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Monday, August 05, 2013

Moving to the Music

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“Sweet Caroline” performed by Emil Stuccio and The Classics in a Levitt Pavilion performance on Jesup Green tonight prompted some moves by audience members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Craig Matheson, Staples Players Founder, 81

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UPDATE Craig Matheson (r), founder of the Staples Players theater group, died Aug. 3. He was 81. Matheson, who led the Players from 1959 to 1968 and was a former teacher and administrator at Staples High School, is shown with David Roth, current Players director, in 2009 during the Players 50th anniversary Alumni Reunion Performance at Staples. See obituary here. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Rainbow Watching

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UPDATE Westport artist Matthew Levine was among those who watched the double rainbow today at Compo Beach. An earlier version of this caption misidentified the man in white. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jared Frank for WestportNow.com


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Rain Shower Produces Double Rainbow

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When a rain shower hit Westport’s Compo Beach today, many began to leave but paused to enjoy a double rainbow, also widely seen over the Saugatuck area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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Another View

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Another view of the doube rainbow that delighted Compo Beach visitors late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Schwartz for WestportNow.com


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And Another

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Still another view of the rainbows seen today over Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Briggs for WestportNow.com


08/04/13 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hot Dog Rescued by Police

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A store employee spotted this dog left unattended in a car late today in the Brooks Corner parking lot on Westport’s Main Street and notified police. Officers and the animal control officer responded and found while the outside temperature was 84, it was 104 inside the car, which had a window partially open. Police opened the car, removed the dog, and left a misdemeanor summons on the windshield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Pooch Gets Help

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Sgt, Jillian Cabana and Officer Sharon Russo tend to a dog left in a hot car late today at Brooks Corner on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Headed for Cooler Place

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A dog rescued from a hot car parked at Brooks Corner late today is led to a police car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Kliser During for WestportNow.com


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Trading Places

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Sgt. Jillian Cabana walks a dog rescued from a hot car today on Westport’s Main Street to a police vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Kate McGraw, Noted Westport Educator, 84

Kate Foster Robertson McGraw of Hamden, former Westport resident, educator in the Westport school system, and founder of Westport’s Project Return, died July 28. She was 84.

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Kate McGraw: founded Project Return. Contributed photo

She was assistant superintendent for special education and pupil personnel services in the Westport School District from 1977 to 1994.

Her vision and her persistence were instrumental in founding Westport’s Project Return, a residential environment for adolescent girls and young women in crisis which opened on Compo Road North in 1986. In addition, she served on numerous boards including the United Way of Westport-Weston, the Westport Public Library, and A Better Chance of Westport.

She was a member of the Westport Rotary Club and served on committees of The Unitarian Church in Westport and committees at the Beardsley Elementary School of Bridgeport.

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Honoring Kate McGraw

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Kate McGraw, who died July 28 at age 84, was honored in 2011 on the 25th anniversary of the founding of Westport’s Project Return. She was a founder of the residence for adolescent girls and young women in crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Memorial Service Set for John Sachs

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A memorial service has been set for John Sachs, a former Westport resident who served on the Representative Town Meeting. He died June 23 at Meadow Ridge in Redding at 93. (See WestportNow June 26, 2013)

It will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave.

He was predeceased by his wife, Eva, in 1990 and was interred by her side in a private ceremony at the Temple Israel Cemetery in Norwalk on June 25.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sam Roberts on “Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America”
7 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion presents Emil Stucchio & The Classics

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Welcoming Fresh Air Fund Visitors

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Residents of Westport, Fairfield and surrounding communities eagerly await the arrival of their Fresh Air Fund visitors today at the Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield. More than 50 New York City children arrived for their summer adventure in Fairfield County. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. For more information on The Fresh Air Fund Host Family Program, contact Westport area representatives Dana Langham, (203)454-2627, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Bonnie Dubson, (203)293-4824, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Summer Sister

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Molly Dubson, 6, of Westport (r) today welcomes Fresh Air Fund visitor Vanessa Mota-Romero, 7,  of Harlem at the Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield. “I’m so excited,” said Molly of her “summer sister” Vanessa’s second visit. More than 50 New York City children arrived for their summer adventure in Fairfield County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Celebrating 60th Wedding Anniversaries

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It was a gala night for celebration tonight as three Westport couples marked their 60th wedding anniversaries. (L-r) Fred and Cheri Schreiver, Stan and Phyllis Groner, and Mort and Phyllis Silverberg celebrated at Westport’s Arrezzo Restaurant on Riverside Avenue.  Married in 1953, they have been celebrating their anniversary together for many years. Phyllis Groner is a contributing WestportNow photographer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Talking Transportation: Why All The Train Crashes?

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

It’s been a rough few months for rail safety, with any number of horrific crashes and derailments causing death and injury around the world.

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While the NTSB says it’s fast-tracking (no pun intended) its probe into the May derailment and collision of two M8-equipped trains on Metro-North, we’ll still have to wait until October for public hearings.

Meantime, one of Spain’s famous AVE high-speed trains literally flew off the tracks on a sharp curve, killing 79 passengers, two French commuter trains collided in a station, and the small town of Lac Megantique, Quebec was turned into a deadly inferno when unattended tanker cars rolled down a hill and exploded. 

What’s going on here and what can be done to prevent these kinds of incidents?

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Staples Class of ‘73 Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Members of the Staples High School Class of 1973 gathered this weekend for a 40th anniversary celebration. They are shown having fun at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Howard F. Ackerly, 84

Howard Frank Ackerly of Stamford, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 2 after a long illness. He was 84.

Born on Aug. 8, 1928 at home in Westport, he was the son of Ruth Gregory and Wallace Ackerly. He graduated from Staples High School and proudly joined the U.S. Army to serve during World War II as an MP.

After his honorable discharge, he went to school on the GI bill at the University of Bridgeport, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He joined Bartlett Tree Experts as an accountant and retired from there 47 years later as a vice president and comptroller of the company.

On July 17, 1954, he married Beverly Cook of New Canaan on her birthday. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary two weeks ago and have two children, Karen L Jones of Stamford and Scott H. Ackerly and his wife Maria of Lexington, S.C.

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Explaining Contemporary Chinese Art

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Artist Eric Chiang of Westport was guest speaker Friday at the Westport Arts Center’s ArtCafé and talked about contemporary Chinese artists including Yue Minjun whose work is shown on the screen behind him. Also cited were Ai Weiwei and Xu Bing -– artists also discussed by Helen Klisser During, the Arts Center’s director of visual arts, who recently viewed their works at MassMoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts) in North Adams, Mass., and the Venice Biennale art fair in Italy. Chiang, a native of Taiwan, spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs & Co. before turning to art full time in 2007. One of his works was exhibited last year in the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Louis G. Cheek, 86

Louis Glenn “Lou” Cheek, a former Westport resident, died July 2 in Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vt. He was 86.

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Louis Cheek: worked for General Electric Co. Contributed photo

He was born in Aurora, Ind., on June 1, 1927, the last of nine children of the late William and Nellie (Meenach) Cheek. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1944, and served in the occupation Army in Germany from 1944-47. He graduated from Salmon P. Chase College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He had a long and successful career in the field of human resources. He spent 35 years in various senior management positions for General Electric Co. For the last several years prior to retirement, he served the CEO of the company as corporate manager of executive compensation. He subsequently did consulting work in the field for other major companies, including Bethlehem Steel, Clark Equipment, and Merrill Lynch.

He was an active member of various compensation organizations, The Ohio Commodores and the Bankers Club, while living in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Y’s Men of Westport Weston while in Westport, as well as a 56-year member of the American Legion in his hometown of Aurora, Ind.

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Seeing Double

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A pair of swallowtail butterflies posed to have their pictures taken enjoying the nectar of a purple butterfly bush on River Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, August 3, 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”
1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - App Slam
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Loot” (last day)
8 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion presents Caravan of Thieves

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Joy for Westport Fans

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Westport fans react to tonight’s Westport 12-year-old Little League All Stars 9-2 win over Vermont in Bristol. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline O’Kane for WestportNow.com


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Westport Wins New England Regional Opener 9-2

The Westport 12-year-old Little League All Stars tonight defeated South Burlington, Vt., 9-2 in a come-from-behind victory in the opener of the New England regionals at Breen Field in Bristol.

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A third inning rundown involving Westport’s Matthew Brown allowed Westport to go ahead 3-2 in tonight’s game against Vermont. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline O’Kane for WestportNow.com

If successful in the regionals, Westport would become the third team from Fairfield County in four years to reach the Little League World Series.

Westport was behind 2-0 when Harry Azadian broke open the game with a bases-loaded triple during a five-run fourth inning. He drove in four runs. Azadian tossed four perfect innings in relief of starter Chad Knight. His seven strikeouts helped earn him the win.

Westport next faces Saco, Maine, in pool play on Sunday at 8 p.m. Maine lost to Rhode Island 11-2 in its opener earlier today.


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Westport Dominates in Opening Round

Scenes from tonight’s opening round Westport 12-year-old Little League All-Stars 9-2 win over South Burlington, Vt. in the Little League Regionals in Bristol.  Caroline O’Kane for WestportNow.com


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Friday, August 02, 2013

Sassy Sammy Found A Foster / Permanent Home

Sammy. Pet Protectors

Sammy has been adopted. He is approx. 2 years old, active, affectionate, healthy, friendly, good with everyone and most other cats. Sammy is a really special cat, and he has one blue eye and one brown eye. 
He likes to play alot and would be best with another cat that likes cats also. Once you meet Sammy, you will instantly fall in love.
He is in urgent need for a reliable foster home until placed, everything provided.  Applications on the website.
Learn more on our Foster Care Program.
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Westport Property Transfers July 15 - 19, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 15 - 19, 2013:

David W. and Maura K. Hireschler to Matthew G. and Christine Bandini, 12 Eno Lane, $1,300,000WN property.jpg

Ann M.  Bonaccorso est. to Dwell LLC, 7 Partrick Road, $460,000

Margaret Covington Flesher to Natasha Cohen, 4 Fragrant Pines Court, $695,000

40 Bauer Place Ext LLC to Carman and Elaine Wenkoff, 40 Bauer Place Extension, $1,398,500

Evans Kephart and Jane Ann Anderson Jr. to Tracy Schanzer, 30 Oak St., $660,000

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Police Arrest Florida Man in Fishing Boat Theft

Westport police said today they arrested Giuseppe A. Boccanfuso, 26, of Hallandale, Fla. on larceny and forgery charges in connection with the theft of a luxury sport fishing boat owned by his elderly Westport uncle.

The lengthy investigation resulted in charges of first-degree larceny and three counts of first-degree forgery, police said. Boccanfuso posted $250,000 bond for a court appearance Aug. 13.

Police did not release details of the alleged crime, but The Hour of Norwalk said the investigation began in March when his 73-year-old uncle went to police headquarters to complain about several larcenies allegedly committed by Boccanfuso.

It said the boat involved, a 45-foot rampage, valued at between $500,000 and $800,000, was found missing from Cove Marina in Norwalk. Police later learned it was moored at a dock in Hallandale Beach, Fla., near Boccanfuso’s home, the report said.


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