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Monday, March 06, 2017

New Golf Pro and Super at Longshore

Longshore Club Park has a new golf pro and a new golf course superintendent, Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced today. Image
New Longshore faces: Todd Salamone (l) and Jon Janik. Contributed photos

Jon Janik, picked as head golf professional, comes to Westport from Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull.

Todd Salamone, the new golf course superintendent, previously worked for BrightView Golf Maintenance, serving four years as senior assistant superintendent at The Village Club of Sands Point in Sands Point, N.Y.

“We are very excited to welcome our new team to Longshore Golf Course, and we are looking forward to a great season and lots of good things to come,” said Fava.

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Edward J. Flynn

Edward J. ” Fast Eddie” Flynn of Fort Myers, Florida, died Feb. 28.

He was raised in Yonkers, New York and after his graduation from Adams State College in Alamosa, Coloradio, he moved to Brookfield, Connecticut where he played semipro football for the Bridgeport Jets.

From there, he worked for Fairfield Lumber and Supply Co., transitioned to a superintendent for the company building condominiums in Beacon Falls and eventually formed his own company, Ed Flynn Builders Inc.  He was a builder and remodeling contractor in Westport for 35 years before moving to Fort Myers.

He was not only a master of his trade, but had a never-ending passion and love for what he did. In addition, he was an avid golfer who played for 30 years out of The Patterson Club and H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield, and subsequently played out of The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers.

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03/06/17 01:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Half-Price Day at Library Book Sale Image
Today was half-price day at the Westport Library book sale. On Tueday, books are free with a suggested donation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Staples Names Students of the Month Image
Staples High School has announced its latest Students of the Month. The award program recognizes students who help make the school a welcoming place for their peers and teachers alike. They are nominated by their teachers, who are asked to select all-around good school citizens. Pictured are: (back row, l-r) Jose Hernandez, Jackson Delgado, Casey Rubin, Kristina Wasserman, and Tamikah Boyer; (middle row) Sophie Tricarico, Abigail Genser, Justine Shikowitz, and Sydney Winthrop; (front row) Michelle Levy and Sarah Berkowsky. Missing from picture is Matthew Epstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, March 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Susan
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. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Looking-Forward-to-Spring Book Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment Appeals Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Marpe, Steinberg: State Elusive on Cribari Bridge

First Selectman Jim Marpe and state Rep Jonathan Steinberg told a meeting of the Save Westport Now party today that state officials are being elusive about the future of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Saugatuck. Image
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (l) and First Selectman Jim Marpe address today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is deciding whether to replace or rehabilitate the bridge, built in 1884,  and the oldest surviving movable bridge in Connecticut.

“This is not just a neighborhood issue, but one that affects the whole town,” Marpe told the annual meeting at the home of Connie and Stewart Greenfield attended by about 50 persons. “I live in Greens Farms, and congestion on that road has gotten worse” with people bypassing I-95.

“The bridge impedes traffic, and that’s a good thing,” he said. “We don’t want trucks coming over it and down our roads.”

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‘Jazz Rabbi’ and Band Entertain at Arts Center Image
A large Westport Arts Center crowd today enjoyed the music of Greg Wall (2nd r), also known as “the Jazz Rabbi.” Wall and his band, “Portal,” which includes bassist Rich Zurkowski, Matt Moadel on drums, and David Morgan on keyboard, played a tribute to Wall’s jazz heroes. The set included original music combining elements of Jazz, Jewish, and African American roots music as well as classics from the original golden era of Jewish New York. Wall has been the spiritual leader of Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport since 2013. The band plays Thursday nights at Westport’s 323 Restaurant. This was the final concert in the Arts Center’s 2016-17 Jazz Music series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


03/05/17 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Birchwood Adds Platform Tennis Courts Image
It was a cold, but sunny ribbon cutting ceremony today marking the opening of new platform tennis courts at Westport’s Birchwood Country Club. This was the first expansion of sports facilities at the club, established in 1946, in over two decades and adds a winter option to tennis, golf, and swimming in the summer. Pictured are: Curtis Angell, general manager; Rachel Francis, head of tennis committee; First Selectman Jim Marpe; Spencer Brown, club president; Matthew Mandell, executive director, Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Kember, head tennis pro. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Showing Off His Find Image
Westporter Larry Aasen today purchased a book of political quotations at the Westport Library book sale. “I’m a political junkie,” he said. Aasen’s wife, Martha, has been a longtime member of the library’s Board of Trustees. The sale continues until noon Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Is a Puzzlement Image
Carolynn Olsen, a Westport resident for 35 years and social activités committee director at The Saugatuck, carries an armful of puzzles she purchased today at the Westport Library book sale for the residents at the senior residence facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/05/17 02:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Raffaele DeAngelis, 58

Raffaele “Ralph” DeAngelis of Westport died March 4 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 58. Image
Ralph DeAngelis: 1977 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Born Jan. 28, 1959 in Formicola, Italy (province of Caserta), he lived in Westport for 55 years and was a 1977 graduate of Staples High School.

After attending Sacred Heart University, he went on to become a successful small business entrepreneur. An avid sports enthusiast and athlete, he was a passionate Mets and Rangers fan. He was also a member of an adult softball and bocce league for many years.

Along with his love of sports, he enjoyed making wine, curing homemade meats, growing tropical plants, fishing, and camping.  He was a member of the Westport Lions Club and well liked by everyone he knew.

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03/05/17 01:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Ice Rink Wrapping Up Season Image
With spring two weeks away, Tony Lantier, manager of the P.A.L. ice rink at Longshore Park, operates the Zamboni today on the final day of the season. “The mild weather over the last two weeks killed us,” he said, referring to slower revenues due to smaller crowds and closures because of melting ice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Himes Admits to Tapping Image
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, maple syrup maker aficionado and member of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted this photo today after the tapping controversy hit the Washington headlines: “BREAKING: HIMES ADMITS TO TAPPING. “I know this will end up being sticky, but yes, I did the tapping.” Earlier, he replied to White House Press Secretary’ Sean Spicer’s tweet calling for a Congressional investigation into whether “executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016” this way: “As a member of the committee onto which you’ve dumped this mess, I look forward to seeing your evidence.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jahimes/ photo


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Ice Back Again Image
With the sub-freezing temperatures, ice was back Saturday in Westport’s Gray’s Creek.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Looking-Forward-to-Spring Book Sale
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday: Art Explosion—Van Gogh’s Starry Night
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Greg Wall, “The Jazz Rabbi”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “The Good Thief”

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Richard P. La Mendola, 76

Richard P. La Mendola of Syosset, New York died Feb. 25 in Westport. He was 76.

Survivors include his wife Stephanie (nee Montanaro), sons Douglas (Victoria), Todd (Meredith) and Bradley, and grandchildren John, Amy, Charlotte and Annie, siblings Charles (Joan), Joseph (Alene), of Westport, and the late Joy Korb.

Visiting hours are Sunday, March 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Beney Funeral Home of Syosset, 79 Berry Hill Road. A funeral mass will be held Monday, March 6 at 10: a.m. at St. Edward Confessor Roman Catholic Church, 205 Jackson Ave., Syosset.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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Westport FD Assists at Merritt Brush Fire

Westport firefighters today assisted Norwalk firefighters at a brush fire on the Merritt Parkway between Exits 41 and 50 in the area of the West Rocks Road overpass. It took more than an hour to bring the blaze under control. State police provided traffic control. Contributed photos


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Comings & Goings: Petco Opens on Post Road East Image
Petco opened today at 1850-70 Post Road East, the former location of Pet Supplies Plus, which closed last July after 20 years. As part of the first day’s festivities, Greenwich-based Adpopt-a-Dog and Westport’s TAILS were on hand with dogs and cats up for adoption. Westport Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino and Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, joined in with staff to celebrate the opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/04/17 01:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Word Sharpener Visits Knife Sharpener Image
Weston resident and playwright David Wiltse was among shoppers today at the Westport Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb & Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane.  Hamden-based Daniel Casbarro studies the knives that Wiltse brought along for sharpening.“I heard about this excellent knife sharpener from my wife,” said Wiltse, who is married to Anne Keefe, Westport Country Playhouse curator of the popular Script in Hand reading series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Saturday Crowd Image
The Westport Library’s McManus Room seemed the place to be today as the library s annual March book sale got underway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Early Bird Shoppers Image
Early bird shoppers swarmed over the selections today at the Westport Library’s March book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for


03/04/17 10:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Waiting for Library Book Sale Image
Despite temperatures in the low 20s, an estimated 90 persons today waited at the library entrance for the 9 a.m. opening of the 25th annual book sale, according to volunteer coordinator Mimi Greenlee. The sale continues through Tuesday. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Friday Night Lights Image
A Friday night view of the Wright Street office building overlooking the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Looking-Forward-to-Spring Book Sale
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Saturday Afternoon Movie: “Harry & the Snowman”
2:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Sewing with Machines 101

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Gallery: Near & Far Aid Spring Gala

Scenes from tonight’s 22nd annual Near & Far Aid Spring Gala at Mitchells of Westport. J.C. Martin for and photos


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P&Z Clears Way for Planned Senior Center Expansion

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has issued a positive report on the planned expansion of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Image
The lobby of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, which opened in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The commission, which two years ago blocked senior housing on the town-owned Baron’s South site — home to the center — by declaring it passive, recreational open space, voted 5-0 Thursday night with Al Gratrix abstaining.

Chair Cathy Walsh conveyed the approval in a letter to First Selectman Jim Marpe.

The positive 8-24 report says the 8,362-square foot expansion is less that 50 percent of the 17,049-square feet of the existing floor area, and is therefore consistent with town zoning regulations.

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Vinyl Treasures Image
Bill Harmer, executive director of the Westport Library, shows off some of the Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and Harry Belafonte vinyl treasures he bought in advance of the library’s March book (and records, and CDs, DVDs, etc.) sale, which begins Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Concentration Image
American pianist Mathew Graybil entertained today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities in a program made possible by the Center’s Friends group. Graybil began his piano studies at age 6 and presented his first recital the following year. In 2009, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and In 2011, he completed the Master’s program there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Has Regionalism’s Time Finally Come?

By Tom Condon

In one of his recent meetings with residents of Hartford’s suburbs, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin observed, as many have before, that if Connecticut were created today, it almost assuredly would not be with 169 cities and towns.

His point was that the state’s ancient and fractionalized political organization, combined with its heavy reliance on property taxes, stacks the deck against hard-pressed Hartford, which has high needs and less taxable property than some of its suburbs.

He asserted that the region’s fate is tied to the health of the core city, and asked for support at the Capitol and for more cooperative sharing of services or resources among towns, sometimes known as “regionalism.”

This notion has never been terribly popular in a state where a tradition of local authority can be traced back to its Puritan settlers. But while autonomous municipal government — home rule — is the norm and likely to remain so, regional cooperation has been inching ahead, especially in the past decade. Towns are sharing such services as building inspection, permitting, property revaluation, solid waste management and others.

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Cops: Monroe Woman Violated Protective Order — Again

Officers arrested a Monroe woman on a warrant Thursday for violating a protective order, risk of injury to a child and harassment, police said today. Image
Margaret Hyman: second arrest. Westport Police photo

Margaret Hyman, 37, was charged in connection with an October incident in which a child received a Facebook message stating derogatory things about the child’s parent, police said.

“Due to a protective order already in place, Meg Hyman was developed as a suspect as she was arrested for similar charges previously,” said Lt. David Farrell.

“The order specifically says that Margaret E. Hyman is not to contact the protected parties in any manner, including electronic or telephone and not to contact the protected person’s home, workplace or others.”

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