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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Norwalk Man Escapes Injury in Westport Car Fire

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A 65-year-old Norwalk man escaped serious injury during tonight’s rush hour when his 1998 Lincoln Navigator burst into flames on Westport’s Post Road West near the Norwalk line. The man, who moved to Norwalk last month from North Carolina, said he had just filled up at a nearby gas station when he heard a backfire and saw smoke coming from under the hood. He pulled over in front of 333 Post Road West, jumped out and called 911. The car was fully in flames when Westport firefighters arrived. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Iran Talk at the Library

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More than 100 persons turned out tonight for a “Community Conversation On Iran” at the Westport Public Library. Participants included Dr. Gary Sick (l), who served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. The principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hotages crisis, he is now at Columbia University. He was joined by Westporter Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group in New York City, a political risk consultancy, and author or “The J-Curve, A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed phto

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Monday, November 26, 2007

David Pogue Explains Journalism/Blogging to Y’s Women

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David Pogue, New York Times personal technology columnist and Westport resident, addressed the Y’s Women of Westport Weston today on blogs vs. journalism. He explained that anyone can post information on a blog and often it is unchecked or unverified, which is not the case with Web sites published by professional journalists. He said he has his own blog, Pogue’s Posts, on the The New York Times Web site that often generates hundreds of comments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Jonathan Cunitz Named as RTM District 4 Representative

Members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 4 today selected Jonathan A. Cunitz to fill a vacancy in the District.

Members Gene Seidman, Elizabeth Milwe, and Jeffrey Wieser acted under a Town Charter provision because not enough candidates filed to appear on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election.

Cunitz, who holds a doctorate and master degrees from Harvard Business School, is a consultant in areas of financial management, economics, accounting, and information systems. A 33-year Westport resident, he served as an elected member of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1997 to 2001.

Only one other candidate, Matt Murray, appeared at today’s District meeting at Town Hall.

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Talking Transportation: Fixing the Railroad Parking Mess

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

With new rail cars coming in 2009, now’s the time to plan for additional riders by giving them a place to park at nearby stations. As all commuters know, station parking today is a nightmare.

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Many stations have a four- or five-year wait for annual permits, which can cost up to $650; 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.”

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Taking in the Sun

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Sunday’s brisk temperatures in the 40s did not deter some visitors from taking in the sun at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 26, 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. - 6 p.m. - Wesport Public Library - Teen Gaming In The Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Kings Highway School Technical Group
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation on Iran with Ian Bremmer & Dr. Gary Sick
8 p.m. – Staples High School – Cafeteria B – Board of Education Special Meeting

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Sellout

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A full house with standing room only tonight enjoyed the Westport Arts Center presentation of RGB, a collaboration of three outstanding singer-songwriters and their guests. Pictured are: (l-r) violinist, Robin Batteau; singer-actress Kelli O’Hara Naughton; (standing behind her is guest guitarist, Chris Davis); Brian Chartrand (the B of RGB); Rich Price, (the R); vocalist-guitarist-harmonica player, award-winning actor-singer James Naughton; actress, singer, songwriter Keira Naughton; jazz pianist Chris Coogan, and Weston’s own, Greg Naughton, making his first hometown appearance with his new band, RGB. Tonight’s appearance at the Seabury Center marks the second night of RGB’s cross-country fall tour. RGB, an acoustic folk-rock trio features three-part vocal harmonies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Quick Work

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Westport firefighters made quick work of a dumpster fire tonight at 29 Burr Farms Road. The fire was confined to the dumpster and likely began because of spontaneous combustion, fire officials said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Extinguish Dumpster Fire

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Westport firefighters tonight extinguished a fire in a dumpster adjacent to a house under construction at 29 Burr Farms Road off Long Lots Road. A neighbor spotted the flames and dialed 911. Fire officials said they believed the fire was caused by construction debris in the dumpster that resulted in spontaneous combustion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

First on the Ice

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There was a race to be first on the ice as a round of skating began today at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Getting a Little Help from Dad

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A youngster gets a little help from Dad on the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today. The rink opened Friday and has been crowded with skaters throughout the long holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sailing into the Wind

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A fleet of small two-man crew sailboats out of Westport’s Cedar Point Club competed in light winds off Compo Beach South on a beautiful late November Sunday afternoon today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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“Veronica’s Room” at Westport Community Theatre

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Nancy Sinacori of Stamford, Katherine Brandt of Fairfield, and David L. Jackins of Norwalk star in the Westport Community Theatre’s current production of Ira Levin’s psychological thriller “Veronica’s Room” playing at Westport Town Hall. There is a matinée today at 2 p.m. with seven additional performances through Dec. 9. For information, contact the box office at (203)226-1983 or go to the WCT Web site at www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Police Arrest Westporter, 21, in Neighborhood Break-In

Westport police Saturday night arrested a 21-year-old Westport man for attempting to break into a unit of the Playhouse condominiums on Post Road East not far from where he lives, according to police and neighbors.WestportNow.com Image
Playhouse condos: burglary target. File photo

A police statement said Jack E. Precious was charged with criminal attempt/burglary first degree and possession of burglary tools. He was being held on $10,000 bond.

Police did not identify the target of the attempted break-in nor the address of the suspect. However, witnesses said it was a unit of the Playhouse condominiums at 301 Post Road East, not far from the Precious residence on Evergreen Avenue across Winslow Park.

Police said they received a 911 call at 9:52 p.m. of a burglary in progress. Neighbors said a woman was awakened by a man attempting to break into her unit through a window. He immediately fled.

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Moon Walk

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Saturday’s full moon illuminated the waters off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 25, 2007


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”
7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Acoustic folk rock trio RGB
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre Auditions: “The Glass Menagerie”

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Getting Into Condition

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The road around Westport’s Compo Beach made for a perfect place today to get into condition before hitting the slopes for the forthcoming ski season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Coleytown Middle Readies Production of “Joseph”

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Broadway may be dark, but Coleytown Middle School will be rocking with its new production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Told entirely through song and dance, and ranging in beat from Elvis to Ragtime to the Wild Wild West, this light-hearted musical will have young and old alike dancing in the aisles. Above, Kelli Rabke (c. standing at piano), who starred as “The Narrator” in the Broadway revival of “Joseph,” as she recently shared her experience with the Coleytown cast and crew. The show opens Thursday at 7 p.m. and runs Friday and Saturday nights with a Saturday afternoon performance at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the school 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m . and at the door, if available. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Compo Sunset

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Despite today’s chilly temperatures in the 30s, a number of people made it to Westport’s Compo Beach and those who stayed around saw another spectacular sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday NY Times Features WN’s Dave Matlow

The Sunday New York Times Connecticut section features a front-page story about WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow.WestportNow.com Image
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Written by columnist Gerri Hirshey, the story headlined “House Demolition? Fire? He’ll Be There, With Camera” spotlights Matlow’s work for WestportNow ranging from “Teardown of the Day” to fires, accidents, and other Westport happenings.

The story, with a picture of Matlow at the scene of a teardown, notes that a friend once referred to him as the “Weegee of Westport,” alluding to Matlow’s fascination with the New York City photographer who chronicled the city’s murder and mayhem in the 1930s and ‘40s.

Matlow’s work depicting Westport’s changing real estate scene will be the subject of a Westport Historical Society exhibit “Westport Preserved/Westport Lost” opening Jan. 20. He is a former president of the Society.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Side Hill Road

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Westport officials received paperwork to start the process for a permit to demolish the home at 2 Side Hill Road in the Old Hill section. The 3,142-square-foot, two-story, colonial was built in 1954 and is located on a 1.02-acre property. The property changed hands this month for $1.4 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 24, 2007


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
2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Turkey Walk and Talk
5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center -  Ben Pilgrim w/ The Groovment, Woodland Blue and Aeriel Perspective
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: Veronica’s Room

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Westport Scene

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Thanksgiving Day was bright and clear along the Saugatuck River in Westport. Temperatures got into the lower 60s before plunging into the 30s late Thursday night.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 23, 2007


Thanksgiving: Westport Town Hall and Public Schools are closed
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
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Veronica’s Room”

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