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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Main Street Cleared for Halloween Parade

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Westport’s Main Street was cleared for almost two hours today for the annual Halloween parade. Hundreds of youngsters and their parents participated despite brisk winds and temperatures in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com


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Rell Visits Westport to Support GOP Candidates

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell visited Westport’s Republican Party headquarters today to support local candidates Nitzy Cohen (l), running against incumbent Democrat Joe Mioli in the 136th House District, and Toni Boucher, a state representative from Wilton, running against Democrat John Hartwell of Westport to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Judi Freedman of Westport in the 26th Senate District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/29/08 07:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sheri Valente Heads Young Woman’s League

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Sheri Valente: takes over WYWL leadership. Contributed photo
The Westport Young Woman’s League has elected Sheri Valente as president for the 2008-2009 year.

A Westport resident for 12 years and a League member for seven, Valente previously served as vice president, ways and means chair, community service chair, and membership activities chair. 

In addition to the League, Valente has also given her time teaching religious education at the Unitarian Church in Westport, served on PTAs, and coached girls softball. She is also very active in the National Charity League.

Raised in Darien, she attended Syracuse University and after graduating returned to Fairfield County and taught high school math. 

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10/29/08 01:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Autumn at Round Pond

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The autumn colors reflected off the surface pf Westport’s Round Pond, off Compo Road South, on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, October 29, 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 Arts Center - “Optimism”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Linda Appleman Shapiro: “Four Rooms, Upstairs”
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Cooking series with Jeanne Licurse: Fall foods to restore health and sustain energy
3 p.m. – Main Street & Veterans Green (Auditorium if rain) – Parks & Recreation/DMA/PAL Halloween Parade
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Norwalk High School - Staples boys soccer vs. Greenwich in FCIAC final
7 p.m. - Westport Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters state House District 136 and Senate District 26 debate (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Arts Center presents the film “Autism in Our World”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee


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26th Senate District Candidates Discuss Environment

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Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, tonight hosted a forum for 26th Senate District candidates to discuss environmental issues. Democrat John Hartwell (l) of Westport and Republican Toni Boucher of Wilton, currently a state representative, discussed a wide range of issues including energy polices, Westport’s recently enacted ban on plastic bags for retail checkout, open space, and ways to protect the environment. Matthew Mandell (r) was moderator. They will meet again Wednesday at a Town Hall forum at 7 p.m. along with 136th House District candidates incumbent Democrat Joe Mioli and Republican challenger Nitzy Cohen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/29/08 02:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pauline Olga Weeks, 88

Mrs. Pauline Olga Weeks, 88, of Westport, wife of the late William R. Weeks passed away Monday evening at her home in the company of her family.

Mrs. Weeks was born April 30, 1920, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Gustav and Mary (Zelinsky) Kovacs and has been a resident of Westport for 57 years.

Prior to her husband’s passing, both she and her husband enjoyed traveling around Connecticut for fresh water fishing. Mrs. Weeks loved animals, music and cooking and was an avid fan of the cooking network.

While there were a few charities Mrs. Weeks held close to her heart, the one she loved most was baking cookies and bake goods to send to the troops where ever they were stationed. A family oriented woman, Mrs. Weeks was a dedicated mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.

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10/28/08 08:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Junior Achievement Does Halloween Business

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Two members of the Junior Achievement Club at Staples High School presented First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff with a candy-filled pumpkin, one of the products produced by their company named Klox (“always moving forward”). Pictured are Lindsey Runkel, 17, and Hayden Meinero, 17. The company, under the sponsorship of Westport’s Terex Corporation, sold almost 100 Halloween products and is working on hot chocolate kits as its next product. More than two dozen Staples students are involved in the company. They meet weekly with Terex executives who coach them on their business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/28/08 08:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Author Jane Green Talks of Her Love for Westport

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British-born author Jane Green addressed the Westport Rotary Club today and said she can’t wait until she becomes an American citizen on Thursday. The New York Times best-selling author said she fell in love with Westport when she moved here seven years ago and disclosed that the main character in her 10th and most recent novel, “The Beach House,” was based on an older woman she frequently saw riding a bike and smoking a cigarette after midnight in the Compo Beach neighborhood. In the book, the story takes place in Nantucket. The mother of four children, Green expressed a child rearing philosophy, “of the greatest gift we can teach our children is that of humility.” She is a fan of the Westport Public Library and said she goes there daily to do her writing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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

School Nutrition Discussed at “Two Angry Moms” Screening

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A Westport group called Parents for Change hosted a Westport Public Library showing today of the film “Two Angry Moms” as part of an effort to improve what children eat in schools. Weston filmmaker Amy Kalafa (2nd r.), who launched the “movie and the movement” after becoming angry about her children eating heavily-processed food filled with additives, later took part in a discussion with the audience. Others participating included (l-r) Eileen Flug, a member of the schools’ Wellness and Nutrition Committee, Katherine Dyer of Wholesome Wave, producer of the Thursday Westport Farmers Market, and Norwalk nutritonist Janet Luongo. Westporter Nicole Straight heads the Parents for Change group. Among those attending the event were First Selectman Gordon F, Joseloff and Frank Rupp, in charge of food services for the Westport schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


10/28/08 06:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Halloween Parade Set for Wednesday

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Westport’s annual Halloween parade will be held Wdnesday on Main Street. Children and parents are asked to meet in front of the YMCA on the corner of the Post Road East and Main Street at 3 p.m. The parade will go up Main Street, along Avery Place and then on to Town Hall.  Entertainment and refreshments will be provided on Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 3:45 p.m. The event is for children, 7 and under. This was the scene from last year’s parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


10/28/08 12:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Time to Fish

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A fisherman enjoys Monday’s weather along the Saugatuck River near Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Sagnella for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

9:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - “Two Angry Moms” movie and movement
10 a.m. - noon - Police/EMS Classroom (50 Jesup Road) - Adult Family and Friends CPR class
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 Arts Center - “Optimism”
7 p.m. – 5 Canal Street – Westport Housing Authority
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
7:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Candidate Forum on the Environment: John Hartwell and Toni Boucher
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - Women’s Health Forum: Q & A with experts from Norwalk Hospital


10/28/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Norwalk 3-0 in FCIAC Semifinal

The Staples boys soccer team exploded for three goals in four minutes during the second half of tonight’s FCIAC semifinal match against Norwalk, then played stellar defense to secure the 3-0 victory. WestportNow.com Image
Greg Gudis and Brendan Lesch celebrate Lesch’s goal in tonigh’s FCIAC semifinals. The sophomore struck first, initiating a three-goals-in-three-minutes spurt midway through the second half. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

The win – before a raucous Wrecker crowd at Fairfield Ludlowe High School – propelled Staples into the FCIAC finals.

The Wreckers will try for their second league championship in three years at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Norwalk High School. Their opponent is Greenwich High.

After an evenly played, scoreless first half, Staples took command. Fifteen minutes into the second half, sophomore Brendan Lesch raced down the right sideline. Beating several defenders, he turned inside, then scored on a 20-yard blast.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

A Family’s Tale of Grit and Humor

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Lee Woodruff, wife of ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff, spoke to a packed meeting of the Westport Weston Y’s Women today at the Westport Public Library. She talked about the book “In an Instant” she co-authored with her husband following his close call with death while on assignment in Iraq. The audience related totally to the gripping and often sad story of how the family with four young children joined together and, with perseverance and grit and humor, worked as a team as he recovered. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Just in Time

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A little breathless, Lee Woodruff arrived at the stroke of noon today for her author’s talk before s standing room only Y’s Women audience at the Westport Public Library. (She’s in the middle aisle making her way down to the speaker’s podium.)  She said, “It was one of THOSE Mondays where nothing goes right.” Woodruff’s book with her husband Bob, “In an Instant,” revolves around the war injuries suffered by her ABC News anchor husband in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 6 - 10, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 6 - 10, 2008:

Donald G. and Pearl G. Richman to Carrie and Ken Richman Trs., 1400 Post Road East Unit 93, $850,000 WN property.jpg

Philip T. Teusher and Alice G. Gimenes to Lynroy Henry and Gary Jahnson, 25 Crescent Road, $470,000

Shiela Harrah Amended and Restated Rev. Tr. to Frank P. and Barbara B. Wendt Trs., 141 Regents Park, $935,000

Komac Holdings LLC to David I. and Brandi Briggs, 2 Rainey Lane, $1,748,500

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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y.  has issued a wind advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

An intensifying low pressure system pressure system will bring very gusty winds to the region Tuesday, the advisory said.

Winds will increase during the day and by late afternoon into the early evening are expected to gust to 45 to 55 miles per hour. Winds will gradually subside Tuesday night.

Winds late Tuesday afternoon are expected to be slightly stronger than those that the region experienced on Saturday, the advisory said. As a result of these winds,  scattered power outages due to fallen trees are expected.


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State Candidates to Appear at Two Forums This Week

Westport voters will have two opportunities this week to hear the views of candidates running for state senate and house.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, will host a candidate forum on the environment attended by the Democratic and Republican candidates vying for the 26th District senate seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Judi Freedman.

Democratic nominee John Hartwell of Westport and Republican nominee state Rep. Toni Boucher of Wilton will discuss their views, ideas and goals for the environment in a session moderated by Matthew Mandell, an Earthplace trustee and member of the Representative Town Meeting.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, Hartwell and Boucher, along with incumbent state Rep. Joe Mioli, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger in the 136th District, Nitzy Cohen, will meet in debates co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westport, the Y’s Men and Women, and the PTA Council.

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Dog Power

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A weekend visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach lets his dogs provide the skate board power. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Monday, October 27, 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 Arts Center - “Optimism”
11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Lee Woodruff, “In an Instant”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission Special Meeting
7 p.m. – Westport Center for Senior Activities – TEAM Westport Committee Forum
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Archer Mayor: “The Catch”


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Making Music Together

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The Westport Arts Center held its fall fundraiser gala today with a jazz piano performance at the Pequot Library in Southport by the husband and wife team of Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. The two piano journey through the Great American Songbook was preceded by brunches for guests hosted by Center supporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Fifth Annual Lantern Cemetery Tour Draws Crowd

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An attentive crowd on a beautiful autumn day today attended the Westport Historical Society’s fifth annual lantern tour of Lower Greens Farms Cemetery. The tour was led by host Peter Jennings and others dressed in authentic costumes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/26/08 10:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Way We Were

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Today’s fifth annual lantern tour of the Lower Greens Farms Cemetery sponsored by the Westport Historical Society had Westporters playing the role of town inhabitants in the 19th century. Westporter John Franklin (r) listens to Victor Hollenberg, a Staples High School junior, who portrayed Civil War soldier Jeremiah Allen whose gravestone shows his death to have been in September, 1862. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Return Westport Visit for Don Larsen

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Don Larsen, famed New York Yankee pitcher best known for his perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series, signed autographs at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia shop in the Compo Shopping Center today where he last appeared in August 2006. (See WestportNow Aug. 31, 2006) Larsen, 79, pitched for the Yankees from the 1955 through the 1959 seasons. Store owner Michael Riccio Sr. stands in the center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/26/08 07:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Gone: 20 Woodside Ave.

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UPDATE Only the shell remains of a 19th century house at 20 Woodside Ave. in Westport. A demolition permit for the property was issued Wednesday and this photo was shot on Saturday. Built in 1810, the 2,288-square-foot house was situated on a .6-acre lot. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 16, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/26/08 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Posing Westport and Weston Artists

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Westport photographer David Kalman (r) gets set to take a picture of visual artists over 70 years old from Westport and Weston on the Town Hall steps today. They are the focus of a new documentary, “Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity,” directed by Westporter Martin West.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/26/08 04:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Riding the Waves

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While the kite surfers took command of Westport’s Compo South Beach Saturday afternoon, several daredevil wind surfers skimmed rapidly over the turbulent waters in a display of athleticism, strength and speed.  One of the delighted surfers said conditions were the best they had been all year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


10/26/08 11:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

High Flying

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Strong winds and rough seas made for high speed kite surfing Saturday with spectacular displays of skill in the waters off Westport’s Compo Beach. The unusually dramatic weather conditions gave the sport an added thrill and attracted surfers from a number of surrounding communities as well as Westport surfers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


10/26/08 11:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Ski Season

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Westporter Mel Yemma, 17, a senior at Staples High School and an accomplished freestyle skier, practices her techniques Saturday at a “rail jam” hosted by the Outdoor Sports Center in Wilton to promote the ski season. Yemma has skied competitively on a freestyle team at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.  At Staples she is participating in a three-year science research project in which she has designed and built her own skis made out of bamboo, which she is testing as a possibly more flexible and more environmentally sustainable type of ski material. About two dozen young skiers and snowboarders participated in the event. The Outdoor Sports Center brought in several truckloads of “Zamboni shavings” from area ice rinks to provide the snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com


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