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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Record-Tying Score at Longshore Image
Longshore’s Assistant Club Pro Chris Davies shot a course record-tying 59 on Wednesday.  Davies’s 59 was his career low, beating his previous low of 63 by four strokes and tying the course record held by former Head Professional John Cooper and local standout player Andrew Ga,i who is now a professional competing on the Mini Tours. The round was highlighted by a sizzling stretch where Davies made the turn going eagle-birdie-eagle on holes 8 thru 10, including an ace on the short par-3 8th. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

On the Job With: Todd Salamone, Golf Course Superintendent

By James Lomuscio

Shortly after he came on board in March as Longshore Club Park’s golf course superintendent, Todd Salamone got a visit and a special request from a longtime golfer. Image
Todd Salamone checks out the Longshore course early in his morning rounds.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“He said there’s a bench on the eighth hole dedicated to his father who made a hole in one there, and he asked me to make sure that I clean it, and wipe it down,” Salamone recalled.

“For me, that represents the relationship that this course has with the people of Westport,” he added.

Salamone, 31, is employed by Bright View Golf Maintenance, the California-based contractor hired in 2014 to restore the 100-acre course that had fallen into disrepair, especially after Superstorms Sandy and Irene.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Medal Winner Image
Two Westporters were medal winners today in their events with the U.S. junior national team at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Kelsey McGinley (r) took bronze in the women’s 4- event while Harrison Burke was part of the silver-medal men’s 8+ crew. Both row for the Saugatuck Rowing Club and will be seniors at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Also a Medal Winner Image
Harrison Burke (4th r) was one of two Westporters today who were medal winners in their events with the U.S. junior national team at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Burke was part of the silver-medal men’s 8+ crew while Kelsey McGinley took bronze in the women’s 4- event. Both row for the Saugatuck Rowing Club and will be seniors at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Moving on to States Image
The Westport 12U softball all stars today defeated East Haven 3-1 to win the Section 1 title and advance to the state tournament in Rocky Hill starting Thursday. The game was played in Orange. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday, July 07, 2017

Staples Players Teach Lacrosse to Bridgeport Youngsters Image
Some Bridgeport youngsters learned the basics of lacrosse at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield thanks to Staples High School lacrosse team members Donny Macaluso (back row, far right) and Colin Willigan (front row, far right). The two conducted a lacrosse clinic for third to sixth graders taking part in the Horizons program at Sacred Heart. Horizons is a national enrichment program that works to bridge the achievement gap and enhance the social, emotional, creative, and academic lives of local students. All lacrosse equipment was donated by Westport and Weston families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Bringing Home Medals Image
Two Westport Coleytown Middle School students won medals at the National Taekwondo Championship in Detroit. EJ Herrmann (l) and Alex Turut (r), both 11, won medals for board breaking. Each had to break 30 boards in two minutes in their respective belt/age classes. They both train at World Champion Taekwondo on Franklin Street in Westport with Master Donghyun Jang (c) and have been studying Taekwondo since they were in kindergarten at Kings Highway Elementary School. In preparation for the national tournament, they practiced five days a week for about 10 months, according to EJ’s mom, Susan Herrmann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/05/17 07:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

District Champs Image
Crowded out by Monday’s fireworks coverage was word that the Westport 12U All-Star softball team won the District 2 championship, defeating Monroe 4-2 at Meyer Field. They went 5-0 during the tournament, beating Fairfield, Trumbull and Monroe. The team starts sectional round playing Darien on Thursday and Saturday against East Haven in Orange. Since 2013, the 10U to 12U All-Star teams in Westport have claimed six district titles, two divisional titles, three sectional titles and four state titles. Pictured: (l-r) back row) Coach Jeffrey Schwartz, Katie Mcgillion-moore, Allison Schwartz, Ava Vincini, Grace Alfero, Dylan Halky, Head Coach Louis Alfero, Natasha Taubenheim, Elle Desmarteau, and Coach Steve Vincini; (front row) Hannah Ceisler, Allyson Currier, Katie Gabriele, Lauren Hassell, and Niamh Dougherty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saugatuck Rowing Gains Another Championship Image
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


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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. Image
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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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Staples Boys Track & Field Captures Class LL Championship Image
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


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

There It Goes Image
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


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

Dominant Pitching Image
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


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Staples Girls Tennis Team Advances to CIAC Semifinals Image
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 Image
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


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lacrosse Memorial Day Weekend Game Image
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


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Five Saugatuck Rowing Boats Qualify for Youth Nationals Image
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


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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


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

Minute Man 10K Winners Image
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


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

And They’re Off Image
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


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

Starting the 5K Run Image
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


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A Pushing Dad Image
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


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Monday, April 17, 2017

10 Westporters Finish Boston Marathon

Ten runners from Westport finished today’s 2017 Boston Marathon. Image
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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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Staples Golfers Host Bridgeport Students Image
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 (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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A Westport Welcome for Bridgeport Golfers Image
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 to find out how to donate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Longshore Golf Season Opens Image
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


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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Saugatuck Rowing Club Double Gold Winner Image
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


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Bringing Home the Gold Image
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


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Fore! Longshore Golf Opens April 10, Weather Permitting

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

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

“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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