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Friday, April 18, 2008

Advisory Fuels Speculation Freedman Won’t Run Again

State Sen. Judith Freedman of Westport has called a news conference for Monday amid speculation that the veteran Republican legislator will announce she will not seek re-election in the district she has represented for 22 years.WestportNow.com Image
Judith Freedman: Calls Monday news conference. Contributed photo

No reason was given in the advisory to media for the 10 a.m. event at Wilton Town Hall. But local Republican Party officials said they expected Freedman will announce she is not seeking re-election and that she is endorsing state Rep. Toni Boucher of Wilton as her successor in the 26th District. In addition to Westport, the district covers Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, and Wilton.

Westporter John Hartwell , who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the district, said last week that he had raised $16,935 to date, exceeding the $15,000 goal needed to qualify for public financing under Connecticut’s new Citizen Election Program.

“The tremendous outpouring of local support from the seven towns in this district demonstrates the interest in bringing new ideas and hardworking candidates to the State Senate,” Hartwell said in announcing he had achieved his financing goal.

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“Color in 3D” Exhibit Opens Tonight

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Saul Ostrow, curator of the Westport Arts Center exhibit “Color in 3D” opening tonight mugs for the camera in front of artist John Monti’s installation “Heart.” The exhibition, which features work by 12 artists, focuses on the use of color in sculpture and installation work. Monti says his work expresses his belief in a utopia where there is “a happy future facilitated by beautiful, seductive and brightly colored objects.”  Monti is the head of sculpture at Pratt Institute. Ostrow is the head of visual arts and technology at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The public is welcome at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 18, 2008


Westport Public Schools - Spring Vacation
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Vacation Fun Films, “The Jungle Book”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D” opening reception
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found” opening reception
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”

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Beach Walk

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Two visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach enjoy a walk in the sand today in summer-like weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Westport Scene

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Today’s sunny skies and temperatures that reached 70 made for good flag-flying conditions on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Spring Colors

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Mother Nature is showing off some of her colors on the front lawn of this home near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Chamber Names Lance Herman Executive Director

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Lance Herman as its new executive director.WestportNow.com Image
Lance Herman began hospitality career in 1984. WN file photo/Dave Matlow

Herman, formerly general manager of the Westport Inn on Post Road East, has been working on a consulting basis since the beginning of the year.

“We are excited that Lance will be joining the chamber in this role,” said Richard Gordon, chairman of the board of directors.

“His experience in our town and his vision of the chamber will serve the organization well. The future for the chamber and its member businesses is a bright one and we look forward to Lance’s stewardship.”

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Westport Scene

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 17, 2008


Westport Public Schools - Spring Vacation
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cinder Block Art

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A series of brightly colored cinder block sculptures entitled “Painted/Stacked Westport” by New York artist Russell Maltz were installed today along the Westport Public Library’s River Walk.  The works represent a segment of the exhibit “Color in 3D” which opens on Friday at the Westport Arts Center with a public reception form 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and which will be on display until June 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Arrest Third Suspect in Paintball Shooting

Westport police have arrested a third suspect for the paintball assault last week on Officer Richard Bagley during a routine traffic stop, police announced today.WestportNow.com Image
Suspects Jaret Ortiz (l), 25, and Octavio Real, 20, at their arraignment in Norwalk Superior Court.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo from Cablevision News-12.

After shooting Bagley with a paintball gun on Post Road West, the occupants of the stolen vehicle fled into Norwalk. Two suspects were arrested in Westport after a foot chase. (See WestportNow April 10, 2008)

Arrested by Westport detectives on Wednesday night in Bridgeport was Juan Carlos Trinidad-Cosme, 19, police said. Charges included larceny, assault with a firearm, and assault on a police officer.

He was held on $250,000 bond pending arraignment in Norwalk Superior Court, police said.

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White Barn Theatre to be Preserved in Land Sale

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A 15.5-acre site housing the White Barn Theatre on the Norwalk-Westport border has been sold to Wilton-based Connecticut Friends School.

Under the sale agreement, 5.2 acres of the property will be preserved as open space and the theater building will be saved.

The Connecticut Friends School bought the property from 78 Cranbury Road LLC, an affiliate of New Canaan-based Fieber Group, for $6.1 million, according to a filing with the Norwalk town clerk.

The Lucille Lortel Foundation put the 18-acre theater property off Newtown and Cranbury Roads up for sale in 2003. Neighborhood residents and preservationists in Norwalk and Westport immediately rallied to fight possible over development in the area.

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Post Road East Property Sold for $5.4 Million

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A Post Road East property in Westport near the Fairfield line has sold for $5.4 million, according to a filing in the Town Clerk’s Office. The .49-acre property at 1803-1807 Post Road East near Bulkley Avenue North opposite Stop & Shop is currently occupied by Oliver & Son Pianos, which has posted closing signs, and Jennifer Leather and Convertibles. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Scene

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A colorful display of spring blossoms on Baker Street in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Westport Public Schools - Spring Vacation
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - April Vacation Fun Days (Ages 6-10)
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Brian McDonald, “Last Call at Elaine’s”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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On the Beach

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Today’s clear skies and temperatures in the 50s drew many visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tax Time Annual Ritual at Post Office

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The counters were busy at Westport’s main post office today as the midnight April 15 deadline neared for filing tax returns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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The Eyes Have It

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Maya Tamarkin, 5, of Stamford, visited Westport’s Compo Beach today with her mother, Leslie, and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the balmy 50-degree weather.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Baron’s South Corner Sold to Bank for $5.8 Million

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The privately-owned corner of Westport’s Baron’s South property at Compo Road South has been sold to Fairfield County Bank for $5.8 million. The bank plans to use the 1.56-acre parcel at the southwest corner of the busy intersection for an office building and drive-in bank branch. The land adjoins the town-owned Baron’s South property of 22 acres purchased in 1998 for $7 million. With the purchase, there will be banks on three corners of the intersection of Post Road East and Compo Road. Only the northwest corner with town-owned Winslow Park (from where this picture was taken) will remain bank-free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Down by the Riverside

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Today’s sunshine and temperatures in the 50s made for a good outdoor lunch along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Scene

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The sun came and went Monday as the temperature in Westport climbed into the mid-50s. View is from Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Westport Public Schools - Spring Vacation
9:30 a.m. - noon - Westport Public Library - “Over 40 and Looking for Work?” with Michael Shavel, Connecticut Department of Labor
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - April Vacation Fun Days (Ages 6-10)
10:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “The Knitting Circle” by Ann Hood
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Tough Trash Talk

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The Y’s Women of Westport Weston heard today from an expert on trash and how to dispose of some of the most difficult kinds of household trash in a “green” way. Holding up a water bottle, Norman J. Crampton suggested refilling small water bottles to be used several times before being recycled.  “Aren’t you glad you don’t have to put water in your gas tank,” he asked. “The price would be higher than gas.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 2 Hazelnut Road

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The house at 2 Hazelnut Road at the corner of North Avenue was demolished today. The Cape Cod, built in 1955, was situated on 1.11 acres and had 2,230 square feet. The property changed hands in February for $750,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Feb. 27, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CDC Recognizes Westport Pediatric Professional

A Westport medical assistant is among Connecticut pediatric health professionals who will be recognized as an immunization “champion” at a Hartford ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, it was announced today.

Martine Quick of Westport’s Willows Pediatric Group is one of 15 Connecticut physicians, nurses, office managers, and their respective local health department immunization coordinators to win the recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

They were cited for raising childhood immunization coverage in their communities and ensuring that children they serve are protected against childhood vaccine preventable diseases, according to an announcement from the state Department of Public Health.

At the Legislative Office Building event, Connecticut will also be recognized for achieving the third-highest childhood immunization coverage rate in the nation.

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