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Monday, April 24, 2006

Sharing a Laugh

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About 100 people attended a talk from author Jean Trounstine today at the Westport Public Library. The talk—which was part of a Y’s Women meeting—was on her success with women prisoners teaching writing and then going into play acting. She also showed a 10-minute segment of a Shakespeare play—“The Merchant of Venice”—with her students in all the roles and filming.  The video was later shown to all the inmates.  She wrote of all her experiences in the book, “Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison.” The talk was a part of a series on Shakespeare at the library this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Blumenthal to Speak to Y’s Men

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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday.

His topic is “The Increasing Role and Responsibilities of State Attorneys General.”

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

First elected in 1990, Blumenthal, a Greenwich resident, is serving an unprecedented fourth term as the state’s attorney general.

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Police to Survey on Traffic Safety

The Westport Police Department is going digital in an effort to determine what residents believe to be the most serious traffic safety problems in town.

From now until May 20 residents will be able to complete an unsafe driving behavior survey online on the Town of Westport’s Web site, which is www.westportct.gov.

According to Police Lt. Dale E. Call, the purpose of the survey is to gather input from residents on what they feel are the most serious and frequent traffic safety issues they face while driving in town.

The information received from the survey, combined with traffic accident data and other statistical information, will be used to determine future traffic enforcement initiatives by the department.

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Now the Cleanup

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With Sunday’s flood waters gone, the cleanup has begun in Westport areas affected by the deluge. This was the scene in a yard on Richmondville Avenue that had been covered by water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Blackburn for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Monday, April 24, 2006


11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Shakespeare Behind Bars
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – ConnDOT Public Meeting re Railroad Bridge over Saugatuck River
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Shakespeare in Ballet
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Parks & Recreation Committee

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Driver Crashes Into Church

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A woman was injured tonight when the car in which she was riding crashed into the side of Assumption Church on Burr Road. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. Police were seeking a second person in the vehicle who fled on foot.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Flood Waters Threaten Telephone Equipment

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Flood waters today threatened crucial telephone equipment at the AT&T (formerly SBC) office on Westport’s Myrtle Avenue. The company called in extra personnel to help keep the water from reaching vital equipment in the basement while the Westport Fire Department provided pumps and additional manpower.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Raging Brook Draws Passersby

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The normally quiet Dead Man’s Brook running along Westport’s Sconset Square and under Post Road East became more like a raging river after today’s heavy rains. Westport columnist, author, and soccer coach Dan Woog was among those who stopped by to take a look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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I-95 Accident Backs Up Area Traffic

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An accident on I-95 in Norwalk near exit 16 today caused a backup that extended into Westport. No details of the accident were available. It was not known if today’s heavy rain was a contributing factor. Jeff Mayer for WestportNow.com

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Partrick Road Flooding

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Among Westport homes flooded today was this one on Partrick Road. Longtime residents said the more than 5-inch rainfall was the heaviest in their memory.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Keith Price for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday

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In honor of William Shakespeare’s 442nd birthday, Peter Saccio, Shakespearean studies professor at Dartmouth University, was the centerpiece of a presentation that was the “kick-off” event today in a six-part series on the playwright at the Westport Public Library. In spite of the flooding and heavy rain, a large enthusiastic audience attended the presentation. There continues to be Shakespeare events each day this week, and a complete schedule can be found at the library’s Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Baby Dies in Merritt Accident

Record heavy rains pummeled the Westport area today, flooding roadways and basements and possibly contributing to a one-car accident that killed a 1-year-old baby on the Merritt Parkway in Westport.WestportNow.com Image
Some ducks take to the outfield of the Compo Beach ballfield today as heavy rains hit the Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

Unofficial readings at Westport’s two middle schools showed 5.37 inches of rain had fallen since midnight. Bridgeport’s Sikorsky Airport reported a record 5.28 inches fell in a 24-hour period. The rain, which some longtime residents said was the heaviest in their memory, stopped by 4 p.m.

The Merritt Parkway accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. just north of the Easton Road overpass near exit 42 in Westport. State police said a Chrysler minivan left the southbound roadway and crashed into a tree during a heavy rain.

Westport firefighters had to extricate the driver from the vehicle. The baby, who was riding in an infant seat behind the driver, was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital where she was pronounced dead, officials said.

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Securing Propane Tanks

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Westport firefighters attended to propane tanks at a Leslie Lane home this afternoon as the waters from Dead Man’s Brook pushed out of its banks. The tanks were used to heat a swimming pool. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Sasco Creek Overflows

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Today’s heavy rain caused Sasco Creek to overflow on the Westport-Fairfield line. The Old Sasco Mill is in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michael Traum for WestportNow.com

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Pushing Out of Its Banks

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Today’s rains had the normally sedate Dead Man’s Brook pushing out of its banks where it intersects Leslie Lane in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Wet Basement

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A basement of a home on Sue Terrace is covered by water as record rains hit the Westport area today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Front Yard Lake

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Today’s heavy rains created a lake in front of this house on Westport’s Sue Terrace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Moving Slowly

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Traffic along Westport’s Post Road East at Cedar Road moved slowly through flood waters today.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Brook Becomes a Flood

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Dead Man’s Brook flooded this front yard on Westport’s Lost Lodge Road during today’s heavy rains.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicholas Weiner for WestportNow.com

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Good Day for the Ducks

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A backyard on Westport’s Richmondville Avenue became a good place for ducks today as heavy rains pelted the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cross Highway Among Flooded Roadways

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Westport’s Cross Highway between Weston Road and Hockanum Road was among roadways flooded by today’s heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Trapped

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Flood waters rose swiftly today on Pumpkin Hill Road off North Avenue, trapping several vehicles as heavy rains pelted the Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Roads Flood as Flood Watch is Issued for Area

Heavy rains flooded some local roadways today as the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for portions of southern Connecticut and southeast New York, including the Westport area.

The watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

“Heavy rain continues to fall or will begin falling shortly across the watch area,” a statement said at 9:24 a.m. “Portions of Long Island and Connecticut have received anywhere from 2 to 3 inches of rainfall so far.”

The weather station at Bedford Middle School measured more than 4.5 inches of rain by 1:30 p.m. since midnight.

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Baby Dies in Merritt Accident

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A 1-year-old infant died and several persons were injured today when their car went off the southbound lane of the Merritt Parkway in Westport near the Easton Road overpass and struck a tree during heavy rain. Westport firefighters had to extricate one of the victims from the car. The baby, later identified as Mariam Geevarghese of Shelton, was transported to Norwalk Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. In addition to state police and four Westport fire vehicles on the scene, Westport EMS used two ambulances to treat and transport the injured, and a Westport police unit also carried a passenger to Norwalk Hospital. The accident shortly before 8 a.m. shut down the roadway for about an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Westport’s Changing Main Street

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Three years after it opened, Brookstone Inc. is gone from 185 Main St., Westport. The building at the corner of Parker Harding Plaza, which long had been vacant until Brookstone’s opening in 2003, will become a branch of Commerce Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com

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Rainy Backup on I-95

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Traffic backed up on I-95 tonight on the bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport due to an accident in the southbound lanes beween exit 17 and 16. It was not known if the rainy conditions contributed to the accident. CTDOT Photo

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All Gone: 45 Clapboard Hill Road

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The house and two out buildings at 45 Clapboard Hill Road, Westport, came down today. The property sold last month for $1,650,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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African Violet Society Show at Earthplace

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The Silvermine African Violet Society’s judged show opened today at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Pictured showing off some of the entries are (l-r): John Vezendy and Jean Simons of Westport, Cindy O’Brien of Norwalk, and Martha Turiano of Waterbury.  The show continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Westport’s Tavern on Main Changes Hands

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Tavern on Main: Under new ownership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tavern on Main, one of Westport’s best known restaurants, has changed hands.

Longtime Westport restaurateur Jocko Saltus, who operated the Main Street eatery for a decade, has sold it to Helen and Dimitri Zervos of Monroe. 

They are life-long restauranteurs and currently own the Andros Diner in Rocky Hill. They previously owned the Andros Diner in Fairfield.

The new owners have asked all of the staff, service and kitchen, to remain and everyone has agreed to stay, according to Saltus. They say they have intention of making any changes.

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Sunday NY Times Features Staples Math Winners

Sunday’s New York Times Connecticut section features a story about four students from Westport’s Staples High School who recently won $20,000 in a math competition to figure out how to fix Social Security.

Under the headline, “That Was Easy: Social Security Problems Solved,” the newspaper recounts how the four worked 14 hours on a Saturday in March to win the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, sponsored by the Moody’s Foundation and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, a math advocacy group.

The Times coverage included a picture of the four – Vikas Murali, 17; Miles Lubin, 16; Antrew Tschirhart, 18, and Elizabeth Marshman, 17 – as well as faculty adviser Bill Walsh and Frank Corbo, head of the math department.

The students presented their findings earlier this month to the Board of Education. (See WestportNow April 11, 2006)

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