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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Six Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Six students at Westport’s Staples High School have been named 2009 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They are: (back row, l-r) Mitchell Feinberg, Stephanie Gandelman, Willys Devoll, Anna Parmelee and Zoe Hughes; (front row) Emily Rosen. They were among 16,000 semifinalists named in September. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT, a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. These finalists will now be considered for Merit Scholarships. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

02/24/09 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Westport’s First Responders

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The Westport Rotary Club today honored eight Westport first responders for their efforts last Thanksgiving in reviving an elderly woman who had suffered a heart attack at a home on Ellery Lane. Police Chief Al Fiore (at podium) thanked the club for recognizing the work of police, firefighters, and EMS personnel. Pictured behind him are (l-r): First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (partially hidden), EMS Crew Chief Alan Yoder, EMT Scott Luciani, Firefighter Neil Perrotti, Firefighter Jeff Gootman, Police Sgt. Foti Koskinas, Officer Kevin Smith, and Officer Marc Heinmiller. Missing from the photo is Paramedic Harry Downs.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/24/09 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chilly Commute

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Commuters at Westport’s Green’s Farm station today faced a 11-degree windchill. Temperatures are expected to warm later this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

   

02/24/09 12:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Beach Scene

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Undaunted by Monday’s late afternoon frosty winds, a lone Golden Retriever chased seagulls over sandbars on Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Cholesterol Screening
9:30 a.m. - noon - Westport Public Library - Over 40 and Looking for Work with Michael Shavel, CT Dept. of Labor
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Safety Committee
2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Water Quality Initiative
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 2-5 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Meeting
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 6-8 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Joseph Weisberg, “An Ordinary Spy”

   

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Grounded Gulls?

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A couple of gulls appear to be grounded by today’s high winds which whipped the flags on the shore off Westport’s Hillspoint Road at Compo Cove. Winds gusting to 48 miles per hour were clocked along the shoreline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, February 23, 2009

A Beautiful Day for a Backup

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Southbound traffic on I-95 was at a crawl at mid-afternoon today as seen looking east from the overpass at Westport’s Greens Farms Road and Hillspoint Road on a beautiful clear cold day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

02/23/09 11:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Track and Field Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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Two Staples High School track and field athletes have signed letters of intent to attend universities. Olivia Massey will be competing for Bucknell Unviersity in the fall. She was recruited for jumping and running short sprints. Matt Marriott will be running track at Duke University. He was recruited to run mid-distance for the Blue Devils. Pictured behind Massey and Marriott are (l-r): Girls Head Coach Jesse McCray, Athletic Director Marty Lisevick, and Boys Head Coach Laddie Lawrence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

02/23/09 10:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Our Heritage: 161 Cross Highway

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Robert Corroon is honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying this structure as the Christie’s Country Store which was built in 1926. The store at 161 Cross Highway is a Westport landmark. Corroon, who bought the property in 2004, said, “I purchased Christie’s Country Store to bring back the great place it used to be.” It reopened for business in the summer of 2008 after a renovation, and Corroon extends an invitation for all Westporters to visit the store and support its revitalization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

   

02/23/09 01:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Investors Sue Westport National Over Madoff Losses

Two doctors, their families and other colleagues have sued Westport National Bank, and a Westport-based pension consulting firm for losses they say occurred because they invested with Bernard Madoff, the Hartford Courant reported today.

Dr. Stephen R. Levinson of Easton and Dr. Richard E. Layton of Baltimore filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Hartford on Feb. 13, the newspaper said. The bank acted as a custodian for Madoff, they said, and “deprived [them] of the security that an independent custodian is retained to provide.”

They also accused the bank and Westport’s PSCC Services of violating the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and the state Unfair Trade Practices Act, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting conversion and statutory theft, and other offenses.

Levinson began investing with Madoff years ago and later brought in his brother, and two daughters “whom he’d lectured about building nest eggs, even while they were in college,” the Courant said. They are suing for an estimated $60 million, the newspaper said.

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02/23/09 11:44 AM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Reflections

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Westport’s Nash’s Pond reflected the winter sky on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, February 23, 2009


Westport Public Schools - Staff Development Day: no school for students
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Family Program: Vacation Movie “Happy Feet”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Meeting
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School Auditorium - Westport Public Schools and PTA Council presents: “Executive Functions and Classroom Behavior” by George McCloskey PhD

   

02/23/09 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Black Ice Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. tonight issued an advisory for Westport and area saying residual water from rain and snow showers is expected to freeze as temperatures drop into the mid to upper 20s tonight.

Travelers should exercise appropriate caution and keep alert for areas of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses which will be the most susceptible, the advisory said. Any black ice should melt once the sun shines on it as the morning progresses.

In addition to black ice, strong winds are developing across the region. Wind speeds are expected to be in the 20 to 30 mph range with gusts 35 to 45 mph.

Travelers should be aware of stronger winds on bridges and overpasses as well as those operating high-profile vehicles, the advisory said.

   

02/23/09 02:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Stop & Shop Congratulates Westport on Plastic Bag Ban

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Westport’s Super Stop & Shop is displaying a sign congratulating Westport on its passage of an ordinance banning plastic bag at retail checkouts. The sign informs customers that the store will cease using plastic bags on March 15, four days before the ban goes into effect. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

02/23/09 02:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lincoln Scholar Addresses Westport Library Audience

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Harold Holzer, one of the nation’s most eminent Lincoln scholars whose output of Lincoln works approaches the three-dozen mark, addressed a packed Westport Public Library audience today. Holzer, a resident of Rye, N.Y., has been busy with events connected with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth as co-chairman of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

02/22/09 11:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Prospecting at Compo

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach took advantage of a sunny but cold Saturday afternoon to do a little prospecting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, February 22, 2009


Noon - Earthplace - Norwalk Aquarium Society annaul Tropical Fish & Aquarium Auction Fundraiser to benefit Earthplace
Noon - 2 p.m - P.A.L. Ice Rink at Longshore - Gault-PBI Project Polar Bear “Polar Bear Empathy Day”Canceled
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise” (Last Day)
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Harold Holzer, authority on Abraham Lincoln

   

02/22/09 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Commentary: Lawn Pesticides’ Danger to Children

By Marty Yellin

The purpose of this article is not to necessarily alarm you but instead to make you aware of collective evidence from the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, the EPA, the American Journal of Epidemiology, and other respected medical sources.

They all document evidence linking commonly used lawn products to increased odds of childhood leukemia, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, brain cancer, and soft tissue sarcomas of the colorectum and testes among children living in households where pesticides are used.

A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that home and garden use of pesticides can increase the risk of childhood leukemia by almost seven times.

Herbicides and pesticides applied to lawns are tracked into the house where they remain for months in carpets, toys and house dust. Everyone in the house, especially children and pets continues to be exposed.

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02/22/09 02:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Minuteman Owner Files for Bankruptcy

UPDATE The Journal Register Company, owner of the Westport Minuteman and Fairfield Minuteman as well as 20 daily newspapers and other weeklies, sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, citing declining advertising revenue and a heavy debt load.

The company said in a news release it intends to continue to operate as usual, and does not anticipate any business interruption during its planned restructuring.

The Yardley, Pa.-based newspaper publisher reported $596 million in assets as of Nov. 30 and $692 million in debt, including unpaid interest. Revenue has fallen more than 20 percent since 2006, the company said in the court filing.

The company, whose holdings include The New Haven Register, has already come to agreements with key creditors through a pre-negotiated reorganization plan, and said it was planning to restructure its operations.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

State Revokes Westport Mortgage Company’s License

A Westport mortgage broker has had its license revoked by the state Banking Department and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine.WestportNow.com Image
The state Banking Department said the firm Michael Schulman, doing business as New England Financial, was at 191 Post Road West, Westport (above). But no such firm was listed on the lobby directory there today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A notice posted on the department’s Web site this week said the Feb. 4 action was taken against Michael Schulman, doing business as New England Financial at 191 Post Road West, because it allegedly employed an unregistered loan originator and failed to answer five complaints.

There was no company by that name listed on the lobby directory at 191 Post Road West today. However, other documents on the Banking Department’s Web site showed a company with the same name variously listed at 21 Bridge Square and 25 Sylvan Road South in Westport as well as 242 New Canaan Ave., Norwalk.

All five complaints had to do with Schulman’s alleged loan originator, Bruce D. Simmons, whom the department said is not registered or licensed as an originator, according to the Web site.

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02/21/09 11:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Skate

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A family enjoys a round of skating at dusk Friday at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshre Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, February 21, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10:30 a.m. - noon - Westport Arts Center - Super Saturday Workshop: “Birdhouses”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Hypernova w/ SF Experience, Electric Religion, Vivacity & Frankie and His Fingers

   

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Fairfield Man Arrested After Assault on Westport Woman

Police tonight charged a 31-year-old Fairfield man with burglary, threatening and strangulation after a Westport woman said he attacked her while trying to collect a debt.

The 25-year-old woman, a resident of Sachem Trail who was not identified, called police at about 5:30 p.m. “She was screaming that she was being attacked by an intruder,” said Lt. Leonard Rummo.

By the time responding officer arrived, the man, later identified by police as Nadim Arash, had fled, he said. Officer Kevin Smith spotted the suspect’s car getting on to I-95, pulled him over and made the arrest.

The woman said Arash had come to the house to collect a personal debt, Rummo said. “When she was unable to pay him, he began to assault her,” he said. “She made the 911 call while she was being punched by her assailant.”

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Advertising Sign Ban Suspension Wins Merchants’ Praise

By Dave Matlow

Westport’s decision to suspend enforcement of a ban on standalone advertising signs outside businesses to help them in the difficult economy won praise today from at least two merchants. They said their newly placed signs brought them customers almost immediately.WestportNow.com Image
Westport Wash & Wax at 791 Post Road East reported more business as soon as their sign went up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s great the town is working with local merchants,” said CraigTiefenthaler, co-owner of Westport Wash & Wax at 791 Post Road East.

“We put it out there the moment we heard of the new regulation. Within 10 minutes we got a customer who said he pulled in for a wash because of the sign and the discount price.”

At Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., co-owner Sue Myers said the restaurant, which had put out a sign illegally earlier and removed it at the town’s request, said, “Without a doubt the street sign helps business. We get 20 to 30 percent more walk-ins when the sign is out.”

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02/20/09 10:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 2 - 6, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 2 - 6, 2009:

Theodore James and Charlaine Fontelieu Jr. to Eric W. Sydor, 59 Roseville Road, $560,000 WN property.jpg

Aaron and Cheri L. Schubert to 296 Compo South LLC, 296 Compo Road South, $1,200,000

Chris and Senta Cassell to Wayne and Kara M. Fingerman, 12 Green Acre Lane, $2,250,000

Iraida Dizer to Ronald S. and Bernice S. Friedson, Lot 4 Hawthorne Lane, $137,600

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02/20/09 05:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chef’s Table Gone, Arcudi’s Returning

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In the continuing turnover on Westport’s retail scene, Chef’s Table at 1035 Post Road East has closed (after its Church Lane branch closed earlier) and will soon be replaced by Arcudi’s Restaurant. Joe Arcudi, Westport’s first selectman from 1993 to 1997, ran his restaurant at the location from 1973 to 1994. He later opened a restaurant in Norwalk, now closed. Arcudi said the restaurant will reopen in six weeks or two months and “we will have a our specialty square Sicilian pizza” and a variety of menu selections including steaks. He added, “It will be a family-owned and operated restaurant that will include two of my three sons, both daughters and my 17-year-old grandson.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/20/09 04:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Our Heritage: 38 Kings Highway North

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Jane and Ed Brennan are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 38 Kings Highway North as the Shercrow School which was built in c.1812. The building was originally built on an area called “The Plains” or “Tobey Plains” and moved to its current location in early 1900s. The Shercrow School was formerly known as the West Saugatuck District School used until about 1900. After it was moved it was used as a studio by the painter Osip Linde and then converted into a house in 1948. The Brennans bought their home in 1991. They “fell in love with the living room, which had been the classroom of the school house.”  Over the years, the Brennans have found many glass objects in what had evidently been burn pits outside the school house, including a number of small glass ink bottles.  In September 1998, their home was included in the Kings Highway North Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

   

02/20/09 01:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stormy Sunset

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While strong, gusty winds made walking difficult early Thursday evening, some visitors watched the sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach from their cars. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, February 20, 2009


9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Family Vacation Fun Crafts (ages 3+)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - WAS: The Next Generation astronomy club for kids grades 3-8 (final meeting)
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre staged reading: “Shining City”

   

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Marking Edward T. Bedford’s 160th Birthday

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Libby McKinney Tritschler of Southport, the great-great granddaughter of E.T. Bedford, talks with the Y’s CEO Rob Reeves as the Westport Weston Family Y celebrated the 160th birthday of its founder and benefactor, Edward Thomas Bedford at a party tonight in the Y’s Bedford Building. Bedford was born in Brooklyn, N.Y on Feb. 19, 1849, and funded establishment of the YMCA in Westport in 1923. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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