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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

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Buttons celebrating “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” this year’s selection for WestportReads 2008, are available in a basket at the front desk of the Westport Public Library. The book was popular when the library first opened its doors in 1908. The celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary is scheduled to begin with a special day of activities planned for March 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Going Green at the Garden Club

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Winnie Balboni (l) presents Vivian Grotto with a WeGreen Westport reusable shopping bag at a meeting of the Westport Garden Club. Balboni made a gift of the bags to all club members to encourage support of the town’s green initiatives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joni Andrews for WestportNow.com

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Rells Plans Second School Safety Conference

Following this week’s shootings at Northern Illinois University, Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced she will be asking school officials across Connecticut to join her at a second statewide conference on school safety.

The conference—involving educators from elementary schools to colleges—is to be held before the end of March, but a specific date has not yet been set, Rell’s office said.

“As leaders, we continue to strive to make our schools the safest and most secure environment possible for students, faculty and staff—a place where they can be free to learn and work without fear of violence,” Rell said in a statement.

“The shootings at Northern Illinois University on Wednesday horrified us all.

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Saugatuck Birdman

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A breakfast feeding today along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center attracted plenty of customers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Opening Night

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About 150 guests turned out for a reception marking the opening of the Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 606 Post Road East. Westport. Among the nine artists represented, four posed with Wendy Nylen (2nd. l.), owner of the gallery. They are (l-r) Nate Gibbons, Nina Bentley, Linda Merk-Gould and Peter Konsterlie. There will be another artists reception on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Edible Art

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Art collector Harry Laurie looks over the “edible art” offering at the recent reception marking the opening of the Nylen Gallery at Picture This of Westport, 606 Post Road East. Nine local artists are represented in the inaugural exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Talking Transportation: Fixing the DOT

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

It’s the government agency we love to hate. Who hasn’t been stuck in endless construction delays on I-95 and not cursed the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT)? And what commuter hasn’t shivered on an aging Metro-North train lacking heat and not asked “Who’s running this darn railroad?”

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Mind you, I have a lot of respect for the CDOT and its 3,800 employees, most of whom labor long and hard to improve transportation in our state. (Full disclosure: I wanted to be a transportation engineer and studied that at Lehigh University for about one semester before the Arts College seemed more viable.) 

The problem is, the CDOT is so unwieldy and poorly managed that the staff can’t get things done.

Remember the collapse of the Mianus River Bridge 20 years ago? CDOT took most of the blame, but it was the governor and legislature that cut funding and forced a reduction of safety inspections.

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Donating Books by the Truckload

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Westporter Katje Donovan unloaded the back of her pickup truck Friday afternoon, and delivered to the Westport Public Library a collection of culinary books that were left over from the tag sale of her friend, Pat Powers, a well-known caterer from Weston. The books will go into the library’s annual book sale this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 16, 2008


10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) - Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Knit and Nosh (bring knitting needles)
2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Junior Curators Present: A Critter Encounter
5 p.m. and 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “Edges: A Song Cycle”
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - The Power of Love
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - The Bronze Episode w/ The Exotic Aquatic, Akudama, The Lights Resolve and Kevin D
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Glass Menagerie”

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Beach Stroll

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Today’s temperatures in the mid-40s attracted a number of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Daisy Troop Meets With First Selectman

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Members of Westport’s Daisy Troop 50801 recently met with First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in his Town Hall office. The visitors quizzed the first selectman about the workings of town government and then posed for a group picture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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One Injured in I-95 Accident

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Westport firefighters attend to a Stratford woman who lost control of her car today on I-95 southbound between Exits 18 and 17 and hit a guardrail. She was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Hollywood Valentine

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Westporter Susan Granger, a film and drama critic, received a Valentine’s Day bouquet and cap from Robert Fatherly, president of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston, following her talk before the group on Thursday. She gave an insider’s glimpse of the forthcoming Academy Awards and other Hollywood-related topics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Jan. 21 - 25, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 21-25, 2008:

Christopher and Holly B. Hageman to John F. and Caroline R. Bozeman III, 120 Imperial Ave., $795,000WN property.jpg

William G. and Shirley C. Reynolds to Adam P. and Alysa Mendelson Graf, 63 Colony Road, $1,200,000

Adam P. and Alysa F. M. Graf to Robert M. and Julie G. Haroun, 14 Beechwood Lane, $900,000

Maxx and Luke LLC to Westport Chamber of Commerce, Easement Over 44-52 Church Lane, $25,000

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Friday, February 15, 2008


9:30 a.m. – Center for Senior Activities – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Michael Kodas, “High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed”
1:15 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Film Noir: “Ride the Pink Horse” (1947) with film expert Louis Sabini
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “Edges: A Song Cycle”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Glass Menagerie”

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Fifth Grade Teardown Project Wins Place at Historical Society

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Claire Sampson, 10, a fifth grader at Saugatuck Elementary School, proudly poses for a picture for her mother, Carol, today after her workshop project “The Dilemma of Teardowns” was installed at the Westport Historical Society. After seeing the Feb. 4 posting about Claire’s project on WestportNow, the exhibit committee for the current exhibit “Westport Preserved-Westport Lost” decided to add it to the exhibit in the Little Gallery. It is next to a slide show of the WestportNow teardown feature by contributing photographer Dave Matlow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Westport Fuel Assistance Still Available

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that applications are still being taken for fuel assistance programs. 

“The Department of Human Services is currently offering Westport residents an opportunity to apply for energy awards through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program,” said Butler.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is administered through Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (NEON), a private nonprofit community action agency serving the greater Norwalk area.

Eligible families may receive an award of from $300 to $675. Eligibility is determined by income and assets and programs vary in their eligibility guidelines.

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Going Down: 21 Sylvan Road North

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The demolition of the house and other structures at 21-23 Sylvan Road North began this morning. Known as the Brosnahan-Bernhard Estate, the 2¾-story colonial revival has 7,822 square feet, was built in 1921-1922, and is located on a 12.3-acre property. According to the Historic District Commission, the house was originally built for George C. Engel. In 1945, it was sold to the Bernhard family. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 1, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 36 Otter Trail

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UPDATE An application for a permit to demolish the house at 36 Otter Trail, off Imperial Avenue, is in process. Built in 1946, the two-story house has 1,738 square feet and is located on a .28-acre lot. Editor’s note: an incorrect picture was posted earlier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Coleytown Color

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The crossing guard at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School provided a bit of color, as well as safe passage, on a dreary afternoon on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 14, 2008


8:30 a.m. –  Town Hall Room 309 - Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Weston Town Hall - Westport/Weston Health District Cholesterol Screening
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Finding Your Hidden Energy with Feng Shui, Part IV
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - The Power of Love concert

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

RTM Meeting Further Postponed Until Feb. 19

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session originally scheduled for Tuesday night and postponed to tonight has been further postponed to Feb. 19, it was announced today.

The further postponement was made to assure proper notice is made of the meeting, according to Town Hall officials.

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“The Power of Love” at Westport Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center on Thursday, Valentine’s Day, presents an evening of love songs about “The Power of Love” with Cindy Vaccaro, Karen Parrella and Sue Broudy along with piano man, Chris Coogan, performing old and new standards. While the Thursday performance has sold out, another performance has been added on Saturday evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flood warning for Westport and area until 6:45 p.m. today.

An advisory said at 10:40 a.m National Weather Service radar indicated areas of heavy rain moving through the warning area. The combination of
snow melt and an additional one to two inches of rainfall through this evening will result in flooding of small streams and urban areas with poor drainage.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected. However, all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately, the advisory said.

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles, according to the advisory. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue

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A shopper scans Valentine’s Day cards in Achorn’s Pharmacy on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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