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Busy Morning for Absentee Ballots

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It was a busy morning today at the Westport Town Clerk’s office as many Westporters picked up or voted on absentee ballots in Tuesday’s election. Absentee ballots will be available through Monday until 4:30 p.m., and for those not previously registered, same day voting will available this year for the first time at Town Hall only. Town Clerk Patty Strauss said four years ago, 544 absentee ballots were cast in a voter turnout of 41 percent. “Based on the more than 600 absentee ballots so far for this election, it could mean a turnout on election day that will exceed the percentage of four years ago,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Andrew P. Accardi, 20

Andrew P. Accardi of Westport died Oct 31 after a 15-year battle with cancer. He was 20.

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Susan Fund board member Kathleen DiGiovanna presented a scholarship to Andrew Accardi last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

A remarkable young man, Andrew managed to perpetually juggle a schedule of treatment, testing and hospital stays with a full academic career and as many sports as he could possibly play, his family said.

He made friends everywhere he went and touched many lives with his personal courage and his inspiring grace in the face of a life threatening illness.

A 2011 graduate of Staples High School and a lettered member of a very fine Staples High School Connecticut State Championship golf team, Andrew went on to his first choice college, Villanova University.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Woodcock Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Woodcock Lane, off Newtown Turnpike, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story ranch has 1,932 square feet and is situated on a one-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

Memorial Service Set for Dana Kennedy

UPDATE (adds Westport memorial service) The Rev. Dana Forrest Kennedy, rector emeritus of Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church, died Oct. 16 in Keene, N.H. He was 95.

He became rector of Christ & Holy Trinity Church in 1961 and held the position for 29 years.

Under his leadership, the parish acquired and added a church building and three houses adjacent to the historic Trinity Memorial Church, thus establishing three acres in the heart of downtown Westport for the exercise of the church ministry.

A memorial service will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m., in the Chancel. (See full obituary here).

Saturday, November 2, 2013

9 a.m. – noon – Town Hall Room 105 – Town Clerk’s office – absentee ballots
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – National Novel Writing Month: Matt Debenham, Reading for Writers
3 p.m. – Westport Library – National Novel Writing Month: Cartoonist Matt Davies
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Music Theatre of Connecticut (246 Post Road East) – “Master Class”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Finger Paint Extravaganza
8:30 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – 6th Annual Stand Up for Homes with Hope: Wayne Brady

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings & Goings: Saugatuck Sweets Debuts in 2014

By Dave Matlow

An old-fashioned ice cream parlor will make its return to Westport after more than 50 years thanks to two Westporters who are retail novices but nostalgic for a sweet shop.

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Saugatuck Sweets will debut in early 2014 in space formerly occupied by Saugatuck Craft Butchery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saugatuck Sweets will debut early next year in the Saugatuck Center space previously occupied by Saugatuck Craft Butchery, which has moved across the street, said Al DiGuido, software entrepreneur and founder of the Al’s Angels charity, one of the principals.

He said his family has partnered with Pete Romano, better known for his engineering expertise, and his family to make their dream a reality.

“Our goal with Saugatuck Sweets is to bring back a time when kids and adults enjoyed visiting the local sweet shop for a cone, shake, malted, egg cream…A time when families made a special trip to have a special dessert after dinner at one of the area restaurants to sit by the river,” DiGuido said.

Staples Edges Trumbull 49-42 in Overtime

In a tight high scoring game that came down to overtime, the Staples football team tonight edged Trumbull 49-42 at Trumbull.

Jack Greenwald secured the win with a 5-yard touchdown run in overtime.  The Wreckers then held off Trumbull’s comeback attempt with a near goal line fourth down tackle.

Staples (6-2) is now in a four-way tie for third place as it hopes to make the Class LL state playoffs.

The Wreckers next take on Bridgeport Central Friday at 7 p.m. at Bridgeport.

Honoring a Hometown Mainstay

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The Westport Arts Center Happy Hour ArtCafé tonight honored Shirley Mellor of Max’s Art Supplies which next year marks its 58th anniversary on Post Road East. Founded with her late husband Max Kaplan as Fine Arts Stationery, the store next to the former Fine Arts Theatre (now Restoration Hardware) has become a mecca for local and regional artists over the years and for those seeking out its noted framing business. The event honoring a hometown mainstay was held in conjunction with its Arts Center’s current “Home Sweet Home” exhibit. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Writers’ Workshop Changes Hands, to Become Nonprofit

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Valerie Leff: new owner, executive director. Contributed photo

The Westport Writers’ Workshop (WWW), an independent creative writing center founded in 2004 to provide quality instruction in creative writing craft, announced today an ownership change and said it will apply for nonprofit status.

Founder Jessica Bram said Valerie Leff, a Weston novelist and WWW faculty member, has assumed ownership of the business and will be its executive director spearheading its nonprofit 501(c)3 application to the Internal Revenue Service.

“I could not be more thrilled to pass the torch to Valerie Leff, who has the passion as well as the expertise to take the Westport Writers’ Workshop to this new level,” said Bram.

“I have desired for some time now for WWW to join the ranks of other thriving nonprofit independent creative writing centers across the country, such as Grub Street in Boston, The Loft in Minnesota, and the Muse Writers’ Center in Bethesda.