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Westporter Competes in Worldwide Event

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Westporter Chris Greer today performs a “clean and jerk” elevation of a 135-pound weight at Evolution Sports & Fitness, 292 Post Road East, while competing in the cyber-monitored five-event CrossFit Open global athletic contest. Julie Migliaccio (vest, hands on hips), a 1985 Staples High School graduate and Evolution owner, observes Greer’s adherence to the competition guidelines. The contest culminates on July 22-28 in Carson, Calif. when the 200 top performers meet face-to-face to in a five-event final. Results are posted a leader board on the CrossFit Open site.  Migliaccio said more than 120,000 participants worldwide are entered in, what she refers to as, “the single largest sports competition event in the world.”  The five physical disciplines involved in the physical competition include olympic weight lifting, rowing, running, gymnastics, biking and triathlons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Installing ‘SOLOS 2013’ at Arts Center

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Installation took place today of “SOLOS’s 2013,” the Westport Arts Center’s annual member show, now in its eighth year. Helen Klisser During (l), director of visual arts, and Brian Straniti, an art preparator and handler, put the final touches on “Moving Picture” by artist Joel Werring of Redding. Twelve regional artists – four from Westport—have been selected to show their work in the exhibit. Juror this year was Susan Cross of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams. “SOLOS 2013” opens on Friday, April 5 with a reception from 6 – 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, June 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephanie Moran for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Mar. 11 – 15, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 11 - 15, 2013:

Michael and Nicole Rolnick to Frank F. and Barrie Bruce, 62 Sylvan Road, $1,200,000WN property.jpg

Donald D. Sung to James A. and Roberta W. Conroy, 5 Lehn Farm Road, $400,000

Harold L. and Regina K. Kendig to Luke T. and Jenny R. McGuinness, 21 Stony Brook Road, $1,175,000

Jack L. Adams to Post Road NB Co-Invest LLC, 95 Long Lots Road, $600,000

Bernard C. Pelzel, 97

Bernard C. Pelzel of Furlong, Pa., a former estate manager for the late Westporter Arnold Bernhard, died March 27. He was 97.

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Bernard Pelzel: 1943 photo. Contributed photo

The son of Clement and Augusta (Engel) Pelzel, he was born in 1916 in Sleepy Eye, Minn. He served as a medic and ambulance driver in the 306th Bombardment Group of the Army Air Corp while stationed in England during World War II. 

Once back in the United States, he drove a truck cross country, worked in an airplane propeller factory, and obtained his pilot’s license. 

He then became the property manager for the 16.4-acre estate of the late Arnold Bernhard on Sylvan Lane North in Westport, a position he held for the next 33 years.

With Honors, Marine Muchnick Laid to Rest

Hundreds of persons packed St. Ann’s Church in Lenox, Mass. today for the funeral of Westporter Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick, Jr., 23, one of seven U.S. Marines killed by a mortar shell during a training accident in Nevada March 18.

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Marines carry Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr.‘s coffin from St. Ann Church in Lenox, Mass. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

The 90-minute service ended with those gathered singing the Marine Corps Hymn accompanied by the church organist. Westport police escorted the cortege and many mourners on foot to the nearby cemetery.

During the funeral, the 2008 Staples High School graduate was eulogized by several family members, including Muchnick’s twin 19-year-old sisters, Grace and Avery, and his maternal grandfather, Robert M. Coakley.

The sisters brought laughs and tears as they recalled growing up with their big brother who they said was always protective of them.

Westport Marine Buried With Military Honors

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A U.S. Marine Corps detail escorts the body of Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., a 2008 Staples graduate, to his gravesite today in Lenox, Mass. following a funeral service. Hundreds of persons attended the 90-minute service at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, many of them from Westport. Muchnick was among seven Marines killed March 18 in a Nevada training accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo