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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Staples Grads Getting Down to Business

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Three 2009 Staples High School graduates are celebrating the launch of their new product Nootelligence Focus—a 2-ounce “focus-enhancing shot” made from nootropics, which they describe as natural cognitive enhancers. They say they are a class of supplements, including amino acids, antioxidants and other nutrients, that can enhance mental functions such as memory and learning. The three Westporters behind Nootelligence Focus are Ian O’Connel (Boston University ‘13) (l), Jeff Moss (New York University ‘13) (r),and Parker Kligerman. the 23-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and Staples graduate. Nootelligence Focus is available online at www.nootelligence.com as well as more than a dozen stores in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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Fire Department Flies ‘Donate Life’ Flag

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The Westport Fire Department this month is flying the Donate Life flag over Fire Headquarters as a part of “Flags Across America” for National Donate Life Month. This is the fifth year the department has participated in the program, which highlights the need for organ and tissue donation. Chief Andy Kingsbury noted that every day, 18 persons die while waiting for organ transplants in the United States with more than 1,400 in Connecticut alone waiting for organ transplants. He said the Westport Fire Department recognizes this need and sees organ and tissue donation as an extension of its mission to save lives. “We strongly urge all citizens and their families to consider registering as an organ and tissue donor through http://www.DonateLifeCT.org,” Kingsbury said.  For more information, visit http://www.ctorganandtissuedonation.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com, inset/contributed photo


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Blowing in the Wind

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Kite surfers found the wind and rain ideal for engaging in their water sport Friday off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckmanfor WestportNow.com


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Saturday,  April 5, 2014

9 a.m. - Sherwood island State Park - MS Walk (registration 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Earthplace - Spring Fling
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
Noon - 5 p.m. - Nature Center, Sherwood Island State Park - Art Gallery Show & Sale: It’s All About the Animals
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company’s “Shrek the Musical”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group’s “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Open House
7 p.m. - Rolling Hills Country Club (333 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton) - Project Return Birdhouse Auction Gala

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Honoring “SOLOS 2014” Artists

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Artists represented in the Westport Arts Center’s “SOLOS 2014” exhibit received a yellow rose tonight from Helen Klisser During (r), director of visual arts, at an opening reception. Patricia Hickson, the Emily Hall Tremaine curator of contemporary art at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, who curated the show, said of the 12 artists represented: “This vast and impressive range of work speaks to the many individual voices creating contemporary art today.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Artistic Buddies

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Westport artist Melissa Newman (r) gets together with Helen Klisser During, Westport Arts Center director of visual arts, at tonight’s opening reception for “SOLOS 2014,” the center’s curated member show which runs through June 1. Newman’s porcelain figures are at right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robert Frank for WestportNow.com


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Opening Night at Westport Arts Center

Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for “SOLOS 2014” at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During and contributed photos for WestportNow.com


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Friday, April 04, 2014

Works From School Collection on Exhibit in Library Great Hall

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Kathie Bennewitz, town curator, welcomes guests tonight to an opening reception at the Westport Library for its Great Hall exhibit ““FACE TO FACE: Portraits from WSPAC As It Turns 50,” The exhibit features more than 20 portraits from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection in celebration of WSPAC’s 50th anniversary year. At left, seated, is artist Ann Chernow, whose late husband Burt founded the collection. The exhibit runs through June 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Secretary of the State Outlines Early Voting Initiative

WestportNow.com ImageDenise Merrill, Connecticut’s Secretary of the State, told a League of Women Voters of Westport meeting at the Westport Library today that she is working hard to make it easier to vote in Connecticut. She said already same day registration has been enacted and there will be constitutional amendment on the ballot that will allow for a longer voting period. For example, this would allow people to vote on a Saturday before a Tuesday election, she said. Merrill noted that 32 states already have early voting laws. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Staples Emerging Artists Exhibit at Library

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There was an opening reception tonight at the Westport Library for its exhibit “Considering Reality,” a mixed-media show of work by emerging artists from Staples High School. It is on display until July 31 in the Riverwalk Display Case. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


04/04/14 10:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Reports: Stew Leonard Sr. in Boat Accident Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a former Westporter died almost three years ago when swept off Stew Leonard Sr.‘s boat by a 12-foot-high “rogue wave” in the Caribbean, according to published reports today.

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The 70-foot Stew’s Special which was hit by a “rogue wave.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Attorneys representing Barbara Speranza, wife of Robert Speranza, told reporters a filing was made today in Bridgeport Superior Court to withdraw the suit but that they could not disclose the dollar amount of the settlement due to a confidentiality agreement, The Hour of Norwalk and Connecticut Post reported.

When the suit was filed two years ago, one of the attorneys, Joel T. Flaxon, said Barbara Speranza was seeking compensatory and punitive damages in the “millions of dollars.” (See WestportNow March 7, 2012)

Shortly after the Aug. 16, 2011 accident, Westporter Stew Leonard Jr. said that his family has been devastated by the loss of their longtime friend. “My father is in shock,” he said, “and I know Bob Speranza’s family is in shock.” (See WestportNow Aug. 19, 2011)

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04/04/14 09:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town to Form Kemper-Gunn Committee

By James Lomuscio

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today that he is putting together a committee to oversee the lease “and the project itself” of moving the historic Kemper-Gunn House on the corner of Elm Street and Church Lane to the town-owned Baldwin parking lot.

“It should be ready within a week,” Marpe said of the committee.

Marpe’s comments came in response to concerns expressed by Chip Stephens, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), at Thursday night’s commission meeting.

Stephens pointed out that the town and the developer DC Kemper-Gunn LLC did not have an official signed agreement, nor was there a municipal point person.

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That’s Me!

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There was plenty of excitement today at the children’s section of the Westport Library as pre-schoolers found their self-portraits on display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Police: Taiwanese Visitor Stabs Brother in Head

UPDATE Two brothers visiting Westport from Taiwan got into a fight early today at a Greens Farms area home, leading to one stabbing the other in the head with a pair of scissors, police said.

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Ya-Tung Liu: charged with assault. Westport Police photo

Police were called to the home at 12:54 a.m. after a 911 call and found that one brother, Ta-Fung Liu, 37, was already en route to Norwalk Hospital for treatment, said Capt. Vincent Penna.

Police had to call for a Mandarin Chinese-speaking officer to help them sort out the incident and received help from a Metropolitan Transportation Authority policeman from Stamford.

Police brought the other brother, Ya-Tung Liu, 36, to police headquarters where he subsequently was charged with assault second-degree. He was held on $10,000 bond for a Norwalk Court appearance where he was released on a conditional promise to appear in court, provided that he hand over his passport to the clerk’s office.

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Traffic Stop Nets Heroin Bust

A motor vehicle violation stop on Westport’s Sherwood Island Connector Wednesday evening netted a heroin bust after police found 20 glassine packets of the narcotic in the vehicle that the officers had been given consent to search, Westport Police said today.

Christopher Istona, 22, of 3 Valley View Road, Norwalk was charged with possession of a controlled substance after the field tested packets proved positive for heroin, said Capt. Vincent Penna.

Istona was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, April 11, police said.


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Katherine M. “Kay” Mondul, 92

Katherine M. “Kay” Mondul of Rockford, Ill., a former Westport resident, died April 2 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford. She was 92.

She was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Westport, the daughter of John and Mary Capetanidis. She was a 1939 graduate of Staples High School. She married David D. Mondul in Miami, Fla. on Feb, 20, 1954. He died on May 27, 2005.

She was employed as a secretary at Rock Valley College for 18 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

She and her husband were longtime members and volunteers at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center where they were the recipients of the Starr of Excellence Award in 2002. They were the only non-performing recipients of that award.

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Westport Property Transfers March 17 - 21, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 17 - 21, 2014:

Frederic and Katheryn Harding to Weijun Guo, 37 Strathmore Lane, paid in Norwalk,  $367,000WNproperty.jpg

Holly M. Zyara to Able Construction Inc., 6 Dexter Road, $457,500

Mildred Simonetti to SIR-15 Adams Farm LLC, 15 Adams Farm Road, $1,300,000

R B Benson and Co Inc. to Shannon and Eric Evangelista, 16 Spriteview Ave., $2,650,000


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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach Thursday enjoyed the spring-like sunshine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Friday,  April 4, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “SOLOS 2014”
12:30 p.m. - Westport Library - League of Women Voters Brown Bag Lunch with Denise Merrill
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception for “SOLOS 2014” and “Abstract Notes”
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - Artist Reception: “Considering Reality”
7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company’s “Shrek the Musical”
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group’s “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Open Air Stereo, Miggs, Man On Earth, & One of These Days

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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P&Z Clears More Hurdles for Kemper-Gunn House Move

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After a marathon meeting that lasted almost until midnight, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight narrowly approved regulatory changes to clear the way for moving the Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane to the Baldwin Parking Lot. Both votes were four in favor, one opposed, and two abstentions. Members expressed unhappiness that no one from the town administration seemed to have taken “ownership” of the project and that even the exact location of the relocated house was unclear. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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BMS Actors Rehearse ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

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More than 90 sixth grade members of Bedford Middle School’s Bedford Acting Group rehearsed tonight for its presentation this weekend of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis. The world of Narnia includes a grand scale puppet—Asian, the larger than life Lion, which takes three students to operate. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Dress Rehearsal Night

Scenes from tonight’s dress rehearsal at Bedford Middle School of the Bedford Acting Group’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to be performed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Have You Seen Scooter?

Scooter was lost in the vicinity of Stony Brook Road and Old Hill Road. He was last seen on Tuesday night (4/1).Please contact 203-803-9944 with any information.


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Scientists Document Connecticut Shoreline Change

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Data from Connecticut’s shoreline from as far back as 1880 shows for the first time how, where, how much and how fast the shoreline has changed—mostly receding—in the last 130 years. Using drawings and photos beginning in the 1880s and data from hundreds of sites, three groups of experts have been working together to document and quantify that movement. This graphic shows the short-term loss for Westport – 3.9 meters or 12.8 feet—from 1983 to 2006.  Click here for the CT Mirror story by Jan Ellen Spiegel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo


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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line Service is now operating on or close to schedule after delays caused by unscheduled track work between the Park Avenue tunnel and Harlem/125th Street and police activity in Stratford.


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Rowland Signs Off at WTIC-AM, Citing ‘Personal Issues’

By Mark Pazniokas


Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who was named Monday as a conspirator in a criminal case involving a friend’s 2012 congressional campaign, today abruptly announced his resignation as a WTIC-AM radio host as his drive-time talk show was ending at 6 p.m.

“Alright, tomorrow the Red Sox will be on at this hour, and you’ll be enjoying them,” Rowland said, his voice composed. “But I also want to say that today will be my last show as I leave the station to take care of some personal issues.”

Rowland, 56, once again the target of federal prosecutors nearly a decade after a previous scandal chased him from office, never identified the personal issues, but documents made public Monday indicate he is likely to soon face a federal conspiracy charge.

“We accept Mr. Rowland’s decision to step down at this time,” Jenneen Lee, the station’s program director, said in a statement posted on the station’s website soon after Rowland went off the air.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Gun-Control Advocates to Back CT Allies with Super PAC

By Mark Pazniokas


A coalition of 28 gun-control groups in Connecticut marked the anniversary of a legislative victory – bipartisan passage of a sweeping gun law in response to the Newtown massacre – by promising today to protect their allies from political defeat this fall.

On the spot where Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill into law at the State Capitol, the groups announced they will form a super PAC to defend the 26 senators and 105 representatives who passed the legislation and governor who signed it in response to one of the nation’s worst mass shootings.

“This will be the greatest ever collaboration of these Connecticut groups,” said Ron Pinciaro, the executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. “We are united in our commitment.”

Whether the coalition can develop the strategy, resources and capabilities to turn out voters in Connecticut is untested. Nationally, gun owners have outmuscled gun-control advocates at the polls, most notably in Colorado, where two Democratic senators who played critical roles in passing state gun laws were ousted in special elections last year.

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Longshore Golf to Open April 18 (On or About)

The staff at the Longshore Golf Course is preparing for the 2014 golf season and expects to be open for play on or about April 18, according to an announcement.

As part of an opening promotion, Parks and Recreation has announced a spring “Buy One Round Get One Round Free Special.”

For each 18-hole round played between opening and May 23, the player will receive a voucher for a free round to be played anytime during the 2014 season., according to the announcement.

Also, on Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m., the Parks and Recreation Department will host a Town Hall meeting to introduce ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance to the Longshore golfing community.

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Ready for Boaters

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Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach is ready for boating season as shown in this aerial view taken on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zack Altschuler for WestportNow.com


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Doing a Little Housekeeping at Longshore

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The ospreys are back at Westport’s Longshore Club Park and were engaged in a little housekeeping today on their dedicated tower near Gray’s Creek. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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