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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fun at ‘ColorFlash 5K’ Sherwood Fundraising Run

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More than 1,500 persons took part today in the ColorFlash 5K run at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park to raise money for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The run was sponsored by Phoebe’s Phriends, a Westport-based nonproft formed to support Phoebe Spear, a Staples High School student who has survived two bouts with cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Pogue for WestportNow.com

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Colorful Charity Run


Scenes from today’s ColorFlash 5K Run at Sherwood Island State Park sponored by nonprofit Phoebe’s Phriends to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. David Pogue for WestportNow.com

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Taking Part in Strong Kids Triathlon

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Scores of Westport Weston Family Y families gathered at Staples High School today to take part in the Family Y’s annual Strong Kids Triathlon, a swim/bike/run race for children ages 3-13. Funds raised support the Y’s annual campaign, which raises funds for Camp Mahackeno scholarships and free or subsidized memberships for local families and individuals in need. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Treat for Lobster Fest Guests

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Guests at the Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest Saturday at Compo Beach were treated to another picture perfect sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  September 21, 2014


8 a.m. - Staples High School - Westport Y Strong Kids Triathlon
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “I’m Not Rappaport!”
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Downtown Steering Committee Charette (televised at 1:30 p.m. cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Sea of Lobster Lovers

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With two lobsters doled out to each guest, there was plenty for lobster lovers to enjoy today at the Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. Also available was steak, hamburgers and hot dogs for kids, a raw bar featuring clams and oysters, and plenty of beer, wine, and soft drinks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Already Cracked

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Westport Rotary Club volunteers crack lobsters for guests at today’s Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. Several thousand lobsters were consumed during the four-hour event, the club’s main fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will go to town nonprofits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Fun at Compo


Scenes from today’s Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Last Summer Weekend


More scenes from today’s Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest at Compo Beach on the last summer weekend of 2014. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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This One’s for You

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (r) places a wrist band on his predecessor, Gordon Joseloff, today at the entrance to the Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest at Compo Beach. Both are club members and volunteered at the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Serving Up the Lobsters

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Amy Schroeder-Riggio serves up lobsters to fellow Westporter Michael Calise at today’s Lobster Fest at Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Rotary Club. About 1,500 persons attended the four-hour event that featured food, music, and fun for youngsters.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Ready to Dig In

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Dave Matlow, WestportNow contributing photographer, and wife, Ann, head for the picnic tables at the Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest today at Compo Beach to enjoy their lobsters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Greeting from the Senator

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal stopped by the Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest at Compo Beach today and among those he greeted was Westport Police Officer James Loomer of the K9 unit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Charrette: Discovering Downtown and Opportunities

By James Lomuscio

Even longtime Westport residents and officials who know the town pretty well said they learned something new today during a walking tour of the downtown.

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One of three walking tours or downtown today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I think it was one of the most interesting walks around Wesport,” said Bob Jacobs, a member of the Downtown Steering Committee (DSC) that is hosting this weekend’s “Your Downtown Charrette.”

The charrette is being orchestrated by the DSC and the RBA Group, Inc., the Norwalk-based consultant hired by the town to devise a master plan of development for current and future downtown construction.

Jacobs’s walking tour, led by RBA urban designer Jack Wandres, was one of three simultaneous tours from 9:20 to 11 a.m., each with about 20 participants.

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Michael A. Gilbertie, 74, Former RTM Member

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Michael “Mickey” A. Gilbertie, a three-term member of the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and longtime advocate of reducing town spending, died Friday at his Westport home. He was 74. (See obituary here) From 1969 to 1978, he was co-owner of Westport Taxi and in 1991 won a court suit after claiming the town forced the company out of business with introduction of its “Maxytaxy” service. In 2002, the RTM (with Gilbertie recusing himself) approved payment of $1,050,000 in final settlement. Gilbertie failed in petition drive attempts in 2002 and 2003 to cut town expenditures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preparing for Today’s Lobster Fest

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Members of the Westport Rotary Club were out early today at Compo Beach preparing for today’s Lobster Fest. A few tickets for the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. event are still available and may be purchased on site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Downtown Master Plan Walking Tour

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A walking tour of Westport’s downtown area today kicked off weekend charrette planning sessions to aid development of a downtown master plan. The Saturday and Sunday event involves Town Hall meetings, panel discussions, and walking tours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  September 20, 2014


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Downtown Steering Committee Charette (televised at 1:30 p.m. cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. - “Macaroni Kid Do Something Great Day”
3 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Young Statues w/ C4S, Broadcast Hearts, & Acoustic Cubed
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “I’m Not Rappaport!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Staples Shuts Out Wilton 24-0

The Staples football team shut out Wilton High School 24-0 at Wilton tonight.

Staples (1-1) led 7-0 at the half but dominated the game when play resumed.

Next up, the homecoming game against Westhill on Saturday, Sept. 27.

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Seniors Stunned, Numb Over P&Z Denial

By James Lomuscio

Sue Pfister, director of Westport’s Center for Senior Activities, described the mood among seniors there today as “stunned, disappointed and anxious.”

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Martha Hauhauth and Steve Daniels, co-chairs of the Baron’s South Committee, reacted to the P&Z vote at a meeting of the Commission for Senior Services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“They’re anxious now not knowing where their future lies,” Pfister said, referring to Thursday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) 6 to 1 denial of a text amendment that would allow a senior housing facility in town. “Many were counting on it for housing.”

Others were looking to the 135-unit facility planned for the town-owned Baron’s South property as a complement to the Senior Center on the same 22-acre campus, she said. Even seniors who did not live in the planned facility would have had access to its many amenities, including a therapeutic pool.

The planned senior complex, which had been in the planning stages for six years, had 20 percent of its units set aside for affordable housing, 20 percent for moderate income residents and 60 percent at market rate.

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Reception Marks Arts Center New Exhibit

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The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted a reception to mark the opening of its exhibit “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks.” The exhibit features large format color photographs by Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky who has gained international recognition of his industrial landscapes around the world. The photographs are from The Hall Art Foundation. Helen Klisser During (l), WAC director of visual arts who curated the show, welcomed guests. The exhibit runs to Nov. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Another Art View Focused on Environment


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center opening reception for “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks.” This is the third exhibition featuring works focused on the environment from the Hall Collection. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 1 - 5, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 1 - 5, 2014:

Claude J. Carnahan III and Christine Pavone to Christopher and Susan Aitkin, 20 Hickory Drive, $521,000WNproperty.jpg

Mirna Goldberger to Olanipekun D. and Abimbola Aladesuru, 14 Church St. South, $680,000

Dorothy Kesten to 1 Crestwood LLC, 1 Crestwood Road,  $875,000

Maurice C. Hatfield Estate to CFJ Realty Development LLC, 5 Horseshoe Lane, $620,000

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Rowland Guilty on All Counts

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

New Haven—A jury in U.S. District Court today convicted Gov. John G. Rowland on all counts arising from what the government described as a scheme to solicit two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 to secretly pay him as a political consultant in violation of U.S. campaign finance laws.

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John G. Rowland departs with his wife, Patty, and a daughter after guilty verdict. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Rowland accepted the verdict stoically. His wife, Patty, quietly wept. Once the jury was dismissed, Rowland turned and embraced one of his daughters, whose soft sobs were the only sound in the hushed court.

Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 12, but the prosecutor said the government was willing to delay until the New Year. Rowland’s lawyer, Reid H. Weingarten, promised an appeal.

Rowland wordlessly exited the courthouse with his wife, trailed by his daughters. The small entourage descended the stone steps facing the New Haven Green, walked to a waiting sedan and sped away.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Dover Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Dover Road, off Reichert Circle, is in process. Built in 1954, the one-story split has 1,899 square feet and is situated on a .62-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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