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Friday, June 23, 2017

Beach Dining Image
With the Compo Beach pavilion closed today for emergency roof repairs, the picnic tables in the brick enclosure were moved onto the nearby beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/23/17 04:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

U.N. Flags Ready to Greet Visitors Image
Flags of member states of the United Nations flew on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today in advance of Saturday’s jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/23/17 02:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Advise of Traffic Impact of Half Marathon on Sunday

The Westport Police Department has advised residents and motorists that the Greens Farms area will be impacted by the running of the Fairfield Half Marathon on Sunday.

Runners will enter Westport on Greens Farms Road at the Fairfield town line, continuing to New Creek Road and onto Beachside Avenue before exiting into Southport, an advisory said.

Through traffic will be stopped or severely limited while runners make their way through town, police said.

Motorists should anticipate heavy delays due to road closures along the race route.

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06/23/17 01:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers June 5 - 9, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 5 - 9, 2017:

Fiona Garland to 1 Yankee Hill LLC, 1 Yankee Hill Road, $5,250,000WNproperty.jpg

Andrea Britt Sheya Trust to Omaha LLC, 209 Hillspoint Road, $990,000

John Alexander Jr. and Deborah C. Jackson to Flora Jackson aka Flora J. Meilan, 49 Reichert Circle, $198,150

Evelyn Jackson Estate to Flora Meilan, 42 Reichert Circle, $59,445

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Police: Three-Time Train Station, Airbag Burglar Arrested

Officers arrested a Newark, New Jersey man accused of breaking into Hondas at the Saugatuck train station and stealing airbags on three occasions in May and June, police said today. Image
Arrested: Jose Cruz. Westport Police photo

Jose Cruz, 50, was arrested in New Jersey Thursday and extradited to Westport and was held in lieu of bonds totaling $60,000, $20,000 for each of the Honda CRV burglaries that occurred in lots 1, 2 and 7.

According to Lt. Eric Woods, the first incident occurred May 7 when officers responded to the train station on the report that a Honda CRV in Lot 1 had been broken into and its airbag removed.

What followed was a Westport Police Detective Bureau investigation examining surveillance video of the lot.

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Firefighters Donate to Burn Camp Image
The Westport Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF) presented a $1,700 check to the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation Children’s Burn Camp. The money was raised at the Westport Firefighters Annual Golf Tournament held in May. Pictured are (l-r): Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar; Firefighter Theodore Crawford, president WUFCF; Kathleen Gerrity, executive director CT Burns Care Foundation Childrens Burn Camp, and Lt. Brendan McHugh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/23/17 09:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Marina Blue Image
The Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach late on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Friday, June 23, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Art Gottlieb Architecture Lecture: Manhattan Bridge
Noon - 8 p.m. - Bedford Square (Church Lane) - CT contemporary art fair
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The 39 Steps”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Malloy: Even a Temporary CT Budget Must be Balanced

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had a warning today for legislators considering enacting a temporary budget to guide state finances after July 1 in lieu of the real thing.

Do it right or don’t do it at all.

The governor “will not consider any budget — short or long term, that adds to our fiscal challenges in the coming biennium,” Malloy spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said.

With Connecticut just nine days away from entering the fiscal year without an approved spending plan — for the first time since 2009 and just the second time in 15 years — gridlocked legislators are seeking to buy more time to craft the next two-year budget.

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06/22/17 10:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Calling All Hams to Observatory This Weekend

Westport Astronomical Society’s (WAS) Amateur Radio Club, KB1WLW, has been appointed a temporary emergency operations center (EOC) for National Field Day this weekend. Image

Bridgeport’s Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security City has selected WAS for the training drill that runs from Saturday noon to noon on Sunday.

WAS hams are scheduled to conduct the field day at the observatory with members of the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club and the Housatonic Amateur Radio Club.

WAS officials said all who are interested in amateur radio are welcome to attend the event

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06/22/17 08:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Unsafe Roof Shutters Compo Pavilion

UPDATE Saying that the Compo Beach pavilion poses roof safety risks, the Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the pavilion will remain closed immediately for roof work to begin Monday for five days until work is completed. Image
An emergency roof replacement will cause immediate closure of the Compo Beach pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

“We have been made aware that the roof structure that covers the enclosed brick pavilion at Compo Beach potentially poses a safety risk,” the department said.

“We know how important this shaded area is to our beach users and have been looking to find ways to make repairs to the roof structure, so that we can keep it up through the summer season.

“Unfortunately, that is not the case, so in the interest of safety, we must take it down,” the statement added.

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06/22/17 07:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Carolyn W. Meyer, 75

Carolyn W. Meyer, wife of the well-known late Westporter Bill Meyer, died June 6. She was 75. Image
Carolyn and Bill Meyer at a 2013 Levitt Pavilion event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

She was born in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 1942 and moved to Westport in 1977.

She was known to her many friends and family as joyful, gentle, and kind with a beautiful smile.

Of the many gifts Carolyn shared, her greatest was friendship which she offered to everyone and anyone she met.

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06/22/17 05:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Students Tell Staples Grads ‘Be Yourself,’ ‘Help Each Other’

By James Lomuscio

The two student speakers at Staples High School 130th commencement exercises today seemed polar opposites when discussing their academic experiences over the past four years. Yet upon closer examination, their themes could not have been more in sync. Image
Staples valedictorian Emily Hope Schussheim talked of her love of elephants. She will attend Yale in the fall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Megan Patricia Hines was first to speak to the 428 graduating seniors in the Staples Field House before an estimated 4,000 parents, relatives and friends. The first class speaker in a Staples graduation ceremony, her slot was an honor innovation by first year Staples Principal James D’Amico.

Megan, who will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall, gave an upbeat and bubbly overview of Staples, despite putting all of her struggles on the table. Megan came right out saying that unlike others, she never took an AP or honors class.

She also spoke about the stress of trying to keep up with high academic expectations around her and the depression that followed during the spring of junior year. 

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Gallery: Staples High School Class of 2017 Graduation

Scenes from today’s Staples High School Class of 2017 graduation ceremony. Dave Matlow for


06/22/17 04:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Barbara Papstein, 79

Barbara Papstein of Eureka, California,  former Westport resident, died May 26 from complications of congestive heart failure. She was 79. Image
Barbara Papstein: met husband at Staples. Contributed photo

Born on Sept. 9, 1938 in New York City, she was raised in Garden City, Long Island, New York. Her family moved to Westport during her senior year in high school.

She attended the University on Connecticut (U-Conn) at Storrs. During her year at Staples High School, she met Hugo and they married two years later in 1958.

She was a partner in Eureka Broadcasting Company (KINS-KEKA-KWSW-KEJY in Eureka, California and KURY AM-KURY FM in Brookings, Oregon)

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06/22/17 04:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Class Tradition Image
Members of the Class of 2017 at Staples High School toss their mortarboards into the air today at the end of the graduation ceremony in the Staples Field House. About 4,000 persons attended the ceremony for the 428 graduates.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/22/17 04:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Staples High School Music Director Nick Mariconda carried the scepter at today’s Staples graduation ceremony as the senior faculty member.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/22/17 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

First Quarter Taxes Due July 1

Westport Tax Collector Peggy Klein today reminded residents that first quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, motor vehicle taxes and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due July 1.

She said bills will be mailed next week and taxpayers have until Aug. 1 to pay taxes without penalty.

If paid late, accounts will be subject to an 18 percent annual, 1.5 percent per month, penalty. The minimum interest charge is $2.

Klein stressed that failure to receive a bill does not negate charges or interest. She added that all tax ills may be paid by credit card, debit card or direct withdrawal from a checking account on-line at

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A fisherman tries his luck late Wednesday on the jetty at South Beach at Compo Beach as a drone drops down for a close look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Staples Fieldhouse - Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony
5:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Thursday Evening Mini Series: Edward & Mrs. Simpson
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Leonard Sherman on “If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat!—Strategies for Long-term Growth”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gallery: Baccalaureate Ceremony for Staples Class of 2017

Scenes from tonight’s baccalaureate ceremony for the Staples High School Class of 2017, Dave Matlow for


06/21/17 10:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cameo Appearance Image
Former Staples High School Principal John Dodig had a role in the Class of 2017’s “Car Pool Karaoke” shown at the end of the baccalaureate ceremony tonight.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/17 09:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Salutatorian: ‘Compete and Live Fully’ Image
Staples High School salutatorian Christopher Scherban told 2017 classmates tonight that on his move to Westport in the 10th grade he heard from other students of a Staples culture of competition. He said he soon adapted by being an “extremist competitor” but not in the usual way. He learned at Staples, competition does not fracture, “it is the very thing that draws us together,’ he said. “You learn to compete with yourself,” His advice to classmates: “Your time is running out. Stop wasting it fretting about brands and branding, cults and clothing, There is no room for half measures and nor will there ever be. Go out to your colleges and to your universities and live deliberately. Enjoy yourself. Most importantly, compete and live fully.” Christopher will attend Georgia Tech in the fall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/17 09:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Full House for Baccalaureate Ceremony Image
It was a full house tonight at the Staples High School auditorium for the Class of 2017 baccalaureate ceremony. Graduation takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/21/17 09:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dusk on Longest Day Image
A view late today looking out toward Saugatuck Shores from Compo Beach on the longest day of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for


06/21/17 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Late Day Play at Compo Image
Many lingered at Compo Beach and on nearby waters late today on the longest day of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Beach Soccer Image
Some Compo Beach visitors played soccer on the beach late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Aquarion to Hold Public Hearing Wednesday, June 28

Aquarion Water Company will hold a Town Hall public meeting next week in Westport and clear up some of the mystery about its ongoing construction project across from Staples High School.

The session set for Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium will cover planned water system improvements and water conservation, an announcement said today.

Aquarion officials said that in addition to discussing distribution system improvements on Long Lots Road, Myrtle Avenue and the Post Road, the company plans to detail improvements to its water storage location on North Avenue across from Staples.

“Nearing the end of its useful life, the existing tank no longer meets the water needs for the Town of Westport,” the announcement said.

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Town Hall Honors Saugatuck Rowers Image
In a ceremony today on the steps of Town Hall, First Selectman Jim Marpe presented commendations to the rowers and coaches of the Saugatuck Rowing Club Girls Varsity 8+ who recently won the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida.  Six of the nine-member crew were present. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Library Summer Book Sale Set for July 15

The Westport Library has announced its 25th Annual Summer Book Sale is set for Saturday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 18. Image
Steve Atkinson, a book collector from Springfield, Massachusetts, was an early shopper at the opening day of the Westport Library’s summer book sale last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The sale falls on the same weekend that the Westport Downtown Merchants Association hosts its annual Fine Arts Festival.

Under tents on Jesup Green and in the Library’s McManus Room, the sale will feature more than 100,000 discounted books in more than 70 categories from art to zoology, with a particularly large selection of art and photography books, organizers said.

In addition to books there will be DVDs, CDs, vinyl and audio books. The sale also will offer a large selection of music, including songbooks from heavy metal to Broadway shows, plus pristine Metropolitan Opera librettos, most at low paperback prices.

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