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Friday, April 11, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Memories of a Childhood Lost”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life” prologue series
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Tally Hall w/ The Republic Tigers, Jared Scharff and the Royals, and Forward Forward
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Orson’s Shadow”
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “The Last Five Years”

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Foggy Photog

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A heavy fog blanketed the coast including Westport’s Compo Beach early today as WestportNow photographer Lynn U. Miller looked for suitable subjects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Lexus and Toyota Dealerships Change Hands

Two well known Westport automobile dealerships on Post Road East long owned by the Crabtree family—Toyota of Westport and Lexus of Westport—have changed hands.

The buyer was Michael J. Cantanucci of the New Country Motor Car Group of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which operates Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Ferrari, BMW, Porsche and Audi luxury automobile dealerships in Connecticut, New York and Florida.

The real estate portion of the Lexus dealership at 1317 Post Road East, comprised of 0.73 acres sold for $4 million and the land occupied by the Toyota dealership at 777 Post Road East comprised of 2.14 acres sold for $6 million, according to filings in the Town Clerk’s Office.

The sale price of the businesses was not disclosed although documents filed with the Town Clerk’s Office showed that financing of up to $362.8 million was extended to New Country as part of the transaction.

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Shell Seekers

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On a foggy morning today, Orda Crawford, and her husband, Rick, of Norwalk, came to Westport’s Compo Beach to gather some buckets of shells for their garden. According to Orda Crawford, the shells not only keep the weeds out of her garden, but they also add greatly to its beauty. The couple said they come to Compo Beach for shells because Norwalk beaches have rocks but no shells. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Merged

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Wake, See, Dimes, Bryniczka & Bloom, one of Westport’s oldest law firms, has joined with Milford’s Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., resulting in a staff of almost 30 attorneys covering 14 different law specialties. The new firm will continue to operate at 27 Imperial Ave. in Westport, as well as 75 Broad St. in Milford. Areas of practice in the combined firm include business and commercial law, labor and employment, civil litigation, land use, estate planning, and real estate law.  Members of the combined firm posed for a picture outside of their Westport office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Going Down: 104 Hillspoint Road

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The house at 104 Hillspoint Road came down today. Built in 1920, the 1¾-story Cape had 2,232 square feet and was located on a 1.09-acre property. It changed hands in September for $1,145,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 13, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Two Arrested in Paintball Attack That Injures Two Officers

An attack from what appeared to be a paintball gun injured one Westport police officer early today and another suffered a hand puncture wound while in a foot pursuit of occupants of a stolen car,  two of whom were later arrested, police said.WestportNow.com Image
Officer Richard Bagley: injured after car stop. WN file photo

Two Bridgeport men were taken into custody and a third was being sought after a foot search with a police dog in Norwalk and Westport that lasted two hours, said Lt. Leonard Rummo.

The incident began at 2:29 a.m. when Officer Richard Bagley stopped a car on Post Road West at Sylvan Road because its license plate light was out, he said.

“As the officer approached the vehicle, the rear hatch sprung open and a man armed with what appeared to be a rifle began firing,” Rummo said in a news release. “He was struck several times and immediately took evasive action by diving for cover.”

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New York Rejects Broadwater

UPDATE As anticipated, New York Gov. David Paterson today announced he is not granting necessary state approval for Broadwater Energy’s liquefied natural gas project proposed for Long Island Sound.

He announced the decision at a news conference at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island where a cheering crowd of activists and legislators gathered on the park’s boardwalk.

Paterson said the facility would not guarantee low cost natural gas to Long Island and would disrupt commercial and recreational fishing. In essence, approval would turn over a section of the Sound to a private company at the exclusion of the general public, he said.

But Broadwater Energy, the joint Shell and TransCanada joint venture proposing the floating liquid natural gas processing plant, said it wasn’t giving up yet.

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Westport Scene

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A photographer lines up a picture near the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 10, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Memories of a Childhood Lost”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Kids Family Film Classics: “Babe”
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission work session
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - RSS and Podcasts
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”

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Board of Finance Approves 2008-09 Budget

The Westport Board of Finance tonight approved the town’s 2008-09 budget of $168.7 million and sent it on to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

Board of Education Chair Marge Cion told the finance board her board was not requesting restoration of $250,000 cut by the board at its meeting last month. (See WestportNow March 25, 2008).

The RTM will take up the budget request at meetings on May 5 and 6. The combined town and education budget request of $168,735,658 is about a 4.72 percent increase over the current year.

In response to a question, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said he anticipated taxpayers would face about a 5 percent increase in their tax bills over this year.  But he said the final figure was still subject to a number of variables, including RTM action and the amount taken from reserves.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

McCain Talks About Corporate Greed

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Sen. John McCain today visited Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, a $150 billion investment firm, and told the workers, “There’s a backlash in America today against corporate greed.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Posing

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Sen. John McCain poses for a picture after addressing a meeting at Westport’s Bridgewater Associates today on Glendinning Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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McCain: “I Won’t Rule Out Preemptive Wars”

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Presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain told a Westport audience today he would not rule out launching preemptive wars against future enemies. McCain spoke to about 400 employees of hedge fund Bridgewater Associates in a tent at Bridgewater headquarters on Glendinning Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bridgewater Associates Hosts McCain

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About 400 employees of Westport hedge fund Bridgewater Associates attended today’s town meeting held by presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain in a large tent on the Bridgewater grounds on Glendinning Place. McCain was on stage for about an hour. The event was closed to the general public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Welcome to Westport

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Sen. John McCain is escorted into a tent on the grounds of Bridgewater Associates in Westport today by Ray Dalio, Bridgewater’s founder, president, and chief investment officer. McCain held a “town hall meeting” with about 400 Bridgewater employees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter and “Red Leather Diary” at Library

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Westporter Florence Woldfson (l), 92, was a special guest today at an author’s talk at the Westport Public Library. Author Lily Koppel (r), 27, talked about her book “The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal” in which she describes finding a journal in an old steamer trunk which turned out to be written by Wolfson from 1929 to 1934. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse “Thurgood” Production Heads to Broadway

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James Earl Jones: starred in 2006 Playhouse production of “Thurgood.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse announced today that “Thurgood,” which originated at the Playhouse in 2006, will begin previews on Saturday for an April 30 opening at Broadway’s Booth Theatre.

Ostar Productions will produce the limited engagement of “Thurgood” in association with the Playhouse through Aug 3. Laurence Fishburne, who won a Tony Award for his performance in “Two Trains Running,” stars in the production. James Earl Jones played the title role in Westport.

“Thurgood” brings to the stage the story of Thurgood Marshall, who rose from a childhood in the backstreets of Baltimore to the Supreme Court of the United States. The play is written by George Stevens, Jr., 11-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Peabody Award winner, and directed by Leonard Foglia.

“The original, sold-out run at Westport Country Playhouse in spring 2006 was a triumph,” said Anne Keefe, Playhouse co-artistic director. “Thanks to Ostar Productions and Bill Haber for bringing us the production which allowed us to reach such a large audience and participate in a pre-Broadway tryout.”

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Hudson Valley Bank to Open in Westport

Hudson Valley Bank, the largest independently owned commercial bank headquartered in Westchester County with $2 billion in assets, announced today it plans to open three additional branches in Fairfield County, including one in Westport.WestportNow.com Image
The future home of a new branch of Hudson Valley Bank at 420 Post Road West in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Westport branch will be located at 420 Post Road West, formerly home of a TD Banknorth branch, and will be open in the latter half of this year, an announcement said. The other new branches will be in Fairfield and Greenwich.

Hudson Valley, headquartered in Yonkers, N.Y., serves the metropolitan area with 25 branches located in Westchester, Rockland, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, N.Y., as well as in Fairfield County. The bank opened its first full service branch in Connecticut in Stamford in December 2007.

“Our goal is to serve the deposit, lending and investment needs of individuals, businesses, professional service firms and not-for-profit organizations in Fairfield County,” said James J. Landy, president and chief executive officer.

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Westport Receives Award for McLaury House

Westport has been awarded a 2008 Connecticut Preservation Award in the community service category for the restoration of the Emily McLaury House, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today.WestportNow.com Image
The McLaury House at 99 Myrtle Ave.  awaits its new tenant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WN file photo

The award will be presented to Joseloff at a ceremony on Monday, April 28, at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.  Members of the Westport Historic District Commission and the Emily McLaury House Committee also will attend.

“Westport’s restoration for workforce housing of the Emily McLaury House was an important project for our community,” said Joseloff.  “On behalf of Westport, I would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to the members of the Historic District Commission and the McLaury House Committee for their dedication and hard work on this project.”

The Emily McLaury House, located at 99 Myrtle Ave., was designed by Charles E. Cutler in the 1920s for his wife’s cousin, Emily McLaury. It was purchased by the town in 1972. In early 2006, Joseloff appointed the Emily McLaury House Committee, made up of volunteers, to develop a plan to restore the historic property.

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McCain Visits Westport Hedge Fund Today

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Sen. John McCain visits the Sherwood Diner in Westport in October 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo
Sen. John McCain visits Westport today and is going where the money is—one of the world’s largest hedge funds.

The Republican candidate for president will hold a “town hall meeting” with employees of Bridgewater Associates on Glendinning Place, off Weston Road, at 3:45 p.m. The event is closed to the general public. Bridgewater manages $150 billion in global investments for a wide array of institutional clients.

Ray Dalio, Bridgewater’s founder, president and chief investment officer, is a strong McCain supporter as are many of his colleagues. Together they have contributed more than $60,000 to McCain’s campaign over the last year, according to public filings.

McCain last visited Westport on Oct, 28, 2006, when he came here for a private fund-raiser for Republican Congressman Christopher Shays. He was also here in October 2004 for Shays, and his stops included a visit to the Sherwood Diner on Post Road East.

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Compo Rays

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Some visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach on Tuesday soak up some sun as the temperature climbed into the low 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Memories of a Childhood Lost”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Lily Koppel, “The Red Leather Diary”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Budget Restoration Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Freddie Bryant, Brazilian solo guitar

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Double Notes

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Westport twin sisters Pamela (l) and Kristen Onorato, fifth graders at King’s Highway Elementary School, were among those performing tonight at Coleytown Middle School as part of a combined concert by the fifth grade orchestras from King’s Highway and Coleytown Elementary Schoool. It was an opportunity for the fifth graders to experience performing at the middle school they will be attending next September. The program also featured the Coleytown Middle School sixth grade orchestra, and the Coleytown Middle School chamber orchestra. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Water Talk

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Sanjeev Chatterjee, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor at the University of Miami, was among panelists tonight at the Westport Public Library discussing water. The session was co-sponsored with the Westport Arts Center which is currently hosting the “Paradox of Water” exhibit. Chatterjee spoke on the role of the arts to important issues of our time and showed excerpts of his film about potable water, “One Water.”  The film was part of a cross-disciplinary collaboration among faculty and students at the University of Miami to develop thoughtful and provocative media endeavors aimed at public education about the crisis facing the availability of clean and safe water in today’s world. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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