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Thursday, April 09, 2009

An Appeal: Retired Westport Policeman Needs Kidney

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Anthony Giunta: 64, retired in 2006 after 34 years service. File photo

To the Editor:

This is not your run-of-the-mill letter to the editor. In fact, I’ve never written anything quite like this. 

This letter is about my husband’s cousin, Anthony Giunta. He is a retired Westport detective and in dire need of a new kidney. He’s no stranger to the citizens of Westport and surrounding areas.

This is because Tony, a.k.a. Chip, spent the greater part of his life serving the needs of Westport citizens and dedicating his life to helping others. In fact, he’s so out of his comfort zone in asking for help, it took me months to convince him to let me write this letter. 

As a longtime police officer on the Westport force, he tirelessly helped citizens by investigating and solving all types of cases from petty thievery to serious crimes.

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Here Comes the Sun

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There were finally some rays of sunshine which broke through Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Steven J. Laitmon for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 9, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
6:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Society of Financial Service Professionals: “Financial Planning for Special Needs Families”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents “Master Class”

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Post Road East Crash Sends Three to Hospital

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Each driver was injured tonight in a three vehicle collision around 8:30 p.m. near the entrance to the Lansdowne residential complex on Post Road East. Two of the vehicles appeared to have collided head-on. Westport police, firefighters and EMS personnel assisted at the scene.  The injured were transferred to the hospital by EMS personnel and the vehicles were towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Forest Drive

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An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 5 Forest Drive off Old Road. Built in 1952, the one-story ranch has 1,656 square feet and is situated on a 1.05-acre property. It changed ownership in October 2008 for $825,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application process requires review by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: Bridge Market

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The Bridge Market in Saugatuck’s Bridge Square—long known as Peter’s Bridge Market—has closed and the deli and salad bar have moved into the nearby Felton’s Fish Market. Westporter Felton Weller had operated the Bridge Market until its closing last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Best Friends

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A computer keyboard evoked no interest from best friends Juliet Savarino (l) of Westport and Deanna Levine of Weston, both 4, as they spent spent some time drawing pictures together Tuesday at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – PIC Downtown Plan Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Water Quality Initiative
2:30 p.m. – Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
6:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Twilight”

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Choirs at Staples

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The choirs from all five Westport elementary schools, both middle schools, and Staples High School, joined together tonight for a concert at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Staples Class of 1984 Sets 25th Reunion

Westport’s Staples High School Class of 1984 will hold its 25th reunion July 17-19.

Weekend events include Friday evening cocktails and gathering at a place to be decided, a Saturday afternoon tour of the new Staples building, and Saturday evening dinner and cocktails at Quattro Pazzi at the Oak Hills Country Club.

On Sunday, there will be a BYO brunch at Compo Beach.

Contact Allison for ticket information and questions at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit a reunion Web site at http://www.funkyside.com/staples.

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Westporters Lead Cancer Walk

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff joins Westporters Tammy Zelkowitz (l) and Kinnary Patel who are among those leading the sixth annual walk/run event on May 30 to benefit the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital.  The event will take place at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Registration for the rain or shine benefit will begin at 10 a.m. Runners will start the 5k run at 11 a.m. and the walkers will begin the 3k walk at noon. Zelkowitz is the chairman of the benefit event. More information is available on the Norwalk Hospital Web site (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Cupcakes Are Coming

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New York-based graphic designer Lawrence A. El-Amin applies finishing touches today to the windows of the new Westport Crumbs Bake Shop whose grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. Crumbs will give away 1,000 complimentary cupcakes (one per person) on opening day. Founded by the husband and wife team of Jason and Mia Bauer, the business started on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 2003. The Westport shop is located at Taylor Place opposite the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preparing for June Horse Show

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The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show Committee is gearing up for its annual horse show to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. to be held June 16-20 in Westport. The annual show, now in its 85th year, attracts the best and the brightest among the professional, amateur, and junior equestrian ranks. Pictured top row (l-r) are: Elaine Campbell, Westport; Margaret Holzhacker, Fairfield; Allison Ashman, Fairfield; and Silvia Durno, Westport. Bottom row: Catherine Herman, Weston; Berkeley Soper, Southport; Margie Bondy, Wilton; and Susan Barnet, Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation

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Staples Senior Wins National Art Competition Honors

Nellie Stagg, a 17-year-old senior at Westport’s Staples High School, is a winner in a national art competition with a computer drawing inspired by the oppression of women in Afghanistan.WestportNow.com Image
Nellie Stagg’s computer art “In-Formation” was inspired by a paper she wrote in an advanced placement literature class. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

“When I received a package in the mail telling me I had won, I let out a squeal of delight and did a little dance,” said Nellie, who will be honored at a Carnegie Hall ceremony in New York in June.

The image, “In-Formation” depicting women clad in colorful burqa-like clothing and carrying automatic weapons, won a national gold medal in the computer art category. Nellie said it took her about two months to create the vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator.

It was among 140,000 works submitted in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009 competition sponsored by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

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“Be Faithful to People Who Made Your Brand Great”

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Monday night’s authors @ the library series featured 1982 Staples graduate David Vinjamuri (l), author of “Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands” and Ridgefield resident Michelle Briody, author of “16 Weeks to Your Dream Business: A Weekly Planner for Entrepreneurial Women.” The background slide reading “Be Faithful” refers to Vinjamuri’s advice that “whatever it takes, be faithful to those people who made your brand great.” Vinjamuri, a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, is founder and president of ThirdWay Brand Trainers, a leading brand marketing training company, and adjunct instructor of marketing at New York University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com

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