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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Balducci’s Supports Little League

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Balducci’s Food Lovers Market was among Westport businesses showing its suport for Westport Little Leaguers today. Balducci’s, which is a Little League sponsor, created a special sandwich to honor the Little Leaguers—the Westport Slugger sandwich made with grilled chicken, chipotle lime marinade, Monterey jack cheese, and roasted peppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/24/13 06:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Many Westporters to Williamsport for Today’s U.S. Final

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Lamade Stadium was packed today and the adjacent hillside was filling up as Mexico faced Japan before the Westport-Chulavista game at 3:30 p.m .today. A large contingent of Westporters traveled to South Williamsport, Pa. for the U.S. World Series final which will be broacast on ABC.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith Stein for WestportNow.com


08/24/13 05:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 106 Old Road

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The house at Westport’s 106 Old Road, near Bulkley Avenue North, was demolished Friday. Built in 1954, the one-story split level had 1,421 square feet, was situated on a .51-acre property and changed ownership last month for $750,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 23, 2013. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


08/24/13 04:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Greens ‘Deplorable’

To the Editor:

While it has always been a pleasure to play golf at Longshore in the past, I must say that my experience on Friday, August 23 were deplorable. The condition of the greens is the worst by far than at any time I have ever seen. The hierarchy at Westport town hall better wake up and see the glaring black eye that is situated off South Compo Road and Compo Beach.

Every green appears to have a fungus, or some one accidentally used “roundup” instead of “miracle grow” on all 18 holes. After bringing out of town guests to the course, I will think long and hard before doing that again. You get truer putts on the Compo Beach parking lots than you do on the Longshore greens.

Mark S. Graham


08/24/13 04:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday Night Compo Crowd

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Friday night’s crowd at Westport’s Compo Beach had a view of another spectacular sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com


08/24/13 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Open House
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Big screen showing of Little League World Series game
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Oblivion”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wilhelmina K. Kramer, 101

Wilhelmina Key Kramer, a 50-year member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westport, died Aug. 21 in Norwalk. Shew was 101.

Known as Mina, she was born at home in Hannibal, Mo. on June 10, 1912, to Wilhelmina, (Minnie) Walter and William Tipton Key. A brother, Tipton Richard, “Bud”, and a sister Gwendolyn Jean followed. 

After a childhood spent in Hannibal, she was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from Hannibal LaGrange College. She worked as an administrative assistant, before taking a position at the Missouri Ordinance Works in Louisiana, Mo. where she rose to head the personnel department.  I

In 1945, she married Richard M. Kramer and moved to Mission, Kansas, where they had three children.

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08/24/13 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘Heroes in Our Hearts,’ LLers Advance to U.S. Final

By James Lomuscio

For Westporters, it was perhaps the most joyous sound—high decibel, heartfelt cheers, arms raised high, fists clenched and hugs all around.

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There were tense moments as fans at the Black Duck watched Westport give up 10 runs today before battling back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

That was the scene at Dunville’s, the Black Duck, the Westport Library and multiple places around town today where people watched Westport’s Little League team edge Sammamish, Wash. 14-13 in a heart-stopping, come from behind victory.

All eyes were on legend Chad Knight as he drove home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh—the second victory over Washington this week. In their first matchup Sunday, Westport won 9-7.

The win sent Westport into the U.S. final against Chula Vista. Calif. on Saturday—the team that dealt the town’s Little Leaguers their first defeat of the season on Wednesday by a score of 6-3.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Winning Smiles from the Knight Family

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UPDATE Chad Knight is all smiles with his parents Craig and Teresa today after his game-winning hit to advance Westport to the U.S. Little League World Series championship Saturday in Williamsport, Pa. “I was really just speechless,” Chad told reporters after the game. He said it was Westport’s biggest comeback of the year, adding, “For us to compete and battle back, It was just amazing.” Chad will be on the mound for Westport on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith Stein for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 11:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Scoring the Winning Run

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Christopher Drbal leaps off home plate today after scoring the winning run on a Chad Knight hit in the bottom of the seventh to give Westport a 14-13 win over Washington in the Little League World Series elimination game. Westport’s dramatic comeback win advances it into Saturday’s U.S. final against Chula Viista, Calif. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Jumping for Joy in Dramatic Win

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Westport players jump from joy after Chad Knight drove in the game-winning run to edge Washington 14-13 today in the Little League World Series elimination game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 10:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Raising the Roof

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Westport’s Charlie Roof reacts after scoring for Westport today against Washington. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 10:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heart-Stopping Play at Williamsport

Scenes from today’s dramatic, come-from-behind Westport 14-13 win over Washington at the Little League World Series. Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


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Play at the Plate

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Westport catcher Matt Stone reaches for the ball in game action today but Dylan Matsuoka scored for Washington. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 10:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Edges Wash. 14-13 to Advance to U.S. Finals

UPDATE In a wild, see-saw game in which they gave up 10 runs in the fourth inning only to bounce back to score seven in the fifth, Westport today held on to edge Sammamish, Wash. 14-13 in extra innings to advance to the Little League World Series U.S. final Saturday against Chula Vista, Calif.

Chad Knight singled in the seventh to give Westport the dramatic win. Saturday’s game will be broadcast by ABC at 3:30 p.m.

Westport, which lost to Chula Vista 6-3 on Wednesday, won the coin toss and will be the home team against Calfornia.

The heart-stopping comeback and win—the second over Washington this week—came after Westport trailed by 13-6 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

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08/23/13 09:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

What a Knight

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Chad Knight reacts after driving in the tying run in game action at Williamsport, Pa. today. He later drove in the winning run, sealing the 14-13 victory over Washington. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 09:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Support from the Fans

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Westport fans cheer after Westport scored seven runs against Washington in the fifth inning today to tie the score 13-13 in an elimination game at Williamsport, Pa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith Stein for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cheering the Comeback

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Stacie Curran of Westport cheers Westport’s dramatic comeback at the Black Duck in today’s Little League World Series game against Washington.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 09:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cheering on Westport

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Westport fans cheer on the Wesgtport Little League team today at the Black Duck Cafe in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 08:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Small Crowd But Enthusiastic

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A small but enthusiastic crowd watched today’s Little League game at the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/23/13 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Warming Up

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The Westport Little League team warms up today before its game in Williamsport, Pa. against Sammamish, Wash. in a win or go home contest in the Little League World Series. The 3 p.m. game will br broadcast on ESPN. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith Stein for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 06:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Looking Bright in Williamsport

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Nick Drbal (l),  brother of Westport Little Leaguer Christopher Drbal, and Connor Whelan, whose father is Coach Tom Whelan, walk outside Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. today before today’s game against Northwest champion Sammamish, Wash. Thursday night’s game was postponed because of rain, but skies were bright today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 06:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Grandpas at the Ready

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Dick Rogers (r), father of Westport Little League team manager Tim Rogers and grandfather of player Drew Rogers, stands with Jeff Marlowe, grandfather of teammate Alex Reiner, before the start of today’s game in Williamsport, Pa. against Sammamish, Wash. for the right to advance to the U.S. Little League World Series final Saturday against Chula Vista, Calif. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 06:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Anxious Waiting

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Charlie Roof waits under the Lamade Stadium for the rest of his Westport Little League team before entering the dugout today before the eliminattion game against Sammamish, Wash. in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 06:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Downtown 2020 Picks Consultant

By James Lomsucio

Westport’s Downtown 2020 Committee today chose the RBA Group, a company one of whose principals is a Westport resident, to be the consultant to design a master plan of development for the downtown.

Lou Gagliano, chairman of the committee called it a milestone in a very long process.

“It’s a very good decision, and we’re very pleased,” Gagliano said. “It’s a milestone in a very, very long process, and we look forward to working with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“We will met with them on Sept. 12 to talk about our decsion and the process together,” he added.

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08/23/13 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Street Down to One Lane

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Traffic was down to one land today on Westport’s Bridge Street because of a storm replacement project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


08/23/13 06:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

$50,000 Grant Received for Downtown Preservation

A $50,000 state grant will be used to work with consultant to help Westport plan for historic downtown preservation, including the creation of a village district, Francis Henkels, chairman of the Historic District Commission (HDC) announced today.

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Aerial view of Westport’s downtown in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The money comes from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s (CTHP) 2013 Vibrant Community Initiative (VCI) grant program.

“With this grant, the HDC expects to create a steering committee to collaborate with an historic preservation architect-planning consultant,” said Henkels.

“Their mission will be to identify and investigate measures to protect those historic features of the town center that are important to defining its character,” he added. “As a means for accomplishing this, the team will study the creation of a Village District Zone in Westport center.”

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 5 - 9, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 5 - 9, 2013:

Louis S. and Alexandra F. Wells to William Chudd and Gretchen Hoffman, 10 Green Acre Lane, $3,335,000WNproperty.jpg

Fredric D. and Jill S. Nadel to Gregory J. and Rona B. Wall, 15 Woodside Lane, $1,300,000

Patricia and Joanne F. Deluca to Kathleen M. Flynn, 62 Strathmore Lane, paid in Norwalk, $355,000

SIR-Sharp Turn LLC to Cesar O. and Carmen Ana Melo, 6 Sharp Turn Road, $1,860,000

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‘Road & Tracks II’ Rally Set for September

The second annual Road and Tracks II, a celebration of vintage motor cars at Westport’s Dragone Classic Motorcars, is being sponsored by WPKN (89.5FM) on Saturday, Sept. 28, to celebrate the radio’s station’s 50th anniversary, radio officials announced.

They add that the event includes a day-long, 140-mile “Remarkable Radio Road Rally” administered by a professional rally master who will keep tabs on time, speed and distance. About 100 classic vehicles are expected to take part in the multi-state course, officials added.

According to Richard Epstein, WPKN programmer and chairman of the event, the rally will begin and end in Westport, kicking off at 9:30 a.m. as part of a live broadcast of WPKN’s “The Car Bob Show,” featuring the station’s automotive experts.

Epstein said the course is approximately 140 miles long and has paved and unpaved roads. An awards ceremony follows the rally’s end at 4 p.m., with trophies being given out at Dragone’s showrooms, 273 Post Road West.

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08/23/13 02:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridge Run

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Runners make their way across the William F. Cribari Bridge on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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