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Friday, December 25, 2009

Westport Featured Prominently in New Novel

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The action takes place in a Westport beach cottage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
This week’s Publisher’s Weekly describes novelist Cathleen Schine’s latest book, “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,”  as “a little bit 21st-century homage to ‘Sense and Sensibility’and a little bit homecoming to her childhood town of Westport, Conn.”

Schine, a 1971 Staples High School graduate and one of the extended Schine family in Westport, was asked by interviewer Julie Naughton whether the Westport of her childhood influenced the story.

“The town has changed so much since I was growing up,” Schine replied. “My mother sold her house and kept the barn—all around it, these huge houses have gone up. The barn looks like the gardener’s shed now!

“As I was creating the cottage in Westport where Annie, Miranda, and Betty (characters in the book) would live, I was inspired by a house on the beach that my friend was living in.

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White Christmas at Longshore

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It wasn’t snowing, but the white stuff made for a White Christmas look at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 25, 2009 - Christmas Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, Public Library, and Arts Center closed in observance of Christmas

1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Christmas Day Feast

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Silent Night

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Christmas lights twinkle in the distance as seen from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve Postcard

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Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church took on a Christmas Eve postcard look as churchgoers arrived for the Christmas Eve family service late today. The church will host its annual Christmas Day feast at 1 p.m. on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Isn’t This What Dads Are For?

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A Dad memory moment today at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Skate and Snap

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A Christmas Eve spin on the ice at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park called for a picture taking moment today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Christmas Eve Scene

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Snow left over from the weekend storm added to the festive holiday Christmas Eve scene along Post Road East in Westport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Main Street Greeter

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The lifelike mechanical Santa Claus in front of Douglas Cosmetics on Westport’s Main Street attracted a lot of attention today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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A Face on Main Strreet

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A young girl carried a friend as she shopped today on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Vintage Santa

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Santa and his helper drove through Westport in style today to the delight of last minute Christmas shoppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Last Minute Shoppers

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A number of Westport downtown retailers said they were pleasantly surprised today with the level of last minute Christmas shopping. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Rell Rail Inspection: First New M8 Cars Arrive

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The first two M8 rail cars manufactured in Japan by Kawasaki for Metro-North’s New Haven Line have arrived at the New Haven rail yard. Gov. M. Jodi Rell today toured the cars with officials, including Jim Cameron (l, inset), chairman of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council (and WestportNow columnist). The first ‘”pilot” M8 cars must undergo four to six months of testing before any of the 300 cars in the M8 order will go into passenger service. Extensive input from commuters was sought in the design of the cars which incorporate new amenities such a power plugs at each row of seats and LED displays. The cars are also “Wi-Fi ready” for when an Internet access technology is finally chosen.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos

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Spreading the Cheer

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A couple of travelers had seasonal head gear as they waited for a New York-bound train today at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: Leonards Moves Across Street

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Leonards Antique Furniture store, 1026 Post Road East, has completed its move to its new location across the street at 1045 Post Road East (see WestportNow Nov, 8, 2009). The new location was previously occupied by Smith & Hawken, a high-end gardening store that went out of business in July. (see WestportNow July 10, 2009). Leonards occupied its prior location since March 2000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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