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Church Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Westports Saugatuck Congregational Church hosted its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner today with about 175 area residents sitting down to a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

Ricki Letowt, a Norwalk resident who oversaw the dinner preparations, said 32 turkeys were used along with 100 pounds of potatoes.  The Westport Community Band was on hand to provide entertainment.

The church will host another dinner for area residents on Christmas Day.

AP Spotlights Staples Whiz Rob Sobelman

The Associated Press has told the world about Staples whiz Rob Sobelman.

In a Westport-datelined story, it said: Rob Sobleman thought researching the technique of creating carbon nanotubes would be boring. He ended up making a major scientific discovery.

ӔIt began when the Staples High School senior landed a plum summer internship working with a researcher credited with helping discover carbon nanotubes – microscopic structures whose unique electrical properties are advancing the field of miniaturization.

Working in a lab of graduate and doctorate students, the 17-year-old was asked to study the 20-year-old process of making nanotubes. He was disappointed.

ԔI felt like I was put back in first grade and told to learn how to read again,Ғ Rob said. I had already studied the process, I wanted to work on the application.ђ

But Rob capitalized on the perceived step backward. In a four-week stint at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he discovered how to improve that process dramatically – a finding that recently won him second place in the regional finals of the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Nearly 1,000 students from New England submitted reports for the competition, which, with two Intel-sponsored contests, attracts the toughest competition. Rob came in second to a Massachusetts student who discovered a cancer treatment that affects only bad cells, unlike chemotherapy.

“‘I don’t feel bad losing to the guy who cured cancer,’ he said.”

Friends and Colleagues Praise Retiring Police Chief

Friends and Colleagues Praise Retiring Police Chief
As news spread of Westport Police Chief William J. Chiarenzellis planned retirement, friends and colleagues praised the 38-year veteran and said he would be missed.

ғHe was always innovative and forward-thinking, said Irwin Donenfeld, who retired this year after 22 years on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), most of them as head of the bodyԒs Public Protection Committee.

Donenfeld is a longtime friend of Chiarenzellis and worked closely with him on public safety initiatives as well as steering the police and fire budgets through the RTM.

ғHe had a cooperative spirit with our surrounding communities and was always aware of our citizen and town needs, Donenfeld said. ԓHe will be missed.

Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said, ԓAs chief, he has been proactive and creative in leading his department and the community to deal with significant challenges of a changing society.

Because of his efforts, Chief Chiarenzelli has created a safer, more secure community.

ӓIf the test of a good department head is that you leave the organization better than you find it, Chief Chiarenzelli has been a great public safety official.

In an Order of the Day to his officers, Chiarenzelli wrote: ԓI wish each of you the best in the future. I ask that you continue to pursue your professional duties with vigor and excellence, which will enhance our proud tradition.