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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dorothy A. (Dotty) Picarello, 86

Dorothy A. (Dotty) Picarello of Westport, wife of the late Anthony G. Picarello, died Thursday, April 17, at the Carolton Health Care Center in Fairfield. She was 86.

Mrs. Picarello was born in New York City May 6, 1921, daughter of the late Harry and Julia (Palle) Bolter. She lived in Westport for the past 64 years.

For many years she worked locally in retail, beginning at Lieff Textile in South Norwalk in the late 1940s, then at The Paul Zabin Shop in Westport. Later, she worked as a receptionist at Maurice and Georges and Act One.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Wanamaker and her husband, Charles, of Westport; one sister, Alice Switzer of Fairfield; two grandchildren, Lynne Marie Wanamaker and her partner, Elizabeth Rich, and Carrie Wanamaker and her husband, Jason DePalma; two great grandchildren, Alice Wanamaker and Chase DePalma; one nephew, Carmine Picarello; and one niece, Mary Linda Picarello.

Mrs. Picarello’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the South Wing at Carolton Health Care for the loving care and friendly nature with which they cared for Dotty on a daily basis.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Picarello may be made to a favorite charity.

   

04/23/08 10:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

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04/23/08 04:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Sunset

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Another brilliant sunset Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
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”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Curator’s Talk: “Color in 3D Found, Applied & Readymade”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Education/Finance Committees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees

   

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

James “Jim” Walter Call Jr., 87

James “Jim” Walter Call Jr. of Westport, husband of the late Elizabeth (Mann) Call, died Thursday, March 20, at home. He was 87.

Mr. Call lived in Westport for the past 38 years. He was born June 28, 1920, son of the late James W. Call Sr. and Courtney (Nunn) Call, and grew up in Wilson, N.C. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and was elected to Tau Beta Kappa.

Mr. Call retired several years ago following a long career with Stauffer Chemical Company. He had been very active in many Westport organizations, including Sunrise Rotary Club, Y’s Men, Cotillion Dance Club and the United Methodist Church of Westport. He also served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1985 to 1991 and enjoyed bridge, golf, tennis and traveling.

Survivors include one daughter, Sallie Call Brown; one son, Walter Call; grandchildren, Alison Brown Hahn, Jonathan, Melissa and Dennis Call; and his longtime friend Dottie Hazard.

A memorial service will take place Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Westport, 49 Weston Road.

Interment was held in Maplewood Cemetery in Wilson.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Call may be made to the United Methodist Church of Westport or Westport Sunrise Rotary 21st Century Foundation, c/o Arlo Ellison, 6 Harbor Hill, Westport, CT 06880.

   

04/22/08 10:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Scene

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Visitors to Westport’s Jesup Green in front of the Westport Public Library enjoyed today’s spring weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/22/08 08:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Teens Wanted for Diversity Camp

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One way to promote religious understanding among today’s teens is to get a religiously diverse group of them together. That’s the idea behind a week-long summer camp for 30 high school students in July, according to Denise (Denny) Davidoff, director of Leadership Education Advancing Democracy and Diversity, part of the Washington, D.C.-based Interfaith Alliance Foundation. Davidoff, a former long-time Westporter now living in Norwalk, spoke about the camp at today’s Westport Rotary Club meeting at the Inn at Longshore. The camp will be held in Chevy Chase, Md., from July 27 to Aug. 3. She encourages Fairfield County students to apply and asked anyone interested to call her at (203)838-3818. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/22/08 07:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

“We Green Westport” Award Ceremony Set for Saturday

Two Westport residents and two Westport businesses will be honored Saturday with the town’s first annual “We Green Westport” awards, Carl W. Leaman, chair of the Westport Green Energy Task Force, announced today.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will present the awards at 11:30 a.m., at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane. 

Residents Kevin Green and Matthew Silver, and Westport businesses Westport Wash & Wax and Westport Patagonia will be honored in recognition of efforts made to reduce their carbon footprint, Leaman said.

“It is the goal of the task force to reduce the town’s carbon footprint by one ton per person annually for the next three years,” he said.

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04/22/08 03:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sand Fun

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When Westporter Karalyn Hood arrived home from kindergarten Monday afternoon, she found a wonderful mountain of sand piled up on the beach near her home.  Being a creative 6-year-old, Karalyn found her winter flying saucer, brought it to the sand pile, and proceeded to enjoy an afternoon of “sledding.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, April 22, 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”
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Emergency Medical Services Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – RTM Public Protection Committee

   

04/22/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Planning and Zoning Resumes Y Hearings

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Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission tonight resumed its hearings on the application of the Westport Weston Family Y to move its headquarters to its Camp Mahackeno site. Much of tonight’s session was taken up by expert testimony from the Y and opponents. The commission, which last met on March 27, will meet again on Thursday when general public input is likely to resume.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/22/08 01:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, April 21, 2008

Getting Shipshape

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A boater was getting shipshape today at Westport’s E. R. Strait Marina by swabbing down the deck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/21/08 09:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters Take Part in Norwalk Gang Violence Meeting

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and two Westport police officials were among those who took part today in a Norwalk City Hall meeting called by Congressman Christopher Shays to address gang violence.WestportNow.com Image
Congressman Christopher Shays (r) confers with Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia (l) at today’s gang violence meeting in Norwalk. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) is behind them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It was very informative and an eye-opener for those of us who don’t have day-to-day contact with gang violence issues,” said Joseloff, who attended along with Police Chief Al Fiore and Deputy Chief Gary Golas.

“Gangs and their influence do not stop at town borders,” said Joseloff. “What occurs in Norwalk, Stamford, and Bridgeport, including drug trafficking, can certainly impact Westport and other suburban towns.”

The first selectman said the meeting provided an opportunity to meet the top law enforcement representatives in the state, including the head of the FBI in Connecticut and the acting U.S. Attorney, as well as federal Justice Department officials.

   

04/21/08 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Scene

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A tree on Westport’s Greens Farms Road delighted passersby today with its beauty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/21/08 08:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Freedman Won’t Seek Re-Election

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State Sen. Judith Freedman (c) announced her intention not to seek re-election today on the steps of Wilton Town Hall. Among Republicans surrounding her was her endorsed successor, state Rep. Toni Boucher (standing to her left). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/21/08 03:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Freedman Says She Won’t Seek Re-Election

State Sen. Judith Freedman of Westport made it official today – she will not seek re-election in the 26th District she has represented for 22 years.WestportNow.com Image
State Sen. Judith Freedman (c) announced her intention not to seek re-election today on the steps of Wilton Town Hall. Among Republicans surrounding her was her endorsed successor, state Rep. Toni Boucher (standing to her left). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

At a news conference outside Wilton Town Hall, the veteran Republican confirmed a report first published Friday by WestportNow that she is bowing out and endorsing state Rep. Toni Boucher of Wilton as her successor. (See WestportNow April 18, 2008)

“After much soul-searching and consultation with my husband, I have arrived at the decision which is best for me, my family, and for the district,” she said. “After 22 years, it is time for me to move on.”

Freedman added: “This decision is not an easy one, because I am profoundly attached to the people in the seven towns of my constituency.”

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04/21/08 03:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Maine Man Dies of Self-Inflicted Wound After I-95 Chase

UPDATE A 19-year-old Maine man who fatally shot himself when police—including those from Westport—surrounded him on I-95 in Norwalk Sunday had abducted his ex-girlfriend and killed her male friend earlier in the day, authorities said today.

Eric Niles, who lived in Alton, Maine, killed Blake Michaud, 20, when he found Michaud and the woman together in her family’s home in Bradley, Maine, early Sunday, Maine state police said.

Niles then abducted the woman, Kristin Cates, 18, and fled the state in a pickup truck he had stolen from his grandfather, police said. She had recently broken up with Niles and had obtained a protective order against him.

Niles died early today in Norwalk Hospital, hours after he shot himself in the head as state police and officers from Westport and several nearby communities surrounded the pickup truck after a pursuit on I-95 that ended near Exit 13 on the Norwalk-Darien line. (See WestportNow April 20, 2008).

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04/21/08 02:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Crowing: Neighbors Seek Rooster Relief

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE A group of neighbors in Westport’s Compo Beach area wants the town’s legislative body to approve an ordinance giving them relief from a crowing rooster owned by a fellow resident.WestportNow.com Image
Compo Beach area neighbors want an ordinance that would silence this crowing rooster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“This has been going on for years,” said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified. “It’s like having a leaf blower outside your window all day.”

A petition signed by 28 residents submitted last week to the Town Clerk asked the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to pass an ordinance banning roosters whose “crowing thereof shall be annoying any person occupying premises in the vicinity.”

However, today the petitioners formally withdrew the petition. They said they would resubmit it after working with the Town Attorney’s Office to refine the wording of the proposed law to include how the ordinance will be enforced and what penalties will be imposed.

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04/21/08 06:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Kindergarten Baseball

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The Jets, a kindergarten Little League team from Long Lots Elementary School, held their first practice Sunday. The boys all listened attentively as Coach Adam Adelkopf led the team through some basic baseball skills. Among them were (l-r) Nicholas, Derrick, and Jacob, all 5 years old. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

04/21/08 04:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, April 21, 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”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2:15 p.m. – Staples High School Library Media Center – Westport Youth Commission Mentor Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Special Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee

   

04/21/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Two Westport Officers Injured in I-95 Chase, Shooting

UPDATE Two Westport police officers were slightly injured today in a high-speed chase of a murder suspect on I-95 that ended with the suspect mortally shooting himself in the head after being stopped near the Norwalk-Darien line, police said.

Traffic along I-95 came to a standstill after police in Westport joined the southbound State Police chase of the suspect’s black pickup with Maine plates at Exit 18 in Westport at about 6 p.m. The chase, which at one point reached almost 90 miles per hour, ended near Exit 13 in Darien.

Neither of the officers’ injuries was said to be serious. One officer was bitten by a dog in the suspect’s vehicle, and the second suffered cuts when he broke a window in the vehicle. Both were treated at Norwalk Hospital, fellow officers said.

State Police were in charge of the investigation which they said involved a man wanted in a homicide in Maine who was accompanied in his vehicle by a female companion.

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04/20/08 11:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Community Garden Open

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The Westport Community Garden on Hyde Lane is open and Westporter Ken Smith was there today planting sugar peas. Smith said the best time to begin planting flowers is mid-May when the danger of frost has passed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

04/20/08 10:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hard at Work

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Westporter Lou Rolla brought a flat of marigolds to his Westport Community Garden plot today. He said the flowers help keep the insects away. Despite today’s cloudy and cool weather, several gardeners turned out to work their plots at the garden on Hyde Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

04/20/08 10:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Windy and Cool Makes for Good Kite Surfing

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Today’s windy and cool weather with temperatures in the 50s kept many people away from Westport’s Compo Beach, but drew many kite surfers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/20/08 10:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Vineyard Vines by Mitchells Opens on Main Street

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Vineyard Vines by Mitchells has opened at 90 Main St. in Westport. The official grand opening is scheduled for Saturday at noon. The upscale clothing store replaces Talbots Mens. (See WestportNow Feb. 11, 2008) The store is another joint venture by the Mitchell family of Westport and brothers Ian and Shep Murray of Greenwich, who founded their company in 1998. The two families opened a Vineyard Vines by Richards in Greenwich in 2006 and more recently one in Key Largo, Fla. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/20/08 08:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Return Westport Appearance for Miracle Met

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Jerry Koosman, 65, former pitcher for the New York Mets from 1967-1980 made an autograph appearance at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia shop in the Compo Shopping Center today. Koosman was the No. 2 starting pitcher, after Tom Seaver, for the “Miracle Mets” who won the World Series in 1969. He made a similar visit here a year ago. (See WestportNow April 16,2007) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/20/08 07:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Jetty Walk

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Some Compo Beach visitors played along a jetty in early evening on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Toni Simonetti for WestportNow.com

   

04/20/08 10:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Scene

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A kite surfer enjoys Saturday’s warm temperatures and sunny skies at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/20/08 04:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 20, 2008


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”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
8:30 p.m. - Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk - Second Seder

   

04/20/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 7 Norport Drive

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 7 Norport Drive in the Saugatuck Shores area. Built in 1957, the one-story ranch has 1,279 square feet and is located on a .19-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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