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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dressed Up for Halloween Image
Toby was among costumed visitors at Westport Town Hall today following the annual Halloween parade on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/27/10 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Halloween Parade Still On—Festivities Inside

UPDATE Westport’s annual Halloween parade today along Main Street is still on despite the weather, the Parks and Recreation Department said.

The Veterans Green festivities after the parade will take place in the Town Hall auditorium.

The department earlier today decided to move the post parade activities inside, then said they would be held outside, and then reversed themselves again shortly before 3 p.m. as rain began to fall and said they would be inside.


10/27/10 04:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Today’s Scheduled Milling Postponed Due to Weather

Today’s scheduled milling road work along Westport’s North Avenue has been postponed due to the rain, the Public Works Department said.

The work will resume on Thursday, weather permitting.


10/27/10 04:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Tells Westport Audience He’s Confident of Victory Image
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy made a morning stop at Oscar’s on Westport’s Main Street today and said he is confident of victory in Tuesday’s election. “We’re getting good signs,” he said. “Where people know me, they’re voting for me. Even Republicans in Fairfield County have told me they are with me.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


10/27/10 02:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Together at Oscar’s Image
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy had a bacon and egg sandwich before leaving Oscar’s on Westport’s Main Street today. Lee Papageorge (l), Oscar’s owner, touted the health benefits of eating an apple to Malloy and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. It was Malloy’s last scheduled stop in Westport before Tuesday’s election. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


10/27/10 02:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Nancy Heller Resigns at Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center has announced that Nancy Heller, executive director for the past two years, has resigned effective Jan 31 for personal reasons. She had earlier served as development director for three Image
Nancy Heller: wants to spend more time at home. Contributed photo

“This decision was a difficult and personal one for Nancy,” said Nancy Gault,  first vice president of the board of directors. “She has given endless energy and passion to WAC over the past five years.

“Her decision was based on a desire and growing need to spend more time at home with her children as they enter their teenage years. Needless to say, all of us at WAC will be sorry to see her go and are thankful for her commitment to a smooth transition.”

Heller, a Stamford resident, said: “It has been a privilege to lead the Westport Arts Center over the past two years Despite a difficult economic climate, WAC has continued to expand its programming to meet the needs of diverse participants and increasingly serves a vital role in bringing the community together through the arts.

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High Speed Chase Ends in Weston; Taser Used

UPDATE A 42-year-old man wanted for a parole violation led Westport police on a high speed chase for more than six miles early today into Weston where he was taken into custody after being Tasered in a foot chase, police Image
Richard O’dell: appeared in Norwalk Court today. Cablevision News-12 photo

It was the first time Westport police have used the stun gun in making an arrest since the town approved their purchase after much debate in October 2008. (See WestportNow Oct. 7, 2008)

The incident began at 1:17 a.m. when officers located the man in a car in the commuter parking lot at Merritt Parkway Exit 42 on Weston Road, said Sergeant Michael Hayes. As officers approached, he started the vehicle and drove at them, striking one of them, Paul Wargo, a rookie who joined the department in February.

The officer was not injured, Hayes said, but the man, identified as Richard O’dell, no hometown given, took off toward Weston. It was Weston police who had alerted Westport police to be on the look out for him after receiving a report he had taken a car from a home without permission, officers said.

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10/27/10 06:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

In Spain’s Basque Country: A Culinary Competition

WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow traveled to Spain’s Basque country this week to the small seaside community of Hondarribia and was hosted by the town’s event organizers who wanted to introduce WestportNow readers to its fifth annual pintxos competition, an event for regional chefs to create the best pintxo, the Basque name for certain small portion food creations typically eaten in bars or taverns. The culinary creations have a strong socializing component and are regarded by some as a cornerstone of Basque culture and society. The contest, which attracted wide interest throughout the country, was held in the 13th century town plaza where 75 Basque region chefs competed for prizes for the most creative and gastronomically desirable pintxo serving. Hondarribia, a tourist destination celebrated for its Basque cuisine, is a walled city with an historical heritage, fishing port, and places for hiking. It is served by two airports, one in nearby San Sebastian, the other in Biarritz, France. Matlow provides a photo montage of the competition and a glimpse of the town of 16,000. Dave Matlow for


10/27/10 04:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

On the Green Image
Westport’s Jesup Green is ablaze with fall colors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

9:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Mapping World War Two,” Leonard Everett Fisher
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Memory”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
Noon – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force Work Session
3 p.m. - YMCA - 2010 Westport Halloween Parade (4 p.m. on the Town Green)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Historic District Commission Special Meeting
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Ari Berman, “Herding Donkeys”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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A Community Conversation on Underage Drinking

By James Lomuscio

As she addressed the more than 100 parents and students assembled in the Bedford Middle School cafeteria tonight, Pam Kelley stressed that teen alcohol abuse “is not a new problem and not unique to Westport.” Image
Staples junior Stephanie Klein (l) and sophomore Zoe Cohen take part in tonight’s community conversation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

“Changing the culture will take time and resources,” said Kelley, grant coordinator for Westport’s Positive Directions—The Center for Prevention & Recovery, a nonprofit organization that focuses on prevention of and recovery from substance abuse and dependencies.

The meeting,“Community Conversation on Underage Drinking,” was lauded by Kelley as a good first step.

“I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I hope this choir sings loud enough so other parents will hear,” she said.

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10/27/10 02:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Forum Aims to Reduce Underage Drinking Image
About 100 persons took part tonight in a “Community Conversation on Underage Drinking” at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. The event was sponsored by the Staples High School PTA and Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Men at Work Image
Milling work continued today along Westport’s North Avenue as drivers tried to deal with the alternating traffic near Bedford Middle and Staples High Schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


10/26/10 09:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday’s Milling Location Image
The Westport Public Works Department issued this map of road work operations scheduled for Wednesday. No paving is scheduled. Milling is scheduled to take place on North Avenue south of Cross Highway and near the school entrances. It said this will depend on the weather—if it rains hard as predicted, work will likely be canceled (if it even begins). In any case, the Wakeman Park Road and the Staples-Bedford gate will remain open for morning and afternoon access. All normal entrances will be open for access from North Avenue. Contributed graphic


10/26/10 08:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Despite Forecast, Halloween Parade Still On—For Now

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today that the annual Children’s Halloween Parade on Main Street is still scheduled to take place Wednesday despite the forecast of inclement weather.

Scheduled to start at 3 p.m. in front of the Westport/Weston Family Y and sponsored by the department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport PAL, the festivities will also include entertainment, music and refreshments on Veterans Green.

In case of heavy rain, the festivities will be moved inside to the Westport Town Hall starting at 3 p.m. 

Any change in the venue due to the weather will be posted on the town’s website


10/26/10 07:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Herbert C. Hartmann Sr., 94

Herbert C. Hartmann Sr., 94, of Westport and Jupiter, Fla., the husband of the late Grete Hartmann, died Oct. 25 at his son’s home in Old Saybrook.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Henry and Jennie Hartmann and a longtime area resident. He attended Peter Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.

He began his professional career working six years at Chase Bank, then five years at IBM.

He moved on to Fairchild Camera in Jamaica, N.Y., where he played a role in Jimmy Doolittle’s “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”

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10/26/10 05:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, 84

Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, a Westport resident many years, died Oct. 18 in Wilton. She was 84.

Born on June 9, 1926, in Schenectady, N.Y., she was the daughter of Orrin R. and Blanche Gallant Huston of Scotia, N.Y.

She graduated Scotia High School in 1944, became a visiting nurse, married her husband, Richard Allen Young, in 1950.

In 1969, the family moved to Westport where she resided until 2000, then retired to Wallingford. She eventually moved to Wilton in 2006.

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10/26/10 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Paddling the Saugatuck Image
Mild temperatures this week promoted outdoor activities, including paddling along the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/26/10 05:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Report: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Rates Rise

Nursing home and assisted living rates rose significantly from 2009 to 2010, according to the Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs released today by Westport-based MetLife Mature Market Institute. Image

Private room nursing home rates rose 4.6 percent to $229 per day or $83,585 per year, while assisted living rose 5.2 percent on average to $3,293 per month, or $39,516 per year.

These increases come on top of increases from 2008 to 2009 when both nursing home and assisted living costs were up 3.3 percent.

Costs for home health aides and adult day services were unchanged in the past year. Home health aide costs remain at an average price of $21 per hour, while adult day services costs are still $67 per day.

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10/26/10 05:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

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A banner across Westport’s Main Street reminds all of the election one week from today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


10/26/10 05:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joseph C. Sibigtroth, 94

Joseph Clarence Sibigtroth passed away on Oct. 22 in Westport. He was Image
Joseph C. Sibigtroth: World War II vet.  Contributed photo

Born on Nov. 29, 1915 to Joseph and Alma Sibigtroth in Mendota, Ill., he was the second oldest of eight children, the others being Art, Helen, Ruth, George, Bernice, Don, and Bob. 

He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois in 1939 and 1940, respectively.  He married Marjorie Ward in 1941 and had two children, Alan and Joan. 

From 1942 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant in the southwest Pacific. 

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10/26/10 03:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Scary Greeter on Meeker Road Image
A scary character is set to greet Halloween visitors to a home on Westport’s Meeker Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - noon - Westport Town Hall - CTWorks Career Coach: 2003 Excel for Beginners
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Memory”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - CTWorks Career Coach: Inermediate 2003 Excel
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School cafeteria - Conversation in the Community: Underage Drinking
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - “End of Innocence Abroad,” Christopher Lydon

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


10/26/10 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Hearing About Music from The New Yorker Critic Image
Alex Ross, music critic at The New Yorker since 1996, addressed a Westport Public Library audience tonight about his latest book, “Listen to This.” He described how he became interested first in classical music and later in current popular music. Using recorded excerpts, he showed how a descending pattern of notes echoes as a lamentation through many cultures. His first book, “The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,” a cultural history of music since 1900, was published in 2007. It won a National Book Critics Circle award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008 Ross was named a MacArthur Fellow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


10/26/10 01:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Farrell Hails Connecticut Export Financing Partnership

Connecticut employers will benefit from a new financing partnership with the Ex-Im Bank of the United States that will help them strengthen and grow their export business, according to former Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell, a member of Ex-Im’s board. Image
Diane Farrell: partnership will create Connecticut jobs. Contributed photo

The Connecticut Development Authority (CDA), the state’s quasi-public business financing arm, will now be able to provide international trade financing to small businesses thanks to the partnership, an announcement said.

“This City-State Partnership –  Ex-Im Bank’s first in Connecticut – will give us the opportunity to provide many more Connecticut small businesses with the competitive financing tools they need to successfully compete in the global marketplace, and create Connecticut jobs,” Farrell said in a statement.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said the partnership fills a financing need of Connecticut small exporters.

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Staples Boys Soccer Stuns Ridgefield

A three-goal barrage in the first 10 minutes of the second half broke open a close game today at Loeffler Field and the Staples boys soccer team shut out Ridgefield Image
Frankie Bergonzi was both a defensive and offensive force for Staples today. The Wreckers shut out Ridgefield 4-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for

Goals by Jake Krosse, Court Lake and Lorenz Esposito – added to Greg Gudis’ 1st-half strike – lifted the Staples team to victory. Mikey Scott, Brendan Lesch, Frankie Bergonzi and Jake Malowitz added assists.

“The balanced scoring is great – and important,” said head coach Dan Woog.

Ridgefield entered the match in fourth place in the 19-team FCIAC – two spots below the Wreckers.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday’s Milling and Paving Locations Image
The Westport Public Works Department today released this map of scheduled paving and milling work on Tuesday. Workers will finish paving Roseville Road and milling will take place on North Avenue starting at Cross Highway and moving south. School entrances will be open on North Avenue, and Wakeman Park Road will remain open for access to both Bedford Middle School and Staples. Extra officers will be on hand to direct traffic. Contributed graphic


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Saugatuck Center Rising

By James Lomuscio

With the framing completed and the smell of plywood sheathing still fresh, Westporter Sam Gault today walked the grounds of Saugatuck Center, a two-building, riverfront retail, residential and office development scheduled to open in May, and seemed Image
Today’s “topping out” of Saugatuck Center drew (l-r) Sam Gault and Jim Donaher, representing the Gault family, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Gus Pappajohn, builder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

“My grandfather bought this property in the early 1920s,” said Gault about the one-acre, Riverside Avenue parcel with 500 feet on the Saugatuck River. “We used it to store oil, building materials and sand.”

The 365,000-gallon oil tank came down this past May (see WestportNow May 5, 2010), as did the wood framed buildings that housed DeRosa’s restaurant, Westport Florist and the Riverside Barber. Today was the “topping out,” marking partial completion of the project

To hear Gault, president of LH Gault & Son, Inc., tell it, it is all part of a new vision for Saugatuck—a vision from one of Westport’s oldest families. The hometown company stated in 1863 on the Post Road where Gault’s great-great grandfather sold feed and grain.

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Joseph Stein, Librettist of “Fiddler,” Dies at 98 Image
UPDATE Joseph Stein (r), the veteran musical librettist who penned the books to such shows as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Zorba,” died Sunday. He was 98 and had recently been hospitalized at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan after a fall. Stein visited the Westport Country Playhouse in 2007 (picture) when it held a benefit gala to honor composer John Kander (c), a partner in the musical theater songwriting team with the late lyricist Fred Ebb. The pair are best known for “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and the song “New York, New York.” At left is Stein’s wife Elisa. Stein wrote the book to Kander and Ebb’s musical take on Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” called “All About Us,” which had a production in Westport in 2007. The late Eartha Kitt, a Weston resident, appeared as The Fortune Teller. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for




10/25/10 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Crain’s Business: Westporter Making Grab for Value Line Cash

The controlling shareholder of financial publisher Value Line Inc., former CEO Jean Bernhard Buttner of Westport, is making a grab for about half of her company’s remaining cash, Crain’s New York Business reported today.

It said the publisher of the Value Line Investment Survey said late Friday it would pay shareholders a special dividend of $2 a share on Nov. 12 instead of its regular quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share.

The special dividend amounts to $20 million or almost half of the company’s $43 million in cash on hand, Crain’s said on its website. About $17.3 million of this dividend will go to Buttner, who controls 86.5 percent of Value Line’s stock, it said.

Buttner, 75, stepped aside last year at the company started by her father in 1931 after the SEC barred her from the brokerage business.

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