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Monday, February 09, 2009

Talking Transportation: Emergency Landing

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Taking off out of LaGuardia last week, my thoughts were of the recent US Air crash in the Hudson River. Maybe it was because I was flying the same airline and the same kind of jet. Or because I’ve always had a fear of flying.

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But a couple of years ago, I was on a flight that really made an emergency landing. It wasn’t frightening and, in fact, made me feel a little safer in the skies.

Delta flight 222, a half-empty 767 bound from Atlanta to La Guardia, was more than half-way to its destination when I heard a beeping sound.  Assuming some idiot had left his cell phone on, I wasn’t too concerned.

Then, more beeping, this time from the rear of the plane. Concerned flight attendants scurried around trying to find the source. It turns out that most of the plane’s smoke detectors were going off, simultaneously.

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Warm Sunday Sunset

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Unusually warm weather in February—temperatures in the upper 50s—was topped off Sunday by another pretty sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) John Dutt for WestportNow.com

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Monday, February 9, 2009


7:30 a.m. - Fire Headquarters - Board of Finance Public Safety Subcommittee Special Meeting
8:45 a.m. - Police Headquarters - Board of Finance Public Safety Subcommittee Special Meeting
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Val McDermid, “A Darker Domain”
6 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 1025C – Board of Education with Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane – Board of Directors of Westport/Weston Health District

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A Celebration of National Embroidery Month

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To celebrate National Embroidery Month, the Fairfield County Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America held a “stitch-in-public” at the Westport Library today. Members demonstrated various techniques and stitches, as part of their mission statement to stimulate appreciation for embroidery and to preserve its heritage. Valery Erichs proudly shows off her finished embroidery piece. Members meet once monthly for a class and twice monthly in work-study groups.mInformation: Bonnie Riskin, Membership chair, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Moon Steeple

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The moon shines the on the church steeples on Westport’s Church Lane early this evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) John Dutt for WestportNow.com

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An Afternoon of Song

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“Musica Plenti” energetically performed “Sing to Love” – Music from the Romantic Repertory and Opera at the McManus Room of the Westport Library today before a crowd of about 100.  With 11 singers blending their voices to the musical accompaniment of pianist Justine Macurdy, the audience enthusiastically applauded their numbers as they finished. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Doggie Plunge

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Temperatures in the low 40s on Saturday seemed just right for these visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach to go for a swim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 8, 2009


10 a.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - “The World of Indian Jews” with Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Embroidery Guild Celebrates National Embroidery Month
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - Is That a Bear? Where? (High school age and older)
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - WACky Family Days: “Arts of the Americas - Contemporary Latin American Art”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Driving Miss Daisy”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Music@the Library: Musica Plenti vocal chamber ensemble
3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport in the World of F. Scott Fitzgerald” presented by Deej Webb
5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (55 Myrtle Ave.) - Choral Evensong and Organ Recital with Jo Deen Blaine Davis

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Winners All

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Will Shortz (2nd l.), New York Times crossword puzzle editor, congratulates the winners of today’s 10th annual Westport Library Crossword Puzzle Contest. Joon Pahk (r), won in 8 minutes 39 seconds. Pahk, 30, of Cambridge, Mass., teaches physics at Harvard University where he is also faculty advisor to the Harvard College Crossword Society. It was his first time competing in the Westport contest. Second was Alice Dutton of Canton, Conn., last year’s winner, and third was Erhard Konerding of Middletown, Conn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Concentration

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The audience plays along as the three finalists fill in the blanks at today’s 10th annual Westport Library Crossword Puzzle Contest. The finalists were (l-r), Erhard Konerding of Middletown, Conn., Alice Dutton of Canton, Conn., (last year’s winner), and Joon Pahk of Cambridge, Mass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Puzzler at the Library

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Will Shortz, crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times, addresses attendees at today’s 10th annual Westport Library Crossword Puzzle Contest. A packed McManus Room crowd delighted in the crossword challenges as well as word games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tight Squeeze

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Westport police and fire units responded to a one-car accident late Friday night on Weston Road in the vicinity of the Merritt Parkway and found a vehicle wedged between a utility pole and a stone wall. The driver had left the scene and was later found in Weston. Firefighters called a utility crew to make sure the wires were not energized before a tow truck removed the vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, February 7, 2009


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (212 Post Road West) - Cello Day events (masterclasses, performances, pillow concert)
9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Staples High School - Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair (9 a.m. - 11 a.m. judging, 11 a.m. open to the public, awards announced at 1:15 p.m.)
11 a.m. - Barnes & Noble - Suzanne Sherman Propp performs
10:30 a.m. - noon - Westport Arts Center - Super Saturday Workshop: “Valentine Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Tenth Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Knit and K’Nosh
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - The Barely Scene w/ Show Me The Skyline, Cameron Walker, Charles Street, and Never Too Nice
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Power of Love: Part II concert by 3 Chicks Who Sing
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Driving Miss Daisy”

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Y’s Men Camera Club Opens Exhibit at Library

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The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Camera Club tonight opened a photographic show at the Westport Public Library with a gala reception. Stan Groner, club president, welcomed the more than 150 guests to the show which features more than 80 photos by 27 photographers. The exhibit, “Through Our Eyes,” will run until the end of March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

 

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Photographer and Model

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Photographer Paul Cohen and wife Bobbie Herman pose in front of his photo of her at Compo Beach. The photo is part of the Y’s Men Camera Club show which opened at the Westport Public Library tonight. The photo was a prize winner at the Y’s Men’s fifth annual photo contest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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