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Friday, November 25, 2011

Education Head Proposes Easing Bureaucratic Barriers

By Robert A. Frahm

www.ctmirror.org

Fairfield—In affluent, high-achieving school districts like this one, the state’s top education official thinks the best strategy might be for the state education department to step aside and do less, not more.

State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor asked Fairfield officials how the state could ease the burden of regulations, annual reports and other bureaucratic mandates that often lead to a mountain of paperwork.

“We’re interested in hearing about regulatory barriers, anything that might be a hindrance ... We want to know how to get out of your way,” Pryor told the Fairfield Board of Education this week.

Fairfield was the latest stop on what Pryor calls a “listening tour” to visit schools, meet educators and assess the needs of the state’s public education system as he completes his second month on the job.

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11/25/11 06:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Louey the Cat is Missing

Louey the cat is missing
Louey is a male, black and white, American breed, 9 years old. His right ear is bent down. He is very friendly. He was last seen November 7 on High Point Road in Westport. Please call with any information: Kelley 203 255 6069 or 917 520 7471. There is a reward. We miss him terribly!

   

11/25/11 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hector R. Anton, 92

Hector R. Anton, Ph.D., of Westport died Nov. 22 in his daughter’s home in Lexington, Mass. He was 92.

A retired partner of Deloitte and Touche, a public accounting firm, he was professor emeritus of the Haas School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, serving as associate dean, chairman of the department, and in various capacities.

He was professor emeritus at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and chairman of the Ross Institute there. He was a visiting professor at Kauppa Korkea Koulu in Helsinki, Finland, in 1960-1961. He gave lectures in Stockholm, Sweden, during that period.

He was an author of several books on accounting practices and one on Fortran and business data processing. He received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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11/25/11 06:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Smoke Scare Causes Library Evacuation

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Firefighters ordered an evacuation of the Westport Public Library shortly after its 9 a.m. opening today when a strong odor of smoke was reported. Subsequent Investigation by firefighters resulted in identification of the source—fumes emanating from the library furnace which was classified as non-toxic and a common occurrence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/25/11 03:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Child’s Play

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The cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach proved just right for some Thanksgiving Day playing on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/25/11 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, November 25, 2011

Schools, Town Hall, Senior Center closed, Library open
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society -  “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On Duty: Odermatt, Metinides and Weegee”
Noon - 10 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - PAL ice rink open
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre - “The Seafarer”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Saugatuck Gets Christmas Lights

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Christmas lights trees at the Mansion Clam House and the Wlliam F. Cribari Bridge in Westport’s Saugatuck area were lit tonight. The lighting is sponsored by Westport-based charity Al’s Angels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

11/25/11 12:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving at Compo

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Sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s brought many people to Westport’s Compo Beach today for a Thanksgiving Day stroll.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 11:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking in the View

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Some Thanksgiving Day visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today take in the view. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 11:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Special Thanksgiving Day Turkey Blessing

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The Rev. John Branson (c) of Christ and Holy Trinity Church blesses today’s Thanksgiving Day Feast in his church’s Great Hall. The feast normally hosted by the Saugatuck Congregational Church was moved here because of Sunday’s fire. Joining him in the blessing were (l-r) The Rev. Howie Tobak, transition minister at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Randy Christophersen, feast chairman, Head Chef Paula Mikesh, and Lon Garrison, assistant chef. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 08:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Turkey Line

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There was food aplenty today at the 41st annual Saugatuck Congregational Church Turkey Feast which had to be located to Christ and Holy Trinity Church because of Sunday’s fire which heavily damaged Saugatuck Congregational. Chefs prepared 36 donated turkeys for a crowded estimated at more than 200, somewhat fewer than the more than 300 that have attended in past years.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 08:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Temporary Digs

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The Great Hall of Westport’s Christ and Holy Trinity Church hosted today’s annual Saugatuck Congregational Church annual Thanksgiving Day Feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 08:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stew Jr. Serves

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Westporter Stew Leonard Jr. and daughters Chase and Madison were among those serving diners today at the Thanksgiving Day Feast at Christ and Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 07:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rising from the Ashes


Scenes from today’s 41st annual Thanksgiving Day Feast sponsored by Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church and relocated this year to Christ and Holy Trinity Church because of Sunday’s fire at Saugatuck Congregational. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Victory Kiss

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Staples Coach Marce Petroccio kisses the FCIAC championship trophy today after his Wreckers defeated rival Greenwich 31-27 before a large Thanksgiving Day home crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Celebrates FCIAC Championship

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Staples defeated rival Greenwich 31-27 today in another come-from-behind victory to win the FCIAC championship before a packed home Thanksgiving Day crowd. It was the sixth conference title for the Wreckers who last appeared in a conference championship game two years ago. Staples, ranked No. 2, will now play No. 7-seeded Ridgefield in the state LL class championships on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Wilton.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 05:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Most Valuable Player

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Staples junior Nick Kelly (r) receives congratulations from teammates today after being named most valuable player in the Wreckers 31-27 FCIAC championship win over Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 05:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘You are the Crown Jewels of Westport’

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Staples Coach Marce Petroccio addresses his team after today’s 31-27 FCIAC championship win over Greenwich. “You are the crown jewels of Westport,” he told the players. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 05:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Breaking Out in Celebration

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Staples team members break out in celebration as the seconds ticked away to seal their FCIAC championship 31-27 victory today over Greenwich. It was the third time in four weeks that the Wreckers came from behind after trailing at half time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 05:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hauling in the Winning TD

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Senior Peter Bonenfant gets set to haul in the winning fourth quarter touchdown pass in today’s Staples FCIAC 31-27 championship win over rival Greenwich. Quarterback Jack Massie made the 16-yard pass with 1:21 left in the game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Diving In for the Touchdown

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Staples junior James Frusciante dives in for a touchdown today in third quarter FCIAC championship action against Greenwich at home. The TD and point after kick gave Staples a 17-14 with the Wreckers going on to win 31-27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 05:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Come-From-Behind Win


Highlights of today’s FCIAC championship game that saw Staples gain another comeback win, defeating rival Greenwich 37-21. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

   

11/24/11 05:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winner

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First place finisher in today’s 34th edition of the Pequot Running Club annual five-mile Thanksgiving Day run was Cameron Marantz, 24, who completed the five-mile course in 25:25. Running in the Thanksgiving Day race for the third time, Marantz, a former Westporter, graduated from Staples High School in 2005 and Princeton in 2009 and now lives in Philadelphia. He said he finished in first place in the 2009 Pequot Thanksgiving Day race and did not enter the 2010 race. It was the third time he ran in this race. Staples High School junior Henry Wynne, 16, finished second in 26:08 and Luke McCambley, 22, of Westport finished third in 26:10. Click here for results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 03:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

And They’re Off

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Runners set out at 8:15 a.m. on the five-mile annual Turkey Trot through Fairfield and Westport. Winner Cameron Marantz (black top and bottom / mustache) is 4th from right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 03:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Morning Run

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It was an annual tradition for many runners today—the annual Turkey Trot that wound its way from Southport, into Westport, and back to Southport. The five-mile run attracted thousands with 4,221 crossing the finish line. There were 491 entrants from Westport who completed the run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 02:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Laddie on the Scene

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Veteran Staples High School running coach Laddie Lawrence was on hand at the start of today’s Turkey Trot. He rode the route in a police car in front of the lead runner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 02:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Front Row Seats

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Some spectators had front row seats for today’s Turkey Trot through Westport and Fairfield. Scene is Westport’s Greens Farms Road at New Creek Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 02:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Miggs on the Run

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Westport artist and graphic designer Miggs Burroughs was among hundreds of Westporters taking part in today’s Turkey Trot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 02:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Turkey Trot

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Thousands of runners took part today in the 34th edition of the Pequot Running Club annual five-mile Thanksgiving Day run. The event began in Southport, crossed into Westport, and ended back at the Wakeman Boys/Girls Club on Center Street Southport. Runners are pictured just before making a turn from Greens Farms Road to New Creek Road in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/24/11 02:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

No Stopping Front Runner

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Cameron Marantz, 24, was all by himself in the lead today as he turned on to Westport’s New Creek Road from Greens Farms Road in the five-mile Turkey Trot. The 2005 Staples High School graduate finished in 25:25.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/24/11 02:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

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