Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Staples Soccer: Next Round is Against Naugatruck on Thursday

Fresh off their come-from-behind, first-round victory over Westhill of Stamford, the 15th-ranked Staples (11-5-2) boys soccer team heads north for its first-ever match against No. 2, Naugatuck (17-1-0).

The Divsion LL match will be played at 6 p.m. (changed from earlier announced 2 p.m.) Thursday at Naugatuck High School.

“If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog.

“Naugatuck is the defending state champion, and they’ve had a fantastic season. We respect them tremendously.

“But when the game begins, it’s 0-0, and the reason you play the game is to change that score. If the top-ranked team always won, you wouldn’t need a tournament.

“We’re going to give it our best shot. We’re going to play our game. And we’re going to have plenty of fun.”

The View from the Democratic Chair

By Martha Aasen

Chair, Westport Democratic Town Committee
Special to WestportNow.com

Elections in Westport are always hard fought and interesting.

Even in a year with no state or national elections and no first selectman race, we had Democrats and Republicans and petitioning candidates, lawn signs galore, political ads and letters to the editor that filled our papers. 

We Democrats are happy tonight.  We ran excellent candidates, worked hard to get our message out, and retained all of the boards and commissions. 

For 40 years, I have lived in Westport and been involved in our elections, local, state, and national. 

It’s a far cry from the first election nights I remember, as a child in Newton, Miss., a little town of 3,500. 

On election night everyone went downtown to the one main street, the newspaper posted the returns on a large blackboard. 

My uncle who ran the drug store stayed open late and gave all the children free ice cream cones.  The Band Boosters ran a Cakewalk. 

At 10 p.m., my father and all my uncles went off to Jackson (the capitol of Mississippi) to be close to the action. 

Now, in Westport, the PTAs have bake sales and we check the WestportNow Web site to get the results.

Editor’s Note: The chair of the Republican Town Committee was asked to provide a Republican viewpoint as well.

Four RTM Incumbents Ousted; 14 New Faces on 36-Member Body

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) is getting a new look thanks to Tuesdays election.

Among the missing will be four incumbents who failed in their re-election bids. There will be 14 newcomers among those who will make up the 36-member body to be sworn in Nov. 17. Ten incumbents decided not to seek re-election.

Those defeated included 10-year RTM veteran Stephen Rubin in District 7. He also failed in his run as a petitioning candidate for the Board of Education despite having raised more money through individual contributions than any other candidate.

Rubin won 304 votes in his RTM race, 29 short of the next highest candidate, John Watson, who collected 333.

Also losing their seats were Gerald Bodell, who was first elected to the RTM in 1999 and who was redistricted this year from District 4 to District 1,  George Franciscovich, who was serving his first term in District 4, and Ralph Hymans in District 5, who also lost his bid for a Republican seat on the Board of Finance.

Hymans has served eight years on the RTM—from 1991-93, 1995-99, and from 2001 to present.

Bodell had been serving as chair of the RTM Public Protection Committee following the resignation for health reasons of longtime chair Irwin Donenfeld, who did not seek re-election this year in District 8.

Donenfeld was first elected to the RTM in 1981 and was its longest serving member.

The highest RTM vote getter was Dr. Lisa Rome in District 7 with 416 votes, followed by District 9 newcomers Joe Mioli with 411 votes and Kim Mathias with 405.

In District 8, with only three incumbents on the ballot seeking re-election, there was a spirited battle among write-in candidates. Jonathan Steinberg beat out three rivals for the fourth spot.

Of two former RTM members seeking to rejoin the body, Judith Starr succeeded in District 1. She had served on the RTM from 1985 to 1987. Failing for another term was Michael Gilbertie in the new District 9. He had previously served on the RTM from 1999 to 2001.

The current RTM will have its last meeting of this session on Wednesday, Nov. 12, one day later than originally scheduled because of the Veterans Day holiday.

EditorҒs Note; The editor of WestportNow was one of the RTM incumbents re-elected in District 8.

Staples Soccer: Wreckers Come From Behind for 3-2 Win Over Westhill

It could not have been more exciting Tuesday for the Wreckers, winning a come-from-behind battle over Westhill of Stamford 3-2 in the first round of the state Division LL boys soccer tournament.

Down 2-0 with 18 minutes to go, Staples tied it up. Then, after two scoreless overtimes, Staples won the match on penalty kicks. 

Next up:  No. 2 Naugatuck (17-1-0) away on Thursday.

Kentucky Next to Get a Levitt Pavilion.

Kentucky’s Oak Grove is the next community to get a Levitt Pavilion.

Fashioned after the one in Westport, the Kentucky facility will serve the area near Fort Campbell.

News of the establishment of Oak Grove Levitt was announced this week. The initial step was a $750,000 gift from the Mortimer Levitt Foundation.

The foundation will provide $250,000 for the initial construction of the pavilion on the grounds of the War Memorial Park on Fort Campbell Boulevard.

The foundation then will provide $100,000 a year for five years to help pay for a series of 50 free concerts each year.

The Levitt Foundation has awarded gifts for similar band pavilion projects in Pasadena, Calif. and Harrisburg, Pa., in addition to the one in Westport.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
4 p.m. –  Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 516 – School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7 pm. – Westport Historical Society – “TV Neighbors” panel disussion: “Kids: Behind the Scenes in Children’s Television:
Tickle Me Elmo and Other Stories”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance

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