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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Ronald G. Uccellini, 74

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Ronald G. Uccellini of Westport, who owned and operated Allen’s Clam House in Westport with his family, died Sept. 6. He was 74.

The husband of of Hilde Stang Uccellini , he was born in Norwalk on Sept. 26, 1938, son of the late Bert and Elizabeth (Kaiser) Uccellini.

A lifelong resident of Westport and graduate of Staples High School, he was a U.S. Army veteran.

He owned and operated Allen’s Clam House in Westport and Allen’s East in Stratford with his family.

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09/08/13 04:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heading for the Game to Salute LLers

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Westporters gathered on the station platform at Saugatuck today as they awaited the Metro-North Yankee Clipper to take them to Yankee Stadium where the Yankees were honoring Westport Little Leaguers today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/08/13 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making History at Historical Society

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Members of the Westport Little League World Series team stopped off a the Westport Historical Society today before heading to Yankee Stadium where they were being honored by the New York Yankees. The team posed with the Gault Field Little League original scoreboard from the field on Imperial Avenue. Bill Gault said that it was placed there in 1951 and was removed in the late 1980s when the ball park was replaced by a housing development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Ol’ Blue Eyes

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A cormorant takes a break on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, September 8, 2013

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Kowalsky Brothers (1141 Post Road East) - Staples Cheerleaders Annual Car Wash
11:30 a.m. (approx.)  - Route 136 and 33 - Annual CT 9/11 United motorcyle ride passes through Westport
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View” (last day)
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - groundbreaking for new construction
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Americana/Roots Music with Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Oblivion” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Cloud Cover

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After days of cloudless skies, a cloud cover moved over the area today. View is from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/07/13 11:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Gets New Sculpture

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The sculpture “Woman’s Head” by American artist Joseph Goto was installed Friday at Westport’s Staples High School. The sculpture, competed about 1980, was moved from its home about a quarter mile away aboard a front loader. It was donated by Ronald and Caroline Schulman, longtime residents of Westport who have had the sculpture since the 1980s. Town Curator Kathie Bennewitz, with help of the town’s Arts Advisory Committee, arranged to have it added to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. “This could be the start of a sculpture garden,” said Staples Principal John Dodig. Grace Kosner/Inklings photo


09/07/13 08:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Art on the Move

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A front loader was used Friday to move a one-ton sculpture, “Woman’s Head” by American artist Joseph Goto from a Westport residence one-quarter mile away to its new home outside the arts wing at Staples High School. Town Curator Kathie Bennewitz arranged for the new location when Ronald and Caroline Schulman, longtime Westport residents, offered to donate it the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Grace Kosner/Inklings photo


09/07/13 08:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ideal Boating Day

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Moderate temperatures in the 70s, low humidity, and only a few clouds in the sky made for an ideal boating day Friday at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Minecraft Day
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Oblivion”
7:30 p.m. - Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) - Homes with Hope presents Jazz Guitarist Freddie Bryant (benefit)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sherwood Island Close Encounter

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal views one of the displays tonight at the Friends of Sherwood Island 15th annual Shorefest Dinner at the pavilion at the park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


09/07/13 01:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friends of Sherwood Island Honor Joseloff

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The Friends of Sherwood Island State park tonight honored Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff with its True Friend award at its 15th annual Shorefest Dinner at the park, which also honored the 100th birthday of the state park system. Hope Hageman, a founding member of Friends, presented the award as (l-r) Liz-Ann Koos, president of Friends, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal looked on. Blumenthal, who presented Joseloff with a certificate honoring him on his award, recalled the two have known each other since they were teenagers in Westport, spending much time on its beaches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


09/07/13 01:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Partying at Sherwood Island

Scenes from tonight’s 15th annual Friends of Sherood Islate State Park Shorefest Dinner at the park. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Friday, September 06, 2013

Staples ‘63 Kicks Off 50th Reunion Weekend

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Members of the Staples High School class of 1963 tonight kicked off their 50th reunion weekend with a party at the clubhouse at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. Among the attendees were (l-r) Miggs Burroughs, Barbara Kelman Ravage, Wendy Gladstein Singley, Pam Barkentin Blackburn, Jill Lundquist, and Carmine Picarello. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


09/06/13 11:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fun at Pre-Playhouse Gala Party

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A reception was held tonight at the Westport home of art patron Ann Sheffer to honor Westport Country Playhouse benefactors, sponsors and board members associated with the Sept. 16 Playhouse Gala celebration. Pictured are gala co-chair Katya Friend and Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos with Howard Aibel, who will be presented at the gala ceremony with the inaugural Westport Country Playhouse Leadership Award for philanthropy and art advocacy. The event honors Phylicia Rashad, the first African-American woman to win the Tony Award for a dramatic lead role in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Tickets are available at www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/06/13 11:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to mechanical difficulties to a draw bridge in the vicinity of Cos Cob.


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Comings & Goings: Kidville opens Sept. 15

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Kidville, 1572 Post Road East, dedicated to children’s activities and located in the former location of Goodwill Industries, opens on Sept. 15 with an open house celebration for the public from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., according to owners Rob and Valerie Gutman. Valerie said the celebration features use of the gym, arts and crafts and live entertainment by the Rockin’ Railroad band. The 4,800-square foot store offers a children’s boutique shop, birthday parties, classes for newborn to 5-year-olds in music, dance, art and pre-school enrichment, a gym and KVU—Kidville University classes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/06/13 09:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flood Issues to Be Discussed at Monday Meeting

The Town of Westport will host an informational meeting about flooding on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

Special guest will be Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer Gemma Fabris of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, according to a Fire Department announcement.

Homeowners who are interested in elevating their homes and have been affected by severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy or have suffered repetitive loss from prior storms should attend, the announcement said.

There will be a question and answer period to address any concerns residents may have.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Jennie Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Jennie Lane, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story split level has 1,716 square feet and is situated on a 1.01-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


09/06/13 08:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 19 - 23, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 19 - 23, 2013:

Sharon J. Brockwell to Lori M. and Scott Church, 1 Country Lane, $2,875,000WNproperty.jpg

Hayward R. and Noelia Gipson Jr. to Robert S. and Nora A. Caporale Jr., 5 Imperial Landing, $1,190,000

Timothy N. Bailey to GMAC Mortgage LLC, 120 Valley Road, $263,400

Richard M. and Lisa A. Jeanneret to Paul and Patricia Block, 22 Burr Farms Road, $3,065,000

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09/06/13 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Groundbreaking Sunday to Mark Church Rebuilding

Work is under way on rebuilding Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church after its devastating fire in November 2011 and a groundbreaking will be held Sunday 1 p.m. to mark the occasion.

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Preliminary work is under way on rebuilding the Saugatuck Congregational Church following the November 2011 fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The church said the first stage of work involves removal of plaster and materials damaged by water and smoke as well as restoration of pews in the sanctuary.

“Construction is projected to begin in six to eight weeks and to be completed in the fall of 2014,” the church said in an announcement.

The official groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the Memorial Garden on the church grounds following the church’s Welcome Sunday 11 a.m. worship service and picnic.


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Friday, September 6, 2013

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
6 p.m. - Sherwood Island Pavilion - Friends of Sherwood Island 15th Annual Sherwood Island Shorefest
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Oblivion”

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Cool at Compo

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It was party time at Westport’s Compo Beach late today as cooler weather arrived with the end of summer approaching. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Himes to Host Town Hall Meeting on Syria

Congressman Jim Himes announced today he will hold a town hall meeting on Sunday at the Darien Public Library to gather input from constituents on Syria and President Obama’s request for congressional authorization of military force.

The meeting will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the library, 1441 Post Road.

Constituents may RSVP by clicking here, an announcement said.

RSVPs are encouraged but not required.


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Malloy, Wyman Invite Public to Attend 9/11 Ceremony

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman today invited the public to attend next week’s 12th annual state ceremony in Westport honoring and celebrating the lives of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

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Flags adorned the 9/11 memorial last year at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

The Tuesday, Sept. 10 ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park, home to the state’s 9/11 memorial.

Family members of those who lost their lives in the attacks will join the ceremony, and the names of the 161 victims with ties to Connecticut will be read aloud, an announcement said.

The state’s memorial to the victims of the attacks is located on a peninsula at the park where people gathered on that day in 2001 to view smoke visible from the attacks in lower Manhattan. The site was also used as a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City.


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Debicella Seeking Rematch Against Himes

Republican Dan Debicella announced today that he is running for Congress in 2014 in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District –- seeking a rematch when he was defeated by Democrat Jim Himes four years ago.

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Himes, now serving his third term, won that race by 53-47 percent—making it the closest federal race in Connecticut. 

Debicella, 38, a former two-term state senator from Shelton, has spent the past three years working for Bridgewater Associates, the Westport-based hedge fund.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result,” Debicella said in a statement announcing his candidacy.

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Ducks at the Door

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Neighborhood ducks came calling at a Riverside Avenue residence on Wednesday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Janine Scotti for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, September 5, 2013

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Avenue lot - Westport Farmers Market
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Oblivion”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Jose Feliciano in ‘Real Deal’ Sept. 28 at Quick Center

Local fans of Weston’s Jose Felciano have only caught glimpses of the Grammy Award-winning singer performing informally at various charity functions over the years.

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Jose Feliciano performed at the Westport Health Care Center last December, just as he has done during the holidays for the past 16 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But that will change Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. when he brings his complete stage production to Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Performing Arts.

“In the 20-plus years that we’ve lived in Fairfield County, this is really the first time he has done so on this scale,” said Susan Feliciano, his wife.

“This is the same production that he carries around the world. In fact, on Saturday, he and his team will be traveling to London and by the end of the year they will have performed in Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and throughout the United States.”

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09/05/13 02:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Comey Sworn in as FBI Director

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Westporter James B. Comey was sworn in today as the FBI director by Attorney General Eric Holder in a ceremony at the Department of Justice. Chuck Rosenberg, senior counselor to Comey, holds the Bible. Comey, who will maintain his Greens Farms residence, takes over from Robert Mueller, who served as the FBI head for 12 years. Comey is the 11th FBI director in the history of the agency and the seventh since the J. Edgar Hoover era. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) FBI photo


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