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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

They are Stars

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Eliza Yass and Ruby Steinberg, eighth graders at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School, have been named junior volunteers of the year by STAR of Norwalk. STAR, Inc. is a not-for profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. They are pictured with Jill Schreckengost of STAR. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saugatuck Church’s Danner to Leave in January

The Rev. John H. Danner, senior pastor of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church since 2001, has informed church members that he will be leaving in January for a Florida post to be near his four grandchildren.WestportNow.com Image
The Rev. John H. Danner is shown presiding over last year’s Thanksgiving Day feast at Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The 56-year-old Maine native and a pastor’s son who went into the restaurant business before taking up the ministry said in an e-mail message that he was leaving “with very mixed emotions.”

“I will be completing my tenure here at Saugatuck on Jan. 24, 2010 so that I might accept the call to serve as Senior Pastor of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ in Florida,” he said.

“This move will make it possible for Linda and me to be there as our four grandchildren grow up.

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Doctor: “Explosive Inroads” in Cancer Treatment

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A Norwalk Hospital cancer specialist told the Westport Rotary Club today that “explosive inroads” are being made in the treatment of cancer. Dr. Richard Frank said that in 10 years “when someone has cancer their cell information will be accessible online and a specific cocktail (treatment) will be administered.”  Frank, a hematologist/oncologist and director of cancer research at the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, is the author of “Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Find Missing Elderly Woman

An 83-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s Disease was missing for a short time late today in the vicinity of Westport’s High Point Road, prompting police to issue a CodeRed telephone alert.

However, just as the message was going out at about 4:45 p.m., a police officer spotted the woman and reunited her with relatives in the vicinity of Bedford Middle School, according to police.

Police then issued another CodeRed message saying the woman had been found.

It was the second time in less than three weeks that Westport police had issued a CodeRed alert for a missing elderly woman. On Oct. 30, police found a missing 74-year-old woman after calls from residents who received the alert. (See WestportNow Oct. 30, 2009)

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Staples Boys Soccer Semifinal Set for Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Staples High School boys soccer team’s state LL tournament semifinal game will be played at West Haven High School Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Wreckers (20-2, seeded No. 5) take on Glastonbury (19-0-1, seeded No. 1). The game is a rematch of last year’s semifinals when the Tomahawks scored two goals in the final eight minutes to defeat Staples 2-1.

This will be the Wreckers’ fourth state semifinal appearance in the last six years. 

They are shooting for their 12th state championship in history and first since 1993.

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Golden Sky

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There was a golden sky above Westport’s Compo Beach at sunset on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marc Litvinoff for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Note: today’s WWHD H1N1 vaccine clinic is completely booked
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Special: Your Social IQ—Why It Matters and How It Impacts Your Success
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “The Madonnas of Leningrad” by Debra Dean
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Revaluation Liaison Committee
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Vital Voices: Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson, Democratic Republic of Congo
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Abilities Count in College Admissions: What Students and Parents Need to Know

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“In Wonderful Westport”—The Video


A video musical version of “In Wonderful Westport” had its public debut tonight at the Town Hall swearing in ceremony. Contributed video

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Letter from Isabelle: “Wos It Wirth It?”

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff shows tonight’s Town Hall swearing in ceremony audience a letter he received from Long Lots Elementary School second grader Isabelle Katz who wrote: “To Mayor Gordon. I am so so happy you oune. Wos it wirth it? Write back to tell me if it wos.” Joseloff said: “Well, Isabelle, it certainly was. It was because I and all of us taking the oath of office tonight will make it worth it. We’ll do our best for you and all future Westporters. We have no higher priority. We have no greater challenge.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joseloff Sworn In for a Second Term

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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (r) tonight congratulates Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff after he swore in the Democratic victor in the Nov. 3 election for a second term at a Town Hall ceremony. Town Clerk Patty Strauss applauds. Joseloff said he was “excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead,” adding: “I see what we are doing as setting the table—as they say in baseball—for those who will follow us in the 21st century.” The full text of his remarks are available here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Anderson Joins Board of Selectmen

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State Senator John McKinney, Republican minority leader, swears in Republican R. Gavin S. Anderson tonight as a member of the Westport Board of Selectmen. Anderson, a former Board of Finance member, joins Democrats Gordon F. Joseloff and Shelly Kassen on the board. Kassen was out of the country and unable to attend the Town Hall ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Congratulating Board of Finance Members

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Westport Town Clerk Patty Strauss (r) congratulates newly sworn in Board of Finance members (l-r) Brian Stern, a newcomer, and incumbents Helen Garten and Avi Kaner.  Stern and Garten are Democrats, Kaner a Republican. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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New Face on the Board of Ed

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Among Westport Board of Education members sworn in tonight was a former member, Republican Michael McGovern (3rd l). He joined (l-r) incumbents Don O’Day, a Democrat; Jim Marpe, a Republican, and Elaine Whitney, a Democrat. McGovern replaced Kristin LaFleur who ran unsuccessfully for Board of Selectmen with R. Gavin S. Anderson, the Republican candidate for first selectman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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RTM Welcomes Face of Youth

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Christopher J. Urist, 27, (l) a member of the Staples High School class of 2000, was among three new members of the Representative Town Meeting sworn in tonight at a Town Hall ceremony. He took the oath of office with fellow District 6 members (l-r) Joyce Colburn, Cathy Talmedge, and Ann Marie Flynn, all incumbents. Other new RTM members include George W. Underhill, the town’s former tax collector, in District 4, and Arthur Ashman in District 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pomp and Ceremony

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The Westport police and fire honor guard stands at attention as Rabbi Robert Orkand of Temple Israel in Westport delivers the invocation at tonight’s Westport Town Hall oath of office ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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