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Friday, February 26, 2010

Metro-North to Run Special AM Peak Schedule on Friday

Metro-North Railroad said tonight it will run a special morning peak schedule on Friday due to escalating weather conditions north of the city.

An announcement said the railroad would be combining and eliminating select trains.

It also said customers may experience 5-10 minute delays in service due to changes in service and the impact of the winter weather.

Train changes impacting those getting on in Westport include:

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beautiful Lengths: Before and After

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Westporter Ann Karrick had her hair shorn today to share it with a less fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. Stylist Michelene of Greg & Tony Salon is pictured at left with Karrick before the cut and the “after” look is shown at right. Karrick is donating her locks to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. Contributed photos

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Winter Storm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

A late afternoon advisory said rain will change from southwest to northeast to a rain-snow mix this evening then to all snow after midnight.

The snow will then continue into Friday night with the heaviest snow during the day on Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers on Saturday, the advisory said.

The Weather Service said it expects accumulations of 7 to 11 inches of snow in Fairfield County and 5 to 10 inches in western Suffolk County through Saturday morning.

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Westport to Get Additional Ticket Vending Machine

Westport will get an additional ticket vending machine at the Metro-North station in Saugatuck as the railroad moves to close out its ticket windows at the station, according to a Department of Transportation official.WestportNow.com Image
DOT will add a fourth ticket vending machine to the Westport station.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

James P. Redeker, head of the state Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Public Transportation, disclosed plans for placing the fourth ticket machine at the Westport station at a meeting Wednesday night of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council in Stamford.

His remarks were reported today to the regular monthly meeting of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at Norwalk Transit District headquarters. The MPO heard a report on New Haven Line ticket window closings affecting Westport, Darien, New Canaan, and Fairfield.

The closings were initially disclosed as part of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed 2010-11 budget with a projected savings of $400,000 annually. (See WestportNow Feb. 5, 2010)

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Winter Weather Advisory Update

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Westport area until 6 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

A mix of rain and snow will continue through this afternoon with periods of all rain especially over Suffolk County and eastern Fairfield County, an advisory said.

The precipitation is expected to change to all snow during the evening and become heavy at times. The snow will then gradually become less steady and lighter into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers by Friday evening.

For now, expect accumulations to range from 3 to 6 inches in Fairfield County with locally higher amounts possible especially across far southwestern parts of the county where upto 8 inches of snow could fall, the Weather Service said.

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Going to Beautiful Lengths for Cancer Patients

By James LomuscioWestportNow.com Image
Westporter Ann Karrick is sending her hair to Beautiful Lengths. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Just for the record, Westporter Ann Karrick likes her long hair, those brown, wavy, bouncy locks that not only frame her face but flow down past her shoulders. In fact, she likes her hair so much she wants to share it—with a less-fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. So today Karrick, media consultant and former host and producer of “For the Record,” a national weekly talk show on ION Media Networks, is scheduled to have her signature locks shorn at Westport’s Greg & Tony Salon, 231 Post Road West. She plans to have her hair donated to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. “The reaction from others surprised me at first,” said Karrick. “Typically with long hair, when you mention cutting it, there are gasps of horror.

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Recession Squeezes Staples Grants Program

By James Lomuscio

Even the Staples High School Tuition Grants Program, the single largest donor of college financial aid in Westport and a community mainstay since 1943, is feeling the squeeze of the recession.WestportNow.com Image
A Staples Tuition Grants recipient receives a check at a previous ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Application are up, and donations are down, only 50 percent of what the organization plans to award in June.

The STG Committee, which relies on contributions from PTAs, civic organizations, local businesses, trusts and more than 100 individuals, has raised only $100,000 of the $200,000 it hopes to give away, a shortfall that does not bode well as applications continue to rise.

“In 2009, we saw a 35 percent increase in applications, many from kids who had not even applied for grants as graduating seniors who then needed funding once they were in college due to new family situations or decreased funding from schools,” said Peggy Kamins, committee chairwoman. “We expect applications to be up again this year based on increased unemployment and the economy.”

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Thursday, February 25, 2010


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Revaluation Liaison Committee
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Retirement Financial Planning workshop
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee Postponed
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Creating Buzz for FCBuzz.Org

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Actor James Naughton was among area luminaries from the arts who tonight celebrated the launch of www.FCBuzz.org, a Web site created by the newly formed Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. The site, a collaborate effort of the arts and cultural organizations of Fairfield County, provides a calendar as well as ticket and event information for music, theater, dance, visual arts, history, lectures, literature, kids and families, classes, workshops, and special events. Among Westport representatives attending the event at the Barcelona Restaurant in South Norwalk were First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Michael Ross, managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse, Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, and Helen Klisser During, visual arts director of the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Calling All Ducks

Flooding in Westport by Larry Untermeyer
Heavy downpours and warmer temperatures today turned some untrammeled roads around town, like this one at Compo Beach, into reflecting pools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Trust Fund for Bill Palladino, Staples ‘68, Seeks Donations

By Michelle Sciarappa

If Bill Palladino could speak, what would he tell you? About the throat cancer that stole his trachea? About his wife’s tragic death from a heart attack not even two weeks ago? About his expected loss of health insurance for the chemotherapy he is receiving at Danbury Hospital?

Bill Palladino and wife Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino
During happier times, Staples High School graduates Bill Palladino and wife Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino. A fund has been set up for Bill, who remains hospitalized with throat cancer. Janice Anne, his sole caregiver, died of a massive heart attack Feb. 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo.

No. He would probably tell you about his two beautiful daughters, Michelle and Sarah, who are both in college. And he would probably tell you about his supportive friends, Staples High School alumni whose bond transcends time as they recently have set up the Billy Palladino Trust Fund at the Danbury branch of Newtown Savings Bank. “I’m trying to reach out to as many people as I can to help a friend from Staples High School (who) is going through a really tough time,” said Shelby Goodlett Pike, who is spreading the word about the fund. Palladino, Staples Class of 1968 and a resident of Sandy Hook, was first operated on in November, and then again Feb. 6 when throat surgery left him without the ability to speak. He has been at Danbury Hospital ever since. Compounding his illness, he lost his wife and sole caregiver, Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino, Staples 1983, to a massive heart attack Feb. 11.

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“Three Weissmanns” Author Returns to Hometown

By Larry Untermeyer

Native Westporter Cathleen Schine returned to her hometown today to address an overflowing audience at the Westport Public Library about her new book, “The Three Weissmanns of Westport.”WestportNow.com Image
Cathleen Schine today signs a copy of her “The Three Weissmanns of Westport” for Dick and Paula Leonard. He was her former Staples High School English teacher. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Schine thrilled her enthusiastic listeners by reading a selection from her book which has garnered outstanding reviews including a front page rave on The New York Times Sunday Book Review (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2010). 

When asked about her reaction to this accolade, Schine said she was overwhelmed and virtually speechless.

In the lengthy question and answer period which followed the reading, Schine described growing up in Westport as an idyllic childhood, followed by teenage ennui when she and her peers regarded their hometown as a small cage, and then later happily returning to visit family and friends with her own children.

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Author Describes “Idyllic” Childhood in Westport

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Cathleen Schine, author of the acclaimed novel “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,” addressed an overflow audience today at the Westport Public Library today, her first hometown appearance since its publication earlier this month. She described growing up in Westport as an idyllic childhood, followed by teenage ennui when she and her peers regarded their hometown as a small cage, and then later happily returning to visit family and friends with her own children. But she said she could not live here permanently. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow for the Westport area which is in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday.

A mixture of rain and snow will develop during the morning rush hour Thursday and gradually change to all snow during the overnight hours on Thursday, an advisory said.

The snow will continue into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers by Friday evening.

For now, the Weather Service said to expect accumulations to range from 3 to 7 inches in Fairfield County with locally higher amounts possible especially across far southwestern parts of the county where up to 10 inches of snow could fall.

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More on J.D. Salinger’s Westport Connection

A former Westport artist’s anger with his longtime pen pal J. D. Salinger over his refusal to sign a copy of his “Catcher in the Rye” led to the artist’s decision to sell the cache of letters exchanged with the reclusive author over 40 years, according to The New York Times.WestportNow.com Image
J.D. Salinger: Unhappy with Westport neighbor. File photo

In a follow-up story on Salinger’s relationship with E. Michael Mitchell, the Times said Salinger had a long, close relationship with his one-time Westport neighbor who designed the original “Catcher” cover in 1951. He even told him that he had several of his paintings in his home in Cornish, N.H.

But that relationship later soured and while it was reported earlier that Carter Burden, a prominent collector of 20th century American literature, had gifted the letters to New York’s Morgan Library—where they will go on display next month—how he came to possess them was unclear.

In its latest report, the Times said that Burden had paid roughly $35,000 for the letters in 1994 when he bought them from Ralph Sipper, a rare book dealer in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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