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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Former FBI Undercover Agent Meets Former Judge Image
Former FBI undercover agent Joaquin “Jack” Garcia was guest speaker today at the Y’s Men of Westport Weston weekly meeting. Afterward, the man who has been called the FBI’s most successful secret operator had a chance to chat with Westporter Alan H. Nevas, a retired Senior U.S. District Judge. Garcia kept his audience spellbound as he reviewed his career that involved hundreds of undercover operations involving the mafia, corrupt politicians and police officers, drug dealers, and organized crime gangs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


02/04/10 10:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

What’s a Six-Letter Word for Brainteaser?

What’s a six-letter word for a kind of brainteaser that will involve the Westport Public Library this weekend? Image
The 2009 puzzle contest at the Westport Public Library had about 90 participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

It you guessed p-u-z-z-l-e, you are correct.

The library’s McManus Room on Saturday will be the venue for the library’s 11th annual crossword puzzle contest with Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times, presiding.

Shortz will test the skills of participants with some unpublished puzzles and play some word games that will be fun for the experienced and novice player, according to the library’s Joan Hume.

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Bicycle Ride Turns Tragic Image
A male bicyclist, described by witnesses as “an older man,” was apparently severely injured shorty before noon today when he collided with a car on Westport’s Compo Road North at East Main Street. The impact caused the bicycle to split in two, its wheels coming to rest in front of the car, which had heavy damage to the windshield. The female driver, while shaken up, did not appear to be seriously injured, according to witnesses. The bicyclist was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS with head and other injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Shattered Image
A shattered bicycle, one of its wheels sheared off, lies on Compo Road North today after a collision with a car. The bicyclist was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Bicyclist Hurt in Compo Road North Accident

UPDATE A bicyclist and a car collided today on Westport’s Compo Road North and East Main Image
The impact of the bicyclist can be seen on the windshield of the car that hit him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Police shut down the busy intersection as they tended to the rider. Witnesses said the bicyclist, described as “an older man,” appeared to suffer severe head injuries;

The Hour of Norwalk identified him as Thomas Toal, 50, of Norwalk and said he was in critical condition.

A woman driver of the car involved was being interviewed by police. It appeared that she was heading south on Compo Road North and turning left on to East Main Street.

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The sun peeks over the horizon as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for


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Rell’s Budget Leaves Huge Deficit

By Mark Pazniokas

In her final State of the State address, Gov. M. Jodi Rell Wednesday issued a call for political civility and fiscal responsibility, then proposed a budget that leaves a huge deficit to the next governor and legislature.

Her proposed $18.9 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 relies on $2.7 billion in federal stimulus dollars, borrowing and other one-shot revenues and exhausts the last of the state’s fiscal reserves.

Rell proposed a series of fiscal reforms that she says could help establish a foundation for recovery, but she did not deny leaving a horrific balance sheet for whomever is elected governor this fall.

“Quite frankly, the dire circumstances we are facing today will pale in comparison to the challenges that will face the next governor, the next legislature,” Rell said.

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The cloud formations at Westport’s Compo Beach Wednesday produced picturesque sun rays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Thursday, February 4, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Mad Hot Ballroom”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. - Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) - Center Stage Theatre Company: “Beauty and the Beast”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Parnell Hall, “The Puzzle Lady vs. the Sudoku Lady”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Setting Up “Coastal Views” Image
Neil Hardy puts the finishing touches on the hanging of the new show in the Great Hall of the Westport Library featuring marine photography by Westport photographer Dan Murdoch in a show titled, “Coastal Views.”  The opening reception is Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs until March 31. Murdoch has a life-long passion for all things nautical, from sailing, cruising, and racing to saltwater fishing and scuba diving . A Westport resident for more than 27 years, he started taking pictures as the high school photographer and has never stopped. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Comings and Goings: Paper Dolls Opens on Post Road West Image
Paper Dolls, a “fine stationary, invitations and printed materials shop” has opened at 335 Post Road West, a tucked away location just a few doors away from John’s Best Pizza. Formerly known as Wilton Stationers in Wilton for 28 years, the business was acquired by Margot Vicheron who relocated and re-launched the business in Westport as Paper Dolls. She said that since so many of her customers are from Westport it made sense to “transition the business to this town.”  Pictured are Vicheron (seated) meeting with Westporter Nancy Laner, a longtime customer of the former Wilton Stationers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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State Approves Historic Designation for West Parish Property

Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Council today approved the designation of the West Parish Meeting House Historic Property in Westport’s Greens Farms area as a State Archeological Preserve.

John Suggs, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from District 5, said he and fellow Westporters Helmuth and Lilianne Kruass attended the Council meeting at the State Capitol.

He said they testified in support for the designation for property located at the corner of Greens Farms Road and Sherwood Connector.

“The Council was very receptive to the request, had wonderful comments, and voted unanimously to approve it.” Suggs said. “Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard towards making this day a reality.”

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Warming Up With Play With Your Food Image
Actors David Foubert, Joe Paulik and Kim Maresca delighted the audience today as Play With Your Food presented its second round of lunchtime play readings at Westport’s Toquet Hall. The scene is an excerpt from “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick. The series, now in its eighth season, is sold out in Westport, but seats are available in Fairfield and Greenwich. Click here for info. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Theatrical Lunch Image
The food part came first today for the Westport Toquet Hall audience at Play With Your Food. Catering was by The Wild Pear of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Swimmers Raise $30,000 for Haiti Earthquake Relief Image
A participant in the Swim for Haiti event. Contributed photo
Westport swimmers raised more than $30,000 during Tuesday’s Swim for Haiti event and pledge money is still coming in, organizer said today.

The money will be given to Westport-based Save the Children for its Haiti Emergency Fund.

Swim for Haiti brought together more than 250 swimmers from Staples Swimming, the Westport Swim Club and the Water Rat Swim Team.

They swam at both Staples High School and the Westport Weston Family Y. The teenagers and adults swam three miles each.

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