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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
12:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Wednesday Artist Lunches

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Westporter Helen Reichert Dies at 109

By James Lomuscio

Helen Faith Keane Reichert of Westport and New York City died at her midtown Manhattan home Sunday at the age of 109, “just a few weeks shy of her 110th birthday on Nov. 11,” her sister-in-law Elisabeth Keane of Westport said today.

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Helen Reichert: pictured in Westport two months ago. Contributed photo

“Her nickname was Happy, and it was a nickname that suited her entire life,” Keane said.

Throughout her life, Reichert vigorously promoted a rigid recipe for success: chocolate truffles, hamburgers, Budweiser beer, cigarettes and New York nightlife. Strictly forbidden were vegetables, exercising, getting up early and complaining.

Reichert was one of four centenarian siblings, including Keane’s husband, Westporter Peter Keane, “the baby of the family who will be 102 in February.” Other siblings included Irving Kahn, the 105-year-old chairman of Kahn Bros., a New York City Investment firm.

Rough and Tough Tie for Staples Girls

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The Staples girls soccer varsity team headed to Fairfield Warde today and battled for a tie 1-1.  Seen here are Gae Mitas and Julia Tziolis working hard during the nail biting match. The only goal was a beautiful header scored by Turner Block off of a well placed ball by Megan Root. This game brings the Lady Wreckers to a season record 3-1-1. Next home game is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Bridgeport’s St. Joseph. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Judi Lake for WestportNow.com

Mina Martins, 44

Mina Martins, the former Mina Sboros, of Westport died Sept. 26. She was 44.

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Mina Martins: fiancé of Westporter Doug Meier. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on April 13, 1967, she attended Blackham School and attended six years of Greek school. She was a graduate of Central High School and Gibbs College. Her career was in the banking business as a teller and an assistant supervisor for many years. She enjoyed trips to Greece to visit her aunts, uncles, and cousins, her family said.

Predeceased by her mother, Joan (Joanie) Sboros, she is survived by her father and stepmother, Angelo and Louise Sboros of Shelton, her brother and his wife, John and Kim Sboros of Melbourne, Fla., her daughters Lisa and Maria Martins, and their father, her former husband and constant friend, Tony Martins. 

She is also survived by her fiancé, Doug Meier of Westport, and his mother, Carol Meier, as well as her favorite four-legged constant faithful companion, Yunque.

Doctor: Sleep Disorders Are Common

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Sleep disorder medical specialist Stasia Wieber, M.D. of Fairfield told the Westport Rotary Club today that 40 percent of humans have some sort of sleep disorder. Wieber said that one of the most common questions she is asked about sleep is, “How much sleep do I need?”  She said that she normally responds with, “Enough to feel good the next day day…if you are not feeling good after a night of sleep then you have a sleep disorder.”  Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, “must have daytime consequences—such as falling asleep during work,” she said.  Wieber said that although sleep disorders are very common, they are treatable.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Himes to Canvass Flood-Damaged Businesses

Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) will visit flood-damaged businesses in Westport’s center on Friday, his office announced today.

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Jim Himes greets flood-damaged Compo homeowner Michele Williams on Aug. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“Himes will visit businesses in Westport to check in on those who were hard-hit by Tropical Storm Irene and to help publicize the federal assistance that is available to help them recover from the storm,” an announcement said.

“Representatives from the Small Business Administration will join him to answer any questions and ensure business owners have all the necessary information to apply for federal disaster assistance to help repair and, in some cases, rebuild their businesses.”

Himes, who on Aug. 29 viewed damage at Westport’s Compo Beach and visited several homes in the area damaged by flood waters, will be accompanied on his tour of businesses by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, who is also the town’s emergency management director.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Hedley Farms Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Hedley Farms Road, near Beachside Avenue, is in process. Built in 1961, the one-story contemporary has 4,118 square feet and is situated on a 7.27-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

School Year Extended Two Days

By James Lomuscio

Blame it on Irene. Westport’s Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to push the close of the school year from June 20 to June 22.

The reason? The schools already lost two of its three emergency days off due to Hurricane Irene in late August, raising concerns as to what to do if there is another harsh winter,

“I don’t recall a time that we started school late because of bad weather,” said Donald O’Day, school board chairman. “But, we have to treat the calendar the same way, whether it’s the beginning, middle or end of the year.

“We still have to stick to our fundamental principle that we don’t want to reduce instructional or professional development days,” he added.

Household Hazardous Waste Day Set for Saturday

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town will host its annual household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport/Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.

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Residents unload their household hazardous waste at an earlier event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“This is an opportunity for residents to clean out their basements and garages of general hazardous materials,” said Edwards.

Following are areas of a household and the types of chemicals that may be found there: Garage: degreasers, gasoline, kerosene, mineral spirits, oil-based paints, paint strippers, paint thinners, solvents, stains, turpentine, varnishes, wood preservatives, etc.

Garden Shed:  fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, etc. General Household: bleach, charcoal lighter, cleaning chemicals, drain cleaners, fish chemicals, flammable liquids, mercury thermometers, moth balls, pet flea shampoos, photo chemicals, rug shampoos, spot removers, etc.

Bringing More Power to the People

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Construction is moving ahead on schedule for Connecticut Light & Power Company’s new Sherwood Substation on New Creek Road near Westport’s Green’s Farms Metro-North station. The project began construction last fall and is planned to go into service in the second quarter of 2012. The company said the new 115-kilovolt (kV) – 13.8-kV bulk power substation will replace temporary equipment with a permanent solution, supply the growing load in the town of Westport, and strengthen the reliability of the local electrical supply in the area. For more information, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com