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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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More than 50 members of the Westport Woman’s Club volunteered today at its Imperial Avenue headquarters to fold and label the annual Warm-up Fund mailing to approximately 10,500 Westport residences. The effort last year raised more than $40,000 and provided about 200 Westport families with assistance with winter-time home heating fuel. Now in its 13th consecutive year, the humanitarian project is a four-way collaborative effort among the Woman’s Club, the United Way, the Clergy Association, and Town of Westport Department of Human Services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/20/10 11:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bake Sale Set to Raise Haiti Relief Funds

A group of friends and neighbors in Westport and Weston has organized a bake sale Saturday outside Westport Stop & Shop to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The sale will take place in front of the food store at 1790 Post Road East from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., an announcement said.

All proceeds will be donated to Save the Children and Convoy of Hope, organizers said.

As of today, 15 families are taking part in the event, they said.


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Save the Children Assessing Aftershock

Staff of Westport’s Save the Children in Port-au-Prince are assessing the impact of this morning’s strong 6.1 magnitude aftershock even as they continue working nonstop to deliver lifesaving relief to children affected by the epic Jan. 12 earthquake, the charity said today.

“Our staff has reported hearing already weakened structures collapsing,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO, who was in Haiti over the weekend. “The threats to and fears of children in the disaster zone remain undiminished and have likely grown in the wake of this powerful aftershock.”

Anne Foster, Save the Children’s team leader in Port-au-Prince, said, “Children and families are still sleeping in the open, among the rubble. They are very vulnerable. This aftershock would have terrified them.

“We are working flat out to assist them, bringing in supplies and rolling them out to the people who need them as fast as we can.”

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Westport Young Woman’s League Seeks Members

If you are looking for a way to meet new people, make a contribution to the community or just try something new, the Westport Young Woman’s League (WYWL) thinks it may be for you. Image

The League is currently accepting applications for membership during the month of January. These special “half-year” memberships will allow you to join the organization as a full-fledged member for a pro-rated application fee of $50.

“Allowing people to join in January is new for us,” said Elizabeth Marks-Juviler, WYWL president. “We found there was a demand for opening membership mid-way through our year.

“Every year we’ve had a few requests from women who either just moved to Westport or recently discovered us who did not want to wait until September to join.”

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Off-Duty Firefighter Spots Dangerous Smoke Condition

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE An off-duty Westport firefighter today spotted heavy smoke coming from a Compo Road North house and his action led to the discovery of the sole male occupant found to have elevated carbon monoxide blood Image
Firefighters at the scene of today’s incident at 131 Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Firefighter Dan Ambruso, who had just left fire headquarters, was passing by 131 Compo Road North shortly before 7 a.m. when he noted unusually heavy black smoke spewing from the chimney, according to Assistant Chief William Dingee.

He alerted the Fire Department, and banged on to the door to alert any occupants, Dingee said.

“Upon opening the door, Firefighter Ambruso noted a moderate smoke condition in the residence and an accumulation of soot around the occupant’s nose,” he said.

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Insider Arts: But Is It Art? A Concrete Discussion

By Ina B. Chadwick

Special to WestportNow

When Lily Tomlin, playing a bag lady in her 1986 show, “Signs of Intelligent Life on the Moon,” holds up a Campbell’s Soup alongside a poster of Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup can painting, she asks mockingly, “But is it art?” Image
Some of the guests at the “Brutalist” opening in September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Indeed, we got the irony then and we get it now. While advertising and packaging were part of our everyday experiences, Warhol saw it differently, and he transformed our ideas about art. His works may not be your cup of tea, but you understand that it pushed our boundaries and forced us to look at familiar images differently.

Cut to earlier this season at the Westport Arts Center, which has served the community successfully, evolving over 40-years, when a controversial art exhibit literally and figuratively shook the walls at the 51 Riverside Ave. center.

“Aggregate Art and Architecture; a Brutalist Remix,” perplexed, aggravated, bored, and in extreme cases, angered gallery goers. The multimedia show featured works from a short-lived architectural movement that hit its peak post-World War II.

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Customers wait for their orders on Tuesday at the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Westport’s Post Road East. A week after its opening, the restaurant at 538 Post Road East continues to pack them in throughout the day and evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance special meeting (preliminary budget discussion)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS: Harry Sakamaki on Japanese baseball

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Connecticut Gas Price Update: Prices Hold Steady

Retail regular gasoline prices in Connecticut moved just 0.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/g today, according to

This compares with the national average that has stayed flat, moving just 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.72/g, the Web site said. However, it said some of the highest regular gas prices in the state were in Westport (most recently, $3.27/g at Mobil, 302 Post Road East).

Including the rise in gas prices in Connecticut during the past week, prices today are $1.01/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 13.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, the Web site said.

The national average has increased 14.7 cents per gallon in the same period, said.


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Linda McMahon addressed a meeting of the Westport Republican Town Committee tonight on reasons why the party should nominate her to run against Democrat Richard Blumenthal in November for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Christopher Dodd. McMahon said as attorney general, Blumenthal has created “adverse business conditions” in the state and said he if elected he would fully support the policies championed by Dodd. Fellow candidates Congressman Rob Simmons and businessman Peter Schiff also addressed the Town Hall meeting, which was attended by Republicans from neighboring communities.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Supreme Court Denies Appeal of New FAA Flight Paths

UPDATE Rejecting arguments by Westport and neighboring communities, the U.S. Supreme Court today refused to reverse a ruling upholding new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight paths.

The decision declining to hear the appeal was rendered without explanation. Westport and its allies had argued that the new flight paths would route more large planes over southwestern Connecticut, damaging the region’s environment.

Last November, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, in a legal battle initially funded by Westport and a coalition of Connecticut and New York communities, asked the court to overturn a lower court ruling. (See WestportNow Nov. 17, 2009)

Blumenthal said the new flight paths will unnecessarily increase noise and pollution and contended that the FAA failed to follow its own rules and procedures by ignoring vital data and public input. 

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01/19/10 10:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Three men arrested in connection with the Jan. 11 robbery at knife and gun-point of the McDonald’s in Westport appeared in a Norwalk Superior Court today for arraignment. The three—(l-r) Andrew C. Danzey, 20, of Norwalk, Titus Snyder, 20, of Fairfield, and Carlos Navarette, 19, of Norwalk—had their case transferred to Stamford Superior Court and a request denied for reduction in bond. They were charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny. (See WestportNow Jan. 16, 2010) photo from Cablevision News-12


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Tom Miller, president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the United States, told the Westport Rotary Club today that as the richest nation in the world, the United States could do more for Haitian earthquake victims. He said that as one of the poorest nations in the world, Haiti—after all the earthquake aid and clean-up—may turn out to be a better country except for its casualties resulting in a smaller population. The UNA-USA is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and work of the United Nations among U.S. residents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Students arrive today for day three of mid-term exams at Westport’s Staples High School. Exams for periods six and seven take place today, five and eight are scheduled for Wednesday, and Thursday is make-up day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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A January sunset sparkled at Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday as temperatures warmed up to the upper 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Nissim for


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