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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Second Edition,” altered books by artists from Greens Farms Academy
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board of Trustees
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance Budget Hearing (Education) (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (242 Post Road East) - “Making Peace Within and Without” by Dr. Rev. John Danner

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Westport Man Charged With Making Bomb Threat from Prison

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport today indicted a Westport man serving time in a Newtown prison on charges of threatening to blow up a Norwalk Social Security office as well as an Internal Revenue Service office.

Glen Sharkany, 40, of 21 Long Lots Road, was charged with one count of making a bomb threat and one count of conveying false information, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Connecticut Post reported Sharkany made the threats after his benefits were stopped following a sexual assault conviction.

Sharkany was arrested in Bridgeport on June 5, 2008, after police said he led them on a dangerous high speed chase that included a wrong way drive on the Merritt Parkway. (See WestportNow June 5, 2008)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Good News With Goody Shop Opening

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Amid a number of recent retail store closings in Westport, The Goody Shop has opened its doors at 1046 Post Road East, next to Swanky Frank’s restaurant. According to owner Rachel Florio, the store caters to “a local demographic (equestrians and prepsters) and offers items from a tennis racket cover to a dog collar plus high-end hostess gifts and vintage inspired baby goods.” The shop sells 97 different lines, many created by local artisans. Florio, a single mother of three, runs multiple careers including a public relations business as a celebrity trend expert with TV appearances on “The Today Show” and “The CBS Early Show.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Gets Associate Artistic Director

The Westport Country Playhouse today announced the appointment of David Kennedy as associate artistic director. 

He will join recently appointed Mark Lamos, artistic director, and Michael Ross, managing director, in guiding programming and production for the theater now entering its 79th season.

A producer, director and educator, Kennedy most recently served as associate artistic director at Dallas Theater Center. 

He is a founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He was artistic director of The Summer Cabaret in New Haven.

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Westport Firm’s Study Highlights Elder Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse costs older Americans more than $2.6 billion per year and is most often perpetrated by family members and caregivers, according to a new report released by Westport-based MetLife Mature Market Institute.

Entitled Broken Trust: Elders, Family and Finances, the report is accompanied by tip sheets for older adults and families on how to prevent such issues.

The document, produced in conjunction with the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, said up to one million older Americans may be targeted yearly.

Related costs like health care, social services, investigations, legal fees, prosecution, lost income and assets reach tens of millions of dollars annually, it said.

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Three-Vehicle I-95 Accident Sends One to Hospital

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A three-vehicle accident today during the morning rush hour tied up traffic in the southbound lane of I-95 between Exits 19 and 18 just past the Sasco Creek Road overpass. One of the vehicles rolled over and its driver was transported to the hospital by an American Medical Response ambulance. No other injuries were reported. None of the vehicles had passengers other than the drivers.  Traffic was halted in two lanes for about one hour. Personnel from both Westport and Fairfield assisted at the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Large Turnout for Edible Gardens in Schools Workshop

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More than 250 persons attended Monday’s “Edible Gardens in Schools” workshop at Westport’s Unitarian Church. Westport Green Village Initiative helped sponsor the event which it said reflected widespread interest in the grass roots movement behind edible gardens in schools. The four-hour workshop focused on how to introduce edible gardens in schools as an educational tool to teach children how food is grown and the importance of healthy food. Annie Farrell of Millstone Farm in Wilton looked at the salad day photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Celebrating a Westport Photographer

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The work of photojournalist Lynsey Addario, a 1991 Staples High School graduate, was featured Monday night at a one evening only exhibit, “Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo” at a Manhattan gallery. According to Camille Addario (l), Lynsey’s mother, Lynsey, now based in Istanbul, Turkey, is currently in Sudan waiting to enter Darfur. Pictured with Camille Addario are fellow Westporters Roxanne and Joseph Angrisano. The exhibit, which also features photos by photojournalists Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv and James Nachtwey, will be shown in world capitals before going on display in the fall at the United Nations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Second Edition,” altered books by artists from Greens Farms Academy
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Reception to honor participants, BYOBags: Westport Opts for Reusable Bags

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WestportNow Marks Sixth Anniversary

This month WestportNow marks its sixth anniversary. A pioneer among local news Web sites, we are now one of dozens of such “hyperlocal” Web sites serving communities large and small across the United States.

From a small audience of several hundred a month in 2003, WestportNow currently attracts almost 50,000 “unique” visitors a month and generates more than 240,000 monthly page views, according to independent Web traffic monitors.

As we enter our seventh year of serving the Westport community—and as other local news publications reduce their coverage—WestportNow has become even more important as the No. 1 place Westporters turn to for 24/7 real-time news and information about their town. And we are proud to get continuing mention as an example of a new wave of journalism.

We are grateful for the continued support of our readers, our contributors, and our advertisers. Advertisers who want to reach this growing and highly engaged readership with the most cost-effective advertising buy in the community are encouraged to direct inquiries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Rell Provides Details of Hales Road Bridge Repair

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today provided additional details of repairs to Westport’s Hales Road Bridge that will be funded with $4 million in federal stimulus transportation funds.WestportNow.com Image
The Hales Road Bridge over the Metro-North tracks in Westport was closed abruptly by the state in December. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Connecticut Recovery Working Group—the panel Rell formed to identify projects that qualify for federal stimulus money—approved funding for the bridge earlier this month. (See WestportNow March 9, 2009)

The Hales Road Bridge, which opened in 1910, has been closed since December because of its deteriorating condition. The 57-foot-long bridge spans the New Haven Line railroad tracks.

Rell said in a statement that the project calls for replacing the deck supports and raising the vertical clearance 3 inches to 18 feet, 6 inches.

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Selectmen Seek Public Comment on Proposed Triathlon

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today that the Board of Selectmen will hear an application on Wednesday, March 25, from the Team Mossman Events for use of town roads for a triathlon and asked for public comment on the proposal.

“The proposed triathlon, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 11, will have some impact on town roadways for the majority of the day,” said Joseloff.

At Joseloff’s suggestion, the board postponed action on the application at its Wednesday meeting to allow more time for public input.

“The triathlon is being held in Westport for the first time and therefore the Board of Selectmen asks Westport residents to comment, both pro and con, before a decision is made,” he said.

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Man Sought for Befriending Children Was Neighbor

Westport police said today they have determined that a man sought after he befriended children on Easton Road last week asking if they wanted to pet his dogs was a neighbor.

Two 9-year-olds told their parents that a man in a pickup truck had asked them on Wednesday afternoon if they wanted to pet the dogs and puppy in his truck. (See WestportNow March 12, 2009)

Today one of the parents contacted police saying that the man with the dogs is a nearby resident who contacted them today “upon hearing of the commotion his actions caused,” said Lt. David Kassay.

“Detectives contacted and interviewed the 57-year old neighborhood resident,” he said.

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Jazz Winners

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The Staples High School Jazz Ensemble won second place at the 17th annual Norwalk High School Jazz Festival—the second trophy during the past month for the band. In February, Staples was chosen as one of the top three bands, out of 15 competing schools, at the Jazz Festival at Brian McMahon High School in Norwalk. On Saturday, March 27, the Staples Jazz Ensemble will be participating at the annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at Greenwich High School. The event is sponsored by Wynton Marsallis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Staples Jazz Ensemble includes Tom Burhill, Mitch Feinberg, Matt Takiff, Willys DeVoll, Jason Lustbader, Emily Messina, Kevin Copeland, Ole Vaagen, Ellen Kempner, Sam Wilkes, Joe Genetti, Evan Lester, Alex Okon, Cory Bacon, Will Kniffen, Alan Southworth, Jordan Ratner, Cameron Bruce, John Solder, Will Hagen, Cole Manley, and David Haswell. Director is Nick Mariconda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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More Westport Retail Closings

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Two tenants at Westport’s 877 Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector have closed their doors in more signs of a difficult economy. Sport Collectables and ConsignMart formerly occupied the spaces at each side of the current Radio Shack store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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