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Monday, October 31, 2016

Gallery: Compo Beach Area Trick or Treating

Scenes from tonight’s Halloween trick or treating in the Compo Beach area, one of Westport’s perennial favorite Halloween hot spots. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos


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Halloween Crowd

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Soundview Drive and other Compo Beach area streets were crowded tonight with Halloween trick or treaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Trick or Treating at Compo

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Jack Geller and Alex St Andre, both 11, of Westport were among trick or treaters tonight in Westport’s Compo Beach area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Scary Scene

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This house on Westport’s Soundview Drive tonight was a scary scene for trick or treaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Compo Halloween Souvenir

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Youngsters in Halloween costumes gathered on and around the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight for a Halloween souvenir photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Last Minute Adjustments

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Some Compo Beach trick or treaters tonight make some last minute costume adjustments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Blumenthal: Comey’s Comments ‘Cryptic’ and Actions ‘Highly Unusual’

By Ana Radelat


Washington – Calling the move “highly unusual,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal today weighed in on FBI Director Patrick Comey’s decision to tell Congress that his agency may have found more emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server.

While stepping back from demanding Comey’s resignation, as some Democrats have done, Blumenthal said Comey has a lot of explaining to do about his “cryptic” comments.

“As a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general, I believe there is serious reason for concern regarding Director Comey’s cryptic comments and hope that more facts will be disclosed as quickly as possible,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “Such actions are highly unusual and urgently require explanation.”

Comey rocked the race for the White House last week when he said emails pertinent to the closed investigation into Clinton’s email server were discovered on a computer belonging to former congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

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Warren Rossell, 94

Warren Clare Rossell of Westport (known in the business world as Dusty Rossell), long active in Westport community affairs, died Oct. 27. He was 94.

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Warren Rossell: active in community affairs. Contributed photo

He had been a vice president at five advertising agencies in their creative departments as writer, TV commercial producer, creative director and account supervisor. The agencies were Ketchum, MacLeod & Grove, Sawdon & Bess, Grisworld Eshelman, Ross Roy and William Esty. He worked in both New York and Pittsburgh. Accounts included Texaco, Heinz and Wendy’s. He was also an executive producer at EUE Screen Gems, the TV Commercial Division of Columbia Pictures.

He and his family moved to Westport in 1962 where he became an active member of the community. He was a former president of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston and sang with their choral group, The Hoot Owls. He was a member of the board of directors of the Westport Country Playhouse and was founder and president of the Playhouse Guild.

He was a board member of the Westport Weston Health District and had been elected to the Westport Representative Town Meeting from District 3. He was president of the Syracuse University Alumni of Fairfield County.

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Ready for Trick or Treaters

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A home on Westport’s Cross Highway is ready to greet Halloween trick or treaters tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Absentee Ballots Available Saturday, Too

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that the Town Clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The application form is also available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well as online by downloading here.

Registered voters can qualify for absentee ballots if: they are: in the armed forces; have an illness or physical disability; have religious beliefs that forbid secular activity on the day of the election; are working as an election official at polling places; or will be out of town during the hours of voting. For further information, call (203) 341-1110.

Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, when the polls officially close.


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Church Lane to be Closed for Paving

Church Lane from Elm Street to Post Road East will be closed from Wednesday at 7 a.m. until Thursday at 5 p.m. for road grading and paving, the first selectman’s office announced today.

General vehicular traffic will be detoured via Elm Street. The section of Church Lane from Myrtle Avenue to Elm Street will remain open, an announcement said.

The street is the site of the Bedford Square project under construction.

The town urged drivers to use caution in the area and to expect potential delays. It urged use of alternate routes.


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Showing Its Colors

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Fall colors are showing along the entrance road to Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Monday, October 31, 2016 - Halloween

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - Seasonal Fun for Halloween
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
11 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: NaNoWriMo Overnight Write-In

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Local Take on ‘The Candidate’

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Following the Westport Cinema Initiative’s (WCI) screening of “The Candidate” tonight at Westport Town Hall, there was a panel discussion with First Selectman Jim Marpe, Democratic Town Committee Chair Melissa Kane, and Douglas TIrola, filmmaker and WCI board vice president. Participants pointed to the local politicians’ ability to work with each other for the good of the town. “The Candidate,” a 1972 satirical comedy-drama film starring Robert Redford examines the various facets and machinations involved in political campaigns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Crepuscular Rays at Compo

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Crepuscular rays were spotted today at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carlos Garcia for WestportNow.com


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Comings & Goings: Women’s Wellness Center Opens Nov. 9

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Me, Myself and I, a for-women-only wellness center, opens at 1869 Post Road East in the Old Sasco Mill center, on Nov. 9. According to owner Westport resident Gail Heitz,  a veteran psychotherapist, the venture offers life coaching sessions, classes in fitness training and yoga-meditation classes.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Pianist Jenny Lin Performs

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Pianist Jenny Lin played a “Sketches of Spain” program today at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in the second concert of the Westport Arts Center’s 2016-17 Chamber Music series. Her concert featured the music of Igor Stravinsky, Antonio Soler and Enrique Granados. Born in Taiwan, and raised in Austria and the United States, she began her piano studies at the age of 4. Upcoming WAC concerts include a special jazz lounge event featuring Atla and Matt DeChamplain on Thursday, Nov. 3 and pianist Pedja Muzijevic on Sunday, Dec. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aubrey Grodin for WestportNow.com


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Saugatuck Island View

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


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: Zombie Flash Mob with Chris Crowe
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Dustin Pari on the Paranormal
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Westport Arts Center Chamber Music Series: pianist Jenny Lin
7 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Cinema Initiative presents “The Candidate”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Trunk or Treat at Methodist Church

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More than 150 children and their parents today attended the Trunk or Treat event at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston. Guests received free treats and in turn gave back to the community by donating canned foods to Person-to- Person, a Norwalk-based community-supported agency that provides emergency assistance for basic needs, and support for individuals and families in need. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for WestportNow.com


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Enjoying Pre-Halloween Fun

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Brian Brumit of Westport and grandson, Tre, enjoy today’s Trunk or Treat event at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for WestportNow.com


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Henrietta Harrison, 69

Henrietta Harrison of Fairfield died Oct. 28 at home from a rare form of cancer. She was 69.

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Henrietta Harrison: marriage and family therapist. Contributed photo

A marriage and family therapist, she maintained a private practice in Westport for more than 20 years, beginning in 1994.

Having worked with hundreds of individuals, couples and families through the years, her special interest was working with couples. She has been credited by many clients with saving troubled marriages and helping divorcing couples maintain the good will necessary for constructive co-parenting following divorce.

She was also known as “the therapist to therapists” as many professionals in her field sought her out for assistance with problems in their own lives.

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Jerome T. Spinola, 56

Jerome T. Spinola of Milford, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 27 in Milford Hospital. He was 56.

He was born in Huntington, N.Y. on Aug. 8, 1960 and was the son of Carl and Ann (Beck) Spinola. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a former volunteer firefighter for Ansonia,  and he enjoyed painting.

In addition to his mother Ann, he is survived by three sons: Christopher Spinola, Jessie Spinola and Chris Spinola, three daughters: Cheryl Spinola, Jen Spinola and Samantha Spinola, one brother: Anthony P. Spinola, two sisters: Valerie Spinola and Susan Jones and her husband Craig and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Interment will be private. Contributions in memory of Jerry in lieu of flowers may be made to the Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department, 80 Pulaski Highway, Ansonia, CT 06401.


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James G. MacDonald, 91

James Gordon MacDonald of Naples, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 24. He was 91.

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James G. MacDonald: former CEO of TIAA-CREF. Contributed photo

He was born June 16, 1925 in New York City, N.Y. to Daniel M. and Anne C. MacDonald.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy, attending Hobart College Navy V-12 Officers Training Program. As Lt., J.G., he was shipboard in the Pacific until the end of World War II when he returned to Hobart College to finish his degree and remained in the Naval Reserve until 1955.

He was with Liberty Mutual and New York Life until 1956 when he began his 31-year career at TIAA-CREF in New York. He was president of TIAA-CREF from 1979 to 1984 and CEO and chairman of the board from 1984 to 1987 when he retired but remained on the board.

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Saugatuck Island Early Morning

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An early Friday morning view as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club ENCORE! Clothing & Accessories Tag Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words” (last day)
10 a.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Trunk or Treat (up to 12 years old)
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Boo Bash at Saugatuck El

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Students at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School today celebrated at their fifth annual Halloween Boo Bash. About 850 partygoers enjoyed a magic show, DJ, games, and raffles at the sold-out event. All proceeds benefit SES enrichments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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ENCORE Sale Continues Through Saturday

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Many Westport vogue-to-vintage treasures are back for an encore at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave., at the club’s ENCORE! clothing and accessories sale. which continues through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For sale are a wide array of slightly used, gently worn woman’s, men’s and children’s clothing, and accessories.  The boutique section will feature special garments. While there, visitors can stop by the Curio Cottage for the half-price sale. All proceeds go to Fairfield County charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com


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Staples Stymied in FCIAC Boys Soccer Quarterfinals

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The Staples boys soccer team today staged a torrid second half comeback in the FCIAC quarterfinals at Greenwich. Thomas Nealon knocked in a rebound of Teddy Lawrence’s shot, with just eight minutes to play, knotting the score at 1-1 after the Cardinals had taken a first-half lead. (The Wreckers celebrate Nealon’s goal, in the photo above.) A penalty kick two minutes later put the hosts back on top 2-1. Staples had several chances to draw level again, particularly on Teddy Lawrence’s header with two minutes to play. But the ball skimmed off the top of the crossbar, and Greenwich held on to win. The Cards –- seeded first in the tournament, and ranked No. 16 in the country –- move on, while the eighth-seeded Wreckers now wait for the state tournament, which begins Nov. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Frances Rowland for WestportNow.com


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Mortar Rock Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Mortar Rock Road, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1967, the two-story colonial has 2,316-square feet and is situated on a .52-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) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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