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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Drunk Driving Simulation Held at Staples

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A drunk driving simulation for teens was held today at the Staples High School football field as a joint effort of the Westport Police Collaborative (WPYC) and the Teen Awareness Group (TAG). The one-day program presented by the Westport Police Department in collaboration with the WPYC and TAG was designed to educate students about the risks of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or being otherwise distracted. Pictured are two Westport officers conducting a standardized field sobriety test on a student.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Making a Difference

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among Make a Difference Day volunteers today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities making arts and crafts kits for needy children. It was among a number of projects undertaken by volunteers as part of the annual national event. Barbara Pearson Rac (green sweater), chair of Westport’s effort, supervised the day’s events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Working on the Railroad

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Traffic was down to one lane today on Westport’s Compo Road South as Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers did maintenance work on the overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fall Colors

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Fall colors as seen from the bridge connecting the Imperial Avenue parking lot to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  October 25, 2014


9 a.m. - Sherwood Island - 3rd Annual CHT Preschool Ghost & Goblin 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - CrimeCONN: All Day Mystery Conference
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Compo Beach Parking Lot - Connecticut Humane Society Free Cats & Dogs Vaccine Clinic
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Civil Pilots w/ Fighting Static and One of these Days

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Commemorating U.N. Day

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Staples High School seniors Claire Sampson,17, and Daniel Ross, 18, co-presidents of the school’s Model U.N. Club, raise the U.S. and United Nations flags today at Westport Town Hall to commemorate U.N. Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Soccer Upsets Danbury in FCIAC Quarterfinals

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Staples tri-captain Patrick Beusse rounds the corner at Danbury tonight, about to serve Graham Gudis for Staples’ second goal in a 49-second span. The twin strikes, with less than 10 minutes to play, lifted the Wreckers to a 2-1 upset win in the FCIAC quarterfinals. The Westporters were sparked by Denzel Robinson, keeper Noah Schwaeber and midfielder Michael Reid. Staples advances to the semifinals on Monday. They will take on Greenwich at 5 p.m., at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Staples Footballers Fall to New Canaan 35-2

New Canaan ran roughshod over the Staples varsity football team tonight, defeating the Wreckers 35-2 at New Canaan.

The only Wreckers points came on a safety when Will Newman sacked Rams quarterback Michael Collins for a nine-yard loss in the end zone.

Staples dropped to 3-4, while the No. 1-ranked Rams improved to 7-0.

Staples next meets Trumbull at home on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

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Black Eyes at Saugatuck ‘Halloween Spooktacular’

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Saugatuck Elementary School students and families—800 revelers in all—showed off their costumes and danced the night away tonight at the school’s third annual “Halloween Spooktacular.” It is the PTA’s largest fundraiser and proceeds provide enrichments throughout the school year as well as teacher grants. Displaying their Halloween black eyes are (l-r) Tessa Moore, Natasha Taubenheim, and Elle DesMarteau, all fifth graders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunrise Rotary Wine & Beer Tasting Draws Crowd

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About 250 guests tonight attended the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s 25th annual wine and beer tasting at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Guests sampled from among 60 wines and12 beers while watching a live auction. Proceeds go to support the club’s annual donations to local nonprofits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Presidential Toast

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Westport Rotary Club President Steve Lewine (l) toasts host President Dennis Wong of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club at tonight Sunrise Rotary annual wine and beer tasting at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Board of Finance Chairs Get-Together

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Four Westport Board of Finance chairs met tonight and posed for a selfie at the Sunrise Rotary Club annual wine and beer tasting. They are (l-r) Jeffrey Mayer (2005-2009), John Pincavage (2013-present), Avi Kaner (2011-2013), and Helen Garten (2009-2011). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Levitt Wraps Up Again With Billy Joel Tribute Band Nov. 1

The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will light up one more time this year on Saturday, Nov. 1 to present Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot and an afternoon celebrating the music of Billy Joel.

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Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot wrap up the extended new Levitt season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The special ticketed benefit event is made possible by lead sponsor Tiffany & Co. and sponsor Honda of Westport and gives the community another opportunity to support the ongoing “Because Summer Lives Here” Levitt capital campaign, an announcement said.

Big Shot is the only authorized Billy Joel tribute band and lead singer/pianist Mike DelGuidice, along with other Big Shot band mates, are members of Billy Joel’s touring band. 

The Levitt lawn will open at 1 p.m. to all ticket holders with the concert to start at 2 p.m.  At 4 p.m., there will be a cocktail party at Tiffany & Co. for premium ticket holders only. Chairs will be provided for all ticket holders.

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Y’s Men Photo Exhibit Opens

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The Y’s Men of Westport Weston today celebrated the opening of its 11th annual photography competition and exhibit at the Westport Center for Senior Services. Leonard Messman took Best In Show for “You’re Next” in the general category, a photo of a barber chair sitting in a wreck of a cell in an old prison in Philadelphia that is now a museum. Pictured (l-r) are the presenters and winners in front of the winning photos: Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Carl Fisher, Chuck Greenlee, Best in Show winner Lenny Messman, Marty Krauthamer, Jean Pierre Montillier, and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Y Names Megan Loffredo Volunteer Leader of Year

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Megan Loffredo at Sunday’s swim meet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Westport Weston Family Y has selected Westporter Megan Loffredo as Volunteer Leader of the Year.

An announcement today said she was honored Tuesday at the annual Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs Y Leaders Dinner at the Courtyard Marriott in Waterbury.

A Y volunteer since 2001, she has served as a member of the board of directors, holding the positions of secretary for the Executive Committee and current chair of the Finance and Development Committee.

She is also an active Water Rat Swim Team parent, serving as a USA Swimming Referee for swim meets, including the one this past Sunday as Westport hosted 10 other teams and hundreds of parents, friends and supporters for the first swim meet at the new Y facility.

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 6 - 10, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 6 - 10, 2014:

Frank S. and Meghan E. Foster to Anne W. and Paul W. Bermeister, 10 Northgate Lane, $1,555,000WNproperty.jpg

Leo Cirino to Life On The Water LLC, 115 Harbor Road, $1,250,000

Kenneth Lametta to Mehdi and Elizabeth Sunderji, 55 Valley Road, $1,250,000

Patricia Pinks Parman Trust to Valerio and Yolanta Trinchi, 7 Harbor Road, $845,000

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Fury’

(Editor’s Note: Westport resident and veteran film reviewer Susan Granger today joins the WestportNow columnist lineup.)

By Susan Granger

David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is an intense Hitchcockian thriller with an innocent man accused and a coolly elegant platinum blonde, neither of whom can be trusted.

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Gillian Flynn adapted her psychologically complex 2012 best-seller, maintaining constant suspense as the mystery unfolds. Ben Affleck is totally convincing as bewildered Nick, whose beautiful wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary.

As the police investigation proceeds, details about perfectionist Amy’s past and the fragile state of their marriage are revealed – with everything pointing to Ben’s guilt.

David Fincher (“The Social Network”) is a stickler for detailed authenticity, as participants painstakingly track down multiple whodunit clues within the perspective-shifting structure.

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Going Down: 44 Elm St.

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The former medical office building at 44 Elm St. was demolished today. Its removal was part of the Bedford Square Development, which includes the relocation of the adjacent Kemper-Gunn House, 35 Church Lane, to the town-owned Baldwin Parking Lot. According to construction supervisor Christopher Moran of Easton-based Moran Construction Management, the Kemper-Gunn house move is aimed to take place before the Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving. If that target is not achieved, he said it will occur after Jan. 1, according to an agreement with town officials. Moran said the project is now running three weeks behind schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Athleta to Open Before Thanksgiving

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Athleta, a division of GAP Inc, opens at 103-07 Main St. before Thanksgiving, according to a worker on site today who said the construction shell covering the front of the store was removed Thursday. The new store was constructed in the spaces previously occupied by Westport Pizzeria, Kate Spade and Francois du Pont Jewelers, which have all relocated elsewhere. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Fails to Make Newsweek Top High School List

Newsweek magazine has released its annual list of the Top 500 high schools in the United States, and 13 Connecticut high schools, including one in Fairfield and Greenwich, made the list.

But Westport’s Staples High School, named by Newsweek No. 3 in the state two years ago, is not among them. (See WestportNow May 3, 2012)

Each year, Newsweek teams up with a research group to compile the list based on a tough set of quality guidelines. Officials from Newsweek said that the methodology for the list was stricter than ever this year.

On top of the list this year was Thomas Jefferson High School of Alexandria, Va. The highest ranking Connecticut high school on the list is Amity Regional High School at No. 112. Amity serves students from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge.

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Friday,  October 24, 2014


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Wheeler Coffeehouse:  “Girls Like Us—Carole, Joni and Carly”
6:30 p.m. - Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Westport Sunrise Rotary Silver Anniversary Wine & Beer Tasting Celebration
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jillian Jensen w/ Sarah Barrios, Riley Lynch, and Josh Pavel

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

At Earthplace, Rep. Candidates Tackle the Environment

By James Lomuscio

The environment took center stage tonight in the state House of Representatives races for the136th and 143rd districts as Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center hosted a candidates forum.

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Candidates at Earthplace tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

From topics ranging from global warming to air pollution to electric vehicles to protecting the Long Island Sound and shoring up coastal residents against storms to pesticides and the efficiency and drawbacks of natural gas, each candidate attempted to show how he or she was environmentally best suited for the job.

Vying for the 136th District were Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican newcomer Brandi Briggs, who currently served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). Competing for the 143rd District seat were Republican incumbent Gail Lavielle and Democratic newcomer Keith Rodgerson.

Steinberg touted himself as “a committed environmentalist” who “walks the walk” with solar panels on his roof, a hybrid vehicle and one who co-authored the Comprehensive Energy Strategy in Hartford.

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Historic District Commission Preservation Winners

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Recipients of the 2014 Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Awards posed tonight for a group picture with First Selectman Jim Marpe and members of the HDC following the awards ceremony at Town Hall. Owners of seven Westport residential and business properties were cited for their efforts to preserve the town’s character and cultural heritage through their restoration and renovation work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honored for Making Westport Special


Scenes from tonight’s 2014 Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony and reception at Westport Town Hall. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Author Says He Knows ID of 1922 Hollywood Murderer

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Author William J. Mann, who has written books featuring such famous divas as Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor, was at the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight promoting his latest book, “Tinseltown.” a story about the movie business in Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s. There were drugs, beautiful women, handsome men and the highly publicized 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. It officially remains a “cold case,” but Mann said readers of his book will find out the identity of the murderer. “I did lots of research and had a lot of help from the FBI files and feel I know who the murderer is,” he said. “I liked tracking down killers. I got tired of writing traditional biographies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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