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Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
6 p.m. - Staples Room 333 - Board of Education Executive Session
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, May 22, 2016

Saugatuck View Image
A view from Westport’s Saugatuck Island tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for


05/22/16 08:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friends of Sherwood Island Add Board Members Image
Five new board members were elected today at the annual meeting of Friends of Sherwood Island State Park and later posed for a group picture with other board members and Park Supervisor Jim Beschle. Pictured (l-r) are Sheila O’Neill, Erica Caldwell, Park Supervisor Jim Beschle, Don Lord, Cathy Talmadge, Gene Borio, Liz-Ann Koos, Alison Rivard, Chris Scofield, Luise Bianco, Michele Sorensen, Nicole Dienst, Julie Wheeler, and Craig Patton. Not present: David Bliss. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/22/16 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Harbor Watch Director Talks About Sea-Level Rise Image
Sarah C. Crosby, director of Harbor Watch at Westport’s Earthplace, today addressed the annual meeting of Friends of Sherwood Island State Park. Her subject was “Salt Marsh Development and Persistence with Sea-Level Rise.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/22/16 07:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mets Welcome for Staples Freshman Team Image
Staples High School Freshman baseball coach James Jordan took his team to Citifield today where they got a scoreboard greeting and watched the Mets defeat the Brewers 3-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/22/16 06:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: PAL President Explains June 30 Fireworks Date

To the Editor:

Fellow Westporters, I would like to clear up any confusion as to how the date of Thursday, June 30 was chosen for our fireworks display this year. There many considerations that must be taken into account.  The fireworks are always held on a weekday evening. We cannot shut down the beach on a weekend. The high cost of overtime is one factor and criticism from the public is another.

The logistics of clearing Compo Beach prior to opening it back on a weekend is also part of the calculation. If there is a rain delay the financial cost to the Westport P.A.L. runs into the tens of thousands of dollars a day.  A rainout on a Friday, postponed until Monday could cost upwards of $30,000.

The fireworks are the primary fundraising event of year for the Westport Police Athletic League.  We use those funds to provide scholarships to Westport students in college, the Halloween Parade, the Holiday Children’s Party, and the support of many other local causes. Our boys and girls athletic programs serve over 2,000 children annually. Please remember, at the heart of Westport P.A.L., “It’s all about the kids.”

This will be our 60th year of providing the fireworks display to the town. We hope that you will continue to enjoy what is truly a labor of love. I look forward to seeing everyone on June 30 at Compo Beach.

Edward J. Batlin
Westport Police Athletic League


05/22/16 04:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honored for Work With National Charity League Image
Emily Rogers, a senior at Staples High School, was the leader in servicing the most philanthropy hours during her membership with the National Charity League, Inc.’s Westport chapter. The NCL mission is to foster the mother-daughter relationship in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The Westport Chapter services 28 local philanthropies and its members worked 3,488 service hours this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/22/16 04:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chabad Breaks Ground Image
Chabad of Westport, which serves Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk, broke ground today on a 14,000-square foot addition to its existing property, formerly The Three Bears Restaurant at 79 Newtown Turnpike. The project also includes completely renovating the 6,000 square feet of existing space. Taking part were (l-r)  Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Rabbi Yehuda Kantor, Weston First Selectwoman Nina Daniels, and Westport Selectman Avi Kaner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/22/16 03:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Out for Sunday Ride Image
Several thousand bicyclists today participated in the 2016 Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour that started out from Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Registrants had their choice of a 40-, 75-, or 100-kilometer course. Pictured are riders on Westport’s Morningside Drive South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


05/22/16 01:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Over the Bridge Image
Riders in today’s Bloomin Metric Bicycle Tour make their way over I-95 at the start of the event which departed Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


05/22/16 01:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Look, No Hands Image
A rider in today’s Blooming Metric Bicycle Tour demonstrates his riding skills. Several thousand participants were registered for the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


05/22/16 12:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bloomin’ Start Image
Riders in today’s Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour set out from Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Joseloff for


05/22/16 12:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

WN on the Scene: Drone Racing in Hartford

Hartford’s Dillon Stadium on Saturday was the site of the Hartford UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Challenge involving a fast growing, grassroots movement of UAV (commonly known as drone) enthusiasts. They competed in various racing events to demonstrate their piloting skills. Among those attending the first such event in the Northeast was Westporter Mark Mathias, head of Westport’s Mini Maker Faire. “We plan on having some UAV events in Westport within the next year and hopefully something at the 7th annual Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 22, 2017,” he said. One aspect of drone racing on display was pilots wearing headsets that let them actually be “in” the drone so they’re piloting the craft as it is flying rather than watching it from afar. Organizers of the Hartford UAV Challenge said among its aims was promotion of Connecticut companies and individuals excelling in the development and application of this technology. WestportNow contributing photographer David Dreyfuss provided this photo report. David Dreyfuss for


05/22/16 11:23 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, May 22, 2016

2 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Recruiting Social
3 p.m. - Black Box Theatre, Staples - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project 10 Years Later”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Art”
5 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Friends of Sherwood Island Annual Meeting
7:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Music on the Hill Jubilate Ringers Handbell Concert

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hiking in the Woods Image
Local elementary school students hike to a river Friday for a picnic with the after school enrichment program at Westport’s Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


05/21/16 12:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking NASA at Coleytown Elementary Image
There was a special treat Friday for some youngsters at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School. F. Richard Myers (r), a top official with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope project, visited the school where his sister, Annie Roesler (l), teaches kindergarten. He told the students about the scheduled 2018 launch of the telescope, successor to the Hubble Telescope and the largest and most sophisticated space telescope ever conceived. He later lunched with two children from every grade who were chosen based upon essays they wrote. Their questions included specifics about the James Webb Telescope, black holes, age of the sun and earth, and whether life will ever be found in outer space. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/21/16 12:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Music Scholarship Winner

Nicole Mathias, a senior at Staples High School, was awarded the first Joyce and Bernie Zimmerman Foundation Music Scholarship at this week’s Staples Choral Concert. Image
Nicole Mathias: 2016 class awardee. Contributed photo

The scholarship is a special gift from the Zimmerman Foundation that is awarded to one male member and/or one female member of the Staples graduating classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 who plan to major in music.

Applications were subjected to a rigorous review process that included the evaluation of GPA in music classes; participation in various musical and civic experiences, and completion of an essay, an announcement said.

Nicole, who will attend Penn State majoring in music education, is the daughter of Kim and Mark Mathias. He is a Board of Education member.


05/21/16 09:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, May 21, 2016

9 a.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Get Your Garden Started, Mike Aitkenhead
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting of Fairfield County Writers Group
1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Portrait Fundamentals with Jill Sarver
2 p.m. - Westport Library - A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss “Mansfield Park”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - DYI Dino Terrarium
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Red”
7:30 p.m. - Black Box Theatre, Staples - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project 10 Years Later”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Police Warn About Sunday Bike Tour Image
Westport police today warned residents that the Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour will be in town on Sunday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. “Please be aware there will be significant amount of bicyclist on the road throughout town,” an advisory said. “Please use caution while traveling in Westport.” This is a map of the 40-kilometer route. Other routes are for 75- and 100-kilometers. All routes depart from Sherwood Island State Park. See routes here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic


05/20/16 07:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: ‘Outrage’ Over Fireworks Date

To the Editor:

We wanted to express our outrage and disappointment to PAL for choosing June 30 for the fireworks. It is a Thursday night with people having work the following day. We usually host a party of nearly 110-120 people and already have 20-30 cancellations right off the bat. PAL will be the loser and we are very sorry to see that happen. Everyone we have spoken to is just as disappointed as we are.

Charlene Girden


05/20/16 07:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

WCT Sets ‘Godspell’ as June Production Image
The Westport Community Theatre presents “Godspell” from June 3 through June 26, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, with Thursday performances on June 9 and June 16 at 8 p.m. A musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, “Godspell” opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including a 2011 revival which played on Broadway from Oct. 13, 2011, to June 24, 2012. Tickets are $28, $26 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at or by calling (203) 226-1983. The Westport Community Theatre is located at the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Pictured (front row l-r): Betzabeth Castro, Caitlin Brown, Jessica Braun, Norris Wakefield (Jesus), Rosalind Cormier, Tyler Campbell, Katherine Logan (back row): Dena Lagonigro, Bill Warncke (Judas), Rob Pawlikowski, and Emily Beers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/20/16 04:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Etta Mae Mikhael, 100

Etta Mae Mikhael of Southbury, formerly of Westport, died May 9. She was 100.

Before moving to Southbury, she was a resident of Westport for 64 years and active in various community affairs.

She was a member of the Bahá’í Faith,and served on many national and international committees pertaining to Bahá’í Faith life.

She was a former member of the Westport Woman’s Club, the Westport Community Theatre, and was for many years a volunteer at Norwalk Hospital.

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05/20/16 03:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Suspect Nabbed After Telling Cops He Was Lost

If you are dodging an active warrant out for your arrest, it is probably not a good idea to ask police officers for directions. Image
Godfrey King: Question leads to arrest. Westport Police photo

Godfrey King, 50, of Stamford learned that the hard way after he told assisting Westport officers on Charles Street Sunday that he was lost, police said today.

“While helping King, it was determined that he had an active warrant out of Norwalk for a failure to appear, stemming from a previous assault charge,” Lt. David Farrell said.

He said that King was processed for the failure to appear and was held in lieu of a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, May 25.


05/20/16 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arrest for Serial Assaults on Long Lots Road

Westport officers arrested a Bridgeport man for a series of assaults on Long Lots Road dating back to 2011, police said today. Image
Jeremy Aquino: charrged in three assaults.  Westport Police photo

Jeremy Aquino, 23, was arrested on an active warrant Monday following a lengthy investigation dating back to October 2011 when he allegedly assaulted two victims on Long Lots Road, punching one in the face and slapping the other, Lt. David Farrell said.

It is also alleged that in July 2013 Aquino assaulted a male victim on Long Lots Road, punching him in the face.

Farrell said that in March 2015 Aquino again assaulted a male victim at a Long Lots Road address “by throwing him to the ground and punching him in the face twice.”

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05/20/16 02:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

UConn Honors for Staples Grad Image
Alexandra Jabick,a 2012 Staples High School graduate, has been awarded the Outstanding Senior Woman Award at the Neag School of Education University of Connecticut, Storrs.The award, sponsored by The Woman’s Center, Alumni and University provost, is given each year to one female student from each school. She is pictured with the dean of the NEAG School Richard Schwab. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/20/16 02:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers May 2 - 6, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 2 - 6, 2016:

Marie and Christopher P. Howson to Daniel S. and Esther Jo, 3 Hooper Road $880,000WNproperty.jpg

Mary Ryan Foss-Skiftesvik to Kim Rifkin, 1 Fraser Lane , $3,545,000

Adrienne Grossman to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 29 Ferry Lane East, $2,933,967

David S. and Marjorie T. French to William Costello and Giselle Hantz, 66 Compo Road North, $1,625,000

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05/20/16 01:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Historic Piano Debuts at Local Jazz Club Image
An historic 1937 Steinway that was the house piano at the Village Gate in New York City for many years Thursday inaugurated the second year of live jazz at Restaurant 323, 323 Main St., produced by Richard Epstein and Ina Chadwick. Rabbi Greg Wall of Westport, artistic director and sax player, teamed up with Chris Coogan to play two sets of hot music to a full house. Pianists Frederic Chiu, Joe Utterback, and Marco Scott also had chances to try out the instrument. The piano was crowd-funded and fundraising is still underway with the intent of forming a nonprofit devoted to live jazz performance and education in Fairfield County. 323 Jazz Club is ongoing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Thursday night, and an upcoming program will also feature singer Melissa Newman of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/20/16 10:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

In Memoriam - Decky

Decky the cat
UPDATE: Jo, Decky’s owner, wrote: “Sadly, we did find Decky, our indoor/outdoor kitty. He had died near a brambled area of my neighbor’s garden, under a beautiful fragrant azalea. We think he had been ill (in retrospect we realized he’d been sleeping more in the two days before he disappeared) and he picked her property because it is a safe place with fencing and a gate that keep the coyotes and other predators away. Thank you to all those who opened their doors to us to search.” Decky, a nine-year old gray tiger/tabby with four white paws, had been missing since Sunday, May 8th. He was much loved and oh so missed by his family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)


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Friday, May 20, 2016

9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks
11 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Steven Certilman & Arianne Kolb
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Sketchup 3D Modeling Software Part 2
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Fiona Garland on Edouard Manet
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Kimberly McCreight, “The Outliers”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Afternoon Laundromat w/ Next Generation and Pizza Dust
7:30 p.m. - Black Box Theatre, Staples - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project 10 Years Later”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Art”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stephens Resigns as P&Z Chair; Walsh Elected

Chip Stephens tonight announced his resignation as chairman of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) because he said he had taken on a new job that would require absences. Image
P&Z Commission Chair Chip Stephens: remaining on the commission and will be staying in Westport “for the time being.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

The board elected former chair Catherine Walsh to take his place.

Stephens, who has served two years as chair, said he would remain on the commission and “will be staying Westport for the time being.”

He said he decided to announce his resignation as chair now “as I might have absences and especially I am timing this tonight because we have some big things coming up with 8-30gs and other submissions.”

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