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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee

   

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Staples Shuts Out Danbury 5-0

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Staples sophomore Sean Gallagher battles the Danbury goalkeeper in today’s 5-0 Wrecker victory. Staples, now 5-0, face a tough test Wednesday at Fairfield Ludlowe (7 p.m.). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

   

09/23/08 11:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Junior Named “Arctic Ambassador”

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Sam Gault, president of Westport’s Gault, Inc., congratulates Katya Strage, 16, of Westport, on becoming Fairfield County’s first “Arctic Ambassador.” The Staples High School junior earned the title after winning the Polar Bears International “Leadership Camp” competition, which was sponsored by the Gault-PBI Alliance. Katya will don the official Gault-PBI Alliance down vest at the PBI Leadership Camp in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to be held Oct. 9-16. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

09/23/08 10:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

One-Car Accident Backs Up Traffic on I-95

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UPDATE A Stamford man who said he was a diabetic hit a jersey barrier and right shoulder guardrail today in the southbound lanes of I-95 at exit 17 in Westport during the afternoon rush hour. Westport firefighters and EMS responded and found the car facing the wrong way with front-end damage. Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said the man was semi-conscious on their arrival. EMS transported the man to Norwalk Hospital. The accident caused lengthy backups in the southbound lanes. DOT/ WestportNow.com photo

   

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

I’m Cocoa and I Have a Forever Family

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Cocoa is a beautiful 9-month old girl golden-mix who was given up due to circumstances beyond her control (her owner died suddenly) and now she is lost without a place to belong. She had been living in a family with three children under the age of twelve, was great with all of them, and she doesn’t understand why she can’t go back home. Cocoa is such a good girl, sweet, affectionate, and playful and responds so well to love and kindness. Cocoa needs a home where she will be loved and treated like a member of the family. She’s only about 40 pounds, a perfect medium-sized girl. If you’ve got room in your heart to make this girl believe in “forever” again, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for an application (or visit The Little Pink Shelter website). Cocoa is completely up to date on shots and is already spayed. Cocoa is being fostered in Connecticut.

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09/23/08 06:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wendy Sobelman Named Teacher of Year

Wendy Sobelman, a special education teacher at Saugatuck Elementary School (SES), has been named Westport Teacher of the Year 2009.

Sobelman, who received a commendation at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, has worked in Westport schools for 12 of her 16 years of experience.

During that time, she has also been speech and language pathologist, a teacher of the hearing impaired and a reading support teacher. 

In addition to SES, she has also worked in Coleytown, King’s Highway and Long Lots Elementary Schools and Coleytown Middle School. 

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09/23/08 06:52 AM Comments () • Permalink

Personal Attention

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A sculler gets some personal attention from an instructor Monday on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Food Service Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Temple Israel - Dr. Andrea Weiss: “The Days of Awe and the Voices of Women” 

   

09/23/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Monday, September 22, 2008

Celia Wiseman, 86

Celia Arkush Wiseman, age 86, of Redding, former longtime Albany, N.Y., resident and mother of Selectwoman Shelly Kassen of Westport, died on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at Meadow Ridge in Redding.

Mrs. Wiseman was born in the Ukraine and resided in Albany most of her life. She had been living in Connecticut since July of 2006.

She was a member of Temple Israel in Albany and Abigail Lodge No. 3, United Order of True Sisters in Albany.

Celia was predeceased by her husbands, Samuel J. Arkush and and Marvin Wiseman.

She is survived by two sons, Allan Arkush and his wife Bonnie of Newton, Mass., Michael Arkush and his wife Pauletta Walsh of Ojai, Calif.; and a daughter, Shelly Kassen and her husband Michael of Westport; stepmother of Shoshana Brayman and her husband Zvi of Rochester, N.Y. Celia also leaves seven grandchildren.

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09/22/08 10:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Interfaith Housing Breaks Ground on New Units

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Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association broke ground today on six new units of supportive housing—used as permanent housing for homeless people—on West End Avenue in Westport’s Saugatuck area. Several dozen persons were on hand for a ceremony marking start of construction. IHA received several community grants—including from the Westport Rotary Club and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club—to help purchase the property. That led to the house being named the Westport Rotary Centennial House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/22/08 08:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Turning the Shovel

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Several dozen persons attended today’s groundbreaking ceremony for six Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) supportive housing units on Westport’s West End Avenue in the Saugatuck area. On hand to turn over the symbolic first dirt were (l-r) John Walsh, IHA board chair; Rick Benson, Westport Rotary Club; Kevin Loveland, Connecticut Department of Social Services; Terry Nash, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority; Pete Powell, IHA president; Julie Fagan, Department of Housing & Urban Development; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Elliot Stone, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/22/08 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Last Summer Sunset

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There was another spectacular sunset on Sunday as viewed from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. It was the last sunset of summer as fall officially begins today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, September 22, 2008


6:45 a.m. - Longshore Golf Park - Westport Basketball Association 5th Annual Youth Basketball Golf Benefit
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Ordinance Committee
11:44 a.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Autumnal Equinox
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education

   

09/22/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Talking Baseball?

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Among Westporters attending Sunday night’s final game at Yankee Stadium were David and Phyllis Komansky. The former chairman of Merrill Lynch and his wife had front row seats near the Yankee dugout alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who engaged in animated talk with his friend who grew up in the Bronx. In 1985, Merrill was the first Wall Street firm to invest in Bloomberg’s financial company, paying $30 million for a 30 percent stake in Bloomberg L.P. In July, Merrill completed the sale of its remaining 20 percent stake for $4.425 billion as part of its efforts to raise cash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

09/22/08 03:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, September 21, 2008

WestportNow Photos Go On Display

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Curated by WestportNow photographer Laurence Untermeyer, a show of WestportNow images from over the years opened today at the Westport Historical Society. Visitors enjoyed seeing the photos “off-line” and up on the walls. Also opening was “Unique Perspectives - Photography by Six Westport Artists.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 09:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Car Talk

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Westporter Joanne Woodward (r), artistic director at the Westport Country Playhouse, chatted with Ann Sheffer (c) of Westport,  and Darlene Krenz, a Playhouse board member, at today’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 08:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Babe Ruth Photo Auctioned as Yankee Stadium Closes

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On the day of the final home game at Yankee Stadium, the Rotary Foundation’s silent auction at the Fairfield County Concourse d’Elegance today featured a framed photo of Babe Ruth in his pre-Yankees era Boston Red Sox uniform. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 08:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Color Me Orange

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Bright colors made some entrants stand out at today’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 08:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Among the Winners

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This red Ferrari drew lots of attention as it pulled into the winner’s circle today at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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

Vintage Look

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Easton resident Pat Ippolito’s vintage attire blended with the 1940s film actress Greer Garson’s 1939 chauffeured Cadillac Fleetwood Model 7523 limousine at today’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 07:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Draws Large Crowds

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Large crowds turned out today for the fifth annual Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance antique car show at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 07:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

En Garde

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Today’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival in downtown Westport included games for children in the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Thousands attended the two-day event sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 06:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shake and Bake

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Team “Shake and Bake” won first place in the amateur ribs category and third place in chicken in this weekend’s first annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. Red-shirted members included Westporters (l-r) Pat Beranek, Mike Miller and friend from New Jersey, Dan Kowalewski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gina Beranek for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 06:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters Compete in BBQ Contest

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This weekend at the first annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, (l-r) Bob Colgan, Ted Sullivan and Alex Jinishian were smoking up as they competed in the amateur division of the barbeque contest. They were hoping to donate their winnings to Staples High School Tuition Grants Committee, Inc., a not for profit group that provides college tuition assistance to Staples students with financial need. For more information, visit the group’s Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

09/21/08 06:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Motorcycle Ride to Fight Cancer

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About 2,000 bikers made their way through Westport today as part of a 60-mile ride from Danbury to Shelton to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Hammer for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 05:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters Join Charity Motorcycle Ride

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Lori and Steve Hammer were among Westporters participating in today’s 60-mile motorcycle ride to fight cancer. They are show crossing the Ruth Steinkrause Cohen Bridge in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Hammer for WestportNow.com

   

09/21/08 05:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Swinging and Swaying at the Playhouse

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The Westport Arts Center presented Mavis Staples, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, with Chris Coogan and the Good News Gospel Choir Saturday night at the Westport Country Playhouse. It was a night of swinging and swaying and clapping of hands as the evening opened with the Good News Gospel Singers belting out lively gospel music. Then Mavis Staples captivated the audience with some of her “Golden Oldies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, September 21, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club - Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion and various Westport venues - Blues Views & BBQ Festival
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Mystery Reading Group: “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit Opening Reception: “Unique Perspectives - Photography by Six Westport Artists” and “WestportNow Photographers: the Best from the Best”

   

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Dining for a Good Cause

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More than 200 attendees partied at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance gala reception and celebrity dinner tonight at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. The event benefited The Drive to Treat Autism Fund for AIND/Giant Steps School in Southport and Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services in Westport, a subsidiary of St. Vincent’s Health Services in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Celebrity Lineup

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Attendees at tonight’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance reception and celebrity dinner at the Fairfield County Hunt Club included (l-r) Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, state Rep. Kim Fawcett, Westporter Ann Sheffer, and the keynote speaker, sportswriter Frank Deford of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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