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Monday, December 10, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - An Evening with Amy Sedaris (autograph session at 8:30 p.m.)
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)

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Freezing Rain Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N,.Y. tonight issued a freezing rain advisory for Westport and area which is in effect until 5 a.m. Monday.

Light rain, mixed with sleet at the onset, has overspread the region this evening, an advisory said.

A light northerly flow has brought colder air down to the coast with temperatures in most locations having dropped to around freezing. Temperatures away from the immediate shoreline should continue to hover around or just below freezing for most of the night, which should lead to icy conditions, the advisory said.

One- to two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is expected before temperatures rise above freezing late tonight.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

‘Tis the Season

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Carolers from the Westport Country Playhouse entertained passersby today with seasonal selections to remind Westporters and visitors of the current production at the Playhouse of “A Christmas Carol.”  Performing were (l-r) actors Matt Simphens, Stacey Harris, Michael St. John and Beth Blankenstips. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Police Toy Drive Under Way

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Westport Police Department Local 2080 is again sponsoring its annual holiday toy drive for underprivileged children at Toys R Us, 1850 Post Road East. Sgt. Richard Sloat today accepted donations of a cart full of toys from a young couple. The police seek new, unopened, unwrapped toys. Officers will be at Toys R Us until 6 p.m. today and again next weekend. Donations may also be brought to police headquarters, 50 Jesup Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Boy Scouts Work Main Street

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Benjamin Waller and Josh Lindsey-Noble of Boy Scout Troop 39 in Westport spent Saturday morning selling pewter Minuteman ornaments and key chains as a fund-raiser on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westport Firefighters Host Christmas Party

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It was fun and games at the Westport Fire Department Saturday as firefighters hosted their annual Christmas party for their families. The highlight was the appearance of Santa (Paul Wohlforth) who had gifts for all who attended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Do Mittens Grow On Trees?

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It seems that some skaters at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park may have left the rink without their mittens Saturday. A creative good samaritan placed them in this tree, establishing a natural lost-and-found right in the rink parking lot where they are sure to be seen.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 9, 2007


8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Toys R Us, 1850 Post Road East -Westport Police Holiday Toy Drive
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery Studio - Adam and Eve
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse & Zest Cafe - “A Christmas Carol” followed by Dickensian Tea
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Veronica’s Room”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Music@the Library: Pamela Wyn Shannon & Lissa Schneckenburger
5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Treasure Hunting

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A treasure hunter tries his luck today in the waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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All Ears

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A horse pulling holiday shoppers along Westport’s Main Street today was all ears as the Staples Orphenians performed in front of Talbot’s Men’s Store.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Woman Killed by Train at Green’s Farms Station

UPDATE A 59-year-old Westport woman was struck and killed by a Metro-North New Haven Line train today at Westport’s Green’s Farms Station. WestportNow.com Image
Passengers await a New York-bound train at Green’s Farms station today after the train in which they were riding struck and killed a woman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

All trains were halted after the incident shortly after 12:30 p.m.

Several hundred passengers on the New York-bound train were taken off at the station and waited in the parking lot adjacent to the New Haven-bound platform for a replacement train to continue their journey.

Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker identified the woman as Janet Welch, 59, of Westport. He said she jumped out in front of the train from under a bridgeplate across a track. A bridgeplate is a platform which allows riders to access a train on an inside track away from the platform.

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Sharing

A woman stopped in Westport’s Jesup Green today to enjoy the sunshine and have a sandwich. She was accompanied by her Wheaton Terrier who was very interested in her sandwich. Eventually, she shared. Click on the photos or arrows to see the sequence. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Trains Delayed After Green’s Farms Fatality

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Police and fire units converged on Westport’s Green’s Farms station today after a New York-bound train struck and killed a 59-yearold Westport woman. Metro-North suspended service on the New Haven Line in the area for some time after the incident which occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Metro-North identified the woman as Janet Welch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Golf Today

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Westport’s Longshore Club Park golf course is covered with snow today following Friday night’s brief snowfall. Today’s forecast called for clear skies and temperatures in the low 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Commentary: Silent Sons

(Editor’s note: The following commentary by award-winning Westport-based writer Jessica Bram was broadcast on Fairfield County Public Radio WSHU-FM.)

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

First there was this spring’s horrific rampage – a disaffected Virginia Tech student who was somehow able to legally purchase two handguns in gun shops, ammunition on eBay, and methodically murder 32 students and professors. And now this: another unhappy young man, this one just 19, opening fire in a shopping mall filled with holiday shoppers, killing eight and wounding five. 

Apparently depressed from being fired from his job at McDonald’s and a recent breakup, he was rumored to have written a suicide note saying he would “go out in style.” Presumably he intended to find some relief by emulating “Die-Hard”-like movie action heroes with a loaded rifle – and the satisfaction of having his name in the news for a day or so, along with a list of the dead.

As I did after Columbine, and then again this spring, I find myself thinking about those silent young boys – the Cho Seung-Huis and Eric Harris’s and Dylan Klebolds, and a now this new boy in Omaha. I keep wondering how these boys could for so long have harbored such rage, and what could only be severe mental illness, and kept it a secret? 

As a mother, I ask: what about their parents? Didn’t they have a clue, not even a hint, that the boys they had nurtured as toddlers, who had slept in their homes for most of their lives, taken showers down the hall, grabbed milk from the refrigerator – that these boys had the capacity, and most of all, the will, to commit these acts? Or are we seeing, again and again, some highly deranged hero worship of our culture’s new style of cowboy, shoot-‘em-up, action figures with automatic weapons and endless rounds of ammunition?

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Spectator Times Two

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Not yet ready for lessons, Samantha and Shane Sandrew, 9 months old, were spectators at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Skating Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 8, 2007


8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Toys R Us, 1850 Post Road East -Westport Police Holiday Toy Drive
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Night Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery Studio - Adam and Eve
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse & Zest Cafe - “A Christmas Carol” followed by Dickensian Tea
5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Comminity Theatre: “Veronica’s Room”

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Snow Adds to Rush Hour Woes

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Traffic is at a standstill on Westport’s Wilton Road tonight during the evening rush hour as a light snowfall coated area roadways with ice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Couldn’t Stop

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A Shelton woman waits for a tow truck tonight after she was unable to stop at Westport’s Imperial Avenue and Jesup Road and hit a tree. She was not injured. Police reported many minor accidents as a brief snowfall left roadways covered with ice during the evening rush hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Slow Go

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Traffic on I-95 slowed to a crawl during tonight’s brief snowfall that left roadways and highways covered with ice. View is looking south from the Westport’s Hales Road overpass between Exits 17 and 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Stalled

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Traffic was stalled on many Westport roadways during tonight’s rush hour because of a brief snowfall that left many roads coated with ice. North Avenue between Cross Highway and Easton Road was shut down for more than an hour before Public Works Department crews finally got the road open after several passes with a sand truck. Pictured are cars at North Avenue and North Ridge Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Snow Causes Havoc on Westport Roadways

A late afternoon snowfall today caused havoc on Westport roadways with police reporting cars slipping and sliding throughout town as temperatures fell below freezing.

Police said there were numerous minor accidents on icy roadways but no serious injuries reported.

A portion of Cross Highway from Roseville Road to North Avenue was closed with cars sideways in the roadway. Other cars were stranded on hills on Thomas Road and Baker Road off Imperial Avenue, according to police.

The Westport Public Works Department called in crews to sand the roads as numerous calls came in reporting slippery conditions.

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Rell Holds Teleconference With GAO on FAA Redesign Plan

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today held a teleconference with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding its study of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) airspace redesign project that will send more planes over Fairfield County.

“The purpose of the call was to reinforce to the GAO that the FAA airspace redesign plan is simply unacceptable,” Rell said in a statement.

“Noise impacts, more planes flying at lower levels, expanded holding patterns over residential neighborhoods and impacts to state park and forest lands all add up to a plan that is fundamentally flawed.”

Westport is among 14 communities in southwest Connecticut and New York State that have joined efforts with the state to seek a review of the FAA plan.

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Sellout Crowd for “A Christmas Memory”

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Thursday night’s performance of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” attracted a sellout crowd to the Westport Woman’s Club. Produced by Westport’s Play With Your Food, the cocktail hour format was a new performance for Westport audiences. Directed by Mark Graham, the ensemble included (l-r) Kathryn Marchand, Betty Jinnette, Joan Grant, Richard Leonard and Mark Basile as the young Truman. Hors d’ouevres and wine were supplied by Acqua Ristorante of Westport. The lunchtime Play With Your Food series begins in Fairfield on Jan. 22. For ticket information, call (203)259-1036 or www.playwithyourfood.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Morning Goose Bumps

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Even the geese slumbering Thursday on a newly frozen pond along Westport’s Sturges Highway were slow to rise on a chilly December morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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