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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

“Little Toot” Launched With 1939 Tugboat Ride

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In October 1939, there was the first christening party of the classic children’s book “Little Toot” on board a Moran tugboat in New York harbor. The group of famous creative people assembled on board the Margaret Moran were (l-r) marine artist Gordon Grant; famous New York librarian Anne Carroll Moore; Westport artist and illustrator Hardie Gramatky; Eugene Moran Sr.; journalist/author Christopher Morley, and watercolorist Reginald Marsh. Contributed photo

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Dark Clouds Over Compo

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Monday’s brisk winds with temperatures in the 60s came as dark clouds settled over Westport’s Compo Beach for a while. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia
10 a.m.. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Energy Task Force
7 p.m. – Towm Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Back on the Beach

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With the calendar saying Oct. 1, dogs were back on Westport’s Compo Beach today. There are on-leash and off-leash areas for the canines, who can romp until April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Waiting

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Today is the first day that dogs are allowed back on Westport’s Compo Beach and this German Shepherd and companion were spotted Sunday on the wall that separates Soundview Drive from the beach anxiously awaiting the big day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Aboard the Southwest Chief

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

A few weeks ago I wrote about the miseries of air travel, pledging to do all I could to avoid the “not-so-friendly skies.” Well, being a man of my word, I’m writing this column en route to Los Angeles by Amtrak on the Southwest Chief.

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Chicago’s Union Station is a busy place on the Saturday of my departure on Amtrak’s crack train to Kansas City, Arizona, and Los Angeles.

Amid the bustle of downtown-bound suburbanites entering the station off METRA commuter trains, an opposite flow of older “land cruisers” gathers in Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge for my and other trains all leaving within hours of each other.

Grand old railroad names like the Empire Builder (to Seattle), the California Zephyr (to San Francisco), and the Texas Eagle (to San Antonio), all vie for attention. Later the calls will go out for the Capitol Limited (to Washington), Lakeshore Limited (to New York and Boston) and City of New Orleans (to the Crescent City.) 

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Monday, October 1, 2007


9 a.m. – Town Hall Lobby – First Selectman to Proclaim Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library - Lisa Alther on Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree, The Search for My Melungeon Ancestors.
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Wesport Public Library - Teen Gaming In The Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Westport Community Theatre Auditions for “Veronica’s Room”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Ordinance Committees
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Broadway Boys” presented by Staples Players and Westport Arts Center

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Musical Treat at Westport Library

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The Westport Public Library had a real treat today as Eugene Drucker, founding member of the six-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, both played his violin for the audience and also talked and read passages from his book, “The Savior: A Novel” taking place during the time of the Holocaust in Germany. Westporter Dora Stuttman, Drucker’s cousin, arranged for his appearance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Writer and Musician Delights Westport Audience

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Eugene Drucker, founding member of the renown Emerson String Quartet, autographed copies of his book “The Savior: A Novel” in which he writes about the waning days of World II, following an appearance at the Westport Public Library today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fairfield County Foundations Merge

The boards of directors of the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) and the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation (GBAF) have voted unanimously to merge the two foundations, it was announced today.

The merger, which will become effective in the first quarter of 2008, will form the leading philanthropic organization serving donors and nonprofit organizations throughout Fairfield County.

The two foundations have combined net assets of almost $150 million. Last year the two foundations awarded grants totaling $10 million.

Three Westporters serve on the board of Wilton-based FCCF—Leo Nevas, Ed See, and Bernicestine Bailey.

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Westport Scouts Visit West Point

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Cub Scouts from Westport’s Pack 100 toured the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Saturday as part of the academy’s annual Scout Day. In addition to the cadet-lead tour, the Cub Scouts watched demonstrations by the academy’s various clubs, participated in a tail gate party and attended the Army-Temple football game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tropical Fish Show at Earthplace

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Members of the Connecticut Betta Club judged some of the betta entries Saturday during the Norwalk Aquarium Society’s 42nd annual Tropical Fish Show at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The show continues today. A betta is a small, freshwater ray-finned fish. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Playing in the Past

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Nick Mathais, 2 1/2, of Westport, helped turn the spinning wheel for Wendy Cole at the Westport Historical Society’s Schoolhouse Shindig at Adams Academy Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Heading Home

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A fleet of Thistles return to Cedar Point Yacht Club Saturday following an afternoon of racing on a perfect fall day with ideal wind conditions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 30, 2007


10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
Noon to 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia + Looking Inward, Looking Out
Noon to 4 p.m - Earthplace - 42nd Annual Tropical Fish Show
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Around the World: photographs by Rudy von Bernuth opening reception
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Eugene Drucker on “The Savior”
2 p.m. Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents “Rumors”

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Success

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A young fisherman hauls one in today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Never Too Old to Learn

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Today was Wild Dog Day at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center where visitors learned about wild dogs in Connecticut—coyotes, foxes, wolves and more. Among the visitors was June Green, an employee of the Westport branch of the U.S. Post Office, and her father Bill Malta, who is looking forward to his 103rd birthday in December. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Old Fashioned Lesson

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The Westport Historical Society hosted families today at the Westport’s only remaining one-room schoolhouse during the Little Yellow Schoolhouse Shindig at the Adams Academy on Morningside Drive North. Volunteer Jennifer Woodson helped Adrianna Gerig, 5, adjust the bonnet of her 18th century period costume before starting her lesson on stitching an embroidered potholder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tree Blocks High Point Road

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A large tree fell across High Point Road at Angora Road at about 3 p.m. today, blocking the roadway in the Long Lots section of Westport. Holly Drevno of 3 High Point Road said she was in her house with her daughter Lilly when she heard “a very loud thud.”  When she went outside, she saw the damage and called 911. No electric power was interrupted as a result of the fallen tree. Traffic on High Point was not passable until shortly before 4 p.m. when one lane was open to traffic after a CL&P crew partially cleared the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fairfield County Green Drinks Sets Longshore Event Oct. 10

Fairfield County Green Drinks will host a social networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Splash Restaurant at Westport’s Longshore Club Park.

“Our aim is to promote green living and business in Connecticut and to bring our state to the foreground of a national movement toward sustainability,” said Heather Burns-DeMelo, founder of CT GreenScene, which describes itself as an online community clearinghouse of local environmental information.

Bob Wall, director of market initiatives for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, will speak about simple and clean energy options available to residents and businesses in Connecticut, a news release said.

The suggested donation is $10 with monies going to support local environmental organizations.

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Compo Visitor

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A Great Blue Heron made its appearance in the shallows Friday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Viewing A Westport Hidden Gem

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Don Snook (2nd l.), former Tree Warden of Westport, led an enthusiastic group of 16 seniors on a tour Friday of the Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve on Green Acre Lane off of Compo Road South. The land was given to the Aspetuck Land Trust several years ago. Three of the original 22 acres were sold off to raise funds to preserve the rest, which includes picnic tables and benches. The walk was sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Colors

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Friday’s sunset produced a pretty scene at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 29, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Wild Dog Day
Noon to 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia + Looking Inward, Looking Out
Noon to 5 p.m - Earthplace - 42nd Annual Tropical Fish Show
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Turn of the Screw” Workshop
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents “Rumors”

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Staples Field Hockey Edges Norwalk 1-0

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The Lady Wreckers improved to 3-2-1 overall on the season today edging the Norwalk High School Bears 1-0 at Staples Parker Field. Staples senior Gigi Ronemus (correct) gets control of the ball. Jessica Tapfar knocked in a rebound with 14:52 remaining in the second half for the Wreckers only score. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zak Smolen for WestportNow.com

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