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Friday, October 31, 2014

Staples Football Shuts Out Trumbull 37-0

After losing two successive games, the Staples football team bounced back tonight, shutting out Trumbull 37-0 at home.

Staples sophomore Ethan Burger had a busy night, rushing 166 yards on 30 carries.

Also busy was Staples junior kicker Paul Tricarico with two field goals—one for 47 yards and one for 25—as well as successful kicks after four Wrecker touchdowns.

Staples improved to 4-4 with three games remaining. Up next is Bridgeport Central on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at home.


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Crowds at Westport’s Compo Beach area tonight for Halloween. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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All-American Girl Image
Isabella Martinson, 8, of Westport, who attends Saugatuck Elementary School, was dressed as the All-American Girl tonight at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Compo Beach, as Usual, Draws Halloween Crowds Image
Westport’s Compo Beach area, as usual, drew large crowds of Halloween trick or treaters late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Halloween Celebrants Enjoy Compo Hospitality

More scenes from the Compo Beach area tonight as hundreds visited to trick or treat. Helen Klisser During for


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Halloween at the Beach Image
Raquel Cross, 9, of Westport was one of the trick or treaters in Westport’s Compo Beach area tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Mom and Dad Dressed Up Too Image
Jennifer and Raymond Banks of Weston dressed up as Ken and Barbie at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Out for Halloween Fun at Compo Beach

Scenes from Westport’s Compo Beach area tonight as Halloween trick or treaters descended on the neighborhood. Dave Matlow for


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Splash Restaurant Appears to Have Closed

Westport’s Splash Restaurant & Bar appears to have closed. Image
Splash Restaurant & Bar has been a Westport waterside favorite since 1995.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The shorefront haunt at Westport’s Longshore Park since 1995 has shut its doors for good, according to a woman who answered the phone there this week.

Three weeks ago, Teresa De Caro, whose brother owns the business, insisted that the restaurant had not shut down but was closed for maintenance, plumbing and electrical repairs. (See WestportNow Oct. 22, 2014)  She also said that it would reopen Oct. 21.

When it did not reopen, she said the electrical repairs “are taking longer than expected.” She did not say when the work would be completed. Efforts to reach her today or anyone else at the De Caro group headquarters were unsuccessful.

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Levitt Billy Joel Tribute Concert Saturday Moved Indoors

The forecast of bad weather has forced the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to move Saturday’s benefit concert featuring Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot celebrating the music of Billy Joel indoors to the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, organizers announced today.

The special ticketed benefit event will take place at 2 p.m. at the school, 170 Riverside Ave., with doors opening at 1 p.m.

Big Shot is the only authorized Billy Joel tribute band and lead singer/pianist Mike DelGuidice, along with other Big Shot band mates, are members of Billy Joel’s touring band.

Advance-price tickets will remain on sale online and by phone (866-811-4111) until noon Saturday while supplies last with a limited number of tickets on sale at the door, organizers said.


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Saugatuck Sweets Ready for Trick or Treaters Image
Saugatuck Sweets in Westport’s Saugatuck Center was ready today for Halloween trick or treaters. Al DiGuido co-owner, said there will be a Halloween party and steel band concert on the plaza from 7-10 p.m. today with all band members in costume. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Laura J. Gonzalez, 54 Image
Laura Gonzalez: aide at Temple Israel. Contributed photo

Laura J. Gonzalez of Stratford, a former employee of Temple Israel of Westport, died Oct. 29 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 54.

Born Dec. 29, 1959 in Port Chester, N.Y., she was the daughter of Virginia (Ginny) Knudson Hemstead and the late Norman Hemstead. She worked as a preschool teaching aide at Temple Israel.

In a note to congregants, Temple Israel said: “It is with sadness that we report the death today (Oct. 29) of former ECC Assistant Teacher Laura Gonzalez, following her valiant fight with cancer. 

“Laura’s smile, warmth, strong will and positive outlook on life will forever be our lasting image and cherished memory of her.”

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Halloween Look at Staples Image
Showing off their Halloween look at Westport’s Staples High School today were Morgan Whelan (tigger), Aliza Gross (angel), and Jessica Greenwald (devil). Students were also preparing for tonight’s home football game against Trumbull. Most of the costume-wearing students were seniors, as is tradition to dress up your last year. Costumes ranged from cats, hamburgers, celebrities and beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 13 - 17, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 13 - 17, 2014:

Grassy Plains Development LLC to Thomas R. and Marcie Gow Pajolek, 31 Grassy Plains Road, $1,430,100WNproperty.jpg

N. Nicoll and Lori Ann Meehan Snow to Rose Mary Cordaro, 230 Saugatuck Ave. Unit 4, $544,000

Joseph M. and Robin G. Scarella to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 18 Moss Ledge Road, $1,250,000


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Fall Look on the Saugatuck Image
Fall foliage Thursday along the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


10/31/14 10:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Halloween at Staples: Don’t Hide Your Face Image
John Dodig:“It’s a safety issue.” WN file photo
Guidelines issued to Staples High School students wishing to wear Halloween costumes to class today include a warning not to hide their faces.

A memo from Principal John Dodig outlined the costume do’s and don’t for students and emphasized “nothing completely covering the face.”

He explained: “There have been far too many shootings in our country in the last few years. We must know who every student is. Please understand that it is a safety issue.”

Other guidelines:

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Cynthia S. Andre, 82

Cynthia Suzanne Andre of Emerald Bay Manor in Cumberland, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Oct.17 following a long illness.  She was 82.

Born March 27, 1932 in Yonkers, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Ida (Plate) Soley and Stanley Soley and a stepdaughter of the late Helen (Adams) Soley.

She was raised in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1950.  After her marriage to Edward Andre, they resided in many places over the years, including Walpole, Mass.,before settling in North Attleboro, Mass. 28 years ago. She had been a resident of Cumberland since July 2013.

She graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City in 1951 and worked for Sponsor Magazine on Madison Avenue. She later worked as a secretary for Kendall Mills in Walpole for several years. She retired in 1997 after more than 20 years with Hollingsworth and Vose in East Walpole.

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Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Friday,  October 31, 2014 - Halloween

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skate Park Supported, Beachfront Parking to be Determined

By James Lomuscio

Though it was only a straw vote tonight in favor of keeping, even upgrading, Westport’s Compo Beach skate park, 14-year-old James Bowles saw it as a vote of confidence in his favorite sport. Image
James Bowles, 14, (l) and Gabriel Dick, 13, were not allowed to speak tonight, but their sign spoke for them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

“I’m excited to hear what they had to say, and that more people were in favor,” the Staples High School freshman said as he walked out of the joint work session meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee at Town Hall. “I look forward to seeing the outcome.”

“It’s nice that the kids voices were heard,” Jeanne Bowles, his mother, chimed in.

Though the public was not permitted to speak during the work session, it did not deter James and his friend Gabriel Dick, 13, from displaying a sign “Save Compo Skate Park.”

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Susan Granger at the Movies: Halloween Offerings

By Susan Granger

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the gruesome, sadistic horror thriller “Saw” is back in theaters for a week, and the only other scary stories are “Nightcrawler,” “Dracula Untold” and “Ouija.” Image

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir crime thriller “Nightcrawler” as a sociopath who prowls Los Angeles at night with a video camera, doing accident and crime-reporting and selling his footage to a TV news director (Rene Russo), who’s hungry for ratings.

Problem is: instead of remaining a passive bystander, he brazenly begins to stage his own roadside carnage -– until he stumbles onto an apparent home invasion.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Nightcrawler” is a dark, cynical 7, filled with savage, scathing commentary about our media’s relentless exploitation of violence.

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Eerie critters have descended on the Dennis Nash House, c. 1812, at Westport’s 57 Kings Highway North in advance of Halloween. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Michelle Obama Attends Raucous Malloy Rally

By Mark Pazniokas

New Haven –- Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor drew First Lady Michelle Obama to a raucous rally today in the city whose turnout next week probably will be the rock on which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election founders or finds safe harbor. Image
First Lady Michelle Obama in New Haven today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

“We’re in New Haven for a reason,” Malloy told a capacity crowd of 1,600 from a stage in the gym of Wilbur Cross High School, whose teams are nicknamed the Governors.  “If you want to know why I’m on this stage, it’s because people like you never stopped. You never gave up.”

The last votes for Malloy in 2010 may have been counted in Bridgeport, the scene of a chaotic Election Day, but more of them came from New Haven, the city whose voting list were double-checked for days by Republicans astonished at the turnout that gave Malloy a narrow win.

“New Haven is the linchpin,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat elected to his first term that same day, albeit by a comfortable margin.

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Westport Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month Image
First Selectman Jim Marpe today read a proclamation on the steps of Town Hall commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender and income levels,” he said. Marpe pointed out “coincidentally, and not ironically, just last week, when WestportNow ran the press release announcing this very ceremony and the activities devoted to raising awareness, the post just below the announcement recounted an incident of domestic violence here in Westport.”  He added, “As first selectman, I have the ability to peruse the weekly police blotters, and I am well aware of the fact that our police officers are on the front line dealing with this problem.” Residents interested in becoming involved in the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force should contact the chairperson, Elizabeth Marks Juviler, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for


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Special School Performance of ‘Intimate Apparel’ Image
The Westport Country Playhouse today hosted 510 students from five local schools for a special mid-morning performance of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nattage’s “Intimate Apparel.” The students, transported to the theater in 10 buses, included representation from St. Luke’s School (New Canaan), Notre Dame High School (Fairfield), Trumbull High School, Staples High School and Norwalk Community College. The love story that confronts race and religion, directed by Mary B. Robinson, runs through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Comings & Goings: Wheels Open on Post Road East Image
Wheels Convenience Store, owned by Trumbull-based Consumers Petroleum, has opened at its CITGO-branded location at 786 Post Road East. (See WestportNow Sept. 8, 2014) An announcement said the business tries to support other area businesses and entrepreneurs and noted it would offer products from Westport-based snack food company Nothin’ But Foods. It said it invites the community for a sampling on Nov. 7. Westport is Wheels’ 20th outlet in the state with other nearby sites in Norwalk, Wilton, and Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Scheduled Marina Project to Limit Beach Access

Westport Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced today that a months’ long dredging and shoreline stabilization project at Compo Beach’s Ned Dimes Marina will begin in three weeks. Image
Large boulders have been moved into the Compo Beach marina area as part of the project.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

He said during the construction over the winter months, vehicle and pedestrian access to the west end of the beach will be restricted.

“We know residents enjoy the beach all year around; however, a temporary restriction of vehicle traffic to the west end is required for the safety of the public as the construction progresses,” said McCarthy.

He said pedestrians will still be able to access the west end via South Beach, but they will be restricted from the roadway and construction area.

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Thursday,  October 30, 2014

10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Village District Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. - Town Hall Steps - Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission/Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee Work Session
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Under Milk Wood: a Play for Voices”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good News for Some Westport Commuters Image
The evening commute from Grand Central Terminal to Westport should improve for some commuters beginning Nov. 9. A Metro-North flyer left on train seats tonight outlined schedule changes announced this week. One is aimed at relieving overcrowding on the 6:31 p.m. train which will no longer stop in Stamford. The train is popular with Westport commuters because it runs express, stopping only in Stamford and East Norwalk before reaching Westport and Green’s Farm. The schedule changes provide for the first time for new half-hourly service between New Haven and New York in the off-peaks and on weekends. View is of commuters departing the train that arrived at 7:37 p.m. today in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for


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Staples Girls Soccer Celebrates FCIAC Co-Championship Image
The Staple Girls Soccer team celebrates its FCIAC co-championship after tonight’s 1-1 tie with Fairfield Warde at Norwalk High School. This is the first FCIAC championship for the team since 1995. Staples will start the state tournament Tuesday with a bye for the first round due to its record (12-2-5) and No. 4 ranking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stacy Jagerson Fowle for


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