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Monday, November 30, 2009

AG Cites Westport CVS Store as Selling Outdated Products

The CVS store on Westport’s Post Road East was among 20 CVS Connecticut stores cited today in allegations by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as stocking and selling expired food and nonprescription drugs.WestportNow.com Image
Westport’s CVS store on Post Road East was among those cited by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“CVS’ failure to properly police and supervise its shelves—allowing out- of-date medicine and potentially rotten food to remain—is unconscionable and unacceptable,” Blumenthal said in a news release announcing a lawsuit against Rhode Island-based CVS Caremark Corp.

“Especially appalling is the sale of expired baby formula—which loses nutrients over time—robbing infants of vital nourishment.”

CVS became aware of the specific allegations only today, according to a statement issued by the company.

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11/30/09 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Madeline A. DeMace. 91

Madeline Agnes DeMace, 91, of Stratford, formerly of Westport, passed away Saturday, Nov. 28 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport.

A native of Westport, Madeline was born in Bridgeport daughter of the late Dominick and Isabel (Lanzo) DeMace.

She was a 1936 graduate of Staples High School, a former employee of the Dorr Company, and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

Following her discharge from the Army, she went to work for the U.S. State Department where she traveled extensively for business. Her love for travel continued in retirement traveling both domestic and foreign.

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11/30/09 02:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Slimmed Down First Night Set for New Year’s Eve

Now that Thanksgiving is over, thoughts turn to the end-of-year holidays and New Year’s Eve—and yes, there will be a First Night Westport. But it will be a slimmed down version.WestportNow.com Image

“This year we were faced with economic challenges that had threatened the event,” wrote Barbara Pearson-Rac, First Night president, on the First Night Web site.

“But, the good news is, we have met the challenge and we are planning a New Year’s Eve party that everyone should enjoy.”

This year’s First Night, with one exception, will end at 9 p.m. with a gala fireworks display over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. The exception is a teen “Battle of the Bands” at Toquet Hall, the teen center, which will go to 11:30 p.m.

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11/30/09 10:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Silhouette

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The sun reflecting off the water produced a silhouette view of Westport’s Compo Beach early Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Monday, November 30, 2009

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults & children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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For Sale: 1710-Built Home, Westport’s Third Oldest

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The third oldest house in Westport, built in 1710, is for sale, and today brokers held an open house at the property at 38 Compo Road North. The 1-1/4 story antique house has 1,427 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. According to Sotheby’s brokers Jean Studwell and James Love Lee, about 40 people toured the house and property—most just looking not buying and many of them owners of houses built in the 19th and 18th century. “The goal today was achieved—to get visibility for this historic property with the hope that it will not be demolished,” said Lee. Asking price is $749,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/30/09 03:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Sketchbook: Compo Picture Taking

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WestportNow today launches a new feature, “Westport Sketchbook,” by Westport artist, author and illustrator Elaine Clayton. She will contribute Westport scenes that catch her eye. She was at Compo Beach today and noticed, as did WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner, many people taking pictures, some obviously for their holiday cards. Check out Elaine’s blog at www.illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com


11/30/09 01:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

“I Just Want to Check Myself in the Mirror Before We Go In”

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Earth Animal on Post Road East was offering photos with Santa today. Among those waiting their turn were these two doggies spotted in a car outside the store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com


11/30/09 12:56 AM Comments () • Permalink

Playground at Dusk

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Today’s sunset as seen from the playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com


11/30/09 12:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Fishing

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A beautiful sunset provided the backdrop for this fisherman trying his luck late today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


11/30/09 12:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Snapping Compo Christmas Cards

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Many visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today were snapping pictures to use on their Christmas cards. The cannon, a Santa hat, and sunset made for a picturesque combination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


11/30/09 12:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Beach Football

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A late afternoon game of football on Westport’s Compo Beach today involved adults, children, and a dog. The day’s weather of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s seemed more like October than the end of November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


11/30/09 12:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Compo Biker

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A bike ride along Westport’s Compo Beach this Thanksgiving holiday weekend was just right for this visitor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


11/29/09 11:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rollover Sends One to Hospital

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A car traveling northbound on I-95 in Westport knocked over a utility pole late today between Exits 17 and 18, rolled over, and came to a rest upright in the wrong direction in the breakdown lane. An ambulance from a private ambulance service traveling southbound stopped to render assistance to the injured driver, who had gotten out of the car, said Westport Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. The patient was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. The extent of his injuries was not known, said Kepchar. Westport firefighters remained on the scene until the car was towed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/29/09 11:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tough Going on I-95

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It was not an easy time getting through Westport on I-95 late today as a rollover in the northbound lane between Exits 17 and 18 tied up end of Thanksgiving holiday weekend traffic. Westport EMS transported one driver to Norwalk Hospital following the accident. View is from the Hales Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/29/09 10:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chowdafest 2009 Winners Announced

Results have been announced from the two-day Chowdafest 2009 Friday and Saturday at Westport’s Unitarian Church which raised funds for The Connecticut Food Bank.WestportNow.com Image

The 2009 chowder winners: first place: Gingerman (Norwalk) - Sweet Potato Clam Chowder; second place: Southport Brewing Company (SBC) (Stamford, Fairfield, Shelton) - Holiday Seafood Chowder, and third place: Rory’s (Darien) - Classic New England Clam Chowder

The 2009 soup winners: first place: SBC - Thanksgiving Day Bisque; second place: Liquid Lunch (Shelton and Milford) - Roasted Artichoke Chicken Gorgonzola, and third place: Soup Alley (Norwalk and Wilton) - Lemon Chicken and Rice (last year’s first place winner)

Kid’s favorites: Bobette’s (Milford) - Mac and Cheese Soup, and Ash Creek Saloon (Norwalk and Bridgeport) - Three Cheese Pizza Soup.


11/29/09 09:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ann Allen Schaefer, 90

UPDATE (adds date, time of memorial service) Ann Allen Schaefer died on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Sunrise Assisted Living of Wilton, where she had resided for the past year. She was 90.

Born in Bridgeport on Jan. 6, 1919, she was the 10th and last child of Lewis Henry Allen and Elizabeth J. Blanchfield Allen of Westport.

She graduated from Staples High School in 1936. She was married to John H. (Jack) Schaefer on April 11, 1942 and they lived together in the Greens Farms-Westport area for 53 years, until his death Nov. 18, 1995.

Ann first worked for Vought Sikorsky Aircraft in Bridgeport. After her children were grown she worked for Trendex, Inc. and Schaefer’s Sporting Goods, both in Westport.

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11/29/09 08:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off on a Kayak Adventure

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Two visitors to Westport Compo Beach pursued two sports in one today as they paddled in their kayaks away from the boat ramp with their fishing gear on board for an afternoon of fishing and kayaking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


11/29/09 06:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Aviation in a Tailspin

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Anybody who reads this column knows how I feel about flying. I loathe it. I would sooner endure an overnight sleeper car on Amtrak than three hours of turbulence on a regional jet. 


Talking to friends and business associates, I find I am not alone in my dislike of air travel. The airline business is in a tailspin. Airlines keep cutting air fares to hold market share while also cutting staff pay and, many fear, safety. 

Their fleets are smaller and so too are the jets. On routes that used to see 737s, you’re lucky to be on a Canadair RJ. And forget about 767s on transcons. They’re now run with 737s or A320s.

Empty seats?  Not anymore. Since 9/11, we’ve seen 70,000 jobs lost in the airline business.

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11/29/09 03:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Constance “Connie” Irene (Osberg) Quigley, 90

Constance “Connie” Irene (Osberg) Quigley, 90, a former Westport schoolteacher and recently living in Mattapoisett, Mass., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Mass.

She was the wife of the late Dr. Charles Joseph Quigley.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Philip and Grace (Knowlton) Osberg, she previously lived in Salem, N.H. and Westport, Conn., before settling in Mattapoisett for the past 15 years.

Mrs. Quigley was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and Bridgewater State College. In earlier years, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Acushnet, Mass. and in later years taught in Westport.

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11/29/09 06:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday Sandbars

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People and canines alike enjoyed walking on the sandbars that spanned the length of Compo Beach during Saturday’s low tide. The trick to walking the sandbars is all in the timing. To avoid a wet walk back to shore, one must keep an eye on the incoming tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, November 29, 2009

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - PAL Ice Rink open skating
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Inspecting Carol”

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sunset Skating

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A youngster gets a little help as he skates at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today. Open skating on Sunday is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Longshore Ice Rink Opens Season

Skaters enjoyed the first day of skating at the Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park today as it opened for the winter season. WestportNow.com video


11/28/09 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bigger and Better

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This year skaters at the Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park, now open for the winter season, are enjoying a 15 percent larger glass-enclosed rink surrounded by new boards. The new rink is 10 feet wider and 5 feet longer to provide more space for the winter activity which has grown in popularity each year since its inception in 1996. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Thomas D. Sarno, 56

Thomas Dominick Sarno, 56, of Westport and Boca Raton, Fla., passed away Thursday, Nov. 26 at home.

Mr. Sarno was born in Norwalk, son of the late Dominick and Connie (Rizzi) Sarno, and had been a longtime resident of the Westport-Norwalk area and Boca Raton.

A graduate of Staples High School and the Gemology Institute of America in New York City, he was jeweler and gemologist. He was vice president and co-owner of SZ Jewelry Manufacturers in Westport for 30 years.

Mr. Sarno was an avid motorcycle rider, loved Harley Davidson motorcycles, and spent weekends enjoying rides on his bike and participating in motorcycle fundraisers.

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Up and Down

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Sometimes they’re up and sometimes they’re down. Michael Winser of Westport went skating today on the opening day of the PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park with sons (l-r) Kieran 12, Xander, 8, and Trevor, 6. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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And She Kept Smiling

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Daniella Gat, 7, of Westport kept smiling as she took a fall today at the PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


11/28/09 09:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Good Day to Fly a Kite

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Stiff winds made for ideal kite flying weather today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com


11/28/09 09:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mail Carrier Hurt in Easton Road Crash

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A female mail carrier suffered a head laceration and other injuries today when her mail truck crashed into a tree in front of 150 Easton Road near the Fairfield line. Police said a landscaping truck following behind may have caused her to lose control. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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