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Monday, September 21, 2015

Night Out for Westport Mom and Family Image
Actress Kelli O’Hara arrives at the Westport Country Playhouse tonight where she was honored at its annual gala. The Tony Award winner and recent Westport resident was accompanied by her mother (l), Laura O’Hara, visiting from Oklahoma, husband Greg Naughton (r), and son, Owen 6. O’Hara is appearing in “The King and I” at Lincoln Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/21/15 07:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lavielle Accepts Children’s Champion Award Image
State Rep. Gail Lavielle, whose 143rd District includes part of Westport, accepts a Children’s Champion award today from Merrill Gay, executive director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance, at the Naramake Family Resource Center Preschool in Norwalk. Lavielle, the ranking member of the Education Committee, is one of 26 state legislators honored this year by the CT Early Childhood Alliance, an outreach and advocacy organization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Papal Visit: The Westport Connection Image
Westport resident Lawrence Hoy and his Westport-based Lawrence Hoy Studios has created the crucifix which will hang as the centerpiece to the stage where Pope Francis will deliver a mass on Sunday outside the Philadelphia Art Museum. The design of the crucifix is in keeping with the austere aesthetics of Pope Francis. It is constructed of composition gold-leafed wood, as opposed to the usual real gold leaf. “Normally we’d use real gold,” said Hoy. “But we were instructed to use the composition gold which is not a precious metal.” Making creations for the Pope is nothing new to Hoy. He has also made the furnishings for John Paul II in Central Park and Benedict XVI at Ground Zero and Yankee Stadium. Contributed photo


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Concours d’Caffeine Returns to Westport on Oct. 4 Image
The Concours d’Caffeine will return to Westport’s Railroad Place on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. 11 a.m., organizers announced today. The first event was held May 17 (above). The event combines the concepts of a Concours d’Elegance, a display of classic and collectible vehicles, and a Cars & Coffee, an informal gathering of car enthusiasts. The first 40 who register on the Concours d’Cafffeine website will depart at 11 a.m. on a 50-mile mini-rally through southern Connecticut with a lunch stop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for


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John F. McAuliffe, 77

John Francis “Jack” McAuliffe of Ridgefield, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 17. He was 77

He was born in Boston on May 5, 1938 to John F. (Sr.) and Hazel (Swan) McAuliffe. A graduate of the Boston Latin School, Boston College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he played both hockey and golf at BLS and captained the golf team while at BC. He was also the 1956 New England Jr. golf champion.

It was while he was at Wharton that he met Kathi, a native of Philadelphia. They married in 1963 and soon after moved to Watertown, N.Y., as Jack began his career in sales and marketing, first with Lever Brothers and then with Pfizer and elsewhere.

Job opportunities and their expanding family took them to homes in Brooklyn, N.Y., Westport and Weston, and Montreal, Canada. They also lived for many years in Georgetown,  where he was self employed in the financial services field. A sports fanatic, Jack stayed true to his Boston roots and was a lifelong fan of his beloved Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Patriots.

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Ruth K. Fine, 93

Ruth Klosterman Fine of Shelton died Sept. 19. She was 93.

She grew up in Fort Washington, Pa., and graduated from Abington High School in 1939. Then, like so many bright women of her time, attended secretarial school before entering the work force in Philadelphia. In 1950 she married Roy Fine, an engineer then working for RCA, and subsequently raised three sons first in Haddonfield, N.J., then in Wayland, Mass., and finally in Trumbull.

She was a longtime member of the League of Women Voters and served in a variety of leadership positions with its branch in Haddonfield. After moving to Wayland in the 1960s she rejoined the work force as the administrator of the Framingham Youth Guidance Center.

While living in Wayland she was also an active member of the First Parish (Unitarian) Church. After moving to Trumbull in 1972, she gave of her time and talents to many worthy causes. She served on the steering committees for the Connecticut Coalition against Gun Violence and the Greater Bridgeport Coalition for Choice. She also contributed much over the years to the Unitarian Church in Westport, and she was recognized in the 1990s as one of the congregation’s “unsung heroes” for her volunteer work.

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Westport active and retired firefighters gathered at Westport Fire Headquarters today before acting as pall bearers at the funeral of retired Assistant Chief Kenneth R. Lee of Westport, who died Sept. 16 at age 85. (See obituary here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Arrest in April Larceny

Westport detectives arrested a West Haven man Friday in connection with the theft of an iPad from Rings End Lumber on Post Road East back in April, police said today.

According to Capt. Sam Arciola, Mark McGilton, 50, was arrested on a warrant in Norwalk Superior Court and charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.

Two other individuals had already be charged in connection with the theft, Arciola said.

McGilton was held in lieu of a $1,500 bond and arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on Saturday.


09/21/15 09:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Passenger Arrested for Threatening Police Officer Image
Sage Hammond: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

A routine motor vehicle stop Sunday night led to the arrest of a Westport woman who had been a passenger after she threatened to strike an assisting officer, police said today.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, front passenger Sage Hammond, 34 of 245 Main St., became uncooperative when the officer was speaking with the operator.

“While the officer was speaking with the operator, the front passenger, who was outside the vehicle, threatened to strike the assisting officer who had arrived on scene,” Arciola said.

Charged with interfering with an officer, Hammond was released after posting a $500 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court this month, though police did not specify a date.


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Monday, September 21, 2015

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - EPC Program Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
5:45 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Something Wonderful: A Gala Evening Celebrating Kelli O’Hara”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Westport/Weston Health District Board
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Acoustic Guitarists Draw Library Crowd Image
Acoustic guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo drew a large crowd today tp the Westport Library McManus Room. They have become one of the most popular duos on the international music scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Compo Draws Few on Last Summer Sunday Image
A dramatic change in temperatures—from Saturday’s 80s to today’s barely in the 70s with a stiff breeze—left Westport’s Compo Beach almost deserted at mid-day today on the last Sunday of the summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Dorothy L. Nazzaro, 84

Dorothy L. Nazzaro of Westport died Sept. 19 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 84.

A 75-year Westport resident, she was the wife of Donald J. Nazzaro Sr.

She was born March 14, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Klauser) Decker. She was a graduate of Staples High School, where she was a cheerleader and later worked as a nurse’s aide for many years. 

Survivors in addition to her husband Donald J. Nazzaro Sr. of 63 years include one son, Donald J. Nazzaro Jr. of Stratford, one daughter, Cindy Stanton and her husband William of Shelton, two brothers, Harold Decker of Oradell, N.J., and Frank Decker of Westport, three grandchildren, Christopher Nazzaro and his wife Natasha, Michael Nazzaro, and Jessica Stanton. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one sister, Carolyn Appel.

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09/20/15 01:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Suzanne Courcier, 67

Suzanne Courcie of Yarmouth Port, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Sept 15 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. She was 67.

She was an expert in Shaker and Early American antiques and folk art as well as a community activist.

Born June 13, 1948, to Robert J. and Dorothy Holmgren Courcier, she was reared in Westport,, and met Bob Wilkins when she was a freshman at Bennington College in 1966. A junior at Williams College, Bob had never been to Bennington, where women were ferociously emancipated, or so he had heard. On an early date, they watched the first Super Bowl together, Bob unaware of his future partner’s contempt for football.

She graduated Bennington in 1970, where she majored in architecture and mathematics. She moved to New York City, where she worked under the supervision of Colin Turnbull, curator of the African Wing of the Museum of Natural History.

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Sunday,  September 20, 2015

Noon - 3 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road) - Little Black Dog Rescue Adoption Event
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Concert Series: Guitar Duo Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “They’re Playing Our Song”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Bridgeport Central 1-0 ImageKenji Goto (c) has been a key player on the Staples boys soccer team this year. The central defender had another excellent game tonight as the Wreckers shut out Bridgeport Central 1-0. Aidan Wisher scored the game-winner 13 minutes from time, off a Graham Gudis corner kick that Josh Berman headed on. Berman is shown in this photo defending at right, while Ziggy Hallgarten guards the goal. Staples, now 2-1, hosts Greenwich at Loeffler Field on Tuesday. Game time is 3 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) MaryGrace Gudis for


09/19/15 08:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Digging In Image
A guest enjoys a lobster today at the Westport Rotary Club’s fourth annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. An estimated 1,500 persons turned out for the event, proceeds of which go to local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/15 08:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Closing Out Summer of 2015 Image
The last summer Saturday of 2015 provided perfect weather today for the Westport Rotary Club’s fourth annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach—sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/15 08:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lobster Lovers Delight Image
Westport Roatry Club members and volunteers prepare lobsters at today’s fourth annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/15 08:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Community Lobster Picnic Image
Rows of picnic tables and chairs, some under tents, some in the open provided eating spaces today for guests at the fourth annual Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/15 07:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Rotary Club Hosts Lobster Fest

Scenes from today’s fourth annual Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for and WestportNow photos


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Air-Cooled Vehicles on Display Image
A large crowd of air-cooled classics vehicles owners and fans gathered at Dragone’s Classic Motorcars of Westport on Post Road West today for a Small Car Company car show. It was a gathering of 80 or so air-cooled enthusiasts from around the tri-state. On display were classic Volkswagens, Porches, Dune Buggies and many other air-cooled vehicles of all sizes and makes. The gathering was organized by The Small Car Company. Org, a group of vintage VW and Porsche enthusiasts who have been gathering, sharing their mutual passion, resource information, and hosting driving rallies for several years. They named themselves as a nod to The Small Car Company, the Volkswagen dealership that occupied the Dragone site in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermyer for


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Bringing Back Memories

Scenes from today’s air-cooled car show on Post Road West in Westport.. Larry Untermeyer for


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Cheerleader Clean Up for the First Selectman Image
Cheerleaders from Westport’s Staples High School wash Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe’s car today as part of a cheerleader fundraiser at 1141 Post Road East, home of Kowalsky Brothers construction. The event continues until 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Last Minute Preparations for Today’s Lobster Fest Image
Last minute preparations were under way today at Westport’s Compo Beach for the Westport Rotary Clubs fourth annual Lobster Fest. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 31 - Oct. 4, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 31 - Oct. 4, 2015:

1 Lantern Hill LLC to Edwin C. and Mindy S. Tan, 15 Hockanum Road, $1,987,500WNproperty.jpg

Debra K. Ressler to John J. McManus, 54 Terra Nova Circle, $1,200,000

Leonard B. Zaslow Reversible Trust to Placid Lake LLC, 2 Placid Lake Lane,  $785,000

Sally A. Sarsfield to Christopher R. and Stephanie Retco, 1 Burr School Road, $1,150,000

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Cleaning Up Image
Westport firefighters pack their gear after a bathroom ceiling fan fire today at Wishlist, 606 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/15 08:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘It Could Have Been a Lot Worse’ Image
Westport firefighters check out the roof above stores at 606 Post Road East today after a bathroom ceiling fan caught fire in Wishlist and dropped to the floor. Firefighters initially responded to a smoke alarm at Sam Sloat Coins, two doors away. “It could have been a lot worse,” said one firefighter, citing a quick response to the alarm. Smoke extended to nearby stores, but there was no fire extension, fire officials said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/15 07:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport FD: Fire in Ceiling Fan at 606 Post Road East

UPDATE A fire in a bathroom ceiling fan at Westport’s Wishlist, 606 Post Road East, today caused heavy smoke in the store and nearby businesses opposite Fresh Market. Image
The fire was traced to a bathroom ceiling fan at Wishlist, 606 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Damage was limited to the immediate area of the bathroom, where the burning fan dropped from a ceiling. The fan smashed a toilet, spraying water over the area which helped contain the flames, said Chief Andrew Kingsbury.

The initial call came in as an alarm at Sam Sloat Coins with a smell of smoke at the rear of the store.

Further investigation disclosed Wishlist was filled with smoke, which extended to the adjacent Luxe Nail and Spa and its neighbor, Sam Sloat Coins.

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Saturday,  September 19, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Sammie & Tidie’s Imagination Playhouse
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 1141 Post Road East - Staples High School cheerleaders annual car wash
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting, Fairfield Writers Club
3 p.m. - Compo Beach - Rotary Club Annual Lobster Fest
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Drop-in Night
7:30 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - The Nields in Concert
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “They’re Playing Our Song”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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