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Tuesday, January 3, 2017


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Saugatuck TOD Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Westport Library – Book Chat with Nina Sankovitch
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Westport Library – Richard Frank: Personal Review of Your Photography Portfolio
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – VFW Post (465 Riverside Ave.) – League of Women Voters “Pie & Politics”
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Academic Honors for Staples Soccer

For the 14th time in 16 years — and the eighth season in a row — the Staples boys soccer program has been honored with a national award for academic excellence.

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The 2015 Staples High School boys varsity soccer team -– Academic All-Americans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels photo

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America gave the Wreckers a Team Academic Award — the only boys public high school soccer teams in Connecticut to be so named. The Staples girls team also earned Academic All-America honors.

To qualify, a squad must have a 3.25 grade point average of all varsity players. The award is given for the previous academic year. In 2015, Staples’ varsity players had an average GPA of 3.40 — tying the 2014 team, and just .03 points behind the record, set in 2013.

“I’ve always said that our players are some of the smartest and most creative people at Staples,” said head coach Dan Woog. “We want our guys to be as strong in the classroom as they are on the field. What’s especially gratifying about this award is that it’s won as a team. I’m proud that the NSCAA recognizes our team as one that strives for academic excellence.”

Woog said that indications are good that the 2016 side should also qualify for the Academic All-American honor.

Edna Butner, 88

Edna Mae Thomas Butner, formerly of Westport and Nantucket, Massachusetts, died Dec. 13 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 88.

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Edna Butner: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Sept. 24, 1928 in Negaunee, Michigan to Ira and Jennie Thomas. She attended Central Grammar School and graduated from Negaunee High School. She was a good student, and involved in her community, she was a Camp Fire Girl, as well as being part of many school clubs and organizations.

She attended Northern Michigan University until entering and graduating from Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago in 1950 as a registered nurse.

She met her future husband Edward in Long Beach, California and married him on Oct. 17, 1951. The couple moved to Westport where they lived their early years where they raised their three children.

Norwalk Police Nab 2 in Westport in Stolen Car

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Norwalk police, assisted by Westport and state police, today arrested two juveniles at the bottom of the I-95 northbound exit ramp in Westport who allegedly stole a car a short time earlier in Norwalk.  Norwalk police said a female flagged down an officer in the area of 40 Woodward Ave. who said her car was just stolen. Officer Luis Serrano spotted it entering I-95 and made the stop in Westport where the male juveniles were taken into custody without incident, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Norwalk Police photo