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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Recalling the Days Before X-Boxes

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Bedford Middle School teachers Fred Choromanski and Ann Radley told the students today what it was like in 1978 when they started teaching. The young audience shouted loudest with surprise when told that the “X-Box had not even been invented then!” The occasion was an assembly marking the school’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School. Cary Bell, interim principal, is at left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: Five Guys to Open in January

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UPDATE Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a fast food chain, is to open in early January at 538 Post Road East, in space previously occupied by Totally Kool women’s apparel. The Five Guys chain was founded in Arlington, Va. in 1986 and has expanded to 450 locations in 25 states. The Westport restaurant is its eighth location in Connecticut with others in Newtown, Orange, Brookfield, New Haven. Avon, Wethersfield, and Mystic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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State Launches Interactive Travel Information Map

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As thousands of Connecticut residents take to the roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that a new interactive travel information map is now available on the state Web site.

She said the new map will provide timely information about current road conditions and help reduce headaches and reduce congestion. “I am urging commuters and travelers to put this site on their ‘favorites’ lists,” Rell said. 

The Department of Transportation’s map allows users to view real-time roadway incidents. 

Information from the state’s two Highway Operations Centers is used to update the map with the location and expected duration of congestion causing incidents throughout the state, Rell’s office said.

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Metro-North Running Extra Trains for Thanksgiving

Metro-North has scheduled extra trains today on its New Haven Line for increased pre-Thanksgiving Day travelers.WestportNow.com Image
Extra trains for Thanksgiving holiday travel.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Extra trains from Grand Central Terminal to Westport and Connecticut stops will operate beginning at 1 p.m., the railroad said.

Because of fewer riders anticipated in the normal peak evening rush hour, some trains have been combined or eliminated, it said.

On Thanksgiving Day Thursday, the railroad said it will operate a holiday schedule with extra morning inbound service for those going to the Macy’s parade in Manhattan.

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Berry Good

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The limb of a tree covered with red berries provided a colorful and convenient “fast food” stop along the banks of the Saugatuck River for a flock of gulls. The gulls were spotted in a tree in the parking lot behind the Westport Library on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”

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Sharing the Pie

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It was pie day today at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport. The synagogue’s Share The Pie program, which benefits Homes With Hope (formerly Interfaith Housing), distributed pies to those who ordered the baked goods in advance. Pictured is Westporter Rich Parower picking up his pies from fellow Westporters Fran Rackson (c), and Lauren Soloff,  organizer of Share The Pie. Great Cakes of Westport and Garelick & Herbs/Thyme for Kosher provided the gourmet pies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gwen Baker for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Police Holiday Toy Drive Set for December

The Westport Police Department Local Union 2080 and Westport Police Benevolent Association today announced they will again sponsor an annual holiday toy drive this season.WestportNow.com Image
Last year’s toy drive was held in Peppermill restaurant parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The drive, which will be held on the weekends of Dec. 12 and 13 and Dec. 19 and 20, provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County. 

The program has been extremely successful in the past, allowing for hundreds of toys to be distributed to children who otherwise would have none, the organizations said.

The drive will take place in the parking lot of The Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Newman’s Own Donates Pizzas to Food Banks

Westport-based Newman’s Own, Inc. announced today the successful distribution of more than 100,000 Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Crust frozen pizzas to the Feeding America network of food banks.

The pizzas will feed more than 300,000 food bank clients, the company said.

Newman’s Own, Inc. and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief agency, have collaborated since 2000 on the Partnership for Hunger Relief.

The program to date has donated 89 refrigerated trucks to 42 states and delivered the equivalent of more than 98 million meals, Newman’s Own said.

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Rat Pack Back

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UPDATE Members of Westport-based Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union were back at The Fresh Market today on Post Road East, just as they were when the store opened in October. (See WestportNow Oct. 14, 2009) The Fresh Market store is a nonunion operation, and Local 371 contends it does not pay area standard wages and benefits. The company’s public relations manager, Drewry Sackett, said in a statement: “We’re pleased to have been able to bring 90 good jobs to the Westport area, and we’re proud of our reputation for fair treatment, fair compensation and fair benefits.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Honoring Our Heritage: 9 Greenbrier Road

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Nicole and Dan Donovan are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying the original part of their 9 Greenbrier Road home (small stone house on the left side of photo with three dormers) as being architected by Frazier Peters which was built in 1930. Peters, a Westport resident during the 1920s and 1930s, was well known for his design of stone houses using a poured concrete and stone technique that he developed. It is said that he built 10 stone houses in Westport. The Donovans, who had lived in Fairfield before returning to Westport where they both grew up, said they were impressed how Coastal Construction Group of Westport and partner Jeff Cook had honored the original house designed by Peters by adding to it in kind, carefully matching the Peters stonework. Parents Mollie and Jack Donovan gave them the Westport Historical Society plaque as a gift. Mollie, co-chair of the Society’s Exhibit Committee, was aware that the Society provided plaques commemorating key events or people associated with a house even if the house is less than 100 years old. So after the house was identified as being architected by Peters, a plaque was authorized and ordered for a Christmas gift. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Westport No. 27 in Connecticut Top Dog List

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Westport may be No. 1 in top Connecticut towns in its population category and have the No. 1 high school in the state. But a new survey ranks it No. 27 in the number of dogs in town.

Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy, in a new “fido fees” survey, said Westport’s 2,132 licensed dogs in 2008 ranked it 27th in the state.

Enfield (population 45,212) won the No.1 ranking with its 5,335 licensed pooches. Fairfield (population 57,340) was second with 4,223 licensed dogs.

On a per household basis, the survey said Westport had 0.222 dogs in its 9,586 households, earning it a ranking of No. 105. Tiny Bethlehem (population 3,422) was No. 1 with 0.648 dogs in its 1,246 households.

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Getting Into the Holiday Mood

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Workers from Westport’s James Ferrone Landscaping Co. were busy Monday decorating Westport’s Main Street with colorful red ribbons, pine boughs and moss-filled baskets to greet the holiday season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


7:30 a.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Board of Finance Tour of Wakeman Farm
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
7:30 p.m. – Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov

Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Making Good on a Promise

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Elysse Cadoux of Westport today made good on a promise. When she turned 9 in October, she told her family and friends instead of birthday presents, she wanted food she could donate to Westport’s animal shelter. Today she and her family packed up the collection in their garage and delivered the goods to help nourish abandoned animals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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