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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Newman Family Hosts Hole in the Wall Camps Benefit

A star-studded evening to celebrate the Hole in the Wall Camps, founded by Westport’s late Paul Newman, will take place on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. WestportNow.com Image

Hosted by Joanne Woodward, the evening’s honorary chairs Robert Redford and Julia Roberts will be joined by Jerry Seinfeld, James Taylor, Harry Connick, Jr., Yo-Yo Ma, Art Garfunkel, Joshua Bell and more to perform alongside Hole in the Wall Campers in honor of Newman’s legacy. 

Newman founded the first Hole in the Wall Camp 20 years ago. It has since grown to the world’s largest family of camps serving children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions. 

To date, Hole in the Wall Camps have served more than 164,000 children worldwide free of charge.

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Getting Ready for Hurricane Season

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A team of Westport emergency management personnel traveled to Farmingdale, Long Island for a meeting with National Weather Service officials on hurricane risk to the eastern United States. The town was designated a “Storm Ready” municipality by the National Weather Service in June of 2007 and the consultation is one of the ongoing benefits to Westport. The Westport officials had a chance at Republic Airport to see the operational capabilities of a NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft. Pictured (l-r) are John Koch, deputy chief National Weather Service Eastern Region; Deputy Fire Chief Jon Gottfried, Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant, and Fire Chief Christopher Ackley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Hall-Brooke Art Show Draws Large Crowd

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A large turnout and lots of sales were evident during Saturday night’s opening reception of Friends of Hall-Brooke’s seventh annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show and Sale. It continues today from noon to 4 p.m. and includes a diverse, and reasonably priced display of art from 12 area artists. Hall-Brooke is at 47 Long Lots Road, Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Making the Art Scene

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There was good food and drink in addition to the fine art at Saturday night’s opening reception of Friends of Hall-Brooke’s seventh annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show and Sale. The sale continues today from noon to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julie O’Connor for WestportNow.com

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Sitting on her huge mound-like nest lined with feathers, down and twigs, a mute swan waits patiently while keeping her eggs safe until she is relieved for a brief period by her mate. The two are extremely protective of their eggs and each other and are very aggressive towards any other swans that might try to intrude upon their self-imposed solitude of 34-38 days. The nest was spotted in the marsh off Westport’s Kings Highway North Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 10, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Hall-Brooke (47 Long Lots Road) - 7th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show and Sale
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”

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A Winner

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The sixth annual Westport Youth Film Festival came to an end tonight with announcement of the winners at a Toquet Hall ceremony. Katie Hacala and Damian Wiseman (r), festival co-directors, announce the winners of the Music Video Award were two students from Westport’s Staples High School, Michael Holmes and Josh Rauh, for their film “Buck Em Down.” A clip of of the film was shown on the screen, one of 79 films seen at the day-long event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Special Guests

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Among special guests at tonight’s Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) awards ceremony at Toquet Hall were (l-r) Janet Granger, Susan Granger (Janet’s mother) and Sandy Kenyon. Westporter Susan Granger is a noted film critic who was presented with an award at the ceremony for her significant impact on WYFF. Granger told the audience that “you need be passionate to make films…and you need to follow your dreams.” Kenyon, critic and entertainment reporter for New York’s WABC-TV, also addressed the audience and stressed the importance of passion in making films. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Learning to Duck on Saugatuck River Tour

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Those who took part in today’s Westport Historical Society “Paddle to the Pass” kayak/canoe tour up the Saugatuck River had to learn to duck under the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge. The tour was guided by Sally Harold, project director of the Nature Conservancy’s Saugatuck River Watershed Partnership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Up Close View

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High tide and getting under the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge took a little doing for some participants in today’s Westport Historical Society “Paddle to the Pass” kayak/canoe tour up the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Making Waves

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It was a great day to be out on the Saugatuck River today on a Westport Historical Society tour of the waterway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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River Warriors

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Those taking part in today’s Westport Historical Society “Paddle to the Pass” tour of the Saugatuck River stopped on land long enough for a group portrait. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Governor Reports 11 More H1N1 Flu Cases

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the Department of Public Health has confirmed 11 new cases of novel H1N1 flu (swine flu) among Connecticut residents, including in Darien and Wilton.

Positive results for H1N1 flu were confirmed today at the department’s Public Health Laboratory for three residents of Ridgefield as well as for residents of Danbury, Derby, Greenwich, Old Saybrook, and Waterbury in addition to Darien and Wilton.

“We continue to expect new cases, and now our own state laboratory is able to do the testing so we do not have to wait for responses from the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta,” Rell said.

“Happily, the cases we have seen continue to be relatively mild and people are recovering without needing to spend time in a hospital.”

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Navigating the Economic Storm

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Westport’s Community Support and Counseling Team led by Human Services Director Barbara Butler sponsored a forum today at the Westport Public Library, “Navigating the Economic Storm:  Westport’s Community Response.” A panel of experts addressed the needs and worries of residents on such topics as housing, financial and banking issues, career resources, volunteer and recreation opportunities. Pictured is Butler (r) as she introduced participants (l-r) Elona Needle, (moderator), assistant vice president, First County Bank; Irene Ropicki, vice resident, First County Bank; Michael Buchas, Connecticut Department of Banking, and Gary Dagan, special agent, FBI, New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Landon Outlines Proposed Budget Cuts; Saves Collab Class

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has outlined his recommended budget reductions necessitated by $1.4 million in Board of Finance-imposed budget cuts.WestportNow.com Image
Elliott Landon: “Moved by ‘cries of the children.’” Dave Matlow/WN file photo

At the same time, he announced he intends to restore the popular Collab course at Staples High School whose budget-related cancellation had sparked an outcry from students and parents. (See WestportNow April 9, 2009)

In a memo to the Board of Education in advance of its Monday meeting, Landon referred to “dramatic cuts” in the amount of $1.4.million made by the Board of Finance and upheld by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at its meeting on Tuesday.

“In preparing this list, I have tried to keep my public promise to the Board of Education and the Westport community….that I would do all that was possible to ensure that any reductions I might propose would not significantly impact the programs and services that we provide to the children who attend our schools now, or in the future,” he said.

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