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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Community Gardeners to Meet Today

The Westport Community Gardens will hold a meeting today to discuss the future of the gardens.

The session is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. at the Westport Public Library.

Gardeners interested in a plot for the next planting season are invited to attend. Also, the gardeners will discuss potentially expanding the gardens adjacent to Long Lots Elementary School.

For more information contact Mary Ann West at (203) 554-3964 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Driver Escapes Injury in Canal Park Crash

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A resident of Westport’s Canal Park housing units escaped injury Saturday afternoon when she lost control of her car and it hit an unoccupied ground floor unit.  The fire department said Deborah R. Allen was alone in the vehicle at the time. Firefighters cleared debris from the structure and erected a temporary support column. Other units in building No. 3 were declared safe for occupancy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Moon Rise

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The temperature dipped below freezing Saturday night over Westport’s moon-lit Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006


3 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Community Gardens planning meeting
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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Dress for Success Benefit Slated for Mitchells

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Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County will hold its annual benefit on Friday at 6:30-9 p.m. at Mitchells of Westport.

Seven musicians will perform in “A Taste for Success.”

“We’ve gathered together musicians from different backgrounds to add spice to the evening’s other tasty offerings,” stated Doug Holzwarth, musical director.

Performing in addition to Holzwarth will be Chris Coogan, Scarlett Lee Moore, Frank Fields, Christine Campbell, Kevin Reid and Irena Makarchuk.

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

New Canaan Edges Staples 14-13

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Staples’ 28-game home winning streak that began in 2001 came to an end today with a 14-13 loss to New Canaan, the first of the season. Mike Samela took a pass in for a touchdown early in the game, and Alex Lebow (above) ran for the second Staples touchdown. Lebow hit the first extra point but missed the second. The result gives New Canaan and Staples identical records of 7-1, but puts the Rams ahead in the points standings with one game remaining before the FCIAC championship game. The Wreckers travel to Ridgefield on Friday at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

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Touchdown

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On the third play of today’s game against New Canaan, Staples junior Mike Samela took a pass from quarterback R.J .Marsilio to score a touchdown. The Wreckers could not complete a last-minute drive and fell to the Rams 14-13 in their first loss of the season. It was sweet revenge for New Canaan—last season the Wreckers ruined New Canaan’s FCIAC title hopes by going 68 yards in the final 47 seconds to score the winning touchdown with one-tenth of a second left on the clock. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

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Still in Color

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Despite unseasonably cold weather, the bright-colored leaves remain on the trees along the Saugatuck River near the King’s Highway North bridge. Temperatures are expected to creep into the 50s over the next few days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Software-as-a-Service Focus of Library Technology Talk

A Westport technology expert will talk about one of the fastest growing categories of business and consumer software at the Westport Public Library’s “Technology Talk” on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Mark Koenig, vice president of the marketing and strategy firm Saugatuck Technology, will speak about the success of software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors such as Salesforce.com, Employease, and RightNow Technologies.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203)291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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Morning Romp

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Some deer make an early morning crossing today of the Saugatuck River near Westport’s King’s Highway South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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New Yorker Editor Y’s Women Guest Nov. 13

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Dorothy Wickenden: at the New Yorker since 1995. Contributed photo
New Yorker Magazine executive editor and author Dorothy Wickenden will speak to the Y’s Women at its next session on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Family Y of Westport Weston.

Coffee and conversation begin at 11 a.m. with the meeting starting at 11:30 a.m.  Wickenden will answer questions after her talk.

She will discuss what goes on behind the scenes at the New Yorker Magazine each week, including how story ideas are conceived and cartoons and covers are chosen, whether there is such a thing as a New Yorker “style” and what it is like to work with writers and with the editors, copy-editors, and fact-checkers on individual pieces.

Wickenden became executive editor of the New Yorker in January 1996.  She joined the magazine as managing editor in March 1995.

All Y’s Women general meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Ann Lloyd at (203) 226-4145.

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Still Floating

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Many of the boats have been pulled out of the marinas throughout Westport, but there are some boats still docked along the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006


9 a.m. - noon - Town Clerks Office - Absentee ballot application pickup
1:30 p.m. Staples High School - Staples football vs New Canaan
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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Staples Boys Soccer Shares FCIAC Title

One hundred minutes of nail-biting soccer produced no goals and two FCIAC co-champions tonight.

Staples and Trumbull shared the league title following a 0-0 draw at Wilton High School’s Kristine Lilly Field.

It was the Wreckers’ 24th FCIAC championship and Trumbull’s first. Staples’ last league crown came in 2000.

Matt Lamb was named tournament co-MVP for his midfield performance.

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A Global Perspective

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Artist Niki Ketchman (c) explains her piece of artwork titled “2006” during an exhibit opening at the Westport Arts Center tonight. The new exhibit is titled “Global” and artists were asked to show their feelings on the term “global” and “globalism.” The exhibit runs through Dec. 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Remembering Tibet

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Westporter Barbara Paul addresses the crowd at the opening tonight of her photography exhibit—“Grasslands of Eastern Tibet – Nomads, Festivals, Monasteries”—at the Darien Public Library. The exhibit, which features over 100 photographs from Tibet, runs through Dec. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Honored as “Heart Safe” Community

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The Connecticut Department of Health recently presented Westport Emergency Medical Services and town officials with a certificate recognizing Westport as a “heart safe” community. The town announced in July that Westport EMS had met the requirements to qualify for the three-year designation which recognizes a community’s commitment to provide improved cardiac response and care to residents. Taking part in the Town Hall ceremony were (l-r) Gary St. Amand of the state Health Department; Alan Yoder, April Yoder, Alan Stolz and Isabel Blair of Westport EMS; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Deputy Police Chief Donald Brown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Selected Shorts Slated for Playhouse

Mia Dillon, Daniel Gerroll and David Rakoff will read short fiction in “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the renowned National Public Radio show of the same name, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.WestportNow.com Image
David Rakoff: will read Thurber tale. Contributed photo

The event is co-sponsored by the playhouse and the Westport Arts Center under the Arts in the House program. The reading will be taped for future NPR broadcast.

Dillon will read “How to Talk to a Hunter” by Pam Houston, Gerroll will lend his voice to “Honeymoon in Tramore” by William Trevor and Rakoff will bring to life “A Ride with Olympy” by James Thurber.
Now in its 20th season, “Selected Shorts” is produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio.

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Neighbors Appeal Supportive Housing Approval

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Saugatuck residents are appealing to the Westport Representative Town Meeting a zoning regulation change that allows supportive housing in their neighborhood.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the the zoning change, which was proposed by Interfaith Housing Association, in October (see WestportNow Oct. 13). It also approved a site plan for the regulation to be used on West End Avenue.

Save Old Saugatuck members opposed the application and filed a petition with the RTM to review the decision. The RTM can accept or reject the P&Z’s decision, but it cannot modify the regulation.

Carolanne Curry, of Save Old Saugatuck, said the Planning and Zoning Commission did not consider any of the comments made by the neighbors.

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Danbury News-Times Endorses Farrell

The Danbury News-Times today endorsed Democrat Diane Farrell in the 4th Congressional District race over incumbent Republican Christopher Shays.

The text of the editorial: “Christopher Shays of Bridgeport has represented the 4th Congressional District since 1987.

“Most of this district runs along the Interstate 95 corridor. After the 2000 Census, Redding and Ridgefield were added.

“Shays is a moderate Republican who often is at odds with his party’s leaders. This has sometimes landed him in a GOP limbo, as party leaders punished him for his independence. This year, those leaders are clinging to Shays, seeing his race as key to Republicans retaining majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Pond Reflections

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Early clouds and rain broke for sunshine later on Thursday on Westport’s Round Pond. Temperatures were much cooler than the previous days and are predicted to remain cold. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, Nov. 3, 2006


6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: Global
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

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Westport’s Own Paul Newman Appears in Lamont Ads

Westport’s Paul Newman appears in new television and radio ads backing Democrat Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate.WestportNow.com Image
Paul Newman recorded television and radio ads for Ned Lamont. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

“It’s tough times out there, and Connecticut needs someone who is young, fresh and spunky,” Newman, 81, urges voters in a 30-second spot. Lamont is 52. Incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman is 64.

Newman also recalls Lieberman’s campaign in 1988 when he unseated Lowell Weicker.

“Eighteen years ago, when Joe Lieberman was running against Lowell Weicker, Joe’s battle cry was, ‘Eighteen years is enough,’” Newman says. “I suppose Joe said that because he knew that after 18 years the good-old-boys club trumped good government. Voters should take your advice, Joe. Eighteen years is enough. Vote for Ned Lamont.”

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Gorham Hearing Potentially Closing Next Week

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The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to close its public hearing on the proposal from Red Coat Development to construct condominiums on Gorham Avenue next week.

P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said the commission is waiting for additional information from outside consultants it hired and from the applicant.

“They’re probably going to close the hearing next week,” he said. “They then have 65 days to make a decision assuming there isn’t a fifth hearing.”

The commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Nov. 9 on the matter, and it would be the fourth hearing on the application to construct 20 condominium units, which include six that will be deemed “affordable,” on 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave.

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Westport’s Big Dig Underway

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Work crews have begun their nighttime digging along Westport’s Post Road East to lay cable as part of the 69-mile Connecticut Light and Power Co. Middletown-to-Norwalk high voltage line project. The line is expected to go into service in late 2009. This crew was working tonight near Starbucks at 925 Post Road East. A second crew was working closer to the Fairfield town line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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