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Friday, November 06, 2015

Helen R. Lenke, 96

Helen Rand Lenke of Indianapolis, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 4. She was 96.

She was a 1940 graduate of Hofstra University. She loved her beautiful homes in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Great Neck, N.Y., Westport, and Indianapolis. Her idyllic summers throughout her childhood and her children’s childhoods were spent on the Connecticut shoreline in Stony Creek.

She had a rapier-sharp wit, a wry sense of humor and many talents, including painting, music and entertaining with grace, style and warmth. Many an evening ended with a gathering around her 1938 Steinway while she played songs from the “Great American Song Book” by ear.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Sidney Edward Lenke, her parents, Leroy and Sarah Rand, her brother Edward Rand, her sister Marjorie Lewis, her son-in-law James Gordon Taft and her nephew Dr. Michael Lowe Lenke. She is survived by her children Patricia Fox of Washington, D.C., Judith Taft (Ron Hollander) of Rocky Point, N.Y.; Dr. Roger Lenke (Joanne) of Carmel, Ind., and her nephew, Robert Lewis (Janet) of Stony Creek, who she counted as a son. Also by her six grandchildren, Brian, Laura and Jacqueline Fox, Peter and James Taft, and Michael Lenke, as well as eight great-grandchildren.

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11/06/15 01:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Woman Arrested for Heroin, Counterfeit Bills

Officers arrested a Westport woman Tuesday night on drug and forgery charges after they uncovered heroin, drug paraphernalia and two phony, $20 bills made on a photocopier. Image
Brianna Pernell: unable to post $1,000 bond.  Westport Police photo

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, an officer on routine patrol on Compo Road South Tuesday located a vehicle parked partially in the road and with its lights off.

“The officer approached the vehicle and located two people in the car,” Arciola said. “While speaking with the vehicle occupants, the officer suspected that there may be narcotics in the vehicle and requested a police service dog.

After the dog gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics, vehicle search uncovered one heroin packet, drug paraphernalia and two fake $20 bills that “appear to have been photocopied and then cut to size, making them appear to be real,” Arciola said.

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Accident Leads to DUI Arrest Image
Christopher Martens: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

A motor vehicle accident Thursday night on Saugatuck Avenue led to the arrest of a Norwalk man for operating under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane, police said today.

“In speaking with the accused, the investigating officer detected an odor of alcohol on his breath, his speech was slurred, and his eyes appeared bloodshot,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola, adding that the accident involved no injuries.

The accused, Christopher Martens, 39, of Norwalk, was placed under arrest after failing a field sobriety test. He later refused to take a breathalyzer test at police headquarters, Arciola said.

Arciola said Martens was released after posting a $500 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 16.


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Elmwood Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Elmwood Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1954, the 1-1/4 story cape has 2,998 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


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Friday,  November 6, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective Pop Up Show
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafe
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Facebook
11:45 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Wellness Seminar on Sleep Disorders
Noon - Westport Library - Introduction to Knitting
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School’s Toquet Hall-o-ween: Jurassic World

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Charlotte A. Sabo, 97

Charlotte (Toddy) Anthony Sabo of Burlington, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 2. She was 97. Image
Charlotte Sabo: former Westporter. Contributed photo

A great-niece of Susan B. Anthony, she was born May 31, 1918 in Easton, Pa., the youngest and last surviving child of Luther B. Anthony of Kansas and Charlotte D. Sutherland (Whetford) of Jamaica, West Indies.

She attended one year of college at Rochester University, then moved to Florida with her mother and sister Susan, where she had her first brief marriage to restaurant owner, John Carlisle. She then moved to New York City and held various jobs including secretary and freelance photographer for the New York Daily News.

She began her career as a folksinger, joining union organizers with her second husband Van Tyne, with whom she traveled the country. She had the opportunity to perform with legendary singers of the era including Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

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11/05/15 10:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

P&Z Postpones Hearing Open Space Amendment

By James Lomuscio

Saying he hoped Westport’s new Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) will be “as strong, as nonpartisan and non-confrontational as this group,” Republican P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens tonight congratulated the Democratic “loyal opposition on their win” Tuesday. Image
P&Z Chair Chip Stephens (l) congratulates the Democratic “loyal opposition” on their victory in Tuesday’s election. Vice Chair Jack Whittle is at right.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Fellows for

Democrat Paul Lebowitz defeated incumbent Republican Al Gratrix. returning the Democrats to a 4 to 3 majority on the commission for the first time since 2011.

Leibowitz, who will be sworn in on Nov. 16, watched tonight’s proceedings from the back of the Town Hall auditorium.

“I do want to say this one thing,” said Stephens, chairman for the past two years, as he opened the meeting.

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11/05/15 10:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pop Up Reception Gallery

Scenes from tonight’s pop up art show reception at the Westport Arts Center featuring works by the Westport Artists’ Collective. Helen Klisser During, Lynn U. Miller and Leslie LaSala for and photos


11/05/15 08:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thank You to Artists’ Collective Founders Image
Helen Klisser During (r), artistic director of the Westport Arts Center who has announced her resignation effective Dec. 1, thanks the founding members of the Westport Artists’ Collective for their work and for organizing tonight’s pop up art show with more than 100 works displayed. They are (l-r) Jahmane West, Tammy Winser, Miggs Burroughs, Duvian Montoya, and Nina Bentley. Several hundred persons turned out out for the opening reception. The show continues until Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/05/15 07:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

3D Look Image
A visitor to tonight’s pop up art show at the Westport Arts Center uses 3D glasses to view a 3D work by artist Norm Siegel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for


11/05/15 07:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Up Image
This house at 10 Bradley St. in Westport’s Compo Beach area was raised this week by Wolfe House & Building Movers of Bernville, Pa. house lifting contractors. Tiefenthaler Builders of Norwalk is the general contractor. A foreman on the site said the house will stay approximately 7 feet above grade to avoid the flood plain in this area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Tickets Available to Candlelight Concerts Image
At the end of last year’s Candlelight Concert, a large banner was unfurled inviting everyone to this year’s 75th anniversary concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

Westport’s Staples High School today announced the availability of tickets to the 75th annual Candlelight Concerts next month.

The concerts will be held on Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 19, with a matinee at 2 p.m. and the traditional alumni performance at 8 p.m.

The snow date for all performances is Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.

General Admission tickets are available by mail to 70 North Ave., Westport, CT 06880, and must be postmarked by Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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Food Drive Under Way Image
Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club today kicked off its annual food drive with the placement of a collection bin in the Town Hall lobby. The drive, a partnership with Person-to-Person (P2P) food pantry in Norwalk, encourages donations of non-perishable foods, which are distributed to needy families in lower Fairfield County. Pictured (-r) are club members Bob Hauck, Eileen Flug, Matthew Mandell, and Callie M. Jayne, P2P Norwalk site manager. The drive, which continues until the end of the month, also has collection bins at Patriot National Bank and Webster Bank on Post Road East and Comprehensive Planning Associates on Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


11/05/15 01:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joan Vogel, 77

Joan Vogel of Newtown, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 3 in Regional Hospice in Danbury. The wife of Clinton Vogel was 77.

She was born in Norwalk on May 8, 1938.  Daughter of the late John and Helen (Dombroski) Giglio, she resided in Westport prior to moving to Newtown 37 years ago where she became assistant town clerk.

A graduate of Staples High School, she was passionate about animal welfare.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 40 years include one daughter, Diane Dias and her husband Joe of New Milford, one brother, Joseph Giglio of Newtown, and her grand dog Billie Joe. In addition to her parents,she was predeceased by one brother, Leonard Giglio.

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Last Day of Farmers Market Image
On the final day of the summer season at the Westport Farmers Market in the Imperial Avenue parking lot John McGuigan of Fort Hill Organic produce arranges signage.  He said Fort Hill has had a presence in Westport market since its inception at the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot in 2006. The market moves indoors on Nov. 14 to its winter home at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens on Sylvan Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


11/05/15 10:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Foggy Swim Image
A swimmer enjoys Westport’s Compo Beach today despite an early morning fog. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Foggy Morning Image
An early morning fog covers Westport’s Soundview Drive and Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Earthplace Walk Image
Students at Westport’s Earthplace enjoy a nature walk Wednesday under leaves set ablaze by the setting sun. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - ArtSmart ArtEducationWorkshop: For Adults
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective Pop Up Show
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market (last day)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception, Westport Artists’ Collective All-member Pop Up Exhibition
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Stephanie Clifford on “Everybody Rise”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance and RTM Public Works Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Truth,’ ‘Burnt,’ ‘Experimenter’

By Susan Granger

James Vanderbilt’s “Truth” examines the scandal that erupted after “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather ran a “60 Minutes” segment asserting that President George W. Bush used family connections to avoid combat in Vietnam and never fulfilled his tenure in the Texas Air National Guard. Image

If this report had not been subsequently discredited, it might have tipped the 2004 Presidential election to Democrat John Kerry.

When I studied journalism at Mills College under Pierre Salinger, working at the “San Francisco Chronicle,” he insisted that the veracity of controversial stories be corroborated by two independent sources. But what if those sources lie?

That’s what happened to Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), Rather’s (Robert Redford) longtime producer. Responsible for finding and scrutinizing on-air pieces, Mapes is curious about the Bush allegations.  Encouraged by CBS News president Andrew Heyward (Bruce Greenwood), she begins to investigate.

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Getting Ready for Thursday Pop Up Art Show Image
A special exhibition by the Westport Artists’ Collective pops up Thursday through Sunday at the Westport Arts Center. The opening reception will take place from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m Thursday. Pictured are collective founders (l-r) Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director, Jahmane West, Tammy Winser, Nina Bentley, and Duvian Montoya. (Missing is founder Miggs Burroughs)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for


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Available at Pop Up Art Show Image
This work, “Created Pages,” by Duvian Montoya is among about 100 on sale in the Westport Artists Collective pop up art show Thursday through Sunday at the Westport Arts Center. It opens Thursday with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception. Montoya is one of the “toasters,” the nickname for founders of the Collective. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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New Animal Control Officer Image
Gina Gambino: succeeds Pete D’Amico. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Westport Police Department tonight announced that Gina Gambino has been selected as the town’s new animal control officer, coming to Westport from Bridgeport where she held a similar post for a large municipal shelter.

Gambino, who assumes the post held for 26 years by Peter D’Amico who retired Nov. 1, has also worked in Easton and Fairfield animal control departments, police said.

A Bridgeport resident, she is a 2006 University of Connecticut graduate with an Associate’s Degree in animal science, police said, with National Animal Control Association certification, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Control certification, and she has attended state Municipal Animal Control Training Seminars.

Gambino also received the Hurricane Sandy Assistance Award for her efforts with shelter evacuation, temporary shelter service and calls for service in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.


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With Funds Approval, Main Street Redo to Wrap Up in a Month

With unanimous approval of $100,000 by Westport’s Board of Finance tonight, the Main Street renovation project including new curbing, brick sidewalks and trees should be completed within a month’s time, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said. Image
Extensive sidewalk work was done in front of Chase Bank, 184 Main St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

“This is good news, and it will allow us to finish the project and wrap it up in a month,” Edwards said. The appropriation still needs Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approval.

The good news is that the additional money from the Capital and Non-Recurring Account is being benefit assessed by Main Street’s property owners who will reimburse the town upon completion of the project, he said.

“We had 100 percent participation,” Edwards said, adding that individual property owners have chosen how they want to enhance their frontages.

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Last Meeting for GOP-Controlled Board of Finance

Jennifer Tooker, chair of Westport’s Board of Finance, tonight said farewell and thank you to members John Pincavage, Tom Lasersohn and Janis Collins attending their last meeting. Image
Board of Finance Chair Jennifer Tooker gives a hug to outgoing board member Tom Lasersohn at tonight’s meeting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Pincavage and Lasersohn, both Republicans, and Collins, a Democrat, did not seek reelection.

Tooker, a Republican, thanked Pincavage for being “balanced and pragmatic,” and with a cool, calm demeanor. She lauded Lasersohn for a “rigorous, analytical, disciplined approach to everything,” and Collins for her hard work, citing her “thoughtful intellect combined with her ability to get stuff done, which has been quite an inspiration.”

Republican incumbent Michael Rea was reelected Tuesday night, and newcomers Clarissa Moore, a Republican, and Democrats John Hartwell and Sheri Gordon won seats. The newcomers were present in the audience tonight.

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New BOF Members Watch From Audience Image
Newly elected Westport Board of Finance members Republican Clarissa Moore (c), and Democrats John Hartwell, and Sheri Gordon (r) watch tonight’s Board of Finance meeting from the audience. First Selectman Jim Marpe is at left. The new members will be sworn in on Nov. 16. Click here for final election results.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sasco Creek Mallards Image
Mallards on Sasco Creek in Westport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alexandria Donovan for


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Mulling the New Chairs of P&Z, Finance Board

By James Lomuscio

With Westport’s Democrats winning majorities on the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) and the Board of Finance Tuesday night, the big question is who will take the chairmanships of the reconstituted boards. Image
Brian Stern: in line for BOF chair. Dave Matlow for

While not official until after the members are sworn in Nov. 16, it is expected that Democrat Brian Stern, current vice chairman and six-year veteran of the finance board, will be its new chair.

“Brian’s been there for six years and he’s been the vice chairman, so he has a good chance,” said John Hartwell, former chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) who was elected with Democrat Sheri Gordon to the Board of Finance Tuesday.

The P&Z, however, is not as certain when it comes to who will be chair, to hear Democrats tell it. Election Day, the Republican majority commission lost its hold as Democrat Paul Lebowitz garnered more votes than Republican incumbent Al Gratrix. Republican incumbents Chip Stevens, current chair, Catherine Walsh, a former chair,  and Jack Whittle, current vice chair, were reelected.

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11/04/15 07:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

November Day at the Beach Image
Today’s summer-like temperatures in the 70s brought some to Westport’s Compo Beach in a reprise of summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Staples Players Get Ready for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Image
The Staples Players are getting ready for their production for the first time in 20 years of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The Tony Award-winning musical, which recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Broadway premier, is director David Roth’s 50th Players production. “[Associate Director] Kerry Long and I have thought about bringing Fiddler to the Staples stage for years,” said Roth.  “This year, given the striking parallels between current social issues and those explored in the show, the time felt right.” Evening performances are on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are on Sunday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card at, or in the Staples High School lobby, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6, 12:30 to 2 p.m. by check/cash only. Tickets will also be sold at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance, subject to availability. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Discounted tickets for seniors at $10 are available for the matinees only. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long


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