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Sweet Green for St. Paddy’s Day Image
Michelle Klem, owner and chief baker of CakeSuite, 47 Saugatuck Ave., shows off a display of cloverleaf-decorated cupcakes and cookies in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The shop opened in Westport’s Saugatuck section in January 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

William E. Roschen III, 51 Image
William Roschen: Westport resident since 2001. Contributed photo

William E. Roschen III of Westport, husband of Cathryn A. Roschen, died today (March 16) at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was 51.

Born Oct, 5, 1960 in New York City, he was a son of William E. Roschen Jr. and Susan Brown Roschen. He was a resident of Greenwich until 2001 when he moved to Westport. 

He graduated Browning High School in New York and then attended Skidmore College and Pace University where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He worked at GMP Securities in New York City.

The joy of his life was his family.

Athletic Lights Approval ‘Surreal’

By James Lomuscio

The Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) eleventh hour approval Thursday night of permanent lights at Westport’s Staples High School came as a welcome relief to sports boosters who have petitioned for lights for 34 years. Image
An artist’s rendering of the new Staples lights and concession stand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

“Usually we wake up the next day and say, ‘They didn’t vote for it,’” said Dan DeVito, operations supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department and chairman of the Westport Football Association. “But this is good news. It’s surreal.”

The P&Z closed its public hearing on the matter early Thursday evening and approved it in a work session at 11 p.m.

Proponents had petitioned for lights since 1978, and through the decades their plans had been blocked by neighbors concerned about noise and light trespass onto their properties at night.

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2012

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 27 - March 2, 2012:

Linda M. and Robert F. Gould Jr. to John E. and Adrienne B. Tober, 3 Meeker Lane, $1,350,000WN property.jpg

Laura Agostini to Jonathan and Navida Greifenberger, 104 North Ave., $1,130,000

Robert Utzler to James L. and Alexandra F. Dodwell III, 5B Gorham Ave., $1,355,000

55 Post Road West LLC to Homeclear PRW Ventures LLC, 55 Post Road West, $8,500,000

Staples Teachers ‘Blackout’ to Protest Ed Reform Bill Image
Thirty teachers at Westport’s Staples High School gathered for a photo in their “blackout” T-shirts Thursday which they wore to protest Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education reform bill. The Staples Inklings newspaper said they came together by wearing black in order to show their solidarity, and to encourage others to learn about the bill.  They say the legislation will require teachers to “teach to the test” with resulting scores used to evaluate each teacher. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Friday, March 16, 2012

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Toy Stories”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
6 p.m.  – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé Happy Hour: Westport Community Garden Poetry Reading
6:15 p.m. – Earthplace – “Genetically Modified Food: What Your Family Needs to Know,” Geri Zatcoff
7 p.m. – Mitchells – Staples High School Varsity Vogue Fashion Show & Auction benefit
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Open Mic Night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

P&Z Okays Staples Lights Application

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight (P&Z) approved permanent athletic field lights at Staples High School—a decades long, elusive goal as sports boosters and neighbors clashed. Image
Efforts to add lights to the Staples football field go back to at least 1978. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

At the same public hearing held in the Town Hall auditorium, Jim Marpe, vice chair of the Bord of Education, also sought a special permit and site plan approval for a permanent storage shed and scorer’s area for girls field hockey at Staples, located at 70 North Ave., in a triple-A residential zone.

The P&Z closed the public hearing early in the evening and voted to approve the lights and shed special permit and site plans at about 11 p.m., according to member Chip Stephens.

“We have come to a moment that’s at least 30 years in the making,” said Marpe, adding that night home games, which have eluded Staples football team, offer “an opportunity to create community.”

Winter Library Book Sale Begins Saturday Image
Preparations were under way today for the Winter Book Sale presented by The Friends of the Westport Public Library. Sale items include hardcover and trade paperback (fiction only, including mysteries, science fiction and fantasy). There will be children’s books for $1 or less and vinyl records, video tapes and music cassettes as well as mass market paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction. The sale begins Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., continues Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 pm., Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (half price), and Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon with everything free (suggested donation $5 per bag). Helping out today were Mimi Greenlee, chair of book sales, and Sal Porio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for