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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Autumn Scene

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The autumn colors as seen Saturday north of the Kings Highway North Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, October 26, 2008


11 a.m. - United Methodist Church - Joseph Wagenseller, “Spiritual Values in the Family”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
Noon - Westport Country Playhouse - JuggleJoy Halloween Tricks and Treats Show
3 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center Fall Gala Performance: “Twice as Nice,” Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes
4 p.m. - Lower Greens Farms Cemetery - Westport Historical Society Annual Lantern Tour

   

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Winds Down Trees, Power Lines

UPDATE Winds gusted up to 48 miles per hour tonight in Westport, knocking down trees and power lines as the area was under a National Weather Service wind advisory.

Westport police and fire units responded to numerous reports of trees and power lines down through the evening. A large area south of Greens Farms Road was reported without power at mid-evening as well as numerous areas south of the Post Road.

Connecticut Light and Power Company said 2,300 Westport customers were in the dark at the peak of the outages, but by 1 a.m. Sunday, the number was down to 201.

Outages were reported on Sylvan Road North, Wilton Road, Punch Bowl Drive, Cob Drive, Crawford Road, Red Coat Road, Marion Road, and Old Road. One Wilton Road resident said the power was out from about 8:30 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. Sunday.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Canaan Edges Staples 21-20

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Tyler Healy (2) scores the third and final touchdown of the day for Staples today on a 28-yard burst off right tackle with 1:37 left. Senior Kevin Clark’s game-tying point after kick got caught in the brisk winds which pushed it wide left, allowing New Canaan to come out on top 21-20 as the Rams remained undefeated in the season. Staples (5-2 overall, 3-2 FCIAC) next faces Norwalk Friday at 6 p.m. at Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/08 08:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Finding Daylight

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Staples senior Robert Toole (44) looks for daylight in today’s 21-20 Wrecker loss to New Canaan at home. Staples, with a 5-1 overall record, was the underdog going into the game against the undefeated Rams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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Ram Roadblock

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Staples senior Josh Henry (23) runs into a Ram roadblock during today’s 21-20 loss to New Canaan at home.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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

Authors Address Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature

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Author Grace Lin was among speakers at today’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature session at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School. Lin’s first novel, “The Year of the Dog,” won critical acclaim. Her books often bring to light the Asian-American experience for all children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Conversation

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Westporter Linda Gramatky Smith enjoys a conversation with Hans Wilheim, an author and Illustrator of children’s books, at today’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature sponsored by the Westport Public Library at Saugatuck Elementary School. Gramatky Smith’s father, Hardie Gramatky, was the author-illustrator of children’s classic “Little Toot.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

10/25/08 06:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature Draws Hundreds

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The fifth annual Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature sponsored by the Westport Public Library drew more than 500 attendees today to an all-day session at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Welcome to Westport

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F Joseloff today welcomed more than 500 attendees to the Westport Public Library’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature at Saugatuck Elementary School. Joseloff said the festival was another signature event of the library which has deservedly won acclaim as one of the best in the nation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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NY Times Endorses Shays

The New York Times, which two years ago endorsed Democratic challenger Diane Farrell over Republican incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays for re-election in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, today endorsed Shays, as it has done many times previously during his two decades in Congress.

The text of the editorial:“The incumbent, Christopher Shays, stands as a rare champion these days of Republican moderation.

“He faces Jim Himes, a Democrat who is a former vice president of Goldman Sachs and now executive director of a nonprofit community organization.

“Mr. Himes is an attractive candidate, and we have not always agreed with Mr. Shays on the Iraq war and other issues. But on matters like campaign finance reform, increasing the minimum wage and expanding health care for children, Christopher Shays’s record of bipartisanship makes him our choice.”

   

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Staples Girls Swimming & Diving Defeats New Canaan

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The Staples girls swimming and diving team beat New Canaan Friday at its last swim meet of the dual-meet season. The win, which gave the Lady Wreckers a 9-3 record, was all the sweeter since it occurred at home while the team celebrated Senior Day. Coach Mike Laux joined in celebrating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ronald Wimer for Staplesswimming.com

   

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Saturday, October 25, 2008


8 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature Saturday Symposium, Lunch, Lectures, and Book Signing
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Yuck Day Activities and Exhibits
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Rock Band @ the Library
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples varsity football vs. New Canaan
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Of Mice and Men”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Senators Community Foundation: Spoken Word Evening
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Red Cross Halloween fundraiser

   

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All Gone: 4 Taylor Lane

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A crew works on the finishing touches of the demolition of 4 Taylor Lane, located off Clapboard Hill Road. Built in 1989, the two-story colonial had 3,556-square feet and was situated on 2.2 acres. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 28, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Mo Willems, Popular Author, Illustrator, Makes School Visit

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Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, in Westport for the Westport Library’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature, today visited Coleytown Elementary School first graders where he read from his books and drew some of his characters. He is best known for his Caldecott Honor-winning picture books “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,” “Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale,” and “Knuffle Bunny Too: a case of mistaken identity.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

10/25/08 02:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 9 Caccamo Lane

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The house at 9 Caccamo Lane, off Gorham Avenue was demolished today. Built in 1963, the one-story raised ranch was 1,556-square feet, situated on a 0.53-acre lot and changed ownership last month at $815,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 6, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/25/08 01:56 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Edges Darien 4-2 in FCIAC Quarterfinal

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Drew McNair (r) rounds the corner today against Darien, as Brendan Lesch lends support. The Staples boys soccer team won 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the FCIAC tournament at Loeffler Field. The win advances them into the semifinals against Norwalk—the only team to blemish the Wreckers’ 16-1 record this year. The semis are set for 7 p.m. Monday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Senior Center Clarifies Saturday Political Event

A political event scheduled for Saturday at the Westport Center for Senior Activities is not sponsored by or hosted by the Center, Human Services Director Barbara Butler said today.

Butler said some residents had indicated there was some confusion about sponsorship of the event.

“The Westport Republican Town Committee is sponsoring the event and is responsible for all arrangements,” she said. “The Center regrets any confusion regarding its position.”

   

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WN Photog Larrry Untermeyer Wins Top Photo Prize

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The Westport Weston Y’s Men Camera Club held the opening of its fifth annual photo exhibition today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss presented certificates to the winning photographers. The show featured 93 photographs submitted by 35 photographers with 24 awards handed out. Pictured is Joseloff presenting Larry Untermeyer, a contributing WestportNow photographer, with the best-in-show award for his landscape taken in Vietnam—his second best-in-show award in five years. The exhibit will remain open to the public through Jan. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

10/24/08 10:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Large Trees Removed as Bank Clears Property

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Workers preparing a new site for a branch of Fairfield County Bank at Post Road East and Compo Road South removed some large trees on the property today. The bank said in a statement its design calls for “conservation and protection of many of the trees now located on the property.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Fairfield County Bank: “We Will Rebuild Smaller Brick Wall”

Fairfield County Bank today released an artist’s rendering of its new Westport branch at Post Road East and Compo Road South and said it intends to rebuild a brick wall—but on a smaller scale—that had long surrounded the property.WestportNow.com Image
An artist’s rendering of the new Fairfield County Bank branch at Post Road East and Compo Road South in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“As a part of the site preparation, the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) required the brick wall that stands on the property be removed because DOT had determined the wall was too high and obstructed vehicles sight line, potentially creating a safety issue,” the bank said in a statement.

“The brick wall will be replaced with a new brick wall which will be four feet high and will closely match the former wall. The bank is committed to creating a building that reflects the character of Westport.”

A picture on WestportNow of the destroyed wall had drawn criticism from readers, some of whom said they had no intention of doing business with the bank as a result. (See WestportNow Oct. 21, 2008)

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Westport Observes United Nations 63rd Anniversary

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There was a ceremony on the steps of Westport Town Hall today marking the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Westporter Aye Aye Thant, daughter of the late United Nations Secretary-General U Thant, presented gifts to children from the Connecticut Friends School in Wilton who provided musical entertainment at the event. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Reminding Westporters of U.N. Importance

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Will Davis, director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington, D.C. was the keynote speaker at today’s Westport Town Hall ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. He reminded Westporters of the importance of the United Nations in overseeing international aviation and postal service as well as providing security and humanitarian services in many countries around the world. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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

Happy Customer

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Mum’s the Word as this happy customer left the final Thursday Farmers Market of the season at the Westport Country Playhouse with an armful of chrysanthemums. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, October 24, 2008


10 a.m. – Town Hall Front Steps – U.N. Day Ceremony
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature tour of the Weston Woods Studios
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”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Y’s Men Camera Club competition ceremony
6:30 p.m. - Red Barn Restaurant - Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature dinner
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Sunrise Rotary wine tasting
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night: Hitchcock
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Of Mice and Men”

   

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Rabbitt Hill Festival of Literature Opens

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Tonight was the kickoff for the annual Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature at the Westport Public Library. H. Nichols B. Clark, founding director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., opened this year’s festival. He gave an illuminating look at the connections between museum art and picture book illustration using picture illustrations alongside fine art paintings to show the similarities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport P&Z Approves Y Application

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE After more than 100 hours of hearings, testimony and deliberations spanning seven months, the Westport Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission voted 5 to 2 tonight to approve construction of a new Westport Weston Family Y at Camp Mahackeno.WestportNow.com Image
Planning and Zoning commissioners ponder last minute changes tonight in their Y decision. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The vote closes not only the longest application before the P&Z, but more than a decade of wrangling and division pitting those who wanted to keep the Y downtown against those who favored an expanded 102,000-square-foot facility at the 30-acre camp located in a residential area near the Merritt Parkway.

“I am personally reminded that intelligent and well meaning and thoughtful individuals who care about their town can differ,” Ron Corwin, P&Z chairman, said following the vote.

Pete Wolgast, chair of the Y’s Board of Trustees, seemed elated that the final approval, which followed nods from numerous town bodies and the state Department of Environmental Protection, had finally arrived.

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Documentary on Merritt Parkway Screened

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A standing room only crowd packed the Westport Historical Society tonight to view a special screening of “The Road Taken…The Merritt Parkway,” a new half-hour documentary by Westport filmmaker Lisa Seidenberg (r). Mixing historical information, personal anecdotes and rarely seen footage from Connecticut’s past, the film looks at the Merritt as an artistic work—the unique bridges, the landscaping and those infuriating twists and turns that gives the road its character. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two Sentenced in Police Paintball Shooting

Two Bridgeport men involved in the paintball shooting last April of a Westport police officer on Post Road West were sentenced today in Norwalk Superior Court.

Octavio Real, 20, was sentenced to five years in prison suspended after 14 months with three years probation while Juan Carlos Trinidad-Cosme, 20, received a five-year sentence suspended after 12 months with three years probation.

Last week, Jaret Ortiz, 25, of Bridgeport was sentenced to three years on jail and three years probation for pulling the trigger in the shooting. (See WestportNow Oct. 16, 2008)

Real had earlier pleaded guilty to engaging police in pursuit and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. Trinidad-Cosme pleaded guilty to third-degree larceny for stealing the car and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

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Connecticut Magazine Names Staples Best State High School

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Staples cheerleader Julia Backon is on the cover of the November issue of Connecticut Magazine which named Staples the state’s No. 1 public high school. Contributed photo
Connecticut Magazine has named Westport’s Staples High School the best high school in the state in its November issue.

The magazine examined the state’s “traditional/regular” public high schools and rated them on the basis of various criteria.

They ranged from the number of students taking advanced placement courses and SAT scores, to percentage of students going on to a two-year or four-year colleges and percentage of professional staff with advanced degrees.

“Our goal was to find the schools with the greatest percentage of motivated students, along with faculty and staff that seemed to do the best job of college preparation,” the magazine said.

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