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Westport Youth Charged in Norwalk Graffiti Vandalism

Norwalk police have charged a 16-year-old Westport youth with graffiti vandalism at Calf Pasture Beach.

The Staples High School student, who was not identified because of his age, turned himself in Friday at Norwalk police headquarters. He was accompanied by his father and an attorney.

Police said he and others still being sought allegedly caused as much as $17,000 in damage over the Memorial Day weekend, repeatedly spray-painting and marking up the beach’s main bathroom. A search of his home produced spray paint, markers and graffiti stencils, detectives said.

He was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal mischief. He was released to his parents’ custody. Norwalk officials said they would seek restitution and likely sentence him to community service.

Saturday, June 9, 2007


9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Compo Beach – Compo Beach Playground Maintenance Day
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Open House with Tours
4 & 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Souvenir”
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Black Box Theater – “The Heidi Chronicles”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Lend Me a Tenor”

Staples Volleyball Champions Again

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The Staples boys volleyball team won another state champtionship tonight, sweeping Southington High School 3-0 at Conard High School in West Hartford. Celebrating the victory afterwards were (l-r) senior Tom D’Agostino, senior tri-captains Will Richardson, Austin Siegert and Ben King. Westport’s Wreckers finished with a perfect season and have now won six out of the last seven state championships. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siergert for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Volleyball Gains Another State Championship

The Staples High School boys volleyball team overpowered Southington tonight 3-0 to capture the Class L state championship and finish a perfect
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The Staples team poses for a victory photo after tonight’s win in West Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

Staples has now won six out of the last seven state championships with coach Bruce Betts at the helm. 

The top-seeded Wreckers defeated the sixth-seeded Blue Knights 25-17 in the first game and followed 25-18 and 25-20 to complete the match.

The undefeated Staples team was led by senior tri-captain veterans Ben King, Will Richardson and Austin Siegert. King and Richardson were previously voted First Team All-FCIAC hitters and Siegert was named Second Team All-FCIAC setter. Also graduating is senior Tom D’Agostino.

Remembering Victorian Times

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Kandie Carle, dressed in authentic Victorian clothing throughout her one-woman show tonight, enacted the life of a woman in the late 1800s to celebrate the opening of the Westport Historical Society’s new exhibit “The Westport Woman’s Club 100th Anniversary.” She showed how women laced up their corsets and used smelling salts and demonstrated how fan gestures were interpreted by male suitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Beach Day

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Saugatuck Elementary School fifth graders headed to Westport’s Compo Beach today for the annual Beach Day. Eighty students will move from Saugatuck to middle school this fall, and to celebrate the end of the school year—which is June 21—they played kickball, capture the flag, building sand castles, tug of war and bucket brigade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westporters React Differently to Rising Gas Prices

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Motorists fuel their cars at the Cumberland Farms station at the corner of Hillspoint Road and Post Road East. It is one of the busier stations in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Rising gas prices are bringing mixed reactions in Westport.

Gas prices across the state are climbing to record levels, according to AAA, and are currently at a $3.33 average. A record was set at $3.36 on June 1, according to AAA.

Elizabeth Donofrio of Westport said she is more conscious of her driving habits with the rise in gas prices.

“I started changing my driving habits when the price of gas exceeded $2.25 per gallon,” said Donofrio, who drives a sports utility vehicle.