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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Kitchen Duty

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More than 180 volunteers were hard at work today helping prepare for the Thanksgiving Day Feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Chowdafest ‘08 Set for Friday, Saturday

Westport’s Unitarian Church will host the first annual Chowdafest Friday and Saturday as about a dozen chefs test their soup-making skills to raise funds for the nonproft Connecticut Food Bank.WestportNow.com Image

The competition will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the church, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Organizers hope to raise $5,000 for the Connecticut Food Bank, which has warehouses and distribution sites across the state.

Visitors to the competition, who will pay a $5 admission fee for those 12 and older, also are encouraged to bring nonperishable foods, which will be donated to the food bank. 

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Thanksgiving Day Feast

Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church is holding a community Thanksgiving feast today at 1 p.m. in the church’s Hoskins Hall, 245 Post Road East.

Participation is not limited to members of the church. For information call (203) 227-1262.

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Compo Rays

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Sun rays broke through he rowds Wednesday near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 27, 2008


Thanksgiving: Westport Town Hall, Public Library, Public Schools, and Westport/Weston Health District are closed
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Annnual Thanksgiving Day dinner

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Westporter’s View of Mumbai Terrorist Target Hotel

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This view of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in Mumbai, one of a number of targets attacked by terrorists today, was taken by WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow during a 2005 trip to India. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Camera-Shy Turkeys

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These wild turkeys got camera shy on the day before Thanksgiving near the Three Bears Restaurant on Newtown Turnpike in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunshine Return

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The overnight and morning rains gave way to sunshine Tuesday. This was the scene near the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”

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Westport Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme

A 52-year-old Easton man employed as a mortgage broker in Westport pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport to fraud charges in connection with a mortgage application on a Westport property.

Fred Stevens faces 30 years in federal prison and a $2 million fine after pleading guilty to one count of bank fraud before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall. His actual sentence is expected to be less under sentencing guidelines.

Stevens admitted submitting a falsified mortgage application to IndyMac Bank, a federally insured bank, in November 2006 for the purchase of a house at 35 Prospect Road in Westport, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.  He was employed as a broker from April 2006 to September 2007.

The mortgage application package contained “numerous false pretenses and representations,” according to a news release.

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Save the Children Head: We Want to Mimic Obama

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In an update on the direction of Westport’s Save the Children, its chief executive officer, Charles F. MacCormack, tonight addressed a crowd at a reception at the neighboring BNY Mellon offices on Wilton Road. “Young people today are more focused than ever on what’s going on around the world,” he said. “That’s why we’re investigating how to mimic (President-elect Barack) Obama’s mastery of reaching youths electronically.” He referred to Facebook, MySpace and other social networking tools that guide children of today to communicate as never before with other children in far off lands and cultures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Westport Magazine Publisher Lays Off 18, Goes Bimonthly

Westport-based Moffly Publications said today it has laid off 18 staffers and will reduce the frequency for a number of its magazines, including Westport Magazine, the trade magazine FOLIO: reported.

The 18 staffers make up about 35 percent of its overall workforce, the report said.

Beginning with the January issues, Moffly’s Westport and New Canaan-Darien magazines will go from a monthly frequency to bimonthly . AtHome in Fairfield County will go from six issues per year to four, starting in 2009. Moffly’s Greenwich magazine will remain a monthly, according to FOLIO:.

According to CEO Jonathan Moffly, the company has been affected by the “collective belt-tightening” as a result of the down economy and, in turn, has accelerated its rebranding plans from Moffly Publications to Moffly Media, FOLIO: said.

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Flying into Storm

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Some Canada Geese headed for cover over Westport’s Longshore Club Park as the latest rain storm gathered strength. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Turkey Day Welcome

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This home on Westport’s Park Lane has a large cheerful turkey ready to greet guests for Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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The Dangers of Improper Fireplace Ashes Disposal

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Westport firefighters today responded to a report of a garage fire at 181 Cross Highway. Before they arrived, the homeowner was able to smother the flames with water from a garden hose. The fire started when fireplace ashes were placed in a trash container in the garage causing a localized fire that resulted in smoke conditions in the second floor above the garage but no damage, according to Fire Lt. Bill Dingee. “Residents are reminded to discard fireplace ashes or other combustible materials in a metal container away from the structure,” said Fire Chief Chris Ackley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Schools to Receive $67,000 in Heating Costs Aid

State Rep. Kim Fawcett (D-Fairfield, Westport) and Joe Mioli (D-Westport) announced that the legislature has approved a plan under which Westport will receive $67,000 in state grants to pay for winter heating costs at its public schools.

The distribution plan was approved during a recent joint meeting of the General Assembly’s Appropriations and Energy Committees. The money is part of the energy assistance package passed by the legislature in August.

Mioli said, “I am happy to announce that these funds are coming to Westport. Even though it is not a very large sum of money, nevertheless it will help offset the increase in the cost of heating fuel this winter.”

Fawcett said, “We are all pleased to continue to work together to advocate for our children and their schools, during these tough times every little bit will help.”

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Helping Light Up Westport

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Roger Abalor of the James Ferrone Landscaping Company of Westport is replacing strings of holiday lights in the trees along the Saugatuck River and the roadway along Parker Harding Plaza. The crew is also adding new lights where needed so that downtown Westport will be decorated in a festive manner for the holidays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Storm Clouds Gather

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Storm clouds gathered late Monday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Cholesterol Screening (by appointment)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Flu Shot Clinic for College Students (by appointment)
7:30 P.M. – Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Baron’s South Housing Plan Unveiled

By James Lomuscio

Robert Corona of Foxfire Lane called the conceptual proposal to construct 104 affordable housing units on the 23-acre, town-owned Baron’s South property “environmentally irresponsible.”WestportNow.com Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff addressed tonight’s Town Hall meeting on the Baron’s South housing proposal as Selectman Shelly Kassen listened. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

“If you’re a tree in Westport, Connecticut, you are an endangered species,” Corona said.

Gavin Anderson, the next to speak at tonight’s presentation and public hearing at the Town Hall auditorium, countered that the plan “was a good use of the land,” and minimally invasive.

“All the big trees are still going to be there,” Anderson said. “The plan maintains a great deal of open space.

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Town Hall Meeting Hears Baron’s South Housing Proposal

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) and other officials tonight discussed the town’s conceptual plan for senior and workforce housing on the Baron’s South property. The session followed a similar presentation last week at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Joseloff said he welcomed the public’s comments and suggestions and would be meeting with Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members, neighbors, and others who want to hear about the proposal and offer input. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Pet Food Drive Set by Poster Animal Hospital

A Westport animal hospital, working with Save Our Strays, today announced a pet food drive to assist animal owners experiencing difficulty providing food and care for their animals.WestportNow.com Image
Poster Animal Hospital is working with Save Our Strays on the pet food drive. Contributed photo


“Teaming up with pet supply stores and distributors in the area, the program will target owners who, due to the recent economic downturn, are having difficulty providing everyday care and nourishment for their animals,” a news release said.

“The hospital hopes to establish a pet food bank that will provide ongoing support to struggling pet owners in the area.  Thus far, the response has been very positive.”

The hospital at 1677 Post Road East said those in need of assistance—or who would like to assist in the effort—should stop by the Poster Animal Hospital.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 32 Whitney St.

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The house at 32 Whitney St. was demolished today. Built c. 1879, the antique two-story farmhouse known as the William Rosenau House, had 1,396-square-feet, situated on a .52-acre lot and changed ownership this month at $705,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 6, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Good Friends

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Good friends Gabrielle Lantier and Ella Boers of Westport, both 4, encouraged each other as they circled the Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 24, 2008


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic for Adults and Children (walk-in)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Ordinance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on cable channel 78)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Tim Manners, “Relevance: Making Stuff That Matters”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Affordable Housing Summit: Baron’s South housing presentation (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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