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Monday, January 18, 2010

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Congressman Jim Himes was among well wishers at Sunday’s Eage Scout ceremony for Westporter Daniel Rose, a member of Troop 100, at Christ and Holy Trinity Church. Next to Himes is Scoutmaster Jennifer Jackson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Steve Baumann for


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Historical Society Hosts Children’s MLK Jr. Program Image
The Westport Historical Society today is hosting a 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. program to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr’s significance to citizens’ lives and how each individual can make a difference. The program features crafts, storytelling and drama, cooking and games related to this theme. Children from K-5 are welcome. Cost is $55 for members, $60 for non-members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Monday, January 18, 2010 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Westport Town Hall, Public Library, Health District, and Schools are closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Staples High School - 14th Annual MLK Basketball Clinic (Grades 6-8 boys in Gym, Grades 2-5 boys in Field House)
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Martin Luther King Day Vacation Program (Grades K-5)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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“Shtick at the Shul” Strikes Funny Bone Image
It was all smiles tonight as Weston humorist and Emmy-nominated comedy writer Alan Katz took the audience at Westport’s The Conservative Synagogue on a virtual tour of Jewish comedy through history at “Shtick At the Shul.”  Pictured are (l-r) Westporter Howard Matson, co-chairman, Adult Education at The Conservative Synagogue, Katz, Westporter Monica Chusid, and Westporter Leah Zisfein, co-chairperson, Adult Education at The Conservative Synagogue. Sharon Navarro for


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Music filled the air today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities as Weston residents (l-r) Karen Parella, Sue Broudy and Cindy Vaccaro, known as “Three Chicks Who Sing,” performed accompanied on the piano by well known musician Westporter Chris Coogan and Jim Royal on drums and Westporter Jim Anderson on bass. The women knew each other from having their children in school together and also spent a lot of time working for the Westport Arts Center. This is their third year of singing together. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Demonstrating the Power of Love Image
Posing for a photo today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities were Three Chicks Who Sing—(l-r) Cindy Vaccaro, Karen Parella, and Sue Broudy—along with accompanist Chris Coogan. Their theme at today’s performance was the “Power of Love”—an early valentine.  Parella said: “We don’t claim to be experts, but between the three of us we have 80 years of wedded bliss.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Westport Sketchbook: Chatting at Elvira’s Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton watched the scene at Elvira’s on Hillspoint Road in the Compo Mill area on a sunny morning. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for


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Westport to Haiti: Save the Children CEO at Earthquake Scene

Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Westport-based Save the Children, arrived in Haiti today as part of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s delegation to accelerate the delivery of aid to the most vulnerable people, children and families, the charity Image
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in front of the collapsed presidential palace in Port-au-Prince today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) United Nations photo

“It is a race against time to get food, water and medical supplies to the people who for five days now have received very little aid,” said MacCormack. “However, even in the most challenging of situations, Save the Children has been able to deliver urgently needed food, water and medical supplies.”

Today, a 20-foot container sent from Save the Children’s warehouse in the Dominican Republic was delivered to Hope Hospital in Port-au-Prince, allowing the organization to provide more than 2,000 people with food, water and also medical and hygiene supplies, the charity said.

Save the Children is also working to set-up Child Friendly Spaces in areas where families have been setting up camp. 

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More than 200 people turned out Saturday night for a fundraiser organized by the Westport Green Village Initiative at the Unitarian Church in Westport. The event, which included live dance music, food and drinks, raised more than $20,000 for Save the Sound – Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Monique Bosch for


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A mallard duck perched on the sea wall along the canal on Westport’s Saugatuck Shores . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Staples Field House - Westport Parks & Rec Football Clinic (boys and girls, grades 1-5)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Mystery Reading Group: “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Julia Spencer-Fleming
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sunday Family Matinees: “Spiderwick Chronicles”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - 3 Chicks Who Sing performance
4 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Program to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Senators Community Foundation Dance
7 p.m. - The Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road) - “Shtick At The Shul,” by comedy writer Alan Katz

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Two Escape Serious Injury in North Avenue Crash Image
Two persons escaped serious injury tonight in a two-vehicle crash on Westport’s North Avenue. A vehicle traveling east collided with an oncoming Planet Pizza delivery vehicle (above) that was turning left into Tulip Lane, near 47 North Ave. around 9:30 p.m., witnesses said. The pizza delivery vehicle spun around and slammed sideways into a utility pole. Both drivers, male, escaped serious injury although the driver of the pizza delivery vehicle incurred a slight laceration on his forehead but refused EMS medical treatment. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Police Arrest Third Man in McDonald’s Robbery

UPDATE Westport police tonight announced the arrest of a third suspect in connection with the early Monday morning robbery at the Westport McDonald’ Image
Police released this surveillance photo of the McDonald’s robbery early Monday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Earlier, they said they had arrested one man and obtained a warrant for a second in the robbery.

They also said they had indications some of the suspects were involved in a Dec. 23 late night robbery at the rear of the Westport Weston Family Y in Westport.

The third man arrested was identified as Titus Snyder, 20, of Fairfield. He was charged with robbery first degree and larceny fourth degree and held on $200,000 bond.

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Save the Children Sets “Help-a-Thon” Virtual Event

Westport’s Save the Children said today it has scheduled a “Help-a-Thon” virtual event to raise much needed funds for the agency’s earthquake emergency response efforts in Haiti.

The Help-a-Thon is scheduled for Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We’re reaching out to texters and tweeters (and even those who still use the phone) to raise money for Save the Children’s relief efforts in Haiti,” said Anne-Marie Grey, the charity’s vice president of resource development.

“If everyone takes a few minutes to contact five or more friends and asks them to donate, we could make a huge difference for survivors of this tragic disaster.” 

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Staples Musicians Performing in New Canaan Concert Image
Eleven outstanding music students from Westport’s Staples High School are among those selected to participate today in the 2010 Connecticut Music Educators Association Western Region Music Festival in New Canaan. The students were selected from more than 1,200 students from 26 high schools who auditioned from throughout western Connecticut for the honor of participating in the Western Region Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble under the direction of nationally renowned conductors. The music students chosen to participate are: (back row, l-r), Ben Freeman, John Solder, Jason Lustbader, Cameron Bruce, Curtis Chen, Alan Southworth, and Dan Zlatkin; (front row) Adele Shenoy, Karen Lively, Carolyn Chen, and Michelle Mastrianni. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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