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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wreckers Up Against Strong Cardinal Defense

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Staples junior Hampus Hellermark is brought down by Cardinal defender Trevor Lattimore during today’s FCIAC championship game at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cheering the Wreckers

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The Staples cheerleaders put on a halftime show for the fans during today’s FCIAC championship game against Greenwich at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Scrambling

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Greenwich running back Jonathan Myers (44) scrambles for the ball along with Wreckers Hampus Hellermark (6), Zack Frimet (19), and Colin O’Shea (7) during today’s FCIAC championship. Myers rushed for 152 yards and scored two touchdowns in the 37-0 Cardinal victory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Inducted into the Wrecker Wall of Fame

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Steve Rubin (c), a WestportNow contributing photographer, was among those inducted today into the Staples High School Wrecker Wall of Fame during a halftime ceremony at the FCIAC championship game. Rubin, a 14-year member of the Representative Town Meeting, was honored for his longtime Wrecker support by working at the concession stand as well as his efforts on behalf of a number of Westport charities. Other inductees included Chuck Murray, who played from 1985-87, and the FCIAC championship teams of 1967, 1975, and 1997. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Turkey Day Congratulations

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Friends of Steve Rubin, inducted today into the Wrecker Wall of Fame, congratulated him with a large sign which read: “Congratulations, Steve, You Turkey.” Rubin’s wife, Toni, is just below the sign at center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Light Traffic After Overnight Fog Lifts

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The overnight fog was gone and Thanksgiving Day traffic was light early today on I-95 near Exit 17 in Westport. Today’s forecast called for unseasonably warm weather with the highs in the lower 60s. DOT photo

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Dense Fog Advisory in Effect

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A dense fog advisory was in effect until 9 a.m . today. This was the view along I-95 in Westport from a Department of Transportation camera taken shortly after midnight. DOT photo

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Westport Scene

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The entrance road to Westport’s Longshore Club Park is ablaze with color on the day before Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 22, 2007


Thanksgiving: Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Library are closed
8:15 a.m. - Greens Farms Area - Pequot Runners Club Thanksgiving 5-mile road race
10:30 a.m. - Staples High School - FCIAC football championship game Staples vs. Greenwich (live coverage Madison Square Garden Network, Cablevision channel 71)
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: Veronica’s Room

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Longshore Ice Rink Set for Friday Opening

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Final touches were being done today on the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. Tony Lantier and his crew readied the facility for its official opening at noon on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Not the Way to Start Thanksgiving Holiday

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A Norwalk woman was injured today shortly after noon when her car glanced off a tractor-trailer in the I-95 southbound lanes near Exit 18 in Westport and struck the central median divider. State police said her car apparently went under the truck before hitting the median. The truck driver was not injured and pulled off the road a short distance away. Westport firefighters and EMS personnel assisted state police officers at the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Occupied Car Into the Water at Longshore (But Only a Drill)

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Westport police, fire and EMS units responded today to a report of an occupied car in the water at the marina at Longshore Club Park. The Westport Dive Team, made up of police and firefighters, quickly got into the water to begin a rescue operation. But it was all only a drill to test emergency responders for the real thing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Training for the Real Thing

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Westport police and fire members of the dive team examine a car pulled from the water today at Longshore Club Park as part of a training exercise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 21, 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
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee

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Staples Principal Denounces “Words of Bigotry and Hatred”

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John Dodig: Words of intolerance are “unacceptable.” WN file photo
In an announcement to students and an e-mail to parents, Staples High School Principal John Dodig today denounced what he said were “words of bigotry and hatred” that have appeared at the Westport school.

Dodig, who has been in his job three years, including one as interim principal, said the reason he came to Staples was “because it is the most accepting high school in which I have worked.”

But he said recently as he walked around the school, “I have noticed or it has been reported to me that words of bigotry and hatred against several groups have appeared.”

Dodig added: “Someone who writes something hateful while in a bathroom stall has the guarantee of anonymity. After all, even if it were legal who would want to put a camera in a bathroom?

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Poet, Author Patricia Hubbell at CES Book Fair

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Author and poet Patricia Hubbell was a recent guest at the Coleytown Elementary School book fair. Hubbell. a life-long resident of Easton, signed copies of her numerous children’s books, including “Firefighters,” her recent release. Hubbell, who started writing poetry in the third grade, is married to well known local journalist Harold Hornstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Going Down: 46 Burr Farms Road

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The house at 46 Burr Farms Road off Long Lots Road was demolished today. The 1955 two-story split level had 1,963 square feet and sat on a 1.12-acre property. It is being replaced by a 5,000 square feet house on a separate foundation, according to the owner Jodie Mysel who resided in the house with her family for the past four years.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 22, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Narrow Escape

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A Norwalk woman escaped serious injury today when her SUV flipped over in the northbound lane at the top of the I-95 Exit 17 entrance ramp in Westport. Traffic was backed up in the area until the vehicle was removed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 258 Hillspoint Road

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Westport building officials received an application for a permit to demolish the home at 258 Hillspoint Road. The 2,271-square-foot, one-story, raised ranch house was built in 1966 and is located on a .98-acre property with a water view. The property changed hands in January for $4 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting it on Tape

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A recent sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach was caught on tape by a visitor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 20, 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
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “The Whale Caller” by Zakes Mda
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Hairspray” (2007)

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Family Ties

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Author Bliss Broyard tonight signed copies of her new book “One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life — A Story of Race and Family Secrets” following a talk at the Westport Public Library. Broyard, who grew up in Southport, learned only as her father was dying that the New York Times literary critic was part black. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Officials Take Oath of Office

Newly elected Westport town officials took the oath of office tonight in a Town Hall ceremony.

Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said she was swearing in 17 newcomers to elected office and 33 incumbents. She said there were 11 new members on the 36-member Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, in his remarks, noted that RTM District 6 had four female members and wondered whether this was a first.

Retiring RTM Moderator Alice Shelton later said it was not. She said she was among an all-female District 2 in 2001 and again in 2003.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

First Night Buttons On Sale Online at Discount

First Night buttons for Westport’s New Year’s Eve festivities are on sale online for $10 each—but hurry because they go up to $15 after Nov. 30.WestportNow.com Image

The First Night Westport/Weston buttons are available at the First Night Web site at www.firstnightww.com. Children under the age of 2 are free.

This year’s entertainment lineup includes the political satire group The News in Revue headed by former Westporter Nancy Holson. There will be a $5 surcharge for its performances in the Town Hall auditorium.

Also among favorites returning to First Night Westport/Weston 2008 are River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, Modern Man, Hoe Bluegrass, Suzanne Sheridan, Chris Coogan’s Good News Gospel Choir and Chris Coogan’s Jazz Quartet. A full listing of the nine-hour entertainment extravaganza, which begins at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, is on the First Night Web site or call (203)341-1041.

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Fire Department to Test Emergency Notification System

The Westport Fire Department will be testing the town’s new emergency notification system this weekend and some residents will receive test calls, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today.

The notification system uses a combination of database and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping technologies to deliver outbound notifications, usually in times of emergency.

With it, Westport emergency managers can quickly target a precise geographic area and saturate it with hundreds or even thousands of calls per hour, Joseloff said. The system’s interactive technology provides immediate interaction with recipients and aids in rapid response to specific needs.

“This is yet another tool we will have to enhance the safety of Westporters when we feel there is an urgent need to notify certain areas or residents,” Joseloff said. “It could be used at the time of a storm event, a major accident possibly requiring an evacuation, or possibly if a serious crime has occurred in a neighborhood.”

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