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Monday, October 26, 2009

Morning Walk

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.Westporter Larry Uydess and his three greyhound companions, Wiinie, Maggie and Gracie, pay an early Sunday morning visit to Compo Beach for a run, a romp and a bout of retrieving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Monday, October 26, 2009

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults & children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Auditorium - Joseph Califano, Jr. discusses “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid”


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Compo Dusk

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Dusk at Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday. The Saturday rainy weather gave way to a bright autumn day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sally’s Place Owner Honored

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Sally White, owner of Westport music store Sally’s Place, was overcome with emotion today as she accepted an award at the 16th annual Arts Advisory Committee awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. Her store has been a Main Street fixture since 1985 and has been where music lovers of all generations go to look for or discuss some particular music of interest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Honors for Westport Music Teacher Suzanne Sherman Propp

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Suzanne Sherman Propp, music teacher and choral director at Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School, was among the honorees at today’s Westport Arts Award Ceremony. She and some of her students performed “In Wonderful Westport,” a song she wrote to celebrate Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Surprise Arts Honor for Mollie Donovan

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A surprise recipient at today’s Westport Arts Advisory Committee Arts Award program at Westport Town Hall was Mollie Donovan, a longtime member of the committee and volunteer in many Westport arts activities. The committee inaugurated “The Mollie Award” in her honor and said in the future it would be presented annually to a dedicated volunteer for the arts. Committee members Ann Sheffer and David Rubinstein presented Donovan with the award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Packed Crowd for Annual Arts Award Ceremony

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The 16th annual Arts Awards ceremony sponsored by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee drew a large crowd today to the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Best Senior Dog

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This 13-year-old Corgi won the blue ribbon for Best Senior Dog at today’s Top Dog Show at Westport’s Compo Beach. The fundraiser event was sponsored by WASA, the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates in an effort to raise money to renovate the no-kill municipal facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jeanette Salfeety for WestportNow.com


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Kissing Practice

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Participants in the Best Kisser category at today’s Top Dog event at Westport’s Compo Beach got in some practice. Other categories were Best Tail Wagging and Best Sit and Stay. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jeanette Salfeety for WestportNow.com


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Eager to Register

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Daisy, a 5-year-old Saint Bernard, couldn’t wait to register for the Top Dog contests at Westport’s Compo Beach today. Funds raised from the event will go toward renovation of the Westport Animal Control facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


10/25/09 06:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Top Dogs

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The Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) held its first Westport Top Dog ceremony at Compo Beach today. Some of the winners posed with First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. There were ties for second and third place. Pictured are (l-r) co-third prize winner Haley Harding, a 9-year-old Hound Mix owned by Kaereth Harding; Top Dog winner Otis Hammer, a 3-year-old Shepherd Mix belonging to Lori Hammer; third prize co-winner Mocha, a 2 1/2-year-old Boxer with owner Hope Hageman; and co-second prize winner Jack O’Malley, a 10-year-old Beagle belonging to Caitlin Frey O’Malley. The other second place winner, a Bernese Mountain Dog, Wrigley Martin, was not present. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Breast Cancer Walk Draws Thousands

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An estimated 5,000 people turned out today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, the American Cancer Society’s premier event to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


10/25/09 05:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Breast Cancer Survivor Offers Encouragement

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Westport breast cancer survivor Neva Weber, 41, offered words of encouragement today to participants in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Sherwood Island State Park. Weber was diagnosed with the disease 18 months ago. Her Westport Babes supporters had 70 walkers participating today and had raised almost $19,000 as of Saturday. The 70 walkers included 10 survivors, three of whom are parents of students at Long Lots Elementary School. Weber has a second grader at Long Lots as well as a preschooler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Staples Cheerleaders Support Breast Cancer Walk

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Among Westporters showing support for today’s breast cancer walk at Sherwood Island State Park were the Staples High School cheerleaders.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Westport Woman’s Club Joins Cancer Walk

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Members of the Westport Woman’s Club were among Westporters taking part in today’s American Cancer Society walk at Sherwood Island State Park. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff joined the group for a picture.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Big Apple Performance Benefits Giant Steps

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Westporters Ann Sheffer (l) and Joanne Woodward were among those attending Saturday night’s Big Apple Circus benefit for the Giant Steps School for students with autism spectrum disorders and other neurological impairments. It was held at the Lillian August flagship store in Norwalk.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carmine Picarello for WestportNow.com


10/25/09 01:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Agabhumi Opens on Post Road East

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Agabhumi, a retail store that specializes in jewelry and accessories crafted by Bali, Indonesia artisans, has opened at 165 Post Road East, across from the Westport main post office. Founded in 2002 with its first store in Stamford, its owners Regina and Michael Kirshbaum also opened stores in Barbados in 2004 and Santa Monica in 2008. A grand opening reception with live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres is scheduled for Wednesday starting at 5:30 p.m. A portion of the grand opening revenues will be donated to the Stamford-based Bennett Cancer Research Center for breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Rainy Saturday

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Heavy rains pelted Westport on Saturday with a few reports of downed trees and power lines. Pictured is the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the center, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

9 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (walk begins at 11 a.m.)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Compo Beach (next to basketball courts) - Westport Animal Shelter Advocates Top Dog Show fundraiser
11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Men of Mystery: Peter Lovesey and James R. Benn, with Joe Meyers
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - 16th Annual Westport Arts Awards Celebration


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Surf’s Up

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Colorful kites filled the sky above Westport’s Compo Beach today as surfers, undisturbed by the driving rain, took advantage of the high winds to display their acrobatic skills while skimming across the choppy water at great speed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Up, Up, and Away

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Kite surfers found today’s rain and wind ideal for their sport off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dancing in the Rain

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A group of ghostly spirits gathered to perform a circle dance in the woods in front of a home on Westport’s Easton Road today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Wreckers Roll Over Harding 40-0 But Lose QB Pacilio

The Bridegport playing field conditions were muddy and the Staples High School varsity football team lost quarterback Brendan Pacilio with a sprained ankle, but the Wreckers managed to shut out Harding 40-0 today to improve to 6-0 on the season.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” said Coach Marce Petroccio. “They overcame a lot of adversity today with the rain, the field conditions, (Ryan) Burke being out, and then Pacilio getting injured.

“We played hard on both offense and defense and Keith Gelman deserves a lot of credit for how he handled the ball today.”

Backup quarterback Gelman aided by a strong defense managed to produce 16 points on two turnovers and a safety. Senior halfback Matt Kelly rushed for 123 yards on 11 carries. Next up: Ludlowe at Fairfield on Friday at 7 p.m.


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Compo Saturday

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach walked the shoreline with his dog today as rainy weather kept most people inside. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robert Eckman for WestportNow.com


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En Garde

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A stage combat demonstration was a favorite of all ages at today’s “Our Town, Your Playhouse” open house at the Westport Country Playhouse. Mark Silence (l) of Fairfield and David Dean Hastings of Greenwich demonstrated the art of stage combat for guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


10/24/09 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hold Her Steady

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Westporter Seth Bienstock helps daugher Zoe, 2, hold her head steady as she has her face painted at today’s Westport Country Playhouse “Our Town, Your Playhouse” open house event. Hundreds turned out for a variety of free activities on a rainy Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Westport Joins World Effort Backing Action on Climate Crisis

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The rain ended at dawn today at Westport’s Compo Beach as local environmental advocates participated in the International Day of Climate Action sponsored by 350.org. The towels spell out 350, the number scientists say is the safe upper limit for CO2 in the atmosphere.  Westport’s gathering was one of more than 5,200 events planned in 181 countries today to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laureen Vellante for WestportNow.com


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Cooking With Chef Bob

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Chef Bob LaBrusciano gives some cooking tips on how to make stew at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. The cooking lessons are held monthly in the center’s kitchen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Making a Difference

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Make a Difference Day volunteers gathered at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities today to assemble gift packets for the United Way and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. The “day” was extended to a week in Westport and involved almost two dozen projects. Heading the effort was Barbara Pearson Rac, (back row, 3rd r), Make a Difference Day chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Getting Ready for Stormy Weather

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Westport oyster man Alan Sterling tied up his boat securely to the dock Friday at Westport’s Edward Strait Marina at Longshore Club Park in advance of predicted stormy weather. He has been has been working oyster beds for 30 years for his Saugatuck Oyster company aboard his 26-foot vessel Gloria named after his late wife. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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