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Staples Boys Volleyballers FCIAC Champs

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The Staples Boys Volleyball team repeated as FCIAC champions tonight as they beat Ridgefield 3-1 (25-15, 16-25. 25-22, 25-15) at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. It was the second straight FCIAC title and 10 in 12 years for the Wreckers. Ian Grimes, with 14 kills, was selected as FCIAC tournament MVP. The team will play in the state championship next week. They have a bye, and then play at Staples on Friday, June 6, with semifinals and finals scheduled for the following week in Shelton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Garden Variety Poetry

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Lou Weinberg of the Westport Community Gardens reads a poem tonght at the Westport Art Center’s Happy Hour “Poetry Slam.” Members of the Community Gardens as well as the public read poetry as a slideshow was shown of the area’s local garden bounty. It was co-hosted by Weinberg and Helen Klisser During, WAC’s director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Tierra to Old Town Hall

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A worker places finishing touches today on the patio stonework in preparation for the opening of Tierra, 90 Post Road East on the lower level of Wesport’s old Town Hall.  According to Rob Haroun, the owner of the building, Tierrra owners Laura Luce and Chad Whited plan to open the eating and drinking establishment in about a week. He said Tierra will first open with dinner only but will soon extend hours to lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone will feature “a seasonal Latin-inspired menu with hand-crafted cocktails by Rob Fuentevilla,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Frosty Bear Back for Fifth Season

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Layla and Jack Bloomingdale, 9-year-old twins from Westport, have their first treat of the season today at the Frosty Bear ice cream stand at Christie’s Country Store, 161 Cross Highway, which is beginning its fifth season. Owner John Martin’s daughter, Allison, 18, was on duty today. She said the spring hours are Sunday through Thursday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. “When school is out, we’ll start our summer hours which are longer,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Practicing Gaining Entry

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Westport firefighters today conducted training exercises at an unoccupied house at 10 Pond Edge Road which will be demolished soon. Firefighters James Branson (standing) and Sean Kelly performed forced entry training. According to Lt. Brian Meadows, additional training exercises on the property will include creation of horizontal and vertical ventilation on the roof to remove smoke and heat during a fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Way Cleared for Sasco Creek Makeover

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Meeting in a special session today, the Westport Board of Selectmen approved a resolution to clear the way for state financing of the $22 million makeover of the Westport Housing Authority’s Sasco Creek Village at 1655 Post Road East. Demolition of 33 mobile homes on the site will begin in mid-June, said Carol Martin, WHA executive director. They will be replaced with 54 new units. The existing 39 townhouse-style residences that were built in 2003 in the rear of Sasco Creek will remain. There will also be a new community building. In the 1950s, the mobile home park was privately owned and was later acquired by the WHA in 1981, Martin said completion of the redevelopment is projected for November 2015. Pictured are Town Attorney Ira Bloom (l) and attorney Steven L. Elbaum of the Stamford-based Robinson & Cole, representing the WHA, briefing the selectmen. Eileen Francis, manager, Selectman’s Office, is at center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Winding Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Winding Lane, in the Old Hill area, is in process. Built in 1948, the two-story colonial has 3,602 square feet and is situated on a 1.35-acre property. The property changed hands this month for $1,450,000. 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

Westport Property Transfers May 12 – 16, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 12 - 16, 2014:

Noel B. and Jennifer B. Velasco to Matthew C. and Michelle Lee-Farlow, 8 Wakeman Road, $2,270,000WNproperty.jpg

Urs Leo and Penny Sokotch Kaestli to Sue and David Yim, 118 Morningside Drive South, $1,525,000

Brendan T. and Jenna A. Baker to Anthony D. and Cynthia L. Bowers, 12 Rayfield Road, $1,700,000

Sholes Real Estate LLC to John D. and Regina L. Mello, 53 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,800,000

Police Seek Suspect in Westport Subway Robbery

UPDATE Westport police today were seeking a suspect who robbed the Subway sandwich store on Post Road East at gunpoint and fled on foot.

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Today’s robbery at the Subway sandwich store, 903 Post Road East, was the first there since 2005.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The robbery occurred at about 10:10 a.m. at the store at 903 Post Road East, said Capt. Vincent Penna.

Employees of the store described the suspect as a black male, 6-feet, muscular build, wearing a dark blue hoodie, dark gray or black pants, a black ski-type mask with only his eyes exposed, and black gloves. They said he displayed a silver-colored handgun.

The employees retreated to the rear of the store at the sight of the armed man and he then went behind the counter and removed the cash box from the register, Penna said.