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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
12:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Wednesday Artist Lunches

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


09/28/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Westporter Helen Reichert Dies at 109

By James Lomuscio

Helen Faith Keane Reichert of Westport and New York City died at her midtown Manhattan home Sunday at the age of 109, “just a few weeks shy of her 110th birthday on Nov. 11,” her sister-in-law Elisabeth Keane of Westport said today.

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Helen Reichert: pictured in Westport two months ago. Contributed photo

“Her nickname was Happy, and it was a nickname that suited her entire life,” Keane said.

Throughout her life, Reichert vigorously promoted a rigid recipe for success: chocolate truffles, hamburgers, Budweiser beer, cigarettes and New York nightlife. Strictly forbidden were vegetables, exercising, getting up early and complaining.

Reichert was one of four centenarian siblings, including Keane’s husband, Westporter Peter Keane, “the baby of the family who will be 102 in February.” Other siblings included Irving Kahn, the 105-year-old chairman of Kahn Bros., a New York City Investment firm.

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09/28/11 01:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Rough and Tough Tie for Staples Girls

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The Staples girls soccer varsity team headed to Fairfield Warde today and battled for a tie 1-1.  Seen here are Gae Mitas and Julia Tziolis working hard during the nail biting match. The only goal was a beautiful header scored by Turner Block off of a well placed ball by Megan Root. This game brings the Lady Wreckers to a season record 3-1-1. Next home game is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Bridgeport’s St. Joseph. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Judi Lake for WestportNow.com


09/28/11 12:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mina Martins, 44

Mina Martins, the former Mina Sboros, of Westport died Sept. 26. She was 44.

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Mina Martins: fiancé of Westporter Doug Meier. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on April 13, 1967, she attended Blackham School and attended six years of Greek school. She was a graduate of Central High School and Gibbs College. Her career was in the banking business as a teller and an assistant supervisor for many years. She enjoyed trips to Greece to visit her aunts, uncles, and cousins, her family said.

Predeceased by her mother, Joan (Joanie) Sboros, she is survived by her father and stepmother, Angelo and Louise Sboros of Shelton, her brother and his wife, John and Kim Sboros of Melbourne, Fla., her daughters Lisa and Maria Martins, and their father, her former husband and constant friend, Tony Martins. 

She is also survived by her fiancé, Doug Meier of Westport, and his mother, Carol Meier, as well as her favorite four-legged constant faithful companion, Yunque.

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09/27/11 09:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Doctor: Sleep Disorders Are Common

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Sleep disorder medical specialist Stasia Wieber, M.D. of Fairfield told the Westport Rotary Club today that 40 percent of humans have some sort of sleep disorder. Wieber said that one of the most common questions she is asked about sleep is, “How much sleep do I need?”  She said that she normally responds with, “Enough to feel good the next day day…if you are not feeling good after a night of sleep then you have a sleep disorder.”  Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, “must have daytime consequences—such as falling asleep during work,” she said.  Wieber said that although sleep disorders are very common, they are treatable.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/27/11 08:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes to Canvass Flood-Damaged Businesses

Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) will visit flood-damaged businesses in Westport’s center on Friday, his office announced today.

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Jim Himes greets flood-damaged Compo homeowner Michele Williams on Aug. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“Himes will visit businesses in Westport to check in on those who were hard-hit by Tropical Storm Irene and to help publicize the federal assistance that is available to help them recover from the storm,” an announcement said.

“Representatives from the Small Business Administration will join him to answer any questions and ensure business owners have all the necessary information to apply for federal disaster assistance to help repair and, in some cases, rebuild their businesses.”

Himes, who on Aug. 29 viewed damage at Westport’s Compo Beach and visited several homes in the area damaged by flood waters, will be accompanied on his tour of businesses by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, who is also the town’s emergency management director.


09/27/11 07:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Hedley Farms Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Hedley Farms Road, near Beachside Avenue, is in process. Built in 1961, the one-story contemporary has 4,118 square feet and is situated on a 7.27-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/27/11 07:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

School Year Extended Two Days

By James Lomuscio

Blame it on Irene. Westport’s Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to push the close of the school year from June 20 to June 22.

The reason? The schools already lost two of its three emergency days off due to Hurricane Irene in late August, raising concerns as to what to do if there is another harsh winter,

“I don’t recall a time that we started school late because of bad weather,” said Donald O’Day, school board chairman. “But, we have to treat the calendar the same way, whether it’s the beginning, middle or end of the year.

“We still have to stick to our fundamental principle that we don’t want to reduce instructional or professional development days,” he added.

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09/27/11 06:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Household Hazardous Waste Day Set for Saturday

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town will host its annual household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport/Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.

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Residents unload their household hazardous waste at an earlier event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“This is an opportunity for residents to clean out their basements and garages of general hazardous materials,” said Edwards.

Following are areas of a household and the types of chemicals that may be found there: Garage: degreasers, gasoline, kerosene, mineral spirits, oil-based paints, paint strippers, paint thinners, solvents, stains, turpentine, varnishes, wood preservatives, etc.

Garden Shed:  fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, etc. General Household: bleach, charcoal lighter, cleaning chemicals, drain cleaners, fish chemicals, flammable liquids, mercury thermometers, moth balls, pet flea shampoos, photo chemicals, rug shampoos, spot removers, etc.

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09/27/11 06:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bringing More Power to the People

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Construction is moving ahead on schedule for Connecticut Light & Power Company’s new Sherwood Substation on New Creek Road near Westport’s Green’s Farms Metro-North station. The project began construction last fall and is planned to go into service in the second quarter of 2012. The company said the new 115-kilovolt (kV) - 13.8-kV bulk power substation will replace temporary equipment with a permanent solution, supply the growing load in the town of Westport, and strengthen the reliability of the local electrical supply in the area. For more information, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/27/11 02:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Brush Run

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No pickup? No problem. Just pile the brush in the family convertible. The scene was spotted Monday on Westport’s Greens Farms Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) BillyShotMe.com for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
9:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseeker Special: Job Search Strategies
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Open House
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


09/27/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Steinberg Reports on 10 Months in Office

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg addressed the Westport Democratic Town Committee tonight on his first 10 months in office. He said while there has been a steep learning curve, he believed he had gained enough knowledge to be an effective legislator for Westport. He said establishing relationships with key legislators on both sides of the aisle was especially important in promoting issues impacting Westport and Fairfield County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Staples Boys Soccer Wins 5-1 Over Trinity Catholic

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David Hoffman (pictured) scored two goals today in a Staples High School 5-1 boys soccer win at Trinity Catholic. Lorenz Esposito, Terence Gibbons and Kyle Hoberman also tallied, while Dylan Hoy, Alex Tonsberg, Noah Bender and Taylor McNair earned assists. The Wreckers -– now 4-0-0 -– have crucial home games this week on Wednesday at 3 p.m. vs. Ridgefield and Friday at 4 p.m. vs. Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com


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Edwin R. Clark, 66

Edwin R. Clark II died Sept. 25 under hospice care in his home in Potsdam, N.Y. The former Westport educator was 66.

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Edwin R. Clark II former Westport educator. Contributed photo

Born in Meridian, Miss. on May 13, 1945, he grew up in South Norwalk, the eldest of eight children of Edwin R. Clark, Sr. and Melinda (Ruta) Clark. He received his Bachelor of Science in art education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1967. He was drafted and served in the Army at Fort Jackson, S.C. during the Vietnam War.

He worked as an art educator in Westport elementary schools until 1975 when he left to study art and Spanish in Mexico. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture in 1981 from the Instituto Allende, University of Guanajuato in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

He was an innovator in many artistic media including handmade paper, the book arts, photography, ceramics, glass and the performing arts. Of note was his storytelling with the mouth harp and musical saw.

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

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Hyatt Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Hyatt Lane, off Woodside Avenue, is in process. Built in 1954, the 1 1/2-story cape has 1,769 square feet and is situated on a .29-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/26/11 10:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Progess

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Workers were making progress today in repairing the sea wall of Compo Beach along Soundview Drive damaged last month by Tropical Storm Irene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Fresh Concrete Poured at Beach

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Crews poured fresh concrete today at Westport’s Compo Beach as part of repair efforts of the sea wall along Soundview Drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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

Weston Schools Super ‘Grateful’ to First Responders

By James Lomuscio

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Sophia Piscitell: “glass just flew kind of across the bus.” WestportNow.com photo from Cablevision News-12.

Weston Schools Superintendent Colleen A. Palmer said today she wanted “to extend heartfelt thanks to Weston and Westport” first responders who treated eight children for minor injuries this morning after the school bus they were in struck a low hanging branch on Lyons Plains Road in Westport.

When the First Student, Inc. bus hit the branch around 8:15 a.m. near Tuck Lane, three of the dozen door-side windows shattered, shooting beaded safety glass in to the bus and onto the children, according to Dave Lustberg, Weston’s transportation coordinator.

A total of 36 Weston Hurlbutt Elementary School and Weston Intermediate School children had been on the bus that skirts the Westport border on its rounds, Lustberg said.

“She (the bus driver) stepped on the brake and the glass just flew kind of across the bus,” third grader Sophia Piscitell told Cablevision News-12. She said she was sitting under a window in the back that broke.

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Josephine Faust, 87

Josephine Faust, wife of the late Alvin B. Faust, died Sept. 25 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 87.

Born Jan. 18, 1924 in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carmine Famiglietti.

She is survived by son Alvin Faust Jr. and his wife Debora of Stamford, and five daughters; Bettylou Mattison of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Carolyn Coughlin of Port St. Lucie, Sandra Ermark and her husband Alan of Monroe, Jane Cuddy of Orlando, Fla.,, and Toni McQuillan and her husband Edward of Norwalk. In addition to her children, she is survived by 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and two sisters; Louise Pacheco and Rosemary Andresen.

She was predeceased by her first grandson, Matty, her two brothers Anthony and Sebastian Famiglietti and her sister Connie Faust.

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

Dogs Allowed Back on Beaches Beginning Saturday

Westport Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy reminded residents today that from Saturday, Oct. 1 to March 31 dogs will again be allowed at Westport beaches subject to the following restrictions:

At Compo Beach, dogs are prohibited from the pavilion, playground and boardwalk.

All dogs must be leashed in all areas of the park except in the designated off-leash area of the beach south of the pavilion, including South Beach. Off leash regulations are posted at entrance to the off leash area.

Owners are required by law to pick up their dog’s feces. Violation of the regulations are subject to a fine of $77.


09/26/11 03:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Eight Weston School Children Injured in Bus Accident

UPDATE Eight children on a Weston school bus suffered minor injuries today when their vehicle struck a low hanging branch on Lyons Plains Road in Westport, shattering three windows, authorities said.

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Three windows of the Weston school bus en route to Hurlbutt Elementary School were shattered by a tree branch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport police, fire and EMS units responded to the scene at 8:25 a.m. near Tuck Lane. Police said 36 children were on board the bus headed to Hurlbutt Elementary School. Westport police initially said nine were injured, but a later statement from Westport EMS put the number at eight.

“Eight students were found to have minor injuries, such as scrapes, abrasions, and minor contusions,” the EMS statement said. “Parents of all eight children, who were contacted by the Weston Board of Education, responded to the scene and refused transportation to the hospital.”

Three of the dozen windows on the right side of the bus were shattered, sending flying glass inside the bus, according to emergency workers. “The glass goes everywhere, so it was in their hair, in their backpacks, in their clothes so (we’re) trying to get rid of all that,” Cathleen Crowley-Piscitell told Cablevision News-12.

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09/26/11 02:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

Commuters reported delays on the New Haven Line as at least one train was canceled because of mechanical problems causing standing room only on following trains.


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Land Tribute Three Years After Paul Newman Death

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Paul Newman died three years ago today at the age of 83 at his Westport home and in his memory, the Aspetuck Land Trust has just officially dedicated the 39-acre Newman Poses Preserve adjoining the Newman family property. Daughter Lissy Newman was on hand earlier this month for dedication of a bench at the preserve in appreciation of her father and neighbor Lillian Poses who sold a portion of the property to the town. The entrance to the preserve is located between 307 and 313 Bayberry Lane. There is a small three-car parking lot, and if the lot is full, you can park at the turn off at the intersection of Easton Road/Route 136 and Bayberry Lane and walk 500 feet north to the entrance. The preserve is the only public memorial approved by the family to honor the actor and philanthropist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/26/11 11:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 11 Great Marsh Road

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The house at Westport’s 11 Great Marsh Road, off Duck Pond Road in the Saugatuck Shores area, has been demolished. Built in 1968, the two-story custom contemporary had 4,570 square feet and was situated on a one-acre water view property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 16, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Monday, September 26, 2011

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
6:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - “Finding Kind” screening
6:30 p.m. – Staples High School Room 1025C - Board of Education Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (televised on channel 78)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - College Admission Advice, Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


09/26/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Music Theatre Founders Honored

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Patrons, actors and theatre students of Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) today honored its founders, Kevin Connors and Jim Schilling, at Westport’s Boathouse Restaurant. Founded in 1987, MTC’s professional Mainstage Company has presented 25 seasons of critically-acclaimed productions, including new works and buried treasures of the American musical theatre. Productions presented at MTC have been nominated for Best Musical of the Connecticut theatre season and several others have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at other regional houses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/26/11 02:58 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thanks for 25 Years

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Westport’s Scott Bryce was master of ceremonies for today’s reception honoring Kevin Connors and Jim Schilling, founders of Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC), on their 25th season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Overall BBQ Kids Winners

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The Kids Q Grand Champions team at today’s Blues, Views and BBQ Festival included Westporters Matthew, Lauren and Ryan Beranek with friends from New Jersey Allie, Maddie and Morgan Kowalewski. Team name: Get Piggy With It. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gina Beranek for WestportNow.com


09/25/11 11:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

And the Kids-Q Winners Are ...

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Friends Madi and Tori Timmins and Hanna and Grace Bracken won first place for Best Hot Dog and second place overall at the second annual Kids-Q Competition at the Westport Downtown Merchants Association fourth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival today (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sean Timmins for WestportNow.com


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