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Monday, May 08, 2006

EMS Offers CPR Course

Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services will hold Adult Heartsaver CPR Course on May 18 7-10 p.m. in the Westport Police Classroom.

The course is $25 to cover materials.

The class is intended for all ages and is available to all area residents and businesses. The course follows the American Heart Association curriculum.

No walk-ins or late registration will be accepted.

Call (203) 341-6030 for more information.

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Congratulating the New Rotary District Governor

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Rick Benson of Westport (c) was elected Rotary district governor for 2008-09 at a conference in Hyannis, Mass., over the weekend. Congratulating him is Jim Lang (l), a Rotary district official. Looking on is Alan Hurst, the current district governor who oversees 60 Rotary clubs in Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Westport’s Newest Attraction

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Sunday’s sunny weather drew crowds to Westport’s Compo Beach playground on its first full day of operation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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It’s Magic

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The Westport Historical Society Sunday presented “The Pound Puppy Party,” a family event to celebrate its “Dogs of Winslow Park” exhibit. Some of the children came to the party with their favorite stuffed puppy. Entertainment included magician Steve Taylor who is also a trained Big Apple Circus clown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 8, 2006


9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Domestic Violence Task Force
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room309/307 – Board of Selectmen

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“La Strada” at Senior Center May 17

As part of its Spring Film Series, The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities will present the classic film “La Strada”  Wednesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. 

The 1954 film stars Anthony Quinn and Giulietta Masina, and is directed by Federico Fellini. “La Strada” (The Road) has been described as a moving masterpiece that explores the soul’s eternal conflict between the heart and the mind.

The Spring Film Series is being presented by filmmakers Doris Storm and Frank Jacoby of Westport and Weston who will introduce the film, offering an insider’s view of Hollywood and filmmaking.

The film is free to residents 60 years and above. The Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For more information, phone (203)341-5099.

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Talking Transportation: Solving the Railroad Parking Mess

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Before we can get cars off the roads by persuading drivers to become passengers on the trains, we first have to give them a place to park their cars at the train stations. As all commuters know, station parking is a nightmare.

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Many stations have a four- or five-year wait for annual permits, which can cost up to $600, and day-parking is expensive, if you can find it.

As I’ve explained before, parking at most rail stations is owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation but administered by the local towns. That’s why we’ve ended up with a crazy quilt of rules and pricing.

Take Rowayton for example. Every year annual permits are handed out on a first-come, first served basis one hectic Saturday morning in May. Nobody is “grandfathered-in.” Everyone literally waits in line, often all night, every year. 

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Lady Climber

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The new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach, in its first full day, attracted visitors throughout the day today, including this young lady enjoying the climbing wall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Cooking Tips Offered at Israel Fair

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“Chef” Steve Krawitz of Westport offers some cooking tips at today’s Israel Fair at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. The event was a benefit for UJA/Federation Westport-Weston-Wilton-Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Nozzleman

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There was ample opportunity for some hands-on exploring at today’s “Touch-a-Truck” fundraiser at Westport’s Luciano Park. The event was sponsored by Fairfield County Safe Kids. This youngster got some nozzle time on a Westport fire hose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Walking, Rolling and Strolling for Star

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About 600 persons took part in today’s “Walk, Roll and Stroll” fundraiser at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park for Norwalk’s Star, Inc., Lighting the Way, a not-for-profit organization serving infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia greeted the participants before the walk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Staples Hosts Special Olympics

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Westpoirt’s Staples High School today hosted the annual Special Olympics sponsored by the Westport Police Athletic League. There were swimming and track and field events for teams from Westport and surrounding communities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Better Chance Holds Annual Gala

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A Better Chance of Westport held its annual fundraiser Saturday night at the Unitarian Church. Among those attending were (l-r) ABC board member Lisa Friedland, Shamir Clayton, an ABC Scholar and Staples senior, and ABC President Steve Daniels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Honored for Protecting the Environment

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Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center in Westport, Saturday night presented its 2006 Environmental Advocate Award to (l-r) longtime Westport resident Julie Belaga, Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss and Weston resident Russell Brenneman at the “Dancin’ in the Woods” fundraiser. All three were honored for their many activities on behalf of preserving and protecting the environment, particularly in Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Selling for a Good Cause

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Junior staff volunteers Jocie Fifield, Emma Taylor and Andrea Sherman sold beaded animal bracelets to help raise funds at the “Dancin’ in the Woods” fundraiser Saturday night for Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Into the Swing of Things

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These youngsters quickly got into the swing of things following Saturday’s opening of the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 7, 2006


8:30 a.m. - Staples High School - Westport PAL sponsors Special Olympics
11 a.m. - Luciano Park - Fairfield County Safe Kids host a “Touch-A-Truck” event
11:30 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll (registration 10:15 a.m.)
11:30 a.m. - Bedford Middle School - Israel Fair
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thurgood”

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Playground Mob Scene

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The new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was mobbed as soon as the official ribbon was cut today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Ready, Set, Go!

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When ribbon was cut, children ran to use the new Compo Beach playground today. The volunteer Westport project replaced a similar volunteer effort done in 1989. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Rush is On as Compo Playground Officially Opens

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The rush was on as the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach officially opened today. Some finishing touches on the project will be done during the coming week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Moment in Time

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Today’s offical opening of Wesport’s Compo Beach playground included burying a time capsule. Doing the honors were the co-chairs of the building committee, Rebecca Ellsley (l) and Suzanne Dodge. Included in the capsule were contents from a time capsule buried following construction of the 1989 playground. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saying Thank You

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Before the new Compo Beach playground opened today there were thank yous from Suzanne Dodge, co-chair of the Playground Building Committee. Looking on were co-chair Rebecca Ellsley (standing, rear); Marty Hauhuth, former Westport first selectman; Diane Farrell, former first selectwoman, and current First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Playground Scavenger Hunt

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Before today’s opening of the new playground at Wesport’s Compo Beach, there was a scavenger hunt for youngsters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Shays Meets Westport Seniors

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U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays addressed about 40 persons today at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities. It was one a a series of town meetings the Republican congressman is having in his district. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Last Minute Activity at Compo Playground

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There was a flurry of last minute activity today at Westport’s Compo Beach playground in order to get the project ready for the schedueld afternoon dedication. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Students See Special Performance of “Thurgood”

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Students from Westport’s Staples High School as well as students from Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School and Bridgeport’s Central High School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School attended this week’s student matinee of “Thurgood” starring James Earl Jones at the Westport Country Playhouse. All attendees received a 12-page study guide prepared by the Playhouse education department to take their theater experience back to the classroom for discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, May 6, 2006


2 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Rep. Christopher Shays town meeting
2 p.m. - Compo Beach - Playground dedication
2 p.m. and 8 p.m.. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thurgood”
6:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church - A Better Chance fundraiser
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center - Earthplace fundraiser

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Make A Difference Day Committee Receives $10,000 Award

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Westport’s Make a Difference Day Committee tonight accepted a $10,000 award in recognition of its annual efforts each October to help others in the community. The check from actor and Westport resident Paul Newman’s Newman’s Own benefits United Way of Westport-Weston. It was presented during tonight’s Bridgeport Bluefish game at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport. Make a Difference Day is sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and its carrier newspapers, including The Hour of Norwalk. Taking part in the between innings ceremony were (l-r): Sara Rac, Lucas Rose, Lindsay Kulkin, and Barbara Murray of Westport; Pam Brown of USA Weekend; Westporter Barbara Pearson-Rac, chair of the committee; Chet Valiante, publisher of The Hour, and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. Make A Difference Day is held in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Playground Work Goes Down to Wire

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With a day to go before the formal opening, work on the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was in high gear today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyillis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Schools Art Show Opens

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The Westport schools townwide art show oepned tonight at Westport Town Hall. A mother and daughter get a close up look of some of the works which will be on exhibit until the end of the month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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