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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Going Down

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Staples junior Ryan Burke is brought down by Greenwich’s Kyle Butler in today’s 30-28 Wrecker victory over the Cardinals. Staples improved to 11-0 on the season and Greenwich dropped to 7-3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/26/09 06:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Inducted into the Wall of Fame

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The Staples Gridiron Club today inducted four new members into the Staples High School football Wall of Fame during a half time ceremony. They included Steve Root (2nd l), a guard and linebacker, 1981; Tom Garrity (waving), a receiver, 1985; Tom “Bo” Rietano (r), a fullback, 1983, and (missing) Tony Slez, honorary membership for his volunteer work for Staples football. Bill Chappa (l) of PAL accepted for Slez. Also pictured is Marty Lisevik (3rd l), Staples athletic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/26/09 05:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Doing Flips

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The Staples cheerleaders, wearing special “Crush the Cards” jerseys, performed at today’s halftime to the delight of the packed Wrecker crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com


11/26/09 05:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Greenwich Crowd Not Liking It

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Staples senior Matt Kelly takes off on an 86-yard touchdown run in the second quarter today against Greenwich while Cardinal players and fans don’t like what they see. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/26/09 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hauling It In

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Staples senior Matt Kelly hauls in a pass from Keith Gelman during second quarter action today against Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/26/09 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Gets First Touchdown

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Staples senior Matt Kelly gets the Wreckers on the scoreboard with an 11-yard touhdown run in the first quarter. He also scored on first half touchdown runs of 2 yards and 86 yards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/26/09 05:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fired Up Wrecker Crowd

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There was a fired up Wrecker crowd on hand for today’s seesaw battle against Greenwich. Mild temperatures in the upper 40s and mostly sunny skies made for easy watching. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com


11/26/09 03:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ready for the Winners

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The Madison Square Garden Network set up a Thanksgiving Day table at the sideline of today’s Staples-Greenwich with the fixings to go to the winning team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/26/09 03:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thousands Take Part in Turkey Trot

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Westport’s Greens Farms area was full of competitors today as thousands of runners and walkers took part in the 32nd annual Pequot Runners Thanksgiving Day 5-mile road race and 2.7 mile walk. The event began and ended in the Southport section of Fairfield with the running route winding its way along Beachside Avenue and Greens Farms Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/26/09 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Community Theatre’s “Inspecting Carol” Opens Friday

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The Westport Community Theatre production of “Inspecting Carol” opens Friday and continues weekends through Dec. 13. The parody of the classic play, “A Christmas Carol,” includes a local cast of 11. Directed by David Jackins of Norwalk, the play is by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Theatre Resident Company. Pictured are (l-r): Nancy Sinacori of Stamford, Jeremy Shockley of Norwalk, and Jim Cooper of Wilton. The Westport Community Theatre is located in the basement of Westport Town Hall. Box office phone is (203) 226-1983. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/26/09 11:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Cove Fog

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The fog settled over Westport’s Compo Cove on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


11/26/09 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 26, 2009 - Thanksgiving Day

Westport Public Schools, Town Hall, and Public Library are closed
10:30 a.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs Greenwich
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Saugatuck Congregational Church Community Thanksgiving Feast

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Westport Woman Arrested in Special Needs Larceny Case

A Westport woman who owned a Westchester County company that provided physical and occupational therapy to special needs children was arrested today on charges she used several unlicensed therapists, police said.

Lisa Bruno, 36, who headed the now-defunct Care Point Services Inc. of Bedford, N.Y. surrendered to Westchester County police and was charged with second-degree grand larceny, a felony, following a six-month investigation, police spokesman Kieran O’Leary said, according to LoHud.com.

She is accused of double billing Westchester County for occupational and physical therapy, receiving $852,425 to which she was not entitled.

Also arrested were two Care Point employees —Tatiana Sousa, 29, of Danbury, and Marina Zumaeta, 36, of New Milford on felony charges of unauthorized practice of a profession for allegedly working as therapists without the required New York state license, the report said.

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11/25/09 11:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting in Some Pre-Thanksgiving Golf

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Despite overcast skies and a drizzle, some golfers were out on the course today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park to get in some pre-Thanksgiving Day golf. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


11/25/09 09:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Additional H1N1 Clinic Scheduled

The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it has scheduled an additional H1N1 vaccination clinic on Saturday, Dec. 5 in addition to the previously announced one on Monday.

To schedule an appointment, visit WWHD’s Web site and follow the link to the H1N1 Vaccine information page.

The clinics are intended for residents of Westport and Weston, who are eligible to receive H1N1 vaccine according to current guidelines.

Both the inactivated injectable formulation and the live attenuated nasal spray will be available at these clinics, the District said. Residents must have an appointment; no walk-ins will be accepted.

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11/25/09 09:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Singing the Praises of Bedford Middle School

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Cary Bell, interim principal of Westport’s Bedford Middle School, today joined students in singing “This Little Light of Mine” at a school assembly marking the school’s designation in September as a National Blue Ribbon Award-winning school. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a federal program that recognizes schools that are academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. Chris Coogan (l) provided the musical accompaniment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Among speakers at today’s assembly at Westport’s Bedford Middle School marking its designation as a Blue Ribbon School was Baxter Stein, a world language student who made his presentation completely in Spanish. Interim Principal Cary Bell looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/25/09 07:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Recalling the Days Before X-Boxes

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Bedford Middle School teachers Fred Choromanski and Ann Radley told the students today what it was like in 1978 when they started teaching. The young audience shouted loudest with surprise when told that the “X-Box had not even been invented then!” The occasion was an assembly marking the school’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School. Cary Bell, interim principal, is at left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/25/09 07:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Five Guys to Open in January

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UPDATE Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a fast food chain, is to open in early January at 538 Post Road East, in space previously occupied by Totally Kool women’s apparel. The Five Guys chain was founded in Arlington, Va. in 1986 and has expanded to 450 locations in 25 states. The Westport restaurant is its eighth location in Connecticut with others in Newtown, Orange, Brookfield, New Haven. Avon, Wethersfield, and Mystic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


11/25/09 05:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marilou Vogler, 79

Marilou Vogler, 79, of Huntington, Conn. and a former Westport resident for 30 years, died Saturday, Nov. 21.

She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence W. Vogler. She was born in Danville, Ill. on Aug. 12, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Mary Crowder Murrin and Harold Murrin, and was the sister of the late Bob Murrin and loving aunt to his children Mark, John and Laura Murrin.

Mrs. Vogler is the loving mother of Mary Vogler and her husband Carlos DelValle of New York City, Beth Vogler of Milford, Daniel Vogler and his wife Lisa Corbo-Vogler of Windsor, Anne Vogler of Oreland, Pa., and Jane Vogler of Tucson, Ariz. Mrs. Vogler is the loving grandmother of Luke Direnzo, Sofia DelValle and Michael DelValle.

She will be missed by her cats Willie and Miss Caroline.

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11/25/09 04:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

State Launches Interactive Travel Information Map

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The Department of Transportation map shows all travel-related incidents in Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DOT photo
As thousands of Connecticut residents take to the roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that a new interactive travel information map is now available on the state Web site.

She said the new map will provide timely information about current road conditions and help reduce headaches and reduce congestion. “I am urging commuters and travelers to put this site on their ‘favorites’ lists,” Rell said. 

The Department of Transportation’s map allows users to view real-time roadway incidents. 

Information from the state’s two Highway Operations Centers is used to update the map with the location and expected duration of congestion causing incidents throughout the state, Rell’s office said.

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11/25/09 03:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Metro-North Running Extra Trains for Thanksgiving

Metro-North has scheduled extra trains today on its New Haven Line for increased pre-Thanksgiving Day travelers.WestportNow.com Image
Extra trains for Thanksgiving holiday travel.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Extra trains from Grand Central Terminal to Westport and Connecticut stops will operate beginning at 1 p.m., the railroad said.

Because of fewer riders anticipated in the normal peak evening rush hour, some trains have been combined or eliminated, it said.

On Thanksgiving Day Thursday, the railroad said it will operate a holiday schedule with extra morning inbound service for those going to the Macy’s parade in Manhattan.

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11/25/09 03:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Berry Good

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The limb of a tree covered with red berries provided a colorful and convenient “fast food” stop along the banks of the Saugatuck River for a flock of gulls. The gulls were spotted in a tree in the parking lot behind the Westport Library on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


11/25/09 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”

Celebrate Westport Calendar


11/25/09 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Sharing the Pie

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It was pie day today at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport. The synagogue’s Share The Pie program, which benefits Homes With Hope (formerly Interfaith Housing), distributed pies to those who ordered the baked goods in advance. Pictured is Westporter Rich Parower picking up his pies from fellow Westporters Fran Rackson (c), and Lauren Soloff,  organizer of Share The Pie. Great Cakes of Westport and Garelick & Herbs/Thyme for Kosher provided the gourmet pies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gwen Baker for WestportNow.com


11/25/09 02:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Raymond Ross, 79

Raymond Ross of Westport, 79, died Nov. 20 at his home.

Born in New York City on Jan. 26, 1930, as the oldest son of the late Barney and Lee Rosenbloom, he graduated from New York University (NYU) in 1951 and then NYU Law School in 1954.

In that same year, he married the love of his life, Lois Kiesler Ross, and was blessed with 55 years of marriage and three sons. His life was centered on his family and his many close friends.

After law school, he ventured into private legal practice in Westport. He actively practiced law until his death.

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11/24/09 11:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Holiday Toy Drive Set for December

The Westport Police Department Local Union 2080 and Westport Police Benevolent Association today announced they will again sponsor an annual holiday toy drive this season.WestportNow.com Image
Last year’s toy drive was held in Peppermill restaurant parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The drive, which will be held on the weekends of Dec. 12 and 13 and Dec. 19 and 20, provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County. 

The program has been extremely successful in the past, allowing for hundreds of toys to be distributed to children who otherwise would have none, the organizations said.

The drive will take place in the parking lot of The Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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11/24/09 08:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Newman’s Own Donates Pizzas to Food Banks

Westport-based Newman’s Own, Inc. announced today the successful distribution of more than 100,000 Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Crust frozen pizzas to the Feeding America network of food banks.

The pizzas will feed more than 300,000 food bank clients, the company said.

Newman’s Own, Inc. and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief agency, have collaborated since 2000 on the Partnership for Hunger Relief.

The program to date has donated 89 refrigerated trucks to 42 states and delivered the equivalent of more than 98 million meals, Newman’s Own said.


11/24/09 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mary Jane Condon, 85

Mary Jane Condon, a Westport resident since 2002, passed away at her home on Saturday, Nov. 21. She was 85

Born and raised in Washington state, she lived in California from 1951 through 2002, at which point she came to Westport to be closer to her daughter and grandson. 

The daughter of Henrietta and Lewis C. Snyder, her father was advertising manager of the Seattle Times as well as manager of radio station KJR and the production director of the Pacific National Advertising Agency.

Mary Jane was a graduate of Ballard High School and worked for Sherman Clay Music Company and KJR.

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11/24/09 08:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rat Pack Back

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UPDATE Members of Westport-based Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union were back at The Fresh Market today on Post Road East, just as they were when the store opened in October. (See WestportNow Oct. 14, 2009) The Fresh Market store is a nonunion operation, and Local 371 contends it does not pay area standard wages and benefits. The company’s public relations manager, Drewry Sackett, said in a statement: “We’re pleased to have been able to bring 90 good jobs to the Westport area, and we’re proud of our reputation for fair treatment, fair compensation and fair benefits.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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