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Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mill River Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” preview

   

08/28/09 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Two Stamford Men Linked to Three Westport Bank Robberies

Two Stamford men have been arrested on bank robbery charges in a string of robberies this summer in lower Fairfield County, including three in Westport, Stamford police said.WestportNow.com Image
A robber hits Westport’s TD Bank in May. Contributed photo

Both were arraigned in state Superior Court today in Stamford. Police identified them as Spero Moschos, 28, and Christopher Davis, 34. Moschos has no criminal record, they said, while Davis has an extensive arrest record.

Among their Westport targets, police said, were First County Bank, 1260 Post Road, at 4:45 p.m. on May 8, and TD Bank, 50 Charles St. at 5:49 p.m. on May 15 and again at 1:45 p.m. on May 16. (See WestportNow May 16, 2009)

Moschos was linked to a bank robbery in Harrison, N.Y., Wednesday, the same day Stamford police obtained a warrant for his arrest connecting him to an Aug. 20 robbery in Wilton, detectives said.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Westport Teacher of the Year on Making a Difference

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Michael Aitkenhead: teaching tomorrow’s leaders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow

Westport’s newly named Teacher of the Year said today he’s often asked if he really wants to make a difference, why doesn’t he teach in Bridgeport, for example.

The answer for Staples High School science teacher Michael Aitkenhead, as he explained it to fellow teachers at a district-wide pre-school meeting at Bedford Middle School, is fairly simple.

“I chose Westport because this is where I can make the greatest impact on tomorrow’s leaders,” he said. “They (the students) don’t realize it yet that they are tomorrow’s leaders.”

Aitkenhead, whose passion is the environment and who teaches AP environmental science, has been a teacher at Staples five years.

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08/27/09 09:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Education’s Finest and Teacher of the Year

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UPDATE Staples High School science teacher Michael Aitkenhead (3rd l) today was named Westport’s Teacher of the Year for 2010. Announcement was made at a district-wide back to school meeting of Westport educators at Bedford Middle School which included a video about the district’s five Teacher of the Year candidates. (See WestportNow Aug. 12, 2009) Pictured with Aitkenhead are fellow finalists (l-r): Daniel Geraghty, a Staples English teacher; Carol Kochefko, who teaches German at Staples; Janet Adams, a first grade teacher at Long Lots Elementary School, and Jennifer Dunn, a first grade teacher at Coleytown Elementary School. Aitkenhead will be honored at a Board of Education meeting in September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/09 08:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Overflow Back to School Crowd

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There was an overflow crowd at Westport’s Bedford Middle School today as Westport educators got together for a district-wide meeting in advance of classes resuming next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/09 08:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Ted Kennedy

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Flags flew at half staff today at Westport Town Hall after Governor M. Jodi Rell ordered flags lowered to pay tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. She said the flags will remain lowered until after his funeral. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/09 05:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Leo Nevas, Westport Legal Icon, Dies at 97

UPDATE Leo Nevas, lawyer, philanthropist, international human rights activist, and a Westporter involved in Jewish causes for 70 years, died Wednesday at his Westport home. He was 97. WestportNow.com Image
Leo Nevas: Longtime Westport attorney. File photo

Nevas, a one-time Westport municipal judge who drove himself to his law office on Post Road East until several months ago, had suffered a mild stroke in May and a more serious one on Sunday.

“Our town and our nation have lost not only an icon of the legal profession but a man who came to symbolize how one person can make a difference in the lives of so many here in Westport and around the world,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

“In Westport, he will be remembered as a giant who not only shaped our modern history but someone who helped make our town the warm and welcoming place it is today. There is no finer legacy.”

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08/27/09 03:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Back to School Reminder

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A school bus parked on the median divider on Post Road East near Long Lots Road reminds all to be on alert as school opens next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/09 11:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Catching the Wind

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A lone wind surfer takes advantage of strong winds Wednesday while enjoying an afternoon on Long Island Sound off of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, August 27, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Get-Together
6:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Sea turtles and conservation by Alan Berman
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” preview

   

08/27/09 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Friends: Carjacker Fought Crack Addiction

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Samuel Marino in photo reportedly taken two days before he died.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Facebook.com photo
The 26-year-old man killed in a Weston car chase Tuesday after he carjacked two women in Norwalk and Westport was reportedly struggling with a crack addiction.

The Advocate of Norwalk said Samuel Marino—who a Westport police source was well known to them and had threatened suicide several times—quoted friends as saying the youth had been battling drugs for some time.

“What he did was monstrous,” Robert King of Danbury told the newspaper. “Something just went wrong with his wiring, his chemical imbalances in his mind.”

King posted photos of Marino on his Facebook page, including one he said was taken two days before his friend died. (See WestportNow Aug. 25, 2009)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Preservation Award Winner: 187 Long Lots Road

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Among the eight winners of the Historic District Commission 2009 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 is the house at 187 Long Lots Road. Owned by Morgan (“Dutch”) and Susan Wynkoop, it is known as the John Osborn House, c. 1683-1687. It has been in the Wynkoop family since 1971. The HDC said,“The small red colonial dwelling that sits proudly on Long Lots Road is quite likely to be the oldest house in Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/26/09 11:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pat Coplen, Former P&Z and ZBA Official, Dies at 89

Patricia E. Coplen, a longtime Westporter active in community affairs and former chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, died today at her Westport home. She was 89.WestportNow.com Image
Pat Coplen (l) posed with fellow League of Women Voters members before a 2004 tag sale. Contributed photo

Before and after serving in elected office, beginning in 1964, Coplen was active in the League of Women Voters of Westport, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.  She served on numerous committees and study groups.

She was also active in the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park where she was instrumental in securing initial funding for the recently opened Nature Center.

“Westport has lost a dedicated public servant,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. “Westport is a better town thanks to Pat Coplen. Our deepest condolences to Jack and the Coplen family.”

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08/26/09 09:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport “Cycle” Winner Gets Car and Surprise Melky Baseball

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Westporter Jean Murdoch got a new Lexus today after winning a WCBS Radio “Hit for the Cycle” contest when Yankee player Melky Carbrera performed the rare baseball feat on Aug. 2 in a game against the White Sox. (See WestportNow Aug. 2, 2009) Murdoch, who learned of her win from WestportNow, and husband Dan traveled to Englewood, N.J. for the ceremony at Lexus of Englewood. During the presentation, Murdoch was surprised with a gift of a baseball autographed by Cabrera. In fact, she seemed to prize the baseball more than the car. After the ceremony, she declined the auto in favor of the equivalent cash prize, “valued up to $30,000,” according to the station’s Web site, less taxes and other expenses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

08/26/09 09:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway Dedicated

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There was a dedication ceremony today at Westport’s VFW Post for the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, which extends in Westport from the intersection of Route 136 and Route 33 through Wilton to the Ridgefield town line. State Senator Toni Boucher (l), who led efforts to rename the roadway, presided along with state Representative Joe Mioli. The name honors soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel who have sacrificed their lives for their fellow Americans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/26/09 07:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Now It’s Official

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With the formal dedication today of the Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, there’s a new name for the stretch of roadway from the intersection of Routes 136 and 33 in Westport (Saugatuck Avenue) through Riverside Avenue and Wilton Road to the Ridgefield town line. This sign is at the bottom of the Exit 17 northbound ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/26/09 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bagpipe Honors

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Ralph Nathanson of the Wilton Fire Department representing the Connecticut Firefighter Pipes and Drums played a medley of armed forces music at today’s Westport dedication of the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/26/09 07:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joseloff: “We Must Remember Our Living Heroes as Well”

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In his remarks at today’s dedication of the newly named Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said military personnel as well as first responders who continue to serve must be remembered as well. He noted that 24 hours ago on the roadway in front of the VFW Post, site of the dedication ceremony, Westport police pursued “a crazed man” who eventually ended up dead on a roadway in Weston after several carjackings. “It is right and fitting to renew our public thanks to all of them—those who have fallen as well as those living—in this way.” Joseloff said. “Westport welcomes a new name on its roadways and an opportunity to say thanks.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/26/09 07:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Christine English Palmer, 85

Christine English Palmer, 85, of Westport, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness.

She is predeceased by her husband, Frank T. Palmer.

Christine was born in Norwalk and lived most of her life in Westport. She was a devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother.

To the delight of her family and friends, she was a talented cook and baker and above all else, Christine loved her family and will be greatly missed.

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08/26/09 12:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cool Read

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach Tuesday found just the right combination for a cool read. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
11 a.m. - Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post #399 (465 Riverside Avenue) - Dedication Ceremony for “Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Conductor Jack & the Zinghoppers
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” preview

   

08/26/09 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

“That Championship Season” Begins Playhouse Previews

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The cast takes a bow tonight following the debut preview performance of “That Championship Season,” the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play at the Westport Country Playhouse. Pictured (l-r) are Skipp Sudduth, Robert Clohessy, John Doman (who plays the role of coach),  Lou Liberatore and Tom Nelis. The play runs through Sept. 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cissy Hornung, 76

Cissy Hornung, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 19, 2009.WestportNow.com Image
Cissy Hornung (l) greeted actor Jack Klugman and friend at the 2005 “Broadway on Beachside” cancer fund-raiser at her Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

Born in Rochester, N.Y., on Feb. 25, 1933, she was the daughter of Gilbert and Jenny Nusbaum.

In 1961, she and her husband, Don, moved to Westport, where they continued to spend their summers. They reside in Naples, Fla.

Hornung owned Cest Gold, a jewelry store on Main Street in Westport, for more than 20 years. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 1985. Her illness inspired her to support breast cancer research. She started “Broadway on Beachside,” which ran annually for 11 years and raised more than $4.5 million.

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08/25/09 08:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Leroy (Lee) Peter McKelvey, 76

Leroy (Lee) Peter McKelvey, 76 of Westport, husband of Angela Arcudi McKelvey, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 at Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. McKelvey was born Feb. 7, 1933 in Bridgeport, son of Marie Campana McKelvey and James C. McKelvey. 

He was a 1950 graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School and a 1955 graduate of the University of Connecticut.  He earned a M.A. and sixth year certificate from Fairfield University. 

After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he was, for more than 30 years, a Latin teacher and administer in the Bridgeport public school system. 

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08/25/09 07:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Carjacking Suspect Dies in Weston Crash

UPDATE A fast-moving police chase that began with a knifepoint carjacking in Norwalk and involved several crashes and another carjacking in Westport ended today with the suspect being killed after smashing into several utility poles in Weston, police said.WestportNow.com Image
Police investigate today’s carjacking crime spree after the suspect’s crashed in Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The suspect was the only casualty in the incident, according to Westport police. State police identified him as Samuel Marino, 26, who they said had a last known address as Miry Brook Road in Danbury.

However, a Westport police source said Marino was known to local law enforcement agencies, spent time in Westport and had threatened suicide on several occasions.

Westport police last arrested him on May 18 on a charge of violation of probation after he was stopped on Post Road East for a routine traffic violation. A license check revealed that there was an outstanding arrest warrant by state police stemming from a violation of his probation requirements.

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08/25/09 04:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Carjacking Leads to Weston Crash

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UPDATE A man wanted for a carjacking in Norwalk, caused several accidents in Westport today while being pursued by police, carjacked another vehicle in Westport and eventually crashed into several utility poles in Weston. He died in the crash near Weston’s center after being ejected from the vehicle, police said.  Only the suspect, described as a white male about 20 years old, was injured in the fast-moving crime spree.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

08/25/09 04:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

H1N1 Flu Task Force Meets at Health District

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Municipal, school, and health officials from Westport, Weston, and Wilton met as an H1N1 Flu Task Force today at the Westport Weston Health District to review preparations pior to school openings. Representatives from Westport included First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, as well as Health Director Mark Cooper (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/25/09 03:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Station Parking Closed for Repaving

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Westport commuters today found portions of the New Haven-bound parking lot at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck closed in preparation for repaving work that will last through Friday. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, frustrated with the state’s inattention to the “crater-like” conditions of the lot, said he ordered the repaving using funds from the town’s portion of railroad parking fees collected from commuters. The timing coincided with the time of year the lot historically is least used, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/25/09 02:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Preservation Award Winner: 41 Old Road

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WestportNow presents the first installment in a series of photos of the eight winners of the Historic District Commission 2009 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The house at 41 Old Road is owned by Allan and Robin Hoving and is known as the Backiel House, c. 1910. The HDC said “this simple vernacular house has had many additions over the years, some of which were appropriate and some which were not. The Historic District Commission is thankful that the most recent work is respectful of the origins of the house and was done with restraint. In a neighborhood that has seen a number of demolitions of older homes, the Backiel House now serves as an example of how an older house can regain its charm by returning the architecture to its beginnings.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/25/09 10:56 AM Comments () • Permalink

Late Summer Beach Play

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Some teen visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach had some late afternoon fun over the weekend. It’s back to college and school for many Westporters over the next few days and next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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