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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006


11 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Halloween Spooktacular Stories”
1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs Stamford
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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Discussing the Art

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Westport artist Howard Munce spoke to an audience of art curators today with stories behind the work in the current Westport Historical Society exhibition, “Westport Artists and Their Models.” Munce, curator for the exhibit, is an illustrator, painter and art director. He had many anecdotes about artists who made up Westport’s large community of mid-20th century illustrators, such as Stevan Dohanos, who illustrated 139 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 2.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 27, 2006

High Wind Warning, Flood Watch in Effect for Saturday

The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a high wind warning and flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area.

The high wind warning is in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday while the flood watch is in effect for Saturday morning through afternoon.

An advisory said although rain is forecast to develop and spread northeast across the region before midnight, heavy rain is forecast to occur
from around 6 a.m. until around 4 p.m. from southwest to northeast. Two to 3 inches of rain is forecast to occur during this time.

Heavy rain will combine with strong and gusty southeast winds causing widespread urban flooding, including small stream and river flooding. Leaves falling off trees will block drains causing significant ponding of water in normal poor drainage areas, the advisory said.

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Indoor Music Festival Kicks Off Sunday

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Maureen Hamill kicks off the Westport Indoor Music Festival with “Broadway Moments” on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Indoor Music Festival debuts with “Broadway Moments” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Maureen Hamill and others will perform show tunes from the 1940s through today.

Refreshments are served at 1:30 p.m. and the performance follows.

The event is free and open to the entire community. Seating is limited. Call (203) 341-5099 to reserve a space.

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National Weather Service Issues Storm Advisory

The National Weather Service today issued an an advisory warning of a significant storm with high winds and heavy rain moving into the Westport and tri-state area late tonight into Saturday.

It said low pressure moving into the central Appalachians tonight will deepen rapidly on Saturday. Southeasterly winds ahead of the low will increase as the low intensifies, possibly gusting 35 to 45 mph for a short period Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon.

Winds gusting to 45 mph are also expected behind the system. These strong winds will continue overnight on Saturday and through the day on Sunday, the advisory said.

With the combination of heavy rains saturating the ground and the highs winds there is a possibility of downed trees and power lines. High profile vehicles will be susceptible to cross winds on bridges and over passes, the advisory said.

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Quiet Morning

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The sun rose over a quiet and cold Sherwood Mill Pond in Westport. Cooler temperatures are expected to continue with rain possibly moving into the area this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, Oct. 27, 2006


3 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Y’s Men Camera Club Photo Exhibit Opening
6:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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Sunrise Rotary Hosts Wine Tasting

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a wine tasting to raise funds for area organizations on Friday at 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore.

Local and regional charities that benefit from the proceeds include Interfaith Housing, Project Return, Cancer Care, Westport and Weston senior centers, A Better Chance, Starr, Evergreen, Dress For Success, The Children’s Connection, The Susan Fund, Smart Kids, Positive Directions and The Weston Warm Up Fund.

Harvey Skolnick of Main Street’s Liquor Locker will supply a selection of more than 50 national and international wines.

Food includes roast beef and gourmet breads, and Bob Lasprogato will play jazz. There is also a silent auction and a raffle prize of two tickets to anywhere Jet Blue flies.

Wine tasting tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door beginning at 6 p.m.

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Christmas Comes Early

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Two girls at today’s annual Halloween Parade are dressed as a Christmas tree and present. Hundreds of children dressed in their Halloween costumes to march down Main Street. They trick or treated along the way before gathering treats at Westport Town Hall. They then listened to music and had refreshments on Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Something Wicked

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Alice Shelton, RTM moderator, hands out candy dressed as a witch in front of the Westport Historical Society during today’s annual Halloween Parade. Hundreds of children trick or treated down Main Street to Town Hall where they also sought out treats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Halloween Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Among Halloween visitors today to the Tax Assessor’s office at Westport Town Hall was Tia Pogue, 7, of Westport, in her spaghetti and meatballs costume.  Dozens of youngsters visited Town Hall following the annual Halloween parade down Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Boys Soccer Edges McMahon 1-0

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Russell Oost-Lievense, who scored the only goal in Staples’ 1-0 victory today over Brien McMahon, puts a move on a Senator defender. Staples is in first place in the FCIAC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
A pesky Brien McMahon team nipped at Staples’ heels today, but a second-half goal propelled the Wreckers to a 1-0 home victory.

The win raises the boys soccer team’s record to 12-1-2, good for first place in the FCIAC. More importantly, it clinches one of four spots in the FCIAC tournament, which begins next Wednesday. One regular season game remains: Monday, 3 p.m. vs. Danbury in Westport. 

The lone goal was a pretty one. In the 50th minute Preston Hirten won a hard tackle at midfield. He fed Matt Lamb, with his back to the goal in the center circle. The tri-captain turned 180 degrees, and found Russell Oost-Lievenze. The junior blazed forward, beating both a defender and the keeper, before finishing low and hard.

“We needed a game like this,” said head coach Dan Woog. “We had to be tested, to see what it’s like to dig deep and win a 1-goal game. This was an important test for us—and it’s nice to see we passed the test.”

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Large Turnout for “Aging Successfully” Session on Dementia

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The Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Westport/Weston United Way today sponsored an “Aging Successfully” forum on “Defying Dementia”. More than 175 persons at the Westport center heard speakers Dr. Robert Levine and Douglas Werner, MS speak on understanding and preventing Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Hard copies of the PowerPoint presentation are available by calling (203)341-5099. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sue Pfister for WestportNow.com

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Last of the Season

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Tomatoes were among the vegetables in plenty supply today at the Westport Farmer’s Market. It was the last day of the season for the Farmers Market. The market returns for its second season in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 24 Canal Road

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Westport officials, including the Flood and Erosion Control Board, are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 24 Canal Road. The proposal is on the agenda for the board’s Nov. 1 meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Early Shine

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The sun was shining early Wednesday as it rose over Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. The sun is expected to be out the rest of the week, but rain may move into the area on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market (final one of season)
3 p.m. – Main Streeet/Post Road East/Veterans Green – Halloween Day Parade
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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Commission Questions Trickle of Gorham Information

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For the second meeting in a row, members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight expressed concerns over information they said they are not receiving from the team proposing to build affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue neighborhood.

Red Coat Development has proposed to build 20 condominiums at the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable” under state statutes.

During the commission’s last session on the matter, members expressed concerns over the lack of answers being provided to questions when they were told they would receive answers in writing (See WestportNow Oct. 12).

This morning, P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said he had only received responses to the commission’s questions on traffic, and the staff had asked for the information to be provided by the close of business on Monday.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Picking the Best

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Miggs Buroughs, Daryl Hawlk and David Pressler (l-r) spent this morning at Earthplace judging 85 photogaphs submitted to the Y’s Men’s annual Camera Club Competition and Exhibition. Of the total, 19 were chosen for prizes and will be unveiled at the exhibition opening that is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Y’s Men to Hear Role of Naval War College

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Thomas R. Brundage Jr., retired naval captain of the Naval War College Foundation, will address the next Y’s Men of Westport-Weston meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m.

His talk is titled “The Naval War College - Its History and Mission.” The meeting is held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, which is located at 245 Post Road East.

Brundage currently serves as a regional vice president of the U.S. Naval War College Foundation in Connecticut. His job includes increasing public awareness of the U.S. Naval War College.

For more information, contact Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679 or visit www.ysmenwestportweston.org.

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Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday

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Westport voting families will receive a postcard after Friday telling them where they will vote for this November’s election.

Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen said she and her staff will send cards to 10,065 voting families on Friday informing them where they will vote for the Nov. 7 election.

Additionally, she said, there has been a steady stream of people visiting the office to register to vote or checking on their voting registration.

“I’m expecting a heavy turnout,” she said. “I like to think it means good citizenship, but who knows.”

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Farrell Refutes GOP Charges on Westport’s First Responders

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With former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey (l), a member of the 9/11 Commission at her side, Democratic congressional candidate Diane Farrell today used the Westport Fire Department as a venue for denouncing Republican charges that she shortchanged Westport first responders as the town’s first selectwoman. Westport firefighters demonstrated for Farrell and Kerry their new radio interoperability systems, paid for entirely by Westport taxpayers and initated under Farrell, which allow various emergency agencies to communicate with each other—a top priority identified by the 9/11 Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Anderson Resigns from Board of Finance

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R. Gavin S. Anderson (r) reads a statement about resigning from the Board of Finance at Westport Town Hall today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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R. Gavin S. Anderson announced today he will be leaving the Westport Board of Finance after its December meeting, which is nearly a year before his term of office expires.

Anderson, a Republican, has served on the finance board since 1999. He told a Town Hall news conference he made the decision because he wants to spend more time with his family.

“Ten years is a long time,” he said of his service to the town, which also includes two years on the Representative Town Meeting. “I enjoy good health, and want to spend time with my beautiful Kendall, who is doing so well in health at last.”

Anderson, who will turn 69 in March, said he wants to travel with his wife, but he also wants to enjoy his boat and continue writing.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 84 Wilton Road

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Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 84 Wilton Road. The 1929-house is across from Gorham Island and near the Save the Children offices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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NY Times Endorses Farrell

The New York Times, which two years ago endorsed incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays for re-election in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District over Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, a former Westport first selectwoman, today endorsed Farrell in November’s re-match.

The text of the editorial: “The most fundamental rule of democracy is that when elected officials fail repeatedly, voters throw them out of office. If the polls are anywhere near accurate, most Americans have concluded that the Republican Party — particularly the Republican majority in the House of Representatives — has failed egregiously. On Iraq. On ethics. On oversight of a reckless White House. But that conviction sometimes comes into conflict with the feeling that a good representative should be rewarded with re-election, without regard to party.

“All of that brings us to Representative Christopher Shays, a Republican from Connecticut’s 4th District. Mr. Shays has been in office for nearly 20 years, during which his state has grown increasingly Democratic. This year his race with Diane Farrell, a former first selectwoman of Westport, is regarded as one of the tightest in the nation.

“The Times has endorsed Mr. Shays in every race in which he has faced a serious opponent. While this page has disagreed with him on many issues — from tax cuts for the wealthy to warrantless wiretapping — we have admired his independence and respected his leadership on issues like campaign finance reform.

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