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Staples Wreckers Beat New Canaan 36-0

In a matchup of two state division champions, the Staples Wreckers opened their 2003 football season Friday night with a 36-0 win over New Canaan.

Playing under the lights on artificial turf at New Canaan, Staples gained a 29-0 lead by halftime. Both teams were ranked in the top 10 in a poll of state writers and coaches.

Online coverage: The Connecticut Post and The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk.

West Nile Virus Found in Bird in Westport

The state Department of Public Health says it has found a crow infected with West Nile Virus in Westport.

The finding of the crow was reported in a department press release Thursday. It was the first bird infected with the disease discovered in Westport this year. An infected crow was also found in Weston.

Mosquitoes, birds, or horses infected with the virus have now been found in 91 of the states 169 municipalities, the department said. No infected mosquitoes or horses have been reported in Westport.

ғMosquito abundance has begun to decline statewide, but trap collections remain significantly higher than average and biting activity continues to be evident especially at dusk, the department said.

ԓThe Department of Public Health is strongly urging people to take measures to reduce mosquitoes near their homes and to avoid mosquito bites.

The department said two Connecticut residents, one from Bethlehem and one from North Stonington, have been diagnosed with illness attributed to the infection.

Prior to onset of illness, each traveled out of Connecticut and most likely each was infected in Colorado, the department said. They are recovering.

Once the virus is confirmed among wild birds in a town, the percent testing positive increases over several weeks and then 80 to 95 percent of those tested can be expected to be positive through September, according to the department.

It said testing additional wild birds from the same town is generally not necessary. Monitoring of virus activity in birds at that stage can be done primarily through monitoring of dead wild bird reports, the statement said.

Update (9/13/03): The state Friday reported two people from Colchester and Durham tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of Connecticut cases to four.

Additionally, it said mosquitoes infected with eastern equine encephalitis, a rarer, but deadlier disease than West Nile, were trapped in three towns for the first time this year. The insects were found in North Stonington, Stonington and Voluntown.

Mulcahy-Kashetta Friendship/Rivalry Draws More Press

With one day to go before Saturdays UConn-Boston College football game, the friendship/rivalry of longtime Westport pals Sean Mulcahy and Dave Kashetta is getting increasing press.

TodayҒs New Haven Register is the latest to focus on the UConn defensive tackle and BCs backup tight end and includes these tidbits:

NFL scouts are already calling UConn following MulcahyҒs eight tackles in the teams season-opening win again Indiana.

Staples Wrecker Coach Marce Petroccio said he plans to bring his team’s 20 seniors to UConnҒs Rentschler Stadium in East Hartford for the game.

“Im like a proud parent,” Petroccio told the newspaper. “IҒve got two sons the two nicest kids in the world ח playing against each other in the biggest game in the history of UConn football.”

It also notes a few non-football facts about the two, including word that they are so popular in Westport that Fortunas Deli has named its outdoor patio after them.

Then there was the time they engaged in a different kind of fun on the Staples playing fields.

ғOne spring afternoon, late in their senior year, they took a friends Jeep on a joyride through the Staples athletic fields, buzzing past the girlsҒ lacrosse team, doing a few doughnuts for kicks, the newspaper said.

It also reported they would phone Coach Petroccio in his office and pretend to be Mafioso on the other end, making threats.

Petroccio eventually caught on.

“I mean, come on, Marcellino Petroccio?” Mulcahy said, “It doesnԒt get more Sicilian than that.

Today’s Boston Globe also has a story focusing on the two Westporters, noting that “in last year’s game, a narrow 24-16 BC victory, Mulcahy proved to be a one-man distraction for Kashetta.”

Westport Marks 9/11 Anniversary With Moment of Silence

Westport Marks 9/11 Anniversary With Moment of Silence
Westports police and fire departments today marked the second anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks with moments of silence.

The police and fire radio systems fell silent at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center, and flags were lowered at the town facilities.

Westport last week hosted state ceremonies honoring the anniversary held at Sherwood Island State Park.

Mother of Westport Sept. 11 Victim to Mark Day with Grave Visit

Mother of Westport Sept. 11 Victim to Mark Day with Grave Visit
Todays The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk reports that the mother of Westport 9/11 victim Jonathan Uman will mark the second anniversary of his death by visiting his grave.

It said after the attacks, the reality of believing her 33-year-old son was gone was not an option for Susan Blomberg, a former Stamford resident. Uman lived in Westport with his wife Julie and two children.

“For the first six weeks, I was totally numb and disbelieving,” she told the newspaper. “I really believed Jonathan was lost somewhere with amnesia.”

Nine months later, when the medical examiner contacted Blomberg to let her know her son’s remains had been found—the news so many Sept. 11 families hoped for as they struggled for closure—she was disappointed, the report said.

“In one way, I almost didn’t want to find Jonathan,” Blomberg said. “I wanted to think he was in Hawaii living another life.”

Other victims with Westport connections included the Coleman brothers Keith, 34, and Scott, 32, who, like Uman, were employed at Cantor Fitzgerald, and Bradley Vadas, 37, a senior vice president with Keefe, Bruyette and Woods.

Oops: NY Times Corrects Westport/Waterbury Error (Again)

Oops: NY Times Corrects Westport/Waterbury Error (Again)
Todays New York Times carries a correction about an article Tuesday that misplaced a non-profit group in Westport instead of Waterbury.

The Times last month also confused Westport and Waterbury when it mistakenly reported a fire fatality in the state during the Aug. 14 blackout. (See WestportNow Aug. 30, 2003)

TodayҒs correction said: Because of an editing error, an article in the Metro section on Tuesday about conjoined twins from the Philippines misstated the birthplace of another set of twins who underwent surgery in Salt Lake City. They were from Honduras, not Salt Lake City.

ӓThe article also misstated the location of the headquarters of Children’s Chance, a foundation that helped obtain medical care for the Filipino twins. It is in Waterbury, Conn., not Westport.

Huskies vs. Boston College Pits Westports Mulcahy vs. Kashetta

When the UConn Huskies take the field Saturday against Boston College, it will have a special meaning for Westporters Sean Mulcahy and Dave Kashetta.

Mulcahy, UConns defensive tackle, could line up against Kashetta, BCҒs backup tight end. Both are Staples 2000 grads and starred for the Wreckers in their high school years.

I don’t have any brothers, so I consider him a brother,Ӕ Mulcahy told The Day of New London. I’ve known him since I was 6. We talk two or three times a week and every time we’re home we hang out together.Ӕ

The AP reported that the game at UConn’s new Rentschler Field in East Hartford is a sellout with online brokers asking up to $600 for a seat.

“Wow, that’s kind of ridiculous for a college football game,” Mulcahy told the AP. “Hey, but it’s sold out and people are enjoying it. That’s all that really matters.”

Update (9/11/03): The Connecticut Post focuses on the Mulcahy-Kashetta friendship/rivlary in today’s issue.