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Learning Saugatuck History

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About 30 persons took part in today’s Westport Historical Society (WHS) walk through old Saugatuck, one of its most popular walking tours. Accompanied by guide Bob Mitchell, the tour ended with a drink on the house at one of Saugatuck’s favorite haunts, the Black Duck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Wilton Nips Staples in Boys Soccer

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The Staples boys soccer team today played one of its best matches of the year with a large Loeffler Field crowd cheering them on. But an opportunistic corner kick with six minutes to play gave Wilton a narrow 2-1 win, in a tense battle for an FCIAC playoff spot. The Wreckers scored first, as Spencer Daniels rebounded in a shot by Daniel Perez Elorza. The Warriors responded with a pair of second half goals. It was Staples’ first loss since opening day, 10 games ago. The Wreckers travel to Fairfield Warde on Monday (7 p.m.), to tackle the FCIAC leaders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Republicans Hold Open House at HQ

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The Westport Republican Town Committee today hosted a wine and cheese open house at its headquarters at 36 Elm St., next to the Villa del Sol Restaurant. Among those on hand to greet visitors were (l-r) Selectman Avi Kaner, Board of Finance candidates Iain Bruce, Clarissa Moore, and incumbent Mike Rea, Planning and Zoning candidate Cathy Walsh, also an incumbent, and First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings:  Noya Fine Jewelry to 18 Riverside Ave.

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Noya Fine Jewelry and Accessories has opened at 18 Riverside Ave., directly across from Arezzo Ristorante. According to owner, Natalie Toraty, a former buyer for 10 years in a new York City diamond district, a grand opening celebration is scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Preservation Award Winner: 28 Hermit Lane

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A house at 28 Hermit Lane is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2015 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. The HDC said the award will be presented to Tracey and Thomas Kelly, owners of the house, known as the Fangel-Molyneus House, circa 1900. The HDC cited the owners in recognition of an outstanding preservation effort to a well-proportioned and detailed mid-20th century Colonial Revival House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saugatuck RR Bridge Problem Delays Trains

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UPDATE Problems closing the Saugatuck Railroad Bridge today delayed New Haven Line service for four hours, according to Metro-North. “The bridge had failed to fully close after an scheduled opening for marine traffic that took place a few minutes before 11 a.m.,” said spokesman Aaron Donovan. “It rectified at 11:26 a.m. when we closed and locked the bridge (making it available for train use), but as a result, three Metro-North trains and one Amtrak train were delayed by up to 25 minutes.” Metro-North later said delays continued until about 4 p.m. when it said trains were on or close to schedule.. Pictured is the scheduled 11:08 a.m. train to Grand Central halted on the bridge. The bridge— built in 1905 and actually not one, but two parallel bridges, each carrying two tracks—was also hit by a closing problem in September and July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo