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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Saturday,  October 4, 2014 - Yom Kippur

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District - 180 Bayberry Lane - Household hazardous waste collection day
Noon - Wakeman Town Farm - Homesteading Workshop: Soup & Bread
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Super Smash Bros. Tournament w/ Retro Games Plus
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “I’m Not Rappaport!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, October 03, 2014

Hazardous Waste Day Set for Saturday

Westport will host its annual household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.

Public Works Department officials outlined areas of a household and the types of typical chemicals that may be found:

Garage: degreasers, gasoline, kerosene, mineral spirits, oil-based paints, paint strippers, paint thinners, solvents, stains, turpentine, varnishes, wood preservatives, etc.

Garden shed:  fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, etc

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10/03/14 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Jennings Court Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Jennings Court, off Bayberry Lane, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story split has 1,736 square feet and is situated on a 1.06-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


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Bridgeport Man Arrested in $8K Remodel Fraud Image
Marcus Ericsson: released on $3,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport police said today they arrested a Bridgeport man on larceny charges after he allegedly agreed to a remodel job at a Westport home, took an $$8,000 payment and never did the work.

Marcus Ericsson, 41, was taken into custody Monday at Fairfield police headquarters where he was being held on a warrant from Westport, said Capt. Vincent Penna.

In April, Ericsson received and cashed an $8,000 check to perform some remodel work at the victim’s residence but never furnished any of the contracted services, he said.

Ericsson was charged with third-degree larceny and released after posting a $3,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Oct. 9, police said.


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8-10 Wright St. Sold for $16.35 Million

Norwalk-based Marcus Partners today announced the acquisition of Westport’s 8 and 10 Wright St. office buildings as the company’s first investment in its newest fund, Marcus Capital Partners Fund II. The Westport Town Clerk’s Office said the price was $16.35 million. Image
The office buildings at 8 and 10 Wright St. overlook Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The buildings, containing 84,000 square feet of office space, overlook Westport’s center. They were built in 1977 and last changed hands in 2007 at $32.25 million. (See WestportNow Oct. 30 2007)

“We see 8 and 10 Wright Street as being a classic situation where the existing property is substantially underutilizing its special place within a community,” said David Fiore, principal in charge of Marcus Partners’ Metro New York office in Norwalk. 

He said Marcus Partners plans a comprehensive renovation to the building, investing about $4 million to provide new, enlarged windows, from just above the floor to ceiling, and redesign and upgrade of the landscaping, parking decks, lighting, paving, entrances, and signage on the site.

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Former Staples Coach Gets 8 Years on Sex Assault Charges

A former Staples High School math teacher and swim coach was sentenced to eight years in prison today after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two girls—who are now 14 and 10—over a three-year period, the Connecticut Post reported. Image
Jeffrey Schare: left Staples in November 2012. Fairfield Police photo

Jeffrey Schare, 44, had pleaded guilty in July to two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault. (See WestportNow July 28, 2014)

At the time, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin in Bridgeport said he would impose an eight -year term and lifetime sex offender registry when Schare is sentenced -– and today he made good on the promise.

Schare, who for seven years in Westport coached the Wreckers boys swim and dive teams, was said by prosecutors to have begun “grooming” the girls who attend school in Fairfield when they were very young, “promising favors such as food and sleepovers as rewards for his deviant behavior.”

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Westport Republicans Open HQ Image
The Westport Republican Town Committee has opened its campaign headquarters at 25 Sylvan Road South. Pictured outside are (l-r) Pete Wolgast, Vice Chair Karen Hess, Chair Desiree Soli, and state Sen. John McKinney. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Staples Students Honored Image
Thirty-three Staples High School seniors have been named as Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Pirctured are (back row, l-r): Daniel Landy, Alyssa Gehb, Sage Vouse, Cadence Neenan, Lina Boehmer, Alexandra Benjamin, Nikhita Shankar, Frederick Hertan, Madeline Schemel, Griffin Lach, and Ryan Fanning; (second row) Griffin Haymes, Alexander Elias, Conrad Mera, Olivia Wiener, Noelle Adler, Terrie Yang, Monique Medina, Kana Higuchi, Rachel Doran, and Alexander Davis; (third row) Tyler Byrd, Jacob Nabel, Joseph Badion, ReniForer, Rachel Treisman, Kelsey Bobrow, Emma Boland, Julian Garrison, and Kari Flicker; (front row) Camille Shuken and Trevor Harken; missing from picture: Jonah Baughton and Jessica Shaw. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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33 Students Named Commended Students

Staples High School Principal John Dodig announced today that 33 Staples seniors have been named as Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, will be presented by the principal to the students who participate and excel in nearly every activity Staples High School offers.

They are singers, athletes, journalists, computer whizzes, piano players, artists and actors. They take Advanced Placement and honors classes, along with culinary, graphic design and are active in community service clubs.

The Commended Students include: Noelle Adler, Joseph Badion, Alexandra Benjamin, Kelsey Bobrow, Lina Boehmer, Emma Boland, Jonah Boughton, Alexander Davis, Rachel Doran, Alexander Elias, Ryan Fanning, Kari Flicker, Reni Forer, Julian Garrison, Alyssa Gehb, Trevor Harker, Griffin Haymes, Frederick Hertan, Kana Higuchi, Griffin Lach, Daniel Landy, Monique Medina, Conrad Mera, Jacob Nadel, Cadence Neenan, Madeline Schemel, Nikhita Shankar, Jessica Shaw, Camille Shuken, Rachel Treisman, Sage Vouse, Olivia Wiener and Terrie Yang.

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 15 - 19, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 15 - 19, 2014:

Taiyo LLC to Evan and Stephanie Moskovit, 98 Hillspoint Road, $2,215,000WNproperty.jpg

Janet Silver to 49 Hillspoint LLC, 49 Hillspoint Road, $930,000

Hilda Kraus Estate to 1 Lantern Hill LLC, 18 Dover Road,  $740,000

Anthony A. Eason to Albion J. and Brenda J. Fitzgerald, 15 Norwalk Ave., $1,085,000

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Enjoying Dogs Back at Beach Image
Cooper, a Cavapoo (poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), and Logan Briggs, 2, of Westport enjoy a run at Compo Beach Thursday, a day after dogs were allowed to return to the beach. Dogs are allowed on the beach until April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Briggs for


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Friday,  October 3, 2014 - Yom Kippur begins

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
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
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Game Night
6 p.m. -9 p.m. - 44 Church Lane = Java Café hosts Artists Collective
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “I’m Not Rappaport!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Town Wants Historic Property for Flood Control

By James Lomuscio

The owner of an 1880-built, one-story home on about one-third of an acre at 199 Newtown Turnpike and only a few feet from the west branch of the Saugatuck River has an eager buyer—the Town of Westport. Image
The Town of Westport is seeking to purchase this house at 199 Newtown Turnpike. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Dewey Loselle, town operations director, appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight with a request from First Selectman Jim Marpe for a positive P&Z report regarding the planned acquisition. The P&Z voted unanimously for a positive report.

Despite the property’s history, the town doesn’t want the .3-acre property to restore and preserve the home. It plans to demolish the house and leave the land as open space and for flood mitigation.

The house located in a AA residential zone, has been abandoned since Hurricane Irene in 2011, Loselle said. It had also been flooded twice before, he noted, and is considered a repetitive loss property due to insurance claims.

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MD to P&Z: ‘We’re Not a Doc-In-The-Box’ Image
Nina S. Karol: “I mean we are Westport.” Photo from Westport Town Television

A doctor at a popular Westport medical practice made an impassioned plea tonight to the Planning and Zoning Commission to approve changes needed to clear the way for the practice to move to a new facility.

Nina S. Karol of Internal Medicine Associates of Westport told the commission the practice, now more than 50 years old, has long outgrown its present location at 162 Kings Highway North.

“It’s dismal, it’s depressing….and it’s been that way for years and we really need to get out,” she said. She added she and her colleagues were not some “generic company” like “a walk-in center doc-in-the-box. I mean we are Westport.”

Many older patients are involved in multiple parking lot accidents because parking is so tight at its present location, Karol said.

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Malloy and Foley Stage Slugfest on Character, Integrity

By Mark Pazniokas

Storrs—Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tonight sharply questioned each other’s character, ability and records in the season’s wildest debate, a televised confrontation that resurrected Foley’s long-ago night in jail and Malloy’s brush with a mayoral corruption investigation in which he was cleared. Image
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley tonight at their third debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Foley raised a decade-old investigation of Malloy that closed in May 2005 with a prosecutor’s finding of no wrongdoing, a shot that the often combative governor ignored for much of the debate, finally delivering a blistering rebuttal that seemed to rattle his opponent with the reference to his night in jail.

“I didn’t want to do it out of anger, and I didn’t want to appear to be angry, and I didn’t want to engage in an hour of back and forth,” Malloy told reporters. “I stood there and took his best—took his best. And when it was appropriate, I just reminded everybody that he’s talking about an investigation where I was cleared – and thanked – and told the truth about. And he doesn’t do those things.”

Foley, 62, a Greenwich businessman and former U.S. ambassador, said he proposed a truce after the exchange, an offer that Malloy, 59, a vulnerable first-term Democrat, is unlikely to accept after a night in which he shifted attention from taxes and the economy to his challenger’s record and character for the first time in their campaign.

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Stamford Edges Staples Footballers 37-34

Stamford rallied late to upset Staples 37-34 tonight in a game that came down to the last play at the Wrecker’s home field.

Staples took possession with 40 seconds remaining, but a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds was intercepted and the Black Knights capped a wild win.

Staples (2-2) next takes on Fairfield Ludlowe at Fairfield on Friday, Oct. 10.


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In for the Touchdown Image
Staples senior quarterback Teddy Coogan scores early for the Wreckers in tonight’s game against Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for


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Setting Up Image
Staples senior Trevor Shearer gets set for a pass as he gets a block by sophomore Ethan Burger in tonight’s game against Stamford at home. Players wore pink to support breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for


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Cheering in the Pink Image
Staples fans at the football game against Stamford wore pink tonight as part of the school’s “pinkout” to support breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for


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Accident Closes Bridge Street

UPDATE  A one-car accident tonight caused a power outage and forced the closure of Westport’s Bridge Street from Compo Road South to Imperial Avenue, police said.

One person was in a car that crashed into a utility pole near 26 Bridge St. at about 9:30 p.m., according to reports from the scene. There was no word on injuries.

The impact split the pole and brought down wires. Connecticut Light and Power Company said nine nearby customers were without power.

Firefighters had to extricate the driver from the car, the reports said. Utility crews worked into the early morning hours to replace the pole.


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Inspired by Ancient and Classical Sculpture Image
At the Westport Arts Center’s Drink n’ Draw tonight, participants drew from a model in poses that were inspired by ancient and classical sculpture. The next Drink n’ Draw on Dec. 4 will focus on poses inspired by Renaissance art. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for


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Overflow Crowd for WCI Screening of ‘Fed Up’ Image
There was an overflow crowd tonight in Branson Hall at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church for “Fed Up,” an advocacy documentary that focuses on the causes of obesity in the United States. Presented by Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) and the Westport Farmers Market, the film presented evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the obesity problem. Whole Foods of Westport and Fairfield was the sponsor and provided healthy salads and breads to filmgoers. Saugatuck Grain and Grape provided wine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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No Popcorn Here Image
Whole Foods presented a healthy salad bar for guests at tonight’s screening of “Fed Up” at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Long Lots Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Long Lots Road is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story ranch has 1,414 square feet and is situated on a .43-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


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Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Central 4-0 Image
Nate Argosh scored two excellent goals today, keying the Staples boys soccer team to a 4-0 shutout over Central High School of Bridgeport at home. Daniel Reid and Graham Gudis netted the others. The 4-2-2 Wreckers host Westhill on Monday, in a 4 p.m. match, also at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for


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Soccer in the Pink Image
The Staples boys soccer team proudly wore “Wreckers Sport Pink” t-shirts today to raise funds to fight breast cancer, prior to their 4-0 win against Central High School of Bridgeport. Pictured (l-r) are Sebastian Wick, Jerrett Rende, Luca Cocito, Aidan Wisher, Andres Marmelo, Spencer Daniels, Denzel Robinson, Sam Kantor, Shane Dasbach, Jack Zeldes, Andrew Puchala, Noah Schwaeber and Daniel Brill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for


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Java Café Hosts Artists Collective Image
In partnership with the Westport Arts Center’s Artists Collective, the Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will host a new JavArt exhibit each month beginning Friday from 6-9 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with a display of 18 artworks by seven local artists. Pictured with some of the art in the background are (l-r) Java Assistant Manager Daniel Recinos, participating artist Joyce Thompson, co-curator Nina Bentley, and Store Manager Breanna Brandon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Helping to Restore Minute Man Statue Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Sam Gault, president of Gault Energy and Stone, today placed capstones on the Minute Man statue’s fieldstone wall in a ceremony marking the advanced stage of the restoration of the 114-year-old monument. Gault, whose family has a Westport presence going back 151 years, has donated fieldstone to the effort. Francis Henkels, Historic District Commission chairman, and Kathie Bennewitz, town curator, were among those who helped mark the mid-stage of the local landmark’s larger ongoing restoration project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Minute Man Briefing Image
Francis Miller (r) of ConservArt LLC, a Hamden-based firm dedicated to the preservation of artistic and historic objects, today tells Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe about restoration efforts of the statue, including restoring the original 100-year-old fence that was removed two years ago without knowledge of the Historic District Commission. The HDC led efforts to see that it was restored.  (See WestportNow May 9, 2012) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Gathering Around the Minute Man

Scenes from today’s Minute Man statute restoration ceremony. Dave Matlow for


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