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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Compo Reservation

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Someone drew some lines in the sand at Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday to make sure the spot was reserved. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday, March 28, 2010

2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - When Cool Was Hot! Film Series: “North by Northwest” (1959)
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Texas-style bluegrass and swing: The Doc Wallace Trio (doors open at 1 p.m.)
2 p.m. - Community Theatre, Fairfield - “Breaking Upwards” feature film by Westporter Daryl Wein

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Maurice Josp, 89

Maurice Josp passed away March 21 in Concord, Mass. He was 89.

He was the husband of Susan (Muller) Jospe. Born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, Maurice Josp was the son of Alexandre and Marthe (Lucas) Josp and brother to Roger and the late Jacques Josp.

Maurice served in the Belgian Army during World War II. He was a prisoner of war who later escaped, made his way to England and became a Spitfire fighter pilot in the Belgian Squadron of the Royal Air Force.

After the war, he immigrated to the United States with his first wife, Claire, and joined his father’s diamond business in New York City.

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Elizabeth Jones, 85

Elizabeth (Elma) Jones of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Westport, passed away on March 22 after a short illness. She was 85. WestportNow.com Image
Elizabeth Jones: Westport resident more than 50 years. Contributed photo

She is survived by a brother, Alexander (Red) Hamilton, of Naples, Fla.; a son, Bruce Jones, of Decatur, Ga.; and a daughter, Leslie Jones, and two granddaughters, Katie Cusumano and Kristen Cusumano, of Bermuda. She was predeceased by her husband, Sam Jones, in 1990.

Elma was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on Jan. 1, 1925. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1942, she attended Katharine Gibbs School and went on to a career in advertising and marketing.

She continued to pursue her career while raising her children, working from home at a time long before such arrangements were common. She maintained a home in Westport for more than 50 years, as well as a home in Fort Lauderdale for more than 20 years.

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In Vogue

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The Staples High School cheerleaders hosted their annual Varsity Vogue fashion show and auction Friday night at Mitchells of Westport. Varsity Vogue is the only fund-raising event for the varsity cheerleaders and helps defray expenses for transportation, uniforms and training. A portion of the proceeds this year went to victims of the Haiti earthquake. Among those displaying the latest fashions were seniors Keith Gelman and Neva SanFilippo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Celebrating a Successful Exhibit

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Westport Historical Society members today celebrated their current exhibition, “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot,” with a reception at a residence featured in the exhibit based on Westport’s notable modern houses. Morley Boyd (l), co-curator of the exhibit, expressed appreciation to those who contributed to its success. The exhibit runs through May 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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In the Swing

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Youngsters get into the swing of things at today’s annual fund-raiser for Westport’s Community Nursery School which took place at Coleytown Middle School. The event featured the Grammy-nominated band Milkshake. Community Nursery School is celebrating its 50th year educating the area’s children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Shaking Things Up for Community Nursery School

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Milkshake, which describes itself as “a band on a mission: to create great rock music for kids,” headlined today’s fund-raiser for Westport’s Community Nursery School at Coleytown Middle School. Community Nursery School is a non-denominational,  not- for-profit preschool housed in the United Methodist Church on Weston Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Staples Debate Team Winners

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The debate team at Westport’s Staples High School took home honors today at the state finals of the Connecticut Debate Association held at Wilton High School. Partners Jacob Meisel (l) and Mark Schwabacher, both freshmen, won a combined total of six trophies, including Best Debate Team in the state (Novice Division). Competing against 35 qualifying high school teams,  Meisel won Best Speaker in Connecticut and Schwabacher won Second Best Speaker.  The Staples Debate Team is coached by Staples staff member Julia McNamee. In December, Meisel won a speech contest sponsored by Westport’s two Rotary Clubs. (See WestportNow Dec. 17, 2009) Contributed photo


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Senate Dems Pass Deficit Reduction Bill; Rell Promises Veto

By Keith M. Phaneuf


The state Senate adopted a deficit reduction plan shortly before 5:20 a.m. today that aims to close a $518 million gap in the current year budget, despite the promise of a veto by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

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Although Democratic leaders of the Senate said they would not be deterred by Rell’s threat, it was enough to prompt the House Democrats to cancel a vote on the plan this afternoon, since the Senate failed to pass it by a veto-proof margin.

That would have required that all 24 Democrats in the Senate vote for the bill. But following a 4 1/2-hour debate, the measure passed 21-15 as three Democratic senators, Gayle Slossberg of Milford, Joan Hartley of Waterbury and Jonathan Harris of West Hartford, joined with 12 Republicans in opposing it.

Among other cuts, the plan would eliminate 21 deputy commissioners in Rell’s administration, saving $3.1 million annually.

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Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flood watch for Westport and area from late Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon.

An advisory said rain will begin during Sunday night and could become heavy at times late. Heavy rain should then continue into much of Monday
and Monday night.

The rain will gradually taper off Tuesday into Tuesday night. The potential exists for 3 to 5 inches of rain through Tuesday afternoon with locally higher amounts possible.

The advisory said rainfall of this magnitude combined with nearly saturated soils poses a serious flood threat. As a result, significant river and small stream flooding is likely.

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To the Rescue

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A firefighter rescue boat was one of the popular attractions for kids today at the Touch-A-Truck fundraiser in the parking lot of the Coleytown Elementary School. The Westport Weston Cooperative Nursing School’s annual event drew a large crowd on a clear crisp Saturday morning.  The funds raised at the event benefit the pre-school and its continued educational programs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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In the Driver’s Seat

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Today was an opportunity for youngsters to get hands on experience behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles as the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School held its annual Touch-A-Truck fund-raiser at Coleytown Elementary School. Liam Lochridge, 3 ½, of Fairfield was in the driver’s seat of an asphalt paver. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Hundreds Bid Farewell to “Mayor of Saugatuck” Santella

By James Lomuscio

Louis M. Santella once noted that Westport’s Saugatuck area “was more a state of mind than a place,” that it represented an indomitable spirit of community.WestportNow.com Image
Photos of Lou Santella were displayed along with the memorial book today at Assumption Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Today his indomitable spirit was celebrated at a funeral mass at Assumption Roman Catholic Church on Riverside Avenue where hundreds came to bid farewell to the unofficial “Mayor of Saugatuck” who died Feb. 21 at his Florida home at the age of 77. (See WestportNow Feb. 21, 2010)

Up until his retirement in 1999, Santella, a 1951 graduate of Staples High School, cut hair at the Riverside Barber Shop which his father John had opened in 1928. Santella was also a fierce promoter of Saugatuck’s Italian-American heritage, working tirelessly on the annual Festival Italiano.

The summer festival had been a time honored tradition in Westport ever since Italians, many of whom worked building the railroad, settled in Saugatuck during the late 1800s and early 1900s to lay down their own tracks toward the American Dream.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Minute Man Hill

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An application for a demolition permit for the house at 1 Minute Man Hill in Westport’s Compo Beach area is under review by Flood and Erosion Board and other regulatory departments. Built in 1975, the two-story colonial has 2,310 square feet and is situated on a 1.23-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Cleaning Up the Partrick Wetlands

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Twenty-two members of the Advanced Placement Environmental Science class at Westport’s Staples High School turned out today to clean up the Partrick Wetlands. Matthew Mandell (l), Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund director who headed the effort said, “We saved the land for the next generation to come and the next generation is kicking in today.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Taking Out the Trash

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A team of Staples AP Environmental Science class volunteers patrols the perimeter of Partrick Road today that borders the Partrick Wetlands as part of a clean up day of the wetlands. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company Sets Easter Egg Hunt

Westport’s Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 59th annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 3, on the grounds of Long Lots Elementary School.

The event will begin at 2 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for finding special eggs in each age group up to 10 years old.

The Easter bunny will make an appearance, arriving on a fire truck, organizers said.


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Cool Old Mill

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Cool temperatures in the 40s kept many people away from Westport’s Old Mill Beach on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ballet Etudes’ “Sleeping Beauty”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players, “Little Shop of Horrors”
8:30 p.m. - Worldwide - Earth Hour: turn off the lights for one hour

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Ospreys Get Another Nesting Platform

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Westport’s Longshore Club Park has a second nesting platform for ospreys thanks to Alex Nitkin, a 17-year-old senior at Staples High School. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Nitkin has worked for the past two years in preparation for the installation of the platform in the far end of the parking lot of the E. R. Strait Marina. Nitkin built the wooden nesting platform and, with the help of members of his Scout Troop No. 36 and other friends, cleared the area of small trees and brush in preparation for the installation of the nesting platform. The nesting pole was donated and installed by Connecticut Light & Power Company with the assistance of Westporter Chris Swan, a CL&P executive, and raised and mounted by the Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company of Stamford which contributed its services and equipment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Working on Eagle Scout Project for Ospreys

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Westporter Alex Nitkin, 17, a senior at Staples High School, helps with a new osprey nesting platform at Longshore Club Park which has been his Eagle Scout project for the past two years. Brian Sepot of the Westport Parks and Recreation Department helps him attach aluminum strips to the platform’s pole to prevent squirrels and other animals from invading the nesting platform. Nitkin, managing editor of the school newspaper Inklings, last week was named the 2010 Connecticut Student Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Education Association. (See WestportNow March 17, 2010) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Large Turnout for “Draw On!” Cartoon Workshop

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More than 50 youngsters today participated in a “Draw On!” cartoon workshop at the Westport Arts Center. The New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast, seen working at the rear on a chalkboard drawing of a busy sidewalk, answered questions about her work. Works by Chast and R. Crumb will be on display as part of the Center’s new “Divine Comedy” exhibit opening April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Showing Off

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The New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast helps a youngster show off his work today at the Westport Art Center’s “Draw On!” children’s cartoon workshop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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“I Really Liked to Draw…I Was Terrible at Everthing Else”

Roz Chast, staff cartoonist for The New Yorker, with humor and funny voices, explained her world of cartooning today to youngsters at the Westport Arts Center.  WestportNow.com video


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Chast Chalkboard Talk

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Roz Chast (r), the prolific staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, chats with Westporter Ann Sheffer today at the Westport Arts Center where Chast drew a “site specific” chalk wall drawing and participated in a “Draw On!” cartoon workshop with an estimated 50-60 invited children and parents. Sheffer is chair of the Betty and Ralph Sheffer Foundation which sponsored the event. The new WAC exhibit “Divine Comedy,” cartoon drawings by Chast and R. Crumb opens on April 1 with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Cartooning Afternoon

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Drawing cartoons was the afternoon project today for youngsters at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Going Down: 346 Compo Road South

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The demolition of the barn behind the residence at 346 Compo Road South is lovingly being dismantled by Chuck Penn (l)  and Ralph Merlo, friends of the former owners of the property. According to Merlo, the new and former owners came to an agreement that the barn components could be removed from the property by hand rather than by traditional demolition equipment.  Merlo said that the former owners plan to salvage the barn components – “wood slabs, beams etc” - and incorporate them into a new residence to be built in the Newport, R.I. area. (See Teardown of the Day, WestportNow, Dec. 16, 2009) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Compo Beach Road Closure

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The resurfacing of Westport’s Compo Beach Road which began this week today extended beyond Bradley Street, near the entrance to Compo Beach. The work will take two weeks to complete with the final road surface to be applied as soon as the asphalt plants open the week of April 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Louise S. Couffer, 79

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Louise S. Couffer, 79, a Westport resident for 48 years and a devotee of Compo Beach who could be found every summer, friends said, “two life guard stands down from the Soundview parking lot,” died Wednesday, March 24.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn. on Nov. 3, 1930 to Bertha and Leon Sterling, her family later settled in Scarsdale, N.Y., where Louise, called Weaser by family and friends, graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1948.

Afterward she attended St. Lawrence University where she met James G. Couffer, Jr. whom she married Aug. 19, 1952, a couple of months after graduation.

Coufer worked at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Easton for the past 23 years, and her pastimes included gardening, swimming, sunbathing and watching football on television, say family members.

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