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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Community Theatre Presents “Angel Street (Gaslight)” Image
The Westport Community Theatre presents “Angel Street” (also known as “Gaslight”) at 2 p.m. today at Westport Town Hall. Written by Patrick Hamilton, it is one of the all-time great thrillers and the play on which the famous 1940s movie “Gaslight” was based. In this scene, Ann Kinner of Westport is seen as Bella Manningham and Fred Tisch of Stamford as Inspector Rough. Performances continue weekends through Dec. 12. Tickets are $14 – $20. For reservations and information call (203) 226-1983 or visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Longhore Club Park - PAL Ice Rink open skating
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Memory” (last day)
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Angel Street (Gaslight)”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Talking Turkey Image
Local turkey expert Joe DeBone talked about wild turkeys today at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. He discussed the differences in turkey tail feathers at different ages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


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On the Turkey Trail Image
As part of today’s Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Walk and Talk program at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, local wildlife expert Joe DeBone led guests on a walk in search of the birds. Unfortunately, none of the usual Earthplace turkeys could be found this close to Thanksgiving, only a flock of ravens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


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Spinning at Barnes & Noble Image
Volunteers representing SpinOdyssey 2011 spent this morning wrapping gifts for holiday shoppers at Barnes & Noble of Westport. Pictured (l-r) are Amelie Babkie, Patty Kondub, and Karen Newman who wrapped gifts while raising funds for and awareness of SpinOdyssey’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer. SpinOdyssey 2011 is a 100 percent volunteer-run indoor cycling and fitness fundraiser taking place Sunday, March 6 at Intensity Fitness & Tennis Club in Norwalk. For more information visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

One Injured in North Avenue Crash Image
UPDATE Westport emergency personnel tend to a woman whose car went off the road today in the area of 208 North Ave. Westport EMS transported her to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A second driver told bystanders at the scene that the woman, who she said appeared to have been drinking, had slammed into her while she was stopped at a stop sign at North Avenue and North Ridge Road, a short distance away, and then sped off. She said she was en route home to call police when she came upon the woman’s car off the road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Accident Shuts Down North Avenue Image
A one-car accident near 208 North Ave. shortly after 1 p.m. today shut down a portion of roadway. The female driver was taken to Norwalk Hospital. The road was reopened shortly before 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Malloy Launches Transition Website

Gov.-Elect Dan Malloy has announced the launch of a website designed to let Connecticut residents get information about and communicate with his transition team prior to taking office on Jan. 5. Image

The website,, includes a form for suggestions or ideas for Malloy, Lt. Gov.-Elect Nancy Wyman and their team.

A news release said those who wish to apply to work in the administration can email their resume and cover letter to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Press releases and other news items can also be found on the website.

“During my campaign I often talked about transparency and staying in touch with the people of Connecticut to make sure they knew what I was doing on their behalf,” said Malloy.

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Evelyn E. Monahan, 88

Evelyn E. Monahan of Westport, wife of the late Thomas H.E. Monahan, Jr. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, in her Westport home, where she raised her family for 45 years. She was Image
Evelyn Monahan: Assumption parish member. Contributed photo

Born in Boston, Mass., her passion was spending time at the beach or on adventures with her two grandchildren, Christine and Kevin Boecke, to whom she perfected the job of being the best grandmother ever.

She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed time spent with her family and many friends, especially fellow Red Sox and Celtics fans. Mrs. Monahan was a member of Assumption Parish.

Survivors in addition to her grandchildren include, two daughters, Joan Monahan Boecke and husband, William, of Newton, Mass., and Lynne Monahan of Westport; two sons, Thomas H.E. Monahan III, and Martha Dixon, of Black Rock, and Stephen J. Monahan and wife, Wendi, of Marshfield, Mass.; and one sister, Barbara Carney of Wareham, Mass. She was predeceased by brothers, Buddy Delaney, Robert Delaney and sisters, Louise Ryan and Jeanne Gallagher. She was lovingly known as Aunt Del to many.

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Westporters Participate in Small Business Saturday Image
UPDATE With Black Friday over, a number of small Westport retailers and restaurants are participating in today’s first Small Business Saturday.

Sponsored by American Express, it is a national day to support local and small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.

American Express is offering its cardholders a $25 credit if they shop at a small business and register online. Eligible merchants include any independently owned small businesses that accept the American Express Card. Purchases made online, at large, national chains, or at franchised business locations are not eligible.

For more information, visit or


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Holiday Lights in Saugatuck Image
Westport-based Al’s Angles charity group once again has sponsored the holiday lights on the William F. Cribari Bridge in Westport’s Saugatuck section. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Longhore Club Park - PAL Ice Rink open skating
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Memory”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Angel Street (Gaslight)”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Longshore PAL Ice Rink Opens for Season Image
Youngsters enjoy the PAL ice rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park tonight as the enlarged rink opened for the season. The rink measures 200 feet by 85 feet, the size of a National Hockey League rink. The rink on Saturday will be open for skating 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Ready to Go On the Ice Image
Three seniors from Westport’s Staples High School get ready to skate tonight at the PAL ice rink at Longshore Club Park as it opened for the season. Pictured (l-r) are 17-year-olds Farrel Levenson, Andreas Bub, and Alex Soderstrom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Quiet Main Street Image
After a busy day with shoppers, Westport’s Main Street was all but deserted tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Comings and Goings: Kate Spade Opens on Main Street Image
Kate Spade at 103 Main St. is the newest addition to Westport’s downtown. The location was previously occupied by Sigrid Olsen. Kate Spade is one of 38 stores internationally that sells women’s apparel, shoes, handbags, perfumes, jewelry and leather goods.“We’re all about ‘girly-girls,’” said Pamela Friedman, assistant manager. She said Kate Spade was founded in 1993 as a handbag shop, was sold to Neiman Marcus in 2006, and was bought by Liz Claiborne Inc. in 2007. Other Kate Spade shops are in Greenwich, White Plains and Manhasset, N.Y. Both Kate Spade and Sigrid Olsen are owned by Liz Claiborne Inc. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Alphonse W. DiNapoli, 83

Alphonse W. DiNapoli of Stamford, owner of a Dairy Queen franchise in Westport for 25 years, died Nov. 24 in Stamford. He was 83.

Born March 15, 1927 in Stamford to the late Rocco and Bernarda DiNapoli, he was the eldest of four children. He was a 1944 graduate of Stamford High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Upon returning from the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie Gesullo, in 1948. They raised four children in their home they built on MacGregor Drive in Stamford.

He was employed by FAG Bearings in Stamford for 40 years, rising to the position of plant superintendent. His other endeavors included a floral shop on the west side of Stamford, catering private parties, and owning a Dairy Queen in Westport for 25 years where he worked side by side with his family.

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Vivian C. Mercurio, 80

Vivian Cupole Mercurio of Stratford, a retired receptionist for Internal Medicine of Westport, died on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 80.

Born in Bridgeport on July 14, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Susie LaPorta Cupole. Mrs. Mercurio loved to dance and travel and always enjoying life to the fullest.

Affectionately known as Mimi, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was a member of the Red Hat Society of Stratford.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 56 years, Joseph P. Mercurio, three children, Joseph Garofano and his wife Carol of Waterford, Nancy Faiella and her husband, Salvatore of Shelton and Daniel Mercurio and his wife, Karen of Meriden; a sister-in-law, Barbara Cupole of Milford; five grandchildren, Salvatore IV, Joseph, Gabriella, Daniel Jr. and Lindsey; as well as, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Nicholas Cupole, Jr.

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Ready for Black Friday Shoppers Image
Westport’s Main Street early today before the store openings and anticipated “Black Friday” day after Thanksgiving shoppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Extra Metro-North Train Service Today

Metro-North’s New Haven Line today – Black Friday—is running a Saturday schedule with extra service during the morning and afternoon peak time periods.

Nonstop trains to Grand Central Terminal will leave Westport at 9:20 a.m. and then 20 minutes after the hour until 12:20 p.m.

Return express trains to Westport will leave Grand Central Terminal at 2:57 p.m., 4:57 p.m. and 5:57 p.m. 

Exact departure times from Grand Central can be found at or by calling (212)532-4900.


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Westport Town Hall and Public Schools are closed
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
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”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Angel Street” [Addition]

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Celebrating a Torah Dedication Image
Congregants today celebrated a torah dedication at the Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk on Post Road West. The Torah was dedicated by the Offir family in honor of their son Jacob’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah and sponsored by his grandparents, Samuel and Shoshana Offir of Atlantic Beach, N.Y. During a short morning service, congregants danced with the Torah to a musical accompaniment under a wedding canopy (chuppah) from Rabbi Yossi Pollak’s house to the synagogue. There it was greeted with festive singing and dancing by the many congregants and friends of the Offirs who attended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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A Joyous Occasion Image
Jacob Offir celebrates a Torah dedication today with his uncle, Avi Kaner, a member of Westport’s Board of Finance, at the Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk on Post Road West. The Torah was dedicated by the Offir family in honor of Jacob’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah. The new Torah, as well as the congregation’s other Torahs, were held by men and women during the morning festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Crowd Image
More than 300 turkey Thanksgiving Day meals were served up at the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East in Westport today. It was the 40th anniversary of the annual event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Happy Thanksgiving at Saugatuck Church Image
Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church today hosted its 40th annual Community Traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. More than 300 turkey dinners with all the trimmings were served today including 28 meals that were delivered to shut-ins in and around Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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40th Edition of Serving a Holiday Turkey Meal to Westport

The Westport community donated generously today to help provide Thanksgiving Day meals at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. Financial donations came from Fairfield County Bank, the sixth grade class of the Coleytown Middle School, Sphere Westport Business Network, and many anonymous donors. Food donations came from Stop & Stop, Stew Leonards, Oscars Deli, Dawn Dellarocco, manger of Pander’s Bread of Norwalk, Pepperidge Farm, Britt Air and decorations from Coleytown Elementary School and Greens Farm School’s Girls Scout Troop 50394. Baked breads were donated by the PTA of Coleytown Elementary School. Larry Untermeyer for


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Westport Family Serves Up Thanksgiving Meal for Firefighters Image
For the 15th consecutive year, Westport Fire Department employees on duty today enjoyed a home-cooked Thanksgiving feast prepared by and served by a Westport family who wishes to remain anonymous. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Commuter Council Says Rell Rail Cut Proposal “Nonsense”

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s Thanksgiving-eve proposal for elimination of commuter rail service on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines of Metro-North is being met with a cry from commuters, the head of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council said today.

“What, is she joking?,” is a common response to the proposal, according to Jim Cameron, council chairman (and WestportNow columnist).

After being hailed for her six years of unwavering support for mass transit, this end-of-term surprise call for slashing rail service may just be a political negotiating point, but the council is taking no chances, he said.

“We are contacting the thousands of commuters on our e-mail alert list,“ he said. “We’re asking them to contact their state lawmakers and urge them to oppose this nonsensical move by the governor.”

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A Pumpkin Thanksgiving Meal Image
Some visitors to a Tamarac Road home in Westport today enjoyed a pumpkin Thanksgiving meal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Staples Beats Greenwich 27-8 to Advance to State Finals Image
UPDATE Staples senior Tyler Jacobs looks for some daylight at the Wreckers rolled over the Greenwich Cardinals 28-7 today in their annual Thanksgiving match up in Greenwich. Staples, ranked No. 5, moves into the state class LL CIAC finals, taking on No. 4 Glastonbury at Glastonbury at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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