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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Baseball Buffs Image
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


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Westport Squash Players Aid Harlem Charity Image
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 Image
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


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

Monday, March 06, 2017

Platform Tennis Winners Image
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. 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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03/06/17 01:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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


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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Large Turnout for Mike Connors Service Image
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


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

Coach P: ‘Mike Had Charisma’ Image
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


02/22/17 01:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Mike Connors Service

Scenes from today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church Service for Mike Connors of Stratford, a well known local bartender, Staples and Syracuse University football player, and Staples coach. He died Feb. 15 at age 58. His sister, Kelli-Connors-Gower of Maine, sang “You’ve Got a Friend,” a tribute to her brother. Kyle Connors, his brother, said: “Mike was charismatic and kind ... It was fun to go anywhere with him. Wherever you go, someone says, What’s up, big Mike?’ Everyone knew him.” Dave Matlow for


02/22/17 01:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, February 20, 2017

Westporter Playing with the Globetrotters: ‘A Dream Come True’ Image
Westport resident Chris Dobransky (c), a physical education teacher at a New York City high school, warms up with Harlem Globetrotters today at New York’s Madison Square Garden before joining in as a guest player. Dobransky, 33, who has mastered an array of basketball trick shots, was surprised with the invite last week. (See WestportNow Nov. 13, 2017) “It’s the mecca,” he said of the Garden venue. “It’s a dream come true for any sports fan ... My heart’s still racing.” He brought along his kids, adding: “They’ve never been here — and the first time they see their daddy play, you can’t write a better story.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo from WNBC-TV


02/20/17 09:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, February 13, 2017

Surprise for Westporter: A Globetrotters Invite

Westport resident Chris Dobransky, a physical education teacher at a New York City high school who has mastered an array of basketball trick shots, is going to play with the Harlem Globetrotters. Image
Westporter Chris Dobransky is surprised by some Harlem Globetrotters at his New York City phys ed job.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from

Several members of the team today surprised Dobransky, 33, at his job at the Business of Sports School, gave him a Globetrotters jersey with “Mr. Trick Shot” on the back, and invited him to play at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Feb. 20.

And it was all caught on a Globetrotters video posted on YouTube today. Click HERE.

Dobransky, whose trick shots include bouncing basketballs off the walls or using hockey sticks and baseball bats to help him sink three pointers, sent out a Tweet that said “ Such an honor!!! Can’t wait for Monday!!!!!!!”

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02/13/17 08:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Entertaining at Super Bowl Tailgate Party Image
The Staples High School cheerleaders were on hand to entertain today at the Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Guests dined on hot dogs and fixings as well as cake at the afternoon pre-game event, now in its 11th year.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


02/05/17 05:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: 11th Annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party

Scenes from today’s Westport Center for Senior Activities 11th annual Super Bowl tailgate party. Among those honored were the highly successful Staples High School Boys Cross-Country Track team and Girls Field Hockey team. Phyllis Groner for and contributed photos


02/05/17 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Staples Relay Team Sets School Record Image
The Staples High School Boys 4x800-meter relay team today competed at the Armory Track Invitational in New York City, placing second in a school record time of 7:54.37. This time is currently the second fastest high school time in the country this year, putting the team in a good position for indoor track national championships in early March. Pictured (l-r) are Will Landowne, Ben Seiple, Brian MacCordy, and Zak Ahmad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/04/17 08:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Westport’s Julia Marino Takes a Gold at X Games Image
Julia Marino, 19, a Westport resident, today won a gold medal in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle event in the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. The X Games rookie was in last place, and then put down her second run with flawless style and supreme confidence which earned a 94.66. “Oh my God, I am just so happy, it felt so smooth when I landed it,” she said. “It honestly doesn’t feel like real life, I’m just on a cloud, I couldn’t ask for a better contest. This is a dream come true.” Earlier in the week she won a bronze in the Big Air competition, an event she won in Fenway Park in 2016 (see WestportNow Feb. 11, 2016). She trains with the U.S. ski team with an eye on competing in the 2018 Olympic Games in Korea. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


01/28/17 04:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pony Tail Flip Image
Staples High School gymnastic team member Soleil Molesworth finishes a back pike at a recent meet with Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


01/25/17 12:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Report: Wesporter Moving From ESPN Radio to TV Image
Westport resident Mike Greenberg, one-half of one of the longest-running partnerships in sports radio, is moving to television, reported today. Quoting multiple sources, it said that ESPN executives are moving forward with the plan to shift Greenberg, a partner in the “Mike & Mike” radio show on ESPN Radio with Mike Golic since October 1998, into a new role as the lead host of a television show that would air in the mornings on ESPN. The new show will have elements of “SportsCenter,” which currently airs at that time, as well as a traditional morning show. It is expected to be based in New York City with the transition taking place sooner than later, the report said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Parks & Rec Chair: Golf Pro Future ‘in Negotiations’

For 26 years, John Cooper has been Longshore Club Park’s golf pro, the town appointed guy who runs the golf pro shop, a non-salaried position that allows him to draw proceeds from shop inventory, golf cart fees and the money from buckets of balls used on the driving range. Image
John Cooper: Longshore golf pro. LinkedIn photo

Now, his tenure is in question as his contract ends Dec. 31, and the Parks and Recreation Commission has gone out to bid for the role.

The town has received four bids from the request for proposals sent out this fall. One of the four was from Cooper, and it’s not clear whether he is still under consideration.

That has generated a groundswell of concern among golfers on a local blog, suggesting Cooper is no longer in the running.

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12/20/16 07:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, December 02, 2016

Getting Ready for Nationals Image
The Staples Cross Country team members, New England champs and Nike Northeast Regional runners up, are in Portland, Oregon today preparing for the Nike Cross National Championship to be held Saturday at Glendover Golf Course in Portland. Coverage will be live streamed beginning at 1 p.m. EST at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


12/02/16 06:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Arms of an Olympic Champion ImageClaire McClanahan, 2, of Westport, today meets Chad le Clos, the South African Olympic Gold Medalist, at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. In an exhibition swim today, Le Clos set the world’s second best time for the men’s 100m butterfly, beating the YMCA’s record by more than four seconds. He is headed to the International Swimming Federation world championships, which begin next week in Windsor, Ontario. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


12/02/16 05:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Staples Cross Country No. 2 at Nike Regional Image
The Staples Boys Cross Country team competed today in the Nike Cross Regional - Northeast Region Cross Country Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Forty teams competed with Staples, which placed second, 10 points behind perennial powerhouse Christian Brothers Academy of New Jersey. The top two teams from each of eight regions qualify to compete at the national championship to be held in Portland, Ore. on Saturday, Dec 3. The race will be live streamed beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/26/16 07:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Rugby Holds Alumni Match Image
The Staples High School rugby team held its annual alumni match today. More than 40 past and present players participated in the day, which included both the match and a traditional sausage sizzle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laura Overton for


11/26/16 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Making a Pick Image
Staples senior Brendan Massoud (17) makes a successful pick and run back in first quarter action today against Greenwich at Greenwich. The Staples efforts were not good enough to overcome the Cardinals, who routed the Wreckers 37-10 in the FCIAC Thanksgiving rivalry match that goes back to 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


11/24/16 12:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Footballers Fall to Greenwich 37-10

The Staples High School football team lost to FCIAC rival Greenwich 37-10 today at Greenwich.

It was payback for the Cardinals who last year saw the Wreckers win a berth in the Class LL playoffs with a 28-26 Thanksgiving win over Greenwich..

The Greenwich victory, coupled with a loss by Fairfield Prep, clinched a spot in this year’s Class LL playoffs for the Cardinals.

Staples ends its season with a 5-5 record while Greenwich improved to 7-3.


11/24/16 12:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Turkey Trot

Scenes from today’s 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport.  See race results here. photos


11/24/16 09:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thousands in 39th Annual Turkey Trot Image
Thousands took part today in the 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Part of the race course was in Westport. Runners are pictured on Greens Farms Road just before making a turn at New Creek Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for


11/24/16 09:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

In the Lead Image
A Westport motorcycle officer leads the first runners in today’s 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport as they make their way along Greens Farms Road turning into New Creek Road in Westport near the Green’s Farms Metro-North station. Thousands took part under sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 30s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/24/16 09:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Video: Staples Ties Darien 0-0 in Field Hockey Championship

Highlights of foday’‘s Staples vs Darien field hockey Class L championship game at Wethersfield. They tied 0-0 with both named co-champions. Courtesy of WWPT


11/19/16 01:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Field Hockey Co-Champions With Darien Image
The Staples High School field hockey team today won its first state championship in program history, becoming co-champions after a 0-0 tie against Darien in the Class L final at Wethersfield. Coach Ian Tapsall raises the trophy as team members cheer. (See video here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/19/16 12:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Special Touchdown Image
It was a special night tonight for Dylan Curran, 16, a special needs student at Staples High School, where he is freshman football team manager. During the halftime break in a freshman home game against Greenwich, teammates gave a suited-up Dylan the football and he scored a touchdown, much to the delight of all who watched. It was a highlight for the Wreckers, who fell to Greenwich 34-13. Dylan had a similar special experience a year ago as a student at Bedford Middle School. (See WestportNow Oct. 20, 2015)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


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