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Not Child’s Play

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Westport was represented at this weekend’s World Maker Faire New York. Mark McCrate (l) of Norwalk with Yoe Nunez (c) and Orlando Fonseca (r) both of Westport, built and raced their “Power Racer” at the event that promoters say attracted close to 100,000 attendees. Power Racers are miniature electric cars that are built using children’s toy vehicles. The teams can spend no more than $500 on each car and are limited to the amount of electricity they can use.  The World Maker Faire New York continues today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

Enjoying a Compo Drive-In Movie

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About 100 cars and their passengers tonight enjoyed the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters” drive-in style at Compo Beach, courtesy of the Westport Cinema Imitative (WCI) and Homes With Hope. Among them were members of the Gusick family and their friends. Sandy Lefkowitz, WCI executive director, said the evening was a success thanks to those who attended, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Joey’s By the Shore, which supplied the popcorn. “The one sad note was some young person dropped a stuffed elephant in the parking lot and the elephant is waiting to be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Soccer Shuts Out Westhill

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Disciplined, strong, smart and creative soccer today earned Staples a 2-0 victory over Westhill of Stamford. A large Loeffler Field crowd enjoyed an entertaining match, highlighted by Anton Mahr’s one-touch finish of Daniel Reid’s cross, and Spencer Daniel’s powerful shot off Thomas Nealon’s feed. Pictured is sophomore Gabe Baltierra, who along with Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor, Teddy Lawrence and Matteo Broccolo make up the Wreckers’ back line. Staples, now 4-2-3, hosts Brien McMahon on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Carolyn Hughes, 72

Carolyn Hughes of Westport died Sept. 30. She was 72.

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Carolyn Hughes: loved to entertain. Contributed photo

The wife of, Neil Gerhardt was born in New Rochelle, N.Y to William and Mary Hess. The oldest of five children she was proud of her Catholic education. She attended Blessed Sacrament, Mother Elizabeth Seton, Good Counsel College in White Planes N.Y., and received a master’s in English from Iona College.

She was known to everyone as “Billie,’  a nickname given to her because as a child she looked like her father. She was the first person in her family to receive a college degree and felt education was important. Both of her children graduated from excellent colleges.

She loved to entertain, throw parties and made a special event out of every holiday with her creative touches including making her Thanksgiving guests dress as either a pilgrim or indian. She was proud of being Italian and accentuated her dialogue with Italian phrases.

Richard G. Bryan, 78

Richard G. Bryan of Seattle, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 27. He was 78.

He was born near Philadelphia PA and lived in Cincinnati, Franklin Lakes N.J., and Westport before moving to the Seattle area in 1993 and retiring to Whidbey Island in 2002.

He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1960 and earned an MBA from the University of Cincinnati in 1966.

His career was spent in marketing, sales, and general management. He held executive positions with Procter & Gamble, the American Cyanamid Company, AT&T Wireless, and most recently with the Marketwave Corporation (now part of Accrue Software Inc.) in Seattle.