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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Town Hall Honors Saugatuck Rowers

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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 WestportNow.com

   

06/21/17 02:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saugatuck Rowing Gains Another Championship

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Saugatuck Rowing Club’s (SRC) women’s youth 8+ capped off three undefeated years today by winning gold at USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Pictured (l-r): SRC girls assistant coach Anna Yamamoto, Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport), Willemijn ten Cate (Westport), Charlotte Powers, coxswain, SRC girls head coach Gordon Getsinger, Tatiana Chermayeff, Grace McGinley (Westport), Caitlin Esse, Sophie Pendrill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

06/11/17 03:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Staples Baseball Wins Class LL Championship

The Staples High School varsity baseball team today defeated Amity 5-1 to win the CIAC Class LL championship for the first time in school history.

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Teammates mob Staples pitcher Chad Knight (l) at the end of today’s game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The game was played at Palmer Field in Middletown.

Sophomore Chad Knight, known to Westporters as member of the 2013 Little League World Series team, went the distance, allowing Amity five hits and contributing a two-run homer.

The Amity Spartans were a four-time defending champion. Click HERE for the final out call and video by WWPT-FM.

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06/10/17 02:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Staples Boys Track & Field Captures Class LL Championship

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The Staples High School Boys Track and Field team today won the 2017 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class LL championship at Willowbrook Park in New Britain. The Wreckers edged defending champion Danbury in a close final margin of 81 points to 78.50. Zakeer Ahmad led a 1-2 finish in the 1600m run with teammate William Landowne as they finished in 4:18.44 and 4:19.63 respectively. It was the third Staples Boys team title in the CIAC Class LL, and the first since 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

06/01/17 08:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

There It Goes

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UPDATE Staples senior Ben Casparius smashes a two-run homer in today’s first round 6-0 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) tournament win over Cheshire at home. Earlier in the day, Ben was named Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year, the first in the sport for a Staples player. He earlier was named Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference (FCIAC) Player of the Year. Going into today’s game, he was hitting .449, with 7 home runs and 26 RBIs in 21 games. As a pitcher he had a 3-2 record, with a 2.52 earned run average and 57 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings. On Wednesday, Staples defeated FCIAC defending champion Wilton 3-0 at Wilton to move on to the quarter-finals on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Westhill in Stamford. Casparius pitched a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

   

05/30/17 06:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dominant Pitching

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Staples sophomore ace Chad Knight, known to many Westporters as one of the stars of the 2013 Westport Little League World Series team, was dominant today in the Staples 6-0 win over Cheshire at home in the first round of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) tournament. Chad pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and had nine strikeouts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

   

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

Staples Girls Tennis Team Advances to CIAC Semifinals

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UPDATE The Staples girls varsity tennis team today advanced to the semifinals of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) tournament after defeating Wilton 5-2. Following the match, the team celebrated their coach, Paco Fabian, on his election as Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference (FCIAC) Girls Tennis Coach of 2017. On Thursday in the finals, Staples fell 4-3 to Glastonbury at Amity High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Frank Deford was 2010 Arts Advisory Honoree

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Former Westporter Frank Deford, who died Sunday at age 78, was honored by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee in 2010. The legendary sportswriter was a 39-year Westport resident before moving to Manhattan in June 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/29/17 03:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lacrosse Memorial Day Weekend Game

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Members of the Staples High School varsity team posed for a picture today as they met the Staples alumni team in a Memorial Day weekend game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/28/17 02:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Five Saugatuck Rowing Boats Qualify for Youth Nationals

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Five boats from Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club today qualified at USRowing’s Northeast Youth Regionals in Worcester, Massachusetts for the USRowing Youth Nationals next month in Sarasota, Florida. Of the five SRC qualifying boats, two earned first-place finishes: the women’s varsity youth 8+ (above) and women’s varsity youth 4+. Finishing second in a photo finish was the men’s varsity youth 4+. Also qualifying for nationals by placing third in their races were the women’s lightweight youth 4+ and the men’s lightweight youth 8+. Pictured are (l-r) Sophie Pendrill, Caitlin Esse, Grace McGinley (Westport), Tatiana Chermayeff, Charlotte Powers, coxswain; Willemijn ten Cate (Westport), Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport) and Noelle Amlicke (Westport). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/21/17 08:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gallery: 39th Annual Minute Man Race


Scenes from today’s 39th annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League. See full results HERE. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/17 11:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Minute Man 10K Winners

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Winner of the 10K race in today’s 39th annual Minute Man Race sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League (WYW) at Compo Beach were Petteri Kuorikoski, 40, of Westport and first place female finisher was Mary Dolan-Zengo, 51, of Wilton. According to Natalie Fonteyne of Westport, past WYWL president, today’s races had a combined total of over 1,200 registered participants — the oldest registered was 97 and the youngest was a 1-year-old in the 100-yard dash. Race proceeds directly benefit charities with an emphasis in education located in lower Fairfield County as well as Westport-based agencies. See full results HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/17 11:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

And They’re Off

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe fires the starting pistol today for the 10K race at the 39th annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/17 11:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

Starting the 5K Run

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Runners in the 5K race are off in the 39th annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach sponsored by the Young Woman’s League of Westport. The winner was Michael Grant of Wilton (No. 831) in 17 minutes, 6 seconds, next to the runner wearing horizontal striped shirt, blue shorts, and blue cap. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/17 11:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Pushing Dad

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Westporter Al Valdes crosses the 5K finish line at the Minute Man Race today at Compo Beach while pushing a stroller with his 2-year-old twins Luke and Dalton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/23/17 11:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, April 17, 2017

10 Westporters Finish Boston Marathon

Ten runners from Westport finished today’s 2017 Boston Marathon.

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Barbara Lincoln: top Westport female finisher. Coremotionstudios. com photo

Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon, pulling away from three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp with two miles to go to give Kenya its first men’s victory in five years. Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race to complete the Kenyan sweep.

According to official results, Niels Lyng-Olsen, 51, was the top Westport finisher, running the 26.2 miles in 3 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds, good for a 3086 overall place. He works in the finance industry.

Second best Westporter’s time was by Kenneth C. Klegar, 47, also a finance industry executive, who finished in 3 hours, 23 minutes, 23 seconds. Third was Barbara B. Lincoln, 40, in 3 hours, 41 minutes, 7 seconds, also the top female Westport finisher. A registered dietitian with private practices in New York City and Westport, she began her running career in high school where she ran cross-country and winter and spring track..

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04/17/17 06:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Staples Golfers Host Bridgeport Students

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The Staples High School Girls Varsity Golf Team, with help from the Boys Team, today hosted a clinic at Westport’s Longshore Golf Course for youngsters from the Sheehan and McGivney Centers in Bridgeport to introduce them to the game of golf. Junior Sophie Carozza founded a charity called Golf to Give to collect golf equipment for the Bridgeporters and seeks donations at www.golf2give.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/12/17 10:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Westport Welcome for Bridgeport Golfers

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Members of the Staples High School Girls and Boys Varsity Golf Teams today pose with students from the Sheehan and McGivney Centers in Bridgeport at Longshore Golf Course where the Westporters hosted a golf clinic for them. Sophie Carozza, a junior and member of the Girls Team, founded Golf2Give to collect donated golf equipment for them. Visit www.golf2give.com to find out how to donate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/12/17 10:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, April 10, 2017

Longshore Golf Season Opens

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Westport’s Longshore club Golf Course opened for the season today. Staples High School head golf coach Peter Caligiure drives on a par 3 as Staples assistant coaches, Bill Walsh (l) and Tom Owen look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/10/17 02:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Saugatuck Rowing Club Double Gold Winner

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The Saugatuck Rowing Club’s junior girls today brought home two gold medals from the San Diego Crew Classic in California.  It was the third consecutive win for the girls first varsity 8+ crew. The second varsity girls 8+ won the JV category in an exciting finish. Both crews are coached by Gordon Getsinger. Pictured is the SRC girls varsity 8+ crew (l-r): Sophie Pendrill, Caitlin Esse, Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Tati Chermayeff, Charlotte Powers, Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport), Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Grace McGinley (Westport) and Willemijn ten Cate (Westport). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/02/17 06:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bringing Home the Gold

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The Saugatuck Rowing Club girls second varsity 8+ boat today won the gold in the girls JV race at the San Diego Crew Classic. Pictured (l-r) are Camila Meyer-Bosse (Westport), Parker Cuthbertson (Westport), Brooke Schwab (Westport), Bonnie Pushner, Isabelle Grosgogeat (Westport), Kate Johnson (Westport), Justine McGuire, Clara Everett, and Hope Weismann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/02/17 06:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fore! Longshore Golf Opens April 10, Weather Permitting

Westport’s Longshore Golf Course will open Monday, April 10, weather permitting.

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Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced the date today and, along with new Golf Head Professional Jon Janik, also announced the new golf course website at http://www.longshoregolfcourse.com.

“We have had exciting changes in the past couple of months and are looking forward to the 2017 golf season,” Fava said.

She also said the Pro Shop phone number has changed to (203) 221-0900, while other numbers remain the same—for automated tee times call (203) 341-1833, and for day of play tee times call (203) 226-9785.

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03/31/17 10:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Baseball Buffs

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Coach Jack McFarland and the Staples baseball players held their annual Little League Clinic tonight at the Staples Fieldhouse with a record turnout—just in time for spring (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

03/21/17 09:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Westport Squash Players Aid Harlem Charity

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Participants in the Westport squash community, including some members of the Staples High School Varsity Squash team, recently participated in the 7th Annual StreetSquash Junior Cup in New York City. The charitable organization runs a program in Harlem that supports over 300 students. The tournament raised nearly $90,000 and the local Westport team raised $12,500. The money will be used to support families and schools in Harlem by providing academic guidance, financial assistance, and a supportive place where students can go study and play squash.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

03/16/17 11:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Showing Good Form

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Staples senior Ben Shmaruk shows good form at Mount Southington during the recent Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League (CISL) Class L Boys Division state open at which Staples took second place for the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dawn Shmaruk for WestportNow.com

   

03/16/17 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, March 06, 2017

Platform Tennis Winners

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Westport residents Claire Gordy (back row, l) and Elizabeth Kuehndorf (back row, r), both 12, were runners-up in the 2017 12U National Platform Tennis Championships held in Short Hills, N.J. The seventh graders at Bedford Middle School have been playing platform tennis for two years at The Patterson Club, Fairfield. Hannah Bjorkman, a junior at Staples High School, won the 2017 18U national championship. She has been playing platform tennis for at least eight years, and is on the varsity tennis team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

03/06/17 04:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

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.

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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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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Birchwood Adds Platform Tennis Courts

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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

   

03/05/17 05:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Large Turnout for Mike Connors Service

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A large crowd today attended a memorial service at Saugatuck Congregational Church for Michael R. Connors of Stratford, longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck, former Syracuse University and Staples High School football player and Staples coach who died Feb. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital at age 58. (See WestportNow Feb. 19, 2017) Among tributes was this from one attendee: “Mike was the only guy I ever knew who could insult you and make it feel like a compliment.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/22/17 01:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coach P: ‘Mike Had Charisma’

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Staples High School football coach Marce Petroccio was among speakers at today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church service for Mike Connors, former Staples player and coach, former Syracuse University player, and longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck Café. “Mike had charisma,” he said of Connors, who died Feb. 15 at age 58. “He could even make the worst player on a team feel like he was the best player on the team. Mike loved Staples High School football. The only thing in life he liked more was his family.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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