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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

“We Just Kept Battling Back”

UPDATE (adds time, place of final) Staples Coach Marce Petroccio tells reporters his team “just kept battling back” in tonight’s 31-28 win over Xavier at Wilton. The semifinal state Class LL victory sent undefeated Staples into the state final on Saturday against Cheshire at 7 p.m. at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. WestportNow.com video


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“In Four Days We’re Going Out to Win”

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio addresses his players tonight after their 31-28 victory over Xavier at Wilton to advance to Saturday’s state Class LL championship game at 7 p.m. in West Haven.  WestportNow.com video


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Hugs for Another Wrecker Victory

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Staples Coach Marce Petroccio gets a hug after the Wreckers edged Xavier of Middletown tonight 31-28 in the state semifinal Class LL championship at Wilton. The Staples victory sends them into the state finals against No. 2 Cheshire on Saturday at 7 p.m . in West Haven. It is the first state championship game for the Wreckers since 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Heading for the Winning Touchdown

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Senior Matt Kelly looks for an opening during a fourth quarter 45-yard run tonight en route to sealing the Wrecker 31-28 victory over Xavier High School of Middletown in the state semifinal championship at Wilton. Kelly scored one play later from three yards out to regain the lead for Staples—then down 28-21 with 11:11 left. Senior Santiago Cuartas connected on a 35-yard field goal with 2:40 left to make it 31-21. The Falcons pulled to within 31-28 with 1:43 left, but Staples stopped their scoring there to gain the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Making a Tackle

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Staples senior Brendan Rankowitz gets set to take down Xavier’s Ryan Murphy during tonight’s Wrecker 31-28 victory over the Falcons at Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Staples quarterback Keith Gelman keeps the ball to gain ground during tonight’s 31-28 Wrecker win over Xavier at Wilton. See CT Post story here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Catholic Church Releases Priest Sex Allegation Documents

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Bishop William Lori announces a $21 million settlement in October 2003 with priest sex abuse victims. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
UPDATE (adds additional names) At least five priests who served in Westport are cited in documents released today by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport as it complied with a court order to disclose documentation on how it handled allegations of sexual abuse against its clergymen.

The diocese turned over thousands of pages to Waterbury Superior Court officials and to the lawyers of four newspapers that had filed suit to force release of the documents. Their release ended a seven-year legal battle to keep them private.

The five priests who served in Westport named in the documents, which cover a period going back more than 40 years, include Martin J. Federici, picked up by Westport police in 1968 for allegedly molesting a boy in his car. He served at Westport’s Assumption Church from 1968 to 1970.

The others were Joseph Gorecki, who served at Assumption in 1974; Albert McGoldrick, who served at Assumption in 1988; Charles W. Stubbs, who served as Assumption from 1964 to 1967, and Vincent Veich, who served at Assumption from 1978 to 1984.

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John “Jack” Aiden Conroy, 84

Mr. John “Jack” Aiden Conroy, 84, of Westport, husband of Doris Helen Conroy, passed away Monday, Nov. 30 at home in the company of his family.

Mr. Conroy was born Nov. 1, 1925, in Cambridge, Mass., son of the late John J. Conroy and Catherine Sheehan Conroy and had been a resident of Westport for 50 years.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Conroy was a distinguished advertising executive with J. Walter Thompson Company, F. William Free & Co. and Interpublic Group in New York City.

He led the firms’ account activities in airline transportation, tourism and international operations. He also built a successful construction business.

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Carol Hofflich, 73

Carol Hofflich, a former Westport schoolteacher and resident of Fairfield for 50 years, passed away on Monday, Nov. 30 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 73.

Mrs. Hofflich was born in New York, N.Y., a daughter of the late Herman and Henrietta Honig, and was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, and received a Masters and 6th Year Teaching Certificate from Fairfield University.

Mrs. Hofflich had been a teacher at Greens Farms pre-school, a kindergarten special education teacher in the Westport school system, a high school level teacher at the Vitam Center School in Norwalk, and was a volunteer at the Mercy Learning Center and Bridgeport public schools.

Mrs. Hofflich was an avid golfer and tennis player, and was a lover of gardening, books and world travel.

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Lisa A. Musumeci, 54

Lisa Anderson Musumeci, 54, of Hartford, beloved wife of Joseph Musumeci and devoted mother of Michael and Nina Musumeci, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Born on Jan. 8, 1955, Lisa grew up in Westport and earned a B.A. degree from Skidmore College in 1976.

Besides her husband and two children, Lisa leaves her father, Roger Anderson, and his wife, Cyndi of Oxford; her sister-in-law, Shirley Musumeci; niece, Eva Musumeci; nephew, Vincent Musumeci; and grandniece, Alexandra, all of Glastonbury; and her stepmother, Julie Anderson.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Frederick and Lois Anderson; her uncle, Fred Anderson; and her brother-in-law, Rosario Musumeci.

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12/01/09 04:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Want to Support a Westport Charity? Just Click

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If you want to support a Westport charity and make it eligible for a JPMorgan Chase grant of $25,000 to $1 million, all you have to do is go to Facebook and click.

The financial institution, in an effort to expand its charitable giving, is letting Facebook users help decide how to give away $5 million.

The “Chase Community Giving” program, which began in mid-November, lets Facebook users choose from more than half a million charities that have an operating budget of less than $10 million apiece.

The 100 charities getting the most votes by Dec. 11 will each receive $25,000 from Chase. To vote, click here.

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Westport Teacher in Film Premiere Tonight

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Kerstin Warner and co-star Gregory Parker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A Westport middle school teacher is appearing in tonight’s premiere in Fairfield of “Welcome to Jensen’s Part One,” an entirely improvised film with no script.

Kerstin Warner, who has been teaching the gifted program at Bedford Middle School since 2000, is among local actors appearing in the debut feature film by filmmaker Tony Pertesis. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Theatre, 1424 Post Road, and is open to the public.

The film follows a little girl as she searches for her recently deceased parents in Jensen’s Cemetery. Her parents are there, along with many colorful characters who are marking time in purgatory and interact in surprising, comical and sometimes alarming ways. 

How Warner—a 10-year Westport resident and Vassar fine arts graduate with a Masters in special education from Bank Street College—came to appear in the film is an improv story in itself.

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A Pair of Silhouettes

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Standing tall on the stone wall at Westport’s Compo Beach on a sunny afternoon, two young brothers gaze at a distant point on Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
9:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Special: “Keep Your Spirits Up”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
1 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Conference Room – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
6:30 p.m. - Wilton High School - Staples football vs Xavier (Middletown) in state semi-final
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Mad About Ad Men: Screening of the Film “Art and Copy”
7 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: Auditions for “Ice Glen”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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