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Saturday, December 26, 2009

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The Team Mossman Triathlon Club, based at the Westport Weston Family Y, is seeking participants and supporters for its eighth annual New Year’s Day Save the Children Polar Plunge at Compo Beach. The event will be held at 10 a.m. To register to participate, or to support the event, click here. Organizers said they are also seeking support for “double dippers,” those who agree to go in for a second plunge after the first. Pictured are participants in an earlier plunge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Westport’s Third Oldest House is Sold, Will be Preserved Image
The third oldest house in Westport, built in 1710, has been sold and will be preserved, according to a source knowledgeable about the house at 38 Compo Road North. The house had gained publicity last month when brokers held an open house at the property. (See WestportNow Nov. 29, 2009) The 1-1/4 story antique house has 1,427 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. The source said the buyers were a couple who had previously expressed interest in the property. They intend to keep the house intact but extend a portion in the back, according to the source. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Friday, December 25, 2009

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A group from Westport’s Conservative Synagogue, led by Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn (3rd l), made Christmas Day visits today to Westport Police Headquarters and Westport Fire Headquarters bearing food and candy gifts to thank emergency workers for their service. Some of the gifts were added to items being shipping to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officer Ned Batlin welcomed them to the police facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Volunteering on Christmas Day Image
Marion Yingling, 9, was among volunteers working at the Saugatuck Congregational Church’s annual Christmas Day Feast today. Guests enjoyed good food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Christmas Day Feast Attracts Large Crowd Image
The annual Christmas Day Feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church today attracted a large crowd. Volunteers worked from the early morning hours preparing turkey and the trimmings for the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Main Street Christmas 2009 Image
Westport’s Main Street was deserted today except for a lone dog walker. Most stores in town were closed for the day, although CVS on Post Road East was one of the few open for business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Window on Main Street Image
The window of Westport Pizzeria on Main Street reflected Westport’s holiday look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Westport Featured Prominently in New Novel Image
The action takes place in a Westport beach cottage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
This week’s Publisher’s Weekly describes novelist Cathleen Schine’s latest book, “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,”  as “a little bit 21st-century homage to ‘Sense and Sensibility’and a little bit homecoming to her childhood town of Westport, Conn.”

Schine, a 1971 Staples High School graduate and one of the extended Schine family in Westport, was asked by interviewer Julie Naughton whether the Westport of her childhood influenced the story.

“The town has changed so much since I was growing up,” Schine replied. “My mother sold her house and kept the barn—all around it, these huge houses have gone up. The barn looks like the gardener’s shed now!

“As I was creating the cottage in Westport where Annie, Miranda, and Betty (characters in the book) would live, I was inspired by a house on the beach that my friend was living in.

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White Christmas at Longshore Image
It wasn’t snowing, but the white stuff made for a White Christmas look at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


12/25/09 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, December 25, 2009 - Christmas Day

Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, Public Library, and Arts Center closed in observance of Christmas

1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Christmas Day Feast

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Silent Night Image
Christmas lights twinkle in the distance as seen from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve Postcard Image
Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church took on a Christmas Eve postcard look as churchgoers arrived for the Christmas Eve family service late today. The church will host its annual Christmas Day feast at 1 p.m. on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Isn’t This What Dads Are For? Image
A Dad memory moment today at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


12/24/09 11:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Skate and Snap Image
A Christmas Eve spin on the ice at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park called for a picture taking moment today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Christmas Eve Scene Image
Snow left over from the weekend storm added to the festive holiday Christmas Eve scene along Post Road East in Westport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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