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Friday, January 4, 2008


6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening Reception: Oil Paintings by John Tang

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Icy Saugatuck

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Today’s sub-freezing temperatures gave the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center an icy look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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On Thin Ice

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The early morning thin ice today did not seem to bother these Saugatuck River visitors in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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It Really Feels Like Winter

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A bank temperature sign in Westport’s center told the chilly story today at about 7:30 a.m. The high was forecast to be in the 20s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Chilly Sunset

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Temperatures were in the 20s as the sun set Wednesday over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures dipped into the single digits in the overnight hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 3, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Committee
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:45 p.m. – Room 309/307 – RTM Public Works Committee

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In Happier Times

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Tazewell Thompson, whose departure as Westport Country Playhouse artistic director was officially announced tonight, is pictured in happier times at the opening of the Westport Farmers Market in the Playhouse parking lot on June 29, 2006, about six months after he took over his job. At left is Alison Harris, former Playhouse executive director, who resigned in the summer of 2006 after six years in her post. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow file photo

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Tazewell Thompson Out as Playhouse Artistic Director

UPDATE Tazewell Thompson is out as artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse due to “artistic and professional differences” with the theater’s board, the Playhouse announced tonight.WestportNow.com Image
Tazewell Thompson: “artistic differences” cause split. Jen Connic/WN file photo

Elisabeth Morten, board president, said Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, who helped transform the summer theater to a year-round facility, were named interim co-artistic directors to replace Thompson.

“His departure is due to artistic and professional differences regarding how best to fulfill the mission of the Playhouse while serving our community and how to address the challenges of transitioning to a year-round venue while achieving our goal of becoming a nationally recognized theater,” Morten said in a statement.

The board bought out the third year of Thompson’s three-year contract for $150,000, the Hartford Courant said.

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Post Road East Rear-Ender

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A two-car rear-ender accident during tonight’s rush hour on Post Road East in Westport in front of Anthropologie caused no injuries but damage to both cars. Westport firefighters cleaned up after an oil spill from one of the vehicles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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All Gone: 2 Half Mile Common

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The demolition of the house at 2 Half Mile Common off Cross Highway is the first Westport teardown of 2008. The 1946-built split level had 1,866 square feet, situated on a one-acre property and changed hands in November for $850,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 24, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Robert C. Schnitzer, Arts Center Activist, Dies at 101

Robert C. Schnitzer, a former actor, producer, educator, and theater administrator who was active in the Westport-Weston Arts Council and later the Westport Arts Center, has died at a Stamford retirement home, the Arts Center said today. The former Weston resident was 101.WestportNow.com Image
Robert C. Schnitzer: in his younger years and at a Columbia reunion in 2002. Columbia University photos

He and his late wife, Marcella Cisney, also an actor, producer, director, educator and administrator, were active in the area arts scene and in the 1980s organized seminars and staged a series of play readings for the Westport arts organization.

Schnitzer was still active in his later years, often writing letters to newspapers while serving on his retirement community’s resident council as well as on the board of directors of The Players Club, a theater club in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan.

Born on Sept. 8, 1906, in New York, Schnitzer attended Horace Mann School and Columbia College. In his early professional years, he was an actor and later served on the faculties of Vassar, Smith, Columbia, and the University of Michigan. He served as Delaware state director and later as deputy national director of the Federal Theatre Project.

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Westport Sets Winter Yard Waste Hours

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that effective Jan. 14, the Westport yard waste site, located at 180 Bayberry Lane, will initiate reduced winter hours. 

Hours will be Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. These hours will be in effect until March 10 when regular hours will be resumed.

Christmas trees will be accepted from Westport residents at the yard waste site during hours of operation, he said.

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Shoplifting Suspect Was a Chilean Deported in 1973

A shoplifting suspect who looted Westport Main Street stores for thousands of dollars in merchandise on New Year’s Eve before crashing his car during a high speed police chase has been identified as a Chilean national deported in 1973, police said today.WestportNow.com Image
Police said they found more than $2,800 worth of merchandise taken from Main Street stores after the suspect crashed his vehicle on Monday on Coleytown Road near Easton Road.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The man initially identified himself as Jorge Fuentes, but an FBI fingerprint check showed he really was Manuel Galicia, 65, who was deported to his native Chile in 1973, said Sgt. Jerry Shannon.

Galicia, who gave his address as Port Washington, N.Y., led police on a high speed chase along Westport streets and the Merritt Parkway on Monday before crashing his car into a parked and unoccupied water company truck on Coleytown road near Easton Road. (See WestportNow Dec. 31, 2007)

He was treated at Norwalk Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash and later returned to Westport police headquarters where was held on $25,000 bond pending an appearance in Norwalk Superior Court today, Shannon said.

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Westport Bank Robbery Suspect Found Dead

A Bridgeport man identified as the suspect in Sunday’s robbery of a bank branch at Westport’s Stop & Shop on Post Road East has been found dead in a Milford hotel room of an apparent drug overdose, Westport police said today.WestportNow.com Image
Bank suspect: found dead in Milford. Contributed photo

Police identified the man as Edward P. Holt, 54, and said he was identified by friends and family from a bank surveillance photo released shortly after the robbery at the People’s United Bank, 1790 Post Road East. (See WestportNow Dec. 30, 2007)

As detectives were searching for Holt on Monday, Milford police notified Holt’s family that he was found dead in a Milford hotel room of an apparent drug overdose, said Lt. David Kassay in a statement.

Further investigation today by detectives involving the suspect’s vehicle and personal belongings seized by Milford police yielded evidence that links Holt to the Westport bank robbery, he said.

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Staples Boys Soccer Team Wins National Academic Honor

The state finalist 2006 Staples High School soccer team has added another honor: it is one of only four Connecticut boys squads to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas honors for academics. WestportNow.com Image
The 2006 Staples soccer team: third academic win in four years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com

For recognition, the average GPA of all varsity players must be at least 3.25.

This is the third time in four years the Wreckers have won the award, and the sixth since it was instituted in 1999.

“I’ve always been proud of our team’s accomplishments, in the classroom as well as on the field,” said head coach Dan Woog. “I’m glad the NSCAA recognizes them too.”

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Foundations Merger Takes Effect

The merger of the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) and the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation (GBAF) became official Tuesday.

The unified organization, which will operate under the name of Fairfield County Community Foundation, has combined net assets approaching $150 million. It becomes the largest philanthropic organization serving donors and nonprofit organizations in Fairfield County.

The boards of the two foundations voted unanimously to merge in September. Since the announcement, the two organizations have been finalizing all necessary due diligence, an announcement said. 

“The merger increases our ability to help accomplish the most good for all communities in Fairfield County,” said W. Michael Funck, chairman of the merged FCCF board. “Particularly in communities with the greatest need, such as greater Bridgeport.”

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Town to Consider Tax Breaks for Hybrid Vehicle Purchases

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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (2nd. r.), showing off the town’s three new Ford Escape hybrid SUVs, told reporters today he will explore giving Westport residents tax breaks under new state legislation which went into effect Tuesday if they purchase hybrid vehicles. Among those at a Town Hall ceremony showing off the new cars were Selectman Shelly Kassen (1st l.), former Selectman Carl Leaman (5th l.), head of the town’s Green Energy Task Force, and Miggs Burroughs (r), who designed the hybrid logos for the new cars. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Town of Westport Goes Green With Hybrids

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The Town of Westport today showed off its three new Ford Escape hybrid SUVs purchased for the town fleet. At a Town Hall event marking the purchase, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Carl Leaman, head of the Green Energy Task Force, pledged to step up efforts to get Westporters to commit to saving energy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting the Word Out

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today inspects the logo on one of three Ford Escape hybrid SUVs newly purchased for the town fleet. With him is Westporter Miggs Burroughs, who designed the logos. The vehicles, which cost a total of about $76,000, will be assigned to inspectors in the Planning and Zoning, Conservation, and Building Departments. Joseloff hopes the logos will help spread the word about the town’s commitment to saving energy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Anyone for a Treat?

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Mel Goldman of Westport, owner of Westport’s Towne House for Dogs, pauses during a Compo Beach visit to offer treats to Rosie, Reggie and Hanna, Norfolk Terriers ages 12, 11, and 10, and Charlie, a 2-year-old Cockapoo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

And a Bully New Year to You

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Wilma, a 17-month-old English Bulldog residing in Westport, rings in the New Year in style. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Jackson for WestportNow.com

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Freezin’ for a Reason

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Participants in today’s Temple Israel polar bear plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach did not spend a whole lot of time in the water as they got a chilly New Year’s Day wakeup call. The fund-raiser benefited Westport Interfaith Housing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Shedding the Warm Clothes

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Westport’s Temple Israel sponsored a polar bear plunge at Compo Beach today to benefit the Interfaith Housing Association. Participants shed their warm clothes as they headed for the frigid water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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For a Good Cause

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Today’s early polar bear plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach was the fifth annual New Year’s Day event for the Team Mossman Triathlon Club based at the Westport Weston Family Y. Proceeds went to Westport’s Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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