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Staples Boys Soccer Stuns Unbeaten Norwalk 1-0

Timmy Liles scored in the fifth minute and his Staples boys soccer teammates made the goal stand up, shutting out unbeaten Norwalk 1-0 today in front of a large home crowd at Loeffler Field.

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Will Birch, Timmy Liles, Matt Engler, Chris Martenson and Patricio Perez Elorza celebrate Liles’ goal today as the Wreckers beat Norwalk 1-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com

Coupled with Staples’ 1-0 defeat of reigning FCIAC co-champ Greenwich two days earlier, it was an excellent 48 hours for the Westporters.

Liles’ goal began with an outlet from keeper Ry Cohen. Anton Mahr skimmed it forward. The senior midfielder did the rest, finishing smartly from just inside the box.

Staples pressured strongly all game. Will Birch and Matt Engler ran the midfield, with strong flank play from Patricio Perez Elorza and Vaughan Sealey. Behind them, Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher, Nick Ambrose and Callum Wisher defended stoutly.

Westport Doc Gets Year in Prison for Travel Expense Scheme

A federal judge in Maryland today sentenced Westport physician Jean-Francois (Jeff) Geschwind to a year and a day in prison for a multi-year scheme in which he obtained more than $583,000 in unlawful travel reimbursements from his employer, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Jeff Geschwind: ordered to surrender Dec. 4. Contributed photo

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz also ordered the former department head at the Yale School of Medicine to follow the prison time with three years of supervised release.

After pleading guilty in July to four counts of mail fraud, Geschwind was ordered to make $583,484.31 in restitution to Johns Hopkins. Geschwind was employed as a physician in the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology between 1998 and 2015.

Prosecutors said among other things, Geschwind submitted multiple travel expense statements for purported business expenses, when he knew that the claimed expenses were personal, such as family vacations and meals.

Maserati, Alfa Join in Sunday’s Concours d’Caffeine

Maserati and Alfa Romeo of Westport are set to join this Sunday’s Concours d’Caffeine at the eastbound Saugatuck train station, offering test drives in new Alfa models.

According to Frank Taylor, Concours d’Caffeine executive director, the event “combines the excitement of a Concours d’Elegance and the relaxed atmosphere of a Sunday morning cars and coffee gathering of motoring enthusiasts.”

He said the staff of Miller Motorcars, which owns Maserati and Alfa Romeo of Westport located at 1026 Post Road East, will be at the event to answer any questions.

Taylor said the 8 a.m. to noon event is free to car owners and guests alike, and that area businesses and restaurants will be open for coffee and lunch.

Real Estate Report: $1-1.5M Price Point Active

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

The $1 to 1.5 million price pocket appears to be alive and well in Westport, as long as the price reflects the home’s value.

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Featured Home: This home at 203 Hillspoint Road is listed at $1,350,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis- Westport

Buyers’ perception of value is important in any price range.

However, this particular price pocket has maintained its activity, and is a reasonably close second to the under $1 million range.

When the less than median priced market is active and “moving,” the rest of the market usually follows suit, as it creates an upward domino effect.

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

3 Richmondville Ave.      $549,998->$529,000
17 High Gate Road         $700,000->$679,000
1 Tiffany Lane             $749,900->$729,900
242 Bayberry Lane         $789,000->$730,00
98 North Ave.            $799,500->$730,000
132 Regents Park         $755,000->$752,000
10 Treadwell Ave.        $795,000->$774,90
225 North Ave.          $999,000->$975,000
34 Maple Lane         $1,429,000->$1,399,000
37 Sniffen Road       $1,575,000->$1,549,000
79 Coleytown Road   $1,795,000->$1,775,000
34 Cross Highway     $1,849,000->$1,795,000
14 Danbury Ave.      $1,899,000->$1,879,000
6 Hillandale Lane       $2,425,000->$2,349,000
22 Warnock Drive     $2,499,000->$2,395,000
2 Brightfield Lane     $2,875,000->$2,799,000
9 Burr Farms Road   $3,380,000->$3,280,000
—Judy Szablak

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Temple Israel (14 Coleytown) – Westport Candidates Forum
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – RTM Compensation, Public Protection, & Finance Committees
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) – Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Sex with Strangers”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Chowdafest Set for Sunday at Sherwood Island State Park

Chowdafest, a regional chowder and soup competition that has drawn participants from across the country, will hold its tenth annual festival Sunday at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Some of the attendees at last year’s Chowdafest at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Each year we try to increase the level of competition as Chowdafest is a competition between the best,” said event director Jim Keenan, adding that he scours New England for the best chowder, soup and bisque, so he can find new competitors.

“When you win Chowdafest, you’ve earned it,” he added.

Chowdafest limits participation to 40 restaurants competing in one of five categories: New England clam chowder; traditional chowder; creative chowder; soup and bisque; and a vegetarian category, including such servings as corn chowder.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle,’ ‘Viceroy’s House,’ Rebel in the Rye’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Following his deliriously astonishing “Kingsman” (2015), Matthew Vaughn’s cynical, R-rated sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” continues the stylized spoof of James Bond spy stories.

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With her retro-50s headquarters hidden deep in Cambodian rain forest ruins, the megalomaniacal villain is Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), the world’s most successful — and demented — drug dealer, who manages to destroy most of the Kingsman knights along with their bespoke tailor shop on Savile Row.

That leaves only Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), the cheeky former London street kid-turned-superspy who is in love with Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom), daughter of Sweden’s King and Queen (Bjorn Granath, Lena Endre), whom he rescued in the first film’s climax.

Eggsy and gadget-wizard Merlin (Mark Strong) venture across the pond to Kentucky to find American spy allies at Statesman bourbon brewery, run by Champagne (Jeff Bridges), whose cowboy team includes Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) and tech-whiz Ginger Ale (Halle Berry).