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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018


3 p.m. - Westport Library - History Book Discussion “Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World”
3 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Westport School of Music presents “Naturally Inspired”
5 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Education Community Advisory Group Work Session

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Standing Ovation for Closing Performance

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There was a standing ovation tonight for the final Staples Players performance of “Legally Blonde The Musical.”. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Staples Girls Swim Team Takes 200 Freestyle

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The Staples Girls Swim Team 200 Freestyle Relay captured first place today (1:36.75) at the CIAC State Open at Yale, with the team of Esme Hunter, Annie Bowens, Morgan Lenoce and Marissa Healy. Healy also finished first in the 100 Butterfly (55.47) and second in the 50 Freestyle (23.70), while Hunter took second in the 100 Backstroke (56.59) and fifth in the 200IM (2:06.60).  The Staples 200 Medley Relay took third (1:46. 94) with Hunter, Bowens, Healy and Olivia Utter. Pictured after their 200 Freestyle Relay win: Front row:  Bowens, Lenoce; Back Row  Hunter, Healy.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Alden O. Sherman, 100

Alden Outram Sherman of Weston, a former Westport resident, entrepreneur, aerospace industry legend, machinist, inventor, and classic car collector, died Nov. 10 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 100.

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Alden Sherman: vintage car collector. Contributed photo

He was born to the late Avice Lauretta Rabbitt and Outram Willett Sherman on May 6, 1918 in Rye, New York. He and his family moved to Westport in 1947 and then to Weston in 1956.

He lived in the same Weston house at the time of his death. It had been built by a local carpenter, with only a handshake as the agreement. Even at the end of his life, he was known for the strength of that handshake.

He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Mahopac, New York and graduated from the high school there.

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Fake Snow at Terrain Holiday Open House

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When Mother Nature did not cooperate by having real snow today, Terrain, 561 Posr Road East, mounted a snow machine on its roof to generate the white stuff for guests at its holiday open house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Holiday Open House at Terrain

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Terrain, 561 Post Road East, held its holiday open house today with holiday carols sung a cappella by the Downtown Choral Octet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Lunch at the Market

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Patrons at today’s season debut of the Westport Winter Farmers Market had a choice of eating indoors or at a half dozen food trucks outside. Many of the vendors will return Tuesday for a special holiday market 10 a,m, to 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Miche Show Off

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Tim Topi, owner of Norwalk’s Wave Hill Breads, shows off a wild yeast sourdough miche today at the debut of the Westport Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane. Hundreds turned out for the sale that also included a food truck arena. There will be a special pre-Thanksgiving holiday session of the market on Tuesday 10 a,m. to 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Outdoor Food and Fun at Farmers Market

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Today’s opening day of the Westport Winter Farmers Market at 7 Sylvan Lane included some outdoor food trucks, music, and fun for youngsters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, November 17, 2018


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibition: “Paradise”
3 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Legally Blonde The Musical”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thousand Pines”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Legally Blonde The Musical”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thousand Pines” (final performance)

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Community Theatre Presents ‘The Price’

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The Westport Community Theatre presents “The Price,” by Arthur Miller on Friday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 9 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, with a Thursday performance on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($23 for seniors and $15 for students) and can be purchased at http://www.westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling (203) 226-1983. The Westport Community Theatre is located at the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Pictured: Kitty Robertson, Rich Masotti, Patrick Duffy and Frederic Tisch.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2018:

Elizabeth A. Aitoro to Surfing LLC, 6 Surf Road, $900,000Westport Property Transfers

Vincent J. Aitoro Estate to Surfing LLC, 6 Surf Road, $900,000

Kyung Jae Kim & Yong Yun Kim to Paul Goroff & Elise Martin, 26 Edgewater Commons Lane, Unit 3E, $545,000

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BOE Names New Members of Community Advisory Group

By Jarret Liotta

Moving quickly to generate feedback, the Board of Education officially put the Community Advisory Group into place Thursday night with the aim of getting consensus on how the town should respond to the crisis at Coleytown Middle School (CMS).

Though several slots are still open, the group is scheduled to hold its first public work session Sunday at 5 p.m. in Town Hall, at which time a series of possible options will be presented by Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer regarding the future of CMS and its students.

Among the members in place are teachers John Horrigan of CMS, who is also co-president of the Westport Education Association, and Jeanne Bowles of Saugatuck Elementary School (SES). Both are also Westport residents.

The three PTA members included Elena Caggiano, representing Staples High School’s PTA, Lee Goldstein, CMS co-president, representing the middle schools, and Amie Peck, PTA co-president at SES.

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Friday, November 16, 2018


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibition: “Paradise”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Excel
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Legally Blonde The Musical”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thousand Pines”

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

P&Z Closes Contentious Affordable Housing Hearing

By James Lomuscio

After one of its more contentious meetings, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight closed its hearing on a planned 19-unit, 50-foot high affordable housing complex at 122 Wilton Road.

How contentious?

Mark Branse, the attorney for the developer Garden Homes Management Corp., raised commissioners’ ire when he said the P&Z “snookered” Hartford Superior Court Judge Marshall Berger into dismissing Garden Homes’ 8-30g suit against the town.

Garden Homes brought that suit after the P&Z on Feb. 4, 2016 denied its application for a 48-unit planned complex on the same 1.1-acre site on the west bank of the Saugatuck River. Saying the town acted properly, Berger dismissed the suit on May 27, 2017.

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And Then the Rain Came

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After the season’s first snowstorm that dumped about 4 inches on Westport, the snow turned to rain tonight. On Main Street, cleared of the snow, a worker got a head start on shoveling a sidewalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Welcome Back to Westport

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Commuters returning to Westport tonight found snow-covered cars and streets. The streets were slippery and difficult to navigate as the initial snowfall was particularly heavy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Slow Snow Go

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Snow slowed the evening rush hour today on Riverside Avenue in Westport’s Saugatuck section. Police responded to numerous reports of cars stuck in the snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Walking Through a Storm

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A visitor heads to the riverwalk outside the Westport Library today as snow began to fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Here It Comes

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A school bus makes its way along Kings Highway North late today as the season’s first snow began to fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Getting Home Just in Time

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A youngster heads home today on Bayberry Lane as snow starts to cover the woodlands. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anna-Liisa Nixon for WestportNow.com

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Early Closings

Due to the weather, the Westport Center for Senior Activities will close at 6:30 p.m. today.

The Westport Library will close at 5 p.m.

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Storm Causes Modification of BOE Session

Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer today sent the following email to parents:

“Due to the pending storm, all student after-school and evening activities are canceled for this evening, Thursday, November 15, 2018.

“In the spirit of not delaying the formation of the Community Advisory Group, the Board of Education will hold its 7:30 p.m. meeting this evening with a modified approach. The meeting will be convened using a conference call line available to the Board and members of the public.

“The Board will reschedule the first agenda item, Update/Discussion on CMS/BMS/SHS, but will continue with the second agenda item, Vote on Membership of Community Advisory Group.

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Police Holiday Toy Drive Set

The Westport Police Department annual holiday toy drive, which provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County and beyond, is set for two weekends in December.

The drive is sponsored by Local Union No. 2080 and the Police Benevolent Association and will be held on Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 8 and 9, and 15 and 16 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Westport Police officers will accept new, unopened, and unwrapped toys, as well as cash donations, in the parking lot of ASF Sports & Outdoors, located at 1560 Post Road East, Westport, an announcement said.

In the case of inclement weather, residents are asked to call the Westport Police Department at 203-341-6000 and donations can be brought to Police Headquarters as soon as conditions allow. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission of People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Pension Investment Committee & 401(k) Investment Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibition: “Paradise”
12:45 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East) - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
1:30 p.m. - St. Luke Church Community Room (84 Long Lots Road) - Westport Garden Club
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - The Great Migration & African Americans in Connecticut
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Music Historian Harvey Sachs: “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience” Postponed
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission [Canceled]
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Special Board of Education meeting followed by Q&A regarding Coleytown Middle School integration
7:30 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players: “Legally Blonde The Musical” Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration Canceled
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thousand Pines”

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