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Farewell to Board of Ed

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Brett Aronow and the Westport Board of Education bid a warm farewell to each other tonight. She said she and her husband, Keith Stein, have sold their Westport home and plan to travel around the world. Each board member expressed parting words to Aronow.  Mark Mathias (r) said, “I always admired your disarming way to bring people together.” Aronow’s final comments: “In the end, it’s always been about the kids.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Soccer Mars Greenwich’s Perfect Record

WestportNow.com ImageThe Staples boys soccer team today put the first blemish on Greenwich’s perfect (7-0-0) record. The Wreckers battled to a tough 0-0 draw at Cardinal Stadium, becoming the only team to get a point in the standings from the state’s top-ranked team. Staples was aided by excellent defense by Matteo Broccolo (shown above), Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor and Teddy Lawrence. Keeper Ziggy Hallgarten made two outstanding saves, while Anton Mahr, Tyler Wright and Spencer Daniels pressured well up top. The Wreckers, now 2-2-3, face St. Joseph away on Wednesday, at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Holocaust Survivor: Important to Tell of Horrors

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Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann, 92, of Stamford described her experiences today at a meeting of the Y’s Women of Westport Weston at Temple Israel. It was one of numerous appearances over the years that she has said are “very, very, important” so young people in particular are aware of such horrors so they will not be repeated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Stamford Bomb Squad Displays Robots

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Robots from the Stamford Police bomb squad were among items on display today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park at a meeting of area first responders. The event was sponsored by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS).  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Emergency Responder Assets on Display

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The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) today demonstrated some of the state’s emergency assets at a “field day” at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. State and municipal representatives attended the event along with more than 400 first responders from the 14-community Region 1, which includes Westport. Regional Coordinator Robert Kenny (r, back to camera) briefed some of the guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Emergency Equipment: Helicopter to Animal Ambulances


Scenes from today’s emergency equipment on display at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport—everything from a helicopter to animal ambulances. The event, described as the region’s first “field day,” was intended to familiarlize state and municipal leaders as well as first responders with assets available to them in emergencies, according to organizers. The display was sponsored by the 14-community Region 1 of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), of which Westport is a participant. WestportNow.com photo

Police Arrest Pennsylvania Man in Sex Assault

Westport police early today arrested a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man on sexual assault and other charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a Hale’s Court address.

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Charles Ayala: bail set at $25,000.  Westport Police photo

Charles Ayala of Upper Darby, Pa. was charged with sexual assault fourth-degree, burglary first-degree, unlawful restraint second-degree, and creating a public disturbance, police said. He was held on $25,000 bond for a court appearance today.

The incident began with a 12:30 a.m. call at a Hale’s Court address on a report of a disturbance, said Lt. David Farrell.

A woman who lives at the address told police she awoke to find her son’s friend, Ayala, standing over her while in she was in bed, unbuckling his pants, Farrell said. She pushed him away, ran to a neighbor’s home where she took refuge, as Ayala followed.

After Fire, Positano Back to Regular Hours

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Fernando Scarpati, Positano Ristorante chef/co-owner, checks out the site of a fire in a dining room wall, which closed the restaurant Sunday night. He said Positano is now open and operating on regular hours. He said the hot stove on the opposite side of the wall built up heat to a point that it ignited a portion of the wall. “Fortunately, the construction of the wall had a fire-stopper panel that stopped the progress of the fire,” Scarpati said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Leona E. Feeney, 97

Leona E. Feeney of Needham, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 24 at Care One Nursing Home in Northampton. She was 97.

She was born Feb. 21, 1919, in St Albans, Vt., ,the daughter of the late Yves and Bessie Enizan. After graduating from Bellows Free Academy in 1936, she moved to Westport where she met and married Charles “Charlie” Feeney in 1938.

A self-taught bookkeeper, she was employed at Greenberg’s Department Store in Westport for 25 years and then as an office manager for a local dentist for an additional 15 years.

Known by friends and family as Lee, she resided in Westport until after the death of her husband in 1975 and moved to Needham. She continued to work in the retail business at Calverts in Needham until she retired at the age of 80.