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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Emergency Workers Help Ease the Pain


Westport fire, police, and EMS workers tend to a mail carrier injured after her truck crashed into a tree today on Easton Road near the Fairfield line. WestportNow.com video

   

11/28/09 07:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Large Crowd on Second Day of Chowdafest 2009

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Janine Scotti of Westport’s DaPietro’s doles out some soup at today’s second day of Chowdafest 2009 at the Unitarian Church in Westport. The event, which saw a much larger turnout today than Friday, was billed as a “fun raiser” to benefit The Connecticut Food Bank. Other Westport participants Friday and today included Blue Lemon, Tavern on Main, and Mansion Clam House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/28/09 06:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Historical Society Set for 23rd Annual House Tour

By Larry Untermeyer

The Westport Historical Society’s 23rd annual house tour—one of the premier events of the Westport holiday season—is next weekend and organizers urge attendees to get their tickets early to ensure a spot.WestportNow.com Image
A banner outside the Westport Historical Society reminds passersby of the 23rd annual holiday house tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

This year’s Sunday, Dec. 6 event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. features houses that range in age from 1782 to 2009 and showcase a broad spectrum of styles and decor. All of the houses will be decked out in appropriately festive seasonal trimmings.

Among the five houses featured on the holiday tour are an elegant 18th century homestead built on the site of a home burned in British General Tryon’s 1779 raid of Fairfield,

Also on the tour is a romantic Connecticut cottage owned by a landscape architect, and the home of a collector of 40 antique miniature homes.

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11/28/09 04:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Swan Scene

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A couple of swans look for food in the Saugatuck River near Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, November 28, 2009


11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - “Chowdafest” fundraiser for Connecticut Food Bank
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Inspecting Carol”

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Opening Night

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The cast of “Inspecting Carol,” a parody of “A Christmas Carol,” takes a bow following tonight’s opening night performance at the Westport Community Theatre located in the basement of Westport Town Hall. The play runs on weekends through Dec. 13. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Judging the Chowda

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Organizers expected about 2,000 persons to sample chowder and soup at the two-day 2009 Chowdafest which got under way today at Westport’s Unitarian Church. The second year of the event, which includes more than 20 food retail participants, benefits The Connecticut Food Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/27/09 06:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying the Chowda


Overcast skies and temperatures in the 40s seemed just right for many to turn out for today’s opening day of Chowdafest 2009 at Westport’s Unitarian Church. The two-day event resumes 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday to benefit The Connecticut Food Bank. WestportNow.com Video

   

11/27/09 06:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chowda!

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A guest at Chowdafest 2009 at Westport’s Unitarian Church today samples a chowder from Norwalk’s Ash Creek Saloon. The two-day event benefits The Connecticut Food Bank. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 with kids (who can also judge in the competition) admitted free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/27/09 06:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Harvey L. Franzel, 85

Harvey L. Franzel of Westport died Thursday, Nov. 26 at Norwalk Hospital after suffering a stroke a week earlier. He was 85.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., son of the late Abraham and Mary Franzel, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, in mechanical engineering in 1943.

A veteran of World War II, he was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving at Fort Dietrich, Md. He married Melba Silberman, his high school sweetheart, in 1946 and they were blessed with 56 years of marriage, a daughter and two sons.

Harvey and family settled in St. Louis and moved to Westport in 1958.

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11/27/09 06:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Our Heritage: 106 Easton Road

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Jodi and Ernest Perno are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their 106 Easton Road home as the John H. Adams house which was built in 1875. Adams was the owner of the Coleytown mill. Subsequent to Adams owning the house, a nationally famous sculptor and illustrator named J. Clinton Shepherd owned the house.  “We purchased our home due to the architectural significance – also we were awestruck by the beautiful grounds,” said Ernest Perno “Its ambience is absolutely charming.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

   

11/27/09 01:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 6 p.m. today to noon Saturday.

Winds are expected to increase today, an advisory said.

By tonight, northwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour are anticipated.

Gusts 45 to 50 mph are possible at times. The strongest winds are expected to occur late tonight into early Saturday morning.

   

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

Saugatuck Lights

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The Al’s Angles charity group once again sponsored the holiday lights on the William F. Cribari Bridge in Westport’s Saugatuck section. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, November 27, 2009


Westport Public Schools and Town Hall are closed
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Fridays in November: Internet and Email Training
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - “Chowdafest” fundraiser for Connecticut Food Bank
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Inspecting Carol”

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thomas J. Romano, 75

Thomas J. Romano, 75, a 1952 Staples High School graduate most recently living in Plano, Texas, passed away Monday, Nov. 23.

He was predeceased by his parents Peter J and Mary Rose Romano and a brother Peter all of Westport.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1952. He worked for his father in the Peter J Romano Fuel Oil Co. until they sold the company to the Home Oil Co. of New Canaan where he worked until he moved to Texas in 1979.

He was an active member of the Westport PAL when he lived in Westport. Whenever he came to Connecticut in the summer, he would volunteer his time to work for the organization where his brother “PJ” was a director for many years.

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11/26/09 11:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Three-Car Merritt Accident Sends One to Hospital

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A three-car accident on the Merritt Parkway in Westport today sent one person to the hospital. All three cars had to be towed from the nortbbound lanes between Exits 41 and 42, according to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Yost. Firefighters spread an absorbent on the roadway to dry up fluid spills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/26/09 09:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thanksgiving at the Fire Department

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For the 14th successive year, a Westport family today donated a gourmet Thanksgiving Day dinner to the on-duty shift of the Westport Fire Department. The family, which wishes to remain anonymous, joined the firefighters in the meal. Platoon No. 2 thanked the family and also remembered the two Westport firefighters who are on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan and the other military personnel who are away from their families for this holiday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/26/09 09:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Congregational Serves Up a Feast

By Larry Untermeyer

UPDATE & CORRECT Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, with a little help from scores of volunteers and the Westport community, hosted its 39th gala Thanksgiving Day feast today.WestportNow.com Image
More than 100 volunteers worked on today’s feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

More than 100 volunteers prepared and served the food which was donated by local merchants. Included were 30 turkeys prepared at home by volunteer cooks and then checked for correct temperature at the church. 

Children from Coleytown Elementary School designed and created the unique table decorations. 

The elegant repast also featured more than 100 pounds of white potatoes, 50 pounds of red potatoes, two bushels of green beans, 45 pounds of butter and two quarts of pure maple syrup. 

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

Thanksgiving Day Crowd

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There was a hardly a seat to be found at today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church’s annual Thanksgiving Day feast. The Westport church hosted the event for the 39th successive year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/26/09 07:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Enjoying a Feast

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Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church today welcomed Thanksgiving Day guests for its annual mid-day feast. Guests dined on turkey and all the trimmings amid musical entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/26/09 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Blessing the Turkey

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The Rev. John H. Danner of the Saugatuck Congregational Church today blesses a turkey to start the church’s annual Thanksgiving Day feast. It was the 39th year of the event. The church will host a similar feast on Christmas Day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/26/09 07:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Welcoming UN Guests for Westport Thanksgiving

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Members of Westport’s International Visitors Committee were at the Westport train station today to welcome more than 30 guests from the United Nations spending Thanksgiving Day with 18 Westport families. The guests came from Iran, Argentina, Korea, China, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico, Austria, Turkey, Finland and Russia. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

11/26/09 07:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Turkey Talk


Staples Coach Marce Petroccio celebrates and talks turkey with Madison Square Garden Network following the Thanksgiving Day 30-28 win over Greenwich. WestportNow.com video

   

11/26/09 06:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thanksgiving Treats: Trophy and Apple Pie

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Staples senior Matt Kelly clutches the Thanksgiving Day trophy and an apple pie following today’s Wrecker 30-28 squeaker win over Greenwich. Staples prevailed in the seesaw battle that saw the Wreckers block a final Greenwich field goal attempt in the last seconds of the game. The game was telecast live on the Madison Square Garden Network and the Staples Television Network/WWPT-FM. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/26/09 06:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coach Petroccio Addresses His Players


Staples Coach Marce Petroccio congratulated his players today after their 30-28 win over Greenwich. “Maybe we didn’t play our best today at times,” he said. “But the bottom line is we’re going to the playoffs.” WestportNow.com video

   

11/26/09 06:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating a Thanksgiving Victory

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Staples Coach Marce Petroccio shares some Thanksgiving fixings with his players following today’s 30-28 victory over Greenwich at Staples. The victory, coming on a Staples field goal with less than a minute on the clock, sent the Wreckers to the state championships. Staples will play Xavier in the state semifinals on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/26/09 06:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Congratulations

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UPDATE Staples players congratulate each other today after a last second 33-yard game-winning field goal attempt by the Greenwich Cardinals was blocked to preserve a 30-28 Wrecker win and send Staples to the state playoffs. While initially Jack Ambrose and Matt Yaeger were cited for the blocked kick, Rob Gau (l, No. 44) was later determined to be the blocker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

   

11/26/09 06:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Block That Kick


Staples managed to block a Greenwich 33-yard game-winning field goal attempt today in the final seconds of their Thanksgiving Day battle at Staples. The Wreckers 30-28 victory sent them into the state championships. WestportNow.com video

   

11/26/09 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Moment of Victory

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UPDATE As the clock ran out, the Greenwich Cardinals tried for a last second 33-yard game-winning field goal today, but Staples player Rob Gau (No. 44, leaping) successfully blocked it, preserving a Wrecker 30-28 win. Staples took the lead moments earlier on a 31-yard field goal by kicker Santiago Cuartas who had failed on a third quarter field goal attempt. Initially, it appeared that Jack Ambrose and Matt Yaeger had made the block. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

   

11/26/09 06:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hero Staples Kicker

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Staples senior Santiago Cuartas (c) is congratulated by teammates Keith Gelman (l) and Pat Murray following his game-winning 31-yard field goal today to edge Greenwich 30-28. His field goal with 30 seconds remaining in the game tied the state record of 10 field goals in one season and made up for his miss of a 31-yarder in the third quarter. Coach Marce Petroccio first discovered Santiago’s kicking ability during a junior year gym class. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for WestportNow.com

   

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