeth Rubin Covering Conflict,” was sponsored by the International Center for Photography, in partnership with the Center for Architecture. Rubin (l), a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and Addario have worked together in Northern Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Afghanistan, and Darfur. Addario (www.lynseyaddario.com) photographs for National Geographic, The New York Times, The NYT Magazine, Time, and Fortune, among others. The discussion was moderated by Kathy Ryan (c) photo editor of The New York Times Magazine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 02:56 AM Comments () • Permalink

Proud Family

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Among those in the audience for tonight’s New York City panel discussion featuring award-winning Westport photojournalist Lynsey Addario were her mother and three sisters—like their younger sister, all Staples High School graduates. Pictured (l-r) are mom, Camille Addario, and sisters Lesley (Staples ‘89), Lisa (Staples ‘86) and Lauren (Staples ‘84). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/08 02:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sisters

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Twin sisters take a stroll along Westport’s Canal Street today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

04/25/08 08:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tulip Field

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A field of tulips brightens Westport’s Jesup Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

04/25/08 07:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Scene

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The Saugatuck River in Westport hosted plenty of rowers on Thursday as the temperature again hit the mid-70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/25/08 04:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, April 25, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - United Methodist Church - Tag Sale to benefit charities for women and children
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 - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Cabaret Benefit with Leslie Orofino
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Lansdowne w/Undefyed, On The Victrola, Bistro Spirits
7:30 p.m. - Seabury Center - Westport Arts Center presents Imani Winds
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Black Box Theater - “Romeo and Juliet”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”

   

04/25/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, April 24, 2008

30th Annual Minute Man Race Set for Sunday

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A banner reminds everyone that the 30th annual Minute Man Race is set for Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach. More information about the event sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League is available on the organization’s Web site.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/08 10:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers April 7 - 11, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 7 - 11, 2008:

Ted E. and Amy Orenstein and David A. and Stephanie A. Webster, 4 Green Acre Lane, $1,975,000 WN property.jpg

Rafael and Ann Laredo to Sue B. and Stephen A. Levy, 164 Compo Road South, $537,500

Kim Cavalier Alianiello to T. Anthony Howell, 55 Woodside Ave., $860,000

Ronald and Carolyn Schulman to Christopher and Kathryn Burki, 2 Fraser Lane, $3,200,000

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04/24/08 09:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 82 Hillspoint Road

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 82 Hillspoint Road. Built in 1810, the house known as the Stratton-Rippe House is listed on Westport’s Historic Resources Inventory for Buildings and Structures.  According to documentation by the Connecticut Historical Commission, “it survives as a well preserved statement of a substantial, picturesquely detailed farmhouse.” The two-story antique has 2,042 square feet and is situated on 1.25 acres. The house, currently owned by the Leo A. Gordon estate, is for sale during the demolition application process. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/08 08:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Morning Blossom Jog

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An early morning jogger on Westport’s Broadview Road today had a blossom-lined course. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/08 03:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Scene

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Wednesday’s sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s were a perfect combination for this picturesque view along the Saugatuck River near the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/08 04:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, April 24, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
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 - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
2 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Building Conference Room – Public Site & Building Commission Longshore Golf Halfway House Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Forum for Phragmites Control Projects
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”

   

04/24/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

One, Two, Three…

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Getting ready for sculling meant push ups today at Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/08 12:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Terex Reports 46 Percent Jump in 1Q Earnings

Westport-based Terex Corp. today reported a 46 percent increase in earnings in the latest quarter, helped by the global boom in commodities.

The Fortune 500 heavy equipment manufacturer, whose headquarters is at the Nyala Farms office complex off Greens Farms Road, reported net income rose to $163.3 million, or $1.59 per share, compared to $113.8 million, or $1.09 per share, for the same period a year ago.

Analysts on average had expected Terex to report earnings of $1.40 a share, according to Reuters Estimates.

Quarterly net sales reached $2.36 billion, up 17.4 percent on the year-ago period.

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04/23/08 11:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fun in the Sun

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The playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was a busy place today as temperatures soared into the 70s with even warmer weather predicted for Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/08 10:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Drivers Unhurt in Fender Bender

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No one was injured today in a two-car accident at the intersection of Westport’s Post Road East and Myrtle Avenue. A Westport driver turned onto Myrtle Avenue and smashed into a station wagon driven by a Fairfield woman waiting for the light to change. The left front fender of each car was heavily damaged. Firefighters spread absorbent on the roadway after a fuel spill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/08 10:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Report: Resigned Former Westport Priest Got Church Job

A Catholic priest who served in Westport 20 years ago and resigned from the Diocese of Bridgeport six years ago amid allegations he abused a teenage boy was hired by another diocese in Stamford, The Advocate reported today.

It said Albert McGoldrick, who served at Westport’s Assumption Church in 1988, was hired by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, where he could have had contact with seminarians from St. Basil College.

The eparchy was warned repeatedly by the Bridgeport Diocese about McGoldrick, who was a priest in Greenwich when he resigned in 2002, a Bridgeport diocese spokesman said, according to the report. (See WestportNow Oct. 16, 2003)

McGoldrick was hired Sept. 1, 2006, as assistant to Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy but never was employed by St. Basil College, said a statement the eparchy issued Tuesday night in response to media requests, The Advocate said.

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04/23/08 10:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Good Weather for a Walk

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Today’s sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s were a perfect combination for a walk near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/08 07:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ex-Firefighter Arrested for Illegal Union Credit Card Use

Westport police said today they had arrested a recently retired Westport firefighter on a fire union complaint that he had illegally used a union credit card while union treasurer.WestportNow.com Image
Eric Fine: released on $10,000 bond. WN file photo/Dave Matlow

Eric Fine, 48, of Shelton, who retired April 1 as the fire department’s communications specialist, was charged with second degree larceny and illegal use of a credit card. He was released on $10,000 bond pending an appearance May 6 in Norwalk Superior Court, police said.

A news release said the arrest followed an investigation into a March 20 complaint by the executive board of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1081, Westport Professional Firefighters. It alleged that Fine had misused a union credit card while treasurer from April 2004 through June 2007.

“Several thousand dollars of unauthorized charges were discovered during Fine’s tenure as union treasurer,”  the news release said.

   

04/23/08 05:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

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