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Monday, November 23, 2015

Marijuana Smell Leads to Arrest Image
Charles Covington: free on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Police arrested a New Haven man Friday night after an officer noticed a marijuana odor during a motor vehicle stop, police said today.

After smelling the odor following the the stop on Duck Pond Road, investigating officers found one of the vehicle occupants was in possession of 24 small bags of marijuana, 38 narcotic pills, and $2,285 in cash, said Capt. Sam Arciola.

Arrested was Charles Covington, 38. He was charged with sale of a of a hallucinogen and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

Covington posted $5,000 bond and was issued a court date of Dec. 1 at Norwalk Court, Arciola said.


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Moody’s Rates Westport’s $8.56M Bond Issue Triple-A

Editor’s note: The following article originally was published on Nov. 16. It has been updated with additional information released today.

UPDATE Moody’s Investors Service said today it had assigned a triple-A (Aaa) rating and stable outlook to the Town of Westport’s planned $8.56 million general obligations refunding bond issue and affirmed the top rating to its $93 million in long-term general obligations debt. Image

“Moody’s highest quality long-term rating reflects the Westport’s sizable tax base with extremely high wealth and income indices, and a manageable debt position,” the rating agency said in a statement.

“The rating further incorporates the town’s well-managed financial operations marked by adequate reserve levels, a well-funded pension system, and proactive funding of the town’s post-retirement benefits liability.”

It said the bonds, with an expected sale date of Nov. 19, are secured by the town’s unlimited general obligation tax pledge and will be used to refund the town’s Issue of 2009 general obligation bonds, for an estimated net present value savings of $122,000, or 6.7 percent of refunded principal.

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William H. Puterbaugh, 85

William “Bill” Harlan Puterbaugh Jr. of Tryon, N.C., a former Westport resident where he was a teacher and EMS crew chief, died Nov. 17. He was 85.

He was the son of the late William Harlan and Catherine A. Womer Puterbaugh and partner of Lorene Weaver.

He was a member of Tryon Presbyterian Church, and the Elk Lodge in Sebring, Fla. His hobbies included playing bridge, skiing, hiking, and playing golf at The Links. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1948 and taught at Sterling Junior High, in Illinois.

He then moved to Westport to teach at Bedford Junior High. His teaching career spanned more than 40 years. He also served as a Special Officer and EMS crew chief in Westport.

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Martha A. Kosinski, 83

Martha A. Kosinski of Wilton, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 18 at her home at Brookdale Assisted Living.  She was 83.

Prior to living in Wilton, she and her family lived in Darien for more than 30 years, Westport for 10 years (1990-2000) and Stratford for 13 years.

Daughter of the late Oscar Moody and Helen Fry, she was born Nov. 6, 1932 and was raised in Stamford. She graduated from Stamford High School. 

She married Ted Kosinski on Aug. 10, 1957 who predeceased her.  They raised three children in Darien and Westport.

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11/23/15 12:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Produces Photo Bonanza

Sunday’s sunset as seen from Westport was one of the most spectacular in a while. Westporters grabbed their cameras or smartphones to record Mother’s Nature’s show. Here is a sampling of photos submitted to WestportNow and posted on Instagram. Contributed photos


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Monday, November 23, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Dreamscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Public Information Session: Saugatuck River Bridge

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Westporter Honored for Crime Fiction Image
Liana Sonenclar: honored at mystery writers conference. Contributed photo

Liana Sonenclar of Westport has received honorable mention in the 2015 Al Blanchard Award contest for short crime fiction by a New England author or featuring a New England setting.

Sonenclar, daughter of Sheryl and Ken Sonenclar, was honored for “Alibi,” about a lawyer’s struggle to defend a boy who wants to be convicted for a crime she thinks he didn’t commit. It is her first short story.

Sonenclar, a 2014 Staples High School graduate where she was photo editor of Inklings, has completed her freshman year at the University of Chicago. She is taking this year off to study drama and dramatic writing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.

The award was announced at the 14th annual New England Crime Bake conference for mystery writers and readers in Dedham, Mass.


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Unitarian Church Gets New Minister Image
The Rev. John T. Morehouse (r, holding flag) was installed today as the fifth settled minister at The Unitarian Church of Westport in a pageant-filled ceremony. A native of Hudson Valley, N.Y., Morehouse previously held Unitarian ministries in Los Angeles and Palos Verdes, Calif. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for


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Heida Hermanns Piano Competition Winners Image
The finals round of the 2015 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition, this year featuring piano, was held today at First Church Fairfield in Fairfield. Winner of the $5,000 first prize was Wenjie Lu (r), a native of China who began playing piano at age 5. He is a student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. The two-day competition was presented by the Connecticut Alliance for Music (CAM) with the support of the Westport Arts Center. Others pictured: (l-r) .Barry Persky, president of CAM; Soyoung Kim, Ye-Eun Kwag, Hsin-Chao Liao, all honorable mention; Gvantas Zangaladze, third place, and Vladimir Rumyanivtsev, second place. The competition is named after Heida Hermanns, a world-class concert pianist and child prodigy who fled Nazi Germany and eventually settled with her husband in Westport. She died in 1995 at age 89. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Compo Mill View Image
Tonight’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Mill area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michael Friedland for


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Soundview Sunset Image
Tonight’s sunset as seen from Soundview Drive at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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View From Parker-Harding Image
Tonight’s sunset as seen looking from Parker-Harding Plaza on the east bank of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s downtown toward the west bank. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Falkenstein for


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Talking Al Hirschfeld at the Library Image
David Leopold, creative director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, was at the Westport Library today talking about the legendary artist and a Hirschfeld memoir he edited, “The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age.” He said Hirschfeld was working for The New York Times doing caricatures when his daughter Nina was born. To celebrate, he drew a baby with the name incorporated in his drawing. From then on, Leopold said, Hirschfeld incorporated her name into his sketches and people began to expect it. Hirschfeld died in 2003, five months shy of his 100th birthday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Westport YMCA Gymnasts Perform in Stamford Parade Image
Thirty gymnasts from the Westport Weston Family YMCA Exhibition Gymnastic Team performed today at the UBS Parade Spectacular. Under the direction of Sally Silverstein, the gold medal award-winning team is ranked one of the top exhibition teams in the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Showing Their Stuff Image
Gymnasts from the Westport Weston Family YMCA Exhibition Gymnastic Team perform today at the UBS Parade Spectacular in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Crowd Pleasers Image
The Westport Weston Family YMCA Exhibition Gymnastic Team was a crowd pleaser today at the UBS Parade Spectacular in Stamford. The 22nd annual balloon parade attracted thousands to the city’s downtown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Ready to Mount Up for Stamford Parade Image
Westport Police Officers Craig Bergamo, Daniel Paz, and Sam Sabin get ready to mount up today in the UBS Parade Spectacular, the annual holiday balloon parade in Stamford. The officers are sporting beards as part of “No-Shave November,” a campaign to grow awareness of cancer and raise funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for


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Family Art Day at Arts Center Image
It was Family Art Day today at the Westport Arts Center. The gallery was transformed into a workshop space, featuring stations designed to enable interaction with different materials and to foster a lifelong love for the arts. Youngsters worked alongside their parents and siblings as they drew on inspiration from the “DREAMscapes” exhibition featuring 42 member artists. The Westport Arts Center will be holding a December Drop & Shop event for ages 5 to10 on Saturdays Dec. 12 and 19 from noon to 4 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for


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Staples Players Donate to Syrian Children’s Relief Fund Image
Staples Players, the Staples High School award-winning theater group, raised more than $5,800 for Save the Children’s Syrian Children’s Relief Fund during its two-week run of “Fiddler on the Roof.”  After Saturday night’s closing night curtain call, Staples Players Officers Nick Ribolla, Sam Galvao, Vignesh Namasivayam, Brooke Wrubel, and Keanan Pucci, along with director David Roth, presented a check to Marcy Begian, associate director of community engagement and fundraising for Save the Children. More than $1,000 in additional funds were contributed by the closing night audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Foley for


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Lacrosse Third Grade Champs Image
A team of third graders from Westport won the fourth annual Gobbler Games lacrosse tournament Saturday at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y. Pictured are Mark Adipietro, Charlie Clark, Justin DiDonato, Grant Fidel, Ian Hoffman, Sam Johnson, Josh Marcus, Logan Marra, Tristan Schaefer and Adam Udell along with Coaches David Schaefer and John Marcus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Saugatuck Sunset Image
Saturday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for


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Sunday,  November 22, 2015

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - St. Luke Parish (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Harvest Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Family Art Day
3 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Westport School of Music Annual Faculty Chamber Music Concert
3 p.m. - Westport Library - David Leopold on “The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age”
4 p.m. - Unitarian Church - (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Installation of the Rev. John T. Morehouse

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Celebrating Victory Image
Members of Westport’s sixth grade PAL football team celebrate today at the Black Duck Café in Westport after defeating Wilton White 26 to 6 in the championship game at Ridgefield. Most of these boys have been playing together since third grade, and this is the first time their team has gone to the championship and had a winning season, finishing 7-1.They are led by head coach Ron Marsilio and assistant coaches Sal Augeri, David Titlebaum and Jeff Rees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for


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Busy Pre-Thanksgiving Shopping at Farmers Market Image
Another beautiful sunshine day at the Westport Winter Farmers’ Market today brought out many pre-Thanksgiving shoppers to Gilberties’ Herb Garden on Sylvan Road South. The Farmers’ Market will be open Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon for last minute holiday shoppers. The market will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Gallery: Westport Winter Farmers Market

Scenes from today’s Westport Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens. Larry Untermeyer for


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Helicopter Lands at Sherwood Island for Drill Image
A SkyHealth helicopter, a 16-month-old partnership between the Yale-New Haven Health System and North Shore-LIJ Health System on Long Island, lands at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today as part of a training exercise for local first responders. The chopper, based at Islip, N.Y., is now available to transport patients between hospitals and respond to critical ground incidents requiring speedy medical evacuations. Westport fire and EMS personnel along with Stratford EMS took part in the drill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Getting a Briefing Image
Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury (r) gets a briefing from flight paramedic Jim Brangan today on the capabilities of the new SkyHealth medical helicopter at a drill at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park The state-of-the-art emergency helicopter service, a partnership between the Yale-New Haven Health System and North Shore-LIJ Health System on Long Island,  greatly reduces the time a patient spends outside of the acute care environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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A Closeup View Image
Emergency first responders from Westport and Stratford today get a closeup view of a EC-135 emergency medical helicopter at a drill at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The chopper, equipped with advanced lifesaving equipment, can respond within minutes to a call in the area from its base at Islip, L.I.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Gallery: Sherwood Island Medical Helicopter Drill

Scenes from today’s emergency medical helicopter drill involving Westport, Stratford, and state first responders at Sherwood island State Park in Westport. The SkyHeath helicopter service is a partnership between the Yale-New Haven Health System and North Shore-LIJ Health System on Long Island. photos


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Saturday,  November 21, 2015

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - St. Luke Parish (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Harvest Fair
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Dreamscapes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
2:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Improv for Writers
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Fiddler on the Roof”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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